Friday, December 31, 2010

A Blistered Mouth, The City Museum and 3 Stitches - What a Day!

The McHawes Clan decided to take off to spend the day at the City Museum.  A great plan right?  The girls will love it.  Hey let's start the party with a trip to Joey B's on the landing for lunch.  I open the menu and discover a personal challenge before my eyes. in the form of 2 patties, 4 slices of cheese, 3 buns, lettuce, onions and fries.  If you put this down in the allotted 30 minutes, your prize - a T-Shirt!  That's right a T-Shirt.  There is no way I could pass this up.  I must say I was a little shocked when there were enough fries to feed a village.  This was going to be tough.  Since I was on the clock I attacked the burger.  The "just off the grill factor" was not taken into consideration.  It only took a few seconds for me to immediately know that I had made a horrible mistake.  Through the tears in my eyes I could see the steam coming off of the burger. Another dead give away was the fact the burger and cheese were actually stuck to the roof of my mouth and inner jaw.  After fighting down the first bite the inside of my mouth felt like a room with peeling wall paper. I was able to eventually consume the fireburger of death, but was not so lucky with the fries.  No shirt for me.

We then made our way to the City Museum.  I would highly recommend this place for anyone of all ages.  Obviously several others were referred as well.  A rough guess would be approximately 51,000 people in attendance along with us.  Regardless of this factor the girls had a great time.  This could definitely be an all day event anytime.  

It was all fun and games until Marli decided to attempt to eat a steel handrail while running full speed.  She was not going to win a T-shirt either.  After the wiping of blood and tears the girls were off again.  After awhile we got a good look of the inside of Marli's lip.  We then decided our next stop would be the Urgent Care facility.  I had a feeling this was not going to be near as fun as the other two places.

I was correct in my assumption.  However, I do believe it was harder on me than Marli.  She actually laughed during the stitches.  This was at my suggestion of bringing her sister back and see if they could sew hew entire mouth shut.  Marli was all for this suggestion.  She was as tough as nails through the whole thing.  I thought I was doing alright as well.  However, the nurse asked me 3 times if I needed to lay my head down (must have been a little pale or she could tell I was tired).   Three stitches later we were on our way home.

All things considered it was great day with the girls.  I guess it is time to plan the next adventure.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The 10 Worst Things I Did in the Ring as a Pro Wrestler

I recently posted the list of 10 things I was most grateful for during my time as a Pro Wrestler. Well, I got to thinking about some of the other crazy stuff that has taken place while I was in the ring. A new list is born, the 10 worst things I did in the ring. Here we go.

10. A match taped for television with John Diamond. Absolutely horrible from the beginning to the end. I left the ring wanting to quit. It was that bad. I felt that way until Larry Henning walked up to me and said that you have to treat each match like it was the best one you ever had no matter what. Good advice.

9. Completely missing a leg drop at South Broadway that I was supposed to land. Completely packed house. No place to hide.

8. Losing my balance and all arm strength as I attempted this handstand, frankensteiner, head scissor type move. I am sure this masterful move I dreamed up has no name. I completely collapsed onto my head like dart trying this move. This move took place about 2 minutes prior to entry #9. Still no place to hide.

7. Having to sell a belly to back suplex for about 7 minutes, on a television tape. Why did I have to sell it for that long you ask? Well, it took the Iron Sheik that long to get back up after I took the bump from him.

6. Spitting what looked like a raw egg from my mouth and into the face of a heckler in Booneville, Missouri. Harley's wife was furious and refunded the guy his ticket money. I guess the three previous lung oysters to his shirt were uncalled for as well.

5. Promising not to gig on my forehead the week before my wedding, so there would be no gig marks in the wedding pictures. However, I could not go without color, so I went high into the hairline. Immediately after that a large chunk on hair fell out and has never grown back. The color was good though!

4. Completely forgetting that I was being "choked" by Abdullah the Butcher because Harley Race did a run in to save me. Turned into a complete mark and was watching until I remembered I was a part of the match as well.

3. Body Slamming a rookie approximately 77 times in one match. It was the only bump he knew how to take. It was the guys first match and he BS'd me on what he knew.

2. Being pinned by Trevor Murdoch approximately 3 minutes into a match. The devastating finisher, a DDT. I was supposed to kick out on 2. Well, I never heard the first count. So when I kicked it was 3, not 2. I asked Trevor what just happened when I heard the bell ring. He responds, "you got pinned bitch" and scooted like lightning out of the ring. Thanks Trevor.

1. Dropping an elbow to Dumptruck Dave Perry and splitting my pants and my boxers from button to back belt loop. I followed this up by bending over unaware everything that I had was in the wind. When I felt the breeze I stood and attempted to tag my partner. He grinned and turned his back to me. Thanks Johnny Jett.

I know it is hard to believe the DI made mistakes in the ring, but it did happen. All of us who have been in the ring have our own personal lists.

16 Month Old Dies After Being Held in Boiling Water

Another horrific crime against a child. I do no understand how anyone can hurt a child. However, it seems every time you turn on the news or open the paper you see or read something like this. I would like a few minutes with ole Carlnelus Simmons, I think we could get it right. These scumbags should have to check out the same way they kill their victims. The hell with cruel and usual. You hurt a kid you lose your rights.

In addition to that, the mother needs her ass kicked as well. Who the hell leaves their child with a CONVICTED MURDERER? Really? So shocking that something went wrong with this arrangement.

DALLAS (AP) — For more than four months, a toddler battled for his life after being held in a pot of boiling water, Dallas police said.
Police told The Dallas Morning News in a story Tuesday that 16-month-old Jabraylon Bables appeared to have been dipped in boiling water. The toddler died Saturday from injuries and infections, 36 days after police say he was deliberately burned.

The boyfriend of the child's mother is a convicted murderer named Carlnelus Delaney Simmons. He remains in the Dallas County Jail on a felony charge of injury to a child.

"I wish it was me lying in [Jabraylon's] spot," said Jasmine Thompson, the boy's mother.

Attorney information was not available.

Simmons was babysitting the child when he claimed the toddler was burned accidentally by hot bottled water that fell. But, police said the boy was dipped and held in the boiling water. The Dallas County medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

Simmons has a violent past and was convicted of killing a man in a 1994 bar fight. He got a 15-year prison sentence for the crime.

"I walked out that day thinking I was going to come home to [Jabraylon] and I didn't," Thompson said.

Leaving the child with Simmons was something she said she will regret forever.

"I came home to a burnt baby," she said.

The baby's father, Byron Bables, said he is still trying to understand how someone could hurt his child.

"I see a beautiful angel," he said. "I see a baby that could never be hurt by anybody. It's hard to believe in my heart that anyone could hurt my child. He was beautiful and nice and just happy."

Police arrested Simmons and plan to charge him in his death.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The DI's top 10 things I'm grateful for about being a Pro Wrestler

For over 9 years I had the opportunity to travel throughout the Midwest and perform, bleed and sweat for all types of crowds. Some of the buildings were packed and some barely had people there to watch. Regardless, I wouldn't trade one bump along the way.   
Here is a list of the 10 things I am most grateful for.
10. This one is shared, Tony Kasta, the 1st promoter that I worked for and Dumptruck Dave Perry for talking to me and telling me where to show up to train. Without either one of these, I would probably have never started my career.
9. All of the guys who trained me and beat the holy hell out of me for weeks. This list includes John Blackheart, Frankie D, Pete Madden and Johnny Jett.
8. The Magic Man for our match at South Broadway and the HUGE pop we got from the crowd when I cut your hair. Or, the pop the 1st night I bled and you literally stuck a fork into my forehead.
7. Frankie-D, Johnny-D and Billy-D for the most violent matches that I ever took part in and the gallons of blood, busted chairs and broken tables that it took for us to make our way through our rivalry.
6. Wrestling at the Chase. The cast of King Kong Brody, Harley Race and Pat O'Connor that made me watch every weekend and make me want to be a wrestler.
5. Pat O'Connor, for being a great friend of the family and taking me backstage as a kid and introducing me to all of the wrestlers.
4. Guys like Pete Madden, Trevor Murdoch, Matt Murphy, Bull Schmidt and Super Star Steve for making me look like a super hero every time we crawled in the ring together.
3. Harley Race. The Boss. Thanks to him for giving me the opportunity to work for him for so many years, making me a World Champion and being one of my closest friends.
2. Johnny Jett, the best trainer, best partner and one the best friends I have ever had in my life. I can't thank you enough.
1. My family, who put up with the time away from home, travel on the weekends, the injuries and all the crap that came along with me being the Drill Instructor.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Josh Pruno - now on iTunes

Alright, everyone log onto iTunes and search Josh Pruno.  My best friend just released his album this past week and it is now available on iTunes.

I guarantee a couple of things, 1. You will love the music  2.  You will be hearing the name Josh Pruno a lot in the near future.

Proud of you brother.  Now get over there and buy the album!

I must also say, the picture on the album cover isn't bad either.

Josh Pruno - buy the album here

Friday, December 10, 2010

Silent Night, Now that I bit your tongue off

Ok, this maybe one of the craziest stories that I have ever heard.  The information is reposted from a news site:

This lady bites off her husbands tongue and then after they sing christmas carols.

Karen Lueders of Sheboygan, Wisc., has been charged with "felony mayhem." What counts as mayhem in Sheboygan? How about biting your husband's tongue off when he tries to kiss you goodnight?

That's what Lueders did to her husband, Willard, on Monday night. But it's weirder than you think, even! See, Lueders was apparently on the toilet when Willard went to kiss her. (Weird!) When he went in for the kill, she apparently entered a "manic state," biting his tongue off and grabbing his junk.

When police arrived at the scene, Lueders was singing Christmas carols outside and carring a "New Year's horn." If that didn't convince police she was nuts, the fact that she simply blew the horn in their ear and threw coffee on them when they asked her what was wrong probably sealed the deal. They found Willard inside, and sent him, and his severed tongue, to the hospital in the hopes it could be fixed (no word on that front yet).

From the Sheboygan Press:

Karen Lueders did not speak during the court appearance, but she leaned over to a reporter as she was escorted out in handcuffs, saying, "I love you, it's too bad you don't listen." While leaving the courtroom she continued in the same singsong voice, saying, "I love you. Karen Lueders."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spreading Ink on the Human Canvas - Ben Difani

I have extremely talented friends.  People that are not only very gifted in what they do, they have the passion to pursue what they love.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love my ink.  My tattoos are very near and dear to me and really say a lot about me.  This is where another of my talented, very close friends steps forward, Ben Difani.  I am covered with multiple hours of his work.

Ben and I have been friends for several years.  I have the first of his tattoos and still getting inked presently.  His vision and ability are off the chart.  He stays busy and is in demand.  However, if you want ink, call him and schedule it now.  

Here is a link to his website and all of his contact information.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Toddler hanged by ankles in closet, beaten

This is a story that I found on the news the other day. The stupidity of some people amazes me. I would think after all of the years I have spent in law enforcement, it wouldn't shock me, but it still does. Anytime I hear of a child being harmed, it just sickens me. The most defenseless and fragile and yet the most abused.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- An 18-month-old South Carolina boy is in critical condition after authorities say he was hanged by his ankles in a closet and repeatedly beaten by three teenagers.
   Multiple media outlets report that the three teens, ages 14, 15 and 16, are accused of abusing Louis Wright of Charleston. The child's mother, Shakera Wright, has also been charged with allowing the beating to occur.
   Police were called to a hospital Tuesday when the mother brought Louis in with face swelling, fractured ribs, bruises and lacerations to his spleen, liver and pancreas.
   She told a social worker the teens "play-wrestled" with the boy Monday. She said they hit her son until she told them to stop.    Arrest warrants say the oldest teen admitted the abuse, calling it wrestling.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Making it in Nashville - Josh Pruno

The majority of the time my blogs are centered around my rants or a huge dose of sarcasm.  There are times that I use my blog as a sounding board for views or what I feel is important to spread the "word".  I guess in a way I am doing that today as well.  I am getting the word out as well as letting someone know how proud we are of him.

I think all of us have our dreams.  That passion to do what we truly love to do.  I divide mine between photography and writing.  They are my passion.  Yet, I am unable to take the full time plunge just yet to fulfill my dreams.  Maybe someday.  To follow your dream, better yet to chase it down takes guts and more than anything the heart to do what it takes.

Josh Pruno is doing just that. An outstanding high school and college athlete, he traded his bat in for a guitar and began to chase his dream.  He has chased it all the way to Nashville.   He is an amazing singer and songwriter.  It can be on the stage or in a pub in Canada with the Mancation Crew, whenever he performs he has the audience.

Josh is releasing his first CD next month.  He is in the regular play rotation on the radio at J-98.5.  You can hear his music on his facebook and MySpace pages.  You can purchase them on iTunes.  He is hosting a CD release party in Nashville at the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway on January 29th.

I am putting a video with this post as well.  It was filmed in Detroit in early 2010.  He is making good on a promise to my daughters to right a song about them.  It took him about 5 minutes to put it together.

Most of all what I am the proudest about, he is my best friend.  I love you brother, congratulations.  It is just starting.  You have earned and deserved everything that is coming your way.