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Heat 10/28

Oct
30

Matches? Huh.

Colt got to about nothing in his match. Crazy vs Haas was a nice save from an early screw up. Highlanders vs Cade/Murdoch is the same match they’ll do at house shows for months and probably a PPV.

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Joe Versus The World – 25: Vince Verhei [2] (10.27.2006)

Oct
27

It’s a very special 25th edition of Joe Versus the World, as Vincent Verhei joins us for the second time. We discuss his side of the comeback match, his choice of theme music, possibilities of more comebacks (no), a fantasmagoric idea for a rematch, plus mullets, Transformers, comics, K-Fed, lucha movies, and Hulk Hogan goes speed dating. 40 plus minutes of awesome!

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here, subscribe to the RSS feed @ http://www.thecubsfan.com/joe.xml, or add it to your iTunes Podcasts by clicking here. If you’ve missed an edition, click on the microphone icon in the upper right hand corner of this post to see all of the ones we’ve done so far, or scroll to the end of this post.

new home: please visit http://www.joeversustheworld.com for an index of old episodes! If you use a non-iTunes podcather, check out http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoeVersusTheWorld for easy ways to add the show to My Yahoo, Google and a half dozen other places.

Vince was previously on this past May. His cohort Bryan Alvarez has appeared back in July, and just a Figure Four Weekly just about every week, and is a valuable part of their audio shows. We thank him for coming on the show.

If you’ve got any feedback on this show or any other, we’d love to hear it. Either leave a comment below, or contact joe at joegagne AT charter DOT net. Thanks for listening.

You can download any of our previous editions below. Right click and save them to your computer to take a listen.

Previous editions:
25: Vince Verhei (2) [comebacks] (10/27)
24: Justin Shapiro (4) [the Marine] (10/21)
23: Bryan Alvarez (2) [everything] (10/10)
22: Ken Dreiling and Jesse “J-tron” Irwin [IWA-MS TPI] (10/05)
21: Matt Foy [ROH] (09/20)
20: Tanvir Raquib [09/11 RAW] (09/16)
19: Rob Naylor [News and tangents] (09/09)
18: Dean Rasmussen [DVDVR, life] (08/31)
17: Phil Schneider [Best of the 80’s Japan Indies DVD] (08/26)
16: CRZ [being CRZ] (08/17)
15: Justin Shapiro and thecubsfan [WON HOF, US, Mexico] (08/10)
14: Dr. Keith Lipinski and Mike Sempervive [WON HOF, Japan] (08/04)
13: thecubsfan [lucha] (07/24)
12: Matt Foy [ROH] (07/17)
11: Bryan Alvarez [being Bryan Alvarez] (07/12)
10: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (07/01)
9: Dr. Keith Lipinkski [Japan, general wackiness] (06/27)
8: Tanvir Raquib [ECW, parallel dimensions] (06/17)
7: American Balloon [his career] (06/10)
6: Justin Shapiro [RAW, ROH] (06/03)
5: Albert Ching [Judgement Day, ECW] (05/28)
4: Vince Verhei [everything] (05/21)
3: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/14)
Bonus: Hogan Knows Best recap (05/08)
2: Justin Shapiro [WWE] (04/29)
1: thecubsfan [lucha] (04/22)

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the waiting

Oct
27

So. No RAW recap again this week. We’re officially blaming K-Fed. THERE WILL BE BETTER CONTENT HERE THAN THIS around 5:30ish (CST) today, but till then, various things I’ve been thinking

But for something better than what I’ve got to say, go check Scott’s new blog @ http://somebodystopthedamnmatch.blogspot.com/ – you’ve got Tajiri vs Great Muta, and you’ve got Jake the Snake vs the Big Bossman, and you’ve got a lot of other things.

– What are going to be the choices for the Lita vs Mickie James tournament final match at not-Taboo Tuesday? “Match goes 3 minutes, match goes 1 minute, match doesn’t go at all?” I know, it’s going to be what outfit they’re wearing, and nothing says Championship Match Final like voting on what they’ll wear. Lita’s retirement run sure isn’t Trish’s.

I have no idea why this is such on my mind lately. I’ll stop it now.

I’ve been reading about it, but I haven’t been watching much WWE stuff of late – I’ve got two Smackdowns sitting on my TiVo and they’re about to be joined by a third, and I skipped 90% of the taped RAW. (ECW is a struggle to watch based on my current cable setup, not that I think I’d bother if it was easier.)

– Johnny Nitro is so good at being Johnny Nitro, I can not imagine the day when Johnny Nitro will be anything besides Johnny Nitro. I’m not going out of my way to see Johnny Nitro or anything, but once a segment, Johnny Nitro’ll do something so Johnny Nitro, it’ll be great.

– The TNA/AAA/Mexico thing is so weird. In TNA, they acted as if AJ Styles was attacked by Konnan, Homicide and others in a continuation of the normal TNA storylines, and they’re (or at the promoter) is selling their Monterrey show on those normal angles.

Except, TNA TV is barely on in Mexico (up till a month ago, the only people who could follow it were those with illegal US satellite dishes) and only the hardcorest of the hardcore know what’s going on the TNA world. Almost all the people who’d consider going to their show know TNA from the AAA show – and they’re just a bunch of indistinct Americans in AAA. For instance: Homicide was there to beat down AJ Styles, because Homicide was teaming with AJ Styles on the show (and so were Low-Ki and Samoa Joe.)

It’s not a complete loss – the lowest of the low guys in TNA (Skipper and Hoyt) have been presented as main event mystery stars in AAA. But that’s also the problem – they’re being used as interchangeable guys, and guys who matter only for being from TNA, having nothing individual going on. They’re infantrymen, and who wants to pay to see infantrymen? (No offense to infantrymen.)

Then again, maybe Angle will just draw the house and it won’t matter.

They are being projected as important people, but matches in between them wouldn’t seem to be important.

– I think I may be going to the Chicago Ridge ROH show this SATURDAY. (In caps, because til late last night, I was under the impression it was today. I dunno why.) Thing is, I thought I was going to one night of TPI, and I had talked myself into being excited to go to SHIMMER, and things came up. I have no particular interest in any match besides Joe/Danielson, but that should be worth it alone. I’m just kinda expecting something to happen in the next 12-24 hours and find myself not there.

I’m also expecting this match to go, like, to 4 AM (not factoring in the ‘fall back’ hour.)

– The best part of James being quoted by the WSJ, with the sarcasm sucked out of his words, is that it came right after a post about his dentist checkup. If there’s a better example of THE INTERNET, I don’t know what it could be.

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Bound For Glory

Oct
23

Scott watched TNA Bound For Glory. Why?

Pro wrestling can be not unlike a drug even for someone as simple as a dumbass fan in Podunk, Michigan. Sometimes you just gotta have it, man. $30? Fine, $30.

Heat 10/21

Oct
23

You do a Halloween episode without showing John Cena as Vanilla Ice, you’re not really trying. Also not funny, any time you’re still trying to pass of DX as the McMahon’s as cutting edge humor.

They should be taping Heat in Chicago tonight, which ought to mean a Colt Cabana cameo next week.

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Joe Versus The World – 24: Justin Shapiro [4] (10.21.2006)

Oct
21

Joe Vs. The World goes to the movies as Justin Shapiro and I see the Marine so you don’t have to. We break down the film in excruciating detail, inlcuding all the stilted acting, explosions, comedy misfires, and baffling plot points, plus ideas for a sequel and other WWE projects, including Bloodsport with WWE wrestlers, casting changes we would have made, the Al Qaeda HQ in Iraq, and Friends featuring Randy Orton. A lot of laughs in a little under an hour.

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here, subscribe to the RSS feed @ http://www.thecubsfan.com/joe.xml, or add it to your iTunes Podcasts by clicking here. If you’ve missed an edition, click on the microphone icon in the upper right hand corner of this post to see all of the ones we’ve done so far, or scroll to the end of this post.

new home: please visit http://www.joeversustheworld.com for an index of old episodes! If you use a non-iTunes podcather, check out http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoeVersusTheWorld for easy ways to add the show to My Yahoo, Google and a half dozen other places.

Justin was previously on the 04/29 show, talking about WWE, the 6th show talking about RAW and ROH and ran thru the WON HOF ballot on the 08/10 show.

Justin’s on mySpace, and would love for you to send him a million friend invities.

If you’ve got any feedback on this show or any other, we’d love to hear it. Either leave a comment below, or contact joe at joegagne AT charter DOT net. Thanks for listening.

You can download any of our previous editions below. Right click and save them to your computer to take a listen.

Previous editions:
24: Justin Shapiro [3] [the Marine] (10/21)
23: Bryan Alvarez (2) [everything] (10/10)
22: Ken Dreiling and Jesse “J-tron” Irwin [IWA-MS TPI] (10/05)
21: Matt Foy [ROH] (09/20)
20: Tanvir Raquib [09/11 RAW] (09/16)
19: Rob Naylor [News and tangents] (09/09)
18: Dean Rasmussen [DVDVR, life] (08/31)
17: Phil Schneider [Best of the 80’s Japan Indies DVD] (08/26)
16: CRZ [being CRZ] (08/17)
15: Justin Shapiro and thecubsfan [WON HOF, US, Mexico] (08/10)
14: Dr. Keith Lipinski and Mike Sempervive [WON HOF, Japan] (08/04)
13: thecubsfan [lucha] (07/24)
12: Matt Foy [ROH] (07/17)
11: Bryan Alvarez [being Bryan Alvarez] (07/12)
10: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (07/01)
9: Dr. Keith Lipinkski [Japan, general wackiness] (06/27)
8: Tanvir Raquib [ECW, parallel dimensions] (06/17)
7: American Balloon [his career] (06/10)
6: Justin Shapiro [RAW, ROH] (06/03)
5: Albert Ching [Judgement Day, ECW] (05/28)
4: Vince Verhei [everything] (05/21)
3: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/14)
Bonus: Hogan Knows Best recap (05/08)
2: Justin Shapiro [WWE] (04/29)
1: thecubsfan [lucha] (04/22)

sound and fury

Oct
20

condescended thoughts on player change

The Cubs hired a new manager, who comes in with a big rep (just like the last one), and doesn’t offer much different in on-field moves. So no difference there.

Mark Prior may not make spring training, as everyone figured. So no difference there.

Wake me when they make some player moves.

THE END.

(Actually, the “we’re raising payroll by 10-15%” changes free agent expectations, and Suppan’s NLCS performance takes him out of projected plans (or in them at a lot higher price), but I’d rather wait for something to happen and then I write, rather than this reversed way.)

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flashback

Oct
20

Three years ago: (This is not a blog, Hobbes. No it’s not. Keep it up and I’ll link to your page.)

This is apropos of nothing. The not-blog (yea right) updates of that kind actually go back to 11/2000 – they’re still around this site if you knew where to look (and I told you where to look, I think) – so I guess I should throw a party then, if I’m going to throw a party. I just happened to notice that date today when I was looking for stuff.

Figure out an anniversary for this site is tough because…

* thecubsfan.com, at least if you consider when I started paying for hosting, started around that 11/19/03 date
* but then the sites that were The Site previously go back to – what, ’98? (don’t look it up)
* and the first recaps date back to 07/07/97
* and the CMLLblog has a different date and the wiki has a different date (and is a spinoff, so should it count?) and on

…and I’m not much for site anniversaries anyway. So what the heck was the point of this post? I…don’t recall.

Oh yea, I guess, 3 years later, Hobbes was right, and this is kinda a blog, just the idea of what a blog is has changed. The livejournals of the world (though not necessarily Livejounral) still probably well outnumber every other sort of blog. (The ‘deleted livejournals because the wrong person read them’ outnumber the other types of blogs TOO.) I guess, now that I had 36 months to think about it, putting up messages, with the newest on top descending from there, using some web script to automate the process, is not the worst thing in the world (even if I didn’t invent.)

Still not joining mySpace.

It’d be nice if I had non-inside joke material for content, but I bet you beat me to that conclusion. I guess I should do a Cubs post to talk about something?

Things on my mind that I haven’t remembered to tell someone who cares (and still probably haven’t)

– I know Johnny Cash seemed to do nothing but covers (and still is doing covers, magically), so everything is fair game, but, still, you can not put a cover of Walk The Line in your commercial. That’s just incredibly wrong.

– My favorite part of Numbers if when the non-Math Professors openly mock one of the technical explanation of a math solution. I’m watching this show at this moment and can not actually explain why. They’re totally pretending to drink coffee from empty cups right now, and it’s bugging me.

– Scott asked if I’ve got to indy baseball games like a month ago, right? I could, there’s about 5 different indy teams in the Chicago area within an hour from me, the Tribune even did an article about trying to hit as many of them in the same night as possible, along with the Cougars. But the Cougars are five minutes away, and are the local team – they’re my team in a way the Cubs or any of the Chicago teams can’t, because they’re so local. Going to see the Joliet Jackhammers or the Schaumburg Flyers (I’ve driven by their stadium a dozen times, and it looks great from the highway) seems like turning on on the hometown nine. (Though they could care less, and probably don’t know I exist outside of the time where they send out the forms for season ticket renewal, and the times they call me because I haven’t gotten around to sending the form in.) And I kinda hate the Northern League and all of their forced wackiness to get press attention; it seems really phoney.

(Still, if someone else wanted to go, I think I might get over it.)

RAW in 120 seconds (and 10 days ago)

Oct
18

Butch recaps last week’s RAW in minimalistic fashion here (if you haven’t read it here). Next week, I’ll probably post one about that week’s show and it’ll make more sense to you.

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women’s tournament, continued

Oct
17

Let’s take a look at the wonderous tournament bracket

1 Lita------
|Lita------
8 Candice---           |
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4 Maria-----           |Lita------
|          |          |
5 Torrie----|          |          |
|Maria-----           |
5 Victoria--|                     |
|                     |
5 Candice---                      |
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|Mickie
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3 Melina----                      |
|Melina----           |
6 Torrie----           |          |
|Mickie----
2 Mickie----           |
|Mickie----
7 Victoria--

Also note, the four matches so far have been
– guest biased referee (never explained) directly determining the winner of a 5 second match
– competitors must wear lingerie
– lumberjills
– four way second chance stripping

Giving it back to Stephanie would be better than what they’re currently doing. What’s the point? Who thinks this is actually a good idea?