This and That

October 6, 2009

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the site, I’ve been absurdly busy. I’ll try to get a Q and A up before the weekend, and I’ll try to bring everyone up to speed and cover a few topics here now.

The reason I am so busy is that my current SWA training session is huge. I over book each session because traditionally there are always a few no shows, or early session drop outs. My past two sessions have had a larger than normal no show rate, so for this session I over booked more than usual. It should surprise no one that since I over, over booked, almost everyone showed up making this current session my biggest yet.

This class was so big that classes just weren’t working out. There were too many people and thus too much standing around waiting for ring time. To correct this problem and give everyone the ring time they needed I split the class in half and now run two sessions a day. This is working out a lot better for everyone, except me, because I now have twice the work load, and log twice as many hours at work each day. Because of this I seldom get to the gym anymore and have far less time to write and post things here. I’m settling into this new schedule a bit now so I will try to get back in the swing of things here on the site.

With that out of the way there are a few things I want to talk about, so maybe just a random thoughts point form format will work best:

- I did an autograph signing in Valley Forge, PA last weekend, and want to thank Turnbuckle Promotions for bringing me in and all the fans that showed up to get autographs. I had a lot of fun and got to visit with a few people I haven’t seen in a long time; some of the more notable, Tank Abbot and Pamela Paulshock, who I haven’t seen since my WCW days (almost 10 years ago). I need to especially thank Joe (not sure his last name) who once again took great care of me, getting me too and from the event. Your SWA T-shirt will be in the mail soon

- On my flight to the signing I watched WrestleMania 1 and wanted to make a few comments. I was amazed at how few near falls matches had back then. I think the Women’s Title match had the most, and some of the matches didn’t have any at all. Finishes and matches were so simple and basic back then. Someone needs to bring back the Atomic Drop. This move was a staple back in the 80’s and the goofy selling of this move was the highlight of the show for me. I think every match except for the Main Event had pre-match promos and my god they were both great and horrible at the same time. My favourite was the US Express (Windham and Rotundo) promo with Captain Lou Albano. They were the Baby Face, World Tag Team Champions and said something to the effect that they were going to try real hard and hope for the best. They were so completely void of confidence and charisma it was incredible. I think Barry Windham’s only line was, “We are on our way to the ring, right now.” This is even funnier when you see the promo because when they pitched to the promo they acknowledged that it was prerecorded earlier in the day and Barry was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. It did my heart good to know I’m not the only one with some crappy promos to his credit. On the flip side though, Barry’s work was AWESOME, man that guy was great. Iron Sheik even through a pretty good drop kick in the match. All in all a fun show and I’m hoping to watch Mania 2 this weekend.

- Rock’s promo on SD was awesome. The Iron Sheik calling Zack Rider a Jobroni was tremendous. Punk losing the World Title was disappointing.

- Just finish reading Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein trilogy, and have to say, VERY disappointing. I read the first 2 books in the series back in 2005 and loved them. The big problem was they were not stand alone books so the third book was the conclusion to the entire tale, and was released some 4 YEARS later. I was so pissed off to have read the first 900+ pages of this saga and then have the release of the third and final installment postpone more than 3 years. Because of the 3 year delay I was forced to reread the first 2 books again, before starting the final book. So at this point I’ve read almost 1900 pages in this story and guess what…the third book SUCKED. The first book was written by Kevin J. Anderson and was the best of the three and absolutely fabulous. The second book was by Ed Gorman and was also excellent but not as much to my liking as the first. The third book, which was written by Dean Koontz himself was awful. The main character of the first 2 books was Deucalion (Frankenstein’s Monster) and for some reason Koontz down grades Deucalion to a bit character for the final book and didn’t even see fit to have him play a role in the final show down with Dr. Frankenstein. Seriously, the first word in book one is actually “Deucalion”. He is the main focus of the first two books and is, for lack of a different description, the TOP BABY FACE of the story. Dr. Helios (Dr. Frankenstein) is the TOP HEEL and the first two books build to the inevitable clash between these two characters and for some reason Koontz (The worst booker since Vince Russo) decides to have Deucalion stand at ring side and watch the Main Event show down between Helios and poorly developed characters he introduces late in book three. Kevin J. Anderson and Ed Gorman created a great tale with some awesome writing and Dean Koontz flushed it all down the toilet. I doubt I will even read another Dean Koontz book because of this.

That’s going to be it for now I’ll try to get to that Q and A before the weekend.

Talk to you soon
Lance