March 12, 2013
Kane, Monday Night Raw, Paul Bearer, The Undertaker, WWE
WWE honored longtime manager William “Paul Bearer” Moody — who died March 5 — at its March 11 Monday Night Raw show.
The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Kane appeared as well since Kane is arguably more commonly associated with wrestling fans who began watching WWE during the Attitude Era when Paul Bearer guided Kane against his brother, The Undertaker.
Regardless, this was a classy send-off beyond the typical 10-bell salute and I wish WWE would make this the norm in paying tribute to their alumni when they die.
February 26, 2013
Chris Jericho, Dancing With the Stars, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, WCW, WWE
Dustin Smith had the good fortune of meeting Chris Jericho. Jericho has always struck me as being one of the smarter guys in wrestling and someone who enjoys it, but isn’t addicted to it. He’s on my short list of wrestlers I’d like to meet (in addition to Sting, Edge and Shawn Michaels) without worrying that they’d be such tools that I couldn’t look at them in the same way again.
Jericho’s biggest claim to wrestling immortality is that he’s the first guy to unify the WCW and WWE world titles by beating legends “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson on the same night. He’s also been responsible for some of the best WWE moments in the last 20 years including the last great wrestling feud with Michaels in 2008. More
January 9, 2013
A few days ago, I asked for your encounters with celebrities, however random or carefully planned out they may be. Mrwrestlingdude kicks things off with his encounter with WWE Superstar and former champion Sheamus:
I went to Money In The Bank here in Phoenix in 2012 and learned that Sheamus was doing a signing here the day before at an outdoor mall. I really wanted to go, but these were unfortunate circumstances, seeing as it was the middle of summer in Arizona OUTSIDE.
My mom however, being the awesome mom she is agreed to take me . The signing was only set to take place for one hour, but I would estimate 500 to 700 people showed up so I’m glad I was early. More
November 2, 2012
Batista, Eli Roth, entertainment, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, Russell Crowe, RZA, The Man With the Iron Fists, Wu-Tang Clan, WWE
Universal Pictures opted not to screen “The Man With the Iron Fists” for Maryland/D.C. press so I didn’t get to see this, which is a shame as this isn’t the kind of movie that anyone who was going to see it was expecting some Oscar-level action film. I’ll eventually check it out as this seems like the culmination of RZA’s career starting in the early days of The Wu-Tang Clan. I hope it pans out for him as he could provide a fresh new vision in the martial arts genre. And it’s pretty cool seeing WWE’s Batista in an action movie. Regardless, here’s a few images of the film, which opens today.
[From left] Brass Body (DAVID BAUTISTA) and the Blacksmith (RZA) star in “The Man With the Iron Fists”, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics.
June 14, 2012
"The Hitman", Bret Hart, WWE
My job’s allowed me to meet some really fascinating people. Actors, football players, beauty pageant winners, cheerleaders, singers, directors and some truly wonderful people who unfortunately will never be featured in magazines or on TV to share their amazing stories.
Every so often, I’m able to meet celebrities, which is always an interesting proposition for me. There’s the excitement of talking to someone whose work you admire, but then there’s that apprehension of talking to someone you’ve always enjoyed and they turn out to be a jerk. For me, that means I have a hard time seeing them in the same way so there’s always the chance of a star sullying your opinion of them in a brief five-minute span. Multiply that by a thousand or so if it’s someone you enjoyed when you were a kid/teenager.
But given the opportunity to meet one of my teenage heroes — WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart — I figured it was worth the risk to meet one of my two favorite wrestlers. Sting’s the other one. Bret was in Maryland on June 13 as the featured Legend of Wrestling for the Bowie Baysox. The Baysox are a minor league team, but the fun, family atmosphere typically makes it more enjoyable than major league games.