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Disclaimer – 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.
The wrestling business is my full time job, my “shoot” job & this blog details the fun I experience in our wacky world of wrestling… ENJOY!

Wow. If I had to describe the Starrcast convention in one word, that’s the word I would use.

Our journey began in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Myself, Floyd & Ryan (the hosts of Around The Ring,) & brothers Noal & Dan all got together in a rented van to roadtrip to Chicago. It was an 11 hour drive but it truly didn’t feel like 11 hours. In my honest opinion it flew by.

We drove straight to Wrigley field. The convention didn’t start till Thursday afternoon & we got there on Thursday morning. There were two of us that are Cubs fans so we wanted to see the stadium. I have been very blessed in my life that I’ve seen the stadium multiple times but it was Aaron’s first time seeing the stadium.

Anyway, on to the convention. We meet up w/ Marvelous Mike & others to go check into the convention. This is when i see ODB’s food trailer out front & inside is Lisa Marie Baron (Formerly Victoria of the WWE.) She was just working on food & stuff, she wasn’t taking pics or signing autograghs. So, as the guys are going in I just go over to the side door of the trailer & she meets me at the door. I said “IDK if you remember me or not but” & before i could finish she said “Of course I do, it hasn’t been THAT long ago, has it? We were in Kansas together.”

I’m sure Lisa meets 5,000 guys like me every year, aspiring wrestlers, young wrestlers, commentators, you name it & she meets them at the indy show’s. So, I figured she didn’t remember my name but I felt good that she at least remembered who i was hahaha.

She was super chill. I only visited with her for a bit before we “bro hug” it out & i went on my merry way.

I got my platitum pass which allowed me to have first shot of every show held at the convention.
I’ll be honest, at this point, all the shows & experiences i was fortunate enough to see & have kinda blur together as far as when they happened so I’m just going to jump around & talk about them as we go.

Matt Striker – As some of you guys know, Matt Striker & I rode to a show together awhile back & we talked about my desire to want to apply for the wrestling academy and he got super pumped & was like “if you want to, you GOT to! you only live once!” we spent a lot of time talking about me applying & he reminded me “If you don’t try, you’ll always wonder.” So I applied & as we all know, the rest is history.
Marvelous Mike had seen Matt Striker in this 10-15 minute time frame when we were not together & as soon as we linked back up he told me that he just seen Striker & Jeff Jarrett talking to a few guys randomly so i walked over where they saw them & they were still there, I walked over & kinda stood back for a second until Striker looked in my direction & he actually kinda hollered my name when we made eye contact.
We met halfway and hugged it out & the first thing he asked was “How is the academy? what have you touched on so far?” the first thing i listed was hip tossing & where to post (I’m not quiet sure why that came out first, maybe because the posting part has given me trouble, idk.) but he immediately went into teacher mode & showed me step by step where he posts, how he posts etc..
We ended up going over stuff for about 10 minutes. He legit took the time to go over every single item that I listed off. It was an absolutely amazing moment. Matt truly is a great guy. Afterwards he said “You got my number, use it. Holler at me & we will go over somemore stuff soon.”

“The Death of WCW Panel” – The panel revolved around “The Death of WCW” book that was written by RD Reynolds & Brian Alvarez (Brian works for Dave Meltzer.) I was at this panel w/ Marvelous Mike & our friend Justin Goode. About 10 minutes into the show Maffew from BochaMania shows up. as he walks by our seats Justin says “Hey man, love the show.” Maffew replied w/ a thank you & then sat down next to us & ended up watching the entire show w/ us. It was really cool to chill w/ him for an hour+. We took some selfies together & when Reynolds handed out signs w/ Bischoff’s face on them, we took selfies of the two of us holding them up haha.

The panel was awesome, Reynolds & Bischoff went at it the entire time. Reynolds’ opinion is that WCW’s death began & ultimately happened because of the shitty creative. Bischoff’s opinion is that Turner hampered them so much that creative’s hands were tied behind their back.

Both made points that I, as a fan, agreed w/. I side w/ Reynolds but I also wasn’t there so my opinion is just from a fans viewpoint.

Colt Cabana – Cabana was signing autograghs & had 2-3 guys at his table looking at shirts so i stood back & when they left i walked up & as soon as I walked up he said “My Military Friend! How are ya?!” as he said that he sees my ponytail & grabs it. lol

I can’t really describe in text how cool it was for Cabana to recognize me. I think i blogged about this already but I’ll say it again, Cabana bragged on me for doing whatever i could & whatever I needed to to get into the business. Him saying all that to me was extremely motivating! (MAN, I’ve had a lot of world class wrestlers help me this past year!)

Cody – I didn’t really get a big chance to BS w/ Cody BUT I did run into him in a doorway as he was coming in & I out. He seemed to be in a hurry so i just Too Sweeted him & said “Thanks for everything, Cody.” & he replied with “My pleasure!”
lol Too Sweet’ing Cody was so freaking awesome… I’m such a mark.

Megan Flair – I believe this is Ric Flair’s oldest daughter. She is NOT a wrestler. She actually worked in the medical field. We exchanged stories about the similarities of her brother Reid & myself. We both suffered from severe opiate addiction, he so much so that it took his life.

Later, I BS’d with her fiance (the promoter of Starrcast) Conrad Thompson for just a minute and he was just as nice as could be.

The Roast of Bruce Prichard – This was some good stuff. we have all seen the Comedy Central Roast’s before (The best one was actually roasting Michael Scott on The Office) & this one was pretty similar to them. On the panel was Xpac, Madussa,Eric Bischoff, Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson & Brutus The F’n Barber Beefcake & a ton of comedians.

The Weigh In was insane. the large room it was in was packed.

Jeff Jarrett – Double J was just walking around as if he was just there, it was really cool. I went up to him & explained we worked a show together in Arkansas. He at least pretended to know me once I said that. haha

Tenelee Dashwood – I worked with Tenelee before (same show i worked w/ Jarrett actually) but she isn’t really the talking type (at least not around me, anyway) so I just stopped by when no one was there & we chatted for a second.

Missed out on Scott Hall – I was about 10 feet away from Scott Hall as we were both going into the world premiere of the Bruiser Brody documentry but i was actually visiting w/ the Vice Land Filmmaker that made the documentry. We have some mutual friends in the wrestling business so we ended up chilling together for about 45 minutes, it was really cool. We exchanged social media info & even talked about me being involved w/ some of his work in the near future. (I can’t describe how happy him even mentioning us working together made me!)

Diamond Dallas Page – I shook DDP’s hand twice & wanted to mention that we have a mutual friend but we got like less than 2 minutes both times so obviously i didn’t get the chance.

Matt Cross/Son of Havoc – DUDE! I bought a Cross shirt (“Wrestling is forever”) BUT I forgot to tell him my trainer at the wrestling academy & he are friends! totally slipped my mind.

Brian Pillman Jr. – One of the coolest guys I’ve ever met! we chatted for a bit while Aound The Ring cohost, Ryan Aaron, got his autogragh & picture.

MJF – NEVER BROKE CHARACTER! Not even to laugh!

King’s of The Ring podcast – There was a guy at the convention that paid big money to be a “vendor” for the show, which means he can sell whatever his product is. BUT he had nothing to sell, he was simply there to talk about his new podcast that he could best explain by saying “It’s Game of Thrones by way of 1980’s wrestling” he went on to say that WWE was the Lannister kingdom & the indy scene (w/ the territorys) is like that Rob’s Rebellion trying to overthrow the kingdom. I haven’t listened yet so I’m just going to leave that description there for whomever to read.
The whole experience was a ton of fun. I’m still a huge wrestling fan, big time, even though I work in wrestling full time between the wrestling academy, color commentary, TheChairshot.com & podcasting, I’m still a huge fan.

“The Sly One” Jordan Fox
Podcast – Indy Wrestling Radio
Twitter, Facebook & Snapchat handle for podcast – @IWRdaily
my personal Twitter & Instagram handle – @FoxThePodcaster
Email – JordanFox@TheChairshot.com


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/27/19)

Dolph, Brock, and an amazing in-ring performance!

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WWE Raw hit the airwaves for a holiday edition, and Box Office Brock is officially Boom Box Brock. Who stood out to Greg DeMarco?

WWE Raw was live on Memorial Day, and the show provided some memorable moments. Here’s what I think are the most memorable performances of the night.

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Boom Box Brock Lesnar

So Brock Lesnar didn’t know that he has a year to cash in Money In The Bank? Of course he didn’t! Brock was dancing, smiling, and having the time of his life. But if he wanted to, he could still kill you. His interactions tonight were fabulous, especially the moment when he realized he had a year to cash in the contract. Brock rarely speaks or makes decisions, but when he does it’s so carries to much impact. Well done!


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The Second Star: Dolph Ziggler

I know there is some confusion around Dolph’s character. He’s technically still a Raw superstar (as listed on WWE.com), and he came back out of nowhere. But his delivery has been spectacular, and I am interested to see what he does in the ring at Super ShowDown. Will he change his in-ring style to match his persona? Will he stick around after the PPV?


Must Listen:
Driving With DeMarco: I Enjoyed Raw, And You Can Too!


The First Star for WWE Raw: Ricochet and Cesaro

You owe it to yourself to watch this match. They killed it, and busted out some stuff you don’t normally see. I don’t care about 50/50 booking or any other internet complaint. Go. Watch. This. Match.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: AEW Double Or Nothing (5/25/19)

“Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.”

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ALL Elite Wrestling made its debut with AEW Double Or Nothing. Who stood out from the talented crowd?

AEW Double Or Nothing is history, and it was quite the history making event. From the stellar matches, to the surprise debut of Jon Moxley (the former Dean Ambrose), the show delivered in a million different ways. It’s nearly impossible to pick three standout performances from a night like this, but I am the man for the task!

Featured image credit James Musselwhite, courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

The Third Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: SCU

AEW Double Or Nothing SCU

There will only ever be one first PPV match for All Elite Wrestling, and it will always belong to SCU. Yes, Strong Hearts were also involved, and yes, Al Linda Man is an unsung hero of this match, but Christopher Daniels (one of the true greatest of all time), Frankie Kazarian (one of the greatest in-ring workhorses of all time), and Scorpio Sky (one of the most underrated wrestlers in the entire world, of all time), delivered a performance that is worth remembering as the first PPV match ever for AEW. This match in general hit on all cylinders, and the talent deserves a nod for their performance.


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The Second Star: Kenny Omega

AEW Double Or Nothing Kenny Omega

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

Kenny Omega wanted to give the fans a main event they deserved, and he did just that with Chris Jericho. It wasn’t as spot-tastic as the tag team match that preceded it (and that’s a good thing), but the story involved and Jericho working a new style that suits his age (and conditioning) meant that Omega needed to nearly kill himself to deliver the match he wanted everyone to see. In the end he put Jericho over, but is obviously on a collision course with Jon Moxley–potentially at ALL OUT. But on this night, Kenny Omega put the AEW brand on his shoulders and carried it into the stratosphere.

Honorable Mention: Jon Moxley

He needed to give everyone a memorable moment to end the show, and he did just that.


Must Listen:
The Doc Says… AEW Double Or Nothing Reaction


The First Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes

AEW Double Or Nothing Cody Rhodes Dustin Rhodes

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

This match is what pro wrestling is all about. The amazing story told in the ring was sold by two true brothers, and in the end it was Cody who stood tall. That’s not enough to give one man the nod over the other, as this was obviously a team–no–a family effort. Dustin took the lead for most of the match, and you can tell both wanted to put on a performance that would make Dusty Rhodes proud. There was an old school moment when DDP carried Brandi Rhodes backstage kicking and screaming, but that doesn’t take away from what this was. It wasn’t old school, it was pro wrestling. Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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