INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
May 3rd, 2012 * #9

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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Feels like 2001 again. . . .

After a gathering Tuesday night at Fenway Park with weather on par with a Patriots game in November, a lot of positive vibes were going through me.  There have been constant challenges on our plate almost since day one.  Sabotage.  The life altering accident that disabled me in early 2004 was a game changer.  The "Moose Lodge era / error" was another with behind the scenes hustling going on.  We still don't know the full extent of the damage of what John Cena Sr. did to us up here while wearing his Santa Claus face for most of the ride. 

I look back at SOUL SURVIVOR March 24th almost like it was a dream.  The fans got an outstanding live event that's going to make for a hell of a video this month.  Behind the scenes, it was unlike anything I'd ever seen before.  "What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room," but the days leading up to the event and the 24th itself was amazing.  My visit from "little Mirade" put me in a great mood.  The Jackal was back, close to ready for a full time return to the broadcast booth.  Chairman and MWF co-founder Neil Manolian made a shocking live event appearance. . . that one really blew me away.  Paul Bearer laying down the law to Cena, whispering whatever information he has from the late Franklin D. Churchill's journals was another unexpected shocker.  To see Cena literally run out of Memorial Hall, promising an "uncivil war," was one of those moments you won't forget.  The little engine that could keeps chugging along despite the attempts of many to destroy it. . .

It feels like everything's starting to come full circle, positive energy from people that are working towards the common goal of making the MWF even stronger than it is now.  I'll be honest, I still don't trust President Bearer 100%, but the man crushed Cena's plans.  The ultimate question was did he do it for the good of the sport, or did he do it for his own self serving reasons (i.e. Dylan Kage, Trifecta of Terror, etc.)??  Since SS8, we've met in person, we've spoken on the phone, email almost daily.  He promoted me to the new position of EVP of Wrestling Operations, which I take great pride in.  I'd like to think his intentions are sincere.  From when I first met him in the locker room of the Boston Garden at a WWF event in November 1994 to when he stuck the knife in the back of many of us here in the MWF by hooking up with Dylan Kage at SOUL SURVIVOR III, I had a tremendous amount of respect for the man and considered him a friend.  Never lost the respect for what he's done in this great industry but haven't been a fan of the carnage he's created at times.  Some of our public verbal battles speak for themselves.  Now, that's in the rearview mirror. . . .

We still have a BOD that's going crazy in and of itself with MWF South. . . while I still have next to no answers when it comes to a monthly program of some kind that was supposedly going to start in February or March, they're gearing up for their debut and "test drive" in South Carolina Saturday, June 16th.  It will be interesting to see what kind of response Dylan gets outside of the comfort of his home area where he's beloved. . . still, cool for us to appear in yet another state as the Millennium Wrestling Federation continues to grow and expand. . .

With all due respect, if we can have "suits" stay out of the wrestling aspect of things and let myself, the President, Mr. Manolian, The Jackal and the input of "Studio" Pat Doyle, we're going to have one hell of a product that will certainly standout from anything else in the northeast.  I could elaborate, but now's not the time.  We're not going to be a "superstar crazy" company that falls in love with whatever big name free agent known from WWE is out there.  We're not going to fall into the death trap of believing that the hungry, young athletes on our roster are going to overflow buildings with turn away crowds.  That's taking nothing away from their athletic ability, but they've never been put in their position and a lot of the training in the northeast is, in my own personal opinion, lackluster.  They've never been put in the position to draw big numbers on their own.  While I don't think we're ever going to get back to the "Tony Rumble Era" where having 500 fans in the crowd was a bad night, there are several ways we can improve upon that.  Obviously, the fan experience is very important to us, as they're the true "boss."  I think it's important to further cement our bond and friendships with the non-profits we work with on a regular basis as well as that of WWE.  At the end of the night, you want the fans in attendance getting the best experience possible to be talking about the event and bringing friends to the next one;  our regional stars to be given the platform to excel on so they can continue to improve;  and for our veterans and legends to feel valued.  That trifecta equals a home run, in my opinion.  At the same time, we're not going to blow Cena-type money to do so. . .I'll be the first to admit what went on for the last couple of years was insane when you look at the Washington-like level of spending that went on where the return has to be realistic. . . so it's a team effort, each with valuable ideas and thoughts on how to get the job done. . . .

One thing there's a consensus on is if our regional stars don't take the time to review the material emailed to them from yours truly of notes taken from Jim Ross and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins Las Vegas seminars, they have a lot of learning to do and this may not be the best place for them to get that learning experience.  Not to take that comment out context, I personally enjoy working with younger talent that wants to make a full time living from this sport, but you can only lead the horse to water. . . I can't take adults by the hand and teach them how to use Facebook and Twitter properly, or the finer points of how to go about things before, during and after the event.  I'm not going to their homes to get their asses into their cars to come to MWF Studios to learn how cut more effective, intense "money" interviews.  They paid a few grand to go to a wrestling school, they didn't line my pocket with green.  There's a fine line between sincerely wanting to help someone improve and babysitting.  If I want to babysit, I've spent a great deal of my life in a father-like position for a now 14 and 6 year old.  I always seem to ruffle some feathers with my writings, but hey, next time you look in the mirror, ask yourself how many tickets you sold, how many you helped sell and/or what you can do to do so next time. . . that's the difference between being a professional wrestler and just another body. . .

A lot of people have wanted to know if there's going to be "turnover."  There's going to be change in pro wrestling whether we're at the top of the hill or the bottom of the barrel.  That's wrestling;  what wrestling company doesn't have regular change??  Even in the best of times, you better have your ass ready to make the right moves at the right time and not go with the same pat hand for too long or you're not going to stay status quo.  I don't think sending out the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox would be a very competitive team in 2012.  Will we see some guys go??  Will we see some new faces or opportunities for newer talent??  The answer is yes to all.  We're not looking to "Shell" along with $10 specials, we don't have a wrestling school where we "have" to use younger guys still learning the sport that have no business in front of a live crowd.  We want a wide variety of athletes with a hunger to succeed and hook it up with the world renowned superstars that our events and TV programs feature.  As our mantra says, the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Every time an athlete gets into that ring, no matter what the spot on the event is, no matter who their opponent is, it's an opportunity.  What you do with it is at your discretion. . .

With that said, while there's a lot of discussion and possibility out there, our next official live event in the north is our 11th anniversary BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, September 22nd at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA. . .day after I celebrate my 29th birthday for the third time, hell of a gift.  We promised announcements on WWE Extreme Rules Sunday and did the Prez and I deliver.  Two of the four featured superstars we've come to terms with have been revealed as Paul Bearer himself along with the debut of the monstrous Big Daddy V Viscera.  If your an MWF Superfan that likes their prizes, one of the main event raffle items we have is a Randy Orton autographed SummerSlam 2011 plaque that includes a piece of the ring that was used at the big one from LA last summer.  Folks, that's just the beginning.  We're going to have another announcement later on for our MWF Superfans will want to act on quick. 

Look for some exciting MWF TV this spring and summer leading up to the Bash. . .some of the footage we brought home from Vegas was outstanding and we have some tremendous in-ring action for your enjoyment.  Hope to have the SOUL SURVIVOR VIII DVD on-sale in May, the voice of the Jackal is ready to return to the broadcast booth. . .the edited version of the event is excellent. . .

You can link to the social media world of the MWF on every page, but you can follow me Twitter for random thoughts in and out of wrestling, and can am on Facebook as well. . .join the ride!!


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
April 24th, 2012 * #8

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. . .my much tanner fingers are back in Boston and have a hell of a column I started handwriting April 19th at 3:27AM overlooking the Vegas strip from my hotel and finished up poolside the next day when I was "stranded" in Sin City with a change in flights (tough place to be stuck). . .I try to write so fast that I have a hard time making out my own words, so this will make due. . . a look back at the best week (or ten days) this year, the 47th annual Cauliflower Alley Club reunion.  I'm proud of the things we've done for the CAC over the years, from raising money at our live events to putting up a banner at no charge on most web-pages to encourage fans to learn about what the club does. . . and it does a lot.  I've repeated many times that after every year when I sadly board the plane to go home, I'm reminded of why I fell in love with this sport to begin with and this year was no exception;  if nothing else, I thought it may have been the best reunion I have been to. . . I look forward for fans near and far to be able to see various parts of the reunion on MWF television over the next few months. . .

First, the meat and potatoes, the CAC Awards dinner. . .the greatest superstar in the history of professional wrestling "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was presented the 2012 Iron Mike Mazurki Award by fellow WWE Hall of Famer, the greatest commentator of all time, Jim Ross.  As I noted on Twitter, I believe as time goes on that JR will become professional wrestling's good will ambassador.  I first met JR at a northeast CAC in October 1998.  To this moment, he's the best announcer in the sport (i.e. "salesman" of wrestlers, which translate into "sales" of tickets, PPV's - which have declined big time since he was removed as the lead voice on Raw, merchandise, etc.).  He adds something to every big match he calls.  We've had JR's BBQ products available at our live events and I'd love to have him come to Boston down the line for a live event even if to conduct a seminar as he did during the reunion (more to come on that later).

What can be said about Austin that hasn't been said??  He was exposed on weekly television for years and blew away cable ratings, live event records, PPV records, merchandise records like no tomorrow.  Fans of every generation will debate who was the "best," but overall, no one ever had 'em like Austin did.  How long did it take fans to turn on Hogan when he was exposed to fans on a weekly basis??  If Austin wrestled on free TV four or five times a year like Hogan did in his prime, the Attitude Era might still be going on.  I was lucky enough to work with Ed Cohen and others in WWE in 2000/2001 and was able to learn the business aspect of the sport at a young age, and I believe it will be near impossible for anyone to break Austin's numbers. 

It was a pleasure working with Steve, WWE and Lionsgate in April 2007 when on a weeks notice we were asked to help put together two different Boston premieres for the Condemned movie.  How many wrestling promotions can say THAT??  I'm not a huge action movie fan but thought it was excellent, no idea why it was not a box office success other than it had the tired "wrestling stigma" attached to it.  200 fans got to see the movie for free, take part in a Q&A and meet Steve for free.  For whatever reason, local movie reviewer Sarah Edwards was brought in to conduct the Q&A and did not resonate with the fans (her reaction to the "What?" chants was hilarious). . .

Ricky Steamboat was given the Lou Thesz Award, which was a treat as Ricky was one of the top stars in WWF when I became a fan in 1986.  Some of the first monthly events I attended at the Boston Garden as a five year old me featured Steamboat in feuds with Jake Roberts and Randy Savage.  He was presented the award by Sgt. Slaughter, who virtually every male on the planet knows from either wrestling and / or GI Joe.  Sarge worked for Tony Rumble'sCWA in the summer of 1997 and remember him as being extremely pleasant.  Maybe not PC, but I thought Wendi Richter's speech after receiving the Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award was one of the more interesting ones from the heart I've ever heard.  She told her story as she wanted to the way she wanted to;  it was her career and life of experiences.  Ivory is as lovely today as she's always been, hasn't aged a day and her personality is electric.  Was happy that Bill DeMott was an award winner.  DeMott is another I knew from the Tony Rumble era. . .in October 1995 (exactly a week after the first CAC I ever attended in fact), DeMott and Kevin Sullivan were the only "headliners" on a CWA event in Gloucester, MA that drew over 3,000 fans when WWF'sFleetCenter debut in Boston two nights earlier only had about 5,500 for a split crew event with half the roster in Europe.  I vividly remember a fun ride with DeMott, Johnny Grunge of Public Enemy, Bull Montana and Pat Doyle after a CWA event in CT with a topic of conversation better suited for a different platform than this column.  Grunge and DeMott were able to pry a lot more information about Bull's solo "personal" life than my ears ever wanted to hear.  Had a chance to meet another award winner, Judy Martin, for the first time at the reunion.  Saw Judy three times at the old Boston Garden, as WWF Womens Tag Team Champion both before and during her run with Lelani Kai as the Glamour Girls and also against Rockin Robin for the WWF Womens Championship in, outside of Survivor Series 93, the final sell-out at Garden in March of 1989 for a loaded event featuring Hulk Hogan -vs- Big Boss Man in a steel cage.  Terry Funk had to miss a paid appearance during WrestleMania'sfanfest as well as one in Toronto, but made it to Vegas for the CAC to co-host the awards with fellow WWE HOF'r JJ Dillion.  That says it all right there. . .no one's paid to be a part of the CAC or show up to collect their award, it's all done out of their love of wrestling.  Was happy to catch up with my good friend Kharma, who, thanks to WWE, was able to have her final match as Awesome Kong before starting there as Kharma.  She might be an animal inside the ring, but outside of it, she has a Hall of Fame heart.  Here you have, in my opinion, the best female wrestler in the world right now selling raffle tickets during the ceremony to raise money for the CAC to help out veterans of the sport with medical bills, and in some cases, funerals.  I can't even begin to say how proud I was to be in that room. . .

The tribute to Karl Lauer was great. . .it's a sad day that Karl's slowly reducing his workload and stepping down from running the reunions.  He's been a longtime friend, always enjoy having him on MWF programming and look forward to having him on again soon for a "post game" reunion discussion. . .

2011 CAC Future Legend Kyle Sebastian sat at our table and discussed how he's been a part of three of the famed Canadian wrestling promoter Tony Condello's "death tours."  Never met him but proud to sit at a table with someone that truly lived the business in it's toughest circumstances (especially in that cold). . .

Had a very interesting lunch with President Bearer.  I believe we've worked through some of our past differences and found common ground after he shockingly gave me a promotion to EVP of Wrestling Operations.  If we can work as a team, we can do some great things in the northeast.  His relations with "Stalker" Dylan Kage and the Trifecta of Terror are another story, one he does not want to get into at this time.  Seeing him almost do a nip-up when he saw his longtime friend Steve Austin show up was a priceless moment you'll only see at the CAC. . .

After the awards banquet, had a nice dinner with two great friends, one of WWE fame that thankfully wasn't hounded for autographs and pictures until after we left the restaurant.  It's a catch-22, as meeting some of these stars is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the fans that attend, but at the same time, the CAC is a reunion / vacation for the people there. . .they're attending on their own dime, it's not a paid appearance or trying to meet them after a wrestling event.  I've suggested to CAC to set up an hour or so where fans can make a donation to the club to be able to walk through and get a quick autograph or photo without getting into their life story with whatever wrestler. . .if it can generate money for the club and give the guys / girls peace the rest of the reunion it's worth it. . .

Time flies by so quick over the three days. . .I was planning on meeting with "Wrestler X" about coming to the MWF and we didn't have anything but a short conversation as he was gambling.  I had a DVD for Harley Race and Rose Greenleaf but the only time we were anywhere near each other he was swamped by people.  Wish the reunion could be longer at times, or have a "social" time limited to those involved in the sport itself. . .

The rest of the week was interesting.  The wrestling event Monday night was a long affair that went about four hours with I don't know how many matches and included a Royal Rumble.  The majority of the crowd left as it went on.  As recent as a few years ago, Les Thatcher and Race would run a seminar along with whatever other veterans decided to pop in for two and a half days.  At that point, they'd huddle and create a line-up for the live event.  The best made it, the rest were put in the battle royal or encouraged to up their game for the following year.  Would love to see the CAC get back to that point as some of what was presented left a lot to be desired. . .

Enjoying the Vegas nightlife prevented me from attending a few of the seminars as they were just too damn early. . .to be seated and ready to go for a 9AM seminar would require you to get up around 8AM or so, which is too much for me, at home or at the CAC.  I made sure I was in attendance for Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins and Little Egypt of GLOW fame's seminar on the best ways to utilize social media.  Found it very educational, picking up some tips for myself and re-enforcing things I'd like to see the MWF roster do, as I've always been blunt in saying that most of them. . . need to utilize it in a far better way than they do now.  I took the time to type out my notes and even give them a general idea of how they could spend 15-20 minutes a day productively using it instead of talking about BS that does not advance their careers or help the cause for the events they're appearing on.  Most of what was discussed were things I've already stated, but thought maybe coming from someone that's had the success of a Billy Corgan, it might sink in better. . . some will read it and it will sink in. . .others will delete it or say it's "too long". . .and they'll continue to have careers where they're stuck in proverbial quicksand. . .I can only lead the horse to water. . .it's frustrating to ask guys to do certain things repeatedly and they either don't do it or ignore it. . . that's one thing I see changing under the Prez Bearer regime. . .

Also took the time to type out notes I took from Jim Ross' seminar on how to get to WWE, what WWE is looking for, etc.  It's not about needing "extras" at TV tapings.  Virtually every movie you see has tons of extras in them, but that doesn't mean they're going to be sharing screen time with George Clooney or Meryl Streep anytime soon with a contract in hand.  JR was very honest about the chances of making it, and how to best utilize the slim chance you have.  I already had a fairly good grasp on the subject, but again, getting an email with notes from a speech given by Jim Ross is going to go a lot further than my opinions, even if they're extremely similar in nature.  If I didn't care about the guys, I wouldn't try. . . what they do with the information is at their own discretion. . .

The Baloney Blowout was a nice laid back affair where the "B" Awards were given out. . . I'm still laughing out loud at the speech given by Dr. Mike Webster and "Bill Rice," one you would have had to been there for to understand.  The roast for Karl Lauer was a nice tribute, as Terry Funk said the following night "Karl!  Karl!  Karl!"  As you can tell by the "friendly" photo above, myself and the Prez are going to have an interesting time working together. . .

All around great memories. . .visiting the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (home of the History Channel's "Pawn Stars," one of my favorites), accidentally running into the Toy Shack (run by Johnny, Pawn Stars toy specialist) and meeting the man himself, enjoying the Freemont Street Experience several nights, the hot tub jets going off on my poor back still waiting for it's spinal fusion, the warm sun, the nightlife and night lights, the views of the mountains at sunset, I love Las Vegas. . .I might even break my own rule and post some photos from the trip on my own Facebook page. . . .

The travel experience was interesting. . . if you followed me on Twitter, boy was I on fire at times!!  I was stuck in Detroit for eight long hours (should have gone to see Les Gold of "Hardcore Pawn" fame)  but it wound up being productive as I finalized an agreement for one of our featured superstars for the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH September 22nd in Melrose, MA.  Coming home, my Thursday flight got changed from 6AM to 11:30PM, so I needed to book an extra night at the hotel.  At the airport, the agents couldn't figure out why they couldn't get me on the flight. . .wound up that my stop in Laguardia required a terminal change. . .after a half hour of the agent on the phone with some Delta hotline, they figured it out. . .11:30PM, "wheels up" back to Detroit. . . was there for a little over an hour until I was up in the air again to LGA. . .there, I had to leave the terminal, pick up my checked luggage, get on a shuttle bus, go to another terminal, check in with my luggage again and go through security again so I could catch my easy 34 minute flight home to Boston from the Big Apple. . .was looking forward to the 100th birthday of Fenway Park celebration, but konked out soon after the pre-game show and woke up during the post game. . .call that "Mirade Luck."  In a bonus round, I was actually considering staying even longer but had tickets to the Sox-Yankees Sunday night game, the one that wound up rained out.  Tonight, it was business as usual at MWF Studios where our own President Paul Bearer made a surprise appearance on WWE Raw as Randy Orton wanted revenge for what Kane did to fellow former MWF legend "Cowboy" Bob Orton on Smackdown a few weeks back.  Hope he made it out of the freezer. . .

Speaking of the President, check out the first of a two part interview online with him now.  Sunday night, we have some announcements for the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH September 22nd in Melrose.  MWF iTalk #13 is online, as well as the latest MWF Newsline on the front page.  More video content and news coming your way in the coming days, it really is an exciting time here in the MWF without having to deal with CenaSleazena any longer. . .


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
March 31st, 2012 * #7

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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Wrestling fans near and far, welcome to a special WrestleMania weekend edition of Inside The MWF. . . with today's Boston weather, Miami doesn't sound all that bad.  If you're debating whether or not to order WWE's biggest event of the year tomorrow night, do it, I don't think you'll regret it.  Up until a few weeks ago, I was going down as so many old friends are together at one time in one place, but, when your back needs a spinal fusion and having the Cena/Bearer shocker thrown at us at SOUL SURVIVOR last weekend, plans can change in a hurry. . .

President Bearer is at the WrestleMania Fan AXXESS this weekend posing for photos in the original Funeral Parlor interview set that was the home of many big moments over the years. . .Ultimate Warrior being locked in the casket, which was spooky me even at ten years old. . .Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair's first face-to-face confrontation. . . Undertaker popping out of a casket to set up his Survivor Series '91 title match with Hogan. . . Jake Roberts locking Undertaker's hand in the casket that built their WrestleMania VIII match. . .that's a pretty cool opportunity for fans, IMO. . .

Myself and MWF Chairman Neil Manolian took a meeting last night in Boston. . . can't get into too many details but there is great excitement in the air right now in the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  We had a laugh thinking back to that day we went into City Hall back in January of 2001 to get the paperwork rolling to see where we are today.  He may have drank the Cena Kool Aid in recent years, which led to a lot of heated arguments.  His surprise appearance at SS8 last Saturday was a shocker, many of our athletes have never met him.  We have a lot of "Cena-free" ideas we want to work with Bearer on. . .lots of discussion of new / changes to certain rules & regulations that I think the pro's will be happy about, the hobbyist will not. . .time will tell. . .

A tremendous amount of work has already started on the SS8 home video. . . I know fans have been looking for certain events for awhile now.  SS8 is - somewhat - "easy" to produce as it's the first positive to come from the change in our video production format back in July.  I think the finished piece is going to be out of this world, we just need "the voice" of the MWF The Jackal to tune up those pipes to call it with yours truly.  My goal is to have it ready for commentary in less than two weeks. . .

Lots of fans have been asking about what the latest news for MWF South is.  I honestly have no idea, no one has told me, no one has sent any information about upcoming events, etc.  At one point, there was a working idea to start an MWF South-exclusive TV program in March that never came to be and have heard nothing since.  Maybe MWF South President John Cena Sr.'s still munching on that humble pie served to him by Paul Bearer last weekend.  None of that is a knock against the great folks in North Carolina, as I've stated many times, I enjoy NC a great deal.  I don't understand their love for the MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage, but they don't see what we see first hand, they see a local hero. . .after winning the "In It To Win It" Gauntlet at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, perhaps they'll get to see Todd Hanson head down south and kick a little ass Boston style. . .

Whether I like it or don't like it, MWF South is part of the MWF family. . . outside of my great dislike for Cena and Dylan Kage, there needs to be some kind of unity. . .

The BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH has officially been announced for Saturday, September 22nd at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  Happy to be back home for our 11th anniversary that falls the day after my birthday (I wish I was eleven all over again).  Really want to put together a fun, almost party like celebration for our great MWF Superfans. . . I'm already busy on working on some cool giveaways, prizes, etc.  It's not our birthday, it's everyone's birthday.  I've always said that our fans are an extended part of our family. . . the more people we spread the word to, the more people that check out what we do, the more regular fans we're going to have.  It's great to see "repeat" fans over and over again, we want everybody to love what we're doing and not just come back, but come back with a friend.  We believe in our roster, we believe in the experience we deliver, we're always working on improving it, so. . ."stay tuned". . .

I've already started the BBBB event BLOG. . .I wish I had a chance to update it more but it always isn't easy to get into the site to do so.  Someday, we'll look back at these BLOG's as history. . . how and why certain things happened, announcements, and everything else that goes along with building these events. . . they are as much the fans as they are ours. . . I think if one takes the time to read them, they'll really get a feeling of the never ending amount of hard work put into the events and perhaps have a new respect for it. . . it isn't an easy gig, that's for sure. . . .

Well, it's WrestleMania eve. . . as Mark Dustin would say "I'm outta here". . .would like to do something on a Saturday for a change that doesn't involve wrestling. . . believe it or not, the ol' EVP of Wrestling Operations is cool with MWF Studios closing down tomorrow, as in our sport, WM is indeed a holiday.  On the flip side, will be back at MWF Studios from 2PM to midnight Monday as we produce more content for you all. . .

Enjoy WrestleMania and mark down September 22nd so you're part of the Bash!!


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
March 27th, 2012 * #6

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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I apologize for such a delay in updates. . .sleep is out of control once again post event. . .was KO'd for 12 hours when I got home from our post-SOUL SURVIVOR VIII celebration. . .up in time for a long night at MWF Studios. . .got three hours sleep Sunday night. . .dozed for a few hours in the late afternoon. . .fell asleep during a movie around 1AM for a little bit. . .then wide awake as I write this with the sun just starting to rise. . .

The Executive Vice President of Wrestling Operations. . . .if you ever told me when I started watching wrestling in 1986 that someday I would create a regional wrestling organization that would expand into the Carolina's, have a multi-time WWE World Champion's father try to destroy & steal it, then have Paul Bearer rescue it and give me that job title - I was creative with my line of LJN action figures and homemade wrestling magazines, but come on now. . . if anyone ever tells you to stop working hard at your dreams, they're just jealous. . . .before I continue, let me back track. . .

March 24th, 2012 will be one of the more memorable days of my life for so many reasons.  A lot of it is covered in the official SOUL SURVIVOR VIII wrap-up BLOG, which is going to be a hell of a history lesson someday.  Anyone that reads this piece of business knows that the past eleven months (really just over eight years now) have been very difficult for me.  Due to billion dollar scum, I'm in need of a spinal fusion, and it's between the battling and the medical appointments it's been time consuming.  The gigantic amount of work put into SS8 probably saved my sanity, even if it drove me insane in a completely different way. . .

The days leading into the event were insane.  Another package from someone that still will not interact with me other than sending me something in the mail.  This time, a video tape of John Cena Sr. screaming at "Brad" (geez, I wonder who that was??).  With so much evidence proving that this whole North Carolina thing is an inside job I called for a full MWF Board of Directors meeting.  They said it wasn't conclusive, I was on fire. . .

Of all people, Cena claimed that it would be dangerous for him and "Stalker" Dylan Kage to be in Melrose. . .huh??  Kage took out Hanson, he played a roll in the injury "Demon" Luis Ortiz sustained initially by JBL's Uprising. . ."hostile work environment". . .when isn't it in pro wrestling??  Fearing some kind of lawsuit, the MWF BOD caved in and agreed to let Kage out of his scheduled match against Fit Finlay (one that yours truly put a lot of time and effort into).  Finlay was inserted into the already intense MWF Triple Threat Championship bout between Low Ki, "Slyck" Wagner Brown and "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa, making for a Fatal Four Way for the ages.  As much as I hate - and I mean HATE Dylan Kage - he's headlined or co-main evented all previous seven SOUL SURVIVOR's.  Did he really want out that bad??  Why wasn't it Paul Bearer, his manager making the request??  Dealing with that, the venue set-up, last minute paperwork that takes hours upon hours to complete, all the last minute details that you have to wait until the last minute to complete, it was hell on earth Wednesday-Friday. . .

Saturday was another one of those nights where I got about three and a half hours of sleep. . .Bushwhacker Luke was kind enough to text me at 6:30AM he was boarding his plane in San Juan, which woke me up for good. . .not a bad thing, as there was still - yup - more work to be done.  Worked on the computer for a bit, was on my @DanMirade account Tweeting away, getting boxes, bags, merchandise, etc. ready.  I gotta give credit where credit is due. . . I have a few fish to fry, but overall, our support staff is out of this world tremendous.  "CT" Charlie Taylor and his partner in crime "Bear" (I don't know if that's a work name or not) were an hour early!!  Early!!  In wrestling!!  I couldn't believe it!!  I generally go the Mick Foley route of relaxed wear around the house so I sure as hell wasn't ready for them. . . they went to get a coffee and I rushed to get ready.  The guys were on time, packed up the car and off we went to the MWF hotel as there was a minor issue to take care of. . .some great folks there, as well.  Positive vibes.  Texts coming from all the featured superstars (more on that to come).  Made it to Memorial Hall and what a vision, the border of the puzzle was already done. . .a really nice feeling.  The MIA Commissioner Von Johnson was lurking.  Our NH team of Dave Carter (who is in better shape than half the roster and has never had a wrestling match) along with his buddy Bryan and Bryan's brother were there to pitch in.  The video crew was early.  The ring was set up with no issues. . .

I got one of the happiest texts I've received in ions as "baby Mirade" (as opposed to little little Mirade) was going to make a stop at Memorial Hall.  He was recently clipped by a car and in a splint.  Thanks to some great friends in CT, he has a spinner championship belt with his name on it (that I didn't even get a chance to give him).  He hustled a Sin Cara shirt, a John Morrison hat and hung out with Bushwhacker Luke and MWF Television Champion "Straight Edge" Brian Fury in the locker room for a bit along with his step-brother Dom. . .for a little while, all of the happiness rushing thru me replaced the regular pain, stress, etc.  Little D's always the best medicine in the world for me, and having him there the day of the event calmed me more than any medication. . . I wished he could have stayed longer, but he got a taste of what someday will be partially his. . .really cool. . .

Back to work, the stress builds and builds as we prepared for FULL THROTTLE, our private charity event for kids from a plethora of non-profit organizations we work with and care about.  The Millennium Wrestling Federation will never be able to do what WWE does charity wise, but we do care and go above and beyond any regional wrestling company I've ever heard of.  I'm proud of that.  Far too many times, people forget why they wanted to get into this sport. . . when you had hundreds of happy kids there, enjoying a day away from reality you know you did a good deed.  And as much as I loathe John Cena Sr., he really did a stand up thing bringing his son's authentic WWE "spinner" World Championship belt for kids to pose with for free.  He didn't have to do it, he wasn't asked to do it, he just did it because he wanted to give these kids another memory that will last a lifetime.  So, as much as I'd like to break his jaw, I sincerely tip my hat to him for being such a caring person in this instance at least. . .

After FT, I was lucky enough to get a massage.  I've never had one before and didn't know what to expect. . .there was some pain in places I didn't expect, but it loosened me up a great deal.  Some of the MWF superstars started to arrive, along with Paul Bearer, who were overjoyed to see my decimated body laying on a massage table in the locker room looking like I was ready for the funeral home.  I understand there are pictures out there - that will remain private or the culprit will endure the wrath of Dan Mirade like none other. . .between visiting with the little man and the massage, I felt decent for me. . .my only issue was that I kept running out of water as I made sure to take my meds at the right time as opposed to me usually forgetting the day of the events and winding up near death towards the end of the night . . .

Then it was time for the grand daddy of 'em all, SOUL SURVIVOR VIII:  Final Destination.  And mayhem broke loose.  We had security staff all over the place, Von Johnson allowed it to turn into a zoo.  Bottom line is that people need to be at the venue at a specific time to do specific things.  That's one thing I'm going to focus on and come up with a plan with President Bearer about (it's going to be rough getting used to that term).  The line for the fanfest went in the wrong direction but it was too late to change course by the time I saw it, just a lot of areas for improvement.  I'm certainly not too proud to say we make mistakes and can improve.  And we will, each and every event. . .

I made the mistake of delegating the responsibility of passing out the free VIP Package WWE t-shirts to. . .myself.  Big mistake Dan!!  We had people that bought floor tickets asking for them, people that bought VIP's after the cutoff date. . .we had issues at the door with someone claiming they bought one, so I had to use the computer at Memorial Hall to print up their order that showed they only had one general admission ticket.  I had the venue telling me that the venue the Millennium Wrestling Federation paid to rent was using "the Mayor's box."  I happen to like the Mayor a great deal, but when he's paying to rent it, he can have full access to any box he chooses. . .so that rubbed me the wrong way. . .

The surprises continued as MWF Chairman and co-founder Neil Manolian came up the stairs. . .I was literally blown away.  Back in January 2001 as a crazy 21 and 20 year olds, respectively, we went two buildings up from Memorial Hall to City Hall to make the Millennium Wrestling Federation a reality.  The majority of the work he's done is away from live events, so to see him there was very surprising to me.  He spent the first half of the event with Mayor Robert Dolan, State Representative Paul Brodeur and their kids in the aforementioned "Mayor's Box."  Once I saw Neil, I knew something was up. . .thinking about it, I don't think some on our roster even thought he was a real human being. . .

We had planned a talent meeting and because there aren't enough hours in the day, it didn't happen.  Instead, I think I had a wide variety of positive conversations that I'll continue to have with the roster with my new position (more to come).  We have the best roster in New England.  For SOUL SURVIVOR to be that good while missing "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards, Ortiz, "Hurricane" John Walters and planning on Todd Hanson not being there, that speaks volumes for each and every person there. . .

The fanfest was just packed. . .never made my way up there, but saw some really cool photos I hope we post online for fans everywhere to check out and hopefully entice them to join the fun in the future.  Raffle tickets, merchandise was flying. . . fans knew they were in for a good time.  While meeting with Neil early on, I actually got to see a match live in person (extremely rare for me) when Jay Freddie defeated Sonny Yee 2000 in the opener.  I don't know about you, but I thought the match was excellent. . .

After that, it almost becomes a blur. . .so many faces, friends, issues, fires to put out. . .my goal was to be in the locker room at my table the entire night and it didn't even come close to happening. . .another area to focus on.  Outside of the Kage issue, there were no problems with any of the talent running late, missing in action, etc., so the event went off without a hitch. . .

Another are of focus was the intermission.  In general, I don't like intermissions at all.  Saturday, we had a wide variety of auctions and raffles to benefit several non-profit organizations.  It was a minority, but I was personally insulted that fans were starting negative chants, and I said as much as it took place.  You have to remember, we had guests from MAW, Special Olympics, etc., as guests at SS8 as well.  How do you think they felt hearing some idiots to end us trying to raise some money for them.  Seriously guys, think big picture. . . at the same time, to eliminate the issue in the future, the game plan going forward is to run an auction / raffle or two in between each match.  It will eliminate intermission completely and keep the flow of the event going.  I like the idea, we'll at test it out at our next live event. . .

Looking forward to watching SS8 in it's entirety today. . .after struggling to deal with our new video production system since July, the first benefit of it is having two different camera angles of the event on a hard drive sitting two feet from me. . . a lot of MWF Home Video work needs to be done soon. . .

The April MWF Cyberstarz is already online fans - we're not playing games!  Great feature match as Julian Starr takes on Bobby Ocean.  Both men are coming off losses. . .Julian quite a few.  New Years Eve didn't treat him right even though he had an outstanding match with "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal.  Both he and "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed wanted more ring time, and as a result, were put together as a team against Bad Penny on the February Cyberstarz where Reed bailed on his partner.  Starr had his opportunity at revenge at SS8 Saturday but came up short with Reed getting the victory.  My new sidekick Todd Hanson and I also cover everything SOUL SURVIVOR with the time remaining, including his interesting involvement.  If you missed it, Hanson made a surprise return in the "In It To Win It" Gauntlet challenge.  Making his debut, Frankie Arion opened some eyes and impressed the hell out of everyone and looked like he went coast to coast for the win. . .he just didn't know, like most of us, that Hanson had signed on to the match and drew the last number.  Hanson came away with the win, gave Frankie props, and declared he wanted Dylan Kage's MWF Southern Heavyweight Championship as soon as he was medically cleared.  I admire Hanson's guts. . .he's tough. . .he wanted it, and he took it. . .

The biggest surprise of the night was once again, old J-Fab.  The first time he attempted to speak to the crowd, our event staff and the fans went nuts screaming "inside job" at him over and over and over again, to the point he just gave up and went to the locker room. . .I thought that was fantastic. . .Mr. Prim & Proper being bitch slapped by the fans.  Later, he came out to address the fans again and was interrupted by Paul Bearer, who let it be known he knew the dark secrets of Franklin D. Churchill as well as Churchill's past with Cena. . .he had an executive order in hand to sign, or the secrets were coming out.  Cena wasn't happy, but he put his John Hancock on the paperwork real quick, then fled the building in a hurry.  So, what does Bearer know about Cena??  And what does that mean to you and all the fans in New England??

Well, Titanic avoided the iceberg this time. . .and we have to thank Paul Bearer for it, whatever his reasoning may be.  There's a lot of confusion going on right now in the MWF with the move, the changes in power, etc.  Paul Bearer will be the President of MWF North while his manager's license will remain valid in MWF South;  vice versa, John Cena Sr. is the President of MWF South while his manager's license remains valid in MWF North if he so chooses to utilize it.  Sunday night, the entire staff had a teleconference with Bearer and I was offered the position of Executive Vice President of Wrestling Operations.  Under our current business model, I am honored to be offered such a title.  As of this moment, I have no idea who the EVP of Wrestling Opps in MWF South will be. . .we have another big meeting Friday night to discuss things further. . .

In the end, as the EVP of Wrestling Opps, look for changes. . .big, small, somewhere in between.  I take this job deathly serious.  Not having to answer to Cena, Von Johnson or some of the others that have ranked higher than me since I lost a majority ownership has been frustrating as I bring a lot more to the table than commentary.  How I'm going to gel with Bearer, I don't know.  I don't fully trust him, but respect what he's done in this sport and the success he's led many of wrestling's elite to.  I'm going to be very interested to see what becomes of the Trifecta of Terror since Bearer's manager's license in New England is now invalid, as Cena's is in MWF South. . .lots to look forward to in the coming weeks and months to say the very least. . .my goal, no matter what, is to give fans the best wrestling possible with the best wrestlers possible at the best value possible. . .if we continue down that road, I think you'll see major improvements outside of the solid in-ring wrestling we've presented to you for a decade now. . .some will leave, some new faces will come in, that's just the way the business operates. . .I know I will give it 100% everyday out of respect to our industry as well as the fans that spend their time and hard earned money on our product. . .

I was debating going to WrestleMania and the Hall of Fame this weekend where so many friends will be in Miami (and the weather a lot warmer than Boston), but there's a lot of work on my plate right now and a whole new world has opened up. . .it's exciting and challenging at the same time.  Paul Bearer will be at WrestleMania, taking part in WWE's Fan Axxess events in the original Funeral Parlor interview segment, posing for photos and signing autographs;  if you're WM bound, make sure you stop by and say hello.  I don't know if I'll have the chance to have a public interview with him before we all head to Las Vegas for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in just two short weeks, but I'll do what I can for the fans to hear what his intentions are (I wanna know, too). . .

Long update, lots of news, videos, columns, interviews, etc. on the site, check 'em out. . .I'll be back sooner than later with MWF iTalk #12 and another column update.  Big scoops coming Thursday night. . .


Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
February 19th, 2012 * #5

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 another edition of Inside The MWF. . .variety of news and notes I wanted to touch base upon. . .

Everyone is excited about MWF ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, March 3rd in Fairmont, NC with MWF Southern Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage, WWE legend "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff, John Cena Sleazena and some great athletes in our southern home.  What I'm royally pissed off about is Cena's latest game where I'm "banned" from the event, as he announced on Valentine's Day.  What's this ploy all about??  I find it interesting that not only will this be just the second event in 10+ years of the MWF I will not be at live, but it was this same event last March that I believe "the inside job" began.  Ironic??

To further distract me from the situation, I was forcefully asked to head to New York City Valentine's morning to help with two different video production shoots.  I will say I'm a huge fan of out-of-studio tapings and I believe these came out great. . .we'll see once they air in March.  Wasn't something I expected (nor the company I was with) but it was great to get away for the day.  The manhunt to get little Mirade a Spongebob shirt that said NY was a headache, I wound up in the Toys R Us in Times Square (he better wear it). . . .en route home, had a horrible back explosion and my feet were killing me, two good reminders of why I had no business in a street fight or any other altercation with "Stalker" Dylan Kage at this point in time.  Found a great Irish pub called (and I'm sure I'm spelling this wrong) O'Looney's that was really good, just a block or two off of Times Square.  Our Vegas shoots in the past have come out really cool, I'd love to see more done in NY, the Carolina's, hell, even Boston. . .

Have to continue to thank the fans for their support with early SOUL SURVIVOR VIII ticket sales.  The discounted event tickets and especially the giant VIP Packages sell themselves when you see what you get.  The line-up of featured guests is out of this world with a wide variety. . .the line-up is shaping up to be excellent.  Not exactly what we had in mind at one point, but things are always changing in the MWF, that's for sure.  The sixth match, Julian Starr -vs- "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed, has a chance to steal the show stemming from their tag team bout on the February Cyberstarz program where Reed just left Starr to be slaughtered by Bad Penny.  I'm really looking forward to this match, both men have a lot to gain and even more to lose.  I honestly believed it was a shocker for Reed when he was defeated by Julian the first time they met last year in what was also an outstanding match.  Yeah, some of the main events have been announced, but they could have a lot to live up to once the bell rings in this one. . .

The "line-up" of charity auctions and raffles is coming along nicely.  Spoke with WWE this week, I imagine they're going to have more cool stuff for us.  We're going to have a variety of official WWE DVD's available - if you have the $5 MWF Merchandise table coupon, the price you're paying is absurd!!  But we love it and have a lot of fun with it. . . we want the fans to have the complete wrestling experience, not just "watch a wrestling show."  This is truly an all day event where we're going to do a lot of good in so many different ways. . .

The Ox Baker / Quincy ("Ox Brisco") Valentine's Day "musical" should be available online shortly, along with another interview I enjoyed a great deal. . . the February Cyberstarz TV is online now, the Superstar Zone coming soon, all on the new look TV page that should make episodes easier to locate and view. . .

I think everyone's happy that the site is finally starting to get back to normal. . . still a long process, a never ending headache, but very happy with the speeds of most pages as of now. . .who wants to wait 20 seconds for a page to load??  "Back in business". . .

Best wishes go out to my longtime friend, Cauliflower Alley Club EVP Karl Lauer, who we recently interviewed.  In recent days he was hospitalized due to heart issues that will require surgery.  Wishing Karl the best and looking forward to seeing him in Vegas this spring. . .

Spent two and a half hours doing "homework" for a certain superstar today.  I'm big on helping the athletes that are looking to up their game, and I believe I did so.  What he does with it is at his discretion. . .

The sixth installment of MWF iTalk is one for the archives. . .I thought it might be fun to try to tape one "on the road". . .certainly not a piece recorded at MWF Studios!!  It is online for your viewing pleasure, along with the other five episodes. . .

I don't know whether I'm coming or going. . . sleep has been an issue for me since I was initially injured, but the past year or so it's been tough. . .the past week or two has been crazy. . . three or four hours last night, naps (which I never take) at odd times. . .it's 4:19AM as I finish typing this, if I wake up and I know I'm beyond the point of no return with the clock saying 7:30AM, 8:30AM. . .well, I won't be the best company in the world at MWF Studios. . .need Quincy and Reno to get me an Amp drink to try to keep me alive. . .

Hope all is well wherever you are. . .thanks to Tim Wakefield for 17 tremendous years as a member of the Boston Red Sox, classy guy. . . .again, we ask that you please spread the word about SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, we need as much support as we can for this event for so many different reasons.  Check out the VIP Packages, look at what you get for only $45.  They are the best value in professional wrestling, without a doubt.  If you haven't ordered yourself a VIP Package yet, what are you waiting for??  Your front row seat is waiting for you, along with all the other great stuff you get.  Now that we use all four sides of the ring for floor seating, it's helped allow more fans to have a chance to be just a few feet from the action.  The on-line box office is open 24/7, never a bad time to order. . . .

(The wrestling God's must have heard me, got nine hours sleep. . .up at 1:23PM - a message from above??)



Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
February 7th, 2012 * #4

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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Was SOUL SURVIVOR Super Bowl Super Sunday something or what??  My Super Bowl prediction was a tad off (Bellicheck developing a game plan to crush the Giants), but the countdown to the Super Bowl of wrestling in New England is on!!  Sunday will go down as a night in history with so many announcements being made. . .

Thrilled that Al Snow returns to the MWF March 24th.  Al held multiple championships in WWE, was the head trainer (no pun intended) for the first four seasons of Tough Enough on MTV and Smackdown, and is currently an official with TNA.  Al's got a lot left in the gas tank, and despite his tremendous sense of humor, is all business when that bell rings.  Will Head be the guiding light in his match??  It was nice to hear from Al during our SS-SB-SS online mini-special, as even he knows that #NorthCarolinaIsAnInsideJob. . .how 'bout that, J-Fab??  Believe it or not, Al actually stars in a film coming out shortly, "The Witches of Oz". . .look for it at AMC Theatres. . .

TNA X-Division sensation Zema Ion will make his MWF debut at SOUL SURVIVOR in Melrose.  When I was with TNA for three days a couple of weekends ago, TNA officials have a high opinion of Zema.  Before making his way to TNA, he competed in Mexico, Japan and is also currently part of the Ring Ka King promotion in India.  He brings a vast variety of styles and experience to the Millennium Wrestling Federation, interesting to see where he's positioned on the card. . . he'll be looking to make an impact (again, no pun intended) regardless. . .

Tons of rare merchandise being added to our charity auctions and raffles.  We have a rare 11x17 print of the TNA roster signed by the one and only Jeff Hardy.  I've had a lot of praise for Jeff recently and this is just one reason why.  There will be an autographed MWF live event poster signed by WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (that will also be signed by Paul Bearer when he arrives).  We're going to have an official WWE PPV chair up for grabs.  There will be autographed WWE t-shirts.  In what might be the coolest item of all, we have one of only FIVE MWF X event photos ever created that is signed by each featured superstar from our 10th anniversary birthday bash last September.  One went to MWF headquarters, others went to MWF officials, but we saved one for you guys as our thanks for your support over the past ten years.  And I honestly don't even think we're done yet.  A couple of "promises" were made (and nothing gets me PO'd more than someone saying they're going to do something and then they don't), and WWE is usually very good to us once the event gets closer (it's always exciting to open up those boxes not knowing what's inside).  We've been named 2011 & 2012 Special Olympics partners, we've done lots of work with Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers, the Cauliflower Alley Club and countless others, we've gone to great lengths to show people that this great sport can do a lot of good in the hands of the right people. . .we continue our mission to Keep The Kids Off The Streets March 24th. . .

Lost in all of the announcements from Sunday, as noted on MWF iTalk #5, is that Frankie Arion, another hungry, young athlete, makes his way to the MWF at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII.  From what I've seen, Arion is a great athlete and appears to be a solid fit for what we're doing right now.  He may owe official Eric Stefanowicz a drink for pushing so hard to bring him in, but in my opinion, he's going to shine even in a roster jam packed with the best.  At the very least, he'll be presented with the opportunity, which is all any wrestler can ask for.  For a variety of reasons, I've only been to one non-MWF independent event since 2006 so I'm somewhat embarassed to say I'd never seen him compete up until a couple of weeks ago. . .I need to get out there more.  I really don't know Frankie, his story, his history, but being the inquisitive indivial I am, I want to find out.  Nonetheless, the spotlight will be on Arion March 24th as of all the places to make his debut, he does so at SS8. . .

Be on the lookout for Twitter Monday giveaways.  Follow us, Tweet whatever the message of the week may be, one winner wins a cool prize.  Simple process that helps spread the word to fans near and far so we can blow the roof off of Memorial Hall!!

The VIP Package sells itself fans, I really don't think it needs much of a hype job.  Two live events, a front row seat, at least eight autographs, eight posed photos, a $5 MWF Merchandise table coupon, exclusive, free VIP raffles, more to be added.  The VIP Packages are already worth over $200.  How smart were the fans that got them for only $40 when they went on-sale Christmas night??  Even now, at $45, can you beat that deal??  If this isn't the best value in professional wrestling, please email me the information as to what is.  Don't forget, even if you buy a floor seat or general admission ticket, you get FREE admission to our FULL THROTTLE charity event the afternoon of SOUL SURVIVOR, and you can take part in the pre-event meet & greet (seperate charge for autographs and photos) as well as the raffles and auctions.  In the ring, out of the ring, before the event, during the event, this is going to be one hell of a day of professional wrestling for the fans and for some great charities.  We humbly invite you to join us, you will regret it if you are not part of the grand finale. . .

I'm glad I got to type all that instead of say it or I'd be reaching for the water bottle. . .

This Sunday is shaping up to be a big one. . .Ox Baker & Quincy team up for their Rocking 80's Valentine's Day special.  I came across the list of songs, and they will warm your heart.  If you didn't see their Christmas special. . . well, it gave new definition to the words "holiday" and "music."  Quincy even had a short dedication to Al Snow this past week at MWF Studios. . .you never know what to expect in the MWF (to say the least). . .

Big action on MWF TV this month.  You've asked for it, you've got it. . .the return of the Boogeyman!!  Both Scott Reed and Julian Starr are coming off losses and looking for the opportunity for more ring time and am told their wish will be granted as both men want a big spot on SOUL SURVIVOR VIII.  On the Superstar Zone, we have some debuting athletes, which always makes things interesting.  It probably won't debut until March, but we'll also be having a SS8 Countdown show with some special guests. . .interested to hear others thoughts on some of the big matches March 24th. . .

Down south, it's an exciting time as we get closer to ROAD TO THE GOLD March 3rd at the Fairmont, NC Middle School.  MWF Southern Champion, the beloved "War Hawk" Dylan Kage will put the title on the line.  WWE legend "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff will make his first appearance, and of course, John Cena Sr. will be there.  Tickets start at only $10 and it should be a great night of wrestling in one of my favorite parts of the country. . .

Like the new look of the web-site we're slowly but surely implementing??  I do, but am disappointed that only true link to this column is on the Newsline / Home page.  Come on now, Inside The MWF has been an institution on this site going back to 2001. . .still having technical issues with the pains in the ass known as Homestead.  After Sitegate 2012 came to an end, we still cannot edit the front page of the site, and, after months of trying to get to the bottom of why the site had slowed down so much, we figured out what the issue was (yet another of their screw ups), we opened an individual trouble ticket for each problem January 29th. . .haven't received a response to either one of them. . .for what we pay per month, unacceptable. . .

Who nearly ruins a fairly new laptop by spraying Windex on it??  This guy.  It's well known I absolutely hate talking on the telephone. . .hate it. . .email me, text me, go crazy, I'm great at responding.  I don't know what it is about the phone, but it seems like every conversation turns into hours. . .trying to multi-task, I was organizing a few things and wanted to clean the computer. . .instead of spraying it into a cloth first, I sprayed the computer then (quickly) tried to dry it. . .the t and the y wouldn't work, some keys came up with two letters when pressed. . . unreal. . .luckily, I was able to go to Staples and pick up a new keyboard with a USB chord.  Trying to use the internet on my "smart phone" is a challenge with these fingers. . .

Did I forget anything??  Probably. . .it's been a long few days.  We'll have much more as the week goes on. . ."talk" to you soon. . .


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
February 3rd, 2012 * #3

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 a painful edition of Inside The MWF. . .not that the writings bad (though your opinion may differ), but have had another CRPS attack on my feet.  On "Day #3" and you can't describe the pain as it slowly gets worse, feeling like explosions that shoot from your foot through your leg into your back.  The foot itself looks like a balloon being blown up it's so swollen and starts to turn a shade of purple.  I began to deal with it in 2008 but it wasn't officially diagnosed until 2010.  Sometimes it lasts a couple days, last year it lasted a good four months at one stint.  Throw in a couple of back spasms and it certainly leaves you with an ear to ear grin. . . anyway's, onto the world of the MWF. . .

I'm really, really excited about our SOUL SURVIVOR Super Bowl Super Sunday special before the big game this weekend.  Lots of news, matches, surprises, etc.  It should be a great guide for fans attending our March 24th extravaganza at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  Still working on contracts as we speak, but I'm hoping it will be fun and interesting for anyone watching. . . I'm a big Patriots fan, but I think most fans in the area can agree we've heard more than enough Super Bowl hype (how many ways can you talk about one single game for two weeks??). . .just my opinion. . .as usual, the game will be on as background music as we do more work from MWF Studios. . .

I hope fans will feel the passion being put into SOUL SURVIVOR VIII. . .how much we truly care about the fans and want to give them the best experience and value in professional wrestling. . .we've tweaked a few things as far as the format of the event that we think will make it an even more interactive night. . . sincerely hope you'll join us. . .

We're trying out a new look for the site to replace the "classic" look we've pretty much had since 2001 that will debut Sunday.  We've also finally figured out why the site slowed down so much. . .awhile back, our host Homestead changed company's in regards to keeping track of visitors, length of visits, etc., that not only cost us to lose years worth of data without any kind of warning, but the HTML code is responsible for it. . .trying to deal with Homestead support is about as enjoyable and productive as trying to deal with John Cena Sleazena. . .

MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage (see, I can be tactful once in a blue moon) was tremendous on the local ABC network's "Carolina & Company" program this past Monday.  As we get closer to ROAD TO THE GOLD March 3rd at the Fairmont, NC Middle School to benefit the South Robeson Middle School the program will get a lot of visibility.  Hope to have video of it we can put online soon. . .

Next week is going to be another huge week as part of February sweeps. . .new episodes of MWF television, "Ox Brisco" (Ox Baker & Quincy's musical duo's name) will have their Rocking 80's Valentine's special, and so much more as we inch closer and closer to the big one. . . love this time of year. . . when you hear "Soul Survivor" you know spring's coming. . .WrestleMania's coming. . . the Red Sox are coming. . .

FYI, I don't think there will be an MWF Newsline this week due to the time being devoted to the SS-SB-SS video (a lot easier than typing out the whole thing). . .there's going to be a lot of news and updates, and I believe a bonus video (no hints).  I will likely put together the 5th edition of MWF iTalk as I have a few topics I was asked about and want to discuss, plus it's an easy edit job. . . Quincy made a special video for Al Snow as he got extremely excited when he found out that Al was a fan of the "Ox Brisco" Christmas special. . .have been at the studio during the week a lot of late, last night actually went to a Chinese food restaurant that was not Kowloon!!  Don't worry, Andy, I didn't mean to cheat on you, their food couldn't touch the Loon and I don't even remember the name of it. . .

Can't wait to hear feedback from some of the athletes taking part in SS8 once they find out who their opponents are March 24th. . .

Have you checked out the interviews with MWF Champion Low Ki and Bushwhacker Luke??  As good as advertised!!  My interview with Karl Lauer has given me Cauliflower Alley Club, and just as exciting, Las Vegas fever. . .can't wait to get back to Sin City and see so many old friends. . .

Had a nice talk with long time friend Dennis Brent this week. . .once you get "old timers" going, we go - an almost four hour conversation.  For those that know how terrible I am when it comes to taking phone calls, jaws may be dropping.  Dennis is a fountain of knowledge and he had some interesting advice when it comes to certain superstars and dealing with SS8 / Cena.  If you don't know who Dennis is, you don't follow the who's who of professional wrestling.  He was a long time executive with World Class, the UWF, the NWA, WCW and WWE up until a couple of years ago.  One thing I miss about being out on the road as much as I used to is the bonds and the friendships. . .yeah, wrestling can be a backstabbing world of politics, but when you make certain friendships, it's a great thing. . .when I dined with Al Snow when TNA was here a few weeks back, it had been a couple years since we'd seen each other and we picked up like it was a couple of weeks, telling old stories and adventures, laughing the night away until Kowloon threw us out.  That is professional wrestling to me. . .for the current generation that missed that environment, I truly wish you got to experience, because it was a completely different world than the sport in 2012. . .

I've rambled enough. . .lots of email accounts to "reconfigure" thanks to our pals at Homestead. . . stay safe. . . enjoy the game. . . don't be like the thoughtless scumbag that almost killed myself, the Iron Sheik and Dr. Von Johnson (i.e. DO NOT drink and drive!!). . .



Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
January 31st, 2012 * #2

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 another installment of Inside The MWF. . .had to get at least two columns posted before the end of the month. . .and what a month it's been. . .

Apologize for the ten days we had from hell known as Homestead beginning on January 17th. . . to be without our web-site and email accounts (those we still don't have back, making communication very difficult) was like losing a limb. . . I've never dealt with people as unresponsive or unhelpful as Homestead. . . thanks go out to our MWF Superfans for hammering them with emails, as well as the local police out in CA, as once they got in the mix, the site was live the next day. . . still not completely resolved or satisfied, but we're working on it.  Would love to know if this was another inside job from John Cena Sleazena in his attempts to destroy the MWF from within for his own selfish means. . .

We're less than eight weeks away from SOUL SURVIVOR VIII:  Final Destination Saturday, March 24th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  There are two great interviews available free of charge on the Supersite, an extremely interesting one with MWF Heavyweight Champion Low Ki discussing a variety of topics, as well as Bushwhacker Luke, who kinda shows you just how crazy a Bushwhacker can be.  Looking forward to having more interviews with the stars once we get closer to the big day.

If you haven't heard about it already, SOUL SURVIVOR Super Bowl Super Sunday is (obviously) this Sunday before the New England Patriots clash with the New York Giants in a game I'm looking forward to having on in the background at MWF Studios as we have a lot of work to do as much as I'd like to kick back and enjoy it.  What's SSSBSS all about??  Big superstars. . .big matches. . .big surprises. . .what more can I add to that??  I think it's a cool idea and maybe something we'll do annually if it gets a positive response from the fans.  We have always aimed to please.  I thought WWE had a great concept in 1999 and 2000 when they did something during the Super Bowl half time show. . .

The MWF Heavyweight Championship co-main event is going to get people talking. . . .the bottom line is that it's going to be one hell of a match, but I don't think those involved is going to be particularly thrilled.  To be honest, I don't care.  It's all about presenting the best match on the best event of the year. . .there will be a wide variety of angles to look at that match at, which makes it even more interesting.  Make no doubt about it, the MWF's roster is stacked, there were so many different choices to oppose Low Ki for the gold.  I feel like I put together the best, most thought provoking and ultimately exciting match possible. . .

We recently announced that former WWE (then WWWF) World Champion "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff will appear at MWF ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, March 3rd at the Fairmont, NC Middle School as a fundraiser for the South Robeson Rescue Squad.  Koloff, as long time fans know, was the man that ended Bruno Sammartino's historic run as longest reigning WWE Champion of all time.  I'm looking forward to meeting Ivan and interviewing him, love to meet the legends. . .

The MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage appeared on the ABC network's NC affiliate "Carolina & Company" yesterday to talk RTTG. . .hopefully we'll have footage of it we can air online or on MWF TV leading up to March 3rd. . .(very difficult to write a sentence about him and not let my true feelings be known). . .

The January MWF Superstar Zone TV program has been online as Beau Douglas looks to end his long losing streak against "Stalker" Dylan Kage. . .one of the better opponents Beau has faced in awhile and brings his "A" game to the plate.  Check it out along with dozens of other episodes of the action and excitement of the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow, all in one place, the Millennium Wrestling Federation. . .

MWF TV in the month of February is going to be interesting.  The wild and unpredictable Boogeyman returns to Cyberstarz for the first time since April.  Both Julian Starr and Scott Reed are coming off losses and have been pushing MWF officials for more in-ring time.  That's the type of attitude we like here in the MWF. . .both want a platform to showcase their skills on and we want to give it to them. . .

John Cena Sr. has been extended an invitation to MWF Studios in February. . .have some things I'd like to discuss with the former President and would like to do it in a way where the fans can hear it and see his reactions. . . I'm sure Johnny, being a "man of the people," will certainly take me up on my offer. . .

Ox Baker & Quincy are back again in February (now known musically as the duo of "Ox Brisco"), this time for an 80's Rocking Valentine's special.  With the stress and intensity going on around here of late, it's a much needed break from the norm.  If your ready to feel love in your heart, this ones for you.  If you saw their Christmas special. . . no other words are needed. . .

I've enjoyed the new MWF iTalk Radio platform a great deal. . . it's a much more relaxed format to produce and edit, and provides fresh content to the site. . . would love to have the Jackal or others on with me from time to time.  Episode #4 is online and touches upon a wide variety of subjects, including issues with Homestead and this site, TNA's MA tour, Al Snow, Don West, Jeff Hardy, Dylan Kage on ABC network television in NC, SOUL SURVIVOR Super Bowl Super Sunday, Ox Baker & Quincy's upcoming Valentine's special, WWE's return to New England in March and so much more.  If you haven't done so, check it out, all four episodes are located in one spot. . .easy listening. . .

Interview with the Cauliflower Alley Club's Executive Vice President Karl Lauer available on the site from this past Sunday.  Always great to catch up with Karl and get some inside scoops on this years 47th annual reunion out in beautiful Las Vegas, NV.  With SOUL SURVIVOR taking place before the CAC reunion this year, very tempted to turn it into a long vacation. . .God knows I've earned and need it!!

Glad to see Kharma return at the Royal Rumble. . . great lady and friend that spent a lot of time working for charity organizations in her day.  I'm sured she must be thrilled with her New Years Eve little guy (who will have quite the birthday party in 21 years). . .one of my all time MWF favorites. . .

Until next time, don't miss a day here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. . . lots of Twitter Tweet-aways where you can we free stuff between now and SS8!!


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
January 13th, 2012 * #1

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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2012 is here. . .the beginning of our second decade, and it feels like new days our coming. . . .

My first column was a scathing piece saved for the "drafts" section of my email that can be used for the book someday. . .tired of hearing "you need to watch your tone," don't do this, don't say that. . . it's been an exhausting few months. . . there were no holidays. . . daily disappointment and stress as no one can seem to wake up and open their eyes.  At some point, I have to say I don't really give a rats ass anymore. . . in 2001, I created this organization with Neil Manolian. . . after November 30th, I can't get into too many details, but there are reasons more than John Cena Sr.'s generosity that SOUL SURVIVOR VIII on March 24th in Melrose, MA has been left in my lap.  I also created and own part of this web-site, and until someone buys the shares at the price of my choosing, my choice is to say an awful lot that's on my mind. . . at the same time, I realize that everything we do SHOULD revolve around the fans enjoyment of the sport and what we do. . .so it's a difficult tightrope to balance. . .

Here's the latest in no particular order. . .

It goes without saying that those not looking for homes in the Carolina's are focused 110% on MWF SOUL SURVIVOR VIII:  Final Destination Saturday, March 24th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  I got a little "announcement crazy" on Christmas, as we officially announced that MWF Heavyweight Champion Low Ki, the return of Carlito and the debuting Finlay will all be in the house at SS8.  The debut of future WWE Hall of Famer Bushwhacker Luke was made official on January 5th.  Combine Paul Bearer and Cena Sr. to the mix, and you have six tremendous featured guests for the pre-event meet & greet.  As noted in the SS8 BLOG there is a chance we might not be done yet.  To think that some fans were able to pick up all inclusive VIP Packages for only $40 is really cool.  We've always strived to be the best value in professional wrestling and feel we will continue to be just that on the big night.  Very happy with advance ticket sales so far. . .if you're one of the our hardcore "Superfans," thank you so much.  If you haven't bought them yet, please do. . .you have no idea how much it helps the cause.  We're trying to entice everyone with pre-event discounts and bonuses, some already announced, some TBA. . .

Due to on-going medical issues discussed elsewhere on the site, I have been replaced in my unsanctioned match against "Stalker" Dylan Kage (with Paul Bearer) against the veteran Finlay.  I cannot think of anyone else in Melrose I'd rather have in the ring to slaughter Kage than Finlay.  As much as I wanted to keep a promise I made to the little guys, it's physically impossible with the issues I'm contending with current day.  Sucks, but it is what it is. . . I will live through Finlay that night, have no double about it. . .

Who will Low Ki face??  Hoping to make an announcement real soon on that one as I have many ideas in mind but being a Virgo I have driven myself insane for the past 31 years trying to perfect every idea. . . .I want this to be meaningful for the fans and I want it to go to a deserving athlete. . .

Proud to be named Special Olympics Partners for the second year in a row (2011 & 2012).  I think it goes without saying that it does the heart a lot of good to support these great people and their efforts, and they're a large part of the reason why we're presenting our free, charity FULL THROTTLE live event Saturday afternoon March 24th. . .we've never done any of our charity work to get a pat on the back, but it's nice to feel appreciated. . .

Our new MWF Radio program "iTalk" debuted on January 8th. . .similar to the idea that Cena and I discussed publicly at one point over the past year or two about taking questions from the fans. . . this format is an easy one to put together from a technical point of view and adds more fresh content for your listening pleasure.  If you have questions / thoughts, send them along to mwf@bostonwrestling.com. . .I'd like to put together another edition this coming Sunday night and am always interested in the fans thoughts and opinions.  As someone noted to me on Facebook, I'm not the easiest person to get a moment with at a live event (or some might say not the most pleasant) but it's only because I'm totally focused on the event itself. . . you guys have no idea how much goes on before, during, and after the event along with all the behind the scenes action. . . not the way I'd like things to be, but thanks to another liar, it's been that way for the majority of our first ten years. . .

The MWF TV section is a must-see destination on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  The January Cyberstarz program is a kick ass program.  Carlito makes his MWF debut against the new, aggressive Benny Jux that sees MWF Television Champion "Straight Edge" Brian Fury get involved.  Then we have Matt Taven and Scott Reed take it to the limit in singles action.  Every superstar on the roster wants the spotlight on them at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII.  I'll have some in-depth thoughts on this program, the outstanding Jay Lethal - Julian Starr match from our New Years Eve show, Ox Baker's Rocking Christmas and the Low Ki vs John Walters MWF Championship match from our December programming this Sunday night.

Wish I had more news for ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, March 3rd in Fairmont, NC, but, ah, no one gave me any. . . I guess Sleazena's been too busy trying to sabotage wrestling company's or planning his July visit to the Bohemian Club. . .your guess is as good as mine. . .

Am extremely interested to find out what the late Franklin Churchill's past with Cena was. . .Ox Baker, of all people, revealed that Churchill told him he had some kind of journal that had notes about his history soon after Cena debuted as "Johnny Fabulous" in 2005.  Cena's video threatening Baker says it all to me.  Ox and his evil Army was causing a mayhem in the MWF at that point, it was a conversation I wish I heard and might be awfully useful right about now.  I've reached out to the Churchill's to see if they have any idea where the book might be or what was in it. . .

And the band played on . ..


Best,
Dan



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