Monday, September 19, 2016

Yay Or Nay For The WWE Hall Of Fame: Stars From The First Clash of the Champions



Script / Notes

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement…
Welcome to Yay or Nay for the Hall of Fame

This Sunday is WWE Clash of Champions, which replaced Night of Champions as the night where all titles in the WWE were on the line… but with the brand split, it’s gonna be a RAW only show, and I’m waiting to see what matches get added to the show before making my predictions (probably either on Wednesday or Thursday)

Still, a thing that bothers me is that the WWE didn’t call it ‘Clash of the Champions’, which was the name of the of the NWA / WCW events that were TBS specials, either to build towards pay-per-views or even as direct comeptition to the WWE, such as the case with the first one in 1988 or March 27, 1988. And I figured it would tie in well

Now looking at the first Clash of the Champions… let’s see whose already in the WWE Hall of Fame.Jimmy Garvin is in, The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillion, Ric Flair and Sting. Pretty good amount of people.

Let’s run down whose left

Mike Rotunda  5 time WWE Tag Tema Champion, 3 time NWA TV Champion and a former NWA World Tag Team Champion, not to mention having championships success in Florida, probably best known as IRS, and the father of Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt. Had a decently long career but seemed to get stuck in the mundane a lot, particularly in WCW. He should get in at some point

Kevin Sullivan Debuted in the early 70s, wrestled in just about every major territory, Florida, New York, San Francisco, Memphis, Gerogia, could be argue really broke out in 1982 during another stint in Florida, and then hit the national Stage with Jim Crockett Promotions in 87. In addition to being a wrestler, was a decent manager and had a lot of Tag Team championship success, winning the Tag Titles at least once in nearly every placed he’s worked. Was a booker for WCW during WCW’s rise in the mid 90s  which you can hear talk about while smoke is blown up his backside by MSL on MLW Radio. All things consider Sullivan should get into the WWE Hall of Fame, probably more of being a name who was big in Florida who is still alive.

Precious – Manager and Wife of Jimmy Garvin… had some memorable moments in World Class Championship Wrestling, but isn’t all that memorable.

The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & Jim Cornette – The case of this combination of the Midnight Express along with Jim Cornette can be found n this: The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette 25th Anniversary Scarapbook… good luck find it, because it’s out of print. Toss in Dennis Condrey too, the Midnight Express is arguably the last tag team, to draw serious money over 10 year period in on a large start

The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) – Excellent Tag Team that suffered from the Rock N Roll Express normally beating them to various territories first. They held the NWA United States Tag Team Titles twice, but with the passing of Tommy Rogers in 2015, and the fact they weren’t as big a tag team name probably limits their chances of going in… I kind of doubt they will go in, particularly since some other less memorable folks are already in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Ivan Koloff and The Powers of Pain I talked about before, I still think Ivan Koloff should go in

Paul Jones…. He was big in the Mid-Atlantic Territory and had success in other territories, and was a manager for a big part of the 80s on TBS’s World Championship Wrestling program… but he’ll probably never even get consideration from the WWE cause thinking about what I’m most familiar with… he just wasn’t great,

Which brings me to Lex Luger – Former NWA and WCW Champion, Former United States Champion, Tag Team and TV Champion… is one of of 9 men to be a WCW Triple Crown Champion (Holding the WCW World, Tag and US Titles) and even in rarer company holdies those titles and the WCW TV Champion making him a Grand Slam Champion (Accomplished by 6 men) Body Slammed Yokozuna, made some of the biggest impacts during the Monday Night RAW by jumping to WCW on the first Nitro in 1995 and defeating Hulk Hogan for the WCW in 1997… without question he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame, and the fact he isn’t yet is a crime in my opinion

Anyway that will just about wrap this up… coming up this week, we will of course be pulling something From The Vault, got my predictions for Clash of Champions, This Week With The Superheroes, Tales from The TARDIS, Comics From The Basement and all sorts of other goodies. So till next time my friends and you are my friends… have a good done

Astro Boy Episode 01 (1982 Series) - AniMondays In The Basement




NOTE: Managed to find the actual episode on YouTube... and you can watch it here!





 
Hello Dwellers and Welcome To AniMondays In The Basement!


Yes, a new series, cause I enjoy doing this, and it's something people can follow along with, much like my Tales From The TARDIS series involving Doctor Who on Saturdays. Plus this keeps me from talking about Pro Wrestling too much by diverting my attention on something else I've enjoyed... Anime. Now I've only really talked about Anime briefly back in October of last year when talking about Hellsing, but I do have a nice little collection of stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Crest & Banner of the Stars, Devil Lady, Neon Genesis Evagelion, plus various anime movies and what not, so why do something with that?

And to kick things off... going to focus on Astro Boy first. Last week I got a bunch of DVD donated to me to be featured as content for my From The Vault series, and one of the DVDs was Astro Boy: Greatest Astro Adventures released from Managa in 2006. It has a handful of episodes from the 1980 Astro Boy series, but I figure it would be a good guinea pig to help me get my flow when taking notes for my YouTube videos.

Which brings me to the first episode on the DVD that I watched, listed as "The Birth of Astro", it's actually "The Birth of Astro Boy" and is the first episode that aired in the United States in 1982, which combines the first two episodes of the Japanese series (The Birth of Atom & Atom vs Atlas) into one. Now the first 2/3rds of the episode is great, you get Astro's origin story, his first exploits of a hero in dealing with a Robot Tank and some great moments with his father Dr. Tenma.... who hen less then two minutes later when they are on a cruise ship for the final 3rd of the story... yeah, the final portion of the episode is Astro being sad and easily lured in by the Ringmaster of a Robot Circus... but still Astro saves the Cruise ship from icebergs.

And let me talk about the origin for a second (it's my blog why should I ask for permission), you there is that deal that all Superheroes are created because of some sort of tragedy... yeah I think Astro's origin of being upset that his father broke a promise so he get into a flying robot car and dies in a head on collision, which leads his father to bring him back to life in the form of a Robot Boy is one of the darkest origins of all freaking time.

I go over the episode more in-depth in the video, but it sure is weird with the rapid mood swings because it was decided to combine two episodes into one for the US Market. Now because the DVD I have is only a 'best of', next week I'll be going over the episode 'Robio and Robiette' which is episode 14 of the US Series (15 of the original Japan run)

 










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