Sunday, January 1, 2012
The Axeman Speaks, February 14, 2012
The photo above has absolutely nothing to do with pro wrestling. It's the cover of the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. What a great cover. I posted the photo here because I like it, lol. IT REALLY IS A GREAT COVER, DON'T YOU AGREE?
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Greetings wrestleholics! I know, it has been too long since my last column. I apologize - I have been busy. This column is gonna probably make some folks mad, but I don't apologize for anything, I'm just calling it like I see it! So here we go....
It never ceases to amaze me when a "professional" wrestler no shows an event. It is disturbing when someone new to the business tarnishes his/her reputation early on by no showing an event. It is even more disturbing when that individual tries for weeks or even months to get booked by an organization, then no shows the event - no call, no text message, no email, nothing. I had high hopes for a female wrestler who calls herself Chasity. Chasity began training at EPW last year, then walked away from that group and apparently went elsewhere for her training, which many, including myself, thought was a mistake on her part. Be that as it may, I continued to encourage her whenever our paths crossed, because I saw some potential there. I honestly thought she would one day become at least a good local indy female wrestler. Chasity was booked at the MLW January taping in Memphis. It is my understanding that she had talked to the MLW owner for weeks about getting booked, and finally was booked at the January taping. This would have been great exposure for Chasity, as well as a great opportunity to be in the ring with, observe, and learn from some of the best female pro wrestlers in the USA. But when the day and time came, she did not show up. I don't know what her reason was for no showing at MLW. Frankly, I don't care. If she wasn't going to be there, she should have contacted the MLW owner. I gave her a pretty decent recommendation when the MLW owner asked me about her. I can guarantee that I will NEVER give her ANY kind of recommendation again - EVER. What a disappointment....
OK, on to other matters....
In what a number of people consider to be a hostile takeover attempt, a Texas Promoter and NWA affiliate member named R. Bruce Tharpe has filed a lawsuit against the National Wrestling Alliance. According to published reports, Tharpe has promoted wrestling shows in the Brownsville, TX area, under the Lucha Americana, NWA World Class Wrestling, and NWA Southwest names. Tharpe's suit, according to reports, alleges insurance fraud, claiming the NWA "misrepresented themselves to insurance companies and put promoters at risk by doing so." Again, according to reports on the internet, different NWA affiliate members have an option to cover their events using insurance available through the NWA, which is underwritten by the NWA's insurance company. The insurance reportedly only covers up to 100 fans. Tharpe claims this is misleading since many NWA members run shows that regularly draw more than 100 fans. But, here's the deal: According to everything I have read, there is apparently not any rule at all that requires NWA affiliate members to use this insurance plan. As far as I can tell, members are welcome to pass up the NWA coverage and find their own. Tharpe is only seeking damages of $49,000. However, according to what I have read, he is also attempting to have the current NWA Board of Directors and NWA Executive Director Robert Trobich removed. Now, I have no idea how this is all going to play out, but it is going to get very interesting, and maybe nasty, before it's all over with.
Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock sent the following email:
"ALERT*** Check your shampoo bottle label. I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner!! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning: FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY!! NO wonder I have been gaining weight!! Well, I have gotten rid of that shampoo, and I am going to start using Dawn dish soap instead. The label reads: DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE. Problem solved!"
There have been a number of negative comments concerning the voting in the 2011 Wrestling News Center end of year awards. I just received another email from someone calling himself "wrestling insider" ranting about how unfair it is that FTW won all those awards we presented in Newbern recently.
Here's the deal.... Frankly, I see no wrong doing on anyone's part. The fans in FTW got behind their guys more than the fans in other groups did. So what? If some of you that are being critical of the process have any suggestions as to how to do things better, we would love to hear them. Unless you have a better idea, shut up. If your favorites did not win, it is not our fault! If you did not win, remember that it is the fans who nominate, and it is the fans who vote, so maybe the reason you are sitting home bitching about not winning is because you need to get up off your butt and find some fans!
Here's something I found on the internet. I leave you with this tidbit, which is food for thought:
That's all for now. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org - or simply leave a comment on this blog. Thanks for stopping by!
Oh, and happy Valentine's Day everyone!
The Axeman has spoken.