A Sheriff For The Ages…

With the news article out today in the Laurinburg Exchange about how Scotland County is now ranked # 1 for violent crimes in North Carolina, I’m sure that a large number of people will try to place the blame with long time Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones. After all, he is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in Scotland County and has been in power for almost eight years. But I don’t think we can place the blame on the sitting Sheriff and here’s why.

Shep is a man of character and strong convictions. He stands up for what he believes in, even if it does result in getting fired from the Sheriff’s Department in 1999 for not following orders, chest-bumping the then-Sheriff Wayne Bryant in a public forum (something that would get anyone else arrested and charged with assault), and then filing a lawsuit against Scotland County, resulting in winning $25,000 of taxpayers money for his anguish and suffering.

Okay, maybe that’s not a good example of Shep’s job as Sheriff. How about the great job he’s done to lower the crime rates of Scotland County. Ooops. Another bad example since the crime rates, especially in East Laurinburg have grown steadily and we’re now top of the list in violent crimes. But he’s out there solving crimes and catching the criminals. Well, not the guys who murdered Erik Watts back in July. Despite the names of the alleged killers being common knowledge in the community, charges have yet to be pressed and no one has been arrested. But we can’t blame Shep for that despite his department being in charge of the investigation, can we? Yeah, maybe we can.

Oh yeah, I’ve got one. Shep has kept the county safe from the violent and evil sins of internet sweepstakes gambling with not one, but two raids (one in July and one just a few weeks ago) of the Cyber Sweepstakes location. Machines were confiscated and businesses were closed. Of course no charges were ever pressed against the owner and the equipment seized has been deemed legal by a sitting judge so the business was in absolute compliance with the law and technically, the equipment was (stolen) and some of it already destroyed, but at least Scotland County doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. It wasn’t illegal or breaking the laws, but our Sheriff and his SWAT team took care of it anyhow.

Maybe we can talk about the facility he runs, the Scotland County Detention Center. Never has a facility been so well run. True, there is overcrowding and the jail was cited for poor inmate living conditions and inadequate supervision by staff back in August of 2013 but we can’t blame the Sheriff on that. He’s just the boss, right? And there’s great security there. True, there have been two deaths that I can think of (November, 2007 and November, 2010), but those were accidents, right? And just because a young woman claimed to be beaten by the jailers (Jessica Duty) and all of her charges were strangely dropped, that’s not suspicious, right? All the jail needs is some new paint and a little cleaning and everything will be fine.

Let’s talk about transparency. Our Sheriff is straight forward and upfront about everything. Just look how quickly he responded to the situation when all those cars strangely appeared in the parking lot at the Sheriff’s Department despite allegedly not being ordered by the Sheriff or his department. It only took a couple of weeks to determine that the Sheriff didn’t know anything about his department ordering all of those new, unapproved cars and that the fault lay with a junior officer in the department.

And of course, the so-called scandal involving the forced donations by members of the Sheriff’s Department to pay for “gas and tires” for patrol cars used to patrol private property and off-duty jobs. Of course, the money was used to pay for parties, flowers from a flower shop belonging to the Sheriff’s wife, alcohol from the ABC store and a gold cross for the Sheriff to wear. But it was all legal and reported as required by law. Oh wait, it wasn’t. The District Attorney referred it to the SBI who investigated and determined that there was wrong-doing. Charges are pending. But that can’t be blamed on Shep. He’s just the Sheriff and man in charge. It’s not his fault!

Well okay, maybe a little of this can be directed towards Shep and the way he conducts himself and runs his department. But at least we can say for sure that Shep is a man of class and dignity who holds himself and his campaign followers to a high standard. Heck, on his official Facebook page, one of the Sheriff’s supporters made a comment that called supporters of Shep’s political opponent in the upcoming Sheriff’s race “dumb as*es”. And Shep immediately went and had that comment removed from public display. Oh wait, it’s still there, eleven days later. Oops. My bad!

So maybe Shep isn’t the best Sheriff we’ve ever had. I’m sure that he had the best of intentions when he came into office all those years ago, but what’s that old cliche’? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But on the bright side, he has a nice flag with his own name on it flying high at the Sheriffs Department’s office. That’s pretty cool, right?

Election time is in just a few weeks. We need a new Sheriff. Think about it…

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: September 29, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
September 29, 2014
Doug Maynard
Well, it’s a rainy and wet Monday afternoon and I’m feeling inspired to do something that I haven’t done in quite a while and that’s write.  But I’m not just going to write about anything.  I’ve got pro wrestling, the world’s oldest and greatest sport on the mind.  So yes, my faithful friends (both of you), that means it’s time to do some of that infamous “Salt Tossing” as only I can do.  Welcome back to pro wrestling’s most eclectic column, ‘Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”. I’m Doug and if Ivan Koloff doesn’t get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year, we riot.  Let’s do this.
Thoughts…
Raw comes live from Chicago tonight?  Is this the night that we’ll see the return of CM Punk to the WWE family?  Nah, I don’t think so either.
But maybe we’ll find out who the bunny is?  Justin Gabriel has been playing the role on the house shows and I’ve heard talk that it’s supposed to be Darren Young.  Personally, I think it’s Fandango.  After all, he hasn’t been on television for a while and we all know that the Bunny is a great dancer.  Haven’t you ever heard of the “Bunny Hop”?… lol
I’m sure that everyone has noticed how the Wyatt Family seems to be in the “de-push and forget about ‘em for a while” mode.  It started with the loss to John Cena and then the back and forth with Chris Jericho, but WWE creative seems to have totally just dropped the ball with Bray, Harper and Rowan.  I think they need a little extra sparkle to reignite the fire and put them back in the main events again and I know exactly who would be perfect.  Lisa Marie Varon, aka Victoria.  A few weeks ago, I came across a picture of Victoria with Bray Wyatt and it just clicked.  Remember the crazy-woman Victoria back in the attitude era, when she was partnered with Stevie Richards and being a woman wrestler actually meant something?  Now picture that woman standing next to Bray Wyatt as Sister Victoria.  It would work and be awesome.
And for those naysayers who think that Bray and the family don’t need another person, just think of it like this.  When Shawn Michaels made the transition from tag team to singles wrestler, the WWF used Sherri Martel as the extra sizzle to get him over just that much more.  And then they used Sherri as Randy Savage’s “Macho Queen”, it added that extra kick to the character.  Using the same wave of thought, Sister Victoria.  HHH and Vince need to make it happen.
Happy Birthday to legendary female great and former United States Women’s Champion Ann Casey…
Let’s go look in the mailbox and see what we can find…
Q&A
Not many questions in the old mailbag this week, but I’ll answer the two that I have.
Joshua Brent Kelley:  Who’s your favorite heel of all time?
Of all time, it has to go to the man, the myth, the original “Rock”, one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and a founding member of the legendary Four Horsemen.  I’m talking about Ole Anderson.  As for why. listen to the promos.  Listen to the man talk.  Watch the man in the ring.  He’s as tough and real as they come.  And he’s Ole freakin’ Anderson.  What more reason do you need.
Jesse Von Ruden:  What’s one match that you’ve always wanted to see, but it never happened?
There are a few I’d like to see, but for mostly age and generational reasons, they could never happen.  Hulk Hogan versus Steve Austin would have been fun to see.  Daniel Bryan versus the late Brian Pillman would have been good.  And how about Arn Anderson in his prime versus Cesaro.  That would be stiff, high impact and awesome to see.  Mick Foley versus Bray Wyatt is another that comes to mind.  And one for the ladies, how about Amazing Kong (Kharma) versus Beth Phoenix versus Victoria.
And now, let’s jump over and do that “Fact Or Fiction” thing that I do from time to time…
Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
As per the usual, these questions come from my friends over at 411mania.com.  The answers and comments afterwards are all me, myself and I.  Just wanted to clarify that.  Let’s get going.
1. The DQ finish at Night of Champions is acceptable if it leads to Cena vs. Lesnar at Hell in a Cell.
FACT:  It was a crappy way to end a pay-per-view main event, but I guess it’s okay since it keeps Cena strong (“Brock never pinned me”), frustrates Brock and makes him long for revenge (“Cena made me look bad”) and adds Seth to the mix by pissing off both Cena and Brock (“He crashed our match!”).  We’ve been seeing Cena and Seth have their issues on RAW this past week, but what I’m looking forward to is seeing Brock and Heyman seek retribution for that “Curb Stomp”.  Hell In A Cell will be a great way to wrap up the Cena / Brock issues (for now) and then I’m hoping that we see Brock and Seth go a few rounds while Cena moves off and away from the WWE World Championship picture and into a lower level feud for a few months (years).
2. Roman Reigns’ big push will end up completely derailed due to him having to take time off for hernia surgery.
FICTION:  I think it may actually help because it helps to make Reigns more sympathetic and real to the fans, plus it will help to slow things down a bit.  WWE has a bad habit of rushing things when they don’t need to and thus, what should be a big moment gets overlooked and quickly forgotten.  Roman’s push seemed, to me, to be getting rushed with too much going on in too many directions.  Now, there’s an opportunity to pull back a little bit and slow things down and let the fans appreciate what they have.  I hate it that Roman had to have surgery, but career wise, it could probably be the best thing to happen for him right now.
3. Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella is the worst feud of the year so far.
FACT:  I almost said “fiction” as I started thinking about such great feuds as Hornswoggle versus El Torito, Fandango versus Summer Rae and Layla, Titus versus Darren Young, Zack Ryder versus WWE Creative, etc, but most of those were cut short due to lack of interest and caring.  Brie versus Nikki is bad, getting worse and seems like it will drag on forever, or at least until Daniel Bryan comes back and they can switch the feud to the husband / boyfriend (Bryan / Cena) instead.  It kind of makes me wonder what they’re smoking up there in WWE HQ.  The only real appeal that the Bellas had going for them was their “twin” status and now, that’s pretty much been destroyed and is over with.  This compelling feud, that even Jerry Springer couldn’t make interesting, may end up being their downfall and expose their weaknesses as performers for all the world to see.
4. You like that WWE has been playing hot potato with the WWE Intercontinental & Divas Titles.
FICTION:  A title change should mean something and have importance.  This flip-flopping of the titles, all the back and forth, just cheapens the titles and what they’re supposed to represent.  ‘Nuff said!
5. Chris Jericho’s recent WWE run was a failure.
FICTION:  While it obviously wasn’t one of his best or most memorable runs, I don’t think it’s fair to call anything involving Chris Jericho a failure. Chris came in and worked his ass off as always and had some great matches against Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.  The problem lies more with the creative direction of the WWE and where they decided to focus their attention and give the push.  Chris Jericho did his part, but the WWE dropped the ball and fumbled.  It’s simple as that.
6. The recent Grantland article on TNA Wrestling made you feel more optimistic about their future.
FICTION:  It’s TNA and even when things look good, they have a bad habit of screwing up and shooting themselves in the foot.  I hope that things work out and TNA is around for many, many years to come.  I hope that, but to be honest, when they can’t seem to secure a TV deal, when the top stars are letting their contracts expire and then leaving for other ventures, etc… It just doesn’t look very bright over in the land of Impact! and I don’t need to put on the Sister Cleo outfit to see that the future looks dark and unclear.  I hope that I’m wrong, but if TNA is still around a year from now, I’ll be very surprised.
And there you go.  Let’s move on and get to shakin’ and bakin’ with some…
Other Stuff…
Who would be the Top 5 WWE opponents for Sting?
Will Sting end up in a WWE ring actually wrestling?  That seems to be the big question on everyone’s mind.  And if he does lace up those boots and climb into that squared circle, who would his opponent be?  Here are the five men that I think would make the most sense.
5. Triple H:  He’s the head of the WWE, the leader of “The Authority” and the biggest heel in the WWE right now.  And would it really be “best for business” to let someone else take care of the man they call Sting?  HHH is still a strong in-ring performer and as the legit top dog in the WWE, he would have a vested interest in putting down Sting and putting him in his place.  Sting is a natural leader and doesn’t play well with “authority” as his track record clearly shows.  HHH could carry Sting to a great match and make some major money for the WWE in the process.  It would really be a good way for Sting to make a strong impact with the WWE fans with minimal effort.
4.  John Cena:  The match would end up being a total squash, almost as bad as what Brock did to Cena last month, but the impact it would have.  People want to hate Cena more often than not and could you imagine the reaction if Cena was to go heel on someone like Sting?  It would have to be done as a “friends turn rivals” type of deal, but it could be done.  And it would be fun to watch the build for the match.  I don’t think that the Icon would stand a chance in the ring against Super Cena, but the hype would draw interest and that’s what matters the most in today’s WWE.
3.  Randy Orton:  Randy was once known as the “Legend Killer”.  Sting is the ultimate icon and legend and would be exactly the kind of target that Orton would go after. It writes itself and could be a great feud.  Randy is strong enough in the ring to carry Sting and make him look like a million bucks.  It’s just a natural and probably makes too much sense for the WWE. I’d like to see it though.
2.  Bray Wyatt:  Sister Abigail isn’t happy because of another presence in the WWE that disturbs her, the presence of the man known as Sting. That’s all the reason that you need and instant feud.  I’m not sure if Sting, at this point, could handle a singles, high-impact match against Bray, but with Harper and Rowan around, he wouldn’t have to.  If Sting wrestles, the singles matches need to be kept to a minimum and it would be better to use him in tag matches where he can come in, hit his moves and get out.  So the Wyatt’s decide to go after Sting, Sting recruits a couple of partners that he’s familiar with and aren’t really being used much anyhow (maybe Big Show since they’re former tag partners from WCW and Christian because.. well, he’s Christian and it would make the Peeps happy… Then it’s six-man action and lots of promos and build until we get the singles match blow-off at one of the big ppv’s between Sting and Bray. Sounds like a plan, right?
1.  The Undertaker: Still the ideal match and setting.  Build up the rivalry with promos and vignettes.  They go at each other at Wrestlemania and both retire for good from active competition at the end of the night. The consumate storyline and match.  It needs to happen.
Okay, I had this idea about the upcoming Survivor Series.  And here it is…
An Idea For The Survivor Series…
Coming up on November 23, 2014 from St. Louis will be the WWE Survivor Series.  As most long time fans can remember, the big sell for the Survivir Series was always the multi-man (and women) matches between different “teams”.  The WWE has moved away from that concept for the most part over the past few years, but I think that this year would be a great time to bring it back and I have an idea how to make some fun and interesting traditional “Survivor Series” matches, as well as do what the WWE wants to do the most, promote the WWE Network.
We all know that the biggest sell for the Network is the great video library featuring all of the shows and pay-per-views of the past.  And whenever legends, icons and performers from those past events show up at a live WWE event, they always get a big pop.  So what I’m proposing for this year’s Survivor Series is two “team versus team” Survivor Series matches with four teams of current WWE Superstars who aren’t scheduled for matches at the event or not being used very often, being “coached” by WWE Legends.  Picture this:  “Team HBK”, coached by Shawn Michaels, who will be at ringside versus “Team Hart”, coached by Bret Hart, who will also be at ringside.  You could have segments on RAW, Smackdown and The Network leading up to the event showing HBK and Bret going around, talking to the WWE Superstars and “recruiting” for their teams.  Maybe “Team nWo” coached by Kevin Nash and Scott Hall versus “Team Horsemen”, coached by Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.  “Team Hogan”, coached by Hulk Hogan versus “Team Piper” coached by Roddy Piper. So many legends and possibilities and it would create interest and draw those fans who haven’t been  around for a while.  It could also create some more buzz for the WWE Network as the new fans would (hopefully) subscribe to the Network to learn more about these “legends” that would be leading and coaching their teams. It would create interest, make money and put butts in the seats.  It would be best for business. Are you listening Vince, HHH and Steph?  Think about it.
Cheap Plugs…
And finally, I need to tell you about a show that’s coming up next weekend.  All Pro Classic Wrestling presents:  BREAKTHROUGH.  It’s at Carver Middle School in Laurel Hill, NC on Saturday, October 4th.  Bell time is 5:00pm.  Three big main event matches are scheduled.  Ty Tyson and Brady Pierce face off for the APCW Heavyweight Championship.  NWA Eastern States Champion Lance Erickson defends against the challenge of Timmy Lou Retton.  And Ring of Honor star Caprice Coleman is taking on the warrior, Dylan Kage in what should be a match for the ages.  Plus look for such stars as The Main Attraction (Chris Steele & Scott Powers), Big Country, The Chosen, Steven Hunter, Gluteus Maximus, Corey Duncam and many others.
When it comes to putting on great shows that spotlight “wrestling” the way it’s supposed to be done, old-school style suitable for the entire family mixed with great athletics and excitement, APCW is second to none.  If you’re in south-eastern North Carolina and want to see a great show with some of the best talent on the Indy scene today.  It’s the future stars of the WWE and TNA, but you can see them today, working their way to the next level.  Be sure to check it out.
And with that, I’m going to close this up.  I’ve got to be at work in about 51 minutes and I guess that means I should go start getting ready.  I’m Doug and thank you for reading.  It was fun and hopefully it won’t be so long before the next column.  We’ll see.
Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. Come and find me on Facebook at facebook.com/saltpalace.  And I’m also on Twitter at @doug28352.  And that’s it for me today.  Have a great day and don’t forget to always support your local Indy wrestling.  As the great Baron Von Raschke would say, “Why am I not yet in the WWE Hall of Fame?”… Oh wait, that’s not it.  Here you go.  “Dat is all ‘de people need to know!”.
Ubuntu!

Pork chops & Applesauce

I waited
and dreamed
and kept the faith
and finally
the dream became reality
and quickly turned into a nightmare
I’ve never felt so alone as I do now
not even when I was alone
I wish I was alone again
at least then, I had hopes
I had a reason to smile
the anticipation of you
now I have nothing left
but a wish for the pain to end
somehow
someway
and the thing is
I don’t blame you
I blame myself
because I was stupid enough to care
what the hell was I thinking?

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Random Survey Number Two…

What size is the last bed you kissed on?
It’s a full sized bed..

When was the last time you were sick?
Can’t remember really. It’s been a while. I’m almost always hurting and feeling some kind of way, but so far as actual sick, that doesn’t happen very often.

Are you one of those people who are always cold?
Nope, I’m always hot… lol

What are you listening to?
Listening to Vanilla Ice on the Windows Media Jukebox… lol

How many more days until your birthday?
Roughly nine months to go – it’s in July.

Do you have any summer plans yet?
Summer officially ended tonight – and no plans yet for next year.

When was the last time you shaved your legs?
It’s been a long, long, long time ago. I’m a man and don’t have to shave my legs.

Is there someone you wish you were closer with?
Absolutely…

Do you tend to waste a lot of money?
Not really. My bills get paid first and after that, does it matter. Most of my extra money, when it exists, is spent on other people.

Have any addictions?
Pepsi, writing and the love of a certain guy. That one seems to be waning a bit though.

Are you anything like your siblings?
No, I don’t think so…

Have you ever had a stalker?
Yep – I remember her well… lol

What did you last drink?
Pepsi.

Have you ever received an injury from a hook up?
Not from a hook-up, no. From long term situations though, that’s another story.

What did you last eat?
A hamburger…

What was the best concert you have been to?
Surprisingly, it was Reba McEntire, along with John Michael Montgomery and Linda Davis. A great show. After that, it was Operation Rock & Roll featuring the great Alice Cooper.

Who is the last person you hugged?
The always huggable Roy Gee…

Do you have any good friends of the opposite sex?
Yes!

When was the last time you had a crowd at your house?
Probably about a week or so ago. Five people is a crowd, right?

What can you smell?
A vanilla scented candle I have next to my computer.

How many cell phones have you had?
Not many – maybe 4? I’ve had the same one for almost 8 years now.

Which school year do you think will be the saddest?
No school for me, but if I remember correctly, it was the junior year (11th grade). Lots of drama and issues.

Do you have trust issues?
Absolutely. Everytime I trust someone, I get screwed over, lied to and hurt. That gets old after a while so better not to let the guard down anymore.

Are you keeping anything from your best friend(s) now?
Yeah, I probably am. They’ll be allight though.

Where do you get all your clothes?
Out of my dresser or my closet. Where else?

What did you do today ?
Volunteer work, opened bank account, worked, read, slept, watched TV, cleaned house, dishes and laundry, wrote for a while and played with the cat.

Do you have a YouTube account?
Of course – who doesn’t?

Do you have a secret that you’ve never told anyone?
I don’t think so, but it’s possible. I have my secrets and skeletons, but I’m sure that I’ve probably confided in someone at some point about everything.

Have you ever regretted kissing someone?
Not the kissing parts. Maybe some of the stuff that came afterwards. But I like to kiss… lol

Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
YES!

Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
There are a couple of folks capable of that.

Have you ever sent a text to the wrong person?
YES!

Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?
I’d rather sleep with someone but the person I want to sleep with doesn’t seem to feel the same way, damn it!

Will next friday be a good one?
Who knows? Have to wait and see.

When was the last time something bothered you?
Right now – got a lot of things on my mind, but I’m trying to be cool and deal with it all.

Do you think age matters in relationships?
Age is just a number.

Have you ever lived with a girlfriend/boyfriend?
Yeah…

When will your next kiss be?
Considering how things have been lately, it’s probably going to be a ways off. :(

Who was the first male you talked to today?
That would be the roomie, Chris…

Random Survey Number One…

I used to do these things all the time back in the old MySpace days.  As for now, I’m restless, bored and a little lonely so what the hell.  Why not, for old times sake…

Random Survey Number One…

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4 and write the sentence here:

“He claimed one year he had been promised a Starsky and Hutch toy gun, a gift that never came.” – from the book “Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain”.

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What’s there?
A window blind covering the living room window.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
WWE Monday Night RAW

4. Without looking, guess what time it is:
Around 1:30 am

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
1:27am

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Vanilla Ice on the computer jukebox and the fan behind me blowing.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
It was around 7:30pm – went uptown with my Ma to get some bread and go by my sister’s house.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
I was working on a fiction story that I’m writing and looking at Facebook.

9. What are you wearing?
Black shorts covered in flowers and a black t-shirt with a silver and gold bear paw on the front.

10. Did you dream last night?
I don’t remember for sure, but probably did. I have weird dreams most every night.

11. When did you last laugh?
A couple of hours ago – I was watching Vines on the computer.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
A mirror and a couple of pictures.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
This is Laurinburg – I see something weird every time I step foot outside the house.

14. What song would you sing if you were on American Idol?
Right now, it would be either “Rainy Night In Georgia” – doing it Conway style or something by Dr. Hook.

15. What is the last film you saw?
The last movie I watched all the way through was Interview With A Vampire yesterday. I did watch a little bit of “Rent” earlier tonight though – just a couple of my favorite scenes.

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Homes for my family, an old VW Bug for myself and probably a small bar to run and work at.

17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know.
I have an unhealthy obsession with vampires and hate to wear colored socks.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
Try to find some way to bring people together instead of always fighting, hating, etc.

19. Do you like to dance?
I love to dance, but just not in public.

20. What do you think of the president?
He’s incompetent and a joke of a leader who has hurt and damaged our nation far more than all of his predecessors combined.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Theresa Alice…

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Vincent Paul

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Why would I want to live with a broad? I’m gay damn it! lol.

24. What do you want to say to God when you reach the pearly gates?
Ummmm…. hi?

Frogger

I wish I knew what the hell to do
why do I let myself feel like this
why am I allowing myself to be the fool
when I know and see
i’m not dumb or blind
just scared

it’s not what I wanted
it’s not what it seems
it just another game in the arcade of life
feed it another quarter
play another round
and hope that you survive

So what do I do
exit the game early and leave
move to another game
or just keep playing and hope for the best?

I love you
you say you love me
but then again, you say the same thing to her
so who’s being lied to
who’s the gamemaster’s puppet?
And why do I continue to play?

I hate this life
I hate this bait and switch
I just want to be happy
but I also still want to be with you
too bad these things don’t seem to be compatible
I will always love you
But I don’t like you sometimes
So what happens next?

Someone give me another quarter
I think I’m going to go for the high score

9/23/14

Night Of Champions Predictions and Other Stuff….

Well, I was going to do a full “Tossing Salt” column, but my inner muse seems to have left the building. I made up a long list of topics to rant and rave about, but just can’t seem to find the motivation and energy to do the actual ranting and raving. What the… ??? So I’m just going to post the two parts that I did manage to complete and finish, which is the “Fact or Fiction” part and my predictions for tonight’s pay-per-view offering from the WWE, Night of Champions. Maybe after the pay-per-view tonight and RAW tomorrow, the voices inside my head will return and I’ll be able to stay focused long enough for a complete and whole column. Who knows? Anyhow, this is what I’ve got. Enjoy! And always remember, it’s your duty to shake your booty. Enjoy!

Night Of Champions Predictions…

WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. John Cena.

It would be a mistake, in my opinion, for the WWE to put the title back on Cena at this point. Cena doesn’t need the title and actually needs to be kept as far away from the title as possible. Let Brock keep the title and keep doing what it is he does. Then, when someone does finally defeat him and take away the title, it will mean just that much more. I think it’s going to be a slobberknocker of a match and Cena will put up one hell of a fight, but in the end, Brock hits the F-5 and retains.

Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: Brock Lesnar

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.

As we all know now, Roman will not be able to compete due to being in the hospital. So I guess that makes this one easy to predict.

Winner by Forfeit: Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose

I’m figuring that Rollins will come out to get his arm raised and win by forfeit. And just when he’s all cocky and celebrating, here come Dean Ambrose and we’ve got a match. Look for a wild and crazy brawl and in the end, it’s the so-called Titty Master, Dean Ambrose who will walk out with his arm raised in victory.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton.

It’s Jericho’s last night of his current WWE contract so it wouldn’t make any sense for Jericho to win the match. Randy wins with the RKO.

Winner: Randy Orton

WWE United States champion Sheamus vs. Cesaro.

Cesaro needs to get back on track with his career. Ever since his very brief stint as a Paul Heyman guy, he’s been losing as much as he wins and it’s really killing any momentum he made have built over the past year. Sheamus is the U.S. Champion, but he’s been more of an afterthought than anything else as of late too. Both men need the win, but I think Cesaro needs it more to get things swinging in the right direction again.

Winner and NEW United States Champion: Cesaro

WWE Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz with Damien Sandow.

Dolph is on a roll and Miz seems to be on a roll himself, but he doesn’t need a title at this point. Dolph and Zack Ryder are taking over the JBL & Cole show and I think they (or at least Dolph) will take over this match as well. The era of Ziggler is upon us.

Winner and STILL Intercontintental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

WWE Divas champion Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee

Paige and AJ counter each other and the cast member of the Total Divas show gets the title as a result. Sounds about right to me.

Winner: Nikki Bella

WWE Tag Team champions The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust.

The Usos have been the champs for a while and have done a great job as the Champions, but it’s getting stale and time for a change. Time to stir up the dust, if you will. Look for some new champions as the Rhodes boys take that trip to the pay window and become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Goldust and Stardust

Mark Henry vs. Rusev with Lana.

Somebody is gonna get their ass kicked and it’s going to be a solid match. Henry will dominate, but I don’t think Rusev is ready to start losing yet. Maybe we’ll see Zeb and Swagger get involved and Henry will become a new “Real American”. WE THE PEOPLE! Mark dominates, but Rusev ends up doing that sneaky evil foreigner thing and gets the pin and win.

Winner: Rusev w/ Lana

The Peep Show with Chris Jericho (Pre-Show)

No prediction here, but Christian is back. Let the peeps rejoice! Yay!!

And now,  for your viewing pleasures, here is the Fact or Fiction thingy that I sometimes do…

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction….

1. You are excited for Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions PPV.

FACT: It looks as if it’s going to be a stacked card from top to bottom and even though I’d love to see Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and Heath Slater somewhere on the card, I won’t complain. Every match, with the possible exception of the Divas match, looks good on paper. I’m looking forward to this one.

2. Charlotte is the future of the WWE Women’s Division.

FICTION: I believe she is part of the future of the WWE Women’s Division, but it takes more than one or two good workers. It also takes good booking, good storylines and for someone in Creative or named McMahon to actually give a damn about the Division. Right now, it’s more or less an afterthought and until someone like Fit Finley takes over as Agent for the Divas again and when women who wrestle first and look great second is the rule and not the exception as it currently is now, the Diva’s division in the WWE will never be more than second rate and second class.

3. Taking the title off of Brock Lesnar at WWE Night of Champions would be one of the stupidest booking decisions the company could make.

FACT: Brock is the most credible and real beast currently on the WWE roster. Everyone else has been booked up and down so often, they look second rate in comparison, except for John Cena and I believe that the vast majority of wrestling fans, myself included, are all Cena’ed out. I don’t mind him being there and having his little feuds, but I don’t want to see him as the “Champ”. Been there and done that too many times. It’s time for some new blood at the top of the card.

4. Vince McMahon’s edict that John Cena be booked strongly so that fans do not look at him as a lost cause is the perfect example of everything wrong with WWE booking.

FACT: Sooner or later, Cena will not be able to be the top guy in the WWE and there is going to be major problems when that happens. Best to reduce his role, make him more human instead of super-human and use him to put over and build new talent. He doesn’t have to be a jobber and it’s best to keep him reasonably strong, but even Superman had weaknesses in kryptonite and magic. We need to see more of Cena’s “kryptonite” and let some other guys have that spotlight for a while. It would definitely be best for business.

5. Giving away Rollins vs. Reigns on Raw just days before the PPV was bad booking.

FACT: Unless they were planning on pulling a bait and switch routine on us Sunday night, it was pretty damn dumb. But then again, with the breaking news that Roman Reigns has been taken to the hospital for emergency surgery for a hernia problem, it might end up working out in the WWE’s favor. Now Rollins can claim that he put Roman out of action and demand the referee raise his hand in victory at the PPV, only to have Dean Ambrose return early from his movie making / “injury” and give us that match instead. So it looks as if it may work itself out, but having that match on RAW in the first place was a doofus move.

6. TNA not having any matches locked in place for the October 12th Bound For Glory PPV is a bad sign.

FACT: TNA is living on borrowed time at this point. It doesn’t seem that they have any real idea where they’re going or even who’s going to be around for the rest of the ride. I haven’t read the spoilers for the Impact! tapings as of yet so maybe they’re shaping things up, but that place just seems to be a ball of confusion right now and I’m kind of expecting that they’ll just end up throwing something together at the last minute to fill the card.

By the way, I forgot my disclaimer bit.  The questions above that I used for the FoF come from my friends over at 411mania.com.  The answers and responses come from me.

And I guess that’s all for the moment.  Sorry it’s so short (reminds me of an ex-boyfriend), but it’s all I’ve got for now.  I’ll talk at you fine peeps later.

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