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Monday, October 31, 2011

FIGHTS: 24/7 Pac-Marquez, Ep. 2 Recap

This superfight is on the way in just a few short weeks, and the lead up has been great.

This episode talked up Manny's charity work back in the Philippines, helping to finance citizen's fishing boats and providing funds for a large-scale hospital and helping local schools.  He has earned enough cash through his fights to help people back home, and provide for himself a Ferrari as well.  He gets a chance to drive the car near the end of the episode.

Marquez is also working hard, and has fought and earned money for a small fleet of cars back in Mexico. Five cars are featured, but he can only drive four of them, as his wife is the only one that drives the BMW.

Marquez is also training hard as well, and has made some adjustments to his training via new strength and conditioning coach.  Coach Hernandez earned his degree at A&M, and has altered some of Marquez's workouts so he can keep his speed and flexibility, but add weight.

In the end, its yet another great episode leading up to the fight that you need to watch.


Bowie Ibarra is the author of the "Down the Road" zombie horror series.  His upcoming books, "Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire" and "Pit Fighters: Double Cross", are combat sports-themed books.

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ZOMBIES: 'Night of the Living Dead' - The Classic Reviewed

Bowie V. Ibarra
It's the very movie that forever made me a fan of zombie horror.  If you expect me to stamp your zombie horror membership card, you need to have watched this movie first.

It was Halloween week, and I had to be in Jr. High.  The TV station out of San Antonio was playing a weeks worth of scary movies.  Some of them included the original Prom Night, Halloween II, and this one; Night of the Living Dead.

My first thoughts were, "Well, this is black and white.  It's probably going to be lame like 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' or "The Mummy' movies.

So, it got started, with Barbara and Johnny, a brother and sister duo sent to put flowers on their fathers grave miles away from home.  The brother complains and the sister tries to remain respectful.  When they both see a guy walking in the cemetary, Johnny teases his sister with the now famous phrase, "They're coming to get you, Barbara."

So, the dude they were teasing in the cemetary turns out to be a zombie and attacks Barbara.  Now, big brother comes in for the save, only to get ko'd in the scuffle on a tombstone by the zombie.  It's then that the zombie gives chase to Barbara.

Fun fact straight from the mouth of Judith O'Dea, the lady who played Barbara.  She told me that when the scene was going to be shot, she could not run in the pumps she was wearing.  So Romero plugged in a shot where she falls, looks back to see the zombie on her tail, and kicks off her pumps.

After a long chase in which the zombie uses a rock to try and break through the glass of her brother's vehicle, she ends up at a farmhouse.  She finds that the farmhouse is also suffering from the peculiar murders, finding a partially devoured body at the top of the stairs.

When she freaks out and goes back down the stairs, she runs out to find a vehicle pulling up to the house.  Driving the vehicle is a guy named Ben, who gets back inside with Barbara, who is losing her mind.  Ben decides to clear house, as more of the ghouls are on the way.  

One of the best shots in the film is when Duane pegs a zombie coming in the back door with a tire iron.  As the zombie stumbles back, it reveals even more zombies on the way.  They're slowly being surrounded.

After Ben spends time securing the bottom floor, a group of people reveal themselves, who were hiding in the basement.  It's a family with child named the Coopers and a couple, Tom and Judy.

As you might imagine, a philosophical battle over what place is safer begins, and Ben exiles Mr. Cooper to the basement with his sick daughter and wife.  

It turns out Mr. Cooper and his wife, Helen, don't get along.  And their daughter is slowly expiring after having being bit by one of the zombies.

After a failed run for a gas pump out by the barn that takes the lives of Tom and Judy, tension between Ben and Mr. Cooper reach a fever pitch as the zombies make their move and turn up the heat on the siege by trying to break down the barriers.

With the pressure on, Cooper and Tom fight over the Winchester lever action rifle, and after laying claim to the rifle, Ben puts a bullet in Cooper, who then stumbles back down to the basement and dies at the feet of his daughter.

The barriers start to fall to the encroaching zombie mob, and Helen is almost dragged out.  But Barbara makes the save, giving Helen a chance to break away.  As Helen breaks away, Barbara is stunned to see her dead brother at the door.  Paralyzed in fear and surprise, it gives her brother and the zombies time to drag her out into the mob to be eaten.

Meanwhile, Helen retreats to the basement to find her daughter eating her dead husband.  She stands in shock as her daughter rises.  Losing her balance, Helen falls by the steps in horror as her daughter takes a garden trowel off the wall, raises it above her head, and proceeds to stab her mother to death multiple times.  A nightmarish squeal accompanies the matricide.

Upstairs, Ben has lost control.  With every barrier breached, its now his Alamo.  In a cruel twist of fate, he ironically retreats to the basement.  He is assaulted by the dead Cooper daughter, but bypasses her and locks himself in the basement.

The next morning, the locals have formed death squads to squash the zombies, and they're all doing pretty good.  As they approach the farmhouse, Ben can hear the gunshots and dogs barking.  So he steps out of the basement with extreme caution.

The problem is that the death squads had been putting down zombies all day and one of them heard Ben moving inside the house.  As Ben looks out the window, he silhouettes himself for one of the dudes to take aim and put him down.  They then throw his body on a bonfire along with the very same zombie that killed Barbara's brother in the cemetery.  They are then burned.

So, it certainly wasn't exactly like I expected.  It was much worse, and it was great.  That final moment where Ben gets shot shocked me like no other movie had done before, or since.  It's that kind of ending that I wanted to bring to my stories.

We could get into metaphors, symbolism, or social commentary all day.  But we'd just be treading on ground that has been walked before.

The bottom line is that this is the one seminal movie that started the zombie horror genre we are experiencing and enjoying today.  If it wasn't for Romero, we would not have Fulci, we would not have O'Bannon's "Return..." series, we would not have "The Walking Dead".  It starts here.

That's why I say Romero is what God looks like.

And if you appreciate zombie horror, you'll love the 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from  Down the Road, Down the Road: On the Last Day, and Down the Road: The Fall of Austin.  Pick them up in paperback or Kindle today.

BOWIE V. IBARRA earned his BFA in Acting and MA in Theatre History from Texas State University.  Network with Bowie at his official website, today.



Cops get a taste of the upcoming Zpoc in an excerpt from "The Fall of Austin" by Bowie Ibarra


Bowie V. Ibarra is the author of the zombie horror series, "Down the Road" from Simon and Schuester and Permuted Press.  His most recent release, "Codename: La Lechusa" is an action/adventure story with a supernatural edge.

You can read more about Bowie and his works at

ZOMBIES: The Double Cross! Walking Dead Season 2 Ep.3 recap...

Three episodes in to "The Walking Dead", and each time they have upped the ante on the moral dilemmas the  upcoming Zombie Apocalypse would provide to each and every one of us.

So, to start things off, we still have the missing little girl Sophie in the woods somewhere, the little boy Carl is suffering from his bullet wound, and the cast trying to make it through another day.

But the main thread of the episode was the run Shane made with the relative stranger (and guy who accidentally shot Carl), Otis.  They made a run to get medical supplies at a nearby high school.

In the ensuing mission, both Shane and Otis' ankles were injured, slowing them down significantly.  Initially working together, the two were doing alright in spite of the odds.  Both wanted desperately to help the little boy, with Otis specifically stating that the danger didn't matter to him, as he wanted to make right by Carl.

On their run back to their escape vehicle, Otis showed his weakness that he was not only working with an injured ankle, but was also out of shape.

With the walking dead closing in on them, Shane felt he had to make a choice.  Knowing he had to get the supplies back to the hideout, he put a slug in Otis' leg, took the supplies, and left him to be devoured by the dead.

When he returned, he told most of the story about how Otis died, and the kid got the medical equipment and remedies needed for the vet-turned-surgeon to save Carl, which he did.

People had a problem with Shane's choice.  In fact, I did, too.  But you have to put things in perspective.

Shane might not be the kids dad, but he clearly has a strong emotional tie to the boy and his mother, Lori, who he was banging out for a time before Rick returned.

After talking it over with a friend, we have to come to terms with things.  In fact, its a clear theme that I have explored in my books, especially "The Fall of Austin".

The Z-poc brings about a shift in morality.  A 'Rule Change' as I like to call it.  In fact, rules are thrown out the door, and the only rule is 'survival'.

Shane had no emotional ties to Otis.  Shane needed to get that equipment to the boy he cared deeply about.  Knowing Otis was wounded and was holding him back, he had to make a hard choice.  Do I roll the dice and help the injured Otis and take a chance I won't make it back?  Or do I cut my losses and give myself the extra edge to guarantee I get back?

If Otis were a close friend or a family member?  Sure, you spin the wheel.

But he wasn't.  Shane made the call, and now has to live with it.

Here it is in even easier terms to understand:

What would YOU do if you knew your own child's life was on the line?



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Zombies vs. Tasers:  An excerpt from "The Fall of Austin" by Bowie Ibarra


Bowie V. Ibarra is the author of the Zombie horror series "Down the Road" from Simon and Schuester and Permuted Press.  His upcoming book, "Big Cat" is about the power of friendship in a town where a monster is murdering the citizens of the city in the woods outside of town.

Learn more about Bowie and order a book at

Thursday, October 27, 2011

FIGHTS: A Clarification - I am not calling out Phoenix Jones' Super Friend...

I just want to make something very clear here.

I've been getting a few messages stating why I was calling out El Caballero.

Ultimo Dragon, pro-wrestling legend

When I sent the following message to Phoenix Jones, leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement on their Facebook group page ( ) , I was in no way calling out his super friend, El Caballero.  Before I go on, I think the message speaks for itself.

El Caballero.  Perhaps simply uninformed of
the tradition and history of the mask he dons
Phoenix Jones,

It was great to see you and your superteam, The Rain City Superhero Movement, make an appearance at ZomBcon.

With respect, I have a concern. One of your team members was wearing an Ultimo Dragon mask.

I understand that you are a superteam, and represent some of the masked traditions of the decades-old folklore of superheroes.

But that mask represents a storied lucha libre history and tradition that Ultimo Dragon worked hard to obtain. He is one of the greatest luchadores to grace the squared circle.

May I respectfully suggest your teammate alter or adjust the design of the mask so that it does not represent Ultimo Dragon but the spirit of your teammate.

You and your superteam embody the noble values found in the tradition of superheroes. A ask you to please respect the equally noble and storied tradition of the lucha libre legends who have shared their magic all around the world.


Bowie Valeriano Ibarra

My writer friend on set in LA.  He's wearing
a Dos Caras mask and having some fun.
Look, I have no problem with what they are doing.  In fact, I wholeheartedly support their dangerous endeavor that provides protection in their community.

I don't mind people playing around with masks, at events or even with their friends.  In fact, my buddy got a hold of a Dos Caras mask a while back while on a photo shoot.  He was just having some fun.

I just strongly feel when you utilize an established masked persona to fight crime, its important to consider what that mask represents around the world.  In fact, what it could mean to the true owner of the mask if he were to find out.

So I respectfully feel El Caballero needs to create his own design for a mask and start HIS own legacy with his superteam.  The mask he was wearing at zomBcon represents one of the greatest and most decorated pro-wrestlers to ever step in the ring.  I feel once he understands this, he can make an informed choice.

In fact, here's a link to a reputable website that offers custom mask creation.  They can create a professional grade mask to his exact specifications, perfect for fighting crime.

So just some clarification.  I feel so strong about this idea I would go to an extreme.  In the tradition of Mexican lucha libre, I would put my hair on the line for his mask in a best of three match.

But I'm too old and too out of shape for fighting.  And I believe these men, who have such respect for the superhero traditions, will also respect the traditions of the sacred masks of lucha libre once they understand what the masks stand for.

Ultimo Dragon: Multi-time World Champion


Wrestling history!  WWE honors lucha libre tradition with an epic
Mask vs. Mask match in the heart of Mexico City.

Twitter comes to Anarchy Championship Wrestling


Bowie V. Ibarra is the author of the zombie horror series, "Down the Road" from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster.  His upcoming books, a re-release of "Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire" and "Pit Fighters: Double Cross" are combat sports-related stories featuring fighters from around the world competing in money fights.

You can stay updated on Bowie's works and network with him at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FIGHTS: Mask vs. Mask: Sin Cara Azul vs. Sin Cara Negro

Well, sometimes, pro-wrestling fans get what they want.

WWE traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, and featured a matchup that has been months in the making.  Sin Cara I was doing amazing until the arrival of Sin Cara II.

You can recap the origins of the rivalry here: 

Brief recap of lucha libre and its association with WWE.

The announcers were on point, saying that the masks of Mexican luchadores is a tradition as old as the  country itself.  It relates back to the transformative element of the mask, changing the regular man into a masked warrior with the powers of the totem spirits represented by the mask.  They, thereby, gain their power by their masks. 

When luchadores began using masks in the 1930's, the cultural connection to the masks really resonated with the people of Mexico.  And the legends of lucha libre took to the ring.

The mask is so important in Mexico that such legendary luchadores such as El Santo and Blue Demon were buried in their masks.  That's how series this tradition is, and I was pleased that WWE took the time to share that with the viewing audience.

Also, Mil Mascaras, 2012 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, is the first Mexican luchador to wrestle in Madison Square Garden. But it almost didn't happen.  The New York State Athletic Commission almost stopped the match from happening, as a competitor wearing a mask is against the rules.  But Vince, Sr., made it happen, and Mil Mascaras vs. Billy Graham was in the history books.

But back to this historic first of its kind matchup on Smackdown!

When Sin Cara II turned up in a black outfit exactly like Sin Cara I, the battle lines were drawn.  Sin Cara Azul would begin a rivalry that would end at this match with Sin Cara Negro.

The two battled it out at Hell in A Cell '11, with Sin Cara Azul coming up with the victory.  But it only stoked the fire of Sin Cara Negro.

Fast forward to Mexico City.

I swear, I got chills when the WWE announcer brought up the most historic nod to Mexican lucha libre, saying, "The following contest is a Mask vs. Mask match."  And it began.

Naturally, Sin Cara Azul started the assault with a high-flying lucha libre attack.  He hit one of his signature planchas, the most beautiful aerial assault this side of the Mexican border.  They are beautiful and distinctively Mexican.

Long story short, Azul gets shut down by Sin Cara Negro, who grounds out Azul with a brutal ground attack.  There was a great moment as well as Negro is stretching Azul on the ground where the ref is checking to make sure the shoulders are on the mat, just like his lucha counterparts.

In the end, Azul finally gets some momentum and hits his spectacular and classic finish, La Mistica.

Here's a video of the finish.

Now, having claimed the title as sole owner of the Sin Cara name, Azul demands Negro unmask!

Though Negro tried to fight Azul, he got caught in the ropes, and Azul took what was his!

Sin Cara Negro unmasked!

Sin Cara Azul... Victorious!

This was the best match Sin Cara Azul has had.  To be honest, I thought Sin Cara Negro looked better.  But everyone knows Sin Cara Azul is where the money is.  And the way true lucha fans like the fans in Mexico responded to the match, that's where the tradition should stay.

I am a little upset that Sin Cara Negro's name, birthplace, and birthday were not revealed.  But that's alright.  It's a great start.  Unlike the turds like Bischoff, Hogan, and Nash that ran WCW into the ground, WWE just took a big first step in honoring the lucha-style wrestling tradition of Mexico.  For that, I am thankful.

In fact, if they travel to Mexico, there needs to be a 'Lucha de Apuesta' each time they go to Mexico.  The 'Hair vs. Hair' match has just as much tradition as the Mask vs. Mask.  They can even do Hair vs. Mask, or Title vs. Hair/Mask.

At any rate, for once in a long time, thank you, WWE.

Now please get rid of that turd Kevin Nash.


BOWIE IBARRA is the author of the "Down the Road" zombie horror series.  His MMA-themed book, "Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire", is a story of a stable of fighters from the early days of mainstream MMA.  It is available in paperback and Kindle.

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