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DRAGON GATE News Roundup for the Week of July 04, 2008

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008


Thanks to DGUSA for the latest news

– DRAGON GATE US show news: With the show just over 2 months away, the first information for the inaugural Dragon Gate show on US soil is now available. As was known, the date for the show is September 5th. It will originate from John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, CA. The first tickets will be available over July 15-17 at WPW shows in Costa Mesa. CIMA himself will be there to sell them. Tickets will be available online soon. In addition to the main Dragon Gate roster and familiar faces PAC, El Generico, and the Young Bucks, there are several guests lined up. Mexican legend and trainer for the 1st term graduates, Dos Caras will be appearing. Former FMW star Hayabusa will also be in attendance.

9/5/2008 Dragon Gate USA Friday LA Extreme Night
John Anson Ford Park
8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Doors at 7PM, Bell time 8PM

For further information or questions please contact the Dragon Gate USA office at or

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CHIKARA: Attend “Tragedy & Triumph” and watch TNA’s “Victory Road” with us (July 13 South Philly)!

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008

A monumental card will rock the CHIKARA calendar in just over a week! We’re offering up a giant, star-studded card, on Sunday afternoon, July 13th, at our homebase of the New Alhambra in Philadelphia. This one will be a card on par with our very finest stand-alone events, and every loyal member of the CHIKARMY will want to be on hand when “Tragedy and Triumph” plays in South Philly!

As if the 9 matches we have planned aren’t enough, we’ve got a little something to sweeten the deal for ya. Every paying fan that attends “Tragedy and Triumph” can hang out after the event and watch TNA’s “Victory Road” program on the big screen with us – at no extra charge! That’s a boatload of wrestling at a great price, kids!

Take a look at the complete card:

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Fight the Power~!

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008

As MACYS fireworks burst mid air a few miles from where I am, I am brought back to 1989 when I was 7 years old. Before I continue on with my story about the late 1990s, let me reminisce to folks about the setting of late 80s USA. In 1989 Common Era , Ronald Reagan’s reign ended and Sr George Bush would be sworn in as President, with William John Bennett (who would later suggest on his own radio show in 1995 that crime may decrease if Black babies were aborted) becoming the first National Drug Control Policy Director. A race riot broke out in Miami that same month. However, there was progress as the National Organization of Women lead the 1989 March for Women’s Lives in April garnering 600,000 in Washington to demand Pro-Choice legalization. Also, Ani DiFranco, a queer Folk musical artist formed what would be Righteous Babe Records in Buffalo, New York, to help promote progressive independent musical talent, with only $50.

On June 30 1989, less than a week before ID4, Spike Lee’s US Library of Congress recognized film, Do the Right Thing, was released in theatres nationwide after a debut at Cannes earlier that spring. The film revolved around protagonist Mookie, played by Spike, and his day to day life living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Mookie on this day would encounter racism, police brutality, and ethnic unrest. All the while, Public Enemy’s song “Fight the Power” would blare in the background no less than a dozen times., with the debutant Rosie Perez dancing to it one of the scenes.

As much as the film is recognized for the influence it would have, that particular song is lauded as one of the defining songs in the history of Hip Hop by some such as Hip Hop historian Nelson George (1), and launched the genre of Political Rap. What was the message behind the song? It was for people to be informed about current events and geopolitical history and question the power establishment in this country. Angst as it can be argued isn’t enough to cause change in the hierarchy alone. People need to look at the world macrocosmically and then get involved in the Process one way or another.

Even if one living in the USA does not believe in its administration or your “fellow Americans” you should believe in the myth of the Bill of Rights, and more importantly in yourself and your resolve. Nothing in this world is perfect. One can argue that the “Founding Fathers” found religious freedom in the Netherlands but did not want to live in a nation where they had to tolerate other religions, and were tempted by the lure of converting others. George Washington owned slaves and supported the dispatching of Shay’s Rebellion in 1786[1]. So maybe you do not want to invoke the “spirit” of the “Founding Fathers” in your activism. However, “the rebel” archetype these patriots represent in the myths about them should spur one into action especially in light of events such as the possible invasion of Iran.

Inactivity will only lead to stagnation, and that will lead to you cursing at yourself as you sit there unhappy asking yourself why doesn’t anybody do anything. Whether you are Chinese-American, Black or any Person of Color, Queer, a member of a non-mainstream religion, or in any other way nonconforming to popular society, you owe it to yourself to make the world you live in a place bearable to you and those you are closest with.

That’s my humble opinion. But what do I know? I am just some kid from the South Bronx.

(1) Mickey Z. 50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know. The Disinformation Company Ltd. 2005.

For more information about the American tradition for striving for Social Justice please read the above book as it was a very fun and educational read. To learn more about the cultural significance of the song, please refer to this Salon article. And remember, FIGHT THE POWER~!

Maybe this is a good start in regards to awareness:

The Business Plot (1933-1935)

The Burning of Wilhelm Reich’s Books (1956)

1968 Chicago 8’s Bobby Seale Chained

Fred Hampton’s Murder (1969)

COINTELPRO (1956-1971)

Tuskegee Experiments (1932-1972)

Project MKULTRA (1953-1973)

Operation Condor (1969-1977)

The founding of the National Endowment for Democracy (1983)

The Iran-Contra Scandal (1983-1986)

Ruby Ridge (1993)

WTO Seattle (1999)

MLK Assassination Conspiracy Trial (1968-1999)

The 2004 Republican National Convention

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Pro Wrestling NOAH News for the week of July 4

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008

Thanks to Xanshin for translating the news as always.

– Left turn. In the main event of the 6/29 show, Genba Hirayanagi brought in a steel chair and tried to use it on Ricky Marvin. Kotaro Suzuki stopped him, and then hit Marvin with the chair himself! After the match Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki laid out Taiji Ishimori & KENTA. Following on from those events, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki will be the next team to try and de-throne the current GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, KENTA & Taiji Ishimori, at the 7/13 show at Hakata Star Lane. The updated card for the show is below:

– Some bigger show results for this week.

SEM “SEM IN ALVE”, 7/1/2008
JR Akita Station Building 1st Floor
1,5000 Fans
– Super No Vacancy

1. Ricky Marvin defeated Ippei Ota (14:47) with the Santa Maria.
2. Keith Walker defeated Atsushi Aoki (6:19) with the Walker Driver.
3. Buchanan defeated Genba Hirayanagi (6:04) with the Iron Bomb.
4. Bison Smith defeated Akihiko Ito (10:05) with the Bisontennial.

5. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Davey Richards (17:24) when KENTA used the Go 2 Sleep on Richards

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New Japan Pro Wrestling News Summary for the Week of July 4, 2008

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008


Thanks for the translations Stuart Max.

– The blocks for G-1 Climax tournament have been announced:

Block A:
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi (7th participation ~ 2007 winner)
2. Manabu Nakanishi (12th participation ~ 1999 winner)
3. Wataru Inoue (1st participation)
4. Giant Bernard (3rd participation)
5. Togi Makabe (5th participation)
6. Shinjiro Otani ZERO1-MAX (1st participation)
7. X (No not Dr X or Mr X, its an unknown wrestler TBA. Maybe its Ric Gillespie)

Block B:
1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (14th participation ~ 2003, 2004 & 2006 winner)
2. Yuji Nagata (10th participation ~ 2001 winner)
3. Shinsuke Nakamura (5th participation)
4. Hirooki Goto (1st participation)
5. Toru Yano (3rd participation)
6. Toshiaki Kawada Freelance (2nd participation)
7. Yutaka Yoshie DRADITION (6th participation)

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Results and Video Teasers from ISW Hot Summer RUB-DOWN 06/29

Posted by invizweb on July 4, 2008

Catastrophes and Miracles

It was a day (and a night) of catastrophes and miracles for Inter-Species Wrestling and its owner Mike Rotch. The biggest catastrophe being that the ring truck broke down and the ring didn’t show up to Foufounes Electriques until after Hot Summer RUB-DOWN was scheduled to end. The biggest miracle? That the show happened at all.

The catastrophes started with a tire blowing out on the ring truck. Tire no sooner fixed than the truck’s starter blew. The replacement truck never showed up and the ring truck in fits and starts took half a day to complete a one-hour trip.

The owner of Foufounes Electriques was relatively pleased to have over a hundred wrestling fans drinking for close to three hours patiently waiting in the downstairs bar for the ring to show up, somewhat less so when a brawl broke out between the BADD Brothers and El Hijo del BAMBOO! He finally lost his patience when no sooner had the BADD/BAMBOO! Bar Brawl been broken up, than a street fight between Stinky the Homeless Guy and Gore the Zombie Master broke out.

You-Tube Teaser:

With Giant Tiger threatening to get naked to the roars of the wrestling fans, the owner of Foufs told Rotchy that he would have to either open the upstairs stage and put on the show by 10pm and put on the show or bite the bullet and cancel the show. Rotchy opened the doors, crossed his fingers, knocked on wood… and the ring truck finally wheezed up to the back door five minutes later.

With every member of the crew relaying ring parts up the stairs and the crowd cheering every strut and beam, the ring was put together in under a half-hour and the show started at 10:30 p.m. about when we were expecting to end the show…

Once the catastrophes ended, the miracles began…

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