Music Fact Or Fiction – May 22, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Music Fact or Fiction
May 22, 2017

It’s way too early on a Monday morning and I should be headed to bed really soon. The day will be starting soon and this is going to be the start of a very busy series of days for me. I need a freakin’ vacation. But since that isn’t going to happen, I guess I’ll just sit here and do a “Fact or Fiction” column instead. Or maybe go watch a movie. Nah, I just finished watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and my eyes need a rest. I’ll just write instead. It’s time to do that music thing. The questions come from my friends over at 411mania.com/music. And I’ll answer for myself, thank you. Let’s just get ‘er done.

Katy Perry is a good choice to judge the new American Idol

FACT: She’s a great entertainer. She has a personality. She had name recognition. And she’s not Nicki Minaj. What more can a person want? A very good choice to help get the rebirth of American Idol off the ground and running again.

You’re interested in the Tupac documentary from Steve McQueen.

FICTION: Unless McQueen has learned something new about Tupac, there really isn’t all that much left to cover. The man (Tupac) had great talent and was an enigma far beyond his time, but it’s all been said and done already. He’s old news and any new documentary, unless it proves what we all know already, that he’s alive and living in Cuba, is just a waste of our time. I honestly do not care at all one way or the other.

Rumors of a new Taylor Swift album this year are exciting.

FICTION: The fact that Jessi Colter came out with a new album last month is exciting. The fact that Alice Cooper will be releasing a new album in July called “Paranormal” is exciting. Rumors about Taylor Swift are just that… rumors. Until I see the new album with my own eyes, it doesn’t matter to me. Hell, even then, it doesn’t really matter to me. Taylor Swift.. “Eh!”

Thom Yorke will be a good choice to score the Suspiria remake.

FACT: Thom Yorke will do a great job and probably one of the best choices available. Now, who is Thom Yorke and what the hell is “Suspiria?”. It sure as hell ain’t country music or anything I plan on seeing. It’s just another “EH!” in my book.

Beyonce attempting to trademark her daughter’s name is ridiculous.

FICTION: The baby’s name, Blue Ivory, is distinct and unique and I can see people trying to take advantage and use her name to allow people to assume a Beyonce connection even when there isn’t one. Beyonce is just trying to protect her and her families interest. Can’t blame her for trying.

You have a higher opinion of Nicki Minaj after she helped fans with student loans.

FICTION: My opinion of Nicki Minaj remains where it always has been. It’s nice that she’s trying to help out fans, but is it for a true and honorable reason or is it just Nicki trying to rebuild her image after that disasterous run on American Idol and the lackluster music she’s been releasing for the past couple of years? Pardon me if I doubt her reasons for being so generous all of a sudden. I just don’t have much use for her based on what I’ve read, heard and seen. I might be wrong, but then again, I might be right and it will take more than a few student loans to make me think she’s more than an opportunist and spoiled brat.

And there you go. Another lackluster, but I tried, piece in the books. Thanks for reading. I’m going to bed now. Have a good night.

Ubuntu!

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This & That – May 21, 2017

This & That
May 21, 2017

Just finished watching NXT Takeover: Chicago fron last night and if there is such a thing as a perfect wrestling event, this one comes pretty close. From start to finish, it was good matches that told story after story and the energy and action was just surreal. Big kudos to everyone at NXT who performed last night. Asuka is amazing. Itami had almost the perfect match he’s been needing to have for so long and even though he didn’t win, he’s truly coming out a winner. Bobby Roode was, dare I say it, “Glorious” and gets better and better each and every time he defends that NXT title. And the DIY versus AOP ladder match was everything a ladder match should be. And the right team won. And what happened afterwards? No spoilers here for those who haven’t seen the show yet, but sometimes things happen for the right reasons. It was shocking in the correct way and I’m extremely looking forward to seeing where it all goes next.

Also watched the movie “Logan” this morning. If it truly is Hugh Jackman’s last movie playing the mutant X-Man, Wolverine, so be it. He went out in a great way and a way very fitting for one who was the best there is as what he does. The story was simple, basic and worked very well. A great movie. But is Logan (Wolverine) really dead? Does any mutant, especially an X-Man, really stay dead for long?

It feels great out there today. ‘Nuff said!

So Fox TV is going to do a live version of the musical “Rent”. I’m both looking forward to and also a little anxious about this. I love the movie and the music and the play and it’s so damn good and touching, and it’s great to see it getting some attention and exposure and that the folks at Fox think it’s popular and loved enough to attract an audience. All of that is good. But they (Fox) really messed up and almost ruined the Rocky Horror Picture Show when they did the live version of that. It’s just not watchable and I love the RHPS. I’m even an official card carrying member of the official RHPS Fan Club for well over twenty-five years. I was so excited when I heard that Fox was going to do the live version. I was so pissed and disappointed when I saw the live version. Hopefully, they’ve learned from their mistakes and do it right this time.

A quick question about the special counsel appointed to investigate our President. A special council is only supposed to be there when laws and statues are thought to have been broken, yet no one can indicate a single federal law or statue that Donald Trump has supposedly broken. There is screaming and yelling and all sorts of people making all sorts of noise, but no one can give any specifics in any way, shape or form as to what violations and what laws were supposedly broken by our President. Crazy, isn’t it? But then again, it’s Washington D.C. and crazy seems to be the rule of the day. Also stupidity, hypocrisy, spiteful anger and delusional behavior.

I need to start getting out and exercising more. Is there anyone interested in getting together and walking at the college or at Hammond Park on a regular basis? My feet and legs already hate me and are going fast, but maybe I can get something out of them and I need to walk off some of this belly. I’m losing weight and toning up a bit, but that belly and my endurance both need some work and walking would be great for that. I’m thinking mostly at night though because that daylight and sunshine thing, it’s just too freakin’ hot!

Did you see where the man is suing this woman he took out on a date for roughly $18. She stayed on her phone, texting during the entire day and ended up skipping out on him and he’s pissed. I don’t blame him. I hate a damn cell phone and when I’m with someone and all they’re doing is talking or texting on their phone, I feel like they would rather just be somewhere else or with someone else, so why are they wasting their time and mine by being there in the first place. It’s annoying as hell and pisses me off. I hope he wins that lawsuit. It probably will never even make it to court, except for maybe Judge Alex or the People’s Court, but that biatch, and all like her, need to be smacked… repeatedly.

Did you see where the television networks are bring back “Rosanne” and “Will & Grace” to TV next season for limited runs. This is good and I think that both shows, especially since they have the original casts, will be exciting, fun to watch and have much success. But if the Networks really want to impress someone and show us something, bring us back “The Golden Girls”, with the original cast. Or “Chico & The Man” with the original cast. Or “The Jeffersons”. If you can do all of that, then you’ll impress me. Marks!

This is going to be a long week coming up or at least the first part of it. I do the Food Bank stuff on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve got work on Monday night as well and possibly something else I’ll be doing on Tuesday night too. I have an appointment early Tuesday morning and then have to be in Southern Pines on Wednesday morning at 9:00am. Then add in regular life events, RAW and Smackdown on Monday and Tuesday night, socializing with my bro and the mini-me, trying to find Mr. Right, my usual writing and plotting to take over the world, I’m gonna be one tired puppy. I need an assistant.

Time Warner aka Spectrum sucks!

And I guess I’m going to quit rambling and go out now. Someone needs some smokes and I think I need to get some caffeine and ice cream. Yeah, so much for losing this belly, right? Have a great one and I’ll see you on the flip side, aka “later!”. Talk at you soon.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Fact or Fiction – May 20, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
May 20, 2017

Welcome to another edition of your favorite weekly wrestling column. Well, maybe not, but it’s one of mine. It’s that “Fact or Fiction” thing where I take a look at six, sometimes more, comments, provided by my long-time close, personal friends that I’ve never met, over at http://www.411mania.com. I look, I think and then I either agree or disagree, using “Fact” or “Fiction” as my reply and then explaning why. It’s even more fun than a midget playing volley ball. It’s true. So with the explanation of what this is out of the way, let’s make like Linda Lovelace and Rover and just do it.
1. Jinder Mahal should win the WWE Championship at Backlash?

FACT: I don’t think it will happen and I even commented in my prediction column for Backlash that the thought of Jinder as the WWE Champion doesn’t do a thing for me personally. But looking at it from a business point of view, it would be good for the WWE. It would show that, just like in days of old, that anything can happen in the WWE. It would be a great selling point with the WWE as they try to move into the market for India with the WWE Network and it would be a fresh face at the top of the card. Jinder isn’t all that to me and not the man I personally would pick to be the next champion, but let’s be honest. Randy’s current reign as the champ isn’t setting the world on fire either so can Jinder be any worse? I think Randy will retain the belt and remain champion, but if Jinder does surprise me and win, that’ll be okay too.

2. What is your current level of excitement for Saturday’s NXT Takeover event?

Maybe a five on a scale of one to ten. The matches are solid and I always enjoy watching Asuka and Bobby Roode perform, but I’m admittingly not a big NXT guy. I’ll watch and probably, as the show goes on, get caught up in the action. That’s the way it usually works, but my excitement for the event just hasn’t really started picking up all that much yet.

3. At Extreme Rules, Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns will take place, with the winner receiving a Universal Title shot against Brock Lesnar. Samoa Joe should win this match and get the title shot.

FACT: I would love to see Samoa Joe against Brock. Or Bray Wyatt against Brock. Or Finn Balor against Brock. Any of those three would be from very good to great in my opinion and Joe is definitely my second favorite, right after Bray for this match. What I don’t want to see is Seth or Roman against Brock. There’s a been there / done that feeling about those matches and I just don’t really give a damn about seeing them again. But Joe, getting a chance to cut loose and be the bad ass that kills bitches dead that we used to see in TNA and NXT? Against Brock? That would be incredibly fun to watch and see.

4. There will be at least two title changes at NXT Takeover: Chicago.

FICTION: Of the five matches advertised, the only one where I expect to see a title switch happen is the match for the UK Championship. I think that Roode, Asuka and the AOP all have a pretty secure hold on their belts and will retain their titles. But that UK Championship, a new title and new wrestlers that the fans are not familiar with, a title switch would be a good way to generate interest and publicity for the title and the UK Division.

5. What is your current level of excitement for Sunday’s WWE Backlash event?

Currently it’s running about maybe a 7 out of 10. I’m curious to see how Breezango and Jinder will do in their matches as the top challengers for the Tag Team and WWE titles and also interested in seeing how long it will take Charlotte to turn on her team mates. I think that Dolph versus Shinsuke will be off the charts and the match with AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens will try to steal the show. My excitement level is definitely far more for this than the NXT event the night before. Both shows will be solid and full of good action and matches, but I definitely think that Backlash will be the stronger of the two.

6. Superstar Billy Graham recently stated that Triple H will face and put over Finn Balor at Summerslam; you have no desire to see this match.

FACT: If there’s a logical reason and purpose to having HHH come back to the ring and facing Balor, then it’s all well and good, but having this match just for the sake of having this match doesn’t make any sense and shouldn’t happen. HHH should only be getting into the ring at this point as a last resort and the final piece of a plan, when all else has failed. With Samoa Joe around to currently act as HHH and Steph’s hitman, there is no reason for Hunter to put on the tights, especially against Balor. If they want to do this match, give us a reason why. Otherwise, don’t waste our time, please.

And I guess that’s all for now. Thank you for reading. Questions and comments are welcome. Time now to go watch some Netflix and finish up Season 1 of “Once Upon A Time”. Have a great one and I’ll talk at you later.

Ubuntu!

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WWE Backlash Thoughts & Predictions – May 19, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
WWE Backlash Thoughts and Predictions
May 19, 2017

Coming up on Sunday, live from the All-State Arena in Chicago, IL, it’s WWE Backlash, an exclusive Smackdown Live pay-per-view, available only on the WWE Network. It’s not the most exciting card or event I’ve ever seen advertised, but the matches should be solid and it should be an eventful and entertaining three hours of wrestling action. And of course, I’m here to do that “Sister Cleo meets Gary Spivey who be chillin’ with Jeanne Dixon” thing. Yes, my friends. I’m doing predictions. So why procrastinate and put off what we’re here to do. It’s time to get funky like a monkey and kick in that brain claw just like Baron Von Raschke. In other words, lets do this…

WWE BACKLASH 2017 PAY PER VIEW PREDICTIONS

Kickoff Show: Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English

I’m actually a big fan of Aiden English and would love to see him get some kind of push from WWE management. The man has great wrestling skills and a pretty good singing voice as well. I’m not sure where they’re going with this whole “breaking down” story he’s been doing for the past month or so, ever since the termination of Vaudevillain partner Simon Gotch, but I don’t like it. Just let the man sing his songs and do what he does best, which is wrestle. As for Tye, he’s a good talent and over with the fans and all of that jazz. He doesn’t do anything for me personally, but he was just called up from NXT and he’s the new flavor of the month so I can’t see him losing yet, at least not to a fellow low to mid-carder like English. The WWE will want to start the show off with a fast match that can get the crowd fired up and this match and these two men will certainly be able to do that. English will dominate most of the match, but Tye takes home the win.

Winner: Tye Dillinger

Smackdown Tag Titles: Usos (c) vs. Breezango

I had almost forgotten that there even was a tag team division on Smackdown since it’s been so neglected as of late. Ever since The Wyatt Family defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno for the titles way back when (remember that?), the Smackdown tag team titles have been pretty much forgotten. What has happened to American Alpha? Or the Ascension? I had honestly forgotten that the Usos were the tag team champs. When did that happen? Yes, Smackdown has been that bad. Breezango and their “fashion police” skits have been funny and it’s good to see Fandango and Tyler Breeze get a bit of a push now. They are so good and have so much charisma and talent, especially Fandango, and it’s good to see that someone in Creative finally remembered that they’re part of the roster. And the Usos are the Usos… what more needs to be said? This match is just here as filler to take up space and time while Smackdown waits for the arrival of The New Day to the Smackdown roster. I’d love to see Breezango win and the jokes they could make about the New Day and their wardrobe choices, which definitely are booty, would be great. But I don’t think that will happen. A good match and the fans will cheer Breezango, but in the end, the Usos are the better tag team and will pull out a convincing win to retain their titles.

Winners and STILL Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos

Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch/Naomi vs. Natalya/Carmella/Tamina Snuka

The newly arrived “Queen” and her new friends against the Smackdown Live Welcoming Committee. Personally, given their interactions on the past few editions of Smackdown, I’d rather see Naomi fighting James Ellsworth in a street fight or something of that nature. I have absolutely no interest in this match which is sad because I like Charlotte, Natayla and Tamina. Becky kind of bores me and I can’t get into Naomi or Carmella at all, but that’s nothing against them. They’re just not doing it for me. As for this match, I’m thinking that we may just see a change here. Charlotte as a “face” just doesn’t do it for me and having her teaming with the Smackdown Women’s Champion when she should be going after Naomi just doesn’t work. It may happen on Sunday or it may get dragged out a few more weeks, but sooner rather than later, Charlotte is going to take Naomi to school. Count on it. As for this match, I’m not sure if it will be because of Charlotte bailing on her team or just miscommunication between Charlotte and her partners, but the “Welcoming Committee” will walk that walk, talk that talk and take that trip to the pay window.

Winners: Natayla, Tamina Snuka and Carmella w/ James Ellsworth

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

These two should be teaming instead of fighting. I’d love to see someone like Bo Dallas perhaps or maybe even James Ellsworth, expanding his role as a manager, come to the ring and convince these two men, who are struggling to find themselves since the end of the Wyatt Family, that they’re stronger as a unit than as opponents and offer to lead them and show them the way. This match is just filler and taking up space. Rowan has just sort of been there since Bray left and went to RAW and just seems to be going through the motions. Harper has had some mini-pushes and had a fantastic match with Randy Orton a few months ago. He’s not being pushed right now, but that’s more the fault of creative than any fault of Harpers. Look for a good brawl and Harper takes home the win.

Winner: Luke Harper

Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn

Sami is a good wrestler, but against anyone else besides Kevin Owens, no one seems to care or give a damn. This is just another filler match and filler rivalry to take up space on Smackdown Live. Zayn is being used as an enhancement talent. Corbin is ready to get that big push to the moon and back. Corbin is definitely getting the win here.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Zigger

All the hype and build for the former NXT Champion, keeping him off TV as a wrestler until this match against Dolph. Do you really think that Nakamura is going to lose here? Really? Really? Really? There’s a better chance of Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner showing up on RAW to challenge the Shield. It’s going to be a good and probably stiff match. And the “Artist” wins. Yes, really.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

US Title: Kevin Owens(c) vs. AJ Styles

This will probably be the match of the night and possibly even a match of the year candidate. And it could easily go either way. Do we have AJ win the title and pull a John Cena challenge type role, defending it each week on Smackdown, making it the top title on the brand? Or does Kevin retain the title, gain more momentum as the top heel in WWE and the “Face of America”, propelling his way to a challenge from Jericho when he returns from his Fozzy tour and against the WWE Champion? A loss will not hurt either of these men, although Styles is a bit more immune to any major damage from taking that fall or doing the job. Styles doesn’t need a title right now. Kevin probably does so I’m going to go with Kevin doing some dastardly deed and stealing a win to retain the U.S. title. Sounds like a plan to me.

Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens

WWE Title: Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal

And here we go with the surprise challenger against the “eh” champion. Randy just isn’t doing it for me this time around and his current reign as the WWE Champion has been less than exciting or inspirational. But Jinder as the champion? I like that he’s getting the push and the shot, but I just can’t see Jinder as the top guy on the Smackdown brand. Can we just go ahead and bring Drew McIntyre up from NXT already and let him take the spot of his former 3MB associate? I’d even rather see Heath Slater in Jinder’s spot or maybe Zack Ryder when he returns from injury. By the way, if we don’t get a heel Zack versus face Mojo war when Zack returns to Smackdown, then I riot. Just saying. As for this, it’s only the first battle with the two men. I think Randy should win and retain the gold.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Randy Orton

And I guess that’s all for now. Those are my predictions and thoughts for Backlash. What do you think? Am I correct in my assumptions as to who will win or lose or am I Vince Russo on a pole crazy? Let me know what you think. Comments and thoughts are welcome.

And now, I’m down and I’m gone. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time. Take care.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – May 19, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
May 19, 2017

Are you ready for some Wrestling Q&A? These are questions that I’ve either found on Facebook or had e-mailed to me. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Tony Nix asks, “Who was the best rassler in JCP to never hold the Heavyweight Championship?”

There were so many good wrestlers who came through through the Crockett area who would have been good possibilities to be the World Champion. The best of the best though, it’s a hard pick. You’d want a wrestler who can work heel or face and make anyone they wrestle look good, which is not an easy thing to do. I think guys like Dick Slater, Greg Valentine and Blackjack Mulligan would all be good potential champions, but the best? I think it has to be Roddy Piper in that spot.

Corey Stinnett asks, “What is that one heel/ face turn that just blew your mind? And why?”

When Hogan turned heel and joined the nWo, that was a shock and a total surprise that I never saw coming. I despised Hogan as a “face”, but as the lead dude in the nWo, he really just pissed me off and drove me nuts. So Hogan gets the nod for that one.

Anthony Tippett asks, “Wrestler you’d love to have train you & one you’d hate to have train you?”

If I was training to be a professional wrestler, I’d love to have either William Regal or Arn Anderson as my trainer and teacher. So far as who I would hate to have as my trainer, I think I’ll go with Scott Steiner. It’d probably be great training, but the man is legit kind of nuts and would be, in my opinion, hard to work with.

Dwayne Atkisson asks, “Just a question…If Hideo Itami is brought to the main roster, should he join 205 or Raw or Smackdown?”

If Itami comes to the main roster anytime soon, I think the best place for him would be on 205 Live. With Raw or Smackdown, there are so many new faces there right now, Itami would be lost in the shuffle and wouldn’t have nearly as many opportunities available as he would on the Cruiserweight show.

The following three come from my lovely cousin, Theresa…

If you had to show one match to somebody that has never really watched pro wrestling, what match would you pick to watch with them?

I would go to the NWA Clash of Champions 4 and a tag team match with the Midnight Express (Lane and Eaton) w/ Jim Cornette versus (The Horsemen) Ric Flair & Barry Windham w/ James J. Dillon. It was a great match from start to finish with great wrestling, the antics of Jim Cornette and J.J. Dillon, and an extremely rare heel versus heel match. It’s always been one of my all-time favorites and a great match that I think every fan should see.

You have your own promotion. Who would be your Champions? Please NO WWE GUYS. ONLY GUYS FROM THE CROCKETT ERA OR LIKE TERRITORIES.

World Champion : Ric Flair
US Champion: Rick Steamboat
NWA TV Champion: Arn Anderson
Mid Atlantic Champion: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
World Tag Champions: The Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen

Who was the best commentator?

I would love to say Bob Caudle since he’s the voice of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and that’s what I grew up on, but it’s not that easy to answer anymore. Tony Schaivone, when he first started out and before he was burnt out, was excellent. Jim Ross is damn good and Michael Cole can do a great job when he’s not being over-produced by Vince and his earphones. I think though, for my personal favorite, I’m going back to the old school and the then-host of World Wide Wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions, Mr. Rich Landrum. And Bobby “the Brain” Heenan and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell were my two favorite color guys of all time.

Has there ever been a PPV in which every current wrestler on the roster appeared?

The only ones that I can think of is way back when WCW held their World War 3 pay-per-views with the three ring sixty man cluster-f*cks they called a Battle Royal. I think WWE has come close with the past few Wrestlemania’s, with the Andre the Giant Battle Royals, but I’m just guessing at that. I’ll give WCW the nod for this question.

And there you go, my friends. Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, send them to me please. And with that, I’m going to bed. Have a great night and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

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NXT TakeOver: Chicago Thoughts & Predictions – May 19, 2017

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Chicago

Thoughts & Predictions
May 19, 2017

We are just a couple of days away from the latest NXT live event, NXT Takeover: Chicago, which is coming up on Saturday night. I was going to wait until Saturday to do this prediction column and post it alongside the upcoming prediction column for WWE Backlash, but what the hell? I’m awake and can’t sleep and it’s 3:00am so why not just do it now, right? Works for me. So five matches have been announced thus far and it looks as if it should be a good show. Where is my crystal ball? Let’s do that prediction thing.

NXT: Takeover Chicago

NXT Championship Match
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo Itami

I keep hearing that Hideo Itami may be headed soon to the main roster, but I hope not. The main roster is so packed and over-crowded right now, he’d be lost in the shuffle. I think I would prefer to see him stay in NXT for a while longer and wait for the right time to move up. It’s not now. As for this match, it should be one hell of a match. Roode is such an amazing and dare I say it, glorious, champion. He is a great talent and in my opinion, the perfect man to lead the NXT roster right now and represent them as their champion. These men will try to steal the show and quite possibly will do exactly that. I don’t think the title is going to change hands tonight. It’s not the right time for that and Roode still has a lot of life left as the champ. Look for a great match and in the end, Roode retains and it will be glorious.

Winner and STILL NXT Champion: Bobby Roode

Triple Threat – NXT Women’s Championship Match
Asuka (c) vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross

Asuka is so awesome. She has almost replaced my beloved, Ivory as my favorite Diva. No, that will never happen and Ivory, aka Lisa Moretti, will always be my #1 woman wrestler. But Ivory is retired (for now) and of the current ladies, where so many are so damn good, Asuka had earned my respect and the top spot in my eyes. This is a triple-threat match and the odds are against Asuka, but she has already overcome the odds so many times, can she do it again? Yeah, I think so. Look for a tremendous match and in the end, my new woman, Asuka, will triumph and retain.

Winner and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Asuka

Ladder Match – NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) (with Paul Ellering) vs. #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)

There is a big question mark on this match right now due to a leg injury for Ciampa last night at a NXT live event. The match had to be stopped and Ciampa had to be helped to the back and couldn’t put any weight on his leg without screaming in pain. If it’s as serious as it appeared, I can’t see Ciampa getting medically cleared on Saturday night in time enough to work the match. So what happens? Does Gargano get to pick a substitute partner for this match or will there be another team given their spot or what? I was originally going to give this match to Gargano and Ciampa, but with this latest situation and the injury to Ciampa, I don’t see that happening or the belts changing hands here. Regardless of how the match goes or who the opponents end up being for the Authors, they’re keeping the belts.

Winners and STILL NXT Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering

WWE United Kingdom Championship Match
Tyler Bate (c) vs. Pete Dunne

This is a great opportunity for Bate and Dunne and the UK Division to really get their first time in the spotlight at a big time WWE event and I’m expecting them to put on a fantastic match that will surely compete with Roode vs Itami for the best match of the night. I’m not familiar with either men all that much with the exception of watching a few matches on YouTube, but these guys have some skills. The question is though, will there be a title change tonight? I can’t really see the entire NXT event go without any titles changing hands and since I’ve predicted the champions retaining in all of the other matches, maybe this is where the magic will happen. I can see that the company is high on Bate and having him make a successful defense right off the bat would be great, but having the title change in the midst of a great match would be pretty positive for the division too. I think, if I was the WWE, I’d have a title switch. Why the heck not.

Winner and NEW United Kingdom Champion: Pete Dunne

Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young (with Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain)

Another good match that I expect will start the show and get the ball rolling. Young is such an amazing chameleon of a wrestler and can do serious, comedy, face, heel, sane, not quite so sane, etc. And Strong? I can’t say anything bad about him at all and he’s a great talent in his own right. I think I’ll go with a lot of crazy and chaos and a strong match. And the numbers game of Eric and his unit will come out on top in the end.

Winner: Eric Young

And there you go. I’ll have my predictions for WWE Backlash up on Saturday at the latest, plus I have a “Wrestling Q&A” almost ready to go as well. I also think a couple of “Fact or Fictions” and maybe even a “This Or That” will be coming up soon as well. That’s all for me for now though. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Have a great one.

Ubuntu!

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A Bit Of Everything Survey – May 17, 2017

A Bit Of Everything Survey
May 17, 2017

Yes, I am bored. I suppose there are other things that I could be working on, like one of my unfinished “Fan fic” stories or maybe a “This or That” blog for the site, but I’m just not feeling those right now. What I’d really like to be doing is sitting in front of a big bonfire, drinking a Bud Light and chillin’ with about a dozen or so of my nearest and dearest friends. The only problems with that are that I don’t drink anymore, I don’t know where we would go to have a bonfire anymore around here and I don’t have that many friends. I have maybe three people, outside of work, that I associate with on a regular basis. I have lots of acquaintances that would be friends if I would let them and quit pushing everyone away by being such a reclusive ass all the time, but so far as friends to hang out with, just totally relax and no walls or pretense, they are few and far between. *sighs* I have a sad life sometimes. I really do want a beer. I’ll settle for my Diet Mt. Dew. Let’s just do this survey thing.
Don’t you just hate that morning mouth taste?
It’s a nasty taste and feeling to be sure. One of the first things I do every morning, immediately after peeing of course, is rinse my mouth out with water and brush my teeth.

Do you have a sore throat?
It actually is a big sore and raw right now. How did you know? I guess I shouldn’t have been practicing my massage skills earlier today. Damn!

What can you hear right now?
That loud-ass TV that is turned up way too loud so my Mom can (mis)hear it and curse the people who are on the news criticizing her President.

What was the last thing you spent money on?
A loaf of bread, drinks and a jar of Molasses. Oh yeah, and tuna too for my cat.

What is something your going to do a lot of this week?
This is my weekend off from work so I’ll be spending a lot of time reading, writing and watching wrestling.

Do you like the singer Bon Jovi?
I’ve never met the man so I don’t know that I like him or not on a personal basis, but I do like his music. He’s a very good singer, songwriter and entertainer.

What is the next concert you’re going too?
I have absolutely no idea. I’d love to see Alice Cooper on his current tour with Deep Purple, but I doubt that will happen. I’d also love to see Steve Grand, but the chances of seeing his sexy, gay ass here in NC are pretty slim too. I guess I’ll know when it happens.

What is your favorite channel to watch on the television?
Mom leaves the TV generally on Fox News so she can get her routine brainwashing, but my personal favorite channels for the rare times I watch TV are Cartoon Network, USA Network and HGTV.

Look behind you, what do you see?
A couple of chairs, a lamp and a mirror.

What were you doing at 8am this morning?
I didn’t get up until a little before nine so at 8, I was still in bed and asleep.

Can you crack your toes?
Not on purpose, but they do occasionally crack and pop. It hurts. I’m getting freakin’ old!

What was the last movie you watched?
Hmmmm.. Mostly, I’ve been watching the series “Once Upon A Time” on Netflix, but that wouldn’t really count as a movie. What was the last movie? I think it was “The Waterboy” last night on the TV.

Was it good?
It was Adam Sandler, from back in the days when he was actually relevant and funny. Of course it was funny. Well, most of it anyhow.

What grade are you in? If graduated, what year did you graduate?
I haven’t been in a “grade” for a long, long time. I graduated way back in 1985.

Have you thrown popcorn at someone in a movie theaters?
Have you seen the price of that stuff at the theaters? It’d be like throwing gold nuggets around. It costs way too much to do anything with except for eat / spill. I’m not a big popcorn guy anyhow. I’d rather just sneak in my own candy, from the Dollar Tree, and munch in peace. And throwing food… how childish is that, really.

How about black liquorish?
That should be spelled “licorice” and no, I don’t like the taste of that stuff. It’s nasty and has only one good purpose, for tying people up to the bedposts and getting intimate with their private parts. Other than that, that stuff is a waste of space.

How does your hair look right now?
It actually looks decent. Jennifer, from “Clips – Haircuts For Men”, gave me a great haircut a few days ago and I’m happy with how it’s behaving. You should go see her, at Clips, in the Scotland Crossing Shopping Center, in Laurinburg. Clips – We want to cut your hair! I have a messy head look going on, but it’s looking great. Thanks Jennifer.

How long till your next birthday?
47 days and counting until that terrible day of sadness and despair.

What fast food restaurant has the best fries, in your opinion?
I don’t know if they would actually qualify as “french fries”, but the “taters” from Nic’s are the best and damn awesome. If we’re only talking about the usual suspects in fast food, then I guess I’ll go with Burger King.

Do you sing along to the songs you know while in the car?
I do, especially during that long trip each month to Southern Pines. But then, I don’t sing “songs”… I do entire albums.. lol

Name five things you do on a regular basis:
Write, read, work, chill w/ my BFF and your boyfriend.

Do you read often?
I think, if you’ve been reading my answers thus far, you already know the answer to that question. Maybe…

Who last IM’ed you?
My last text was from my BFF / bro / heterosexual life mate. My last IM on Facebook was from a woman I know forwarding one of those annoying chain-mail things that I ignore and delete.

Do you think bigfoot is real?
The real question here is does Bigfoot think that we (humans) are real?

Is there someone you wish would just fall off the face of this earth?
Yeppers. A certain pill-addicted, lying, sneaky ass, two-faced biatch that seems to have made it her mission in life, besides being a druggie, a prostitute, a bad mother and a biatch, to make someone I care about miserable. Hell, she should stick with her “Daddy” and continue to make his life hell and leave the rest of us alone. Ooops! Did all of that actually slip out. My bad!

Do you like the show Greys Anatomy?
I’ve never really watched it or cared about it one way or the other.

Are you ashamed of your childhood?
I am ashamed of anything in my life, be it my childhood, my past, my present or my future. All of makes me who I am and is a part of me. No need to be ashamed. Just embrace it, deal with it (good or bad), and keep on keeping on.

What’s the furthest point you’ve ever traveled to?
Physically, I think it was to CT in the upper North-Eastern United States. In my mind, I’ve traveled to infinity and beyond.

Who are you thinking about right now?
That this survey is really, really long and I wish I was doing something else instead, like drinking a beer or maybe your boyfriend. I think I should go fry some chicken.

Is there anyone you look up to?
People who are taller than me.

Are you hungry right now?
Not really, but I am craving some chicken. Oh wait, that’s just your boyfriend. My bad!

Has anyone played a practical joke on you?
Yeah. It lasted almost nine years and I thought it was a relationship with a decent person, but he turned out to be the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever known (and that’s saying something.) A great body, sexy as hell and a total douche. I was in love. What a fucking joke! Ha fuckin’ ha!

Who was the last person to call you?
Actually call… on the phone? Do people still do that anymore? I thought all we do now is just text. That would be my awesome bud Brent, calling so we could do the podcast for his YouTube page.

What did you do last night?
Talked on the phone for over three hours with one of my bestest buds, Brent and his friend, a truly smart and funny guy named Jon, to record a podcast about “Current Events”. It will be up in a day or so at the YouTube.

Do you think you’re good looking?
I have a certain charm and charisma about me and I have been referred to as a “sexy beast”, so yes…

Are you cold right now?
Nope. It’s actually hot and kind of stuffy in here.

How is the weather outside?
Hot and humid and pretty nice actually.

Have you ever had a broken heart? If so, how’s your heart now?
I had my heart broken by the piece of shit I mentioned above. And now, it’s still in urgent need of repair and just kind of there.

Is there anyone who you love more then anything in the world?
My Mom, my BFF, my nephew, my cat and your boyfriend… especially when he’s doing that thing he does so well. You know what I’m talking about.

Do you know the difference between “your” and “you’re”?
Yes.

Do you have a facebook? If no, then why not?
Of course I have a Facebook. How else would I keep in contact with the world, see pictures of cats and know what everyone is having for dinner?

Do you do surveys often?
If I’m bored (like now) or looking for filler material for my site (like now) or if your boyfriend is busy.

Do you have a best friend?
He’s my best friend, my brother, my psuedo son at times, my heterosexual life mate & the Jay to my Silent Bob. I love you Kenneth. ‘Nuff said!

Do you hate it when people ask you question about the war?
War is hell! And so is Wal-Mart.

Are you interested in politics and what’s going on in the world?
I am very strongly interested in both politics and events happening in our world.

Where is the next place you’d like to go vacation?
Up to CT right about now would be great. A trip to Georgia to visit Michael would be great. And I’d love to just go and vanish for a few days at the beach. Any of those would be awesome.

Have you ever gone on a road trip?
Yes.

Name one of your fears:
Those nasty, disgusting foul pieces of trash known as “spider crickets”. Also heights, being alone when I’m old, letting people get too close, public speaking, crowds, enclosed places and coming out of my shell.

When you go to the theaters, do you buy food there? If so, what do you get?
I answered this earlier. I go to Dollar Tree and get candy, if I’m actually wanting candy. Otherwise, I’ll just bring myself a Pepsi.

How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
Maybe four…

Is there anything bothering you right now?
There are a few things going on right now that are giving me some concern, but I don’t feel like talking about any of that right now. Maybe later. Call me!

Where is your sister right now?
Both of my sisters are at their homes, probably watching TV and chillaxin.

Is there any songs stuck in your head right now? If so, what?
Not really.

Have you ever worked a double shift?
Many, many many times.

What is one of the worst things about waking up?
That I actually have to wake up and become part of the world, dealing with reality, both the good and the bad. I’d rather just stay asleep in my fantasy world as long as it’s possible. The real world sucks!

Have you ever felt like/have run away from home?
I wish that almost every single day.

Last encounter you had with a police officer?
I spoke to an old acquaintance at the Exxon a few days ago, who just happens to be a Sheriff’s Deputy. He was off duty, but that would count, right?

Did you answer any of these questions with “I don’t know”?
I almost did, but no, not really.

And there you go. Another long and way too revealing survey complete. I think that now, I’m going to go fry some chicken. Or maybe Shake & Bake. That’s not nearly as messy. Thanks for reading. Check back later tonight or tomorrow for more stuff. I’m down and I’m gone for now. Have a great one.

Ubuntu!

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