We talk about all of the things this week! Our “Previously On…” segment is a clip from the original THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. We begin with some follow-up on the NHL Playoffs and why Joe says the comparison between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin should be put to rest. Ovechkin then gets compared to Carmelo Anthony and the guys talk about how important a championship is to a Hall of Fame resume. They talk about the semi-recent fad of star players bouncing around on teams near the end of their careers to chase a ring. Dan Marino versus Drew Brees: who you got? Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buy the Marlins. We update you on Jimmer Fredette and Stephon Marbury’s Chinese Adventures. Would you like to be the MVP of China? Joe wants to be the White Mamba. Jimmer Fredette vs. Eric Thames: who you got? Is Ichiro the real hit king? How do we fix baseball? Gomez is a stupid liar. We watch and discuss the greatness of PURPLE RAIN and remember the genius of Prince. Do Morris Day and Jerome steal the show? Apollonia vs. Samantha Fox: who you got? Prince’s dad wants to talk to Samson. Prince makes Batman sound sexy. Should Taylor Swift do the soundtrack for BLACK PANTHER? Prom night dumpsters. NKOTB vs. The Time: who you got? Don’t send us angry nudes. Prince is dead ass about being purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Prince lives the gimmick…and also at home. Prince vs. Lamar Latrell: who you got? Joe wants a brass waterbed. How did the new Netflix show 13 REASONS WHY get made? Poor Wendy and Lisa. Did The Kid spend the rest of his life in that club? How does the movie stack up on our main man standings? PURPLE RAIN vs. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: who you got? The Big Finish: Top 3 Wrestling Managers! Joe tells some old wrestling locker room stories including when he wrestled legendary tag team: DEMOLITION! Like us on Facebook facebook.com/carjoemez! Twitter: @CarJoeMez, e-mail CarJoemez@gmail.com.
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* for formalities more than anything else
We return to the way-back machine to the August 26th, 1995 edition of WCW Saturday Night, hosted by our Saturday Night specials: Tony Schiavone and Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan, from Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, GA (rumors that Center Stage was located on Badstreet are unsubstantiated)!
First up, we get a recap of the bad blood brewing between Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, stemming from last week’s faceoff between the two!
First up, we get the in-ring debut of Sgt. Craig Pittman’s nemesis, the sassy Marine ninja: Cobra (vs. Tom Burton!)
Burton has the ‘bass player from Van Halen’ modern day haircut. Cobra, despite showing off his military greens in vignettes, is wearing elucha.com special black and red tights. Cobra is actually the guy who eventually became the nWo Sting. Also known as ‘Jumpin’ Jeff Farmer (not this guy.) Cobra gets the duke with a cool Cobra Clutch Slam. No sweet karate moves, unfortunately. Bobby pretends to understand the Morse code that comprises Cobra’s entrance theme.
Tony informs us tonight, we will get Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Alex Wright challenging Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater!
Cut to ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund with Cobra on the ramp. Cobra lays down the challenge to Sarge for Fall Brawl. He says only he and Craig know what the deal is with their beef.
Up next: my NJ Transit buddy (once; true story), Johnny B. Badd!
Commercial for Hulk Hogan’s Harley Davidson sweepstakes starring ‘Judas’ Gene Okerlund heading out to the highway on a motorcycle!
My copy of the episode has a commercial for a Braves merchandise catalog. Ugh.
We’re back with the multitasking millennium man ‘Mean’ Gene at the Fall Brawl Control Center!
As per previous knowledge, the main event will be Hogan, Vader, Macho Man, and Sting, known as the Hulkamaniacs, against Kevin Sullivan, Shark, Kamala, Zodiac Man, and Meng! If the Hulkamaniacs win, Hogan gets Sullivan all by himself in the ring! Also, Harlem Heat against Buck and Slater, and Johnny B. Badd against Brian Pillman for a shot at the United States Championship.
Newly announced, we’ll have Renegade defending the Television Title against Diamond Dallas Page (no doubt, the match that really solidified him as a Hall of Famer)! Further, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will go one-on-one! As we learned previously, Cobra and Sgt. Pittman will have their long-awaited match, and complete with a message from Sarge! Apparently, he is ready!
Back to the ring, here comes Johnny B. Badd! You don’t wanna make him mad! He’s out here (throwing frisbees to the crowd) (if anyone has any leads on said frisbees, @cpawrestles, plz) to open up a Badd Blaster on this guy (unannounced):
Apparently, his name is ‘the Grappler’, played by my least favorite Saturday Night performance enhancer guy, Tony Vincent, who is also Marc Mero’s brother! The things you learn from cagematch.net.
Tony proclaims that “the thing about Badd is: he’s always in a good mood.” He was in a good mood the time I met him, so I’ll take Tony’s assertion as fact.
Anyway. Johnny out-grapples the Grappler.
Cut to Gene, joined by Badd on the ramp. Badd’s entire being is on fleek.
Brian Pillman comes to aggressively shake Badd’s hand. DEPTH.
Later tonight, we’ll have Bunkhouse Buck, Dirty Dick, and Colonel Robert Parker!
Recap of Kurasawa breaking Road Warrior Hawk’s arm.
Kurasawa comes to the ring (with Colonel Parker) to break the hoof of one PONY JOHNSON!
A guy I wrestle with ‘Black Stallion’ Delroy Alexander, has some legit competition in the Equestrianweight Classic that I will now officially be booking and promoting.
As an added bonus, we find out a minute or so later that Pony has a lovely mane.
Kurasawa puts the Pony down in short order with a Japanese Armbar, as medical staff hits the ring to check on the downed steed. I say ‘nay’ to this turn of events.
Tony informs us we will be taken to the Dungeon of Doom when we return from commercial break!
1-900-454-4545 for the Harley sweepstakes!
Back to the Dungeon, where Meng and Kevin Sullivan are with the Master, who has a box in his hand. Said box contains a golden spike, which the Master places upon Meng’s hand!
Out comes Kamala (with creepy music as always) (with Kevin Sullivan) as Kurasawa is leaving the ring to probably eat his opponent for the night: ‘Playboy’ Buddy Starr!
Some kid in the crowd steals the show with his Kamala impersonation:
Kurasawa and Kamala make the eyes as the match is about to start. Kamala does the ‘pin the guy the wrong way’ trick. I find it hard to believe that savages don’t know how to pin someone correctly after wrestling for 20-something years. Kamala wins with a splash. Sullivan puts the boots to Starr just for good measure.
Up next is Vader, who still seems to have trouble communicating with people effectively!
Vader is out to kill Tracy Benton!
Predictably, he kills Benton dead in a minute or so.
We cut to Gene on the ramp with Vader, who has his singlet on backwards. Many say it was a fashion error on Vader’s part, but I believe it was a tactical move, as if it’s on his back, you won’t know it’s Vader Time until it’s too late.
Vader talks smack to Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Vader says that his word to Hogan to face the Dungeon of Doom is ‘wrestler’s honor’. However, Vader also reminds us that he has unfinished business with Hogan and Sting.
Coming up, we have Harlem Heat, and most definitely with Sister Sherri.
Back from break, we have an in-depth dating profile video with Arn Anderson.
Arn says that everything he has ever accomplished has been for the benefit of those around him, and that Flair overlooked him. Promises that he will earn Flair’s respect after the match at Fall Brawl.
Out is Harlem Heat with Sister Sherri, who immediately ducks out as soon as they leave the entranceway. Heat’s opponents tonight are Barry Houston and Bobby Hayes.
Scuttlebutt is that Sherri is in love with Colonel Parker.
Sherri comes back out applying liberal doses of lipstick. She now has not only a ring on her finger, but a new necklace.
Bobby: “Boy, would they (Sherri and Parker) have beautiful children. I can just see all the little colonels running around with their big hats.”
Booker gets the win with an awesome Harlem Hangover. Sherri pauses putting on lipstick to join Heat in the ring for celebration.
Up next: Renegade!~
Also, coinciding with the podcast I’m representing on this little blog of mine, Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Nighthawks’ is up next on TBS!
Out next is YOUR World Television Champion, Renegade, out to open up the ultimate can of whoopass on Ray Hudson!
Renegade wins in seconds with a flying splash!
Recap of the Giant (he later went on to have a cup of coffee on the WWE) confronting Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach! Basically, the guise was that Giant was Andre the Giant’s son, and came out to throw what was meant to be Andre’s old shirt at Hogan to play some fetch-ass (I know; it’s not gonna happen) ~mind games~.
“I’ve been dirty all my life, and Buck’s been stinkin’ all his life, so that makes us stinkin’ dirty!”
These guys are the fudging best!
We come back to a recap from this morning on WCW Pro, where Hacksaw Jim Duggan, quote Tony Schiavone, “broke bad.” Basically, Duggan wrapped all the electrical tape from the entranceway around his fist and punched Big Bubba. Duggan then does an interview with (I think) Chris Cruise, where he says he’s taking it back to the Duggan heritage, to which Cruise implies that he’s referring to his great-grandmother in County Cork, Ireland, who was apparently a taped fist champion back in the day. Duggan corrects him, saying it was his GREAT-GREAT-grandmother, and she won it after going 26 rounds with the grandfather. He closes by saying ‘taped fists are running wild in WCW’. I’m SOOOO excited for this.
Back to the 6:05, out come Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton: the Blue Bloods!
This guy always has the best signs:
Their opponents tonight:
The Blue Bloods get the win with a Regal Stretch.
Up next, the Hulkamaniacs prepare for WAR!
We get a hype video for the Hulkamaniacs-Dungeon of Doom War Games match leading into Fall Brawl, which includes last week’s Broken Skull Challenge with Vader doing a backflip!
Out next is Diamond Dallas Page (with the Diamond Doll) (without Maxx Muscle, sadly) to take on the Baddest Dad on the Planet:
I hope these Maniac Magee references don’t alienate anyone.
The crowd is chanting ‘ZERO’, in reference to the Doll holding up grading cards for all of Page’s moves.
Oddly enough, Doll doesn’t have the cards, much to Page’s chagrin.
Maniac takes a maniacal ass whipping, culminating in a maniacal Diamond Cutter. What a maniac.
Page talks trash to Renegade after the match.
Mean Gene is at the ramp with Diamond Dallas Page and the Diamond Doll. Gene is also concerned with Maxx Muscle’s absence. Page gives no explanation, but says that Renegade cheated to beat him last week. He ends it by saying that he wears gold everywhere on his body, and Renegade is gonna put gold around his waist. Gene is all flustered at Diamond Doll.
Up next is the greatest tag team of all time: Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater (with Colonel Robert Parker)!
Back with Gene, who is joined by Ric Flair on the ramp!
Ric sums it up by saying that after all the incredible things they’ve been together, Arn is now stepping up to find out if he is an equal to Ric Flair. Made me wanna see the match even more.
Out next are the faces that run the place!
Buck and Slater (with Colonel Parker) come out to face Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Alex Wright!
Sherri comes out wearing her special dress (which oddly looks like her normal Harlem Heat dress) to flirt with Parker. Parker says she stole her Elvis Presley ring (which Elvis personally gave to him), before planting a dreaded liplock on him!
She then chases Parker into the ring, he trips on the ref, who calls for a DQ. She then continues her chase into the stands as the show comes to a close.
Asset of the night: Ric Flair gets the duke again simply for really putting an exclamation mark on why the match between him and Arn is so significant.
Honorable mention to Pony Johnson for name and mane.
For CPA’s Audit of the Week, check out my battle against the prehistoric badass known as Caveman! I badly dislocated (?) (I think) my knee during the match, which explains my surly demeanor. I’m normally a really okay guy, as the first few minutes of the match will evidence:
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Happy Monday! To welcome you back to the work week, we bestow upon you the latest episode in our never-ending saga to ingest entertainment, our 45th edition, it’s us discussing one of our favorite series, The Fast & The Furious, but specifically, the latest installment, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS! How did it stack up on our Main Man Standings? How terrific is the Rock and Jason Statham? How great is “Danza Kuduro” from Fast 5? Another fun time spent with your favorite podcast hosts! Enjoy!
We didn’t quit. Just got delayed. But Ep. 44 is finally here! We begin with a little NHL playoffs talk, discuss the whole United Airlines situation, compare Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky to Sonic The Hedgehog and Dr. Robotnik and tell some stories before getting to our main portion: detailing The Mighty Ducks trilogy! The Big Finish: top Pop-Tarts flavors! Listen on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and subscribe, rate, review and share with a pal!
I’m the Abominable CPA: independent wrestling superstar*, and emotional punching bag to the massive men and women I lock horns with in armories and high school gyms around the country.
* for formalities more than anything else
I’m a huge fan of all things WCW, and asked Joe and Gomez to give me a platform to educate the masses on the likes of the Gambler, ‘Hole In One’ Barry Darsow, and the Dungeon of Doom.
I’ll warn you that this is not a ‘review’ of the show, per se, as there are enough uninitiated voices who are all too willing to review shows for the purpose of trashing them, or deciding whether their contemporary view of what wrestling is supposed to be deems the shows worthy of viewership. It is simply me revisiting a simpler time when wrestling was fun and wrestling television more resembled the things we all grew to know and love about our fine sport. Plus, pro wrestlers shouldn’t be critiquing shows publicly, because they look like silly billys when they do.
We go in the way-back machine to the August 19th, 1995 edition of WCW Saturday Night, hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan, in front of a probably mostly touristy crowd at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
We get a recap of Vader and Hulk Hogan agreeing to put their long-labored rivalry aside to take on the Dungeon of Doom at Fall Brawl War Games in Vader’s locker room. Vader’s ‘I’M GONNA GET IN THE SHOWER’ go-home line alone makes this a winner.
Sgt. Craig Pittman vs. Steve Storm: Pittman’s old Marine Corps buddy Cobra has been taunting Pittman as of late via vignettes where he does sweet karate moves:
We learn that Renegade will defend his TV Title against MAXX MUSCLE tonight. Goddammit, I miss WCW.
Sarge does a cool move involving push-ups and basic military humility
Sarge decimates poor Storm’s arm, and eventually gets the duke with a Code Red cross-armbreaker.
We get another Cobra vignette. Tony reminds us that the mere mention of him last week made Pittman throw up. Cobra is one sassy ninja Marine.
Sarge joins Bobby and Tony on the set. He refuses to talk about Cobra, and awkwardly backs away when they bring him up. DEPTH.
Coming up, we have a screaming Ric Flair (with distracting Arn Anderson) against Alex Wright!
Nasty Boys vs. two guys who get canned before they even get name graphics (further research concludes that they do, in fact, have names). One of them looks like the child of Ox Baker and Horace Hogan, if that gives you a good mental aid.
Nastys are hell for leather on these guys because they’re bent on getting the tag titles, and call out all the other contending teams several times while their opponents are collecting their entrails shortly behind. Heenan cries blasphemy over Vader and Hogan shaking hands, despite Hogan no-selling Vader’s gesture. Nastys win by actually killing a man in the middle of the ring with what I’ve dubbed the Shithouse Elbow from Sags.
Nastys catch up with Mean Gene on the ramp to talk the tag team title scene. Knobbs proclaims “NICE GUYS FINISH LASK!” They’re going back to their old, nasty ways. I saw Knobbs at a liquor store in Orlando last week. I can assure you: this change in attitude stuck for good.
Up next: we’ll have Marcus Alexander Bagwell (Stars ‘N’ Stripes variation)!
But first, we cut to Mean Gene in the Fall Brawl Control Center!
The main event is slated to be Hulk Hogan, Sting, Randy Savage, and Vader against PTBNL (baseball reference) from the Dungeon of Doom! Also, we’ll have (personal favorites) Bunkhouse Buck and Dirty Dick Slater (with best manager ever, Colonel Robert Parker) defending the tag titles against Harlem Heat (with Sister Sherri). Story here has been Parker trying to woo Sherri. What simple times we lived in. Lastly, Brian Pillman and Johnny B. Badd will face off for a shot at the United States championship!
Back from break for my Cody Rhodes List match of the night: ‘White Lightning’ Tim Horner against Marcus Alexander Bagwell.
This match is awesome. I have a weird man crush on Tim Horner as a wrestler dating back to when I first watched his SMW stuff. I’m sure most people would think it boring and ineffectual, but eff them; I like a fun, needlessly creative match from time to time (all the time).
Bobby pokes fun at Horner being from Morristown, TN, claiming that he can eat 16 gallons of grits before the waiter gets to him:
Tony: “You need to leave the people from Tennessee alone. How come you don’t rip on anybody from Bucksnort, Tennessee?”
Bobby: “The capital?”
Match is still awesome. Horner is still to die for. We will find out the new member of the Dungeon of Doom after this. Not that I necessarily want this match to end, but this whole segment is becoming a cruel mistress. The Bag Man (Heenan’s nickname, not mine) wins with a Fisherman’s Suplex.
Still to come: Kurasawa (AND Colonel Robert Parker!)!
Back from break, and we cut to the Dungeon of Doom, where Kevin Sullivan and Master Curtis Iaukea are set to introduce the newest member of the group: it’s Goldar from Power Rangers!
Actually, it’s Meng. I’m sorry. Meng had been brought in as a heavy by Colonel Parker, but I guess decided to take a journey to the darker side after losing a U.S. title match too many to Sting.
Back to reality, it’s Kurasawa (with Colonel Robert Parker) coming out to Meng’s old music against the Baddest Dad on the Planet:
Kurasawa is still wrestling in 2017, btw. And he’s 50.
Kurasawa recently broke Road Warrior Hawk’s arm, so Tony questions how we let a man like him into the USA. Kamala literally ate people. I think Tony has his work cut out for him here. Maniac maniacally gets his ass beat by Kurasawa, and loses to a maniacal armbar. What a maniac.
My copy of this episode has the old Ed O’Neill 1-800-COLLECT commercial.
Back from break, and here’s Hacksaw Jim Duggan coming out, while Kurasawa is still in the ring meditating. Duggan’s opponent, Red Tyler, is there looking dreadfully confused.
Duggan wins with the Three-Point Stance clothesline. We learn that the Emmy Award-winning commentator for the debut of Monday Nitro will be Steve McMichael. Bobby is incensed.
Vignette for the big War Games match. As great as it is, I can’t find video of it, so I’ll just include a clip of Hogan staging an early version of the Broken Skull Challenge starring Vader and Sting, which includes Vader backflipping off of an apparent wall of explosives!
Commercial for a Harley Davidson sweepstakes.
Call 1-900-454-4545 to enter.
Winterfresh commercial reminds me of the time my mom gave me $2 before I went to school and I spent all of it on Winterfresh and got yelled at for it.
Back from break for Harlem Heat
with Sister Sherri.
Tony suggests that Sherri hit her head too hard when she kissed Colonel Parker at the Clash of the Champions last week. Their opponents are John Taylor and famous Mick Foley tag partner, Larry Santo.
Santo is actually good (like many of the WCW performance enhancers were), but he’s a Santo sandwich here for the Heat. Sherri comes wandering out with that Mallrats glow on her, wearing a big ring on her finger. Stevie lets out a good “ghooooooo” grunt trying to get a dead weight Taylor up for a suplex. Heat wins with a Heat Attack (seewhatIdidtherehuhhuhhuh).
Mean Gene with Bunkhouse Buck, Dirty Dick Slater, and Colonel Parker. Parker christens Sherri ‘Ol’ Twinkle Eyes’, and chastises her for suddenly catching feelings for him, despite him initiating this courtship. Slater makes things all serious and talks about wrestling and stuff, and says something about them feeling like the south side of a dog pile of puke (or at least that’s what it SOUNDED like). Bunkhouse Buck continues to be my triple main man.
Up next is Brian Pillman!
Also, up next on TBS (not sure if this was ‘Movies for Guys Who Like Movies’ era yet), is Big Jake starring John Wayne!
Flyin’ Brian is out to one of the best entrance songs ever, ‘Blondes Have More Fun’, against his surly looking opponent, Sonny Trout:
Tony and Bobby pontificate over what kind of a competitor Maxx Muscle will be tonight against Renegade. Sonny has ‘Southern Posse’ written on the legs of his trunk pants, which got me doing some research. It was a team seemingly exclusive to WCW and various outlaw promotions in Florida. Furthermore, they hold the distinction of having a guy who comes to the ring and plays harmonica for their entrance. Outlaw wrestling is the best.
Anyway. Pillman does cool Pillman stuff, and sends Sonny and his harmonica packing back to the old posse back in Florida.
Mean Gene is at the ramp with unfortunately not John Popper, but Flyin’ Brian. Says some words about tempers flying with Johnny at Fall Brawl.
‘Up next: Renegade!!!~
Back to Gene with DDP, Max Muscle, and the Diamond Doll. DDP and Dave (also known as Evad) (he’s dyslexic, ya see) Sullivan are still feuding over the affections of the Doll/DDP killing Evad’s bunny (Ralph, in case you were curious), and Renegade got involved for no particular reason on WCW Pro recently. DDP claims he pulled a groin muscle, so he can’t compete tonight, and is sending in Maxx to sort things out
Back from Slim Jim and Hot Pockets commercials, we have, from MUSCLE BEACH, Maxx Muscle coming out to the ring for his TV Title match against Renegade.
Renegade comes to the ring with Jimmy Hart and completely bum-rushes Max for a very quick win.
Up next: Ric Flair vs. Alex Wright!!!
We’re back with Gene shilling tomorrow night’s Main Event episode, which has a main event (no capitals) of Evad Sullivan against Big Bubba Rogers!
Flair comes out with Arn Anderson (wearing a tye-dye shirt!). Alex Wright comes out with no shirt because money doesn’t need one.
Tony notes how casual Arn looks at ringside. Alex looks like a new man facing Flair here. As Bobby might say, he has some extra schnitzel (I think that’s a proper German reference) in his strikes and movement. Video starts to short out, so I can only assume Slenderman joined the Horsemen at some point during this match. Don’t go to cagematch.net for reference on that one. Let’s just go with ‘it definitely happened’.
Flair gets a Figure Four on, and of course, Bobby taunts him, yelling, “do you quit? Nein?” Hilarity.
Slenderman keeps coming out to the ring. Alex was like 18 here, so I think he falls under Slendy’s jurisdiction.
Miraculously, Alex is able to fight the clutches of the ‘Man, and keep fighting it out with Flair. Arn continues to be Weekend At Bernie’s casual as can be, which causes Flair to confront him at ringside for not helping him win the match a little bit.
Finally, Flair wins with the rope assist gimmick I thought never actually worked:
Flair is all indignant with Arn because he didn’t help, and Arn is all ‘I told you Slenderman was gonna come help. You should have trusted me’.
Cut to Gene on the ramp with Flair and Arn, but the video is all staticky with no sound, so I’m now convinced he’s in my house.
Sound comes back, and Arn says he wants to see the killer Ric Flair again. Arn walks off, indicating a possible showdown in the near future. Flair says he’s taking a taxi home. With that shirt, I think Arn is actually driving said taxi.
Show closes with the video file ending abruptly.
Asset of the night: Toss-up between Ric Flair and Tim Horner. Both showed exemplary qualities of teaching the greenhorns how to deduct more from less.
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A new week, a new episode! This time around, Joe heads to Universal Orlando to try the new King Kong ride, the boys go over the 400 hour-long Wrestlemania show and then they get all baseball on you by watching the classic, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, and discussing and predicting the 2017 MLB season. It’s an absolutely packed episode!