Thursday, June 28, 2012

Interview: Sensei Michael Parisi ( Hardcore Wrestling International )


INTERVIEW W/ SENSEI MICHAEL PARISI ( HWI )



Where did the inspiration for the character Sensei Michael Parisi come from?



Sensei Parisi is a reflection of Michael Joy. I had just finished a ten year journey and earned the title of Sensei in the art of Aikido. I had reached my goal and captured my first degree (shodan) black belt. Now, I was ready to embark on another journey in the world of Hardcore Wrestling International. I wanted to use everything that I learned in Aikido and combine it with my knowledge of professional wrestling, and hopefully create a unique style for myself. I think HWI commentators once called me an “athletic nightmare”. At the time, there were definitely more similarities than differences between myself and the Sensei Parisi persona.



Obviously playing heel is more fun than being the face. But from a creative stand point what did you do to separate the face Parisi from the heel Parisi?



Sensei Parisi as a face is very relaxed and reserved, patterned after wrestlers like Ricky Steamboat and Bob Backlund. He did his talking inside of the ring, because he wasn’t particularly a great talker behind the microphone. I played Parisi this way the majority of my HWI career, however I did have two very memorable heel runs. The heel Parisi is the polar opposite of his face counterpart. My personality in front of the camera changed from reserved to very animated and over-the-top once I became a bad guy. There was noticeably improvements in my interview style too. I think playing Sensei Parisi as a heel gave me more freedom to express myself, and it showed.



You developed a friendship with CCW’s very own Skeet Slander during the course of your career. Would you care to describe how that cross country friendship developed?



Yes, it was born out of marketing the HWI brand. Let me explain. It was the early 90’s and the height of the tape trading boom. I had videotaped the now infamous Terry Funk vs Stan Hanson island match at Cooper River in New Jersey. I immediately put the word on the street ( and in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter ) that I had this match and I wanted to trade for it. That single match helped me build my wrestling tape collection as everyone wanted it. I did business with wrestling tape collectors across the United States, Canada, and even Australia. Now, our own HWI promotion was going strong at the very same time. What I did was put HWI matches on the back end of each and every Funk/Hanson match that I mailed out. This aggressive form of marketing helped HWI get established as the premier backyard wrestling company in the country. It helped us gain relationships with other backyard organizations. One of those organizations, was the yet to be formed California Creative Wrestling (CCW) founded by Peter Hinds (aka Skeet Slander). I got a tape sent to me in return of this wild and crazy match between Skeet Slander vs Skip Roma somewhere in the hills of Northern Calfornia. They used sheet metal a lot. Anyway, the rest is tape trading history. They prompted HWI to push the creative envelope and I think we pushed them to do the same. In our 20 year long distance friendship, I have yet to ever meet the man behind Skeet Slander. However, I have said this in the past and I mean it - If there is one match that I would come out of retirement for, it would be a match against Skeet Slander in the ring of reality brutality.



Please share with us the day you broke your arm and any of the behind the scenes memories from that fateful day?



I dislocated my elbow. I was lucky that I didn’t break my arm. It was a match against Bobby Decker and I was attempting a flying forearm smash coming off the “ropes”. I hit my target but upon landing my arm twisted the wrong direction and I immediately knew there was something wrong. The match was stopped and I don’t recall the official decision but I imagine it was a no contest. Of course, not knowing any better I was offering “anyone” to try to pop my arm back in. Decker stepped up to plate. He held my arm steady with both hands and I braced myself for the jolt. It seemed like we were standing there forever, before Decker thought better of the bad idea and opted not to try practicing medicine. At this point, there was no choice – Sensei Parisi was going to the hospital. HWI newcomer Mad Matt Campbell twirled his comb a few times before agreeing to be the designated driver. The rest of the HWI crew stayed behind to watch over Big Mama’s Pancake House. I remember the drive to the hospital like it was yesterday, every bump on the drive there was uncomfortable. I think Mad Matt purposely hit a couple pot holes. Anyway, I recall being on the table and the doctor telling me to count to ten. The next thing I knew I was waking up with a cast on my arm. My HWI wrestling career was threatened but it was an obstacle I would overcome.



Would you care to describe the mood, the match, and the aftermath of the day in which the infamous shoot fight with Jonathan Day took place?



I was working midnight shift at ADT security at the time. We used to tape shows on Sunday mornings at the Monster Factory. I used to get home from work around 8:30am and then sleep for maybe 2 hours before I had to get up and get ready for HWI. There wasn’t really a whole lot of time for mental preparations. During this time period, I was usually the last person to show up and sometimes interviews were already being taped by the time I walked in the door. All that being said, I was extremely excited to work a shoot match against Jonathan Day. The match was completely my idea and I knew what was at stake. I was HWI champion at the time and there was no plans on the table for me to drop the belt. If it happened, it was going to happen for real. MMA was relatively new to the world and gaining popularity, so I thought this was something that I wanted to integrate into our promotion. If it worked out, this would be a natural progression for my character. We decided ahead of time that there would be no strikes, only grapping and submissions. I regret not thinking over the rules more because I think that lead to my downfall in that match. Once the bout was set in motion, Big Bad John Day kept going for the ropes and breaking the flow of the match. I made an executive decision half way through the match and had the referee change the rules to NO breaks on the ropes. It was too little too late. I had already wasted a ton of energy trying to trap John Day in submissions during the first half, so by the second half of the match I was spent. He is two times my weight, maybe more, so when I got trapped underneath of Day’s massive frame, I just couldn’t escape. Instead of trying to wait it out and get into a long boring match, I opted to tap out for the sake of entertainment. I eventually had another shoot match years later and won, but it’s a return shoot match against John Day that has escaped me for many, many years.



What is your most memorable match in HWI history?



Well, I already mentioned 2 of my most memorable matches. The match when I dislocated my arm against Bobby Decker and the shoot fight when I lost the strap against Jonathan Day. Let’s go for a third. It’s the “Valley of Tye” match against Johnny Rotten at the sand dunes behind Camden County College. It was such an interesting location that upon scouting it with Death Kotegashi, I knew it had to be featured in an HWI broadcast. This match had a different feel from anything that we had ever attempted before, and it worked. We used Kotegashi as the host and we broke the match into two segments, so the first segment had somewhat of a cliff hanger effect. Another gimmick that we used was fake blood and lots of it. It looked like Johnny Rotten was in a blood bath. Also, because of the look of the location we were able to play up the story that we were wrestling in the middle of nowhere. This match also featured a crazy suicide dive off of a really high dirt hill. What makes that memorable is it was probably the first “high risk” move that I had attempted since my arm injury. It paid off.



Some honorable mentions include matches, against Death Kotegashi at Cooper River, against Steve Ignorant at HWI Tournament, and against Buddy Harvey at 2nd shoot fight.



Would you care to share your thoughts on the legendary feud with Bobby Decker?



It was our version of Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat. It was the HWI rivalry that would survive the test of time. We built ourselves as the top stars in our territory. I think our early matches had a natural chemistry, so it was very easy for us to work against each other over and over and over again. At least in the very beginnings of HWI, I think it was safe to say that while we had bodies to wrestle, we didn’t have a lot of “talent”. It was up to me and Decker to provide the heat. I think the breakout angle that started it all was the Parisi/Decker parking lot brawl. I remember we filmed it after an NWA wrestling card at the Woodbury Armory. It was our tribute to Jerry Lawler/Eddie Gilbert parking lot brawls. It was a love/ hate relationship between Parisi/Decker, as they would feud and then they would join forces against common enemies. I think one of my favorite wrestling angles is when Decker turned on his “friend” Sensei Parisi and hit him with multiple dimensions of the piledriver. It was the best I had ever sold anything. It was my academy award winning performance. Bobby Decker was right on mark with as a heel. The commentary for the angle was some of the best in HWI history. The angle was perfect. Actually, the only thing MORE perfect would happen years later. We duplicated the same exact angle but this time with Parisi turning on Decker. The only difference was the angle was kept a close secret, so no one knew what was happening until it actually happened. We got great knee jerk reactions from everyone, especially the announcers. This was Perisi/Decker coming around full circle and we were embarking on some of the best booking that we ever did. The culmination of the feud was Perisi losing a Loser Leave HWI Match, but only return to HWI under the identity of Bobby Decker. We had started a storyline that focused on the real Bobby Decker vs the fake Bobby Decker, but these were our last tapings.



You had great success in HWI. But is there anything that you never got to accomplish?



I feel that my story with Bobby Decker is still open. I would have liked to official close the book on that chapter of HWI history. Our last couple of HWI broadcasts were among some of the most creative that we had ever done, and we took the Sensei Parisi – Bobby Decker soup opera to the next level of booking. It was good stuff, but we left it wide open.



Why do you think HWI was so successful?



Devotion. I lived and breathed HWI during that time period. I know I lot of the other guys were passionate too. On the business end of things, I think me and Decker worked together like a producer and a director. I always excelled behind the scenes making things happen while Decker was best at giving the direction to the crew. On the flip side of the camera, it was everyone who made HWI a success story. Death Kotegashi (B.M.) was our version of Jim Ross behind the camera, and our version of Kevin Sullivan in front of the camera. He was HWI’s most loyal employee. Big Bad Jonathan Day (M.F.) was our version of Stan Hanson. He made our promotion look “too legit to quit” because of his intimating size. Steve Ignorant (B.M.) was our own personal Sabu. He had the “it” factor more than anyone else on the roster. He took HWI to the next level with his death defying stunts. Johnny Rotten (M.M.) was our version of Jim Cornette. He was custom made to be a professional wrestling manager, and if HWI didn’t have him then another promotion definitely would. These were our soldiers. These men are the reasons why HWI is so respected and so successful.



Where is the Sensei Michael Parisi now?



Retired.. as is most of the HWI talent roster. There has been rumors that I might show my face in front of the camera once again, but it probably won’t be in any type of wrestling capacity. It would take a lot for me to actually wrestle again and that includes a lot of training. I’ve been approached about doing a “shoot” interview in front of the camera, but nothing has been signed yet. Now, you probably want to know if I currently consider myself a face or a heel. I’ll say this, I’m whatever Bobby Decker is not!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Doctor Who Character Building TARDIS Mini Set

Doctor Who Character Building TARDIS Mini Set







  • Want some mini figures of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond?
  • How about a TARDIS vehicle for your building needs?
  • Recreate adventures in time and space!
  • Compatible with LEGO sets, too.
Build your very own TARDIS and recreate adventures in time and space with the 1 3/4-inch tall Eleventh Doctor and his able assistant Amy Pond! The TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) is the Doctor's transportation vehicle and home that can take him to any place and any time. And remember: it's bigger on the inside than on the outside! This cool set includes 53 pieces and a constructible TARDIS, plus fully articulated Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond Micro Figures. It's compatible with LEGO sets, too! 


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

"DEAD afterlife" takes on A FILM WRITER

DEAD afterlife
logline submitted to A FILM WRITER website
DEAD afterlife logline / A FILM WRITER

Star Wars Action Figures 2012 Vintage Wave 4

Star Wars Action Figures 2012 Vintage Wave 4 Revision 1

:

  • Star Wars action figures from the entire Star Wars saga!
  • Each Vintage Action Figure comes with awesome accessories.
  • The classic Kenner-style Star Wars packaging you remember has been applied to the newest films!
  • Case includes 12 Star Wars heroes, villains, scoundrels, and more!
These 3 3/4-inch scale Star Wars action figures feature classic characters and retro packaging! Longtime fans of Star Wars are going to love the Kenner-style packaging, right down to the old-fashioned Kenner logo. And each Star Wars Vintage Action Figure comes individually packaged with terrific accessories like blasters, lightsabers, and removable helmets. Don't miss this awesome assortment of Star Wars heroes, villains, scoundrels, and robots! Ages 4 and up. This Wave 4 Revision 1 case includes 12 individually packaged Star Wars Vintage Action Figures (subject to change):
1x Qui-Gon Jinn (Phantom Menace)
1x Ratts Tyerell and Pit Droid (Phantom Menace)
1x VC92 Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars)
1x VC93 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
1x VC95 Luke Skywalker (Hoth, Empire Strikes Back)
1x VC87 Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi, Jedi Origin)
1x VC58 Aayla Secura (Revenge of the Sith)
1x VC59 Nom Anor (Expanded Universe)
1x VC60 501st Clone Trooper (Revenge of the Sith)
1x VC56 Kithaba (Return of the Jedi)
1x VC57 Dr. Evazan (Cantina, Star Wars)
1x VC28 Wedge Antilles (Return of the Jedi)
(subject to change)


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

eBay Monopoly

From  CourthouseNews.com
Friday, June 1,2012
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge refused to dismiss claims from a class action that claims eBay monopolized the market for payment systems used in online auctions.
The auction site allegedly raised fees and shut out payment-system competitors after acquiring PayPal in 2002.
The class claimed eBay has made PayPal the only viable option for sellers, and therefore sellers have to pay fees to eBay both for listing and selling their products and for using PayPal.
eBay’s accepted payment policy prohibits sellers from asking buyers to contact them for additional payment methods or from asking buyers to use a method a seller did not include in their listing, according to the class. If it believes a seller violates the policy, eBay removes seller’s listings.
In January, U.S. District Judge James White disagreed that the class tied its claims of attempted and actual monopolization to eBay’s acquisition of PayPal.
The class instead tied the claims to the continued modification of eBay’s accepted payment policy. This included prohibiting payments through Google Checkout in 2006; doubling PayPal Buyer Protection in 2007, which allegedly eliminated buyer protection for non-PayPal transactions; requiring sellers to accept electronic payments in 2008.
eBay moved to dismiss claims that the alleged tying between eBay and PayPal harmed competitors, which Judge White denied in an unpublished order Tuesday.
Earlier in this litigation, the judge gave the class leave to amend its allegations, referred to as “tying claims.”
“At the hearing on this motion, plaintiffs clarified that the tied product market is narrower and is defined as the national online payment services market for use in online auctions. Plaintiffs also clarified that they allege that the tying product market is the national online auction services market,” the judge wrote.
Because the class narrowed its definition of the “tied product market,” the court concluded that the alleged tying arrangements could have had a significant effect on commerce, and the plaintiffs’ facts “cross the line from possible to plausible.”
eBay also moved to strike paragraphs about its acquisition of PayPal in 2002, and of Verisign in 2005, which Judge White denied.
The class claims the disputed paragraphs “demonstrate the historical progression of the eBay/PayPal business empire, a necessity for later proofs.” “Although Plaintiffs do not explain what these later proofs might be, on this record, the Court cannot say that the allegations have no possible bearing on the issues in this litigation,” Judge White wrote.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Star Trek Captains Unite at Comic Con

Wizards World Philadelphia Comic Con

 For the first time together in one location, the five captains from the five "Star Trek" television series appeared today at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  From L to R, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula. (Tomlin Campbell photo for Wizard World).





Star Trek is a science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. The Star Trek fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry is the setting of 6 television series, including the original 1966 Star Trek, in addition to over 10 feature films, dozens of computer and video games, hundreds of novels and other fan stories, as well as a themed attraction in Las Vegas. The original TV series alone is one of the biggest cult phenomena of modern times.

Star Trek depicts an optimistic, almost utopian future in which humanity has largely overcome such traditional frailties and vices as sickness, racism, poverty, environmental destructiveness, intolerance, warfare, and religious strife on Earth, and has united with other intelligent species in the galaxy. The central characters explore the cosmos, discovering new worlds and encountering new civilizations, while helping to promote peace and understanding.

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CM Punk slams into Philadelphia for Comic Con 2012

CM Punk Q&A from the 2012 Wizards World Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday, June 2nd


 
17+minutes recorded (but audio is poor at times)

Is Austin Idol afraid of Mike Joy?

It was 1 year ago today when Austin Idol SNAPPED while I was interviewing him for Horrornews.net.  This interview was so HOT that Bill Apter and 1wrestling.com refused to touch it.


If Austin Idol is reading this,  " I challenge you to a 2nd interview, so we can set the record straight once and for all ".


If you don't know what I'm talking about, here is the re-post of the infamous interview that happen one year ago today.






Jim Cornette says,
"I had never heard of you before, but now I know you're a delusional, fumblemouthed prick who shoots videos in your garage trying to be someone by knocking people who were involved in things that happened before you were born. Why do you assume I give a fuck about you and why is this tragic plane crash any of your business? Please fuck off and rot...."
Twiggy Ramirez says,

"if you were taking a real life experience that was probably the worst thing that every happened to this guy and were just going into business for yourself with it....then I agree with Idol, *you're a punk*"

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dark Shadows Werewolf Model Kit

Dark Shadows Werewolf Model Kit

:

  • Meet Chris Jennings, otherwise known as The Werewolf!
  • From the classic TV series Dark Shadows.
  • Extremely detailed model kit from 1969!
  • Features glow-in-the-dark parts and additional poseable arms.
When Chris Jennings returns to Collinwood, he finds a new love interest and his future happiness threatened by a transformation under a full moon. The Werewolf from the 1960s cult-favorite Dark Shadows is back in this fearsome werewolf figure that's detailed right down to the hair on his face, his fangs and claws, and the cable knit in his sweater. The model kit comes with optional glow-in-the-dark parts and additional poseable arms, plus a display base and his own spooky accessories! It features the original MPC tooling and packaging artwork. Fans of the classic ABC series will welcome this long-awaited Werewolf 1:8 Scale Model Kit, last seen in 1969! Skill level 2, glue and paint required. Ages 10 and up.

Age: 10+
Size: 1:8 scale
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The New Screenwriter

Attention! If you are a horror screenwriter and you are working on your first script, you definitely need to check this out. The New...