This and That
Septmeber 29, 2008
Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, things have been busy and I’ve been a bit ill. The fact that I am also a bit of a procrastinator doesn’t help but, I’ve finally forced myself to sit down and type up a commentary, which will hopefully bring everyone up to date.
The first thing I want to talk about is the Autograph signing convention deal I did for Turnbuckle Promotions this past weekend in the Philadelphia area. I’ve never done a signing like this before so I really had no idea what I was in for. I generally turn down appearances and signing like this, because I really hate traveling, but Turnbuckle Promotions caught me in a moment of weakness and I accepted.
The weekend ended up going very well and I had a great time. Turnbuckle Promotions treated me very well and ran what seemed like a very well organized event. Because I was traveling from so far away I was literally just in and out but all went smoothly. The fans that attended were all extremely cool; they managed to be enthusiastic and respectful so I had a great time meeting everyone. I hope all the fans had as much fun as I did and with this appearance going so well there is at least the possibility that I may do another at some time in the future.
The real bonus with doing this appearance was getting to see some of the boys again. Seeing that we were in ECW Country there were a lot of familiar faces from my ECW days there. Wild Fire Tommy Rich was there, as was Sabu, and my favourite manager/valet of all time Dawn Marie. Dawn was there promoting her Wrestler’s Rescue project and seeing her again was a real treat.
There were a ton of girls from the business there, some I had never met before, as well as a few that I had. I was pleasantly surprised that Madajah remembered me from our WCW days, and I was glad to finally meet ODB. I know the majority of the TNA Knockouts and am a big fan of the division so it was great to finally meet her.
It was the first time I’ve gotten to see Bobby Lashley since training him back in my OVW days. I worked extensively with Bobby in OVW and left just before he got brought up to the main roster. Both of the Steiner brothers were there, so it was great to see both of them. I don’t really know Rick well but I worked with Scotty quite a bit in both WCW and WWE. Bill Goldberg was also there, unfortunately I didn’t see him until he grabbed me from behind and practically scared the crap out of me. Bill looked great and was a lot of fun. We talked wrestling and MMA and I found out he married a Canadian girl from a town not that far from Calgary. The man’s got taste, what can I say!
The event was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed myself, so thanks to everyone involved. I don’t expect to be doing a lot of these in the future, but with this one going so well there may be the odd one here and there.
I also wanted to mention TNA Impact. I’ve been too busy to post many TV thoughts but I want to give credit were credit is due. I’ve found TNA Impact the last 3 weeks to be some of the strongest episodes they’ve produced in a while. I think their new “TNA Originals vs. Veterans/TNA bandwagon jumpers” (or what ever you want to call it) program could be fantastic and is a great idea. The Jarrett – Angle promo segment last week was one of the best things TNA has done in a long time.
I really hope this angle is used to bring “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels back. If Christian turns on AJ and joins Booker, Angle and Sting it would be the perfect opportunity for AJ to bring back fellow TNA original and tag team partner Daniels. Wasn’t Daniels even labeled “Mr. TNA” at one point? Reuniting AJ, Daniels and Joe, as three of the guys who really put TNA on the map would be fantastic. The possibilities of this angle are endless.
Don’t forget the SmackDown move to My Network TV this Friday. It doesn’t affect us up here in Canada (We get SD on The Score) but everyone in the US needs to find the My Network TV channel by Friday. Or better yet Thursday because they are replaying WrestleMania for free on Thursday followed by the SD debut on Friday.
Elite XC on CBS this Saturday Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock. This show needs a good rating if Elite XC is going to survive so if you are an MMA fan at all be sure to check it out and support the product. This should be a good show with a few surprises.
Also coming in October: Hulk Hogan Celebrity Championship Wrestling on CMT. I am as skeptical about this show as anyone but after watching the trailer I’ve decided this will either be the worst show in television history or the best. There are just so many wacky personalities on this show that it could be the most entertaining train wreck on television.
I also heard on Howard Stern this morning that there is a Celebrity Roast for The Iron Sheik October 10th in New Jersey somewhere. I don’t think this is being televised but I need to get footage (even just audio) of this event somehow. Among the names of people roasting The Sheik are, B. Brian Blair (can you imagine), Bob Backlund, and King Kong Bundy. This event will feature some of the greatest promos of all time, and I have to be able to see it. If anyone can obtain footage of this event for me I will be so very grateful.
One last plug I will be on the Figure 4 Daily radio show this Thursday. I do the show every other Thursday and the show is always a lot of fun. You have to be a member of the site to listen but since Figure 4 Weekly and the Wrestling Observer have merged it’s the biggest and best wrestling site out there and more than worth the money. They do a free audio show every week so you can check that out before signing up. You can check the site out at
Bobby Lashley and I at the Turnbuckle Promotions event