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A Geek-End Weekend August 2008.

This is an old Geek-end Weekend, only now being written about.  Myself, the one and only Kevin Hellions, was joined by Sweet Matty Treats, Krone Meltzer, and the Educator of Excellence to go see some WWE and UFC action.  Along the way we were joined by the Raptor and this version of Team Hellions went to Syracuse NY for a Smackdown/ECW house show.
First stop was the Carousel mall to see if we ran into any WWE Superstars out killing time before the show.  Last time we were in Syracuse for a show there was a wrestler near by every time you turned your head.  Kane was signing autographs at Best Buy.  Kristal Marshall, Jimmy Wang Yang and Paul London were shopping.  Team Hellions walked behind Kristal for the entire length of the mall.  And it was well worth it.  Mark Henry and Marcus Cor Von were walking the mall together, parting the crowd like Moses did the Red Sea.  I summoned up the courage to shake Mr. Cor Von’s hand and tell him what a huge fan I am.  Unfortunately I closed my hand too quickly and bent his fingers back for a very uncomfortable handshake.
But this time there were no wrestlers to talk to, nor any autograph signings.  I bought some comics, we all had a little bit to eat and were off to the show.
Well, half of the show at least.  Because after seeing talented wrestlers such as Evan Bourne, the Brian Kendrick, Shelton Benjamin and Jeff Hardy we were treated to a half hour classic… between Mike Knox and Finlay.  While both are talented wrestlers, this was not the match that anyone wanted to see.  Maybe for 5 minutes, but no longer than 6.  Much less 30.  The match didn’t seem to ever end.  No classic British catch as catch can wrestling from Finlay.  No brawling from Mike Knox.  No response from the crowd.  Which we led.  You see, for every match up until this one Team Hellions led the slow claps.  We rallied behind the faces and motivated them to make dramatic come backs.  But even our magical hands could not save Finlay.
The match was thankfully over and we were ready for… intermission!  …the fuck?  Really?  We had a UFC PPV to watch.  Brock Lesnar!  Realizing that this was a house show no one cared about, even the wrestlers were playing it safe and being, lets face it, boring, we left the show early to travel to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch some UFC.  We arrive at 930, the show starts at 10 and we see three free tables.  Things are looking up.  We’re number 5 on the list, but with 3 free tables this shouldn’t take long at all.  Many minutes go by and no one has been seated.  Finally we ask, why is no one sitting there?  “Oh, some wrestlers put down $500 per table to hold them so they can watch Brock Lesnar.”  We’re now confused.  Do we leave, realizing we’ll never get a seat and eat tonight.  Or do we stay, and see some wrestlers?  We stayed.  Standing for two hours for this moment.  “Mr. Dykstra, your table is over here.”  Sweet Matty Treats leads the way for Kenny Dykstra and Victoria!  More wrestlers follow.  The Hardys and MVP were shown to their table by us.  And then we stood.  What now?  Brock’s fight came on, he won, and we left.  For Denny’s.  Slow Joe was our waiter, forgetting things like spoons, forks, and our drinks.  He tried but the kid wasn’t right in the head.  Another waitress kept apologizing for him and offered to switch tables so she could wait on us.  Not a problem we said, because then we would have to leave a tip.  Dammit, tips are to be earned, not expected!  Slow Joe receives a few dollars and a half.  Litterally a half, as the Educator tore a dollar in two and left half of it there.
We leave for home, defeated men.  No great wrestling, no great food, no great UFC.  But we had the memories of another Geek-end Weekend.

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A Tale of Old Comics.

Sometime last week I went to my local comics store, Pegasus Hobbies, to buy some new comics.  I had about $20-$25 of cool new stuff come in and I was excited to buy it.  Now, I’ve been going to this store off and on for years, at least half my life.  I didn’t go for a few years while I was in college and living elsewhere.  Even when I was in Watertown there were periods where I just wasn’t as interested in comics and would spend money on other things.  (Food mostly.)  There was some comment made over whether or not I would still be around in a couple months to pick up some things I had ordered (if I have my way I’ll be buying stuff through my own store soon enough).  I thought we were joking around, until the owner of the place moves a couple boxes behind the register and there are my comics from years ago.  No exaggeration, years ago.  I know because the books in the box came out in 2002.  Lets examine a couple things here:
In 2002 I was working at TJ Maxx.  I know where my money was going then, to Applebee’s, drinking at Kurt’s or on my porch, and trying to hook up with whoever I was interested in that week.  I have some comics from that year, so I must have still been spending money there, and maybe these are titles I was waiting to pick up and then never did.  These books are still sitting there.  Six years later.  Who’s fault is this?
Is it my fault, for requesting these comics and then never picking them up.  Coming in and out of the store for years but, until the past 2-3 months, never buying anything on any regular schedule.
Or is it his fault for running a shitty store?  The books could have been given to another customer, tossed in a dollar bin, put up on eBay, etc.  But no, there they sit in my box 6 years later.  Now bent because they were securely in the box.
I feel bad about it all and ask if we can make a deal for the lot.  “Well, I don’t know, maybe.”  If he thinks I’m spending $2-$4 each on old, bent comics (none of which are valuable issues) then he’s nuts.  Maybe I’ll do a dollar each to call it even.  Or not buy them at all.  Many are collected in graphic novels.  Yes, even us comics fans have our own debate akin to the “do I watch the episodes when they’re on or wait for the DVD box set?”  There are pros and cons to both approaches.
Oh sure, I have tons of comics already but what’s a few dozen more?  Especially when I’m viewing it as building up inventory now.  Maybe a store, maybe online, but I know I can do it better than half the people who already have their own places.
By the way, if you have comics, toys, various other geeky things that you want out of your house, throw them my way.
Or maybe I should hold onto my comic book money and buy out Borders graphic novels when we eventually close.  Stock closed at $1.37 today, I think the writing’s on the wall at this point.

I would end this by saying I’m back to doing this e

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Krone Meltzer – UFC 91 Preview

With a record of 9-3 after UFC 90, I am looking (as always) for a clean sweep here at UFC 91. I would be lying if I didn’t say that this may be one of my most anticipated cards in history as I believe that the main event is going to be a fight to remember. Anyways, instead of me wasting your time about what you already know, let’s get to work.

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory

Don’t really know too much about Tamdan McCroy, but I am a huge fan of “McLovin” Hazelett. With Dustin coming off of a big victory against Josh Burkman, Hazelett has a lot to look forward to in this fight. While he isn’t in the elite of the welterweight division, three of his four losses are to well known people (Josh Koscheck, Tony DeSouza, Junior Assuncao). I fully expect Hazelett to come out and push the action before taking down McCrory and finishing him off with a submission.

Winner: Dustin Hazelett via. 1st Round Submission

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Demian Maia vs. Nate Quarry

I am a huge fan of Nate Quarry and since coming back from his injury, he has gone 2-0, finishing off Pete Sell in a 3rd round KO, and beating Kalib Starnes by decision in the ‘Run fight’. However, it has been seven long months since Quarry has fought which could be against him. Demian Maia is no push over though, with a current record of 8-0, and coming off wins against Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, and Jason MacDonald. While he has won submission of the night on all three of those occasions, I think that the experience of Nate Quarry could play a huge factor in this match.

Winner: Nate Quarry via. 2nd Round Submission

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Joe Stevenson vs. Kenny Florian

Here is the sleeper fight of the night. While Stevenson did have that brutal fight against BJ Penn back in January, he has one win since then against Gleison Tibau which he ended in the second round. For Florian, since losing to Sean Sherk back in 2006, he has racked up five straight wins, including wins over Joe Lauzon and Roger Huerta to give him his first loss. I can easily see this fight being a bloody war with neither man going down due to their determination to win, but in the end, I just believe that Florian is going to bee too much for the season two Ultimate Fighter alumnist.

Winner: Kenny Florian via. Unanimous Decision

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks

In a bout that could be crucial to Gonzaga, he takes on Josh Hendricks. Being the number ten heavyweight fighter in the world according to mmaweekly. com, I really believe that it is a no brainer here anyways. Sure he has losses to Couture and Fabricio Werdum, but that doesn’t matter when he steps into the octagon with Josh Hendricks. I am feeling a Gabriel Gonzaga bandwagon starting, because I can see a big win here for the man they call “Napao”.

Winner: Gabriel Gonzaga via. 1st Round TKO

UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Randy Couture (c) vs. Brock Lesnar

It is quite possibly the biggest fight in UFC history and will go down as easily one of the most anticipated. Having looked over this fight time and time again, it is really hard for me to pick a winner. Lesnar has his speed, size, and wrestling background, but Couture has the wrestling as well along with being able to come up with great game plans. Sitting here at my computer, I am still trying to decide who will win this one. Both men I could easily see winning this one and facing either Mir or Big Nog after their fight, but this fight is so close to call and has such contrasting styles, it proves to be difficult to call. As much as like both men and want to see Lesnar succeed, I don’t think it will be here as Couture will pick apart Lesnar with his dirty boxing and show the world why you never pick against “The Natural”.

Winner: Randy Couture via.
4th Round TKO

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Daily Babe #1

Women from all corners of the Hellions universe.

Olivia Munn.

Olivia Munn

WWE releases Super Crazy.

from WWE.com

World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Super Crazy as of Nov. 5, 2008. WWE wishes Super Crazy the best in all future endeavors.

and from the Wrestling Observer:

Wrestling Observer Newsltter

Smackdown wrestler Super Crazy (real name Francisco Pantoja Islas) reportedly quit the company at a show this past week.

It came out of nowhere, and he was said to be unhappy with his status in the company. He’s been been promised pushes a number of times, but they’ve never materialized.

Senior Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis didn’t take the news too well. Laurinaitis told Islas, “Do you know how many wrestlers in Mexico want to be here?”

Islas was telling friends that despite his low-level position with the company, he was happy with the pay, but unhappy with his job.

Should WWE release Islas, he is eligible to collect three months of pay without working due to the non-compete clause, but he’s willing to waive it because he simply wants to wrestle to the best of his ability. If he waives the non-compete clause, he is still not able to go to TNA for 90 days, but that’s probably not his goal anyway.

In an update to this story, WWE released a statement on the company website this afternoon acknowledging his departure from the company.

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