Though certain people within the business may carry a certain stigma about themselves due to their past issues and or backstage problems. A wrestlers who has fallen victim to that time and again is Justin Credible (aka Aldo Montoya). Justin is like most of his fellow ECW alumni that he had history with drug and alcohol abuse as well as other negative things. But it's stories like this that I hope change your perspective or opinion of Justin Credible, because "He wasn't just the greatest, and he wasn't just the best, he was and is Justin Credible. Let's flashback now two years ago and a few weeks after the first Wrestlecade convention:
For those who may not know there was a wrestling convention over the weekend called Wrestlecade. I believe the convention was held in Winston Salem, NC and by all accounts from people who were there it was a great experience. But looking through the events from this past weekend I found one story that was well Just Incredible. Over the past couple months I have been posting interviews from WGD Weekly, well here is something different from those guys. A story of how far a person is willing to go on the Road to Redemption and to get back on the good side of the fans. This will most likely be part one of a two part story so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: Going Above and Beyond for the fans…now that’s Justin Credible Often times on all wrestling sites across the internet and through all means of social media, it is reported on, regardless of circumstances involved ever being considered, when a performer “let’s down” the fans and has to cancel or does not show for a particular engagement.
Likewise, the average fan or reader of said reports more often than not does not even think to consider these larger than life personalities as human beings, much less as a father or a husband, who is not necessarily under a huge contract to WWE or TNA but makes their living traveling endless miles each weekend to perform for us, the fans, even though at times not only are they lucky to break even on their expenses in traveling to the shows and then back home to their families once they are finished, but often times they have to cut their losses altogether and lose money to continue doing what they love and giving the fans a glimpse of their heroes. While the stories of a “no show” or some type of perceived “rip off” is very commonplace in the internet wrestling world, the story I will tell involving former ECW Champion, Justin Credible from this past weekend is one that is exactly the opposite of this and tells a tale rarely heard about through these types of media I speak of, and that is one of a superstar going above and beyond all circumstances to come through for his fans even when the odds are completely stacked against them.
This past weekend, myself and my partner and longtime friend, Steve were involved with the fantastic, WrestleCade event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as over 100 superstars from the past and present were on hand for an all-day fan Fest to be followed by an exciting night of wrestling action before a sold out crowd which I believe was upwards of 2,500 in paid attendance. Steve and myself (“The Scum” on air), host a weekly podcast interview show called WGD Weekly, and when we were first thinking of attending WrestleCade, back in late August, we contacted a performer that had just been on our show and was in the midst of doing his best to re-emerge on the wrestling scene through various social media outlets and such, Justin Credible. After speaking with the promoter and founder of WrestleCade, Tracy Myers, we were thrilled to find out that not only was it felt to be a good fit for Justin to appear on behalf of WGD Weekly at the show, but he was also interested in bringing him in as the special guest referee in one of the night’s main events, a return bout from the ECW days, pitting Tommy Dreamer against C.W. Anderson in an “I Quit” match. Justin was very grateful when we approached him about working at WrestleCade and has been very supportive and helpful to our show both prior to this coming about and in the weeks and months to follow.
So over Summerslam weekend this past week Brock Lesnar paid a visit to the folks over at ESPN. Brock's visit was a part of the promotional campaign for the big event. Just imagine if you pulled up to the security check at work and the guard who was to check your car was Brock Lesnar. As it turns out very people actually recognized Brock, but even so there were some reactions that were fantastic and others you have to see to believe. Now watch as Brock works his first day and last day as a security guard for ESPN:
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Who remembers the old thing called Gut Check that TNA did for around 6-8 months a few years back as a way to find "new talent." Overall the idea failed, because it didn't help the company in anyway, shape or form. To start it was good idea, but how they did it just didn't work out, partly because they only gave two contracts or to winner of the thing and most other talents even they were better then previous "winners" were turned away. Also they actually expected us to believe it was a shoot which was mistake for it to be a shoot at least from the employees stand point. Now onto this weeks flashback, which back to when former NYWC Champion & Best Friend of Zack Ryder...... The Big O tried out for Gut Check.
Top of FormIt was reported this afternoon that tonight TNA Gut Check returns with the newest challenger for the challenge. Tonight current NYWC World Champion The Big O will a part of tonight's Gutcheck segment. Real name Adam David has been competing for local Long Island company NYWC since late 2011. Wrestling fans know Adam from his fame as Zack Ryder's best friend from Zack's YouTube show Z True Long Island Story. Many might be surprised that Big O is going to join TNA and not be with his friend Zack. But in wrestling you take any break you can get and this is a good break for Adam.
Big O is an up in comer in wrestling and I hope this is his big break because he like a lot of others who have gotten this chance has worked for it. Big O has definitely gotten out of the shadow of Zack's show and started building his own name in wrestling. Also unlike most people that have been in this competition Big O actually is has more charisma in my book than most anyone in TNA. Outside of Roode, Aries, Hardy, Bully, Devon, Angle, & Storm small class but a lot of good names to be mentioned with.
Almost forgot the Big O also has a catchphrase that should play to his advantage because TNA need some more heat:
But if you handle that heat "Get out of his OZONE"
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Not everything that is remembered is funny or good or makes you happy something's that you recall are things that make you sad or even depressed. This form of emotional expression has been very evident within the last few months due to the unfortunate passing of so many legends, but last year we didn't get off scot free. Fact is we lost a man who never had the opportunity to achieve his potential even though he had so much talent. Now sadly we take a trip back in time to when the world found out about the passing of former WWE & WCW alumni Sean O' Haire.
Sadly, this isn't the first time I said this here as it seems I have said this far too often for my liking because I never like writing about the passing of another wrestler. Unfortunately it seems most of the members of our favorite stars pass away very young as compared to some other sporting outlets. The news broke late last night that former MMA fighter and most notably former pro-wrestler Sean O' Haire had passed away. I like most members of the IWC was very saddened to hear the news and hoped that this new was false and Sean would come out and deny the rumors, sadly he did not and it was later confirmed he had passed.
For those who may be unaware of Sean's past in wrestling, he was a trainee of the WCW Power Plant and up on television as a part of the group named the Natural Born Thrillers with many other Power Plant graduates. During his time in WCW from around late 1999-2001, Sean had success in WCW's Tag Team division with his partner Chuck Palumbo whom he won the Tag Team titles with on multiple occasions. Then after WCW was bought by the WWF, Sean's contract was one of those that carried over and Sean continued teaming with Chuck Palumbo as the WCW World Tag Team Champions. After the Invasion ended in November 2002, Sean was repackaged and re-debuted on Smackdown after weeks of Vignette building to his debut. Sean was let go from the company in 2004 and had been on the Independents since then, however more recently it seems like Sean had been sadly dealing with depression and substance abuse. As more news comes out we have found that Sean was found in his home and reports seems to point to suicide as the cause of death. I am one of the many people that believe Sean had the talent and the potential to become something special in wrestling but never was allowed to realize his potential. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Sean O' Haire and I would also like to add that Sean will be missed by his family, friends and his fans.
RIP Sean O' Haire
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This series has been going on for almost 3 months now and I have enjoyed it as this series is and always has been one of my more popular series which is why it always seems to find it's way back to appearing on the site. But as we close the book on this series once again I would once more like to thank of all those who gave us a few minutes of their free time to answer some questions this post. I appreciate your help and look forward to further interaction with you all in the future. Thank you and now let's get to the post!!
Question 6: Now most casual don't know or don't care to know about the Indies, because of the major companies. Would you agree with this logic or not.
Freddy: I’d say there are more “sports entertainment” fans than actual wrestling fans out there….. Most Indy promotions don’t advertise well at all (at least in NY)!!! They are hard to find….. I enjoy the smaller promotions and Indies. Whether it’s the economy or the saturation of wrestling on TV, or alternative entertainment options, people don’t seem willing to part with their hard earned cash for Indy wrestling.
it... Definitely agree. That's why TV is so important in the equation. Again if the product is entertaining, and "casual" fans can find it... Definitely agree. That's why TV is so important in the equation. Again if the product is entertaining, and "casual" fans can find it...Bryan: Yeah unfortunately, but with the rise of NXT I think more people may look to the Indies now with the influx of top tier Indy talent in the NXT, Such as Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Samoa Joe.
Christelle: I didn 't understand the question? If it's that the majors are seemingly the only companies that get attention then yes I agree. But the independents are still good also.
Kayla: Without people supporting the indies, the majors wouldn't have people like Punk, Rollins, Ambrose, Joe, or any of these other greats.
YourWrestlingWorld: I would agree I think a lot of people don't care about the indies unless you put a wwe/tna so called name on the card, a lot of fans are not bothered about wrestler a VS wrestler b that they have never seen before.
Bill: Definitely agree. That's why TV is so important in the equation. Again if the product is entertaining, and "casual" fans can find it on TV, you're gold. And I believe TV and by TV I mean "local TV" is still the gateway to the casual fan, then possibly YouTube. As you're casual fans will not necessarily be scouring the internet to find NJPW or ROH material, let alone the Indies out there.
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Top of FormProfessional wrestling is not “fake”, but it is scripted. Me personally, I liked wrestling back before they talked so openly about how the magic happened and before there was an Internet. We don’t need to be told something most of us know and ruin it for people who get into the product.
The key to carrying a match at a quality, capacity is a (wrestler) performer’s ability to get into the role and really become the character. This is why John Cena is the number one performer in the industry. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to earn a living in WWE as a professional wrestler, defend his position with all his heart, even when he is not holding a belt, and gives 100% effort each and every time he steps into the ring. Hate it or love, it’s the truth.
Professional wrestling is like magic: it’s an illusion. The moves are real, the athleticism is real, and the performers put on a show by performing these moves until the match ends. Magic is the same: put on a great show where there is that high risk factor, but it usually ends okay with no injuries. That’s the truth. It’s a shame that professional wrestling has become watered down by the WWE’s use of the term, “Sports Entertainment”, but it is what it is. If you don’t like wrestling the way it is then change it or help work towards changing it, but don’t deny that it isn’t an optical illusion much akin to magic.
My Thoughts: I think it was irresponsible of a well-known public figure to use their personal Twitter account to lash out at WWE, an established high quality professional sports entertainment company that has earned its spot at the top. Dana White should feel embarrassed, but he probably doesn’t. He’s probably basking in the attention he’s receiving from wrestlers, wrestling fans, and others. Do you honestly think that Dana White is going to read each and every one of your Twitter’s? No way. I think the situation has been blown way out of proportion and does not need any more attention from the media outlets.
I’m neutral to the situation really, but I think that Dana White should apologize to those in the pro wrestling industry and its fans because many are the same fans that watch UFC’s product. He should not use his personal Twitter to publicly lash out at WWE. However, I don’t think that we should all be so damn offended because professional wrestling is scripted, but the athleticism and action is real. It’s definitely not fake! However, and Mr. White should apologize to professional wrestling fans if he cares about his UFC business at all in the slightest. It’s just the right thing to do because this is how many people feed their family: the pro wrestling industry.
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Well for once this actually isn't an author's note, because I didn't write this post. However, that is the reason why this is here as I am going to thank Chris for a very well written & descriptive post. Also allowing me to give another perspective on the story that doesn't have an end.
All I am going to say is that I normally don't do something like this, but even though I said on Saturday that we would be putting this situation behind us. To honest it was on Saturday night that this article was emailed to me by one of my Twitter followers (Click Here to Give Him A Follow) and right when I read it I knew that I had to share this with you guys. So there you go I thought it provided a different perspective other then the ones that I have previously provided you on the site. So Here we go:
Top of FormOn July 31, 2015 UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) owner Dana White made use of his Official Verified Twitter account to respond to a fan who had the following to say in his Twitter feed: “I wish I could watch the Rousey fight tomorrow night. Vince got you beat there @DanaWhite. Our PPV's are only $9.99”. Dana White responded by saying, “@RKORollins I hear you bro but fake shit should be 9.99”.
Was it offensive? To some people it was, to others it was not. Should pro wrestlers hate other pro wrestlers/writers/or promoters who weren’t offended by Dana White’s comments? No, of course not, that’s just plain ridiculous. The nice thing about living in a capitalistic society in the USA is that as long as it is not slanderous or libel, we can pretty much speak our mind.
Why was the Tweet offensive? Well, considering that professional wrestlers generally work 300 days a year if not more, its grueling work for something that Mr. White acknowledged as “fake”. This is offensive to professional wrestlers, and anyone else who works in the industry, supports the industry, or previously worked in the industry. WWE alone is a major player in mainstream Television. With WWE RAW being the highest rated show for the USA Network, I doubt that we’ll see a change there anytime soon. In the stock market WWE has a tremendous investment for traders and investors as the company is worth nearly a billion dollars including assets.
Dana White is a millionaire UFC “fight” Owner with a history of saying aloof comments and has no shame in publicly dropping the “F” bomb. That said, how you personally feel about the situation would mold your decision on whether or not the Tweet was offensive. The UFC product itself is always fantastic. The only drawback I see is the high price of the PPV’s that usually wind up disappointing the fans by the main events ending so shortly. It’s all part of the real mixed martial arts fighting game. A match could virtually stop at any time. It may have the hype, but it is pure real physical fighting that tests the athletic combat skills of each competitor. Wrestling is real in the athletic combat form, but if a move isn’t performed or received correctly, you could injure yourself or your opponent, so that aspect of professional wrestling is what Dana White was probably referring to. He wasn’t out to piss off every single professional wrestler, but apparently if you look on Twitter: he has.
Professional wrestling should not be defined or summed up in one word as fake. If I were to sum up professional wrestling in a couple words, I would say it is Athletic Entertainment. I would use anything but the offensive word “fake” that anyone with a brain knows infuriates pro wrestlers. It is a word that used to be banned by wrestling promotions.
It's that day of the week again and you what that means it's time for another edition of the So Far Back Sunday series where we take trips back in time to remember things that happened in the past. For this week we will go back in time to early last year before the Royal Rumble when a certain someone's popularity skyrocketed to unreal heights. The Cinderella story would begin in January and culminate in the highest honor at WrestleMania 30 later that year when he would win the World Title in the Main Event on the biggest stage. At this point I think everyone knows I am talking about Daniel Bryan and his improbable road to the top from 2014. Let's Take a trip back and remember a day gone by:
Over the course of the last few months we have seen the ascension of as far as I am concerned the future of the WWE and his name is Daniel Bryan. If anyone stock in WWE has jolted up since the summer it is Bryan. I like this as a fan as someone getting what they finally deserve to get and someone who’s worked very hard to get to where he is right now. I have been a fan of Daniel Bryan since his days on the Independent circuit and happy to say I have followed him for as long as I have because now I am able to see him reach the pinnacle. Now that I think about it even with all of his success he really hasn't gotten the chance to run with the ball and be the guy in WWE. I hope in 2014 WWE gives Daniel the ball and tells him to run with it because if anyone deserves the opportunity to be a champion for a long time it's him.
As many fans may remember last year the craze was Fandangoing which was one of the many things center stage in the post Wrestlemania crowd last year. But this year the craze is YES and the two videos I will post below prove it: Michigan State does YES Chant!! & The ending of Last week’s Raw.
Though in many ways this might be old news, but I don't really care as I felt the need to let my followers give their opinion on the situation also and give them a bigger platform to do it then just on one form of social media. Therefore this post will be unlike the one from earlier in the week as I will not be speaking on the situation instead my followers will do the talking. Thank you to those who expressed their opinion on the Dana White situation for this post, I really do appreciate you taking the time.
I asked 10 of my followers there opinion and Dana White's Comments about Pro-Wrestling and the reason they believe he made those comments. Here what they had to say:
John: Well I think that Dana made a close minded and ill informed statement. He has no experience in a wrestling ring. I think he believes that just because he has a sport that is obviously physical andhas nastier after effects that it automatically makes something like WWE "fake." Just and ignorant overall statement. He has no idea the life they live and the sacrifices they make.
Crazy Joe Choke: It's very possible that Dana White said it to get more attention on UFC 190. He was trending No.1 in the US for several hours leading up to UFC 190. I think Dana White knows the Pro Wrestling fans are very passionate and are the MOST HARDCORE FANS IN THE WORLD. I mean Look at how the Pro Wrestling Community reacted to Brock Lesnar Contract re-signing and CM Punk joining UFC both of those hand been huge & Ronda Rousey at WM 31 was a BIG crossover and Dana White playing a HEEL before UFC 190 was pure genius I think. How many people watch RAW every week and how many people watch a Fight Night on Fox Sports 1 on a Saturday Night is a over 3 Million I believe & why wouldn't Dana White wanna Heel it up to get some of those Millions to come over and Watch MMA, I could go on and on.
Calling Spots Magazine: He knew what he was saying and that people would see it. Whether he meant the sentiments or not, he was looking for a reaction from people. Neither, I think he just wanted to say something controversial to make people talk. Which worked because you're asking me about him.
Bobby (Shoot Reviews): Pro wrestling is scripted - that's something any intelligent fan knows. However, these fans still enjoy it (and many prefer it to MMA), regardless of whether it is "fake sh*t" or not, so ultimately it in no way affects the value of the entertainment. Also regardless, it's maybe a little impolite for Dana White to have such a shallow view on the industry that his owes it's mainstream success to.
LiveNerd Podcast: I think he's trying to create controversy. Wrestling is becoming an increasingly hot property with more and more major brands emerging and UFC is struggling to keep up as a less interesting, "real" alternative. Dana seems to want to increase his credibility in the eyes of the Public by labeling the more well-rounded and entertaining product "fake". Do I think he really doesn't respect the art of wrestling? No. But he also considers his sport as a more authentic version, and wants to bring in viewership looking for that kind of thing I think he disrespected an entire industry and thousands of hardworking performers and I think he needs to apologize. But for the most part. He's the owner of a less entertaining version of what people have loved for decades, and no amount of real fighting can change that fact.
Josh Dillon (The Altered Angle): Dana White's comments about pro wrestling being fake don't surprise me. White's ego is huge and he doesn't respect the wrestling industry. However, he surely doesn't have a problem using former pro wrestling stars to help sell ppv's. Whether or not White wants to admit it, UFC has a major problem on their hands. Ronda Rousey is their biggest star, and once she gets bored wiping the floor with every female fighter they put up against her, she's leaving for the WWE, and Dana knows it. Dana White trashing pro wrestling, right after Roddy Piper passed away, probably wasn't the best thing for him to do, considering your biggest star uses his nickname and idolized the man.
Kwinn Wrestles: Dana is a mouthpiece for the UFC whether people like it or not. He's a promoter who pulls no punches. I don't believe he meant any disrespect to pro wrestling as a community. Brock was a monster draw, and Ronda will draw in WWE in the future.
Oliver Norgrove (Pro-Wrestling Powerhouse): I think Dana's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt. He meant what he said in a humorous way, and I think many fans overreacted. Wrestling fans should be a little less uptight and defensive about the product they care about and should remember to safeguard their sense of humor. Dana respects the wrestling industry and wouldn't have meant direct offence. Let's take a step back and appreciate that he was joking.
Mid-West Wrestling: Dana White is known for being an opinionated man, and recently showed that on a higher level in referring to wrestling as "fake sh*t" on Twitter. He has every right to his opinion, but he is totally oblivious to what these guys actually do for a living if he truly believes that. It takes a special person to travel the world as much as these men do and even the men in the indies have to travel to their show dates. Did he mean that it was a work? I think not, because he would have clarified after being verbally attacked, but instead dug a deeper hole in saying, "trust me, ITS FAKE". How does he know? I've been watching many years and never witnessed him in the ring for any company. I think he honestly has an ego issue and wanted to stroke it a little bit, but all the while everyone is talking about him, and in a sense It is getting the UFC name plastered all over social media. A genius? I think not, but maybe it was a smart move with all this publicity coming his way. Even bad publicity is sometimes good. I think he was just trying to rile some people up and he did a good job at it. Now he's got everyone talking about him and the UFC. I honestly think he has some jealousy issues as well against the wrestling business. Maybe when his sport is number one he won't be so angry.
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Let me get something out of the way first, look in everything I have posted on Twitter and any other outlet of social media over the course of the last 48 hours I have never said that Dana isn't entitled to his opinion. If I did I would be wrong and I am man enough to admit that because it's a fact. However, I am going to say that what Dana White said is right No I will not because I absolutely don't believe what he said was justified or correct.
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Now before someone jumps down throat and discounts my opinion or this post, let me just say that if Dana White is entitled to his opinion about the sport that we all love then we are entitled to our opinion as well. I have been using this example, lately as it pertains to people who as a certain WWE Legend would use the F*** word and no I am not talking about dropping an F bomb. The word I am speaking of is the exact word that he used to disrespect the business and anyone who has ever stepped into that ring. That is why, since early Saturday various wrestlers and practically any fan with a social media account has expressed their opinion on Mr. White's comments. Look I don't care if you think like he does that's fine, but at least respect the fact that some do believe it's real and don't disrespect them, because their views are so much different then yours. First off I am not trying to be the type of "World peace" person that would say things sort of like this I am saying this because the world of Pro-Wrestling doesn't get the respect it deserves.
All I am saying is have RESPECT for the athletes that step in that ring, whether in the Major companies or on the Indies and take real risks for you. Yet you'll go on social media and disrespect them and insult their body of work even when you know that you wouldn't be able to do what they do. In particular those who are employed by the company in Connecticut spend 300+ plus days a year on the road and in most cases away from their families, yet you insult them and what they do for a living just because you don't believe it is 100% legit. Well, how about this you get in the ring and do what they do and then say it isn't 100% legit. People question what they don't agree with, are jealous of, or don't understand and one of these categories are where he falls. I don't just blame it on ignorance, because I can't as I believe he knew what he was saying and meant every word. I don't discount what he has done with the UFC, but the fact is that doesn't give him the okay to say whatever the ***** he wants and not expect certain people to explode and defend. Someone may ask why am I defending this profession that is because I will do everything I can to defend this profession and I won't stop backing up every single person who ever stepped foot in that ring. The reason is because I love this business and my life is this business so I will DEFEND this profession with everything I have.
Everything that goes on inside that ring may not be 100% legit, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, that doesn’t mean there are no injuries, that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen, and that sure as hell doesn’t mean hitting that mat doesn’t hurt. Before you criticize how you ask yourself this question “Can I do that” or how about “Could it be real.” Though the finishes are the part that isn’t 100% legit that doesn’t mean everything in that ring isn’t 100% legit and that doesn’t people don’t watch and love it more than anything else. Thank you for letting me rant a little bit about this I am aware that this just gives him more attention. But I felt the need to address my feelings on the situation and now you know. To be honest, you can agree or disagree with what I said above either way it's my opinion and it doesn't have to be yours!
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