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I actually just minutes ago watched an XPW video for the first time in many many months (it was Hardcore Conception). Revolution Will Be Televised is totally different than Hardcore Conception. HC focuses on Webb, D, Chronic, Supreme, Jimmy, Pitbulls, Big Dick, and Steele while RWBT focuses mainly on Candido and Douglas.

 

What are the extras on Hardcore Conception and Revolution Will Be Televised? Doesn't one of them have some sort of bonus footage like titan trons (entrance videos) or something along those lines?

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I actually just minutes ago watched an XPW video for the first time in many many months (it was Hardcore Conception). Revolution Will Be Televised is totally different than Hardcore Conception. HC focuses on Webb, D, Chronic, Supreme, Jimmy, Pitbulls, Big Dick, and Steele while RWBT focuses mainly on Candido and Douglas.

 

What are the extras on Hardcore Conception and Revolution Will Be Televised? Doesn't one of them have some sort of bonus footage like titan trons (entrance videos) or something along those lines?

 

yea it is different I realized that when i saw it more

 

the only extra on the TV dvd is Johnny Webb vs The Enterprise from July 2001 at the LA Sport Arena

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I have a question. I just watched the new XPW dvd, which was the first I've seen of the promotion and I was impressed with Damien Steele. How was his run with the company, did it fizzle out? Also do you know if he is still wrestling?

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Damien Steele is a sad story. His story will be covered in depth in "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job." Without spoiling that coverage, let's just say he had a lot of personal demons, both personal and professional. Around early 2000 Steele's life started taking a downward spiral as a result of drugs, marriage problems, etc. He was also a victim of Jasmin St. Claire's constant harassment. For awhile he was UPW's posterboy who they pushed relentlessly. In fact, he played a major influence in the development of Cena's early career. It's interesting because based on my experiences, when you ask somebody about Steele's wrestling ability, it's either one way or the other - they will either say he was a great worker or they will say he was a bad awful worker; there's no in-between with anybody as far as their opinion of his workrate. Damien Steele was a case of someone having a lot going right for them and then suddenly it all came crashing down. He was wrestling in Puerto Rico up until 2004 when his health got extremely bad. He is still living in PR but because of his health, the odds of him ever stepping in a ring again are basically non-existent.

 

Damien Steele will have his own section in the "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job" retrospective and it will have exclusive comments from people such as The Blue Meanie and Christopher Daniels.

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Jericholic, you're aware that Wrestling Society X will be airing every Tuesday 10-10:30 starting January 30 on MTV, right? They got tons and tons of former-XPW guys.

yea I know.

 

I just watched the "Go Funk Yourself" dvd last night, It has no extras despite I could swear it was advertised in WOW magazine back in the day as having extras. then again maybe this is a re-release? since the date on the box says Copyright 2002. They edited out all the music of course, though the dvd menu has a nice knockoff of Rob Blacks metallica theme (later the xpw tv intro theme) Of course all the commentary is from the xpw tv shows when they showed matches.

 

sad to hear about Steele, form the little I saw of him in XPW he seemed pretty good for a bigger guy. odd that the lone show I attended, he was squashed by Dynamite D (who was dressed as the warrior)

 

that reminds me, I got a dvd recorder and put the 3 full episodes of xpw tv I had on tape on 3 dvds (which includes matches from the show I went to like Axl vs Abby, Messiah vs Candido, Jimmy vs Tool, and Sabu vs Supreme, plus Sabu-Candido from D-Day, and Messiah vs Steele rom D-Day complete with the pos tmatch "burial", and Tracey Smothers xpw debut vs Tony Jones) plus extras like the steele-d squash (which I guess made sense cuz this took place after steele was "buried" by the messiah and not seen again untill 2001) and Rob Black shooting on the ECW Heatwave incident.

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VERONICA CAINE-“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” update

 

Thursday, January 25, 2006

 

 

 

XP fucking W: the worldwide phenomenon where the phrase “expect the unexpected” gained a brand new meaning, and where BLEEDING was only HALF the Job!

 

 

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is sorry to announce to fans and readers that former-XPW personality Leah a.k.a. Veronica Caine will not be participating in the retrospective. Despite CONSTANT professionalism by “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” during its dealings with her (the significant other of former-XPW World Heavyweight Champion “White Trash” Johnny Webb) over the past six months, and despite promises on her part on many occasions to grant an extensive interview about her XPW tenure, she - in the past 72 hours - has (with no provocation) harassed, stalked, defamed, AND encouraged physical harm by friends of hers upon the creator of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job.”

 

It goes without saying that “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is very much surprised and blindsided by Veronica’s recent behavior. Having been wholly professional throughout dealings with Veronica, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” has nothing whatsoever to hide from anybody, and would believe these stories about Veronica’s recent actions to be nothing short of entirely made up had it not witnessed them first-hand. This is not the first time over the past six months that Veronica - who flashed the crowd several times as a fan at an early 2000 XPW show at the Hollywood Palace and as a result was ejected by Josh Lazie - has engaged in unprofessional behavior towards “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job,” but hopefully it will be the last.

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” truly regrets having to acknowledge such incidents, but it was she who began a campaign against “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” (again despite CONSTANT professionalism on this side) in public writings on her web site and in personal correspondence to friends and fans. This situation is in some ways reminiscent of Jasmin St. Claire’s blowup towards “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” some months back.

 

Nonetheless, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” looks forward to continuing to bring fans and readers the inside scoop on XPW, as told by world-famous sports and entertainment luminaries including Shane Douglas, Tommy Dreamer, Ron Jeremy (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KF2BRGPB), Josh Lazie, Jerry Lynn, Missy Hyatt, as well as tens of others who wrestled and/or worked backstage for XPW. To those who experienced first-hand what XPW was all about, its impact on the pro wrestling business will not soon be forgotten.

 

In other news, GQ Money (WSX ring announcer Fabian Kaelin) did a great interview with Trash Talking Radio last night. Visit TrashTalkingRadio.com to hear Money discuss XPW’s legacy, Ron Jeremy, his TNA stay, Oprah Winfrey, Rob Black, WSX, and much more.

 

 

NOTE

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is aware that it promised exclusive comments from Lance Storm and Steve Rizzono in the next update, but because this is an impromptu update which was made necessary by Veronica Caine’s sudden behavior, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” must delay those comments till the next edition. Stay tuned.

 

 

NEW EDITION of “Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” COMING SOON

 

 

A new addition of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is nearing completion. It will focus on Dynamite D’s fallout with Slammers Wrestling Federation promoter Verne Langdon, the formation of the dWo (Dynamite World Order), and the impact of Southern California Championship Wrestling on what would eventually become XPW. The article will feature exclusive comments from TNA superstar CHRISTOPHER DANIELS. Keep your eyes posted.

 

 

WRESTLING SOCIETY X

 

A special note that starting next Tuesday from 10:30-11, you can watch “Wrestling Society X” on MTV. The show will feature many former-XPW stars, including Kaos, Altar Boy Luke, Chris Hamrick, Justin Credible, New Jack, Vampiro, Sean Waltman, Johnny Webb, and Kris Kloss. Log onto wsx.mtv.com for more info.

 

 

 

“Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” meets The BLUE MEANIE

 

Perennial fan favorite The Blue Meanie approached “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” wanting to participate in the historical retrospective and his offer was quickly accepted. Meanie intends to set the record straight on several topics. As the promoter of 3PW, Meanie saw first-hand and wants to set the record straight on what transpired when XPW started running shows in the Philadelphia area in August 2002. Meanie also had a lot to get off his chest about his ex-girlfriend, porn star extraordinaire and XPW diva Jasmin St. Claire.

 

Meanie’s comments - as well as first-hand accounts from Shane Douglas and Christopher Daniels - will play a major part in the section of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” which focuses upon the real-life downfall of inaugural XPW World Heavyweight Champion and John Cena trainer “The Real Deal” Damien Steele. “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is honored to add the involvement of former-ECW and WWE star The Blue Meanie - who was in WWE TV main events with John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) just one year ago - to the list of notable luminaries who are participating in the retrospective.

 

 

 

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to LIZZY BORDEN!

 

On Wednesday night, December 21, 2006, XPW’s “Queen of Xtreme” Lizzy Borden celebrated her 30th birthday with a totally insane party which was hosted by “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job”’s own Ron Jeremy. For an article about the event, visit http://www.avn.com/index.php?Primary_Navig...ntent_ID=281040 and to view photos from the crazy night, go to http://www.avn.com/gallery/view_album.php?...izzy-s-birthday.

 

 

 

XPW AFTER THE FALL DVD released by BIG VISION ENTERTAINMENT

 

Big Vision Entertainment - operated by former-XPW Vice President Kevin Kleinrock - has announced the release of the newest XPW DVD, “After the Fall,” which features not only cover art to die for, but also some of the best matches in XPW history, including:

 

*the death-defying tornado (literally!) tag with Messiah & Vic Grimes vs. Sabu & Homeless Jimmy

*Jerry Lynn vs. Super Crazy in one of Lynn’s greatest matches EVER (and that’s saying something!)

*the epic Vic Grimes vs. Little Guido vs. Altar Boy Luke elimination match that had the rabid Viking Hall crowd on the edge of their seats

*Raven vs. Vic Grimes in a one-time only encounter

 

“XPW After the Fall” is currently available for purchase at BigVisionEntertainment.com and Highspots.com.

 

 

 

DEVON STORM TALKS XPW

 

Devon Storm (Crowbar in WCW) discussed very candidly his 2002-2003 XPW run, including - but not limited to - topics such as his thoughts on Rob Black and Lizzy Borden, his XPW gimmicks (“Judas” and later “Salem”), he and Altar Boy Luke’s storyline that was developing in XPW, the role of religion in his real-life, and his relationships with Shane Douglas, Altar Boy Luke, Vic Grimes, and Daffney (Lucy). Perhaps the most insightful part of the interview was Storm’s commentary about his late friend, Jerry Tuite (The Wall/Malice/SNUFF).

 

 

 

FULL SUMMARY OF RON KILLINGS INTERVIEW

 

Ron Killings wrestled two matches in XPW, both of which were tag team matches. He was paired with Shalid Jihad and Raphael Mohammed to form The New Panthers, which were based on the real-life Black Panthers group. Killings did not like the gimmick itself, but he made the best of it. At the hotel and on the road, he hung out primarily with The Sandman, Chris Hamrick, Steve Rizzono, and Pogo, and although he only had two matches, Killings holds the claim to fame for cutting one of the funniest promos in the history of XPW. Mercilessly, he ripped into the XPW fans at Liberty or Death in ways that must be seen to be believed, and up until now has yet to be released publicly. As special thanks to you Xtreme supporters of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job,” here is the fancam version of “Ron Killings: How to Bond and Make Friends with XPW Fans.”

 

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L1VJ4FVQ (special thanks to Slava Siderman for the footage)

 

Killings’ interview focused on Liberty or Death and Baptized in Blood 2: Night of Champions, the two XPW shows which he was a part of. Killings does not recall who contacted him about becoming a part of XPW, but he was very positive about everybody who he met while a part of it. He never had a problem with bosses Rob Black, Tom Byron or Kevin Kleinrock (“I love Kevin.”). He never had any of his checks bounce, unlike some wrestlers in XPW. Killings said that there were plans to continue bringing him back to XPW and move him away from The Black Panthers so that he became more of a singles wrestler, but for whatever reason he did not return after the two shows. Some people have claimed that Killings was booked for XPW’s first show on the East Coast, Hostile Takeover; Killings says he was never booked.

 

On a side note, an interesting tidbit about Killings is that he is such a bad driver that his name is on an actual list with over 20 rental car agencies throughout the United States which forbids him to use a rental car to get around while on the road, because he has either crashed, totaled, damaged, or lit on fire so many rental cars in the past. Steve Rizzono told a story of how he, Hamrick, and Killings were driving in California one time on the day of an XPW show. Killings was behind the wheel and Rizzono says that he feared for his life.

 

 

 

TOMMY DREAMER TALKS XPW FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

 

WWE employee and “ECW on Sci Fi” superstar TOMMY DREAMER recently became arguably the most well-known wrestling superstar to get involved in the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” historical retrospective. For the first time EVER, Dreamer talked about his adult film cameo (“Whack Attack 5” - also featuring “Brother” Buh Buh Ray Dudley and Alex “Big Dick Dudley” Rizzo).

 

In a funny note (because no XPW retrospective is complete without some humor, considering that that was what so many people loved about XPW TV), while we were speaking, Tommy was on the Internet simultaneously Googling “Whack Attack 5” with the intent of finding the DVD for himself. He was finding results for “Whack Attack 5: BUTTHOLE BUFFET” and kept asking if that was the correct DVD, to which I kept saying, “I’m not sure; I think it’s just called ‘Whack Attack 5’ without any subtitle.” At that point, he joked “You’re writing the thing, you should know.” Finally, upon my mentioning that the DVD cover has an image of Ashlyn Gere, Tommy and I came to the conclusion that he WAS indeed looking at the correct product. Nonetheless, “butthole buffet” will remain a probable candidate for two words that will never come out of Tommy Dreamer’s mouth one after the other, in succession, ever again.

 

While Tommy’s WWE contract does not allow him to OFFICIALLY endorse the “XPW: Bleeding Was ONLY Half the Job” (whereas porn legend Ron Jeremy WAS able to officially attach his name to it as an endorsement, seeing as how he is not under contract to any one company--see http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QKS44NTL

for his endorsement video) because he is under contract to WWE/ECW, Tommy did say that he approves of any effort to promote indy wrestling. Tommy did not comment on the HeatWave 2000 incident. The insight that Tommy contributed to “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is EXTREMEly appreciated. Tommy Dreamer can be seen each Tuesday evening on the Sci Fi Channel.

 

 

 

COMING IN FUTURE “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” UPDATES:

 

*A fascinating list of exactly which former-XPW wrestlers/employees have been put back in touch with each other as a result of the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job”

*Exclusive comment from LANCE STORM about XPW

*Steve Rizzono discusses his 1996 dark match against WWE superstar John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) - the match just so happened to be JBL’s WWE debut, and a start to a magnificent run which saw Bradshaw capture the World Heavyweight Title!

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is an independently-produced, ongoing historical retrospective which details in extraordinary depth the fascinating history of Rob Black’s XPW (Xtreme Pro Wrestling). Officially endorsed by adult film legend Ron Jeremy ( http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KF2BRGPB ) as well as by pro wrestler / promoter / trainer / musician / radio host / magician Verne Langdon (http://www.vernelangdon.com/), the retrospective will go behind-closed-doors and detail everything one could ever want to know about XPW.

 

 

 

The Objective

 

The phrase, “to leave no stone unturned,” is very common nowadays--so common, in fact, that it is often exaggerated. When “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” vows to leave no stone unturned, it is not exaggerating. On the contrary, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is intent on bringing readers dirt that has been concealed among “the boys” since XPW existed and - until now - has never seen the light of day. This fact is evidenced by the involvement of such world-famous entertainers as Ron Jeremy, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer in the project. “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” has all of the necessary resources at its disposal and plans to use those resources with the purpose of bringing to the reader the roller-coaster experience that was XPW.

 

 

 

The Content

 

With over 30 people contributing exclusive comments, it is impossible to do the retrospective’s content justice, but readers can expect a major focus on the more controversial aspects of XPW’s history, such as Rob Black’s friendships with Paul Heyman and Buh Buh Ray Dudley and where exactly the negotiations with ECW went wrong, what exactly happened at the HeatWave 2000 riot, drug use in the XPW locker room, and the inside scoop on whether or not the wrestlers got sexual favors from the porn stars.

 

Find out what The Messiah doesn’t want his fans to know about his personal life and his former-relationship with Rob Black and Lizzy Borden. Follow Josh Lazie as he tells stories of his experiences traveling all around the world with Sabu, including how they got jailed together in Mexico (as well as how El Hijo del Santo played into the story). Learn the stories that Jasmin St. Claire doesn’t want you to know about her history of harassing XPW wrestlers. Get the inside scoops on the roles that Hayabusa, Bruce Hart, and Atsushi Onita played in XPW.

 

Plus, each person who did an interview (see the list below) was asked for their favorite/funniest John Kronus story. Kronus - a former-ECW Tag Team Champion as one half of “The Eliminators” with Perry Saturn - is known not only as being one of the most notorious ribbers in the wrestling business but also for doing crazy stunts with the purpose of entertaining “the boys.” Many of these humorous drugs, sex, and alcohol-related stories will be published in “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job.”

 

 

 

The Wrestlers

 

The best part about “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is that it will be told from the accounts of the people who were there to live the XPW experience, among them Tommy Dreamer, Shane Douglas, Jerry Lynn, Missy Hyatt, and tens of others.

 

Virtually every major wrestler who you could think of who wrestled for or were directly associated with XPW have done extensive shoot interviews about his or her XPW runs and their comments will be incorporated into the retrospective with the purpose of providing first-hand testimony. Everybody was asked about their opinion of how they got into XPW, their opinion of Rob Black and of Lizzy Borden, and then of course more specific questions about their particular involvement in XPW, as well as their favorite party/road stories from XPW.

 

The list of people who have done interviews so far include:

 

* “The Franchise” SHANE DOUGLAS

 

(made very candid comments on a number of different subjects---for a full summary of what Douglas discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...ages/xpwsd.html )

*WWE/ECW superstar TOMMY DREAMER

*Jerry Lynn

*The Blue Meanie

*Missy Hyatt

*Chris Hamrick

*Ron “The Truth” Killings

*Devon Storm (a.k.a. Crowbar)

*“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels

*Shark Boy

*Kevin Kleinrock (former-XPW VP)

*Josh Lazie (former-XPW Talent Relations Director, manager of Sabu, and ex-bassist for the world-famous band DANZIG---for a full summary of what Lazie discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...s/xpwlazie.html )

*Kris Kloss

*Larry Rivera

*CZW promoter/wrestler John Zandig

*Gary Yap

*Verne Langdon (the trainer of Homeless Jimmy, Messiah, Dynamite D, Webb, Damien Steele, Angel, and others)

*Plus over 20 different wrestlers including - but not limited to - Kaos, GQ Money, Altar Boy Luke, Pogo the Clown, “White Trash” Johnny Webb, Dynamite D, Steve Rizzono, and tons of others

 

Many more to be announced!

 

Those who were contacted for interviews about their XPW tenures but declined include:

 

*Sabu (did not want to do any sort of interview regardless of pay---said he would not do the interview even if he were to be paid $5,000---was professional, nonetheless)

*New Jack (no interest in talking about XPW)

*Evan Karagias (wanted $100 for an interview)

*The Messiah (wanted $200+ for an interview--very unprofessional--stalked, harassed, and made absurd legal threats towards creator of "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

***Lizzy Borden (has moved on from wrestling and doesn’t wish to comment on it)

*Jasmin St. Claire (acted like a prima donna [read: Pre-Madonna] and acted extremely unprofessional, saying she was higher than doing wrestling interviews and making physical threats towards "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

*Veronica Caine (Acted like a prima-donna [read: Pres-Madonna] and extremely unprofessional, harassing, stalking, and threatening/encouraging physical harm on the creator of "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

 

***Although Lizzy Borden did not grant an interview, she was very helpful in supplying rare XPW footage and photographs which will be used to supplement the voluminous information that is presented in the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” retrospective.

 

More and more people who were formerly associated with XPW continue to be contacted for interviews and updates will be given if anyone noteworthy agrees to get involved.

 

In addition, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job”’s narrative/written content will be *supplemented* by previously unreleased video footage, photographs, and other exclusive multimedia.

 

 

 

 

 

To read the editions of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” that have been printed up to this point, please visit:

 

http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...xpwhistory.html

 

Be sure to start at the bottom of that page, as the article at the top is the most recent chronologically and the last article is the first article chronologically (assuming you want to read them in chronological order, that is…if not, then dive right in!).

 

For any questions about the retrospective, please e-mail [email protected] Also e-mail that address if you wish to be added to the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” mailing list. Thanks for your interest.

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Come on man, She's married to Johnny Webb and had sex with Mr. 18 Inch. What do you expect?

 

Is she still in porn?

 

Johnny Webb is sitll my favorite person to come out of XPW.

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I expect to be able to do go about my daily business without being harassed, stalked, defamed, libeled, and threatened, as Leah/Veronica Caine has been doing. I regret the position I've been put in (the defensive), but I have no choice.

 

She's going to college to become a nurse. As of 2006 she was still acting in porn on occasion but I think she's distancing herself now.

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damn had no idea she wa sthat crazy in real life. oh well you tried, and you were just trying an honest interview after all nothing wrong with that.

 

cant wait for the finished product with all those contributions.

 

 

man now I gotta get that new dvd.

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That was a nice read. I wish XPW was still around to feud with CZW and I wonder what would have happened To The Messiah if he never had his thumb cut off. and Some of the deathmatch wrestlers would be there I could see Toby Kelin or Necro Butcher there or even J.C> Bailey!

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What happened when XPW/WSX's Kaos met Chris Farley, Chris Jericho, and Sage Stallone all in one night. Check out my WSX TV report at WrestlingObserver.com for this amusing story.

 

http://www.wrestlingobserver.com/wo/news/f...t.asp?aID=18658

nice recap and cool story

 

too bad wsx is done apprantly

 

it was weird to see al katrazz and aguilera on opposite sides after their tag team days. (al has come along way from the convict gimmick complete with orange jumpsuit, ode to nailz) Altough wsx was spelling his name as one word as opposed to his younger days when they cated as if that was his first and last name (ah good old indy pun names)

 

you brought up crayz, what ever happened to him?, I saw him after his split with the team anbd debut as the dark, raven-esque character. I always thought he was pretty impressive from what I saw of him.

 

great to see webb again though as well as kaos (who needs a look-see from wwe or TNA cuz the guy is talented hands-down and has great charisma as we saw from his enterprise days)

 

by the way I watched the "E" dvd finally and it was pretty weird. not enough of E TV on it I say.

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I don't know much about Crayz--only what I've read on SCU and what Kaos has told me. I think I saw one of his maches from the SCCW fancam with Honky Tonk Man and Yokozuna, but other than that know little about him.

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How is the After the Fall DVD?

 

Is it just matches or is there some type of feature?

 

Are the matches a solid representation of what XPW was all about?

 

All I have been able to see is Hostile Takeover and Exit Sandman, and I liked both of those shows.

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After the Fall is definitely a good representation of what XPW was about. Virtually all of the Public Enemy footage was new; a lot of the other stuff had been released already, so for me whose seen all of the XPW footage out there it wasn't stupendous, but for a new fan the footage has a great mix of stuff.

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The below column is a special edition of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job.” Official editions will be written in a more formal tone than this one is. During the first half of 2002, I was a guest columnist on XPWrestling.com. This is one column that for whatever reason never ended up going up on the site. Until now, it has never been read. It was written in the weeks leading up to Genocide. Enjoy.

 

For more information on the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” retrospective, please scroll down to the end of the column. Nowhere else will you experience:

 

- Tommy Dreamer talking about the porn industry

- Shane Douglas shedding his true feelings on Terry Funk

- The Blue Meanie opening up about Jasmin St. Claire and her sexual harassment of a specific former-XPW wrestler

- Josh Lazie telling everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about Sabu

 

Welcome to XP fucking W, where bleeding was only HALF the job!

 

Do you have a question about XPW? E-mail [email protected] and get it answered!

 

CAUTION: Enter at your own risk. Barbed-wire and florescent light tubes are around every corner.

 

XPW Insight (Edition #2): Can The Enterprise Overtake XPW?

 

Hey peeps. I’m Jonathan Barber and am back with my second edition of “XPW Insight.” You remember me, right? I’m the guy who did that column on the New Jack/Vic Grimes feud about two months ago. This time, I’m going to write column a column about The Enterprise. XPW fans have realized by now the importance of The E’s ever-growing power over XPW. The question is this - is it possible for them to actually conquer XPW as we know it?

 

Let’s take a look at each of the determining factors of this question, ranging from their dominance over XPW’s title situation and Kaos’ influence to their recent acquisition of The Sandman and perhaps most importantly the one faction that stands in their way of complete control:, The Black Army.

 

 KAOS: The reigning (and inaugural, may I add) XPW Television Champion is, besides perhaps The Sandman, The Enterprise’s greatest asset. Late 2001 was when the birth of Kaos’ new persona, “The Rock Superstar” emerged. He’s now a cocky, flashy, and downright hip superstar, and so far his new style has seemed to work to his advantage. At last year’s “Damage Inc.,” the still-fan favorite Kaos upset Konnan in the final round of the XPW’s Television Title Tournament to be crowned the first XPW TV Champion. After the match, though, was the real story, as Kaos turned on his uncle Supreme and joined their arch-enemy, The E.

 

Since his TV Title win, Kaos has been hotter than ever, and hasn’t shown any signs of cooling off any time in the near future. He’s successfully defended his TV Title against all contenders, including Nosawa (twice, each time in “Matches of the Night”), Angel, Psicosis, Chris Hamrick, and, in quite a surprise, “The Original Gangsta” NEW JACK! Even more impressive was the bout where the young stud ended the year-long undefeated streak of XPW’s resident behemoth, Pogo the Clown, at November 25’s “Retribution.” By doing that, Kaos had accomplished what superstars like Angel, Kraq, Steve Rizzono, John Kronus, Big Dick Dudley, and even current XPW World Heavyweight Champion “White Trash” Johnny Webb weren’t able to do!

 

In that time, Kaos has also compiled quite a bag of finishing moves. He’s always used the Flying Guillotine, The Kaos Cutter, and The Kaos Driver, but he’s recently added two new ones, those being “The Falling Star” (a Crucifix Powerbomb into a Piledriver combo, which he debuted at Freefall) and the immensely popular “Kaostrify.” The Rock Superstar now looks to be the complete package and is one of the keys to The E’s success. He’s now reunited with his former arch-rival, Steve Rizzono, and those two, when on the same page, have always been quite a formidable duo to mess with.

 

 THE TITLE DOMINANCE: The E has a strong grip on XPW’s titles. Kaos has held the XPW Television Title since late August 2001, and The Sandman, their newest member, recently defeated Supreme (albeit with some helpful interference by The E) at Freefall to win XPW’s extreme title, the King of the Deathmatch Championship. Also at Freefall, E member G.Q. Money received a World Heavyweight Title shot against Webb.

 

Kaos has been hot ever since he joined The E late last year. He’s successfully defended the title against several of XPW’s top superstars (see above), and has even scored major upsets over Pogo the Clown and New Jack. At Freefall, he successfully defended the title in a “Gauntlet Match” against THREE different competitors, those being Angel, Chris Hamrick, and Nosawa. “The Rock Superstar”’s dominance of the XPW TV Title seems unending, and it only adds to The E’s power.

 

At Freefall, The Sandman challenged Supreme for XPW’s King of the Deathmatch Title. Before the match, Sandman came out to the ring and berated Supreme, claiming to be the true “Hardcore Icon” and insisting that he’s the only man who’s dared use kendo sticks, barbed-wire, and tables in such violent manners. This sparked Supreme to challenge Sandman to a title match, which was readily accepted. Supreme dominated Sandman during most of the match, throwing him into a bed of barbed-wire and a bed of nails.

 

However, The E interfered and assisted Sandman in pushing Supreme down onto one of the beds, giving Sandman the title win. The E had a brand-new member, and it was their most powerful weapon, yet. Sandman’s title win at Freefall brings The E’s title count to two, and Webb’s World Heavyweight Title looks to be their next goal.

 

Lastly, it was at New Year’s Revolution II that G.Q. Money won an elimination battle royal consisting of The Enterprise, La Familia, and The Black Army, giving him a shot at Webb’s XPW World Heavyweight Title at “Freefall.” This was G.Q.’s first title shot, let alone World Heavyweight Title shot, and he made quite a showing for his first main-event level bout. Going into the match, the stipulation was that if Webb won, XPW TV went back to one full hour per week for at least a year, but if G.Q. won the title, the show would be completely run by The E. Although G.Q. gave Webb everything he had, , Webb came out on top with the 1-2-3 win in the end to retain his title and force XPW TV back to a full hour. Nonetheless, getting a shot at XPW’s top title only further strengthened The E’s dominance of power in XPW.

 

 THE SANDMAN: The addition of the original “Hardcore Icon” to the Enterprise is a key to their abuse on XPW. Sandman is the only main event level grappler in the faction (although Kaos has a chance of climbing to that level), and even pinned XPW World Champion Webb, only to have the decision reversed due to some cheap calls. He’s held the ECW World Heavyweight Title on five different occasions (the all-time high) and has defeated all of ECW’s greatest superstars at one time or another. Since coming to XPW, he’s went toe-to-toe with top superstars like Vic Grimes, Konnan, Vampiro, Webb, and now Supreme.

 

The hardcore influence that Sandman brings to The E is invaluable. Sandman can take anything, from barbed-wire being wrapped around him to Singapore cane shots. He is arguably XPW’s top superstar, and he brings valuable name power as well as weaponry to The E. However, he will not stay with them forever, so they’d be smart to use them to their fullest advantage while he’s on their side. To do that, they must treat him with great care. One never knows what Sandman will do next, and that’s his main weapon: unpredictability. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he’d turn on them and join The Black Army. They must be careful to not upset him, let alone infuriate him, as that’s when he becomes the most dangerous. The slightest diss, insult, or tension in the faction could force Sandman to turn on the group, and that would probably end up being The E’s worst nightmare…ever.

 

Sandman is hardcore beyond hardcore’s most violent stages, and that’s just what XPW stands for: violence. Up until recently, he was XPW’s most popular star to date, as he represented everything that professional wrestling fans craved. However, he gave all of that away to join The E, so he must have had a very good reason for doing so. Sandman is definitely going to play an integral part in the seemingly endless war between The Black Army and The Enterprise.

 

 EVAN KARAGIAS’ INFLUENCE: On February 16, 2002’s edition of E/XPW TV, former-WCW Cruiserweight Champion Evan Karagias made his XPW debut and joined The Black Army. He made an impressive debut at Freefall against Psychosis. The match was one of several potential “Match of the Night” candidates and it offered a great taste of the former-WCW cruiserweight division. Fans saw a spectacular mix of high-flying, mat wrestling, and athleticism, (as well as one of the most vile-looking clotheslines ever seen in an XPW ring) which made for a very high-quality showing by the teen hearthrob.

 

With Karagias now a member of The Black Army, he has several intriguing fantasy to look forward to. Opponents like Kaos, Chris Hamrick, and Steve Rizzono will give him a chance to shine in XPW, but he must take the bull by the horns, so to say, and waste no time in getting to work in trying to end The E’s hot streak.

 

Karagias is a very valuable asset to The Black Army, as he’s the only universally-recognized name (besides perhaps Vic Grimes) that’s a member of their faction, and his potential, like Hamrick and Kaos’, is unlimited. He brings that rare mix of technical skills, unending high flying tactics, and hardcore weapons that is a rare find in XPW. He’s the only superstar (besides Nosawa) in The Black Army that can match Kaos in mat wrestling and high flying technique. Like The Enterprise’s grasp of Sandman, The Black Army must be careful not to lose Karagias’ services, either, as they will lack a valuable asset without him.

 

 TV TIME: For the past two weeks, we’ve seen XPW TV be cut to a half-hour instead of a full hour per week. On February 9, 2002, XPW TV’s first half-hour went as planned. The second-half-hour, though, was a different story, as the screen went blank and came back on to reveal a new segment called, “E-TV,” which was conducted by (you guessed it!) The Enterprise.

 

Since it’s relatively well known that XPW is no fan of the old WCW (or the WWF, for that matter), it was only suiting that The E had a segment hosted by “Tony Shablowme” (who was obviously G.Q. Money dressed up in drag) and “Mike Tenish” (who was played by Kaos). “The Professor” (Mike Tenish) showed off some of his wrestling knowledge by rattling off names of foreign wrestling promotions and wrestlers, and then passed it down to “Cock Hendrix” (T.J. Rush) for an interview with E diva Veronica Caine. As the show went off the air, The E issued to Rob Black’s Army a message that was quite simple: The E is taking over.

 

On February 16, The E had another 20-minute segment towards the end of XPW TV. Once again, The E mocked WCW with a segment parodying their movie, “Ready To Rumble.” The E gloated about G.Q.’s then-upcoming title shot against Webb, and it seemed like there was some heat between G.Q. and Kaos, but as the show went off the air, they made up and were back together, stronger than ever. It may have lasted for only two episodes, but The E having their own segment on XPW TV was a major shot toward The Black Army, which brings us to…

 

 THE BLACK ARMY: The animosity between The Enterprise and XPW owner Rob Black’s Army began as January 12’s “New Year’s Revolution II” came on the air, with The Black Army getting the best of The E in a brief brawl. The night was far from over, though…

 

NYR2 was hyped to feature the debut of a superstar that nobody would ever expect to appear in XPW, an announcement that would change professional wrestling as everyone knew it, and the debut of a new XPW X-Girl. None of those things happened.

 

The next week on XPW TV, it was revealed that The E was behind everything - they had screwed XPW’s fans into believing that NYR2 would be a historic night. Rob Black’s Army was furious and over the next few weeks, the rivalry between the two factions heated up immensely. The feud has not shown any signs of ending, and it looks to only be becoming progressively more bitter.

 

The question is whether The E can overtake The Black Army and reign supreme over XPW. Webb and G.Q. Money became embroiled in a feud over the XPW World Heavyweight Title. Over the past few months, E and Black Army members have engaged in several matches with one another. G.Q. Money and Angel have faced off, but it seemed that Angel came out on top (no pun intended!). Kaos has retained his XPW TV Title against Angel and Nosawa on a few occasions, while Webb has defeated several E members, including G.Q. Money, Steve Rizzono, and T.J. Rush. At “Redemption,” though, Kaos scored a huge win over Webb. Even though Kaos wasn’t with The E at that point in time, that victory has to give The E major confidence when they look back - after all, one of their guys beat the current Heavyweight champ!

 

A powerful blow was struck the night after NY2, when Rob Black banned The E from appearing on XPW TV. Would they find a whole? Of course. They weaseled their way back onto the show by starting to air paid advertisements in which they trashed Black and his goons. They even went as far as taking the last half-hour of XPW TV and using it to air their own segments. However, when G.Q. Money lost his title shot against Webb at Freefall, the stipulation forced XPW TV to go back to its regular full hour, without anymore E-TV.

 

Even the X-Girls have faced off as a result of this feud. At Freefall, Lizzy Borden ripped off Veronica Caine’s top to win the “Buck-Naked Match,” but the lights went off and The E covered up Caine with a towel, much to the fans’ dismay. Once again, The Enterprise had screwed the fans. Later on that same night, The Black Army did get considerable revenge upon The E by gaining one key victory: thanks to Webb’s successful title defense against G.Q., XPW TV was forced to go back to one full hour, without The E’s segments. The coup de grâce came after that match when The Black Army ran in and attacked G.Q., going so far as to shave the hair off of his head!

 

Also at Freefall, The Black Army lost a key element to their force (at least for several months) when New Jack tossed arch-rival “Vicious” Vic Grimes off of a 40-foot scaffold in the most dangerous bump in the history of professional wrestling. Grimes landed on the back of his neck and back. He has been to hell, but can he return from it?

 

With the exception of G.Q. losing his title match, Freefall was clearly The E’s night, as they gained the all-important allegiances of the new King of the Deathmatch The Sandman, while The Black Army lost in Grimes a key member of their squad. Lastly, although he didn’t come through with the title win, G.Q. Money struck a huge blow in The Black Army at NYR2 when he won the elimination battle royal to earn a shot Webb’s title, thereby proving that The E were out for complete dominance.

 

 THE FUTURE: The future for The Enterprise looks very bright, but how it plays out depends in large part on the development of The Black Army’s roster. Both factions have shown interest in acquiring the services of the newly-introduced Chris Hamrick. Evan Karagias will undoubtedly play a big part in The Black Army’s future as well, and hopefully he will engage in some great bouts with opposing members of The E. The Black Army has several superstars that, when at their best, are valuable weapons, such as Kraq, Kronus, and Nosawa. However, it seems like these superstars have not appeared much in XPW as of late, and a lot of The Black Army’s success hinders on willingness of their members to show up and wage the war against The E.

 

With Vic Grimes out for seemingly the next few months, The Black Army has lost a key asset. Grimes’ battles with New Jack were bloodbaths, and even on his worst night, he is the toughest superstar in the Army. Much of The Black Army’s success rides on whether Grimes makes a successful recovery. Meanwhile, the unpredictable Sandman is The E’s most valuable star and they would be smart to wage war immediately while they still have his allegiance, as it’s inevitable that he won’t remain with them forever.

 

Lastly, The E would be smart in trying to recruit the services of D (formerly Dynamite D) and The So-Cal Jobbers Union. While they’re no main event level stars, The Union would help dramatically in numbers, as is evident by how they dismantled Pogo the Clown at Freefall. With war being waged with the Army at the present moment as I speak, The E would be very smart to take in The Union under their roof.

 

 THE LAST WORD: In summary, The E’s most valuable weapons are Kaos and The Sandman, while The Black Army’s prized possessions are the now-injured Vic Grimes and XPW World Heavyweight Champion Webb. The E has a solid bunch of smaller threats, like Steve Rizzono, T.J. Rush, and G.Q. Money, while The Black Army’s up-and-comers mainly consist of Kraq, Angel, Nosawa, and their newest member Evan Karagias. If Black is able to recruit Chris Hamrick as he’s expressed interest in doing, that would make for quite a team of high flyers: Nosawa, Karagias, and Hamrick!

 

If The E want to gain complete control of XPW (which they obviously do), I’d recommend that they go after dominance immediately. With Grimes out for several months and Kraq not doing all that much at the moment, now would be The E’s best opportunity to achieve superiority. Also, Sandman has always been hard to trust, having had more alliances and enemies than can be counted. One never knows what he’s up to - it’s always possible that he could turn on The E at any time. They should seek control of XPW right now - before The Black Army can recruit any newcomers (like Hamrick) and before Vic Grimes can make his return.

 

As was stated above, The So-Cal Jobbers Union would add a dramatic edge on The E’s part in terms of strength in numbers. Plus, D’s amazing technical exploits would add even more talent to a faction which is already stacked with just that (Kaos, G.Q., Rizzono, etc.). The Union is a bunch of young dogs looking for somebody to bite and the added value that they’d bring would make them more than worth taking under The E’s wing.

 

As The E’s most valuable member, Sandman may very well be the determining factor in who wins the war between The Black Army and The E. The E must stay on his good side, as the possibility of him turning on them and joining The Black Army is certainly a possibility after his sudden betrayal of XPW’s fans at Freefall. Sandman is a superstar; better yet, he is a legend, and The E would be ignorant to do anything that would provoke him to leave their side.

 

It now looks as if The E and Black Army are basically even in terms of talent, so I’d recommend that The E not waste any time and attempt to gain supremacy over XPW right now. They’re on a hot streak, as they hold two of XPW’s titles, recently gained a new member in the all-powerful Sandman, and have the sexual allure of Veronica Caine.

 

Time is valuable, and wasting it is a sin. Now is the time for The E to shine.

 

I’m Jonathan Barber, and ‘till next time, have a nice day (Foley rules!)!!!

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is an independently-produced, ongoing historical retrospective which details in extraordinary depth the fascinating history of Rob Black’s XPW (Xtreme Pro Wrestling). Officially endorsed by adult film legend Ron Jeremy ( http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KF2BRGPB ) as well as by pro wrestler / promoter / trainer / musician / radio host / magician Verne Langdon (http://www.vernelangdon.com/), the retrospective will go behind-closed-doors and detail everything one could ever want to know about XPW.

 

 

 

The Objective

 

The phrase, “to leave no stone unturned,” is very common nowadays--so common, in fact, that it is often exaggerated. When “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” vows to leave no stone unturned, it is not exaggerating. On the contrary, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is intent on bringing readers dirt that has been concealed among “the boys” since XPW existed and - until now - has never seen the light of day. This fact is evidenced by the involvement of such world-famous entertainers as Ron Jeremy, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer in the project. “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” has all of the necessary resources at its disposal and plans to use those resources with the purpose of bringing to the reader the roller-coaster experience that was XPW.

 

 

 

The Content

 

With over 30 people contributing exclusive comments, it is impossible to do the retrospective’s content justice, but readers can expect a major focus on the more controversial aspects of XPW’s history, such as Rob Black’s friendships with Paul Heyman and Buh Buh Ray Dudley and where exactly the negotiations with ECW went wrong, what exactly happened at the HeatWave 2000 riot, drug use in the XPW locker room, and the inside scoop on whether or not the wrestlers got sexual favors from the porn stars.

 

Find out what The Messiah doesn’t want his fans to know about his personal life and his former-relationship with Rob Black and Lizzy Borden. Follow Josh Lazie as he tells stories of his experiences traveling all around the world with Sabu, including how they got jailed together in Mexico (as well as how El Hijo del Santo played into the story). Learn the stories that Jasmin St. Claire has tried to prevent from being published about her history of harassing XPW wrestlers. Get the inside scoops on the roles that Hayabusa, Bruce Hart, and Atsushi Onita played in XPW.

 

Plus, each person who did an interview (see the list below) was asked for their favorite/funniest John Kronus story. Kronus - a former-ECW Tag Team Champion as one half of “The Eliminators” with Perry Saturn - is known not only as being one of the most notorious ribbers in the wrestling business but also for doing crazy stunts with the purpose of entertaining “the boys.” Many of these humorous drugs, sex, and alcohol-related stories will be published in “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job.”

 

 

 

The Wrestlers

 

The best part about “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is that it will be told from the accounts of the people who were there to live the XPW experience, among them Tommy Dreamer, Shane Douglas, Jerry Lynn, Missy Hyatt, and tens of others.

 

Virtually every major wrestler who you could think of who wrestled for or were directly associated with XPW have done extensive shoot interviews about his or her XPW runs and their comments will be incorporated into the retrospective with the purpose of providing first-hand testimony. Everybody was asked about their opinion of how they got into XPW, their opinion of Rob Black and of Lizzy Borden, and then of course more specific questions about their particular involvement in XPW, as well as their favorite party/road stories from XPW.

 

The list of people who have done interviews so far include:

 

* “The Franchise” SHANE DOUGLAS

 

(made very candid comments on a number of different subjects---for a full summary of what Douglas discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...ages/xpwsd.html )

*WWE/ECW superstar TOMMY DREAMER

*Jerry Lynn

*The Blue Meanie

*Missy Hyatt

*Chris Hamrick

*Ron “The Truth” Killings

*Devon Storm (a.k.a. Crowbar)

*“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels

*Shark Boy

*Kevin Kleinrock (former-XPW VP)

*Josh Lazie (former-XPW Talent Relations Director, manager of Sabu, and ex-bassist for the world-famous band DANZIG---for a full summary of what Lazie discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...s/xpwlazie.html )

*Kris Kloss

*Larry Rivera

*CZW promoter/wrestler John Zandig

*Gary Yap

*Verne Langdon (the trainer of Homeless Jimmy, Messiah, Dynamite D, Webb, Damien Steele, Angel, and others)

*Plus over 20 different wrestlers including - but not limited to - Kaos, GQ Money, Altar Boy Luke, Pogo the Clown, “White Trash” Johnny Webb, Dynamite D, Steve Rizzono, and tons of others

 

Many more to be announced!

 

Those who were contacted for interviews about their XPW tenures but declined include:

 

*Sabu

*New Jack

*Evan Karagias (wanted $100 for an interview)

*The Messiah (wanted $200+ for an interview--very unprofessional--stalked, harassed, and made absurd legal threats towards creator of "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

***Lizzy Borden (has moved on from wrestling and doesn’t wish to comment on it)

*Jasmin St. Claire (acted like a prima donna [read: Pre-Madonna] and acted extremely unprofessional, saying she was higher than doing wrestling interviews and making physical threats towards "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

*Veronica Caine

 

***Although Lizzy Borden did not grant an interview, she was very helpful in supplying rare XPW footage and photographs which will be used to supplement the voluminous information that is presented in the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” retrospective.

 

More and more people who were formerly associated with XPW continue to be contacted for interviews and updates will be given if anyone noteworthy agrees to get involved.

 

In addition, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job”’s narrative/written content will be *supplemented* by previously unreleased video footage, photographs, and other exclusive multimedia.

 

 

 

 

 

To read the editions of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” that have been printed up to this point, please visit:

 

http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...xpwhistory.html

 

Be sure to start at the bottom of that page, as the article at the top is the most recent chronologically and the last article is the first article chronologically (assuming you want to read them in chronological order, that is…if not, then dive right in!).

 

For any questions about the retrospective, please e-mail [email protected] Also e-mail that address if you wish to be added to the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” mailing list. Thanks for your interest.

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Nice article there. I just watched the Genocide dvd last week.(the dvd kept pausing and skippin during th epsychosi/hamrick match though, there are no scratches on the dvd so maybe a production error?) finished the enterprise dvd last week as well (the Doring/Kaos match was the best match on the dvd), it was fun but way too out of sequence in the main program.

 

I don't remember, how was the E/Black Army feud ended? was Genocide the end? I stopped watching XPW when WWE Confidential came on, cuz I wnted to tape Confidential all the time.

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The Angel/GQ Money feud continued with Liberty or Death with Angel/Lizzy vs. GQ/VC and then culminated at the death match tournament (the next show) with Angel beating GQ. The Lizzy/VC feud ended at Liberty or Death with the above tag team match.

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For those of you who have not yet heard the sad news - Darren "Dynamite D" McMillan passed away on the evening of April 11 as a result of complications of cancer. D was an awesome wrestler and an even better person. :(

 

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D is in the middle, next to "Movie Star Mike" Smith and Terry Funk

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For those of you who have not yet heard the sad news - Darren "Dynamite D" McMillan passed away on the evening of April 11 as a result of complications of cancer. D was an awesome wrestler and an even better person. :(

 

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D is in the middle, next to "Movie Star Mike" Smith and Terry Funk

Oh my, that's so sad. Man that sucks. RIP D you were very entertaining and a good wrestler to boot. I'll always remember the time I saw him in person squash Damien Steele while dressed as The Ultimate Warrior.

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Here are new, never-before-released photos of Darren “Dynamite D” McMillan with people such as Terry Funk - http://www.geocities.com/xpw5yearslater/dpics.htm

 

These are of a younger Darren before many of us fans saw him in XPW, but even then, just like he was up until the day of his passing, he was "THE WORLD'S GREATEST WRESTLER."

 

WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU, D, GOD BLESS!

 

 

 

COMMENTARY originally posted at http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...ges/xpw430.html

 

I only knew Darren McMillan for the final two years of his life, but I am privileged and thankful to be able to consider him my friend based on that period of time.

 

When I think of Darren, two of the first words to come to mind are “thoughtful” and “genuine.” Darren’s great heart made him so easy to get along with. He was *genuinely* (that’s the key word) concerned that whoever he was interacting with was having a good day.

 

I feel satisfied with my last conversation with Darren because it was a rewarding one. Darren seemed so flattered when I mentioned that I had spotted his name in the million-miles-per-hour scrolling credits at the end of a WSX episode.

 

But Darren, *I* should’ve been the one who was proud of *YOU*!

 

Speaking of WSX, one thing I can be happy about is that before he passed, Darren witnessed the first season of WSX unfold on MTV. It was a fitting last couple months of his life to be able to see so many of his buddies appear on national TV doing the thing they loved most in life. I know he was proud of them, and his getting credited as “Talent Coordinator” was just the icing on the cake.

 

Two other words that come to mind when I think of Darren are “fair” and “respectful.” He treated everybody equally and respectfully in a business where such qualities are sorely lacking.

 

Even beyond his inexpressibly great character, Darren was a professional wrestler. He desired to fit into the “new breed” of wrestling, but at the same time, he also sought to *maintain* the old school roots under which he was trained---the guy who trained him, Verne Langdon, was introduced to the business by Lou Thesz, among other legends.

 

Darren accomplished this delicate balance. How, you ask? He did it by playing a character called “Mr. 80’s,” which entailed Darren wrestling traditional matches on cards that were filled largely with gore. It needs to be mentioned that although most people will probably never get the opportunity to see them because of their rarity on tape, his matches with Hombre de Oro/Carlito Montana represented truly *professional* wrestling as it is supposed to be.

 

“Mr. 80’s” was one of the most likeable characters in XPW. The mark of a good wrestling babyface is when you can convince a whiny 2-year-old girl, a rowdy teenager, an upstanding middle-aged man, and a soft-spoken little old lady to cheer for you.

 

That’s what “Dynamite D” did every night! D appealed to the cartoon nature that kids adore as well as to the old-time fans who saw him as delivering a dose of ‘80’s nostalgia right into their laps, and even to the technical purists who desperately wanted to believe that XPW was more than just violence, and when D was in the ring, they were shown that indeed it was.

 

Darren took pride in portraying the “Mr. 80’s” character. Some of the people he had plans to impersonate but never got the chance to for whatever reason include Paul E. Dangerously and The Junkyard Dog (both at Go Funk Yourself, but Rob Black turned him down…“One of [Rob’s] many mistakes in my book and yet another one of my genius on-the-spot suggestions,” he said.).

 

Darren knew that his portrayal of the “Mr. 80’s” gimmick was something special when Sabu developed a routine of coming up to him before each XPW show to shake his hand before quickly asking which legend he was going to masquerade as later that night.

 

Darren’s contributions to the wrestling business spanned more than 15 years. A large number of the wrestlers, referees, and managers on the So-Cal wrestling scene had their very first exposure to professional wrestling NOT through live shows, and not even though TV, but rather by way of Darren’s Saturday night radio show “WrestleTalk.” In fact, one can see many of the old “WrestleTalk” fans come out of the wood work by checking out this message board thread: http://www.socaluncensored.com/board/showthread.php3?t=12683.

 

After the WrestleTalk era, Darren continued to pass his knowledge down at both the Slammers Wrestling Gym and the XPW Aslyum. His trainees will testify to the fact that he *genuinely* wanted them to succeed in professional wrestling.

 

I am sure that Darren is in a better place now. I can see him kicking back in the company of his late XPW buddies such as Big Dick Dudley, Public Enemy, and Chris Candido in the skies above.

 

And every Saturday night…

 

maybe…

 

just maybe…

 

Darren is having…

 

among the company of other deceased wrestling talents…

 

the five-star matches…

 

that made “Dynamite D” so great.

 

Thanks, Darren.

 

Your friend,

 

Jonathan Barber

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

“XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is an independently-produced, ongoing historical retrospective which is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Rob Black’s XPW (Xtreme Pro Wrestling) by way of detailing in extraordinary depth its fascinating history. Officially endorsed by adult film legend Ron Jeremy ( http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KF2BRGPB ) as well as by pro wrestler / promoter / trainer / musician / radio host / magician Verne Langdon (http://www.vernelangdon.com/), and with the help of Extreme Championship Wrestling legends TOMMY DREAMER, SHANE DOUGLAS, and JERRY LYNN and Danzig ex-bassist Josh Lazie, the retrospective will go behind-closed-doors and detail everything one could ever want to know about XPW.

 

To read the editions of “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” that have been printed up to this point, please visit:

 

http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...xpwhistory.html

 

Be sure to start at the bottom of that page, as the article at the top is the most recent chronologically and the last article is the first article chronologically (assuming you want to read them in chronological order, that is…if not, then dive right in!).

 

For any questions about the retrospective, please e-mail [email protected]. Also e-mail that address if you wish to be added to the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” mailing list. Thanks for your interest.

 

 

 

The Objective

 

The phrase, “to leave no stone unturned,” is very common nowadays--so common, in fact, that it is often exaggerated. When “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” vows to leave no stone unturned, it is not exaggerating. On the contrary, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is intent on bringing readers dirt that has been concealed among “the boys” since XPW existed and - until now - has never seen the light of day. This fact is evidenced by the involvement of such world-famous entertainers as Ron Jeremy, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer in the project. “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” has all of the necessary resources at its disposal and plans to use those resources with the purpose of bringing to the reader the roller-coaster experience that was XPW.

 

 

 

The Content

 

With over 30 people contributing exclusive comments, it is impossible to do the retrospective’s content justice, but readers can expect a major focus on the more controversial aspects of XPW’s history, such as Rob Black’s friendships with Paul Heyman and Buh Buh Ray Dudley and where exactly the negotiations with ECW went wrong, what exactly happened at the HeatWave 2000 riot, drug use in the XPW locker room, and the inside scoop on whether or not the wrestlers got sexual favors from the porn stars.

 

Find out what The Messiah doesn’t want his fans to know about his personal life and his former-relationship with Rob Black and Lizzy Borden. Follow Josh Lazie as he tells stories of his experiences traveling all around the world with Sabu, including how they got jailed together in Mexico (as well as how El Hijo del Santo played into the story). Learn the stories that Jasmin St. Claire has tried to prevent from being published about her history of harassing XPW wrestlers. Get the inside scoops on the roles that Hayabusa, Bruce Hart, and Atsushi Onita played in XPW.

 

Plus, each person who did an interview (see the list below) was asked for their favorite/funniest John Kronus story. Kronus - a former-ECW Tag Team Champion as one half of “The Eliminators” with Perry Saturn - is known not only as being one of the most notorious ribbers in the wrestling business but also for doing crazy stunts with the purpose of entertaining “the boys.” Many of these humorous drugs, sex, and alcohol-related stories will be published in “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job.”

 

 

 

The Wrestlers

 

The best part about “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” is that it will be told from the accounts of the people who were there to live the XPW experience, among them Tommy Dreamer, Shane Douglas, Jerry Lynn, Missy Hyatt, and tens of others.

 

Virtually every major wrestler who you could think of who wrestled for or were directly associated with XPW have done extensive shoot interviews about his or her XPW runs and their comments will be incorporated into the retrospective with the purpose of providing first-hand testimony. Everybody was asked about their opinion of how they got into XPW, their opinion of Rob Black and of Lizzy Borden, and then of course more specific questions about their particular involvement in XPW, as well as their favorite party/road stories from XPW.

 

The list of people who have done interviews so far include:

 

* “The Franchise” SHANE DOUGLAS

 

(made very candid comments on a number of different subjects---for a full summary of what Douglas discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...ages/xpwsd.html )

*WWE/ECW superstar TOMMY DREAMER

*Jerry Lynn

*The Blue Meanie

*Missy Hyatt

*Chris Hamrick

*Ron “The Truth” Killings

*Devon Storm (a.k.a. Crowbar)

*“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels

*Shark Boy

*Kevin Kleinrock (former-XPW VP)

*Josh Lazie (former-XPW Talent Relations Director, manager of Sabu, and ex-bassist for the world-famous band DANZIG---for a full summary of what Lazie discussed, go to http://www.declarationofindependents.net/d...s/xpwlazie.html )

*Kris Kloss

*Larry Rivera

*CZW promoter/wrestler John Zandig

*Gary Yap

*Verne Langdon (the trainer of Homeless Jimmy, Messiah, Dynamite D, Webb, Damien Steele, Angel, and others)

*Plus over 20 different wrestlers including - but not limited to - Kaos, GQ Money, Altar Boy Luke, Pogo the Clown, “White Trash” Johnny Webb, Dynamite D, Steve Rizzono, and tons of others

 

Many more to be announced!

 

Those who were contacted for interviews about their XPW tenures but declined include:

 

*Sabu

*New Jack

*Evan Karagias (wanted $100 for an interview)

*The Messiah (wanted $200+ for an interview--very unprofessional--stalked, harassed, and made absurd legal threats towards creator of "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

***Lizzy Borden (has moved on from wrestling and doesn’t wish to comment on it)

*Jasmin St. Claire (acted like a prima donna [read: Pre-Madonna] and acted extremely unprofessional, saying she was higher than doing wrestling interviews and making physical threats towards "XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job")

*Veronica Caine

 

***Although Lizzy Borden did not grant an interview, she was very helpful in supplying rare XPW footage and photographs which will be used to supplement the voluminous information that is presented in the “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job” retrospective.

 

More and more people who were formerly associated with XPW continue to be contacted for interviews and updates will be given if anyone noteworthy agrees to get involved.

 

In addition, “XPW: Bleeding Was Only HALF the Job”’s narrative/written content will be *supplemented* by previously unreleased video footage, photographs, and other exclusive multimedia.

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Guest DaDirtiest

Wow, my first night as a member here, I read all 14 pages of this thread. You haven't posted a new part in like 6 months. Your buddy is doing one hell of a job getting that website ready. Did Rob Black and Lizzy Borden 'Messiah-nize' you?

 

Anyways, I was quite interested in this story, but I know to come back around 2010 when you can do a couple of more entries into this entertaining story of sex, drugs, wrestling and no morals at all. Gotta love it.

 

Hafta see that Funk / Douglas shoot, sound like fun.

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http://www.amazon.com/XPW-Class-X-Presents...n/dp/B000Q677FE

 

XPW Class-X Presents: XPW TV - The Complete First Season (2000)

 

Actors: Xpw-TV

Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC

Language: English

Region: All Regions

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Number of discs: 2

Rating

Studio: Big Vision

DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007

Run Time: 420 minutes

 

In the year 2000, Xtreme Professional Wrestling launched XPW TV! Syndicated throughout the United States, XPW TV would run for 4 years and over 130 episodes. Now, for the first time ever the COMPLETE FIRST SEASON of XPW TV is available on DVD. 13 episodes that would lay the groundwork for a wrestling revolution! Featuring Shane Douglas, Chris Candido, Tammy Sytch, Big Dick Dudley, Supreme, "The Real Deal" Damien Steele, Homeless Jimmy, The Messiah, "White Trash" Johnny Webb, Jake Lawless, Kronus, The Public Enemy, The Pit Bulls, "Mr. 80's" Dynamite D, and many, many more including the Women of XPW Lizzy Borden, Kristi Myst, Jessica Darlin, Nicole Bass, and Jasmin St. Claire. All the matches! All the skits! All the insanity that was XPW TV! PLUS - NEVER BEFORE SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE AND UNRELEASED MATCHES!

 

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