Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2/19 Lucha Libre USA TV Taping Report

My report of Saturday's Lucha Libre USA TV taping is now up at PW Torch.
"From the start, it was clear that several of the problems plaguing the last two shows had been addressed. Technical difficulties and delays were almost entirely absent, and a new ring announcer had great charisma and got the crowd excited from the get-go. Unfortunately, it appeared as though Lucha Libre USA has not been doing a great job at keeping people excited about the product - the “Casa De Lucha,” which in December was entirely sold out, seemed to be only a little over one-thirds full for Saturday’s event... The live crowd was enthusiastic, but small, and it feels as though nothing has been done to let a larger audience know that this will broadcast on MTV2 soon. From a strictly wrestling perspective, though, Lucha Libre USA continues to deliver tremendous action."
Overall, a really fun show, but the continued lack of strong advertising is really starting to hurt the crowd size and any possible momentum going into their season 2 premiere (whenever the hell that'll be). Shame, too- outside of some of the goofier aspects of the show, everything has been really solid. The local crowd recognizes and loves the good guys, recognizes and boos the bad guys, and the booking has been well paced and very solid (believe me, I really, really, really wanna see Marco get his hands on Lizmark). Hoping it stays that way, and that it translates when it's finally aired. I'll hopefully be at the next show on March 19th, so stay tuned!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What I've been up to

This blog is dead, long live this blog, etc., etc.,

Yeah, I haven't really been using this space too much lately. Maybe I'll get around to writing more stuff here, or at least use it as a place to keep up links to other stuff I end up writing. As is, I want to at least post a "catching up" entry right now to put everything in one place. I've been writing for a few different places, including:

PW Torch! This is a great site for pro wrestling news and views. I've been sending in book reviews as well as writing up reports of live tapings for MTV2's Lucha Libre USA second season that have been going on at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque (hoping to gain momentum to maybe one day having a regular column). Read em!
-12/12 Lucha Libre USA TV taping
1/22 Lucha Libre USA TV taping
GUEST BOOK REVIEW: "Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness" by Dustin Rhodes
-GUEST BOOK REVIEW: Chris Jericho's "Undisputed: How to become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps" (AKA The Review That Chris Jericho Himself Retweeted!)

Middleclass Haunt! This is a blog started and mostly kept going by my friend Dave. This summer he added myself and my good friend Julia to the contributors. It only took me... oh, about 6 months to finally write something there. Now I regularly contribute wonderfully insightful pieces about wrestling toys and Justin Bieber movies.
-I Don't Wanna Grow Up: The Joys of WWE Rumblers
I, Schlub: Louis CK's Hilarious & Todd Glass' Thin Pig
-True Beliebers: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D

Twitter! @RoQnRollMartian. I tweet too much. Some of it possibly not worthless!

That's about it for now. Stay cool!