INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
April 18th, 2014 * #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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"One of those days" working from home in the peace and quiet. . . mind flowing with ideas. . .

Fans have continued to ask when the MWF will be running live wrestling events in the Boston area again.  It's business as usual in the Carolina's. . . the MWF Board of Directors leaves anything in New England at the discretion of my wallet. . . when it's fun again, when there's enough fan support to hit John Cena Sr.'s Uprising from every angle, that's when we'll do it again. . . until then, I will attempt to embrace change and work 100% to contribute in a positive manner in our efforts down south. . .

Meanwhile, check out our tremendous Indiegogo campaign to bring up to six superstars to Melrose live in June, including Ax & Smash Demolition Sunday, June 22nd!!

Had a life flashback a little while ago that left me in an angry state of mind when it comes to some of the "superstars" we've had in the Millennium Wrestling Federation in the past. . . granted, we've had some outstanding athletes and human beings. . . people you can book for a live event, and their word is their bond. . . no problems, no headaches, no hustling, no whining. . . if everyone could be a Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, Al Snow, Bobby Lashley, Ron Simmons, Ted DiBiase, Debra, X-Pac, Bob Holly, never mind one of my best friends, one of the finest human beings I've ever known,  Paul Bearer, it would make these efforts a lot less taxing. . . I never signed on to become a babysitter for full grown adults, and these individuals are great representations of this sport. . . if you're ever considering bringing them to your town, please do, you will not regret it. . .

On the other end of the totem pole, you have the Jake Roberts, the Jimmy Hart's, the Goldust's, the Terri Runnels, the Road Dogg's (someone I personally like very much - he was the only one with enough class to sincerely apologize for his actions even though he never tried to make up for it), the Billy Graham's (that's not counting some that have passed away). . . people with no character, integrity or morals. . . people that had no problem breaking their word. . . stealing. . . hustling. . . engaging in illegal behavior. . . costing us live events. . . humiliating hard working people. . .wasting people's time. . . raping a hard working wallet. . .

When we book nationally known stars, it's for a variety of reasons.  Here are our goals and expectations bringing in nationally recognized talent: help bring fans unfamiliar with non-WWE events out to ours, and, work with and share knowledge with younger, regional athletes.  Those booked should have the following expectations:
-  Have their accommodations provided
-  Get to the airport on time
-  Arrive at the arena on time
-  Give the fans / non-profits we work with a high quality experience
-  Be paid what you agreed to
-  Be returned to the airport the following day

Not rocket science. . .

But sometimes, some of these stars, for whatever pathetic reasons, have a hard time with that simple outline.  We've had guys cancel because of drug overdoses, not caring in the least or not trying to make good on hundreds of dollars spent on airfare, advertising, printing, etc. . . we've had a "star" masterbate in a high school parking lost, costing the MWF and our athletes a guaranteed annual event. . . we've had a "star" lie through their teeth, using their wife in it, costing us thousands of dollars when combined with another problem they had years back. . . had a "star" refuse to leave their room on time for an appearance, even though it was clearly spelled out in the "contract" they demanded, then try to hold us up for money for work never done. . . had a "star" have us change their ticket two times, then not come at all for a fundraiser they helped organize because they weren't going to be able to cheat on their wife for the week they planned on staying. . . another "star" wanted to hook up with a local female friend for Christmas week, but when she went away, they just stayed home. . . we had a drugged out "star" call us, telling us they needed their friend flown in to bodyguard them from their crazy ex because they thought she was going to fly to Boston to get them high, then neither of them showed up. . . another "star" was once going to appear at an afternoon event we had to sign autographs, then showed up, demanded money for it, and stiffed the fans. . . another "star" simply backed out of a well advertised appearance to go to a seafood festival, then stole a few hundred 8x10's. . . another "star" had their (cough, cough) "agent" call a venue we were at claiming they worked for WWE (didn't go over when I let Stamford know about it) the "star" was in the hospital and wouldn't be here, this after trying to hustle us into flying them into Philadelphia for their own appearance at a sci-fi convention. . .

"That's wrestling" isn't much of a response to breaking the law, along with the fans you disappointed. . .

I sadly could go on even further. . . it's that filth, those vile human beings and experience that make me hate something I love so much. . . some of them have blamed it on "demons". . . all I know is that myself and the MWF have had nothing to do with their drug, alcohol and sexual problems. . . nothing. . . we contact talent in good faith, not to go through the BS I mentioned above.  Even after a couple of them had their "demons" exercised (by WWE's wallet), they did nothing to try to make good on the damage they did to a hardworking regional wrestling promotion, the exact type of promotions they would want to be working for if they were just breaking into the sport.  THAT is revolting. . . hey, everyone can make a mistake. . . some more than one. . . but if you have a chance to make it right, DO IT. . . don't make excuses. . . don't big time yourself. . .DO IT. . . put some good karma into the world and have the powers that be in the heavens above be proud of you. . . good lord. . .

Since some "legends" are under the assumption that WWE is responsible for taking care of them for the rest of their life because they didn't prepare for life after wrestling and it was the job they personally chose to work, maybe WWE could whip out the wallet again and give these folks some classes in personal responsibility. . . maybe have some "stars" understand that their "appearance fee" isn't worth as much as they think it should be because it's all based upon how many tickets you can sell. . . not sure about 2014, but for a long time talent was paid around 15% of the gross.  Now do the math for what a regional wrestling federation grosses for an event you appear on. . . yeah!!

If for some ridiculous reason any talent feels like they weren't fairly rewarded for their efforts at any MWF event, I ask them to drift from fantasy in the real world. . . pretend their working their dream job at WWE. . . understand wrestlers get 15% of the gross. . . try to calculate what regional wrestling promotions gross. . . figure out what your worth was on the card. . . and realize it's a LOT better than you think!!  Might be a journey through ego but everyone can do it if they have a calculator handy. . .

I love this sport and the people in it. . . I love wrestling fans. . . I love live events. . . I love engaging interviews. . . I love the history of the sport and veterans experiences in it. . . I love giving back to the community and saying PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING did this, even if there are still some non-fans that are appalled by what we do.  Twenty years ago, I was 13 year old kid, a freshmen in high school when the doors opened up to me.  I learned the right way by those that made a full time living in the sport, not a hand job that runs a "school" or "wrestling shows". . . the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble, who would draw in one event more than some draw in a year. . . WWE, who has provided me with so much knowledge, experiences and friendship. . . Paul Bearer, who shared more wisdom & opinions than he ever had to, someone that's still missed each and everyday. . . and then the "hands on" approach from the MWF, not doing it the cheap way, but doing it the right way. . .

Shame on those "stars" that care about themselves more than the sport and the fans that gave them the opportunity to be a "star" and have a nice life (what they chose to do with it was up to them). . .

And to think little Mirade wants to be a wrestler someday. . .

be well,
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
April 11th, 2014 * #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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Long pause in between columns. . . been a long, stressful couple of months with a book worth of activities going on. . . have taken my work bag and hit the White Mountains for the weekend to try to get a clear direction. . . I'll have an extremely in-depth column discussing everything from the immediate future of the MWF /MWF "North" and John Cena Sr. next week. . .

With a great deal of pride I learned that Todd Hanson signed his first national contract this week, this on the heals of "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards signing with and getting worldwide exposure in TNA. . .

There's a lesson to be learned here. . . two outstanding professional wrestlers. . . one who overcame serious injury after serious injury to get back to what he loved instead of giving up like the majority would. . . another who picked his ass up, got out of New England and blew away the land of the rising sun in Japan to open up even more doors in the US. . .

Both "men" (they must be feeling old as I knew both of them when they were teenagers) never made excuses and proof positive that hard work is what's going to get you the most opportunities, the most doors to knock on.  Not every door will open for everybody, but both guys refused to lose. . . that's the attitude I love. . .that's the attitude that makes me want to work every single day of my life to see deserving athletes get the best platform to perform on possible. . . Todd and Eddie both deserved it and made the most of every single opportunity presented to them.  I never heard them say "indy guys" spend time with their girlfriends on Sunday's (an attitude that 99% of the time will make you an "indy guy" for life). . . Todd logged time at MWF Studios to improve his verbal game. . . the word "no" didn't exist in their wrestling vocabulary. . .

One thing that a lot of fans don't consider when sharing their opinions on various people and situations in wrestling is what goes on outside of the ring.  I don't know Eddie as well as I know Todd personally, but both are quality human beings, no matter what you see in the squared circle.  Todd has been a friend since 2002, one of the few people who gave a rats ass about me when I hit my lowest low becoming a physically disabled 23 year old kid ten years ago last month. . . I'll never forget. . . anyone that can put up with going out to eat with me a few times a week and traveling to live events deserves a badge of honor, and "Hulk" got it. . . I think the sincere excitement in my voice when I call their matches speak volumes. . .

Todd known as "Hanson" and not the ridiculous "Handsome Johnny" persona also makes me feel good.  I had to bite my tongue hundreds of times over the years. . .anyone, ANYONE, that felt that pathetic, goofball characterization was suitable of one of the few big men in shape and could go to war night in and night out, healthy or injured, is a complete fool when it comes to understanding professional wrestling and should have no part in it. . . I'm sure that will ruffle a few feathers but it's the truth and moronic "creative" like that is what's destroyed basic wrestling in the area . . . it was an insult to me to see years of his career pissed on by that stupidity. . . save the "ha ha" wrestling for the weekend warriors with little size or talent. . . I don't think it's funny to put an anchor around someone with talent's feet. . . hey, people in WCW thought Hulk Hogan was over strong when the promotion was dying and couldn't get 2,000 people paid at PPV's because that small crowd popped big while 14,000 seats sat empty. . . hey, Todd heard me bitch about it for years, now it's your turn, I don't have to worry about him getting guilt-by-association-heat anymore!!

At the end of the day, I'm proud to call them both PROFESSIONAL wrestlers as well as friends. . . I don't extend that label to anyone easily. . . well done. . .

be well,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
February 12th, 2014 * #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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#ProjectX has come. . .it has gone. . . and it comes back again Sunday, February 23rd. . .

I enjoyed our intimate engagement January 25th a great deal.  Al Snow once again had the travel God's trying to keep him down for the three count, but after changing flights and cities, was able to make it from home to Boston in time for the event. . .

It was great to have MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito with us. . . I've found him to be a class act since debuting with us a few years back.  Last summer, he served a brief suspension for threatening to "cut" John Cena Sr., a thought shared by many (thousand).  He's in tremendous physical condition, really no reason why he couldn't pop up on your television this week. . .

Al is always fun to have around.  The ultimate "ribber," he had me going wild prior to the event, texting me within MWF Studios saying he was lost at the airport. . . anyone that knows my mood on "game day" knows I get extremely stressed out, especially if my timeline gets thrown off. . .

It was really fun. . . more fans should have taken part in the experience but I've discussed that before.  Fan support = dollars needed to provide you with quality live events with the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  I won't put my name on anything less.  MWF South can have their honky tonk, southern style and apparently turn an easy profit. . .

Once Johnny takes off the proverbial neck brace after the beating he received at the hands of Randy Orton on WWE Raw in Providence, the sleazebag will return to MWF Studios to spew his usual garbage. . . he was supposed to be here last week but worried about the snow. . . apparently it will be this week. . .

As far as MWF South wrestling come to Cyberstarz. . . I'm told it will be soon. . . if nothing else, I look forward to seeing and becoming familiar with athletes I don't know as of yet. . .

Forgot to note how exceptionally proud I am of "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards signing with TNA.  Luckily for us (fans included), there remains a possibility Eddie can still compete in the MWF depending upon what his TNA schedule looks like.  I remember the green haired, teenage Eddie that debuted for us in 2002 and how quick he made an impact in the northeast, then across Japan and around the world.  He might not be the fastest to respond to an email, but I've found him to be as good as they come in and out of the ring, never a problem, always gave the fans 100%.  In our email interaction, I hope he realized how happy I was for him. . .

Absolutely honored that the Cauliflower Alley Club has asked me to host a seminar as part of the June reunion in Las Vegas.  Looking past everything going on present day in the MWF with Cena, it's a really cool feeling to have that level of respect from a club that includes so many legends - true legends - past & present - of this great sport.  It's a reminder that while I live in great frustration, there are some that realize how much I care about and want to protect the integrity of our genre.  It shouldn't be treated like it's Little League Baseball where anyone can sign up if they pay $100. . . I'll save the rest for June. . .

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I'm absolutely disgusted with Jake Roberts going into the WWE Hall of Fame.  He's a thief, a pathological liar and belongs in the Hall of Shame.  Interesting to see how long him learning yoga keeps him sober.  If he was ever a real man and apologized for his theft, there might be forgiveness in my heart, but I don't see it coming anytime soon.  He's a coward that ran from his actions and blamed "demons."  He's burned a lot of promoters and thousands of fans (if not more) over the year.  What does he do when sober??  He starts a Kickstarter campaign to have his hip replaced and go to the dentist after going through WWE's free rehab program for the 45th time.  A great talent, a lousy human being. . . who knows, maybe I'm wrong and he'll state on the straight and narrow. . .just know there are far more quality people and athletes out there that I'd like to see in the HOF than Jake. . .

Confused why so many people absolutely hated the Royal Rumble.  I watched it a day or two later and it was fine. . .have seen better, have seen worse.  Every time I see a movie, I might not enjoy it as much as my all time favorites.  Every time I watch a sporting event, I understand that it might not be as exciting as Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.   Everyone has different tastes but living and dying on whether Daniel Bryan wins one match or not is crazy.  In every wrestling adventure, there are many bumps in the road to get from A to Z.  If anyone thinks WWE is going to do things that aren't "best for business" (i.e. making money) purposely, you're only fooling yourself.  This is what I took away from the event:
-- Daniel Bryan was the most popular in-arena and most talked about superstar whether he was in, out, won or lost the Rumble
-- Roman Reigns delivered when given the chance to get over, big time in the Rumble.  From just the first few months of watching him and the Shield last year, I've felt like he's going to be given the opportunity to create a long lasting legacy.
-- The Wyatt Family was stronger coming out of the event
--  For everyone sick of John Cena vs Randy Orton matches, Cena now has a fresh feud heading into WrestleMania
--  WWE did would they could to position an expensive two year investment in Batista by winning the Rumble
--  Brock Lesnar came out looking like an animal and in a strong position for his upcoming match
--  CM Punk looked strong starting out the Rumble and I think was one of the final four
--  Kofi Kingston gave you a memorable Rumble moment

WWE knows what they're doing and what direction they're taking things.  They've had in-depth plans for four to six matches going back early summer (some longer).  A couple of things have changed, a few things haven't.  Enjoy the ride. . . .don't watch it. . . I don't understand why some fans use social media as a tool to complain about it instead of writing WWE a letter or email explaining why and what you don't enjoy. . .

I will be disappointed "if / when" Paul Bearer is inducted this year in New Orleans.  He made it well known that he would like to be inducted the same year as the Undertaker, which is a moderate request considering how many worthy HOF'ers there are. . .

Some food for thought as we fight through another winter of snowstorms. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
January 19th, 2014 * #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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How the tides have turned here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation with only six days to go until #ProjectX. . .

During my confrontation with John Cena Sr. on the December Superstar Zone "finale," I was struck with some kind of object and thrown down the loading dock stairs as the lights flickered off and on.  I filed a complaint against Cena with the MWF Board of Directors just before the New Year, and in the middle of process, boom, Randy Orton laid out that raccoon wearing piece of garbage on Raw in Providence last Monday.  Poor Johnny looks like Mike Tyson hit him with a right as he was stretchered out of the Dunkin Donuts Center. . . my heart pours out to him. . .

Cena has not been cleared to return to MWF programming until February 1st. . . with my lingering issues from the December incident, it looks like Cam Zagami and his hair will take the helm.  MWF BOD, ask and you shall receive. . .

What fans may have missed was John Cena's appearance on the Kate Couric talk show this promoting his Change Time exercise program that he says he created for Sr.  During his time on the show, we got to see a before and after picture of ol' J-Fab, one with a gunt, another 50 or so pounds slimmer.  Looks like an exercise program worth trying. . .

#ProjectX is this Saturday night. . .happy to have MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito and Al Snow return and even more excited about what's going to come in the aftermath of it.  Even after being raked over the coals by Cena and company, the one thing I can hang my hat on is that the BOD allows me to run events, etc., as I'd like being a co-founder and minority owner.  More than meets the eye to this one. . . I only hope Johnny can open his eyes to see it after Orton KO'd him. . .

The January Cyberstarz program is online now. . .for whatever reason, the footage from Cena's honky tonk wrestling in the Carolina's never made it to MWF Studios so the space was filled with part of the great Q&A we had at HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS. . .check it out. . .

Enjoyed the WWE SmackDown taping in Worcester this past Tuesday night. . . my back, not so much.  Quincy Restani and his stylish new hat made many new friends. . .

Keep your eyes peeled on MWF social media this week, it could be a very interesting one leading up to #ProjectX. . .


Godspeed!
Dan





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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
January 7th, 2014 * #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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Happy New Year to fans and friends near and far. . . was hoping to get another column up before the end of the year but real life took over. . . had a top stories of the year type article I was going to write but will review that with everything else going on in the world we call the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  NOTE:  the 2013 columns will be added to the Archives section sooner than later.

As indicated on this site and social media, I have filed a complaint against John Cena Sr. with the Board of Directors for "the finale" of the Superstar Zone last month.  With the lights flickering on and off our video production people are trying to play with the digital video of it to prove once and for all what he's all about.  As far as January programming goes, all I can do is shrug my shoulders.  I was expecting Johnny's honky tonk wrestling from the Carolina's but no footage has been provided to me.  I'm sure, as always, the Saul Goodman of the MWF will have a lot to say on the Superstar Zone. . .

Earlier tonight, every 2013 MWF TV program (all 28 of them) are put on the TV page for Netflix-like viewing (the same can be said for our 2012 collection in the Archives).  Sometimes when you like it, you just like it. . . with all of the holidays and snowstorms over the past couple of weeks watched the four and a half seasons of Breaking Bad available on Netflix, thought it was great. . . likewise, took in Paranormal Activity 5 and thought it was right up there with the original, leaps and bounds above 3 & 4 with a cool tie in at the end. . .

#ProjectX is fast approaching, very excited about having MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito and Al Snow to MWF Studios for this interactive autograph, posed studio photos and in-studio VIP Q&A.  But believe you me, there's more than meets the eye to this one than autographs photos. . . a good magician never reveals his tricks, all I know is that I've #CenaNuff.  VIP Memberships are online to an afternoon you won't soon forget on Royal Rumble eve. . . I will not quit fighting until I take my last breath when it comes to that man. . .

Had a chance to see TNA's Hardcore Justice PPV taping at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium last week. . . thought it was a very good card, right up there with the elite house shows I remember from my first tour of duty with them in June 2007.  TNA's been mixing it up, for the better, IMO, of late.  Quincy Restani was very disappointed he didn't get to see "Uncle Al" when he was in town for a short visit, but that's wrestling. . . they can reunite later this month. . .

A year ago right about now, I was flying home from our "work-cation" in Las Vegas. . . a New Years Eve to remember for sure on the Vegas Strip.  No such luck this year.  Trip was stained by my battle with Goldust and his coming face to face with his "personal demons" when he was with us in 2004 that he doesn't remember.  I'm happy to see him come full circle and have an extremely successful run present day with WWE, but after what he did when he was with us live cost us a lot of live events, taking money out of a lot of wrestlers pockets, taking away great experiences for the fans. . . that's why I'm not big into "demons". . .

Brian Fury left the MWF as the reigning TV Champion after superkicking me in the head with his tail between his legs. . .was disappointed in Mr. Fury, especially after overlooking an instance in the past.  His lengthy feud with Tommaso Ciampa is one of my all time favorites. . . thought there was a lot more he could do here, but he made his decision even though there are two very different memories of the final conversation. . .

"Demon" Luis Ortiz made his return after a long absence due to an injury from the Trifecta, Jay Freddie was put on the shelf for most of 2013 by the Uprising, both coming back to see an Uprising that John Cena Sr. bought from JBL that's meaner and better than ever, and "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards defeated Julian Starr in a Loser Leaves Town Match as the MWF - Uprising war grew hotter by the week. . .

"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka returned to the MWF for the first time since our debut event 12 years ago;  Carlito kicked off a new generation here in the MWF being crowned the first Undisputed Champion after Low Ki refused to defend his title. . .

Our President and my longtime friend Paul Bearer passed away on March 5th in something I think of and bothers me daily. . . Matt Borne also joined the wrestling fraternity in heaven, which was something that was going to come sooner than later, unfortunately. . .

Of all people, Cena hired Cam Zagami to be his executive assistant.  The Ed "Cooky" Burns of professional wrestling wound up humiliating Beau Douglas in the squared circle and surprisingly held his own with Bobby Lashley and Big Daddy V last month. . .

Lashley joined Hardcore Holly and Devon Dudley in stars making their MWF debuts.  Bobby Lashley is one of the most outstanding athletes I've ever seen. . . I have a lot of respect for Bob Holly and consider him and his wife new found friends. . . disappointed that Devon, now three-plus months later, has not returned the photos as promised for our fans but am told it will be taken care of soon. . .

Both Carlito and Dylan Kage were suspended from our 12th anniversary events for threatening Cena Sr. for different reasons. . . the Iron Sheik pumped up the Red Sox for their World Series run, while "Cowboy" Bob Orton sold out for Cena's cash. . .

The MWF dissolved back into one company with the primary focus being on the Carolina's. . . as a co-founder and minority owner, I've been allowed to run live events, fundraisers, etc., only paid for out of my own pocket. . . #ProjectX

As that news was breaking, my contact and text filled cell phone was stolen. . . on Halloween, a masked trick-or-treater gave it to Quincy - smashed to pieces - in a box. . . the culprit unknown, cough, cough. . .

MWF South continued to rock the Carolina's with action packed events in front of solid, healthy crowds. . . learning of likely internal theft was a difficult pill to swallow. . .

The MWF took over the Kowloon entertainment & dining complex for HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS, a great night featuring Al Snow and the MWF debuts of "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Debra and the Godfather / Papa Shango. . . yea, Cena was there, too. . . a great night, probably the most fun I've ever had at one of our live events.  The following day, TNA Executive Al Snow held a seminar for 20 individuals who want to make professional wrestling a career instead of a weekend warrior type hobby. . .

On the December Superstar Zone, I gave Cena his early Christmas present breaking the news about the MWF's vote allowing me to produce events anywhere of my choosing, then after he hit me with some kind of a blunt object, destroyed the laptop with the late Franklin D. Churchill's journal entries in them, saying "let the secrets of the dead stay with the dead". . . I don't think so. . .

Almost 30 full length television programs, dozens of MWF Xtra videos and interviews. . . working all 365 days in some way, shape or form. . . one hell of a year. . . it was a rough one for me, but 2014, at the very least, is going to be very interesting. . . it could finally be the year the good guys win. . .




Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 21st, 2013 * #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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Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you may celebrate this time of year. . . some notes as construction / destruction continues. . .

Sadly, the online version of HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS has (thinking positively) not been as successful as last years endeavor.  The reason for that??  John Cena Sr. deciding to have MWF Studios dismantled during the entire month of December preparing to go all HD in 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars has been spent on new equipment, something like 700 brand new wires being labeled and run.  Impressive.  The timing??  Without having access to things like the WWE PPV chairs, t-shirts, etc. while still waiting on other packages to arrive has led to what I consider disappointing.  When venting yesterday, I was told that "doing something is better than doing nothing," but our goal has been to create as many smiles as possible each year. . . will amp me up for 2014, I suppose. . .

Once again trying to "work with the system" during an internal investigation, I believe laws were broken in the MWF Superstar Zone finale.  Who was flicking the lights off and on??  Long before that fateful afternoon, I was a man in a great amount of pain. . . I've put off a trip to the hospital for weeks living on percocet and valium because of HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS. . . hasn't made me Santa's most cheerful helper, but I'm game to do whatever I can for the kids out there that need it. . . to me, that's what the holidays are all about. . . I just wish I could do more, but as noted, we've been limited.  HH will continue - at least - through New Years Eve. . . maybe we'll come up with something creative in January or "Christmas In July," I don't know. . . it bothers me when I have my mind set on a mission and I can't pull it off when that POS ruined what should have been a month long celebration.  "Funny" enough, this HD set-up and studio lockdown was supposed to take place in July or August.  "Funny". . .

Theft in the MWF??  That's what the books show.  $11,500 at the bare minimum.  That's not some story to keep you interested in the happenings here in the MWF, on the lives of the little Mirade's to God, it's 110% true.  Sickening. . . again, I've been asked to keep quiet during the "investigation."  I'm sure P.I. Gumbleton will leave no stone unturned, cough, cough. . . yet another "inside job" exposed. . . 

#ProjectX 1.25.14.  When the teaser was posted, everyone wanted to know what it was.  Now that VIP Packages are on-sale, while you think you may know what it is, in reality, you don't have a clue. . . like to keep the fans guessing in exciting, positive ways. . . and I'm sure old Sleazebag Cena Sr. and has brand new mink piece are just as interested.  VIP Packages and individual memberships are on-sale online now and will make a great gift for fans of all ages Royal Rumble weekend. . . MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito, Al Snow, autographs, beautiful posed studio photos, an interactive Q&A session where the fans are the hosts, and. . . .#ProjectX.  We'll also have an auction for a 2013 Money In The Bank PPV chair with 100% of the proceeds going to our friends at the Cauliflower Alley Club (a great non-profit organization who's only mission is helping out those in wrestling with medical bills, life expenses, even funerals).  VIP's will get what I consider to be a cool free gift that I'll only say is a moment in time from one of the biggest matches in Boston wrestling history. . .

You might be wondering how there can be a #ProjectX since the MWF dissolved into one company that the Board of Directors believes is better suited for the Carolina's.  While that is true, while Johnny was marking out for himself at the Smackdown taping at Mohegan Sun a few weeks back, the BOD voted with a big thumbs up that because I'm a minority owner and have been with the company everyday since day one, that if I want to present a live event or fundraiser of any kind, I am able to do so - IF - and that's a big "IF" - it's funded out of my own pockets.  Being physically challenged, these pockets are empty.  On January 25th, we're limited to only 50 VIP's and who knows how many regular fans coming in to meet Carlito and Al, so we're talking about barely covering our costs if we "sell out."  Why bother to do something like this if there's little to no chance of the event being a financial success??  You won't find out January 25th at MWF Studios, I'll leave it at that. . . #ProjectX. . .

While the December Superstar Zone finale had a truly unexpected ending (credits?!?), the December Cyberstarz was my gift to the fans. . .Hardcore Holly and Executioner Milonas going to war (and that's what it was, props to the big man for hanging with the WWE legend). . . and what I thought was going to be almost a gift to myself, my man Bobby Lashley and Big Daddy V taking on Rick Fuller & Cena's Virgil Cam Zagami.  I've gotta say, I was shocked at how well Zagami did in the match.  Don't mistake that for me not extremely enjoying the ending of the match, but that kid gave it 100% and held his own with two men that have seen and done it all.  Cam believes I blew him off over the summer when he confronted me outside of MWF Studios while on an important cell phone call.  I did not.  The web-site clearly states how athletes, staff, etc. can get involved in what we do, and it does not say wait outside MWF Studios.  It is what it is, who knows how different things could have turned out. . .  

Had my own personal Christmas with little Mirade on December 14th. . . the man from the North Pole is going to deliver the PlayStation 4 unit Quincy Restani and myself waited six and a half hours for at Best Buy on the eve of our Kowloon event last month, but nonetheless, he was one happy eight year old kid with the gifts he did receive, including WWE 2k14 thanks to WWE. . . he better teach me how to play it or there won't be a WWE 2K15 coming from this broadcast journalist!!  Funny story:  it was so difficult for me to try to get in position for our photo with Santa, jolly old Saint Nick offered me his chair and he was going to stand lol. . . true story, I thought that was funny.  We picked out a gift for him to give to his older brother and that was that, beating the snow.  What will I do on December 25th??  Come on, no days off for me as long as I'm part of the MWF in any way, shape or form. . .

Still waiting for footage from the most recent MWF South event. . . not sure what my broadcasting duties will be in January, if there are any. . . I've heard rumors of an MWF live event in North Carolina in February, but as Marvin would say, "communication". . .

Don't forget our friends from WWE will be live in Hartford next Friday, December 27th for a live event that will have a John Cena / Randy Orton clash. . . two days later at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, TNA will have a PPV taping.  The Auditorium in Lowell is one of my favorite venues for wrestling.  If you've attended TNA events at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, I believe you'll enjoy the upcoming event even more so. . . .

With so much going on daily here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation I'm not sure if I'll get to write another column before we reach 2014 even though I'd like to do a year in review type piece.  If you review just the columns on this page, you can tell it was a very frustrating, depressing year for yours truly trying to fight the good fight against a man with almost unlimited resources. . . never expected JBL to sell the Uprising faction back to Cena Sr.  I know I've tried, very hard.  I worked hard, everyday, holidays, birthdays, vacations, etc. to try to give the fans and our athletes the best experience humanly possible, because I truly care.  I want our fans to get the best value in professional wrestling.  I want our young athletes to have the best platform possible to work on.  I want to do as much work for non-profits as possible to show "haters" the GOOD that professional wrestling can do for people of all walks of life. . .

The future is unclear, for yours truly at least.  If included with a picture it may be included in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, I'm still a relatively young 33 years old with a little over 20 years in the wrestling business.  I'm proud I can say I have very positive relationships with both WWE and TNA, and maybe career opportunities with those companies are my best bet.  Once the little Mirade's came into my life, I had almost zero interest in traveling. . . but that's not my reality in 2013, ol' Linda made sure of that.  As much as I love those two kids, they're not an everyday part of my life.  When my back gets fixed, maybe it's time to turn back the clock to the 90's and hit the open road again. . . the good old days. . . or, maybe there will be a new or different opportunity here in the MWF for me to take part in the work I enjoy.  I can honestly say 2013 was one of the worst years of my life. . . 2014's coming fast, let's see what happens next. . . 




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 7th, 2013 * #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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This afternoon, had to run into Target to pick up yet another medication to keep this body moving until my spine gets fused.  In it was mayhem, with people rolling their carts quickly aisle to aisle, other moving as if they were in a race with a turtle not having a clue as to what garbage / needless gift they need to get for some relative, friend, co-worker, etc. in many cases they feel like they "have" to buy something for.  I hate it.  Granted, this is coming from someone that waited in line over six hours so little Mirade would have a PS4 for Christmas. . .

The following will probably sound wrong but HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS "the cyber month" isn't all that fun.  Sure, everyone loves the event, last year at the studio, this year at Kowloon.  But when it comes to the grunt work, outside of WWE and certain superstars, it's a lot of grunt work for myself, Quincy and usually whoever my intern is.  It's having to go through a never ending sea of emails from eBay.  Questions that are answered in descriptions and read.  "When is my package going to get here" type questions that USPS.com could answer far better than I could.

Last year was a rat race in and of itself.  We had some great WWE PPV chairs up for auction but what I didn't know was that a new eBay / Paypal account had waiting periods as to when you could access the money.  Some of the chairs alone cost over $100 to ship depending on where they were going they're so heavy.  I had to front our charity effort hundreds of dollars to get the items out for people's holiday's.  Like the Santa says in "A Christmas Story," "ho, ho, ho."

Look, we've got a ton of great stuff we have up for sale at what I think are fair prices.  They're not just gifts for yourself, a friend, family member, whatever, it goes to Globe Santa.  Instead of running around the mall trying to buy pointless stuff, if you have a wrestling fan on your shopping list, buy something.  Even if they're not familiar with the MWF, explain that it's part of an endeavor to help Globe Santa.  I'm guilty of the "over buying sprees" that go on for the kids in my life some years. . . I guess I've always looked for that Christmas magic for kids I wish I got to see more of since I split with my ex.  To think of them with nothing under the tree, or necessities like clothes or socks, it's a lousy feeling.  Kids aren't kids forever, and I feel they deserve to have "those years" be special memories as they get older and join the rat race themselves.  Imagine having to be "that parent," having to go to the church or the city to apply for help. . . I imagine it's a pretty miserable experience.  This is a chance to make the process easier and to give back to our neighbors. . .to me, that's what Christmas is all about.  Some fans may not celebrate Christmas, so insert whatever holiday you like into that slot.  At the end of the day, it's about caring about mankind on a symbolic day, and I don't think there's enough of that in the world in 2013. . .

I know fans are still waiting for me to go on a tirade over how the MWF has been "dissolved" into one company, Cena's inside job, etc.  That time will come.  Right now, my goal is to make HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS 2013 as meaningful as humanly possible so as many kids as possible can benefit.  I'm a Christmas nut, if you ever watched the video where "the stalker" (i.e. very likely Dylan Kage) broke into my home, you could see it was decorated. . . now all I put out are the kids with Santa photos in frames with blinking lights. . .

If you're in a position where you don't need assistance for your Christmas dreams to come true, take a quiet moment for yourself and feel blessed. . .


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 19th, 2013 * #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.


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If this weekend was "it," we sure as hell went out with a bang.  The Millennium Wrestling Federation Board of Directors are set to meet again before Thanksgiving to tie up some year end business and discuss our December long holiday drive (I'm hoping to start on Thanksgiving, we'll see). . .

I still haven't gone into full details in regards to Cena's inside job of having the BOD dissolve the MWF into one company - one company that's going to run it's live events in the "more profitable" Carolina's, not "bleeding Boston."  I have a lot of thoughts on that but my opinions will certainly light another fire, as to me, it's spitting on 12+ years of blood, sweat and tears trying to give our great fans the best value in professional wrestlng with the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow. . .

Anyway, lets look back at the past few days. . .

When myself and Pat Doyle went to Kowloon for a late night dinner back in February or so, Andy Wong took us on a tour of the room we were in. . . with Survivor Series slated to take place November 17th in Boston, thought it was the perfect time to try something like HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS in the renowned entertainment and dining complex. . . only problem with that plan was that WWE changed the date of Survivor Series once they added a second October PPV.  To say that the original line-up we had in mind looked nothing like what we had this Saturday is an understatement. . .

I was very happy to finally work out a deal with "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase way back in March (see, we're always up to something, fans). . . Ted is a first class human being in opinion. . . I'd met Ted before but had a 20 minute or so conversation with him at JFK Airport with both of us stuck trying to get to the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in April 2011.  There's a funny photo of a happy Ted and stern looking Dan Mirade out there somewhere.  Ted was nice enough to take a package to Mick Foley for me as it looked like I wasn't going to get on another re-booked flight and my back "tapped". . .

You might be wondering who else was on the original list - the wondering will continue as even though the end of our live event era has come, the fundraising door is wide open, which to me, means there can be another HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS if we so choose to have it. . .

The fun loving Godfather is someone I've been trying to bring in forever. . . when I was in Las Vegas for New Years we spoke about some event we had this year, maybe SOUL SURVIVOR IX as Goldust was turning into an issue again.  He's so busy with his club in Vegas it's hard for him to get away, especially flying across the country. . .great guy, very happy to have him there. . .

The Iron Sheik was the "guest of honor" I hinted at. . . it's sad to say, but Sheiky Baby isn't Sheiky baby anymore. . . the man's in a lot of pain and it's hard for him to travel. . . I know the Sheik like the alphabet and in our most recent calls, he just wasn't himself. . . he said he didn't want to promise he'd be there and then cancel. . . I've had many life experience thanks to the Sheik and to hear him sound so down bothers me a great deal. . . he's entertained millions, he wants to be on the road, but now he's in his recliner everyday watching TV.  Keep him in your thoughts, he could use some positive vibes sent to Atlanta. . . it would be extremely sad to me if the Sheik was never part of an MWF endeavor again. . .

We eventually came up with a line-up we liked. . . a lot of fresh faces, plus the return of Al Snow, which turned into the Uncle Al & Quincy Show. . . here are the things you (luckily) miss out on a fans. . .

Early Thursday I got a text from Al. . . he wanted to add his frequent flyer miles to his flight and was told that the ticket - purchased in late October - was not valid because of a credit card issue. . . wouldn't you think that between late October and two days before the flight that American Airlines would have let ether the MWF or Al know, especially since we were given a confirmation number??  I called AA, couldn't understand a thing they were saying as it was likely outsourced. . . after the "issue"/con we had back in September with one of our featured stars, I learned to take to bashing the airline on Twitter would get a quick response. . . after debating in 140 characters per less, AA wound up agreeing to honor the price we purchased it at and was to call reservations. . .

Called reservations, and they said they wouldn't honor the price they just sent to me in writing and it was like a sonic boom through the telephone. . . they wanted us to pay over $850 for the ticket.  I was wild at this point, management eventually go involved and in the end, we paid the original ticket price.  Why does the airline process have to be so difficult??  One of the positives about social media is that it's very easy to capture their attention as they don't want the bad publicity (i.e. see JBL when one of his flights are canceled). . .

Had a zillion errands to do Friday with a friend vanishing into thin air and me needing to get to West Newton by 5PM to get the photos for the fanfest, an adventure in and of itself.  As I did the final prep work from home Friday night, got into another telephone battle with the Chairman at 3AM about airport pickups. . .

Got about three and a half hours sleep Saturday before I got a text from Al. . . he had a delay flying out of Louisville that caused him to miss his connection in Chicago. . . not his fault at all, but just added to the day.  In Al I trust. . . had to wake myself up, and rearrange the order of the Logan Airport pickups. . .

Thankfully we had zero issues with everyone else's flights. . . no issues at the hotel. . . everyone was in Boston, Dan Mirade was a happy man.  Had a few more errands to do before heading to MWF Studios.  In "secret" news, ESPN came to Melrose to tape an interview with Ted DiBiase for an upcoming project they're working on. . . I had no idea that they'd take as long as they did and it was panic attack city.  The rest of the gang arrived around 4PM, signed some of the things we needed pre-event, then one by one taped video that we'll use on our December-long drive that I think came out pretty good. . .

Racing against time, we raced to Kowloon, arriving an hour later than I had wanted. . . .the fanfest and room set up wasn't what I wanted but there was no one to blame for that other than who I look at in the mirror. . . we made do with what we had. . . the autographs were signed. . . the photos were taken. . . we had a nice dinner. . . we raised money with our charity auctions and raffles. . . and had a group Q&A that was a lot of fun.  Several kind fans bought an adult beverage for yours truly as I MC'd most of the event while Cena Sr.'s Virgil Cam Zagami sat with Johnny and his piece. . .

There was a gentleman there from one of the local papers (his name escapes me as I had people in my face with questions for hours on end).  Kowloon was a wonderful host for the event.  The fans seemed to greatly enjoy themselves as no one heard anything but happy reports.  Our post-event gathering was a lot of fun and went late into the night. . .

ISSUE:  a few fans waiting in the parking lot, supposedly for hours, waiting to get free autographs from the stars.  Not one or two, quite a few.  To me, it's borderline theft.  Every aspect of our events costs money, from paying the talent to airfare, hotel, rent, advertising, printing, local trans, etc.  I remember seeing one of them trying to get about a dozen Bobby Lashley autographs September 21st.  Don't be a groveler, buy a ticket like every fan with character and integrity. . . maybe that way we'll have more events and more stars for you to meet. . .

I got home around 3AM only to be picked up a little after 4AM to pick up Ted DiBiase and Debra for their airport dropoffs. . . got home around 5:30AM from tha little adventure looking forward to sleeping for a few hours before Al's seminar. . . then at 7:45AM, my cell went off again. . . it was Al, telling me American Airlines sent him an email saying his scheduled 3:50PM flight home was changed to 8AM.  I was ready to go to AA with a pipe at this point.  I wasn't the patient version of me I was Thursday, I wanted it FIXED. . . bombarded them via Twitter to the point they didn't want to talk to me, only Al.  I had to take a shower for the seminar, and as I got out of bed I had a mind blowing leg spasm as a result of overdoing it without my cane the day before. . . so I hopped into the shower, by the time I got out, AA had Tweeted me all Al had to do was show up for his flight and he'd be fine. . .

I was the last one at the seminar (me, the one who always preaches being on time). . . hey, I had one good leg, cut me some slack.  I was proud of the athletes that have competed in the MWF that were there along with those I hadn't met before and wasn't familiar with.  Al changed the outline we had created and gave an outstanding speech and told guys things they needed to hear and are not taught by the schools they go to simply because those trainers haven't been to the dance, one the Al has waltzed for decades and a man trusted by both WWE & TNA to groom their superstars of the future since 2000.  He gets it, he knows it, he's still doing it present day for TNA.  He got to have a few one-on-one moments with Quincy and the best friends hope to reunite in Lowell next month when TNA returns to Lowell December 29th. . .

Packed up everything, had a nice lunch with one of the athletes at the seminar.  After getting less than eight hours sleep total over three nights, I was out like a light from 4PM-11PM, then 2:30AM until 1PM Monday before heading to the doctors for an appointment I've been waiting for since last November.  Had a chance to review things with those at MWF Studios and later Chairman Manolian popped by to take me to the pharmacy. . .

The fans get a three hour event. . . we get months and months of everyday work trying to prepare for it. . . it's interesting to look back it in a lot of ways. . . what happens from here, only the wrestling God's know for sure. . .

From the superstars to the event staff, thank you very much being part of HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS. . . here's a toast to a 2014 edition right here in the Boston area!


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 13th, 2013 * #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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I've written and re-written "the column" about the MWF Board of Directors atomic bomb last week about the final chapter of the MWF in the north coming this weekend. . . still trying to find the right words over a mix of emotions. . . I'll be seeing John Cena Sr. today, so that will speak for itself. . .

Last night at MWF Studios, I mentioned to "Studio" Pat that it was 19 years to the date that a 10th grade version of me had somehow lucked into entering a WWF locker room at a house show at the Boston Garden.  I was amazed to hear agent and one of my favorites as a kid George "The Animal" Steele speak, and met the Undertaker and Paul Bearer for the first time.  Nice memory, when "the book" comes out more stories for the book. . .

Fast forward to this date five years later.  "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble passed away.  The man who made it all responsible was gone.  I remember Pat calling me at about 6AM or so to tell me the news and I can't even begin to properly describe the shock then the hurt once reality sunk in.  It wasn't a loss for me. . . it was a loss for his family. . . it was a loss for wrestling.  One man was the puppeteer who brought all of these unique individuals together for his live events, which I still say will never be touched event for event with the amount of talent he used.  He opened the door for the dreamers willing to earn their way in entry.  He brought in the right players during the Monday Night Wars that led to several individuals on the roster getting full time, six figure contracts with WWE and WCW.  I'm trying to erase the whole NWA NE mess and radio flop from my mind that caused needless headaches for a lot of people, and I was never shy about defending those who were "under the gun" from a selfish man who wanted all of Tony's work and results for himself.  I'll never forget the "positioning" around Tony's casket at his wake with guys plotting to take the company over, or even more sickening, trying to suck up to the ECW-ites that showed up to pay their respect for a job.  That wake bothered me tremendously, it was the last one I attended until my grandfather passed in 2008 (and you talk about Mirade family nuclear heat!!). . .

Tony never had any kids because of the heart condition that ran in his family (leading him to having the heart attack that took his life in his early 40's like his own parents).   He adored his step-grandson, who in my own life with the little Mirade's, was his grandson.  I'm glad that Tony never came back to life to see what turned into his promotion or wrestling in New England in general, he might have had another heart attack and died again.  It would be amusing to me to see someone so passionate about the sport and knowing his reactions see it flush itself down the toilet, which would have cost him money.  The best way I can try to honor his memory is to try to present what we do in the MWF "the Rumble way," which I think we have more often than not.  If the landscape in the genre hadn't changed so much, I would have loved to have seen what we could have done. . .

From mid-1997 or so, we spoke via telephone almost daily, and I value those calls.  His way allowed me to learn the right way.  He wasn't some indy hack that opened a "school" and ran "shows," he had a professional background and ran a professional company.  I've often wondered what would have happened if Tony never passed.  Would I have had my nine months of glory with WWE??  Would there be an MWF??  I imagine I would have tried to buy into the promotion or promote events with him (and can only imagine the spirited debates we would have had lol).  I know wrestling would have been much better off if he didn't pass, much like I know life in general would have be better with him in it.  The way he operated was a way of life for so many of us. . .

Tony has been on my mind a lot lately, as I hit my 20th anniversary on October 23rd.  Some of the most enjoyable times I ever had in wrestling revolved around him and the atmosphere he provided.  It doesn't seem possible that his CWA / NWA NE only lasted a little over six years.  Like the Green Day song, it was the time of my life.  There were times I drove him nuts (hence my nickname "f*****g Habib"), but he knew I cared and was willing to go above and beyond the call of duty when needed.  In a lesson that more and more guys need to learn in 2013, it wasn't about "me," it was about "us," executing things to ensure they were done properly without any of the petty BS that goes on once the floodgates to professional wrestling in New England opened up and turned into Little League Baseball (i.e. instead of earning your way in, paying a couple grand to a "school" and you're a "wrestler").  Not to turn this into MWF business, but if you're trying to apply the craft in 2013, please, sign up for the Al Snow seminar this Sunday with an open mind and learn the right way for a few hours. . .

Enjoy your rest Tony. . . you're never forgotten and always appreciated. . . if it wasn't for you, there wouldn't be people to remember The Jackal from Mass Madness. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 23rd, 2013 * #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.


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A sleepless night en route to a big month in November and the Red Sox prepare to battle the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series tonight. . . as I begin to sort through my various bottles of my morning pills to try to numb some of the daily pain I wake up in and stretch, my mind drifts back in time. . . "the good old days". . .

20 years ago today. . . the day it all began, when I went from a wide eyed 13 year old freshman in high school into a world you have to live to believe (still don't know if post-2000 counts).  A month or so earlier, the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble came to the "old studio" to promote his October 23rd event and had a mental orgasm seeing the hundreds of thousands of dollars of production equipment we had (and he knew his TV production from his days of booking ICW). We spent a couple hours packing up every piece of equipment we had, loaded into the studio van and was off to the Wakefield Field House.  The Century Wrestling Alliance had 1,200 fans rocking Wakefield, MA for an event featuring the Iron Sheik (oh, the memories to come in the years ahead), Tony Atlas, Damien DeMento along the future Tommy Dreamer's and Taz's.  It was a locker room of men, it was a locker room of guys that could knock out just about anyone in the crowd and didn't discredit the business.  There were no "little guys," no teenagers on the card.  It was certainly an eye opening experience to "really" see what it was like behind the proverbial curtain. . .

The night before the event, famed midget wrestler Little Louie went on a drug induced painting spree on the canvas of his ring that Tony rented.  By the time it was set up in Wakefield, it looked like a three year old version of little Mirade took out his blue crayons and drew all over an 18x18 foot piece of paper.  Hell of a hard cam shot. . .

Sheiky Baby was indeed Sheiky Baby.  I was determined to meet this man.  He was one of my favorites from the then-WWF, was on the first live wrestling event I ever attended August 9th, 1986 at the Boston Garden teaming with Nikolai Volkoff to defeat the Hart Foundation and was in a group of the first LJN wrestling figures I received as a birthday gift the same year.  Somewhere in my many, many boxes is a Polaroid of myself and the Sheik.  During the night, a young fan somehow got into the locker room and asked a nude Sheik wearing his pointy boots for an autograph.  Always the groveler, he asked the kid to get him a Snickers bar in exchange for it.  When he returned, the Sheik went into the athletic directors office, tore the page of that months calendar off the wall, and wrote "Sheik" in one of the 31 days in October. . . maybe he thought the kid would go around and get everyone one the shows autograph on a different day. . .

Somehow, The Jackal was able to get down from the wooden, red broadcast booth provided to us by the field house for commentary (how he got in it, I don't know).  In what was thankfully a short car ride, myself, Jackal, Nightmare and Bull Montana hit a McDonalds before Bull wanted to go and see the Sheik at the local hotel he was staying at.  Again, here I am at 13 years old going to see the Iron Sheik in his hotel room!!  Well, the rest of that story will be saved for the book. . .

The memories for the time I spent with Tony's CWA / NWA New England, I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. . .it truly was my favorite time in wrestling.  Care free.  Less to no stress.  Paydays when he had it and we drew (took me two and a half years to get my first one in March 1996).  To some of the more spoiled athletes of today, whatever / if the guys got paid depended upon how many people bought tickets, hence an era where guys came to the TV studio (even on Sunday's) to cut promos to try to get asses in the seats.  It was a successful, team formula that worked and should still exist today.  It's more of a challenge present with a wrestling school on every block, never mind the amount of "wrestling promotions" watering down the aforementioned successful formula.

My high school years were certainly unique.  In the 10th grade, I certainly didn't expect to be hanging out in the locker room of WWF events at the Boston Garden, meeting another one of my favorites as a kid George "The Animal" Steele (he spoke!!) who was an agent, along with Undertaker and another who would turn into a lifelong friend, the late Paul Bearer, back in November 1994.  Never expected to be hanging with the Bushwhackers in the locker room of Tewksbury High School (or Tubesbury??  Story for the book!!);  seven years later, I'd be organizing a fundraiser for Bushwhacker Butch when he was recovering from a staff infection while having to drive over 100MPH to WWE's Titan Tower headquarters in Stamford, CT that morning;  18 years later, Bushwhacker Luke would be one of the featured superstars at our SOUL SURVIVOR VIII event meeting some little midget in a Sin Cara t-shirt in a photo I treasure. . .

I loved the travel back then so much. . . my time in high school was an extremely interesting period of time in and of itself. . . in another book-worthy story, I wound up with an office at Melrose High School.  I looked forward to whatever adventure we had coming up that weekend, what interesting group of people would load up the car and head off to whatever town was next on Tony's booking sheet.  Without a doubt, my favorite stomping grounds was Champs Arena in Sailsbury Beach, MA.  There was wrestling there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the summer and again, many book worthy memories.  It was among the worst wrestling I'd ever seen but the crew of a few dozen of the regular whackos that would pour into Champs after an afternoon at one of New England's most well known summer haunts provided a lot of laughs.  For history buffs, ECW's first New England event took place at Champs in November 1995.  I was with Pat Doyle and the Jackal when we went to pick up the late Nancy Sullivan (Benoit), the late Johnny Grunge and future MWF superstar the Sandman at the old Days Inn on Rt. 1.  Interesting experience for the book. . . I remember Nancy sitting next to the Jackal on one of the beds as the guys took part in whatever it was they were doing. . . Champs was jam packed and it was a hot, wild crowd.  Perry Saturn competed at Champs over the summer and I believe helped put the deal together once he and John Kronus debuted in ECW.

Funny Champs story:  not a rarity in wrestling, there was a braggart who actually led us to Champs in July 1995.  He was a bully with those he could take advantage of.  Months earlier, I remember him getting me into the ring and hitting me with some extremely stiff chops.  I wasn't a trained wrestler. . . he just go this jollies off on taking advantage of a 10th grader, I guess.  Anyways, he rubbed just about everyone the wrong way.  On a weekend ECW was off, the Eliminators took a booking at Champs.  A group of us had gone for seafood on the Sailsbury Beach strip, and after explaining what the deal was, it wasn't going to be a good night said bully.  Thankfully this show was taped. . . Don Seavey (brother of the Candyman) was in place on security so we knew what was going on in the locker room following what was to come.  In one of the only anticipated matches of the summer at Champs, the Eliminators took on the Interns.  Intern #1 (really nice guy named Roger) was told to "stay the f*** out of the ring."  When the bell rang, it was on.  The bully was not expecting what he got, and after taking a beating for several minutes, instead of tagging out, he fled to the locker room!!  Don said he "passed out" looking for sympathy.  With them being a group of imbeciles, the police were called.  We got the camera stuff together and got the hell out of Dodge.  We had parked out back, so we took a trip around the strip. . . a large crowd Champs could only dream they could have drawn for a wrestling show gathered.  I wasn't privy to how this professional wrestling match was explained to the police, but the tough guy learned his lesson, weeks later offering to drive Perry to the airport for a tour of Japan. 
 
Once Tony got word of what was going on up at Champs, he was all over it and took the place over.  The wrestling cleaned up with the garbage swept out the door or used in enhancement roles.  After only eight short weeks, the Jackal broke the news to me that there was no more Champs;  even though Tony was running the ship, the late Big City Mike was technically in charge of the venue and wanted to start to rent it out to other promotions.  If people thought the "Mirade Hammer" was stiff when provoked, you never saw Tony angry.  Within a month, Champs was out of business and turned into an arcade again.  I was crushed.  Two or three days a week, we'd make the trek back and forth to Sailsbury. . . the good old days.  That January, poor Big City died. . .

Later in 1995, I got my first taste of the Cauliflower Alley Club, the non-profit we talk about a lot here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  Until the late 90's or so, along with their annual west coast reunion, there was also one in the east.  Made the hike to Cherry Hill, NJ with Tony, Pat and the Jackal, one of my all time favorite trips.  We left around 6AM and even with a few pit stops got to Cherry Hill well before noon.  Tony missed the exit and backed up over a highway median (successfully).  With nothing to do for hours, the Jackal and I walked down what turned into a never ending road to get to a Popeye's chicken for lunch. . . en route, we walked by a junkyard where a pit bull tried to tear the fence down.  But what a night. . . so many legends and icons of the sport that are no longer with us.  Lou Thesz, Gorilla Monsoon, Freddie Blassie, Captain Lou Albano, Pedro Morales and so many more along with Paul Heyman and several members of the ECW crew.  Amazing. . .

Amazing. . . that's one simple world to sum up twenty years you'd have to live to believe.  It hasn't been all fun and games. . . there have been a lot of nightmares involved as a result of it.  What you read here was just scratching the surface of about two years.  The good was great - better than you can ever imagine.  The bad - you'd have to walk in my shoes of the unique path I've taken.  I never dreamed I'd be heard on the Howard Stern Show and seen by millions from a MWF Studio taping with the Iron Sheik calling me the wrong name talking about "humbling" Brian Blair.  Never thought I'd walk through the proverbial pearly white gates of WWE at 21 years of age and maintain such a strong relationship with them to the point they are supporters of every event we have and get an invite to every local live event and even WrestleMania's.  I never imagined I'd work locally to promote a movie premiere that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin showed up at, be part of local production for TNA events.  I also never thought I'd become vicious enemies with some of wrestling's biggest stars that got fired from the national spotlight and then hold them accountable for theft and fraud.  I never imagined that local wrestling promoters would attempt to sabotage our live events and hard work.  In my wildest dreams, never thought my home would be broken into before Christmas, or become arch rivals with the father of the biggest superstar of this generation.  Never thought I'd become physically disabled, or (my greatest challenged) realized how difficult it would be trying to work with hungry, young athletes that broke into this sport very differently than I did, which was very much a culture shock. . .

I care.  I truly care about every person that's ever been involved in our events.  From the "superstars" to the local wrestlers to the hard working, under appreciated staff, to the outstanding non-profits we work with to generate funds and smiles, to the fans, I can honestly say I genuinely care about every person that's ever worked with us.  I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. . .

And a few thank you's. . . dozens will be left out. . . someday, "the book" will be written where I'll name them all. . . I thank Pat Doyle & The Jackal for opening the door for me so I could observer and learn things the right way. . . Tony Rumble and the Pink Assassin for filling my brain with more knowledge.  I thank WWE for welcoming a college aged kid into their organization for a nine month education you couldn't buy at Harvard, and 12 years after I was told my services weren't needed any longer, still be treated like an extended member of the family.  I thank my spiritual guider who I clash with often.  I thank my friend the late Paul Bearer, who I miss each and everyday of my life, who did so much for the MWF even while he was working with WWE and in the funeral industry.  I thank my best friend Neil Manolian for helping start up the Millennium Wrestling Federation and take it in a direction where it will never crumble if anything happens to me at a young age as it did Tony Rumble, for trying to learn a lot about an industry he knew nothing about other than watching it on TV and my second hand stories.  I even thank my ex-fiance' Linda Mirade, who showed me there was a lot more to life than professional wrestling. . .

More than anything, I thank the two little guys who aren't as little anymore, our MWF Junior Ambassadors Brandon Jay and Devaughn Brent.  Without a shadow of a doubt, they are the light of what can be a very dark life and have been the best part of it, in the past, the present and, I'm sure, the future.  When you're older, you'll understand why I was where I was doing things your little heads couldn't ever imagine. . . even I'm still trying to figure it out. . .


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 11th, 2013 * #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.


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Up unusually early as I begin this column, going "Inside The MWF". . . tough couple of days ahead while still keeping our eye on the ball as the Red Sox continue their voyage (hopefully) deep into October. . .

Before we look at some of the news surrounding HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS November 16th, I want to take a minute in the quiet of the morning to think about the things we overlook being involved in wrestling sometimes.  Yesterday, got "one of those calls" where you know something bad is going on, as my loyal sidekick Buddy Mirade (the official dog of the MWF) was in rough shape.  He went to the vets, I went down the street to MWF Studios.  Not hearing anything, I had Quincy Restani go down and see if Buddy was still there - he was released.  Relieved, I later made a call to find out that he has a tumor inside of him and if it bursts, it would cause un-Godly pain for the little guy.  The decision was made to put him down tomorrow. . .

As he enjoys his final day walking his favorite parks, attempting to eat one of his favorite meals, saying goodbye to those he knew and loved, it's a lousy feeling knowing that your pal won't be with you in a day or two.  I vividly remember picking him out at the no-kill shelter in Salem, MA and him relieving himself on me during the ride home.  He was flown in with a litter from Kansas. . . as he roamed his new house, he saw his reflection in the stove and thought it was one of his siblings.  Unfortunately, due to the accident that caused my disability, I didn't get a chance to take him for walks or do much outside with him as I had my previous dog. . . I enjoyed screwing with him by taking one of those red lazer pens and having him chase it around the floor as I was recovering. . .

After my split with Linda Mirade, Buddy was my "date" for many Thanksgiving's and Christmas'.  Always loyal, he just wanted food, shelter, water and his belly rubbed.  He's a little guy, would have never gotten a main event push nationally but a fast worker that had a lot of high spots.  He loved his trips to FL, sure he would have wanted to work for Eddie Graham at some point.  Having the cool birthdate of 01-01-01, he gets ready to go to Doggy Heaven.  He'll be extremely missed, especially coming home late at night from MWF Studios.  Rest In Peace, Buddy, you had a great run. . .

If you have a four legged friend, give him a treat or an extra pat on the head. . . sadly, they're more loyal than most people we meet with less than a sixth of a life span. . .

And as is in wrestling, life goes on. . .

We are five weeks and a day removed from NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS:  NIGHTMARE ON IONA STREET in Fairmont, NC.  November 9th will be a big night for our fans in North Carolina as the Boogeyman makes his MWF South debut, along with MWF South President, MWF Southern Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage and more.

Things are shaping up nicely for HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS November 16th at Kowloon in Saugus, MA as we'll revisit the legendary Monday Night War period.  We'll have an autograph / posed photo fanfest, a delicious Kowloon buffet dinner, a VIP Q&A session, charity auctions, raffles and so much more as we do what we can to help our neighbors have a brighter holiday season. 

Two superstars have already been announced.  The fun loving Godfather joins us for the first time.  Also known as Kama and Papa Shango, fans with Ultra VIP Packages will get a free, bonus photo opp with the Godfather as Papa Shango before he changes back into "pimp" gear where you can interact with him all over.  This is an opportunity for Ultra VIP's only, regular VIP's and general admission ticket holders can enjoy meeting him as the Godfather. 

Attitude Era Diva Debra also joins us live for the very first time.  The former WWE Womens Champion was on both sides of the fence during the Monday Night Wars, debuting in WCW in 1996 as part of the Four Horsemen before joining Jeff Jarrett in WWE in 1998.  FYI, "puppies" are the only animals allowed in Kowloon.

We look forward to more superstars being announced and more perks for our great fans.  This one is interesting, as it's nothing like my original concept on paper, and it's nothing like John Cena Sr. was pushing for.  A happy medium??  All I know is that the fans will love this one all while helping a great cause at the same time.  We are again offering a ticket plan where if you spend $99 or more you can spread your payments out interest free over six months, and hey, who can't use extra cash in their pocket at this time of year?? 

WWE returns to Providence live tomorrow night for a big Supershow. . . if you're in the area, check it out. . .

A lot going on in the MWF, continue to visit BOSTONWRESTLING.COM, Facebook and @MWF2001.  Too much on my mind to write anymore right now. . . there's a ton of content on all of our social media platforms. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 28th, 2013 * #14

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, Millennium Wrestling Federation. . . as I sit on a back deck hidden in the mountains of NH watching golfers, wanted to put some kind of column together for our official 12th birthday. . .

The BASH last Saturday was supposed to take place today. . . had issues with Memorial Hall that needed to be rectified after SOUL SURVIVOR back in March, so it delayed the "official" booking and the 28th was taken, so it got changed to my own birthday. . . can you say rib??  Would have been interesting to see what the outcome would have been if the event took place today, but such is life. . .

Even though I'm away from home, ol' Mirade is working away.  HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS is closer than we think and I really want November 16th at Kowloon in Saugus, MA to be a really special night.  We've never had an endeavor like this and will be interesting to see fan response;  if it's a success, we'll have more of them;  if it's not a success, we won't.  One true legend that's never been a part of an MWF event will be there live. . .this / close to confirming another deal with another "first timer". . . spoke to yet another former World Champion (one of my personal favorites) but unfortunately his calendar is filled up. . . still waiting on others.  The waiting game is the most frustrating part - in this day and age where just about everybody has to have at least a website, Facebook or Twitter, there's no reason why full time professionals shouldn't reach out to those attempting to do business within a day or two. . . pet peeve, it is what it is. . . not really my issue going forward, but I am determined that we enhance the holidays for kids that Santa's GPS can't find. . . have a lot of creative ideas for ticket packages just want to have our ducks in order. . .

NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS November 9th in Fairmont, NC is creeping up on us as well. . . interesting to see who The Boogeyman will "creep" out.  Even more interesting is the "War Hawk" Dylan Kage / John Cena Sr. dynamic (maybe "Virgil" will be there to shine Johnny's shoes).  Would love to be there in person to see the in person exchange between the two of them;  or roll a grenade into the room and go back to the hotel.  Regardless, should be a great night of action for all of our MWF South fans.  More info to come on that one. . .

Can't "escape" wrestling no matter where I am. . . tried to limit what work I did from the lodge I was at and recharge my batteries.  Finally had a chance to crack open Lex Luger's autobiography that the publishers sent me about two months ago, finished the whole thing in almost one sitting.  If you're interested in the transformation of the human being, it's a very good book.  If you're interested for in-depth stories or even a detailed look at his wrestling career, you might be disappointed.  I enjoyed him telling his story his way but would have loved another hundred pages talking about his career.  Nowhere near as good as Hardcore Holly's book, which is one of the sleepers of all time as far as how honest and hard hitting it was. . .

As I headed down to the pool and hot tub, I heard Vince McMahon's voice. . . the lodge seemed to need an upgrade in the video game room as they had a circa 1993 WWF Royal Rumble pinball game, decorated with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, a grey gloved Undertaker, Matt Borne Doink, the Bushwhackers, Bobby Heenan and others.  Felt like a mini MWF reunion.  Would love that for MWF Studios. . .

If you're a "mark" for New England leaves, it gets awfully cold in the morning up this way so bring something warm. . .

That's all for now. . . thought the simple "thank you" to every wrestler, staff member and fan that's ever been part of the MWF experience over the past twelve years was great.  It's been quite a ride.  I look forward to returning to my regular duties this week and see how the future of the promotion unfolds. . .


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 24th, 2013 * #13

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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It really turned into be a hell of a birthday weekend for yours truly. . .

For my thoughts on the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, visit the BLOG. . .

This morning I met with some of the MWF Board of Directors in person and over the phone from ol' North Carolina and, as noted on Facebook, it was decided that wrestling operations was not the "best fit" for me.  I will continue to be a part of MWF broadcasts through (at least) September 2014.  I will also continue to spearhead many of our fundraising campaigns that have been something I've pushed hard for since our inception (don't let anyone else fool you on that one, believe me). . .

The fact that I went to the BOD back in March with a list of requests was mentioned.  Very true, but it's a challenge to hang an anchor around my foot and expect me to swim. . . when you have a John Cena Sr. slithering around behind the scenes like the snake he is to take everything that is the MWF and bring it to the Carolina's because it's cheaper to do business there, you're always looking over your back. . . listening to complaints Low Ki had a poor attitude for someone that never drew, was too small, etc.. . .Jake Roberts was a giant mistake on my part, but suspending the MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito over comments he made in a telephone interview was beyond stupid. . . to give you an idea of what I was dealing with, of the original event I put together and featured superstars that appeared Saturday, only Bobby Lashley was on the list. . .

The past six months have been the most miserable of my time with the MWF.  No doubt about it.  I don't know if it was because I didn't have Paul Bearer to vent to or mounting frustrations.   Chairman Manolian made a point of that Sunday night when I let my feelings be known one-on-one. . . I didn't agree, at all, with his thoughts, and as an organization, the MWF really doesn't want a "loose cannon" such as myself firing away at will while holding the company title I had until Monday morning.  I always thought it was about the fan experience. . .

The fan experience.  In a world where people are worried about PR, overhead, et al, ever since President Bearer gave me the promotion back in March 2012, I worked my ass off harder than ever, to the point it may have been unhealthy.  No one has a VIP Package like we have / had.  Beyond autographs and posed photos, this weekend had a lunch, a Q&A, a free charity event for a variety of non-profits that I was told was "a waste of time."  I take exception to that. . .

If the MWF morphs into John Cena Sr.'s world of women's wrestling or any of his other "creative" ideas, remember that I gave it 110% everyday of my life, whether it was a Tuesday or working away on Christmas while others were celebrating a holiday. . . on a Thursday or in a hospital bed at Mass General with tubes coming out of my arms and nose but remembering to bring my work bag along.  Those that wanted me out of a position to structure live events for the fans won't be able to find that kind of work ethic out there.  I take pride in the fact that Paul Bearer felt this was something I could do and I take pride in my overall body of work. . . those that want to point to attendance, I don't know what to tell you. . .

I have been offered a spot on the MWF BOD. . . I really haven't decided if it's worth my effort at this point. . . I feel I can contribute in the MWF. . . I feel I can contribute positively in WWE and TNA, too, and those aren't professional options I've explored strongly enough in awhile.  At the end of the day, you can count on me living up to my word to positively contribute to our television programs and webisodes as called upon for the next year if nothing else. . .

To every fan that has spent their time and money on an MWF event (especially since early 2012), thank you very much. . .


Godspeed!
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 6th, 2013 * #12

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. . .

Was having a relatively nice Labor Day. . . after finishing up some paperwork in my home office, I made some personal visits before going to a BBQ and enjoying myself. . . until I started getting texts about MWF business. . . the individual meant no individual harm by any means, just hit home how much I've really tired of the daily grind of "this."  I'd hate to compare to something like a drug addiction, but it seems to be on par.  I know it's not good for me, it's crushed my spirit, but I always go back for another hit.  Tough to say that about something that - removed from the "wrestling bubble" - I love and have a great passion for. . .that's what this generation has done to the "old school" folks. . .

I was this/close to saying goodbye at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII in March 2012 as I had zero interest in going to North Carolina and seeing what I helped create be destroyed by Cena's selfish greed not even beginning to discuss my issues with Dylan Kage and my ex.  I was livid with myself for agreeing to three years.  After Paul Bearer found out what Cena's plans were, he utilized information he had from the late Franklin D. Churchill's journals and after whispering something in Cena's ear, he ran out of the building like a dog between his tail.  Chairman Manolian promised help in certain areas I had continued issues about and has kept his word for the most part. . .

Even now, the loss of Paul Bearer bothers me, deeply, daily.  Having Cena in the picture again is revolting and I made a vow I would not let that scumbag win.  More recently, as excited as I am about the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH, having to waste my time on the Jake Roberts situation followed up by Carlito being suspended for threatening to make Cena bleed in a city operated venue did nothing to put a smile on my face.  I'm extremely happy that Devon Dudley and "Cowboy" Bob Orton will be with us, but unless you've walked in these shoes you have no idea how stressful this.  I've never subscribed to "card subject to change, sorry fans."  It's work as hard as you can, everyday - not on select day or saving Sunday for girlfriends - to give the fans the best experience and value possible.  It's taken it's toll on my psyche.  Beyond the talent issues, imagine having numbers thrown at you constantly - "get the pre-sales up," "web hits have hit a plateau," "run more advertising here," "create more web videos there."  How I control when a fan buys a ticket is beyond me.  Everyone that's not a decision maker believes they have the right answers. . .

I constantly worry about how my leaving would effect Cena's thirst for power.  While I own a percentage of the MWF, it's not as much as one might think and nowhere near 50% controlling power.  At least being here as an active voice of reason has prevented some of Cena's power plays in the past. . .

On September 21st, I've put together the best, most exciting, cutting edge live event I possibly could within the power I have in my role.  I've made agreements with warriors, superstars known around the world, to try to destroy John Cena Sr. and his Uprising.  Our VIP Package blows away anything else offered anywhere - dare to compare.  I can only ask that you buy them in advance to make our job easier. . . regardless, I need these men to seek and destroy anything related to Cena to be done with him once and for all. . .

Outside of my ownership percentage, my professional agreement with the MWF runs through September 2014.  I could quit and do nothing wrestling related until then.  With my experience, I still feel I have a lot to offer the wrestling world beyond the MWF, whether it be WWE or TNA.  Everyday that I'm here, I will continue to give it 110% effort, win, lose or draw.  Our fans and athletes deserve it.  That doesn't mean it's as fun as it used to be. . . I asked the MWF Board for the bullets I felt we needed to win, and they gave them to me. . . the end result will be September 21st in the ring and at the door. . .

As I've noted a few times, October 23rd will mark my 20th anniversary in the sport thanks to the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble.  I'll be 33 years old in a couple weeks and still have a lot of fish to fry, honestly don't know where.  The only three places I've ever considered "home" in wrestling was Rumble's CWA, WWE and the MWF.  I've been asked by independent promotions to work with them in the past, but unless I can give them the 100% effort I pride myself on I feel like I'd be cheating them from what they'd ideally like from me. . .

Gonna be an interesting 15 days until the BASH!


Godspeed!
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
August 17th, 2013 * #11

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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What a mixed bag. . . started this column last night:

Every once in awhile I will give myself the proverbial pat on the back as doing it for real to this spinal fusion needed bad boy isn't the best of ideas.  I've been so frustrated of late and it's showed in a variety of ways to those I see on a regular basis.  The passion I have for this sport runs deep, though I'll admit it's unrealistic for anyone to try to match my work ethic. . . it's unhealthy, especially with some of the medical issues I have, but it is what is is.  Beyond getting everything worked out for our featured superstar to be announced this SummerSlam Sunday, I also was able to squeeze in ANOTHER bonus event for our great fans. . . I paused because it's a pretty cool feeling.  Our goal each and every event is to give you the best value and experience possible.  If that's not our goal, we have no business being involved in professional wrestling.  To those that get my frustrated-while-in-pain side, you're missing a little BBBB cheer tonight!!

Then today's nightmare with Jake Roberts came to be, leading to this explosive Facebook post followed by trading barbs on Twitter:

To cut to the chase, Jake "The Snake" Roberts (or his representation, however you choose to view it) has personally chosen to violate the Millennium Wrestling Federation, it's trust, it's fans and the sport of professional wrestling yet again. I will not hide my feelings on this one, as well as dealing with "agents."

The "old" Jake. We booked him, he did a promotional interview via telephone where he talked about violating a "ring rat named Krissa." The Monday before the event, he called sounding like a child hiding from a ghost, whispering "it's Jake Roberts. Judy's trying to get me high, I need Richard Rios to come with me Saturday or I won't go." I knew the names of Judy and Richard Rios about as well as you do.

I advised buying a plane ticket five days before the event - a fundraiser for the families of local troops as part of our on-going Keep The Kids Off The Streets campaign - would be an expensive proposition. He said to deduct it from his payday. Extremely confused by everything that was going on, Richard Rios, a nice man, called me. He explained that even though Jake was staying with him in GA, his ex-girlfriend Judy, living in FL, was on some kind of manhunt to get Jake high again and planned on coming to Boston. It was one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard, but went along with it. The ticket was near $500 if I remember correctly.

The night before the event, I spoke to Richard again; the two were at a local motel and set to take a direct Delta Atlanta to Boston flight the following morning. Went to pick them up at the airport, nothing. Checked with a Delta agent to see if he was on another Atlanta to Boston flight since they left almost hourly back then, no sign of them. I called Richard Rios almost every thirty seconds. The week was a nightmare, as it was also the week Billy Kidman had drug issues that led to Torrie Wilson coming home from a WWE tour of Australia, and what event Kidman canceled on two days before the event?? Billy Kidman's another one that screwed over a hard working promotion and never attempted to make it right.

Two weeks later, Richard finally called me back. He apologized, saying Jake went to meet up with "a friend" later the night we spoke and never came back. Between airfare, prepaid hotel, advertising, printing and the offer of free tickets we extended to fans that pre-purchased tickets, it was a rough night at the office. It wasn't something he hadn't done dozens if not hundreds of times before, but it, bluntly, sucked. The coward didn't have the class to call himself whenever he sobered up from his latest high. We did everything we could to do the right thing by our fans; Roberts and Kidman personally chose to ruin the fans experience despite our effort and expense to bring them in.

The "2013" Jake interested me a great deal. Beyond his decades of "personal demons" (i.e. personal choices of adult and parental irresponsibility), fans love him. Watching the videos made at DDP's home in Atlanta were inspiring. What human being doesn't want to see another better themselves?? If he can stay clean, it's the ultimate comeback story. I wanted our fans to experience that, one I was hoping we'd have a chance to do with Road Dogg and Goldust, but those are different stories for a different time.

I first reached out to the "new and improved" Jake on March 27th of this year, being directed to a gentleman named Marlon Ransom who I believe works with or for DDP. On April 23rd, 2013, I put together a detailed outline of what we'd like Jake to do to Marlon. I made what the colossal mistake of "talking on the telephone" instead of continued emails. Marlon was understanding of the history of Jake, and offered a $200 discount for at least this appearance. Did we deserve better than that after we were screwed out of $1000+?? Nonetheless I agreed and started promoting Jake soon thereafter.

On June 5th, Marlon asked if we had anymore dates for Jake. I responded on the 8th saying I wanted to see how things worked out at our September 21st appearance.

Later in June, Jake had a small relapse where he drank for the first time in several months as chronicled in his videos with DDP. I spoke to Marlon about it and wanted to be sure Jake took the medication that makes someone violently ill if they drink or take any type of drug. I was told that wasn't a problem.

On June 27th, Marlon emailed me again asking if I wanted to confirm Jake for September 21st. I responded in writing June 28th saying as long as he took that pill before coming to Boston, I absolutely wanted him to be here September 21st. There was no question about it, no miscommunication about it. I was clear and direct both via telephone and via email.

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been preparing to take care of all of the featured stars airfare for the event. I noticed that Jake was booked in NJ on September 20th, so I again emailed Marlon to see how we'd take care of his transportation since it was with two promotions.

At 2:09PM today, Marlon emailed me saying he'd forward my email to Jake since he was now taking care of his own bookings. Began to smell a little smoke. At 5:44PM, there was fire, as Marlon emailed me telling me to disregard his previous email, and that Jake was NOT AVAILABLE September 21st now. Furious at this point, I told Marlon we needed to take care of this immediately. At 6:07PM, he told me to re-read our previous emails. I did, and found the June 27th and 28th messages as noted above. He told me I never sent a deposit - A DEPOSIT - to a man that committed THEFT against us. A DEPOSIT to be paid for work he's never done. In what alternative universe do we live in that we're supposed to pay people for work they've never done?? A DEPOSIT was never discussed nor would it ever have been agreed to.

With that said, myself and everyone involved in the Millennium Wrestling Federation fully expect Jake to be a man of his - or his representations - word. We booked him in good faith, as in 12 years, we've never shorted one star one penny, and we're damn proud of it. That's the way I was taught breaking in. Those are the lessons I learned from my dear friend, the late Paul Bearer, who meant so much to me and everyone in our promotion. Believe me, I wish he was with us even more today, as being able to email him for his thoughts was a gigantic help to us over the years.

Unless you've ever been in the shoes, I cannot tell you what it feels like to disappoint the fans. They don't care about circumstances, they don't care that the people behind these events work tirelessly for little or no money a lot of the time. All they care about is seeing who was advertised. They don't care about the "superstars" lies, carny cons, drug problems, alcohol problems, more personal demons than the ones that lived in the Amityville Horror house. I've had enough. I've missed too many holidays, birthdays, family outings, vacations, time with the kids, etc., then to put up with this BULLS**T. That's what it is. The anger in me right now isn't only with Jake / his representation; it's towards EVERY lowlife that's cheated our fans over the past dozen years. In a genre that has a lot of sleaze, we've tried to be good soldiers.

I've CC'd Marlon Ransom on this email and will be Tweeting it to Jake and DDP direct. Another direct email will be sent to our Superfans that have purchased tickets, with the ability to reach out as well. Again, we fully expect Jake to be with us before we push the issue even further. We sincerely apologize to our fans for having Jake's appearance in limbo - believe me, NONE OF US want to be dealing with it on a summer Saturday, either. All we want to do is continue to provide you with the best value and experience in professional wrestling. It's what we strive for, each and every day.

If you're learning of our September 21st anniversary event at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, beyond the Jake issue, we do have an exciting addition to the line-up of featured stars coming tomorrow on SummerSlam Sunday, as well as yet another event that will be part of this all day extravaganza!! We have a free charity event in the afternoon for VIP's and the local non-profits we work with; the opportunity to have your photo taken with the authentic WWE Championship belt thanks to John Cena Sr. with 100% of the proceeds to go to OneFundBoston.org; we have a VIP-exclusive Jake Roberts Q&A advertised; an autograph / photo meet and greet with (Jake), Carlito, Bobby Lashley, Hardcore Holly, Mr. Cena, and more TBA tomorrow; along with our all-star anniversary event that night. It's a great, interactive day for our fans with the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow. A shame we have to spend time on this negative BS.

very truly yours,
Dan Mirade

Great way to spend an August Saturday, huh??

Unless there was some kind of an old timers game of Jake getting a better offer of working three days in NJ and blowing off September 21st in Melrose, I don't think either Jake or Marlon intentionally tried to have all of us go through this.  At the end of the day, it happened.  We agreed to terms via telephone and email.  Marlon's reasoning was we didn't sign a contract nor send a deposit.  In twelve years, we signed agreements twice, and in both cases, were disasters.  Back to Jake, would have loved to have sign a deposit but Marlon had never suggested it.  As far as sending a deposit goes, lets bring some common sense into the equation.  What Jake did before was theft.  End of story.  The "boys getting a deposit" gets real old - how many of us work jobs where we get paid in advance when we've done absolutely nothing??

It honestly ruins the experience for me.  "Fun" disappeared a long time ago.  I still have my passion and love for the sport, I still get amped up for the big event days, I love hearing the fans reactions and we know we've done a good job. . . all it takes is for those that lack character and integrity to ruin the experience on my end. . .

I've taken enough bullets for enough superstars over the years so it doesn't ruin the aura for the fans.  Believe me.  The fans come first.  But if you screw with our events, you screw with our fans.  Al Snow was forced to cancel a couple of years back because of a mistake he unintentionally made - and he was a man about it - he came on one of our broadcasts and TOLD the fans it was his mistake.  How I'd love for some others to take the same approach Uncle Al did. . .

Another Saturday I would have loved to have spent with the little Mirade's wasted on this garbage.  My word is my bond.  When I was broken in close to twenty years ago, those values and work ethic were hammered home.  In twelve years, we've not shorted one person one penny.  On the flip side of the coin, there have been plenty of local athletes that have caused a lot of frustration, a lot of superstars that have made us flush thousands upon thousands of dollars down the toilet working some con game.  Like life, it's not fair. . . as President Bearer would say, "that's wrestling."  It is, but that doesn't mean there should be a better way were EVERYBODY wins.  There's no "I" in team. . .

In my role with wrestling operations, I have the task of trying to replace Jake.  He's not coming September 21st.  I fumed for a few hours, now it's back to our regularly scheduled program of giving fans the best value and experience in professional wrestling.  I've already spoken to one legend I would have loved to have been with us making his debut but it didn't work out schedule wise.  Some other irons in the fire. 

How quickly things can change in 24 hours!!  Last night, I was a happy man knowing that we'd just about everything lined up roster wise.  Better today than September 20th, I suppose. . .

I miss President Bearer, that's for sure. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
July 13th, 2013 * #10

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. . . hope everyone had a pleasant 4th of July. . .

This column is going to be a little personal in nature as I don't want to give John Cena Sr. anything to hang that dead raccoon he calls hair on after his "expose" this week on the Superstar Zone.  The program is available online now. . . basically, Cena feels that conversations with a particular athlete that may or may not have happened should have been but were not disclosed to the MWF Board of Directors.  What happens from here, I have no idea.  There have been dozens and dozens of stories the fans have been shielded from over the past 12 years to protect the image of some of there favorite superstars that I wind up at war with. . . when I wake up and look in the mirror, I know my work ethic cannot be questioned, 365 days a year. . .

With that said, I may be somewhat MIA over the next (hopefully) few days. . . or weeks. . . or even months.  What appeared to be a minor incident in the spring of 2008 led to my body being destroyed ever since.  In 2009, I was hospitalized, missed a week of work but was back in action even though I couldn't walk for the better part of six weeks.  2010 had me out of action for months and that was when I was diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).  It's "complex," and there's a hell of a lot of suicidal-like pain. . . and unfortunately no known cure as of this date.  It's not known whether my on-going need for a spinal fusion is having negative signals shooting down my leg into my feet and ankles, all I know is that it's the ultimate in life altering short of a terminal illness.  In 2011, from March through August, I was could do next to nothing.  Last summer, it struck this very week, as I remember having to be pushed around the studio in a rolling office chair to do the fundraiser for that worthless liar Kamala (oh, how I regret that one). . . two days later, I was in the hospital for my first of two stints there in July and August.  At one point, I was trapped in bed for two days with nothing but water and a beach thermos to use to relieve myself.  I had to have friends almost carry me into Mass General where I was admitted - but again, that work ethic - I had my MWF bag with me to occupy my time and take care of business leading up to last years anniversary event. . .

No one enjoys wearing summer sandals year round, especially in the winter with snow going up your socks, but that's the hand dealt to me.  In my research, it says the earlier treatment begins, the better results.  I unfortunately "had it" for almost two and a half years before "it" had a name as a doctor watched my football sized foot change colors walking ten agonizing steps across the floor.  I've been treading lightly since I first got the tingle Wednesday night. . . this morning, the pain woke me up.  As I write away, I have a frozen bottle of spring water in my sock trying to calm my foot down before it gets out of control.  Wish me luck. . .

Cena's going to carry away with whatever plot he has because he knows that his Uprising is in trouble September 21st in Melrose.  He wants to cause mayhem and confusion with his accusations while trying to come up with a game plan to save his own ass, IMO.  I just don't want him giving himself a pat on the back if I have to go incognito. . . just don't want Flabo going home with a grin thinking he was responsible. . .

It's hard to believe we're just ten weeks away from the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH, there's so much that's already been announced plus other things we haven't made public and still negotiating.  SOUL SURVIVOR IX was outstanding, I can't wait to see what our 12th anniversary has in store for us.  Our VIP Packages are the best value in professional wrestling, discounted tickets at all levels are available online now and we have several payment options to make it a little easier on the wallet.  Don't delay, lock in the best reserved seats in the house now before we have a price increase, as noted. . .

For fans in the Providence area, don't forget that WWE returns Tuesday night for a Smackdown / Main Event taping.  Was invited down, hoping to be able to make it. . .

Our Call To Action Campaign continues. . . interesting to see what new faces come to the MWF or Cena tries to sign to his Uprising faction. . .

In the spirit of our anniversary event, we've started producing short "Flashback" videos available here and on YouTube.  We've had a lifetime of memories and experiences over the past twelve years, it's fun to be able to look through the video archives and see what we come up with at random. . .

With the history of our great sport in mind, we're also adding live event results from classic WWE (i.e. also WWF, WWWF) from around New England everyday from that day's history.  Fun idea.  Originally, BOSTONWRESTLING.COM was to be a place just for history before it took on a life of it's own with the MWF. . . these are going to be Facebook exclusives due to the time it would take to get them online, so make sure you're joining us. . . our @MWF2001 Twitter feed posts the link as well. . .

I'm ready to tap as I attempt to freeze my foot. . . we're just about halfway through summer, get on out and do something fun - after you get your tickets to the BBBB!!   


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
June 28th, 2013 * #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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Always hate having to write one of "these" columns, but, it's part of the cycle of life I suppose. . .

Tough to learn of the passing of Matt Borne this afternoon while at MWF Studios.  Only saving grace was that we were able to get a video tribute up quickly.  It would be nice to have some kind of montage produced for our July television programs. . .

I first remember Borne as a young fan in the 80's teaming with Buzz Sawyer managed by Percy Pringle III (the late Paul Bearer) in World Class.  His stint as Big Josh in WCW was what it was, but his run in WWE as the original Doink the Clown from late 1992 to late 1993 was outstanding.  It takes true talent to take what could be a bottom feeder character at best and turn into something as memorable as Borne's Doink.  Any local fans remember the "Kill The Clown" chants at the August 1995 Raw tapings in Worcester?? 

Borne teamed with fellow Doink Steve Kiern in "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble's Century Wrestling Alliance in our home of Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA in June 1994 (I believe it would have been the 19th anniversary a few days ago).  Upon arriving at the building, one of wrestling historian The Jackal's friends went up to Borne and said "Hey there, Jackal, my name's Matt, too."  Don't think that left much of an impression but at least he didn't get the David Schultz treatment. . .

It was the late Paul Bearer who strongly recommended we bring Borne into the MWF in 2010 after he reached out to us about joining the organization.  He was a new man after going through WWE's substance abuse rehab program.  The new look he developed for himself was tremendous.  We thought that he could be a locker room enforcer of sorts.  He was with us the first time for an entire weekend in June 2010, where he made his MWF debut, began his vendetta with Todd Hanson and took part in a three hour Studio Shoot Interview DVD taping with myself and President Cena that was fantastic.  I was hoping to conduct a follow up somewhere down the road as there was so many topics we never got to cover as his answers were detailed and in-depth as I remembered them. . .

Borne faced several MWF athletes during his stint here, culminating in Hanson extending his SOUL SURVIVOR undefeated streak at SSVII.  Like a lot of things in wrestling, it didn't work out as we had hoped but was an experience nonetheless.  He was a complex man.  The last time we saw each other was at the New England fan reunion in May 2011 and have a great group photo that's one of my favorites.  After the meet & greet, Matt and his girlfriend Jill joined myself, The Iron Sheik, Jay Lethal and a few others at a local 99 restaurant. . .

Was disappointed that there "mud slinging" by an imbecile on social media this afternoon, about supposed "stories" Matt was telling at the most recent reunion.  I was pretty hot about the posts hours after he died but it was taken care of.  Another of the true, paid-their-dues-old-school, is gone before his time, and that's a real shame as he had several kids.  While we fell out of touch for the last year or so, I believe he spent a great deal of time traveling to visit them. . .

I hope the athletes on our roster appreciated the chance to work with him.  As noted, there were a couple of issues but it was a learning experience for anyone involved with him.  It's such a waste when regional wrestlers - most of which are talented individuals trying to work their way into a national promotion - pass up a chance to work and learn from legends, some foolish enough to waste a night at the learning tree for a "better opportunity" to make $10 or $20 somewhere else, or believing far more in their hype than they should.  It is what it is. . .those that get it get it, those that don't spend Sunday's with their girlfriends wondering why opportunity doesn't come their way. . .

Farewell to another friend who joins an ever growing, Hall of Fame roster in the big territory in the sky. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
June 5th, 2013 * #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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Long, unexpected weekend with the good people of Impact Wrestling. . . funny how things work out. . . my visits to Agganis Arena prior to the event were a pain in the a$$, but you can't blame a wrestling company for that. . .

As always, plans can change in an instant. . . a group of MWF-ites from Maine that were supposed to be at the Crowne Plaza in Woburn for the TNA fanfest were unable to make it in the end.  Ol' Mirade put on the proverbial Santa hat and got to work as I'm a believer in giving back to the sport I love and those that have been genuine to me. . .

During the first session, I wound up working with Joseph Park, brother of MWF favorite (and new TNA TV Champion) Abyss.  Joe and I shared stories of his brother, time flew by quickly.  In one of the funnier stories I've heard in awhile, as I was at Joseph's autograph booth before he arrived, a fan asked "what happened to Joseph Park" who was walking with a cane.  I thought that was hilarious.  My old (he'll be 50 in July) buddy Al Snow crotched me with the aforementioned cane. . . quickly thinking it was a fan, I was ready to swing before realizing it was Quincy's buddy "Uncle Al". . .

The staff had a quick lunch break before organizing the stations for the second station.  Having been a part of the Jeff Hardy love / mayhem last year, I knew I was the man for the job.  There was a huge difference in the two;  at a non-televised TNA event, after it's over, fans can choose to pay $20 to get in the ring to have their photo taken with Jeff (or whoever may be the main eventer).  Last winter, I'd never seen anything like it and Jeff couldn't have been nicer.  Saturday - despite rules that were clearly outlined - if you had a TNA fanfest pass that entitled you to two autographs and one posed photo with each star, but other than memory it was impossible to know who got who.  When you saw the same people go through the line with more than two items several times, it tested the patience of myself and a gentleman from Atlas Security.  Jeff was kind to everyone that came through the line (no matter how many times), but there were times I had to play bad cop and say enough was enough.  If someone comes through the line with three things, once, you kind of roll your eyes.  More than that, multiple visits, etc., come on.  Jeff was too nice to be a jerk to anyone - and I tried to make it as easy of a process as possible (shouting out two items per person, have your camera ready, etc.), but there are some that will take advantage of any situation possible. . . that's a shame. . .

After the session, Jeff was cool enough to sign a bunch of items "Boston Strong" for upcoming raffles we have at our live events.  It was a pleasure to work with him again.  I remember meeting him for the first time at the WrestleMania XV "rave party" in Philadelphia where he and Matt roamed the floor largely unnoticed or attacked by autograph seekers.  How times change. . .

Once the second session ended, the athletes went back to their rooms to relax and one of the ballrooms was set up for the Hulk Hogan / Brooke Hogan session.  A unique experience I was glad to observe and be a part of.  Instead of earlier meet & greets that day, TNA had a photographer on the floor taking posed photos, which went into a laptop and 4x6 photos were printed with fans being given a card to have more prints, larger prints made.  What was scheduled to be a two and a half hour session went over four hours, it was un-Godly.  I was extremely impressed with Hogan and he seemed to have more fun as the session went on.  His wife was with him and helped cool his back, nice lady.  After all the fans went through, I asked the Hulkster to sign a couple of items ala Jeff Hardy. . . he signed a few then said "why not take some pictures??" and volunteered to sign a dozen or so 8x10 promo photos.  That says a lot for a guy whose hand was blown up earlier in the week and just signed autographs for over four hours.  Talked about some friends in WWE we both knew, extremely positive experience.  A long day, but a productive one making some new friends within the TNA organization and getting some scoops. . .

Was disappointed I missed the birthday girl Velvet Sky (Talia in the MWF).  She was in the other ballroom during her autograph signing and our paths never crossed.  Ditto Chris Sabin, AJ Styles and others that have competed in the Millennium Wrestling Federation over the years. . .

Sunday was my least favorite thing on the planet - playing "Ticketmaster" - "I wanna go," "can I go," "do you have any tickets," etc.  I got eleven in that helped distribute promotional materials and volunteer at the fanfest (along with Quincy, MWF Chairman Mr. Manolian and my intern Nikolai).  It's the nature of the beast. . .

You'd have to go back to 1992 for the "good old days" of four major PPV events per year.  Slammiversary had some really good matches that the fans live enjoyed.  However you slice it or dice it, TNA is a completely different animal than WWE, much like they are some of the iPPV providers that are internet fans darlings.  Professional wrestling is far better off having a TNA in it for the simple point of the amount of full time jobs they provide.  To me, that's what it's all about. . .

Quincy had a great time but missed seeing Uncle Al. . . he's ready to head to Nashville for his 50th birthday this October, which I'm sure would be a great surprise for the Snow's.  Quincy has been hitting up Fenway Park of late meeting & greeting fans, he's now on Twitter @FenwayQuincy (guess who gets to help type his posts??). . .

Was happy to have my intern Niko attend his first ever professional wrestling event and get his unbiased opinion on the event.  Nice to listen to the thoughts of someone that isn't a self proclaimed expert of the industry. . .

That lowlife scum John Cena Sr. will be returning to MWF tomorrow before heading off to the Bilderberg meetings in England.  What will the global elitist have to say for himself for feeding Julian Starr to the wolves last month in the Loser Leaves Town Match against "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards last month on Cyberstarz.  Always interesting for better or worse when he along with his bootleg Randy Savage goggles and hairpiece are around. . .

Lots of work continued to be put into an exciting summer. . . news will continue to break, so don't miss a day!!

Godspeed!
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
May 23rd, 2013 * #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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Another month has gone by, again apologize for lack of updates. . . it's not for lack of news.  I'm immersed in five different MWF projects along with regular video production work and a non-MWF wrestling baby fell into my lap over the past few days. . . sleep and non-working hours have been few and far between. . .

The ticket launch for our 12th anniversary BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH is off to a great start. . . the special pre-sale at an even lower discount price was a success and something we plan to do in the future for sure to thank the fans that help give us a little extra boost leading into game day.  MWF Undisputed Champion Carlito's return is a must before you even begin to think about the issues he now has with John Cena Sr. & The Uprising when he was attacked gang style six-on-one at SOUL SURVIVOR IX.  Carlito is a major player still in his prime, and it shows. . . one of the easiest superstars we've ever had the pleasure of working with. . .

Jake "The Snake" Roberts appearance raised some eyebrows, especially to long time fans that know I had a deep hatred of the man after the stunt he played SOUL SURVIVOR III week.  The past is the past.  When WWE had me as their guest WrestleMania weekend, Jake looked to be a great shape, and friends at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas a few weeks later that he was absolutely drug and alcohol free.  Before committing to this, I had discussions with several in the industry and at the end of the day, it is a "feel good" story.  Fans loved Jake Roberts no matter what his personal issues might have been.  He's a great mind to tap into, and let's face it, we're at war right now.  I'm thrilled that John Cena Sr. isn't happy that Jake's coming to town.  We don't expect Jake to compete in the ring, but who knows, maybe Damien will get to slither through the dead raccoon on J-Fab's head. . .

The Paul Bearer Memorial Tournament will crown the new MWF Television Champion after Brian Fury split town. . . with the roster we have, how will we narrow it down to just eight athletes??  Let's see who ups the ante this summer on Cyberstarz. . .

Speaking of Cena Sr., that blowbag is expected back at MWF Studios any day now. . . always interesting when he's around if nothing else. . .

Next weekend is a big one for fans in New England. . . WWE will be in Manchester, NH next Saturday, June 1st while TNA has a sold out Fan Interaction fanfest in Woburn, MA.  On the 2nd, WWE returns to Augusta, ME and TNA Slammiversary goes live in Boston.  On June 3rd, Raw will be live from the XL Center in Hartford, CT. . .

Don't forget that Teddy Long will be joining us Saturday, June 22nd at the New England Fan Reunion in Fairhaven, MA.  Excited about not only having Teddy back but for the big raffle we're going to have to benefit OneFundBoston.org.  Over 30 superstars known from their days in WWE, WCW & ECW will be on hand, you won't wanna miss this one. . .  should be a fun day. . .

No days off for the busy. . . 2013 is going to go down as a very memorable year. . . sometimes the waiting can be stressful but the payoff a great thing. . .



Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
April 20th, 2013 * #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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How's this for a follow up??  I honestly strive to update this as much as possible but wearing so many hats in the Millennium Wrestling Federation and beyond doesn't leave a lot of free time, and when that free time is bound, the body wants to sleep. . .

OneFundBoston.org - it's great to lean on "Boston Strong" and such, it's even better one scumbag is dead and another is living, but four people have died and almost 200 injured, nevermind those emotionally scarred.  Much like Kamala last year, a situation that came out of nowhere presented itself as something the Millennium Wrestling Federation feels like we don't just want but need to be a part of.  We're planning a series of online sales as well as auctions and a live appearance by our good friend WWE superstar Teddy Long Saturday, June 22nd at the Pro Wrestling Reunion at the Seaport Inn & Marina Hotel in Fairhaven, MA. . .

On the April Cyberstarz, we presented the tribute to Paul Bearer from SOUL SURVIVOR IX. . .not something we need to save for home video.  The Matt Taven vs Slyck Wagner Brown match was an outstanding contest with two hungry young athletes - that look like athletes - that wrestle like athletes - not "$10 specials."  Those that present "pro wrestling" on the cheap for whatever their selfish motive don't realize the damage they're doing to the sport overall. . . I've said it time and time again so it's not like I'm going to change people's minds, but wrestling fans DO NOT want to PAY MONEY to see garbage wrestling with untrained / poorly trained "wrestlers."  Period.

The April Superstar Zone has myself and John Cena Sr. in a verbal war where it got nasty in a hurry. . . the emotion of pure hate is mutual, some might feel we both crossed the line.  The beauty of the internet is that we can air the unedited version.  We're both calling upon a man we feel can fight with the loser leaving town on the May Cyberstarz. . . a good one. . .

Two book recent book reviews that I had a chance to take in while traveling to and from WrestleMania. . .

"The Three Count" by former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas is a good read.  I think fans will have a new appreciation for everything referees do before, during and after live events.  It's a fun, easy read.  Some of the more topics that would be of greater interest to the genre of fan that would buy the book are left out (i.e. what appears to be a "Terry Garvin" incident costing him a lot of bookings).  I enjoyed many of the road stories and behind the scenes insights, There were a few "no one knew for sure" type recollections, but most like to stay in the good graces of WWE for obvious reasons.  In the end, it's his story and one most fans would find interesting.  I wish it was longer than it's 227 pages before acknowledgements, which is always the sign of a good read.  If I was going to give it a grade, I'd go with a B-.  If interested in checking it out for yourself, Amazon has the best price I've seen online.

"The Hardcore Truth" by Bob Holly was one of the better books I've read in recent times.  Loved the timeline, the facts, the figures, his no-holds-barred perspective on people and issues while making it clear he wasn't out to trash people.  I don't think he glossed over any subject he chose to write about, both from his personal and wrestling lives.  A wrestler that admitted taking steroids before they became illegal in 1992, holy s**t!!  Like Korderas' above, Holly was with WWE for a hell of a run - 1994 to 2009 - and was there first hand for so many of wrestling's biggest stories and personalities.  The Clique, the passing's of Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and Owen Hart, Montreal, the Monday Night Wars, ideas he presented to WWE that were never used and so much more.  I have to admit that I was a Holly fan for most of his run, Paul Bearer always spoke very highly of him it just seemed like there was some kind of untimely injury everytime he was set to take off.  I would give this book an A, you won't regret spending your hard earned money on "The Hardcore Truth." 

Both WWE and TNA will be in New England in early June.  On June 1st, WWE returns to Manchester, NH.  On the 2nd, TNA Slammiversary comes from Agganis Arena and WWE is in Augusta, ME.  To round out the weekend, WWE RAW comes live from Hartford, CT for another three hour broadcast on the USA Network.  No lack of pro wrestling that weekend. . .

BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH is coming your way Saturday, September 21st and the official event BLOG is now online so you can see how. . . in the end, event BLOG's go down as interesting history pieces. . . see how the big one is put together piece by piece. . .


Godspeed!
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
April 13th, 2013 * #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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I started writing this in the early hours of April 9th but the week got to me so much, here I am on Saturday afternoon typing away. . . a rare Saturday off from the studio working from home.  Can you believe both Opening Day and WrestleMania have both come and gone??  Better weather ahead if you're in our part of the country. . .

I think WrestleMania weekend deserves a column in and of itself.  I didn't even know until the Tuesday before the event I was even going until I spoke to WWE officials and like clockwork, my itinerary was FedEx'd along. While most would "brag" about something like that on social media, to me, it's extremely humbling to be made to feel so important by one of the largest sport and entertainment companies in the world (and that's not even including the Smackdown / Main Event taping in Boston this past Tuesday night).   I got into NY early enough that I could have taken in a Yankees game if they were home. . . instead, checked into my hotel, had a nice lunch and went to the movies. . .

These weren't "events," they were experiencing.  Since attending the first WWE Hall of Fame "reboot" in 2004, along with the Cauliflower Alley Club, it's one of the classiest nights of the year in the genre.  I was shocked to be seated with WWE officials at the mecca of professional wrestling, Madison Square Garden.  MWF officials asked that I utilize our main Twitter account @MWF2001 for the weekend and did what I could leaving my cell phone charger at home.  Enjoyed old friend Mick Foley's speech a great deal, his 50 minutes or so flew by.  Trish Stratus' dragged a bit.  Stevie Ray went a little too long before Booker T came out to actually accept his honor.  "Rude" isn't even the word to describe how hard the fans were on Maria Menunos.  She wasn't used as a celebrity prop for Bob Backlund, they have a real life relationship.  Backlund's speech was unique.  Trump's was pretty memorable for a lot of reasons.  Of all people, Arnold got the fans attention back where it belonged as he inducted Bruno Sammartino into the HOF.  In useless trivia, I was lucky enough to see Bruno headline several events at the old Boston Garden in 1987;  referee a Ric Flair -vs- Randy Savage WCW Championship match at a non-televised event at the Hartford Civic Center;  then see him as the headliner at a sold out Madison Square Garden and take in the applause in front of 80,676 at MetLife Stadium at WrestleMania XXIX.  With all of the studio work I had (and have) to catch up on, I haven't seen the edited TV version yet, DVR work this weekend. . .

Being the social butterfly I am, I dashed out of MSG as fast as my body would carry me back to the hotel. . . many stars and legends were staying at the same location as there wasn't enough room for everyone at the hotel WWE had on lockdown in NJ, saw old MWF pal Rikishi in the lobby and he explained what was going on. . .

One great thing about NYC - around 2AM, I was starved.  Threw on a hoodie, walked downstairs and had a plethora of options in Times Square.  In Boston, if it was after 10PM I'd be limited.  We had that same problem last month.  After our post-SOUL SURVIVOR IX dinner, myself, Carlito, Bobby Lashley and another friend tried to go into Boston, a "I'll save it for the book" issue slowed us down so much it wasn't even worth hitting the highway.  I'll never understand why a city like Boston closes shop at 2AM, but that's one man's opinion. . .

My hotel didn't leave a Do Not Disturb sign in the room, and around 8:30AM, I was indeed "disturbed" by the maid trying to get in.  I know "wrestling people" live in a world very different than the real world, but are people really up and out at 8:30AM on a Sunday morning??  I'm glad I pulled the latch on the door or she would have been in for a real surprise, but that's a different story for a different time.  Headed down to Penn Station around 1PM as I had no idea where I was going. . . after figuring out that Amtrak's "track 2" would have taken me to Niagara Falls, I finally figured out where the NJ Transit was to get me over to MetLife Stadium.  One the shuttle to the arena, I couldn't believe how decorated the highway was, never mind the Izod Center.  I was honestly embarrassed by being "spotted" by about a dozen or so fans throughout the day being asked if I worked with MWF.  Usually, I say "no" then feel guilty and come clean.  I met people from all over MA, NH, VT, even DE, some that have been to many MWF events and have to say that's a pretty good feeling. . .

The WrestleMania Store in MetLife Stadium was out of this world with a line as long of this world to get in.  I would love to see merchandise lines that long at the next MWF live event : )  Found something to eat (food's pretty good at MetLife), then got to my seat where I was again seated with WWE folks again wow'd me.  Seat was beautiful.  In the quiet moments before the event, just taking it all in was a moment for me.  I guess you'd have to be there alone and have been involved in the business for 19+ years. . .

Thought the pre-game show was fantastic, have always wanted to see countdown shows like that and hopefully WWE's partnership with YouTube will allow them to have more productions like that.  Disappointed that another MWF star from the past Kofi Kingston wasn't on the WrestleMania card itself as he gives it 110% in the ring and always has a solid to great match - incentive to work even harder to be showcased next year.  I'm big on wide shots and took several shots from when the doors open to when the venue started to fill up to entrances / fireworks.  It was the most amazing sight I've ever seen in wrestling.  Will be hard to top that visual in doors in NOLA next year but hope I'm there to see it for myself. . .

Some reviews were tough on the event.  I'm scratching my head at what some people watched.  I was 7-2 in my predictions, and if I went with my head, 8-1.  I thought the opening 6-man tag team match was a solid bout that elevated the Shield by defeating three former World Champions and WrestleMania headliners.  Mark Henry defeating Ryback was a real shocker to me, but it led to an interesting situation on RAW the following night.  I enjoy Dolph Ziggler more than anyone in WWE or TNA right now, but Big E.'s lack of ring time led me to believe that Kane & Daniel Bryan would retain.  Had a hunch Fandango was going to win his debut on WWE's biggest stage.  Both Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger were heating up headed into Mania, I love Zeb Colter. . . where WWE would love Del Rio to become it's top Spanish superstar, my gut told me it would be Swagger's night as he had some mainstream pub recently.  I thought HHH-Lesnar was a tough, intense match, not sure where people telling me it was "awful" came from. . . to each his own.  If Rock-Cena wasn't picture perfect, remember the Rock was seriously injured very early in the encounter. . .

The match I was most interested in seeing was Undertaker-CM Punk.  I don't think anyone will ever end "The Streak" until the Dead Man is ready to rest in peace, it was a show stealing, hell of a match.  Happy to see Paul Bearer's urn go home with Taker. . . as someone deeply upset by Bearer's passing, having his death thrown into a wrestling situation on TV every week since days after he died, it was tough to have it fresh in my mind.  Knowing the President as I do, I'm sure that he was happy he played a big role in the build up of yet another WrestleMania, whether you agreed with the presentation or not. . .

Arrived home at 8:53AM Monday morning dead tired myself. . . got a couple hours of beauty sleep before heading down to MWF Studios for that scumbag John Cena Sleazena.  I don't know what planet he was on when he responded to our requests for peace, but they were something.  You can see the video online now.

Tuesday, more WWE, this time it was a SmackDown / Main Event taping at the Garden.  Again, many thanks go out to WWE for taking care of our people. . .

Have been working on a new, non-related video project that is taking up some of my time. . . believe it or not, even though I eat, breathe and sleep this business, I have a wide variety of interests in life.  Finished up the first part of what will hopefully be a long series of programs.  I've been putting our new intern Nikolai to work. . . 

Hope to see the April MWF Cyberstarz online as soon as tomorrow. . . Matt Taven -vs- Slyck Wagner Brown is a winner. . . Superstar Zone is a heated one that should be available to you within days. . .

Shannon Moore will make his MWF debut at NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS Saturday, May 4th in Fairmont, NC.  Another big night of action lined up in MWF South, and lucky for those athletes, MWF South President Cena will NOT be there.  He's busy trying to create a new women's division down there. . . will the man ever stop??

Already have one featured superstar confirmed for our 12th anniversary BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH September 21st at Memorial Hall in Melrose (also my birthday, you will not offend with cash) and one true legend in this sport at HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS at Kowloon in Saugus, MA on Survivor Series-eve Saturday, November 16th.  2013 is really going to be a cool year with a lot of twists and turns. . .

Was expecting to be writing this column poolside in Las Vegas, NV right now for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion.  My original plan was to fly out early Wednesday morning after Smackdown in Boston, but, where I've been on the go so much and the CAC (rightfully so) making a big deal out of Paul Bearer at both of it's banquets, it honestly wasn't for me this year.  There's a little guilt there as in our last telephone call he told me he wanted me to be there when he received the Lou Thesz Award.  It would have been nice to see old friends and make new ones, the Prez would understand. . . .

Stay tuned for news as it continues to break. . . I have a feeling things are just starting to heat up around here. . .


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
March 29th, 2013 * #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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Big day on the horizon after being awaken for the second day straight from a calm spasm (painful as hell). . . would love a day to "stop and smell the roses" but everyday doing nothing is risking missing an opportunity. . .

Our Kowloon HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS event was officially announced.  This one was put together much earlier than expected one Thursday night around 1AM when Pat Doyle and I had dinner and lucked into ownership being there.  The meet & greets we've done at MWF Studios are challenging due to space restrictions as much as we'd like to do more of them.  Presenting an event like this at a dining and entertainment complex not just known around New England but around the country is the real deal.  Still trying to tweak the entire concept but we still have eight months to go.  Being Survivor Series-eve, this will be one tough ticket to get, again, due to space limitations, but we're going to make it a night you'll never forget. . .

Tuesday, had a meeting at City Hall in Melrose to discuss some of the various issues regarding our Memorial Hall events.  I feel great progress was made and I honestly believe that certain "communication" issues have been resolved to where everyone ends up happy.  That's the goal.  I've never heard fans tell me otherwise, but I really enjoy MWF events at Memorial Hall, it's a great set-up for what we do and a fact you may not know is that the Hall held wrestling and boxing events going back to the 1930's and 1940's.  There will always be a small but strong "elite" faction in the city that detests professional wrestling;  I welcome them to try to raise the money and create the smiles we have for so many non-profits with our difficult work.  The Melrose ($2) Free Press is dying, with readership down to only 2,000 or so people a week, compared to the very pleasant to deal with Melrose Weekly which is sent to every home in the city.  If nothing else, I'm a man of principles, and when you have a plague of underage drinking and drug abuse, you should be encouraging young adults to take advantage of the few city events that gives them the opportunity to let loose in a safer fashion on the weekends. . . this is another video project I look forward to tackling as I expand my own personal horizons in 2013. . .

The April 2013 MWF Cyberstarz should be online over the next few days. . . solid program. . .

Official announcements for the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH and SOUL SURVIVOR X should be coming soon.  I had hopes for a spring event in May, got my hopes real high yesterday, but in the MWF we've always preferred longer promotional efforts. . . I never give up but time is what it is. . .

WWE's live event in Providence was an outstanding, sold-out effort as WWE is white hot right now.  If you haven't been to a non-televised event since Christmas week 2011 you haven't had a chance to check out their new, cool entrance way that allows the event itself to be interactive.  WWE returns to Springfield, MA Friday night, if your close by, try to get tickets as this one is also close to SRO.  That's a great indication of business heading into WrestleMania April 7th. . .

Best wishes to X-Pac as he recovers from what I imagine is a very painful injury he suffered at Jerry Lynn's retirement event.  Google it, as it's not the most pleasant of stories to think about or have happen to you. . .

I was (jokingly) asked by someone at MWF Studios if I was "high". . . never, but I was happy to be filled with exciting, positive ideas instead of the stress I'd been going through.  Being the private, reclusive soul I am I don't get into a lot of non-MWF stuff in any platform, but February was one of the longest months of my life, work wise, time wise, pain wise.  At least three days a week, I was out of the house at 7:30AM and got home around midnight. . . I couldn't remember what day of the week it was most of the time, wondered if SOUL SURVIVOR IX had already taken place I was so out of it.  That's not a good pace for any human being to be moving it, but welcome to professional wrestling.  There were a stressful few weeks with Memorial Hall being a pain in the X-Pac (sorry).  Even though SSIX was a great event, there were even more battles in the weeks after the event which led to our pow wow yesterday.  On top of all that, one of the closest people in my life passed away, which still bothers me daily.  ROAD TO THE GOLD was in late December, we were in Las Vegas on New Years Eve when the clock struck 12AM only to have tons of video go to waste over a TV Champion not living up to his word over a damn Facebook post. . . the book I could write. . .

Event BLOG's will start again soon, they're always an interesting read, especially as history pieces. . . I'm upbeat and ready to roll. . .


Godspeed!
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
March 15th, 2013 * #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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As always, tons taking place since my last update.  SOUL SURVIVOR engulfed most of that time, check out the on-going BLOG for a behind the scenes look at how last Saturday's mega-card came to be.  The passing of Paul Bearer is still an extremely sensitive topic to me, I wrote him a letter available on the site now as well as the tribute X-Pac and I put together at SSIX if you missed it. . .

Coming out of SSIX. . .

Carlito is the first MWF Undisputed Champion. . . would Low Ki - the MWF Heavyweight Champion - dispute that??  Nonetheless, Carlito is a tremendous athlete in his prime but his a plethora of challengers on the horizon. . .

Great to see so many familiar names and faces Saturday. . .I'm usually bad at combining the two, but it was cool seeing fans that remember each other hanging out, saying hi like it was a reunion or sorts.  I was humbled by the amount of fans that thanked me or that had realized what I had been going through with Paul Bearer's passing and offered a kind word. . . I do appreciate that even if I don't come off as a social butterfly the days of our live events (they're overwhelmingly stressful). . .

We'll be dealing with the matter of Presidency imminently. . .

I would like to see an MWF TV Title Tournament as soon as possible. . . I've enjoyed so many TV Title clashes over the year.  I'm still a little confused as to why Brian Fury took his ball and went home, as if he honestly stared in the mirror there would be a lot more looking back at him than this reflection.  A shame that someone so gifted and talented doesn't realize a solid platform to do their thing on when they have.  As President Bearer would say, if they're not generating ticket sales and there are issues "get rid of him!!"  That's not the ending I would have liked but Brian chose to eliminate the problem himself.  We remember our final conversation very, very differently as certain things would have happened very, very differently but I've dealt with guys with selective memories for almost 20 years. . . sad to see him go, will be interesting what athlete kicks the door to opportunity down and seizes the moment instead of whining about Facebook posts. . .

Speaking of quality athletes in their prime, in Grade A condition, what about Bobby Lashley??  Ultra impressive.  His surprise opponent at SOUL SURVIVOR, Antonio Thomas, also had a fresh from TV look about him. . . two athletes that just don't compete in the ring but look like warriors.  Can't wait to see Bobby in the MWF again, and the former MWF Tag Team Champion Antonio Thomas makes the Uprising even more dangerous. . .

Another headache. . . John Cena Sr.  A year ago, he ran out of Memorial Hall with his tail between his legs after Paul Bearer whispered something in his ear about Franklin D. Churchill's journals, which are supposed to contain many secrets.  I'd love to read the book, and know where it is for that matter.  If Cena wants a war, it's a war he's going to get. . . but you have to give credit where credit is due, I don't know how he put the deal together with former enemy John Layfield, but he has Slyck, Antonio, MWF Tag Champs Fuller & Milonas, and both "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa and Julian Starr out with injuries. . . that's six battle tested wrestlers. . . it won't be easy, but if it's a "war" old J-Fab wants, he better hold onto that dead raccoon on his head because it's a war he will get. . . over the past 12 years, we've dealt with Army's, Stalker's, a variety of factions but never anything this large. . . I want to see who has HEART in that locker room, not whose feelings are going to be hurt by social media. . . those that are ready to fight in wrestling matches. . . .

Great to see the attendance at Memorial Hall increase yet again. . .

It seems like with every event we have someone misses a plane or there's some kind of airline issue. . . that gets old. . . I like X-Pac a lot but there was even more confusion over his missing cell phone and the great lengths I went to in attempts to find it. . .sometimes you can't win. . . I'm glad I keep detailed, meticulous notes over such situations and life in general (that's why the "book" will be so good if ever written - tons of details!!). . .

Even six days later, still physically and mentally exhausted. . . was excited coming out of the event but am overwhelmed by things going on behind the scenes and real life. . . would love to have a few days off to recharge the batteries but that day doesn't seem to be coming soon unless I'm hospitalized minus my cell phone or a notebook. . .

WWE returns to Providence tomorrow night. . . am a huge fan of non-televised events as the Road To WrestleMania continues. . . John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, CM Punk and more are scheduled for a huge night of action, tickets are still available. . .

Would love any feedback, photos, etc., from last Saturday. . . if you weren't there, you missed a great, memorable night and we need as much support as possible to keep bringing you events of this quality, plain and simple. . . the fans are as important to MWF events as the wrestlers themselves. . .

I'm sure I'm missing things people, etc.  As always, we're blessed to have the help of so many support staff members that give of their time. . . without them, we wouldn't have an event. . . it's nice to remember the wrestlers and the fans, but these are hardworking people that deserve some props, too. . .

Final, favorite thought of the night was when little Mirade was leaving just before intermission and I walked out with him. . . was giving me the rundown on what he saw and added "when are we having our next event??"  Seven years old and he's ready to take over the pencil. . . if I didn't love him so much, he could take the damn thing!!

Best to you and yours, look for some exciting news and footage soon. . .


Godspeed!
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
February 16th, 2013 * #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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Wow, I'm somewhat embarrassed that this column hasn't been updated since early January. . . life in and out of wrestling has been extremely hectic, but have tried to keep things up to date on the SOUL SURVIVOR IX BLOG and my own personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. . .

SOUL SURVIVOR IX is now only three weeks away as we prepare to blow the roof off of Memorial Hall in Melrose Saturday, March 9th.  Happy with VIP Package sales so far, tickets at all levels are on-sale now.  "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Bobby Lashley, Carlito, X-Pac and Paul Bearer headline this tremendous night as the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow come together where there's something for every wrestling fan!!

As if the in-ring wrestling, autograph / photo fanfest and charity auctions & raffles weren't enough, we're going to have a special in-ring tribute to the one and only "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, an MWF original that competed on our first event in September 2001.  For VIP's only, we're going to have a special "WrestleMania Memories" Q&A with President Bearer himself, who managed at ten different WrestleMania's, worked behind the scenes at others and has appeared at numerous Fan Axxess events.  He could write a book on his WrestleMania experiences himself. . . our VIP's will have a chance to interact with Bearer in Melrose. . .

The Todd Hanson -vs- Dylan Kage 3 Stages Of Hell match could be one of the most dangerous, violent encounters we've ever had in the Millennium Wrestling Federation. . . along with Fury/Ciampa, this has to be my favorite feud in our 11+ year history.  These two hate each other so much, it's made for some in-ring poetry, outstanding matches. . . this looks to end the war, it's going to be interesting to see what the stipulations are. . .

Behind the scenes, things have been extremely stressful.  When the President is here, things run a lot smoother. . . when he's in Alabama, well, they don't.  This has been one of the more challenging events to put together for a wide variety of reasons that we'll save for the book.  It's stuff fans never have to worry about. . . for those trying to "throw the party" so to speak, we're owed a hibernation come March 10th (or the 12th in our case). . .

Big week of announcements this week. . . big time matches, some unexpected twists. . . many thanks go out to our friends at WWE for their efforts to help the cause. . .

In the middle of all the SOUL SURVIVOR work being done, we turned an exciting idea into reality.  Stay tuned. . .

Lots of MWF TV online now. . . decided to take certain MWF Xtra's from the month and create a one hour program with them. . . the February Cyberstarz is online, as well. . . some great stuff available 24/7, as always. . .

Weighing the good and the bad, one thing I've really enjoyed are our MWF Xtra webisodes. . . usually stress free productions that I have complete control over, unlike Cyberstarz and Superstar Zone each month. . . we've done almost 30 since launching them in November. . .

Congrats to the Tanaka's, two great people that tied the knot in Las Vegas last night. . . I was jealous I wasn't on the guest list but seems like only Gene Simmons was. . . I don't know how common place it is in 2013, but the wedding was available live (and on replay) online. . . my first iPPV. . .

Could write a lot more, but will wait for what's coming this week. . . if you haven't purchased your VIP Package, don't wait another minute, get yours now!!  They are without a doubt the BEST value in professional wrestling. . . as I say with confidence, "dare to compare". . . what regional wrestling company gives you so much for so little??  Anyone can charge you $15 for the same old, same old. When you experience the action and excitement at an MWF live event combined with memories that will last a lifetime meeting the superstars up close and personal, it speaks for itself. . . the fans deserve it and the athletes deserve to work on the best platform possible. . . some want to have "ha ha" wrestling and be the big fish in a small pond. . . have a blast. . . if you want to be around those that can help improve your game, up your game, excel and reach your potential, welcome to our world. . .


Godspeed!
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
January 8th, 2013 * #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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Happy New Years to fans near and far. . . hope your holiday season was a good one. . .

Many thanks go out to the fans that braved the weather and came out to ROAD TO THE GOLD December 29th in Everett, MA.  If you weren't there, you missed one hell of a night of action, as promised.  We will never run another live event in the northeast barring an act of the Wrestling God's.  The day began at 6AM with Carlito's travel issues that went on until he literally ran in the door 13 hours later, staff members going MIA left and right, just a major headache that drains any enjoyment out of the effort. . . to those that were there and stepped up, it's greatly appreciated.  I'm pleased with the athletes that stepped up to get the word out about the event, but at the same time, it's part of the professional wrestling gig. . .

Did Carlito win the 6-Pack Challenge or not??  It's going to be an interesting week. . .

Uprising - sold!!  My good friend John Layfield made a wise decision to unload the trash he invested in after Slyck Wagner Brown, "Straight Edge" Brian Fury and Julian Starr spit on JBL's best friend and 3x WWE Tag Team Championship partner Ron Simmons / Faarooq at MWF Studios last month.  That complete and utter disrespect was all that was needed to set the wheels in motion.  As far as who bought out the contractual rights, I'm told that only President Bearer is aware of that at this time. . . after what the trio did to myself, oh boy, they have no idea what they're in for. . .

New Years Eve in Las Vegas was an amazing experience and I look forward to returning to Sin City within a week or two to finalize certain things.  SOUL SURVIVOR IX:  Destined For Greatness Saturday, March 9th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA has the potential to be the greatest night in MWF history.  We want you there, we need you there. . . after the bloodbath we took in Everett thanks to the snow, we've gotta move in the right direction. . . lots of news is going to be breaking in the coming weeks, don't miss a day online or any of our social media platforms. . .

HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS was a unique experience, one that was far from easy but very rewarding.  While we'll likely do it again this year, it will not be a six week adventure that falls into my lap.  On top of the daily work that went along with it, eBay and Paypal have some kind of ridiculous policy for new accounts where you have to wait nearly a month before the money from items sold are available.  We had to buy shipping supplies, pay for the shipping out of items out of pocket, send off the donations we've made so far, etc., it was extremely stressful while trying to promote ROAD TO THE GOLD at the same time.  At the end of the day, we did it, and we did it for good people that deserve a helping hand.  2013 would likely be a much shorter, smaller effort.  I feel as if I failed in our 99 cent "finale" sale where a lot of items went for, you guessed it, 99 cents.  That's less than what the package costs to send it in.  Hey, everybody loves a deal, I get it.  But this was a charity effort;  most endeavors like this have fans overpay where they're not making a financial donation but getting something in return.  I don't know, another experience to reflect upon. . .

The MWF Xtra section will really be loaded up this week, check it out. . . right now, it's one of my favorite parts of what we do down at MWF Studios. . . it's nice not to have time restrictions, deadlines, etc.

Once again, I apologize for my lack of updates. . . there are only so many hours in a day, and those hours are jam packed.  Every 2011 & 2012 column is available in the MWF Archives section for your reading pleasure. . .I have been using my own personal Facebook and Twitter accounts for both MWF and non-wrestling writings and rants, check 'em out. . .

Stay tuned for some big announcements, action and videos fans. . . SOUL SURVIVOR season is always the best time of year, and that's just the beginning.  We can't do it without your support, help the king of sports in New England healthy with the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow!!


Best,
Dan







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