the ohio valley

You know what bothers me about Jim Cornette?

In the 1980s and 1990s, Jim Cornette was a prominent figure in professional wrestling because it’s a business that he took very seriously. His promotion, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was one of the best in the South region and it featured several top stars- everybody from New Jack to Shawn Michaels. True story: SMW is the only roster that featured both of them, Buddy Landel, Al Snow, The Undertaker, Chris Candido, and many more at any given time. Once SMW closed, Cornette helped cultivate Ohio Valley Wrestling, and has since worked for Ring Of Honor, TNA, and virtually anywhere who wanted an incredible wrestling mind involved.

HOWEVER…

Jim Cornette cannot ignore anything he doesn’t immediately agree with. Jim Cornette cannot help putting his foot in his mouth. Jim Cornette doesn’t love many aspects of wrestling, which most of us do not, but his assessment of these things are often times so vile that it’s sickening to hear him speak. When Cornette isn’t spewing vitriol about what he dislikes, he’s sharing some amazing knowledge of wrestling legends long since forgotten. I wouldn’t know who George “Crybaby” Cannon or Chris Colt were if not for hearing Cornette speak on them. I also wouldn't have heard him refer to several wrestlers, such as Chyna, as disgustingly as he had. I met Chyna in 2015, shortly before she passed, and have never felt so welcome and appreciated as I did with her. However, to hear Cornette tell it, he “don’t give a fuck whether [she] turns blue, drops dead, or catches on fire” [x].

The thing is, I get it. I get why he’s frustrated with a lot of wrestlers and wrestling in general. I get his Southern attitude because he’s the type of people that I’ve grown up around. However, the landscape has changed. Racist people shut the fuck up now. Homophobes keep it to themselves. Sexism is something we’re all fighting against now. The entire world around us has changed, yet Cornette doesn’t care, and furthermore, refuses to admit when he’s wrong. Ask Kevin Owens, for example. At this point, Cornette is shitting on Kenny Omega, when the dude’s done probably the best work of his life in the last year, and will continue to be one of the greats to headline any event he’s on. I’m not sure why Cornette continues to have it out for him, I’m guessing because of the “ratings” and that talking about Omega keeps Cornette semi-relevant, but I’ve had about enough of it. I’m fucking over it.

Jim Cornette, if you should ever see this… Lord knows you probably don’t respect me, don’t give a fuck about me, and don’t give a fuck about my opinion. That’s fine. You were, in my opinion and by god, the opinions of many others, one of the greatest managers of all-time, but you have a piss-poor attitude toward modern wrestling, and I think it’s time to just admit that it might not be for you. I’m a guy who LOVES horror movies, but when I watch The Walking Dead, I’m not interested. Since I’m not interested, I don’t watch. You should try that out. Just because you love something, no matter how long you’ve loved it, sometimes, shit just isn’t for you. Live and let live, man. Relax. The business isn’t “dead” because if it was, you wouldn’t still be talking about it. If Kenny Omega “kills the business” by wrestling a blow-up doll and an 8-year old girl, then why has everyone else moved past that and are heralding him as one of the best wrestlers in the world?

And for the record, the matches against a blow-up doll and the 8-year old were immensely entertaining.

I’m going to quote something an old friend of mine once said; “When Hitler tried to take over the world by killing everyone, it wasn’t the world that had the problem.” Professional wrestling is fine. People like you, sir, are the problem. When it comes to history, you know more than I’d say any wrestling manager in the world. When it comes to modern wrestling, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say, we get it. You don’t like it. We don’t care that you don’t like it. Your version of what wrestling should be like happens in small towns around the United States, and it draws about 60 people, if that, per show.

It’s over, and not in the way you think it is. Kenny Omega is over, and not in the way you wish he was.

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Family trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.

(Almost didn’t share due to Cubs hat. Almost)

10 years ago: The Chris Benoit double murder-suicide
[June 25th, 2017]

It was Sunday, June 24th, 2007. I was at a Buffalo Wild Wings with my ex-girlfriend and a friend of mine as we’d gathered monthly to watch the WWE pay per view. On this instance, it was Vengeance: Night Of Champions, an event where CM Punk would be battling Chris Benoit to determine the new ECW World Heavyweight Champion, a title that had been vacated by Bobby Lashley. As the event went on, it was announced that John Morrison would be replacing Benoit, with little explanation given as to why Benoit wasn’t on the show.

The next day, as I was driving home from work, my friend Brandon (who I’d watched the pay per view with the night before) called to tell me the news: Chris Benoit was dead. As I sat at a stoplight only minutes from my house, I remember crying immediately. Benoit wasn’t just a favorite wrestler of mine, but an inspiration to work harder, to never give up, to persist in the face of adversity, and to chase every dream you have, regardless of whether or not they’re attainable. I remember a video package the WWE had released for Benoit featuring the Finger Eleven song “One Thing”. This song still stands as one of my biggest inspirations as I recall how hard Benoit worked in wrestling.

What made this death that much more of a shock to me was that only weeks earlier, Benoit had wrestled at an Ohio Valley Wrestling event that I was at. He was very personable, smiling at anyone who approached him and happy to speak with anybody who had questions. This is a photo snapped that day:

I watched Raw that night as Vince McMahon, who only a week earlier had been “blown up” in a limousine, stood solemnly in a ring that stood in an empty arena, speaking about Benoit as the episode showcased Benoit’s finest moments in the ring. The episode was originally supposed to be a 3-hour memorial tribute to McMahon. Throughout the night, different wrestlers spoke on their fallen friend, some very upset and downtrodden, but it seemed that some knew the grisly details where others hadn’t. Two testimonials that stood out to me were Chavo Guerrero Jr.’s, and a very grim one from William Regal:

Regal seemed to lead on that he knew more about the situation, as he neglected to comment on Benoit the man, but rather on Benoit the wrestler. As the week unfolded, details surrounding Benoit’s death came to light and showed that Chris, his wife Nancy (formerly known as Woman in ECW and WCW), and his youngest son Daniel were all found dead in the home that they shared in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the autopsy, Nancy was murdered first, bound at the feet and wrists. She died of asphyxiation on Friday, June 22nd, and was found wrapped in a towel with blood under her head and a bible placed next to her bed. According to the autopsy on Daniel, he had died on Saturday morning as he lay in bed, again with a bible placed next to him, with Benoit himself dying on Sunday, having used a weight machine to break his own neck as a bible lay on the weight machine.

Although that’s the official cause of death listed for each of those involved, there are a lot of details that have been ignored following the incident. For example, several voicemails were left by Benoit to wrestler Chavo Guerrero Jr. and WWE official Brad Armstrong, both of whom stated that Benoit seemed “off”. Chavo later told that he had spoken to Benoit, who claimed that he’d missed his flight and wouldn’t be appearing at Vengeance: Night Of Champions, and was stressed out due to Nancy and Daniel having food poisoning. On Sunday morning, between 3:51 and 3:58am, several texts were sent to co-workers and fellow wrestlers from both Chris and Nancy’s cell phones, stating that the dogs were in the enclosed pool area, and that the garage side door had been left open. A call was also placed to WWE officials by Benoit, who alleged that he was taking his family to the hospital and would be in Houston for the event.

According to Nancy’s sister, Sandra, Benoit’s computer history included “ the quickest and easiest way to break a neck”. When WWE official John Laurinaitis contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to check on the family, the police notified the WWE around 4:15pm to say that three bodies had been found, and that the home was ruled as “a major crime scene”.

Several motives have been listed for the crime, such as Benoit’s mental state being so deteriorated due to years of head trauma that his brain “resembled an 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient”. Steroids were also listed as a potential lead for the cause, as “roid rage” has been prevalent for years among athletes, but as several wrestlers have stated since the incident, “how many baseball players have killed their wife and kid?” It’s also noted that steroid rage usually leads to “rage, not deliberation”, which leads to the question of why Nancy’s arms and legs had been bound. It’s been stated by Benoit’s peers that he was immensely paranoid, often traveling different routes from the airport to get to his home in order to evade potential followers. Several wrestlers have claimed that Benoit would have two sides: one that would lash out at you, and another that would be your best friend, with the events of the day dictating which one you spoke to. Brad Armstrong, however, stated that Benoit “never said a cross word to anybody”.

In 2003, Nancy had filed for divorce, citing “domestic abuse”, but the divorce was dropped and the two continued to be married until their deaths. Hardcore Holly would later state in his autobiography that Benoit would drink heavily when issues with Nancy would arise, which several wrestlers later confirmed. As more details surrounding the Benoit case arose, the WWE issued the following statement on SmackDown:

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Last night on Monday Night Raw, the WWE presented a special tribute show, recognizing the career of Chris Benoit. However, now some 26 hours later, the facts of this horrific tragedy are now apparent. Therefore, other than my comments, there will be no mention of Mr. Benoit’s name tonight. On the contrary, tonight’s show will be dedicated to everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident. This evening marks the first step of the healing process. Tonight, WWE performers will do what they do better than anyone else in the world: entertain you. 

Following this, the WWE have done all but eliminate Benoit from their history, often negating that he was part of several high profile events such as the Royal Rumble which Benoit won in 2004, or the main event of WrestleMania XX, where Benoit defeated Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Truly tragic, as the moment has often been cited as one of the greatest in ‘Mania history.

This photo is said to have been taken on Saturday morning, as Nancy was dead in Benoit’s home. One strange part of the Benoit situation is that Nancy’s Wikipedia page (which can be edited by anyone) listed Nancy as being dead 14 hours before the bodies were found. The original edit listed, “Chris Benoit was replaced by Johnny Nitro for the ECW World Championship match at Vengeance, as Benoit was not there due to personal issues, stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.” The man who posted this claimed that it was written due to rumors he’d heard on the internet, and it was found that he’d also made several edits to other Wikipedia articles that were unfounded.

It was claimed that Benoit was “given ten months to live due to an enlarged heart” by Nancy’s sister. What’s strange about the case is that a large knife was found under Daniel’s bed. Prior to her marriage to Benoit in 2000, Nancy was charged with aggravated battery after chasing her former husband, Kevin Sullivan, with a knife in 1997. Benoit’s friend Dean Malenko stated, “He’s not a monster. We’re talking about a guy who, a month ago, was in Jacksonville and rather than drive down to Orlando, where he needed to be the next day, he took a flight to be home with Daniel.”

Another bizarre detail that never seems to get mentioned is that wrestler Dave Taylor was allegedly spotted at the Benoit residence before police arrived. Benoit’s neighbor Holly Schrepfer was contacted by police to enter the property before they arrived to secure the dogs and check on the family. She discovered the bodies, and whilst fleeting the home, claimed that she saw Dave and his wife carrying a platter of deli food. In no way does this point to Taylor being involved in the deaths, but it’s possible that he was coming by to check on his friend. It was suggested that he was sent by the WWE to check everything out and get the facts early to prevent a PR problem. This could also be why William Regal’s tribute was so grim, as the two were friends and tag team partners in the WWE. Taylor has since denied that this is possible, as he says he was in Texas on tour with the WWE. There is no evidence for him being in either location, other than Schrepfer’s claim.

Benoit kept a personal journal following the death of longtime best friend Eddie Guerrero. In it, he would write letters to Eddie, which makes me wonder why he never wrote a suicide note or a farewell. In the personal effects returned to Benoit’s father, a handwritten note was found in a bible that said “I am preparing to leave this Earth.” Within a few months of each other, Guerrero, Johnny Grunge, and Victor “Black Cat” Mar all died, respectively consisting of Benoit’s best friend, his local buddy who he went to after problems with Nancy, and his riding partner on Japanese tours. Chris’ diary remains weren’t found by police, but rather by neighbor Holly Schrepfer in a garbage can.

There are a lot of facts that don’t make sense with what has been alleged to have happened. Toxicology reports claim that all three involved in the incident, Chris, Nancy, and Daniel, were sedated heavily. There are claims that beer cans were found near Benoit’s body, but there was no alcohol found in his system. There were texts sent from Benoit’s phone that were sent AFTER Benoit’s time of death, as determined by police.

There are several wrestling fans who have turned on Benoit and refuse to give credit to his hard work in the sport. That is their prerogative. I personally loved Benoit as a wrestler and will never shun the fact that he gave a lot to wrestling, but I also don’t have children and have never been married. I don’t know how I’d feel from that perspective. That being said, after watching several videos and reading endless articles and write-ups regarding the case, I do think that everything is worth a second look, as I don’t think it happened quite like we all have been told that it did. Nevertheless, two great figures of wrestling history died ten years ago, and the wrestling world was changed forever as a result.

Rest in peace, Chris, Nancy, and Daniel.

A thought on making one's craft personal.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the classical ideas of what the elements are and what they mean. Earth is fertility, feminine, Fire is harsh, masculine, etc. These are good places to start when learning about the craft- one should learn the classic correspondences and such.

However, sometimes we forget to take the next step: what do these things mean to me? How do I relate to the elements? Sometimes, the classic concepts don’t resonate with us. If you’re from Texas, your idea of the elements is probably different than someone from Maine. Instead of putting our experiences aside, we can use them to further our personal practices. After all, when it is personal and meaningful to you, it has much more power.

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Excellent news out of Bowling Green, Kentucky! Former Ohio Valley Wrestling referees AJ Lucio and Jessi Anderson (who’s a former OVW Women’s Champion) announced several months ago that they were expecting a child in the cutest way possible (above). As of 5:26 this morning, Zechariah Lucio was born. Congratulations, AJ and Jessi!

katiemonsters  asked:

I borrowed the Newsflesh books (loved them btw) from my library and someone was using My Little Pony Temp Tattoos as a bookmark. Also I suggested the Newsflesh books to a gal at work and she floored through them. She bought the audio version just to be able to listen to it on her hour drive to/from work. Thank you from a couple of people in Ohio for writing fantastic stories.

Yay!

Also, depending on where in Ohio you are, it might be relevant to your interests to know that I will be at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival this October.  It’s not a traditional SF con, because it is a filk con, but there will be a book signing, and I always* adore meeting people.

(*For values of “always” that are not at 6am in the hotel Starbucks no really why are you making sounds with your face hole please stop I am but a simple alien plant invader, I cannot yet brain enough to understand you.)

Between the years 1879-1888, Music Hall served the dual purpose of accommodating both music festivals and industrial expositions. These Grand Expositions lasted 30 days and attracted tens of thousands of visitors. Each hall featured a different theme displaying innovations in every field from architectural design to machine tools. 

One of the more transformative displays was that of the Horticultural Department, “thickly studded with beds of living plants and flowers. Creeping vines of rapid growth had been trained about the roof-supporting columns and along the great trusses which formed an arch of living green. Cascades, grottoes and numerous crystal fountains were to be found at every turn, filling the visitor with wonder and delight. The scene in this beautiful garden at night, under the effect of many novel electrical features introduced in varied light and color, made it a veritable fairyland and a seemingly charmed spot for throngs of visitors.” (Report of the Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley, 1888)

This is one of my favourite creepypastas, and because I can’t find any version of it that wouldn’t be impossible to read on this format, I’ve transcribed it directly from the screencap I have of it.

Story originally appeared on /x/ on October 10, 2013, and was written by a user known only as hawkeye !!ASKzWwNPKxw. Accompanying photograph was taken by me and isn’t associated with the piece in its original form. Aside from grammatical corrections and a quote from the author from a reply to another user at the end, the story appears exactly how it does in the original image.

It’s long, but well worth the read, and has stuck with me ever since I first saw it. For those of you that have experienced something like this, it’ll hit even harder.

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Human Nature

So, first let me describe how I’ve spent the last three summers.

>Live in Ohio
>Be camp counselor at INNAWOODS camps in hocking hills region of southern Ohio
>Clear creek valley is one of the most biodiverse areas in the entire world. (Not kidding. More than some rainforests)
>Nearest civilization is town of Rockbridge (TINY) many miles away.
>Everyone lives in cabins with no air conditioning, power, or lights
>I’m assigned to the older boys, because I’m better with the bushcraft
>Teach then bataonning, fire building, debris huts, edible plants, the works.
>One night every week, we camp out, use the skills, and sleep under the stars
>Every week, each cabin has to do a “Camp Improvement Project” (chores)
>Little kids pull weeds on what few (unpaved, barely maintained) paths we have
>Big kids (14-17) use saws, rakes, and shovels to clear out new campsites, or refurbish old ones
>There’s always been a rivalry between the older boys and girls, especially among the counselors

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anonymous asked:

OVFF is Ohio Valley Filk Fest. It's got great music and wonderful people and I reaaaaaaallly want to go there but it's normally the same weekend as the biggest sf con in Colorado, so my parents always choose mile high over OVFF, so I've never had the chance.

OOOHHHH!! That explains why I don’t know what it is. I’m barely into music

There’s like two bands I actually know and like, that’s about it

A dreamy picture of a sunrise along the Ohio & Erie Canal at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Last fall, photographer Wookie Kim went on an epic 45-day trail running road trip, driving to more than 30 national parks – from Cuyahoga Valley to the Grand Canyon – and running a trail each day. Wookie says: “In all, I ran almost 500 miles of trails, gained 70,000-plus vertical feet, hit 33 states and had one unforgettable experience. It was the trip of a lifetime.” iPhone courtesy of Wookie Kim.