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AEW will be another failure, WWE will always be king…

It may seem like AEW is a pretty hot wrestling promotion for right now but make no mistake about it… their popularity will die down sometime soon and they will just be another wrestling business going out of business. Kind of like what happened to WCW and ECW. When WCW and ECW started out, they started off pretty hot in the beginning but people stopped caring later on. I predict the same will happen to AEW. Go out of business like all the others. TNA Impact is still around but even they failed as a wrestling company due to different owner changes.

When AEW first started, I’ve been liking them for a little while… I’ve been with them at the start but then bailed and stopped watching. Why? I don’t know… it seems to me that AEW is trying to rip off WWE of what WWE did in the 90’s during the Attitude Era. I’m also amazed at how all these former WWE personalities that are in AEW now, talking so much negative shit about WWE and Vince. It’s like what? So many people claim there is no WWE vs. AEW war but that’s not what I’m seeing. AEW’s attacks and shots at WWE just won’t stop and they just continue. While most former WWE personalities are in AEW talking shit about WWE and Vince, there is one former WWE star that has nothing but positive things to say about WWE and Vince… that guy is none other than Aleister Black who is now Malakai Black in AEW. The split with WWE and Aleister Black was amicable, there’s no bad blood at all. I think Aleister was released due to the pandemic?

Anyhow, like with the title of this topic says, yes, “WWE will always be king”. Yes, it is true. There can be other wrestling promotions but they will never overtake WWE. WWE is a monster and a very powerful company. Yes, the WWE’s ratings may be way down as of this point but WWE is a giant. AEW is here ’cause of WWE, whether you want to admit it or not. Tony Khan the owner of AEW admits he is a fan of WWE himself and many former WWE guys working for his company.

I stopped watching AEW ’cause even they can get pretty bad with the storylines and matches, they are no better… and the music themes for their stars are pretty awful.

Anyhow, WWE maybe struggling in the ratings and all but they’ll figure out a way to get back on top again. I continue to support and watch WWE ’cause I like them better to be honest.

Wrestling fans wanna whine, cry and bitch about how awful WWE is but they continue to watch anyways. I continue to watch ’cause I enjoy it. People complain about how WWE isn’t wrestling anymore which is a load of bull. Yes wrestling is still around and WWE still puts on good matches here and there. I continue to watch WWE ’cause I respect all the performers, I respect what they all do. I respect Vince too ’cause he’s the one that gave us wrestling in the mainstream. I’ll admit that I’m not too thrilled of his booking and writing like most but Vince is a genius and a legend.

I just like enjoying wrestling. I’m not the one that will whine and cry everything about it. Wrestling is just a show and I think a lot of people take it way too serious. Just wanted to give out my thoughts on everything going on in the wrestling industry lately. It’s all crazy.

Kev

Watched WWE Summerslam last night, it was pretty good… Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar finally returns.

Well I guess now that live crowds are back and WWE is back to doing arena/stadiums shows, they’re back to do 3 or 4 hour ppvs. I actually enjoyed Summerslam last night. Not the best but pretty good.

Match of the night was Edge vs. Seth Rollins… I’m getting impressed with Edge more and more. Used to not be much of an Edge fan in the old days but nowadays he’s winning my respect.

The other good matches were RKBro vs. Aj Styles/Omos, Drew McinTyre vs. Jinder Mahall, Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie and Damien Priest vs. Sheamus were pretty solid matches.

Disappointed with Bianca getting squashed by Becky like that. You think Bianca and Becky would put on a helluva match together a longer one but ended up being a squash. Anyhow, I can see Bianca challenging Becky for a re-match and WWE will give us a better match with them too for the next ppv, I’m sure.

Goldberg vs. Bobby was actually okay… I was extremely surprised that Goldberg lasted longer in the ring than we all thought. Most Goldberg matches are very quick but he actually did a little more this time.

Had a feeling the Usos and Roman were gonna retain their titles. Brock will end up taking the belt from Roman real soon and that’s when Roman’s “Head of the Table” group will split. It’s looking like Brock will feud with Paul Heyman which will be real interesting. This storyline will be like why did Paul Heyman stab Brock in the back while he was gone? It’s gonna go down something like that.

It was a pretty good show and WWE slowly improving.

Kev

Stone Cold bio doc on A&E, totally worth watching whether you’re a wrestling fan or not… good!

Last night, I finally gotten around to watching the Stone Cold Steve Austin A&E doc. I was meaning to watch it on the night it came on but forgot it was on so I watched it last night via “On Demand”.

I’ve been a huge Steve Austin fan for a long time and I still admire & respect the hell out of that dude today. Yes, this guy a legend and a big name in wrestling for sure. He’s not just a big name in wrestling, he’s a big name in entertainment all around

What interested me most about this doc last night was how the Stone Cold Steve Austin character was created. When Steve first arrived in the WWE, he was at first a gimmick called the Ringmaster which he hated so much and begged for a different character which he got. Steve says he inspired the Stone Cold character off the “Iceman” Richard Kuklinski murderer. He was trying to come up with a new character name for WWE and naming all these dumb names based on ice and “cold” but Steve hated them all. Then his ex-wife came up with the name “Stone Cold” and it stuck. That name was a hit obviously. Then Steve had to create a new look for the character. He inspired the bald look by actor Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction” so Steve kept a shaved head over the years and then Steve grew the goatie to fit the look… that way he can look badass and look tough.

Then they came up with Steve’s ring attire, the black boots, the black trunks and black vest with the skull behind it. Now that Steve’s character was created, they had to give him something to do. Steve needed a villain for him to feud with then they came up with none other than Vince McMahon to be his arch rival. Ya know, the WWE owner/chairman was never meant to be an onscreen performer at first but he was needed. How was the Vince vs. Stone Cold feud inspired? Well according to the documentary, all employees at jobs has an evil boss that harasses and bullies their employees and all employees at jobs you work at has a boss you really hate & despise… so why not have that in a WWE storyline? Well obviously that idea worked ’cause the Stone Cold vs. Vince feud became one of the greatest of all time. WWE ratings were skyrocketing high during this time. Vince never wanted to be an onscreen performer in the beginning, he started off as color commentator but he was forced into it. This historic feud started when Mike Tyson were making those early WWE appearances.

I was impressed with that documentary. I’ve seen so many wrestling documentaries over the years and the Stone Cold by A&E is definitely one of the best. So whether or not you’re a fan of wrestling, it’s a good watch for all. You don’t have to be a fan of wrestling to learn wrestling history. This is a good doc to introduce you one of the greatest feuds of all time.

This doc definitely brought back a lot of memories for sure.

Even though Stone Cold is no longer wrestling and only makes occasional appearances on WWE TV, he still keeps himself involved in the wrestling business in other ways just to stay around it. That’s why he started his podcast which is the most popular wrestling podcast ever. Steve doesn’t do podcasts anymore so I just listen to older episodes as much as I can. His podcast show got so popular that he does his “Broken Skull Ranch” interviews for the WWE Network interview past and current WWE wrestlers. He also has his own TV show, “Straight Up Steve Austin”. Steve has also done some big screen movies over the years, he’s done some acting gigs. He’s definitely a multi-tasker.

Steve Austin is the freakin’ man and I hope to get the opportunity to meet him myself someday ’cause it would be cool.

Kev

WrestlEmania 37, Just a brief review…

Well over the weekend I watched “Wrestlemania 37”. It was a two night show that took place on Saturday and Sunday. I thought it was a pretty good Wrestlemania but could have been better.

Look here for the card:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WrestleMania_37

I thought every match on Saturday Night 1 was really good, every match that night was great. I even thought Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre was fantastic even though I can’t stand Lashley and I thought the women’s main event Sasha vs. Bianca was a great match as well. I even thought Bad Bunny did a great job in a wrestling match with Damien Priest even though I hate his music.

Night 2 wasn’t the greatest. I thought the best matches of that night were Shayna/Nia Jax vs. Natty Neidhart/Tamina tag match, Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayne was great and so was Asuka vs. Rhea Rhipley women’s tag match. The other matches that night weren’t that great at all…. especially Randy Orton vs. The Fiend, this feud is getting stupid even though I’m a huge fan of Randy.

As far as the main event goes with Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan – Triple Threat Championship match… I’m sure everybody expected Roman to lose the belt last night to one of the other guys but of course, that didn’t happen. Roman won the match and retains. It’s probably gonna be a long title run for Roman. That’s okay ’cause I actually like this new heel Roman persona. I think Roman is a badass actually, I’m a fan.

I thought it was an okay Wrestlemania, just thought Night 1 was the best.

It was refreshing to see actual live fans back at a Wrestlemania, though. That was great. Watching wrestling with fans in the crowds is what it’s all about and that’s what they do this for to begin with. This is what wrestlers sacrifice everything for is to wrestle in front of live crowds.

Looking forward to watching RAW tonight.

Kev

Bret “The Hitman” Hart… Montreal Screwjob incident… just some thoughts…

So over the summer during this covid-19 pandemic, I’ve read a few wrestling books to do more research and learning about the controversial wrestling incident that went on between Bret The Hitman Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997 ppv. One book I’ve read was Bret Hart’s “Hitman – My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling” and the other book I’ve read was “The Death of WCW” by R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez. Both of those books were really good and they both talked about the “Montreal Screwjob” a little bit.

To those of you who don’t know anything about the Montreal Screwjob, well let me break it down to you to tell you what it’s all about. The controversy revolves around Bret The Hitman Hart, Shawn Michaels and WWE owner Vince McMahon. Bret and Shawn Michaels not only had an on screen TV feud for years, they also hate each other in real life as well. They had both an on-screen and off-screen feud. Bret won the WWE/WWF title at Summerslam 1997 and Bret signed a contract to WCW and was about to jump ship to there. This got Vince all worried and didn’t want Bret to bring the WWE title to WCW and Bret said he wasn’t gonna do that, it wasn’t his plan. Hart was set to defend the title against Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997. McMahon originally wanted Bret to lose the title to Shawn at Survivor Series 1997 but Bret wasn’t going for it since he didn’t want to lose in his home country which makes sense. In a meeting… Bret, Shawn and Vince agreed that Bret would retain the title at Survivor Series 1997 by disqualification and Bret would lose the title or forfeit later on.

When it came to Survivor Series 1997 night where the match was taken place, Bret vs. Shawn match started. A little later in the match Shawn put Bret in his well-known finisher the Sharpshooter which is a submissive finisher. All of a sudden, Vince comes out to the ring and orders Earl Hebner to ring the bell which causes HBK Shawn Michaels to win the WWE title by submission.

It is called a “screwjob” ’cause Bret got screwed by McMahon. Vince promised Bret that he would retain the title by disqualification but Vince decided that HBK Shawn Michaels would win the WWE title on the last minute.

After that, this angered Bret so much… spitting Vince in the face at ring side and then Bret started destroying things. Bret even punched Vince in the face and knocked him out backstage. Vince and Bret feuded in the media for a long while but later on, they ended up burying the hatchet for good. Bret wanted to bury the hatchet with Vince ’cause he didn’t WWE burying his legacy and Bret wanted to be remembered. Bret got into the WWE Hall of Fame finally in 2006 and WWE made a DVD for him.

In the aftermath of the Screwjob incident, this lead to Vince’s iconic feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin and forced Vince to perform on television as this evil owner bad guy. This is what brought Mike Tyson in to feud with Stone Cold, though.

The Montreal Screwjob incident is the most talked about controversy in wrestling and is still being talked about even after all these years. I can see why Bret is so brutally honest when it comes to the wrestling business ’cause after that, he didn’t want to be screwed over ever again like that. He didn’t want to lose in his hometown of Canada and Vince forced him to lose. After reading Bret’s book (which is very good and definitely one of the best wrestling books I’ve ever read), I’m totally on his side.

People are saying it was a work but I don’t think it was. If it was then it would have been the greatest work of all time and it would be so hard to plan. Kevin Nash said it was a work but watch Bret Hart’s response in the video here:

It was a real incident that angered Bret for many years. Later in the years though since Vince and Bret buried the hatchet, they continued the “Screwjob” incident on WWE TV so they can have a closure which they did real good.

This makes me want to watch “The Wrestling With Shadows” documentary which is about Bret Hart but I didn’t know where to watch. I found out you can watch the documentary in it’s entirety on youtube so I’ll watch it on youtube this weekend.

Bret was always very protective of his career and his legacy and after the Montreal Screwjob incident, I can understand why. Bret may have buried the hatchet with McMahon but I don’t think he’ll ever bury the hatchet with Shawn. Bret will always have pure hatred for Shawn since Shawn himself was in on the whole “screwjob” thing. I think Shawn just wanted that WWE title and got what he wanted.

Bret is definitely one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, though. He is one of my top 10 favorites.

Kev

Why live wrestling shows with an actual crowd is important…

Yeah, even through this dumb covid-19 pandemic which is still going on, I still watch my wrestling. I try to keep up with RAW, NXT, Smackdown and the ppvs. In the beginning, the WWE started to have shows with no crowd at all. Now they brought back the live crowd but at a small capacity. The only problem with that, though, the live crowd with a small capacity are mostly wrestlers from NXT… and they are starting to bring back actual WWE fans too.

Even though the WWE are trying to bring back the fans, watching wrestling is still hard to watch and pretty boring. I just continue to watch wrestling ’cause there’s nothing better to do at night, ya know? Most of my TV watching is always at night. I never watch TV and streaming services during the day.

Anyhow, live wrestling in huge arenas full of fans is very important ’cause that’s what the wrestling business perform these shows for to begin with… they do these shows for the fans. That’s why these guys do what they do, perform for the fans. Fans in the crowd are important to wrestling shows ’cause it helps make the show feel a lot more lively, you get what I mean? It’s important for wrestlers to get over with the crowd whether they are heels or babyfaces. In wrestling terms, a heel means the badguy wrestler and babyfaces mean the good guy wrestler aka the hero. It’s important for wrestlers to perform for a live crowd so the crowd can boo the heels and cheer the babyfaces. Sometimes in wrestling it isn’t always like that, though… sometimes the crowd does cheer the heels whenever they like him and boo the baby faces. Examples of crowds cheering the heel wrestlers would be Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin when they started out as heels but fans started cheering for them… examples of fans booing the babyfaces would be John Cena for sure. Even though, John Cena was always a good guy, fans would boo him anyways. It’s fun to hear the crowd reactions ’cause it’s interesting to see them being honest on who they like and who don’t like. They also boo Roman Reigns even though he’s a babyface wrestler.

Listening to the crowd during wrestling shows, it’s the crowd that helps keep the matches exciting. There’s nothing like it when you see two wrestlers in the ring when they take a swing at each other with their arms and the audience goes “Oooooh”, “aaaaaah”, each time… and whenever a wrestler takes a nasty bump, they’ll chant “holy shit” or “this is awesome”.

Admittedly, I miss the live crowd during wrestling shows. When this covid-19 bullshit is all over and done with, I’m sure WWE will go back to doing shows at arenas and do their Wrestlemanias at stadiums. I miss all that myself but they’ll get back to all that. We just gotta wait longer, I guess.

I don’t know why non-wrestling fans criticize wrestling. I think it’s so much fun to watch, in my opinion. I’ve been a wrestling nerd my whole life, ever since I was a kid and still am a lover of wrestling today. Who are my favorite wrestlers you may ask???

Well… my all time favorites… I’ll have to go with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Warrior, Owen Hart, CM Punk, Jericho, Randy Savage aka the Macho Man and Undertaker can get thrown in the list for sure. Also, Bret Hart.

As for today’s favorite wrestlers in today’s industry, I’m gonna go with AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Aleister Black. I would also pick Asuka from the women’s division.

Sure, the WWE is not the best anymore like it used to be in the 80’s and 90’s but I just continue to watch ’cause I respect the industry.

Kev

WWE is running out of longtime veterans… soon we won’t have any at all…

Since the Undertaker is done with WWE, I’m realizing now that the business is running out of WWE veterans/legends. All the long time WWE icons have either retired, been fired in real life or have died. We no longer have Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, JBL, HBK Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, etc. The list goes on… Triple H is still around but he only performs occasionally and it’s looking like he’s about to step back. It’s also looking like John Cena is on the brink of retirement too. Same with Rey Mysterio.

We’re running out of the veterans and well-known icons now that the Undertaker is thrown on the list. We still have Randy Orton who still performs in WWE full time even to this day but sooner or later Randy could end up retiring… I’ll give it more time. Edge came back to the WWE but he’s in it for one more run and that’s it for him.

Kind of a good thing, though ’cause there’s a lot of new and young talent that deserves a chance to shine and become big icons later in years.

It kind of sucks but it is what it is. Wrestling changes over the years. Wrestling companies get new and different rosters all the time.

There are quite a few new talent today that are becoming top stars already like AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey… to name a few.

I do miss the old days of wrestling, though especially the Stone Cold years, that was the best. I don’t think we’ll get another Stone Cold and Undertaker again; although, I do know the WWE is gonna try. Stone Cold and ‘Taker can’t be replaceable.

Kev

The Undertaker announces retirement from the ring for good after AJ Styles “Boneyard” match…

I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the Undertaker documentary “The Last Ride” on WWE Network and I need to finish the rest of it still now the final episode of the show is on there.

The Undertaker (real name: Mark Calaway) announced exclusively on his documentary “The Last Ride” that he’s done wrestling for good after the AJ Styles “Boneyard” match at Wrestlemania 36. Originally, The Undertaker and AJ Styles were supposed to have a regular match in the ring at WM-36 but covid-19 forced them to do the match differently. Instead, they made the match “Boneyard” style… filmed like an action/horror movie. Yup, looks like that’s the Undertaker’s last match for sure.

The reason Undertaker is hanging it up is ’cause he feels that he has nothing left to accomplish… there’s nothing more for him to conquer and he also feels that he wants to step away to give the new talent in the business a chance to shine.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2897095-the-undertaker-i-have-no-desire-to-get-back-in-the-ring-after-aj-styles-match

I’m sure another reason he’s done is because his body can’t take it anymore and he had way too many surgeries over the years like his documentary showed.

The Undertaker is definitely one of the most recognizable and most respected stars of all time. How can you not like the Undertaker? Even non-wrestling fans aka people who aren’t even into wrestling at all find Undertaker likeable. He’s the most respected wrestler in the industry for sure. The word “legend” gets thrown around a lot but I think that term belongs to ‘Taker and no one else.

Even though he was a huge man, he was a great wrestler and great mic worker too. He was also known as a locker room leader. Have you noticed over the years, not one other wrestler said something negative about ‘Taker? You know how other wrestlers talking trash at each other in the press in real life? Point me out where a wrestler said something bad about Undertaker? You’re not gonna find much of anything ’cause everyone in the business loved him. ‘taker was like a father in the wrestling business, ya know? Everyone looked up to him and respected him. Even the most hated wrestlers in the business loved him.

‘Taker had a great career for sure… he had matches against everyone in the business pretty much. While he did have a great career ride, I wished the long talked about match against WCW’s Sting could have happened but it never did. Sting, the guy known as a scorpion and wears makeup was dying to make his match happen with ‘Taker at a Wrestlemania but it looks like we’ll never see it happen at all. Looks like Sting’s in-ring career is about over for good too ’cause he has a bad neck.

My favorite Undertaker match of all time, though, was his Hell in a Cell match with Mankind at King of the Ring ’98. That match is such a classic and will go down in history too.

Now that it looks like Undertaker is done, hopefully he gets in the WWE Hall of Fame finally. That will probably happen next year ’cause the Hall of Fame inductees were already announced for this year.

I agree, though that there is nothing left for Undertaker to do. Wrestlemania is never gonna be the same without him.

Kev

Does Vince McMahon owner of WWE gives autographs to fans??? No, he has never been that type…

In a podcast with wrestling personality, Arn Anderson, he was doing a Q&A episode with fans and one fan sent in a question asking Arn if Vince himself the owner of WWE signs autographs for fans. Arn says that “No”… Vince does not give autographs to fans ’cause he simply doesn’t have the time being the workhorse that Vince is. Arn says that he has never seen Vince give autographs and probably will never happen.

Vince is a very busy guy. He doesn’t have time to meet other WWE fans… although I’m sure he does meet occasional fans when out and about. You’ll just never get an autograph from him… you’ll probably just get a “hello” or a “handshake” from him and that’s about it.

Vince really is a busy man… he totally focus’s on most of his life through WWE. That’s all he spends his life on. You’ll never see him take a break and Vince is a weightlifter/bodybuilder himself and he workouts like 3 or 4 in the morning… he does that every morning. I remember Triple H saying Vince does that and now Arn is saying the same thing. Vince keeps busy, he doesn’t sleep much.

Arn Anderson explains why you will never see Vince McMahon sign autographs and take pictures with fans

A lot of people want to hate on Vince but I don’t know why. He always had my utmost respect. He’s the one that gave us all this… professional wrestling. You may not like his booking and creative style when it comes to TV but the man is still a genius. Vince was a great performer himself when he was evil Mr. McMahon in the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras.

As far as Vince not caring to meet fans, maybe he just doesn’t care about the fame and just wants to work? I’m sure he’s flattered that people love him, though. He probably just wants the fans to love the superstars that he gives us… maybe that’s another reason… doesn’t need to hog their spotlight.

Kev

Should “Macho Man” Randy Savage have been treated better by Vince and WWE??? I don’t understand why they would disrespect him???

Last night on the WWE Network, I was watching this “Macho Man” Randy Savage documentary. It’s called, “The Randy Savage Story” which is about an hour and a half long and it’s a very good documentary, actually. Probably one of the best documentaries made for a wrestler that was made for a Randy Savage DVD set.

After I finished watching it, I immediately thought to myself, “Man, Randy should have been treated better by Vince and the WWE’. Yup, Randy should have been treated better.

The reason why Randy Savage never returned to WWE later in the years is not because Vince wanted nothing to do with him, it’s actually the other way around. Randy never wanted anything to do with Vince. Why? It’s because when Randy left WWF/WWE for WCW, Vince made this video segment that they aired on WWF television… a segment that features the Huckster and Nacho Man that makes fun of Hulk Hogan and Randy. That video really upset Randy ’cause the video brought up Miss Elizabeth in it which was what really set him off. I think Vince was upset at Randy leaving WWF for WCW so he made that video in retaliation. Randy’s brother, Lanny Pofo said on the documentary that’s why Macho Man never returned to the WWE later on. Vince really hurt Randy with that dumb video.

https://whatculture.com/wwe/10-times-wwe-seriously-disrespected-hall-of-famers?page=3

The reason why Randy was late getting in the Hall of Fame was not because Vince didn’t want him in, it was because Randy himself didn’t want in. After Randy died in 2011, Lanny held back on Randy’s induction into WWE Hall of Fame a lot longer and then finally gave WWE the greenlight in 2015. While Vince and Randy had a rocky relationship over the years, Vince still loved him ’cause he still couldn’t deny his wrestling legacy in WWE which was why Vince made DVDs for Randy and finally got him in Hall of Fame.

That Hukster and Nacho Man video was unnecessary though and Vince should have known better.

Before Randy died, it would have been cool though if Randy came out of wrestling retirement and made another run in WWE. Imagine that? Sadly, it never happened ’cause Randy didn’t want it to happen at the time but later before Randy died, I think Randy was planning a comeback to the WWE. Lanny said that before Randy’s passing, he was just burying the hatchet with Hulk Hogan which what would have lead to another WWE run… Lanny said Randy would have wanted his final match to be against Shawn Michaels at a Wrestlemania.

Lanny Poffo Says Randy Savage Had Plans For A Final WWE Run, Talks Randy Reconciling With Hulk Hogan, More

Imagine that? Macho Man vs. HBK at a later Wrestlemania would have been great but too bad we never got to see that, though. It was gonna happen and the match was in the works but then Randy died in that car accident.

One thing I find interesting about Randy Savage was his speaking voice, you know he has that deep scratchy voice that he’s known for? Well that voice isn’t acting, he really talked like that. It was his real speaking voice which is funny.

I remember being so bummed when Randy passed ’cause he was my favorite over the years.

Kev