Thursday, May 14, 2015
This is what I plan on doing a lot more of in the future, spending time with my kids and
grandkids. God has been verrrrry good to this old man!
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. However, everyone should always agree with me, because I am the quintessential example of wrestling knowledge and expertise in the most puristic form. (Does that bring back memories? lol...)
Greetings, my friends! I know I said I would write two more columns before I left Mississippi, but I changed my mind. It is all here in one column. This is the last column I will write from Mississippi. In about 8 hours I will be on my way to Missouri, to a new chapter in my life.
I want to say thank you to all my friends who attended the going away dinner Jimmy and Tia arranged for me at O'Charley's a few days ago. I had a blast! A big thanks to Jimmy, Tia, and anyone else who had a part in arranging it! It really meant a lot. I will never forget it. Thank you, Tia, for the photos.
Also I want to thank my fellow writers at Wrestling News Center and everyone else who posted on WNC and on FB saying all those nice things about me. You have no idea how much all of those kind words mean to this old man.
Also, a very big thank you to Edith Poole and all the crew at EPW for a very memorable night this past Saturday night. Not only was it an outstanding show from beginning to end, I got to shave the head of an individual who has been a thorn in my side for over 10 years, Dustin Burcham. Dustin just thought he could outsmart Axeman lol.... The dinner they had for me after the show was an awesome surprise. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in preparing food and getting all that together. I was very glad my two grandkids from Texas, Isaak and Harley, were able to be in attendance. Isaak attended his first wrestling show when he was three years old at EPW, and was a regular at EPW and other places until they moved to Houston a year ago. Harley had never been to a wrestling show before and she loved it. Once again, congratulations to everyone at EPW on a spectacular show, and again, thanks for letting me be a part of EPW since day 1.
Many people have asked me what my involvement in wrestling will be from this point on. Well, I would like to say that I will continue to announce, but the truth is, there are very few promotions in Missouri, thanks to the ridiculous regulations and fees imposed on wrestling organizations by the Missouri Athletic Commission. They have run almost all the wrestling organizations out of the state. There are one or two groups left, and I will check them out, but truth be told, I am almost certainly retired as far as announcing goes.
I do intend to continue to write for Wrestling News Center on a limited basis, so The Axeman will continue to speak from time to time. Yes, you will have to continue to put up with me in that capacity.
I will also do whatever I can to advertise and promote ladies wrestling in any way I can, no matter where the group is running. I have always been a huge fan of ladies wrestling, and that is not going to change.
Speaking of ladies wrestling, I want to mention an outstanding ladies wrestling organization, UWW in Union City, Tennessee. This is a group that does custom matches, and they do a taping just about every month. This company is off to a good start, and I am sure they will see much success. The reason they will be successful is because the owners, Little Bit and Jason, are doing things right. If you are a fan of ladies wrestling, check out Ultimate Women's Wrestling at their website, www.ultimatewomen'swrestling.com. Order a custom match - you can call the shots and have it the way you want it. You will be glad you did. Tell them Axeman sent you.
Before I go any further, I want to answer one email. John Todd writes: "What are some of the most memorable wrestling shows you have announced during your career, or maybe I should say, the most enjoyable shows?"
There have been many, but the three that stand out in my mind are the show TFW did several years ago with the stars from Chikara; the WNC Awards Show at UCW in Union City, TN in 2014; and the EPW show this past Saturday night.
OK, now I am gonna talk about some folks!
First of all, I am really glad to see Pure Destruction, Brody and Cody Hawk, are back together and once again standing tall and kicking ass in wrestling in the Mid-South. PD was doing just that back when I got involved in wrestling in this area, and I have missed them. Welcome back! There is no better kick ass tag team anywhere in the Mid-South, in my opinion.
Speaking of tag teams, I must mention HGH, Justin Rhodes and DC. If you had told me a few months ago that these two guys were teaming up, I would have said it would never work. Do not get me wrong, both of these guys are awesome wrestlers, but I would never have thought their two different wrestling styles and personalities would have ever worked as a team. Boy, was I WRONG! These two are fabulous! The chemistry is perfect, they work together very well, and each seems to know exactly what the other is thinking. I have never seen a bad match from this team, and I predict much success for HGH in the future.
Ok, on to Nathan Aulridge. The first match I saw Nathan in several years ago was a disaster. However, Nathan has come a long way since then. His in-ring work is as different now as night and day. He has learned how to cut a darn good promo, too. To make a long story short, Nathan has all the ability, personality, and instinct necessary to go as far in this business as he wants to go. Period.
Another young man I want to mention here is "The Playboy" CT Jordan. It is my understanding he has been involved in wrestling for several years, but I had never seen him work until recently. While he has a long way to go, I am expecting great things from him in the future. It is obvious he has had some very good training. His desire to learn and excel is obvious. He will go far.
I could go on and on talking about various people, but I will stop there.
Right now there are a number of promotions in the Mid-South that are having very good shows. IWF is back. They do a monthly TV taping, and their broadcast airs every Saturday night on WCBI in Tupelo, or you can view the current and all previous shows at www.IWFslam.com. There is UCW in Union City, TN - Very good shows week after week after week. If you are ever in that area, check them out. There is RSWF in Memphis, the 2014 WNC Promotion of the Year, check them out! SGWA in Southaven, great shows every week. EPW in Booneville is on a roll, they are having some awesome wrestling shows, check them out! SPWA in Ramer, TN, every Saturday night, from what I have seen they are a very good group, you won't go wrong there! OWO is another outstanding group in the area. They do not have shows every week, but they do have at least one show a month, and I can assure you, they are good shows. I probably left someone out, but my point is we have a bunch of good wrestling in our area every week. Get out there and support your favorite group, you will be glad you did. Tell 'em Axeman sent you!
That's all for this column. If you have any feedback inbox me on FB, send me a text, email me, or leave a comment here. I will answer back. Thanks for reading!
It's been real, it's been fun, but all things have to come to an end. I appreciate all of you. I hope we meet again some time down the road.
And now, for the last time from Mississippi, The Axeman has spoken. Chop chop!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The photo above is my granddaughter, Ella, along with her cat Max. Isn't she beautiful?
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. However, everyone should always agree with me, because I am the quintessential example of wrestling knowledge and expertise! (Does that bring back memories? lol...)
Greetings Axmaniacs! I have promised to write a column before I leave North Mississippi, but I am going to have to break that promise. I have so much to say that I will have to write two columns. So this is the first of two.
This column will be all about answering emails. actually, I will answer one email that contained a whole bunch of questions. The email is from Nicole Fowler, you know, the Nicole Fowler who used to write and ask me who I think is the top 5 or 10 in a whole bunch of categories. I have not heard from Nicole for several years, but as I always say, I will not attempt to list the top or best, but will list 5 or 10 of the top or best. You know the drill....
Nicole's first question (and I like this question): Axeman, I would like to know, if you could book your dream all ladies card, who are 10 of the ladies you would choose?
OK, this one is easy. Brandi Wine, Malia Hosaka, Lil Bit, Amber O'neal, Crazy Mary Dobson, Su Yung, Barbie Hayden, Melanie Cruise, Great Cheyenne, Aida Marie, and Mackenzie York. Oh wait, I have been told Crazy Mary Dobson is now in WWE training at NXT, so I guess it would have to be Million Dollar Baby. Oh, and I could not possibly leave Nikki Lane off the card. Oh, and I would have to have Mary Elizabeth Monroe on the card. I am sure there are others, but if I had these ladies on my card I would be more than pleased. I know that's more than 10, but these are who I would want. Oh, wait, I would have to include Claudia Del Solis on that card also.
Next question: Who do you think the five most beautiful WWE Divas are who are NOT involved in WWE any longer are?
Five of the most beautiful ex-WWE Divas are: AJ Lee, Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Trish Stratus, Gail Kim. Oh, but we can't leave Madusa off the list. Oh, and there is Molly Holly. So, since this is my column, there are seven of the most beautiful.
Next question: There was a tag team around the area several years ago, two guys who are midgets, I think they called themselves Little Guy Corporation or something like that. Do you know whatever happened to them and if they will ever be back in wrestling in this area?
The team was called Little Guys, Incorporated. I have to be honest, I have no idea where they went or what they are doing now. If anyone knows, please email me or leave a comment at the end of this column. I am curious myself.
I have been told Jerry Lynn won referee of the year. Didn't he win it once before?
No. Jerry Lynn has never won referee of the year. However, Joey Lynn did. He is the only referee to win the award two years in a row, having won in 2013 and 2014. Also, in answer to another of your questions, Joey is in my opinion the best referee in this area. Turtle is a close second.
Next question: Please list all the promotions you have announced for.
I can't. I will try, but I know I will leave some out. Let's see, there was MUWA, TFW, All Pro, DWA, MCWA, JWS, XOW, XWO, OWO, CWA, MLW, IWF (once), DSW, there was one group in Tennessee and one group over in Alabama whose names I cannot remember. I won't list the groups in Oklahoma and Texas I announced for years ago. They are all defunct anyway. Oh, I left out SGWA. Oh, and there was UCW. And years ago there was ASWF back when Aaron Polston was running it. I am sure I left some out.
Next question: Who were your favorite announce partners over the years?
The Mayor Oscar Barlow, Kimble Winstead, Al Hall, Big Dave, Nathan Lee, Gene Jackson, Mama Denise.
What are some of your biggest disappointments in wrestling?
Oh my... TNA, Lacey Von Erich, the demise of TFW, LeeLee quitting wrestling, the demise of DWA, and the demise of DCW.
Next question: You have gotten to rub elbows with a number of wrestling legends over the years. Who are some of them?
Yes, I have been fortunate to have met a number of stars, including Doug Gilbert, Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Dusty Rhodes, Mick Foley, Jimmy Valiant, Downtown Bruno, Big Daddy V, Bobby Eaton, Buff Bagwell, Kamala, Don Bass, Molly Holly, Dutch Mantell, Jackie Fargo, and Paul Bearer, just to name a few.
Next question: If you could choose any two female wrestlers to team up an make a tag team out of, who would you choose?
I would choose Aida Marie and Little Bit, and I would call them "The Small Package."
Last question: What are some of your favorite tag teams over the years?
OK let's see... Pure Destruction, The Asylum (Psycho & Wraith), HGH, The Elite, Legion of Doom, Dungeon of Pain, Family of Pain, and The Pink Flamingos.