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Name:Larry Csonka
Email:larrytcsonka@gmail.com
Current Roles:Wrestling Editor, Your News, My Views, My Take On, Tremendous Tirades, wRestling's 3R's, The TNA Impact Report, Live TNA, UFC and WWE PPV Coverage, My Take On MMA, Fill in for everyone, Slave driver, The Boss!
Past Roles:Weeky TNA Recapper
Other credits:Creator and Curator of the 411 Wrestling Hall of Fame, The Top 25 of All-Time Bio Series, The 2004, 2005 and 2006 TNA Awards Spectacular, Countdown To WrestleMania 21: My WrestleMania Top Performers, The 3R's of WrestleMania Series, Undefeated in Fact or
Quote:-The Meek shall inherit the Earth. When that happens I shall kill the meek because they are a bunch of pussies and then my friends, I shall inherit the Earth. What does that mean? Free drinks and lap dances for my friends.
History:History is fun kids.
Blog
The 31/2 Star TV Matches From The Rs~! - 08.02.2009

As promised...

-John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd - (Superstars: 07.30.09) {***½}
-CAGE MATCH: Edge and Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy - (Smackdown: 06.26.09) {***½}
-WWE TITLE LAST MAN STANDING MATCH: Randy Orton vs. HHH - (Raw: 06.22.09) {***½}
-WWE TITLE MATCH: Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. HHH vs. Big Show - (Raw: 06.08.09) {***½}
- Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk- (Smackdown: 06.12.09) {***½}
- Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison - (Superstars: 06.11.09) {***½}
-Jeff Hardy and R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler - (Superstars: 06.04.09) {***½}
-Christian vs. Tyson Kidd - (ECW: 06.02.09) {***½}
-Edge vs. Chris Jericho - (Smackdown: 05.15.09) {***½}
-Rey Mysterio vs. Shelton Benjamin - (Superstars: 05.14.09) {***½}
-Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho - (Smackdown: 05.08.09) {***½}
-Edge vs. Kofi Kingston - (Superstars: 04.23.09) {***½}
-John Cena vs. Chris Jericho - (Raw: 04.20.09) {***½}
-Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin - (Smackdown: 04.17.09) {***½}
-Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy - (Smackdown: 04.10.09) {***½}
-Primo vs. The Miz - (ECW: 03.10.09) {***½}
-Edge vs. John Cena - (Raw: 03.02.09) {***½}
-Lethal Consequences vs. Motor City Machine Guns – (Impact: 02.19.09) {***½}
-Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin - (Smackdown: 01.09.09) {***½}
KNEE SURGERY: THE BLOG - The Wait - 12.19.2008

So I am supposedly having some fun knee surgery today, and thus far it has been an adventure.

[b]9pm Thursday Night[/b]: Food is now not allowed, this angers me.

[b]Midnight[/b]: Drinks are now off limits, minus a little bit of water. This angers me even more.

[b]4:30am[/b]: Woke from slumber, angry, no talk.

[b]5am[/b]: Leave for hospital, no coffee make Larry something something…

[b]5:45am[/b]: Checks into hospital, registration lady is VERY rude. I will kick her in the uterus when my leg heals.

[b]6:30am[/b]: I am in my room, IV in place, listening to Christi say how tired she is. She went to bed at 9pm

[b]7:30am[/b]: I have been informed that my surgery has been delayed. It was to start at 7am.

[b]7:31am[/b]: I continue work on the great American novel.

[b]8:30am[/b]: Christi goes to get breakfast. I will kick her in the uterus when my leg heals.

[b]9am[/b]: JT is bothering me on MSN, but I am polite since Christi is still out eating. I will kick her in the uterus when my leg heals.

[b]9:11am[/b]: I thought I had the whole cancer thing resolved, but it was actually just a good fondue recipe.

[b]9:30am[/b]: They have informed me that surgery will be after noon sometime. I may starve by then.

[b]9:40am[/b]: They have come into the room and with a black marker wrote, “NOT THIS ONE” on my right leg. This is a high tech establishment here.

[b]9:41am[/b]: My nurse just walked in, drinking a coffee and finishing a glazed KK doughnut. I will kick her in the uterus when my leg heals.
Larry's SLAMMY PICKS~! - 12.06.2008

Here are my SLAMMY picks for Monday’s show, just for fun.


  • Best WWE.com Exclusive :
    - The Miz and John Morrison present "The Dirt Sheet"

  • Breakout Star of the Year:
    - Evan Bourne

  • Best Musical Performance:
    - Santino rapping to Akon (RAW, Nov 17)

  • Announce Team of the Year:
    - Matt Striker and Todd Grisham

  • Best Impersonation:
    - Charlie Haas as "Haas" Hogan (RAW, Oct 13)

  • Most Extreme Moment of the Year:
    - Chris Jericho smashes Shawn Michaels' head through Jeri-Tron (Raw, June 9)

  • The DAMN! Moment of the Year:
    - Santino Marella attempts Melina's Entrance (Raw, Dec. 1)

  • Best Finishing Move:
    - Evan Bourne's Shooting Star Press

  • Tag Team of the Year:
    - The Miz & John Morrison

  • OMG Moment of the Year:
    - John Cena surprise return at the Royal Rumble (Royal Rumble 2008)

  • Couple of the Year:
    - Edge and Vickie Guerrero

  • Superstar of the year :
    - Chris Jericho

  • Match of the Year:
    - Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (Career Threatening Match, WrestleMania 24)

  • Diva of the Year:
    - Mickie James
  • ~Random Thoughts~ - 11.25.2008

    Since so many people seem to think something is wrong or some shit, I have decided to drop off some random thoughts for you.

  • The reason I am not writing the news column (last week and this week) is because Ashish is out of the country, and I am running the site solo. It is a lot of work, and some things had to go for the span of 15 days. I hate to half ass the news column, so Cook was kind enough to fill in as he is the official substitute of 411.

  • On the Survivor Series, I don’t see why so many people have their panties in a bunch. This PPV was pretty much called average or was shit on. I didn’t like it, I didn’t like how they played the Hardy thing due to how they fucked themselves in the media (if you can’t see that point, then you are blind) and at the end of the night, they hit the reset button again, and I thought it was the worst PPV of the year. It is that simple. I just think that some are pissed because I have the balls to calla WWE PPV shitty. Sorry, but it was and not even Edge’s beard could save it.

  • For those of you throwing a fit, the Edge’s Beard as MVP is a fucking joke. Get a sense of humor.

  • I am not more negative now than at any other time. When writing about a shitty show or product, well, negativity kind of makes its way into the writing.

  • You don’t offend my by calling me names. I just like to point out that when you resort to name calling, your opinion means jack shit. But I do love that you keep clicking, because it makes me look even better.

  • Do you want to know what one of the biggest problems WWE has is? Well go back to Raw and watch the “cute” WWE Shop segment with HHH and HBK. You’re telling me that 24-hours after getting screwed out of his title, that HHH’s top priority is hanging out with HBK and shilling the product?

  • Edge’s beard IS awesome.

  • Speaking of the reset button, sup CM Punk? Ratings are shit overall, but Punk was seen as an issue, lost the title (in a protective manner) but has been booked like shit and it seems as if they have blown off Orton vs. Punk all together. Sucks to be you buddy.

  • Miz and Morrison are doing so great, but I just have this feeling that they have hit the wall and that they won’t get the push past where they are right now.

  • How fast did they jump the gun with Shane and Steph last night? That was some TNA level shit right there.

  • Batista has to be turning heel soon. That dude is losing way to much and is about to snap.

  • Orton is getting cheered a lot recently, mainly because he feels fresh again and is doing a good job. I wonder if they will pull the double turn and have Manu and Cody join with Batista?

  • Good to see Melina back, but I have share a thing I hate: when people use what looks to be a bad ass finisher as a transition move, only to use a shittier move for a finisher moments later. Seriously, Melina busts out a great code red/modified destroyer, and then uses the lame split leg drop deal for the win.

  • I am back to the news column next week, and I am sure my stalkers will be back to cry about me discussing my life.
  • And we're rolling... - 04.25.2008

    THE STORY OF MATT, JEFF, SHANNON, SHANE, AND THE FORGOTTEN BEETLE

    by Marty "Cham Pain" Garner

    My name is Marty Garner, and my friends call me The Forgotten Beetle. I've been in the wrestling business for 15 years now. I've worked under the name of Cham Pain on the Independent Wrestling Circuit for the majority of that time. I have appeared on ECW, WCW, and made numerous appearances on WWE. I am writing this because I am at a crossroads in my life. I am no longer satisfied working Independent shows for little or no compensation. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the business and that is why I do this crazy thing we call Professional Wrestling. You see, I don't want to go to my grave without working for one of the major companies full time. That's why I need your help.

    In 1991, I was working out in a small gym in Vass, NC when I met this young, musclebound kid by the name of Matt Hardy. He was telling me that he had a wrestling federation based out of his backyard. He asked me to come check them out. I showed up one Saturday while they were having some matches and almost chuckled. They had a round trampoline with four small trees around it for ring posts and garden hoses for the ropes. There was black plastic enclosing a sizable area with the "ring" in the middle, which made up the so-called "arena". Matt's younger brother, Jeff, had painted graffiti on the plastic arena walls. There was a young kid who was only 11 years old, and really small. The kid was the referee who stayed outside the ring calling the match, who you may now know as Shannon Moore. After a little encouragement, Matt talked me into working a match. It was the most horrible match anyone had seen. Matt came out in baseball pants, no shirt and barefooted, wearing a Jason mask. I came out wearing paper thin, white sweat pants, a pink tank top, a do-rag and shades, and of course, my white tube socks. After I defeated my opponent, that was it....I was hooked. If wrestling was crack, I'd be Pookie from the movie New Jack City.

    After a short period of time, we met an older, burley, country man by the name of Kenneth Morgan who I referred to lovingly as "The Wooly Booger". He was a gentle, silent man who happened to have a wrestling ring. The ring he had was hard only on the sides with a long, rectangular trampoline in the middle. Matt and Kenneth worked out a deal that we would work some shows at the local fair using his ring. When I arrived at our first show at the fairgrounds, we only had 5 guys for the show. Matt was in a bit of a tizzy. Since I was an aspiring rap artist, I told Matt I could go out and kill some time either rapping or doing stand up comedy. I actually went out and performed one of my songs, and was really pumped after that. Each wrestler there worked two or three gimmicks that night, but we got through it. The first match I had in Kenneth's ring was just like the first match I ever had. Same opponent, same clothes, same finish. It was awesome! It's so funny to look back on those times, bouncing around on a trampoline, having a wrestling match in front of a crowd. It's kind of embarrassing when the boys see those old tapes, but also, it makes me very proud.

    We actually converted Kenneth's old trampoline ring into a regular ring. Our federation name was the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance, the NFWA. In 1995, Matt went into business with a guy named Thomas Simpson. Thomas was the money man and Matt was the promoter of our new federation called the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts, OMEGA. This was a local organization out of Moore County, NC that groomed many of the wrestling superstars you know today. Such as Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Shannon Moore, Shane Helms, Joey Abs, Joey Mercury, Steve Corino, Bo Dupp, Jack Dupp, and of course me, Marty "Cham Pain" Garner. That's first name Cham. Last name Pain. The best kept secret on the Independent scene. This was the time when myself, Matt, Jeff and Jason "Joey Abs" Ahrndt started making sporadic trips to WWF shows. This was a big deal for me personally, because now my family and friends thought I was on the cusp of making it to the "big show".

    In 1998, we were getting ready for a show in a local armory in Southern Pines, NC when Matt got a phone call. I was standing next to him when he got the call. He had a strange look on his face as he hung up the phone. It was a look of disbelief. Then I saw a smile emerge. When I asked who it was, Matt said it was Jim Ross and they wanted him and Jeff at RAW the next Monday. I remember being happy for Matt and Jeff, but at the same time, I was very envious of them. The show had a different feel to me because our leader was leaving us. The last show Matt and Jeff did in OMEGA was at Shane Helms' old high school. Shane and his partner, Mike Maverick, were baby-faces and Matt and Jeff, for the first time ever, were heels. Matt and Jeff really played up the WWF thing, and how they were going to be rich superstars and leave all this behind. The crowd hated them for the first time ever and they proceeded to have one of the best Indy tag team matches that I've ever witnessed. As I was watching the match, I remember the sadness I felt. Even thought no one said it, I knew OMEGA was finished. We tried to keep it going for a while, but without Matt, we were lost. He always handled everything from booking to storylines, set up, sponsorships, etc. He did it all. It wasn't long after that when Jason Ahrndt got a call from WWF to work as Joey Abs with the Mean Street Posse. Now, I'm excited because everyone, including myself, thought I'd be the next to go.

    After OMEGA, I still worked Independent shows, but they never held a match to what we had. I knew I needed to get my face on T.V. somehow, so I hit the talk show circuit. I did Sally Jesse Raphael, Montel Williams and Jenny Jones. I almost appeared in Playgirl Magazine, but my ex-fiance really disapproved. I was brainstorming how to get a job with a major company. So, myself, Murray "Bo Dupp" Happer, and Mike Maverick came up with a plan. We were going to be a family of rednecks from Lizard Lick, NC named The Dupps. I knew a guy that works for a T.V. crew out of California who said that his buddy could do a video for us. I wrote the script for the video. My name was Puck Dupp. Mike was Jack Dupp. Murray was Bo Dupp and my girlfriend at the time was May Dupp. The video was hilarious and it didn't have any wrestling on it at all. We submitted the video to ECW and got a call back from Tommy Dreamer who said he loved it and wanted us to come up for a tryout. Tommy told us when we got there that was one of the funniest, most original tapes they had ever received. They watched it 7 times in the locker room that night. We did our tryout and they put us to work for a while. Tommy pulled us to the side one day and told us we were getting ECW contracts in a couple of weeks. I was excited and called my fiance. Before I could tell her my news, she broke up with me, over the phone. The other Dupps weren't riding with me at the time, due to a misunderstand that had occurred between us, and I had to drive home alone with that on my mind. It was the best news and the worst news all in one day. What do you do? The next week the other Dupps missed a couple of ECW shows. On the third day when they finally showed up, I asked where they had been. They said Stamford, CT. I asked, "WWF"? They said, "Yes. We got jobs". I said, "We got jobs?" They said, "No. WE got jobs." I was only one day away from being immortalized on the ECW video game-but that didn't happen. Without the other Dupps involved, I was out of luck and out of the job that I'd always dreamed of. The contract never came. My money was running out, so I had to leave ECW and come back home. I had a couple of small bites from WWF but they never actually worked out, which still left me on the Independent circuit.

    A couple of years later, at a local show in Raleigh, NC, a man named John Root approached me about doing some video game stunt work. He worked for Epic Games who are the creators of "Unreal", "Unreal Tournament", and "Unreal Warfare". He used my motion capture for both of the good guys on the game "Unreal Tournament 2003", and used Mickie James as the baby-face female. It was a lot of fun and it paid really well. About a year after that, John Root moved to another company and flew me to California to do some motion capture stunt work again. While I was in California, one of the guys at the studio asked me if I knew Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I said, "Yes, but I haven't seen him in a couple of years." I met Rock when I was doing some T.V. matches for WWE and we created a friendship. We went to the set of the "Run-Down" that night and as soon as Rock saw me he started quoting Cham-Pain lines. The guys that were with me thought that was the coolest thing ever! Rock told me to stay that weekend and go to a big wrap up party for the movie. I met Brittney Spears and Justin Timberlake at an after party in Hollywood. It was a blast! That was in January of 2003. In March 2003, I went to WrestleMania in Washington State to watch my buddies, Matt, Jeff, Shannon, and Shane perform. While I was there, Rock got in contact with me. The next couple of days I hung out with Rock and his family. It was a lot of fun. I asked Rock if I should I go backstage at WrestleMania or should I just sit in the crowd (He told me later that when I asked him that question, it broke his heart). He looked at me and said, "Man, you're coming with me to WrestleMania." The next morning, Rock, his cousin, and myself walk out of the hotel doors into a sea of screaming fans. After we got in the limo, Rock pulls his shades down slightly, looks at me, and says, "You ain't never seen no shit like that, have you?" I looked at him and said, "Nope. Not in Vass, NC." We all got a laugh out of that and went on to WrestleMania. In May of the same year, I got a call. It was Rock. He said, "Marty, you've always been my boy. You've never asked me for anything but advise and I appreciate that. Now, I want to ask you something. How would you like to work for me on an upcoming movie?" I felt my legs get weak and my eyes tearing up as goose bumps covered my arms. I tried to man up and sound strong when I said, "HELL YES!!!" He told me in the beginning that it wasn't a full time gig. I told him that would be fine. I traveled halfway around the world with that guy, attending movie premiers, the CMA's (front row), the Super Bowl, and a long list of many things that I was very blessed to be a part of. We were in Prague in 2005 on the set of "Doom" when I got a phone call from my mom. She asked if I remembered a particular girl from my past, and I said,"Yes, but why?" My Mom said, "Because the girl claims to have your child." I said, "I haven't seen that girl in 11 years." Mom said, "He's 11 years old." I then flew home to take a DNA test. As fate would have it, it was truly my son. After discovering the truth, my son became a wonderful part of my life, and I love him more than I could ever tell you. Ironically, that was the last time I ever worked for Rock. We still keep in touch and will always be really good friends.

    People still seem to always ask me if I could autographs from Matt and Jeff for their kids. I don't mind asking for that, but at the same time it still bothers and hurts me. It seems just like yesterday that we were all together, wrestling in OMEGA, and now they're WWE Superstars. It's kind of like I'm The Forgotten Beetle. You know, the member of the Beetles who got lost on the way to the big show, right before their US debut. Suddenly, the band was recreated, with one less member. Please don't think that I'm bitter, because I'm not-I'm more driven than ever. I just want to say how proud I am of all my friends who have gone on to have successful careers in professional wrestling. I still occasionally work for the WWE, with my most recent appearance being April 25th, 2008, on Smackdown against Vladimir Kozlov. Now more than ever, I want my name on the full-time WWE roster. That's where YOU come in. If you believe in my cause, help me flood the websites of WWE and TNA requesting that Cham Pain be added to their roster. If you attend any WWE or TNA shows, please show your support by making signs and chanting loudly, "HIRE CHAM PAIN". I refuse to be denied of my dream. It's time to get the band back together. Thanks for taking the time to read my story, and I hope you'll help me make my a dream a reality.

    Marty "Cham Pain" Garner
    www.myspace.com/rappingwrestler
    And we're rolling... - 10.29.2007

    WWE CYBER SUNDAY PODCAST~!




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    And we're rolling... - 10.21.2007

    WRESTLING NEWS AND CYBER SUNDAY PREVIEW PODCAST~!


    Oh yes, you thought there wouldn’t be a show this week but you are wrong! Christi may have the week off and be stuck in Star Wars Lego glory, but that did not stop Mike Campbell from joining me for this 70+ minute show! Early in the show we’ll get to know Mike a little better, a true veteran of 411 who is closing in on 5-years of service. From there we’ll discuss the ECW situation and the merger with Smackdown. After that is discussion of TNA, and if you don’t like spoilers you’ll want to skip that part. We discuss the Bound for Glory show, Sting as Champion and ways to improve the promotion. We then wrap up the show with a rundown of this weekend’s Cyber Sunday PPV, what we think the fans will vote for, who we would vote for and we also select winners. 70+ minutes just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 10.15.2007

    TNA BOUND FOR GLORY FEEDBACK

    I am using 5 or so emails in the PPV R’s this week, and some others in the regular R’s, but wanted to share a few more here as there has been a lot of feedback that should be shared.


    From Bernard -
    Bound For Glory

    Ultimate X – LAX vs XXX – 8 out 10

    Fight For The Right – 7 out of 10

    Styles & Tomko vs Truth & Consequences – 7 out of 10

    Daniels vs Machismo – 8.5 out of 10

    Steiners vs 3D – 6 out of 10

    Knockouts Gauntlet – 8.5 out of 10

    Cage vs Joe – 10 out of 10

    Monster’s Ball – Trash of the night

    Sting vs Kurt Angle – 9 out of 10

    Total Show – 8.5 out of 10

    I don’t usually write in, but this was TNA’s best PPV this year, and possibly the best PPV all year. The card was awesome start to finish. I enjoyed every matched except the one I didn’t watch which was Monster’s Ball. Steiner vs 3D was a bit predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised that all the faces went over. Happy to see Pacman replaced with a fresh face. Joe is simply the best. Kong is my new hero. Sting vs Angle was not overbooked. Nash has been a big part of this angle from the beginning, and I liked how they had Nash shoot about being a washed up wrestler hanging on for as long as he can. Nash to Angle is Flair to HHH, but at least Nash could admit he’s washed up. His interference was needed in the story line, and it help sell Sting as being the ICON beating Angle and Nash. I can do without Karen Angle, but this match was handled properly and built well. sometimes you have to look at the whole picture. Thumbs up TNA for an excellent week of programming with Impact and BFG.


    From Matt -
    As you can probably tell from the title of this, I just got back from TNA's Bound for Glory PPV and the Gwinnett Civic Center and I just wanted to send you a little feedback on the show from someone who was there live. Before that, though, I should say something that I think is pretty important: this is the first live wrestling show I had been to since ECW's Wrestlepalooza '99 at the Cobb County Civic Center. I didn't go to the Backlash that was here last April (although I wish I had since it actually turned out to be really good). I could have gone to December to Dismember, but decided not to at the last minute (thank God for that). So needless to say, I had pretty high expectations for BFG, not only because it was my first live wrestling show in 8 years, but also because it was my first ever live TNA show. And they totally delivered. It was a really awesome show, and since the arena is a fairly small venue, there wasn't a bad seat in the house. My friends and I had the cheapest seats you could buy, but an official at the arena actually let us trade up for better seats, at no extra cost. The place was no where near sold out, but I'd estimate there was somewhere around 3000-3500 people, and the energy level was really high throughout the whole show, with a few exceptions.

    The pre-PPV matches were:
    1) The Motor City Machineguns of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin vs. Joey Ryan and Johnny Swinger. Sabin and Shelley of course had some new wacky matching gear, but I was surprised to see that Joey and Swinger were also coordinated with some pretty slick looking white matching "indy pants" (the super-baggy pants that seemed to be all the rage in circa-2003 ROH). On the way to the arena a friend of mine actually joked that "we better hurry and get there so we don't miss Sabin and Shelley in the dark match," only to see that they were in fact in the opener, but thankfully they also showed up later in the big cluster reverse battle royal thing. Overall a very fun little match, with MCMG hitting all their crazy tandem moves and Ryan/Swinger showing off some nice tag work as well. MCMG got the win after a super kick/enzugiri combo. Also of note is how crazy-over Shelley and Sabin were; when they got the pinfall, about 80% of the crowd was doing their Detroit hand sign thing and going apeshit.
    2) Ms. Brooks had a quick filler match with one of the DJs from the local radio station 96.1. He said a few things on the mic, but no one was really paying attention, or at least I wasn't. Brooks got the win after a knee to the junk and a roll-up, and then Borash announced that Brooks would also be participating in the Knockouts Gauntlet match. JB then hyped the crowd up until the opening of the show proper.

    LAX vs. XXX was really fun. Some really crazy spots, with Hernandez being especially impressive (his INSANE shoulder tackle and Border Toss out of the ring were glorious). Skipper was also really awesome just for the sheer amount of abuse he took. After the match, they showed an Angle segment on the big dual screens as they took down the Ultimate X trusses. They then showed a segment with Christian & Friends and the audio cut out for a few seconds to a huge chorus of boos (way to go, TNA production crew!).

    The Fight for Your Right clusterfuck was next. Thankfully, they kept the ridiculous "reverse-battle royal" thing to a minimum, and got down to the final 8 in the match (Hoyt, Roode, Young, Shelley, Sabin, Storm, Fatu, Kaz) pretty quickly. Some fun stuff once they actually got to the match proper, with a few highlights: Hoyt hitting a brutal chokeslam on Kaz, the HUGE pop when Fatu got eliminated (some brilliant team work there from all the original TNA guys there), more awesome tandem moves from the MCMG, and the surprise victory from Young was pretty sweet (I was personally rooting for Kaz, but oh well). I was especially grateful that Billy Gunn and his super homo-erotic ring gear made an appearance long enough to be laughed at, but not long enough to do anything important.

    A Tomko/Styles and Team Pacman promo was next. Some pretty big heat when Tomko yanked the mic from Styles, but you couldn't even hear Jones since people were booing so loudly. The match was next. Overall, some fun stuff there too: Hebner going for the cash, A.J.'s crazy shooting star press, the confused looks on everyone's, and I mean EVERYONE'S, faces when the Apollo Creed-looking guy came out (there was barely any mention of the guy at all), and I totally marked out for Tomko and Styles hitting Tomko/A-Train's New Japan tag team finisher, the Magic Killer, for the win. It was a little disappointing that they IMMEDIATELY had a video run after the match, which kinda spoiled Tomko and Styles' celebration.

    Nash/Angle promo. I honestly wasn't paying that much attention. Lethal vs. Daniels was next. Another solid match, although it dragged a little mid-way through. Nice pop for the Lethal Combo off the top.

    Video package for 3D vs. Steiners. This was what you might call the "trash of the night," mainly because we couldn't see dick during all the crowd brawling. The in-ring stuff was decent, and the Steiners winning was pretty cool (I've never been a big fan of the Dudleys/3D, and I've slowly been becoming a fan of the Steiners ever since their turn). Shelley and Sabin actually had the biggest pop of this whole match, and they were only involved for about 30 seconds. Also, I don't know if you caught it on TV, but Shelley came about *this* close to busting his ass after slipping in the spilled beer as he and Sabin ran down to the ring.

    Knockouts Gauntlet was next. Way, WAY better than I expected (although I expected total shit). ODB actually impressed me the most. She's supposedly working for OVW, but isn't signed to a WWE developmental deal, which I didn't think was possible. If TNA hasn't signed her, they need to, because she really had "it". Decent moves, great character, and an overall very impressive showing. Whenever Kong gets done being the token Knockout Division monster, ODB could very easily fill that role. There was another odd production error when Williams came out to Hemme's entrance video. Amazing (Awesome) Kong was also pretty damn impressive (and I had a little mark-out moment when she was billed as being from Tokyo). Hemme took a really stiff powerbomb from Kong and was then led to the back after she rolled out of the ring. Hopefully it was nothing serious. Kim got a pretty big pop after hitting the Air Raid Crash for the win.

    Cage vs. Joe was definitely the match of the night. The Tiare (sp?) fire dancers made a quick appearance, which was awesome. Just a solid match from beginning to end, and Joe getting to be the first guy to beat Cage (he had been technically undefeated up until this point) after some of his recent disappointing losses was GLORIOUS. Also, Matt Morgan is a fucking giant. Seriously, he looked barely human. Joe is not a small man by any means, but he looked pretty small next to that freak of nature.

    Monster's Ball was good for what it was. Like the 3D/Steiners, the crowd brawling killed it for me cause we didn't see much of it. Remember how I said that the energy level was high throughout the show with a few exceptions? The cheesy smoke effects when Rhino went off the stage was one of those moments. There was a huge reaction when he went off the stage, but you could feel the crowd die when the retarded magical fire extinguishers went off, and the rest of the match seemed to suffer for it. I gotta give Raven credit, though; he looked to be in great shape (for Raven anyway) and he was really "on". The Black Hole Slam on the tacks got a great pop, and James Mitchell's reaction to Abyss getting the win was priceless.

    Angle vs. Sting was pretty much what I expected. Good, maybe even great, but not amazing. My head nearly exploded when Angle (kinda sorta) hit a FUCKING 450 SPLASH. The run-ins were totally unnecessary, but it wasn't a huge detriment to the match or anything. Crowd went BANANA when Sting pinned Angle, and it was a great high-note to end the show on.

    Overall, this was a really entertaining live event. There really wasn't a dull moment. I'd personally give Bound For Glory a 8.75/10. Not perfect, but a hell of a lot of fun, and I'll definitely be picking up the DVD when it comes out.

    Biggest pops
    1. Sting (by a pretty wide margin, especially after he pinned Angle)
    2. Joe/A.J./MCMG (seriously)
    3. Gail Kim

    Biggest heat
    1. Angle
    2. Pac-Man
    3. Christian Cage

    Also, a few of my friends attended the TNA fanfest on Saturday. The general consensus is that Raven, Chris Harris and Brother Ray were huge pricks, Devon, Shelley, Sabin, Daniels and Low-ki were cool (with Ki being surprisingly the most talkative of the bunch), and Nash, Hernandez, James Mitchell and Joe were extra-cool (my friends and I are all big wrestling videogame nerds, and one of them ended up having a 15-minute conversation with Joe about the upcoming TNA game, because apparently Joe is also a wrestling game uber-nerd). When my friends arrived, Joe and Christian were doing an on-stage video presentation of the TNA Impact game. After Joe's character pinned Christian with a hiptoss, Joe yelled "I Just beat you with a freakin' hiptoss!" to which Cage exclaimed "you beat me with a SUCCESSION of hiptosses! This is crap!", threw down the mic and stormed off. About 2 seconds later he came back and said "this is crap, I can do like 4 moves and you only showed one of them!" They then basically ripped on each other for about 10 minutes and kept the crowd laughing the whole time. Classic stuff.

    Also, there was no explanation for it, but Rhino and Rick Steiner apparently no-showed the fanfest. My friend said "yeah, Rhino's probably busy smashing a flower pot in a hotel lobby somewhere" and that got a little chuckle out of some of the wrestlers.


    Finally from Alex -
    I just got home from Bound For Glory, here are some notes from the show. I was the tall guy across from the entrance ramp, about 5 rows back in the blue Atlanta Braves hat.


    Pre Show:
    JB came out, annouced many TNA wrestlers were from ATL. He mentioned Scott Steiner's family was in the crowd. Also So Cal Val was going around the crowd with the TNA Championship belt, taking pictures with people. Rick Steiner and Karen Angle had a photo booth before the show, I took a picture with them. Also took a pictue with Dixie Carter, she was in the crowd before the show. She's pretty hot in person.

    Dark Matches:

    Joey Matthews and Johnny Swinger v. Motor City Machine Guns
    Good match, they had about 12 minutes to work. Lots of "break his nose" chants directed toward Matthews. MCMG won with double superkicks to Matthews.

    Ms. Brooks v. Some douchebag from the local radio station.
    Ms. Brooks won with a rollup. Match lasted anywhere from 7-10 seconds, I wasn't counting.



    During the show:
    Most of the crowd had no idea who the guy was that wrestled with Ron Killings. We couldn't hear the annoucer say his name, all we heard was a Rocky reference. Crowd was very hot for AJ, since many of us had seen him wrestle in Wildside just a few years ago.

    Not sure if this happened on the broadcast, but in the arena they played Christy Hemme's music with Angel Williams came out (I think it was her). Couldn't see what happened to Christy, but she was able to walk to the back under her own power.

    The lady next to me said she saw Scott Hall in the arena. We were expecting some kind of a run-in during the main event while Nash was in the ring, but it never happened. I guess he was just backstage visiting friends.

    After the show:
    Sting stayed in the ring to celebrate for a few minutes, then went to the back. JB got in the crowd to tape a TNA Today show. Nothing else happened after the show.



    Top 5 Pops:
    1. Sting
    2. AJ Styles
    3. Steiner Brothers
    4. Raven (as he walked to the back)
    5. Samoa Joe

    Top 5 Heat:
    1. Team Pacman
    2. Guy that came out with Team Pacman
    3. Team 3D
    4. Christian
    5. Kurt Angle


    I was a little worried that that the middle of the show would be a letdown after starting with the Ultimate X match, but they delivered. The crowd was pretty hot all night long. I'd say match of the night would have been Joe/Christian. Glad to see the Steiners win, since they were the sentimental favorites. Also Raven really busted his ass, he barely walked out after the match. Crowd went apeshit for the dive off of the entrance tunnel. Overall I got my money's worth, and then some

    And we're rolling... - 10.15.2007

    TNA BOUND FOR GLORY PODCAST~!




    We are back for another podcast adventure! This time it was the TNA Bound for Glory show, their biggest show of the year. We’ll discuss the new tag team champions, the first ever Women’s Champion, the new TNA World Champion and some damn fine matches, including Joe vs. Cage. We’ll also touch on the usually stupidity with run ins and why TNA gives Kevin Nash so many chances. Also the fact that we saw more of Kong than anyone ever anticipated! From their we’ll move onto DEAR CHIRSTI as well as stories of myself scoring the phone numbers of bridesmaids at a wedding this weekend! An hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 10.08.2007

    WWE NO MERCY PODCAST~!




    We are back for another podcast adventure! This time we break down the WWE No Mercy PPV, which provided three WWE Title Matches and well, three WWE Champions. We saw some of the same from WWE, as in DQ’s in title matches and non-finishes on PPV along with TV skits; but also saw some thinking outside the box when it came to the WWE title situation. The main event delivered and Jim Ross showed everyone why no one is better than calling the big match than he is! We then move onto Dear Christi, in which the wife sets the record straight to get the heat off of me and close out with discussion of THE GAMEPLAN~! An hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 09.29.2007

    RING OF HONOR: DRIVEN PODCAST~!




    We are BACK once again, and this time we are here to break down the Ring of Honor DRIVEN PPV! Christi and I are joined by the “Column of Honor’s” ARI (~!) for a huge discussion of an EXCELLENT top to bottom show. We will discuss great matches, clean finishes, and NO BULLSHIT! We touch on the two out of the ring segments, that for the second straight PPV were great and answer the question, “Is Nigel vs. Danielson a MOTY Contender?” 80-Minutes of ROH Discussion!

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    And we're rolling... - 09.24.2007

    SHIMMER VOLUME 9 Podcast~!




    Christi and I are back once again for another podcast adventure! We return this week to look at the SHIMMER VOL. 9 DVD! A great DVD with good wrestling, including the double main event featuring the awesome AMAZING KONG battling MsChif, while elsewhere Cheerleader Melissa battles Sara Del Ray! From there we move onto Dear Christi, with wedding advice and Survivor talk, including thoughts on WWE's Ashley. Finally, we discuss the greatness of Irish Cuisine! 50-Minutes of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 09.17.2007



    We are back for another podcast adventure! Christi tries to take over the show as we look at the WWE Unforgiven PPV, another bad PPV from WWE with average matches, a dead crowd, another DQ Title match finish and Batista and Khali having the best match of the night. You read that right. We move onto Dear Christi and discuss going to live wrestling shows, women’s wrestling, women’s MMA and much more! We also muse on the glory of the XBOX 360 and Star Wars LEGO~! An hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 09.11.2007

    TNA NO SURRENDER PODCAST~!




    After a bit of a delay we are back to discuss the TNA No Surrender PPV, a hell of a little show with good wrestling, new champions; but still some of the bad of TNA. We then move onto one of our most popular segments, DEAR CHRISTI, where Christi muses more on Women’s Wrestling. We’ll also talk with Christi about her first full MMA experience, and finally, what you have all been waiting for, an update on THE SHIRT~!

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    And we're rolling... - 08.27.2007

    WWE SUMMERSLAM Podcast~!




    We are back for the latest Tremendous Tirades Podcast Adventure! We run down WWE Summerslam, a bad show riddled with mediocrity, delivering nothing interesting and burying (BERRIED~!) talent along the way. From there we move onto DEAR CHRISTI, JD Dunn’s special proposal to my wife, Christi’s Favorite Female Wrestlers, Shoot Interviews and who exactly listens to our show. About an hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 08.19.2007

    WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event Podcast~!




    We are back for the latest Tremendous Tirades Podcast Adventure! We run down Saturday Night’s Main Event, discuss the problems the show had, the following of the TNA Impact formula; which is a bad thing, and a discussion of why Saturday Night’s Main Event just doesn’t work in 2007. From there we move onto DEAR CHRISTI, where we discuss PACMAN, a TNA Women’s division and the status of “THE SHIRT~!” Finally we look forward to Summerslam; have some TV discussion (BIG BROTHER~!) as well as some advice to the guys trying to boycott TNA. One hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 08.13.2007

    TNA Hard Justice Podcast~!




    It is time for another post PPV podcast adventure, with the wife and myself. This week it is the TNA Hard Justice PPV; a horrible PPV with dumb decisions, dumb angles, poorly booked returns, asinine debuts and a special mix of Russo-Riffic-Ness~! I’ll also rant on some emails issues and lay down a special offer to you if you really hate me. We’ll move onto the DEAR CHRISTI segment for some question fun and after that, the shit hits the fan in regards to young Sonjay Dutt and the lack of my wife’s T-Shirt. An hour of fun just for you!

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    And we're rolling... - 08.07.2007

    WWE RAW Review and TNA Hard Justice Preview Podcast~!~!




    We’re back for another fun PODCAST-a-go-go adventure! Tonight we do a brief run down of Raw, discuss Vince dominating the show, some fun segments and where it leads for next week. Then we move onto our most popular segment, DEAR CHRISTI! After that, we then preview this Sunday’s TNA Hard Justice PPV, what looks good, and then discussion of TNA’s stupidity and their newfound hatred of me. Finally, Christi sends a special message to a TNA wrestler that has broken her heart. 58-Minutes of fun, go and check it out!

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    And we're rolling... - 07.22.2007

    I would like to offer my apologies to you all for no Great American Bash Coverage. There were some bad storms and such and I lost cable and net for most of the night. There is no plan for a GAB 4R’s or Podcast right now, but we will return next weekend with a new podcast on some various things.

    Until then, enjoy the ROH – Respect is Earned Podcast, with special guest ARI~!

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    And we're rolling... - 07.21.2007



    We are back for yet another podcast and tonight we go where we haven’t gone before! That’s right, this time around we are joined by the Column of Honor’s ARI (~!) as we discuss the Ring of Honor – Respect is Earned PPV! We will discuss the great in ring action, who impressed, who didn’t, what worked and what didn’t (which isn’t much as it was a great show!) This was to be a part of the Great American Bash podcast, but we went on for 1-hour and 15-minutes so ROH gets it’s very own show! Download and enjoy kids, and remember, always drop us a line and let us know what you thought!

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