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  1. Hogan matches made me appreciate Bob Backlund. It cemented Young RAF's heel predilection (which was inevitable really), Eddie Ellner was right all along. - RAF
  2. Y'all are acting like pills grow on trees or something... - RAF
  3. I grew up in Greenwich Village, and have always been comfortable if not fascinated by subcultures, especially gay culture and subcultures. I worked in clubs alongside my queer brothers and sister for most of my wild years. However, I never appreciated the gay/wrestling crossover until I worked the day bartending shift at a Chicago leather bar. Some of the monitors showed porn, but I was allowed to play my own tapes on the rest, and it was usually pro wrestling, which was received enthusiastically by the patrons. Almost all of the older customers loved wrestling in their younger days and most still followed it. Brother, there was a goldmine of stories and it helped my tips too. It helped me be able to see that there were different ways to watch wrestling, and that you could watch with different perspectives simultaneously. Those grizzled leathermen knew their grappling as well, and I learned how to wield several different kinds of whips. Amerika: what a country! - RAF
  4. (I don't know if I related this story here, but...) In the late '80s, a young Paul Heyman was booking for Sam DeCero's Windy City Wrestling, and bringing in some classic vets and setting up some dream matches that would later be echoed in ECW (Battle of the Bam Bams, Gordy/Bigelow, for one). Dick Murdoch was there, and scheduled to go over one of the up-and-comers (young, handsome, jacked, full of DeCero's KoolAid) but also give him the rub. This kid (who was the perfect body type and look for the times) vocalized in the lockerroom upon getting the finish that "no one will believe that this fat old guy could pin me". Heyman raised an eyebrow, Murdoch shrugged and the finish was changed. In the ring, Capt. Redneck stretched this arrogant ignorant gym rat from turnbuckle to turnbuckle, using only legit wrestling and hooking moves. Eventually, mercifully, he tied the callow youth up into a pinning predicament, the ref counted one, two and hesitated, Murdoch barked "Three, jackass!" and the hand went down. The kid was made to apologize to DM and he never went anywhere in the business. "Lifegaurd" Sonny Rogers, who was there, told me that story. - RAF
  6. Believe you me, living in Philly often feels like a Bunuel cinema, and more than a bit of Fassbinder as well. Have you seen the parade of chromosome damaged grotesqueries that make up the wrestling fans around here? 215! 215! 215!, RAF p.s. a bit of "Even Dwarfs Started Small"-era Herzog as well.
  7. The Golden Lion AKA Dick the Bruiser Jr. (DTB son-in-law) - RAF
  8. That whole card makes my heart hurt with how good I am sure it was... - RAF
  9. Two of the things that carnies/workers hate are people that believe their own work and folks who haven't paid their dues. Example for #1 would be, say, Hulk Hogan which doesn't matter because if you are working with him you are gonna make money, and that trumps all (carnies). A more negative example of that would be a fellow with a tough guy gimmick who isn't. If he doesn't show deference to a real shooter who may be doing the job for him, the real tough could legit get away with humbling the pushed man. Also, I saw vets convinced that they were the reason they drew those houses for Vince, and not the people they were working who didn't have a drug problem or weren't past their prime or didn't cause problems in the lockerroom. Even in my stunted career, I saw endless examples of the second instance. "I don't break down the ring, I gotta belt (in his backyard fed)" "(My trainer who nobody had heard of) told me I should be main eventing (after my check cleared)". You never try to work a worker, because if you do and the sucker believes it, it is the victim's fault: he is now a mark and has lost face.Wrestling attracts the damaged, and very often the people who may be used to lying to others (and themselves) and getting away with it, but when you take that weak mess to some real workers, it is a whole new world. brother. Kulas did both of those above things. I am not blaming him for what happened, but the scenario was perfectly set up for that shitshow. I understand that carny mentality that justifies it and even sympathize/agree with it still. Ima bit dizzy from talkin' so much jingo now, RAF
  10. I will state the GMonsoon was no joke in the ring, to spur to more intrepid DVDVRers to dig up some Manchurian gold. - master manipulator, RAF
  11. Dolfan, I rally am digging these and you are doing a great job but I fear for your sanity in the near future, my friend. The 45 minute chunks is a fresh way to do it. I love reading people's show reviews (live or taped) where they talk about their reactions to the card and matches, and put it in context, rather than a play by play or smark flexing. Here's a WM story: (about 12 years ago) New owners at a club I used to asst. manage, and and upon being introduced to the new boss (younger than me) he's giving me the chest puffery, friendly but ???, a very -ummm- "guido"/paizan kinda thing. No preamble, he gets right up and says "I've been to the past 8 WrestleManias, I own every one on DVD and I get tickets for every RAW, SmackDown and PPV in the region. (...more markish braggadocio here...) How many WrestleManias have you been to?" younger RAF, thinking that this turkeyneck just cut a promo on me but I need this job and aware of all the folks watching us now :"Aaaw, man, I've just went to one WrestleMania... (...long pause, less is more...) --- THE FIRST ONE." We got on great after that. true story, RAF
  12. All three of those kids are. The Stronghearts are amazing babyfaces and great workers. Machine, machine, machine... - RAF
  13. Sweet Dusty, I did the same thing and I am so glad I am not the only one. - RAF
  14. Dear Don - Congratulations on the win. Those trunks really make your ass look fat. friend to friend, RAF
  15. These two tweets made me laugh out loud. The supermarket brawl is great but that hospital gimmick is legit one of my top ten angles, top five skits and that bed pan shot never fails to make be a giddy as a schoolgirl. It has to be one of my favorite "shots" in rasslin'. Some more: Big Bubba no selling Dusty's chairshot that merely knocks his hat askew, Captain Lou wrapping the chair around Afa's head leading to the breakup/turn, Dreamer's cane shot on a helpless Raven... memories, RAF p.s. = how could I forget the #1 shot? Piper's coconut strike on Snuka!
  16. Welcome to my mind, gentlemen. Please wipe your feet on the ring apron before entering the cerebellum. Flash photography is encouraged, cash or trade only at thee gift shoppe. - RAF
  17. Ms. K is a lady who can have it all, do it all. She can bring the same savagery to her toddler's science project, a boardroom meeting, and her famous coq au vin as she does when she's coolly brutalizing her opponents in the ring. She is a modern woman, damn it. sisters doing it for themselves, RAF
  18. And it breaks my carny heart to realize after watching that VICE doc S2E1a, that no money mark, however moneyed or marky, will ever be able to promote Malenko v. Guerrero 30 Years Later. That was/still is my "shit", as the kids say, and those matches, those two great workers and yes, even Mr. Paul Heyman, were able to open a lot of people's eyes as to thee possibilities of what pro wrestling could be. It was some real machining there, lads... on thee sentimental tip, RAF
  19. The Fantastics are so brilliant, but if you cannot appreciate the sheer clubberin' savagery of the mighty Kiwi Sheepherders, then you might have been brought up wrong, son. They essentially fight with a collection of dirty sticks and string. Singlets and fatigues and boots = strong proto-FMW style consciousness, too. This makes my heart ache it is so good. - RAF
  20. 04/27/14 at thee 2300 Arena I escorted my young daughter to see a Masked Mania lucha show, and boy howdy was it muy bueno. She brought flowers for Cassandro, I paid like a mark for a pic with Sabu and her (when she hit the "pointing to Allah" pose he cracked up), the minis!, and heel Cassidy - so good. The match that blew me away was Negro Navarro v. Solarr. I recalled it now due to Dean's postings above of the match archetype I never knew I loved before: Grizzled Wrestling Machine against Grizzled Wrestling Machine. Lierally, the kind of match where you realize that those two raw-boned codgers gave FORGOTTEN more about rassling than all the rest of the greenhorns on the card might ever know. 1 Latin Dragon & Ultimo Panda Hallowicked & Frightmare Tag Team match 2 Amasis & Ophidian & Green Ant Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Papadon Trios match 3 Negro Navarro Solar FLLM Masters Championship match 4 Mini Mariachi Pierrothito PWR World Mini's Championship Match 5 Christina Von Eerie Sumie Sakai PWR World Women's Championship Match 6 Cassandro Matt Cross Challenge Match 7 Damian 666, Bestia 666 & Sabu BLK Jeez & Ruckus & Homicide Lucha Hardcore Match 8 Dr. Wagner Jr. LA Park IWL Heavyweight Championship Match Found it: las niñas siempre necesitan más lucha libre, RAF
  21. We forget how much that we, as a viewer, bring to the pro wrestling experience. Suspension of disbelief is very necessary to enjoy a match/card/worker and slick production makes it easier to watch and hides a stableful of sins.. People are quick to assume that if like a wrestler, then s/he is a good worker. and therefore good at every aspect of it. The lighting, production, camerawork, crowd noise, announcing, spectacle, resolution, arenas themselves, all contribute to our experience. Truly great workers can turn it out under most circumstances but that is rare. One rightfully alters one's mindset when viewing a second gen VHS indy tape, as compared to a major recent PPV - if the bells and whistles that you are used to getting with a particular show are not there, it can be jarring, and we have to contribute more to get more. This is why a match like the Lawler/Funk Empty Arena match is rightfully revered: not every worker could have pulled that off (and Lance Russel was a necessary component). If you start to eliminate some factors or elements (entrance ramp, ring ropes, a hot crowd, in ring cameras, workers that you have an emotional attachment to, et al), folks gonna get exposed. - RAF
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