HILARIOUS HEY DUDE EPISODE CAUSES JOSH MATHEWS TO LAUGH UNCONTROLLABLY WHILE RECORDING SMACKDOWN
By Justin Henry
Philadelphia, PA – Things got a little carried away at this week’s Smackdown tapings in the city of Brotherly Love.
Josh Mathews, a WWE announcer long regarded for his professionalism and genuine love of his work, was unable to keep his composure during a match in which the New Nexus faced the Uso Twins.
Mathews, 30, began to laugh uncontrollably, starting out with miniscule chuckles before giving in to absolute guffaws of laughter, while pounding the desk, apologizing through short breaths of air, before the laughter overwhelmed him again.
Mathews’ colleagues, Michael Cole and Booker T, were dumbfounded, and attempted to carry on the pace of the show, regardless of Mathews’ outburst.
Mathews offered a full apology after the show.
“I’m sorry, but I was just thinking about this one episode of “Hey Dude” I had seen as a kid,” said Mathews, still wiping dried tears of laughter from his eye ducts. “You ever see the one where Ted takes Danny’s Indian artifacts and tries to perform a rain dance during the drought, and it offends Danny, because he’s a Hopi Indian? I just starting laughing because I realized how inappropriate that would be to do in today’s hopelessly uptight society, and the notion of Ted, clearly Caucasian, woop-woop-wooping while holding this Indian trinket, and Danny’s, like, standing RIGHT THERE, oh man, THAT is what true comedy is!”
Mathews’ colleagues are split on their young partner’s unprofessional showing.
“Frankly, I was never a Hey Dude guy, and I don’t see the humor in mocking a rain dance,” said Cole. “I thought the show was a little too stereotypical. I realize the irony of me saying that, working in a company that exploits racial and sexual stereotypes like we were trying to win some hate group’s seal of approval, but I really don’t enjoy television that has such broad characters. Here’s Danny, the Indian! Here’s Mr. Ernest, the Klutz! Here’s Brad, the Fasion Model! In all fairness, if we’re talking about Nickelodeon shows, I always preferred Kid’s Court. It gave children an understanding of our legal system and of personal responsibility. My kids could learn more watching that than from seeing Mr. Ernest get his teeth kicked in by a mule or something.”
Booker T, however, offered a different take.
“Man, lemme tell ya, I understand Josh’s predicament, cuz we all been through some stuff like that. Why, I’m a big fan of iCarly myself, and that little fine lookin’ thing Miranda Cosgrove, ha ha, she might be the funniest person in the world TOO-DAY! As a long time Nickelodeon fan, my sensibilities for love and humor used to lie with that British dimepiece on GUTS, but iCarly, hoo dawg, she declared a hostile takeover on MAH HEART! So if Josh wants to laugh about Hey Dude, hey man, things happen. I can’t hate on mah brutha like that!”
Josh Mathews, after his humbling experience, had this parting shot.
“Does anyone have old, recorded episodes of Hey Dude on DVD? I pay top dollar!”
FAN UPLOADS ENTIRE 1999 EPISODES OF WCW SATURDAY NIGHT, “DOESN’T MIND” CREEPY MESSAGES FROM OTHER FANS
By Justin Henry
Dalton, GA – A devoted fan has been uploading entire episodes of WCW Saturday Night that he meticulously taped on their first-runs, and the positive feedback he has been receiving has been both rewarding, as well as disturbing.
Craig Morpost, 29, of Dalton was a fan of World Championship Wrestling up until the company’s ceasing in 2001. As a teenager, Morpost would often be out with friends on Saturday evenings, and thusly used his VCR to simply record the proceedings.
With a cache of over 75 VHS tapes, Morpost decided to make use of the vast world of video stream and social networking, and is uploading the episodes, chronologically, onto YouTube.
The response so far has been…..interesting.
“I’m both shocked and delighted that so many other fans have the appreciation for WCW’s “C” show like I have,” said Morpost, a sales rep for Verizon. “But it’s wonderful to see so many people remember WCW, especially when it wasn’t tainted directly by Hogan or Bischoff or Nash. Sometimes, just seeing skilled workers get time to perform in such an old school setting is enough to fill a true wrestling fan’s heart.”
Morpost elaborated further on the particular love being shown by other fans.
“I have this one follower, a 32 year old with the username ‘ToonN2Nitro’, and he got really excited because I just uploaded the 6/5/99 episode, and he said ‘Wow, man, I’ve wanted for YEARS to see that Silver King/Villano V vs. Stevie Ray/Horace match! You have the best rare stuff!’, and it just makes me happy to see so many others get into it. He messages me a lot, asking if I ever wanna hang out and watch old Jim Crockett Promotion matches, which is fine, and he sometimes asks if I’ve ever taken pictures of myself and sent them to others. He’s offered me $100 per photo, which is a bit surreal, so I’m just happy talking wrestling with the man!”
So many shows have been uploaded. So many Van Hammer and Al Green memories have come flooding back for an entire generation of fans who don’t like pretty divas, linear booking, or anything that feels “mainstream”. And those fans now have the efforts of the tireless Craig Morpost to thank.
But not everyone is so thankful.
“There’s this one guy, “KennyKaos316”, who says he’s 47, and he really takes these Saturday Night Episodes seriously. One time I uploaded the first episode of Nitro, just because I had it, and he messages me with, “Nobody wants to see Hogan or Sting. Either you keep your channel to just WCWSN, or I’ll cut your throat out. YOU DON’T WANT TO MESS WITH ME!” He also gets angry if I don’t edit commercials. One time, he was like, “I don’t want to see any more Spree advertisements or those damn talking monkey movie parodies. I demand you edit those out, or I’ll come after you. I have an AK-47 you hack!”
But Morpost is unfazed.
“He’s been sending me those messages for months. I just tell him I’ll get him Kenny Kaos’ autograph, and he seems to lighten up. I don’t even know where Kaos is; isn’t he dead or something?”