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Archive for the month “December, 2020”

2020: A Year To Remember

This time last year there was a lot of uncertainty in my life, both personally and professionally. Heading into 2020, I was hopeful that the year ahead would bring me good fortune and opportunity. Thankfully, I was correct. I had two amazing opportunities as a professional, and I personally had a great deal of good things happen too. However, what none of us could have anticipated was that a global pandemic would hit — and it hit hard.

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IMPACT Wrestling Hosts Virtual FanFest January 16

IMPACT Wrestling presents its second-ever virtual fanfest, The Hard To Kill CELL-ebration, on Saturday, January 16, 2021. The 2-hour event starts at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and, similar to the Slammiversary CELL-ebration this past July, the event will be an interactive, perk-filled, virtual private party, held hours before the much-anticipated HARD TO KILL pay-per-view event kicks off at 8 p.m. ET — and I intend on taking part in this special event!

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Movie Review: Relentless

Nearly two years ago I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page, the founder of DDP Yoga (DDPY) and a legend in the professional wrestling industry. It was an amazing discussion that resulted in a series of events: we became friends, I stayed at Dallas’ house for a week a few months later, he taught me DDPY at the largest workshop ever, and I became Philadelphia’s first-ever certified DDPY instructor, among other wonderful opportunities. If you want to get to know Diamond Dallas Page better and learn all about DPPY and why it’s so special, I implore you to watch his newly released documentary, Relentless, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Book Review: Under The Black Hat by Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of professional wrestling — inarguably the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of “this great sport,” as Tony Schiavone would say. He southern drawl and impassioned delivery defined the Attitude Era, and behind the scenes Jim signed some of the top talent to WWE, including Brock Lesnar, Christian, Chris Jericho, and Becky Lynch. His first book, Slobberknocker, was good but it focused on the earlier years in his life and career in wrestling. His newest memoir, Under The Black Hat, is the one everyone has been waiting for as it provides JR’s thoughts on his time in WWE and beyond.

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TNA IMPACT Wrestling Annual Books

So far, in its nearly 20-year existence, there have only been three official books published by TNA/IMPACT Wrestling and they are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of The Official TNA IMPACT Wrestling Annual. All three books were released in Europe, not the USA, but I got copies of them for a reasonable price on eBay. Below are three reviews providing you with a detailed look at each book.

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Shudder January 2021 U.S. Highlights

Merry Christmas! It may be December 25, but horror lasts all year long, including at Christmastime. There are a bevy of holiday favorites to enjoy on Shudder right now, and January is shaping up to be a terrific month as well. Below you’ll find all the details about what’s coming to Shudder in the first month of the new year. Happy Holidays!

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Sting

He does this; he does that: It’s Sttiiiiiinngg!  You’ll discover exactly how he came to be at AEW, and all that went into The Icon’s surprise debut. Sting recounts his conversations with Tony Khan, his first steps backstage at Dynamite, walking through Gorilla on his way to the ring, the snowfall at Daily’s Place and fans’ reactions to his appearance. He also shares stories about the evolution of his character (from neon surfer Sting to The Crow version), his relationship with Dusty Rhodes and the Rhodes family, his early days tag teaming with Jim Hellwig (aka Ultimate Warrior) and what Hacksaw Jim Duggan said to him the first time they met!  

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Hard To Kill, Don Callis, Kenny Omega, & More!

Christmas week is upon us! According to WrestlingInc, “Beginning Tuesday, December 22, and concluding on Tuesday, December 29, Impact Wrestling will end their scheduled programming for the year with their Best of 2020 recap episodes. Additionally, they will air their yearly awards show, in which fans had the opportunity to cast their vote on which matches and wrestlers were their favorites for the year.” In other words, no in-ring action until January 5.

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Audiobook Review: Mad Dog

Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is an interesting audiobook but I didn’t find it to be compelling. Rather than having me on the edge of my seat the entire time, it was merely something I listened to in the background while doing chores around the house. The sign of a great audiobook is the need to keep listening, regardless of what I’m doing. With this audiobook, I didn’t mind stopping at any point because it never felt like I was going to miss out on anything important. This isn’t a knock on Maurice. He sounds like he was an influential and important figure in professional wrestling. The way this book is written, it doesn’t live up to his legend, which is unfortunate. The narrator does a fine job and has a pleasant voice, and this made for an easy listening experience. Overall, Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is only worth checking out if you’re a diehard fan of this era of wrestling or Mad Dog specifically. For everyone else, this audiobook is just OK.

AEW Wrestlers Reenact Iconic Scenes from A Christmas Story

AEW and A Christmas Story coming together? Sounds confusing, I know. Read on for the full announcement from AEW for all of the details about these worlds colliding.

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