That said, after watching (a downloaded version of) the History of the First Year of TNA Wrestling, I must say it is one of the most boring, long drawn-out videos I have ever forced myself to watch. It took me a couple days in short spurts to actually get through it all. It could have been much more effective as a short 15 minute retrospective.
On the other hand, I can’t get enough of the Chris Jericho autobiography Lionheart: Around the World in Spandex. It is a legitimately hilarious, hearfelt, and somewhat inspirational read. It is definately the best wrestling-related book that I have read since Mick Foley’s Have a Nice Day. The fact that I have met, worked with, been friends with (or a combination of the three) with many of the characters that pop up in it make it even more enjoyable.
There are so many hilarious stories packed into it’s pages, and you get the understanding that through the good, bad and ugly of it all, he enjoyed and was grateful for every minute of it all. I legitimately want to email him and invite him over to my house for some hot chocolate.
In the past couple of weeks, I have read the Bruiser Brody biography, the new Bret Hart autobiography, Scott Williams ECW book Hardcore History and the book on Chris Benoit that recently came out. While I enjoyed all those reads for different reasons, they all left me feeling like they were missing something, and reading the Jericho book is actually making me appreciate it even more, somehow providing that missing element, which may be a little heart and soul.
Oh, and today is my birthday. I’m having a great day, and will be heading out soon for what I am sure will be an adventure of sorts that I’ll let you all in on later one way or another. In the meantime, I’m having a great time hanging out with Mrs. Firestorm and THE DUDE~!, and even watching a little of the Grey Cup, which is odd considering my dislike for football and having once worked for a CFL team.
Oh, and last night, I watched King Kong Bundy vs. Hulk Hogan in a cage match from WrestleMania 2 in 1986, and never fully appreciated just how terrible a match was for the biggest wrestling event of the year. The only redeeming quality was seeing Ricky Schroeder at ringside with his mullet as the guest timekeeper. Sadly, the DVD I was watching, (one of the discs for the History of the WWE Championship box set – downloaded from a certain well-known wrestling bit torrent site) failed to show Michelle Starr helping to construct the steel cage in a shirt and tie. Sorry for the cheap shot, I still love you, Starr! For what ti’s worth Starr once told me he was told to keep an eye on little Mr. Shroeder for some reason. I guess he was just as untrustworthy as every other 1980’s child star!
And to redeem myself fo0r that cheap shot, I’ll mention Starr is involved in promoting a wrestling event in Surrey, BC on December 7th for a very noble cause, the Surrey Christmas Bureau. All the wrestlers are donating their time and talent gratis for the cause, and admission is free provided you bring a brand new, unwrapped toy with a value of $10.00 or more to donate. You can find more information by going to http://www.allstarwrestling.info .