A Look At Salvatore Leone

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All it took was one guy costing him millions of dollars. One guy he trusted that ended up ripping him off. Then he became a paranoid wreck. He either got people killed or tried to because he was still bitter about what happened to his old casino in Las Venturas. He wanted to sell people down the river before they did the same to him.

A few years down the line, JD O’Toole, wanted to be a Leone after having been a Sindacco. There’s an old saying that applies in relationships which is “if they’ll cheat with you, they’ll cheat on you.” It’s sad O’Toole was lured into a crusher in Harwood and shot in the back of the head by Mickey Hamfists, one of Salvatore’s hitmen. It’s sad but it was justified. Salvatore could never have trusted him if he screwed over his own boss.

He did sniff out Massimo Torini’s plan to take over Liberty City perfectly so credit’s given where credit’s due. Torini was trying to get the Leones, Forellis and Sindaccos to go to war with each other. Of course he let on that he was just trying to ease the tensions between the 3 families but he was a Capo in a different family – anybody could see that he was lying.

Go forward a few more years and he tried the same thing with Claude Speed. He wanted him to go into a car that was rigged with a bomb. We all know he didn’t and Salvatore ended up having his “day” not long after.

So what’s the point of all this? What happened with Salvatore is (usually) a fantasy. What he did was a reality. It doesn’t matter how extreme – the concept is the same. It’s a reality of what happens when someone’s hell-bent on keeping their spot and sees certain other people as a threat, even when they’re not trying to be. That’s not good business.

“The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story” Review

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The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story is a book that goes in depth about life in the wrestling business. It’s not as glamorous as it’s portrayed to be on TV. The wrestlers don’t make as much money as people may think – or even the wrestlers themselves may think if they’re on the independent scene. Bob Holly wrestled for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) for 16 years. Before that, he wrestled in Memphis (TN) and Mobile (AL) for 7 years. Holly shows in this book how acquainted he is with the wrestling industry.

Holly was never really the focus of the show when he was in the WWE or down south wrestling in Memphis and Mobile. Everyone knows that pro-wrestling is scripted. Some people are scripted to win their matches. Others aren’t. Holly was one of those people. In wrestling, the term for that is “jobber.” A “jobber” is simply there to make other talent look good and that’s what’s Holly’s job was. He’s writing from the perspective of someone who wasn’t a superstar in the business. He’s writing for the hardcore wrestling fans who want to know what happens before and after the show is over.

Holly’s writing is very informal. It’s like he’s speaking to you. It’s a very to-the-point style of writing. He wrote the book chronologically, from his childhood to him becoming a dad as a teenager, being a bar fighter and meeting someone who got him into the wrestling and finally, to his life after wrestling.

Readers will be able to relate to this book at many different points – one of them being the backstage politics of the wrestling business. Backstage politics are part of everyday life. They’re rampant at work. Co-workers can make or break each other and it’s no different in wrestling. If someone important thinks you don’t have what it takes to succeed, then you don’t have a chance of moving up in the company. Holly goes into this in a lot of detail, as he does throughout the book in general. If you’re interested in learning about the wrestling business, this book would be a great place to start.

Dante Cunningham Gets Arrested

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The Minnesota Timberwolves forward was arrested because of threatening text messages he sent to his girlfriend. Police said they were “direct and rose to a terroristic level.” But this wasn’t the beginning. He was arrested last week for (allegedly) choking her.

It’s hard to judge this situation. Maybe he said “I’m gonna blow up your phone” and couldn’t stop calling. Or maybe he just threatened to take her to a Timberwolves game. Now if he’s threatening to kill her, that’s going way too far and it’s dumb to do via text. Cunningham hasn’t been charged as of now but that could change in the future. It would be another blow to the NBA’s reputation.

The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

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That was Jake “The Snake” Roberts holding his grandson. He easily gave the best speech of the night. Mr. T? Lita? Carlos Colon? Not so much.

First, the most awkward moment in the ceremony was Mr. T’s entire speech. It was tedious and irritating to hear. “My bruthas never raped anybody!” You’re not supposed to rape anybody. “My bruthas never killed or robbed anybody!” You’re not supposed to kill or rob anybody. What the hell was he bragging about? I felt like Chris Rock in that “Niggas vs. Black People” routine he did in the 90s.

I lost count of how many times he mentioned his mother. He mentioned it so much that he forgot his (brief) wrestling career. He sounded more like he was giving a eulogy than an acceptance speech at a Hall of Fame ceremony. It ended in the most awkward way. Kane looked embarrassed to have to be the guy telling him his time was up.

I was bored by Lita’s speech. It went on way too long and I didn’t like the pauses. She’s a niche personality whose speech could only be good for a niche audience. I didn’t care for her “I was a girl in a boys club” story because frankly, that’s not my cup of tea. It’s not a badge of honor. Think about how easy that is. Look at Lita and just think about it.

I missed the majority of Carlos Colon’s speech. Something tells me this induction has more to do with business than merit. Maybe the WWE wanted to add WWC material to their library and Colon getting inducted was a package deal. It was great to see Carlito though. He sounded like he was being a little too honest but we all have moments like that in our lives. I wish he was more than what he was in his time with the WWE.

I thought DDP was the perfect guy to induct Jake “The Snake” and he gave one of the best speeches of the night. So did Kane. I didn’t realize until yesterday how good he is as a speaker.

Kevin Nash wasn’t the usual guy he is on shoot interviews – maybe he was too emotional to be. Who’s not happy to Scott Hall (or Razor Ramon) get inducted? Hall should’ve been given more time. I did like when the rest of The Kliq got onstage. Their group picture was golden.

And lastly, The Ultimate Warrior’s speech dragged but it was still great. It had thousands of false finishes and there were times it sounded scattershot. I didn’t know why he was talking about Wrestlemania 75. Or “blowing up in the ring.” Or travel gear. I was amused at how he constantly put himself over. It’s nothing none of the greats do – Bret Hart, who was in the audience, basically swore in his book that he drew more money in the 90s than Hulk Hogan in the 80s. Hogan is the king of self-booking. Triple H is a distant second. Stone Cold thought he was too good to lose to Brock Lesnar on “free” TV. And so on.

It was admirable of Warrior to bring up how WWE should have a “Jimmy Miranda Award” for all the backstage people who make the show happen. It would be amazing to see this because they really do deserve a lot of credit.

What made Warrior’s speech great was the intensity. Nobody brought the intensity like Warrior did. And when it was over, it was a fitting end to a ceremony that had a little of everything.

Another Raven Gets Arrested

 

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Fox Sports reported that Jah Reid, a 6’7” 340-pound tackle for the Baltimore Ravens has been arrested for two counts of battery in a strip club incident.

He got in a fight with a man named Edward Mussa. It ended badly for Mussa. Reid head-butted him and kicked him while he was on the ground. A security guard supposedly tried to choke Reid and Reid punched him in the face.

Supposedly Reid’s fight with Mussa started after Mussa bumped into him. It may have been an accident but why specifically Reid and not any other man? Everyone knows it’s better to snap, get in a fight with someone who’s rich, get beat up and then collect a nice paycheck. It’s easier to make a lot of money doing that than by working 10 hours a day 6 days a week.

Reid is the second Raven to get arrested this month.

Rashard Mendenhall Retires

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It’s not a name that will ring many bells. And that’s ok. The NFL running back retired yesterday at the age of 26 but it’s important to recount what led to it.

Go back to May 2, 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed. People were in baseball stadiums chanting U-S-A. People were on TV saying “We got him!!!” in the most joyful way they could. But Rashard Mendenhall is the one who tweeted “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” He also went on to give his opinions on how the Twin Towers fell on 9/11.

And his career went down in flames from that point on. Sure he got injured a lot but those tweets were the turning point of his career. His team at the time admonished him and so did many people on Twitter. Rex Ryan went on TV to say he was “wrong.” What was wrong is that he tweeted his opinion about bin Laden and about how the Towers fell. He tweeted an opinion that obviously wasn’t shared by people at that time. I’m sure if many of those people look back at it now, they wouldn’t be so emotional. And it’s all for nothing. The damage has been done just when they start coming to their senses.

When he announced his retirement yesterday, Mendenhall said, “I just kind of wanted to disappear.” It might just be the perfect time.

CM Punk in the Main Event of Wrestlemania 30?

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If the announcement Hulk Hogan is making today is about the main event, it’s obvious what it’s gonna be – a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title because Batista can’t be trusted to keep up with Randy Orton. It would be THE worst main event ever. Even worse than Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor.

CM Punk could come back and become everything he hates. He has played a rebel since 2011 but for all I know, he is Company Man Punk behind the scenes. What he has said recently points to that being the case. He wanted to facilitate change, found out he couldn’t and just stopped caring. You could tell from his promos and how sloppy he was in the ring. But when things are the way they are now, it might be the best thing to put him in that Triple Threat match for the title. Face it, Daniel Bryan isn’t getting his shot at Wrestlemania.