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READER POLL: Which Rocky Movie Is Your Favorite??

READER POLL:  Which Rocky Movie Is Your Favorite??

I have always been a fan of the ‘Rocky’ franchise, while admitting that I really have not cared too much for the last two installments.

Still, the films fairly represent the periods in which they took place, and I find that the storylines are just as engaging to me today as they were at the time of their release.

The television channel A&E has been airing a 2-hour documentary about the ‘Rocky’ series providing us with some great insight about the films with interviews from the stars and people who worked on the production side too.  I found the documentary to be pretty insightful, and I was happy to see that most of the main characters from the series were sought out to be interviewed for the project.

All of this got me to thinking – What is my favorite ‘Rocky’ movie of them all?

So, after going back and forth and really thinking about how these films impacted me when I first watched them and how they still impact me today when I catch them, my decision is very, very clear.

My favorite ‘Rocky’ movie from the series is:

Rocky 3!!!!

Of the group, this is the one that excites me the most today when watched.  The addition of ‘Clubber Lang’ as the villain was perfect for the film.  And since Mr. T was new to the acting scene, it made him very believable as a ‘bad guy’ as we have no other roles to compare him to from other films.  Also, I love the role that Hulk Hogan took on as ‘Thunder Lips’ – it was brilliantly played, and certainly memorable.  I also really enjoy the dramatic scenes between Rocky and Mickey and Apollo – all of them were done very well, and have left lasting memories for me.

OK, now it is your turn, let us know which ‘Rocky’ film is your favorite, and if you feel like sharing more, let us know why too.

Thanks for reading!!!

One more time – ‘The Ultimate Male versus The Ultimate Meatball’!!!  LMAO

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

Ok, I am ready for the third installment of this series that hits “30-YOC” every Sunday night.

Going forward, there will be a slight twist – I am going to be adding a category of honorable mention to the list of Top 10.  Frankly, this process has been a lot of fun for me and as I think of new topics and then the contenders for those topics I am oftentimes coming up with more than 10 worthy selections.

So, without further ado – I bring to you – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

To preface this list, I did a little homework and my list consists of guys that wrestled in the 1980’s or debuted during the 1980’s.  They may not have had their greatest successes or failures during that time, but I consider all of these guys as ‘Wrestlers Of The 80’s’

Honorable mention:  Junk Yard Dog, Van Vader, Scott Steiner, Tito Santana, Sting, and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

#10 – King Kong Bundy – Such a fun villain, he really embraced that role.  And while pretty limited from a technical standpoint, his forceful moves made him a fun main-eventer to cheer for or against.

#9 – Dusty Rhodes – Great on the microphone and fair in the ring, Dusty was around for twenty years prior to 1980, but he was still a very high profile talent whose ‘Atomic Elbow’ would knock you into next week.

#8 – Lex Luger – Luger had the greatest debut that I recall from my youth.  I had never seen so much attention paid to a newcomer like it was for Luger.  With a physique that was unmatched, if he had better skills on the mic, he could have been the best.

#7 – Hulk Hogan – As a kid, I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘Hulkamaniac’ but I absolutely respect everything he did to propel the popularity of the sport.  His in-ring presence and ability to control 20,000 people with his actions is unparalleled.

#6 – Arn Anderson – So underrated, Arn Anderson is one of the best technical wrestlers that I have ever seen.  Great in both singles and tag-team action, Anderson provided a great fight each and every time he entered the ring.  Always a bridesmaid, and never a bride, Anderson did not have the looks or personality to carry a heavyweight championship, but he definitely had the skill.

#5 – Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat – Like most kids, I took karate lessons as a youngster.  It was cool to see Ricky use some of the same moves I learned in his matches.  He was fun to watch, was great off the top rope, and had some very intense rivalries during his days.

#4 – Shawn Michaels – I have watched his entire career, from start to finish.  And while I was not a fan of his during his early years, Shawn Michaels became an incredibile performer.  His in-ring work got so good, you could tell that he was extremely dedicated to his craft.  His teaming with ‘Degenration X’ and rebelious ways made being a bad guy fun!

#3 – Bret Hart – Easily the best wrestler that I have ever seen.  His skills were sharp from the moment he entered the ring, it’s a shame that so much of his early years were spent in tag-team action against lesser competition.  Hart’s personality was not the best, but he was good enough on the mic to warrant lengthy title reigns.  And the fact that he competed well against opponents of all sizes is a true testament to his unsurpassed skill level.

#2 Ric Flair – The ‘Nature Boy’ had it all.  Tremendous in-ring skill, and the best performer when in front of the cameras.  He was the perfect bad-guy, and when I was watching him as a kid, he made being bad so much more fun than being good.  The confidence that Flair displayed in his talent took him a very long way – and when he got his Blond hair all bloody, it was priceless.

#1 Randy “Macho Man” Savage – I was captivated by Savage the first time I saw him on TV, and only part of it was due to Ms. Elizabeth.  When Savage would leap from the top rope and drop an elbow on his opponent, he soared!  A very skilled wrestler, and equally talented with the microphone in his hands, Randy Savage mixed in just the right amount of crazy that kept you on the edge of your seat.  From intense battles with Hogan, Flair, Steamboat, Warrior, and more, I cheered Savage like I cheered no one else.

Man, that was a blast.   At some point I will have to dig back into my memory bank and hit the 1990’s.

But for now, I will leave you with a glimpse into next week’s list – ‘Top Ten Actors’

Enjoy!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Mustaches’

’30-YOC Top Tem Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Mustaches’

Here it is gang, the debut of my new series.  Each and every Sunday evening I will publish a new ‘Top Ten List’ for your reading pleasure.  And just like everything that I do at 30-YOC, each list will have a vibe that comes directly from the 1970s and 1980s.

So, without further ado, here is 30-YOCs ‘Top Ten Mustaches’:

#10 – Ron Burgundy – ‘Cannon Ball!!!!’

#9 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage – Gossage’s stache has been tested for its DNA.  The closest match?  The walrus!

#8 – Yosemite Sam – Classic cartoon mustache.

#7 – Richard Roundtree as ‘Shaft’ – Shaft’s mustache had magnetic powers 0 it drew in ‘the ladies’ from miles away.

#6 – Hulk Hogan – The Hulkster’s mustache trained, said it’s prayers, and took vitamins.  30+ years strong!!

#5 – Fu Man Chu – Hell, anyone(fictional or not) that has a mustache named after him has to make the list!!

#4 – Paul Teutel Sr. – Sr’s mustache can bench press more than me.  And you too!!

#3 – Rollie Fingers – Oh Rollie, my friend. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  You’ve made mustaches so enjoyable…

#2 – Tom Selleck as ‘Magnum PI’ – When I asked my wife to name the first celebrity when I said mustache, she exclaimed ‘Magnum PI’.  I have to think that she is not the only woman who would answer that way…

#1 – Tyra Banks’ milk mustache.  Tyra back in the day – ‘Nuff Said!!!

Thanks for reading everyone  – I hope you enjoyed it.  And if you ever have any ideas for themes for my ‘Top Ten Lists’ please let me hear it.

🙂

Happy Birthday Hulk Hogan!!!

The ‘Hulkster’ turns 56 years old today!!!

What can be said about the man that put the entire wrestling industry on his back and carried it through the 1980’s?  Hulk Hogan is an absolute legend and what he did for professional  wrestling will always make him a fan favorite.

As a kid he taught us how to train hard, say your prayers, and take your vitamins.  As a young adult he taught me how to ‘give the finger’ to authority.  And as a young father he has taught me how to stand by and enjoy each and every moment that I can with my children.

Thank you Hulkster for making such a strong and powerful impact on my life.  I am a Hulk-a-Maniac and I will be for the rest of my life!!! 

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Celebrity First Pitch – King Kong Bundy

There is great debate as to whether this is or is not the ‘Real’ King Kong Bundy.  After watching this video a few times, I am starting to think that it is not him.  But what do I know?  I haven’t seen KKB in more than 15 years – a lot can happen to a man in that length of time…

I wonder if he wears that unitard everywhere he goes.  🙂

So is it him or not?  Let me know what you think.

Rent This Movie: Bigger, Faster, Stronger.

I watched this movie last night and with all of the recent and non-stop talk about steroids in sports and specifically in baseball, I thouhgt I would put this out there as a recommendation for you to watch.

This film is a documentary about 3 brothers that grew up in an age when being the best meant being bigger, faster, and stronger than the competition.  Like many of us, these 3 guys idolized the same sports heroes that we did in our youth – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jose Canseco, Hulk Hogan, and others.  Yet 2 of these 3 brothers were unable to accomplish what they wanted in the gym or on the playing field so they turned to steroids as a means to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

Some of the more interesting parts of the film entail dealing with the parents of these 3 guys as the father certainly has an inkling of what they’re doing while the mom doesn’t.  Also, one of the guys is a high school football coach and family man and it’s very interesting to see how his students and especially his wife feel about the choices he’s made.  And this film also provides quite a bit of humor as the narrator and star of the film, Christopher Bell, interviews people all across America about the use of illegal steroids and the effect they are having on people of all ages.

I don’t want to provide all of the details of the film, just a summary and a recommendation to check it out if it sounds entertaining to you.  It should be noted that since the release of this documentary one of the brothers, Mike Bell, passed away at the age of 37 quite possibly due to the effects that steroids had on his body. 

Check out the trailer: