NXT Season 3

ALL DIVAS! Here’s something I stole from somewhere:

* AJ Lee and Primo: 23-year old AJ, real name April Jeanette, was signed by WWE last spring. Prior to WWE, she had been working on the independent circuit as Miss April. AJ primarily worked in the New Jersey area for Women Superstars Uncensored where she was one half of the WSU Tag Team Champions at the time of her signing. Since joining WWE developmental, she had been going by the name AJ Lee and is the current Queen of FCW after defeating Serena for the crown on an episode of FCW TV.

AJ’s mentor will be Primo.

* Aksana and Goldust: 28-year old Aksana, real name Zivile Raudoniene, is a familiar face on the bodybuilding and fitness modeling circuit. The Lithuanian was signed by WWE sometime last year and has recently been hosting ‘The Aksana Show’ on FCW television.

Her mentor is veteran Superstar, Goldust.

* Aloisia and Vickie Guerrero: 23-year old Aloisia is independent wrestler, Isis the Amazon, whose signing Diva Dirt first broke last Friday. In a huge turnaround, she has already been thrown into the national television spotlight as the sixth and final rookie on NXT. She is 6’9″ tall and stands as tall as The Big Show and The Great Khali.

Her pro will be Vickie Guerrero.

* Jamie Keyes and The Bella Twins: 25-year old Jamie Keyes, real name Brittany Beede, was the ring announcer for NXT season two and is now stepping into the ring for season three. She was signed earlier this year after WWE saw some pictures she had taken while modeling for Wrestlicious. She also appeared as a valet for Kevin Nash at TNA’s Final Resolution pay per view last December.

Jamie’s rookie will be the Bella Twins.

* Maxine and Alicia Fox: 24-year old Maxine (formerly Liviana in FCW), real name Karlee Perez, has been with WWE since last summer appearing first as ‘Candy Girl’ before being renamed Liviana. The Latina was a model prior to her WWE signing and was arrested for a DUI in June 2009. She is the current GM of FCW on their weekly television show.

Maxine will be mentored by former Divas Champion, Alicia Fox.

* Naomi and Kelly Kelly: 22-year old Naomi, real name Trinity McCray, was signed to a developmental deal last August. Prior to joining WWE, she was a dancer for the Orlando Magic basketball team. Since joining FCW, McCray was re-christened Naomi Night and has quickly adapted to life in the ring, delivering some good, solid performances in FCW, so much so that she was crowned the first ever FCW Divas Champion earlier this year. Coincidentally, her announcement as part of the NXT cast tonight (August 31st) marks exactly one year since she reported to developmental on this same day in 2009. It looks like WWE is dropping her last name of ‘Night’ for NXT.

Her mentor will be SmackDown Diva, Kelly Kelly.

My money is Isis, yo. – Dusty

RIP Mickey Garagiola

Pictured above: Mickey Garagiola with Cowboy Bob Orton.

Mickey Gargiola passed away today at the age of 88 after a bout with cancer.  Mickey was best known as his role as Larry Matysik’s co-host and the ring announcer on Wrestling at the Chase on KPLR Channel 11 for many years.  His more famous brother Joe was the original host of Wrestling at the Chase.  Mickey was best considered “the voice of the fan” on the show as he would sit at the announce desk with Larry Matysik and occasionally make a comment about the action taking place in front of him or how he wanted to see a certain wrestler win an upcoming bout.

The Wrestling at the Chase show was tremendously successful until Sam Muchnick sold his interest in the St. Louis Wrestling club to a group of promoters headed by Bob Geigel and Harley Race.  Muchnick retired on January 1, 1982 and less than eighteen months later Gargiola was announcing on Channel 30 along with Matysik who was running opposition to the St. Louis Wrestling Club.  Unfortunately for all fans of the traditional St. Louis style of wrestling Vince McMahon Jr. convinced Ted Koplar who was the Program Director at KPLR to go with WWF programming instead of Matysik’s new venture which had canceled plans to stay on Channel 30 in order to move back to Channel 11.

From all accounts I have ever seen Mickey Garagiola was one of the most genuinely nice people ever involved in the wrestling business.  He was a long time waiter at Ruggeri’s on the Hill (if you ever go to St. Louis you must go to the Hill to eat Italian food!) and was very generous with his time particularly with those who were shut ins or disabled.  I may have to resubscribe to the Observer just to read Dave’s comments on this.  Mickey was one of the few remaining links to what was truly the golden era of wrestling in St. Louis.  As I mentioned on the nostalgia audio if you get the chance to listen to Larry Matysik’s interviews on 57 Gold you really should do so.  I think everything from 1981 on is extremely interesting. – Stunt Granny Nostalgia Expert Dan Kuester

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

I could only find a picture with 1000 televisions.

As usual, I’m starting my viewing a little bit late. I had to go get beer and walk my dogs. The box of beer I got has a quote from Hunter S. Thompson on it – “Good people drink good beer.” Amen. I’m sucking down Flying Dog In Heat Wheat Hefeweizen. Check for my review later in our forum, which is free.

I must admit that I’m surprised that the 900th episode didn’t warrant three hours of television. It’d suck if it were that long. Just like three hours of TNA is too long on Thursday nights. Check our Audio from last week to hear more about that subject.

We start off with Bret Hart yapping. Now Kane is running down Undertaker and Hart. He’s been doing a solid job on the mic recently. Glad to know the Hart Dynasty is still alive.  Of course Kane is going to give us no satisfaction in the match department. Wait, Bret isn’t fit to wrestle Nexus but he can wrestle the Undertaker? Huh? What a shitty main event.

Highlights of Episode #1 which I in no way watched. Seeing Yokozuna made me remember that The Pensblog showed the Penguins old defenseman Peter Taglianetti tried to slam him before Lex Luger did.

Highlights of the immortal Steve Austin driving the Zamboni from episode #279. Wow, I’ve caught more of this 900 than I thought. Austin could have highlights all night long but I figure they’ll spread out the star power.

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Jim Ross: Part of the Problem

I’ll admit I’ve been looking for a reason to post something new on all day, if only to get rid of that stupid Luna picture from being the first thing you see on our site. (Not that a Jim Ross picture is any better, mind you.) So then I found out that Jim Ross wrote this on his blog:

A wrestling unions would not have solved the issues that many wrestlers have had over the years. Walk in clinics, shady doctors, hiring the wrong people, and a changing society in general would have prevailed in a battle with a wrestling union. What can be done to erase many of the perceived issues that have plagued pro wrestling in the past few generations? I wish I had a fool proof answer but when dealing with human beings there are no guarantees or answers that are always right. I do endorse zero tolerance for all banned substances. I endorse on going , through education to teach wrestlers young and old alike about the evils of drug and alcohol abuse. I endorse recruiting as high a quality of a human being and world class athlete as is possible but that too is a gamble and provides no guarantee that those individuals will remain ‘issue free’. Extensive education, constant mentoring, monitoring every athlete’s behavior as much as possible, continued random testing, and a never ending search for new solutions to stay up with new ways to cheat are some of the issues that one could consider for what is becoming a societal issue that plagues all pro sports and various forms of entertainment.

One last thing on a wrestling union…it would be almost comical to see a group of wrestlers attempt to form a union because there would likely be a bitchfest on what to order for lunch, where to have the meeting, etc not to mention who to elect as the head of the union and subsequent decision makers. An outsider would likely be needed and to find an outsider with product knowledge, although not impossible, would not be easy. Forget the wrestler’s union theory as it isn’t going to happen in my life time at least.

Now, I think it’s nice that Ross is expressing his opinionz 4 u in blog form and all, but… Jim Ross is the biggest corporate kiss ass, go along to get along company line tower this side of Mike Tenay. This is all about getting the WWE company line across at the expense of having real opinions and thoughts. At the very least though, this does bump Luna. – Dusty

EDIT: And what in the goddamn fuck is “Family Bar-B-Q”? Is the barbeque sauce I’m consuming right now anti-family? If so, good. I don’t give two scoops of Kellogg’s Fuck All about families, so I really don’t care either way, but I just think it very odd that it would need to be labeled as a “family” product. I mean, Kraft doesn’t have to resort to that to sell macaroni and cheese, you know?

Luna Vachon found dead at age 48

Oh my god: According to Prowrestling.net, Luna Vachon was found dead at her mother’s home this morning at the age of 48 (Luna, not her mom’s home). That’s sad, she was fun to watch growing up. But her backward elbow off the ropes in WWF Raw is War for SNES sucked. Her father, Butcher Vachon, and her uncle, Mad Dog Vachon, have been super cool guys every time I’ve seen them at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, so my condolences go out to them and the rest of the Vachon family. (But not that Gabgrel; Jeremy thinks Gangrel’s evil twin did it.) -Eric

So apparently this had some sort of impact since we both wrote something and I am not wasting the five minutes I spent writing this up by not posting my thoughts.
It’s another dead wrestler, Luna Vachon passed away at the age of 48. I honestly want to care about so many wrestlers or ex-wrestlers kicking the bucket but when it gets to the point where it is news when a month goes by and two of them didn’t die it is rather difficult. Sure this is sad for her family and the two children she leaves behind but for the rest of us this is a shoulder shrugger of a story.  So rest in peace Luna.  -Jeremy

So, who would you never guess would go fishing together?

So yeah, Shawn Michaels and Michael Cole went fishing together. If you think this picture is an optical illusion, check out Shawn Michaels’ Twitter:

ShawnMichaels_ 12:33pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Down in S.Texas & hookin up w\Michael Cole 2 go shark fishin 2day & tomorrow. I will let u know how we do.

I have absolutely no idea how to feel about this, but it is definitely a thing. – Dusty

Stunt Granny Audio #111

Oh hells yes, it’s time for another Stunt Granny Audio. Kevin and Jeremy bring the pain this time around with words, words and swagger. The guys discuss the recent releases of Serena and Homicide. They discover its funny how much they, well, you’ll have to listen. They also expound on the ways around Skip Sheffield’s broken ankle. There is also a healthy historical lesson as it pertains to Kane and his unmasking. They even manage time to politely discuss TNA Reaction. For once, there is a TNA discussion that doesn’t bring about extreme anger and disappointment. There is more but you’ll have to listen to see what that is all about.

Stunt Granny Audio #111

Serena’s Gone, One More Round, Serena’s Gone

Yeah, no, it'll be great! Shave your head! We're totally not going to fire you any time soon. We swear and stuff.

According to Figure Four Weekly:

Serena of the Straight Edge Society.

This decision was made several days ago but I guess just got out today.

So I can’t say I’m like super angry about this or anything, it’s just really weird. She was being pushed, she just received a fairly high profile win this past week on Smackdown, and things seemed to be going pretty smooth for her. I have no idea how this came about, so I’ll be interested in hearing more details if/when they become available.

In the meantime, it’s a story about a chick so it’s probably good for a thousand views by itself. – Dusty

Kevin’s Blog: Mostly Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

A much better picture than Thurdays. A better program to review too. Go to motivatedphotos.com for the original.

I may record later this week so I may not expound on the topics on my television viewing tonight. I could get my ass handed to me in said Audio. There’s a chance I’ll change my opinion between now and then. I’m not a politician. I’m allowed to flip flop. Having a review on the main part of the site helps to make us seem more professional or something too. Let’s roll.

They had a nice run down of the exiling of poor Darren Young from Nexus. Then we got a review of Randy Orton flipping out on Sheamus. Sheamus got a little heat with his promo.

Damn phone calls always delaying me. I’m sure I’ll still catch up. The opener was a bit different than normal at least in length of time. I’m sure this match between R-Truth and Edge will be stellar. Cole picking on R-Truth is a good start to making his criticism of Daniel Bryan go further and mean more. “Do you believe in the Easter Bunny too?” Classic question from the King who could benefit from Cole going full fledged heel too. Cole, we haven’t seen that look from Edge much on Raw because he’s mostly been a Smackdown guy his whole career. Dummy. The match went about the way I expected it. Nice post match promo by Edge.

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WWE.com Fail

Oopsy. – Dusty

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