Inside Pulse » bill demott A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:54:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » bill demott Can You Survive A WWE Tryout? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:29:55 +0000 WWE released a YouTube video yesterday featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how 30 athletes made their way through a 3-day tryout session at the WWE Performance Center.

P.S. – Wait till you see which former Tough Enough contestant joined the session.


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Quick Hits: WWE Total Divas – Episode 12 (w/MJH) Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:14:30 +0000 Total Divas 500x250

SEASON RECAP: John & Nikki are rehabbing together. Brie is out on her own. Ariane wants to be a rapper and Vinny wants to be a wrestler…

<- Oh dear God, Ariane is rapping now. Because singing careers have always worked out for past Divas.

<- AND now she wants Vinny to have a “pre-audition” for NXT… Please no.

<- John Cena has two hampers. Absolutely OCD. No wonder he’s so successful.

<- HA! Vinny gets Bill DeMott on the first day. He’s done and I love that E! set this up just for Total Divas.

<- I absolutely love it when outsiders get a look at what real WWE training is like. There’s a reason men and women train for years before even getting a shot at the WWE.

<- I like how Eva Marie thinks getting an action figure means “she’s arrived” when I’ve seen action figures put out even after that superstar has been released.

<- OK, Cena does need to start drinking or get on some serious medication because that OCD is completely out of control.

<- The shot of a few candles, some flowers and TWO empty picture frames was priceless. And yet it worked.

<- So not much behind the (wrestling) scenes this episode. Skip it if you’re a wrestling fan although it was interesting to see this different side of John Cena’s personality.×120.jpg

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The Stomping Ground: Old School Nitro Recap 6.2.97 (Ric Flair, nWo) Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:40:34 +0000 Holy crap, has it been a whole week already? Jeez, you guys are needy.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been watching Raw with my thumb on the fast forward button. Unfortunately, most of the energy expended to press that rubber arrow has been spent on the show itself rather than just the commercials. For the first time in months, there is literally NOTHING that interests me in terms of the WWE’s product. Don’t get me wrong; I love CM Punk’s title run and Daniel Bryan as much as the next fanboy, but story-wise there is just nothing fresh or even remotely worth my time. When the highlight of your show is a pre-taped segment wherein Kane does his best “Dr. Evil in group counseling” impression to talk about the insanity that is his character’s back story, you know something is wrong.

A couple of ideas floated through my mind shortly after watching Raw. I wanted to discuss why no one gives a shit about Triple H’s speech (which, by the way, ended without him saying whether or not he’d retire) and I also thought a neat idea would be to do a retrospective of Kane’s career and highlight the absurdities as well as call attention to the possibility of a tag team with either Zack Ryder or Daniel Bryan. I could also talk about how Punk’s heel turn actually lessens the appeal of a Cena/Punk rematch (it would be more intriguing if both were fan favorites and not governed by silly good guy/bad guy rules).

Not gonna do it.

No, this week I actually want to ENJOY what I write about, so I’ve decided to recap an episode of WCW Monday Nitro from waaaaaaaay back in 1997. You know, when the Monday Night Wars were constant water cooler talk and my students weren’t even born yet (how’s that for depressing?). I pulled this stunt back in May with an episode of Raw from the same era. So, courtesy of WWE Classics on Demand, I bring you my recap of WCW Monday Nitro from June 2, 1997.

Previously on WCW Monday Nitro, the Outsiders revealed that they would indeed face the team of Ric Flair and Roddy Piper for the WCW Tag Team Championship. Remember, this is years before Flair and Piper would defeat the Spirit Squad for tag team gold…..and they were still in no better shape.

Scott Hall and Syxx (!!!) are in the ring as the show kicks off. Hall asks Syxx if he notices a certain odor in the air (I could SO make an alcohol joke at BOTH men’s expense right now, but I’ll take the high ground). They call out Flair, who’s recovering from a beating he received at the hands of Hall at Slamboree. JJ Dillon heads to the ring to tell Hall he’s got a match with Flair tonight in Dayton, Ohio (cheap pop)! Hall refuses but JJ tells him that the titles will go back to WCW if he doesn’t take the match. I’m a little confused. If the nWo is supposed to technically be a rival promotion and not just a stable within the company, why are they subject to the ruling of a WCW official?

Here comes Das Wunderkind, Alex Wright, as Tony Schiavone and Larry Zybysko welcome us to the first hour of Nitro. And his opponent? Why, none other than Glacier! As a kid, I thought his gimmick was cool (no pun intended), but now? I definitely see him for what he is: a bad rip-off of a Mortal Kombat ninja. True story: when WCW/nWo World Tour was all the rage, I renamed Glacier’s red outfit “Heatwave” and booked him as Glacier’s evil twin. Anyway, Glacier wins rather quickly with his Super Kick. Mortis (“who’s betta than Kanyon?”) and Wrath attack Glacier while James Vandenberg (who I believe was Abyss’s Father Mitchell) gloats from ringside holding a helmet of MYSTICAL POWER. I don’t remember his involvement in this angle at all….must not have lasted too long.

We return from break with Buff Bagwell facing off against Joe Gomez. Who the fuck was Joe Gomez? In any case, Bagwell had just recently rechristened himself “Buff” after joining the nWo with Scott Norton. This was all before everyone and their mother (except for Judy Bagwell….SHE was a tag team champion) was a part of the organization and diluted the impact the nWo had. Buff Blockbuster ends this one pretty quickly.

Mike Tenay is in the crowd giving us back story to Ernest “The Cat” Miller. Somebody call his momma for Funkasaurus copyright infringement! Hugh Morris (Tough Enough’s Bill DeMott) heads to the ring when he’s attacked from behind by a pre-nWo Konnan. He refuses to head backstage and insists upon facing his opponent, Prince Iaukea (before he would become known as “The Artist Formerly Known As”). Iaukea wins in less than a minute as we now have three squashes in the first hour alone.

Mean Gene and Dillon chat at the ramp about who will get a future tag team title shot after Great American Bash and he says it’s the Steiner Brothers. Sherri and Harlem Heat interrupt to demand an opportunity. Damn, I nearly forgot that Sherri was still their manager back in ’97. Dillon says the Steiners have to beat their next opponents in order to get that title shot, though.

Masahiro Chono and the Great Muta head to the ring to face said Steiners. I completely forgot there was a Japanese contingent of the New World Order. Big Poppa Pump’s still got his mullet and his sanity at this point in his career. He and Muta trade offense until Steiner nails Muta with a double underhook power bomb and tags in the Dog-faced Gremlin. He chases off Muta, who tags in Chono. A decent match turns into a clustershmozz as all four men get into the ring. Harlem Heat interferes, costing the Steiners the match. JJ Dillon tells them they have a match later tonight and they’d better focus on preparing for it. Booker T is definitely showing signs of “break-out star charisma” here, while Stevie Ray rants and rambles cluelessly.

Bobby Heenan joins Schiavone for the next hour as they recap the opening segment. And here comes the Nature Boy, screaming into the mic as only Flair can. God, he was awesome. He says, and I quote, “I will stomp a pothole in (Hall’s) toothpick-chewing, white, honkey ass!” Then we get a promo from DDP as he tells us all he’ll beat Randy Savage in their second encounter at Great American Bash.

To counteract Flair’s charisma, we now have Dean Malenko heading to the ring. Deano Machino is the current United States Champion, back when the belt actually meant something, and his opponent is none other than Wallstreet (aka IRS). The commentators bring up the angle that Wallstreet is on the fence between choosing WCW or the nWo. Honestly, his career was nearing the end; why would ANYBODY care which side he chose? They have a generic old school match (read: nothing fancy) as Nick Patrick catches Wallstreet using the ropes for leverage. “I like what I see with Nick Patrick,” says Schiavone. Ah, irony. Jeff Jarrett runs down to botch the ending of the match, tripping Malenko as he attempts to suplex Wallstreet back into the ring. Wallstreet only gets a count of two and Malenko manages to win with the Cloverleaf. The replay shows Nick Patrick blocking the ropes so Wallstreet can’t reach them!

Jarrett demands a rematch with Malenko from Slamboree and he agrees to it. After that, MONGO makes an appearance to call out Kevin Green and he has Debra by his side. Puppies! Boy, Debra sure knows how to pick her husbands, right?

Harlem Heat faces Ciclope and Damien….is that Sonny Onoo at ringside? You know, before he sued WCW for racial discrimination. I’m sure you can predict where this is going. The Steiners return the favor from earlier (in full view of the ref on the outside) and Damien picks up the victory with a top rope splash! I guess this means Chono and Muta will face Damien and Ciclope for the chance at a tag title shot, right? Yeah, right.

Scott Hall saunters to the ring with Syxx in tow as we are all set for our main event! Flair unloads on Hall despite interference from Syxx and the crowd goes absolutely ape shit. Ric decides to go after Waltman and choke him out on the outside, which allows Hall to capitalize. He distracts the ref so Syxx can nail Flair with a Bronco Buster! The crowd chants for Sting (who’s up in the rafters, I assume) as Hall traps Flair in an abdominal stretch. Flair powers out with a hip toss but he still can’t regain the momentum no matter what he does. Syxx tries to get involved again, but he and Hall collide and Ric tries for the Figure Four! Syxx gets involved AGAIN and Hall bashes Ric in the head with one of the tag title belts, drawing the DQ. The heels continue to beat the shit out of Flair until MONGO and Jarrett make the save! Definitely not the best version of the Horsemen, I can tell you that.

Before the show can end, “Macho Man” Randy Savage drags Okerlund to the ring and threatens to beat Mean Gene up if he doesn’t interview the Macho Man. Gene shows Savage he’s got a pair of steel balls by telling him he’s underestimated DDP and should get his head from out of his ass. JJ Dillon makes the save (!) and tells Savage never to touch an announcer or official again. Dillon calls Savage a bitch who hides behind Elizabeth and Savage decks him!!! Eric Bischoff of all people runs out to call off the Macho Man as Dillon sells it like he was hit by a truck.

This was a great example of a show that focused on a title other than the Big Gold Belt. You had three matches that revolved around the WCW Tag Team Championship and how important the titles were to everyone involved. You hear that, WWE? Go back in your archives and look at how to book a “title hunt” angle.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Tough Enough Is Coming Back Soon Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:30:02 +0000 Bill Demott stated on his twitter account that there is some news going on that makes him believe a new Tough Enough will be up and running.

Kyle’s Take: Maybe they pick a wrestler with decent potential this year? There aren’t any confirmations on who the trainers will be yet.

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Pulse Wrestling Recap: WWE Tough Enough, 06.06.2011 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 03:47:39 +0000 This is it. The last episode where we learn who gets to be tough enough. Lets get started shall we? As always we start with a look back and are reminded about injuries that have happened in the competition that have taken people out. Andy’s breakdown is also covered. As we get last week’s show, Luke gets complements and Jeremiah is finally eliminated. And then there were two, Luke and Andy.

After the song, we start out in Tampa, which happens to be Andy’s hometown. We get to see Andy spend some time with the family, doing dishes, and taking his daughter to the park. Andy tells the camera that the WWE contract could be the potential to give his family a better life. Andy’s wife asks him how he feels about being in the final two with Luke. Andy tells her that Luke isn’t in the same league as him. Andy tells the camera that Lauren (his wife) is a trainer and has been working with him while he has been at home.  As Andy packs up and gives his wife and daughter a kiss goodbye, he tells the camera that he is ready for the challenge. There’s not a shadow of doubt in his mind.

Meanwhile in Auburn, Maine, we take a look in with Luke. Luke says that since he got home from Tough Enough, it’s been one big party. He calls him and his friends “redneck rock stars” and says they know how to party hard. Like Andy, we get a look at Luke’s training session now that he has left the Tough Enough compound. Unlike Andy however, Luke has access to a ring, where he can take some time to spar and go over things.  Like Andy he says that there is no doubt in his mind that the WWE contract is as good as his. Luke’s friends ask him how he feels about going up against Andy. Luke says that Andy is good but the reason that he (Luke) is going to win is the fact that he is a perfect storm and is “race ready.” As Luke packs up, he tells the camera that everyone has allowed him to peruse his dream. He tells his mom goodbye, and begins to break down in tears before leaving, thanking her for believing in him.

Back from commercials, were in Florida at FCW. Bill is in the ring waiting for the two with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. Bill explains that for the week, the two of them will be training with Ricky causing Andy to say to the camera “That is special, the things he has done are second to none.” WE get a rundown of Ricky’s highlight reel. Ricky goes through a list of successful WWE superstars that FCW helped to train including Del Rio, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett.  He says that between the two of them, he hopes that at least one will be able to join those names. Bill says that after a week of training, the two contestants will each have a match live. And in case they are wondering who their opponent is going to be for their live match, the answer is Bill. Luke tells the camera, that Bill is undoubtedly one of the toughest guys in the business but another part of him is excited to finally get a go at Bill. Bill meanwhile says that their performance will be judged and the winner would be announced live on Raw. Training starts now.

Once the two are with Ricky, the first thing he does is put them in the ring with each other. Ricky’s analysis is that Andy is a big guy and has good cardio but he worries that Andy seems to be blowing by some things and needs to slow down at points. Luke on the other hand, has a lot of quickness, but he will have to take some risks when he goes up against the much bigger Bill. Andy and Luke also take some time talking to the camera about their opponent. Andy calls Luke a weasel, and says that he hopes he never has to see him again after the competition. Luke says that Andy lacks his cockiness, which is going to be Luke’s advantage.  Ricky tells the camera that when it comes to the moment in the ring. They are the only ones that know what to do in the moment.

Back from commercial, Andy and Luke both talk about their upcoming match. Andy says that he has a bit of fight or flight syndrome, but unfortunately for Luke, he not running nowhere. Time to go through Bill for the contract. Luke says that he wants this because when he looks in the mirror, he sees a WWE superstar. Meanwhile, outside there is a crowd around the ring and, Bill is introduced to the audience. Bill says that neither contestant has met Bill in the ring yet. One of them is going to have to go through him to get their spot and he’s just not ready to give up his spot next. First up is Luke, then Andy, who says that his whole life is building to this moment. We get a montage of both Luke’s and Andy’s matches against bill set to the Tough Enough Theme song. Both potential stars show off impressive in ring skills including at least one jump from the top of the rope each. The fights end with Bill shaking the hands of his competitor, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat congratulating them.

Back in the locker room, Bill comes in with Booker T, who asks the contestants if they did their best tonight. Andy says yet, but Luke says he feels like he could have done better.  Booker tells them both that they did a good job, and they should give themselves a pat on the back for their in ring work tonight. Andy and Luke shake hands with each other as well as with Bill and Booker T. Bill tells the two contestants that after Steve Austin and the WWE executives talk we will see them live on Raw to learn the winner. Booker and Bill wish them luck before leaving. Both Andy and Luke tell the camera that its up to Stone Cold and the WWE executives to decide their fate now.

We go to commercial and come back on Raw were the WWE Tough Enough trainers are introduced. They walk to the ring and Bill asks the audience what’s up? He reminds us that tonight’s the night ad we are going to crown a Tough Enough champion, but before that happens, its time to introduce the eliminated contestants. The twelve that he saw get eliminated come out as Lawler calls the walk down the ramp almost to be a walk of shame.  Bill goes down the list of contestants as the crowd cheers and boos various contestants. Jeremiah and Martin get the biggest cheers from the crowd. Then the two final contestants are introduced. First up is Andy who is wearing a Silent Rage shirt. Luke comes next who Cole describes as a self-professed party boy.  Booker once again congratulates the two and then introduces Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold comes out and grabs his usual beer before getting a microphone. First Steve asks for a round of applause for all of the contestants as well as a “Hell Yea!” Steve calls it an amazing journey. He thanks Bill, Trish and Booker T, for helping him out in the training. Stone asks the trainers for their final thoughts before making his decision. Bill is up first and he says that both have made it through a lot of obstacles, but if he had to pick one right now, it would be Andy. Trish is next and she also complements both and says that she is glad that Steve has to make the final decision instead of her, before picking Andy. Booker is last and he says Luke has a hell of a future in the business, but says that Andy has the IT factor. Finally Stone Cold turns to Luke and asks him what he thinks about Andy. Luke says that He has shown up every day and Andy simply hasn’t. Turning to Andy, Stone Cold gives him free rein over Luke. Andy calls people in the ring real athletes, and says that Luke has no business being among them. We are intruded with Mr. McMahon arriving by limo. Stone yells at him through the giant screen to get down to the ring.

Back again, Mr. McMahon enters and comes down to the ring. Once in the ring, Vince first tries to give Stone Cold a big hug, but Stone threatens him with a stunner, saying that you don’t need to be hugging on national television. Vince then turned to the contestants and asked them what makes them think they should stand in the same ring that greats such as Michaels, Andre the Giant, and Sgt. Slaughter stood in. He even included Stone Cold in his list. Andy is up first but after saying guaren-damn-tee Vince moves on to Luke who says Love him or hate him, you will never forget him. Vice returns to Andy and asks if he is nervous. Andy says no, because he knows that he has already won. Vince then says that he has more or less made up his mind at this point about whom he was going to pick, but this prompts Stone Cold to pipe in and remind him that Tough Enough is his show, and that he is going to pick the winner. Vince steps aside and lets Stone Cold pick, but first suggests that a drum roll be used for the decision. A drum roll starts up and Stone stares down the two for a long time before declaring the winner of Tough Enough, because he said so to be……ANDY!!!

Stone and Vince both shake Luke’s hand before Stone takes away his belt. After Luke leaves, Vince offers Andy a welcome to the WWE before slapping him in the face. Stone Cold helps Andy back up and says congratulations before hitting Andy with a Stunner that knocks him out of the ring. Welcome to the WWE, Andy. That’s the bottom line cause, everybody in the audience now, Stone Cold said so! More beers are thrown into the ring and we end Tough Enough with a final handshake from Stone Cold to Andy, Andy stumbling away, and Raw starts up with Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon in the ring.

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EXW Xtreme Measures 05.29.2011 — Bill DeMott, Giant Bernard, Val Venis Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:25:32 +0000 Well, it’s all lead up to this. Don’t we, as wrestling fans, live for these big shows? Where the promises are as large as the potential? Titles would be defended, titles would be won. Not even some of the big names would miss this.

Xtreme Measures – May 29th

Wasting little time, we find out that Bill DeMott will be our special guest commissioner for the evening. He walked out to make sure we were ready for the show, and the full audience assured him that they were.

Match #1
Cedric the Hitman, Ray Basura, Moshpit Mike
Shadow Fox, Lucha Star, Rellik

I’m constantly wowed by Shadow Fox and Lucha Star. Such small packages (I mean physique, don’t get excited) that deliver such power when they really dig deep. To see them function as a tag team unit was exquisite. Moshpit and Basura teamed up like they had done it a million times before. These were the primary characters throughout the entire match, with appearances here and there from Cedric. But Rellik jumped in to clean up, making the crowd erupt. But a hush fell when his sights turned to his own partners, destroying first Shadow Fox, then Lucha Star. This has left me to conclude that no team won.
Winner: Rellik

Match #2
Kyle Hawk
Mike Da-Lite

I’m actually quite appalled with this match. Not because of either man, but with the damn fans. There were a lot of new kids at the arena, which was great. But check your WWE obsessions at the door. These two put on one hell of a match. And how does the crowd thank them? Going to the bathroom, buying another beer, zoning out. Such a shame. But what I liked best about this match, was how Hawk and Da-Lite slapped the audience in the face and forced them to take notice. And god damn it, that woke them up. Hawk looked better than he has in recent months, which was still pretty good. And Da-Lite was a surprising delight (see what I did there?).
Winner: Kyle Hawk

Match #3
Andrew Hellman
Cutler Wright
Number One Contender’s Match

Time for another broken record. I love Andrew Hellman. He is a joy to watch in the ring for a number of reasons. He displays power in his technical skill which, judging by the “smurf” chants that have become borderline annoying, makes you forget about his size. But also, he always seems to have a story to tell. You could feel that he really wanted to win this match, to gain a shot at the Heavyweight title. Which, he more than earned.
Winner: Andrew Hellman

Match #4
Steve Osborne, Devin Sparks, and Woodrow Santanelli
The Business
Tyson Tyler and Johnny Stamboli
The Network

One of the most anticipated matches of the evening, this was. It was a little all over the place to begin, but picked up quickly enough. One thing I must say…I adore Steve. I do. But he needs to learn how to slap someone without looking like a Diva. Some of the key players looked pretty weak, but altogether it was infatuating. Woody was slid a chair, and used it when the ref’s back was turned. But noticing the impact and the item, Woody found himself eliminated. Quickly after, Stamboli got rid of Sparks. So that left Steve, and the Network. He rolled out of the ring, marching up the ramp claiming the match wasn’t worth it. But then, a wild Robocop appeared! He was thrown back in the ring, where he begged for mercy, which the Network showed none of. The GFY returned with a vengeance, launching Steve into a hard table. With all elements involved, I probably have the fondest memories of this match.
Winner(s): Tyson Tyler and Johnny Stamboli

Match #5
Rexx Reed
Willie Mack
For the vacant Elite Championship

Let me start this by saying that Bill DeMott himself described this match as “great” and “how two big guys should work.” The two were very evenly matched the entire way, trading control and wowing the crowd. Mack is one of the first that I have come across that has been hyped into oblivion, and lived up to it. And Reed has been so immensely impressive, that it makes me wish that EXW could see more of him. I honestly wasn’t sure who would win, or should win. But was delighted either way.
Winner: Willie Mack

Tommy Dreamer’s music cued up, but he did not emerge. Instead, his opponent Dom Vitalli did, which bewildered the crowd. Dom waited patiently, but who should walk out next? Bill DeMott.

He apparently has a trick up his sleeve. It is implied that Dom did something to prevent Dreamer from arriving, so DeMott found a new challenger. Whether you know him as Giant Bernard, or A-Train, he appeared anyway.

Match #6
Dom Vitalli
Giant Bernard
World Heavyweight Championship

I’ll save you some time here. Dom didn’t want to face the giant. The Freak Squad ran out. Team Elite runs out. DQ. Over. Now, on to the real steak and potatoes of the evening.

DeMott walks out once more, claiming that it won’t go down like that. So, we have a 6-man tag team!

Match #7
Dom Vitalli, Frenchy Riviera, and Gabriel Gallo
The Freak Squad
Derick Neikirk, Val Venis, and Giant Bernard
Tag Team Championship

Lots of controversy with this match, but let’s talk about the actual match. This was a true display of what a good match should be. All six knocked me on my ass when the bell rung. I felt that familiar rush of adrenaline as my eyes widened and my breath caught in my chest. No matter where you turned, it was marvelous. The tags were quick, the spots were hard, and the fans took it all in with rowdy approval. Overall, I thought it was an excellent main event.

Now. The elephant in the room. To sum up, Giant Bernard turned on everyone, including his own tag team partners, to win on his own, and take the tag team titles for himself. Sound familiar? Most people are complaining about the déjà vu finish. Honestly, I almost completely forgot about the opening match’s finish. Blame it on the beer, blame it on the horrible memory. But I thought there was enough in between that anyone not scrutinizing each move wouldn’t think about. In hindsight, was it a little redundant? Sure. But in my opinion, it was done well in both matches.

After the attack, Giant Bernard wanted to continue, but DeMott wouldn’t let that happen. He ran out, forcing Bernard to leave. He then helped each of the five men to their feet. But the greatest part was, he ended the show with a very powerful, “EXW, you guys are the best.”


So, Giant Bernard walks out as the tag team champion…with himself. Willie Mack is crowned the new Elite Champion. The Freak Squad’s cracks are starting to show. The boys will reconvene on June 7th at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. And you bet your ass I’ll be there.

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EXW Preview — Adrenaline Rush, Xtreme Measures Mon, 23 May 2011 16:00:00 +0000 EXW’s Adrenaline Rush Preview

Live from Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in Mesa, AZ!!!


EXW’s Xtreme Measures Trailer

This will be EXW’s last show before EXW takes over the Celebrity Theater in Tempe, AZ with Xtreme Measures. Already confirmed for EXW’s Xtreme Measures is Tough Enough’s Bill DeMott, Val Venis, Tommy Dreamer, Derick Neikirk, and Johnny “The Bull” Stamboli. Tickets can be purchased at

The major news going into this Tuesday’s show is Dom “The Bomb” Vitalli’s open challenge. Dom “The Bomb” Vitalli, click here to view via YouTube, issued a challenge to any wrestler to face him for “his” EXW Heavyweight Title at Xtreme Measures on Sunday May 29th, 2011. In his challenge, the former Triple Crown champion boasted that the fans will pack Celebrity Theater for him and him only. Who will answer the challenge? Find out Tuesday at EXW’s Adrenaline Rush.

The EXW Board of Directors forced Dom “The Bomb” to vacate his EXW Elite Division Title after winning EXW Heavyweight Title. This Tuesday, we will find out which two competitors will compete for the coveted title at Xtreme Measures as the Elite Division Title Tournament roars on.

It was just two weeks ago that Team Elite (Val Venis and Derick Neikirk) left The Freak Squad (Dom “The Bomb” Vitalli and Gabriel Gallo) beaten and bruised in the middle of the ring. The Elitists are on the hunt for the EXW Tag Team Championships. What will be the fallout from the brutal beat down? Also, where was The Freak Squad’s third member, Frenchy Riviera and what role will have to play come this Tuesday?

Plus, you will see Tyson Tyler, Johnny “The Bull” Stamboli, The Prophet, Andrew Hellmen, Shadow Fox, “Milk Chocolate” Willie Mack, Cedric the Hitman, and many, many more. Please visit for more details.

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Bill DeMott, Tommy Dreamer to appear for AZ promotion Wed, 04 May 2011 03:03:31 +0000 Hope Tough Enough trainer Bill DeMott is ready to sweat, as he heads to Phoenix, Arizona on May 29th. He will be the special guest of Elite Xtreme Wrestling’s Xtreme Measures. DeMott ran a training camp for these EXW boys back in January, later taking on Tyson Tyler for their huge show, Bad Intentions.

Joining him will be Tommy Dreamer, in his third appearance with the company. The last time he visited was September 10th, facing Val Venis. He also reserved time to chat with the fans. Well, he did with me, anyway.

The show will also include the usual suspects; Val Venis, Derick Neikirk, Johnny “The Bull” Stamboli and the newly crowned Heavyweight Champion, Dom Vitalli.×120.jpg

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WWE Tough Enough Recap 4.11.2011 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 05:53:46 +0000 This week we saw the second episode of WWE Tough Enough and once again, it delivered. The training has not been easy for the contestants and as the weeks go by, it will only get tougher. Last week we saw Ariane get sent home after she could not convince Stone Cold that her passion was the WWE. Who got sent home this week? Here’s the recap for yesterdays show.


This week’s episode begins with Eric and Michelle returning to the house and informing everybody of how rough it is to be in the bottom three. Both of them tell the other contestants how bad it sucked to stand in that ring and convince Stone Cold that they wanted to stay. The next day at the training center, Stone Cold tells everyone that courage is the theme of the challenges for the week. He also goes on to tell them that if they are afraid to take bumps and get hurt, they won’t make it in the WWE.

Trish Stratus put Matt through a personality drill. She was originally impressed with him until he stepped into the ring with Luke. Luke instantly stole the show from Matt due to his great in ring skills and personality. During the training, Ryan (A.k.a, Skidmarks) struggled to get through the bumps he was taking from Bill DeMott, who really does not care for Ryan. “Miss USA” Rima Fakih also took a beating from the days training. She even goes on to say that after all the body slams she could not take a deep breath.

John Cena shows up only moments later to watch everyone in the ring and to also give some advice on how to succeed in the business. When training ended, Jeremiah and Luke were once again partying at the house. It loosens up everybody from a tough day of training but the majority prefers to avoid Luke and Jeremiahs lifestyle. Ryan and Mike start to exchange some words when Mike tells Ryan he’s too soft. He tells him numerous times, he doesn’t think he’ll make it back and also teases him about writing letters to his girlfriend.

The next day, Stone Colds next test for the contestants was to outrun police attack dogs. This was certainly a great way to test the contestant’s courage. Stone Cold and Bill DeMott watch and laugh at each contestant one by one as the dogs take them down. Eric shocked Stone Cold by completing the challenge while taunting the dog the whole time. Rima and Andy took the brutal hits when the dogs tried to bite right through the protective gear, and some of Rima’s hair was even ripped out.

The next morning, Rima shows up to the training center 20 minutes late. This leads to Bill DeMott making some sarcastic comments as she walks in to the building. The skills challenge for the day was to stand in the corner of the ring and take 5 corner splashes from Bill DeMott. This was a way of showing them how much endurance you need and how tough you have to be in the WWE.

After talking it over with Bill DeMott and Trish Stratus, Stone Cole determines who the bottom three for this week are. It turns out to be Matt, Rima and Ryan. Like last week, Stone Cold got in the faces of all three of them and asked them why they should stay. None of them tell Stone Cold what he wants to hear. He gets on Rima’s case about being late and Ryan for being a goof. It’s Matt that gets the worst of it this week. He tears Matt apart about his in ring skills and although Matt says he hasn’t had the chance to show them what he’s got, Stone Cold tells him it’s too late. As Stone Cold goes to take the belt away from Matt, he tries to hold onto it and convince Stone Cold to let him stay. Austin lets him know he had his chance already and sends him packing.

Another good show this week, and a bit of a shocker that Matt of all people was sent home. Like I said last week, I’m still pulling for Eric to win this competition. Right now he and Ryan come across as the underdogs, while Luke and Jeremiah are the ones that have impressed the trainers the most thus far.

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WWE Tough Enough Recap – 04.04.2011 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 04:23:26 +0000 This week we saw the return of Tough Enough, and boy was it good. The last time we saw the show was in 2004 and featured current WWE Champ, The Miz. This time around, Stone Cold, Booker T and Trish Stratus are all a part of it as well as a returning Bill DeMott. The contestants for this year are Martin Casaus, Matt Capiccioni, Christina Crawford, Michelle Deighton, “Miss America” Rima Fakih, Andy Leavine, Eric Watts, Mickael Zaki, Ariane Andrew, Ryan Howe, A.J. Kirsch, Jeremiah Riggs, Luke Robinson, and Ivelisse Velez. Here is the recap of this week’s episode.


This first episode of Tough Enough opened up with Stone Cold talking about the show and its contestants. He then welcomes all the contestants inside of the venue for Smackdown that night. The fun ended here when training began by cleaning up the arena before and after the show. After this they were introduced to Trish Stratus, Booker T, and Bill DeMott.

After being introduced to the three trainers, the contestants got settled inside they’re temporary home. Things started to heat up immediately when Mickael said the women only got to where they were because of their “booty”. Rima threw a water bottle at him and exchanged plenty of words in between.

Later on, the contestants go to the training center where DeMott, Stratus and Booker T were all waiting. The trainers wasted no time in getting the contestants to work. As they are all working out, Stone Cold Steve Austin shows up on a motorcycle. Shortly after, the contestants are asked one by one to take some bumps in the ring. Luke goes first and quickly impresses the trainers and shows he is in shape. Rima shows her lack of skills quickly in the ring as does Ariane. Throughout the episode, Michelle claims to have had 11 years of experience in the wrestling business but when it was time for her to step in the ring, she looked incredibly green. Eric also came across as very out of shape while doing the pushups and sit-ups. After all of this, the crew heads home and we find out Luke and Jeremiah are the party animals of the house in a “MTV Reality Show” like moment.

Next, Stone Cold puts the contestants through “Three Minutes of Hell” which consisted of running the ropes for three minutes. Most made it through it flawlessly but Ariane repeatedly pulled up her pants while running the ropes, much to the dismay of Trish Stratus. Eric was extremely exhausted at the end of the three minutes which led to Stone Cold questioning his desire to win. Rima was caught cheating after Bill DeMott noticed a pad on her right butt cheek which Trish Stratus wasn’t happy about. Although Jeremiah got through the three minutes, he ended up spitting out his false teeth which led to some humorous comments from Stone Cold, Booker T and Bill DeMott.

Afterwards, Stone Cold announced the bottom three contestants. It turned out to be Michelle, Ariane and Eric. Stone Cold liked what he heard from both Michelle and Eric who seemed determined to stay in the competition and improve. When he spoke to Ariane, she clearly showed that she didn’t know much about the WWE and was not determined to prove herself. Stone Cold asked her what favorite match of all time was. She responded with Alicia Fox vs. Melina, and could not name any other matches. This was all Stone Cold needed to hear in order for her to be eliminated. She stormed out of the ring and said we would still see her in the WWE eventually anyway.

This was a great start for the revival of Tough Enough. I personally am pushing for Eric to win this thing as long as WWE creative doesn’t turn him into the next Shad Gaspard. All of the contestants seem quite interesting this time around and this should really be something to look forward to every week.

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