Kirby Your Enthusiasm

The top three Aussie wrestlers going today: Jonah Rock, Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls. 
 
IN WHICH Lord Mark Williamson and Dann Lennard discuss the passing of Dusty Rhodes and talk passionately about the greatness of the American Dream, and the joys of being bribed with SCOTCH, and then we get into the meat of the podcast: THE TOP 200 AUSSIE WRESTLERS FOR 2015, including our Top 20 Best Wrestlers and the FIVE WORST WRESTLERS (who inexplicably get listed as No. 196-200...even though there are clearly more than 200 wrestlers in this country. Don't question us. This is how we ROLL, sports fans.)

 

 

What this Top 200 is ALL about, sports fans...
 
DISCLAIMER: If you are NOT listed in our Top 200 it's for THREE reasons:
1. We forgot about you or weren't aware you existed. Sorry.
2. You're severely injured, retired or dead. Sorry.
3. You're so fucking shit you don't even deserve a mention. Get over yourselves.
 
And now, without much further ado...here it is.
 

TOP 200 for 2015

All comments in ITALICS by Dann 


1.-2. TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls)

3. Jonah Rock

4. “Jag” Hartley Jackson

5. KrackerJak

6. Adam Brooks

7. Tyson Gibbs

8. Buddy Murphy

9. Australian Suicide

10. Carlo Cannon

11. Elliott Sexton

12. Mr Juicy

13. Shazza McKenzie

14. Damian Slater

15. Davis Storm

16. Dowie James

17. AJ Istria

18. Chris Vice

19. Chris Basso

20. Ethan Hughz

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21. Robbie Eagles

22. Mick Moretti

23. Kijimuna

24. Ladybeard

25. Marcius Pitt

26. KC Cassidy

27. Jesse McKay

28. Emma

29. Matt “Grimm” Basso

30. Alex Kingston

31. Mike Burr

32. Jay Andrews

33. Josh Shooter

34. Rufio

35. Kellyanne English

36. Kellie Skater

37. Mikey Broderick

38. Nick Armstrong

39. Enforcer

40. JXT

41. Robby Heart

42. Mad Dog McCrea

43. Havok

44. Chris Trance

We love his “workrate” in and out (and in and out and in and out...) of the ring. Good stuff, fella!

45. The Warship

46. Dean Draven

47. Brodie Marshall

48. Kelso Kahoniz

49. Brad Smyth

50. Vixsin

The only person on this list who let me kiss her gash. That earns Vixsin a top 50 spot right there!

51. Gladiator Apollo

52. Pat Graham

53. Sean Kustom

54. “Gorgeous” Greg Graham

55. Joey Graham

56. Madison Eagles

57. Hayden Zenith

58. Bishop Sommers

59. Ryan Eagles

60. Demi Bennett

61. Wayne “The Maniac” Mattei

62. Bee Boy

63. Alex Titan

64. Slade Mercer

65. Marvel

66. Anarchy

67. Savannah Summers

68. Link Barnett

69. Wreckin’ Ball Wilson

70. Cletus

71.-72. World's Friendliest Tag Team (Lochy&TD)

73. Daniel Swagger

74. Mickey Jackson

75. Matt Bailey

76. Chet Jacobs

77. Jarrad Slate

78. Hughsey

79. Dean Brady

80. Gabriel Wolfe

81. Jake Nova

82. Siren Monroe

83. Luke Knight

84. Mr Exclusive

85. Johnny Lukas

86. Braithe Priest

87. Crofty

88. Whatever the fuck Lightning Luke calls himself nowadays

89. Tre

90. Australian Wolverine

91. Michelle K. Hasluck

92. Blue Oni

93. “Pitbull” Craig Cole

94. Chris Trio

95. Harley Wonderland

96. Gavin McGavin

97. “Mad” Mike Massive

98. Syd Parker

99. Jay Taylor

100. Benny Factor

101. Alberto Bravo

102. Matt Rogers

103. Corruption

104. Green S.M.A.S.H

105. Massive Q

106. Koi Bombora

107. Brian “Heat” Seeker

108. Super Cyclone/Josh Haze

109. “The Don” Michael Morleone

110. Mikey Lord

111. Keegan

112. Scotty Ryan

113. Jagger Stevens

114. The Choff

115. Karlos Aries

116. BJ Blade

117. Dan Moore

118. Liam Mendel

119. MANtis

120. Storm

121. “The Crazy Croatian” John E. Radic

122. Cadman

123. Eddie Jones

124. Bai Long

125. Battle Toad

Not THE Toad, obviously.

126. Trikki

127. Jade Diamond

128. Mike Boomer

129. Felix Young

130. Blair Alexis

131. Anthony Dangerfield

132. Ricky Rembrandt

133. Emanuelle

134. Rip Rielly

135. Dan Steel

136. Tome Filip

137. Mat Diamond

138. Sara Jay

For her ring outfit alone. :P

139. Mark Kage

140. Kyote

141. Kobra Jones

142. Spaceman Dacey

143. Aaron O’Malley

144. Bohdi McKenzie

145. His Royal Tenis

146. Kaha Edmonds

147. Tower Of Power

148. Lucas Gold

149. Savage Ultra Lion

150. Zach Archer

151. Beau Sayer

152. Cousin Ali

153. Fury

154. Jordan Bishop

155. TNT

156. Samoan Warrior

157. Big Fudge

158.-159. The Floozies

Two chicks with real potential who are getting some good training up at Newcastle Pro. Big things ahead of them (no pun intended).

160. Zac Douglas

161. Cody Swift

162. Vinnie Vain

163. InstaGraham

164. “Birdman” Phil Picasso

For going above and beyond when he was tarred and feathered after a recent IWA bout.

165. Diego Del Fuego

166. Lynx Lewis Jr

167. Renegade

168. Tarlee

169. Tukahe

170. Hudson Kai

171. David Nero

172. Rachel Rose

173. Jack O’Lantern

174. Diablo

175. Combat Wombat

The best name in Aussie wrestling by far.

176. Kira Sommers

Leather chaps! Holy mother of God! Yes!

177. Rhys Youngblood

178. Chris Hermes

179. JT Robinson

180. Randall

181. “Superstar” Bill Dundee

He may be 102 years old but he could still out-work 95% of the wrestlers in this country. Fact.

182. The Cure I

183. The Cure II

Disappointingly, neither of them are doing a Goth gimmick.

184. Rainbro

185. Psykotic

A giant of a man (not literally) who has worked every single wrestler, commentator, journalist and fan in this country. Well played, sir, well played.

186. Achilles

187. Bruza

No, for the last time, I DON’T want to be your Facebook friend!

188. Niki Nitro

189. Tommy Hellfire

190. Hunter S. Hayes

A guy with no charisma and moderate in-ring talent assumes the surname and persona of a legend that NO-ONE UNDER THE AGE OF FORTY will know. And you STILL have no charisma, mate.

191. Big Bad Nick

192. Masked Mauler

193. Jack Bonza

PWA Sydney’s heavyweight champion. A very good worker and a great heel. Also doing very good things at Newcastle Pro as both a worker and trainer. Wait...why is he at No. 193?

194. Adam Hoffman

Another very good worker and part of the most dominant faction in Sydney wrestling, The Four Nations. Hang on...this doesn’t seem right Adam being at No. 194...

195. Concrete Davidson

Hands down the best gimmick in Aussie wrestling. Dann is always entertained by Concrete’s 19th century strongman shtick. And he’s a nice guy to boot..............WTF? How is he at No. 195?

How is any of these guys THIS LOW in our list? Shit....it’s almost as if someone BRIBED us with scotch to put these three talented performers so low as a RIB. And we did.

Because we are WHORES FOR SCOTCH.

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196. Kandi Luv

197. Big T

198. Shane Saw

199. Whiskey Sixx

200. Andrew “Shark” Carter

Just a quick comment about No. 200. I was loathe to put an AAW “wrestler” in the list as I don’t regard AAW as anything other than a vanity backyard group funded by 
Big Daddy Shark and a bunch of deluded, poorly trained marks who PAY Shark to wrestle overseas guys brought in by these rubes to appear on their shitty shows in West Oz.

But Shark finally did enough this year to earn a guernsey by

1. Changing his name legally to “Shark”

2. Telling bemused interstate wrestlers that he’ll only wrestle over here for $500 “because I’m worth it”. BWAH-hahahahhahaha; AND

3. For being part of the WORST Aussie feud of this century: an agonisingly dull, worked shoot with a doofus called Joey Angel. Terrible stuff.

 

 

 

 

Quality ring attire, whether it be the shortest of shorty shorts...

 

 

...or leather chaps will get you into our Top 200.

 

 

Congrats to the first-ever AAW backyarder to score a guernsey in our list. Say hi to the Shittest of Shit Kents: No. 200 Andrew "Shark" Carter. CLAP...CLAP...CLAP...

 

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IN WHICH I talk about comics zines, including some classic ones from the 1970s and early 80s that I picked up for a buck apiece at Elizabeth's Bookshop on Pitt Street, Sydney.

I then segue into a review of the more notorious mid-90s comics zine/magazine Subliminal Tattoos, published by the infamous Robet Dupree (aka "KOOL Man"). Lots of sleazy commentary for your aural enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

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IN WHICH Dann discusses how Marvel and DC drove him into the arms of Image courtesy of their endless, pointless crossovers and "big events".

He then gives a belated summary of his Free Comic Book Day scores earlier this month.

It's a touch over 30 minutes of comicy goodness and it can be downloaded HERE

 

 

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IT'S a special on-the-road edition of KYE as Helen and I discuss newspaper cartoon strips: which ones we read as children, which ones we avoided and why Helen didn't like Doonesbury. We also examine why our kids have become so obsessed with Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes

And why that's a cool thing.

 

 

It's 33+ minutes of vehicular hilarity. 


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A SHORT podcast by me and Helen while on the road in central Victoria. We discuss the perils of night-time driving, particularly the risk of colliding with kangaroos, emus, goats and - as we discovered on our latest holiday - wombats and flocks of sheep.

 

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AW YEAH, you KNOW what time it is! It's time for Lord Mark Williamson and "Dirty" Dann Lesbian to talk the hot poop about wrestling. 

Here's what we cover in this tight 30-minute podcast:

- The current state of WWE and the WWE Network. Good? Bad? We decide!

- New Japan World, Lucha Underground, TNA, NXT

- Teddy Hart madness

- Dann attending the Melbourne-made zombie wrestling flick Fight Like A Girl, and catching up with Krackerjak, Vixsin, Chucky, Kelly Anne and more. This segues into a discussion about the merits of wrestlers producing good merch. And Dann buries the concept of live commentary.

- New Japan sweeping the 2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. Lord Mark weighs in.

- We praise locals doing well overseas, including Buddy Murphy in NXT, Ryan Rollins in AAA and TDMK in NOAH. Of course, we also lament Emma's fall from grace in WWE.

- We launch a new segment called SHARK WATCH (hi Andrew Carter!)

- His Lordship discusses Aussie promoters who repeatedly injure their opponents, such as Tommy Hellfire and TNT

- He also talks about the problem of promoters who work in cycles and not learning from history.

- There's the usual Queensland shitcanning (well-deserved this time, I might add)

- We praise the most charismatic wrestler in Australia today

- And we wrap things up by announcing 2014 Shit Kent Of The Year. It was a tough field of candidates this time. In fact, when AV Dangerously can't even make the top five, you KNOW there were a lot of shit kents out there in the Aussie wrestling scene.

 

Naturally, we digress on many, many tangents as we go along, highlighted by Dann's revolting anecdote about Terri Runnels that left his Lordship near speechless!

 

Enjoy!

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COMICS READ in 2013: 807

 

COMICS READ IN 2014:

JAN. 74

FEB. 89

MAR. 99

APR. 54

MAY 161

JUN. 93

JUL. 105

AUG. 65

SEP. 129

OCT. 96

NOV. 104

DEC. 110

Total comics (including graphic novels) read in 2014: 1179

 

I READ 807 comics in 2013, but upped my game in 2014 to read a whopping 1179 comics - that's nearly 100 comics a month! Listen to this podcast where I discuss the best and worst that I read last year. Below are my lists.

Cheers, Dann

 

BEST of 2014:

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, 2010) *****

Featuring Gods’ Man (1929), Madman’s Drum (1930), Wild Pilgrimage (1932), Prelude to a Million Years (1933), Song Without Words (1936) and Vertigo (1937)

 

Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010, 2013) *****

 

Stray Bullets: Über Alles Edition (Image, 2014) *****

- originally published in Stray Bullets #1-41 (El Capitan, 1995-2005, 2014)

Writer/artist: David Lapham

Stray Bullets: Killers #1-3 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: David Lapham

 

Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow Of Death (Abstract Studio, 2012) ****½

- originally published in Rachel Rising #1-6 (Abstract Studio, 2011-12)

Writer/artist: Terry Moore

Rachel Rising #7-25 (Abstract Studio, 2012) *****

Writer/artist: Terry Moore

 

Miracleman #1 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954, 1956, 1982, 1985)

Writer: Mick Anglo/Artist: don Lawrence, Mick Anglo (1954, 1956)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artist: Garry Leach (1982, 1985)

Miracleman #2 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954, 1955, 1982, 1985)

Writer: Mick Anglo/Artist: Don Lawrence, Mick Anglo (1954, 1955)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artist: Garry Leach (1982, 1985)

Miracleman #3 (Marvel, 2014) *****

Writer: Alan Moore/Artists: Alan Davis & Garry Leach

Miracleman #4 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1983, 1984, 1989)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artists: Garry Leach, Alan Davis

Miracleman #5-6 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954-55, 1983)

Writers: Alan Moore, Mick Anglo/Artists: Garry Leach, Alan Davis, John Ridgway, Mick Anglo, Don Lawrence

 

The Spirit #4-5, 9 (Kitchen Sink Comix, 1984-85) *****

Writer/Artist: Will Eisner & friends

 

Death (Vertigo, 2014) *****

- originally published in a bunch of different comics (Vertigo, 1989-2003) 

Writer: Neil Gaiman/Artists: Dave McKean & many others

 

Andre The Giant: Life And Legend (First Second, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: Box Brown

 

Maximum Minimum Wage (Image, 2013) *****

- originally published in Minimum Wage Book One, Minimum Wage #1-10 (Fantagraphics, 1995-99)

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #1 (Image, 2014) ****

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #2 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Read a forthcoming blog at for my thoughts on this excellent comic. 

Minimum Wage #3 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #4 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #5 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #6 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

 

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely (DC, 2014) *****

- some pieces originally published as Batman: Scottish Connection (writer: Alan Grant, 1998); The Kingdom: Offspring #1 (writer: Mark Waid, 1999); Batman And Robin #1-3 (writer: Grant Morrison, 2009), The Sandman: Endless Nights (writer: Neil Gaiman, 2003); The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1 (writer: Grant Morrison, 2000)

 

Tom Of Finland: The Complete Kake Comics (Taschen, 2014) *****

- originally published in Kake #1-26 (various publishers, 1968-86)

Writer/artist: Tom of Finland

 

 

Sweet Tooth #1-25, Vols 5&6 (Vertigo, 2009-13) *****

- originally published in Sweet Tooth #1-40 (Vertigo, 2009-13)

Writer: Jeff Lemire/Artists: Jeff Lemire & friends

 

The Arrival (Lothian, 2006, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: Shaun Tan

 

The Graveyard Book Vol. 1 (Bloomsbury, 2014) *****

Writer: Neil Gaiman (novel), P. Craig Russell (adaptation)/Artists: P. Craig Russell & friends

The Graveyard Book Vol. 2 (Bloomsbury, 2014) *****

Writer: Neil Gaiman (novel), P. Craig Russell (adaptation)/Artists: P. Craig Russell & friends

 

75.-81. Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega (IDW, 2014) *****

- originally published in Locke & Key: Alpha #1-5 & Locke & Key: Omega #1-2 (IDW, 2012-13)

Writer: Joe Hill/Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

 

The Sixth Gun Vol. 6: Not The Bullet, But The Fall (Oni Press, 2014) *****

- originally published in The Sixth Gun #36-41 (Oni Press, 2014)

Writer: Cullen Bunn/Artists: Tyler Crook, Brian Hurtt

 

 

 

WORST:

Image Firsts: Low #1 (Image, 2014) DUD

Writer: Rick Remender/Aritst: Greg Tocchini

 

Chesty Sanchez #2 (Antarctic Press, 1996) DUD

Writer: Steve Ross/Artists: Scott Michaud & Jayne Wu

 

Arrow Special Edition #1 (DC, 2012) DUD

Writers: too many/Artist: Omar Francia

 

East Meets West #1 (Innovation, 1990) -*****

Writer: Paul Power/Artist: Paul Power & friends

 

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ON THE road to South Australia last Christmas, Helen and I got thinking about the worst motels we've ever stayed in. Here's the resulting podcast. Twenty minutes of 110km/h goodness.

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YOUR host Dann Lennard is joined once again by his wife Helen as we travel cross-country at Christmas. And what better way to spend our time than discussing this obscure Marvel reprint title from the mid-70s. Why did this mediocre title filled with 50s Atlas horror reprints leave such a lasting impression on my psyche as a boy? Find out in this podcast.

Recorded on December 21, 2014 (my apologies about the poor sound quality - the tape recorder was a tad too close to the air-conditioner).

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SOMEWHERE...probably in suburban Adelaide...the members of early 80s punk band Jackson Zumdish are smiling at this cover version. :)

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