Wednesday August 8th, 2018 – My Cat almost killed Colt Cabana
I just want to tell everyone, I live such a blessed life getting to work in wrestling & that is why i started this blog. I wanted a platform other than my DAILY wrestling podcast, Indy Wrestling Radio. I want to tell short, kinda funny, kinda inspiring stories like this one that I’m about to bore you with lol.
PS – Sometimes you might wonder what the point of the stories are… I’ll be honest, sometimes there isn’t going to be any meaning to what I’m blogging. I just simply want to share these really cool moments I get to experience. I get to experience these wonderful moments because I work in “The Business.” I work in wrestling, that might not mean much to a non fan, but to wrestling fans, being a full time wrestling employee, like i am, is the Holy Grail.
I don’t have a “shoot” job. The wrestling business is my job & this blog details the fun I experience in our wacky world of wrestling… ENJOY!
I had only been working in wrestling for a few weeks when i showed up for our second of three shows on the weekend of April 21st, 2018.
I showed up to help put the ring up but as fate would have it they had bigger plans for me.
When i come up to the ring I met one of the veterans of the promotion that i worked for at the time. He said that he wanted to work on some stuff for his match tonight & wondered if I’d mind driving about 35 minutes away to pick up Colt Cabana… Come on bro, what wrestling fan is going to say no to that?? So, of course I said yes. I quickly hit the road & got to his hotel about a half hour later. I walk into the lobby & there is Prince Mahalli, a great Indy Wrestler in Oklahoma, sitting with Eugene!
I go over and introduce myself to Eugene (per wrestling protocol) & then take a seat with Mahalli to wait for everyone else to come down. I shoot the shit with Eugene A LITTLE but he was kinda in the zone on his phone so i took the hint that he didn’t wanna talk to anyone just yet. Five or 10 minutes go by & up walks Colt Cabana. He walks up like an angel with the big white light behind him and the harp playing in the background.
Lol ok, that’s not all true, but he did walk up to me… He comes over & shakes my hand… I’m in heaven… He introduces himself by his shoot name but we all know that I’m going to be calling him Colt.
We then wait a little longer for Eli Drake to come down then we all start headed to our vehicles. I help get Colt’s bag in my trunk and then we are off.
About 2 minutes into the drive Colt sits straight up and in a very serious voice looks at the dash and says “is that cat hair or dog hair?” I look around because I have no idea what he is talking about & then i see maybe 3-4 hairs on my dash about the radio controls, he must of seen the hair when he was looking for the A/c controls. I tell him it’s cat hair & I immediately see him get uncomfortable for a minute & he rolls down the window. He says “I’m deathly allergic.”
OMG, I’m thinking “damnit, I’m about to accidently kill Colt Cabana!” How the hell would i explain that one?? luckily, about 2 minutes later he says, “Well it doesn’t seem to be bothering me, luckily.” luckily is right lol.
Geezus, I can’t stress enough how scared i was in that moment. What would i of done? THEN, how luckily am I that he isn’t a premadonna like so many other celebs & make me pull over to wash the car, or go and complain to my boss or a ton of other shit he could of done.
So anyway, I’m not off to the best start with meeting & hanging out with “The Godfather of Wrestling Podcasts” but at least I didn’t kill him lol. We stop at Subway (He buys my Subway sammich BTW, which I’ll never stop telling people lol) & we are chatting. He asks me what I do for a living & I tell him that I actually am a wrestling podcaster & publicist for the promotion. He seemed to think that that was cool because I told him “Man, I know you’ve heard this a 10,000 times before but you are a HUGE part of the reason I have a wrestling podcast. you paved the way for so many of us in my generation to host our own wrestling podcast.”
You could tell he was genuinely flattered by what I had said. We go on to talk about a ton of other stuff, my military background, which led to him thanking me for my service & giving me a fist bump in appreciation.
It was around this time that he asked me how i got into wrestling. I told him the cliff notes version but you know, it felt so weird to tell him the story, almost uncomfortable. It was because i felt like he thought i didn’t belong in “The Business” because I was not a wrestler. I knew there were wrestlers out there that don’t think you should be in the business unless you are a wrestler or were a wrestler. So i was nervous to tell him.
It was like he knew what I was thinking, he knew in a weird way i was looking for his approval & guess what, HE GAVE IT TO ME! The host of one of the most successful wrestling podcasts of all time just gave me his stamp of approval.
Colt told me You know, at least once at every single show I’m working the merch table & someone will come ask me “How do I get into wrestling?” & i just want to say to them “BRO, a wrestling promotor isn’t going to just pluck your resume out of thin fuckin air, you have to put yourself out there!” & that’s the truth, you have to make your voice heard. You have to be a hustler. You have to hussle to get into this business without being a wrestler. I’m sure you’ve seen that already. You have obviously hussled to get to where you are, I can tell. If you are podcasting every single day on top of working for the promotion, you’re a hustler.
That one paragragh is what this entire blog entry is about. “You have to be a hussler.” When he told me that, it was like it was a turning point in my life. Not only had he told me that i was a hussler, but he told me you had to hussle to get into this business.
It was confirmation that I belonged in “The Business.” up until that point i was unsure how some of the bigger names were going to accept me. Colt was the first big name that I spent time alone with & he being so open & accepting of me coming into the business is what gave me the confidence to openly talk to guys on car rides. Guys like Matt Striker, MVP, Matt Sydal, Juvie, Lisa Marie Baron, The Von Erich’s and probably a dozen more.
If Colt hadn’t made me feel like i belonged in this business, I might not of ever applied for the Wrestling Training Academy! He barely knew me but he saw my worth, my passion, my drive, he could tell that I bring something to the table.
Thank you guys & gals so much for reading todays blog post. I’m still learning guys so if yall have ANY constructive criticism about my blog entires, please dont be afraid to email me and tell me. i would LOVE to hear from you guys on how to improve the content i put out into the universe.
Stay Strong & Too Sweet!
“The Sly One” Jordan Fox
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Daily DeMarco: ROH Final Battle 2018 Results & Ratings
Greg DeMarco is back with his next Daily DeMarco, taking a look at ROH Final Battle 2018! How did the show rate?
ROH presented Final Battle 2018 from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on December 14, 2018. The event had clearance of 4 hours, and ran just 12-minutes short of that timeframe.
A note about my ratings: I don’t rate on workrate, spots, technical ability, etc. This is a rating of my entertainment factor. Simply put, how much did I like the match? Not every match has to be a spotfest, technical wizardry, or catch-as-catch-can classic. The card should be varied, and fun. This event is a great example of that concept.
Results & Ratings
- Kenny King pinned Eli Isom in 9:10 with a Michinoku Driver – **1/2
- ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb pinned Adam Page after two Tour of The Islands to retain at 13:39 – ****1/2
- Kelly Klein beat Sumie Sakai, Karen Q and Madison Rayne in 13:43, eliminating each of her opponents (Sakai last) to capture the ROH Women Of Honor World Championship – ***
- Zack Sabre Jr pinned Jonathan Gresham with the European Clutch at 12:02 – ***1/2
- Matt Taven pinned Dalton Castle to “retain his championship” at 15:49 – ***1/2
- Marty Scurll beat Christopher Daniels by submission with the Chicken Wing at 17:48 – ****
- Flip Gordon made Bully Ray quit in 14:44 to win their I Quit Match – ***
- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal beat Cody Rhodes by submission with a Figure Four Leglock to retain at 23:44 – ***
- Jay & Mark Briscoe beat SoCal Uncensored (champions) and The Young bucks to win the ROH World Tag Team Championships at 22:32 of Ladder War – ****
King vs Isom was a serviceable opener for a regular ROH show, but didn’t belong on this show. This belonged on a television taping. … Cobb defeating Page was one of my favorite matches on the show, and if Page leaves it’ll be a shame. ROH seems to be THE place for him to shine at this point in his career. … I loved the commentary team focusing on individual Final Battle records, adding to the prestige of the event. … Kelly Klein winning the WOH World Championship made sense for the event, and Klein is overdue to be champion. It’s fitting that her win came in the first WOH title match in Final Battle history. The women worked hard but the crowd wasn’t into it. … Fantastic match between Sabre and Gresham that left me wanting more–exactly what it was supposed to do for ZSJ in his ROH debut. … Matt Taven entering second (like a champion would) and having confetti for his entrance was absolutely perfect. … Nasty bump on the guardrail for Taven on his dive. … Love the story here with Castle’s injuries hampering him throughout the match (he’s visibly not 100%, including his conditioning). … Taven-Castle was a great change of pace with the brawling outside of the ring, interference that made sense, and Taven picking up the big win. … I might be biased towards Daniels, but the match with Scurll was a great display for both men and deserves four stars (from me, at least). … At 48-years old, Christopher Daniels performs better than men 15-20 years younger. The man is ageless. … I’d expect “The Villian” to leave G1 Supercard with the ROH World Championship. … Bully Ray, Flip Gordon, Christopher Daniels, Cary Silkin, Todd Sinclair, Flip’s girlfriend, Silas Young, Cheeseburger, Colt Cabana, The Sandman, and one hell of a spectacle in the I Quit Match that was the storybook ending Flip needed for this feud. … I didn’t love Cody & Brandi doing the military gimmick right after Flip Gordon’s triumph. … Lethal and Cody did a great job setting the stage and getting the crowd riled up before ever touching–pure classic talents. … The Hangman Page/Bell Ringing spot literally cost this match half of a star. … Lethal winning “by any means necessary” in order to keep the World Championship in ROH sets the stage for his run with Marty Scurll in many ways. … Stoked to see Scorpio Sky main event an event like Final Battle–so well deserved. … There is nothing I can say about the Ladder War, you just have to watch it!
Overall Rating – 8/10
Hell of a show with a few slow spots, but some of that was crowd fatigue. A great way to end the year, with the door left open for Christopher Daniels to stick around after sacrificing himself for Cary Silkin, Flip Gordon overcoming all odds, and Jay Lethal establishing himself as a champion who will do anything to hold on to his title.
Daily DeMarco: ROH Final Battle 2018 Preview
Greg DeMarco’s first Daily DeMarco focuses on the biggest ROH card of the year: Final Battle 2018!
Daily DeMarco? What’s that?!?!
So as you should know, The Chairshot is my website. Now by “my” I mean I own it and am ultimately responsible for running it, although that isn’t possible without Eric Ames, Andrew Balaz, Steven Mitchell, and Jordan Fox. On a day-to-day basis, the five of us make this thing go ’round.
But I started the website as a sort of “bet on myself” proposition, and I want to up the ante. While the 2019 goal-setting isn’t done yet, I will have a personal goal to meet a set number of daily blog-style posts on the site. And since alliteration is one of the easiest principles of marketing, it’ll be called your Daily DeMarco!
As luck (and the calendar) would have it, ROH is on the menu. It’s only appropriate, as my experiences with the once “fiercely independent” instilled a desire in me to do something–my something–in this business. Thanks to 2018 The Chairshot is definitely my biggest something.
Side note: If you like The Chairshot, or more importantly you think you can contribute to it, go here and hit me up. We can use you! We’re barely a year old, so this is still getting in on the ground floor.
ROH presents what could truly be a Final Battle
Final Battle 2018 truly is a “fork in the road” event for Ring Of Honor, as they are staring down the barrel of six departing talents in Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Christopher Daniels, and Frankie Kazarian. I’ve been vocal about this–I don’t know that it’s truly going down the way everyone expects it to. But even so, the company needs to shift, because even if The Elite and SoCal Uncensored stick around, it won’t be a forever proposition. Not at all.
And ROH is getting ready for that! They signed Brody King and PCO, and I have to imagine more signings are on the horizon. Still, life without The Elite has to be scary. Cody Rhodes is the hottest talent not in WWE, The Young Bucks are insanely over, and Adam Page is one of the top prospects ready to break through to the main event level. All four would be great in an All Elite Wrestling start-up, even if that isn’t a weekly product. The business is changing in 2019, and these guys will be a part of that change no matter where they go.
What happens at The Hammerstein Ballroom?
Here are the results I see coming out of tonight:
- Kenny King vs. Eli Isom
King is a consistent performer, but you’d have to think if ROH was going to push him hard, they already would have. It’s time to see what you have in Eli, and a win there will help answer that question.
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr
Sabre fits in with the old ROH perfectly (Pure Championship anyone?), and if a transition is happening, he’s a guy you lock in as much as possible. He can be a big part of ROH in 2019 if he so chooses.
- Women of Honor Championship – Sumie Sakai (c) vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein
ROH needs to do more in 2019 to truly establish that division, and a dominant champion in Kelly Klein would go a long way towards that.
- Fake World Title Match – Matt Taven (c) vs. Dalton Castle
Two guys that have ot factor prominently into ROH’s plans, assuming Castle doesn’t leave. Taven is a great heel, and I think ROH is pushing him hard in 2019.
- I Quit Match – Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon
ROH put out a great Pinnacle video on this match, focusing on Bully Ray. The story lends itself to Flip finally overcoming the bully here, but how? I can’t help but think this is where we see PCO make his first ROH appearance, setting up a program between the two veterans to kick off 2019.
- Scurll’s Title Shot At Stake – Marty Scurll vs. Christopher Daniels
I don’t think Christopher Daniels leaves here, but if he does it’s a bigger loss than The Elite. Even if he stays, Scurll is going to win the ROH World Championship at G1 Supercard (in my opinion), and he gets the win here.
- ROH World Television Champinship – Jeff Cobb (c) vs. Adam Page
I question the logic of putting each of the “departing” talents in these matches if they are really leaving. But in this case, it makes sense for Cobb to win. He’s a “super athlete” (but not Bulgarian), and he just joined the company. He has Samoa Joe potential for ROH, and he shouldn’t lose here.
- Ladder War for the ROH World Tag Team Championship – SCU’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Young Bucks
This style of match is one all six competitors have experience with, and if this is the last call in ROH for The Bucks, you know they’ll want to go out with a bang (pun intended). I expect the first show on “the swerve” to drop here, with The Bucks winning the ROH World Tag Team Championships, potentially crashing Twitter’s servers in the process.
- ROH World Championship – Jay Lethal (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
After the comment I just made, you probably didn’t expect to see Cody’s name in bold. Cody and The Bucks can do 2-4 All Elite Wrestling events per year and still work for ROH and New Japan. I think they’d rather spend time in the US (especially The Bucks) for family reasons, so sticking with ROH makes sense with their outside goals. I think Cody is going to have this match won, but Lethal will turn heel and retain. It’s a nod to Cody’s ROH debut at Final Battle 2016, where he beat Lethal with a low blow. Lethal’s long term success, to me, is as a heel. If I were booking this, Truth Martini would be hiding in a broom closet until the lights go out after Cody connects with Cross Rhodes, revealing himself in a shocking return and aligning with Lethal to reform The House of Truth.
This event and the TV taping on Saturday will go a long way towards defining the next year for ROH. Give me your predictions on Twitter!
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