Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ruff Crossing at Blizzard Brawl 2015

Ruff Crossing was one of the first indy wrestlers who caught my eye.  I announced myself as a "Ruffian" as a sign of my fandom.  Okay, maybe that isn't too original, but what in wrestling is?
Anyway, Ruff is a very talented wrestler.  I have seen him wrestle all over, winning titles and gaining fans.  One such place was Blizzard Brawl.
This year, the usual Blizzard Brawl event has morphed into House of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl, but it promises to be everything you'd want.  Call it whatever you want, it is still going to be a great wrestling show in Waukesha, at the same time as Blizzard Brawl was, featuring some of the same talented wrestlers and stars...you get the point.  As I wrote, what is original in wrestling?
It doesn't have to be original to be creative and entertaining.  Ruff isn't the first cowboy in wrestling.  Especially in the more characte-driven years, cowboys were one of the most common characters.  Ruf, however, is not common.  In a room full of cowboys, he would stand out.  In an arena full of wrestlers, he stands out.  He's that darn good.
I don't know if Ruff will be on the House of Hardcore card.  If he had no other commitment, it is a good bet that he will at least be at the show.  I'm hoping to see my friend again.
House of Hardcore 21 is tonight in Waukesha, WI.  Check out HouseofHardcore.net for more info on this great event.
Ruff Crossing and me in Waukesha, WI-December 2015.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Melanie Cruise at Blizzard Brawl 2015

Melanie Cruise is a real sweetheart, but I hope she doesn't read that.  She might (most ikely would) hurt me.
Melanie was the first Resistance Pro Women's champ.  I saw her first at RPro and liked her matches so much that I started going to other places to watch her wrestle.  She never disappointed.
I have seen Melanie many places, but unfortunately, never in Japan, where she goes often and is quite popular.  Why this woman has not been pikced up by TNA or the WWE is beyond me.  She has the look, talent and charisma.
I hadn't seen Melanie is a while and was happy to finally see her at Blizzard Brawl 2015.  It was just like old times.  I was greeted with her warm smile and hug.  Then I was happy to see her perform in the ring.  Melanie comes alive in the ring.  It's her home.
This year, Blizzard Brawl will be replaced by House Of Hardcore 21: B;izzard Brawl.  Mickie James is on the card.  Dare I hope Mickie wrestles Melanie?  I swear, as I type this, I am excited about that possibility.  I am sure if Melanie is in the country and not booked elsewhere, she will be in that ring against someone.
For more info and updates, check out HouseofHardcore.net.  This one will be special.
Melanie Cruise and me in Waukesha,WI-December 2015.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

David Herro at Blizzard Brawl 2015

What is up with Great Lakes Championship Wrestling and Blizzard Brawl?  How does Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore fit into this equation?  Perhaps we will get some answers on December 3 at House of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl.
At last year's Blizzard Brawl, Wisconsin promoter David Herro lost control of Blizzard Brawl through a match stipulation.  Tommy Dreamer immediately picked up the slack and announced House of Hardcore would be coming to the arena.
Is this storyline or reality?  Does it really matter?  I only care that we will be entertained and I am positive that will be the case.  Herro is involved and he wouldn't let down the loyal GLCW fans.
Tickets will go quickly and you don't want to miss this show.  Already announced are Mickie James, Ryback, Colt Cabana and more.  Knowing the Blizzard Brawl events, you can expect many wrestlers there just as fans.  For more info, check out HouseOfHardcore.net
David Herro and me in Waukesha, WI-December 2015.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Alice Cooper at Days of the Dead Chicago 2016

Days of the Dead continues to set the bar higher and higher by bringing in big name celebrities, who haven't made many appearances.  What better way to celebrate their 21st event then by bringing in Alice Cooper.
Cooper did several photo op and autograph sessions.  He was extremely friendly.  I heard from staffers that he was possibly the most agreeable celebrity guest they have ever had.  I heard nothing but praise about Cooper.
He was charging $40 for autographs or pictures.  In this industry, that is a very low price for a celebrity of his stature.  I know he could have gotten $150 for either.  I heard that his people want him to charge more, but Cooper refuses to raise his price.  How cool and refreshing is that?
I talked a little to Cooper about his time in the Chicago area, including his son being born in Oak Park.  Granted I was "media," but time is always limited during photo op sessions.  Despite time constraints, Cooper chatted with people and made everyone feel special as much as possible.
I have met a ton of celebrities, but few were bigger and cooler than Cooper.  I give him praise and credit for being this way.  I also give kudos to the Days of teh Dead team for bringing in this calibre of celebrity.
Alice Cooper and me in Schaumburg, IL-November 2916.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ken Anderson at Blizzard Brawl 2015

Whether he is introduced as Misterrrrrrrr Kennedy or Misterrrrrrrr Anderson, this guy always entertains.  (Watch this transition tie-in).  Whether it is Blizzard Brawl or House of Hardcore, this December 3 wrestling show in Waukesha will entertain.
I am really looking forward to the trip to Wisconsin to see some of my favorite wrestlers and other friends.  It's always a good time at Blizzard Brawl and House of Hardcore should just amp that up even more.
Getting back to Anderson/Kennedy, Ken found success in both TNA and the WWE.  He has also been seen at several events with Wisconsin promoter David Herro.  Ken is definitely a #SuperFriend.  He's also a fan of Johngy's Beat, as he professes in Mr. Anderson Loves Johngy's Beat!
Will Ken be appearing at House of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl?  He is from Wisconsin.  He does like to wrestle.  He is a #SuperFriend with Herro.  Hmmm.  Head to HouseofHardcore.net to find out and to see all of the updates.
Ken Anderson and me in Waukesha, WI-December 2015.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Friendly Encounters: Mark Gubicza and Dodger Bobble

This is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

Joshua Kohl is the creative baseball fan behind DodgerBobble, a cool website dedicated to the Los Angeles Dodgers, bobble heads and baseball.  While the site hasn't been updated in a long time, there is so much baseball goodness still to be found there.  I love this site.
I love the picture below.  Former pitcher Mark Gubicza was a solid pitcher for the Kansas City Royals for 13 seasons.  He pitched one final year with the Anaheim Angels.  More specifrically, he pitched 2 games (4 2/3 innings) for the Angels.  Yet, there he was at an Angels Fan Fest.
I didn't even remember that he pitched for the Angels.  Given his short stay there, I forgive myself for that.  This is exactly why I love the picture.  There is Joshua, a big fan of the Dodgers, with Angels alum Gubicza.
Gubicza with the Angels is why "Cards That Never Were" was created.  Topps did not get Gubicza with the Angels, but Dodger Bobble did!
Mark Gubicza and Joshua Kohl in Anaheim, CA-April 2012.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Celebrity Jersey Cards #298 Ed O'Neill & Velvet Sky

This is a regular series where I create virtual trading cards for celebrities wearing sports jerseys.  Today, we feature the matchup of the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans.

When we last saw Ed O'Neill on a Celebrity Jersey Card, he was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs jersey.  More fitting, today we have him with his character Al Bundy's hometown Bears.  We all know Al scored four touchdowns in a game.  His #33 would be closer to running back Jim Grabowsjki, but it was wore more famously by the recently retired Charles "Peanut" Tillman.
If you were a fan of Married With Children, it seems appropriate that O'Neill would be juxtaposed with Velvet Sky.  If you weren't a fan of MWC, enjoy the Velvet picture anyway.  She is wearing #10, which has an interesting history with the Titans (and Houston Oilers).  Craig Bradshaw (Terry's brother) wore it for his one season with Houston.  Oliver Luck, father of Andrew, wore it for four seasons with the Oilers.  Most notably, Vince Young wore #10 for his five seasons in Tennessee.  I'd still say Velvet wore it best!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Al Snow at Blizzard Brawl 2015

At Blizzard Brawl 2015, I finally got some revenge on Al Snow.  After years of getting punched by him, I slugged back and socked him in the jaw.  I love Al Snow.
Snow has been a fixture at the Blizzard Brawl events for years.  Wisconsin promoter David Herro always put on entertaining shows, well worth the 90 minute drive for me.
This year, something different is happening.  Through a series of events at Blizzard Brawl 2015, this year Tommy Dreamer is bringing the House of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl.
Is this storyline or reality?  Is Blizzard Brawl gone for good?  Where does David Herro fit in this picture?
Perhaps we will find out ion December 3.  Perhaps the picture will get even more cloudy.  Either way, the night promises to be be highly entertaining.
Of course, Johngy's Beat will be there soaking in the action, reconnecting with old friends and wrestlers and meeting new wrestlers and friends.
I hope we can get a big group from the Chicago area up there.  Let's make this event even better!  Check out HouseOfHardcore.net for all of the info.
Al Snow and me in Waukesha, WI-December 2015.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Jessica Gousha at Blizzard Brawl 2015

Jessica Gousha is a licensed massage therapist and so much more, including being the future Mrs. Al Snow.  I suppose I should congratulate her on that last part, but I should congratulate Snow even more.  How did he land this gem?
Just kidding.  I love Snow.  But really, how did he land this gem?
Jessica is a real sweetheart.  She has been in fitness competitions (as you can tell), along with her massage business.  She has also been at many wrestling events, including Blizzard Brawl 2015.
Will she be at House Of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl this year?  If Snow is there, It's a good bet that Jessica will be there, too.  Snow is in a tag match woth David Herro against Abyss and Dameon Nelson.  I'll bet you will see Jessica somewhere on the scene.  At least I am hoping so.
So far, Mickie James, Colt Cabana and Ryback have been announced.  There will be many more added to the card.  For more info, check out HouseofHardcore.net.  You should also follow Jessica Gousha on twitter!
Jessica Gousha and me in Waukesha, WI-December 2015.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Melissa Archer Loves Johngy's Beat

At REWind Con, after our interview with Melissa Archer, we was kind enough to do a quick promo for us.  That promo is below and also in the left column.
I really appreciate it when anyone does a promo for us.  They get nothing from it, but a little extra exposure and my gratitude.  In other words, it is just a selfless, kind act for them to do it for me.
Getting Melissa to do a promo for Johngy's Beat is extra cool, because I am a big fan of hers.  It's just a little extra connection.  The interviews are fun and awesome, but the promo is timeless.
Thank you Melissa for doing the promo.  Thank you to REWind Con for making this possible.