Tonight I went down to Ellis Island to meet LOW's Chad Olson and his wife Emily for dinner. We got their steak special (a somewhat secret menu item- really not a secret as it is just not listed on the menu- for less than $10 each)- it was an awesome steak for less than $10:
This August will mark 20 years in Las Vegas for me and I have never actually been to Ellis Island before, glad I finally got to go tonight with Chad!
At dinner tonight, since he edits all the Indy cards, I showed Chad some mechanics I wrote for the upcoming ROH set (I am really excited about this next set and I think the cards are going to be great) and Chad told me he liked the mechanics I showed him- I hope you guys like them too once the cards are released next month!
Afterward we caught an Uber to go to the Gold Coast for the CAC but the driver had just dropped off some chicks in bikinis from the pool at the Wynn so the seats were a little wet- but he gave us a deal and only charged us $6 to take us from Ellis Island to the Gold Coast.
The CAC show tonight was so so, probably the biggest Indy name was Kikutaro. However for my first time I saw LOW's Nikita Breznikov manage live tonight, Breznikov has a book getting released at the CAC tomorrow. Also LOW's Rock Riddle made a great appearance in the ring to promote his match tomorrow night against CAC President B. Brian Blair in which some have said might be Riddle's final match. This was Show #21 of 2019 for me.
LOW's Tim Dalton's plane got delayed but he made it there about half way through tonight's show. Great to see both Chad and Tim again tonight while tapping beer bottles and talking about the game and other wrestling topics!
Looking forward to Night 2 tomorrow which includes bigger names such as Sabu, Haku, Barbarian, the annual CAC rumble, etc!
I just got home from attending Night 2 of the CAC.
Tonight was more Indy matches, some of the names who wrestled included Malia Hosaka, Rock Riddle, and Matt Striker (I missed the opening rumble- Monday are my longest day of the week for work.)
The CAC also did their annual video tribute to the wrestlers who passed away since last year's CAC. It has been a sad 12 month period with losses such as The Destroyer, Gene Okerlund, Vader, Dynamite Kid, Jim Neidhart, Pedro Morales, Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Christopher, King Kong Bundy, Brickhouse Brown, Dick Slater, Larry Hennig, Mr. Saito, Don Leo Jonathan, Les Thornton, Alexis Smirnoff, Salvatore Bellomo, and many others.
Earlier in the day Chad picked up for me a copy of Stab Hansen's Last Ootlaw book and I paid him back for it at tonight's show.
Also, Chad made a great LOW signing today, he will be a regular in my fed for sure once his card is released.
Looking forward to the Bockwinkel Blowout sandwich dinner tomorrow night!
Always love to hear the updates from these events. Would be fun to attend one day. Also great to hear of a new LOW signing!
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So cool, Vegas. Hope to attend one day myself. Can't wait to see who that signing is!
Thanks for the updates while you're out there. Safe travels and if you're ever out the Chicago way again...
Yeah, the CAC is alot of fun. I think next year I am going to try to use at least one sick day so I can participate in the day activities for at least one of the days instead of only attending the nightly shows and dinners.
I had actually penciled Chicago for next November for Survivor Series weekend as I always get Thanksgiving week off from work and hoping there will be some other shows that weekend too- especialy perhaps GCW who did a Los Angeles show last year when Survivor Series was in Los Angeles.
But now that I know I am going to Tampa Bay for sure to see a bunch of shows during Mania weekend (which coincides with my Spring Break next year,) I am not sure yet if I can also do Chicago too in November.
Tonight was the Bockwinkel Blowout dinner in which you go through lines and select your bread, choice of meats, cheese, vegatables, mayo/spicy mustard, etc for your sandwich. The Grappler was behind me in line tonight and in the line on the other side of the table directly across from me was Davey Boy Smith Jr. While in that line they were talking about the fan attacking Bret Hart at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony last month.
For the dinner and awards ceremony tonight, me, Chad, and Tim sat at one of the 2 tables designated for the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame (there are 20 of us in that group) and the table to our right was the table assigned to Haku and Barbarian. There were also 2 WWE tables and Sgt. Slaughter and Jerry Lawler were among those in attendance tonight.
Some of this year's award winners who were presented with their awards tonight included Larry Matysik for the posthumous award, Jeff Walton as the first promoter award winner (he promoted in the Los Angeles area,) and Cody Hawk for the trainer award. Cody Hawk was introduced by Dean Ambrose tonight (he was still announced as Dean Ambrose although I know he is going back to being Jon Moxley.) Ambrose, who lives in Las Vegas, talked about how Cody Hawk made him the wrestler he is today and also joked that he was supposed to pay Cody Hawk $3,000 for training but only made 1 payment so hopefully by doing this introduction tonight they can call it even on the remaining &2,700. Cody Hawk also trained Shaun Ricker/Eli Drake who was also in attendance at the dinner tonight.
Also Chad today made another good LOW signing.
Tonight was my 23rd wrestling show or event I have attended so far in 2019. Now I am going to get some sleep and after work tomorrow go back for the 4th/final night for the banquet where the bigger award winners such as Mark Henry, Barbarian and Haku, Dory Funk Jr., and David Schults will be presented with their CAC awards.