Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sharing My Knowledge With Tommy Dreamer-Review.

I did a couple of off the cuff posts on my facebook page, but this is a bit more formal.
This DVD is for anyone who is currently working in the business, and for anyone who wants to break into the business. Dreamer tells ALLOT of stories, and answers questions from people who are either CZW students, or CZW talent. He pulls no punches, and he doesn't bullshit anyone. If for example you have no common sense you will get yourself in allot of trouble if you interrupt Joe Blow while he is on the phone and you go over and try to shake his hand. At 3+ hrs long there is something to be said about the man's patience. The only draw back is that he ran out of time, I would of liked to have seen him critique the talent in the room, maybe a future seminar is in order. I was very impressed with the content. From an asthetic stand point, the bonus clip of Dreamer walking in the empty ECW arena should of gone on first it would be a nice lead in to the DVD, but that's just me. The bonus clip itself stands alone. If I must rate the dvd I would give it a 9.5 out of ten. As I said in the quick blurbs, ratings are subjective and others may feel differently. In closing great DVD and a good value for the money. You can order this product at www.rfvideo.com or stream it www.rfvideonow.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tales From The Booker Launches





I get TONS of emails asking about my time n the pro wrestling industry and if I have any interesting stories that I can share. For the most part, I like to keep most of my experiences to myself because I'm not the type to kiss and tell. Don't take that in the literal sense. I'm not talking about stories of me fucking female wrestlers and ring rats. I mean that in the general sense , in that the business I conduct is between myself (or my company) and those who I am doing business with. Just because it pro wrestling has exposed itself and pulled the curtain on the inner backstage workings, doesn't mean that I do the same.

A while ago, I wrote an article entitled, "CM Punk is a Fucking Douchebag". It got a lot of attention because Punk's career was getting hot, and it was one of the first inside looks I offered DieHard Wrestling fans have in my experiences with some big name talent. The post was later followed by another article entitled, "Bret “Hitman” Hart – The 1998 Tribute Videos and Pre-Screwjob Story". Again, I told of my dealings with the WWE Hall of Famer and how we both started for WCW.

The emails poured in asking for more stories and insight. To be honest, there aren't as many stories as you'd expect, and furthermore, I'd really have to sit and sort my thoughts to give it in full details. But the other day, I stumbled upon some content that I had written while booking and co-promoting NWA Cyberspace. It was a column I had started called, Tales From The Booker.

At the time, I was accepting and answering fan emails while offering an inside look into our day-to-day operations. Yeah, it was against my rule, but with so many piece of shit websites out there trying to derail our hard work simply because they were envious keyboard tough guys who wanted to drag our names in the mud with their speculations and false stories - I figured it would be best for fans to hear it directly from the guy in charge who had a reputation for telling it like it is. I had nothing to hide and the truth is the easiest thing to remember.

So I opened the door for the fans to ask question on rumors they had heard. You want to know what really happened? Then come ask me, not some douchebag cocksucker whose never had a conversation with me and just likes stirring the pot of shit for the amusement of his little following. You want answers? You want the truth? Then let ME give it to you!

I came across articles on the subjects of April Hunter and Jeff Jarrett - and why they parted ways with the company. Not only did the fans dig their teeth into the story and my point of view, but I also got response from those who the articles centered around. I was thanked by April and Jarrett for my honesty, and for not trying to spin the situation to make me seem like I was the higher authority. I spoke the truth, admitted my faults and cleared the air from all the false rumors that were out there. I had no regrets.

With the resurgence of DieHard Wrestling, I get asked the same questions from a new group of fans. But rather than diving in headfirst, I figured I should test the waters and recycle some of the old stories before telling some new ones that I haven't told before. So at the DieHard Wrestling website, I've re-posted the original articles that tell the story of why April Hunter and Jeff Jarrett left NWA Cyberspace. I also give some insight on the scouting and booking process in another article discussing a four-way tag team match.

When you get a chance, give them a read. And if you have any questions you'd like answered by "The Booker", feel free to hit me up here in the comments section or directly at diehardprowrestling@gmail.com.

Coming soon - Tales From The Booker will have all new stories featuring Lex Luger, Vince Russo, Tammy Sytch, Rodney Mack and Jazz, and much more!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DieHard Derek Joins The Greg DeMarco Show To Talk RAW and WrestleMania



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This Episodes Guest: Luke Robinson (WWE Tough Enough)

Co-host: Andy Critchell

Contributors: DieHard Derek Gordon, Steve Cook, Tony Acero, Justin Freemyer, Buggy Nova

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In The Pit With Piper



I've had the chance to work with WWE Hall of Famer and pro wrestling iconic legend Rowdy Roddy PIper on numerous occasions. As much as I like Roddy as a person, he's not that far off from who portrays in the gimmick. Basically, he's pretty fucked up!

Working with Roddy brings you an instant rush and when the camera is rolling, Hot Rod is in a comfort zone like no other. Ironically, he's more "normal" in front of the camera than he is when he's off it. Back in 2003, I was doing some independent work with Roddy and thought a few friends might like to meet him. At the time, Roddy traveled with an assistant, who did every thing from dial his cell phone to cut and butter his bagels. It kinda took the heroic perception out of the meeting experience for my friends. Now I don't know if this was personally a rough time Roddy was going through, not to mention that the following day, I was sitting with him when he got called by Vince McMahon and told that he was fired from the WWE for some comments he made on HBO's Real Sports regarding the recent and excessive deaths in the business.

Maybe I was with Roddy during a down time - so I try not to judge or keep that image of him in memory. But I keep going back to fire in his eyes and the passion he exuded when I would yell "ACTION" during the video shoots. Deep down that broken down body, he still had it.

Almost a decade later, Hot Rod still makes the occasional cameo for the old school fans. But recently, it appears that some television producers found a new way to exploit the psychotic nature of the rowdy one. In an era where television is plagued by the consumption of mindless reality shows and air head bimbos like the Kardashians are building empires - why the fuck can't Roddy Piper make some coin showing people how looney he is?

Wouldn't that be great? Tune in on Sunday night's and watch this old man go banana flavored ape shit on a bunch of young ass-heads. Well, if you're Canadian, then your praywers have been answered. A pilot episode of World of Hurt has been ordered up and Roddy Piper is definitely in a rare form. I wish I knew exactly what this show is about - but from the looks of it, it looks like Roddy is just abusing the shit out of some wrestling marks. Good enough for me! I bet the American producers are kicking themselves in the ass because they didn't score this gem and decided to go with a another season of Ice Loves Coco!

"Big Sexy" Kevin Nash Calls It Quits?

It's no secret that the McMahon's didn't have much faith or confidence in the abilities and drawing power of CM Punk. Yet, given how much Punk's unscripted promo set the wrestling industry on fire, the WWE knew that there was profitability in having this rebel soldier on the roster. But would e become an icon like Stone Cold Steve Austin, or a loose cannon liability like Brian Pillman?

Enter Kevin Nash - a strong business-minded veteran and a legendary game changing founding father of the n.W.o. Who better to serve as a guiding light for Punk's future? And just to secure the bet, why not recycle the concept of the n.W.o. faction led by Punk while being mentored by Nash?

I'm not saying Kevin Nash has nothing left to contribute to the business and that a program between him and punk wouldn't have been worth the while if not just for the promos alone. But do you think Punk would be where he is at this very moment had they stalled the momentum with Kevin Nash?

After Nash's ladder match with Triple H at whatever the fuck PPV they performed on, Nash went on Twitter and told his fans that he's glad he was able to end his career int he ring with once of his best friends. So did that mean he was calling it a career?

All the hype surrounding the return of Kevin Nash ended pretty abruptly. So many storylines hinged on Nash's character's motives, yet none of the burning questions were ever answered. And with all roads leading to CM Punk - the final destination was a thrown together match with Triple H - whose been MIA as well. Do we chalk this up to piss poor booking? Or can we finally shift the blame to the infamous McMahon micro-managing where scripts are written 337 times a day before the live show airs?

Either way, Nash deserved a better send off. The business wouldn't be where it is today had it not been for his defection to WCW in 1995. Today, he was used for a brief moment, but fizzled quickly because of the lack of fanfare. We can only hope that his contributions to the business will be celebrated with a nod to the WWE Hall of Fame. His time is due and his moment should be a more fitting farewell for a guy who wasn't supposed to amount to much in the business but proved his critics wrong. Come to think of it, in retrospect - CM Punk is much like Kevin Nash, and perhaps his short verbal program was the inspiration Punk needed to be where he is now. However you look at it, it's been a hell of a career for Kevin Nash.

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How Long Before Brock Returns To WWE?

It's been a few weeks since former UFC champion Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from the octagon, and wrestling fans around the world have been eager to hear news about his return to the WWE. But is a return to the fictitious and animated world of pro wrestling even in the cards?

There have been hints leading to a return to the WWE since last year, when Lesnar had a public confrontation with the Undertaker at a UFC event which caused quite a media buzz. There was even some speculation that Lesnar would be Taker's Wrestlemania 28 opponent, but that honor fell in the hands of Triple H instead. Then word leaked of a contract between Lesnar and the WWE, where his character would be used on some promotional items including the most recent WWE video game where Lesnar would be featured as a playable character. It's been a while since Lesnar competed in a WWE ring so the concept of dream matches on a gaming console got fans all riled up. Yet the reality of these matches actually happening might just be right around the corner.

Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC, and president Dana White intends on having Brock fulfill his contractual commitment and term. Even though Lesnar is retired from active competition, he can still be used as an analyst, commentator, trainer, spokesperson, etc. And in the competitive world of full contact sports, White is not ready to let his cash cow go back to what is still considered competition.

While the rigorous year-round travel schedule isn't much of a selling point to convince Brock to return to pro wrestling, I'm sure the money is! You have to speculate what the prospect of having him return would to for WWE business, but you also have to factor how Brock would fit into this new PG product. Sure this bad ass left the pre-determined world of pro wrestling for the barbaric cage wars - but you can't expect his realistic animal instincts and ruthless aggression to retire as well. Can Brock hang with the new school of competition? Would he be difficult to work with in terms of putting over his opponents because he's sensitive about how strong his character is portrayed?

I guess when it comes to fantasy booking Brock Lesnar in pro wrestling, the first opponent that comes to mind is The Undertaker. Sure, there's legit heat there - but both guys have stated that they'd be willing to participate in a shoot fight with each other. That match would make big money for the WWE and even bigger money if it was hosted at Wrestlemania. But would Vince serve up the Taker for that opportunity? Might not make a difference since he only works one day a year anyway. Then again, does the Taker want to risk the legacy of his Mania streak in a shoot fight? On the flip side of the coin, if he were to lose and end the streak - what better way to end it than in a real fight? If you're that badass, put your money where your mouth is and let the fighting do the talking.

The one thing nobody has on their side is time. Undertaker is a match or two away from retirement. Vince isn't as hands-on as he use to be and the sand in his time glass almost empty. As for Brock, his health was an issue during his UFC career - so how much of a factor will it take on a pro wrestling return. And last but not least, how much time does the prospect of a return have before the fans lose interest and the value of a return begins to lose stock?


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Is The Ultimate Warrior Possessed by Gary Busey?

I have no idea what to make of this. I didn't even know that The Ultimate Warrior was doing some kind of show on the internet. I've seen all his previous videos where he's dropping a deuce on Hogan...("Terrrrrrry!!!.... Tell 'em about all the cocaine and wild parties Terry!!!... Tell the people about how to pimp Linda out to me Terrrrrry!!! - hysterical!), but in this new series - I think the Warrior is trying to use his past success to motivate the not-so-motivated youth.

To be honest, I have no fucking clue what this show is about. All I know is that it features the Warrior going banana flavored ape shit on a bunch of young boys trying to get them all jacked up about boydbuilding...(that summary is of course an educated guess). I'm surprised he didn't break out a box of steroids and tell the boys, "What the fuck is wrong with you? Stab you arm with this needle! I wrestled 783 days a year, 37 days a week...and it was this Warrior juice that got me ripped and pumped up each and every night! And after every match, I'd go back to my room and snort an 8-ball of coke all by myself... By myself you little motherfuckers!!! Nobody could ever comprehend the intensity of the Ultimate Warri-ahhhhhhhh!!!"

I swear - the first time I watched this video I thought it was Gary Fucking Busey! Get ready to piss your pants!



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