Reality Check: Former co-workers 'ring' in holiday week on reality show
November 29, 2013 11:41 PM
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Pittsburgh's Allen Lu, left, and Paul Matthews square off in Esquire Network's "White Collar Brawler."
Former CMU student James Wolpert (and look-alike friends) sings "Somebody to Love" on NBC's "The Voice."
By Maria Sciullo / Post-Gazette
For Paul Matthews and Allen Lu, "ringing" in the holidays meant being featured Tuesday on Esquire Network's new show, "White Collar Brawlers."
The two former co-workers and "frenemies," as Mr. Lu described their relationship, were trained by boxing guru Jimmy Cvetic at his Third Avenue Gym, Downtown. Although the plan was for the pair to meet in the ring after six weeks, Mr. Lu's broken rib about a month into the endeavor prompted a change in plans.
They continued training for more than another month, and the contest was moved from Pittsburgh to New York City.
Wolpert's latest 'Voice' performance a hit
Former CMU art student James Wolpert made an impression with his performance of Queen's "Somebody To Love" on NBC's "The Voice." (Video courtesy of NBC; 11/30/2013)
"I think I had adequate time to heal up," Mr. Lu said. "[Without the injury], I think it still would have ended up the way it did."
There, to no one's great surprise, Mr. Matthews scored a decisive technical knockout victory. From day one he started in better shape, was taller and had a longer reach. But the two seemed heartened by each other's involvement and, after their fight, good-naturedly left the ring. The same could not be said for some of the other matches in the series.
"I had the attitude that, no matter what happens, I'll be happy as long as I do my best," Mr. Matthews said.
"Don't kid yourself; you would have cried if you'd lost," Mr. Lu said, laughing.
"See, this is why I wanted to punch him," replied Mr. Matthews.
Also on reality TV ...
* James Wolpert added Queen to his varied repertoire, singing "Somebody to Love" on this week's performance show of NBC's "The Voice."
Dressed in a tux and surrounded by a chorus of Wolpert clones in tuxes and his signature eyeglasses -- sort of a hipster nod to Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" -- the former Carnegie Mellon University art student wowed the mentors.
He impressed the viewing audience as well, getting enough votes to move into the top six, which includes his Adam Levine teammates Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin.
* A member of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" clan will be appearing at the Beaver County Christian School fundraising dinner Feb. 22. Jase Robertson will, according to a press release, "bring his own style of humor and swamp wisdom" to the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle. Also appearing are Christian comedy duo Dave & Dwayne and musical act Olive Mountain Band.
Tickets range from $30-$50 and a VIP experience is also available. For more information, go to www.bccslistenup.org.
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