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Review – Jim Ross/Paul O’Brien – Slobberknocker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Whether he wanted it to or not, the raspy Oklahoman growl from a modest man in a jet-black cowboy hat named Jim Ross has become synonymous with numerous signature moments in professional wrestling’s heyday.

Ponder back to Mankind’s descent from the roof of the meshed mayhem that was the still-new “Hell In A Cell” structure by The Undertaker and tell us Ross’ “As God is my witness, he’s broken in half!” call isn’t etched in your memory.

Or his repetitive-yet-emotional screams of “Stone Cold!” as The Texas Rattlesnake hurled Kane over the top rope to seal his third Royal Rumble victory in 2001.

In fact, many consider “Good ‘Ol JR” the voice of pro wrestling, bar-none. His ability to focus on talent’s strengths and paint a storyline’s picture with heart made it feel like you needed to be there with him for the match he called, that anything else wasn’t worth the bother.

It was only a matter of time before JR penned his own autobiography and with help from Sports Publishing, Paul O’Brien and the late Scott E. Williams, “Slobberknocker” was born in 2017.

Let’s face it – if there was going to be a book on JR, “Slobberknocker” has a better ring to it than “Government Mule Dude.”

Right off the bat, if you seek input from Ross about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Owner Vince McMahon’s “less than celebratory” segments that degraded his Bell’s Palsy disability, you won’t get it here. Ross speaks only highly of his old boss for the opportunity to take the ball and run behind the desk and curtain. McMahon actually pens the foreword, appropriately enough.

Ross does makes it sound as if Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock wouldn’t had gotten over without his input to Vince and for what it is, that may be true. They certainly needed it at the time to overtake World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and their stronghold grasp of the industry via “The Monday Night Wars.”

A chapter highlight is his confidence in the Mankind character and how that eventually pays off despite his concern for Mick Foley’s “hardcore” work ethic. It shows you his expertise in talent relations, just a glimpse of the backstage magic he provided.

With WCW in mind, JR goes in-depth about his childhood upbringings and how he worked humbly with the likes of “Cowboy” Bill Watts in Mid-South territory days behind the scenes by offering to do what he could to help the company whether through advertising, ring announcing or even to set up the ring.

JR’s biggest advice seems to be that he landed luck in the industry through paid dues and an almost obsessive fixation with the business, part of which he regretted from lack of family time. Through it all, he never lost who he was and it was that aspect that gave him success in talent relations.

His struggles with Bell’s Palsy dominate the last few chapters and set up the “finish” (return to the booth at WrestleMania XV in Philadelphia) in dramatic fashion, yet provide a keen sense of closure you might not get otherwise.

As “JR” as the book is, there are some elements that aren’t there. He has a strong social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter as well as a well-known podcast called The Ross Report, yet none of it is ever mentioned. Hell, not even a whimper of Barbecue sauce supremacy graces one page. Given his stature, it would’ve been interesting to get his perspective on how to stay relevant in the “digital age” when information on professional wrestling is ever present.

That said, “Slobberknocker” delivers what it promises and gives wrestling fans some insight behind one of the best minds in the business. Respect goes a long way, but it builds the foundation to personal success. JR’s story is one that needs to be heard for anybody that wants to pursue their passion but aren’t sure where to begin. All it requires is heart and the mind will follow.

With God as our witness, this book will break you in half. Don’t do this. You’ve got a family at home, dammit.

Nah, we’re just kidding.

Check it out. It’s quite the slobberknocker.

Powerbomb.tv Presents… The Independent Wrestling Marathon!

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling Crowns New D-1 Champion At Concordia Turners Gymnasium

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling is proud to announce an all ages, live, professional wrestling event on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. This professional wrestling event, sponsored by Slackers, Aries Screen Printing, and Computer Specialists, will be held at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, located at 6432 Gravois Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets for children from five to twelve years old are $5. Tickets for children under five years old are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at dynamoprowrestling.bigcartel.com.

This event will feature the highly anticipated six man scramble ladder match to crown the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. This match will feature Mike Outlaw, “The Valedictorian” Keon Option, Brandon Aarons, The Snitch, Jayden Dominic Rose, and “The Warhorse” Jake Parnell. In this match-up, the first competitor to retrieve the championship belt will become the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. You will also see such Dynamo Pro Wrestling wrestlers as Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze, Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champions “The Agents of Chaos”, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge, Jackal, Ricky Rodriguez, Savanna Stone, Tootie Lynn Ramsey, “The Gypsy Warrior” Orion Creed, “The Strangler” Roy Lewis, and many more. Please come out and experience the best in professional wrestling as Dynamo Pro Wrestling returns to the Concordia Turners Gymnasium.

Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro. For Concordia Turners Gymnasium venue information, you can check out their website at www.concordiaturners.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/concordiaturners.

Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/11/17: 12 Large

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/11/17)

12 Large 

– The Beast The Butcher-Julian Whyt match was probably another easy way to get the newly turned babyface Whyt a viable victory over a scary individual like Butcher, though Butcher’s stock has fallen since he became horror movie jobber fodder. Whyt now had family support and Commentator Blake Chadwick mentioned he was “around to do it right.” Can’t they say “Do It Whyt?” as that’d be much better. Good detail by commentary on Butcher’s attire that appeared to have skin that hanged, maybe he was in a cement mixer? A springboard forearm led to the win, but then Butcher chased him backstage immediately afterwards, so we guess that’s a thing?

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/4/17: Go With The Fro

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/4/17) 

Go With The Fro

– Matt Striker came out decked in Rush gear, as Blake Chadwick checked in on commentary. Guess he did good enough last week? Sweet. “The Irish Juggernaut” Mikey O’Shea was his opponent. Apparently, he waited a year and a half to get redemption on Striker. We don’t even remember them having any conflicts. Can’t you just bury a hatchet, O’Shea? If the idea is to build O’Shea back up from last week’s loss in an attempt to win the WCWC Tag Team Championships with Damian Drake, we get him being in the ring with the veteran Striker. Smart matchup actually. Striker struck a flatliner, attempted a Pedigree and hit a Codebreaker, all for a two count. Geez, WWE much? They flirted with a Gunslinger finish, but they countered around each other (to the point where it looked like a ballroom dance routine) to where Striker finally hit the Pedigree to get the pin. Not sure why he’d need the clean win here, though it emphasized the Heart Strike as another move in his arsenal. What an emo maneuver.

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BREAKING: WWE Superstars Set For Appearances With Powerbomb.TV Partner Promotions!

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PCW UK presents Road to Glory 2018
Featuring WWE Superstar Apollo Crews!
Streaming Live on Powerbomb.TV
… yes, the entire event!

Saturday February 10th starting at 1PM UTC / 8AM EST

This past weekend, during PCW UK Live Wrestling on Powerbomb.tv, it was announced that former PCW Champion and current WWE Superstar Apollo Crews will return for ONE NIGHT ONLY on February 10th!

 

 

 

NXT Star Oney Lorcan will make his return to Beyond Wrestling for their New Years Eve event in Massachusetts. Oney will be there signing autographs and making an appearance to the live audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review – Ron Snyder – Wrestling’s New Golden Age

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was once signified as the “Be All, End All” of professional wrestling.

By now, that statement has been detracted with talent like The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana and Kenny Omega, all of whom have achieved financial efficiency and without any WWE stints (or pushes in Cabana’s case) to boot.

Ron Snyder’s “Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One Of America’s Favorite Sports,” released by Sports Publishing, succeeds in its goal to inform and explore just how independent wrestling came to be from its eerie territorial beginnings.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/25/17: Throwing Caution To The Whirlwind

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/25/17)

Throwing Caution To The Whirlwind 

– In the ring already were WCWC Tag Team Champions The Bonu$ Boyz and Kate Carney, as they mentioned how they deserved respect and whatnot. They were interrupted by some rather familiar music, The Whirlwind Gentlemen. Oh snap. Sadly, the audio went in and out at this moment so that pop couldn’t be fully soaked in. Jack Manley felt more natural on the mic and suggested a challenge for the belts. Of course, we’d imagine that the Champs wouldn’t be inclined to accept given that WG literally just returned. This moment was interrupted by The Heavenly Bodies, who laid claim to being the #1 Contenders and “not yesterday’s news.” A three-way brawl and a lot of stumbling later, it was WG left alone in the ring. It didn’t look as though they “cleaned house,” but we get it and all. WG back in the fold should open some fresh feud ideas. They’re also featured again in those furniture commercials, so it must be for the foreseeable future.

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling Brings “Thanksgiving Turmoil” To The Concordia-Turners Gymnasium

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*The Following Is A Press Release Sent To Us By Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

 

Dynamo Pro Wrestling is proud to announce an all ages, live, professional wrestling event on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. This professional wrestling event, sponsored by Slackers, Aries Screen Printing, and Computer Specialists, will be held at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, located at 6432 Gravois Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Tickets for children from five to twelve years old are $5. Tickets for children under five years old are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at dynamoprowrestling.bigcartel.com. Three big matches have already been signed for this event. The Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team championships will be defending in a triple threat match as the former champions Keon Option and Justin D’Air and “High Level Enterprise” take on the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champions “The Agents of Chaos”. After the events of our last event, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge looks for revenge as he takes on “The Heartthrob” Jaden Roller. And, in the main event, the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship will be defended as “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze defends against former Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion Brandon Aarons. You will also see such Dynamo Pro Wrestling wrestlers such as “The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga, C.J. Shine, Jackal, Frodo the Ghost, Aaron Dzinic, and many more. Please come out and experience the best in professional wrestling as Dynamo Pro Wrestling returns to the Concordia Turners Gymnasium.

     Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro. For Concordia Turners Gymnasium venue information, you can check out their website at www.concordiaturners.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/concordiaturners.

Review – Chris Jericho/Peter Thomas Fornatale – The Best In The World

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Thrust once more into pro wrestling relevancy with his recent challenge to Kenny Omega slated for New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan. 4, 2018, Chris Jericho’s career stock may be the highest it has ever been.

At this point, it’s like what hasn’t he done?

As he suffered from a popularity decline, he resurrected himself with things like “IT,” “The List,” “Stupid Idiot,” pretentiously expensive scarves and “The Gift Of Jericho” last year. He became the equivalent of a walking meme, even long after the days of “Jericho Invented Everything.”

It will always be argued though that Jericho’s true creative renaissance was between 2008-2013, when he was forced to do different things to get his now-stale character over with the fans and thus, churned out the best promo/ring work of his career.

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