Archive for April, 2014

Here’s  Impact  in  case  you  missed  it:

From  The  Impact  Zone  at  Universal  Studios  Orlando  in  Orlando,  Florida:

Hosted  by  “The  Professor”  Mike  Tenay  and  Taz.

The  new  TNA  World  Heavyweight  Champion  Eric  Young  vowed  that  everyone  will  have  fun  as  he  vowed  to  defend  the  title.  The  party  was  halted  by  TNA  President  Dixie  Carter,  who  wanted  Eric  to  cater  to  her.  Eric  refused  as  Dixie  decided  to  give  him  a  makeover,  starting  with  his  wife  ODB,  enraging  him.  Bully  Ray  appeared  and  labeled  Eric  a  role  model  for  every  wrestler  who  was  held  back  by  people  like  Dixie.  He  also  labeled  him  a  champion  the  fans  can  like  and  get  behind,  and  he  also  told  him  that  he  likes  and  respects  him.

1.  A  NON-TITLE  KNOCKOUTS  STREET  FIGHT:  Velvet  Sky  with  Angelina  Love  vs.  TNA  Knockouts  Champion  Madison  Rayne.

THE  WINNER:  MADISON  RAYNE.

MVP  praised  Eric  for  his  victory  last  week,  and  for  his  dedication  to  the  company  since  2004.   He  also  announced  that  Samoa  Joe  was  missing  from  the  party,  and  refused  to  come  to  work.  Austin  Aries  appeared,  after  being  away  since  Lockdown,  furious  with  MVP.   MVP  told  him  that  it’s  not  about  him,  it’s  about  the  fans.  When  it  looked  like  they  were  about  to  fight,  Aries  told  MVP  that  he  will  fight  him  next  week!!!

2.  TNA  WORLD  TAG  TEAM  CHAMPIONSHIPS:  The  Bro  Mans  (Robbie  E  and  Jesse  Godderz/Champions)  with  DJ  Z  vs.  The  Wolves/American  Wolves  (Eddie  Edwards  and  Davey  Richards/Challengers/Former  Champions).

THE  WINNERS  VIA  DISQUALIFICATION:  THE  WOLVES.

DJ  Z  caused  it.  Robbie  and  Jesse  are  still  the  champions.

3.  HANDICAP  MATCH:  Ethan  Carter  III  and  Rockstar  Spud  vs.  Willow.

THE  WINNER:  WILLOW.

After  the  match,  ECIII  assaulted  Willow’s  left  leg  when  TNA  Hall  of  Famer  Kurt  Angle  zoomed  to  the  ring  and  bodyslammed  him!!!

Kurt  stated  that  ECIII  thought  he  ended  his  career,  but  Kurt  stated  that  he  will  end  his  own  career.  He  also  stated  that  after  he’s  done  with  him,  he  won’t  be  carried  out  of  the  ring  on  a  stretcher,  but  a  bodybag!!!

A  video  of  TNA  X  Division  Champion  Sanada  making  a  speech  during  his  early  morning  workout  aired.

Kenny  King  stated  that  he’s  not  going  anywhere,  due  in  part  to  people  asking  him  where  he  was  before  his  return  last  week.  He  told  MVP  that  he  didn’t  want  to  fight  him  again,  but  will  sit  at  the  commentator’s  table.  He  also  announced  that  if  Sanada  retains  the   X  Division  title,  or  if  Tigre  Uno  wins  it,  one  will  face  him.

4.  A  BEST  OF  THREE  SERIES  MATCH  FOR  THE  TNA  X  DIVISION  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Sanada  (Champion)  vs.  Tigre  Uno  (Challenger).

If  Sanada  wins,  the  series  ends.  If  Tigre  Uno  wins,  the  final  match  will  be  held  at  Sacrifice.

Kenny  King  served  as  the  Special  Guest  Commentator  for  this  match.

THE  WINNER:  TIGRE  UNO.

5.  AN  OPEN  CHALLENGE  TABLES  MATCH:  Bobby  Roode  vs.  Gunner.

THE  WINNER:  BOBBY  ROODE.

The  interference  of  “Cowboy”  James  Storm  helped  Roode  win.

After  the  match,  Storm  assaulted  Gunner  until  both  he  and  Roode  were  run  off  by  Bully  Ray.

6.  A  MONSTER’S  BALL  MAIN  EVENT  FOR  THE  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Eric  Young  (Champion)  vs.  “The  Monster”  Abyss  (Challenger/Former  Champion).

THE  WINNER,  AND  STILL,  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPION:  ERIC  YOUNG.

Match  #’s  5  and  the  Main  Event  are  the  Five-Star  Matches  of the  Night!!!

Gunner,  Bobby  Roode,  Eric  Young  and  Abyss  are  the  Wrestlers  of  the  Night!!!

The  return  of  Kurt  Angle  was  the  Highlight  of  the  Night!!!

ANALYSIS:  Kurt’s  return  made  the  show.

Here’s  Week  Six  of  Arena  Football  in  case  you  missed  it:

1. 04/18/2014:   San  Antonio  Talons  (1-5):  68                                                  New  Orleans  VooDoo  (1-4:   33.

San  Jose  SaberCats  (3-3):  38                                                    Portland  Thunder  (0-5):  32.

2.  04/19/2014:  NET10  ARENA  FOOTBALL SATURDAY:  Iowa  Barnstormers  (3-2):  31                                       LA  KISS  (2-3):  12.

Orlando  Predators  (4-2):  77                                                         Tampa  Bay  Storm  (3-3):  65.

Arizona  Rattlers  (5-0):  73                                                            Pittsburgh  Power  (4-1):  69.

Cleveland  Gladiators  (5-0):  52                                                       Spokane  Shock  (3-2):  50.

Philadelphia  Soul  (2-3):  54                                                        Jacksonville  Sharks  (2-3):  41.

STILL  UNDEFEATED:  Cleveland  and  Arizona.

CBS  SPORTS  NETWORK  COVERAGE:  Tomorrow  night,  The  Spokane  Shock  will  face  The  Tampa  Bay  Storm  at  The  Tampa  Bay  Times  Forum  in  Tampa,  Florida  at  7:30PM  ET/6:30PM  CT/5:30PM  MT/4:30PM  PT.

ESPN2  AND  WATCHESPN  COVERAGE:  This  Sunday,  The  Iowa  Barnstormers  will  face  The  Philadelphia  Soul  at  The  Wells  Fargo  Center  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania  at  4PM  ET/3PM  CT/2PM  MT/1PM  PT.

 

 

 

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This past Easter Weekend was an interesting one for conventions. Anaheim, California hosted WonderCon, New York City hosted a martial arts movie festival, and Washington, D.C. hosted the 2nd Awesome Con. Some people believe that Easter Weekend is not the best time to hold a convention. Some may think otherwise. But, it all depends on how you look at it.

My little brother and myself were there last Saturday, and we were both greeted by a VERY LONG LINE that wrapped around The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It reminded me of the line at Katsucon 18 two years ago. According to reports, it took longer for those who pre-registered, than for those who were only there for one day! It was one of the big complaints of the event. The promoters have tallied the attendance at 40,000.

Here are a few standout cosplays:

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The Pope and his Cardinals

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Jesus. This wonderful gentleman named Anderson Marchack travels to conventions cosplaying as Jesus Christ spreading the message of good deeds and tolerance. To find him on Facebook, type in Cosplay Jesus.

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Rainbow Brite

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Booster Gold

One highlight was the return of Ernie Hudson to the convention. He recognized me from last year, and I gave him my condolences for his friend and Ghostbusters castmate Harold Ramis who passed away in February. And here are photos from what I felt were beautiful tributes to Harold’s life, memory and career.

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The Ecto 1A from Ghostbusters II

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Other celebrities that were there were Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Silver Spoons), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secrets of a Call Girl), Cary Elwes (Glory, The Crush, Robin Hood: Men In Tights) and the duo of David Yost and Walter Emmanuel Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). I tried to meet them, but the lines were long, especially for David and Walter. Maybe I will see them again. I did attend the Pro-Wrestling Today Panel which was fun, in wich I was instantly recognized by the moderator Joe Carabeo, and panelists Ben Taylor and Dan Nokes. They also had DC101 FM’s Mike Jones as a guest panelist!!!. They had video game room that I forgot to visit, but my little brother told me that I didn’t miss much (YIKES!!!!!). Here’s another standout photo:

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From what I can tell, Catwoman joined the Justice League!!!!

This was a grand three days, and I’m ready for NEXT YEAR!!!! Here are more photos, ENJOY!!!!

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Here’s  Impact  in  case  you  missed  it:

From  The  Impact  Zone  at  Universal  Studios  Orlando  in  Orlando,  Florida:

Hosted  by  “The  Professor”  Mike  Tenay  and  Taz.

This  week’s  broadcast  is  dedicated  to  the  life  and  memory  of  WWE  Hall  of  Famer/Pro-Wrestling  Legend  The  Ultimate  Warrior  who  died  unexpectedly  on  Tuesday,  April  8,  2014  at  the  age  of  54.

1.  THE  OPENING  10-MAN  OVER-THE-TOP  ROPE  GAUNTLET  MATCH.

THE  CONTESTANTS:  “Cowboy”  James  Storm,  Gunner,  Bobby  Roode,  Bully  Ray,  Ethan  Carter  III,  Bobby  Lashley,  “The  Monster”  Abyss,  TNA  X  Division  Champion  Sanada,  Eric  Young  and  Willow.

THE  REWARD:  The  winner  will  face  Magnus  for  the  TNA  World  Heavyweight  Championship  at  Sacrifice  2014.

Magnus  served  as  the  Special  Guest  Commentator  for  this  match.

THE  WINNER,  AND  #1  CONTENDER:  ERIC  YOUNG!!!

After  the  match,  Eric  told  MVP  that  he  didn’t  want  to  wait  until  Sacrifice,  he  wanted  his  shot  now!!!  MVP  agreed,  Magnus  didn’t.  MVP  announced  that  if  Magnus  got  himself  disqualified  or  counted  out,  he  would  forfeit  the  title.  He  also  announced  that  Abyss  will  be  banned  from  ringside,  and  that  anyone  who  interferes  will  be  fired  on  the  spot!!!

2.  A  KNOCKOUTS  #1  CONTENDER’S  MATCH.

THE  CONTESTANTS:  Gail  Kim,  ODB,  Brittany  and  Angelina  Love  with  Velvet  Sky.

THE  REWARD:  The  winner  will  face  Madison  Rayne  for  the  TNA  Knockouts  Championship.

THE  WINNER,  AND  #1  CONTENDER:  ANGELINA  LOVE.

TNA  President  Dixie  Carter  called  out  Bully  Ray  for  double  crossing  her  at  Lockdown  last  month.  Bully  labeled  her  the  most  selfish  person  he  had  ever  met,  and  that  TNA  belongs  to  everyone.  Dixie  told  him  “I  am  still  your  boss”  and  slapped  him!!!  When  it  looked  like  Bully  was  about  to  fight  Dixie,  Bobby  Roode  assaulted  him  from  behind.  Roode  pulled  out  a  table,  and  Bully  almost  powerbombed  him  through  the  table.

3.  TNA  WORLD  TAG  TEAM  CHAMPIONSHIPS:  The  Bro  Mans  (DJ  Z  and  Jesse  Godderz/Champions)   vs.  The  American  Wolves  (Eddie  Edwards  and  Davey  Richards/Challengers/Former  Champions).

Robbie  E  was  having  “travel  issues”  so  DJ  Z  wrestled  in  his  place  for  the  first  four  minutes.

THE  WINNERS  VIA  DISQUALIFICATION:  THE  AMERICAN  WOLVES!!!

The  disqualification  happened  when  Robbie  E  zoomed  to  the  ring  and  pulled  TNA  Referee  Brian  Hebner  out  of  it  during  his  3-count.

TNA  Ring  Announcer  Christy  Hemme  called  out  Samuel  Shaw  to  talk  about  their  relationship.  Christy  labeled  him  misunderstood,  and  he  agreed.  She  asked  him  if  he  trusted  her,  and  told  him  to  close  his  eyes  for  a  surprise…………MR.  ANDERSON!!!  Anderson  told  him  that  his  commitment  is  to  a  mental  institution.  Anderson  threw  him  in  the  van,  but  Shaw  escaped.

4.  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPIONSHIP  MAIN  EVENT:  Magnus  (Champion)  vs.  Eric  Young  (Challenger).

THE  WINNER,  AND  NEW,  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPION:  ERIC  YOUNG!!!

Match  #’s  1  and  4  are  the  Five-Star  Matches  of  the  Night!!!

“Cowboy”  James  Storm,  Gunner,  Bobby Roode,  Bully  Ray,  Ethan  Carter  III,  Bobby  Lashley,  “The  Monster”  Abyss,  Sanada,  Magnus  and  Eric  Young  are  the  Wrestlers  of  the  Night!!!

The  dedication  to  Ultimate  Warrior  and  Eric  Young’s  victory  are  the  Highlights  of  the  Night!!!

ANALYSIS:  The  whole  night  belonged  to  Eric  Young.

 

 

From  The  Impact  Zone  at  Universal  Studios  Orlando  in  Orlando,  Florida:

Hosted  by  “The  Professor”  Mike  Tenay  and  Taz.

1. THE  OPENING  TAG  TEAM   TABLES  MATCH:  Bobby  Roode  and  Ethan  Carter  III  vs.  Bully  Ray  and  Willow.

THE  WINNERS:  BOBBY  ROODE  AND  ETHAN  CARTER  III.

2.  STRAIGHTJACKET  MATCH:  Mr.  Anderson  vs.  Samuel  Shaw.

THE  RULES:  The  first  one  to  put  his  opponent  in  a  straightjacket  wins.

THE  WINNER:  SAMUEL  SHAW.

3.   A  BEST  OF  THREE  MATCH  FOR  THE  TNA  X  DIVISION  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Sanada  (Champion)  vs.  Tigre  Uno  (Challenger).

Before  the  start  of  the  match,  Kenny  King  bragged  about  how  the  X  Division  isn’t  the  same  without  him,  much  to  the  disgust  of  MVP.  Kenny  wouldn’t  leave  until  his  demand  for  an  Exhibition  Match  was  met.  MVP  granted  him  his  wish.

THE  WINNER,  AND  STILL,  TNA  X  DIVISION  CHAMPION:  SANADA.

TNA  World  Heavyweight  Champion  Magnus  told  “The  Monster”  Abyss  that  even  though  they’re  both  in  the  main  event,  they  will  work  together.  He  then  told  him  that  he  loves  him  and  hugged  him.  Eric  Young  assaulted  them  both,  and  they  retaliated  until  he  was  rescued  by  Samoa  Joe.

4.  KNOCKOUTS  TAG  TEAM  MATCH:  The  Beautiful  People  (Angelina  Love  and  Velvet  Sky)  vs.  TNA  Knockouts  Champion  Madison  Rayne  and  Brittany.

THE  WINNERS:  THE  BEAUTIFUL  PEOPLE.

5.  AN  EXHIBITION  MATCH:  Kenny  King  vs.  MVP.

THIS  MATCH  WAS  A  NO-CONTEST.

6.  A  FATAL  FOUR-WAY  MAIN  EVENT  FOR  THE  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Magnus  (Champion)  vs.  Samoa  Joe  (Challenger  #1/Former  Champion)  vs.  Eric  Young  (Challenger  #2)  vs.  “The  Monster”  Abyss  (Challenger  #3/Former  Champion).

THE  WINNER,  AND  STILL,  TNA  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPION:  MAGNUS.

The  Main  Event  was  the  Five-Star  Match  of  the  Night!!!

Magnus,  Samoa  Joe,  Eric  Young  and  Abyss  are  the  Wrestlers  of  the  Night!!!

ANALYSIS:  Kenny  King  REALLY  derailed  what  would  have  turned  out  to  be  a  great  X  Division  Championship  match.

Here’s  Week  Five  of  Arena  Football  in  case  you  missed  it:

1.  04/10/2014:  Philadelphia  Soul  (1-3):   69                                                   Orlando  Predators  (3-2):   56.

2.  04/11/2014:  NET10  ARENA  FOOTBALL  FRIDAY:  Pittsburgh  Power  (3-1):  56                                                   New  Orleans  VooDoo  (1-3):  14.

Jacksonville  Sharks  (2-2):  60                                                         Tampa  Bay  Storm  (3-2):   41.

3.  04/12/2014:  Iowa  Barnstormers  (2-2):  63                                          San  Antonio  Talons  (0-5):  62.

Cleveland  Gladiators  (4-0):  40                                                       LA  KISS  (2-2):  30.

Spokane  Shock  (3-1):  55                                                                   Portland  Thunder  (0-4):  27.

Arizona  Rattlers  (4-0):  57                                                                 San  Jose  SaberCats  (2-2):  51.

STILL  UNDEFEATED:  Cleveland  and  Arizona.

This  Saturday,  The  LA  KISS  will  battle  The  Iowa  Barnstormers  at  The  Wells  Fargo  Arena  in  Des  Moines,  Iowa  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network  at  8:05PM  ET/7:05PM  CT/6:05PM  MT/5:05PM  PT.  For  more  information,  please  visit  ArenaFootball.com.  Thank  you.

From  The  Impact  Zone  at  Universal  Studios  Orlando  in  Orlando,  Florida:

Hosted  by  “The  Professor”  Mike  Tenay  and  Taz.

MVP  announced  that  he  wants  an  even  playing  field  based  on  ability  and  not  shady  alliances  and  backstabbing.  TNA  World  Heavyweight  Champion  Magnus  thought  otherwise  as  he  announced  that  “The  Monster”  Abyss  is  under  his  control.  MVP  understood,  as  long  as  Abyss  is  in  the  ring  with  Magnus.  Magnus  agreed  as  MVP  informed  him  that  he  will  harm  him  if  he  is  assaulted  ever  again.  MVP  asked  Abyss  if  he  wants  a  shot  at  the  TNA  World  title,  Magnus  disagreed,  but  MVP  booked  the  both  of  them  and  Samoa  Joe  in  a  Three-Way  Match!!!

Joe  arrived  and  stated  that  he  asked  for  a  fair  shot,   and  a  fight  ensued.  Magnus  and  Abyss  assaulted  Joe  as  MVP  tried  to  stop  it,  but  Eric  Young  made  the  save.  Eric  explained  that  it’s  his  fault  for  Abyss,  and  told  him  to  put   him  in  the  match  to  make  things  right.  MVP  told  him  that  he  respects  him,  but  hasn’t  earned  it  yet.  Eric  stated  he  is  following  the  phrase  “Motivate,  Validate  and  Participate”.

Joe  stated  that  no  one  doubts  him,  and  MVP  added  him  to  the  match.  Joe  got  in  Eric’s  face,  and  they  both  fought  until  MVP  booked  the  both  of  them  in  a  match!!!

1.  TAG  TEAM  MATCH:  The  American  Wolves  (Eddie  Edwards  and  Davey  Richards)  vs.  TNA  World  Heavyweight  Champion  Magnus  and  “The  Monster”  Abyss.

THE  WINNERS  VIA  SUBMISSION:  THE  AMERICAN  WOLVES.

Angelina  Love  demanded  an  explanation  from  Velvet  Sky  on  why  she  was  ignoring  her.  Velvet  stated  that  it  was  Angelina’s  assault  on  TNA   Knockouts  Champion  Madison  Rayne.  Angelina  criticized  Velvet  for  losing  her  edge  and  told  her  to  choose  a  side.

Bully  Ray  came  out  with  many  tables  asking  the  fans  how  many  of  them  should  Bobby  Roode  go   through.  He  voiced  his  happiness  on  Roode  not  being  in  charge,  but  it  went  south  as  Roode  appeared.  Roode  ranted  about  those  he  screwed  over,  but  Bully  didn’t  want  to  hear  it.  In  the  end,  Bully  went  through  a  table.

Mike  Knox  continued  his  visit  through  his  hometown  as  a  girl  in  booty  shorts  explained  how  she  lost  her  moneymaker.  And,  she  told  him  to  straighten  things  out  with  his  dad.

NOTE:  It’s  ironic  how  when  she  said  moneymaker,  the  camera went  straight  to  her  butt.

2.  A  NON-TITLE  KNOCKOUTS  MATCH:  The  Returning  Angelina  Love  vs.  TNA  Knockouts  Champion  Madison  Rayne.

THE  WINNER:  ANGELINA  LOVE.

Velvet  helped.

3.  Samoa  Joe  vs.  Eric  Young.

THE  WINNER  VIA  SUBMISSION:  SAMOA  JOE.

4.  AN  ANYTHING  GOES  MAIN  EVENT:  Gunner  vs.  “Cowboy”  James  Storm.

THE  WINNER:  GUNNER.

Earlier  in  the  day,  Ethan  Carter  III  and  Rockstar  Spud  found  Willow’s  home,  and  that  didn’t  go  well.

Match  #’s  1  and  4  are  the  Five-Star  Matches  of  the  Night!!!

The  American  Wolves,  Magnus,  Abyss,  Gunner  and  James  Storm  are  the  Wrestlers  of  the  Night!!!

ANALYSIS:  The  opening  of  the  show  went  on  too  long,  but  the  two  stand-out  matches  made  up  for  it.