The Sheriff, The Deputy, Racism and Sweepstakes

There is nothing like waking up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep and deciding to come play on the computer, only to log into your blog and find a message from “Anonymous” attempting to cause problems. I won’t repeat everything this charming piece of work said, but I will repeat one part and then address the topic. I was considering doing a blog about this anyhow and now, I actually have a reason.

Let me cut and paste the main part of this message: “How come you hadn’t said nothing yet about your precious Sheriff Kersey and his deputy cussing that man out? If Shep was still Sheriff, you be posting all sorts of stuff blaming him for everything, but Kersey taking over and you ain’t saying nothing now!” Then the message went on to talk about how racist I supposedly am against blacks, how I only opposed Shep Jones because he’s black and threw in a few more names and insults for good measure. At first, I was just going to ignore this, but there are so many things to say here so instead of biting my tongue and being the better man, I’ve instead decided to make a response. My only problem is where to start.

Let’s begin with the simpliest part. I haven’t said anything about Sheriff-Elect Kersey and “his deputy” because Deputy Blalock is NOT Kersey’s deputy yet. Sheriff-Elect Kersey won’t be sworn into office until Monday, I believe, which means that Shep Jones IS still the Sheriff and in power until then. That makes the deputy in question, David Blalock, a deputy under the watch and control of Shep Jones until Ralph is sworn in. As this happened this past weekend, it happened under Jones’ watch as Sheriff and that makes it Jones’ responsibility. It’s just that simple. But of course, Jones has already commented in the paper that he is passing the buck and not going to take responsibility or action, instead allowing Kersey that responsibility instead. Mighty big of him, don’t you think. Jones IS the current Sheriff and this incident in question happened under HIS watch so HE should be the one handling things. But I have no doubt that Kersey will handle the matter in an appropiate way and if he doesn’t, he will be called out on it, just as Jones’ would be.

As for the situation itself, I may as well address it while it’s on my mind. I’ve watched the video and listened to it many times. And quite simply, Deputy Blalock WAS out of line and his language and behavior was extremely inappropiate. Was it bad enough to cost him his job? Well, based on my own personal experience, I would say yes. Dealing with the public is hard sometimes and sometimes, it gets overwhelming and you snap. Been there and done that and when the smoke cleared, I was unemployed and lost my job as a result. And the words that cost me my job weren’t nearly as bad as what Blalock was saying to that bondsman. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that Blalock is a representative of our local law enforcement and like it or not, is expected to act and behave in a certain way. Is it a higher standard than the rest of us. Yes, it is. But that’s part of the job and if he’s not capable of controlling his temper or being professional in his words or manner, he doesn’t need to be doing that job.

I do think that Blalock needs to be shown that for every action, there are consequences. What those consequences will be, who knows? I do expect that Sheriff Kersey will investigate the matter and act accordingly, be it termination, suspension or simply a write-up of some kind and firm warning that if anything like this incident happens again, termination will follow. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

As for the other charges that “Anonymous” decided to level against me, let me tackle those now one by one.

On the idea that with Kersey as the Sheriff, I won’t be saying anything, that is totally wrong. I know Sheriff-Elect Kersey and know that he’s an honest and straight up guy who means what he says and says what he means. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll be getting a free pass on anything and I know that he doesn’t expect to. If cars start magically appearing out of nowhere, if a slush fund is discovered and money is used for parties, alcohol and jewelry, if murder cases are going unsolved due to errors in the police reports or to the media, if people inside the jail are getting killed, if jailers start getting busted for drug possession, if Sweepstakes businesses are raided and machines are confiscated, yet no charges are ever pressed, etc… if the crap we’ve dealt with regularly for the past eight years continues to happen under Kersey’s watch, I’ll be just as quick to call him out on those things as I was with Shep. I don’t think we’ll have those kind of problems to worry about anymore though.

And as for the “racist” argument, that’s a load of crap. Anyone who knows me or has known me for any length of time will tell you that the only way I judge people is pretty simple. If you’re cool and respectful to me, I’ll be cool and respectful to you. And if you’re an ass-clown in any way, shape, form, etc… I have little use for you and respond in kind. Pretty simple, right. And I guess I can use the old “I have black friends” argument too, but there’s a twist. I have friends – some just happen to be black. Some are white. Some are indian. There are also some Korean, Japanese, Canadian, British and Australian folks that I’m friendly with. Some are males and some are female. Some are straight and some are gay. Some are Christian, some are Muslim, some are Jewish, one is Hindu and I believe a couple are athiests. And I even have a midget friend that I talk to semi-regularly. I don’t give a damn about race, religion, social-status, money, gender, sexual orientation, etc. If I like you, I like you and if I don’t, I don’t. I’m not the most sociable or lovable person in the world sometimes and I do have my issues with people, but the color of someone’s skin doesn’t matter. It’s the behavior and character that counts and if that’s a problem, get the hell over it. ‘Nuff said!

And now, with that being said, I think it’s time to (finally) try to go get a few hours of sleep. Oh wait, I do have one more thing.

In July, a task force led by District Attorney Kristy Newton and other law enforcement officers forced the closing of twenty-one Internet Sweepstakes businesses, putting over a hundred people out of work. One of the businesses that did NOT close willingly was the Cyber Sweepstakes business on Academy Road. The Task Force took it upon themselves to raid the building, confiscate computers and shut the business down. And despite the confiscation of machinery and equipment (I call it stealing), NO charges were ever brought against the owner of the business, Robert Outlaw. In the middle of September, Outlaw, with court documents in hand signed off on by a sitting District Judge, reopened his business. The paperwork, which has been signed off on by Judge Regina Joe, says that the computer software used by Outlaw in his business is LEGAL and in compliance with current state gaming laws. A judge says that Outlaw’s Internet Sweepstakes business IS LEGAL!! Days later, a Swat Team force of Scotland County Sheriff Department deputies, under the leadership of Sheriff Shep Jones and District Attorney Kristy Newton, raided and closed the business. Machines were confiscated (stolen) and the business was shut down once more. And again, NO CHARGES have ever been processed and brought against Mr. Outlaw. So when will Mr. Outlaw have the opportunity and chance to have his constitutionally demanded day in court? What kind of games are Shep Jones and Kristy Newton playing here? When will they DO THEIR JOBS and FOLLOW THE LAW? Sheriff Shep Jones needs to go ahead and either explain to the community why he’s allowed this miscarriage of justice to go on so long OR go ahead and press charges, thus allowing the Sweepstakes owners their day in court. Time is running out and Jones needs to do the right thing here and let our legal justice system do it’s job. If he can’t or won’t, then District Attorney Newton needs to either file charges and let the system work or make a public statement explaining why she’s denying the sweepstakes owners their rights? We, the citizens of Scotland County, deserve to know.

And now, with that being said, I’m going to bed. Have a good night (or morning).

Ubuntu!

@@@heart

you know why I’m still able to smile?
even though i’m crying on the inside
and i know i’ve lost you for good
it’s okay
because you finally seem to be happy
and in the end
that’s all that really matters to me
or as they say in the funny papers
‘Nuff said!

WWE TLC Pay-Per-View Predictions: December 13, 2014

WWE TLC Pay-Per-View Predictions:  December 13, 2014

Coming up tomorrow night is the WWE pay-per-view (or special event, depending upon who you ask), WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs (oh my!). Honestly, I had totally forgotten that there was even a pay-per-view going on this weekend. I haven’t watched RAW or Smackdown in almost two weeks (and based on the recaps that I’ve read, I haven’t really missed a thing.) But that being said, this is a big weekend and a big deal and thus, its time to shake out the cobwebs, come in out of the rain and do that prediction thing… cause that’s what I do. So let’s just keep it short and sweet (like my ex) and get right to work. Where my crystal ball and Sister Cleo outfit at? Let’s do this…

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Gold & Stardust
Pre-Show Kick-off Tag Team Match

So far, with the New Day team, I’m not that impressed. They’re all too happy and too cheerful and dare I say it, too stereotyped with the gimmick. All that’s missing is the Reverend Slick leading the team in a sing-a-long of “Jive Soul Bro”. The 1980’s called and they want their gimmick back. I’m glad to see the WWE doing something with Big E and Kofi, but is this really the best that they can come up with? I liked the ideas for a new “Nation of Domination” far better. And I hear that JC Ice is looking for something to do. Okay, maybe not.

As for this match, the New Day guys are the new (day) guys. Goldy and Cody have had their run with the gold belts and now, it’s time to start putting over the other folks as we build to (hopefully) a Dustin versus Cody match at Wrestlemania 31. Yeah, I’m still hoping to see the brothers have their big match, maybe a Dusty on a pole match, against each other. The Rhodes boys are headed for a split somewhere down the road and the new guys start their “New Day” with a big win in the pre-show match.

Winners: The New Day

(Champion) Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger
United States Championship Match

We’ve already been there / done that with this match and though I’d love to see Swagger make the big comeback and kick Rusev’s ass all over the arena, it’s not going to happen. Swagger will look great in his quest to get revenge for his mentor / manager Zeb Colter, but in the end, his best won’t be enough and he’ll end up falling victim to the power of the Putin-loving modern day Hulk. Rusev smash… and retain the title.

Winner and STILL United States Champion: Rusev w/ Lana

(Champion) Nikki Bella w/ Brie vs. AJ Lee
Divas Championship Match

Why are Nikki and Brie friends again after all that happened? What happened to their “bitter feud”? And what’s up with AJ? Are the rumors true and will this be her last hurrah with the WWE? I hope not. Anyhow, Brie gets involved and gets an AJ sized ass-whooping. Nikki takes advantage and scores a sneaky win, thus retaining the Divas title.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella

Ryback vs. Kane
Chairs Match

Chairs matches are just no disqualification matches with a lot of attention focused on the chairs. Ryback is getting the big push now and Kane is winding down a great career so that means the “Big Goof”… I mean “Big GUY” gets to take that trip to the pay window and be the “Chairman” of the night. Poor Kane. He deserves better, but it’s part of the job.

Winner: Ryback

(Champions) The Miz & Mizdow vs. The Usos
Tag Team Championship Match

This should be a fun match with lots of high impact and action. I love how they’ve created a love-triangle story with Naomi and actually made this into a match that has something more than titles as the main focus. The tension with Miz and Mizdow is getting better every week and will hopefully continue for sometime to come, at least until the Royal Rumble. This match MAY end up stealing the show and could easily go either way. I don’t think we’re ready for a title change yet so I’ll go with Miz & Mizdow retaining after Uso Jealousy gets the better of the Usos and we get a count-out. If Naomi comes to ringside with the Uso’s at the start of the match, count on the guys with the “money-makers” to retain.

Winners by Count-Out… and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The Miz & MizDow

Erick Rowan vs. Big Show
Steel Stairs Match

Steel stairs match? Really? Really? Really? This is a stupid gimmick / stipulation for the match. Just say No DQ and leave it at that. Steel steps? Shaking my head over and over. Really? Big Show bores me. Rowan isn’t much better, but he’s got a cool nickname, same as my second favorite type of gum, so I’ll lean towards the fuzzy-faced red beard as the winner… just because.

Winner: Erick Rowan

(Champion) Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

Another match that could really go either way. Dolph is on fire (again) and I think we’re really starting to see the start of a big Ziggler push here. But then we have Harper who is kind of a unique character and makes an odd, but fascinating pick as the Intercontinental Champion and it’s too soon for him to lose that title yet. Both men are climbing that ladder and neither can really afford a major loss right now or else all of the momentum they’ve gathered will be shot to hell. I think Dolph can stand a loss more than Harper can at this point and time so I’ll go for the Brody 2014 edition, Luke Harper to find a way to climb that ladder and retain the gold. Maybe we’ll get some outside interest in the match and a new spokesperson with Harper who can cause a distraction and allow Harper to capitalize and take the win. I wonder what Christian is doing tomorrow night? And wouldn’t Luke Harper make an interesting “Heyman guy”? Hmmmmm…

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Luke Harper

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match

This will be the smash-mouth, hard-hitting, kick-ass, Pier Six brawl of the night. Both men work stiff, hit hard and put on a show second to none. And both need a big win here… or at least to not lose. There are so many ways this could go and could be argued for Wyatt and Ambrose alike. Who to choose? I think Ambrose and his crazy-train antics will allow him to recover from a loss easier than Bray would be able to so I’ll go with Ambrose taking the fall in the match of the night where there are no winners or losers, just survivors. And maybe we’ll see the WWE pay-per-view debut of the NXT Tag Team Champions, come to join Wyatt’s cause… maybe? It should be one helluva match.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
Tables Match- (If John Cena loses he is no longer the # 1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Somehow, I don’t see Seth Rollins versus Brock Lesnar as a headline match for a WWE pay-per-view. Rollins is good, but his character works better as the ambush-while-the-back-is-turned type of guy. Cena versus Brock has already been done, but the anticipation is there for one more time. It works and it will be the better match to draw in fans and sell the pay-per-view event. I’m not a big Cena guy, but I don’t think that Super-Cena is really to take that kryptonite bullet just yet. Look for lots of shenanigans by the J&J Security Team. Look for others to get involved. Look for Seth to dominate. And look for Cena to put Rollins through a table and take home that big win and the #1 Contendership for the WWE World Championship… cause that’s what he does.

Winner: John Cena

And there you go. My predictions for the WWE TLC pay-per-view extravaganza, tomorrow night on the WWE Network. Am I right? Am I crazy as a fruit loop looney-toon? We’ll see tomorrow night at the show. Thanks for reading. I’m Doug and I am out of here. Take care!

Ubuntu!

Unjustified Stop By Laurinburg PD?

Okay, I am royally pissed off and a certain officer of the Laurinburg Police Department is responsible. I went to Wal-Mart with a friend of mine earlier tonight for the Black Friday craziness… the 6:00 event. What we were looking for sold out quickly so we walked around a while, working our way through the chaos and then left. A little later, we decided to come back for the 8:00 unveiling of items to try again. And we weren’t able to get what we wanted so we left again and went to my friends house. How all of this is relevant will make itself clear later.

At my friend’s house, we hung out a while (watching Family Guy – love that show) and a friend of his came over. And it was pretty boring sitting there watching TV so we decided to go ride with the friend of my friend to get gas in McColl and then we decided to (surprise) go to Wal-Mart and “look at women”. Well, they wanted to look at women and walk around and I was just tagging along for the ride. (Actually, we were just getting bored and restless – “looking at women” was the excuse our driver gave the officer when he asked why we had been at Wal-Mart that last time… lol). We go in to Wal-Mart and walk around and circle the store one more time. I spoke to the police officers on the way in that were standing by the door and also spoke / nodded to several employees that I know as we walked around. And now, here’s where it gets stupid.

We left Wal-Mart and started the ride back to my friends house. And here’s where the fun starts. We turned on to 401-S and suddenly, there were blue lights in the rear-view mirror. We pull over and Cpl. Wilkerson, of the Laurinburg Police Department comes strolling up to the car. He asked for the driver’s license and started shining his flashlight all into the car. The driver of the car then said, “Can I ask you what you’re pulling me for?”. Wilkerson said “yes” and then didn’t answer, once more shining the flashlight into the back seat where I was sitting. He shined his light on me and said, “Doug”.

I said “What up?” and Wilkerson focused his attention on me. He said something about me “coming out of Wal-Mart twice” and I replied that I’ve been in and out of Wal-Mart several times today. So what? Our driver mentioned that we were there to “look at women”.  Wilkerson acted stunned at the response and then directed his attention towards me once more.  He said that he had been told that I “had been caught stealing two times” from Wal-Mart and implied that I was supposed banned from Wal-Mart or something. My response: “Well, somebody damn lied!”. He backed off pretty quickly and told the driver to do something about the tint on his windows and left, going back to his car.

What I want to know is why this officer gives a damn about how many times I go in or out of Wal-Mart. I’m a shopper and regularly go to Wal-Mart to buy the stuff I need. I also bank there, but this officer is pulling us over for no reason, essentially calling me a thief and this pisses me off big time. I don’t know if Cpl. Wilkerson performed his accusation of his own accord or if someone from Wal-Mart lied and gave him this false information, but I want to know and I want to know soon. By the way, just for the sake of full disclosure, Cpl. Wilkerson is the officer who hit my sister with his police car a couple of years ago on Atkinson St. by the Kangaroo. Did I mention that she was walking with a walker at the time and was wearing a reflective safety vest. He was never charged, no lawyers would take the case and the episode was swept under the rug. So there is a history here between Wilkerson and myself, but more indirectly than anything else.

But anyhow, if Wilkerson truly thinks that I am “banned from Wal-Mart”, then why would I acknowledge and talk to the officers that I knew each time I entered the store and also to the employees as I did as so many others do regularly, walk around and look at stuff. And if it’s the fault of someone from Wal-Mart, I want to know who and why and I want Wal-Mart to realize why I WILL NOT be shopping there again. Hell, I may start going in there 4 or 5 times a day and just walk around and dare someone to say something, but until this is straightened out and I get an apology from someone for all of this, they won’t see a penny of my money. When I was running the Sweepstakes place, we were spending easily a hundred bucks a week on drinks, chips and other assorted items and I was in there at least 8 or 10 times a week easily. And now this?

I’m not sure why Wilkerson decided to pull us and throw this idiotic charge at me. If it was a Sheriff’s Deputy, I’d at least understand this harassment, but Wilkerson is part of the City Police and so far as I know, I’ve never had any kind of problems with any of them. I don’t know why, but I will find out. Be rest assured on that!

Tossing Salt Survivor Series Recap – November 24, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
Survivor Series Recap
November 24, 2014
Doug Maynard

I should have known it was going to be one of those nights. I had a good night relaxing with the family and my better (most of the time) half. We watched most of the Survivor Series on the WWE Network (free for the month of November and after that, only $9.99 per month). I had the chance to see the WWE debut of the man known as Sting (and no, he didn’t have The Police with him). And then I went to bed, sleeping well and the dreams started. First it was strange dreams about being backstage at a WWE event with a few of my friends and associates, Ethan Storm, Michael Youngblood and the tag team of Scott Powers & Chris Steele aka “The Main Attraction”. We’re all backstage together at a WWE event and visiting. They are all long time professional wrestlers and are as talented and good (and better than most) as anyone currently in WWE these days. Youngblood even had a WWE developmental deal at one point and wrestled Kurt Angle on an episode of Smackdown in the “Hometown Hero” challenge and also in Kurt’s first “ladder match”. But long story short (too late), we’re there at the WWE show together. They need someone to be planted in the crowd and attacked and beaten up by a new wrestler that’s debuting. I can’t remember who the wrestler was in the dream, but he was big and crazy and reminded me of old school Bruiser Brody, but under a mask instead. Instead of choosing one of the legitimate wrestlers in our group, we’re approached by Jamie Noble and he chooses me to be the “victim”. I’ve met Noble before in real life so I’m just figuring it’s a rib of some sort. But it’s not and later, during the show, I’m attacked by said wrestler, pulled out of the audience and up the ramp and slammed down hard on my knee. I don’t feel a thing, but it keeps ringing in my head to “sell the knee” so I’m laid out on the ramp, holding my knee and screaming like a woman giving birth to a full-sized gorilla. And then I woke up to my phone making noises. I’ve got a text message from an old friend. I go from selling the knee to jerking await at the sound of my phone. It’s quite a crazy way to wake up.

But then it gets better. I’m awake and confused and staring at my phone and it starts. An anxiety attack from hell and it’s a doozy. I’m having trouble breathing, my head is spinning and for a moment, I’m forgetting where I’m at, in my bed and it’s just crazy and I’m lost as hell. I managed to get myself together and just lay there, concentrating on calming down and getting my heart to slow down. And then I looked at the clock. It’s nearly 3:30am. Guess who’s up for the night?

So since I’m up and not planning on going back to bed anytime soon, I decided to come in here to the computer for a little while. My options are to look around on Facebook and see who’s awake and what kind of drama they have going on, call or text my best friend and annoy him for a bit, watch a movie or go back to the Network and do a running blog of Survivor Series. Well, as it turns out, Facebook is quiet tonight, my BFF isn’t awake right now, and I don’t have any movies here that I feel like watching again. So Survivor Series recap it is. Don’t you feel special? Let’s do this…

Survivor Series 2014: Best For Business: Night Of The Crow

A quick look at the pre-show show and it’s the all-star panel of Renee, Booker T, Alex Riley and the always awesome man who’s behind the one in 21 – 1, the legendary Paul Heyman. Booker can say so much and yet say absolutely nothing at all, can’t he? And Heyman just gets the message out there better than anyone in the WWE today. I remember when Riley was tag team partners with the Miz. What a future this guy seemed to have… and no one expected it to be doing commentary and being an analyst. And Renee? She’s my favorite Canadian these days right after Christian, Edge and the Hart Family. Don’t blame Canada – blame youself. I wish Christian was on the panel but I guess he’s off doing “Haven” or something of that nature. Maybe he’ll peep back up soon with a new role as a manager / mentor? (hint hint) If he can’t wrestle regularly due to the multiple concussion stuff, why not have him guide, lead, speak for, and reek of awesomeness for someone else and give them that 5-second rub? Sounds like a plan to me.

In the pre-match match (match before the pre-match), we had Fandango dance his way into our hearts with a new outfit and new music and Rosa by his side. He defeated Justin Gabriel in a far too short match that was okay, but kind of the same-old, same-old. Good to see Justin Gabriel back in action. Now if they can just get him back on RAW or Smackdown on a regular basis, that would really be nice. Why not team him up with Curtis Axel and make a new tag team to add to the division and challenge the new champions, The Miz Twins? Are you listening HHH? Anyway, Fandango over Gabriel. I like Fandango and his character, but he needs something. Maybe a challenge by the Disco Inferno and Alex Wright? Hmmmmm.

Miz and Mizdow do the pre-match pep speech thing with the “Shades of Michael Jackson” man-in-the-mirror routine. Tag team titles means success in Hollywood. Yeah, just ask former noted tag team champions Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart and Marty Jannetty how that’s going for them. This stunt-double / partner routine has some legs on it and it’s kind of fun, but I’m just waiting for WWE to jump the shark. You know it’s going to happen and when it does, I hope R-Truth and Little Jimmy are able to jump back into the scene as Miz’s partner(s) in crime. I miss that team. Now they were fun.

I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for everyone. Bad News Barrett is here and no, he’s not wrestling. Barrett speaks about the main event and how The Authority are petty and vindictive and John Cena may be in for some bad times if The Authority wins. And then Barrett has some bad news for The Authority. If the don’t win and end up out of power, the WWE will be okay and thrive under the Bad News Barrett era. I’ve missed this guy.

A highlight clip of AJ and the Bellas. AJ is here and she’s through with games. She’s serious about her title. That’s good to know. And now, back to the panel and they’re talking about history and surprises. I wonder of who it is that they speak? What will happen tonight? Here comes Cesaro to the ring for a promo. He’s Swiss and while they generally don’t take sides, he’s supporting The Authority. Cesaro starts to say “Long Live The Authority” in five different languages, but he’s cut off by Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger. “WE THE PEOPLE!”. Some back and forth chit chat and we’ve got a match. It’s classic as always and Swagger gets the win. These guys work so well together and maybe it’s time to have Cesaro rejoin the “Real American” grouping. It’s not like he’s doing anything else right now. And now, it’s time to make the donuts and head to the big event. Hey, Vince McMahon is here. It’s showtime folks!

And here we go with some talking to start things off as Triple H, Stephanie and Vince come down to the ring. I don’t mind the long promos on RAW or Smackdown (yes, I actually do when they drone on and on and on), but not on a pay-per-view (even if it’s free). Vince… blah blah blah! HHH… blah blah blah! Stephanie… blah blah blah! If Authority loses, they keep the day jobs but no authority on the shows. Steph likes a challenge. HHH is the game. And so on and so forth. Ten minutes of talk and it all sounds like the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons to me. Let’s save the promos for the build to the PPV and leave the special events and PPV’s for action instead.

It’s tag team titles on the line as Goldust & Stardust defend against the Usos, Los Matadores w/El Torito and the team of Miz and Mizdow. A good, fast paced match that’s pretty much by the numbers as we get organized OINGO BOINGO action from bell to bell. I like all (most) of these teams, but I just can’t get into the match all that much. Mizdow tags himself in and gets the win for his team. We have new champs and Miz is a happy face (and so is his shadow).

A live Steve Austin podcast on the WWE Network is coming up on December 1rst, immediately following RAW. Austin’s podcast is pretty damn good and with Vince as the guest, it should be must-see (or is it must-hear) TV. I would also love to hear Austin interview Jamie Dundee, Missy Hyatt and Ivory at some point down the road as well. Ivory because she’s a great talker who worked GLOW before coming to the WWE and would be a great interview. Missy and Dundee because it would be bowling shoe ugly and make for great entertainment. Austin would probably end up having to open up a can of whoop-ass on both of these degenerates, but it would definitely be fun to listen to.

Adam Rose and The Bunny are backstage and trying to work out their problems by playing with their WWE toys. Yeah, that always works out so well for the rest of us so why the hell not? Here’s Heath Slater and Titus O’Neill. Heath and Titus make fun of Rose and the Bunny and we’re going to have a match. This is going to suck so badly, but at least Heath is on a pay-per-view and getting a match. Whatever works, right? Maybe Clem Layfield will be the next GM of RAW and Smackdown? That would be cool!

It’s time for some traditional Survivor Series Divalicious fun as Alicia Fox, Natalya, Naomi, and Emma take on Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, and Layla. These girls are trying and some of them are actually good (Natayla, Emma, Paige), but this match really is blowing chunks. Where are Ivory, Molly, Lita, Trish and Jacqueline when you need them. As a matter of fact, a “current Divas” versus “Diva Legends” match for next year’s Survivor Series would be really, really nice. Book it Vince. As for this year, the “good girls” led by Natayla and Alicia Fox beat the “bad girls” pretty convincingly. Tyson Kidd is at ringside and acting like he’s the winner instead of his wife and her partners. But then again, he gets to go home with Natayla so maybe he really is? Hmmmmm…

It’s back to the panel and I’m wishing that instead of WWE “Insiders”, the panel was instead maybe Jim Cornette, Ole Anderson, Roddy Piper and Meng. Booker sure loves to talk though. Can you dig that…. SUCKA!

And now, it’s time for the crazy versus crazy match as Bray Wyatt takes on Dean Ambrose. It’s kick ass and crazy and smash mouth. I’m watching this on mute and trying to imagine Gordon Solie calling the action on a TBS Saturday night. These guys are so good and could do so much more if given the opportunity. It’s on like Ozzy meets One Direction until Wyatt gets the mic and tells Bray with a “Shades of Stan” monologue that they could be together and rule the world. Ambrose has a chair and Bray presents himself. The ref says “don’t do it”, but Ambrose nails Wyatt with the chair and it’s DQ time. Wyatt wins by disqualification, but it’s not over yet. Ambrose with tables, ladders and chairs (oh my) and he puts Wyatt through a table, buries him in chairs and stands over him on a ladder as it’s pose time. Fun match and great ending as Wyatt sacrificed himself to Ambrose. This continues next month at TLC and I, for one, can’t wait.

Triple H and Steph have “Team Authority” backstage and we get a McMahon / Helmsley era style pep-talk. HHH inspires the troops and they all chant “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

Back to the ring and it’s The Bunny and Adam Rose talking on Slater / Gator in a short, but fun little match (and no, I’m not talking about Hornswoggle… lol). The Bunny scores the pin after a missle-dropkick on Slater. The ringside mob known as the Rose Buds catch the Bunny as he does the plunge and they carry him backstage. Adam Rose is pouty and not happy. He’s such a lemon. I’ll bet he wishes he had a big rabbit’s foot on his keychain right now. Good for what it was and I’m just happy to see Slater back on TV in a ppv match. I already said that though, didn’t I? Put Slater and Gabriel back togehter as a team. They were tag team champs once and could be again. Just saying.

Roman Reigns is here via satellite and it’s almost as if he’s in a back room or something. He’s coming back and doesn’t care who is in power. We go now to a meeting of the minds as Team Cena is together backstage. Erick Rowan is playing with a Rubiks Cube and Cena makes promises that he’ll do his best to make sure that no one loses their jobs or gets fired. Ryback is feeling hungry. Don’t they feed these guys with a buffet dinner or something? I wonder if they had turkey backstage? I like turkey!

It’s back to the ring now and time for WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee to defend the title against the challenge of Nikki Bella and her sister-on-a-leash, Brie. Brie kisses AJ as the bell rings and it’s a great distraction as Nikki attacks with a forearm smash and the rack attack. Short and sweet as Nikki gets the pin and is the new WWE Divas Champion. Brie smiles and claps as her sister claims the gold. Hmmm. And how many more days are left in this indentured servitude? I feel for AJ, but I think this Bella-drama is about to get interesting…. and AJ will be there to pick up the pieces of whoever is left.

And now, cue the music and sound the gongs. It’s time for the main event as we have Survivor Series elimination style with Team Cena (John Cena, Erick Rowan, The Big Show, Ryback and Dolph) take on Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev & Luke Harper) w/ Triple H, Stephanie, Lana, The Stooges and Ann B. Davis as Alice in their corner. And it’s on like strippers on a pole making it rain. Mark Henry talks crap to the Big Show and just like that scene in the movie “Fridays”, he gets knocked the f*ck out!”. Damn! Some good action by Harper and the others and then out of nowhere, Ryback eats the big foot from Rusev. He’s out of there too. So much for that big push, right? Lots more action and craziness and it moves to the outside as Rusev introduces Dolph to the world-famous Spanish Announce table. Rusev tries for a splash on the table, but Dolph moves. Rusev eats the table and is counted out and he’s gone. It’s 4 to 3 now in favor of Team Cena.

IT’S CLOBBERING TIME!! Harper takes out Rowan with a huge clothesline from parts unknown. It’s now tied 3 – 3. Look out for the surprising heel turn by Big Show as he gives John Cena a big KO punch. Cena is down and out. He’s eliminated. Big Show shakes the hand of HHH and leaves, thus allowing himself to be counted out. It looks bad as it’s now 3 -1 in favor of Team Authority. Dolph Ziggler is the only member of Team Cena left against Seth, Kane and Harper. Things are looking bleak! What is Dolph going to do?

Dolph is going to take a beating and then come back and hit a superkick, followed by the zig-zag on Kane. Kane is eliminated. Triple H and Steph are in shock. Here comes Luke Harper and he’s out for blood. One quick roll-up and he’s out of there too. It now one to one as Dolph and Seth Rollins are the only two men left. Rollins goes nuts and stomps away at Dolph before tossing him to the floor and then from barrier to ring post to barrier again. Rollins is ready to put Dolph away and hits the running buckle bomb and covers. Dolph kicks out at the 2 3/4 count. Everyone is shocked and Dolph is coming back. He hits the zig-zag on Seth and HHH orders Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury, aka “The Stooges” to get in there and attack. Dolph fights off the stooges as HHH pulls the referee out and nails him. Another referee is down and takes control as Seth misses the curb stomp and Dolph scores with the zig-zag once more. HHH attacks the referee to stop the count. HHH then goes after Ziggler and levels him with the pedigree. Dolph is out of it and HHH drags Seth over and places him on top of Dolph. HHH calls for another ref to come in and make the count. Here comes Scott Armstrong to the ring and he’s ready to make that count. But the dreaded “Armstrong Curse” takes hold and we see a flash of black and white on the Titantron screen. He’s here! It’s STING!! Sting comes down to the ring and sends Armstrong flying. It’s HHH and STING facing off in the ring. Staredown and the crowd thinks this is awesome. I do too! HHH goes after Sting, but the tide quickly turns and Sting lays out HHH with the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting then lays Dolph Ziggler on top of Seth Rollins as yet another new referee comes to the ring. The ref makes the three count and it’s over. Winners are Team Cena and the sole survivor is Dolph Ziggler.

Cena comes out and hugs Dolph. It’s over and thanks to man they call Sting, the Authority is no longer in power. Cena and Dolph leave as HHH and Stephanie stand in the ring and realize that the end is here. The fans sing and Stephanie looks ready to cry and screams that “it’s not over!”. And there you go.

A good show with some rough moments, but for the most part, I’m not complaining. I liked it, especially the end, and if anyone is still not sure about going over to The Network and giving it a look, then erase those doubts. Just do it!

And now, with that, I am out of here. I’m Doug and that was my recap / review of Survivor Series 2014. Thanks for reading. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

WWE Survivor Series Predictions – November 23, 2014

Well, here we are and taking place later today is the WWE Survivor Series. coming live on the WWE Network for only $9.99… Oh wait, it’s FREE! Go watch it. I will (probably). I was going to write a full column, but it just hasn’t happened. Damn that Nikolai Vodka. And work too. So I guess it’s just going to be a quick and simple “prediction column” instead. Yes my friends, I’ve pulled the “Sister Cleo” outfit out of the closet and dragged the old crystal ball from the bottom drawer. I’ve consulted the stars, drew forth the cards and asked Mr. T if he truly loves his mother. I think I’m ready. Let’s do this.

Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi, & Emma vs. Paige, Layla, Summer Rae, & Cameron
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Does anyone really want to see this? Maybe if it was classic women grapplers like Lita, Trish, Molly, Jazz, Ivory, Jacqueline, etc taking part in the match. Then it might be good, but of the current participants, only Natayla and Paige have any kind of real following and that’s not saying all that much. Most of this is and will be “bleh” and “bathroom break”. And it’s not the fault of the women, but the way the WWE uses and books them. But that’s old news and we all know it.

This match will move along swiftly and everyone will get their signature spots in (the only moves most of them know) and then it will break down and the eliminations will begin. Paige is still the current golden child (along with AJ and the Bellas) and Natayla constantly gets screwed over and I doubt it will change here.

Winners: Team Paige (Final Survivors: Paige, Cameron)

(Champions) Goldust & Stardust vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos vs. The Miz & Mizdow
Fatal 4 Way WWE Tag Team Championship Match

Tag team craziness and mayhem. I love the Lust In The Dust Brothers (obscure movie reference), but they’ve been the champs for a while now and it’s time to drop the belts and go back to doing their own things. We all know that Los Matadores don’t have a snowball’s chance at Kane’s house to win the gold. The Usos have already had a couple of runs with the gold and while deserving, have a been there – done that feel about them. Thus the new golden boys, on their way back to redemption, will bring home the bacon. Time to start singing “Me And My Shadow” as Miz & Mizdow give the Dust Bunnies their curtain call and capture the gold.

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Mizdow

(Champion) AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella
WWE Divas Championship Match

So the big rumor is that AJ Lee will be leaving the WWE sometime soon to go be with her husband, CM Punk. I’ve also heard rumors that Eve Torres will soon be returning to the WWE and that Mickie James has also made it clear that she’s itching to make a return to the WWE ring as well. And if all this is true, then one should expect to see AJ drop the WWE Divas Championship to the evil Nikki Bella.

I don’t believe rumors though or else the rumor I’ve been spreading for years, that the Disco Inferno will one day crash Wrestlemania, would have come true. One can only hope, right? I don’t think that AJ is leaving any time soon and I think her spot among the top of the WWE Divas division is safe and secure. But does that mean I think she’ll still be the Divas Champion after tonight? The way I see it, one of two things will happen. Either Brie will do something sneaky and cause her sister to lose the match and AJ will retain the title and the Bella-feud will continue OR Brie will do something to help her sister and cause AJ to lose the match and the Bellas will be back together and reunited. I’m going for AJ to retain and the Bella battles to continue to spat for a while longer. Yeah, that works for me.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Singles Match

Just a bone-crushing and smash-mouth, old school brawl from hell. Both men need a clean win and neither can really afford to lose any more matches. The flames are ebbing and starting to die. I think Bray needs it more than Ambrose right now. Bray also needs some new “followers” and maybe we’ll see these new faces step up and help their Messiah tonight. Who knows? Crazy and chaotic and Bray squeaks by with the win.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Team Cena (John Cena, Erick Rowan, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, & RyBack) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Corporate Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry, & Rusev)
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match- If Team Cena wins, The Authority is out of power. If Team Authority wins, everyone on Team Cena, except John Cena, is FIRED!!!

And finally, we have the main event. So many names have been teased with Randy Orton, Sheamus, Cesaro and Jack Swagger all being part of one team or another, but finally being shunted to the side in favor of the men currently scheduled and listed above. I do think that we’ll see the involvement of all the men who were teased, with the possible exception of Sheamus who’s working the injury angle. I’m still scratching my head at the addition of Erick Rowan as part of Team Cena. That just doesn’t make much sense to me.

Anyhow, this match will be a chaotic and crazy, over-booked mess that could either be extremely entertaining or an extreme cluster-f*ck from the opening bell. Add HHH, Stephanie and the Stooges 2014 team (Noble & Mercury) to the mix as well and the rumored appearance of Roman Reigns and who knows what can happen. But at the end of the night, I think that The Authority will be humbled and their reign of power will come to an end. Hunter is still the C.O.O. of the WWE and Stephanie is still an executive Vice-President of the WWE so even if their group is disbanded, they still have power and can cause problems for the people who have earned their wrath so that won’t change. It just won’t be the usual mob scene every week and things will be slightly more level, especially if a new General Manager comes from all of this, maybe from the rafters or the remains of WCW, whatever works. I love listening to “The Police”. Anyhow, it’s crazy and insane and lots of shenanigans from lots and lots of people. And in the end, Team Cena takes home that golden ring and Team Authority is through (for now).

Winners: Team Cena (Final Survivors: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback)

Pre-Show Match: Fandango versus Opponent T.B.A.

He’s not the Disco Inferno by a long shot, but it’s time to dance again.

Winner: Fandango

And there you go. My predictions for the Survivor Series, tonight on the WWE Network. Go watch it and see how I did. Thoughts and comments are welcome. And I am down and gone. Until the next time…

Ubuntu!

-Doug

50 Odd Things Survey…

50 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 50 things
about your friends, and let them learn 50 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? I didn’t even know they made blue cheese – it doesn’t sound natural to me – so the answer would be no…. Cheese should be orange – or white… Only blue things are m&m’s…. everything else is just plain wrong!!

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? Nope..

3. Do you own a gun? A few water guns and my old BB Gun (from when I was like 12 -13 years old – I still have it – and no, I didn’t put my eye out…lmao!)

4. Your favorite song of all time? Hard to say – I’ll go with Alice Cooper – “I Never Cry” because it’s always been the one I identify with the most and keep going back to…

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Hell, I get nervous before haircuts, so yeah, doctors do make me a bit tense too…

6. What do you think of hot dogs? That would actually be good right now – they’re yummy and easy to make – just how I like it…

7. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie …. (and the Chipmunk Song by Alvin & The Chipmunks… that song rocks!)

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Pepsi (it’s always good ANY time of day)

9. Can you do push ups? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Yeah, sure I can….

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Two rings I wear sometimes – one is black and shiny and the other is pinkish/purplish and shiney. My sister got them for me.

11. Favorite hobby? Writing

12. Secret weapon to get the opposite sex? Why the hell would I care about that? Duh!! The secret weapon to get anyone is just be yourself – be real and if it’s meant to be, it will be….

13. Do you have A.D.D.? It sure as heck seems like it sometimes…

14. What one trait do you hate about yourself? I have a hard time following through with things at times – and very little patience… it’s pretty frustrating..

15. Middle Name? Alan

16. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.. 1- My BFF needs to return my texts and phone calls and let me know something. 2. I want a pepsi, but am too lazy to walk to the kitchen to get one. and 3. Did videos really kill the radio stars? (That song is playing on my computer right now!)

17. Name 3 things you bought yesterday. Pepsi, a birthday card for Chris and some potato sticks…

18. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Pepsi, Lemonade & Cheap Vodka..

19. Current worry right now? The usual stuff – money, need of a full time job, and trying to get myself out of this current slump..

20. Current hate right now? I don’t do “hate” – it’s a wasted emotion..

21. Favorite place to be? In a relaxed enviroment with friends and just chillin’ – not a care in the world…

22. How did you bring in the New Year? I don’t remember – probably chillin’ here at the house. : (

23. Where would you like to go? Back to Wilmington, NC – and maybe a quick trip to the UK or NYC

. Name three people who will complete this? Whoever feels as bored and restless as I do at this moment, I guess…

25. Do you own slippers? I have some old house shoes that I wear everywhere – that would count, right??

26. What shirt are you wearing? A blue polo

27. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Nah – it’s getting colder these days, so I prefer my flannel sheets – they’re comfy and warm..

28. Can you whistle? Not really, but I try..

29. Favorite color? black, purple and hot pink..

30. Would you be a pirate? A “butt pirate”….lmao! just kiddin’ (or am I?) : )

31. What songs do you sing in the shower? Lots of Sinatra – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “One For My Baby”, “My Way”, etc..

32. Favorite girl’s name? Theresa, Allison, Shaniqua

33. Favorite boy’s name? Chris, Alan, Dylan

34. What’s in your pocket right now? About $6, some change, a pocket knife and some keys…

35. Last thing that made you laugh? Chris bit his tongue – he doesn’t think it’s funny… but it is… lmao!

36. Best bed sheets as a child? My Snoopy sheets (with matching curtains….lmao!)

37. Worst injury you’ve ever had? The ones to the heart that no one ever sees or knows about…

38. Do you love where you live. I like it here OK, but I need to break free and get on my own again – I need to get away from the ‘Burg and get my life back…

39. How many TVs do you have in your house? Two..

40. Who is your loudest friend? I’m not sure – we’ve got several contenders on the list….lmao!

41. How many dogs do you have? None at the moment – just one cat…

42. Does someone have a crush on you? If they do, I wish they’d speak up…

43. What is your favorite book? The next one I read – I love reading……

44. What is your favorite candy? Mini-Snickers

45. Favorite Sports Team? The Superstars of the WWE??? That’d work, right?

46. What song do you want played at your funeral? Probably “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC….lmao! Just kiddin! – How about an original rap from my buddy Soce – I want to be different… : )

47. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Watching TV, playing on the computer and probably dozing off and on…

48. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? Damn, I’m awake! Damn, I’ve got to pee!

49. What is your favorite thing to pamper yourself? A bubble bath – or a motel room and a couple of cases of beer… pick the answer you prefer -they both fit..

50. What is something that you want for Christmas this year? To get in touch with a few friends and just be happy and relaxed for a change…