Stunt Granny Audio: Waterloo, Iowa Hall of Fame 2012 Edition

Three of these things are not like the other.

Join us for a very special edition of Stunt Granny Audio, recorded immediately following the activities of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions in Waterloo, Iowa, held in conjunction with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. Eric, Dan and Matt attended a number of those events, including the Impact Pro Wrestling show (Matt’s first indy show!), the tribute to Danny Hodge, the Q&A session hosted by Bill Apter, and the banquet and hall of fame inductions. Hear first-hand accounts of the wrestling show, including #MountRushmoring with Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana, time spent at the hotel bar schmoozing with wrestlers and fans, asking good questions to balance the bad ones, and of course the fallout of Kurt Angle no-showing his induction into the hall of fame. Also, what games should you play at the Isle casino? Where should you eat pizza when you stop in Waterloo? All this and so much more if you just click the link below!

Stunt Granny Audio Show- Waterloo Iowa Hall of Fame 2012 Edition

Kevin Nash Meet & Greet for PWO Wrestlelution 4: Overdrive – Dan’s Perspective

Nothing is working for me tonight. I took an hour & a half to get this terrible picture.

 Wow, not a good start to trying to make this article about the information Dan and I got from the Kevin Nash. I tried to take pictures with my phone but they continually came out dark. So I switched to my camera. The first picture was dark so I took a second picture. Just as I plugged my camera into my computer, the camera battery died so it’s being recharged as I type. I ended up getting a decent picture with too much glare. Deal with it.

I want to let everyone know that I have relinquished full creative control of this report to Kevin.  I don’t know whether he will submit this as two seperate reports or as one combined report and I confident about his ability to edit this how he sees fit.  I get long winded so Kevin should feel free to cut anything unnecessary on here. (Editor’s Note: I saw a couple of spelling mistakes but will leave this note for changes. I decided to go with two articles because this was really good and I have a bunch of other stuff. I will limit the overlap of information.)

I am submitting this report from the Delta Sky Club in the Memphis Airport which cost me $50 to join (I may try to write this off on my taxes as a professional expense!) but I made $400 in vouchers changing my flight back to Kansas City this morning.  No sacrifice is too great for the Stunt Granny Universe.

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Stunt Granny Interview Series: Kyle Klingman of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

From L to R (visible): Larry Hennig ring jacket, Mr. Perfect singlet, a headlock-workout head with springs, a cast of the French Angel's huge head, Team Angle singlet and kickpads, Olympic singlet, photo of Ken Patera & Brad Rheingans, Gene Kiniski ring jacket

As part of our coverage of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Eric Nelson had the chance to talk with Kyle Klingman, the museum’s executive director, about the past weekend’s events. Kyle discusses his role at the museum and how the museum itself and the pro wrestling hall of fame weekend has evolved, as well; how planning is truly a year-round process; how wrestlers are inducted and given awards; and what it means to Kyle himself to have so many legends under one roof. They share a few anecdotes from past induction weekends, and Kyle offers up one name on his “wish list” for the future. All this and more, so click to listen!

Stunt Granny Interview: Kyle Klingman

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

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

Eric’s Blog: My weekend at Iowa’s pro wrestling hall of fame

vachons hodge

Three of my favorite men in the world.

(Note: Sorry this is being posted three days after the weekend; the events wore me out!)

Professional wrestling’s legends descended on Waterloo, Iowa, this past weekend for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions at the newly christened National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. Despite the new name and affiliation with the NWHOF branch in Stillwater, Okla., this past weekend, like weekends past, celebrated the sport of professional wrestling in a classy but fun manner, offering this superfan a wonderful two days’ worth of events.

3:30 p.m. Friday, July 9: I arrived at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in time to bump into busy promoter Troy Peterson, who was hanging onto a ticket for me to ensure I could get into the question-and-answer session with Mick Foley and Terry Funk. The doors into the big convention room were open, and I could see about 20 young wrestlers sitting in chairs listening to Foley and Funk proselytizing from inside the ring. I couldn’t hear the advice they were proffering, but I did run into wrestler/co-promoter Travis Shillington, aka TS Aggressor, who thanked me for our interview earlier in the week and caught me up on the whereabouts of some wrestlers we both know.

4:30 p.m. Friday, July 9: The Q&A session started a little late, and since I had to run outside and feed my meter, I actually missed my chance to write my questions on an index card and hand it to the local radio DJ who emceed the talk. So I paid to get into a Q&A and didn’t even get to Q. Others did, though, and here are the finer points (really, the only points, since the DJ kept skimming through questions and disposing of some of them on the mat next to him; thanks, pal!):

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