Friday, November 20, 2009

Becoming Andy Kaufman (Part I)

I have a tryout at a professional wrestling school tomorrow.

I'm nervous.

It isn't my first wrestling class.  About two years ago, I went to one class up in Hope Mills, NC.  The price was right, I loved their system, and the trainers and my fellow students were all great.  But the horrible 3 hour one-way drive saw me delaying going back.  I was making plans to go back when I got laid off in late 2008.

Anywho, now there's a new school less than about 15 minutes from my house.  It was being ran by Robert Gibson from the Rock 'n' Roll Express at first.  He's no longer there since, as I've been told, he started screwing a lot of people.

Now there's a new school in the same location being ran by Mike "The Blaster" Lawler.  I admit that I've never heard of him until recently.  That's also a cardinal rule that I'm breaking, according to most.  I'm turning 25 on Thanksgiving which is less than a week away.  I've promised myself that by 25 I'd be doing my best to be getting in to the business and now that its nearly here, its time to cut the shit.

So tomorrow is when I'm beginning (again).  I have to be there at 10AM which is a little rough, but I'll be there for sure.  I'm excited, nervous and anxious all at once.  Mostly nervous.  It isn't a lot of money that I'll be paying tomorrow, but I'm now only working 4 days a week and I was struggling before that so it may make things a little tougher.  Unfortunately, some of the people I'd hope would support me the most don't.  Again, it may be unfortunate, but fuck 'em.  I've got a good chance right now to go trained.  I know for sure I've got a long way to go (including getting back into decent shape) but its now or never right now.  If I wait any longer, I'll have broken my self-promise and I'll be getting to the age that its no use trying because I'll be too old to start on a path in the business.

Though I've done one class before, I have no idea what to expect.  My only expectation is that I'll be using my three days off to recover.  I don't know if this is going to be an assessment of my athletic ability or conditioning; or its going to be me in the ring taking bumps or (God forbid) getting stretched.  We'll see.

I've spoke to a former professional wrestler that works as maintenance in the resort I work at.  He's encouraging but cautiously so.  He's warned me that hitting the ropes is hell.  I'll be consulting with him on the side to see if he has any other advice.  He's a pretty nice guy.

I'll try to post updates after each class.  Maybe not right after, but sometime in the week or so after.  Just to kind of document my progress and all.

Sorry to seem like I've lost all of my humor in my last few posts.  They've been so spread out that its stupid.  Work is much slower now and the fact that I now have three free days each week means that it's likely I'll be doing more posts.  I make no promises.  I kind of miss the way my blog was a few years ago in its 'prime'.  I dug it.  I miss it.

Keep me in mind tomorrow, kids!  For from 10AM EST until ??? I'll probably be in a whole world of hurt.  I hope not, but it seems likely.

Wish me luck!

-=The Prynce

Monday, August 10, 2009

WWE Based Blog - Never Expect Another of These!

Alright, so I got bored and realized I hadn't blogged in way too long.  I was going to do a post on the healthcare thing, but wrestling came on so I just wrote my play-by-play thoughts on WWE Raw for tonight.  Never should there ever be another of these.  Don't think this is what this blog is going to become.  It isn't.

Randy Orton is starting Raw.  I don't know if I care.  I've liked the character for a while, but I've never loved it.  He does his role very well but he tends to overdo it.
WWE was clearly worried about the Canadian fans with the opening promo.  Throwing that cheap heat into his monologue...
Whodathunkit?  Cena's out to bore the world just because Orton mentions his name.  Anyone remember Cena's early years?  He hasn't been entertaining since his feud with Lesnar.
Speaking of not caring; is there anyone above the age of 12 that gives a shit about seeing Orton/Cena again?  Have we been seeing this for 3 years or what?
I hate those gay head-to-head things, Cena and Orton.  It just looks silly.  Stop it.
I think Cena just accused Big Show of blowing Shaq.  Anyone else get that impression?  Speaking of Big Show, he shouldn't be forced to wear a suit.  It makes him look like a rather regular sized guy.
Good on WWE for not making Jericho get cheap heat with the Canadians.
The tease of D-X saddens me.  I've said it before, Jesus has no place in D-X.  It will never be entertaining until Shawn realizes that God has no issue with entertainment.

Divas match.  I really don't give a shit about this.  Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix are the only reasons I'm not going to go do something else during the match.  I predict a Kim win.
The crowd seemed to be hating the pin after pin bit.  Its not the US, guys.  They expect a degree of wrestling.  By chance, I think the two most attractive Divas in WWE are Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix.  I have no doubt that the bulk of that attraction comes from them also being among the two best performers.
Kim wins.  With only 4 good women wrestlers on the roster, who really cares?  No actual wrestling fan.
Couldn't they have thrown Sarge in more of a military fatigue outfit instead of his wrestling gear?  No office to the guy, but he looks kinda weird.
Slaughter's awesome.  I love that they're getting him the Canadian heat.

I may be the biggest Jack Swagger fan I know.  This guy has it.  Mic skills could use work, of course.  But no matter, Swagger will be huge in a few years if used right and if he keeps it going.
I also am a monster Evan Bourne fan.
I'm loving this series of matches.  This guys are the future of the wrestling business.  They have very different styles but they work well together.
Swagger gets the win and I'm fine with that.  He's the best wrestler.  Bourne's just probably more exciting.
I have to say I'm looking forward to MVP and Swagger.  It just saddens me tha one of the two will have their momentum halted by the meeting.

This HBK thing is stupid.  Hokey.  Shawn was entertaining enough there, though.

Eugene.  Hooray.  I'm kidding.  Why not just have him as himself?
I wonder who the Calgary Kid is.  And I wonder if they brought in Russo to make this match.
Ha!  Miz!  WWE, that was GREAT!

Orton and Big Show.  I don't care.  I'm finding it hard to actually watch the match.  Show won, right?  I really kinda got distracted.
Shawn himself is entertaining in this bit.  The rest of it isn't...  After typing that, I changed my mind.  He wasn't entertaining.

Alas, Chris Masters.  Sucking the life out of the crowd like no other.  Its incredible.  Or unincredible.
Has anyone else noticed that since Masters has returned, his legs look too short?  And his trunks have a saggy diaper look about them.  I'm sick of him already.  I'm glad for his loss.  Good for you MVP.
Swagger's back at ringside.  Did I mention being a huge Swagger fan?  That Jimmy Carter on smack smile is awesome.  He's so fluid on those gut wrench powerbombs.
Looks like Piven and Dr. Ken may have actually enjoyed their hosting roles.  That's gonna be the benefit of the celebrity hosts, I think.  Making the hosts fans.  They will then go on Conan and other shows and folks will be like “Hmmm...  Maybe I should give WWE another try.”

I like the bit now with the 'Summer Fest' reference and the use of Shawn's real last name.  'Sweet Chin Music' on a child doesn't sound like something Jesus would like, Shawn.

The Duggan bit was great.  I love what they're doing with Sgt. Slaughter tonight.  Of course it wasn't going to be Bret Hart, but that was still awesome.

I honestly kind of stopped paying attention for a bit there.  I don't care about Henry, Hornswaggle, or Legacy.  I'm beginning to see that I don't care about a lot that WWE puts on these days.  Jack Swagger is the obvious exemption.

Jericho is great.  Talking up Canada only to butt-slam it was fantastic.  Reminds me of one of his WCW bits where he proclaimed “I'm glad I moved to the States 'cause Canada sucks!”

Freddie Prinze, Jr. hosting Raw.  Yawn.

Cena and Jericho.  I like Jericho and always have.  But I have little doubt that there will be no clear finish in this match.  I should say, there shouldn't be.  Cena's win makes a WWE Tag champ look weak.  I'll count on that dick logic from WWE, though.  Although a DQ of some sort would be right up WWE's alley as well.  Its a main event.  Why wouldn't they?
A DQ for what?  Who wins?  No contact was made?  So stupid, WWE.

Cena and Orton vs Jericho and Orton?  It MAY be interesting.

Raw's over.  Never expect this type of post again.  It'll likely never happen.

-=The Prynce

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Say 'Goodbye' To a Tangerine Sky

I know a guy.  His name is Lawton.  He looks like Gary Sinise.

Friday night, we went to Stool Pigeons (I don't think there's any bar in this city I hate more...) at Broadway at the Beach to meet a few people.  Lawton and another friend of mine (Casey) had been out since 4PM drinking.  Casey took it slow.  Lawton did not.

By the time we met up with them at about 8:30PM, Sinise was drunk.  D-R-U-N-K.

We all hung out.  Fun times.  We overhear a guy in the next booth say with extreme passion, "I'm talkin' 'bout PACMAN!!"
Then we prepared to leave.

Upon paying his check, Lawton asks our waitress, "Do you go to Coastal (Carolina University)?".  She casually replies, "I used to."

Its at this point that Lawton says something that had me (and the rest of the table) in stitches and the waitress no doubt disgusted and insulted.
"Shit, me too honey and it didn't do me a damn bit of good either!"  Flabbergasted, we were!

Complete apologies if this doesn't translate in written form, but it killed me!

That and I don't know anything else to post and I feel like I'm an asshole for neglecting my blog...

More to come.

-=The Prynce

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Non-Sports Related, Pre UNC at Duke Tip-Off Thoughts...

I just thought I would post a quickie blog post so here goes!

I'm just sitting around... Bored. I'm about to watch UNC take on Duke which is why this will be a quick post.

After 4 months, I'm still unemployed. I just found out today that the job I was really hoping for is no longer an option. My number one problem is my bad interview skills. I just tank on 'em. I felt better with this one than I've felt with one in a really long time but I still didn't get it. It sucks and all, but there's nothing that can be done about it now. I'm just trying to avoid any hotel jobs right now. I'm sick of knowing that each Fall, I'm at risk of getting laid off. Hotels are too volatile for me. I have bills that don't go away each Winter.
Then there's the fact that I want a job that will allow me to have Sundays off so I can train for wrestling and something with hours so that I will be able to see my son almost every day if not every day. When it comes down to it, I'm just open for anything right now.

Hard Rock Park may not go out of business! As of this afternoon, there were two potential buyers. The more I think of it, the more I want it to survive. I had a lot of fun there the one time I went. Then there's the economical reasons, as well.

I want to apologize for the bad grammar and things in my last post. I wrote it line by line over about 8 hours spread out while doing a lot of other things at the same time.

I don't know if I mentioned it yet, but I'm also learning Japanese. I'm proud to say that I'm one of very few people learning, trying to, or wanting to learn Japanese that HATES anime.
Its hard. There's no way around that. There are three types of writing which is incredibly hard in itself. Sometimes its hard to not slack off as it becomes a little disheartening at times. I love to learn though, so I hope that helps.

Congratulations to my #2 favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for their record SIX Super Bowl wins!

Anywho, tip off it currently less than five minutes away so that's all I have for now. Remember to come back and COMMENT!

-=The Prynce