Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Elias def. Apollo Crews
The Miz* def. Jason Jordan (IC title)
Finn Bálor def. Bray Wyatt
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins* def. Cesaro & Sheamus (Raw Tag Titles)
Alexa Bliss* def. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma (Raw Woman's Title)
Roman Reigns def. John Cena
Enzo Amore def. Neville* (Cruiserweight Title)
Brock Lesnar* def. Braun Strowman (Universal Title)
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I'd debated whether or not to way in on this topic, due to the polarizing opinions I've seen throughout social media, but I have decided to throw my opinion out there. So without further adieu....
Crowd Funding & Professional Wrestling
A little back story before I begin my article, without naming names. Recently, a link to a GoFundMe account for a professional wrestler has been shared throughout social media. The gist of the scenario is that said wrestler has received an opportunity of some sort and a crowd funding page was set up by a friend to assist in the travel, lodging, etc. for this wrestler to take advantage of the opportunity presented.
As mentioned prior, this has been received to polarizing opinion. One camp is wishing the wrestler well, while the other is demonizing them for asking for help. Well, here comes the heat, as I (for some reason) voice my opinion on the matter.
GoFundMe and other crowd funding sites have a variety of uses. In some people's eyes, these should be used strictly for emergency scenarios, i.e. medical bills, sudden death, etc. However, on GoFundMe's home page, it states "Raise money for yourself, others, and charities". GoFundMe has a huge list of categories to choose from. A picture from their website is listed below.
I main arguments I've seen against the example in question is that many believe this wrestler should either A) save up money to participate in this opportunity or B) sacrifice more to be able to participate. Let's plug that line of thinking into another campaign that I reviewed and look at the line of thinking from another angle.
A Pop Warner football team is asking for $30K to help cover room, board, and travel to a Pop Warner Championship game. With the thinking above, it would be decided that the parents of the kids should save better or sacrifice more for their kids to have the opportunity to participate in this event? Why does this not sound right to everyone else? Because professional wrestling is, inherently, a hypocritical business.
Hot take, right? I can feel the heat now, but let me back up my theory with hypothetical examples. I've been in many locker rooms throughout the country, and the world, in my 12 years of bumping for bucks. I heard many wrestlers brag about convincing "ring rats", "money marks", and sponsors to buy them goods (clothing, wrestling gear, etc.), cover their travel (plane tickets, rental cars, driving them placed), and otherwise sponsor/fund their professional wrestling dream. This is a time honored tradition in professional wrestling, for better or for worse, whether it is done through conning the individual (feigning a relationship) or reaping the benefits of the wrestler's star power in the eyes of the paying individual.
While the above is celebrated, taking a straight forward approach such as crowd funding to attempt to obtain these funds is frowned upon. See the hypocrisy?
At the end of the day, here is my take. GoFundMe is a 100% voluntary service. If you want to help, donate and/or share. If not, don't. No one is forcing your hand or taking money out of your wallet. If the cause speaks to someone, they will donate. If it doesn't, the funds won't be donate. It's that simple.
Let's stop being so critical. Let's celebrate opportunity. If it's not hurting you, why care?
As always, stay human my friends. I love you all.
- Jeremiah Plunkett
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Starrcade is back, and for the first time in 30 years, it’s coming home.
On Saturday, Nov. 25, during Thanksgiving weekend, Starrcade returns when the Superstars of SmackDown LIVE descend on Greensboro, N.C., for a historic event at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The premier event of the National Wrestling Alliance and, later, WCW, Starrcade got its start in Greensboro on Thanksgiving 1983 with a star-studded lineup that saw Ric Flair defeat Harley Race to win his second of 16 World Championships. Starrcade remained in Greensboro through 1986 and was the stage on which legendary performers like Dusty Rhodes, The Four Horsemen, Magnum TA, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and many more etched their names into sports-entertainment history.
As the calendar turned to the 1990s, a new generation of competitors emerged to take the Starrcade spotlight, like Sting, Vader and the nWo. The last edition of Starrcade under the WCW banner took place in December 2000.
Now, fans in Greensboro will get the opportunity to be a part of history, as Starrcade returns with an absolutely stacked card featuring two Steel Cage Matches. Matches announced* for the return of Starrcade include:
WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
SmackDown Women’s Championship Steel Cage Match
Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
United States Championship Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Rusev
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Texas Tornado Match
The New Day vs. The Usos
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Breezango vs Aiden English & Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis
The Hardy Boyz are also confirmed to appear at Starrcade in their home state of North Carolina, as are WWE Hall of Famers and Starrcade legends Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express!
Tickets for Starrcade will be available starting Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history as Starrcade returns!
*Talent and matches listed and depicted above are subject to change.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Monday, September 11, 2017
Tonight on the special 9/11 edition of the show: Billy Corgan is CONFIRMED as the new owner of NWA, Jeff Jarrett takes a leave of absence from GFW, and more! Then in the MAIN EVENT we will be playing part 1 of our interview with “Thrillbilly” Silas Mason!
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Once upon a time, in a land far away, a group of wild rapscallions ran amuck from small towns to big cities….ok, ok it was actually a group of pro wrestlers in Wyoming and South Dakota in 2013. It was dubbed the “Wrestle Or Die Tour” and since the statue of limitations has expired I can quote our bus driver, Krunch(who looked like a relative from “Duck Dynasty”) that summed up the entire three and half week tour- “I’ve broken more laws out here than I have in my entire life”. But this story isn’t about any of the law breaking heathens we transformed in to while in the Wild West. A short backstory to this trip first- we were all assured that HUNDREDS of tickets were pre-sold six weeks before the date of our first event. We would be living and traveling on an old green school bus modified to accommodate the wrestling ring. The idea being we would setup and tear down 3-5 nights a week and travel town to town bringing back the true purist idea of pro wrestling. It would be 1980 all over again!! While we managed to create a lot of great memories, it was nothing like 1980. Here’s the story of one of my favorite moments from the whole tour.
I was scheduled to wrestle a masked big man named “Bulldozer” who canceled before we left for Wyoming. Since he canceled, now playing his part would be the Mid-West big man Bull Bronson. Bull is one of my best friends and took the month long trip on the same empty promise as all of us. But on this night, we were going to create the first of a few great memories. Earlier in the day, a few of us had a meet and greet at the Chamber of Commerce. Much like the events we wrestled out there, attendance was stellar. A family came in during this time with a young boy in a motorized wheel chair. The boy was no older than 12 and had muscular dystrophy but absolutely LOVED pro wrestling. His family spent over an hour with him while we all talked and took pictures during which I took the time to tell him about my opponent later that night. “This guy is over 400lbs and wears a mask. He’s been in a bad mood this whole trip too. I might need your help to beat him tonight. How fast does that thing go??” Him and his family laughed and we talked a little longer before they left. I made sure to get an answer from him before they left…I had a secret wheel-chaired partner if I needed him.
The night came and after my music played, I took the time to introduce Adrian- a young bull rider that we met at a rodeo the night before. It was Adrian's first ride back in a year after being thrown and stepped on by a bull. His return ended with a trip to the ER. But Adrian and his whole family came out to support the wrestlers the next night. After introducing him, I was promptly cut off when getting in the ring. The entire match became a story based less on moves and more on fighting to stay alive. Every time I would start to come back, Bull was there to cut me back off and continue beating on me. After ten minutes, the most I’d done was land some punches but the moment finally came when I knocked the big man down. Before I could capitalize, he rolled out of the ring. Of course, I followed and we ended up fighting in the bleachers. The count reached 8 and I rolled in to break it while Bull slowly stood up in the third row of bleachers. This was my moment. I climbed to the top rope and dove out, landing on him to a huge cheer from the fans.
This was short lived because as I got up, I was cut back off. Except this time, Bull would forget about me and turn his attention to the fans that had been cheering for me from the beginning. As he took his time yelling, I saw my secret weapon in the front row. Bull saw him too and berated him for cheering. As Bull would point his finger in this kid's face, I sat up in the bleachers and motioned for him to get him. The kid smiled like it was Christmas morning and bumped in to Bull's foot. Bull suddenly became terrified and jumped two feet in the air as the people laughed. My tag partner looked at me again as I encouraged him. He would hit Bull again until eventually Bull would try to run off with my wheel-chaired weapon in pursuit as the people went crazy cheering on this maniac chasing the 400lbs bad guy.
At the end of the night, I met this little boy’s family again and was thanked endlessly by everyone. I’ll never forget the look on his face and his mother telling me she hasn’t seen a smile like that from him in a long time. Although the entire trip out West was an economic disaster, we couldn’t be any richer in the memories we created, not just for ourselves but all the fans and families that came out to see us. Sometimes we all get caught up in the money we’re either making or missing out on and forget that if memories were dollars, we would all be millionaires. There are plenty of other Wrestle Or Die Tour stories(some I can’t tell due to the 5th amendment) but this one always sticks out as a moment that made that entire trip worthwhile. Not to mention, who would have ever guessed I would be a good babyface?!?
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Listen to ""The Pink Flamingo" Brian SoFine (Part 2)" on Spreaker.