Saturday, April 14, 2018

Writing is fun

But it's also very hard sometimes. I've had a short story in my head for literally years now, but haven't been able to actually get it written out. I'll get started and then won't be happy with how it turns out, so I scrap it. Well I've been giving it another go, and actually have it about 2/3 of the way finished, but I'm at a loss for where to go with it next. I was going along nicely, but got stuck last Monday. I'm defintiely not scrapping it yet. I'm too far into to back out now.  It's not even like I'm blocked or anything. I know where I want the story to go, I just can't think of a good transition to get there. I'll just have to keep relaxing with my thoughts, and maybe it'll come to me.

To make up for the writing that I haven't been doing, I'm doing plenty of reviewing. Somehow PWG has locked up thre top three slots on my top ten matches that I've reviewed this year. Two of which involve WALTER, who I'd never even heard of until about six months ago. The other match involves the Chosen Bros, Jeff Cobb and Matthew Riddle. And, wouldn't you know that the next show on my review list includes the Chosen Bros vs. Timothy Thatcher and WALTER.

As much as I've come to appreciate Kenny Omega (and I don't hold matches with school girls or blow up dolls against him), I'm just about ready to declare WALTER the new best bout machine. If anyone the Carlsbad area is woken up by someone doing their best Daniel Bryan impression in the middle of the night on 04/21, it's because WALTER just won the PWG Title.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Busy Busy Busy

It's been quite the insane couple of months. My workload absolutely blew up, and I've been putting in close to 50 hours a week just to keep up with everything, and even that's still a challenge. Add in my responsibilities around the house, and spending quality time with my wife and kids. So, naturally, two of my passions, wrestling and writing, have been put on the back burner over the last month. My wrestling watching and reviewing has been limited to between the hours of 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM. I haven't even been keeping up with the podcasts that I like.

Things finally seem to have leveled out, although since it's Monday, we'll see how today goes. So, I'm hoping to get some free time and crank out some stuff. Here's what I'd like to accomplish, ideally before the end of March:

- Finish the NJPW 01/28 show (where Cody turns on Kenny)
- Another Retro Reading for Bob's site
- The new Kayfabe Commentaries Release that drops on 03/27 (depending on how fast WWN makes it available).

Speaking of podcasts, I highly recommend checking out the IcoPod, Bob and Austin are doing some great stuff. I've been talking with Bob about doing something with them at some point, and being able to add an old man's perspective, from someone who actually remembers when this stuff was going on.

In other news, I'm absolutely loving New Mexico. I keep hearing from all my old friends back east about blizzards and snowstorms, and how Mike closed the taproom early one day in preparation for a big storm. And, here it's sunny and in the 60's. We've had several "high wind" warnings, which basically mean that it's not a good day to do yard work, and that it's a good day to fly a kite. My Chicago Bears have been tearing things up during the off season, so I can get exited for September.

Have you ever watched a match so bad that it hurt your feelings? Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly from Supercard of Honor X did that to me.

Does anyone remember Memphis mainstay and WWF TV jobber Ken Raper? How did nobody suggest that he use a different ring name? And, if he was around in 1998-99 WWF or 1999-01 you just now that idiot Russo would have given him a nickname like "Consensual Kenny."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'm still alive

The Western Lariat is no longer a gimmick, or simply a plagiarism from the great Stan Hansen. The Western Lariat will now be coming to you directly from the wild west! After far too much hassle, the Campbells have left NY State behind and now reside in beautiful Carlsbad, NM.

Let me just say, that close to 36 hours almost nonstop in a small Honda with a 50 lb dog and two small kids wasn't exactly a walk in the park for the wife and I. But, we finally made it. We got here, our stuff finally got here, and hopefully once the nightmare of unpacking ends, regular updates will commence. Upon checking the TV lineup for Sunday, hoping that I'd be able to see the Bears/Ravens game on Fox and figuring that it'd be the Texans/Browns, based on where I'm living now. It's actually the Packers/Vikings game. So, needless to say, I'll be watching CBS, because fuck the Packers!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nine outa Ten

After I finished the NJ Dominion show, and updated my top ten list, I realized that my top ten list is 9/10 matches from this year, between ROH, EVOLVE, and New Japan, with Adam Cole (Bay Bay) vs. Michael Elgin from 2013 being the odd one out.  That tells me two things.

1. 2017 has been a great year for wrestling: That's a hard point to argue, and I've barely scratched the surface with the little bit that I've reviewed this year.

2. I need to hold off on current stuff for a bit: I've made a concentrated effort to stay current, especially with so much stuff getting praised from this year, and I'm certainly not complaining about watching so much good wrestling. But, part of having my own site is being to watch and review what I want, when I want, and I like to have a nice variety.

So, at least the next couple of updates will be shows from before 2017. If I can find the discs, the January 2014 NOAH show with the Morishima/KENTA GHC Title change will be next, I also want to review the ROH "A New Dawn" show from 2013 to continue following Cole's first ROH Title run, and or the PWG All-Star Weekend 12, with the Sabre/Strong PWG Title change.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Another hard decision

I have secured new hosting, and uploaded all my pages and files. So, now it's just waiting on them to get everything squared away with the transfer, and make sure everything still works.

In the meantime, I find myself with another question that I don't quite know:

After everything is official and the new host has things up and running. Should I leave 0Catch one last voicemail (considering they never pick up their phones, or return messages anyway) doing my best Jim Cornette impression of telling them exactly how I feel about their lack of service and assistance? And yes, if I do so, it will end with "Thank you, Fuck you, Bye!"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Decisions Decisions

I left 0catch (I assume the zero stands for how much they assist you with website issues) one last message, telling them that if the site isn't back to normal by Monday, I'm switching hosts. I hate to risk losing so many years worth of reviews, but I'll be damned if I'm going to keep sitting here, hoping that one day I'll see that it's been magically fixed.

In the meantime, I'm left with a conundrum. When reviewing the Ladder Match for the ROH Tag Team Titles at Supercard of Honor, how should I list the champions?
  1. Matt Hardy/Jeff Hardy
  2. Brother Moore/Brother Nero
  3. Broken Matt Hardy/Broken Jeff Hardy

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I'm baaaack!

Welcome to my temporary review home, until my host issues on the actual Lariato get sorted out. I don't know exactly what went haywire, because nobody at 0catch can return a phone call or email. But, while my site seems to be fully intact, I've not been able to view, update, or add to my website for two months now, which feels like damn near an eternity to me. I've been keeping busy with my 411 commitment to Kayfabe Commentaries, and contributing to my friend Bob Colling's 'Wrestling Recaps' site.

If I didn't have such a huge archive, I'd just say 'to hell with it' and start over from scratch with a new host. I haven't completely ruled that out yet, but, I really don't want to wave goodbye to twelve years worth of writing. So, I'm still holding out hope that this works itself out.