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Andy Stowell

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  1. I don’t really comment on here a lot, but I always logged on to see what a few people were talking about, and OSJ was a big one. This really hurts. It feels like a favorite professor has passed away. Any time Jon would recommend a book or a film, I’d always at least took a look at it. Such an influential person.
  2. “Jumping” Johnny DeFazio passed away today. He was a regular Babyface in the Pittsburgh territory that Toods Monde formed in 1960. They had an affiliation with the WWWF and a lot of national feuds that Bruno Sammartino had got a dry run in Pittsburgh. DeFazio was a multi time junior champion. He was also well known for his work with Labor Leader and county official. https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2021/02/26/Longtime-Allegheny-County-Councilman-labor-wrestler-john-defazio-dies-shaler/stories/202102260162
  3. It wasn’t so much Brody was a pain in the ass, it’s that he knew who he worked for. Baba paid the bills ( not only did he pay him generously, but he also covered his income tax in Japan and USA). He’d do a job if it made sense for All Japans business. In St Louis he lost twice to Race in NWA Title Matches, and once to DiBiase since Ted was a project they were building to a champion. And not to be a conspiracy nut, but when I heard evidence that Brody had bought in to the territory, and was murdered because of that, it made a lot of sense.
  4. I’m suprised no one has mentioned Jose Gonzales, Carlos Colon, and the other Puerto Rican wrestlers associated with Bruiser Brody’s murder. What an injustice. To this day people who try and investigate what really happened are threatened and intimidated. It still burns my ass when people try and post and push WWC matches on message boards.
  5. Jumbo Tsuruta Chigusa Nagayo Bruiser Brody Terry Funk Genechiro Tenryu Hiroshi Tanahashi Minoru Suzuki Minami Toyota Nick Bockwinkle Atlantis
  6. I am beyond excited that Kenny Omega is working the show here in Pittsburgh.
  7. On the Torch's web site, they're reporting that most of Suzuki Gun will be on the Global Wars tour. I figure this means everyone except Zach and maybe Iizuka. http://www.pwtorch.com/site/2017/08/23/never-openweight-champion-minoru-suzuki-kushida-added-roh-death-dishonor-weekend-september-talent-announced-october-njpw-roh-joint-tour-wradicans-analysis/
  8. I was just looking at Mid Town Comics web site and right now they are offering all the FCBD comics. You have to pay for shipping and quantities are limited.
  9. It just not Wrestle Kingdom if one of the matches doesn't involve Toru Yano showing up with a wacky mystery partner.
  10. Green Arrow had beentremendous. The story in BATMAN has been really interesting. The first TITANS book had was good, if you don't mind some horrendous artwork.
  11. The Android app is terrific, especially if you want to stream it to your TV with a Chromecast. Easiest thing in the world and the picture and sound are fantastic.
  12. on Cagemat.net it states that he was born in California, trained in APW, and had his first matches in Sacramento. He might be of British Heritage, but he's and American.
  13. Ibushi wins, even thought the major booking mishap of the year was only having Ibushi wrestle a couple matches against Toru Yano instead of having a long feud. Obviously Gedo hates money.
  14. Well one of the big reasons I picked Balor is that I went to two of the NXT house shows here in Pittsburgh, and Balor headlined both shows and had great matches, getting over huge with the audience and had some real star power. Zayne was on the second show and had a great match, and the fans were really into him, but it wasn't the same reaction. I don't go see live wrestling very often [this past summer was the first WWE show I went to since 2005] but a lot of my thoughts about both guys is based on how I saw them in live matches, and from those experiences, Balor was the better wrestler.
  15. Zayne was injured over 80% of the voting time period. Balor had a great year and a great feud with Kevin Owens.
  16. I bought my first ticket to a WWE live event since 2003 to see Kevin Owens live against John Cena.
  17. I know I dont post here, but I wanted to chime in on something. My overwhelming memory of Verne Gagne was an interview he did with Wade Keller shortly after Bruiser Brody was murdered. Keller asked Verne about the murder and Verne's response was "I think he got exactly what he deserved". Verne also had so much integrity around his championship belt that he sold title reigns to Baba, Otto Wantz, and New Japan. Verne also was the innovator of training guys but then trying to hold them up for 10% of their earning for the rest of their careers. There was an incident I remeber hearing about at a Pro Wrestling USA show where he went off of Ricky Steamboat because he hadnt been paying up on his 10% for all the years after Verne had gotten him into the buisness. Finally Verne was an innovator of sticking it to the fans. in 1989 he'd run shows with matches that would end in a draw and then the would "pass the hat" around the crowd to get them to throw in money for the match to continue. I remember hearing about this at a local show here in Pittsburgh with a match of Larry Zybysko vs Rocky King ended in no decision. They did the pass the hat gimmick but got less than $5 so then just went to the back. So, yeah, not a fan....
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