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With help from the head Hulkamaniac himself, cerebral palsy awareness began running wild on social media this week. Over the past weekend I transitioned my goatee into a Fu Manchu and traded my normal wardrobe in for some red and yellow. Then I set my web cam to record and unleashed my best Hulk Hogan impression, BROTHER!

Hulk Hogan costume

The end result, my Youtube video “If Hulk Hogan had cerebral palsy…” Said video received Hulk Hogan’s personal approval Wednesday night via Twitter. Take a look.

Hulk Hogan approves!

In addition to replying to my tweet, the Hulkster retweeted my video to his million plus Twitter followers. Hogan sharing my video more than tripled the views within 12 hours. Not to mention the views keep flowing in at a higher pace than usual.

Now I’m not posting about this to name drop. While I cannot deny the thrill that accompanies receiving approval from somebody you watched on TV growing up, I’m more excited about the increased views. “If Hulk Hogan had cerebral palsy…” entertains but also integrates information to debunk common cerebral palsy misconceptions. At day end Hulk Hogan passing the video along to his followers aids in eliminating harmful cerebral palsy misconceptions.

For that, I can only say to Hogan “Thanks DUDE!”

Make sure you watch the video, click here.

P.S. I wish to give credit to my good friend James Schleicher. Following my Rocky Balboa themed exercise montage “If Rocky Balboa had cerebral palsy…” James encouraged me to do other “celebrity” cerebral palsy videos. His feedback led me to record the Hogan video. Thanks James!

Bound for Glory 2005 Revisited Part II

October 19th 2014 22:05
To those waiting on “Bound for Glory 2005 Revisited Part I”’s continuation, the wait ends now. Once again welcome back to 2005. To your left you’ll see the New England Patriots piecing together a Super Bowl caliber season. On your right you’ll notice Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince dominating book charts. Meanwhile straight ahead TNA Wrestling’s biggest PPV Bound for Glory continues.

Tag Team Titles: America’s Most Wanted (c) vs. The Naturals
America’s Most Wanted (AMW) “Wildcat” Chris Harris and “Cowboy” James Storm enter first, Gail Kim accompanying them. The Naturals Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas come out next, wasting little time. Stevens and Douglas run down the ramp and begin the attack. Obviously the way their match with AMW ended on the previous night’s Impact! left The Naturals feeling sour.

The Naturals AMW Bound for Glory
The Naturals takes the fight to AMW at Bound for Glory. Photo: PrtSc Image

After a hot start around the ringside area the competition settles down into your traditional tag team format. America’s Most Wanted pulls out almost every heel tactic in Ric Flair’s Dirtiest Player of the Game Manuel (not a real book FYI). Tactics include handcuffing an opponent to the guardrail, powder to the eyes, and James Storm’s trusty beer bottle hit. All help Harris and the Storm successfully retain the NWA Tag Team Titles.

Monsters Ball: Sabu vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino vs. Abyss (Watch)
Monsters Ball means more than no DQs, a reminder emphasized both by the match’s hype video and Father James Mitchell’s interview done on Abyss’ behalf. Competitors supposedly endured nearly 24 hours locked in solitary confinement with no food, water, or light, quite a silly gimmick.

As the four men enter the ring and the action begins the frivolous match premise becomes forgotten. Hard hitting, extreme war featuring wicked chair shots and a crazy dive from “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy takes the spotlight. Fans chant “this is awesome” testifying to the great bout. Heck following Rhino picking up the victory fans chant “that was awesome.” You don’t hear those too often.

X-Division Title 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles (c) (Watch)
Prior to “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles and “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels squaring off cameras go backstage to TNA Championship Committee member Larry Zybsko. “The Living Legend” announces the committee’s decision to hold a number one contender’s gauntlet to determine who gets to challenge Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.

First though AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels capture the audience’s attention via great in-ring chemistry and athleticism. Dual chants ring out. “Let’s go AJ.” “Fallen Angel.” “Let’s go AJ.” “Fallen Angel.”

Time continually dwindles off the clock but neither man can score a fall. Finally with seconds left AJ hits a Styles Clash and covers Daniels to claim the sole and decisive fall. A visibly bruised Styles celebrates.

10-Man Gauntlet to Determine the #1 Contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Title (Watch)

10 men will enter the six-sided ring with only one moving on to challenge NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett. Nobody knows the participants until each one enters. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe draws the gauntlet’s first seed. Ron “the Truth” Killings appears next. Following an initial two-minute period new participants will enter every 60 seconds.

To commentators Mike Tenay and Don West’s disbelief Sabu enters next. They can’t believe anyone from the Monsters Ball match could compete again. Lance Hoyt joins the fray 60 seconds later. Then Abyss hits the ring, leading to a tease between Joe and “The Monster.” Talk about a feud with great potential!

Abyss Samoa Joe Bound for Glory
Samoa Joe does not back down from Abyss. Photo: PrtSc Image

Jeff Hardy, Monty Brown, Rhino, Kip James, and AJ Styles round out the competitors. Kip James seems to hold the advantage given everyone else already wrestled. Yet “The War Machine” Rhino somehow manages to squeeze out the W. Jarrett’s music cues up and the main event remains imminent.

NWA World Heavyweight Title: Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Rhino (Watch)
Jeff Jarrett brings out a casket with him to ringside, playing off the funeral he, AMW, and Team Canada held on Impact to celebrate “ending” Team 3D’s career. Jarrett promised on the Bound for Glory pre-show someone else will end up in a casket before night’s end.

If Rhino competing in two previous matches didn’t tilt the favors enough in Jeff Jarrett’s direction, AMW and Gail Kim run interference early on. Yet Rhino somehow manages to beat exhaustion and the numbers game to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

His victory goes without pomp and circumstance however, as Jarrett and AMW begin a post-match beat down. Team Canada joins in leaving 3LK attempting to make the save. Still Jarrett and his cronies maintain the advantage. Then Team 3D’s music hits causing the live audience to erupt into a thunderous ovation. Brother Ray and Brother Devon help to clear the ring. Bound for Glory ends with Rhino, Team 3D, and 3LK standing tall amidst the six sided ring.

Bound for Glory 2005 Revisited Part I

October 7th 2014 21:59
With TNA’s most important annual PPV Bound for Glory (BFG) set to emanate from Tokyo, Japan this Sunday, I decided to trek back in time to the very first BFG. Welcome back to 2005. Brad Pitt leaves Jennifer Aniston, Facebook just opens up to high school students, the Chicago White Sox rule baseball, and TNA Wrestling celebrates a year producing three-hour Sunday PPVs presenting Bound for Glory.

TNA Bound for Glory
TNA Bound for Glory 2005 logo from the PPV's DVD menu. Photo: PrtSc Image

Opening Video
Bound for Glory caps a year featuring growth and positive momentum, a fact echoed in the show’s opening video package. The voice over guy reminds us about this implementing past PPV names into his speech. For instance TNA Wrestling battling “against all odds” and their wrestlers possessing an “unbreakable” will.

Meanwhile the video package’s footage recalls epic matches such as AMW vs. XXX inside six sides of steel (Turning Point 2004) and the incredible three-way between Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe (Unbreakable 2005).

Jushin Liger vs. Samoa Joe (Watch)
Excitement buzzing from the Impact Zone crowd TNA delves right in kicking off their Super Bowl with the highly anticipated match between the undefeated “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe and legendary Japanese wrestler Jushin Liger. Their entrances successfully build up last minute hype. Joe’s via the Polynesian dancers and Liger’s via fan thrown streamers.

Match wise everything starts well, looking as if the potential classic could become reality. Then Samoa Joe locks in his choke maneuver. Fans chant “Liger” to will the Japanese wrestling legend forward. The ref raises Liger’s arm once and the limb falls limp. Again the same thing occurs. On the third go, Liger’s arm falls limp once more. Shocked fans stop chanting, overcome by disappoint over the short bout.

Six-Man Tag: Diamonds in the Rough vs. Sonny Siaki, Apollo, & Shark Boy
Prior to the six-man tag a video showcases footage from the previous day’s fan fest. Announcers Mike Tenay and Don West note how people traveled from all over the country to experience Bound for Glory weekend. The Diamonds in the Rough (Simon Diamond, David Young, and Elix Skipper) cut a promo backstage before making their way down to the ring.

Following up a short match between Liger and Joe with an Impact worthy six-man tag magnifies disappoint. You see your typical multi-man match spots but nothing which makes the bout deserving PPV time.

“The Alpha Male” Monty Brown vs. Lance Hoyt
Backstage Shane Douglas interviews NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett about the main event situation tonight (Kevin Nash unable to compete and challenge for the championship). Jarrett talks tough until “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown interrupts him. Brown shows off tremendous charisma saying his peace. Afterwards he departs to the ring to face Impact Zone favorite Lance Hoyt.

Monty Brown Interupts Jeff Jarrett
Monty Brown crashes Jeff Jarrett's backstage interview. Photo: PrtSc Image

Again another bout better fit for television, not PPV. Match highlight sees Lance Hoyt countering Monty Brown’s first pounce attempt with a big boot. Yet Brown connects with da pooooooounce shortly later to pick up the victory.

Six-Man Tag: Three Live Kru vs. Team Canada with Scott D’Amore
Three Live Kru (Ron Killings, BG James, and Konnan) talks backstage discussing how with Scott D’Amore Team Canada (A1, Bobby Roode, and Eric Young) maintain the numbers advantage. Kip James walks by offering to watch the Kru’s back. Ron “The Truth” Killings and BG James give their approvals only for crabby Konnan to dismiss the idea. Apparently he does not trust the man formerly known as Billy Gunn.

Remember how the two previous matches contain Impact vibes? Yeah, so does this. To no one’s surprise Kip James comes out during the match despite Konnan’s previous sentiments. Kip ends up saving Konnan from a post-match beating from the triumphant Canadians.

Ultimate X: Petey Williams vs. Matt Bentley vs. Chris Sabin (Watch)
Finally, we return to PPV quality contests. A video package hypes Ultimate X. A red X hangs above the ring from the Ultimate X structure. The first person to take down the X becomes number one contender for the X-Division Title. Petey Williams accompanied by Scott D’Amore makes his way to the ring first. Then Matt Bentley, formerly Michael Shane, accompanied by Traci heads down to ringside. Then Chris Sabin enters.

Together Williams, Bentley, and Sabin compete in a high flying, fast pace match, really representing the X-Division style TNA built their reputation on. Sadly amidst the action the red X falls off the structure. Williams, Bentley, and Sabin improvise well allowing the ring crew to use a ladder to re-hang the X. This prompts “Use the ladder” chants from fans.

Unfortunately the X falls again, Petey Williams managing to catch the object this time. Officials deem Williams the winner although the decision fails to stand during the week and a re-match eventually takes place on Impact.

Return later in the week for “Bound for Glory 2005 Revisited Part II.”

This past week at the #TNANYC Impact Wrestling tapings real American war hero Chris Melendez made his TNA Wrestling debut. Melendez lost his leg serving our country in Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart for said service, according to the TNA Wrestling website. Also noted on the website, working for TNA fulfills Melendez’s dream to become a professional wrestler.

TNA Signs American War Hero Chris Melendez
TNA official John Gaburick tweets his welcome to new wrestler Chris Melendez. Photo: PrtSc Image

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Despite TNA Wrestling’s ambiguous future past October, I still plan on blogging about the company’s current product. TNA showed much improvement over the summer and deserves the recognition.

TNA Wrestling recently announced, via their website, “the Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri will appear at the #TNANYC tapings Tuesday, August 5th, Wednesday, August 6th, and Thursday, August 7th. Another Extreme Championship Wrestling alum sure to receive a welcoming ovation from the New York City crowd, Tajiri currently works for Japan’s Wrestle-1 promotion

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Late Sunday, July 27th/early Monday, July 28th news broke Spike TV will not renew TNA Wrestling’s weekly television show Impact Wrestling. Rather than rehashing all the other online reports, I want to offer my thoughts on the situation. If somehow you don’t already know the details, see TMZ’s coverage here.

Now that we all find ourselves informed, shall we move forward? The news completely altered my plans for today’s post. Initially titled “Positive Signs for TNA Wrestling,” I planned to discuss the positives going on with TNA. Items like the Wrestle-1 deal, the six-sided ring returning, and Bound for Glory coming to Tokyo, Japan this October

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Back on Sunday, June 15th at Slammiversary TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle announced the 2014 TNA Hall of Fame inductees, Team 3D. The announcement forever links Bully Ray and Brother Devon’s names alongside Angle and “The Icon” Sting, TNA’s first two Hall of Famers. While most fans seemingly view the TNA Hall of Fame skeptically, there should stand no doubt Team 3D deserves the “Hall of Fame” moniker.

Team 3D
Team 3D in Philapephia prior to Lockdown 2009. Photo: PrtSc Image

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This week TNA Wrestling parted ways with Frankie Kazarian by opting not to resign him. Rather than using the departure to speculate about the wrestling company’s future I will instead spend time highlighting Kaz’s career there. After all Kaz really blossomed into a star the past decade under the TNA banner.

Frankie Kazarian circa 2005
Early in his TNA Wrestling career Frankie Kazarian proved himself as a top notch in-ring competitor. Photo: Mike Kalasnik (Flickr)

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Speculation over a potential match between Sting and The Undertaker only increased after WWE recently released a video teasing the dream bout. If you somehow managed to miss seeing the video, go ahead and give “The Undertaker vs. Sting- Fantasy Match-Up” a view.

Sting vs. The Undertaker Fantasy Match
Sting vs. The Undertaker graphic from WWE's fantasy match video. Photo: PrtSc Image

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Back in April when Jeff and Karen Jarrett announced Global Force Wrestling (GFW), the press release touted an interactive experience for fans. Even well before the first GFW event, the Jarretts look to deliver on the interactivity by presenting the Global Force Wrestling Fantasy Draft. Capitalizing on NFL draft anticipation GFW tweeted out the following Monday, May 5th, 2014.
Global Force Wrestling Fantasy Draft
Global Force Wrestling wants to know who you want to see on their roster. Photo: PrtSc Image

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