Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mr Kennedy

In a move that has surprised many, World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstar Mr. Kennedy (Ken Kennedy) as of today, May, 29 2009. WWE has, as per the norm, wished Ken the best in all his future endeavors.
From his first appearence on WWE tv, let alone a spectacular run in OVW, it was obvious Mr. Kennedy had all the tools to be a major player in the world of professional wrestling. For someone who was at one point considered as the front-runner to be Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son, recently appeared as a lead in a WWE funded film, was expected to be receiving a main event push, and had NOT failed a recent drug test... this has to be seen as a bit of a shock.

It was said that Ken had broken his wrist on his return to RAW this week, and the perception of him being injury-prone was one of the reasons for his release. The official website of Mr. Kennedy, www.Ken-Kennedy.com reported today that " Ken is physically 100 percent healthy, and very optimistic about his future in the business. More details will follow."

It will certainly be interesting to see what develops from here. Though as he is probably now the hottest free agent in the sport, I would imagine that as soon as his non-compete clause expires, Mr. Kennedy, or perhaps his previous identity, Mr. Anderson... will be TNA bound... ( dramatic pause ) ... BOUND!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Still more UFC... it's the Tank...

David "Tank" Abbott, has described his fighting style, which he developed brawling in the bars and streets of Huntington Beach, California, as "Pit Fighting." Others have been less kind. In addition to his MMA career, Abbott wrestled professionally between 1999 and 2001 under the incredibly creative ring name, Tank Abbott.
Many fight fans considered his career irrepreably damaged after he jobbed to actor (and then WCW Champion) David Arquette ( losing by pinfall no less ), as well as jobbing cleanly to Diamond Dallas Page, and submitting to "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner's Steiner Recliner and Sid Eudy's Crossface. Tank, in all liklihood laughed it off with a few drinks, paid for with the million dollar pay-check he recieved for dancing with the likes of Three-Count.

Recently, he signed on to be with the WWE Classic Superstar Action Figure, which was released in July 2007.

Monday, May 25, 2009

More UFC

More from the "Ultimate Athlete" ( with no offense meant to the current "Ultimate Athlete" in professional wrestling, AJ Istria ) file, Carlos "the Ronin" Newton.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

UFC

For a time I also worked for a magazine called "Ultimate Athlete". The mag focused more on the shoot fight end of the market... This was one of the first cartoons I did for them, of "Cabbage" Correira. I think it's a good likeness.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More WCWA

More WCWA "goodness". The Weird One and the Pharaoh this time out.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Old School WCWA

Back in the day, I was commentating for WCWA. As a promo item for one of their spot shows, I did a small collection of cartoons based around their wrestlers. Some of those cartoons have appeared on the blog previously, but here's a couple more... This time featuring Bull Allard, Troll and Savanah.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rick Sterling

When "the Revolution" Rick Sterling wrestles... Women just can't control themselves. They just can't help it. Like smaller planetary bodies drawn into a larger ones gravitational pull, so does Rick's beard draw in the ladies. They don't know why they're feeling sexy, but they cannot help themselves. And now, finally, we have photographic evidence of this strange phenomenon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Robert Black

Another of my cartoons done as a proposal for XPW.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cornette

Jim Cornette, who many ( myself included ) regard as the most entertaining guy to ever pick up a mike in professional wrestling, now has his own website.
You can check it out at - http://www.jimcornette.com/

On top of that, he has put together a book on the greatest tag team of our time, the Midnight Express. Whether it be the combination of Condrey and Eaton, or Lane and Eaton, the Midnights were without a doubt one of the most entertaining, and best, tag-teams in the history of this sport. So who better to tell their story than good ol' James E?! The book includes full bios of Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane--Complete tour schedule 1983-1990 with dates, cities, matches and results of almost every Midnight Express match ever held, with gate figures for a large percentage of these events, most never before revealed to the public! INSIDE STORIES of Mid-South Wrestling--World Class Wrestling--the NWA/WCW--the Midnight's first meeting with Vince McMahon--the Great American Bash tours 1986 to 1989--Starrcade 1985 to 1988--the NWA's entry into Pay Per View--the NWA/WWF promotional war of the 80's--TBS' purchase of Crockett Promotions--the WCW booking committee--Cornette and Lane quit WCW--full list of the Express' championships, awards and honors--the Express' $6 million lawsuit in West Virginia--their trademark moves and routines and how they developed--road stories and ribs--the Express reunions--Cornette's classic jokes and one-liners--what the Express members are doing today--and MORE, many told for the first time ever.My copy is on the way, and I think you'd be insane to miss getting one for yourself. Click here and pick one up before it's too late.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling

... and today we have a guest review of Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling, courtesy of my erstwhile broadcast colleague, the fabulous sebastian. This review originally appeared over on dvdpurgatory.com.

The word "celebrity" in this title is a little misleading, if not an outright lie. A more accurate description might be "exactly who are these people and why am I supposed to know them".

Dennis Rodman is the only one with a legitimate claim to be a celebrity, and I use the word "legitimate" loosely. Butterbean may be reasonably well known to boxing, or tough man contest fans, but the rest of the world is oblivious to his blubbery fighting achievements. Danny Bonaduce is known not so much for his role in The Partridge Family, but more for his anger issues, his alcohol and drug problems, and for prostituting himself on any tv show (including his own) for the price of a cup of coffee (or a can of beer). Todd Bridges played Willis on Different Strokes and was surely mostly forgotten before this show came along. A category Dustin Diamond (who played Screech in Saved By The Bell) would have to step up to be in. Nobody really knew him in the first place. Erin Murphy was very young when she was Tabitha on Bewitched and I have no idea where they found her for this. The birthing ward maybe? Surreal Life?? Frank Stallone (brother of Sylvester) is the oldest of the competitors and another weird and obscure choice. Steven Ziering, from the original Beverly Hills 90210, would have been a stretch to use as a "celebrity", but it's worse than that, they use his ex-wife Nikki Ziering (a sometime actor, a sometime Playboy model, and a full time bore). Tiffany had a pop hit or two in the eighties yet still, somehow, qualifies as a "celebrity". I guess he status was enough to get her in to Playboy). And I still don't know who Trishelle Cannatella is or why she is here but, incidentally, she is the third of the contestants to be in Playboy.The wrestlers involved are a little more legit. Hulk Hogan may be the biggest name ever in wrestling, despite his wrestling ability being less (much less) than stellar. His persona though was undeniably appealing to American males and made him the superstar that other wrestlers envied. Brian Knobbs (one half of The Nasty Boys) reputation was built more on his ability to withstand a phenomenal amount of punishment than to wrestle a technical match. Brutus Beefcake's main claim to fame was some colourful outfits (which Mr J one once saw him wearing in a gentleman's club after a live event) and the good fortune to tag-team with a genuine talent in Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. Jimmy "Mouth Of The South Hart was one of the most popular (or unpopular I guess) managers ever, but he hardly rivalled the true greats like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Eric Bischoff led WCW to television dominance in the nineties and, while WCW has faded in to oblivion, Eric's ego never did. Guest appearances by Bill Goldberg and Rob Van Dam help to keep the training interesting for wrestling fans.

Despite the dubious nature of the talent and trainers, the show itself is not without appeal and insight into the much maligned world of professional wrestling. Hogan even manages to come across as being more humble than he has in the past (including the admission that his wrestling ability is limited) but he is not in the show very much and seems fairly detached when he is. A style similar to that he used while hosting American Gladiators. A show which, in hindsight, is probably is even more low-brow than this one.

The contestants are divided in to two teams and each week they learn some moves and put on a show for a small audience. The training, the planning, and the clash of egos is a good introduction to the workings of professional wrestling. It was clear to me that some people only survived elimination because of their audience appeal not their wrestling ability. I'm not talking about Hogan, I'm talking about the bimbo Ziering. Based on her “sexy” looks and lack of ability it is likely she could even make it in the WWE, if she wanted to. I doubt she would because, however ditzy she might be, she's not that stupid. Bridges and Diamond seem to be enjoying themselves and showed an appreciation for wrestling and a desire to be good at it. Bonaduce showed a desire to prove himself a "talent" but, as with everything else in his life, he overestimates his ability (and appeal). The choice of winner, much like the choice of a champion in wrestling, did not come down to who was the best in the ring or training, but you'll have to watch it to find out who the it was.

This is a great companion piece for the Wrestler, with both showing life in the squared circle from behind the scenes. Though, like after watching the Wrestler, you may very well leave the screen depressed, and perhaps a little sorry for all of those involved in it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chicken Neck

Weighing in tonite a $1.49 a pound... Chicken Neck.
Best announced weight ever...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

the Blueprint

In Early 2004, Matt Morgan was sent back to OVW for further development and experience, wrestling again as "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan and on April 14, 2004 he defeated Nick Dinsmore to become the OVW Heavyweight Champion.He would hold the belt for almost six months before losing it to Chris Cage on October 13, 2004. Since the stipulation in that match, was that if Morgan lost, he would "never show his face again" in OVW, he began wearing a mask to the ring and tweaked his name to simply The Blueprint. He would regain the OVW Heavyweight Championship on April 13, 2005 at an OVW live event after defeating Elijah Burke, but lost the title 17 days later to Brent Albright on April 30 after Albright hit Morgan with a crowbar.
Morgan re-debuted in the WWE on the April 21, 2005 episode of Friday Night SmackDown!, with a new gimmick as a stuttering big-man who was defensive over his speech disorder. WWE gold once again.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bono Tiger?

There is a slight change between the man in today's mask, and the man in yesterdays... Can you see what it might be??

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Economy

Times are indeed tough all over. Tougher than Mister T. Tougher than a 2 dollar steak. Tougher than your slightly crazy work mate who has too much to drink and then punches out your amorous boss. Companies are collapsing and downsizing and falling down, while investment bankers are being forced out of their high rise, climate controlled offices... out to the cold outside world where they are now having to eke out an existence selling pens and lemonade.
But no demographic has been more affected by the economic downturn than the proud and noble veteran. The warriors that once protected us from invasion by the cold hearted Russians and the iron willed Iraqis, not to mention all manner of nefarious foreign powers and axis' of evil, have been hardest hit by this recession. All of these brave soldiers are now out of work, forgotten by the federations that once relied on them so heavily to enforce a rampant xenophobia that is no longer politically correct or economically viable. Surely if there is one thing that can bring us back from the brink of financial collapse, it's blind patriotism. Shouting your countries name, chanting along as your hero pummels an underdog from some country that in all likelihood is now better off than yours... well, it can't hurt... right? Putting on colourful battles and counting on nationalism to distract from the ACTUAL problem worked wonders for George W. Bush.