Kurt Angle scratched from Waterloo hall of fame, I may come back alive

The bullet I just dodged.

(Listen to Dusty and Jeremy laugh with glee at the idea of Kurt Angle murdering me with his bare hands.) According to PWTorch.com, Kurt Angle will no longer appear at this weekend’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions in Waterloo, Iowa, due to obligations with TNA (as if they didn’t know about this in advance to let him off the hook; I mean, come on, you want your top guy to be happy, so let him go to the place with an abundance of his two favorite things, black chicks and drugs). Angle was scheduled to be inducted into the hall of fame this year (and may still be, although in years past, the museum’s general rule was to only induct those who could appear in person). So while this is bad news for the many people who planned to travel to meet Angle and share in this special event, I personally couldn’t be happier, as now he won’t be able to kill me for my years of asshole posts about him. (Unless he sends Bob Holly after me.) -Eric – er, Jeremy -I mean, Justin Labar

Jim Ross excited to see fans and friends, turns down my offer of booze

Go Hawkeyes... er, I mean, Boomer Sooner!!

As any good journalist knows, sometimes you have to create your own news. That’s exactly what I did this morning by posting a question on Jim Ross’ BBQ Q&A about his appearance July 22-23 at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. (If it gets buried, look for user “EricN.”) I asked:

JR, I sent an anecdote in a while back about meeting Danny Hodge at the wrestling museum in Waterloo, Iowa, and it couldn’t possibly thrill me more to know you’ll be in town this year, along with Danny, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Baron Von Raschke, and all the other greats (plus “How Ya Doin'” Colt Cabana)! That weekend will be chock-full of fun, including a golf outing, your training session with Gerald Brisco, the wrestling show on Friday night, an autograph signing, a roundtable discussion, the banquet itself, and of course all of the interaction. A) Cheesy question, but what are you most looking forward to? B) I’ve read it somewhere before, but what is your mixed drink of choice? If you choose to partake, by god, the first one’s on me.

And he kindly and promptly responded:

Seeing the fans and my friends is always the best part of functions such as this. One isn’t guaranteed when they we will see each other again. I’ve been on the wagon. Likely will pass on the alcohol but thanks nonetheless.

You know, I appreciate his honesty, and I don’t care if I have to go across town to Zippy’s BBQ Shack to get the Wrestling’s Kind of ‘Cue some tasty ribs and a side of baked beans, I’m going to roll out the red carpet for this man. And everyone else, too. Take note, legends: I lived in Waterloo for three years, so if you need anything, use me for all I’m worth. I let Carly do the same thing every day. -Eric

Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, announces banquet participants

He could sign something for YOU!

According to its Facebook page, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, has confirmed Mick Foley as the master of ceremonies for its hall of fame awards banquet on Saturday, July 23, as well as the banquet participants.

Mick Foley has confirmed he will be the master of ceremonies at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet. Confirmed participants for the banquet are Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Jim Ross, Gerald Brisco, Jim Duggan, Larry Hennig, Maurice Vachon, Jim Raschke, Danny Hodge, Dan Gable, Pat Miletich, Bob Roop, Scott Teal, and Fritz Von Goering. Order your tickets today.

Well? What in the hell are you waiting for? Dan (Zourah) and I both have our tickets, and so should you. I’m telling you, let’s get Terry Funk lit up on Jack Daniels and see if he’ll tell us some stories. It’ll be glorious. For more information on the weekend, or for information on ordering banquet tickets and professional wrestling show tickets, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or orders@wrestlingmuseum.org. Tell them Eric from Stunt Granny sent you, I need some cred. -Eric

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