Stunt Granny Lunch Conversation: Jeremy & Kevin October 4, 2012

Nothing says outsider like an officially licensed picture.

Kevin:  Are you listening to O&A?

Jeremy:  Cool, Ti West. I liked The Innkeeprs. It had some creepy stuff, especially the end.

Kevin:  Did he do anything else?

Jeremy:  The House of The Devil as well. He is promoting V/H/S. Hadn’t heard of that.

Kevin:  I remember him being on here before but didn’t remember any of his movies

Jeremy:  Only reason I watched Innkeepers was due to him being on. V/H/S looks pretty intense. Some low grade looking stuff but some other shockingly cool visuals too. Hmm, on the list now.

Jeremy:  Hey check this out, According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter , there were wrestlers in the company who had said Garrett Bischoff was going to be a key part of Aces and 8s.

Jeremy:  Holy shit it makes perfect sense. Eric Bischoff is a big biker/ bike enthusiast.

Kevin:  So, judging from the “who had” and “was going” is there a different plan now?

Jeremy:  Not sure to be honest but it does make sense based off of that. Going off of last weeks Impact Wrestling it fits. Remember NWO biker Bischoff used to wear his hat backwards

Jeremy:  I understand it is a small detail.

Kevin:  Could it just be Eric Bischoff’s way to get back at Hulk Hogan for booting him out of power?

Jeremy:  Exactly

Kevin:  Garrett being in the group would make no sense whatsoever. But then again, turn on a dime alliances are a TNA staple

Jeremy:  His involvement is easily explained; they reconciled. Father and son getting back together. After he dumped his dad Garrett has done nothing memorable.

Jeremy:  Hell, Hogan just gave him the boot immediately for the TV title match. Dismissed him like a common whore. Um, so I heard. We will know if Garrett is in the match somehow.

Jeremy:  Makes me wonder if Devon also has something with this.

Kevin:  As in him being in the group or him leaving TNA caused a problem in the story line?

Jeremy:  Part of the storyline.

Jeremy:  Just posted a video on The Stunt Granny Facebook page. It has brought me to tears. Starts slow but stick with it.

Kevin:  So it isn’t Devon then?

Jeremy:  Ahh yes Devon, maybe I am reading too much in to it but since when does a wrestler leaving in a contract dispute become television. Other than Bret Hart?

Kevin:  It would make some sense because even Devon has been crapped after his first month of being TV champ.

Jeremy:  Yeah, can use the champion not gettign a contract thing

Kevin:  So, will the reveal of Eric be at BFG?

Jeremy:  Oh yeah for sure.

Kevin:  I was considering buying it since I still have the $5 off coupons

Jeremy:  I don’t even have it in me for the long Bwahahahahahaha.

Kevin:  Ugh, you are so right on that.

Wait, is Beth Phoenix really hurt?

For anyone that missed Monday Night Raw last night Beth Phoenix lost the Divas Title to one of the Bellas. It doesn’t matter which one since they are gone at the end of the month anyway. What is important was the angle that took place during the match. Supposedly/Apparently Beth Phoenix rolled her ankle and thus lost the title.

At first this looked to be just an angle but now WWE.com has stated it is a legit sprained ankle. But then there is a report at the Wrestling Observer via Gerweck.net that the plan was for her to drop the title anyway so that Kharma could take the title without beating Beth.  Beth herself has posted on Twitter about people helping her through the airport this morning.

Thank you to everyone that helped me thru the airport this morning. Will keep every posted on MRI and xray results. Believe me…nothing …hurts worse than my heart right now after the loss and even worse thought of missing competition. But i have been bere before, and if…there is one thing Beth Phoenix knows how to do, it’s rise from the ashes. The title will be mine again. #unbreakable

So what is the truth? Did she happen to hurt her ankle in a stroke of good luck, if you can call it that? Was that incorporated in to the match or was it part of the plan? It sure looked harmless but then the dumbest injuries usually come from something silly. In this case that something silly is the task of jumping off the apron, three feet, to the padded floor.

So, here’s wishing Beth the best of luck in her injury or fake injury. On a selfish  note if you need any help with rehab hit me up. @grannymaes on Twitter. -Jeremy

Dave Batista shows interest in WWE run (but if he runs, he’ll be out of breath, see…)

If Dave Batista really thinks he's gonna get some sort of retirement send-off, this is all he deserves.

According to something called Business Insider (who got its news from a Wrestling Observer podcast, tsk tsk), Dave Batista is interested in returning to WWE for one more run and possibly even a retirement match. I assume this is because he thinks he’s worth it, when in reality he shouldn’t even make a Top 50 WWE Superstars Named Batista list.

The article says this is just one bullet point in a “fantastic” interview, so if you’re a mooch and haven’t started coughing up the money to subscribe to the Observer/Figure Four Weekly, you should consider it. But don’t let Batista’s interview be your decision maker; how interesting could it possibly be to hear a white-trash 42-year-old failed MMA guy talk about getting Melina’s sloppy firsts, leaving his cancer-ridden wife, and only making himself useful to WWE on his way out the door. Seriously, you waited until the end of an 8-year, asthmatic, falling-on-your-ass-while-delivering-your-finisher WWE career to finally show some personality? Thanks for nothing, Buttista, can’t wait to see you come back. -Eric

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

Christopher Daniels Released By TNA

What's old is new again.

So it’s confirmed now, The Wrestling Observer has the word that Christopher Daniels was released form TNA some time last week. If you don’t want to click on the link that’s fine here is the quote:

–Christopher Daniels was released mid-week by TNA, which explains his appearing on the ROH Big Bang show last night, and he’ll be back as an ROH regular.

This news gets a slight shoulder shrug as Daniels hasn’t been relevant in years. Yes he just main-evented a TNA PPV but so did Abyss. Basically,  that doesn’t make you relevant. Now it appears he is off for ROH and other independent bookings. You may be able to see him on the next season of WWE NXT. He can play the wily old veteran looking for his shot at national exposure finally.

Eric has a good idea I was planning on stealing but figure I’ll give him his just do.

“If kids had money these days, he could open a wrestling school “Here is how to execute a dropkick. Here is how to execute an elbow drop. Here is how to cut a promotional interview: End it with your worthless ‘Say your prayers’ catch phrase, even if it sounds amateurishly forced. Stupid Chris Daniels, thinks he’s so big”

So there you go. Shoulder shrugs abound! -Jeremy

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