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If we spent half as much time talking WITH each other then we do talking ABOUT each other imagine what we could get done…

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Yesterday I watched Chris Chetti w/Lou E. Dangerously vs. Nova from “November 2 Remember – 2000″ which took place at the Odeum outside of Chicago.  I remember that angle very well and need to bring it up more as one of my favorites to be part of ever during my time in ECW.  Chris and I were put together one night in Milwaukee at a TV taping.  Dreamer came up to me about 90 minutes before show time and said “We are putting you with Chris.  We want it to be like Paul E. was with Taz.  Heel manager with heel wrestler.”  We did a deal where Nova and Chetti were in a tag-match that went wrong and they end up turning on each other and it goes to a pull-apart.  Within that pull-apart was Lou E. Dangerously wearing a black winter hat and his normal suit thus blending in with Atlas Security as someone just there to restore peace.  Well….just when everyone thought everyone was ok Lou E. puts the phone upside Nova’s head and the alliance with Chetti is born.  Chris and I got along really well backstage and I always thought he was a hell of a talent.  I considered him a friend and we generally had a blast together goofing off.  I believe when you are friends with someone the chemistry you have “working” together can be amazing.   Chris and I did some really funny promos together and really started to build up some chemistry.  N2R 2000 was the big first meeting between Chetti and Nova.  I remember arriving in the Chicago area several days before the PPV to execute several promotions that were going on.  The show was sold out but Jack Victory and I still had our promotional responsibilities.  The night before the show Chris and I met up and he informed me that he was leaving for WWE and tomorrow was his last match.  I was really happy for Chris and that’s a shoot.  I felt him and I had a ton more we could have done…a ton more…but WWE is WWE and I wished Chris all the best.  Whatever happened between Chris and WWE I am not really sure about to be honest…I just know something went wrong.  In the end not seeing things work out for Chris sucked as I really wanted him to succeed as did we all.  Anyway….we get to the building the next day and the word is out about Chris.  Paul E. gives me my promo for the night and within that segment Chetti announces that there is not enough room for him and Nova in ECW and the looser of the match has to go.  The match was one of my favorites.  Nova was great at putting together a match and telling a story.  I ran like 3 spots during the deal and all were well thought to really get some heat built so Nova could bump me in the end for the pop.  With Nova up it was Chetti out…the crowd popped for a great babyface up finish and that was it.  I don’t remember much of the discussion after the match.  For me I can only recall the times I got chewed out for messing up or the few precious times you got a standing ovation from the locker room upon your return from the ring.  I encourage everyone to watch this match and check out some old-school booking.  

As always I am on Twitter @LDAngeli and Facebook as Lou E. Dangerously.

If you want to email me directly or have requests please do so at LouDAngeli@yahoo.com

Thanks all.

Lou

Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction” is my favorite release ever of any kind…

In 1987 that album became everything I ever thought I wanted from music…to listen to something really loud…to be rocked…to have an anthem that pushed all the crap that came my way into a different place in my mind…to use to rebel against the people who I didn’t think were cool or that caused said crap…to blast as loud as possible at any given chance with the treble cranked …to parade with in my hand through school and say “look what I got…and check out this badass cover and the lead singer is named Axl”….to quote lyrics from and write them, along with the band name, all over my notebooks…to be inspired and use it as the soundtrack to my life…

I was 15 then…and I am 40 now…and I am still inspired….and all those traits above?  They still apply in some way somehow…

I’ll leave you with this…when I was a senior in high school, 1991, I was feeling the signs of really liking this girl…instead of make a bowl in wood shop…I made her a music box…and yes everyone made fun of me…and yes I didn’t care because it was this girl…and the day I left my house to give it to her I realized something…it was missing a piece…

I turned around and went home…and listened to “Appetite” once again…I turned my word processor on and typed out a set of lyrics, cut them from the paper, and glued them inside the music box…

If you need a shoulder
Or if you need a friend
I’ll be here standing
Until the bitter end…

-GNR

I never got the girl…but I still have the album…and the memory…and the inspiration…and that is all that matters…

Long live rock n’ roll and all that “Appetite” inspired for millions…for without it life is really boring…

Lou

The “Barbed Wire City”

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Rants

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Take this all from my POV only please…this isn’t a review of “Barbed Wire City” by any means…this is what it did for me and what I hope it will do for others.

I appreciate anyone artistic vision…really…putting something into the public eye that you know will be criticized is a tough and courageous act…I mean after all everyone is a critic right?  Right.  Some people criticize to themselves and others to their friends who then go to their friends who then go their first cousin and so on and so forth…it’s called word of mouth…it’s a marketing tactic that every brand in the world would love to control but just cannot…you can certainly influence the message but ultimately people are going to say how they feel about something to someone who will listen whether it be good or bad…that’s just the way it…that is what drove Extreme Championship Wrestling and that is what this documentary on ECW captures whole heartedly.

As someone who worked for ECW from almost the get go to the very very end I finally feel like we got our “Behind The Music.”  It’s the documentary that doesn’t get every major player but gets enough of every major player to tell the story that needs to be told.  More so…”Barbed Wire City” pays attention to the little people per say…the people that fueled the company…from the office staff to the promoters to the referees to the ring announcers to the media that covered the company to the boys in the back…everyone is covered…which is 100% the way it should be because every piece that I just named was needed back in the day to make the show function, to make the magic happen, and the spread the word of mouth that made ECW, yes…I am going there…the Nirvana of professional wrestling in the way that it changed the wrestling landscape forever…

Now, I am not getting retrospective because the documentary does that…however for me after watching it several times I found myself continually being brought back into the ECW locker room, into random cities and buildings, to ringside, to the hotel rooms, to traveling with the boys, to walking around the parking lot the day of Barely Legal, into the rawest emotion and passion of the boys and the fans imaginable…these are all places my mind hasn’t wandered to in years with such clarity of what it felt like…it’s truly amazing of what images from your past can bring back to you when presented in the right light…

A lot of what I experienced while living ECW was a blur…and no not because I “partied”…only because at a very late part of my 8 ½ years around the company I began to realize that this would end and I needed to experience everything to its fullest.  For me that maybe happen for the last 2 years I was there…for the first 6 ½ years it was how fast can you run, how high can you jump, and what will you do to survive.   “Barbed Wire City” let me feel some things I just didn’t before…and let me realign my feelings with things I missed feeling….and things I never felt right about.

Is “Barbed Wire City” closure? No way.  In fact, I will be the first to say that people will want more of this story…and I am happy there is an extended cut being planned because they will need it…there will be demand for it.

The word of mouth will be critical for sure…because everyone believes the story should be told one way and not this way and they didn’t interview this person and this person is full of shit and this person was fucked up and this person is an idiot and this person is politicking, blah blah blah blah….but that’s ECW!!!!  There wasn’t a structure!  There was craziness that created a true game changer!!!   This isn’t a technically over-produced feature film…it’s not shot in a big fancy studio…it produced within a budget…it’s shot in the arenas, the stands, hotel rooms, homes and on the streets…just like ECW when it ran the cool arena, the VFW hall, the gymnasium, the nightclub, the sports center, the baseball stadium…you just never knew where we were going but you knew we were going to deliver…hell FN yeah you knew we would deliver….and so does this documentary.  Congrats to John Philapavage and his partner Kevin Kiernan for sticking with this for 12 + years…you guys should be proud.

Thanks to Randi Zuckerberg and her team at Zuckerberg Media and DotComplicated!

Enjoy!

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’13 Is Just A Number

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Rants, Uncategorized

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In front of me is a TV playing “Nirvana: Live at the Paramount” which is symbolic to me in many ways.  I grew up around the greatest music ever…the classic rock era —> the metal era —> the grunge era.  Now…at 40…I can enjoy those eras every day.  In college I wrote a weekly music column called “Between The Beat.”  The last sentence I ever wrote when the column ended upon my graduation was “It’s all in the music.”  I believe that firmly.  As I ramble about 2012, with no real agenda here, I cant help but be so happy that music is still such an important part of my life.  It’s really the fuel for me…the thing that you can always count on…that is always there…you pretty much always know what you are getting…and then there are time when you have no idea what you are getting…it’s an emotional ride right?  Tis life.  I met Axl Rose in 2012.  What else needs to be said there?  I saw Guns N’ Roses 12 times in the course of one month at the Joint in Vegas.  It was the greatest month long celebrationof my 40th birthday that you could imagine.  Seeing GNR is always mind-blowing.  However, the people that work with the band,support the band, are the band, and whoever else are truly amazing.  I don’t name drop (Axl reference was a fact that if you have known me at all ever you know how important that moment was to me) but they are a great crew from top down and created so many amazing memories for myself, my wife, and my kids that I could never truly put it into words.  It’s all in the music right?

More music memories from 2012…

- The Killer and “Battle Born” —> Best album of 2012.  One of the best concerts I have ever seen.

- Watching the magic of Jane’s Addiction…being part of their pre-show “Fan Jam” which was beyond words and thanking Perry Farrell for all he has done for music.

- The rediscovery of bands like The Replacements, The Stones, The Beastie Boys…

- The continual indulgence of bands that never went away to me…

- The song “The Celestials” which I truly love.

- The need for Hole.

- The end of Jack’s Mannequin…for now…Andrew McMahon is one of the best writers ever.

- Watching pure shit be treated like the 2nd coming of The Beatles.  Is that direct enough on how I feel about 91.3% of music today?

Now, every person who is as infatuated with music as I am has pro-wrestling as their true bread and butter right?  Nope…but I do.  2012 was my 17th year around the wrestling business in some form.  You can look through this blog and read all about my ECW memories.  ECW = Nirvana.  I have said it a zillion times and it’s true.  ECW did for the wrestling business what Nirvana did for music.  Plain and simple.  Now…with that legendary run on my resume I thought I had done it all in the business and was good.  Well…I was wrong…very wrong.  In early 2012 I was approached to help in several areas with Resistance Pro Wrestling in Chicago.  I am proud of the borderline work/shoot we created.  I could list about a dozen people who reached out to me asking me what on earth was wrong with me.  People were saying I was bitter at the business.  People were saying I was trying to get attention.  I was insulted via Twitter by countless fans of Billy Corgan and R Prop loyalists.  I received one death threat.  In return, I was personally appeased by working everyone.  To me, it was funny.  I love the wrestling business.  I get so much out of it in so many different areas of life.  I would never ever be bitter at it.  The ones who said I was bitter…are bitter.  Funny though…if people really knew how much was worked…they would be surprised….seriously…it was really wacked out for a bit.  Still is.

There are several reasons I like the R Pro deal.  To name a few…I have no agenda, I don’t politic, and I have fun.  I do it out of sheer passion for the business, for the people who bust their asses to try and make the business successful, and to help, as much as I can, the people who deserve a break.  I am 99.7% sure this will be my last run in wrestling in whatever capacity that may be…and that’s ok…Some of the best people I have ever met in the wrestling business work there.  More so…I found the passion for the wrestling business that I lost.  I lived a dream and it was really tough to see sides of that dream that weren’t really a part of my own version of said dream.  That’s life.  Tough shit.  I dealt with it, I handled it, and I moved on…but I did lose my passion.  Now…2 and a half years later I am happy some of that passion is in my blood again.

During one of my trips to Chicago I did an interview for the upcoming ECW documentary that will shed some serious light on the legacy of extreme.  In that interview I was asked something about WWE/ECW and what I thought of it.  Well…without giving my entire answer away I will say this…WWE/ECW ended up being a virtual “trial by fire” forum for CM Punk.  I was there…I saw it all.   What I see now is truly inspiring.  I know, I KNOW, there are Punk detractors…and that’s ok….I choose not to be one of them.  I choose to be on the other side…the side of controlling your destiny, pushing the envelope, and being the change in the world (in this case the wrestling business) you want to see.  That inspires me.  Don’t agree?  I don’t care.

As far as the rest of the wrestling business goes….here are some general comments…

- I was saddened to see Edge’s career cut short.  Being someone I consider a friend (even though he hates me due to hockey issues) it was hard to watch.  However…Edge had a career that will inspire, motivate, and fuel the business for years.  I consider him one of the best ever.  No doubt.

- I wish to God there were territories with local TV.  Just so there could be surprises again…and talent crossing over…and all that stuff.

- I happy D-Von and Bubba have had “Hall of Fame” careers.  I was privileged to have worked with them for so long…and even though it seems like a lifetime ago…I know how hard they both worked to get what they got and that’s success you only dream of.-Tommy Dreamer remains, and always will remain, one of my best friends ever.  I know in my heart that if the worlds align what he did in Poughkeepsie, NY will be the grounds for something truly special.  He is a stand-up guy…and he cares more about this business then anyone I have ever met.

- The press should focus on what John Cena has done for charity and Make-A-Wish instead of where he goes for Christmas and situations that should remain private.   If you report so hard on one…don’t ignore the other.  I think I said the same thing around the time the Scott Hall documentary aired on ESPN.

Here is the go home smarks…

- I am grateful to have found the Mark Knophler prank call tapes online.  BeforeTheJerkyBoys.com….don’t screw yourself and not listen.  This collection of art has brought back sooooo many memories for me.

- I want people who tweet about changing their lives…that tweet inspirational quotes…to go back and read those tweets and do them….words are just that…Ready?  Action!

- This isn’t the proper forum to comment on Cirque du Soleil and my job there.  I can say, and this isn’t a comment, this is a statement…I am inspired every day by the people I work with, that entertain us, and that create.  CDS is the base for me…and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be there.

- As I grow older I worry about our kids…their safety…Newtown broke my heart.  I love my daughters just like those parents loved their kids…it’s sad.  I can’t properly sum up how I feel as I have no true words that would do it justice.

- There is no substitute for family.  Family isn’t always blood (unless you do a Mickey and Mallory Knox deal) and I have learned that more then ever during the last 3-5 years.  I love my family…the ones with and without my blood.  Family can also be crass and blind.  It’s an odd balance.  Remember what I said…family isn’t always blood.

- I am happy…and you should be also.  You should live…and not exist.  Let’s go.

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XXOO…..

I am happy and grateful to have meet some amazing people this year…in all facets of life…I am lucky and I know it…

’13 is just a number…it’s not unlucky….

Enjoy…