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Emma To Emmalina And Back Again

Emmalina made her WWE return tonight on Monday Night RAW… Those “Premiering Soon” vignettes has been running since October and I was beginning to think the E was treating her like Brodus Clay, building up this beast of a wrestler but only got the Funkasaurus.

Basically, Emmalina walked out on stage and cut a strange promo and left. From what I got out of it is, Emmalina wants to be Emma again… No idea. Hopefully she turns back as a heel and brings along her sunglasses and leather gloves. Because that was the best incarnation of her g‪immick.‪

Shoot Interview With Disco Stu, Part Two

I read that FUW got shut down by the state of Illinois, why did the state come after FUW?

At the time the State of Illinois was treating pro wrestling as a sanctioned athletic event. They wanted FUW to purchase a promoters license at a rough cost of $10,000 and have our referees go through training at another cost of around $1,000. The State went around to the venues we were playing and told them if they booked us they could be fined as well. We kept doing shows and just stopped promoting them on our website. That worked for a couple of shows until we got a cease and desist letter from the state. Around that time we were tipped off that Vince McMahon was actually fighting the state of Illinois because he had to pay money to the state every time he ran shows in Illinois. Illinois was going to drop the fees the first of the next year which was three months away so we stopped doing shows until the time had elapsed. Dre (co owner) and I had a couple of meetings with the state. We didn’t really talk about it with the rest of the federation but there was a time that I was more than a little concerned about our future and the consequences we may have faced.

I recently watched the documentary Disco Stu: I Will Survive, where a story line mirrored the situation with your legal troubles with the state. Looking back do you think it was a good idea? Also, that was a innovative story line playing off a real life situation. You were ahead of your time as a booker.

The idea for the story line seemed so natural and as you saw from the videos you watched was hugely over with the crowd. I loved that angle and was so happy to be a part of it and help create it. I have no regrets at all about doing it. It’s one of my favorite angles we ever ran and I think it really help step up our product.

FUW being an outlaw promotion do you think you had enemies and maybe one of them was a whistleblower to get your promotion shut down?

Good question. We had fairly concrete information that a fully licensed fed in Chicago turned us in. We were a bunch of “untrained armatures” which we basically were but due to our business model of wrestling at colleges or college bars and having our stories appealing to that audience we were attracting a few hundred a show at that time while they were lucky to get a 100 in a community center. We did things like having live commentary throughout the show that injected a lot of comedy. Basically we didn’t take ourselves seriously and that’s what made our product enjoyable to the college crowd. This fed was pissed off by that and turned us in.

At anytime did you run shows out of state?

No we ran most of our shows in Bloomington/Normal, IL. We did run a couple of shows in both Peoria, IL & Charleston IL.

Did you bring in any “big names” to pop the town you were in?

No, that wasn’t our model. We went after the colleges crowds who were more interested in our story lines and characters than our athletic ability. This was also a different time in “Indy Wrestling”. Now I can hop on Twitter and message a wrestler from my childhood and offer him money to come do a meet in greet as way to market my show. Back in 99 it wasn’t that easy. The accessibility just wasn’t there. We did have a good relationship with LWF in Chicago. They were like older brothers to us and if we ran into any issues they would give us advice and at times a few of them would come down and watch our shows.

In today’s indie circuit a majority of wrestlers have to work a day job while wrestling at night, was that the case for you or was FUW making a decent income to keep you away from a nine to five?

So I mentioned our business model earlier but in retrospect to this question I will revise the term business model. FUW didn’t exist for profit. Truth be told FUW lost way more money than it ever saw. We never ran it as a business for of like the opportunity more like building out a dream. We would use the money made to update our equipment. Once we stared making decent pay days we as a group rented a warehouse where our ring was set up and allowed people to train, sleep and hang out.

As a person who wrestled, managed, and book a territory which job was your favorite?

I loved booking and getting in the ring but I’m not a wrestler. I had my moments and as much as I wished I was a wrestler the facts are I was not a great worker. I got the character over which allowed the crowd to give me leeway in the ring. Working as a manager was great because I was able to get that high of being in front of the live crowd without the pressure of trying to be a better worker and allowed me to use my character to help get another guy over.

After FUW folded was there any ambition to join another any indie company or try your hands with the big two WWF(E) or WCW?

I mean I had dreams of being a manager and character but realistically I was never a wrestler.

If Disco Stu was still in the wrestling business today, other than WWE or TNA what company would Stu go after to get booked?

I could see myself as a manager in an Indy or even ROH. If I had an opportunity to get my character over I think I could do well in a managerial role.

Back in 2008 there was a 10 year reunion for FUW, any chance for a One Night Only show in the future?

I don’t think so. We no longer have a ring or any of our stage and lighting rigs. As what happens in time a lot of us have lost touch with each other for various reasons. I think it’s best to leave that time in the past.

What does the future hold for Disco Stu?

Well as you know my alter ego Lawrence is the host of a weekly 80’s podcast but as far as Disco Stu goes I think there is one last project out there for me to put that final bow on FUW. I think the story of what we did would be interesting to lots of people out there. I have worked on a couple of ideas recently so don’t be surprised in the next year or two if you see one last FUW project out there and as I already mentioned it won’t be a show.

I know that wrestling documentaries and tell all books are huge with fans, can we expect one of those in the near future? And tell me more about this podcast, if you will.

The thing about FUW is we recorded everything, and I mean everything. There is a lot of footage out there that I think something could be done with and I may have starting working on something but I am in no rush to finish something. If it comes together I would be very happy but mostly I’m just enjoying going back and reliving some of what we did. When I look at what this group of untrained misfits did from an outsiders perspective I am still a little amazed at what we accomplished. When you live through it you often don’t look at it from a high level perspective. Going through footage and answering these questions has really made me appreciate what each member of FUW accomplished during that time. I haven’t talked to some of the guys and girls for many years but if anyone of them called me ‪tomorrow‬ I would take that call and love reliving the old times and catching up on life.My podcast is called the Awesome 80’s podcast. We review, relive and explore 80’s movies, television and pop culture. My partner Carlson (longest reigning FUW champion) and I do this weekly and can be found on iTunes, YouTube and TheAwesome80s.com‬. Over the past 7 years we have had the opportunity to interview some of our favorite 80’s celebrities and meet our incredible fans. We do occasionally discuss wresting and team up with other podcasts like the Old School Wrestling Podcast and the Drunken Zombie Podcasting Network.

Lastly, I have a few names I want to throw at you. Whatever comes to mind…

Hulk Hogan?
Creative control.
Tully Blanchard?
Cocaine = Jesus.
Nancy Benoit?
Woman.
Harlem Heat?
Wendy’s.
Carlson Mann?
Punk bitch.
Mad Dawg?
16 year old girls.
Bondage?
Awesome.

Before you go is there anything you want to say to your fans?

I will always appreciate our fan base that for 5 years showed up monthly to watch us perform, follow our silly storylines and allowed a bunch of skinny and fat kids to live out there dreams.

For more information on Federation of United Wrestlers visit FUWwrestling.com

Royal Rumble Aftermath (2017)

The road to WrestleMania kicked off with the Royal Rumble and what a fine Rumble it was. The opening match between Flair and Bayley was good. I been saying it for months, the WWE women’s division has been spectacular. Hopefully this feud continues to Mania with another meeting between the two.

The hardcore style match with Owens and Reigns was fine, the finish with Braun Strowman interfering was a surprise. Maybe a setup for Strowman-Reigns at Elimination Chamber or even Mania, but where does Undertaker fit into all this? I can see Owens-Jericho going at it too.

The Cena-Styles match delivered 100% they never disappoint. Their feud is up there with Rhodes-Flair, Lita-Trish, and Hogan-Piper. This may be the end of their feud if nothing happens at Elimination Chamber. But Styles does have rematch.

The Royal Rumble match wasn’t a let down. No major surprises or legends. I did have hope for Kenny Omega to appear but that was shot down. Mr. Ten Tye Dillinger entered number ten, not a huge surprises but everyone was expecting that to happen. As for Orton winning, that’s cool. At least it wasn’t Reigns again. Undertaker, Lesnar, and Goldberg had short moments building to Mania matches. Strowman on the other hand was a best and I did thought a couple times that he may win. Jericho was the ring general, and Miz using D-Bry’s moves was a good storyline nod.

Next up is Elimination Chamber and a lot can change from that PPV until WrestleMania. Only time will tell… Massive!

Shoot Interview With Disco Stu, Part One

Ladies and Gentlemen I’m sitting here with Lawrence Tucker, but many of you know him as Disco Stu. How are you doing this morning?

Dean Martin once said I feel sorry for people who don’t drink because when they wake up that’s the best they are going to feel all day. Pretend I’m Dean Martin right now.

I wouldn’t say I’m feeling like Dean after a Vegas show, but I’m doing fine. And thanks for taking time for this interview.

Tell me at what age did you discover professional wrestling and what drew you to it?

I started watching WWF on Sunday mornings about the age of 7 (1986). I loved the characters, the characters always brought me in more than the work rate as a kid, like I’m sure many kids felt. I wasn’t even that big of a Hogan guy, loved steamboat and Jake.

Growing up did it ever cross your mind to become a pro wrestler?

Absolutely not. I was the kid who was skinnier than Screech. I could go to McDonald’s and eat 3 double cheeseburgers and lose 5 pounds in the process.

As for the character Disco Stu how did that gimmick come about? And if I may ask, is Stu related to Disco Inferno?

I was always a huge Simpson’s fan. My license plate has been DSCOSTU since I was 16 so when it came time to pick a gimmick for me it was obvious.

In the mid to late nineties WWF(E) and WCW were feuding in the ‪Monday Night‬ Wars, around that same time an indie promotion called FUW was making waves in locale territories. How did you become part of that promotion?

When I was a kid in school I would book shows in class instead of paying attention. I would pretend WCW and WWF were all one and I would write out story lines on feuds like the Steiners vs. Rockers. In early 98 a group of my friends would meet at Denny’s every Monday after Raw/Nitro to talk about it. We would print out “dirt sheets” and discuss rumors. A friend of mine was a film school drop out as was I so we discussed one night about filming a show we would write. So a week later six of us filmed the long lost FUW house show in my girlfriends parents attic and used flip in fucks as the ring. It was horrible but the word got out so a month later we did our first back yard show. It kept snowballing until Illinois State University got a hold of our tapes and offered us a paying gig.

Have you had any professional training to become a wrestler?

I didn’t but as FUW evolved we rented warehouses and created training facilities: crash pads for wrestlers. By that time I was barely a wrestler but was really proud of our guys who put in the work and taught each other how to work.

You also became the first FUW World Heavyweight Champion, what did that mean to you?

Honestly not much. There were two co-founders myself and another guy. We agreed I would win the first title match in a trampoline lumberjack match and if we had another show he would defeat me. I never expected to have another show. Three years later I was part of a team that won the tag belts and that meant a lot because I get we had a great match and gave the fans what they wanted.

In the match you had with Mad Dawg were you had a VHS tape on a pole, who’s idea was that?

So that show was supposed to be our last but much like Terry Funk we came back. It was actually the first show I didn’t book or help with creative which actually hurt me a lot because I wasn’t a part of it in any way. It was supposed to be our last show but I felt like I wasn’t needed at all. I was planning on not participating at all but the wrestler I managed XXX got injured so the “porn on a pole” match was in jeopardy. I hadn’t told anyone that I wasn’t going to be at the show but I had to fill in for him last minute and wrestle. The programs had been printed with the match so I stepped in to replace him.

You and Honky Tonk Rob formed a tag team called, Rhythm and Funk. Do you prefer being in a tag team or going solo as a single star?

I like being in a tag team. As I stated earlier my work rate was sub par so that allowed me to get my spots in, pop the crowd and let my partner work as well.

Memories from the tag match where you defeated Luke A Libre for the tag team belts?

Ha, well the joke there is that I received a concussion due to a rope break in which I got dumped on my head so memories from the actual match are not there. I have watched that match a 100 times so I know it move for move. The match online that is out there I believe is edited so there is more too it than you may have seen. My favorite memory though was working with Luke A Libre. Those guys were a lot of fun and the crowd was really really into the story our match told.

Winning the FUW World Heavyweight Championship didn’t mean much in your eyes, but you did go on to hold the Tag Team Championships did winning those belts mean anything?

In wresting titles are often called “props” I personally don’t believe that normally. I think that if the right people are holding a Feds titles it should elevate the shows they defend them on. However I was also the booker a lot of the time so it’s easy to say that the booker put the title on himself to get over. I don’t believe that was the case and we didn’t hold them long but if I’m being completely honest, hell yes it felt good and hell yes it meant something to be. I am proud of that match we won them at and I am proud to say I held the tag titles in my little tiny Indy fed.

Look for part two of this shoot interview in the up coming weeks. Massive!

Thoughts On Wrestle Kingdom 11

I just finished watching NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 and it was a bit underwhelming. I enjoyed about three matches from the whole event.

The lead up to Wrestle Kingdom 11 for me didn’t have that hype behind it like WK10 or even WK9. But I know once it was over only one match got that hype and a six star rating, Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega. And I agree with Meltzer, it was a phenomenal. Another match I’ll give high praise to is Cody Rhodes vs Juice Robinson. Rhodes played the heel as a member of The Bullet Club and got the victory of Robinson. The match itself was back and forth with a couple high spots, nothing special. But seeing Rhodes in anything outside of WWE is great.

If you get a chance to watch Okada-Omega it’s worth every second. 

Two Names For WWE: HOF 2017

It’s being written about that two names have leaked for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.

The first being Diamond Dallas Page, he does deserve it but not for his WWE run. It’s all about his time in AWA and WCW.The second name that’s being talked about is “Ravishing” Rick Rude and I hope he goes in because he was one of the best heels in the 80’s.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place over WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida.

2016… The Year That Failed

To be honest I don’t remember how I started 2016 but the months to come saw some major deaths in entertainment with the likes of David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. Those are just some of the names that 2016 took from us. In the wrestling business Chyna, Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten lost their life’s this year.

With the bad you also have the good… 2016 brought us some good movies like Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, and Suicide Squad. But on the small screen Tv shows like The Flash was fantastic! and The Walking Dead introduced us to Negan, and now everyone can see how good an actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla put on one hell of a three night event with BOLA. AJ Styles made his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble and in September saw Styles defeat Dean Ambrose to win the WWE Championship.

Side Note: CM Punk lost his first fight in the UFC. He’s a bit overrated when it comes to his stuff outside WWE or wrestling in general. And Lesnar-Goldberg had a shit match.

What’s to come in 2017? To be honest, I don’t see Ring of Honor lasting much longer. With their agent talents going to the WWE performance center to be trainers and people like Michael Elgin leaving ROH in a work-shoot gimmick then deciding to leave ROH all together in December.

On the WWE side of things… I’m loving the women’s division in NXT and I see it growing in 2017. I hope to see Samoa Joe, Johnny Gargano, and Nakamura make it to the main roster.

In Tv and movie, I have high expectations for Power Rangers but after seeing the promo figure for Goldar, I just don’t know now. Logan looks like it’s going to be good. I like the X-Men-Wolverine-First Class films. Hopefully we will see more or the rumored Tv series will be good.

And lastly, on a personal note. 2016 for myself has been good. Went to an awesome Halloween party at Ship’s Wheel. I learned how to two-step and haven’t looked back since. Thanks to Ashley, Reigh, Taylor and the one person that started it all Stacy. I can go to any honky tonk and have a ball… I also lived through the fall of Drunken Zombie, a podcast and blog site… somewhat all about horror. But it wasn’t long until I was writing again, right here at Geek-Nerdery! (Cheap Pop). But for a complete rundown of my year, just visit Doiner.com. and there you have it! 2016 is about to be over. Hopefully no more deaths! Massive!

Official Cover Artwork For WWE Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living’ Blu-Ray

Synopsis

At age 35, DDP attempted to become a wrestler, something everyone told him was impossible. After years of hard work, DDP ended his career a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Since exiting the ring, DDP is now known the world over for his DDP Yoga, a life-changing exercise tool. DDP has mentored both Scott Hall and Jake Roberts to sobriety. A relentless worker with a passion for life, this is the true story of Diamond Dallas Page.

Look for Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living’ to hit home video on March 21st.

Source: WDNetwork

Thoughts On WWE2K17

Christmas was good to me this year with WWE2K17 waiting in my stocking. After a day of updates and DLC, I finally sat down and played it. You gotta remember I was still playing WWE2K16 for the XboX 360 since its release. Now playing 2K17 on an XboX One is a big improvement. I still have to work out the new submission reversal and as I said in 2K16, there is a one to two second lag when reversing a punch or grapple. But over time I’ll get the hang of it.

The roster alone is stacked! and adding DLC to it, the match making is endless. I went ahead and unlocked all legends and I’m very pleased with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. With DLC I did get Goldberg and Nakamura, both worth the couple bones I spent.

I also dabbled in community creations thanks to Drunken Zombie Facebook Fan Dave Drasheff, and found about ten CAWs. Such as Steiner Brothers, Hollywood Hogan, and Chris Hero. With some CAWs looking so good there’s no need for DLC at times. But you gotta have that entrance and theme music.

Overall WWE2K17 is a good wrestling game, a big improvement from 2K16. I know I will be playing this game for a long time.

Miz Wins IC Belt On SmackDown! 900th

Last night on the 900th episode of SmackDown! Live The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to be come the Intercontinental Champion once again.

I’m happy to see Miz holding the IC belt again, I think Ziggler has run his course in WWE. His latest storyline with the Spirit Squad has fallen flat and I don’t see him getting a major push anytime soon. If he would step away from the E and start having matches on the indies, like a Cody Rhodes my interest in him may return.As for the Miz, he’s been incredible as of late. His back and forth with Bryan Danielson on Talking Smack was good and his in ring work has improved. Hopefully he’ll get a world title soon, the E needs that top heel holding the strap. 

WWE: Survivor Series (2016) Predictions

This Sunday is the 2016 Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs SmackDown. But before I get to my predictions, allow me to address all these WWE Network specials or “pay per view” every two weeks. I find having these specials every two weeks a bit overwhelming and it’s too much at times. For example, the only match I was looking forward to with Hell in a Cell was Sasha Banks vs Charlotte. Because I know those two can have a good match and they did. Some matches and Network specials I could care less about, just overwhelming.

Now Survivor Series is part of the big four but it’s feeling like Bragging Rights but I digress… To my predictions…

Goldberg is back and wants to face Brock Lesnar in a one on one match… I’ve seen their match at WrestleMania XX and it was awful but I have a small glimmer of hope that this match will be good. Hopefully Goldberg can get the ring rust off because that lock up he had with Rusev looked bad. In the match I can see Lesnar bring Goldberg to Suplex City. But if this match is just a one off for Goldberg, I can see Lesnar winning the match.

In an five on five elimination Survivor Series tag team match with Team RAW (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Seth Rollins) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon) (with Luke Harper and James Ellsworth)… This match is stacked and I hope it goes on last. I see Team SmackDown winning this match because SD needs a victory over RAW to keep their momentum going so they won’t be seen as the “B Show”.

Sami Zayn in WWE has done well for himself but he needs that big win. Sure he’s gotten some over Kevin Owens, but it’s time for Zayn to carry a belt and I see him defeating Dolph Ziggler to become the new IC Champion.

I know one thing, the E has this Network special stacked with Survivor Series type matches… So let me give you all a quick run down, if you will. The winners are!

Team SmackDown – Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Naomi with Natalya.

Team Raw – The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and The Primo and Epico.

Kalisto defeats The Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship, to bring the Cruiserweight division to SmackDown.

There you have it, my predictions! But who do you want to see win at Survivor Series? Comment below. 

Joey Styles – Issues Open Letter After Being Fired From Evolve

Renowned commentator Joey Styles was fired from EVOLVE over the weekend … and now he’s issued an open letter explaining why he made such a tasteless joke during the event.

In the letter — sent to PW Insider this morning — Styles says, “Friday night, I panicked on camera during the live broadcast of Evolve 72 on FloSlam when I realized that heel manager, Stokely Hathaway and I would be doing our promo at ringside and not in the ring with ring announcer, Joanna Rose as I had anticipated.”

Joey explains that he had originally planned to include Rose in his promo and, having to come up with something different on the spot, became flustered and made a political joke — something he admits that Gabe Sapolsky specifically instructed him not to do.

Styles continues, saying that as a veteran, he should have walked through the segment beforehand and that Sapolsky was justifiably furious. The announcer claims that he apologized to Sapolsky after the show, and told him to fire him publicly, which he did.

Styles also mentions that he apologized to Rose, FloSlam representative Jeremy Botter and the wrestlers in the locker room … claiming that none of those parties were upset.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE: Eric Bischoff – Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure

WWE finally updated their Beyond the Ring section on the WWE Network. There you will find a lot of their home video releases… in other words, home video release I’m not willing to buy.

Starting off the documentary with the intro I got a bad feeling because a lot of the sound bites and footage came from The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro (2004) DVD, so I thought this was going to be a rehash but was I wrong. All new interviews with Eric Bischoff and I was surprised seeing Sonny Onoo being interviewed. But here’s the break down… Majority of the stories from Bischoff running WCW have been told before but there is a couple things that caught my eye. Like Bischoff blaming himself for not bringing up talent and elevate them to the main event level. He was mostly talking about cruiser weights like Jericho, Kidman, Guerrero, Malenko etc. Another point Bischoff made was about the PPV revenue because at the end of the day that money went to Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner and not to WCW.

Overall… I find this documentary okay, because I heard a lot these stories about Bischoff, WCW, and Monday Night War before. A lot of rehashing but it does give you a good history of 90’s wrestling and how WCW beat WWE for like 84 weeks in a row. Just watch it on the WWE Network. 

Emmalina Coming To RAW

For the past three weeks I been seeing vignettes on RAW for Emmalina. Basically, the E is just repackaging Emma with a new gimmick and from the vignettes I’m seeing I have no idea what her gimmick is going to be. But I hope she returns as a heel, because her heel run before she got hurt was great. Her look was good too with black gloves, mirror sunglasses and a remixed themed. Why fix something that isn’t broken? I’m looking forward to her return.

So what do you think, is Emmalina returning with a heel her gimmick or back to babyface?

Ted DiBiase Jr. Returning For Indie Promotion

Former WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. is coming out of retirement for a match at Pro Wrestling EGO’s “The Last Call” event on Saturday, December 3rd in Pearl, Mississippi. The event will be a law enforcement fundraiser to benefit Rankin and Hinds County Honor Guard teams. Full details on the event are at this link. It appears DiBiase last wrestled in December 2013 for the FWE promotion.

Source: PWPIX

Side Note: Personally, I want DiBiase Jr. to return to the ring. He was good, I know the E booked him wrong. Just give him the Million Dollar Man gimmick and let him do his own thing.