Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Axeman Speaks - July 21, 2013

The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wrestling News Center, the Webmaster, or anyone else connected with this site. They are mine and mine alone.

This will be a very short and to the point column, because I don't have time to talk about a variety of topics.

In the State of Missouri there is a group of uninformed, bumbling bureaucrats known as The Missouri Athletic Commission. This group has all but destroyed professional wrestling in the State of Missouri, and they have struck again. This time it was at a TNA house show in Cape Girardeau, MO, when the commission refused to allow half the wrestlers on the card to compete over licensing issues. Fans were given the option of getting a refund or having fan interaction with the TNA stars.

Now, you might be thinking TNA really got screwed up there in Cape Girardeau, but ultimately it was the fans who got the shaft.

One thing must be said, however much you despise the Missouri Athletic Commission... TNA is partly to blame for this disaster. They should have dealt with the Athletic Commission in advance to make sure they were in compliance with Missouri licensing requirements, as ridiculous as those requirements might be.

The Axeman has spoken.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Axeman Speaks - July 17, 2013

The photo above is my grandson, Wes, the day he graduated from kindergarten. 
I am so proud of him! 
I am unbelievably fortunate and blessed to have six beautiful grandkids!

The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Wrestling News Center, the Webmaster, or anyone else connected with this site. They are mine and mine alone.

Greetings, wrestling addicts!

I just returned from vacation in St. Louis, spending time with kids and grandkids, and I have some things on my mind, so here we go!

I found the following posted on Hollywood's message board:
 "What has happened to perfect su yung She never wins, she got fired from wwe when she dropped lawler and now she is going no where in life or in the ring...sad that a talent is so wasted now days.....Maybe she needs to return home to Asia for family support and help"

Now this is allegedly posted by Izzy - you know - Izzy, the one who posts stuff and then denies it was him - yeah, that Izzy... Anyway, I don't ever remember Su Yung being perfect. I don't remember her claiming to be perfect. I do remember her working hard and trying to be the best she could be. After Su and WWE parted company, it is my understanding she stayed in Florida and is doing well for herself down there. She was on the card at the Shine anniversary show recently in Ybor City, Florida, and is on the upcoming Battling Bombshells card in Hollywood, Florida, which is a benefit show for Joyce Grable. It is my understanding she is still on the roster at Magnificent Ladies Wrestling. So, Izzy, if you would read the posts on Wrestling News Center, you would know that she is still involved in wrestling and doing fine.

I do wish we would see more of Su in this part of the country, but maybe one day. Perhaps it is you, "Izzy," who need to go to Asia - or maybe Mexico - or maybe under a rock somewhere - or a sewer - or the city dump - anywhere where you could not post your useless drivel.

OK, now let's talk about... AUSTIN LANE! Since Austin's retirement from wrestling we don't see or hear much about him on the various wrestling news sites, which I guess is understandable, but I have something to say to Austin, so here it comes:

Austin, as you know I make an occasional short visit to Magnificent Ladies Wrestling tapings from time to time. During one of my visits a couple of months ago I had a chance to see you working with a couple of the young ladies there, advising them, coaching, mentoring, and pushing them to be the best they can be. I was more than impressed. You are a very gifted and talented instructor. While I realize you are "retired" as an active wrestler, your love for wrestling and your desire to help others succeed was very obvious. Frankly, I think this is now your calling as far as wrestling is concerned. I would love to see you running a wrestling school one day. But for now, I hope you will continue to be a teacher, coach, and mentor to those who are coming up, as often as you can, whenever and wherever you happen to be. I don't think you even realize just how gifted and talented you are in that role.

OK - let's talk about TNA for a minute. I believe we are seeing the beginning of the end for TNA as we know it. Their rumored financial problems have been talked about on every wrestling news site in the country. However, that is not what will ultimately do TNA in. The sad fact is that the writing at TNA sucks. The recent releases from TNA are simply more signs that the end is coming. Oh, it may take some time, they will not go down easily, but they will ultimately go down, not kicking and screaming, but whimpering and defeated, like WCW did. That is a real shame. So much potential, most of it wasted because those who ultimately have the final say at TNA still appear to have no clue as to how to run a wrestling organization. Sad.

OK, now I will answer three emails from the same reader. She sends these questions in about every two weeks, so I will answer them now, hoping that she will be satisfied.

Cindy Grasnowski writes: "You have not given a top ten in ladies wrestling in quite some time. Not so much interested in WWE or TNA, but the indy scene."

Sigh... OK, Cindy, I will do this much, I will list the top ten indy lady stars, based on those I have seen. You will have to realize there are hundreds all over the world I have never seen work, but here are ten of my favorites, in no particular order: Portia Perez, Sarah Stock, Claudia del Solis, Amber O'Neal, Melanie Cruise, Barbi Hayden, Brandi Wine, Great Cheyenne, Pandora, April Hunter. OK, I think that's ten, again in no particular order.

Cindy also writes: "Who are some of the most "off the wall" or unusual female wrestlers you have seen?"

Well, those who come to mind... The late Luna Vachon tops the list. Also Daffney, Buggy Nova, Kong, and ODB.

Finally, Cindy writes: You always weasel out of this one, but who are the10 (from one to ten) most gorgeous ladies in wrestling - I will even let you include TNA & WWE, past & present."

Oh geez, here we go again - and again I say NOPE! I will give you ten who I think are gorgeous, but I am not going to rank then from one to ten. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But those who come to mind are: Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, AJ Lee, The Bella Twins, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Torrie Wilson. Again, they are in no particular order. Do you feel like I left someone out? I probably did, but you said WWE & TNA past & present were included, so that made it hard to pick just 10.

Finally, Dudley Slyce writes: "Why does EWP still book Bill Dundee? He is as old as dirt." First of all, Dudley, you need to learn some RESPECT. I hope someone teaches it to you real soon. I assume you mean EPW, Dudley. There are three reasons, as I see it, why they book Bill Dundee:
1. He is a living legend in pro wrestling.
2. He knows what he is doing. He has forgotten twice as much as most of these so called indy professionals will ever know.
3. The fans want to see him kick butt. Period.
So, Dudley, that is why Bill "Superstar" Dundee is on the card at EPW as often as EPW can get him. Now, go look up the word respect.

That's all for now. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, you can email it to me at - or simply leave a comment on this blog. Thanks for stopping by!

The Axeman has spoken.