INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 25th, 2011 -- #30

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Welcome to the "Merry Christmas" edition of the MWF Newsline from the most read column on the BOSTONWRESTLING.COM Supersite. . .granted, it's the only column on the site, but the facts are the facts. . .

The loss of Sonny Yee last weekend was a tough one. . .Sonny was a friend of almost sixteen years (to the day).  His work in both the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble's CWA and as Lt. Commissioner of the Millennium Wrestling Federation was important to both organizations.  Calling him and Franklin D. Churchill the founding fathers of the MWF isn't a complete lie as both were paramount in getting the company off the ground in 2001.  Life became a challenge for him after his health declined following a massive heart attack in 2007, you don't want to see those you care about suffering.  I was happy to produce the tribute video to Sonny Tuesday night after learning of his death, and proud to call him my friend.  Rest in peace, the slot machines are calling!!

The MWF TV section is hot right now. . . Ox Baker's Rocking Christmas special featuring several great special appearances is online now through January 1st only - unlike many of our TV programs that remain online, this one travels off into cyberspace come 2012. . .

The December MWF Cyberstarz featuring the Low Ki -vs- "Hurricane" John Walters title defense has been extremely well received.  It's online now, free, on-demand from any computer in the world. . .treat yourself to a tremendous championship clash with two of the best to enter the squared circle. . .

Major progress has been made on the SOUL SURVIVOR VIII front.  Saturday, March 24th, 2012 is going to be one of the most exciting, memorable events in company history.  Debuting superstars, returning stars, the best in-ring action in New England, huge raffle and auction items, an interactive autograph / photo fanfest, the BEST value in professional wrestling!!  Can't wait to cross the i's and dot the t's on the final piece of paper I'm waiting on to announce everything and put VIP Packages and general admission tickets on-sale. . . as frustrating as the process has been, it's been well worth the wait. . .the official event page is open, the BLOG continues to be updated to give you guys a behind the scenes look at what it's like to put together a massive event like this, both good and bad. . .

Our "12 Days Of Christmas" charity auctions were a big hit and helped six worthy causes, I hope we can do more of the same in 2012 and beyond.  On March 24th, we'll be putting together our biggest charity effort ever, that being MWF FULL THROTTLE - an absolutely FREE live event for friends from several non-profits as well as a bonus gift to our MWF Superfans that pre-purchase tickets.  It's a great feeling to be able to give back to quality groups like Special Olympics, Big Brothers, Make-A-Wish, etc.  Said it before, will say it again, professional wrestling can do a lot of good for a lot of people in the right hands. . .

Not so much news in regards to ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, March 3rd in Fairmont, NC. . .come on J-Fab, what's the word brother??  Give us some scoops about what the good word is in the great state of North Carolina!!

Have come up with an interesting new platform we hope to debut in early 2012 to continue to add fresh content to BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  Between this site, Facebook and Twitter, there's a constant stream of fresh information in this non-stop social media, information sharing world. . .

After Spike TV's all day Bar Rescue marathon back on December 21st, has John Cena Sr.'s mouth been shut once and for all about Jon Taffer??  Doubt it.  While I don't ever expect these two to step into the ring with each other, I've found their verbal exchanges very interesting.  On both Facebook and Twitter, Taffer promised some kind of a "confrontation" with Cena in early 2012 - that, I would indeed pay my hard earned money to see!!  I'd love to see a large percentage of the superstars on our roster step up to the plate and try to aim that spotlight in their direction while perfecting their verbal skills, but that's a (long) different column for a different time. . .

As noted, I have my own personal accounts on both Facebook and Twitter. . .shoot me a friend request or a follow so I can inflate my ego a bit. . .no fluff on there, the gloves come off as there aren't anywhere near the amount of restrictions put on me as there are in this column. . .

Don't forget that the tremendous sales in the MWF Store are on-going through New Years. . .save anywhere from 33%-80% on everything!!  Best deals & sales we've ever had, again, as our thanks to you for a decade (plus) of the Millennium Wrestling Federation. . .

For all of you hard working stiffs spending Christmas at work, we're in the same club. . .enjoy whatever free time you have enjoying what you do.  If we don't "speak" beforehand, Happy New Years to everyone as well. . . .more than anyone, the little Mirade's. . . hope Santa was good to you yet again. . .


Best,
Dan



"Slow it down" - Eddie Sharkey, Las Vegas, June 9th, 2006

"It's sad what's become of our business. . .when we started, we had to earn the right to be in the ring" -- Tito Santana, being interviewed by Les Thatcher January 15th, 2008

"It is much easier to get in the wrestling business than it was when I started.  One reason it's easier is that there's so many wrestling schools and independent promotions out there.  It really doesn't take a lot of courage to go pay a wrestling school for some lessons.  Of course, the odds of anyone learning much there and on the independent circuit is almost nil, because the people running these schools aren't qualified to teach and the chance of advancing one's career is exponentially downgraded as  well."    - Dutch Mantell, "The World According To Dutch"


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 10th, 2011 -- #29

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Happy holidays fans. . . so much going on here in the MWF that my sleep pattern has been thrown out of whack, today up at 5:30AM when that's usually closer to when I go to bed.  Before getting into the latest news and scoops, wanted to give our MWF "12 Days Of Christmas" auctions a plug.  As I write this, the first three nights auctions have ended and we've raised money for Make-A-Wish, Globe Santa and the Cauliflower Alley Club.  That means a lot to me personally.  All of our "Keep The Kids Off The Streets" activities and charity work is done in honor of the two little Mirade's, and with the Linda Mirade situation, the past couple of years has been "difficult," to say the least.  When they're older, I look forward to telling them stories of some of the things we've done publicly and privately, and some of the great fans that helped the cause. . .

In addition to our charity auction, there are no better sales in professional wrestling than what you'll find in the MWF Store right now.  Everything slashed from 33%-80% off the regular prices.  As a big time Christmas fans, I really enjoy these types of things.  While it's a group effort, I started to come up with ideas for some of the Black Friday weekend and December deals as early as August.  Whether a gift for yourself, a friend or family, we hope you'll check out some of these amazing deals. . .

The week's MWF Newsline video went up mid-week and can be found on the front page of the site.  Last "Studio Sunday" was a hectic one and with so much going on, we were all called upon for a weeknight meeting / session. . .

Sorry to say it looks like Todd Hanson's shoulder injury was so severe that doctors are setting the expectation for him to be out of action anywhere from six to eight months at this point.  Really disappointing after everything he went through after forfeiting the MWF Heavyweight Championship due to injury in June 2009.  Hope Todd takes his time to make sure he's 100% and not rush the process.  Would love to see him really get his head in the zone and blow away expectations that have been set for him.  I'm not a fan of comedy wrestling for someone that can kick ass and deliver, and that's exactly what Todd Hanson has proven he can do in the past and should be making a career out of.  Keep the mirror on the wall. . .

No updates on "Demon" Luis Ortiz, the timeline for him is anywhere up to one year as of this writing. . .

Spoke to The Iron Sheik this week and felt pretty bad when hanging up the phone.  The Sheik's had a tough go of it after making some tremendous changes in his life.  If you're a fan, hope you'll take a few moments and send along a Christmas card or a letter thanking him for his contributions to the sport over the past five decades.  We're going to mail them all out to his home a couple of days before Christmas to hopefully life his spirits a bit. . .

A ton of work has gone into SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, lots of positive conversations to have one the most unique, star studded nights in MWF history as we prepare for "the finale."  The waiting game can be a frustrating one. . .I was really pushing / hoping to have VIP Packages and tickets on-sale this weekend for fans.  So many things in the works both in and out of the ring, including a bonus gift I think fans will love.  Not everybody works at MWF or Dan speed, so we have to wait. . . .hate the wait. . .it's like a baseball GM trying to get a deal signed and announced. . .but positive progress has been made if nothing else.  I'm excited about a card with a lot of variety to it. . .will be sending out an email to our MWF Superfans (i.e. those "officially" classified as such from prior online ticket purchases) hopefully over the weekend to see what their wants / interests might be. . .

Have been asked about ROAD TO THE GOLD March 3rd in Fairmont, NC and unfortunately have been given little information to share.  No matter what you think about the transition to the Carolina's, the fans there deserve as much quality and bang for their buck as humanly possible.  Why??  Personal feelings aside (and there are many), it's what's best for the sport of professional wrestling.  I'm sure it will be a hot night in Fairmont and I'm very excited about my return to the Carolina's even if there are many mixed emotions that go along with it. . .

John Cena Sr. is reportedly going to return to MWF Studios tomorrow night to further address the Jon Taffer battle he's taken part of.  What I wouldn't give to see Taffer shut Cena's big, pompous mouth once and for all.  Fans have been encouraged to take to the movement and hound him entering and leaving the building.  Let's expose him for what he is. . let's get to the truth about the North Carolina "inside job."  #TafferCena

December is going to be a huge month for MWF television.  On Cyberstarz, Low Ki's first MWF Heavyweight Championship defense is scheduled against the outstanding "Hurricane" John Walters.  We're working on a few things for the Superstar Zone.  Ox Baker's Rocking Christmas special is going to be one for the ages, Netflix is going to want this one available for subscribers next year.  We also have a New Years Eve special as yet another thanks to our great fans featuring "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal -vs- Julian Starr in the main event.  After a exhausting few months this fall, we want you to enjoy the holidays right along with us.  There are dozens of action packed episodes of MWF TV online now, catch up on the hard hitting action today on-demand, free, from any computer in the world!!

That's it for now. . .I'm sure there will be more news breaking, so don't miss a day on the BOSTONWRESTLING.COM Supersite, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to be ahead of the game!!  Enjoy the holiday season with those you care about. . .you sadly never know when life circumstances might change. . .



Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 2nd, 2011 -- #28

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Greetings. . .didn't realize that it's been this long since my last update. . .let's get into it. . .

I'm not at liberty to go into many details about Wednesday's (extremely long) hearing.  I don't want fans getting the impression or expectation that we had a "Christmas Miracle" and that the Millennium Wrestling Federation canceled it's plans to move to the Carolina's in April.  I have not been at MWF Headquarters since last Sunday, but I'm pretty certain that has not changed.  What I will say is that news should start to break for early 2012 and SOUL SURVIVOR VIII March 24th in Melrose, MA soon.  The past few months have been draining for everyone, but at least we know what we're facing at this point.  Vague, but try to read between the lines.  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and especially Wednesday actually caused a physical headache for me, something I haven't had in years. . .

In our verbal duel on the November Superstar Zone and "Online Overtime," Cena put it out there that if SOUL SURVIVOR sells out, he'll convince the MWF Board of Directors to change their mind and stay in Boston.  Is he Santa Claus all of a sudden with magic powers??  Nice thought, but I don't want to see fans get their hopes up because of that scumbag. . .

I'm not the only one Cena is having battles with.  Oh no.  After spitting on the fans of the MWF at our 10th anniversary event in September, insulting 14,000+ in Boston for WWE Raw November 14th saying they "sucked" and were "losers" if they weren't fans of his sons.  Things got interesting from there as Jon Taffer lit him up on Twitter after hearing his comments, saying he had his sledge hammer ready.  Cena showed Taffer total disrespect buy purposely mispronouncing his last name by calling him "Jon Tayfer," which Taffer simply replied "Let's Rock!"  After seeing last weeks Newsline video (on the front page of the site), Taffer's been tearing into Cena on both Twitter and Facebook, along with Taffer & Bar Rescue's legion of fans.  I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this in several ways.  My feelings for Cena are pretty well known.  There's more than meets the eye going on behind the scenes, and I'm confident the information mailed to me at MWF Headquarters proved that the whole North Carolina deal is indeed an inside job.  Proof isn't exactly easy to come by, though.  As I've written many times, myself and the Sunday night MWF Studios crew loved Bar Rescue every weekend this summer, it was a tremendous half hour distraction from the mountain of work that needed to be done.  Taffer is outstanding as a television figure beyond his world renowned expertise in the nightlife industry.  For him to be able to lay into Cena like that. . . Christmas came early for me, let's put it that way.  If you missed Bar Rescue over the summer, check out the first season online, or get ready for the all day ten episode marathon on December 21st - you won't regret it!!

Back to SOUL SURVIVOR VIII. . .we know Paul Bearer will be there, Cena Sleazena is on board.  I expect more announcements to be coming shortly in regards to some of our featured superstars.  We have The Undertaker WrestleMania 27 autographed plaque that comes with a piece of the ring rope up for grabs, as well as a double matted John Cena autographed photo that's another rare collectible.  The unfortunate news is that both Todd Hanson and "Demon" Luis Ortiz are going to be out of action with their respective injuries anywhere from six to eight months for Hanson, up to a year for Ortiz.  Extremely disappointing.  Hanson took a beating at the hands of Paul Bearer's Trifecta of Terror prior to the November Cyberstarz, and Ortiz was attacked after turning down an offer from JBL's Uprising as well as competing in the "Drag Me To Hell" war last month.  It's tough to lose two longtime MWF veterans, but their health is of utmost importance.  I'm sure they'll have a lot to think about and to motivate them as they go through the rehab process.  If nothing else, it certainly gives other superstars on the roster the opportunity to kick the door in and further establish themselves.  Will they??  Or more wanting a handout??  Will be interesting to see.

"Ox Baker's Rocking Christmas" special has must-see written all over it.  You never know what to expect from this long time veteran of the sport as well as co-star of "Escape From New York" with Kurt Russell.  Other special guests will be on hand as well Christmas Eve from what I'm told. . .I'm looking forward to it. . .

We have nothing short of the biggest sale in MWF history going on right now in the Store. . .every item, every bundle, every package is anywhere from 33%-80% off.  You read those numbers right.  These aren't leftovers from past holidays stores are looking to get rid of to create space, these are the real deal, hot items in the Store at deeply discounted prices as a thank you to the fans as well as helping the cause as we continue down the road to SOUL SURVIVOR. . . best wrestling values this holiday season!!  "The Everything" Bundle will keep you entertained and educated all winter long. . .saving 60% off the regular price isn't a bad deal, either. . .

Hope to be back soon with more news and notes. . .be well. . .



Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 14th, 2011 -- #27

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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This is going to be one of the more difficult columns for me to write but could not go an hour without putting something on this web-site after what went down tonight. . .never. . .EVER . . . have I become more enraged at MWF Studios with any human being as I was tonight. . . .

First, the business at hand. . . .

The November Cyberstarz is online now and fully loaded.  The 6-man "Drag Me To Hell" tag team war turns into a 3-on-2 handicapped match with Paul Bearer's Trifecta of Terror (MWF Southern Champion "Stalker" Dylan Kage & MWF Tag Team Champions Rick Fuller & "Executioner" Brian Milonas) with Bearer and Ox Baker in the respective corners.  All hell breaks loose at that point, and that's with Hanson injured and Ortiz in rough shape after his altercation with John Layfield's Uprising on the October Superstar Zone.  Also have the MWF debut of "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (with Bull Montana) looking to shut the mouth of "East Coast Cowboy" DJ Dubay after spending the summer mocking his love of shoes and Bull Montana's past with horses. . . .

Our weekly video news update was unable to be produced tonight with so much happening at the studio. . . .we had planned a great tribute to the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble to air for the week before things got hot. . . I'm writing this shortly after midnight, but it's still "November 13th" to me until I go to sleep and wake up tomorrow. . . the majority of the wrestling world are rightfully reflecting back on the passing of Eddie Guerrero on this date in 2005. . . in 1999, we lost Tony, the man responsible for the Millennium Wrestling Federation coming together.  I regularly sing Tony's praises for all he did for myself and so many others involved in the MWF.  I recently wrote a column about Tony's body of work on the CWA's anniversary October 23rd. . .

I will try to keep this as  "spoiler free" as possible with the overloaded November Superstar Zone online in a few days. . .there's a lot going down behind the scenes right now man. . .

I arrived at MWF Studios tonight with a letter waiting for me with a handwritten Post It and a handwritten note of sorts.  I've had been suspicions about Cena for awhile now. . . a few things just didn't add up.  After what I received in the mail today, I could be partially or completely right.  The letter was sent with no signature or return address.  IF YOU SENT ME THIS LETTER PLEASE EMAIL ME IN PRIVATE IMMEDIATELY, it would be greatly appreciated. 

The debate was (supposed to be) set up for myself and Cena asking each other three questions each. . .with our tempers set off, it was more of a fight than a debate.  Some of the remarks he made about my health that he learned from his "spies" and "informants" -- his words, not mine -- were disgraceful. . . .

After reading the letter mailed to me, I had to re-think my questions and bombarded off guard with my last question.  As the verbal brawl continued, he went from ignoring the questions to what I believe is slipping up on one of his answers, which has me even angrier. . .

Just when you think it's over, Cena attacked me like an animal outside of the studio taping area. . .to be honest, it came close to getting really physical before it was broken up. . . a few thought it made for great viewing, others were pretty upset with me after the old man stormed off in a huff. . . screw him. . . he had the set to say he'll sue if anything slanderous is said about him??  Caught like a deer in the headlights!!

The next couple of days are going to be a challenge with us both slated to be at the WWE tapings in Boston and Bridgeport, CT.  Boston is where he shot himself in the foot and made a fool of himself trying to invest his money in John Layfield's energy drink company at Survivor Series 2008, which led to his own issues with JBL.  If I even see his face at the Garden. . . .I don't know. . . if fans see him, spit on him for what he's put everyone in the MWF through, from our athletes, to our staff, to the fans. . . I'm trying to watch my wording as carefully as possible. . . .when you get as PO'd as I am right now, you may not remember things as clearly as they happened.  I'm hoping that Wednesday night we can watch the tapes (several times). . . I'd like to see his facial expressions when hit with the info the first time in slow motion, then the look on his face when he told me I "asked more than three questions". . .

That's all I feel comfortable saying here. . . my Facebook page is not associated with the MWF site, so I can vent there if need be. . . .it's going to be a very interesting few days. . . .if I'm right, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was scammed by this pig. . .if I'm wrong, it just means it can't be proved 100% for now. . .


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 3rd, 2011 -- #26

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Apologize for lack of updates. . .have been dealing with a lot trying to get health back on track as well as the insanity going on behind the scenes. . . most of this update was written on October 23rd with a little more added today. . .

October 23rd is a day that holds a special place in my life.  On that day in 1993, thanks to the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble, along with Pat Doyle and the voice of the MWF The Jackal, my dreams came true at just 13 years of age as a freshman in high school. . .entering the world of professional wrestling.  It's the same experience I write about every year. . .as I sit back this year with life so crazy in a not so good way, it's amazing that I've been involved with the sport I love for 18 years. . .18 long years, a roller coaster ride that never ends. . .the land of unknown, as you never know what's going to happen next.  I was broken into the business the right way, the old school way - not the "little league baseball" way of 2011 - and I wear that as a badge of honor.  In Wakefield, MA October 23rd, 1993, I met Commissioner Von Johnson for the first time, The Iron Sheik, Rich Palladino, Tony Atlas (who just competed at MWF X).  1993 was a life changing year thanks to the three aforementioned at the top of the paragraph. . . .

Another busy Sunday night at MWF Studios. . . new Newsline video on the new front page. . .some changes coming to the BOSTONWRESTLING.COM Supersite, how big or small remains to be seen, but change is-a-comin'. . .one thing discussed is how much of an impact social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have on fans visiting the site. . .lots of positive, productive conversation taking place instead of what we've been dealing with of late. . .nice night. . .

SOUL SURVIVOR VIII work continued to move along behind the scenes.  Paul Bearer was officially announced on Halloween-eve as being part of the big event.  Last week, we announced that our "main event" raffle item will be an authentic, autographed Undertaker WrestleMania 27 plaque, one of only 500 in the world, worth hundreds of dollars.  This framed plaque comes with a piece of the ring rope used by every superstar that competed in Atlanta earlier this year.  Any Undertaker autograph is a rare one, but this is from the biggest event of them all in what may likely go down in the match of the year as Taker extended his WrestleMania streak to 19-0 defeating Triple H in one hell of a match.  You can't buy this bad boy in stores, but if you're at SSVIII live in Melrose, you have a chance to win it for just a couple bucks.  Would love to hear from fans from recent events about some of the great, rare autographed prizes they've won.  If nothing else, we aim to please.  More great stuff to come. . .some we have, some we're working on. . .

MWF Home Video's are getting a makeover as well.  Saw the proto type of two tremendous DVD covers for the Boogeyman and Doink The Clown Matt Borne Studio Shoot Interview DVD's.  The plan of attack seems to be to keep the price structure as is for DVD's shipped in a standard jewel case, with a moderate price increase for our die hard fans that want these really cool DVD covers.  They look like they just walked out of Best Buy, cool stuff. . .

Will we ever see more MWF TV episodes available on DVD??  Likely.  Will we ever see SOUL SURVIVOR complete events on DVD??  Very likely, it's just a matter of time, our new video production equipment we're still learning that's been in place since July, along with laying down the voiceover's.  It's a very time consuming process, as a three hour wrestling DVD would likely take 40-50 hours to produce from start to finish.  With limited studio time each week and the amount of work we have to do, it is indeed a challenge.  Believe me, we'd love to have more of them out there for you, and hopefully will for the holidays (knock on wood). . .

ROAD TO THE GOLD 2012 will officially take place Saturday, March 3rd in Fairmont, NC.  No word yet on any of the matches, but it will be nice to return to the great state of North Carolina, a peaceful place with nice people. . .just two or three I'd rather see drop dead than look at. . .if it's half as good as our August efforts, it will be a big night in Fairmont. . .

John Cena Sr.'s first NC import arrives at MWF Studios next month. . .not sure who or what it is. . .

Speaking of Cena Sr., really looking forward to our showdown Sunday, November 13th.  You talk about must-see TV, this will be a no-holds-barred "debate" with the two of us in the same place at the same time since we were in the ring together at MWF X and broke the hearts of so many fans, staff members and athletes.  I look forward to unleashing the beast on Sleaze-na. . .

In more light news, have plans for a great Christmas special in December. . .to give fans an early present, dug up the tremendous Italian Gold music video from 2005. . .great piece of business. . . never a fan of "ha ha" wrestling, but it certainly fit here.  I thought Italian Gold had great potential as a tag team, but they just didn't gel together personally, and were brainwashed by a Moose Lodge hustler. . . .oh well, I don't think the world of wrestling lost a lot of sleep over it, but they were a fun team I wish we had the opportunity to do more with. . .

We've had some great $5 DVD deals of late with more to come.  Expecting a blockbuster of holiday deals, sales and charity offers coming your way as Kris Kringle is busy booking his territory. . .

Happy to see many of our roster speak out against the move to NC. . .Slyck Wagner Brown, Todd Hanson, Julian Starr and several others, which you can find on the Newsline page. . .will be interesting to see who comments next. . .

Finally, finished up Dutch Mantell's first book "The World According To Dutch". . .enjoyed the book a great deal, a nice quick, easy read . . . would have liked more of a "timeline" as Dutch's book is almost like a road trip with the boys with chapters all over the place in no particular order - not a negative, just always been my preference.  Great quote that will remain at the bottom of every column:  "It is much easier to get in the wrestling business than it was when I started.  One reason it's easier is that there's so many wrestling schools and independent promotions out there.  It really doesn't take a lot of courage to go pay a wrestling school for some lessons.  Of course, the odds of anyone learning much there and on the independent circuit is almost nil, because the people running these schools aren't qualified to teach and the chance of advancing one's career is exponentially downgraded as  well."    

Amen. . .

Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 15th, 2011 -- #25

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Where's Jon Taffer from "Bar Rescue" when you need him??

Kinda close to making a mega-announcement that certainly would have changed the game in the MWF so to speak between now and April, for me at least. . .wasn't meant to be right now but who knows - maybe sooner than later.  As I've said before, as frustrating as everything is that fans are privy to as well as behind the scenes, it's extremely stressful, but the Millennium Wrestling Federation is my baby. . . I co-created it in 2001. . .in a sense, what's happening between now and April is almost like a slow death.  Having to deal with these people post-April is going to be difficult, but my word is my bond.  No one held a gun to my head when I re-signed my commentating (i.e. "talent) contract through the fall of 2014.  I could quit, but I'm not a quitter. . .never have been, never will be.  I'm bound by a confidentiality clause, but I can say that November 30th is going to be a meaningful day. . .

The October Cyberstarz is online as we speak. . . to watch it is intense, to have lived it live. . . have a knot in my stomach sitting here thinking about it as I type away.  October Superstar Zone should be an interesting program that we produce tomorrow night.  Personal feelings aside, the Dylan Kage vs "Infamous Icon" Joey Silvia MWF Southern Championship clash from this past summer is going to be online soon.  One hell of a match with two athletes that can go. . .would love to see Silvia compete up north. . .

Hearing a rumor that Sleaze-na's first southern import will be debuting on MWF TV much sooner than April. . .as in weeks. . .

Happy to see some of the superstars of the Millennium Wrestling Federation stand up and speak their mind. . .it's one thing for a longtime veteran (and two-time champion) "Slyck" Wagner Brown do it, but I'm proud of both Julian Starr and Elia Markopoulos.  I feel for the younger talent that have looked at the MWF as a platform to truly excel on. . .with regional wrestling facing some difficult times over the past decade, it's not an easy task for athletes based up north to trek down to the Carolina's - that's the reason why this whole mess is such a challenge.  I hope more of our roster will speak up and let their voices be heard. . .

"Heat". . .in wrestling, it's like oxygen. . .two different people I've had a great deal of heat with over the years, two different present day end results.  The first is that useless slob Shell coming back to life yet again after closing up shop I don't know how many times when whoever he was conning to "invest" (i.e. waste) their money on his garbage vision.  He should do himself and wrestling a favor and blackball or sabotage his own efforts.  On the flip end of the coin, I spoke with Road Dogg earlier and he's getting a test run as an agent / producer with WWE.  Road Dogg will always be an interesting name in MWF history. . .one of the superstars that opened the doors to the company. . .his "demons" destroying a fundraiser and theft. . . TNA helping repair the relationship five years later. . . then him doing the same thing all over again days before SOUL SURVIVOR VI as I was wheelchair bound in Las Vegas for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion excited about talking shop with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Jim Ross. . . .what a crazy, amazing sport this is.  Nonetheless, I'm genuinely happy for him after successfully beating his drug problems.  I've had a lot of negative things to say about him over the years, but when we spoke earlier this year and he took true ownership for the errors of his way, I gained a lot of respect for him.  Good for him and good for his family, especially where there are so many horror stories out there.  I could be mistaken, but I believe ESPN is airing a special on the destruction of Scott Hall next week, which could be a mini-series. . .best of luck to Doggy-Dog. . .

Began "training" for SOUL SURVIVOR VIII:  Final Destination this week. . . took a walk for the first time since April when my foot turned purple. . .being the stubborn individual I am, I would not stop until I lapped the entire lake. . .little did I know it was four miles long and my hips felt like they were going to pop out of my socket.  I'm glad I did it, a really long way to go, but I'm focused on the "final destination" so to speak and releasing years of frustration running through my veins. . .working on some really cool giveaways / raffles / auctions for the event. . .if this is it, we're going out the same way we came in back in September 2001 - with a BIG BANG!!

TNA Bound For Glory this weekend. . . like some of the creative changes they've made recently and thought the build up to Bobby Roode's title match against Kurt Angle were excellent.  Hulk Hogan and Sting is kinda. . .well, hope it's quick.  Surprised so many of their top stars are not appearing on the event, or at least advertised to. . .I hope friends in Philadelphia attending enjoy it. . .

Looking at the calendar, it's only six months away from the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Vegas. . . cannot wait to get back to Sin City, I only hope Vegas keeps me this time. . . one of the few places I could live outside of this area. . . hopeful that Executive Vice President Karl Lauer will join us on one of our programs in the near future to talk shop. . .

The clock continues to ticket. . .don't miss a day here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM, on Facebook, Twitter, etc., you never know what you might miss!!



Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 5th, 2011 -- #24

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Inside The MWF. . .it's a scary place right now, and it has nothing to do with Halloween. . .

Fans will enjoy the kick off to the fall season on our October programs, which will hopefully hit the internet this coming Sunday night / Monday morning. . .Cyberstarz is a roller coaster of emotions packed into thirty minutes. . .some interesting happenings on Superstar Zone. . .

This is one of those months that drives you nuts. . .like hitting the pause button on life.  There's a lot going on behind the scenes in the Millennium Wrestling Federation (remember some of those subtle hints over the summer??). . .some good, hard working people hoping for the best but so much is up in the air it's unpredictable. . .would love to see everything sorted out before Christmas and really have something to celebrate since our anniversary bash was rained on. . .we could see a lot of different scenarios. . .

Trying to sort through all of this unable to sleep is a huge challenge.  When you can't fall asleep as you lay in the dark every night wondering, wishing, hoping that something is going to happen, then wake up and have to do it all over again on two or three hours sleep isn't easy.  Doing it with two torn, leaking, dead, black discs in your back doesn't exactly have you in the best of moods.  The past couple of studio sessions have been a challenge for me, always trying to bring out the "A" game in the best or worst of times.  Energy drinks and music haven't helped the cause. . .maybe there's someone from North Carolina that can do it better. . .I guess a level of depression has set in. . .

Since Sleaze-na has stated that the MWF is "all mine" until April, I figured I could respond to various messages and other various thoughts that were ridiculously off limits for awhile now. . .

I think Shelton Benjamin's championship reign was shockingly short. . .I know he would have loved to have gotten his hands on SWB at our 10th anniversary event in September but the schedules didn't work out. . .Shelton and Low Ki would be one hell of a main event even to the blind.  Have been trying to set up a time to interview Ki about his shocking championship victory over the next couple of weeks. . . .I hate to repeat the same material from my previous columns, but I honestly don't remember them where I only write a couple of months. . .I can honestly say I couldn't be prouder to see this man as the face of the company right now (used to be Sleaze-na's goal). . .I've probably shared the story about first trying to bring him to the MWF going all the way back to December 2002 when I was up in Burlington, VT when we had meetings about a possible live events in another city I love a great deal. . .I've always said outside of Boston, I don't think I could live anywhere but Florida or Vegas, but Burlington ranks right up there.  Anyway, Ki couldn't confirm the date and by the time he could, the proposed event was already booked up.  Just "one of those things" where it took almost ten years, him working in three national promotions and changing names three times before he finally made his way to compete here.  Worth the wait!!

Haven't heard of any kind of official "kick off" celebration to MWF NC March 3rd (or any date for that matter) in the great state of North Carolina.  We held our first event there last November, so you're talking about a year and a half from that point.  Who knows, stranger things have happened.  If so, my back might act up and need to head back to the hotel early. . . .I hope and have strongly encouraged that MWF South will be as active with non-profits, etc. as we have. . .the good will we've extended to some great people is some of the most gratifying work I've been a part of in our 10+ years. . .

Yes, even with my health issues I still plan to take up Sleaze-na on his ever-so-generous offer to finally settle the score with Dylan Kage at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII.  Won't be a Flair-Steamboat classic, but every comment he's made about the kids is going to come back to hurt Kage. . .bad.  I've reached out to a wide variety of friends within the sport for tips and direction to prepare for it.  One thing I know for sure with this extremely damaged back is that I need to shed many of the 287 pounds ("ouch" just typing it) that crept up on me. . .in five weeks in between doctors appointments I went up 14 pounds - going down 14 would have made life a lot easier!!  If this body at 31 years of age feels this bad, can't imagine 40, 50, 60 (if I make it that long). . .but I made a promise to the kids and God that someway, somehow, I'm going to pull this off. . . .it's something I have to do. . . if you weren't in Melrose, check out Cyberstarz and I think you'll feel the hatred, passion and energy. . .if that wasn't enough motivation, imagine spending Christmas all alone and seeing a video posted of Dylan Kage in your ex-home looking at the tree. . . .yeah, motivation. . .

Most superstars have been very quiet over the pending move down south. . .have spoken to a few in private, it's going to be interesting to see who makes or balks at the journey. . .

Have enjoyed the baseball playoffs as much as I can without the Red Sox being in it.  Just a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out a way to get tickets to see the home games, and then, well, you know the rest.  "There's always next year."  Up until a couple of years ago, I was a big Tampa Bay fan where I spent a large part of my year less than an hour from the tin can they play in, but ever since they found so much success. . .ehh. . .this year, I've gotta go with Texas and Philadelphia. . .am very happy to see Adrian Beltre put up big numbers in TX, loved him in Boston and is an underrated free agent signing by Theo Epstein, probably because he was only here for one year.  Last off season, I was hoping for Beltre and Carl Crawford to be the dynamic duo signed. . . seemed to work out well for both Beltre and Adrian Gonzalez, who the Sox traded for.  I've actually about producing a Red Sox show and airing it on the site as something to do for enjoyment if nothing else. . . .don't know if Sleaze-na, but I kinda own the site. . .are they going to open up a new one??  Hmmm. . .

Would I consider working with another wrestling promotion??  Sure.  I had an offer maybe a year or so ago to be part of another area organization but respectfully turned the chance down (without even hearing a peep about a dollar amount).  If it's some combination of interesting, fun, challenging, limited travel and/or financially worth it, I'd be interested.  Closing in on 18 years straight in wrestling, I don't like to leave the house, travel, etc. unless it's a "must" or something the little guys wanted to do.  I love being able to work on the computer.  Another thing I've grown to hate more than anything in the world is the telephone.  Unless it's the day of an event or something planned, I don't even leave the ringer on anymore.  Funny, even though I've had my "noon" request in effect for years now, someone called at 9:16AM. . .why??  Why wake up someone that has insomnia??  It obviously wasn't life or death or they would have called back.  Caller ID, text messaging and email are the greatest technological inventions in the history of mankind.  About five people have my home number, and there's a better chance of God answering my cell phone. . .too many ways to communicate quickly in 2011 then spend needless time with a phone up to your ear. . .

How would I like to see the MWF end??  It's not ending. . .

Iron Sheik Show??  Don't expect to see Sheiky Baby around for awhile for a variety of reasons.  Still very happy he's overcome many of his demons and is living a better, healthier life down in Atlanta. . . .he's a lunatic that would verbally stab me in the back for a dollar, but we've been friends for a long time.  On a side note, please do not mail anything for the Sheik to be signed in the mail unless for some reason we have something advertised if he's coming to Melrose.  These items get thrown out.  We'd have to take the time to go to the post office, spend the money to mail the items to the Sheik and expect him to sign and mail them out.  Not trying to be cruel, but it's not happening.  If it's a paid signing we organize, it's a completely different story. . .

If you missed the Spike TV show Bar Rescue over the summer, do yourself a favor and check out repeats or episodes online. . .only thing I didn't like about the show was that the first season was only ten shows long.  Considering I only drink a half dozen times a year - tops - everyone I've tried to the show onto has wondered why I had any interest in it.  The host Jon Taffer is $$$.  I'm not much of a TV watcher, but know a couple of the better episodes by heart.  Outside of baseball and wrestling, my new show is My Ghost Story. . .I'll admit it, I'm scared of ghosts. . .monsters, gore, any of that I have no issues with.  Supposedly true stories about ghosts, no way!! 

If you're a wrestling fan, both the new Randy Orton and Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels DVD's are great.  I think the Orton one is on sale now, and the Bret/Shawn one around Halloween.  Only watched the documentary parts but imagine you'd like the matches, too. . .

October 5th, 2002. . .the benefit for "Superstar" Billy Graham, who was near death but wound up getting an organ transplant a few weeks later to literally save his life.  Billy's lies seven years later right before our fundraiser to get the late "Mermaid Girl" Shiloh Pepin to summer camp that he was a key part of caused some real life issues, but it was a great cause and we were able to get Shiloh to camp in what would sadly be her last summer.  The 2002 event in question was without a doubt the most challenging we've ever had between local scum sabotaging the event (maybe we should do the same thing October 23rd) by conning the local newspaper, the venue believing what they read and not having anyone there to open it, Grandmaster Sexay trying to hold us up for money, Road Dogg no-showing because has claimed he was scared to get on a plane that served alcohol, and the ring breaking were just the tip of the iceberg.  Some of the tremendous talent that debuted on that event, several of whom are still with us, is memorable.  Todd Hanson, "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards, Velvet Sky of TNA Impact (then known as Talia), "Hurricane" John Walters and "Demon" Luis Ortiz amongst others competed for the MWF for the very first time. . .

Well, this column has gone here, there and everywhere.  Be well until next time. . .


Best,
Dan





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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 28th, 2011 -- #23

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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(Certainly didn't expect to spend our birthday-eve back at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital pumped up on narcotics and anti-inflammatories. . .doctor says I have to slow it down in the coming weeks just as I wanted to attempt to start working out again for March, can't lift anything over 10 pounds or bend with this worn out 6'3" frame.  Was surprised to see posts on Facebook and Twitter about it, didn't expect my health to get the coverage of John Lackey's mystery text message.  Thank you for the well wishes;  to those whose wishes weren't so well, I unfortunately lived)

Our baby boy is ten years old today. . . .can't believe it. . .it was one thing to have our 10th anniversary event back on September 17th, but we were still a few days off. . .today, it's here. . .

Special thanks go out to everyone involved in the Millennium Wrestling Federation family, from the athletes, to the often unrecognized support staff who we couldn't run events without, to you - the fans. . .if that triangle is broken, we're left with little. . . .

In the last couple of columns and BLOG's leading up to MWF X I wrote about a variety of thoughts and world issues going on at the time that led to a lot of paranoia.  As I sit here now, I think back to the afternoon before the event. . . .I loved my daily walks to try to keep me in a zen place. . .warm September afternoon as the sun was lowering, coming back from the post office. . . .had Limp Bizkit on the ol' Discman (remember when he was popular??). . .thinking to myself "this is REALLY happening - tomorrow!"  Road Dogg, Grandmaster Sexay, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Little Guido, Chris Chetti and so many others.  No matter what you think of any individual wrestler, you'd have to do it right in an old school way to truly appreciate what a culmination of efforts this was. . .

As I continue to write, I want to throw some "thank you's" out there to a variety of people. . .can't name 40 people, so please do not be offended if you're not listed here. . . .to some of my old school friends, "some words don't need to be spoken". . . .

If you're going to thank anyone, it's the terrible trio. . . The Jackal, Pat Doyle and the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble.  Three great guys, three great friends, the three people responsible for breaking me into this great sport when I was only 13 year old, the three guys indirectly responsible for me being able to start up the MWF with our first event taking place a week after my 21st birthday. . .

The Jackal. . .what a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the business. . .as Tony used to say, if he wore a suit and tie, he would have easily been on the A&E documentary's that were the rage in the late 90's.  And he was right.  The Jackal may have never been to Japan, but I only wish I had half the wrestling smarts he does (and I feel like I'm a pretty good resource when it comes to calling up odd facts, figures, situations, etc).  The Jackal and I met literally hundreds of times prepping for the roll out of the company. . .he is indeed part of the foundation that was used to build the proverbial house. . . he'll probably never be as appreciated as he should be by the fans in the northeast, but he's appreciated here, and always will be. . . .

Pat Doyle, the Kevin Dunn of the Millennium Wrestling Federation. . . his Wrestling Insiders talk show unlocked the door for me to walk into. . . our rides to and from Champs Arena in Sailsbury Beach when we were there three times a weekend at it's peak. . . even now, one of us can bring up the stupidest old story and laugh until we cry like two idiots at MWF Studios.  18 years worth of memories will do that to you, but he probably has the closest sense of humor to mine of anyone in the world.  Without him, I don't even know if there would be an MWF, as he's so far beyond my level of comprehension and knowledge when it comes to the technical aspect of things it isn't even funny. . .we put in a lot of long hours in that studio, believe me. . .

Tony Rumble. . . his CWA unlocked yet another door. . . to be accepted and treated with respect at such a young age back in the days when you had to earn your stripes - not the "little league baseball" era of today - is something that has a deep meaning to me.  I couldn't imagine the MWF having a 13 kid around doing as much as I did, traveling with us as much as I did. . . the oldest of the two "little Mirade's" is 13 now, and there's no way in hell I'd want him to be part of this!!

Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, MA. . .the home of ECW from 1996-1999. . .what a cool place to kick off the MWF.  As noted, the original plan was for the MWF's debut to be in late 1999 with Edge as the headliner when WWE allowed most of it's stars to make non-WWE appearances.  We've had Daniel Bryan when he was WWE US Champion and Awesome Kong's final regional wrestling match after signing with WWE this year alone thanks to having a warm relationship with them, but that would have been different.  The only thing that held us back in 1999 were Melrose city politics. . .the whole story will be told "in the book," but it was a frustrating experience that ultimately led me to one of the biggest opportunities in my life, being able to learn from WWE's Ed Cohen, who along with Howard Finkel were the first two employees hired by the company when Vince and Linda McMahon took the company over from his father. . .never expected it, another long, interesting story "for the book". . . I can thank Tony Rumble until I'm blue in the face, him using Kevin Sullivan when he was wrestling for and working in creative for WCW during the Nitro era, then Jim Cornette when he was managing and working in creative for WWE during the Attitude era were experiences money couldn't buy.  However, this was totally different. . . those were stripes I earned. . . I wasn't sponging knowledge out of a situation Tony Rumble set up, I was learning off of an opportunity I basically walked into, if nothing else. . . .and while it's been over ten years, two months since I had "that" conversation, WWE continues to be a great friend to this organization with it's many donations to our events and private things, including an overwhelmingly nice gesture when I first became physically disabled, along with a bunch of things they've done for "the little Mirade's."  For back to school one year, a friend had sent a black, leather jacket with a giant WWE logo on the back of it for the oldest, and he thought it was the greatest thing in the world when I surprised him with it. . . .now the little one's into WWE big time, and I'm glad WWE's gone the route it has for that very reason. . .there were so many times I had open invites for them to attend a WWE live event but in the days of bra and panties matches, etc., that wasn't happening. . .I'm rambling. . .

These past ten years could easily fit into a book. . .the wrestling experiences that have blended into life experiences. . . some good, some bad, always interesting.  Superstars we never expected to be a part of our company front and center. . . other stars that hadn't even made the national spotlight yet winding up in the MWF.  Great relations with a national company that didn't even exist when we started out - Impact Wrestling.  Helping WWE, of all things, bring two movie premieres (along with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin) to Boston.  The mania of the Iron Sheik & the original Studio Shoot Interview DVD popping up on Howard Stern.  Watching our roster of hungry, young athletes grow into the national spotlight.  One of the country's hottest DJ's becoming one half of the MWF Tag Team Champions.  A Hollywood superstar falling for Commissioner Von Johnson.  Going from MA to NH to ME to CT to Ontario, Canada to Vegas to the Carolina's.  The evil of a stalker.  The Boston Garden.  The charity work and the smiles.  Friends we've made.  Friends we've lost.  Life.  Death.  Expansion.  Disappointment.  Everyday, 365 days a year, a new adventure at every turn.  No matter how many stories we tell, how many memories we share, whether it's wrestlers, staff members or our fans, it always comes back to those two simple words - thank you.

See ya in September 2021. . .who will come??  Who will go??  Who will be running the joint??  Will MWF originals like Slyck, Fury, Kage, Fuller and Douglas be around in another ten years??  Newcomers like MWF Heavyweight Champion Low Ki??  Will it be the old guard still running the ship or someone new like Charlie Taylor??  It will be interesting to watch life unfold. . .

Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 23rd, 2011 -- #22

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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"Happy Anniversary. . .thanks for coming. . .oh, we're leaving for the Carolina's". . . .summary of John Cena Sr. Saturday night at MWF X. . .

New days are coming. . .new days are here.  "The World Warrior" Low Ki winning the Millennium Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship, which I suppose you can thank Cena for as it was not a scheduled match on the card, sets the tone for our second decade.  Ki is one of the best professional wrestlers in the world, still in his prime, ready to compete against anyone and everyone whose willing to sign their name on the dotted line.  He loves and respects this great sport, and I honestly couldn't think of a better superstar to be the face of the MWF present day. . . I'm sure his victory comes as a shocker and disappointment to "Slyck" Wagner Brown and MWF Television Champion "Straight Edge" Brian Fury, which makes for an exciting fall. . .it was an exciting moment, to say the least.  On a night of shockers and disappointment, Ki's moment was your moment for ten years of support. . .

Then there's "that". . . .

No one expected to see John Cena Sr., President-turned-consultant, to pop in and try to show up our anniversary gathering.  The emotions in that ring. . . first, "Stalker" Dylan Kage somehow getting his hands on the remains of Franklin D. Churchill. . .then calling me into the ring, mocking my family and spitting in my face, wanting to kill him if it wasn't for the MWF Board of Directors clause that there could be no physical contact.  And then Cena. . .April 1st, we're headed south.  I co-founded this organization and have given above and beyond for a decade.  For this low blow to come at what was to be a celebration. . . what are the words to describe that??  His "parting gift" for me??  To be able to put together the Millennium Wrestling Federation's farewell in the Boston-area, as well as present me the opportunity to finally extract my revenge against Kage at our finale SOUL SURVIVOR VIII March 24th at our home of Memorial Hall in Melrose, my hometown, if I'm willing to sign a waiver that holds the company harmless if I'm injured in this Unsanctioned Street Fight. . . .

Well, right here on my birthday, I respond with a YES. . .with one request. . .if Kage is to have Bearer in his corner, I want to be able to choose a cornerman as well. . .I think that's only fair.  I've never had a wrestling match, I've never been trained to be a wrestler, hell, I can barely walk without a cane. . .but I've been in fights in my life. . .and March 24th, we're going to go out with a bang. . .oh, are we going to go out with a bang. . .

Big things happening on the October Cyberstarz and Superstar Zone. . . .I couldn't be more proud of newcomer Charlie Taylor, who was 100% committed to the job at hand and enjoyed himself just as much at our (somber) post-event gathering.  I'm sure he'll have memories that will last him a lifetime, much like they did for me October 23rd, 1993 in Wakefield, MA thanks to The Jackal, Pat Doyle and the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble. . . .I'm told we're "off" this Sunday night as the sting of the move to the Carolina's wears off and staff decides whether they're coming or going. . . .

Still filled with so much hurt and disappointment, I did want to know what a GREAT feeling it was to help our friends from Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers and the Special Olympics.  Being able to run the charity auctions and raffles was great.  When you see those kids happy and excited, it warms your heart.  I only wish the "little Mirade's" were there to see it. . .maybe someday. . . .

Who knows what to expect next??  The structure of this organization's ownership is a complicated one.  Outside of that,  my "talent contract" as a commentator and other tasks I tend to on a daily basis has rolled over in three year periods beginning September 1st, 2002, meaning I re-signed earlier this month through September 2014.  I would be shocked if I would be paid for work not done, and while I will NOT be moving to North Carolina in April or at any time, I will fulfill my duties as agreed upon over the summer, as will The Jackal and others on the same cycle I'm on.  Who knows, maybe Linda Mirade's ready to have Dylan Kage take my head off at SSVIII to keep a voice they don't want to hear quiet. . .who really knows??

Will write up a much more MWF-filled column in the coming days. . . .just wanted to put something out there when so many fans superstars, staff and fans were caught off guard by Cena's proclamation. . .


Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 13th, 2011 -- #21


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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(Post-writing note:  I didn't expect this column to get as intense as it did, but, like all of my writings, it's honest and comes from the heart)

And here we are once again. . .the calm before the storm. . . MWF X this Saturday night at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, our 10th Anniversary Bash a decade in the making!!

I've been updating this event BLOG going back to March, it's quite a behind the scenes look at this great event.  What more can you ask for out of one exciting night of action, friends and memories??  The best live professional wrestling in New England.  An autograph & photo meet & greet with our featured superstars.  Charity auctions where the winner picks the charity the money goes to!!  Raffles galore, both VIP exclusives and those open to all fans, you can even win some cash.  There will be enough merchandise on hand for someone to open a wrestling store, including our first ever "Yard Sale" where we'll have brand new t-shirts for as little as a buck.  How can you go wrong??  VIP Packages and discounted Floor Seats (that also include an exclusive pre-sale $5 merchandise coupon) are on-sale through Tuesday, September 13th at 11:59PM.  After that, remaining Floor Seats and all General Admission tickets go on-sale at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon at 5PM.  If you miss this one, you're going to regret it. . .on paper, it's that good, and then some. . .

Was nice to be featured by the Melrose media. . .there's always seemed to be a "wrestling stigma" here. . .as you'll see if you read the article linked, it took us eight years - eight long, frustrating years -  to be able to rent a venue that was losing tens of thousands of tax payer dollars each year.  They'd rather shun money they were bleeding than God forbid have a wrestling event there. . .only in Melrose. . .

The event is shaping up to be tremendous. . . look at one half of the double main event. . .champion vs champion as Slyck Wagner Brown of JBL's Uprising defends the MWF Heavyweight Championship against MWF Television Champion "Straight Edge" Brian Fury.  It's been stated many times, many ways, that Fury and Slyck squared off in the first match in MWF history ten years ago, and here they are a decade later headlining our 10th anniversary extravaganza.  That's pretty cool for the fans, and maybe for these two athletes as well - except for Saturday night.  It's great to go down in the history books as headlining this event, but neither man wants to walk out of Memorial Hall Saturday night without the gold (or in Fury's case, two championship belts).  Fury's feuded with Layfield's Uprising, surviving every test thrown his way as he's retained the MWF TV Title with pride, character and integrity, outlasting "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards record as longest reigning champion in company history.  Things got even more interesting in this one as it was recently announced that WWE legend and 5-time World Tag Team Champion Tony Garea will be the guest time keeper for this match.  I thought it was great to have the future Hall of Famer in this or any match, but then the conspiracy theorists came out.  Is Garea in Layfield's pockets??  If you watch Survivor Series 97 from Montreal, Garea can be spotted around ringside during the infamous Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels "screw job."  Is there more than meets the eye here or are Garea's intentions sincere??  We'll find out Saturday night, but you've gotta love the momentum that Fury brings into this match after the war he had with "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa in a brutal Last Man Standing Match on the July Cyberstarz (available online now). . .the question is, what will the Uprising do to stop it??

In the second half of the double main event, it will truly be a "Drag Me To Hell" match, with TNA superstar "The Monster" Abyss & "Demon" Luis Ortiz & Todd Hanson (with the legendary Ox Baker) taking on Paul Bearer's evil Trifecta of Terror - MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "Stalker" Dylan Kage & MWF Tag Team Champions Rick Fuller & "Executioner" Brian Milonas, with that slob Bearer at ringside.  No DQ, no CO. . .as the old saying goes "put the women and children to bed" as this one could get violent and vicious in a hurry.  So much bad blood between so many athletes in this match. .  .with the rulebook being thrown out the window for this one, you can't predict a winner.  I had wanted, so bad, some sort of confrontation with that worthless scum Dylan Kage, and Cena Sr. couldn't do one thing right before he bolted like a coward.  Screw him, too.  Personal feelings aside, I cannot wait for this match. . . Ox's crew has over 22 years worth of experience under their belt, compares to Bearer's Trifecta with 27 years. . .this is what a big time brawl is all about fans. . . check out Bearer's interview online now. . .

You talk about a contrast in styles, in a match you could honestly state is a main event in and of itself, Low Ki takes on "Hurricane" John Walters in, surprisingly, their first singles match ever.  Two young veterans in their prime ready to go to war.  After watching this match you'll be saying "sports entertainment what??"  This was the first match announced for our 10th Anniversary Bash, which speaks volumes, and I believe it will be worth the price of admission alone.  I hope I am in a position to watch the match live September 17th as I expect it to be one of the most intense competitions in MWF history (and if you check out some MWF TV episodes over the past year alone, that's a tough billing to live up to).  Really excited about this one. . .Walters is a nine year MWF vet, Ki made his debut earlier this year at SOUL SURVIVOR VII.  It's an important match to both men when it comes to championship match opportunities down the road. . .I can't see how you won't enjoy this one. . .if pro wrestling was ever going to offer a "money back guarantee," it would be this one.  There's an interview with Ki online as well. . .

WWE Hall of Famer "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (with Bull Montana) takes on "East Coast Cowboy" DJ Dubay in an interesting match if nothing else.  Dubay wanted to capture people's attention with his crazy videos, and he was very successful at it.  Fellow superstars would do well for themselves to step it up like Dubay did, but I don't know about the end result.  There's something "right" about CWA original Tony Atlas appearing at the MWF's 10th anniversary event.  Atlas and Bull can't be happy with the insults hurled at them constantly over the past month or so, and Atlas will have a chance to crush Dubay, and after all of the garbage he's spoken, put his foot in his mouth. . .then again. . .well, I won't touch that one. . .

Then we have an early Halloween (trick or) treat as "Stalker" Dylan Kage has a "gift from the darkside" for that gutless pig Paul Bearer, a man that verbally attacked a five year old over the summer.  God only knows what to expect from these two scumbags. . .it's getting cool out and there will be a taste of autumn in the air at MWF X. . .I guess we can only sit back and watch this one. . . .

What about the athletes whose matches have not been announced at MWF X yet??  You have Carlito, who I'm sure wants to make an impact in his debut.  The wild Boogeyman, what's he up to??  Hungry, young athletes looking to make an impact like Scott Reed, Julian Starr, Matt Taven, Sonny Yee 2000, Bobby Ocean. . .an MWF original like Beau Douglas, I could go on and on. . .if I was one of the aforementioned, I'd be a little pissed off that the MWF didn't advertise me in a feature match-up beforehand. . . I'd want to bring it to the table even more so. . . interested to see the attitudes Saturday night. . .

It's hard to believe our baby boy's going to be ten years old.  What you might not know is that our first MWF event was actually slated to take place in late 1999 with Edge as the headliner when WWE was more liberal with their third party bookings.  What prevented that??  Melrose politics, of course, with this event to take place at the high school gym. . .a school begging for money, charging ridiculous amounts of money for kids to play high school sports.  Don't even get me started, or I won't stop.  Being able to do some work with Ed Cohen in WWE hit the "pause" button on the MWF, but once there was no need for me in the big time anymore, it was time to get this beast rocking.  Earlier in 2001, myself and co-founder Neil Manolian had already pulled papers to create the Millennium Wrestling Federation, so it was only a matter of time.  When I got the not-so-good news in July 2001, we pulled the trigger. . .

Road Dogg wasn't far removed from WWE TV as a top superstar, and despite his "rep," we decided to book him.  Jerry "The King" Lawler was next on the shopping list, as he left WWE just a few months before over a dispute with his then wife and the company.  Since we were running in Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, former home of ECW, we wanted to give it a flare of the days gone by, so we booked Little Guido, Nova and Chris Chetti.  We locked up some CWA / NWA NE vets from the Tony Rumble era, a few younger guys and were ready to go. . . until wrestling reality set in. . .

Jerry Lawler, who I just mentioned left WWE over an issue with his now ex-wife The Kat's firing, had a court date the night of our debut event. . . .we wound up being offered Grandmaster Sexay, who was also fresh from WWE TV as one half of Too Cool.  Not the most pleasant email to wake up to after we had already started advertising Lawler.  Nova said he accidentally double booked himself, claiming he had already agreed to appear on his brothers event in NJ, so we replaced him with WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, who we knew well from the Rumble-era.  That was an upgrade from a star power standpoint.  A couple of the Jersey guys got injured, so long time CWA (and later WCW) referee Scott Dickinson helped us out by booking two wrestlers on the event, a nice act on his behalf that led to the mother of all "indy wrestling" political wars with a fat slob not even worth mentioning by name that's gone in and out of business depending upon who he can con to put up money for his garbage more times than he had Commissioner Von Johnson get him temp jobs and free, used suits.  Pretty sad and pathetic when all Scott did was create work for talented wrestlers and give them a platform to compete on. . . .

9/11 hit, and I touched upon that in our MWF X BLOG. . .what a tough time in real life as well as wrestling life.  Once reality set in, there was so much worry and unanswered questions.  Were airports even going to be open for these guys to get into Boston for??  I flew shortly after 9/11 and waited over two hours to get through security, it was ridiculous.  Were fans going to want to leave the house??  I don't know if it was a phobia, but I sure as hell didn't want to leave the house.  The advertising for the event was simple. . .no TV commercials. . .I don't even think we did the big rock-n-roll cardboard posters that were big back then for wrestling, just some newspaper ads.  We drew an extremely respectable crowd by regional wrestling standards, but I only wonder how it would have turned out if there was no 9/11. . .or maybe if we promoted in a different style.  I remember heading to Kowloon after the event with Manolian, mentally and physically exhausted, knowing I gave it 110% (pre-disability) saying "my God, we've gotta do this again??"  We must have done something right, as attendance was up about 33% when we returned to Revere a couple of months later.  And we have, about 70 times. . . .

So many have come, so many have gone. . . .Kage, Slyck, Fury, Fuller, Beau Douglas all debuted in 2001. . . Ortiz, Hanson, Walters, Edwards in 2002. . .I love a legacy like that. . .when you combine these longtime MWF vets along with our newer athletes and other superstars and legends and you have one hell of a roster.  I think everyone should be proud of that roster, everyone that's contributed to creating it, from the first MWF President, the late Franklin D. Churchill, to our most recent, John Cena Sr.  I've always believed that everything - everything - we do is a team effort in some way, shape or form. . .and there's no "I" in team.  We've had plenty of "I's" over the years, and those are the ones we try to weed out.  I can honestly say, not as a broadcast journalist or column writer, but as a human being, I'm overwhelmingly proud of the roster of superstars we'll have Saturday night when our 10th anniversary event takes place less than five minutes from my home. . .less than five minutes from my elementary school, where the first MWF event was booked in 1987 before the school principal got wind of it and there was a big meeting with the boys in the library while the girls got a bonus recess. . .less than five minutes from where I went to middle school, where I started to tip-toe into the world of wrestling, while friends laughed at me thinking I was out of my mind. . .less than five minutes from where I went to high school and learned the business the way it was meant to be taught. . . less than two blocks away from MWF Studios, where I've spent too much of my life over the past ten years. . . .590 Main St., Melrose, MA.  Memorial Hall.  They say life comes full circle. . .re-reading this paragraph, I have to agree. . .

This sport can be the ultimate challenge on you, physically, mentally, financially. . . .once you get "in" - and I'm talking about the old school, die hard way, not the Little League Baseball trend over the past few years where anyone that signs up gets to play - it's a Mafia-like mentality. . .you're in it for life, whether you want out or not. . . professional wrestling's caused a great deal of stress in my real and professional life. . .ten years ago, I was able bodied and single. . . ten years later, I'm physically disabled, with doctors telling me, today, that I need to have two dead discs in my back burned to kill the nerves, trying to figure out how to co-exist with an ex that's involved with the company, missing the two little guys being in my life on a daily basis. . . .ten years ago, the MWF was a dream created on notebooks in Florida and on airplanes, meetings with The Jackal at Friendly's with his harem, with regular ideas thrown in from the Pink Assassin and Pat Doyle. . .ten years later, some of the biggest superstars and best athletes in the sport are going to blow the roof off of Memorial Hall. . . .when the roller coaster dips low, boy, does it sink low. . . .you can't imagine the deep, dark thoughts unless you've lived it everyday, 24/7. . . I haven't had a day off in over a decade, holidays, hospital stays and "vacations" included. . .but when that roller coaster starts to move upwards. . . when the momentum builds. . . .and you get that rush, there's nothing in the world like it, absolutely NOTHING. . . I'd give me life for the two little Mirade's, I'd jump in front of a bus to protect them and have loved every single second they've been in my life, to the point that no one even knows "the real me" unless they've seen me interact with them. . . .I've never done a drug in my life outside of what the doctors prescribe, but I imagine it's the same thrill junky's get when everything in our wrestling universe comes together at the right place at the right time. . . it's magic.  It makes all of those long car trips, long flights and connections with torn discs in my back, and the only interaction with the kids saying a prayer with their picture on my hotel night table, worth it. . . .if you're a true pro and you've been there, you know exactly what I'm saying without even reading it. . . for those that haven't reached that point and want it bad, want it for real, not a weekend hobby, don't get off the roller coaster, hold on tight, and be prepared for the ride of your life if you want it bad enough. . . . . .the good times are mind blowing, the bad times will make you a stronger human being. . .

And with that said, we'll see you Saturday night. . . .it will be our pleasure to give you the best live event experience you've ever had at a regional wrestling card. . .


Best,
Dan

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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 5th, 2011 -- #20


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Happy Labor Day fans, hope you're able to enjoy it with friends and family. . .lots to talk about as we're now less than two weeks away from MWF X, Saturday, September 17th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA (did you get your VIP Package yet??). . .

What a last minute curveball thrown into the mix for the championship clash of the double main event.  The rematch a decade in the making between "Slyck" Wagner Brown of JBL's Uprising and "Straight Edge" Brian Fury is going to be an exciting match up in and of itself.  Now, the MWF Board of Directors have announced that WWE Legend Tony Garea is going to be the special guest time keeper for this match.  It's always great to have legends involved in anyway, but rumors started getting hot and heavy at MWF Studios last night, including one where the belief was with Garea at ringside for parts of the "Montreal Screwjob" that John Layfield could have gotten into Garea's pockets.  JBL's financial resources are unlimited, but the future Hall of Famer from Auckland, New Zealand has always been a first class gentleman in my interactions with him.  It's really amazing that someone that's been with WWE as long as Garea hasn't been inducted into their Hall of Fame as of yet.  Tony was a five time WWE Tag Team Champion (with four different partners) in an era where the tag time titles were extremely important, even main eventing some live event cards.  The tag titles were always of paramount importance through the 1990's, where their level of importance has kind of gone up and down ever since.  Have always been a fan of solid tag team wrestling, there just aren't many tag teams around anymore. . .nonetheless, this surprise is an interesting one, and there are more to come from what I'm told. . .

The September MWF Cyberstarz is online, a great show, one I think we'll look back at with fond memories.  In what you'd have to call an "MWF Legends Match," for the first time ever in singles competition "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards faces "Stalker" Dylan Kage (with Paul Bearer).  In one match, you have nearly 27 years worth of MWF experience, which is quite a statement.  We'll also hear from several MWF superstars, commenting on a decade of the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  The countdown to MWF X is on, Charlie Taylor steps in for The Jackal, who continues with throat therapy as he attempts to come back to the broadcast booth full time and more. . .

Last night, I conducted a couple of interesting interviews that were different from each other, speaking with Low Ki about a match everyone's really looking forward to against "Hurricane" John Walters in their first ever singles match.  Later, had a wild interview with Paul Bearer. . .the guiding light of the Trifecta of Terror was really out there in another must-hear interview before our big anniversary event September 17th.  Bearer made his MWF debut back in February 2003, believe it or not, and was a man of honor before stabbing the fans and "Demon" Luis Ortiz in the back in the main event of SOUL SURVIVOR III in November 2005 when he joined forces with Dylan Kage.  Look for them both soon on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM. . .

Liked the Countdown To MWF X mini-show we produced for the site that you can find both on the front page and event page.  CT (Charlie Taylor, not the state) drove round-trip from Augusta, ME to dip his toes in this world of insanity and left with a DVD that could indeed change his life.  It was nice to "pass the ball off" back and forth with a video that was sweet, simple and to the point as opposed to creating a half hour broadcast, trying to line-up talent for interviews (always a pain in the a$$), etc.  You've gotta love the heart of someone that's willing to travel that far in one night and be up for work early the next morning. . .THAT is what this sport is all about and separates the men from the boys.  Those that go by the ridiculous "Sunday nights is when indy wrestlers spend time with their girlfriends" is why they're going to remain "indy wrestlers" - this sport is 100% 24/7, holidays (and Sunday's) included. . .before I go on a tirade, I'll leave it at that.  As crazy as "East Coast Cowboy" DJ Dubay is, look at how he's captured people's attention in his grandstand challenges of WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas (and manager of champions Bull Montana).  We'll have to wait until September 17th to see how that turns out for him, but you've gotta respect the initiative either way. . .

The MWF "Yard Sale" was an idea of yours truly, what a way to give back to our fans by giving them some great, brand new wrestling merchandise at blow-away prices (t-shirts starting at just a buck!).  Our friends at WWE take very good care of us and we need the warehouse space. . .start your Christmas shopping early!!  This should be fun and hopefully a success on our end. . .

My contact with the world will be limited through a few days after MWF X come later tonight. . . there's so much work that needs to be done to make this event come to life and cutting back on my secret home phone line, my cell phone, texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, video production, this site, etc., etc., etc.  The event, the superstars, and most important, the fans and the charities we work with deserve to make all of these tremendous ideas written about come to life before their very eyes and over-deliver the night of the event.  My health issues have been somewhat documented as the back pain I'm in is overwhelming at this point - a planned surgery turned into a back specialist telling me "just" having two "dead" discs in there that aren't rubbing against the nerve or my spinal column.  What's causing all of the problems then??  Your guess is as good as mine, another trip to the doctors. . .real life has been a real challenge in 2011, let me tell you. . . .thank God for red Amp energy drinks (damn good ice cold!). . .

Don't forget, the cut off for VIP Packages and discounted floor tickets is next Tuesday, September 13th at 11:59PM EST.  After that, you cannot buy a VIP Package - period. . .and with that said, we'll get several emails with fans asking to buy them even though we've had it in writing going back to early spring.  They're time consuming to put together and we can't sit there and do it at the door with a line of fans waiting to get in.  The VIP Packages are without a doubt the best value in professional wrestling. . .if you want an autograph or two, you're honestly cheating yourself if you don't jump at the chance of getting the VIP deal, you get so many perks and save over $150 if you were to price it out item by item.  Also, the ability to purchase discounted floor seats with the $5 bonus merchandise gift certificate ends the same night.  If you want to be just a few feet from the action, why not save a few bucks as well as save some money on some merchandise??  After September 13th, remaining floor seats and all general admission tickets will be on-sale at Memorial Hall the afternoon of our 10th Anniversary Bash, cash only.  The event page seems to be clear, cut and to the point, but I'm big on giving fans the heads up in case they might have missed it, and I'm not sure if I'm going to get a chance to write another column beforehand.  We only get to celebrate our first decade once, and fans. . . .without getting my head cut off by the powers that be, if you attend MWF X, you're going to leave Memorial Hall THRILLED that you did!!  Let's show the majority that wants to move OUR company to North Carolina that Boston is our home!!  If we don't get a chance to "talk" before September 17th, we'll see you at the party. . . I can only imagine the post-MWF X column!!  I don't think CT is going to make it back to Augusta after that weekend. . .


Best,
Dan

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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
August 27th, 2011 -- #19


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Greetings deep in the mountains of NH as we get ready from what TV news hype says is going to be one hell of a hurricane this weekend and Tim Wakefield missed out on his 200th win for what feels like the 200th time.  My first non-wrestling related vacation in sometime, with a lot of wrestling work sprinkled in.  Interested to see how / if I'll be able to make it to MWF Studios Sunday night, but when duty calls. . . .

So much has happened in the world of the MWF and my own personal life since my last update. . . going to be an interesting few months to see where the next few months take me but trying to remain optimistic.  I think the powers that be are looking high and low for a new commentator and/or creating a magic potion to heal The Jackal's throat still suffering from being attacked by "Stalker" Dylan Kage as I might be out of action for what could be anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months depending upon how an early September doctors appointment goes.  With the new set-up at MWF Studios, maybe they could bring the computer set-up to my hospital room so I could call the action.  Might be "cost effective," like moving the MWF to North Carolina on a permenant basis. . .

Roller coaster ride when it comes to MWF X - only three weeks from Saturday at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA!!  Did you get your VIP Package yet??  Remember, VIP's and discounted event tickets are available online through September 13th ONLY.  After that, remaining floor tickets and general admission tickets will be on-sale at the regular price.  Take advantage of all the perks, especially with the VIP Package, where you save well over $150 off the regular price. . .

He's back and he's comin' to getcha, that's right, The Boogeyman is back at MWF X!  This one certainly wasn't expected. . .you have no idea how much stress and work it took to make this happen with so much going on behind the scenes.  More stories for the book.  Boogeyman is an exciting addition to the featured superstars September 17th, as will be a year to the weekend we last saw Boogey in person at an MWF live event as well as taping his first and only Studio Shoot Interview DVD that we hope to have on-sale in a special collectors edition case at our 10th Anniversary Bash.  Our younger fans absolutely love to see the wild Boogeyman in action, the only thing that's for sure is that you never know what to expect when that music hits.  I have to say the MWF went above and beyond to find a pricey replacement for our great Superfans at perhaps the biggest event in our history. . .

Disappointed that Al Snow will not be with us at MWF X. . .such a great guy that would be a positive for both the fans and the athletes in the locker room.  Whether Al's double booking was purely an accident or some kind of sabotage from JBL or Paul Bearer's crew, we'll likely never know.  What impressed me more than anything was Al offering - not being asked - to do an interview and explain things to the fans.  That's a man to me, a true professional, someone I want to see in the MWF even more now.  He's also one of the funniest guys you'll ever meet, his Twitter is worth following. . . have been laughing for hours over his Steve Jobs joke for hours. . .the interview itself is worth watching and available online now.  If for some reason circumstances change, we have a roundtrip ticket already purchased for Al. . .

Seems like "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal is out September 17th as well as Dr. Von Johnson feels he will not be 100% in time for the event after suffering a neck injury in an all out tag team war on the August Superstar Zone.  Dylan Kage almost took off his head when the two were reluctant partners and ex-President John Cena Sr. looked on.  Lethal has a lot on his plate in and out of the MWF, but like Snow, if circumstances change, we've already purchased a roundtrip ariline ticket for him. . . .Jay's been one of the best since making his MWF debut in 2007. . .fans that purchase tickets by August 31st will receive a FREE autographed Lethal photo as our apology and thanks to you!

The double main event for MWF X is Grade A quality in my opinion.  Who would have thought back on September 28th, 2001 when the bell rang for the first time at MWF BIG BANG in Revere, MA that the same two men, "Slyck" Wagner Brown and "Straight Edge" Brian Fury would hook it up a decade later, this time with both men holding MWF Championship gold??  Pretty interesting story.  Could this be Fury's night to shine, or will SWB make sure his second championship reign is longer than his first??  We go from what should be an outstanding athletic match-up to all out war in a "Drag Me To Hell" match with "The Monster" Abyss, "Demon" Luis Ortiz & Todd Hanson (with Ox Baker) face "Stalker" Dylan Kage & MWF Tag Team Champions Rick Fuller & "Executioner" Brian Milonas (with Paul Bearer).  So many layers go into this one, check out the match preview for the interesting backstory.  Nice to see my request go pretty much ignored once again. . .

Gotta give DJ Dubay some credit for having the guts to making his over the top challenge against WWE Hall of Famer "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas. . .I don't know how the "East Coast Cowboy" would approach such a match if it comes to be, but nice to see some of the newer athletes in the MWF stand up and make things happen for themselves instead of expecting it handed it to them because they went to "wrestling school". . .

Did I fail to mention Low Ki against "Hurricane" John Walters at MWF X??  Yea, that one.  When I say I'd pay for a ticket to see that one, it isn't hype. . .could be up there as one of the best matches in MWF history - little pressure??  Yes, but these two athletes, these two professionals are men that can live up to it. . .

It appears "Late Night With The Iron Sheik" was one and done, at least for now.  Some MWF officials have tired of the Sheik's variety of headaches.  I'm proud of the personal changes he's made in his life to deal with his "demons," but he's missed several appearances this year while recovering from foot problems while accepting the bookings fully knowing he has medical issues.  The part of it is unacceptable.  I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Sheik Baby, though. . .

As we continue to get closer to MWF X, look for more "MWF Classics" here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  Don't think I gave out props to Charlie Taylor, sports writer here, there and everywhere. . .wrote a great MWF article lately.  Unless Irene is a big time headache, look for more match and even cool merchandise announcements Sunday night. . .

I expect the announcement about our return to the historic Boston Garden at MWF X, but don't know that as a fact. . .while "the new building" isn't the icon the old one was, hey, a WWF live event was the second event ever held in the building in October 1995;  a WCW Nitro in June 1997 was the highest grossing event in company history at the time;  the Austin Era began there at WrestleMania XIV when he defeated Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as the enforcer;  home of King of the Ring 2000, Royal Rumble 2003, SummerSlam 2006, Survivor Series 2008 and Royal Rumble 2011 PPV's;  as well as world championships for both the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.  Not too shabby for a venue that's not even old enough for it's drivers license yet. . .

Technology heachaches:  the August MWF Superstar Zone's produced, airing locally, appeared to be uploaded online. . .and then, it wasn't available online.  So frustrating as we all try to learn with the "latest and greatest" technology. . .love to spend hours doing something on a Sunday night and then have it go missing or saved in the wrong place, etc.

Proud of one of another of the younger athletes on our roster really looking to step up his game on the biggest platform of them all September 17th and beyond.  That's the type of guy I wanna work with and am willing to give up my time to try to help. . .hopefully some of my random thoughts will make him think. . . so many good fresh faces to this roster that I want to see succeed. . .

As I continued my mountain voyage in NH, found a Borders book store going out of business. . .big fan of book stores, so that disappointed me, but, the disappointment did not last long as everything in the store was 50-70% off.  I was able to pick up a copy of Hulk Hogan's second autobiography of lies for $7 as all of the free-bees WWE sent me have almost all been read at this point.  I felt bad being so excited to score the book at a discount when the people in the store were losing their job, but hey, this life's been battered and beaten for over seven years. . .if I can't come across a discounted book every now and then, is life really worth living??

Many thanks go out to our friends at WWE for sending along so many great items for our Superfans at MWF X September 17th. . .if the "little Mirade's" were still around on a regular basis they'd think Santa came to town with the three huge, giant boxes that landed on my porch this week. . . .

For people in any walk of life, the new reality show on Spike TV called Bar Rescue hosted by our friend Jon Taffer.  If you're house bound this Sunday, there are four episodes on, with the new episode airing at 10PM each week.  Great, in your face show with a little heart to it.  I've become a HUGE fan and I watch next to no television. . . check it out and follow Jon on Twitter. . .

It's almost midnight. . .three weeks to go to one hell of an exciting weekends. . .help us stay in Boston, get your tickets now!!


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
August 10th, 2011 -- #18


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


For more Mirade madness, including a look at the sad state of independent wrestling in New England and the demise of Hulk Hogan, visit DanMirade.com


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . .I started this column Sunday morning around 10AM while waiting for a US Air connection in Charlotte. . .like the "good old days," up from 9AM Saturday to just after midnight Monday non-stop. . .on the road from 4:30AM Sunday morning to landing and getting my luggage around 3PM or so. . .this bruised and battered body hates the travel returning home, but was happy to arrive there, as always, enjoyed my time in the great state of NC.  The crowd for ZERO TOLERANCE was as hot as you'll get, and the same can be said for the weather - it was 111 degrees with humidity when I landed in Fayetteville earlier in the week.  Hating the heat the way I do, I was ready to get back on the plane and go home.  Nice break from day to day reality of what I've been dealing with over the past four months thanks to insurance company scum. . .I don't know what it is about NC, but everyone's nicer. . . the impression I must make!  We set up a good portion of the venue the afternoon before the event in the AC-less Fairmont Middle School. . .but the time I returned to my hotel, I was close to ripping the clothes off of myself with my hand not holding a cane and attempting to "run" to the pool. . . even that was like bath water, but 90 degrees seemed cool.  My suggestion is for MWF South to go September-May, almost like a standard television program's schedule.  For more behind the scenes fun, visit our Twitter page as I was going non-stop for days. . .I didn't spend $300 on a cell phone for nada. . .

Lots of interesting things happened but remain with zipped lips.  A tremendous idea was going around Fairmont Saturday night that I really thought would shake things up in the Millennium Wrestling Federation, and just as I got on the phone, BIG TIME issues.  Ughh.  That was both frustrating and overwhelming.  Also learned of some late sabotage by some garbage training school in the area for whatever reason wanting to run against us with a "show" filled with trainees (i.e. those that don't get paid).  Was told at our post-event dinner by people that appeared at both that about 40 people attended the other garbage.  Tearing down flyers, insulting Jay Lethal and John Cena Sr. on Facebook then try to kiss their ass in person. . . train and/or promote better and maybe that 40 will hit 50 next time. . . next. . .

Excited that Al Snow has joined the list of superstars appearing live at MWF X, our 10th Anniversary Bash Saturday, September 17th in Melrose.  It's shaping up to be one hell of a night, and if you haven't done so already, discounted VIP tickets are available through this coming Monday, August 15th.  After that, they go to regular pricing, along with whatever remaining floor tickets we have left going on-sale.  General admission tickets will only be sold at Memorial Hall the night of the event.  I'll attempt to update the MWF X BLOG as often as possible now that we're inching closer and closer, and the event page is counting down every second until our tenth birthday bash!! 

We're going to be airing some random "MWF Classics" over the next few weeks looking back at the past ten years.  After the major overhaul at MWF Studios recently, we have to transform a decades worth of digital tapes, so we're coming across some good ones, some rare ones that newer fans may have never seen.  The first has Dylan Kage & Talia (now Velvet Sky on TNA Impact) tearing apart "Slyck" Wagner Brown & April Hunter.  Loved that feud that went from 2001-2003.  Found another one that I me laughing out loud (and I'm not big on comedy in pro wrestling unless it's under the right circumstances with the right people). . .

The August MWF Cyberstarz is online now, free 24/7 from any computer (or cell phones now) in the world.  Jay Freddie and Matt Taven go at it in a battle of two hungry newcomers looking for championship matches.  Former MWF Champ Todd Hanson faces the debuting Ryan Bisbal in what should be an interesting test just weeks away from MWF X for Hanson as he's been part of the family since October 2002. . .catch it when you can. . .big on wrestling, not BS. . .

Was interviewed by Mike McMahon of "The Mack Report" last night, came out pretty good and you can access it here.  Hopefully there will be more and more media headed your way between now and September 17th. . .

This past Friday was the 6th anniversary of the car crash that saw a 20-something year old worthless drunk driver speed across four lanes of highway traffic going close to 100MPH. . .will never forget that sound and the site of the wreck after I fell into the gully on 495N. . .the smoke, the fire, the helicopter, the ambulances, the scene the Sheik caused at the airport that had five or six state troopers coming outside. . .ughh.  I was sitting quietly in my hotel doing computer work and my phone rang around 12:30AM, and there he was, Sheiky Baby (straight to voicemail).  Couldn't imagine what he wanted at that time of night other than one of his great needs for me to run to Western Union with some of the most unique reasons on the planet.  What an "anniversary" to remember. . .I'm glad for his own sake that his "medicine" issues have slowed down over the past couple of years, but he has no idea how much damage he's done to people over the years because he had his "demons". . .sometimes I can laugh or shake my head, but that night / accident would have never happened if he was a responsible adult that cared about his profession. . .enough said. . .he's lucky that he his the wife he does. . .

Thanks again to the fine folks from the South Robeson Rescue Squad.  They were first class people to work with this weekend at ZERO TOLERANCE and have made many even more eager to return to the great state of NC, soon. . .


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
August 1st, 2011 -- #17


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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The MWF's 10th anniversary summer continues with lots of news and notes, in ring action and more drama behind the scenes that it would put the Real World to shame if it was a reality TV show. . .

We're now just five days away from MWF ZERO TOLERANCE this Saturday, August 6th at the Fairmont, NC Middle School, presented by Bargain House Furniture.  Looking forward to getting away to the great state of NC as soon as possible.  Should be a solid night of action with the MWF South debut of 6-time X-Division Champion "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage and even ol' J-Fab himself, John Cena Sr.  Interesting.  "Infamous Icon" Joey Silvia is one to watch, I've been very impressed with what I've seen of him so far in MWF South.  It will be an interesting dynamic to see the huge reaction Kage will get in NC compared to the hatred he has in Boston.  As always, we'll have some cool, rare items for the fans to win including a matted, autographed John Cena photo that's perfect for framing. . .tickets start at only $10.  Going to be interesting night on several fronts, especially those big on the idea of moving the Millennium Wrestling Federation's home base to North Carolina. . . .for the fans, though, they'll have a great night of action. . .

The roster for MWF X, our 10th anniversary bash, Saturday, September 17th in Melrose, MA continues to grow.  WWE Legend and office agent Tony Garea joins Carlito, Paul Bearer, Kaval, "The Monster" Abyss, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal and WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas LIVE for the meet & greet and from what I'm told, he may have a part in the event himself.  Garea, a five time WWE Tag Team Champion back in the days when holding those belts was one of the top spots in the company, is a future WWE Hall of Famer (I actually thought he was in the Hall of Fame already from the mid-90's inductions that were never televised).  A rare chance for the fans to meet Garea as well as our roster to step it up.  If you've been following my MWF X BLOG, you know that there's still one more superstar to be added to this massive list of superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  There's something for everybody on this list with top stars known worldwide from the 1970's to present day all under one roof as the MWF turns ten years old. . .

I expect the Low-Ki (Kaval) -vs- "Hurricane" John Walters match at MWF X to be worth the price of admission alone.  Two tremendous, intense athletes, two professional wrestlers that are going to step in the ring 110% determined to walk away with a victory.  THAT is what this sport is all about, fans.  Our all-inclusive VIP Packages are without a doubt the best value in wrestling, and you'll be so close to the action you'll feel like you're a part of it!!  No matter where I am or what I'm doing September 17th, I want to hit the "pause" button and watch it live. . . .great expectations for this thriller. . . is the rest of the roster ready to up their game and compete with this one for match of the night??

Lots of positive feedback on the thrilling "Straight Edge" Brian Fury -vs- "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa Last Man Standing match from the July MWF Cyberstarz program, available online now free of charge.  It's not Bar Snores, believe me!  Always interested in fan feedback.  The debut edition of Late Night With The Iron Sheik is online now and is, if nothing else, an interesting program.  Sheiky Baby and I discuss his time working the Springfield Civic Center with WWE set to return there back on July 22nd, plus he answers questions emailed in from the fans.  We get comments from "Straight Edge" Brian Fury on breaking "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards record as longest reigning MWF TV Champion in company history.  In an exclusive "Late Night" match, Julian Starr takes on newcomer Biff Busick in singles action.  Check it out today. . .

Was disappointed that I wasn't able to make it out to the WWE Springfield event, but my back / feet weren't agreeing the mission that day as I'm trying to get my body back into a normal routine again.  Frustrating as hell, but there are those that have it worse than me.  A life of pain and pills isn't a fun one, but once I "climb that mountain," it will be a true achievement. . .and with my luck, I'll step out into the street and get hit by a bus. . .

The much anticipated Arrigo BBQ is creeping up on us August 20th as we take over the entire city of Berwick, ME.  For the invitees, if you don't leave Boston by 5AMish, you won't even get to Maine it's going to be so hot. . .

I was very proud to be named a 2011 Special Olympics Partner. . .I share that with everyone in the MWF family, from our roster of athletes to staff to even our MWF Superfans.  It's a great feeling to be able to give back and help out when we can.  While my name is on the award, it's something positive for the MWF, and translates to something positive for all of regional wrestling, which often goes either ignored, or in a city like Melrose, having a section of elitists that believe the city is "above" professional wrestling (i.e. real estate agents, certain politicians).  My fingers are ready to pound away so I'll focus on the Special Olympics. . .the people that make SO happen are the ones that deserve an award.  For us to be able to help out, to be able to put smiles on the faces of these athletes who sometimes could use a happy experience out of the house, it's the best feeling in the world.  We hope to continue to partner with the Special Olympics and some of the other great groups we've worked with for years to come. . .when the little Mirade's are old enough to understand what it is I do better and Google it, these are the types of stories I want them to read. . . .

If you haven't noticed, shrunken versions of my last few columns are below this one.  I don't know why, but when trying to post them on my Facebook page, the columns go wild spacing wise when I copy and paste - any FB experts have any idea wise??  Would love to be able to archive them in a way where it doesn't take hours to get it close to what it looks like online. . .

NC, here I come!!



Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
July 21st, 2011 -- #16


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


For more Mirade madness, including a look at the sad state of independent wrestling in New England and the demise of Hulk Hogan, visit DanMirade.com


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . . .if you think the Arrigo BBQ and Berwick, ME are hot, wait until you read this one. . .

This coming Sunday night is going to be newsworthy as yet another nationally known superstar will be announced who will be competing and taking part in the autograph / photo meet & greet at MWF X in Melrose, and in addition to that, we're going to announce the first match you'll see live September 17th.  This one is going to be phenomonal. . .we're getting closer and closer to our 10th anniversary bash and we want you to join us!  The discount on VIP Packages ends in just a few weeks, get yours now and save some money while helping the MWF's efforts to bring you the best of wrestling in New England. . .

Big disappointment last weekend as The Iron Sheik did not appear in Boston due to family issues and other Sheik insanity that only his mind can comprehend.  Where he also missed our NC event in March, pretty pissed off about it.  Airlines and hotels don't come running for you to return your money, believe me.  Sheik and I did a telephone version of the debut of "Late Night With The Iron Sheik," which should be online shortly if it doesn't air in your television footprint.  Wide variety of topics covered, including the WWE's return to Springfield, MA this Friday night, the Sheik's thoughts on the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Hogan / Warrior feud that almost appeared out of thin air, how the Sheik's foot is recovering after surgery, the New Jack / Terri Runnels war (more to come on that one), the Sheik's thoughts on UFC / MMA, and more.  We have an exclusive, feature match as white hot Julian Starr takes on Biff Busick, who came away with a victory over Elia Markopoulos in the series finale of MWF Xtra:  The John Cena Sr. Show last month.  Also have exclusive comments from the now longest reigning MWF Television Champion in company history "Straight Edge" Brian Fury.  Wasn't what we planned, but we made the best out of it. . .if you were looking forward to meeting the Sheik, we sincerely apologize and expect him to return to the area in the fall. . .

On a more positive note, the July MWF Cyberstarz is online now featuring the must-see "Straight Edge" Brian Fury -vs- "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa Last Man Standing Match.  These two outstanding athletes have been at war since the summer of 2008 when Ciampa almost smashed in Fury's knee cap when he went into a rage after losing the TV Title the previous month to "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal.  I think these two could close their eyes and have a great match, but this battle was one of my favorite matches to provide commentary for ever, I only wish The Jackal was in the booth with me.  Usually I'll get a little sports entertainment zing in, but July's been a health of a month for fans, who have been talking non-stop about the CM Punk-WWE issue, the successful Money In The Bank PPV, and shocking enough, fans happy with TNA for their X-Division PPV.  When was the last time there were this many happy professional wrestling fans out there??  (I've paused, thinking of an answer)  Honestly, I've gotta go back to 1998, when WWE turned the corner, WCW didn't flush itself down the toilet yet, and ECW's roster wasn't fully raided yet.  TNA's PPV was likely a one trick pony, so the pat on the back will be a light one. . .

How about this one for a surprise - WWE Hall of Famer "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas makes his Millennium Wrestling Federation debut at MWF X, our 10th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, September 17th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA!  I was not expecting this one and pretty shocked myself.  I've known Atlas going back to the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble's first event in October 1993, and as a freshmen in high school, it was pretty cool being in the same locker room as someone that I saw live at the Boston Garden in the mid-80's, and his return as Saba Simba in 1990-1991.  In Rumble's CWA, Atlas had to have appeared on a good 50 live events (would have to refer to our resident historian The Jackal).  How he never appeared in the MWF after all these years while living so close is "one of those things" I guess.  I do remember discussion about him coming in back in. . .maybe 2003.  Atlas will compete in the ring and take part in the autograph / photo fanfest. 

Atlas' story is an interesting one, I believe he has a relatively new book out.  After being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in Chicago WrestleMania XXII weekend, along with managing Mark Henry when he was ECW Champion, he became a well known superstar to millions of new, younger fans who weren't around (or even alive) when he and Rocky Johnson made history becoming the first African American WWE Tag Team Champions.  It will be interesting to catch up with Tony, and yet another reason why you need to make your plans to join us at MWF X, as we celebrate a decade of the MWF!

We're now less than three weeks away from our return to the great state of North Carolina Saturday, August 6th for MWF ZERO TOLERANCE at the Fairmont Middle School.  Hot night of action planned, with 6-time TNA X-Division Champion "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal making his MWF South debut, the MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage puts his gold on the line, plus an appearance by John Cena Sr.  I still find that one very interesting.  I'm looking forward to the event and hopefully getting a little R&R as the flight connecting through Atlanta isn't going to put a smile on my decimated feet and back. . .after becoming disabled, it gave me a whole new appreciation for what WWE superstars go through travel-wise.  The June MWF Superstar Zone is available online, taking a look at the action of MWF South. . .check it out!

New Jack - Terri Runnels (do you think Dusty and Dustin are wishing she'd lose that last name??).  New Jack's allegations about her brought back many negative memories about how she screwed over this company and the fans to go along with it.  I've always been honest with the fans about things, and felt it was only fair to share what that "woman" put us through for two days in 2009, on my own Facebook page (linked through a column posted on our Newsline).  Anytime one of these "stars" does something to take away from your experience at an MWF live event, the animal comes out inside of me.  I'm not a social butterfly, but you guys are the most important part of what we do.  I don't know what caused the Jack / Terri split, but her cutting herself to arouse Jack in what appears to be the home her daughter lives in with what could possibly be blood with an STD in it is overwhelmingly disturbing (if you saw the photos Jack posted, they really were scary).  When our situation went down with her in 2009, even after she screwed us over royally, he wanted the story kept quiet.  Out of respect to him, I did so.  Now that he's gone, and if Jack's allegations about her having an STD are true with her spreading it throughout the wrestling industry and not telling anyone, well, to me that's when it's time to share.  Again, read my FB column for full details as I don't want to waste too much space on her, but I thought she was a horrible, lying woman before;  if these stories are true, she should be put in jail.  The one I feel for is her daughter, as there's no way for her to escape the online nightmare from someone that lived with her, replacing the 12 year old she found in the military that didn't work out after her marriage to a whacko "life coach" amongst her other romps (got some really good stories at WWE TV last week I'll refrain from sharing).  Kids unfortunately have to suffer from the sins of the parents, even if they don't witness it first hand and Google it years down the road. . .

Tired soul, everytime I think I've turned the corner with my back and foot, I wake up to a "surprise."  The trip to ZT is going to be a challenge, but it is what it is. . .that's wrestling.  WWE sent me some books to read, so I thank them. . .I'm not a huge TV watcher and can't believe the amount of movies I've watched over the past few months. . .

Looking forward to WWE in Springfield, MA this Friday night, always enjoy the house shows.  If you're close by, check it out, it should be a good one.  Last week's adventure to Boston and Mohegan for the TV tapings is one for the book.  Having the little Mirade see his first live Raw after seeing Smackdown in Orlando back in May was a cool feeling, picking up the mother of all "gimmicks" off the floor, then surprised by a comped $5650 suite at Mohegan Sun I wasn't expecting. . . .for one night, life was very, very good to this beaten up body. 

MWF South, get ready, the countdown is on as we're less than three weeks away from the big one!


Best,
Dan


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"INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
July 6th, 2011 -- #15


Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


For more Mirade madness, including a look at the sad state of independent wrestling in New England and the demise of Hulk Hogan, visit DanMirade.com


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . .can you believe the years already half over??  Still so much more excitement to come. . .

We're counting down the days to the return of WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, it's going to be a busy "Sheik-end" with so much going on with the legend as he'll be here, there and everywhere, plus I have to make time for the little Mirade's birthday party, which is leaps and bounds more important than anything wrestling related.  BOSTONWRESTLING.COM, our Facebook and Twitter pages will have the latest on where Sheiky Baby is that weekend. . .

He will be conducting a charity autograph signing on Sunday afternoon, July 17th at MWF Studios in Melrose, MA.  This gathering as an act of good will towards some of the charities we've worked with but we do have some room for wrestling fans at only $10 an autograph or posed photo.  Mail order is welcome, as well.  Click here for complete information.

Looking forward to the debut taping of "Late Night With The Sheik," hopefully all of the new eyeballs watching this program will be overwhelmed by the action and excitement of MWF wrestling action and be at our upcoming events live.  That's the reason for this program, plain and simple.  If it doesn't help with attendance, there's really no need to invest the finances or time to produce the show. . . .it's sure to be an eye catcher as you never know what to expect from Sheiky Baby.

Don't forget that if you're in the Boston area that you can have the Sheik come to your home for a WWE Money In The Bank PPV party.  While it would be rather expensive for one person, if you get together a few of your friends to chip in, fire up the grill and use a little JR's BBQ sauce, it could make for the biggest party of the summer you'll never forget.  Click here for info on how Sheiky Baby can be yours Sunday night, July 17th. . .

Just about a month away from MWF ZERO TOLERANCE in Fairmont, NC Saturday, August 6th.  Interested to see how huge the reaction "War Hawk" Dylan Kage gets there when he's so hated up this way.  What situation will 6-time TNA X-Division Champion "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal find himself in??  What will John Cena Sr. be up to??  Should be a hot night in the great state of NC. . .

MWF X, our 10th anniversary bash, just got bigger with the addition of the legendary Paul Bearer to the all-star line-up, plus another huge item for all fans in attendance to win in the raffle, that being an autographed Edge WrestleMania XXVII plaque that includes a piece of the ring mat every superstar competed on in Atlanta back on April 3rd in Edge's final nationally seen match!  Bearer joins Carlito, "The Monster" Abyss and Lethal as part of our featured guests, and his presence makes the Trifecta of Terror that more dangerous at Memorial Hall in Melrose Saturday, September 17th.  He's led The Undertaker and Kane to WWE World Championships, Dylan Kage is the MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion, Rick Fuller & "Executioner" Brian Milonas are the current MWF Tag Team Champions.  His reputation speaks for itself.  I'm not a huge fan of the slob personally, but he is truly one of the greatest and most successful managers in wrestling history.  You can see and meet him live at the big one.  If you haven't got your VIP Package yet, don't delay, get yours now!  We're still working around the clock to make our 10th anniversary event a special one. . .

Speaking of Bearer, the Paul Bearer Studio Shoot Interview DVD is on-sale now and for a limited time if you purchase it you'll receive it autographed by Mr. Bearer absolutely free.  That's a deal and a half fans.  The interview is just about three hours long and only begins to scratch the surface of his legendary career.  It's the first shoot interview he's done since his most recent WWE run where he led Kane to war with The Undertaker and Edge.  It's the first one he's done in a professional television studio, as opposed to a hotel room after an independent show taped with a camcorder;  he was extremely impressed with the set-up (a compliment is a shocker coming from him).  There's a preview of the DVD online now.

The June MWF Xtra:  The John Cena Sr. series finale is online now.  "J-Fab" says farewell to his friends and MWF family, which is still a strange situation with some odd / unanswered questions.  A very different program than most you'll see here in the MWF and without a doubt worth the half hour to watch it.  There's also a feature match-up on the program as up and comer Elia Markopoulos takes on Biff Busick, a newcomer the now former President signed to the MWF. 

Frustration:  going out of your way to try to help someone for no reason other than trying to help someone excel, and having to wait forever for a response.  Pisses me off to no end.  This generation of talent can be beyond frustrating at times, it makes me long for the old school.  Compared to the "good old days," I think today's crop of talent are generally better athletes, more exciting to watch match for match, but still don't go out of their way to learn what made guys be able to make a strong impression with fans by doing so much less in the ring and still resonate with the fans.  Perfect example is "Candyman" Jerry Seavey, a graduate of the Killer Kowalski wrestling institute.  Even now at what I'll guess is his early 40's, the Candyman leaves a fun, memorable impression on the fans who remember his name and persona, while other guys that go out and kill themselves don't do anything to leave that stamp on a fans brain.  Tired of trying to make the point, there are days like this where it's not even worth my time to care. . .that's why the majority of talents working regionally today are going to remain wrestling there waiting for that call to come from Vince McMahon when they're 50, and then you have a Jay Lethal, who was taking two hour train rides back and forth a couple of times a week while still in high school doing his homework while training to become a successful professional wrestler who made a full time living in his sport.  Probably not the most popular of statements, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, either. . .

Surprise of the week:  how much I enjoyed Linda Hogan's new autobiography "Wrestling The Hulk."  Believe me, as I've been trapped in bed 99% of the time battling a disabled back and foot, anything from a publisher in the mail to review is a nice surprise.  After reading Hulk's series of lies and twists of the truth (just about every time he opens his mouth), I was expecting this book to be a tit-for-tat slam piece;  almost a "return match," so to speak.  Anything but.  In what I believe is the first book written by a wrestlers spouse (would love to see one written by Caryl Vaziri after her years with Sheiky Baby), it's a great look at what it's like to be on the other side of the spectrum.  We've all heard wrestlers stories about the "300 days a year" (even if WWE has scaled the schedule back to most guys working 150 shots, tops, per year - old wives tales are hard to kill), and in "Wrestling The Hulk," the ex-Mrs. Bollea takes a look at the impact the wild west days has on the families. . .the missed birthday's, holiday's. . .guys coming home after long tours with beaten up bodies, stress from the behind the scenes politics, high and/or drunk, some with their tails between their legs for cheating on their wives / families, and so many other factors that make this sport such a difficult one to live in.  Granted, Hulk only worked weekends from the early 90's on for the most part with Roddy Piper headlining the weekday house shows as main event face.  Hell, he'll probably be saying he's doing 300 shots a year for TNA when he's probably doing 40.  The story's of Hogan's wild life on the road has been well chronicled by his peers over the years in various books and shoot interview DVD's, but to read it from his ex-wife's point of view was an extremely interesting.  Even with all of his lies, his cheating, his manipulating, the fact Linda wanted to stay with him almost up until the end is amazing.  Don't want to ruin the book for anyone out there that wants to buy it, but it is well worth the time and money, I finished it in one day it was so good.  In a sense, it's not even a "wrestling" book but more of a story of a family that involves pro wrestling.  Amazon has a great price on it and it's available at major book stores everywhere if you want it now.  Many have mocked her relationship with a guy a couple of decades her junior, but from her accounts, she certainly deserves to be a happy human being.  I honestly think you'll be very surprised how much you enjoy it. . . .very well thought out, interesting story, MUCH better than the garbage the immortal one has released through WWE and on his own in recent years. . .out of all the Hogan's, I think Linda knew best.



Best,
Dan