Mar 13, 2006

Generation Next

Generation Next
Tony Luke's - Philadelphia, PA
After the shows at ECW Arena on Saturday night, myself and many of the other fans in attendance met up at Tony Luke's to have cheesesteaks and talk about the show.  We were unexpectedly joined by Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and Matt Sydal - three of the four members of Generation Next.  They were very awesome dudes, and they took this photo with me.

Mar 12, 2006

ROH vs CZW - The War Continues

Last month, I went to a CZW / ROH double header in Philadelphia.  The first show that night was CZW at the old ECW Arena, and the second show was ROH at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory.  The order has been reversed for this show, and both companies are holding their show at the most famous indy wrestling venue in the world on the corner of Swanson and Ritner.


After the main event, BJ Whitmer came to the ring to challenge CZW.  Members of the CZW locker room ran to the ring (including John Zandig, Necro Butcher and Super Dragon) to brawl with Whitmer and members of the ROH locker room.

CZW: When 2 World Collide
ECW ArenaPhiladelphia, PA


*Update: Both of these shows have been released on DVD.  The first is called Arena Warfare and is available on  The second is called When 2 Worlds Collide and is available on

Mar 1, 2006

A Kindred Spirit

Octavia Butler
1947 - 2006
The world has lost a brilliant writer late last month when Ms. Butler passed away outside of her Washington home.  She was 58 years old.

I first discovered Ms. Butler in the mid 90's when she did an interview with the Sci-Fi Channel to promote her 10th novel, Parable Of The Sower.  She immediately stuck me as a kindred spirit (no pun intended) - a person who has difficulty interacting with others and who can see human society for what it is when you peel back the glossy coating.  I feel the same way, and I often wonder which is the result of the other.  In that interview, she mentioned that she had no idea how to get along with other children.  The host asked her if she gets along with people now, and without an ounce of humor, she told him "I can fake it.  I can do it for periods of time, and then I have to go back home and hide for a while.  I'm a very solitary person."  I have felt exactly the same way throughout my life.

Her stories are a pessimistic, but not hopeless look at the future.  If you're a fan of science fiction and haven't experienced her work, check out Kindred and Parable Of The Sower.