What’s In A Date?

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2015 by Hach

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We all know of those special days. Those days on the calendar that mean something to us. From it being our birthday to a anniversary. To a date in which we remember a event that changed the world such as 9/11. We all have those certain days where for whatever reason we stop and think about the past.

One of those days for me is quickly approaching. It’s one of those dates where it used to be time to celebrate. But now it’s just another painful reminder of things that should have been but can never be again. One of those days where the thought of it disappearing never was a thought.

That date?

May 1st.

For me it’s a reminder that I can’t celebrate my mother’s birthday. As it’s closing in on 6 years since the cancer took her away.

But as this date reminds of the pain of missing her. This year it also marks the date in which one of my passions comes to attack.

I, as many of you may or may not know, have a small passion in which I am a wrestling mark. Or a fan of wrestling as those who don’t understand those “inside” wrestling terms.

As many of you may know of the most popular wrestling company World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But there are a world of other companies. And numerous others that are no longer around.

While the stories of the companies that have past their time is one that I have and will cover again, but the main story right here is WWE. And there upstart company NXT. Which is primarily used as their training faculty. But since the launch of the WWE Network has spread to become a entity all in itself.

NXT’s rise has risen so strong that WWE has decided to give the company some road time. And not just keep it down in the state of Florida at the Full Sail University where the majority of their shows have been held. But see if the brand can survive on it’s own.

After testing it at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival and it being a success, they have chosen four places to hold live shows. They include Columbus and Cleveland in Ohio; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. And the fifth show will be located in Albany, New York. The capital of New York State. They will be holding the show at the historic Washington Armory.

While the two Ohio shows and the Pittsburgh one will all happen on a weekend in June. The Philadelphia one will occur on May 14th which is the day after 2 back to back shows featuring Ring Of Honor and New Japan Professional Wrestling. Oddly enough it’s perfectly fine for WWE to use the steam from other companies but if other companies do that to them around WrestleMania season they’re not allowed to without being outside of a 100 mile radius.

The second road show for the NXT which will be in Albany, New York will be held two days later on the 16th of May. Which oddly splits the days of two Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW) shows. A independent wrestling company who has had numerous talent that is now signed by WWE. Such as, using their current WWE names, Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper and Kevin Owens.

To add to intrigue as these NXT shows have just been announced. Is the fact that the first 2CW show is located about a half an hour away from where that NXT show will be. Plus the 2CW is working with the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHOF), a company also not affiliated with the WWE. A company that honors all wrestlers even those who haven’t performed in the WWE. The PWHOF is holding their annual induction on that same night NXT will be in Albany. Just about a half an hour away.

Now is this a way for WWE to try and push down the little guy? Yes. Just like when Burger King puts a location next to McDonalds. Its a way to try and piggy back the success of their competition to work for their own greediness.

Am I telling you don’t go to NXT? Nope. Am I telling you it’s rude? Yes!

So wait what does May 1st have to do with all of this? Well, the tickets for these events will go on sale on that date. And to set the knife in the heart a little farther. WWE will be holding a live show in Syracuse on the date too.

Maybe I’m paranoid or maybe someone from Stanford hates me.

I’m Just A Wrestling Fan, But He’s a Super 8 Guy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 21, 2015 by Hach

As a youngster growing up I’ve always been intrigued by professional wrestling. I knew of WWF and WCW and wanted more. I read about these “Oh wow” moments. Where wrestling was more than just Monday night programming filed with punches and kickes.

So before the Facebook days, back when AOL ruled the world. I remember looking up dirt sheets, when they actually mattered and reading about these up and comer wrestlers. These guys that weren’t on WWF, WCW or even in ECW. Guys that you only heard about when Pro Wrestling Illustrated came out.

I remember reading the results and reading message boards about people who were there live and aided to it’s greatness. As a fan of wrestling I had to watch it. I desperately needed to watch it.

And that’s just what I did.

Back in those days there was no WWE Network, no YouTube, heck the internet was so basic back then we could only see a picture or two before the old dial up would crap out. Especially for where I lived growing up on a old farm in the middle of nowhere.

A few friends of mine would hang out and watch the major wrestling pay-per-views, some of us would hang out and rent them from local video stores. If you could understand that. A place similar to how those Redbox’s are, but it was a entire store in which you could walk up and down and choose something to watch. And some of them even had wrestling related content.

So we would rent some of these. And these weren’t on DVD like you see nowadays but on these things called VHS tapes. And you’d need a VCR player to watch them. And oh, how dare you not rewind them when you returned them or you’d have to pay a fine.

Oh those where the days.

But then again, you could only get so many things from those video stores. You could get WWF, WCW and if you were real lucky there would be a ECW tape. So the selection was very poor.

Yet there was another way to enjoy wrestling outside of the video store or television. You could get on certain message boards, they still have those right? And you could contact these guys and tape trade. Oh, wait, what’s tape trading? Well, it’s you trading VHS tapes without people. Now if you had to good VCRs you could hook them up and make copies and be able to keep one and trade the other.

Yes, this whole process is probably completely illegal. But a bunch of us would do this and I was just a youngster. I didn’t know better.

So remembering I live in the middle of nowhere, which actually is 9 miles to the closes K-Mart. Ugh. Another ancient relic. I would ride my bike there and back to purchase some blank VHS tapes so I could make copies.

Well, one of the tapes I got was this ECWA Super 8, it was the 1997 edition. The very first one. A tournament which returns for it’s 17th edition tonight. The Super 8 Tournament is an annual professional wrestling tournament held by the East Coast Wrestling Association. The tournament is contested by eight wrestlers in a one-night single-elimination format.

Unlike some other tournament’s going on right now where nearly everyone has a chance, this tournament only allows for 8 men. And has been a tournament that has helped numerous stars their break out moment. From Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Davey Richards, Paul London and numerous others.

Tonight is the 17th annual tournament. And while it may not be a monumental edition, it’s not the 20th anniversary or anything like that. It’s pretty amazing to me. As one of the guys I’ve been watching recently is making his debut in the tournament.

So last year a day before my 31st birthday I had chosen to attend a wrestling show in Syracuse, New York. It was a company called Squared Circle Wrestling or 2CW for short. Now I’ve attended a few wrestling shows before from WWE to ROH to TNA to even some local ones. But the experience I had here was unlike any others.

So what does attending a wrestling show run by some company named 2CW and tape trading to get the ECWA Super 8 tape? Well, it’s because of these guys who wrestled at this show is now making his debut in the Super 8 tournament.

Isn’t that cool!?

Well, to make it even more cool is the fact that over the past year I’ve attended a few more of the companies shows sadly missing a couple, but being able to watch this wrestler grow. Starting from being a third member of a tag team to being the number one contender to 2CW’s Heavyweight title. A title that has been held by names like Kevin Steen now known as Kevin Owens and Brodie Lee now known as Luke Harper. Who are both in the WWE now.

Oh, did I forget to mention who? Gesh, it’s Sean Carr!

Carr who started his wrestling career in 2009 had his break out year last year as he wrestled for a numerous number of promotions. And is looking to capture the world as he goes for the ever famous ECWA Super 8 Tournament.

Sadly I will not be able to attend this show, but I would love to wish Sean Carr all the luck!

Chris Dickinson: A Dick Or Just A Heel?

Posted in Columns, Wrestling with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Hach

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What a week for Chris Dickinson. The high and the low. But mostly living the low life. Or is he just showcasing how being a heel is?

If you haven’t been following Dickinson is a professional wrestler who is based out of Staten Island, New York. Has been a rising up and comer in the independent wrestling scene. This 27 year old has been a mainstay in Beyond Wrestling since it’s inception and has been rocking the JAPW and CZW scenes as of late. Continue reading

Upcoming Shows

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2015 by Hach

2/27 – World of Hurt Rumble Royale – Whitehall, New York

2/28 – Inter Species Wrestling – Danbury, CT

3/1 – Beyond Wrestling – Rhode Island, New York

3/7 – House Of Hardcore – Philadelphia, New York

3/8 – 2CW Superkicks – Binghamton, New York

3/14 – In Your Face – Delanson, New York

4/4 – 2CW Living On The Edge: Night One – Watertown, New York

4/19 – 2CW Living On The Edge: Night Two – Syracuse, New York

4/20 – WWE Raw – Albany, New York

5/15 – 2CW Hall of Fame Show – Amsterdam, New York

5/17 – 2CW Roman Empire – Rome, New York

Aspirations of Dreams Gone By

Posted in SeanStop with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by Hach

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything with this old humble website I call Hachland. It’s been a while since I’ve even had the chance to look at it. It’s not like I’ve had the busiest of lives or something overwhelming me to actually take the time to say “Hey, what’s going on over there?” It’s just that I haven’t had the motivation. Motivation is something that’s been absent lately in my life.

With the bitter cold that I have to face on the daily because of my living location in the Upstate New York area. To the ugliness that is my current career field. I just don’t seem to have any motivation. Whether it be I’m too tired or just don’t care. It’s non-visitant.

Bumming around has been my only constant. I’ve found the ultimate pair of sweatpants and occasionally switch in and out of different hoodies or hooded sweatshirts if you will. And place myself either on my bed or on the couch in the living room. Searching through what’s on Demand, Netflix or the WWE Network. I’ve even become too lazy to search through YouTube to find some decent wrestling matches. And yet somehow I’ve actually got the motivation to sign up for the NJPW Network, it’s a Japanese wrestling company, yet haven’t deciphered through the Japanese writing to understand what’s going on. So in conclusion I haven’t watched anything on it.

While I have become quite the addict to playing Clash of Clans. Yes, that game in which Liam Neeson was featured in their Super Bowl commercial. It’s a interesting game, if interesting in your vocabulary means building and destroying things. Which obviously it does in mine. It reminds me of one of my favorite games of all time WarCraft. No, not that stupid wizards of waverly place game World of WarCraft. But the 1994 edition of WarCraft 2. I remember building maps and challenging my brother and what not. Oh, the time before internet gaming. How great was that. But then again there was a primitive version of online gaming back then. Very primitive.

Speaking of primitive games, there’s this Trivia Crack game. It’s not high tech at the least. It’s very, very simple. Just words and highlighted things. Oh and there’s this wheel you can spin. It’s something that everyone can play. The only side affects outside of getting the question wrong is the fact there are a crazy amount of advertisements. So many damn advertisements. But I guess it’s fun. At least for everyone else. I tend not to like it very much, do to getting a lot of questions wrong.

Aside from getting somethings wrong, I sometimes get a couple things right. While I quite don’t know exactly what are those are. I am on quite the journey to find those out. I may not be going down the correct road or haven’t uncovered the right rock. But I’m still working on it. And working on it is something I’ve showcased throughout the tenure of this place called Hachland. A fictional land in which I attempt to be witty, yet usually fall flat on my face.

Yet as I take a break from my new routine of “bumming around” I’ve found that I had quite a bit of fun rambling on and on about absolutely nothing. Now, if someone would like this I could do more of it. And imagine if you will, if someone commented on this post. I’d be jumping for joy and might actually jump out of my rut.

Because after all, I’ve got plenty to say. I’ve got plenty to do. And gosh darn-it I’m not quite Stuart Smiley but I could be for a few hundred likes.

Fat Goes Golfing

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2014 by Hach

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M1nute Men vs Team Friendship

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by Hach

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