Stunt Granny Audio: Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend review

L to R: Eric, Tough Nut to Crack

Eric and Dan traveled to Waterloo, Iowa, this past weekend for the festivities at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum as part of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions. Spend two days (well, 60 minutes) with the guys as they discuss everything from chance encounters upon their arrival to the Impact Pro Wrestling training session and independent card featuring Austin Aries, Colt Cabana and Hacksaw Jim Duggan (who did well, who did better than well, and who did fantastic jobs). They even sneak in some anecdotes from that night at the hotel bar with the legends and the guys from IPW. Saturday’s recap includes the roundtable panel discussion with legends including Terry Funk, Baron Von Raschke and Gerald Brisco (worth the price of the DVD, set to be released before next year’s induction), an autograph session (Mad Dog Vachon told Eric a joke worth the price of five DVDs) and the induction ceremony, including Jim Ross’ epic speech (worth the price of 10 DVDs, seriously). An amazing experience, so listen in!

Stunt Granny Audio Waterloo Hall of Fame

Full results from 7/22 Impact Pro Wrestling show in Waterloo, Iowa

My homeboy-turned-traitor Matty Star about to lock up with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, tough guy!

Dan and I will have a thorough audio recap of this weekend’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame events at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, but to make sure we get a written version of this down, here are the results and some point-of-view analysis of Friday night’s Impact Pro Wrestling show at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

(EDIT: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the great job of long-time Iowa-area referee Bill Jensen, aka Referee Billy J. Always timely, always keeping the action moving, never in the way. Good stuff out of you.)

(1) James Jeffries won a No. 1 contender battle royal. The card kicked off with former Ring of Honor world champion Austin Aries making an unadvertised appearance in support of recently-turned-heel IPW champion Nicky Free. Those two wrestled at last year’s hall of fame weekend show, and Aries called it the greatest match in Iowa wrestling history. (It was good, I must say.) Aries then placed himself in the battle royal and said if he won, he and Free would simply take the night off and Waterloo wouldn’t get a title match. Aries then called one of the less-polished wrestlers into the ring and easily tossed him over the rope. As Aries gloated, the 6’6″, 280-pound Harley Jackson snuck up behind him, scaring him Aries through the ropes to ringside. The rest of the battle royal was what it was, and it came down to the 5’7″, 150-pound Jeffries (who was great last year as a slimy heel but has turned face since then) against a Confederate flag-wearing tag team (Mason Buck & Cousin Buddy, I believe); of course, the smaller Jeffries overcame the odds. Aries snuck back in the ring with a cartoonish “SHUSH!” of the crowd but was, again of course, eliminated. Time: 20:00. The crowd loved the finish, and Aries is as excellent at playing a “faces and heels” crowd like Waterloo as he is a “this is awesome” ROH crowd. Good way to set the table for the rest of the show.

(2) Colt Cabana def. “Torturous” Tony Sly. The thing with a crowd like the one in Waterloo, with a handful of children in the audience and with people who likely aren’t following anything outside WWE, is that they prefer to “boo the bad guy” more than to “cheer the good guy,” so Colt didn’t get much of a reaction. He did a good job working with Sly, who improves every year. Good match, just wish the crowd was more excitable. Time: 10:00.

(3) Marshall Scott def. Sparrow. Good match, nice moves from both guys. Sparrow plays a good babyface, and Scott continues to improve as a cocky heel. Sparrow’s valet, whose name I didn’t catch, also continues to improve from last year, but as a critique from someone who has no place giving one, more well-timed opportunities to rile up the crowd for her babyface wrestler would have helped the match even more. Time: 10:00.

Before intermission, Team Canada, made up of Matty Star (who may or may not have lived in my hometown for three years), Ryan Slade (who may or may not work at the gym where I work out) and AJ Smooth (who may or may not have been one of Cody Rhodes’ bag boys on Smackdown from Des Moines a few weeks back) angered the crowd with their maple-leafed tactics, roughing up the ring announcer when he wouldn’t sing the Canadian national anthem. Their opponents for the main event – Justin Decent, Ugly and Hacksaw Jim Duggan – hit the ring and cleared house, with Duggan telling the Canadians they wouldn’t be so tough when it’s 3-on-3. Man, Hacksaw can get an audience on its feet just by stomping to ringside. His charisma is phenomenal. And the guys from Team Canada make excellent, confident heels, and they got an awesome reaction from the Waterloo crowd.

(4) Montoya X def. The Big Picture. I wish I would have seen more of this match, but Dan and I chose to meet the wrestling legends at their respective tables before they left for the night. Montoya X is great, though, and I did see his top rope splash for the finish, which is a sight to behold. Imagine if Samoa Joe could do that and you have the idea.

(5) Nicky Free def. James Jeffries. Another good match, with Free playing a good cocky heel (he’d been a white-meat babyface for so long that this was a good change of pace for him) and Jeffries again as a good underdog. Rumors circulate that Free, who sat next to R-Truth at one of those ridiculous “press conferences” to promote WWE Capitol Punishment, is getting a look from WWE these days. No reason why not; he’s got good size, can work heel or face, and seems to be “moldable” in that WWE developmental sort of way. Time: 15:00.

(6) Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Justin Decent & Ugly def. Matty Star & Ryan Slade & AJ Smooth. Once again, Hacksaw lights up the crowd with a wink, a smile, a thumbs-up and a “HOOOOOO!” The Canada-vs-U.S. gimmick worked well, too. Team Canada used the usual slippery heel gimmicks – hugging each other for support, triple-teaming the babyface – to a great reaction. Decent and Ugly are hilarious characters on this roster and fit perfectly on a six-man team with Duggan, who won the match with his three-point stance clothesline. Time: 10:00.

Overall: This was a fun independent wrestling show. Not a knock on any of the wrestlers, but it’s not like there were any five-star matches on the card. But there wasn’t one bad match – in fact, all were good – and that’s saying something for independent wrestling. Of the 30 or so indy shows I’ve seen in the last 14 years, this will be the most memorable. Big ups to Troy Peterson for his promotion and booking (and for starting the show on time, which also needs to happen more often in indy wrestling), and big ups to Travis Shillington for helping these wrestlers continue on their paths.

Daniel Bryan Is Out To BURY People

Daniel Bryan knows how to do four things well, and four things only. Eat, sleep, breathe and BURY people. – Dusty

The Rock Majored In College In Subtle Advertising

Peep this shiznit:

While is had been largely expected, Dwayne Johnson wrote on twitter this morning, “Cena fans: pls stop tweeing me to stop being “mean” to John. If u think I’m mean now, just wait til Survivor Series in NYC.”Johnson has been expected to return to WWE at the Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden on 11/20. It would be the 15th anniversary of Johnson’s television debut with WWF. Then using the name Rocky Maivia, his debut was pushed with great fanfare, and he was put over as the winner of one of the Survivor Series matches in 1996 also in Madison Square Garden.

The only thing worse than John Cena Twitter marks are Matt Hardy marks that follow you around on YouTube and your blog and whatever. (For example.) In any event, god bless The Rock. – Dusty

Headlines: Health-type situations for Richards, Hebner (you figure out which ones)

Whoa, I mention all three of these guys in this post!

According to, Davey Richards missed this Friday’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla event, where he was set to headline in a three-way match against (WWE-bound??) Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli, due to a staph infection. Here are some things these three have in common: A) Between Hero’s old superhero T-shirt, Richards’ staph infection and Claudio’s, um, visa problems, WWE has had a few reasons to avoid these guys. B) WWE is full of idiots and should absolutely sign all three of these guys. C) If they don’t pick up Richards, I’m going to make it my life’s goal to win the lottery, start a wrestling company and make him my top heel. D) Letter C isn’t anything all three guys have in common.

Also, according to Percy Pringle’s Facebook page, former WWF referee Dave Hebner is having heart surgery today.

My dear friend, and wrestling legend David Hebner is having heart surgery this morning. Prayers please!

Fellow “Percy” Percival A. Friend, who just returned home from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, wished Hebner the best, as did former WWF tag team champion Samu Anoa’i. Stunt Granny also wishes Dave a speedy recovery, and we wish Earl would get an ability-to-referee transplant. See, because we don’t think he’s very good. -Eric

Stunt Granny Audio 150.3 – The Leftovers Edition

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Dusty, Eric and Dan join you with Stunt Granny Audio 150.3. Ain’t no stoppin’ us nooooow! The trio figured since Jeremy and Kevin spent the first two parts of #150 discussing WWE that they would give equal time to TNA, which, of course, turned into complaining about how terrible TNA is. It’s like shooting fish strapped to the end of your shotgun, folks. What is Sting doing with this Joker gimmick? Why is Gunner winning matches on television? What about these TNA Knockouts and their, like, one-week BLOOD FEUD? Dan and Eric also happen to be on the road toward the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions, so grab a preview of that (before we post the review later today)!

Stunt Granny Audio 150.3

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