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Any other crowdfunding we need to know about?
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Great sadness for wrestling fans. William Moody has passed away at the age of 58.

Moody originally portrayed Percival Pringle III, but his career really took off when he appeared as Paul Bearer, the second manager to The Undertaker (and, later, 'Taker's "brother" Kane). One of the all-time great gimmick managers, Paul Bearer just plain creeped people out. He knew his role, and played it to perfection. When he was a face, Bearer was a latter-day Sir Graves Ghastly, a horror-movie-show host who could hang out with little kids and stay in character. When he was a heel, often in conflict with the Undertaker himself, Bearer was completely over the top in his madness. In a lot of ways, he was nearly as popular as 'Taker himself, and not merely because he was the harbinger to The Dead Man.

Oh, and, a thing? He actually was a funeral director and embalmer, with a degree in mortuary science.

Farewell, Mr. Moody, and thank you for decades of entertainment.

Rest... in peace.
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Great sadness for rasslin' fans. Joe Scarpa, the wrestling legend known as Chief Jay Strongbow, has passed away at the age of 83. I'm fairly sure Chief Jay was one of those rarities (along with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat): As far as I can tell, he was a "face" -- a "babyface", a "good guy" -- his entire career.
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Shock and sadness. Randall Poffo, who became one of wrestling's biggest stars as "The Macho Man", Randy Savage, has been killed in an auto wreck apparently caused by a heart attack. He was 58. His wife Lynn was in the car as well, but only suffered minor injuries.

Savage was one of those who revolutionized pro wrestling in the 1980s. He was a phenomenal talent, like Flair, Piper, Jericho, The Rock, and Hennig -- he could do it all in the ring (with considerably more speed and athleticism than most), he was great on the mic, and he had a fantastic gimmick, which was really sold by the presence of his wife, the lovely Miss Elizabeth.

There was a story just the other day at Pro Wrestling Torch, discussing an interview with Randy's brother "Leapin'" Lanny Poffo, wherein Lanny said he didn't think Randy would ever get in the ring again. Certainly he never envisioned this.

Farewell, Macho Man. You were truly one of the all-time greats. Thank you for the years of entertainment, and may your troubled soul finally be at peace.

ETA: A small smile, thanks to the editorial standards of the New York Times. A photo caption reads:
Mr. Savage put Hulk Hogan in a headlock in 1989.
Just love that -- "Mr. Savage". And I recall a few more headlocks before and after that one. But anyway.
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No, not the Marvel blockbuster -- the SyFy coattail-rider (I have not, until today, seen the term "mockbuster", but, oh yeah) starring Very Physical Thespian Kevin Nash as Odin, apparently. And Patricia Velasquez's collarbones. And Richard Grieco will be able to save you money on ca- oh, wait, no, he's playing Loki. And somebody named Cody Deal as The God Of Thunder And Rock And Ro-o-o-o-oll.

Are you ready for some RiffTrax?

Meantime, you might remember the Little Darth Vader Volkswagen commercial. Well, there's a slight parody of it.
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Edge, that is. One of the most talented and charismatic and athletic wrestlers of the past twenty years. He has to hang it up, because he's had a number of injuries (including a broken neck in 2003 and spinal fusion surgery to correct it) that have resulted in him being just one or two good hits away from a wheelchair, or worse.

His last match was at WrestleMania 27 a week and a half ago, successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, and, as usual, he gave it everything he had. His retirement is sad news for rasslin' fans, but he's getting out of the biz alive and upright -- and, while we may miss his performances, that's a hell of a lot better than reading his obit.
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Sadness for rasslin' fans. John Sutton, a legendary pro wrestling manager best known as Sir Oliver Humperdink, has passed away at the age of 64.
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A double dose of unbridled awesome today. First, The FuMP proudly presents the debut track from [profile] wormquartet [profile] lukeski, [profile] devospice, and Chris from Power Salad (dude! What's your LJ name, again?), otherwise known as Cirque du So What:

And then [profile] trumanburbank fulfills a childhood dream:

I guess Pimp Your Stuff Thursday extends into Friday -- whatcha got?
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Great sadness for us old-time indie wrestling fans. "Dr. Death", Steve Williams*, has lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 49. Back in the Mid-South/UWF days, where so many great stars got their first real TV exposure, Dr. Death was roughly the Hulk Hogan character. A superb athlete (four-time All-American with Oklahoma) and a charismatic head-basher, Dr. Death was one of my favorites when I rediscovered TV wrestling in the mid-1980s. Here's video of his final match earlier this year, and here's lots of videos of his moves and matches. We'll miss you, Doc.

* There is always a touch of confusion when casual fans find out that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's real name is Steve Williams. This ain't the same guy.
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Sadness. Captain Lou Albano, best known for being a wrestling manager, the live-action Mario on Saturday mornings, a supporting player in several Cyndi Lauper videos, and a -- how to put this? -- unique personality, has passed away at the age of 76.

Any particular memories of him you have? I can't get NRBQ's "Captain Lou" video out of my head.
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Jeff Hardy, one of the most exciting and most troubled wrestlers in WWE history, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

No one's got anywhere near the whole story yet, but it doesn't look good. Jeff's had conflicts with WWE's Wellness Program before, which is a nice way of saying he has a history of trouble with drugs. At this moment, he's not under contract, which is very interesting timing -- he was, literally, in an amazingly good Loser Leaves WWE cage match with C. M. Punk just two weeks ago. (Punk won.)



Aug. 1st, 2009 08:32 am
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I have always been a fan of Jim Cornette, one of the greatest talkers in the history of pro wrestling. What I did not know, however, is that [a] he is a loud and proud liberal and [b] former ECW announcer Joey Styles is not.

Recently, Styles went off on Barack Obama... and Cornette smacks Joey's ass down. It's about ten minutes long, and starts off with some self-promotion and a little bit of back-story, but it's worth it. Truly, one of the primo rants of all time. Not safe for work (language).

(The dKos page links to a "video" at the Daily Motion, but it's only audio with a still frame, so your browser is indeed working correctly. Here's a direct link, to avoid the problem of the dKos page refreshing, and [profile] kestrels_nest points us to a transcript.)

So, which politician(s) would you like to see put through a table?

ETA: Link to the transcript.

ETA2: I never did mention where the subject line came from. "Oh my GOD (or maybe GAWD)" is Joey Styles' catchphrase.


Apr. 21st, 2009 06:34 am
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Since Amazon Fail has been, for the most part, resolved, the linkage is back.

This week, different flavors of paradise:Any other video released today we should know about?
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The National Film Board of Canada has a whole lot of free streaming video at their site. They've just released the 1998 documentary, Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows, about the life and career of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and especially about the controversy that unfolded in front of the camera, the fabled 1997 Montreal screwjob involving Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon.

Even if you're not a wrestling fan, it's a compelling piece of film. If you are a wrestling fan, it's required viewing.

Any kewl indie video we need to see? Link 'em up.
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Former WWE wrestler Andrew "Test" Martin was found dead last night in his Tampa, FL apartment. He was 33. No cause of death has been released.

Damn sad, really. It's not like he was one of the Greats, but he was one of the Goods, and he never got much credit for that. Biggest thing he ever did, really, was a program where he "got involved" with the boss's daughter, Stephanie McMahon.


Feb. 25th, 2009 04:38 pm
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Happy 60th Birthday, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair!

We haven't discussed this in awhile, possibly never exactly like this: straightforward -- who are your favorite wrestlers? (I'm presuming non-wrestling-fans won't answer, although ya never know.) The ones you love, or loved, to watch work. My list includes, in no particular order:
  • Ric Flair, the true total package
  • Shawn Michaels, as good a worker and storyteller as the wrestling world has ever seen
  • Chris Benoit, a consummate technician with a perfect workrate (dammit, Chris, just... dammit)
  • Curt Hennig, speaking of perfect
  • Chris Jericho, another one with all the tools
  • Arn Anderson, who was never flashy but who always made you believe
  • The Rock, the most electrifying etc., and one of the most generous wrestlers ever
  • Tully Blanchard, another great worker and storyteller
  • Nikita Koloff, who made an opportunity to change wrestling itself when Magnum T.A. got hurt
  • Taz, who you really believed was gonna kill somebody someday
  • Sabu, who you really believed was gonna kill himself someday
  • Rob Van Dam, the whole fuckin' show
  • Jerry Lynn, who is finally getting some of his due in Ring Of Honor
  • The Fabulous Moolah, the greatest women's wrestler of all time by a wide margin
  • Trish Stratus, who went from being annoying cheesecake to a pretty damn good worker
A bunch of others. And I miss Chris Candido.

ETA: How could I forget The Macho Man, Randy Savage -- OOOOOOH YEAH! One of the most compelling personalities and best workers ever.

ETA2: One of the most truly unique gimmicks ever, fortunately carried by one of the best storytellers and most gifted athletes in wrestling history -- Mark Calloway, much better known as The Undertaker.
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Very sad news for wrestling fans: Walter "Killer" Kowalski, one of the all-time great heels, trainer of many of the top people in the business, and apparently one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet, has passed away at the age of 81.

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