Today is the birthday of KISS founder and bassiist, Gene Simmons, who turns 66 this year. We look forward to a new KISS album!!
TV and movie actress Yvonne Craig has passed away at the age of 78 due to complications from breast cancer. She was a ballet dancer before breaking into acting and appeared in two movies with Elvis Presley. Yvonne was best known as playing the original Batgirl Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, on the 1966 Batman TV series in its third and final season. She was basically third wheel and provided the edge whenever Batman and Robin are stacked with odds against them. Batgirl would disappear without Batman and Robin knowing and they don’t know each others’ identities. Yvonne also played an green-skinned Orion slave girl named Marta in a Star Trek episode. She appeared in several movies and TV, including the Six Million Dollar Man. Over the years, she did voiceovers, traveled all over the world, and did real estate. She has done Batman conventions over the years with her Batman co-stars until a few years ago. Yvonne Craig will be missed by the showbiz and superhero community worldwide.
Today is the birthday of pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, who turns 62.
Pro wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper has passed away on late last night in his sleep due to heart attack. He was 61 years old. Born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatchewan, Canada and raised in Winnepeg, he was trained as a pro wrestler since the age of 15 and won the Golden Glove award in boxing before entering pro wrestling. He competed in many promotions before going to the National Wrestling Alliance in the late 70’s where he feuded with Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, Bob Orton and Dick Slater. It was in the NWA where he had a couple of famous angles – one of them was brawling with Dick Slater and the other was getting his face rubbed on the floor by Ric Flair and Greg Valentine. This resulted in Piper facing Valentine in the first-ever Starrcade in the Dog Collar Match before heading to the then World Wrestling Federation in 1984.
Whereas Hulk Hogan was built up as the premiere good guy, Rowdy Roddy Piper was built up as the main bad guy and this helped the World Wrestling Federation go national and into mainstream. They had several feuds in house shows and that MTV special called the War To Settle The Score before Piper teamed up with Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff against Hogan and Mr. T in the first WrestleMania in 1985. Piper continued his feud with Mr. T while he feuded with Orndorff. He had a non-wrestling segment called the Piper’s Pit where he talks to guest wrestlers whether they were good guys or bad guys. Later Bob Orton turns on Piper with the help of Adrian Adonis and the two feud at WrestleMania 3 where Piper won and shaved Adonis’ hair. During this time he was involved in the movies and the most notable movie was called They Live by John Carpenter. Piper would go WWE’s rival, World Championship Wrestling aka WCW.
In WCW, he would feud with Hulk Hogan who was turning heel and leading the NWO. Piper won against him in Starrcade 1996. Piper stayed with WCW until it was out of business in 2001. In 2003 and 2004, he would have brief stints in Total Nonstop Action aka TNA, where he would do a worked shoot promo with Vince Russo over Owen Hart’s death and his contributions to wrestling. In 2005, Piper returns to the WWE and gets inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, along with Hogan and Orndorff and was under a Legends Deal. He also did standup comedy and recently produced a podcast. Piper mentored many of the WWE’s current young stars with his Piper’s Pit segments as well as return matches such as teaming up with Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka against Chris Jericho.
Piper’s contributions to the pro wrestling business is cemented and helped make the WWE and pro wrestling what it is today. He was one of the best talkers and great wrestlers who never won a World title. Rowdy Roddy Piper will be missed by his family and the pro wrestling community worldwide.
Actor Omar Sharif passed away at the age of 83 due to heart attack and alzheimer’s. He was born in Egypt and appeared in many films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Funny Girl, and Dr. Zhivago. The most memorable role for me was in the 1984 comedy film called Top Secret, which starred Val Kilmer, where he played a spy for Kilmer’s love interest and was turned into a human car. He will be missed by the show business community worldwide.
Not too long after I posted by last blog, I discovered the other poster’s twitter and discovered that he had tweeted about me about my comments about the TNA haters making TNA relevant since our incident this past weekend. Too bad for him, it’s true because they talk about TNA whether positive or negative instead of their own favorite promotions. Also in his tweet that he saw my post about him and his ratings talk about TNA and ROH on June 18. So he waited 10 days to respond, go figure. He sure wasn’t mad when he saw my posts when he tweeted it. Instead he waited for me in 411 so he can trash me. Heck of a coward for doing that.
Judging from his twitter, he’s obsessed with TNA Mecca yet bashes it. It’s true that he posts there from time to time, but this is in line with my point in that he could have went over to Mecca and responded to my post if he had a problem with it.
Also in his tweets, he was touching upon my comment about Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley. I guess what happened this past weekend wasn’t the first time he thought I was a clown. Actually it is true about Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley considering the timing of it that’s too coincidental. So hey, he didn’t make me look bad in his twitter, he actually made me more relevant and I thank him for that. If only he’s man enough to respond to my posts at TNA Mecca if he has a problem with it instead of tip toeing around there.
No wonder he gets a negative reputation among the wrestling fans as he’s banned left and right from many places. I guess I shouldn’t have wasted my time with a TNA hater. I’m proud to be a pro wrestling fan, but I’m a fan of TNA wrestling since 2004. I will defend it to the very end.
Yesterday on the weekend I was posting on a pro wrestling site called 411mania in the disqus comment section and got a response from a poster whom I thought I had respect for and got along with until he called me out for being a coward. This caused problems between us as he name called me and accused me of lying about him where I wrote about him on a site called TNA Mecca. What I posted at Mecca was based on the things he said about TNA such as their viewership not mattering and that they’re not in the Top 100 in cable rankings. Well, neither was Ring of Honor. I didn’t lie about him nor twisted his words.
I flagged his comments and warned him not to start things with me that he cannot finish. The posts that I did at Mecca was 2 weeks ago and he waited 2 weeks to respond to me. I know he posts in Mecca from time to time. If he had a problem with what I posted at Mecca, all he had to do was go there and post a response immediately. Ironic that he called me a coward while he waited 2 weeks. Living up to my name, I’ve had the last word with him before it was deleted by the mods at 411. Matter of fact, the 411mania mods have taken his side and deleted mine because I discovered that site does not like TNA thus diminishes their credibility. I’ve been with 411 for years until yesterday so I stopped going there and switch to another wrestling site with a lot more credibility.
Never get on my bad side, disrespect me, or start something you can’t finish and that goes to other pro wrestling fans. At the end of the day, I am a fan of one wrestling organization called TNA and he turned against TNA while defending Ring of Honor (ROH). For him to make requests doesn’t fly with me because I don’t have to adhere to the request of a TNA hater. I will defend my favorite wrestling organization such as TNA to the very end. Unfortunately, the fallout happened between us and my respect for him was lost.