Straight Shooting - Issue #101
Since 1997 - The Standard Bearer For Wrestling Columns
by Fritz Capp
December 14, 2000
You know, every now and then something comes along that just makes you stop and think about what your doing and why. Things that make you reflect on the happenings in your life can either be considered bad or good. In the case of what I am about to write about (at least in the first part of Straight Shooting anyway) it is neither bad nor good. The explanation of that will easily just unfold before our very eyes as this goes on.
I am going to address something that I didn't even know existed until last night. The funny thing is that it was even on PWBTS.com and I never saw it. Oh well, shows how much I read this particular column huh?
The column is called "Breaking Kayfabe". A nice little name I guess. It is penned by C.J. Marsciano. Now CJ is the former webmaster of Francine Fournier's website. They, for whatever reason, had a falling out and he actually came out and ripped her bad for it. What really happened I don't know. He said they worked together on it, she said it was nothing more than a "mark" website or something to that effect.
Be that as it may be, CJ is probably not well revered in ECW due to this incident. That is what strikes me so funny about what I am about to put here for you to read. This almost reads like someone who is trying to get back in good graces with anyone they can in ECW. How do you do that in a column? Well you take on one of the people who has been on their ass for as long as anyone can remember. In other words, you try to use someone else to make yourself look good. In all honesty I hoped it worked. If that's what you want to do or that is where you want to go, more power to you. Just remember one thing though, many have walked that road before you and you hear the stories of what happened. Why would you think your any different?
To preface this, this column was written on November 18, 2000. Also CJ uses some very strong language so an alert is in order because of that. Anyway, let me let you read what was written :
An Open Letter To Fritz Capp
I've known you as a fellow member of the Internet Wrestling Media, and maybe even a friend, even though we have yet to meet face to face. I consider myself honored to have the syndicated edition of Breaking Kayfabe running at PWBTS.com, as well as being a charter columnist with Piledriver Press along with you, and a charter member of Wrestling Fans Against Censorship. However, having been following your column Straight Shooting over the past several weeks, I have been getting rather offended and alarmed at your rather harsh treatment of Extreme Championship Wrestling lately.
Granted, the past couple of months have not been the best for ECW where business has been concerned. Outside of the highlight of Scott Hall joining the promotion, and increasing their PPV frequency (something that was in work BEFORE the split with TNN), ECW has been scrambling to get a new national non-syndicated TV deal, while idiots with internet access have been spreading rumors about people leaving the company. Jim "Sinister Minister" Mitchell's unfortuate injury right before the November To Remember PPV, and the flak that ECW's TV producers have been getting from certain other detractors online regarding running footage of the Good Padre being taken to the ambulance doesn't help matters either (and is in my opinion, uncalled for, because the fans aren't stupid - they have a right to know.) But just like all the political chaos currently going on in the Sunshine State, it's all a game of he-said/she-said.
Fritz, I have to ask, why do you have such a hard-on for ECW lately? Why do you seem so anxious to write their obituary and put the company and everyone involved in it down? You talk about trying not to sink to the level of the people you criticize; yet for the second time in as many installments, you mar your otherwise fine column with backhanded comments about ECW's finances. Did you have some major disagreement with Paul E. or someone else at the company that I don't know about? I could easily make just as terrible comments about ECW myself given my split earlier this year with Francine Fournier, but I don't - you know why? Because it isn't ECW's fault that Francine Fournier is a backstabbing cuntrag - but that's another story that I already addressed in Breaking Kayfabe earlier this fall.
I fully admit nothing's perfect down in ECW - but you have to understand, Heyman has his hands full trying to get a new network deal. A lot of the roster is just starting to come off injuries that have kept them on the shelf until recently. Tommy Dreamer has been busy trying to keep things running creatively during the house shows, TV tapings, and PPVs in Heyman's absence. You talk about how there aren't any house shows scheduled for the next two weeks, but have you looked at your calendar lately? I don't know about this weekend, and it's none of my business, but next weekend is Thanksgiving weekend. The weekend after that is the Massacre On 34th Street PPV and ECW doesn't normally run house shows right before a PPV. Next month they're going to be pretty light on scheduling because of the Christmas holidays to begin with. Look into these things before you run your mouth, man!
It's funny how you call ECW a sinking ship in your current column. I said a few weeks ago in this column that if Paul E. were in charge of the Titanic, he'd have banded everyone on the ship together to help fix the hole in the boat and bail the water out, while StrictlyECW.com would have led fans to the iceberg with chainsaws and sledgehammers to cut the iceberg down to size. No, you can't operate in the current social climate without money, but sometimes safety in numbers and looking out for one another counts a lot more than money in the long run.
You'll probably notice that I didn't bring up the departures of Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, Raven and Chris Chetti in this column? Why? Because I don't need to! People leave promotions for various reasons all the time, it's one of the many givens in this business. I fully accept that. None of those departures were the end of the world for ECW, just like departures in the past have not hurt ECW.
I'm fully confident that ECW will bounce back from their current situation and get back to where they belong. And contrary to what you've seemingly seen saying, it isn't in the past!
Fritz, from one friend and fellow journalist to another, I said this once before in this column, and it bears repeating: Lose the GG Allin impression and stop shitting on ECW, it doesn't make you look very good.
CJ Marsicano, "The Webmaster Of Extreme"
Now that was a pretty nice column right? Or was it? Now, as I usually do I would like to take this one paragraph at a time to go over this and so I can reply to the allegations CJ put forth.
CJ wrote, "I've known you as a fellow member of the Internet Wrestling Media, and maybe even a friend, even though we have yet to meet face to face. I consider myself honored to have the syndicated edition of Breaking Kayfabe running at PWBTS.com, as well as being a charter columnist with Piledriver Press along with you, and a charter member of Wrestling Fans Against Censorship. However, having been following your column Straight Shooting over the past several weeks, I have been getting rather offended and alarmed at your rather harsh treatment of Extreme Championship Wrestling lately."
Offended and alarmed? Harsh treatment? I have to admit I love the set up for this column and for the way you are about to "take me to task" but lets get real. Why are you offended? Is it because I dare to speak the truth? Why are you alarmed? Is it because your starting to realize that ECW is falling apart at the seams? Is that my fault? Also when is telling the truth harsh treatment? I know the truth is hard to take sometimes but that is reality brother, and reality is a hard pill to swallow.
CJ wrote, "Granted, the past couple of months have not been the best for ECW where business has been concerned. Outside of the highlight of Scott Hall joining the promotion, and increasing their PPV frequency (something that was in work BEFORE the split with TNN), ECW has been scrambling to get a new national non-syndicated TV deal, while idiots with internet access have been spreading rumors about people leaving the company. Jim "Sinister Minister" Mitchell's unfortuate injury right before the November To Remember PPV, and the flak that ECW's TV producers have been getting from certain other detractors online regarding running footage of the Good Padre being taken to the ambulance doesn't help matters either (and is in my opinion, uncalled for, because the fans aren't stupid - they have a right to know.) But just like all the political chaos currently going on in the Sunshine State, it's all a game of he-said/she-said."
The past couple of months? Do you really and truly think this all just happened overnight? This has been happening since 1996 in ECW bro. I reported back in 1997 that ECW was having major financial and personnel problems, but back then no one wanted to see that. It was easy for the Heymanites to discredit what I wrote by way of smoke and mirrors. The closest people to the promotion who had a voice on the Internet was not spilling the beans about what was really going on in the company, instead they kayfabed their way into the hearts of their readers while projecting the aura of objectivity and journalistic integrity. They worked the hell out of the Internet, all to cover the inadequacies and short comings of the business model of ECW. It all came to a head in 1999 when it was reported that ECW wasn't paying their talent and could conceivably go bankrupt. Do you think that just happens overnight? No, that usually takes a few years. So it has been a lot more and a lot longer than the past couple of months that ECW has been experiencing difficulties.
CJ wrote, "Fritz, I have to ask, why do you have such a hard-on for ECW lately? Why do you seem so anxious to write their obituary and put the company and everyone involved in it down? You talk about trying not to sink to the level of the people you criticize; yet for the second time in as many installments, you mar your otherwise fine column with backhanded comments about ECW's finances. Did you have some major disagreement with Paul E. or someone else at the company that I don't know about? I could easily make just as terrible comments about ECW myself given my split earlier this year with Francine Fournier, but I don't - you know why? Because it isn't ECW's fault that Francine Fournier is a backstabbing c*ntrag - but that's another story that I already addressed in Breaking Kayfabe earlier this fall."
A hard-on for ECW? To be honest I really do not care about ECW one way or the other. What I do care about is a company that takes weeks, sometimes months, to pay their talent. What I do care about is someone like Heyman blowing smoke up everyone's ass. One thing I am sick and tired of though is everyone always saying or acting like I put everyone in the company down. That is the biggest load of crap going. Where did I put one worker down? Show me in my columns CJ. Show me where I trashed one of the workers. You can't because I did not. It is those kind of accusations that not only paint me in a bad picture but show that you are trying to "suck up" to someone in the company. You know better than that CJ. That is a cheap ploy that was used a few years ago to trash me. It was unfounded back then and it is unfounded again today. If your going to "talk" about what I do and do not do, then keep with the facts, not some trumped up charges that put yourself over at my expense. Is that to be considered "journalistic integrity"?
I trashed the person responsible for the chaos and that is Paul Heyman. You say you could easily write comments about ECW because of what happened with Francine but you didn't because it isn't ECW's fault how Francine is. But it "IS" Heyman's fault how ECW's business is handled, is it not? Let's look at it like this. CJ, you run a promotion. After a while you can't pay the boys and everything is going to hell. Who's fault is it CJ? Is it the vendor down the street? How about the guy who cleans up after the shows? The workers? How about the sponsors? No, CJ, if the business model is doing poorly there is only one person to blame and that would be you as you are the owner.
How am I sinking to the level of people I criticize? I thought I wrote a very easy piece considering what I could have written. In the past I totally outted Heyman for being a complete and utter buffoon. I did not do that this time. I spoke of real life situations in ECW. Did I make them up? Am I imagining ECW's problems. Did I dream them? No, they are real life situations. The boys are not getting paid. Their product does not invite a wealth of people wanting to run their show on television and Heyman "is not" a business man. These are all facts that cannot be denied. There are many people out there writing a lot worse than I am about the promotion, why an "Open Letter to Fritz Capp?" Also why did you use your column as a vehicle to take yet another shot at Francine, be it only a one line shot?
CJ wrote, "I fully admit nothing's perfect down in ECW - but you have to understand, Heyman has his hands full trying to get a new network deal. A lot of the roster is just starting to come off injuries that have kept them on the shelf until recently. Tommy Dreamer has been busy trying to keep things running creatively during the house shows, TV tapings, and PPVs in Heyman's absence. You talk about how there aren't any house shows scheduled for the next two weeks, but have you looked at your calendar lately? I don't know about this weekend, and it's none of my business, but next weekend is Thanksgiving weekend. The weekend after that is the Massacre On 34th Street PPV and ECW doesn't normally run house shows right before a PPV. Next month they're going to be pretty light on scheduling because of the Christmas holidays to begin with. Look into these things before you run your mouth, man!"
It is easy to pick and choose times and dates. What about the cancellation of their shows in September and the other subsequent dates that were canceled. Were these canceled for the beginning of football season or Halloween? Maybe Columbus Day and Yom Kippur? I mean c'mon CJ, it's one thing to try to reposition yourself with a promotion, it's another thing to bend the truth while trying to defend them. It makes you look real bad and doesn't paint the company in a very good light either.
Heyman is busy trying to get a new Network deal? Well since you seem to know so much about what is really going on in ECW let me ask you this, "What did Heyman do to screw up the fact that ECW was allowed to stay on TNN through the rest of the year but the next week that was rescinded. I guess that was just another "bad" happening for ECW correct? Or was it the evil Vince McMahon wielding his power to once again hurt the company? It was neither. It was Heyman's own stupidity that cost him that. Who else could it be? Did Vince say he could stay on TNN and then just rip it away for sh*ts and giggles? No way. Heyman did something, said something or was just being the Paul Heyman that loves to shoot himself in the foot that screwed that up. Is that thinking of the companies best interest? Not at all. Heyman is far too childish to be able to do that. I have seen just how childish Heyman can be first hand so while I was not really surprised to read that he did indeed have to get off of TNN, I was surprised that the great Paul Heyman once again screwed his guys because of something he himself did.
CJ wrote, "It's funny how you call ECW a sinking ship in your current column. I said a few weeks ago in this column that if Paul E. were in charge of the Titanic, he'd have banded everyone on the ship together to help fix the hole in the boat and bail the water out, while StrictlyECW.com would have led fans to the iceberg with chainsaws and sledgehammers to cut the iceberg down to size. No, you can't operate in the current social climate without money, but sometimes safety in numbers and looking out for one another counts a lot more than money in the long run."
ECW was built on the "all for one and one for all" principle. But that and fifty cents doesn't even get you a glass of orange juice these days. If you think loyalty pays the mortgage bills and feeds the kids you are sadly mistaken. And it has nothing to do with the current social climate. You cannot run a business without money. Only the government can do that. You cannot run a business without paying the employees. You cannot run a business when you have no clue how to run one. Heyman has shown time and time again that he does not know how to run a business. Is he smart enough to surround himself with the people who do? Nope. Is he smart enough to at least consult with the people who could point him in the correct direction? Nope. Paul Heyman, for all of his creative genius cannot see the forest for the trees, which simply translates into a poor working environment for his workers. It is THAT simple. The altruistic crap about looking out for one another doesn't mean squat when no one is making the much needed money to support their families.
CJ wrote, "You'll probably notice that I didn't bring up the departures of Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, Raven and Chris Chetti in this column? Why? Because I don't need to! People leave promotions for various reasons all the time, it's one of the many givens in this business. I fully accept that. None of those departures were the end of the world for ECW, just like departures in the past have not hurt ECW."
Just the fact that you even mentioned it shows that you are trying to diffuse something before it happens. That my friend is a totally laughable paragraph. That paragraph is another in a long list of smoke and mirror comments that while keeps the ECW mystique alive really doesn't hold water. Are you saying that the departures of Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr, Juventud Guerrero, Sabu, Taz, The Dudley Boys, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Stevie Richards, Raven, Lance Storm, Mike Awesome, Public Enemy, The Pitbulls and whomever else didn't hurt the promotion when they left? Now there are varying degrees of hurt and reasons for leaving depending on the person and the time line but that real fact of the matter is that each one of these hurt ECW. To say otherwise is ludicrous and is just trying to cowtow to the ECW mind set hoping to reposition yourself with the ECW company itself and with the fans by and large. Again, if your going to defend ECW you must do it with facts, not supposition and smoke.
CJ wrote, "I'm fully confident that ECW will bounce back from their current situation and get back to where they belong. And contrary to what you've seemingly seen saying, it isn't in the past! Fritz, from one friend and fellow journalist to another, I said this once before in this column, and it bears repeating: Lose the GG Allin impression and stop shitting on ECW, it doesn't make you look very good."
CJ, I am glad you are confident because even the current workers aren't. Maybe you know something that even they don't huh? As far as myself looking good, who am I out to impress? Certainly not ECW or it's fans. In fact, I am not out trying to impress anyone. It does appear that you are though. The sad thing is that you chose the wrong person to try to impress people with. You see my friend up until this column, unlike in the past where I would have dedicated whole columns to showing how inane a product ECW was because of their management, I was either simply reporting news or just giving a small paragraph about the current problems and that was it. Due to this column of yours though, I just basically did what is equivalent to a whole column talking about the ills of ECW. The funny thing is they have YOU to thank for it. So much for repositioning yourself around the company huh? You have to remember one thing CJ, while you like to "Break Kayfabe" I have always been a "Straight Shooting" kind of guy. There is a real difference CJ. Even when you break kayfabe, as your column name claims you do, you really do not as this column right here proves that.
You wouldn't talk about the recent talent migration to other places, you give the company line as to why shows aren't being run and you come up with excuse after excuse as to what is going on with ECW and why I should "watch what I say". Well truth be told CJ, I do watch what I say. I do not run off at the mouth trying to kiss ECW's ass like you just did. What is "your" motivation CJ? Is it the fact that no one at ECW really wants to have anything to do with you because of the Francine incident? Is it the fact that the ECW fans took you to task because of how you trashed Francine after you were no longer her webmaster? And why me when there are so many others who have really come down on them as of late? Am I the "holy grail"? Is there a thing that if you attack Fritz Capp when it is referenced to ECW that gives you brownie points in ECW's eyes? I mean really CJ, I have been very calm and quiet about ECW if you look at what I used to be.
So there it is CJ, your 15 minutes of fame. Since it is Christmas time I thought I would be a tad benevolent and give you your voice here. I hope you get out of it what you wanted. I guess we'll see what kind of man you really are now as I am sure you will view this as an attack on you when all it was in reality was a response to your column. Have a great day.
I took a few hours out of my day last week and went down to a Big Buc Promotions show in Toms River. NJ, run by indy personality Donnie B. I really didn't know what to expect as it was the first time I was actually able to attend a show. When I got down there I got to see a few friends. SmartMarkVideo was there taping and it is always good to see those guys. I also got to talk to White Lotus. It was really good to see him. We talked about his rehab and hopefully he should be wrestling again by spring. I ran into a few of the CZW guys down there. The Barr, WifeBeater and Dewey were there as observers. It's always good to see the guys. Chatted with Johhny Kashmere and Trent Acid as they were on the show. I still cannot believe these guys are not Big Two bound yet. These guys, in my humble estimation, are two of the best talents out there. Don't believe me, go and see them work. That says it all.
Now I will be honest, when I was watching the show I was a little dismayed. It just didn't seem to be flowing good enough for me. In my mind there were things that could and should have been done differently, that is until I realized just what kind of audience this show was being played to.
Now I will admit it right here and now, there are times I am just a bit too critical of something I am viewing. I think that if I don't like it then the show sucked. That, my friends, is not always the case though. The main part of this audience was made up of children. I would say between the ages of 8 and 16. You cannot put on the same show that you would for adults to kids. It just does not work. It would be too over the edge and the sponsors of the show would not be happy. When I came to that realization, I not only enjoyed what I was watching but I grew a deeper respect for what Donnie actually does in and around this business.
Donnie has a knack for knowing what will and will not work for a particular crowd. Unlike other "family entertainment" promotions in New Jersey who do not have a clue about storylines, workrate or actually putting on a decent show anymore, Donnie looks at what he has to play to and makes it work. That my friends is understanding a target audience. Donnie is also very professional in how he does things. The show he puts on is probably the best "family entertainment" show in NJ, bar none.
If your in the Jersey area and you see a Big Buc Promotion show, grab your kids and go. There are others that will be coming into the Toms River area trying to feed off of what Donnie does there. Don't be fooled! These are cheap imitations. The promoters are nothing but marks for themselves and cannot competently run a show to save their lives anymore.
The following is a news piece from Ron Lemieux from 1wrestling.com. It is a tad old and I hope that he does not mind me using it but since I was not at the show myself I cannot report on it now can I? Besides anyone who wanted to read this on his site has already so it cannot be doing any harm. While I have had my philosophical differences with the owners of 1wrestling.com in the past, you cannot take away from their news worthiness. To read further columns by Ron look for him on 1wrestling.com.
"NWA NEW JERSEY INVADES CT: I attended a show in Torrington Ct this past Saturday. This is the second reason I didn't want to write a column this week. But I felt that would be just avoiding the issue. Working in the business or having friends in the business and at the same time writing a column or doing some type of reporting can be a conflict of interest. I would never want my objectivity to be questioned but it is a tough line to toe. I remember back to a conversation I had with Paul Heyman in Ft. Lauderdale back in 1995 when I was ring announcing the ECW Florida swings. At the time I was working for the Observer hotline. I was concerned about Paul's reaction if I said anything negative about the promotion. He told me to tell it like I saw it and that was my opinion. He also said I wouldn't be doing him any good if he asked me how a show was and I always said great if I didn't think so.
Some people criticize Bob Ryder because they say he's a shill for WCW. Some fans question Dave Scherer's objectivity because he's so close to ECW. If you are one of those people, ask yourself how much Dave Meltzer or Wade Keller would rip into a wrestler for his workrate if they worked for that company. I think they'd have a much different writing style. I think you have to understand Bob's situation. He's basically working for a huge corporation. The company I work for is a billion dollar company. I know if I walk around with a negative attitude talking bad about my company, I'm history. As far as Dave Scherer is concerned, I think he does a good job of straddling the fence. When he doesn't like something, he tells ya.
Okay Ron, well what's the point? The show I went to in Torrington was probably the worst indy show I've ever been to. It's hard to say that because one of the people involved with the show has hooked me up with tickets for a couple of shows n CT. He was one of the few bright spots. It's true! I don't want to burn any bridges but I don't think I'm being fair to you if I sat here and said how great it was. Now I could be like some people and just list the results (like someone else here on 1wrestling.com) but since I comment on all the shows I attend, you would probably read into that as it sucking anyways.
The positives of the show? Getting to see Chris Candido, The Patriot Del Wilkes, Rocco Rock, and Pat Tanaka. Seeing them was one thing, seeng them work was another. Ah, that's a negative........The only other positive was shelling out 12 bucks for my 7 year old son to get his picture taken in the ring with Candido and Patriot and an autographed photo of manager Big Daddy. It made Danny's night.
The negatives: I was looking forward to seeing Big Slam Vader for the first time. I could have waited. Talk about ripping off a gimmick. Has the look of Van, wears the same type mask, but that's where it ends. His match with The Patriot ranks up there with Sid-Nightstalker from years gone by.........I was really looking forward to seeing Pat Tanaka since it's been so long. For those that remember, Tanaka was a very good worker who formed a great tag team with Paul Diamond in the AWA. Pat was involved in a tag match teaming with Chris Candido managed by Big Daddy against Rocco and The Equalizer (no, not Dave Sullivan). The match on paper looked like a decent one but this Equalizer dude was so bad, he dragged the match down big time............No shows- Big Vito, 911, Axl Rotten, Tammy Sytch. No announcements, no nothing........
Probably the biggest negative was the promoter, Gino Moore. Talk about obnoxious. This guy did more mic work than the crew combined. The show had only gone 2 hours when the last match finished but to try to drag out the show longer he did this ridiculous bit with Candido and Tanaka turning on each other. After Pat went to the locker room, Chris chased him and brought him back out to the ring where Pat knocked him down again and left. Chris went back to the locker room but was met outside by female wrestler Amanda Storm who punched Chris who sold it like he had been shot. Dave Misterio (see Big Slam Vader, another cheap imitation) then came out in street clothes and beat up Chris. By now this whole thing seemed impromptu and it finally ended with the pompous Moore telling the cops to take Candido out of the ring. This was drawn out a lot longer than it sounds. Why did I get the feeling Moore drove back to Jersey laughing the whole way?"
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Recently on the CZW message board I had the pleasure of having someone go on there and basically slander me. While I think it is pretty funny that a someone feels so insecure about themselves that they have to do this, some of the things that were found out were very interesting. First this person, for lack of a better word at this time, posted about 7 times in a row using fictitious names like Dr. Laura Schlessinger and others to that effect. They even impersonated me. Now while this is not a revelation as this happens all the time on message boards, the one thing that was a revelation is that the person who did this was the same person who posted on the board under the name of NWA-Jersey. This happened before these posts as someone went on there impersonating one of the NWA-Jersey owners and they felt the need to respond and give a disclaimer to this. I guess I can understand that. Don't want the company to get a bad name because of someone else when your doing such a fine job of ruining it yourself. But why would you then use the same computer to trash someone else with slanderous statements? Does that make sense? Aren't the people at NWA-Jersey smart enough to know that Internet Provider addresses can be traced back, if in fact it really is someone from NWA-Jersey?
Now I pretty much know who it was. Their comments were too identifying. But as of yet I haven't gotten the exact match to prove this theory. But I know what I can do. The IP addy for this was 126.96.36.199 Now I am not naming anyone am I? All I am doing is showing everyone the perpetrator. For those of you who know how to trace an IP addy go see for yourselves who did it. Then you make your own determination on the credibility of the person who did it. As soon as I get final verification I will announce who it was, just because I can.
As much as it pains me to say this, mostly because of Tod taking cheap and unwarranted shots at my family when in fact he should have had the balls to say something to my face if he was bothered by what I wrote instead of dragging innocent people not associated with the business into things, it looks as if Gordon's Pro Wrestling Fantasy Camp could actually be something pretty cool if your a true fan of the sport, and have a couple grand to blow. The "list" of people "supposed" to appear is quite impressive. Sabu, The Road Warriors, Terry Funk, Curt Hennig, Sandman, Too Cold Scorpio. Missy Hyatt and Tommy Rich is quite a host of names to say the least. Hopefully they will all show. I'm not saying that Gordon is misleading anyone, just that things happen. I mean it would suck to pay over $2000.00 to go to this so you could meet the Road Warriors and they didn't make the event. But as I said, those things happen in this sport, far too frequently in my opinion. Anyway, if your interested in finding out about this event go to http://www.prowrestlingfantasycamp.com/ I may be a lot of things from time to time, but I'm not going to allow my personal feelings for a schmuck like Gordon to stand in the way of the possibility of a fan out there who would want to go to this event, not knowing about it because I didn't say something about it. I mean, I am sure the guys that are appearing are making their fair share of money, so why not promote the event for them as they are the true stars, not someone who is known throughout the business as "nothing more than a money mark" like Gordon is known to be.
And with that I am outta here. Remember wrestling is nothing more than it appears to be but also remember a quote from James Billington, "Intellectual and cultural freedom is the most important single precondition for the breakdown of the kinds of tyrannical and totalitarian systems that periodically threaten us."
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