Sunday, November 02, 2014

WWCBD? ep. 35: "Work like a feather or work like a Funk!"


WELCOME to our latest episode, with volume levels adjusted so you can hear the thing properly!
DANN LENNARD and LORD MARK WILLIAMSON kick off another titanic podcast with a letter about our last episode (from Adam G. of Melbourne).
Dubbs tells a jaw-dropping anecdote about Slade Mercer and Sid Parker and wrestler stupidity at WarZone. Oh boys!!!
This expands into general talk about wrestlers trying to get into free into local shows. Plus DON’T EVER ASK Lord Mark Williamson to help you get booked on any Aussie wrestling card.

Next, Dann talks about an article he's written about Bruiser Brody. Loads of talk about this legendary brawler, including the Lex Luger shoot in a cage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epmXA8w0Qjo), Brody's lack of professionalism in general, Brody vs Flair in a 60-minute match in St Louis in 1983 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FisTjkyS_w) and more!
 
Next, we get to the guts of this podcast: Dann's selections for the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. Yes, for the third year running, I've been given the honour of being a judge for the most prestigious wrestling/MMA hall of fame in the world. Here are my selections. 

Brock Lesnar
Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
Sting
Ivan Koloff
Sgt Slaughter
Big Daddy
Jackie Pallo
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy
Mark Lewin
Mario Milano

Bill Apter
Gorilla Monsoon
Don Owen
Jesse Ventura
Stanley Weston

And I give my reasons why for each candidate. I also list this year's nominees and why Owen Hart and Curt Hennig should NEVER get into the Hall of Fame.

Finally, we wrap things up with a serious discussion on Global Force Wrestling, Lucha Underground, TNA's TV, WWE RAW and more. Oh yeah....shit gets real, motherfuckers!!

It's an hour or so of thought-provoking, shit-stirring, intelligent discussion about the world's greatest sport. Download it HERE.

HERE'S THE FULL LIST OF WRESTLING OBSERVER HALL OF FAME NOMINEES (and their respective categories):

HISTORICAL PERFORMERS
Gene & Ole Anderson
The Assassins (Joe Hamilton & Tom Renesto)
Red Bastien
June Byers
Pepper Gomez
Dick Hutton
Pedro Morales
Ciclon Negro
Kinji Shibuya
Wilbur Snyder
John Tolos
Enrique Torres
Von Brauners & Saul Weingeroff
Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods
Johnny "Mr. Wrestling II" Walker

MODERN PERFORMERS (US/CAN. )
Junkyard Dog
Edge
Owen Hart
Curt Hennig
Ivan Koloff
Brock Lesnar
Fabulous Moolah
Dick Murdoch
Ken Patera
C.M. Punk
Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
Sgt. Slaughter
Jimmy Snuka
Sting
Ultimate Warrior

JAPAN CANDIDATES
Jun Akiyama
George Gordienko
Gran Hamada
Volk Han
Masahiko Kimura
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Yuji Nagata
Seiji Sakaguchi
Mike & Ben Sharpe
Minoru Suzuki
Kiyoshi Tamura
Akira Taue

MEXICO CANDIDATES
Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata & El Brazo
Cien Caras
Hector Garza
Ultimo Guerrero
Karloff Lagarde
Blue Panther
L.A. Park
Huracan Ramirez
El Signo & El Texano & Negro Navarro
Vampiro
Villano III
Dr. Wagner Jr.

EUROPE CANDIDATES
Jim Breaks
Big Daddy
Giant Haystacks
Horst Hoffman
Billy Joyce
Kendo Nagasaki
Jackie Pallo
Rollerball Mark Rocco
Johnny Saint
Otto Wanz

AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS/ CARIBBEAN/AFRICA
Spyros Arion
Johnny Barend
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy
Carlos Colon
King Kong Czaja
John DaSilva
Domenic DeNucci
Killer Karl Kox
Mark Lewin
Mario Milano
Jan Wilkens

NON-WRESTLERS
Bill Apter
Dave Brown
Jim Crockett Jr.
Jim Crockett Sr.
Gary Hart
Jimmy Hart
Howard Finkel
Jerry Jarrett
Larry Matysik
Gorilla Monsoon
Gene Okerluind
Don Owen
George Scott
Jesse Ventura
Stanley Weston

Saturday, November 01, 2014

SHOOT DVD REVIEWS #3: Stories From The Streets: The Jon Moxley Story (2011)


BEFORE he became WWE superstar Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley was a charismatic indie guy who was doing much of his best work in Combat Zone Wrestling on the US east coast. By the time he did this 160-minute shoot interview with Smart Mark Video he was on the verge of heading to WWE developmental and becoming "Dean Ambrose".
This tape is pretty cool and Moxley comes across as an easygoing (if slightly crazy) fella who's overcome a tough childhood to achieve his dream. There are tons of funny stories, including his time in Puerto Rico where he wrestled as a Brit (!) while fucked up on all kinds of drugs. A damning indictment on the wrestling scene in Carlos Colon Country.
Moxley also talks openly about his early days training and wrestling for Heartland Wrestling, then a bunch of other American promotions, winding up with Combat Zone Wrestling.
His philosophy on wrestling, both straight and hardcore, is very interesting. I really felt like going out with this dude and drinking a shitload of scotch with him!
The DVD also comes with a bunch of Moxley's matches against the likes of Ricochet, Brain Damage, Sami Callihan, Davey Richards and more. Plus some of his most intense interviews - this guy had "IT" from an early stage in his career.
Shame he's not slotted as an upper mid-carder in the WWE.
CONCLUSION: Mox rocks!
RATING: *****