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Filsinger Games Breaks Randy Savage Hall of Fame News Story on the Internet

Here’s another reason to listen to “The View,” our official Filsinger Games podcast: We just might break a big news story!

It turns out that our wrestling guest Lanny Poffo did just that last month on our last podcast. He announced that he wasn’t standing in the way of the WWE inducting his brother Randy Savage in the Hall of Fame. He went even further saying they can “do whatever they want, just leave me out of it.”

This concession by Lanny was big news in the wrestling world and references to the Filsinger Games interview popped up on news sites all over the Internet like this one. The story was picked up for several weeks. Even C.M. Punk got in on the act saying on twitter that they should “put all them Poffos” in the Hall of Fame.

The latest round in the Randy Savage debate continues in articles like this where PWTorch picked up the ball and ran with it. Lanny Poffo reiterated his position that he’s not standing in the way of the WWE putting his brother in the Hall of Fame.

Filsinger Games got the ball rolling and it goes to show what you already know—you can’t miss our podcast because anything is possible!

The Dark Menace Reflects On His Forces

Some things are just fun to do. Stamp collecting, gardening, fixing cars, they’re probably all good hobbies.

But none of them compares to the rush of excitement of being a professional wrestling manager! Better yet, a heel manager!

Our new game pack, DARK MENACE FORCES, will shine the spotlight on five very deserving wrestlers who have many career highlights of their own but one thing in common—they have worked with the infamous Dark Menace!

It all began for me at the Motor City Con around 2006. Game fan Steve Rutkowski asked me if I’d like to manage his tag team in their title match at a live show at the con. I jumped at the chance and hence was born the Dark Menace; the name came from the book I released in 2005 called The Dark Menace of the Universe.

I wore a suit and sunglasses and a game fan who attended the convention let me borrow what became a great prop, an ornate cane, which I could wield menacingly. I miss his cane but have used several others over the years.

I went to the back room to prepare for the match and visited with some of the other indy wrestlers. I was pleasantly surprised that many of them knew who I was and were fans of Champions of the Galaxy and Filsinger Games. The same thing happened years later when I managed Black Sheep Benett Cole at a wrestling event in Jamestown as he also turned out to be a game fan.

The match was great! I distracted the referee and our opponents and Steve’s team won the tag belts (see accompanying photo above). Hence came my nickname, “Manager of Champions.” Every match I have ever been involved with to this day has been a title match and my wrestlers have either held the belt or won it. WWE and Paul Heyman take note.

The fans in Michigan threw wads of paper and cups at me so I knew the Dark Menace was infuriating them. I loved it and became more obnoxious. I also learned that kids are a great audience, they love to yell and scream at heels and in turn I would gesture violently at them and scream: “Keep quiet you stupid brats and sit down!” Then I’d yell at their parents for raising them badly.

The wrestlers that worked with the Dark Menace at that historic show are included in DARK MENACE FORCES: Rex Havoc, Michael Kai Rayne, and Laura Phoenix.

I worked a few other shows here and there but I’ve become more active lately as local wrestling promotions and wrestlers have vied for the expert services of the Dark Menace. I managed Black Sheep Benett Cole against Brutus the Barber Beefcake in 2012 and tag champs Criminal Justice (Luscious Rocky Reynolds and Benett Cole) as they defended their tag belts at a show in 2013. More shows are on the horizon as local promoter Randy Grey is looking to keep the Dark Menace active on the indy scene. A live wrestling show is planned during GalactiCon 2014.

As any indy wrestler will agree, there’s nothing quite like showing up for an event and preparing for your match. Everyone in New York state (including managers) have to get a doctor’s permission before the matches start to participate in the show. Venues vary dramatically from nice locker rooms (Jamestown Community College) to makeshift areas behind bleachers that have little or no privacy to small rooms that barely accommodate all the wrestlers. It’s like being an unknown rock band on the road and the harder and more uncomfortable it is the more fun and real it is also (for me anyway).

The after-parties are half the fun. When Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine were in Jamestown there was a meet-and-greet at a local bar and remind me to tell you some stories sometime, they’re not fit for a family forum! Let’s just say we were Dark Menaces all.

I’d like to thank everyone on the indy scene that works hard to entertain their audiences. These wrestlers put so much time and effort for their fifteen minutes of being in front of a crowd. They are truly dedicated to their craft. DARK MENACE FORCES is dedicated to indy wrestlers everywhere.

Get ready! DARK MENACE FORCES are coming to invade YOUR promotion! The Dark Menace and his stable will take no prisoners and it doesn’t matter where we go—Ring of Honor, CZW, Chikara, Legends, even Champions of the Galaxy—we’re taking over!

Until DARK MENACE FORCES becomes the new nWo…

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interfere in matches and attack opponents outside the ring! DARK MENACE FORCES represents a team of wrestlers that Tom Filsinger aka the Dark Menace has managed in his legendary career that began in 2006 and continues to this day. The Dark Menace has big plans to disrupt your feds! He’ll attack with his Forces team and he’ll also try to recruit talent in the promotions he invades! Look out, this guy aims to turn things upside down! The Dark Menace has this to day: “We’re not fooling around! Our goal is buy generic cialis canada online total chaos. I’ve got two great singles wrestlers in the Lone Wolf and The Morning Star as well as a great tag-team in Criminal Justice (Luscious and Black Sheep). canada cialis Throw in a great female star in Laura Phoenix and we’ll be a major force no matter where we wrestle!” Left to right in promo pic- Front row: Menace, Phoenix. Second row: Cole, Reynolds. Top row: Rayne, Havoc. DARK MENACE FORCES starts mailing on Sept 23. Order yours now by going here!

Black Sheep Warns: Dark Menace Forces Are Coming!

The Dark Menace Forces are coming! Will your wrestling promotions be ready? This is the ultimate invasion team! You can add them to any of the promotions you play: Ring of Honor, Chikara,

CZW, Legends…whatever! All the members of Dark Menace Forces have

been active buy cialis with priligy online in several indy promotions. You’ll get playing cards for Black Sheep Benett Cole, Luscious Rocky Reynolds (tag-team: Criminal Justice), Laura Phoenix, Lone Wolf Rex Havoc, The Morning Star Michael Kai Rayne, and of course the infamous “Manager of Champions” the Dark Menace! This team means business! Dark Menace Forces starts mailing on September 23! Watch for information to pre-order and prepare your game feds for an incredible invasion angle!

Supporting Creativity Thanks to Our Fans!

Fans of Filsinger Games know how important it is to me to support creativity. We’ve been doing it for years and we’re continuing to do it today.

I believe every child has the hidden potential to be a creative genius and excel in some creative endeavor whether it’s writing, music, acting, film making, sculpting…the list is endless. The key is getting kids started early and allowing them to explore the enjoyment of being creative and the fulfillment of a job well done.

I wrote at length about the psychology of creativity in my book, “The Dark Menace of the Universe,” which resulted in (if nothing else) a permanent nickname for me as the Dark Menace! But as Dark Menaces I meant all creative people who felt they didn’t fit in and had to be resilient in exploring their creative side.

Through the donations of Filsinger Games I am trying to make it less of a battle for youngsters. My goal is to give them encouragement for their creative skills and the hope is in some cases it’ll make a difference in their lives.

I remember when I was in grade school and I used to write little “books” typed on standard lined paper with an old-fashioned typewriter and including hand-drawn illustrations of my own. The books had titles like “The New House” and “The Red Ball.” I showed my “mini-classics” to a librarian at Harvey Rice Elementary School in East Cleveland (where I went to school) and she put a sign-out pocket in the back and put my “books” in the library! This was very encouraging to me and some of my classmates actually took out my books and read them!

I want to have the same impact on children and my partners in this goal are local schools and organizations. For several years Filsinger Games made donations to Falconer Middle School for programs that supported creativity.

This year Filsinger Games has made a donation to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. in Jamestown, New York. I am a great admirer of their goals. I’ll let them speak for themselves with their mission statement:

“Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. creates and sustains an environment in which young people, based solely on their desire to participate, can grow, learn, and lead through participation in the visual and performing arts.”

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is dedicated to building the resiliency of our community’s youth by providing unique opportunity through access to the arts. More than a place, more than a program, Infinity is an experience for the body, mind, and soul; a chance for youth to become immersed in music, the arts and learning, to take creative risks, and to discover their infinite potential.”

Sounds perfect to me. I may even teach a short class for them at some point!

If you are interested in my “Dark Menace” book you can check it out article I wrote that was posted online called “Creativity and Rebellion: Why They Go Hand in Hand.”

Thanks to our incredible game fans that supported creativity through their donations at the GalactiCon 2013 auction. I can vouch for the fact that creativity is a skill that keeps giving pleasure for a whole lifetime…

The Gang’s All Here! Angelo Poffo Joins His Sons!

Here comes the patriarch of the Poffo family, none other than Angelo Poffo! He won several titles in his long career including a tag title with his son Leaping Lanny Poffo! He also managed his son Macho Man Randy Savage and his playing card will include a Distractor Rating if you want to use him as a manager!

Order POFFO MADNESS right away! It’s scheduled to start mailing on August 26 but rumors are swirling that it could be sooner! The 3-Pack will be mailed in order they are received so don’t wait—MACHO MADNESS awaits!


Lanny Poffo: “I’m Not Standing in the Way of Randy Going Into the Hall of Fame.”

The View #5 is coming on August 14 and it’s going to be special!

The Filsinger Games podcasts are attracting more and more listeners and this show will be one of the biggest because of two special guests: Wrestler Lanny Poffo and Champions of the Galaxy artist Darryl Banks.

Lanny Poffo, brother of legendary wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage, spoke with Tom and Wiggy about how excited he is to have his family immortalized with three playing cards in the Poffo Madness 3-Pack. “There was no bureaucracy at all. I said go ahead.” He also likes Steve Stanley’s card art. “I saw some of the art and I’m very impressed.”

Lanny spoke about the controversial issue of whether the Poffo family will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. “I predict it never happens,” he said. Later he added, “I’m not standing in the way of Randy going into the Hall of Fame. All I ask is leave me out of it because I knew what his wishes were.”

“The Genius” also spoke about several legendary wrestlers (all of which are represented in the Legends game) including Jimmy Hart, Curt Hennig, and Bobby Heenan.

Lanny went on to display his incredible genius memory skills by reciting no fewer than seven poems by heart on a variety of topics from wrestling to sports to dogs and even a great poem about the Macho King Randy Savage! Game fans will want to use this poem to introduce The Genius and Macho Man in their promotions! The poem also name checks Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Sherrie Martel.

In addition to talking about a book he wrote for children on the dangers of smoking and his love of baseball, The Genius even grabbed the host reigns and interviewed co-host Wiggy!

Darryl Banks, game artist for Champions of the Galaxy for over ten years, also provided memorable moments during his interview. This is the first time that GWF fans can hear Darryl talk about the game (short of seeing him at a convention) and what it’s like working with Tom.

Darryl discussed what he considered some of the easiest characters to draw in the game (can you guess the easiest?) as well as the challenges of redrawing classic characters like Wolf and Star Warrior for the Originals packs. He talked about his favorite story arc (can you guess that also?) and the future of the GWF.

Also known for his work in the comic book field, Darryl talked about his classic eight-year run on Green Lantern in the 1990s. This is an interview you won’t want to miss!


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fact the whole show is classic! Be sure to catch The View #5 as Filsinger Games soars to greater heights of glory! It will be posted on August 14 at 8 pm at “”.

Macho Madness is Here! Order Poffo 3-Pack!

Ohh Yeahh—Macho Madness has arrived!

Order the collector’s item POFFO MADNESS 3-Pack right away so you can receive the cards as soon as possible!  You’ll receive playing cards for Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo, and Angelo Poffo, with stellar card art by Steve Stanley!

POFFO MADNESS starts mailing on August 26 and orders are sent in the order we received them! Go here to order!

How Will You Use Randy Savage and the Poffos in Your Promotion?

That’s the big question on the minds of all LEGENDS OF WRESTLING game fans!

And I join them. As we count down the days to the release of POFFO MADNESS (due on August 26) I’ve been thinking about how the Poffos will be used in my Legends federation.

I’m planning to bring in all three as a face team called Macho Madness. They’ll be introduced one at a time to the rousing cheers of the fans. It’ll be a mini “invasion” starting with Angelo Poffo. Angelo will cut some promos knocking my top heel team, the Gang of Four which is made up of World Champion Johnny Valentine, Harley Race, Fred Blassie, and Ivan Koloff. Angelo will be scheduled in a match against Fred Blassie.

All heck will break loose because the Gang of Four will do a “Pearl Harbor job” and gang up on Angelo! This is the Gang of Four sending a message to the rest of the LWF saying “don’t mess with us!”

On the next card or soon thereafter “The Genius” Lanny Poffo will make his debut and he will read

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a poem that I haven’t written yet (!) that will basically say that the Gang of Four have attacked the wrong guy and they’ll pay. He’ll announce something to the effect that “the madness is coming!”

I’ll schedule a tag match pitting Angelo and Lanny Poffo against Harley Race and Fred Blassie and when the heels are winning Randy Savage will storm the ring and attack them! LWF fans will go wild! The Poffos will clear the ring and Randy Savage will announce that he’s going after the LWF Belt held by Johnny Valentine! Randy will be given a heroes welcome by my top babyface team led by Andre the Giant and Bobo Brazil.

Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig is also a full-time wrestler and he’s a part of the Heehan Family. It’s just a matter of time before I team him with The Genius since they have a real-life history together. Then there’s the inevitable feud of Randy Savage vs George “The Animal” Steele and guys like Rick Rude!

Just writing this makes me excited to start playing!

It’s the glory that is Legends of Wrestling Card Game that you can play a promotion with Angelo Poffo wrestling in his prime along with his sons, Randy and Lanny!

Some other notes about my current Legends fed:

World Champion: Johnny Valentine. He recently defeated Jimmy Snuka for the title. He is scheduled to defend in Cobo Hall against Colt Cabana on my next card.

Tag Champs: Road Warriors. These guys are butt kicking fan favorites in my promotion. They just defeated Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito on my last card.

United States Champion: Bryan Danielson. Bryan just defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the belt on my last card! He’s on a heel team that includes Sabu.

It’s so cool to run a promotion that features guys like Frank Gotch (wrestled 100 years ago!) and Fred Blasie in the ring with Bryan Danielson and Rob Van Dam and everyone in between!

By the way all the photos of Randy Savage and the Poffo family are courtesy of Dr. Mike Lano!

So get psyched! Get your promotion ready because the MADNESS is upon us…

“The Genius” Brings His Brain Power to Legends!

The man responsible for bringing the POFFO MADNESS 3-Pack to Filsinger Games will be featured with his own awesome playing card as “The Genius” Lanny Poffo!

“The Genius” was known for reciting poems before matches that ridiculed the face wrestlers and he behaved in an
effeminate manner to infuriate the crowd. He also served as “executive consultant” as well as tag partner with Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig. How far will “The Genius” go with Curt Hennig in YOUR Legends federation?

Lanny Poffo will be joined by brother Randy Savage, and father Angelo Poffo in the upcoming POFFO MADNESS 3-Pack which starts mailing on August 26! Get psyched because POFFO MADNESS is on the loose!