Sunday, August 10, 2008
The Axeman Speaks 8-11-08
(Above is a picture of my grandson, Isaak, who is my pride & joy!)
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Greetings, wrestling addicts!
As usual, it has been too long since my last update, so I have a lot of ground to cover, starting with....
The following statement was issued recently by WWE: "World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of ECW Superstar Braden Walker as of Aug. 7, 2008, and the release of ECW Superstars Nunzio and James Curtis, SmackDown Superstars Shannon Moore, Domino, and Big Daddy V, and WWE referee Nick Patrick as of Aug. 8, 2008." Now Braden Walker, Nunzio, James Curtis, Shannon Moore, Domino, & Big Daddy V were of no consequence and were, basically, were dead weight at this point in their careers (or non-careers as the case might be in some cases). However, the release of Nick Patrick surprises me. Patrick is a veteran official who came to WWE via the purchase of WCW several years ago. I always thought he did a decent job as a referee. He had been off due to some surgery, and then was involved in a car accident shortly before he was to make his return. I am puzzled as to why WWE would release him, unless they wanted to kick Nick Patrick while he was down, which would not surprise me. It's WWE's loss. I look for Patrick to show up in TNA.
Wrestlinginc.com posted the following today, 8-12-08: "Hardcore Holly is said to be on the "endangered" list in WWE. He is not being used, is 45-years old and the feeling is that if someone like the Undertaker doesn't support him with management that he will be gone. One thing going against Holly is his history of working stiff with the newcomers. This is the old-school mentality that the new guys have to prove they can survive in a tough profession. Holly was slated to work with Dibiase and Rhodes in an angle where he was looking for revenge. They pre-shot a promo with Holly, but it never made air because it was a poor promo. The program was cancelled due to that and the fact that they felt Holly would work stiff with them and that Rhodes and Dibiase would end up looking bad at the end of the program." Well, I think Holly is one heck of a wrestler and WWE would be stupid to let him get away. He can work rings around 2/3 of the people currently under contract to WWE. WWE should release some more of the dead weight on its roster and use Hardcore Holly. He may be 45 years old, but he's still got it.
Well, the two bit radio shows continue, and once again I am told that I have become the topic of conversation. Izzy Rotten and the rest of those individuals can say what they want to. The fact is, I am not going away. Now, I have not listened to the particular show where Izzy ran his mouth about so many things, and I probably never will. I do not have time to waste with such useless BS. I have been told, however, that Izzy said something about wanting to hit me, or having wished he had hit me the night we met, 5 or 6 years ago. Well, I remember that night, when I helped him break into a car (we were helping a fan who was locked out of a vehicle), and I remember the look of shock on his face when I told him who I was. We then had a very civil conversation, as I remember it, and I don't remember any mention of Izzy wanting to hit me. Frankly, he seemed more concerned about running into his ex-wife than anything else, since she had been at the DWA show that night in Corinth. Well, Izzy, you shouldn't carry all that pent up hate inside for so long. Let it go and move on. I have said it before, and I say it again, I don't want heat with anyone. The older I get, the more I realize that life is too short for that. However, if you want to hate me that much, go ahead. It makes no difference to me.
TFW has been on the receiving end of some badmouthing lately. Talk all you want to. The facts are that others have tried & failed, but Wayne & Denise tried and succeeded. IWF started with a bang, had some great shows, and then folded. DWA gave it a good effort for several years, and had some great shows, but they are gone now. DCW, same story, they are history. CCW tried to get off the ground several times, and every time they crashed & burned. There were many more organizations that have folded... the list goes on and on. TFW, on the other hand, started on a wing and a prayer almost six years ago, and has been going strong ever since. Not many people thought it would last six months, including me. However, they made a believer out of me after about a year, when it became obvious that they were here to stay. They have lasted six years this October, and are going strong. So bad mouth them all you want to. They are not going away.
The fact is that all of those bashing TFW are jealous. For that matter, all those bashing Wrestling News Center, hollywoodjimmy.com, and yours truly are just that, JEALOUS. So keep bad mouthing, and thank you for putting us over, because that's exactly what you are doing!
OK, on to other, more relevant things....
I am saddened to hear of Killer Kowalski's deteriorating health. He is truly a wrestling legend, and I wish him the very best in his battle to regain his health. At the time this column is being written, he is reported to have pneumonia and is in a coma.
Memphis Ladies Wrestling is coming to Tupelo on Saturday, 10-4-08, with an all ladies show. Check out the posts on www.wrestlingnewscenter.com for additional details. Now, there have been some negative comments on bringing the show to the TFW Arena, but the fact is that it will work very well there. This is going to be a great show. More information later.
TNA Champion Petey Williams will be in the north Mississippi area for two appearances this month. The first appearance is at TFW on Friday night, 8-22-08, where he will be defending the TNA X-Division Championship. The second appearance is at the XOW show at Huey White Chevrolet in Senatobia, MS, on Saturday, 8-23-08, where he will take on Austin Lane. Both shows should be great shows, so plan on being at one or both if you possibly can.
I have read on several message boards that Anton Leveigh has decided to "retire" from wrestling. Anton is a very talented worker, in spite of what the nattering nabobs of negativism say on the boards. I will admit that he needs to learn a few things about the psychology of wrestling, but he has a tremendous amount of potential. I am told he is going back to school, which is a smart move on his part. Anton is a good high flyer and a good worker. He has been on the receiving end of some very harsh criticism over the last couple of years, some of it deserved, some of it undeserved. I hate to see him leave wrestling, but he'll be back. Once it's in your blood, it's always in your blood.
Back to the aforementioned edition of Gene Jackson's radio show. I was told that one of the individuals that was on the show that day, I think it was Izzy, I don't remember for sure, said something about my last column being dated July 17. Your point is what? My apologies if I have not updated often enough to suit you. I had no idea it was so important to you. But like it or not, I will not be updating as often as I have in the past. I have other priorities at the present time, including grandsons, and that's the way it is.
I was also told that Gene Jackson said something about me being quieter or more subdued or something to that effect, since he "hurt my feelings" several months ago. Well, Gene, your ego is once again in gear before your brain gets started. You never hurt my feelings. You did, however, royally piss me off. If you think that anything you could say to or about me could shut me up or run me off, however, you are sadly mistaken.
Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. Hollywood says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?" "I'll have the same," says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress returns with the order. "That will be $9.40 please," and Hollywood reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. The next day, Hollywood and the ostrich come again, and Hollywood says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke." The ostrich says, "I'll have the same."
Again Hollywood reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until several weeks later when the two enter again. "The usual?" asks the waitress. "No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato, and a salad," says Jimmy. "Same," says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62." Once again Hollywood pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?" "Well," says Hollywood, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there." "That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!" "That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," said Hollywood. The waitress asks, "OK... what's with the ostrich?" Hollywood Jimmy sighs, pauses, and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with a big butt and long legs who agrees with everything I say."
That's all for this week, my friends! Whether you like me or hate me, thanks for reading this column. I will be back, maybe in a week or two, maybe in a month or two, with another column. If you have feedback, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or just leave your feedback as a comment to this post.
The Axeman has spoken.