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Thoughts From The Chubby Guy: Mauro’s Momma Mia

Thoughts From The Chubby Guy, taking in SummerSlam 2017 Gregory Black

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Thoughts From The Chubby Guy: Mauro’s Momma Mia

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Hello dear readers, long time, no see, well, on my end, anyway. This is Gregory Black, TSJ’s resident Wrestling Dept. Editor. Yes, the Wrestling Dept. has grown, and we’ve picked up some great writing talent; which I will be mentioning at the end of this article, because why waste a plug for my team? You, my friends, are reading one of the oldest op-ed pieces of TSJ, “Thoughts From The Chubby Guy”; TFTCG, as I used to refer to it as.

And, from the title alone, you should know that this is going to be wrestling related…


But, I digress, before I go into my opinions, allow me a moment to give you guys a little update about me. So, as you know, I have been on this mission to lose weight, and to be fair, it has been an interesting ride. To say the least. My weight has fluctuated, it’s gone down, gone up, you get the idea.

For the most part, it has been on a roller coaster, so to speak. Speaking with my doctors, I have been taking in different options; from taking particular medications to surgery. Needless to say, I’m more than a little against going under the knife. I’d rather do this naturally, do this the right way, work for it, because while I do have goals, including getting back in the ring; my biggest is being able to watch my nieces and nephews grow up.

But, you guys already knew that…

Don’t get me wrong, I dig being “The Chubby Guy”, but I’d like to most importantly be “the living guy”, you get me? But, enough about my weight goals, you readers came to read my opinions about the wrestling world. And other things.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

The WWE hit it out the park last year with the Cruiserweight Classic, and they are looking to have lightning strike twice. They are currently holding the Mae Young Classic, with 32 of the best female talent from around the globe. Personally, I’m rooting for three ladies: Mia Yim, Candice LaRae, and Mercedes Martinez. Although, I do think it’s pretty cool that Marti Belle is in it, as well. And good to see Serena Deeb back in the WWE, even if it’s only for this tournament.

And speaking of the ladies, if you aren’t paying attention to SHIMMER, you are missing out! Some of the ladies that have graced the WWE and GFW rings have, for the most part, come from SHIMMER. Well, what can you say about a company that takes women’s wrestling as serious as they do?

New Japan Pro Wrestling has also been hitting it out of the park, and with the success of the G1 Climax Tournament this year; they are making a strong push to get into the American wrestling market. And if the Okada/Omega trilogy proves anything, it proves that strong action can gain attention, with or without a language barrier.

Is it sad that it’s early morning and I’m listening to club music?


What a month August was, so much crazy wrestling, MMA and Boxing action. This chubby guy was happy. Great baseball action, and by the end, we geared up for football season. I personally got the chance to go to SummerSlam, Raw and SmackDown Live. Taking in the experience was certainly fun. And considering that it had been 17 years since the last live pay-per-view event that I actually went to (the last being Royal Rumble 2000… Yeah, it’s been that long), you can see why I had loads of fun.

Thoughts From The Chubby Guy, taking in SummerSlam 2017

Taken at the end of SummerSlam, night two of WWE action for the Barclays, but night 1 for me.

Looking at the title of this article, I’m obviously paying homage to Mauro Ranallo, who since coming into the WWE, has been the best guy on color commentary out of all of the shows. Would love to hear a commentary platoon of him, Jerry “The King” Lawler and “Good Ol’ JR” Jim Ross. Although, don’t get me wrong, Corey Graves is right there behind him, in my opinion. Those four calling any PPV would be fantastic.

Sorry, Micheal Cole, just… yeah… You’re alright, you have it, but, for me, those are the top guys.

Shout out to my boys Mike Draztik (Santana) and Angel Ortiz (Ortiz), EYFBO, your current TNA/GFW Tag Team Champions, The LAX. They have been tearing it up this year, and I see them killing it going into the future.

Hopefully, we can get an interview with them in the future, and if we do, trust me that we will let you know.

Now, before the now infamous Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight, I was approached to do an opinion piece on it from one of my friends on Facebook. And you know? I was going to do it, and I might still. However, since the fight, where McGregor lost, a lot of people, McGregor supporters, I should say, have still not given Mayweather his due.

Yes, McGregor stood in the fight for 10 rounds, losing in that round after getting almost dropped. And yes, he deserves some semblance of credit for it, but, to his fans? Stop being sore losers. Every time you share that “51-0” meme, it doesn’t make it funny. You’re actually condoning domestic abuse every time you share it, whether you realize it or not. And it makes you look petty.


This midget in this Alestorm video looks like a mini Jinder Mahal.

Ahh yes, nothing says a relaxing early morning like some Pirate Metal.

Yeah, I know, I went from club music, to this…

And did you see that ring that Cody Rhodes was wearing on ROH this week? Looking like a mafia Godfather with that one, he called it the “Ring of Honor”. I see what you did there, my good man. I tip my cap to you.

Good on you.

And speaking of Cody, he, along with the rest of the wrestling business have really had it in for Sexy Star. Then again, when you make it a point to take your frustrations with another wrestler on someone who had nothing to do with your beef short of them just being in the match, well, you kinda set yourself up for it.

And maybe deserve it.

Then again, with the GFW spinning this into an angle on Impact this week, you now have to look at it as it likely being a work shoot. Or, at the very least, their attempts to spin it into such for the sake of saving her career.

Although, whether that is the case or not, the damage may already be done.


Speaking of damage, there is a story floating around online of a young man who died on a renegade wrestling show recently. If you are wondering about the term “renegade”, I think the more appropriate term would be “illegal” or “unlicensed” show.

He died of his injuries after taking a spinebuster and landing wrong. Truth be told, anytime you step into the ring, you risk injury. Even with proper training, injuries can happen, but, there’s a difference between training for a few months and walking away unscathed, and training for maybe a couple of weeks and needing medical attention.

In some states. you have to go through hoops to get in the ring, but, at least if you go through those, you know, and the state knows, that you are trained and licensed; cleared to perform in the ring. When incidents like this one happen, it puts a black eye on everyone in the business, unfortunately. Because even though it happened in one “company”, it puts a damper on those who run legitimate promotions who follow the rules.

Hopefully, it can get resolved, those held responsible be handled accordingly, that way the business, and the young man’s family can move on from this tragedy.

And finally…

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge my team, who, since joining the site, have made this department rock like it’s nobody’s business. So, shout out to my squad: my assistant editor Ashley Sweetly, who recently interviewed WWE legend Al Snow, go check that out! (<—hint hint: I posted the link there)

Shout out to Andrew Aung, who comes to us from across the sea, hailing from Asia. Daniel Guerrero, who along with fellow writer John Pearson, is covering the Mae Young Classic, be sure to follow us for bracket updates and show breakdowns.

Also, shout out to Frederick Froehlich, who not only writes for us, but also hosts his own podcast, the Fro Wrestling Podcast. Definitely check him out and show him some love.

And finally, shout out to Alex Diensta and Kayla McCurry, who have been swinging for the fences with their hard hitting coverage.

Since they have joined, this department has changed from a slow moving part of the site, to a machine. And to say that I am proud of my team would not only be an understatement, but also a disservice to the work they have put in.

I cannot thank them enough for their efforts, and truthfully, have to also thank Greg Kennedy for recruiting them. This has been a fun experience; and I sincerely hope that we can take the Wrestling Department to new heights in the future.

Let’s keep killing it, team, let’s keep killing it.

And with that, I bring this opinion piece to a close. I thank you, dear readers, for taking your time in reading this article; filled with my thoughts and opinions. And hope that I may have not only inspired conversation, but also inspired someone to go forth. To follow their dreams, and to quote Vince McMahon, reach for that brass ring.

Because, to be honest, I would have never guessed that in the almost three years that I have been writing for TSJ, that I would become the head of a department. Nor, did I think that I would lead a team that was as driven as this.

Always follow that dream, and never stop trying…

Have a great day, ladies and gentlemen, this has been Gregory Black, and I wish you a great week.

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