Friday, November 30, 2007

PWI Top 500 2007 Tournament round one: Round of upsets

Who woulda thought these guys would fall in the first round?

WELL, never say tournaments are predictable. There were some shocking results in round one, the biggest being the elimination of PWI's 2007 Wrestler Of The Year John Cena. Mr "Thug Life" got a taste of real thug life courtesy of Franky The Mobster who pounded on the injured ex-WWE champ until the ref called off the one-sided encounter. A fit Cena probably would've mopped the floor with Franky, but......well, them's the breaks in pro rasslin'.

HBK got his arse handed to him by a hard-hitting Akira Taue from Pro-Wrestling NOAH. Without the WWE hype machine to protect him, the "Showstopper" got stopped with an almighty boot to the fuckin' face. Say goodnight, Shawn.

More disappointing was the elimination of Samoa Joe who fell to Val Venis, of all people. A run-in by Kurt Angle helped distract Joe who fell victim to the Big Valbowski's money shot.

The other shock losers in round one included Rob Van Dam, Cibernetico, Naomichi Marufuji and AJ Styles.

This sets up an intriguing bunch of matches for the next round:
Franky The Mobster (397) vs Matt Sydal (128)
Edge (2) vs Rey Bucanero (127)
Mistico (3) vs Ron Killings (126)
Kurt Angle (4) vs Masato Yoshino (125)
The Undertaker (5) vs Super Crazy (124)
Akira Taue (251) vs Kenny Dykstra (123)
Christian Cage (7) vs Ares (122)
Perro Aguayo Jr (8) vs Toscano (121)
Bobby Lashley (9) vs Eric Young (120)
Takeshi Morishima (10) vs Keiji Muto (The Great Muta) (119)
Ultimo Guerrero (11) vs BJ Whitmer (118)
Val Venis (245) vs Marco Corleone (140)
Batista (13) vs Dick Togo (141)
Minoru Suzuki (14) vs Dos Caras Jr (115)
Randy Orton (15) vs The Boogeyman (114)
Mitsuharu Misawa (16) vs Kotaro Suzuki (113)
Bryan Danielson (17) vs Vampiro (112)
Booker T (18) vs Dragon Kid (111)
Sting (19) vs Jimmy Wang Yang (110)
Yuji Nagata (20) vs Mr. Aguila (109)
Ken Kennedy (21) vs Colt Cabana (108)
Umaga (22) vs Ricky Marvin (107)
Abyss (23) vs Hotstuff Hernandez (106)
El Sagrado (233) vs Giant Bernard (105)
Nigel McGuinness (25) vs Hector Garza (104)
Erick Stevens (231) vs Yoshinari Ogawa (103)
Takuma Sano (230) vs Austin Aries (102)
Chris Sabin (28) The Great Khali (101)
Jeff Hardy (29) vs Travis Tomko (100)
Christopher Daniels (30) vs Toshiaki Kawada (99)
El Hijo Del Santo (31) vs Brian Kendrick (98)
Shuji Kondo (225) vs Paul London (97)
Finlay (33) vs LA Mascara (161)
Jushin Liger (34) vs Jay “Black Machismo” Lethal (95)
Jake Gymini (222) vs Kevin Thorn (94)
Matt Hardy (36) vs Petey Williams (93)
Rocky Romero (37) vs Intocable (92)
Negro Casas (38) vs Shelton Benjamin (91)
Rhino (39) vs Mephisto (90)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (40) vs Chris Masters (89)
Carlito (41) vs Delirious (88)
CM Punk (42) vs Elijah Burke (87)
LA Parka (43) vs Minoru (86)
Gregory Helms (44) vs Zorro (85)
Kenta (45) vs Doug Williams (84)
Chavo Guerrero Jr (46) vs Mark Briscoe (83)
MVP (47) vs James Storm (82)
Dr Wagner Jr (48) vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan (81)
Chris Hero (49) vs Brother Devon (80)
Deuce (207) vs Atlantis (79)
Triple H (51) vs Jay Briscoe (78)
Danny Doring (205) vs William Regal (77)
Averno (53) vs Davey Richards (76)
Homicide (54) vs Alex Shelley (75)
Roderick Strong (55) vs Brother Ray (74)
John Morrison (56) vs Mark Henry (184)
Kensuke Sasaki (57) vs Jun Akiyama (72)
Sabu (58) vs Bobby Roode (71)
Scott Steiner (59) vs Ric Flair (70)
Mohammed Yone (197) vs Tiger Mask IV (69)
Milano Collection AT (61) vs LA Park (the original) (68)
Tank Toland (195) vs Claudio Castagnoli (67)
Brent Albright (63) vs Chris Harris (66)
Satoshi Kojima (64) vs Kane (65)

NEXT TIME: Round two results

Thursday, November 29, 2007

And the two-ring battle royal winners are...

FRANKY THE MOBSTER (Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, IWS and CZW) who threw out Matt Stryker.....and....
KC JAMES (from Ohio Valley Wrestling), who eliminated Festus Dalton.
So here's the round one draw for the PWI Top 500 2007 Tournament to determine the best wrestler of the year:

John Cena (1) vs Franky The Mobster (397)
Edge (2) vs KC James (286)
Mistico (3) vs Ozz (254)
Kurt Angle (4) vs A-1 (253)
The Undertaker (5) vs Jimmy Jacobs (252)
Shawn Michaels (6) vs Akira Taue (251)
Christian Cage (7) vs Nick Nemeth (250)
Perro Aguayo Jr (8) vs Taiyo Kea (249)
Bobby Lashley 9 vs Raven (248)
Takeshi Morishima (10) vs Derek Wylde (247)
Ultimo Guerrero (11) vs Susumu Yokosuka (246)
Samoa Joe (12) vs Val Venis (245)
Batista (13) vs El. Generico (244)
Minoru Suzuki (14) vs Johnny Jeter (243)
Randy Orton (15) vs Texano Jr (242)
Mitsuharu Misawa (16) vs Chase Stevens (241)
Bryan Danielson (17) vs Rory McAllister (240)
King Booker (18) vs Shiro Koshinaka (239)
Sting (19) vs Andy Douglas (238)
Yuji Nagata (20) vs Sangre Azteca (237)
Ken Kennedy (21) vs Mike Mondo (236)
Umaga (22) vs Latin Lover (235)
Abyss (23) vs Robbie McAllister (234)
Rob Van Dam (24) vs El Sagrado (233)
Nigel McGuinness (25) vs Shinjiro Otani (232)
Cibernetico (26) vs Erick Stevens (231)
Naomichi Marufuji (27) vs Takuma Sano (230)
Chris Sabin (28) vs Frankie Kazarian (229)
Jeff Hardy (29) vs Brazo De Plata (228)
Christopher Daniels (30) vs Daivari (227)
El Hijo Del Santo (31) vs Jesse Gymini (226)
AJ Styles (32) vs Shuji Kondo (225)
Finlay (33) vs Joey Ryan (224)
Jushin Liger (34) vs Nick Sinn (223)
The Big Show (35) vs Jake Gymini (222)
Matt Hardy (36) vs Tatsumi Fujinami (221)
Rocky Romero (37) vs Mike Knox (220)
Negro Casas (38) vs Human Tornado (219)
Rhino (39) vs Takashi Sugiura (218)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (40) vs Nunzio (217)
Carlito (41) vs Matt Bentley (216)
CM Punk (42) vs Fuerza Guerrera (215)
LA Parka (43) vs Dave Taylor (214)
Gregory Helms (44) vs Ultimo Dragon (213)
Kenta (45) vs Jamie Noble (212)
Chavo Guerrero Jr (46) vs Osamu Nishimura (211)
MVP (47) vs Johnny Devine (210)
Dr Wagner Jr (48) vs Jinsei Shinzaki (209)
Chris Hero (49) vs Apolo (208)
Senshi (Lo Ki) (50) vs Deuce (207)
Triple H (51) vs Muerte Cibernetica (206)
Cima (52) vs Danny Doring (205)
Averno (53) vs Ryo Saito (204)
Homicide (54) vs Domino (203)
Roderick Strong (55) vs Gedo (202)
John Morrison (56) vs Matt Cross (201)
Kensuke Sasaki (57) vs Olimpico (200)
Sabu (58) vs JTG (199)
Scott Steiner (59) vs Eddie Colon (198)
Charly Manson (60) vs Mohammed Yone (197)
Milano Collection AT (61) vs Brother Runt (196)
Marcus Cor Von (62) vs Tank Toland (195)
Brent Albright (63) vs Mike Kruel (194)
Satoshi Kojima (64) vs Shad Gaspard (193)
Kane (65) vs Ricky Reyes (192)
Chris Harris (66) vs Super Delfin (191)
Claudio Castagnoli (67) vs Eugene (190)
LA Park (the original) (68) vs Genki Horiguchi (189)
Tiger Mask IV (69) vs Maximo (188)
Ric Flair (70) vs Steve Corino (187)
Bobby Roode (71) vs The Sandman (186)
Jun Akiyama (72) vs Alex Koslov (185)
Black Warrior (73) vs Mark Henry (184)
Brother Ray (74) vs Pac (183)
Alex Shelley (75) vs Tommy Dreamer (182)
Davey Richards (76) vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (181)
William Regal (77) vs Kevin Steen (180)
Jay Briscoe (78) vs Santino Marella (179)
Atlantis (79) vs Don Fuji (178)
Brother Devon (80) vs Mike Quackenbush (177)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (81) vs Felino (176)
James Storm (82) vs Damaja (175)
Mark Briscoe (83) vs Taiji Ishimori (174)
Doug Williams (84) vs Matt Striker (173)
Zorro (85) vs Cody Rhodes (172)
Minoru (86) vs Chessman (171)
Elijah Burke (87) vs Kip James (170)
Delirious (88) vs Halloween (169)
Chris Masters (89) vs BG James (168)
Mephisto (90) vs Adam Pearce (167)
Shelton Benjamin (91) vs Aaron Stevens (166)
Intocable (92) vs Lizmark Jr (165)
Petey Williams (93) vs Doug Basham (164)
Kevin Thorn (94) vs Heavy Metal (163)
Jay “Black Machismo” Lethal (95) vs Charlie Haas (162)
Shinsuke Nakamura (96) vs LA Mascara (161)
Paul London (97) vs Shawn Spears (160)
Brian Kendrick (98) vs Lance Hoyt (159)
Toshiaki Kawada (99) vs Damian 666 (158)
Travis Tomko (100) vs Hardcore Holly (157)
The Great Khali (101) vs Koji Kanemoto (156)
Austin Aries (102) vs Joey Mercury (155)
Yoshinari Ogawa (103) vs Abismo Negro (154)
Hector Garza (104) vs Paul Birchall (153)
Giant Bernard (105) vs Ephesto (152)
Hotstuff Hernandez (106) vs Kaz Hayashi (151)
Ricky Marvin (107) vs Andrew “Test” Martin (150)
Colt Cabana (108) vs Jack Evans (149)
Mr Aguila (109) vs Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (148)
Jimmy Wang Yang (110) vs Volador Jr (147)
Dragon Kid (111) vs Taka Michinoku (146)
Vampiro (112) vs Sean “X-Pac” Waltman (145)
Kotaro Suzuki (113) vs Juventud Gurrera (144)
The Boogeyman (114) vs Masao Inoue (143)
Dos Caras Jr (115) vs Jimmy Rave (142)
Manabu Nakanishi (116) vs Dick Togo (141)
Jeff Jarrett (117) vs Marco Corleone (140)
BJ Whitmer (118) vs Jerry Lynn (139)
Keiji Muto (The Great Muta) (119) vs Jay Bradley (138)
Eric Young (120) vs Lance Cade (137)
Toscano (121) vs Universo 2000 (136)
Ares (122) vs Trevor Murdoch (135)
Kenny Dykstra (123) vs Sonjay Dutt (134)
Super Crazy (124) vs Naruki Doi (133)
Masato Yoshino (125) vs Octagon (132)
Ron Killings (126) vs Togi Makabe (131)
Rey Bucanero (127) vs Gene Snitsky (130)
Matt Sydal (128) vs Shocker (129)
NEXT: First round results (including some upsets!)

PWI Top 500 2007 Tourney: BATTLE ROYALS winners

THE battle royals are over and we have 21 winners going into the two-ring battle royal, to be held in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia.

HIGHLIGHTS: Kudo from Japan's DDT promotion and NWA Hawaii's Kapu tumbled out of the ring together in the eighth battle royal and landed on the floor at the same time, so BOTH will progress to the two-ring battle royal...the tenth battle royal had the best final match-up with Necro Butcher and Festus Dalton beating each other into bloody messes before Festus finally threw Necro out of the ring to win...Not to be confused with the other one, HWA's Matt Stryker snuck through in battle royal 14...Mad Man Pondo used a dropkick to eliminate Trent Acid in battle royal 16, sending many fans into shock...several wrestlers had to get rid of two men at once to win their battle royals, but Franky The Mobster went one better, disposing of Tommy Vandal, Pelle Primeau AND Ric Converse to win battle royal 17.

So here are the two-ring battle royal contestants:

Nick Mitchell, Jado, Shane Valentine, Shane Matthews, Danny Daniels, KC James, Minoru Fujita, Kudo, Kapu, Justin White, Festus Dalton, Brian Milonas, Elix Skipper, Jerry Reiner, Matt Striker, Rick Fuller, Mad Man Pondo, Franky The Mobster, Turbo, Ricochet and Chad Parham

NEXT: The battle royal winners - our final two competitors in the tourney - and the draw for the first round of the tournament proper.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

RIP: Dave Sheldon (the World Class "curse" strikes again)

I GOT some bad news for ya: 80s mid-carder Dave Sheldon (aka The Angel Of Death) was found dead in his home in Bedford, Texas last weekend.

If you grew up watching the wrestling in the late 80s - or reading about it in the Apter or Napolitano mags - then you came across pics of a tall, bald, evil-looking dude getting the tar beaten out of him. That was Dave.
He worked for practically everyone: Stampede, Bill Watts' UWF (where he was the Freebirds' bodyguard for a brief time), NWA/WCW (under a hood in the Russian Assassins tag team and as one of the many Black Scorpions) and, most notably, World Class.
I remember well the infamous angle shot on Christmas Day 1987 in Dallas where Angel Of Death, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts and Iceman Parsons attacked Fritz Von Erich, causing the old cunt to fake a heart attack to gain waning fan sympathy. It didn't work, but the foursome briefly hung out as "The Blackbirds", a poor copy of the Freebirds.
Dave won a few titles for various Texas-based promotions over the years, but was primarily a mid-carder, although he also wrestled on some big cards including World Class's Parade Of Champions in 1988 and Starrcade '88.
Angel Of Death was an ironic name: Dave was supposed to wrestle both Bruiser Brody in 1988 and Kerry von Erich in 1993, but Brody and Kerry died just before they could meet in the ring.
Dave wrestled sporadically up until 2000 before retiring.
And now he's the latest statistic in the World Class "curse" - another guy who worked for the Von Erichs who's died under the age of 50.
Eerie, sad stuff.

Hey, mofos, this is (bad masked Argentinean) wrestling!


Friday, November 23, 2007

Contestants in the PWI Top 500 Tournament preliminary battle royals

BATTLE ROYALS (round one):

1. MSG, New York: Big Daddy V (255), Jim Duggan (256), Sylvester Terkay (257), Shark Boy (258), Steve Lewington (259), Nick Mitchell (260), Emil Sitoci (494), Eric Fantabulous (495), Patrick Brink (496), Quicksilver (497), Brian Blade (498), Vincent Nothing (499), Andre Heart (500)
2. Pat Patterson Stadium, Rio De Janeiro: El Angel (261), Rene Dupree (262), Jado (263), Balls Mahoney (264), Oriental (265), Stevie Richards (266), Corporal Robinson (487), Jey Graham (488), Azrieal (489), Richard Phillips (490), Justin Blaze (491), Dustin Thomas (492), Joey Spector (493)
3. Hordern Pavilion, Sydney: Sylvan Grenier (267), Shannon Moore (268), Antoni Polaski (269), Shoichi Funaki (270), Brett Major (271), Harry Smith (272), Mike DiBiase (480), Shane Valentine (481), Anthony Bishop (482), Tracy Smothers (483), Mason Childs (484), Ala Hussein (485), Matt Riviera (486)
4. Some shithole, Tupelo, Mississippi: Brian Major (273), Laredo Kid (274), Rob Conway (275), Karl Anderson (276), Vito (277), Rick Steiner (278), Justyn Glory (473), JT Stahr (474), Shane Matthews (475), Rex Sterling (476), Jason Gory (477), Darin Corbin (478), Hook Bomberry (479)
5. Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis: Kassidy James (279), Kikutaro (280), Jerry Lawler (281), Rey Cometa (282), Super Dragon (283), Brad Armstrong (284), John Kermon (466), Shayne Hawke (467), Danny Daniels (468), Joey Harder (469), Ted DiBiase Jr (470), Bobby 2 Bad (471), Dick Rick (472)
6. Tokyo Dome: Takao Omori (285), KC James (286), Ryusuke Taguchi (287), Tony Mamaluke (288), Chet The Jet (289), Michael Kovac (290), Eric Draven (459), Wade Chism (460), Hentai (461), Johnny Kashmere (462), Bino Gambino (463), Kirby Mack (464), Chasyn Rance (465)
7. some fuck-off huge stadium with hardly anyone in it, San Juan, PR: Orlando Jordan (291), Minoru Fujita (292), CW Anderson (293), Gran Akuma (294), Justin LaRoche (295), El Pantera (296), Johnny Palazzo (453), Amigo Suzuki (454), Luke Hawk (455), Tony Torres (456), Ronin (457), Daniel Cross (458)
8. Wembley Stadium, London: Adam Flash (297), Scorpio (298), Chris Bosh (299), Vladimir Kozlov (300), Kudo (301), Psicosis (302), Kapu (447), Mace (448), Pierre-Carl Ouellet (449), Dylan Starr (450), Sal Rinauro (451), Zach Gowen (452)
9. That place. Y'know, THAT place...the one with the thing, remember?: Icarus (303), Scott Lost (304), Justin Credible (305), Jesse Dalton (306), Dan Rodman (307), Sicodelico Jr (308), Tank (441), Soldier Ant (442), Justin White (443), Michael Von Payton (444), Sabian (445), Shawn Cook (446)
10. Cow Palace, San Francisco: Scotty 2 Hotty (309), Necro Butcher (310), Josh Daniels (311), Festus Dalton (312), El Bronco (313), Chuck Taylor (314), Player Uno (435), Ken Steel (436), Chakal (437), Jagged (438), Darin Childs (439), Brian Ash (440)

11. Meadowlands, NJ: Brian Milonas (315), TJ Perkins (316), Romeo Roselli (317), Hallowicked (318), Brian Jennings (319), Teddy Hart (320), Go Shiozaki (429), Excalibur (430), Mike Tobin (431), Ed Gonzales (432), Shane Storm (433), Tommy End (434)
12. Houston Astrodome: Maxime Boyer (321), Drake Younger (322), Elix Skipper (323), Ace Steel (324), Jigsaw (325), Murat Bosporus (326), Toby Klein (423), Aaron Williams (424), Derek Frazier (425), Seth Shai (426), Andy Dalton (427), Kory Chavis (428)
13. The Sportatorium, Dallas: Mitch Ryder (327), Cody Hawk (328), Fergal Devitt (329), D-Ray 3000 (330), Larry Sweeney (331), Aden Chambers (332), Billy Roc (417), Danny Havoc (418), Jerry Reiner (419), Beef Wellington (420), Tony Scarpone (421), Onyx (422)
14. Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL, Sydney: Viking (333), David Young (334), Martin Stone (335), Matt Stryker (336), Brandon Thomaselli (337), Steve Douglas (338), Scorpio Sky (411), Billy Maverick (412), Jerrelle Clark (413), Jason Blade (414), Skayde (415), Bishop (416)
15. Greensboro Coliseum, NC: Eddie Kingston (339), Devon Moore (340), Aaron Aguilera (341), Shaun Koen (342), Miyawaki (343), Sal Thomaselli (344), Scott Zenzen (405), Kimera (406), Red Anderson (407), Hiromi Horiguchi (408), Rick Fuller (409), Quinten Lee (410)
16. Barrow Town Hall, Alaska: Dave Crist (345), Jake Matthews (346), Vito Thomaselli (347), Brian Fury (348), Jake Crist (349), Madman Pondo (350), Ultramantis Black (399), Ricky Landell (400), The Great Sasuke (401), The Stro (402), Trent Acid (403), Freak Nastty (404)
17. On the set during a taping of The View: Charles Evans (351), Bad Bones (352), John Saxon (353), Pelle Primeau (354), El Blazer (355), Mascara Purpura (356), Ric Converse (393), Hangtime (394), Lince Dorando (395), Aaron Epic (396), Franky The Mobster (397), Tommy Vandal (398)
18. 20,000 leagues under the sea: Ruckus (357), Antonio Thomas (358), Ganger (359), BXB Hulk (360), Dru Onyx (361), Chris Kole (362), Alan Wasylychyn (387), Rob Eckos (388), La Sombra (389), Scot Summers (390), Ikuto Hidaka (391), Turbo (392)
19. Dark side of the moon: Shane Hagadorn (363), Kornbred (364), Sexxxy Eddy (365), Tigre Metalico (366), Danshoku Dino (367), Shiima Xion (368), Sirus LaVey (381), Damien Wayne (382), Kid Mikaze (383), Dan Paysan (384), Christian York (385), Ricochet (386)
20. Far side of crazy, Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico: Frank “The Tank” Parker (369), Chad Parham (370), Jon Moxley (371), Sterling James Keenan (372), Robert Anthony (373), Justice Pain (374), Navajo Warrior (375), Rhett Titus (376), Yoshiaki Yago (377), Josh Prohibition (378), Chance Phophet (379), Arik Cannon (380)

NEXT: The 20 battle royal winners

Thursday, November 22, 2007

PWI Top 500 2007 Tournament - how it works

WELL, here we go. The tourney will begin shortly - 500 of the world's best wrestlers (according to slightly dodgy Pro Wrestling Illustrated) face off to determine the best grappler of 2007.

"So how will it work, Doc?" I hear you ask. Simple. Back in the 80s, fine publications such as Gold Belt Wrestling and Wrestling Superstars would run imaginary contests. Y'know the type: "Who would win between Demolition and the Road Warriors?" "Who would win in a tag team tourney if the best teams from all the top federations were involved?" "Who would win between Sting and the Ultimate Warrior? Etc etc etc...

Some years ago, I...acquired the super-computer used to calculate the results of these fantasy match-ups. Don't ask how, it's a long story...although it does involve some compromising pictures of Ginger Snaps with Bill Apter. Other than that, my lips are sealed.

Anyway, using this super-computer, I will tabulate the results of this mega-tournament and in coming days and weeks publish the results (and some match details when the computer coughs 'em up).

Here's how it works. The top 254 wrestlers will be part of a 256-man elimination tourney.
DQs, count-outs, etc will be allowed, but no time-limit draws. There must be a victor in each match. The tourney will continue (128, 64, 32, 16, QFs, SFs and final) until there's a winner.

The final two men in the tourney will be selected from the bottom 256 grapplers in the Top 500. They will be split into groups of 12 or 13 and compete in battle royals. The winner of each battle royal will wind up in a two-ring, 20-man battle royal.

The winner in each ring will then enter the tournament proper.

Got any questions? No?

Then let's begin.

NEXT TIME: The battle royals for tournament spots No. 255 and No. 256.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This is wrestling...stables, teams, gangs and corporations (but, thankfully, no Dudes With Attitude). Part 1

Jimmy Hart's First Family Of Wrestling
(Memphis, early 80s)

The best incarnation of The Four Horsemen
(NWA, late 80s)

Hot Stuff & Hyatt International (UWF, mid-80s)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

PWI Top 500 2007...an idea is stirring

IT'S a load of bullshit, but every year Pro Wrestling Illustrated publishes its top 500 wrestlers. And every year, the Internet smarks get upset 'cos someone got left out or someone got put higher on the list than someone "more worthy".

Sure, it's a pile of monkey crap, but it's kinda fun, too, to read (even after you've paid the outrageous $30 price tag for the mag).
For example, it was nice to see PWA Queensland's Mason Childs make the list (although, to be fair, AWF's TNT should also be on the list, too, as he's wrestled a bunch of overseas guys and also wrestled in Japan. As should IWA's Mark Mercedes, who wrestled for Muga in Japan). Like I said, it's the sorta thing marks and smarks get upset about.

Here's the list, by the way:

Mistico (No. 3)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2007

1. John Cena
2. Edge
3. Mistico
4. Kurt Angle
5. The Undertaker
6. Shawn Michaels
7. Christian Cage
8. Perro Aguayo Jr
9. Bobby Lashley
10. Takeshi Morishima
11. Ultimo Guerrero
12. Samoa Joe
13. Batista
14. Minoru Suzuki
15. Randy Orton
16. Mitsuharu Misawa
17. Bryan Danielson
18. King Booker
19. Sting
20. Yuji Nagata
21. Ken Kennedy
22. Umaga
23. Abyss
24. Rob Van Dam
25. Nigel McGuinness
26. Cibernetico
27. Naomichi Marufuji
28. Chris Sabin
29. Jeff Hardy
30. Christopher Daniels
31. El Hijo Del Santo
32. AJ Styles
33. Finlay
34. Jushin Liger
35. The Big Show
36. Matt Hardy
37. Rocky Romero
38. Negro Casas
39. Rhino
40. Hiroshi Tanahashi
41. Carlito
42. CM Punk
43. LA Parka
44. Gregory Helms
45. Kenta
46. Chavo Guerrero Jr
47. MVP
48. Dr Wagner Jr
49. Chris Hero
50. Senshi (Lo Ki)

Marcus Cor Von (No. 62)
51. Triple H
52. Cima
53. Averno
54. Homicide
55. Roderick Strong
56. John Morrison
57. Kensuke Sasaki
58. Sabu
59. Scott Steiner
60. Charly Manson
61. Milano Collection AT
62. Marcus Cor Von
63. Brent Albright
64. Satoshi Kojima
65. Kane
66. Chris Harris
67. Claudio Castagnoli
68. LA Park (the original)
69. Tiger Mask IV
70. Ric Flair
71. Bobby Roode
72. Jun Akiyama
73. Black Warrior
74. Brother Ray
75. Alex Shelley
76. Davey Richards
77. William Regal
78. Jay Briscoe
79. Atlantis
80. Brother Devon
81. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
82. James Storm
83. Mark Briscoe
84. Doug Williams
85. Zorro
86. Minoru
87. Elijah Burke
88. Delirious
89. Chris Masters
90. Mephisto
91. Shelton Benjamin
92. Intocable
93. Petey Williams
94. Kevin Thorn
95. Jay “Black Machismo” Lethal
96. Shinsuke Nakamura
97. Paul London
98. Brian Kendrick
99. Toshiaki Kawada
100. Travis Tomko

Trevor Murdoch (No. 135)
101. The Great Khali
102. Austin Aries
103. Yoshinari Ogawa
104. Hector Garza
105. Giant Bernard
106. Hotstuff Hernandez
107. Ricky Marvin
108. Colt Cabana
109. Mr Aguila
110. Jimmy Wang Yang
111. Dragon Kid
112. Vampiro
113. Kotaro Suzuki
114. The Boogeyman
115. Dos Caras Jr
116. Manabu Nakanishi
117. Jeff Jarrett
118. BJ Whitmer
119. Keiji Muto (The Great Muta)
120. Eric Young
121. Toscano
122. Ares
123. Kenny Dykstra
124. Super Crazy
125. Masato Yoshino
126. Ron Killings
127. Rey Bucanero
128. Matt Sydal
129. Shocker
130. Gene Snitsky
131. Togi Makabe
132. Octagon
133. Naruki Doi
134. Sonjay Dutt
135. Trevor Murdoch
136. Universo 2000
137. Lance Cade
138. Jay Bradley
139. Jerry Lynn
140. Marco Corleone
141. Dick Togo
142. Jimmy Rave
143. Masao Inoue
144. Juventud Gurrera
145. Sean Waltman
146. Taka Michinoku
147. Volador Jr
148. Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
149. Jack Evans
150. Andrew "Test" Martin

Mike Quackenbush (No. 177)
151. Kaz Hayashi
152. Ephesto
153. Paul Birchall
154. Abismo Negro
155. Joey Mercury
156. Koji Kanemoto
157. Hardcore Holly
158. Damian 666
159. Lance Hoyt
160. Shawn Spears
161. LA Mascara
162. Charlie Haas
163. Heavy Metal
164. Doug Basham
165. Lizmark Jr
166. Aaron Stevens
167. Adam Pearce
168. BG James
169. Halloween
170. Kip James
171. Chessman
172. Cody Rhodes
173. Matt Striker
174. Taiji Ishimori
175. Damaja
176. Felino
177. Mike Quackenbush
178. Don Fuji
179. Santino Marella
180. Kevin Steen
181. Katsuhiko Nakajima
182. Tommy Dreamer
183. Pac
184. Mark Henry
185. Alex Koslov
186. The Sandman
187. Steve Corino
188. Maximo
189. Genki Horiguchi
190. Eugene
191. Super Delfin
192. Ricky Reyes
193. Shad Gaspard
194. Mike Kruel
195. Tank Toland
196. Brother Runt
197. Mohammed Yone
198. Eddie Colon
199. JTG
200. Olimpico

Raven (No. 248)
201. Matt Cross
202. Gedo
203. Domino
204. Ryo Saito
205. Danny Doring
206. Muerte Cibernetica
207. Deuce
208. Apolo
209. Jinsei Shinzaki
210. Johnny Devine
211. Osamu Nishimura
212. Jamie Noble
213. Ultimo Dragon
214. Dave Taylor
215. Fuerza Guerrera
216. Matt Bentley
217. Nunzio
218. Takashi Sugiura
219. Human Tornado
220. Mike Knox
221. Tatsumi Fujinami
222. Jake Gymini
223. Nick Sinn
224. Joey Ryan
225. Shuji Kondo
226. Jesse Gymini
227. Daivari
228. Brazo De Plata
229. Frankie Kazarian
230. Takuma Sano
231. Erick Stevens
232. Shinjiro Otani
233. El Sagrado
234. Robbie McAllister
235. Latin Lover
236. Mike Mondo
237. Sangre Azteca
238. Andy Douglas
239. Shiro Koshinaka
240. Rory McAllister
241. Chase Stevens
242. Texano Jr
243. Johnny Jeter
244. El. Generico
245. Val Venis
246. Susumu Yokosuka
247. Derek Wylde
248. Raven
249. Taiyo Kea
250. Nick Nemeth

Super Dragon (No. 283)
251. Akira Taue
252. Jimmy Jacobs
253. A-1
254. Ozz
255. Big Daddy V
256. Jim Duggan
257. Sylvester Terkay
258. Shark Boy
259. Steve Lewington
260. Nick Mitchell
261. El Angle
262. Rene Dupree
263. Jado
264. Balls Mahoney
265. Oriental
266. Stevie Richards
267. Sylvan Grenier
268. Shannon Moore
269. Antoni Polaski
270. Shoichi Funaki
271. Brett Major
272. Harry Smith
273. Brian Major
274. Laredo Kid
275. Rob Conway
276. Karl Anderson
277. Vito
278. Rick Steiner
279. Kassidy James
280. Kikutaro
281. Jerry Lawler
282. Rey Cometa
283. Super Dragon
284. Brad Armstrong
285. Takao Omori
286. KC James
287. Ryusuke Taguchi
288. Tony Mamaluke
289. Chet the Jet
290. Michael Kovac
291. Orlando Jordan
292. Minoru Fujita
293. CW Anderson
294. Gran Akuma
295. Justin LaRoche
296. El Pantera
297. Adam Flash
298. Scorpio
299. Chris Bosh
300. Vladimir Kozlov

Necro Butcher (No. 310)
301. Kudo
302. Psicosis
303. Icarus
304. Scott Lost
305. Justing Credible
306. Jesse Dalton
307. Dan Rodman
308. Sicodelico Jr
309. Scotty 2 Hotty
310. Necro Butcher
311. Josh Daniels
312. Festus Dalton
313. El Bronco
314. Chuck Taylor
315. Brian Milonas
316. TJ Perkins
317. Romeo Roselli
318. Hallowicked
319. Brian Jenings
320. Teddy Hart
321. Maxime Boyer
322. Drake Younger
323. Elix Skipper
324. Ace Steel
325. Jigsaw
326. Murat Bosporus
327. Mitch Ryder
328. Cody Hawk
329. Fergal Devitt
330. D-Ray 3000
331. Larry Sweeney
332. Aden Chambers
333. Viking
334. David Young
335. Martin Stone
336. Matt Stryker
337. Brandon Thomaselli
338. Steve Douglas
339. Eddie Kingston
340. Devon Moore
341. Aaron Aguilera
342. Shaun Koen
343. Miyawaki
344. Sal Thomaselli
345. Dave Crist
346. Jake Matthews
347. Vito Thomaselli
348. Brian Fury
349. Jake Crist
350. Madman Pondo

Justice Pain (No. 374)
351. Charles Evans
352. Bad Bones
353. John Saxon
354. Pelle Primeau
355. El Blazer
356. Mascara Purpura
357. Ruckus
358. Antonio Thomas
359. Ganger
360. BXB Hulk
361. Dru Onyx
362. Chris Kole
363. Shane Hagadorn
364. Kornbred
365. Sexxxy Eddy
366. Tigre Metalico
367. Danshoku Dino
368. Shiima Xion
369. Frank “The Tank” Parker
370. Chad Parham
371. Jon Moxley
372. Sterling James Keenan
373. Robert Anthony
374. Justice Pain
375. Navajo Warrior
376. Rhett Titus
377. Yoshiaki Yago
378. Josh Prohibition
379. Chance Phophet
380. Arik Cannon
381. Sirus LaVey
382. Damien Wayne
383. Kid Mikaze
384. Dan Paysan
385. Christian York
386. Ricochet
387. Alan Wasylychyn
388. Rob Eckos
389. La Sombra
390. Scot Summers
391. Ikuto Hidaka
392. Turbo
393. Ric Converse
394. Hangtime
395. Lince Dorando
396. Aaron Epic
397. Franky The Mobster
398. Tommy Vandal
399. Ultramantis Black
400. Ricky Landell

Trent Acid (No. 403)
401. The Great Sasuke
402. The Stro
403. Trent Acid
404. Freak Nastty
405. Scott Zenzen
406. Kimera
407. Red Anderson
408. Hiromi Horiguchi
409. Rick Fuller
410. Quinten Lee
411. Scorpio Sky
412. Billy Maverick
413. Jerrelle Clark
414. Jason Blade
415. Skayde
416. Bishop
417. Billy Roc
418. Danny Havoc
419. Jerry Reiner
420. Beef Wellington
421. Tony Scarpone
422. Onyx
423. Toby Klein
424. Aaron Williams
425. Derek Frazier
426. Seth Shai
427. Andy Dalton
428. Kory Chavis
429. Go Shiozaki
430. Excalibur
431. Mike Tobin
432. Ed Gonzales
433. Shane Storm
434. Tommy End
435. Player Uno
436. Ken Steel
437. Chakal
438. Jagged
439. Darin Childs
440. Brian Ash
441. Tank
442. Soldier Ant
443. Justin White
444. Michael Von Payton
445. Sabian
446. Shawn Cook
447. Kapu
448. Mace
449. Pierre-Carl Ouellet
450. Dylan Starr
Mason Childs (No. 484)

451. Sal Rinauro
452. Zach Gowen
453. Johnny Palazzo
454. Amigo Suzuki
455. Luke Hawk
456. Tony Torres
457. Ronin
458. Daniel Cross
459. Eric Draven
460. Wade Chism
461. Hentai
462. Johnny Kashmere
463. Bino Gambino
464. Kirby Mack
465. Chasyn Rance
466. John Kermon
467. Shayne Hawke
468. Danny Daniels
469. Joey Harder
470. Ted DiBiase Jr
471. Bobby 2 Bad
472. Dick Rick
473. Justyn Glory
474. JT Stahr
475. Shane Matthews
476. Rex Sterling
477. Jason Gory
478. Darin Corbin
479. Hook Bomberry
480. Mike DiBiase
481. Shane Valentine
482. Anthony Bishop
483. Tracy Smothers
484. Mason Childs
485. Ala Hussein
486. Matt Riviera
487. Corporal Robinson
488. Jey Graham
489. Azreal
490. Richard Phillips
491. Justin Blaze
492. Dustin Thomas
493. Joey Spector
494. Emil Sitoci
495. Eric Fantabulous
496. Patrick Brink
497. Quicksilver
498. Brian Blade
499. Vincent Nothing
500. Andre Heart

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OK. So I've come up with my own crazy idea, mainly 'cos I'm bored. I'm gonna run an imaginary tournament to find out the best wrestler in the Top 500 for 2007.

It's smarkish (nay, more markish, really), but it's gonna be fun (for me, anyway).
More details soon on how this tourney will work.
Meanwhile, feel free to give me your tip on who's gonna win.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Fozzy's last show?

PLUS Steve Corino AND Blakestone? The Doctor will be in the house that night, my friends!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Two very different shows...

Beth Phoenix

WWE RAW (Friday, 9/11, Sydney, 20,000): Cody Rhodes & Bob Holly b Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas; Women's Title: Beth Phonix b Mickie James; Hacksaw Jim Duggan b Santino Marella; Rhodes & Holly b The Highlanders; World Tag Team Titles: Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch b Rhodes & Holly; Brian Kendrick b William Regal; WWE Heavyweight Title: Randy Orton b Mr Kennedy & Jeff Hardy; Street fight: HHH b Umaga

I WASN'T planning to go to the WWE Survivor Series tour when it came to Sydney last Friday, but free tickets will make you do anything, I suppose. Especially when they're free tix to the Foxtel corporate box.

Free food, free booze, free merchandise and a chance to hobnob with Kamahl? How could I refuse?

Sure, the show was mediocre - did I really need to see Bob Holly three times in one evening? - but it was cool to see Cody Rhodes and Beth Phoenix live for the first time. And it was fantastic to soak in the amazing crowd heat from the full house in attendance.

Triple H vs Umaga was a decent street fight main event. Jeff Hardy worked his arse off against an overrated Mr Kennedy and lazy world champ Randy Orton. Personally, the match of the night was Brian Kendrick vs William Regal. Regal is an entertaining dude.

I have to say, I don't think I'll ever attend another WWE card unless I can get free corporate box tix. I've been spoiled.


Devlin's big dive


UWA Hallowikkid 2007 (Sunday, 28/10, Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL, Sydney - 120+): UWA Elite Title: CRSM b Mike Valuable, The Captain & Mexicutioner; Matt Wolf, Dean Draven & TJ Haze b Salem, Devlin DeSkyes & Blakestone; Street Fight: Johnny Rage b Troy The Boy; PWA International Title: Mason Childs b Ash Riot; PWA Double Crown (National & Heavyweight Titles): Ryan Eagles b Sean O'Shea; Aurora b Kathryn Nixxxon; UWA Ultimate Title: Will Phoenix b Bishop Sommers; TJ Haze threw out Mike Valuable to win Double Rumble.

A FEW weeks earlier I attended the best live card of 2007: UWA Hallowikkid.

From start to finish, this was an awesome card, which blew away the WWE show the following month.

A few thoughts:
* CRSM is rapidly becoming a cult babyface due to his manager The Fabulous Sebastian's antics (the free badges and face masks thrown into the crowd were a hoot). It was good to see rising star Mike Valuable and former AWF star The Captain do their thing. Mexicutioner looks like a male Aja Kong and is really only good for mid-card comedy. Still, I felt bad for him when he went down with a leg injury. Overall, a solid opening bout.
* The six-man tag started slow and I could tell everyone was waiting for Blakestone to tag in. When he did, everything stepped up a notch. This was stiff, hard-hitting fare, topped off by the move of the night, Devlin's dive from the commentators' booth on the balcony onto the guys in the ring. Awesome move. The teased dissension between Dev and tag team partner Salem was also great to behold.
* The street fight was OK. Rage shouldn't wear tassels to a street fight and Troy doesn't have the facial mannerisms to play an effective heel, but overall it was a fun match.
* Unlike some other fans, I really enjoyed Mason's technical clash with Ash. Mason reminds me of a bigger, more likable version of Ryan Eagles. This was great to watch and a nice change of pace from the previous matches.
* I love baiting Ryan - he reminds me of a smaller, less likable version of Mason Childs. His two big shiny belts and shiny pants also make him a target. Still, he and O'Shea had a great contest and I couldn't complain about the workrate.
* I'm not a fan of western women's wrestling, but I was happy to see Nixxxon start her heel turn after losing to Aurora. Kathryn makes a much better bad girl than face.
* Phoenix's title defense against Bishop was probably the match of the night (Mason vs Ash would come close) - great psychology and great moves. It's a shame the feud appears to be over now. I would've liked to have seen this thing simmer a bit further.
* The two-ring battle royal was fine, despite the stupid behaviour of fuck-faced idiot Big "But I have a small dick and a smaller brain" Jay. Once the moron had been stiffed stupid and tossed out of the ring, the match settled into an interesting contest highlighted by Valuable winning the first ring whileSalem and Dev faced off in the second ring. The fans immediately backed Dev (led by my chants, I must confess) and that was pretty cool. TJ Haze (who hadn't been eliminated after going through the bottom rope) snuck back into the ring and disposed of them both. He then made short work of Valuable to win the battle royal. It was an OK ending, but I would've preferred to see the talented Valuable get the push and go over. Just my opinion.

You know, you can go to the WWE to enjoy the big-event atmosphere and to see "the stars" live in action. Hell, that's the only reason to go, I reckon.

But if I wanna see entertaining bouts featuring wrestlers working their arses off and giving 110%, then I'll choose the UWA (or any other local promotion) every single time.

VIDEO: Freebirds debut in the WWF (c.1984)

I'D READ The Fabulous Freebirds' run in the WWF was brief - so brief in fact I believed they didn't even appear in any televised matches.

I'm glad to find I was wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Z9oz0LkuE

This squash was taped in Philadelphia, PA on August 4, 1984. Babyfaces Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts (with David Wolff and Cyndi Lauper as their managers) take on the killer team of Ron Shaw, Rene Goulet and Charlie Fulton. Mayhem ensues including a vicious, botched triple-team power bomb (back when NO-ONE else was using that move) for the finish.

I gather the Freebirds originally used Freebird by Lynard Skynard as their theme music, but WWE has since overdubbed Hayes' own crappy-but-I-still-like-it song, Badstreet USA (damn them copyright fees).

Poor drunken Freebirds - I can't believe they blew such a big opportunity working for Vince. Still, you have to admire guys who love boozing way better than they do big money and fame.