Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wrestling Memories

It’s Wrestlemania Week, which is sort of like Superbowl Week in that the WWE is throwing itself a huge party to celebrate the 32nd edition of the grand-daddy of all Pay Per Views (though it wasn’t the first WWF PPV, that would  be THE WRESTLING CHALLENGE, available on the WWE Network for only $9.99 a month).

Today I’ll look back at my in-person memories, perhaps later in the week I’ll post about my love of the sports-entertainment genre and my favorite wrestlers, and then a post about this year’s big event and NXT show, which in my mind is going to outclass the main show.

As much as I love wrestling I’ve only ever been to three live events.  I’ve met more than my fair share of wrestlers though, the ones that I can remember are Ultimate Warrior, Rob Van Dam and Vampiro.  Warrior was pretty crazy at the SDCC the year his comic came out, and he really seemed like he was living his gimmick.

The three live events I saw in person were a “House Show” in the late 80’s, I won tickets off the radio and took my Grandfather, because he was the one who instilled my love of wrestling.

Here’s the card and results:
San Diego Sports Arena – September 16, 1989

  1. Boris Zhukov defeats Mark Young
  2. Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect - Draw 
  3. WWF Intercontinental Title Match - The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeats Andre The Giant
  4. WWF World Tag Team Title Match - Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeat The Brain Busters (c) (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) by DQ
  5. Dino Bravo defeats Jim Neidhardt
  6. Akeem defeats Hillbilly Jim
  7. Dusty Rhodes defeats The Big Boss Man

I still own the program complete with hand-written results.  Though I think it’s in my storage unit.

I also saw a RAW at Staples Center in 1999.  It was the one where Stephanie McMahon and Test (the late Andrew Martin) were supposed to get married.  Despite being memorable show, the in-ring product was kind of stale.

Here’s that card:
WWF Raw is WAR
Staples Center, Los Angeles CA 
November 29, 1999

  1. Big Boss Man & Viscera d. Kane & The Big Show (Viscera pinned Kane after interference by X-Pac)
  2. Edge pinned Matt Hardy both Christian and Jeff Hardy interfered                 
  3. Steve Blackman pinned The Godfather                                        
  4. Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty pinned Crash Holly & Hardcore Holly (Brian Lawler pinned Crash Holly)
  5. Test pinned Triple H (Shane McMahon interfered)                    
  6. Kurt Angle pinned Val Venis (British Bulldog interfered)                                  
  7. Billy Gunn & Road Dogg & X-Pac Def. Mankind & The Rock + Mystery Partner (Kane) via DQ when Al Snow jumped in the ring to fight DX

There was a bachelorette party for Stephanie that ran through the show and had some of the non-ring performers doing what they do.  Mae Young and Moolah were there as comic relief.  It was pathetic. 

Finally I went to Wrestlemania 2000 at the Anaheim “Pond” or whatever they’re calling it now.  Despite the fact that there were zero regular singles matches (the only 1-1 was a ‘catfight’ between Terri Runnels and “The Kat” Stacy Carter referred by Val Venis), it was a great show, with two really memorable matches that hold up today.

Wrestlemania 2000
Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim
April 2, 2000

1. Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan D. D-Lo Brown & The Godfather (with Ice-T) at 09:05.  Bossman pinned D-Lo.

2. 15 Minute Hardcore Title Battle Royale –Crash Holly (c), Hardcore Holly, Tazz, Viscera, Pete Gas, Rodney, Joey Abs, Hardcore Holly, TAKA Michinoku, Funaki, Mosh, Thrasher, Faarooq, Bradshaw.  Any pin counted as a title change, and I used to have a listing of all of them.  Fortunately the Internet comes in handy.

a.     Defending Champion Crash Holly pinned by Tazz :27
b.     Tazz pinned by Viscera at 1:01 (34 seconds)
c.      Viscera pinned by Funaki at 7:19 (6 minutes 18 seconds)
d.     Funaki pinned by Rodney at 8:10 (51 seconds)
e.     Rodney pinned by Joey Abs at 8:25 (15 seconds)
f.      Joey Abs pinned by Thrasher at 8:46 (21 seconds)
g.     Thrasher pinned by Pete Gas at 9:23 (37 seconds)
h.     Pete Gas pinned by Tazz at 10:21 (58 seconds)
i.       Tazz pinned by Crash Holly at 14:28 (3 minutes 7 seconds)
j.       Crash Holly pinned by Hardcore Holly at 14:59  (31 seconds) to become the final champion.
I do think 15 seconds is the record for shortest title reign in WWE history

3. Albert & Test (with Trish Stratus) Def. Al Snow & Steve Blackman (w/Chester McCheeserton) 07:05 Test pinned Blackman

4. Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWF Tag Team Titles - Christian & Edge Def. Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley (C) & D-Von Dudley (C) 22:29        

5. "Catfight” - Terri Runnels (w/The Fabulous Moolah) Def. The Kat (w/Mae Young) 02:25   Referee: Val Venis

6. Inter-Gender 6 Person Tag - Chyna & Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty Def. Dean Malenko & Eddie Guerrero & Perry Saturn 09:39 Chyna pinned Eddie Guerrer

7. Triple Threat Intercontinental Title Match - Chris Benoit Pinned Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle (C) 07:54

8. Triple Threat European Title Match – Chris Jericho Pinned Chris Benoit, Kurt Angel (C) 5:41

9. Kane & Rikishi (w/Paul Bearer) Def Road Dogg & X-Pac (w/Tori) 04:16  Kane pinned X-Pac. 

10. Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple H (C) (w/Stephanie McMahon) retained at 36:28 over Big Show (w/Shane McMahon), Mick Foley (w/Linda McMahon) and The Rock (w/Vince McMahon). 

a.     Rock Eliminated Big Show at 4:49,
b.     Triple H pinned Mick Foley (career ending) at 19:40
c.      Triple H pinned the Rock at 36:28 after Vince turns on The Rock.

The highlight of the show is obviously the triple threat Ladder Match for the tag titles, during which Jeff Hardy seriously injured himself after the highest swanton bomb ever performed.  I also really enjoyed the 2 falls Triple Threat Intercontinental/European title match where Kurt Angle came in with two belts and left with none, despite not getting pinned.

The main event was a huge let-down though.  All the smart money had The Rock coming out as Champion, but in a last second swerve, Mr. McMahon turned on the Rock and Triple H became the one and only Heel champion to walk out of Wrestlemania with his belt. 

Will history repeat itself and will Trips walk out of this year’s event with his title?  Doubtful.  Roman Reigns seems to have been hand-picked by the WWE brass, even though the fans are turning against him more and more each day.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Stepping Back

One of the things that I desperately need to do right now is to take a step back from quite a number of things and start focusing on the super-important things in life.  I need to give a certain someone space and time, and that's been difficult for me because that person has been the one constant in my life for over 15 years, communicating or seeing each other every single day.  It's like a limb was cut off and isn't regrowing.

The other thing I need to do is recognize that I'm far too reliant on the internet to keep me occupied.  I don't read books as much as I used to.  I don't interact with people in reality as much as I should, and social media rules my life.  I'm on Facebook virtually all day long.  I don't check Twitter or Instagram as much, but they're still there, and they're a source of pain right now, especially Instagram.

So yesterday I logged off of Facebook and deleted the app from my phone, along with Twitter and Instagram.  I'm going to see how long I can go.  Though this morning I did briefly log back into Facebook just to see a nice picture of Kaylee.

My focus needs to be on myself right now and on Kaylee.  I need to let these outside influences slip by the wayside in order to get healthy in the mind.  I'm in therapy, but the thing is I have these great sessions and then I cannot retain the knowledge or the sense of peace that I get, and when I go to communicate with certain people I forget everything that I have learned in therapy and just make things worse.

So that's why I need to take a step back.  Radio silence for a while.  Work on me.

I've been going to the gym regularly.  Not every single day, but very very often.  I didn't work out yesterday because I was exhausted both mentally and physically.  But I did go Monday and Tuesday and will go again this afternoon.  The gym has been my refuge lately.  It's the one place where I know that I"m doing good work and accomplishing something meaningful.

I've been writing a lot too, you could call it a journal or a memoir, or just fragments.  In any case, I'm working through my family issues through writing.  Hopefully when I'm done with all of this I can actually publish it as a humorous self/help book.  It's not just about the issues with my marriage, it's also got rememberances of times past.

I'm still here, you can still contact me to wmnoe at yahoo dot com.  I just won't be posting on Social Media for a while.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Another Poem

Melissa, Sweet Melissa
You gave me everything you could give
I wish our lives I could relive
I held your love and your heart
Until we grew so very far apart
And I threw it all away on selfish things
When I should have bought you a better wedding ring
I thought we were fine I was so very wrong
But instead of working on us, you strung me along
They say women take months to decide
And my behavior you just could not abide
So now we’re apart
I sit with a broken heart
I just couldn’t understand
And you played your hand
I pine for your love
And cry like a mourning dove
I miss you more than these words can say
I want you back in the worst kind of way
But if giving you space is what you need

I will endeavor to succeed