Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130

It’s time for Episode 130 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Canadian winter shelter competition, speedy elevators that can move sideways, DATING the diverse history of Nintendo, and the breath of fresh air called Shotgun Saturday Night! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130”

The Ballad of Shotgun Saturday Night

Coming from the presentation style of WWF programming in the late-1980s and early-to-mid-1990s, WWF Shotgun Saturday Night was a very interesting, welcome, and diverse change to the companies television product.  For the uninitiated, Shotgun Saturday Night was a WWF pro wrestling television program that aired from 1997 through 1999, and later became a syndicated broadcast show featuring matches with lower card wrestlers when Shotgun Saturday Night was replaced by WWE Jakked/Metal in late-1999. At the time, show’s original concept was unusual and different, as it aired on late Saturday nights from various New York City nightspots, and was promoted as an “edgier” product than WWF’s normal weekly offerings. Continue reading “The Ballad of Shotgun Saturday Night”

“Beyond the Mat,” The 1999 Pro Wrestling Documentary

One of favorite film genres are documentaries, and one of those movies is Barry W. Blaustein’s 1999 project Beyond the Mat.  I remember seeing commercials for this film while watching WWF Shotgun Saturday night (remember that, fellow wrestling fans) and anticipating its release.  I would later be gifted the VHS  release of the film as a Christmas gift from my parents in 2001 and watched it non-stop for several weeks.  Beyond the Mat is by far one of my favorite professional wrestling documentaries (next to Wrestling with Shadows and The Rise & Fall of ECW) of all time, and one that any fan of pro wrestling and/or documentaries should take the time and watch.   Continue reading ““Beyond the Mat,” The 1999 Pro Wrestling Documentary”