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PWO Audio Exclusive – Mike Outlaw Interview

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

 

Check out our interview with Mike Outlaw as the Dynamo Pro Wrestling star discusses dream opponents, 2019 plans, his upcoming match against “Mr. Extraordinary” Benjamin Trust in the Semifinals of the 2018 Dynamo Pro RIOT On The River Tournament this Friday, Sep. 14 and much more!

 

 

 

 

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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.

WWE In Your House 12: It’s Time Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

While its progression to realism from a cartoonish image was evident towards the latter half of 1996, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) still struggled to shake control from its rival organization – World Championship Wrestling (WCW). WCW was in a stretch where it’d dominate television ratings for 84 consecutive weeks.

This show was peppered with potential from a standout opener between Leif Cassidy (now known as Al Snow) and Flash Funk (better referred to as 2 Cold Scorpio), a passable “Armageddon Rules” match from The Undertaker and The Executioner that went all over the arena/set and a good effort from its WWF Intercontinental Championship bout between Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Marc Mero.

The rest was showered in shrouds of ridicule as enthusiastic as the sights of Fake Diesel and Razor Ramon on our screens. Even good ‘ol Jim Ross on commentary couldn’t do much for us. We’ll also investigate the ideological mess that was the WWF World Tag Team Championship match.

In the battle of “Powerbomb Vs. Sharpshooter,” powerbomb emerged victorious, but it was our collective brains that got powerbombed in the end.

You could tell how much the WWF needed a shakeup headed into 1997.

To top it off , the namesake of the show – Vader – wasn’t even on the card. Good riddance to WWF 1996.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 331: #PrayersUpRicFlairKingoftheRingMoneyMoves

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*Courtesy of The Shining Wizards*

 

Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards, as they discuss National Video Game Day and their favorite video games, Global Force Wrestling, Raw, Wrestle Pro and an in-depth look at WWE’s King Of The Ring 2002 Pay-Per-View event.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-331-prayersupricflairkingoftheringmoneymoves/

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 10/26/15: No One But Reigns

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 10/26/15)

No One But Reigns 

– The opening segment with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns was a good way to shed light on the previous night’s happenings (Rollins defeating Demon Kane to fire Corporate Kane as Director of Operations, Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker in a brutal Hell In A Cell encounter) and set up matches throughout the night to give this show an immediate goal – find Rollins a new number-one contender. Of course, given how the night ended up, not having Reigns in this segment would’ve made things less predictable, but he held his own here. Boy, could you feel the crowd’s energy drain when The Authority’s music hit? We were also surprised to see that Michael Cole was quick to talk about the bloody HIAC main event, even as we saw multiple still shots, with blood quite visible on both guys’ faces. On a storyline level, we saw Trips/Steph be proud of their little architect and announce an unofficial tournament using the previous night’s winners, where the winners of those matches would advance to a number-one contender fatal four-way main event to determine Rollins’ next opponent. With Lesnar not in the building, we were awaiting an explanation as to why he couldn’t be involved, but we never got one. Horrible. You guys couldn’t say The Authority sent him home because of the low blow or something of that nature? The Rollins-Reigns interaction was solid, as Reigns laughed off the idea of Rollins making it to the WWE Hall Of Fame and made it clear he was going for the Title.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 10/19/15: The Shield Vs. The Wyatt Family 2015

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 10/19/15)

The Shield Vs. The Wyatt Family 2015

– With WWE Creative paying precise attention to the ratings mudslide towards the land of panic, this was a heavily hyped show even as early as last month, with legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker rumored to appear. Stone Cold appearing was a surprise since his name was removed from the advertised list last week and we knew he’d be hosting his Podcast with Brock Lesnar as his guest later. That said, it’s amazing these days that Austin’s theme music glass-shatter still produces arguably the biggest crowd pop you’ll ever hear. This was a smart way to open up the show as it must’ve took both diehards and casuals by surprise. Austin can still play off a crowd like no other, embracing the “What?” chants and going with it. All in all, he was out there to introduce a guy who he battled with plenty of times, all in a way to sell Hell In A Cell that coming Sunday, The Undertaker. Given that this was also Texas, we expected a bipartisan reaction for Taker since it was his hometown after all and safe to say, that’s what happened. Never mind that Taker actually cheated with a low blow behind the Referee’s back to win at SummerSlam the last time we saw him. Taker’s line to Lesnar about the depths of hell looking like the gates of Heaven was a strong one and safe to say, we all knew business would go down when Lesnar’s music hit. As usual, Paul Heyman cut a strong sell promo that hyped his client’s streak-breaking moment and how underhanded Taker needed to be to beat him last time. We also liked Taker’s line about how he had nothing to lose since everything was already taken from him. The “mind games” aspect was unique that it teased a fight, with Lesnar looking like the heel coward this time. Still can’t help but feel like this match/feud is kind of just there, when in August, it felt like the hottest thing on WWE TV.

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