Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rooney And China

Damn it.

You know in the January 1st post, where I predicted things that could happen in 2017? I was 100% sure I had 'Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United' as one of my spoilers for the year ahead. I had to go and check earlier today.

Alas, I did not.

Apparently, it's looking like Rooney is on his way out of Old Trafford. The Mirror website went quite OTT on the story yesterday evening by reporting that he could be gone by Tuesday. Other outlets are speculating his departure will take place over the summer.

I'm inclined to believe the latter. If he's going at all, that is.

The Chinese league has a transfer window that closes on Tuesday, so it's possible. I'm going to make a guess that it doesn't happen this soon, though.

I know I rag on him now and again, but I can't help but respect what he accomplished at United.

Bloody hell, that's TWO positive posts I've written about the Red Devils in a week...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Cold Wake Up Call

I was woken up early by my main nemsesis, the cold caller.

The call came in at 7:51am (thanks 1471!). I usually wake myself up at around this time. When it's an outside force waking me, it's a different game entirely. I lay there thinking to myelf 'shall I bother?' It rang and rang, so I built up the will and picked myelf up to go into the room to pick it up.

It stopped ringing just as I was reaching for the receiver!

There's no doubt in my mind that it's the new(ish) kind of cold call where they claim to be from BT and inform me that my Internet is about to be taken away. The 'BT' trick seems to have replaced the 'Microsoft' one.

Neither company would call you out of the blue and ask to remotely access your PC. Remember this because there are people out there who were tricked by these people and it cost them a lot of money.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nicole Bass

Another person who was associated with pro wrestling died at the end of last week.

Nicole Bass, who was famous for her short stint in the WWF in 1999, had a stroke at the beginning of the week and passed away late on Friday night. She was fifty-two years old.

Bass was a bodybuilder who ended up working in the WWF as a bodyguard kind of character for Sable. I assume it was building to a feud with a fellow bodybuilder-turned-wrestler in Chyna, but it didn't get there.

Following her cup of coffee in WWF, Bass worked for other wrestling shows and continued with her appearances on the Howard Stern Radio Show. She would be on there occasionally because of her unique look. I recall seeing an episode once where they had her on the show to deny that she was really a male. 

I sort of see a lot of similarities with her and Chyna, who passed away last year.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff is another wrestling legend who passed away this weekend.

Koloff, real name Oreal Perras, was billed as coming from the Ukraine but was really a Canadian.

His biggest moment came in the early 1970s when he defeated Bruno Sammartino in Madison Square Garden to become WWWF Champion.

As I'm sure you've read here or elsewhere, Sammartino was a huge deal in that market. His run as champion had started in 1963, so Koloff's victory in 1971 was major.

Koloff's reign didn't last long. He dropped the title to Pedro Morales, another popular among the New York crowd, a month afterwards.

He passed away after a lengthy battle with liver cancer.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

George 'The Animal' Steele

George 'The Animal' Steele passed away on Friday.

The wrestler is most famously known for his time in the WWF during its initial boom period in the mid-to-late 1980s.

I first came across him around that time and thought the character was quite peculiar. He was bald, yet had hair all over his body and would take a bite out of turnbuckles resulting in foam going all over the place.

With a character like that, you'd think that's what intrigued me the most about him. Not exactly. What I found the most interesting about Steele, or rather Jim Myers, is he was also a qualified teacher.

I used to know a person who did an Internet radio show where he interviewed wrestlers. This was in a time before podcasts were popular. One of the guests that I can recall on this show was Steele. He came across so well on it and it definitely left a mark as it was here that I learned about his other life as a teacher.

Another part of the interview, that I already knew about but still found engrossing nonetheless, was when he spoke about his time working on the Tim Burton movie, Ed Wood where he played the part of Tor Johnson - a wrestler who acted in many of Wood's movies.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ibra-na Jones

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had yet another classic post-match interview last night.

After scoring all three goals in Manchester United's Europa League 3-0 victory over St. Etienne last night, the hitman announced that he was 'like Indiana Jones'.

I chuckled.

He really is great for the game.

He has now scored twenty-three times for the club he joined over the summer.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The McMahons And Trump Meet In The White House

This might end up being one of the most iconic pictures in wrestling..

It was taken sometime this week after Linda McMahon was finally given her post inside Donald Trump's cabinet.

The entire McMahon family were on hand for the meeting at the White House.

I know the Trumps and McMahons have been friends dating back many, many years but this image is very surreal to my eyes.