Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween with HeMan (aka Eric St. Vaughn)

Since this is Halloween Week, I am featuring some of my favorite costumes worn by some of my favorite people at Resistance Pro.

Resistance Pro's Eric St. Vaughn is a big fan of HeMan.  In fact, ESV did an interview with Tom Cook, one of the artists for HeMan for  That interview can be found at On the Beat with Tom Cook.
ESV recently added a new piece to his regular costume, when he and Body Magic partner Brady Pierce became the new RPro tag team champs.  ESV has a nice, shiny belt around his waist.
Eric St. Vaughn and me in Willowbrook, IL-October 2013.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween with Goldust (aka Scott Steiner)

Since this is Halloween Week, I am featuring some of my favorite costumes worn by some of my favorite people at Resistance Pro.

Scott Steiner (yes that is his real name) is one of the many behind-the-scenes hard workers at Resistance.  He is part of the street team, ring crew, security force and more.  In short, he will do whatever is asked and he does it all with no complaints.
Last Halloween show, Scotty dressed as Goldust.  I was not alone in thinking he had the best costume of all.  He had the look and the mannerisms, including the Goldy sneer.
Coincidentally back in the day, Goldust had quite a feud with Rowdy Roddy Piper.  Scottdust and Rowdy Johngy Piper did not have any problems on this night though.
Scott Steiner and me in Willowbrook, IL-October 2013.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween with Mickie St. John (aka Mickie Knuckles)

Since this is Halloween Week, I am featuring some of my favorite costumes worn by some of my favorite people at Resistance Pro.

Starting the week is Mickie "Moose" Knuckles, who appears to be dressed as a school girl.  In fact, while she is dressed in school girl attire, she is channeling Nikki St. John, formerly of Resistance Pro.  Mickie St. John, as she billed herself, was a big hit with the crowd.
Mickie, in any persona, is very entertaining.  She is also as tough as they come.  I have seen her wrestle with a broken leg.  I have also ben n the receiving end of several of her face-licks.  I took each one as a trophy!
Mickie St. John was one of my favorites for that night, but Mickie Knuckles is one of my favorites every night.  It's not just my opinion either.  Every friend, who has joined me at RPro, mentions Mickie as one of the best.
Mickie Knuckles and me in Willowbrook, IL-October 2013.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Friendly Encounters: Jack Keenan Meets Svengoolie (aka Rich Koz)

This is a weekly feature about friends who have met celebrities.

Jack Keenan (aka the Masterful One) has been my partner on covering the Chicago Bliss.  Last year, he also pulled emergency backup duty at Resistance Pro.  The fact that Rich (Svengoolie) Koz was going to be at the show certainly helped me recruit him.
Jack is a fan of Svengoolie (aren't we all?).  If Jack is home on a Saturday night, odds are he will be watching Sven, like the rest of us.
I interviewed Koz (Sven) at the event and Jack provided his usual ace camera work.  That interview can be found at On the Beat with Svengoolie at Resistance Pro's "Welcome to My Nightmare."
I am glad I got to facilitate Jack meeting Sven.  It was Jack's first RPro show and it was definitely a great one.  Sven was a fantastic Guest of Honor.  Once again, a home run by RPro.
Jack Keenan and Svengoolie in Willowbrook, IL-October 2013.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bear Down Sunday Game #8 New England Patriots

The Chicago Bears are 3-4 and are facing the New England Patriots, who are 5-2.  I am afraid the hopes in Chicago are fading fast.
Maybe the picture below represents that fading.  It's a picture from a WSCR Bowl-A-Thon in the mid-1990's.  This is what you sometimes got in the pre-digital camera days.  Sometimes, it was a crapshoot.
Buffone had a great career with the Bears.  Always overshadowed by Dick Butkus, Buffone would be an all-time great on most other teams.
He has remained on the Bears scene by way of his broadcasting career.  Currently on WSCR (tying it right back to the photo), Buffone can be heard on the post-game shows, along with former teammate Ed O'Bradovich.  They are as passionate and entertaining as you could ever want.
The Pats present a huge challenge for the Bears.  I am afraid we will be hearing Doug and OB ranting about another loss this Sunday.  Maybe the Bears can pull out a mini-miracle.
Doug Buffone and me in Arlington Heights, IL-Mid 1990's.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween with Heidi Steiner

Tonight, Resistance Pro presents "Rust in Peace," their annual Halloween themed show.  When you have a night at RPro and you add the fun of Halloween, complete with costumes on everyone, you get a whole lot of fun and an even more entertaining night than usual.
In honor of Halloween and RPro, I am presenting a full week of Halloween fun at RPro.  I sm starting with Heidi Steiner, an unsung hero of RPro.
You will find Heidi at most RPro shows, although you probably won't find her in the same spot twice.  She wears many hats and performs many duties at RPro.  The folks at RPro know how valuable she is and what she brings to the company, but the fans do not necessarily know a lot about her.
She is the mom of Scottie Steiner, another unsung hero at RPro (and one you will see here later this week).  She connected with RPro through the Thompson family and she has been around from the beginning.  Whether she is selling raffle tickets, working a table, helping with security or anything else, Heidi is always doing it with her usual style.  She is one of a kind and an asset to RPro.  She is another I am proud to call friend.  
Heidi Steiner and me in Willowbrook, IL-October 2013.

Friday, October 24, 2014

On the Beat with Resistance Pro's "Practice What You Preach"

At last month's "Practice What You Preach," Resistance Pro put on another great night of wrestling.  We got a handful of interesting interviews, as well.
Eric St. Vaughn and Brady Pierce of Body Magic took home the tag team gold.  We have supported ESV from his debut and this interview was well worth the wait.  Cameos by various RPro people and assorted other fun, make this one of my favorite interviews of all time.
I have to give Special Correspondent Jonathan McMahon credit for nabbing D'Arcy Dixon, former RPro Women's champ.  D'Arcy has been rather elusive, but JMac got her or maybe she got him.  She really had himn squirming and that made this one of my favorite interviews, too.
The talent isn't the only thing of interest, however.  Some of the fans can be just as entertaining.  Such is the case with Dick Griffiths, aka Chain Male.
JMac was back on the beat with an update interview with Mike Bellcaster.  Since our last interview with Bellcaster, has has added "ring announcer" to his resume.  He has also added "dad," and we congratulate him and his lovely wife Nicole (aka the Merchandise Girl).
The next RPro show is "Rust in Peace," a Halloween themed night of fun.  Come out and join the gang on Saturday night.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrity Jersey Cards #194 Jessie James & Adrienne Bailon

This is a regular series which attempts to combine my lifelong passion for trading cards with my semi-professional interest in celebrities.  It's starting to get cold, but at least football is heating up.

Making her second appearance on Celebrity Jersey Cards is singer Jessie James (aka Mrs. Eric Decker).  This time, she is repping Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  She almost makes me like the Jags.
Adrienne Bailon was born in Manhattan, NY.  The former member of The Cheetah Girls has proven to be very versatile, with a resume that includes, singing, song-writing, dancing acting and more., She is sporting a Mark Sanchez jersey on her Celebrity Jersey Card, but we will not criticize her for that.  Actually, I won't criticize her for anything.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mike Carey Flashbacks to Fancypants

I first met Mike Carey at the Chicago debut of Fancypants.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him on the red carpet.
At Flashback Weekend, I almost literally ran into him.  He was there to meet some of his acting friends and others.  He is pretty recognizable, even though I am usually oblivious to random celebrity encounters.  I did see and recognize Carey, though.
Cuzz Gekas and I spent a few minutes talking to him.  Cuzz and Carey go back a bit, having known each other casually for a long while.  It was fun to talk to Carey as a fellow con fan, but one with an insider's view as well.
This is another example of how much fun Flashback Weekend is.  You never know who you might see there.  Some people even came over to me, happy to meet "the guy who is everywhere."  Clearly I am not a celeb, but it just shows you can meet all sorts of people there.
Mike Carey and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Pulled That Plane

Resistance Pro continues to prove that it is more than just a wrestling company.  They have a Positive Outreach Program (POP) where they touch the lives of today's youth.  They have fundraisers at schools.  They take part in many community events.
Last year, RPro joined a team of Special Olympians in the Plane Pull at O'Hare Airport.  I was out of town and had to miss it.  The team tried hard, but did not budge the plane.  More importantly though, they raised money and awareness!
When RPro announced their participation again this year, I jumped at the chance.  I promised to cover it, but hoped to be part of the actual pull.
I am proud to say that I was part of the 20 person team (half RPro and half Special Olympians).  I am even prouder to say we moved that plan a good 12 feet or so.
I love being a part of RPro.  I don't really care what my role is.  Just being a part of the special circle of friends is rewarding.  This is the most charitable, giving, caring group you could ever meet.  It isn't just the "workers" either.  Co-owners Jacques and Gabe Baron are right there with everyone, as are their respective families.  This is a group effort every single time.
I am proud to be a part of it and I am very happy to help spread the word on RPro!
RPro and the Special Olympians at O'Hare in Chicago, IL-September 2014.