Saturday, March 8, 2014


I have one guilty pleasure: Professional wrestling...WWE to be exact.

Yes, I'm 40 years old, and still love the WWE. I remember watching the Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW, when professional wrestling was at its apex. The product was incredible on both sides.  "The Attitude Era" of the WWE was insanely good with the emergence of Stone Cold Steve Austin...I watched it every week, every month, every chance I got -- It became MUST SEE TV! But by 2004, I slowly lost track of WWE. I mean, I knew what was going on but didn't watch RAW or SMACKDOWN for a couple of years. In meantime, I wanted a ton of WWE DVD on Netflix, and once in a while, I'll tune in to RAW. It wasn't until December 2013 when I watched an episode of RAW. I remember the first match was Fandango vs. Daniel Bryan. I knew little about either guy. Daniel Bryan did this "YES" Chant that captured the imagination of the fans...and Fandango was a Ballroom dance with a very catchy entrance music. Speaking of Fandango, I saw on YouTube that Fandangoing became an overnight sensation...I remember reading about it on USA TODAY and saw a feature story about it..but again, that didn't turn me back to it.

For a first few weeks I had to acclimate myself to the product: Of course I knew the WWE Stalwarts: John Cena, Randy Orton, Big Show, Kane, Rey Misterio, CM Punk and Christian. But some of these newer stars I had no clue who they were and had to Wiki a few of these guys to understand their character. These characters included: The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Sheamus, Dolph Zigglar, Damien Sandow, and 3MB....just to name a few....

By January 2014, I was full engulfed in the product....and loving any minute...then on an episode of RAW, they introduced the greatest thing ever created:

WOW!!! I GET ALL THE PAY PER VIEWS ever produced from WWE, WCW, and ECW for the low low low price of $9.99. It was a wrestling fan dream. I get access to all nearly everything WWE produced any time I want??? I couldn't wait to get my hands on this....

Then the big day came...Feb 24, 2014!!!!! I ordered it right away and since then....I've been watching as much WWE, WCW, and ECW wrestling as 24/7 would allow!! I can't get enough of it! I've started with 1995 (Not sure why I chose that year) and watched every WWE PPV from that year.....It was the generation with Diesel as champ....some of the other great characters during that era was Razor Ramon, Goldust, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, British Bulldog, Owen Hart, Pyscho Sid, and of course, The Undertaker....

The greatest thing about The WWE Network is there is SO MUCH FOOTAGE that it'll take you years just to get through it. Since I've purchased it, I've spent most of the free time watching old WWE, WCW, ECW matches....The nostalgia is incredible...goes back to your youngers days when wrestling was awesome.

I think the best aspect of the WWE Network is it make you into a fan's exactly what it did for me!!

WWE became MUST SEE TV AGAIN!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

15 Years Ago I wrote Blackjack Book...Today, I Finally Got it Published!

15 years in the making....Back in 1998-1999, I wrote a blackjack book, and sold it on eBay, and actually did quite well. I was able to make a decent chunk of change selling this book. I hate to blow my own horn, but I got rave reviews from those who purchased it. But a funny thing happened, I stopped selling the book because I got into poker and played less blackjack. For the next 15 years, this blackjack book was put in storage never to be heard from again.

Flash forward to January 2014, On a cold Saturday afternoon, I was cleaning the garage and came a copy of my blackjack book, as it turned out....its the only copy I had left:

For next 2 months, I decided to re-write and edit this book. Then I heard about a self publishing program on Amazon, and decided to look into it. After much research, I saw that it was absolutely free to self publish on Amazon, and decided to get it done. Well, after 3 weeks, I finally got my book published on Amazon. Hopefully, it'll be as successful as it was 15 years ago. Check out the link to my book...Very proud of this