AEW gives a BIG surprise

Nicholas Dye (Staff Writer/Podcaster)

This morning’s announcement was a BIG surprise to many pro wrestling fans. All Elite Wrestling has confirmed a multi-year deal with Paul Wight, better known to WWE fans as The Big Show. He will jump in as a wrestler first and foremost but will also join the commentary team for AEW Dark: Elevation (think NXT in AEW.) Elevation airs 7PM ET on AEW’s YouTube channel and will keep in continuity with their main shows unlike NXT in the WWE.

AEW has already signed legendary talents in Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) and the icon himself, Sting. With the addition of Wight, is this an indication that WWE talents are not happy? If so, it would appear that AEW, who has also aligned with TNA, is willing to snap them up and showcase their talents.

My Farewell to Animal

The Legendary Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

My first introduction to the world of wrestling came around 1983. My good friend Joe Barnum had introduced me to the WWF and, if I remember correctly, the first match I watched was Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. The Killer Bees. It was right then and there that I decided that if I were to ever become a wrestler I wanted to be part of a tag team.

As a fan of the WWF, there was no shortage of teams to watch. The Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs and eventually, Demolition, just to name a few. It was during this time that I had first heard the rumblings of a wildly destructive team that didn’t wrestle for the WWF. A team that wore face paint and spikes like Demolition, but were waaaay bigger and scarier. I quickly discovered that they were a team featured on a promotion I had never heard of at that age, the WCW. Nevertheless, I managed to get a hold of a VHS recording when I was ten of the infamous “Scaffold Match” that featured the Midnight Express taking on the Road Warriors. When the Road Warriors were introduced, I sat wide-eyed and transfixed on my television. Hawk and Animal emerged from the curtain and it was like they belonged in my collection of Masters of the Universe figures. I thought it was so cool Animal had a spider painted on his forehead and I was fucking arachnophobic! From that moment forward, the only thing that could pull me away from my beloved WWF was to briefly tune in to WCW to see the greatest tag team to ever come out of the mean streets of Chicago.

Hawk was massive and powerful and damn fast but it was Animal, who was the true crushing power of that team. I would live to watch two things happen in their matches. The first, was to see Animal perform the most devastating and flawless scoop powerslam and the second was to see him hoist their victim (that’s what they really were people!!) upon his shoulders and to see Hawk sail from the top rope to deliver a clothesline that was aptly called “The Doomsday Device.” Every single time they were on the screen, it was like seeing a comic book character come to life. They looked like characters that Conan the Barbarian would try to avoid. I would have countless conversations with my friends about how I wish they would come to the WWF. On July 15, 1990, I got my wish.

From day one, the Legion of Doom were predefined to be the champs. They quickly feuded with teams like Demolition, the Powers of Pain, and the Nasty Boys. I lived to watch Animal point two thumbs towards the ceiling, calling Hawk to set up for the Doomsday Device. He and Hawk would cut the best promos and you always felt like they just might actually pull another wrestler’s head off. Whatever you call them, the Road Warriors or the Legion of Doom, are my definitive answer to the “who’s the best tag team ever” question. Just as inevitable as their rise to success, Hawk and Animal were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

It would be years later that I would actually learn Animal’s name. Joe Laurinaitis. He became a very proud father who helped his son become one of the most feared lineman in college football and saw him play in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. Sadly, Joe Laurinaitis passed yesterday at the age of 60. He was revered in the back in every promotion and he lived to give his all to fans and to his family. Thanks for everything Animal, it has been a rush. Below is there entrance music and my favorite entrance of theirs ever. Summerslam 1992. Reaches Its First Year..


(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

It started one year ago today, this site was launched and took the concept of Nowhere California to a whole new level.

Nowhere California started in 2011 and it was just another conversation between two friends, but these conversation started taking place in front of a microphone and unleashed on the internet. It was as simple as that, but as Nowhere California evolved, the team grew and new accomplishments were reach.

The episodes started to grow and the team ventured out of the Nowhere city limits, as they dove into the world of conventions and conducting interviews. It was with each accomplishment, the Nowhere California family stuck to their ideals of what they wanted to produce and not to become just another podcast.

It was that mindset that grew into this website and, as we mark our first year on the net, we want to simply say THANK YOU.

Thank you for following the journey of Nowhere California.

Thank you for listening to the original podcast and all of the other podcast that have sprung from this little idea.

Thank you for checking out this site

And thank you for continuing this adventure with us.

Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, love ’em or hate ’em, are set to make their return this coming summer and it looks our “heroes in a half shell” will have a a few new baddies to contend with as well as a very familiar pointed return…see what I did there? Megan Fox is back as April O’Neil as is Will Arnett as her panicky cameraman, Vernon Fenwick. The newcomers to this film will make any Turtles fan thrilled. Joining Shredder are long-time baddies Bebop and Rocksteady played, respectively, by Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Champion Sheamus (billed by his real name Stephen Farrelly). The man who makes it possible to get our favorite baddie warthog and rhino is Baxter Stockman, played by Tyler Perry. Fear not though, the Turtles get some new back up with the introduction of Casey Jones, played by Arrow’s Stephen Amell as well as the appearance of the “Party Wagon”, in this film a gigantic trash truck that spits manhole covers like a machine gun. It would appear, right at the beginning of the trailer, that we may also get some extra-dimentional involvement which can only mean one thing: Krang. We will see what unfolds on June 3, 2016 but for now, enjoy this first peek at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows.

To my hero Rowdy Roddy Piper…

(Nicholas Dye, Staff Writer)

As a kid growing up watching the superheroes-come-to-life in the WWF, of course I would go nuts every time I heard Hogan’s music hit or the Ultimate Warrior’s crazed run to the ring. I still get goosebumps overtime Macho Man’s music hits or the Legion of Doom march to the ring. The thing that really fired me up wasn’t “hulking up” or watching Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts deliver the greatest short arm clothesline in the business, it was the complete hatred I had for simply the greatest “heel” in the business, Rowdy Roddy Piper. Every time those bagpipes would hit and I would hear the man from Glasgow, Scotland introduced, I just wanted someone to shut him up. I wanted to see him get beat by “The Hulkster” or choked out by Andre The Giant. I remember having conversations with other kids about how fake wrestling was. I would get pissed and finally concede that it was, at least, a little fake but Hot Rod was 100% real. He was the silver tongued devil of the WWF the first TRUE super villain. I would relish turning on Saturday Night’s Main Event just to see him get knocked around even if it rarely happened. Then one day, in the middle of one of his promos, I remember a switch was flipped. He hadn’t become a “good guy” (or “babyface” as they call it in the industry), he simply came out, talked trash, and backed it all up. He was a dirty fighter and a loud mouth braggart and I suddenly found myself connecting with this kilt-wearing lunatic. Maybe it was because he reminded me, in my own warped way, of another of my heroes, Muhammad Ali. Like Ali, Piper would goad you into a fight, get you off your game, and smack the crap out of you. As I grew older, I cheered wildly for Piper in his 1992 win over the Mountie for the Intercontinental Title and I never wondered why he didn’t go for the big title. I knew he never had to. He didn’t need to be world champ to be the most dynamic wrestler in the business. You always knew that  once that sleeper hold was on, you were in trouble. Rowdy was never apologetic for anything he had done and seemed as fired up at the boos as Hogan ever did at the cheers. The main difference? Piper never needed to be in that spotlight, he created his own. In his lifetime, he has been loved and hated, feared and respected, kicked some ass and had his kicked a VERY few times along the way. He is a Hall of Fame inductee, he was the greatest villain ever and my favorite wrestler. He was always quick to shake hands with fans, shared wisdom and supported the new blood coming up, was a loving father and husband and a consummate ambassador for wrestling during it’s highs and lows. One of his last blessing was giving his name to Rhonda Rousey and I guarantee, he couldn’t have picked a better fighter to bestow the title of “Rowdy” on. I will miss you for all of those reasons Rowdy Roddy Piper and I can’t thank you enough for the amazing and damn too short ride. RIP Roderick George “Rowdy” Toombs. The greatest.

Hulk Hogan Fired from WWE over racist comments.

(Nicholas Dye, Staff Writer)

*Disclaimer* While we at Nowhere California do NOT condone the use of ANY racist or hate based language, the use of some language will be uncensored for the purpose of quoting accurately.

Earlier today, rumors started circulating through various news groups alleging that WWE Legend and Hall of Fame inductee, Hulk Hogan, had used the word “nigger” repeatedly in a recorded rant. The rant originates from a sex tape recording of Hogan with Heather Clem, the wife of Hogan’s former friend and radio show host, Bubba “The Love Sponge”. Although the transcripts from the recording were supposed to be sealed, said that “5 independent groups” all had the information from said transcripts. The rant was directed at Hogan’s daughter, Brooke regarding concerning her alleged sexual relations with a black man.

”She is making some real bad decisions now. My daughter Brooke jumped sides on me. I spent $2-3 million on her music career, I’ve done everything like a jackass for her. The one option Brooke had, Brooke’s career besides me, is [to] sell beach records.” (The following is in regards to Brooke’s career possibly being funded by a “black billionaire guy”) “I don’t know if Brooke was fucking the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, fucking niggers. But then when it comes to nice people and shit, and whatever.” “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to fuck some nigger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall nigger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking nigger.”

Following this news, WWE quickly pulled Hogan from all programming and issued this statement: WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.

MANY WWE superstars, past and present, were quick to come to Hogan’s defense and a few we very vocal in expressing their sadness and disappointment in the situation. Hogan himself issued a public apology through TMZ, and stated:

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”

“I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard.”

In the immediate fallout, WWE is pulling all Hulk Hogan merchandise and distancing themselves from anything associated with Hogan which includes pulling him from the “WWE 2K16” video game. Quickly following suit, TNA also pulled Hogan from their “alumni” page and is also pulling any Hogan merchandise.

The question now is how can Hogan repair his image? He does have a tremendous fan and colleague support system and the comments that have been brought to light were from 8 years ago. The time factor may lend some credibility to Hogan’s appeal as well. The other factor involved here is that both Booker T and Vince McMahon have used the term “nigga” on television. While Booker T’s is clearly an accidental slip, McMahon’s seems to be part of the script. Granted, Hogan’s use from the transcripts is exponentially worse, it does seem to diminish WWE’s decision if even slightly. (*Please note, I am in no way saying that ANY of the parties involved were okay in using this hateful word. I am simply drawing the comparison of the use of the word in a scripted segment as opposed to the use in a private setting.) You be the judge, here are both videos containing use of the word “nigga.” will keep you posted as this story further unfolds.