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That's funny you say that. I stumbled across the term "dummy" as a nickname for a kid's pacifier earlier this afternoon. I'd never heard such until today, and now two references in a row. Odd synchronicity.

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"The man that Amy Schumer said was too athletic in bed!" His real name is actually pretty porny.

When I close my eyes, I see this thing, on the TitanTron, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline. And this name is so bright and so sharp that the 'Tron - it just blows up because the name is so powerful... It says, "Dolph Ziggler." What do you think?

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Random Russo-era WCW story for you.

 

Went to college during the time of the Monday Night Wars. I became known in my dorm hall as "the wrestling guy", and inevitably on Monday nights I would host a room full of people watching Raw and/or Nitro - gradually more RAW as time went on. Some of these people were there every week, some of these people popped in here and there.

 

One night in September 2000, we're watching Raw in my dorm room, while occasionally flipping over to Nitro during commercial breaks. There is a knock on my door. It was someone that was a huge WCW fan during the glory days of the nWo, but had drifted out of watching wrestling after going home and working nights during the final summer of 99 when Bischoff was in charge, so by then he had been mostly checked out of wrestling completely for over a year. The following words come out of his mouth:

 

"Hey guys, I know I haven't really been paying attention to WCW much, but I was flipping through the channels and....so....what's up with the retarded guy?"

 

All of us in the room were confused. This visitor continued...

 

"I was just flipping through the channels and came across Nitro for a minute. And the show ended with this retarded guy wearing a helmet holding the WCW belt over his head and falling down all over the place."

 

I slowly put together what he had just seen. He flipped across Nitro randomly the night that Vince Russo walked out of the cage with the WCW Championship. He had no idea what a Vince Russo was, just that he saw a disheveled looking man wearing a helmet falling down all over the place holding the WCW Championship, and put together in his head that they were doing a full-blown mentally-handicapped gimmick, and put the belt on him.

 

This lapsed fan, the "casual viewer" that Russo always said he was aiming his writing at, came across Nitro and thought THIS was where WCW had gone with its television show.

 

All of us in the room laughed our asses off, but also none of us had the patience to explain what a Vince Russo was, so we told him, "you know what, you're not missing anything by not watching WCW."

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In all seriousness, is John Cena 2015 WOTY? He's changed up his style to a level where he's broken free of (most) his usual formulas, and has been for the most part, pretty damn good in the ring. I don't mean on just television matches either. Watch his house show matches. He's busting out some nice offense. Sure, he calls spots louder than anyone in recent memory, but he's really busted his ass at this stage in his career, where he could really just coast on his past and ease on out.

Am I wrong? Tell me why.

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July indie wrestling in my area:

-Saturday 7/11: Dynamo Pro Wrestling in Glen Carbon, IL; Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance in St. Louis, MO
-Tuesday 7/14: World League Wrestling in Troy, MO (Fairgrounds)
-Wednesday 7/15: World League Wrestling in Troy, MO (Fairgrounds)
-Saturday 7/18: Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling in East Carondelet, IL
-Saturday 7/25: Gateway Elite Wrestling in Lake Ozark, MO; World Powerhouse Wrestling in Collinsville, IL
-Sunday 7/26: High Risk Wrestling in Cahokia, IL

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I dislike Volador, Jr to the extent I haven't sought out his stuff this year. From what I saw of the Flamita clips I would have been really low on that.

Because he looks like chris kattan?

 

 

I first read this as Chris Kaman...now what an interesting luchador that would be...

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In all seriousness, is John Cena 2015 WOTY? He's changed up his style to a level where he's broken free of (most) his usual formulas, and has been for the most part, pretty damn good in the ring. I don't mean on just television matches either. Watch his house show matches. He's busting out some nice offense. Sure, he calls spots louder than anyone in recent memory, but he's really busted his ass at this stage in his career, where he could really just coast on his past and ease on out.

Am I wrong? Tell me why.

I wouldn't argue it. Hell, I'm looking foward to watching his matches again. The Open Challenge really has been a great thing.

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End of an era: "Nightmare" Danny Davis Sells Ohio Valley Wrestling
 
But who to?
 
July 7, 2015
 
After 22 years in business and mentoring more than 150 athletes to professional wrestling’s national stage Ohio Valley Wrestling owner Danny Davis will immediately step away from the company he founded.
 
Monday Davis announced the completed sell of majority ownership in Ohio Valley Wrestling to a private investor. Davis said, “I have been searching for the perfect person to carry on OVW's legacy and I believe I’ve found them.”
 
OVW launched in 1993 and eventually grew into the developmental training territory for both World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) the two largest sports entertainment companies in the United States.  Davis’ resume is unmatched. No other professional wrestling company in the world has helped more talent fulfill their dreams on the national stage. Davis played a vital role in coaching the biggest stars in the wrestling industry over the last two decades including John Cena, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Randy Orton.
 
“I want to thank the guys and girls who allowed me to play a part in their careers and the OVW fans for their unwavering dedication.” He said, “I’ve been mulling this decision for several weeks and the time is right for my family to begin a new chapter.”
 
Davis’ career started in the 1970’s in the old Memphis wrestling territory. He's respected the world over as “The Nightmare” a tag team wrestling expert. On July 4th, Davis teamed with one of his first students, “Ironman” Rob Conway, a former WWE Superstar and multi time NWA World Champion at the OVW Saturday Night Special.
 
Davis is inviting all fans, media and OVW wrestlers past and present to this Wednesday’s television taping, July 8th, 2015. The new majority owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling will be introduced.
 
OVW TV takes places in Davis Arena, 4400 Shepherdsville Rd. Louisville, KY. 40218. Doors open at 6:30pm. General admission seats are $5.
 
For more information or media credentialing contact [email protected]

 

 

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I dislike Volador, Jr to the extent I haven't sought out his stuff this year. From what I saw of the Flamita clips I would have been really low on that.

Because he looks like chris kattan?

 

 

Well, now I like him even less. The nicest thing I can say about him is that he hits his stuff cleanly and he is able to hit it quickly. Neither of those are things that I care a ton about, even in lucha. 

 

I'm sure I'll watch a bunch of his 2015 things soon to see. If he really has a great year (and a year that I'd consider great), then I'd like to see it. 

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That's why Shawn Michaels was great, to me at least. It's like a comedian or musician openly not giving a shit. He's doing what he does and if he's not feeling it, it's gonna reflect. But you can be damned sure he's going to bust his ass and do something cool or memorable. Some shows are great and some suck, but you just do it.

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I have SO much trouble hating Kane.  He worked indies in my area before hitting it big and he debuted in St. Louis at Badd Blood 1997.  His current gimmick is death, though...liked him way better with the mask.  At least let him wear regular ring gear instead of business slacks.

 

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