The WWE Struggle Was Real: How Naomi Finally Got The Gold

By Chuck Carroll

Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? It’s hard not to cheer for the underdog. We rally behind them, championing them as though we’re cheering on ourselves. Their successes are our successes. And we hurt, as they do, when the outcome isn’t ideal. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that we all ride together. So, when the unlikely contender finally reaches the top, it is a sweet moment that is savored collectively.

That paragraph sums up the near eight-year career of Naomi in WWE. Her first contract came in 2009, when she was groomed in Florida Championship Wrestling, which has evolved into NXT.  It took more than two years of paying dues before WWE green-lit her for the main roster. From there, her wait to finally conquer the women’s division was even longer. Initially, Naomi wasn’t even wrestling. Tapping into her real-life dance background, she was one-half of a pair of flashy valets known as The Funkadactyls.

The struggle for ring time persisted for months, until she finally got her break in a match just before Christmas. Moving forward, she and her partner at the time, Cameron, garnered some momentum heading into WrestleMania 29. She was over the moon excited to have a match in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans. The clock was ticking toward her mixed-tag match with the Bella Twins. But in a devastating moment, the group learned at the last minute that their match was cut. The grandest stage of them all would have to wait.

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The next four years were filled with ebbs and flows. Injuries, character changes and various storylines all left her career in somewhat of a limbo. But in the back of her mind she was cultivating an idea that would ultimately catapult her to the top of the women’s division. Perhaps success would have come sooner had she not been forced to turn heel a move she never though she would have to make. While heeling it up, she received a number of title shots, but the decision was made not to give her the gold. Feeling that she had more to offer, she gambled on herself and pitched the “feel the glow” gimmick.

WWE officials, or “higher ups” as she calls them, didn’t quite know what to make of it. Some were confused and some flat out didn’t like it. But Naomi stayed persistent until they finally gave the okay to try it out.  It turned out to be the best decision they ever made with her career. Less than a year later she’s a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. It’s funny how sometimes the most successful characters are the seeds of those portraying them.

Naturally, because this just seems to be a pattern with her career, her first title run was cut short by injury. It’s almost fitting that she had to relinquish the title so quickly. It was devastating at the time, but she says that it ultimately made her appreciate winning it back in front of 75,000 screaming fans. Indeed, she finally had her WrestleMania moment, and it came in her hometown, no less. Her tragedies made the triumph that much sweeter.

Naomi’s success is now blossoming outside of the ring as well. The 29-year-old champion recently learned that she will return as a featured cast member on Total Divas next season. She says there will be plenty of head-butting between her and her husband, Jimmy Uso, with two champions living under the same roof. Jimmy is one-half of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions with twin brother, Jey.  Additionally, the couple just filmed an upcoming show for Nickelodeon that is expected to premier in the fall. Due to her rising popularity, false rumors swirled that the pair were filming their own reality show during the four days they were working on the kid-friendly project.

I caught up with Naomi just before a recent SmackDown taping, as the women prepared for their first-ever ladder match at Money In The Bank pay-per-view. The champion wishes she were in it. However, she’ll be busy grappling with the Ravishing Russian, Lana, who is transitioning from her husband’s spokeswoman to in-ring competitor. It’s a gamble that Naomi knows all too well. It just seems fitting that she’s Lana’s first opponent.

Yours is a story of perseverance. You worked for years to get to the top, and you finally win it at Elimination Chamber. But then, boom! You get injured and the title is gone. Then you win it back at WrestleMania. Describe the emotion and rollercoaster that you went through.

The best way I can describe it is fulfilling. Since 2009 this is a vision I’ve always had of myself, at some point in my career, having the title. I didn’t think it would take me just about eight years to get it, but I think going through that journey and struggle makes it so much better and meaningful to myself and the fans, because it was such a long haul. I appreciate it all. I wouldnt have been as prepared as I am now had I not gone through all of those struggle through my career, through injuries, through different phases and characters and storylines. I’m on cloud nine right now, living my dream. I’m just happy to be champion, and I’m ready to show what I can do as a champion.

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What I find interesting, you just talked about all of those characters. But the “Feel The Glow” character, that was all you. Correct?

Yup!

Talk to me about the jitters in pitching that. It has to be nerve-racking. Will they go for this? How did that whole pitch process play out?

It maybe took me about two years. Back in 2014, I had the idea and wanted to do it, but it wasn’t the right time. I ended up turning heel, which I never thought I would do. I was pretty pissed off about things, so I thought it’s time for this good girl to go bad.

I had my time with that and felt like there was more to Naomi than that. I wanted to make a change and push for the idea again. I went at it and stayed persistent about it, because a lot of people didn’t think it would work it, didn’t like it, didn’t understand it, didn’t know what it meant. That was the hardest part, just convincing the higher-ups to just let me try it.

Once I finally got that decision, it took me even more time to figure out the lighting and costumes. I tried tons of costumes before I finally debuted in the one I did. A lot of them didn’t work or wouldn’t react or glow. Originally, I didn’t want to use black lights, because I wanted to literally glow in the dark. I didn’t want to have light on me. But it just didn’t work, and that’s when we got the idea of using the black light. Then the message and character and stuff had to come into play. It was pretty stressful. It was tricky, the convincing part. Not only that, but finally getting that far and starting to doubt myself. It was like if this doesn’t work I don’t know what there is for me after that. I put so much time and effort into this working, I never thought: what happens if I go out there and I just bomb?

But you didn’t. You got the gold.

I didn’t! I didn’t! I’m so happy and grateful. I just want to continue to work hard and stay healthy so that I can prove why I deserve to be champion. I don’t want to let the WWE Universe down, because they said I deserve it.

I have to ask you about a rumor making the rounds that you and your husband were off filming a new TV show. What’s the story there?

What?! I can’t say what it is, but I can tell you it’s for Nickelodeon.

It’s for Nickelodeon so who’s getting slimed?

Oh, man. I can’t speak on it yet, but its definitely a fun show, a kid-friendly show. We went out there and filmed it for four days, and it was a lot of fun. You guys will be seeing that in November, I believe.

I know you can’t give too much away, but was this a one-time thing?

Yeah. It’s not a reality show or anything like that. I wish I could tell you! I’ve probably already told you too much already! It’s just a one-time thing that we filmed, and we had a blast. It’s actually a kids show. It’s a race like a tournament. You guys will see it later this year.

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You definitely have the next season of Total Divas coming up on the horizon. You have to be excited about that.

Oh, yeah. I just got the info this week. So, I will be back on this season. Thank goodness, because I probably would have blown a gasket if I was off another season. Yes, we are on this season, and we have so much for y’all this season. There are a lot of changes and a lot going on in our lives right now outside of work.

I’ll bet. Both you and your husband have the gold.

Oh yeah! We’ve got two champions in the house, so we tend to butt heads a lot.

A lot sooner than that you have Money In The Bank coming up. For the first time ever, there’s a women’s Money In The Bank match. And I know you’re not actually in that match, but you still have to sit back as a woman on the roster and be like ‘holy crap, we have a Money In The Bank match!’

I’m so proud of our division. I am so happy that we have this moment and opportunity to make history. I wish so bad that I could have been in this match, because it’s a match that I always knew that, if we ever had a ladder match, I knew that I would be in that match. I was going to show out and kill it and do all of these crazy things that I would risk and do. But on the sweet side, I’m not in it because they’re coming after my title. It’s bittersweet that I’m not in the match but I’m happy for our women because we’ll show up and stand up like we always do.  It’s just really cool to be part of history. This match will always be remembered. We have an amazing group of women to showcase in this match. I’m just excited for it and [to] see who will be my opponent.

WRESTLING NEWS AND NOTES

With a tour of the United Kingdom approaching in August, Ring of Honor officials are keenly aware of the recent terror attacks in England.

“Our deepest concerns are with the victims of the recent attacks and their families,” said Joe Koff, ROH COO. “We send our strength to them and stand with the people of London and Manchester.”

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Currently, there are no plans to cancel the London or Liverpool shows. The show in Edinburgh, Scotland is also still on as of now.

“We’re not going to let that fear get in our way,” said ROH COO Joe Koff. Koff also says that the situation is fluid, and everything is being closely monitored as the dates draw closer.

Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.

Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.

Keeping Youths Optimistic During Sports-Injury Recovery

By Shawn S. Lealos

In the U.S., nearly 30 million children and young adults participate in some form of organized sport, and while it’s encouraging to see our youth get involved in physical activity, this increase in active play is also leading to a rise in sports-related injuries. Most of these injuries, thankfully, are minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. However, when it comes to recovering from a more serious injury like a broken arm or ACL tear, some children may have to undergo a lengthy recovery process to work their way back to good health.

When walking around on crutches or with an arm in a brace and sling, it can be easy for a child to think the worst and start to lose confidence that he or she will never be the same again. As a parent of a child recovering from a sports-related injury, it’s important to monitor both their physical recovery and their emotional state to ensure the child remains optimistic and doesn’t become too discouraged.

Set Goals, But Keep Them Realistic

Setting goals with your child and his physician can be very beneficial during the recovery process. Knowing what milestones to look forward to and working on reaching them empowers your child to take an active part in their own recovery. Just be sure that these objectives are realistic and set to an achievable timeline; setting goals that are too high or expecting a child to reach them too quickly can have a stifling effect on your child’s self-confidence.

So, how do you set realistic expectations with your child regarding recovery? It’s important to discuss the recovery process with your child’s doctor and to remain closely involved throughout the process. Learn about the rate of recovery for your child’s age and injury, and talk to a physical therapist about exercises that you and your child can work on together at home. Adjust expectations and goals if recovery is coming more slowly than expected, and ensure your child knows that everyone heals differently they should think of these milestones not as hard deadlines, but as benchmarks on the road to recovery.

Ensure They’re Actively Participating In Their Own Recovery

It’s important for you to be there during this recovery process, but it’s equally important that your child take the onus upon him or herself to work towards getting better. Once your child’s recovery goals are mapped out, ensure they are working on meeting them. It can be easy for a once active child to feel defeated after suffering an injury that prevents him or her from participating in many of the activities once enjoyed. Ensure your child doesn’t become lazy or unmotivated by offering to do exercises with them, checking in often on progress, and lending an empathetic ear and words of support when your child is feeling apathetic. Those recovery benchmarks will come more quickly and be much more rewarding for your child if he or she puts in the time and effort to reach them.

Connect With Other Youth Athletes

One of the best ways to help a child remain optimistic is to keep him or her in contact with other children who have suffered through injuries while playing sports. A physical therapist might know of a support group you and your child can join, or a coach may know other kids who suffered similar injuries.

For example, if a child tears their ACL, it could really help to meet another kid who also suffered this injury, but who is further along in rehabilitation—or has already returned to the field. Actively seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for another child who was recently going through the same thing can be much more effective than reassurances from parents and doctors. The important thing here is for your child to understand that he or she is not alone, and that others have dealt with the same physical and emotional pain that they are going through.

Remain Involved With The Team

It’s also a good idea to keep your child involved with teammates. While it may hurt at first for your child to see friends take the field while sitting on the sidelines, it will be good for he or she to cheer on teammates, celebrate victories and commiserate over hard-fought losses. Staying involved in off-field team activities will help your child remain connected to their identity as an athlete while preventing the feeling of isolation from teammates.

Former Strip Club Owner Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) Maybe he was so distracted by scantily clad women, that he allegedly forgot to pay his taxes.

The former owners of a Las Vegas strip club pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in the District of Nevada to evading employment taxes, said Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Departments Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

According to court documents, 58-year old Frederick John Rizzolo of Las Vegas, the former owner of the The Crazy Horse Too, evaded paying more than $1.7 million in employment taxes that he owed for 2000 through 2002. Rizzolo paid The Crazy Horse Toos floor-men, bouncers, bartenders and shift managers in cash, but failed to provide accurate records of these payments to the Clubs bookkeepers. As a result, Rizzolo caused false employment tax returns to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which under reported wages paid and thus the taxes due.

In 2006, Rizzolo admitted this conduct and pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States. Following his plea, however, Rizzolo took affirmative steps to conceal his assets and income to thwart the IRS from collecting the delinquent taxes that he owed.

For example, Rizzolo directed $900,000 that he received from the sale of the Crazy Horse Too to an offshore bank account in the Cook Islands. He also withdrew $50,000 from a bank account, writing a check to a third party, who in turn provided the money back to Rizzolo, thereby avoiding an IRS levy and seizure of the funds. Also, Rizzolo lied to an IRS collections attorney, falsely stating that he had no income or assets and no ability to pay the taxes he owed.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 15. If the court accepts the parties agreement, Rizzolo will be sentenced to a period of 24 months in prison and will be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,637,290 to the IRS.

Ex-Indianapolis officer convicted in fatal crash a free man

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A former Indianapolis police officer convicted of killing one motorcyclist and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in his police cruiser has been released from prison after serving about four years of his 16-year sentence.

The Indiana Department of Correction says David Bisard was released from the Edinburgh Correctional Facility early Sunday.

David Bisard (Provided Photo/ IMPD)

Bisard was on-duty with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his cruiser plowed into motorcycles stopped at a traffic light on the citys east side in 2010.

The Indianapolis Star reports three years of Bisards sentence were suspended, meaning he remains on probation for that amount of time. He also reduced his prison time with credit for good behavior, for earning an associate degree and completing vocational program, substance abuse and other programs.

Missouri man freed after 17 years in prison after lookalike raises doubts in case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Richard Jones enjoyed his first weekend of freedom after nearly 17 years behind bars.

Jones always maintained his innocence when police in Kansas City, Kansas linked him to a 1999 robbery.

Now he has his life back thanks to his faith and the tireless work of wrongful conviction advocates.

Richard’s father, Fred, couldn’t believe it when he got the news his boy was free: “She said, ‘they let him go’ and I said, ‘Nuh-uh.’ She said, ‘Yeah, they let him go. He’ll be out first thing in the morning.'”

According to independent studies, between two and five percent of inmates in the U.S. are innocent. The Midwest Innocence Project says it takes 7 to 10 years to exonerate an innocent prisoner.

“I didn’t know what he looked like anymore because he was so young when he went there, I didn’t know what he looked like,” Fred explained.

But nearly 20 years ago, a robbery victim and an eyewitness apparently did know what he looked like. In court, there was no DNA, no fingerprints, no physical evidence, just testimony. But it was enough to get a conviction and a sentence of 19 years.

“It’s not something you wrap your mind around. It’s surreal. It’s hard to believe you’re actually going through it,” Richard said.

Maybe harder to believe are a set of inmate pictures. Another man — also named Richard — went to prison, and due to his uncanny resemblance to Jones, the Midwest Innocence Project began to surmise that Jones had been mistaken for him.

Two different men remarkably similar in appearance, they even share the same first name. It was all part of key evidence brought forward by the Midwest Innocence Project and presented to a judge who ordered Jones’ release.

“It doesn’t get the type of attention that it should get because it’s purely injustice,” Richard said. “And that’s not right. We’re supposed to be able to depend on our justice system.”

With no support from courts, Jones said he had to find it somewhere else.

“Believing in God, praying that kept me just that kept me strong,” Richard recalled. “I had my days but it was pretty much just praying.”

Jones said his family also kept him going.

“You know, having a support system, that’s the only way I got through it.”

His support system was in full effect this weekend: dad, brothers, sister, and friends hanging out, basking in his newfound freedom.

“This actually brought our family closer together, you know, but that’s what family does in times of tragedy and things of that nature: they come together,” Richard said.

“I think he’s going to take this, the negative, and turn it into something positive. I think he will,” Richard’s father said.

“Everything that happened, there’s nothing I can do to change it,” Richard said. “I move forward and I look forward to the future and what’s going on with me now and I just feel like this is giving me a platform to speak for people who can’t speak for themselves.”

While most states have laws that compensate wrongful conviction victims, Kansas does not.

A bill introduced this year would have changed that. SB 125 aimed to compensate people $80,000 dollars for each year in prison. In Jones’ case, that would come to $1.36 million.

But the bill wasn’t touched after going to a committee in February, according to online Senate records. Without a law like that, Kansas exonerees can still seek compensation through civil lawsuits.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe has been set up to help Richard get a solid financial footing for his new life on the outside.

Meth busts up in Utah; K9s credited with successes

SALT LAKE CITY – The numbers are in; meth seizures are up in Utah, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP drug seizures by the numbers.

More than 300 pounds of meth that have been taken from vehicles traveling through our state since the first of the year.

While the troopers are well-trained to spot the vehicles of potential smugglers, they credit the highly trained canines with these successes.

Through June, marijuana has remained fairly consistent while heroin and cocaine busts are down by 60 and 53 percent respectively.

But the seizure of meth is up more than 30 percent and officers say that is due mainly to mass quantities of the drug being produced south of the border them imported into the U.S.

At any given time, at least 10 canines are working with their UHP handlers throughout Utah.

Troopers say they significantly contribute to keeping those drugs out of our state and off our streets.

Boy critically injured in crash with Maury County fire engine

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) A little boy was critically injured Saturday after the SUV he was riding in collided with a Maury County fire truck.

The awful accident happened on Mapleash Avenue in Columbia, not far from a fire hall when witnesses say the mother was asking for directions.

For some reason, she reportedly pulled out of a driveway and into the path of an oncoming engine.

John Adams lives nearby and told News 2 the truck hit the rear passenger of the SUV where the little boy under the age of 2 was strapped in his car seat.

“I saw the car when it rode out, and the impact was on the door where that boy was,” he said. “You could hear the mother hollering.”

According to District Fire Chief Richie Schatz, the engine weighs 30,000 pounds and was carrying 1,000 gallons of water. It’s a non-emergency truck that was returning back to the station from a funeral for a former EMS worker.

Courtesy: Maury County Fire Department

Chief Shatz said the firefighter driving the engine was the only person on board. He suffered minor injuries but still rendered aid to the child and made a calm call to 911.

“Engine 1 has been in an MVA at the interstation of Sawmill Pike and Mapleash Avenue. We have one patient,” he told dispatchers.

The chief told News 2 it’s in their nature to help people.

“That was his first thought, to get out and check on anyone injured in the incident. I am proud of him to do what he could until other resources got there,” Chief Shatz explained.

According to officials, the child was retrained properly in a child safety seat, and the firefighter had to cut the seat belt to remove the boy from the SUV.

He was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a serious head injury. His condition is not yet known.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Fire officials say it’s the fourth time in the last 30 days or so that the state’s critical incident debriefing team has been called out to counsel Maury County rescue workers.

Dozens of officers show up to lemonade stand of girl who dreams of being a cop

KANSAS CITY, MO (INSIDE EDITION) A Missouri girl attracted much more than the usual neighborhood crowd when she put on a police uniform to sell lemonade.

Kansas City police officers flooded 3-year-old Hannah Pasley’s lemonade stand after they heard she was having a little trouble getting her business off the ground.

Sierra Moore, a friend of the family, posted about the scene to Facebook, explaining that police officers, deputies, K9 units, mounted patrol, and even a police helicopter showed up at the lemonade stand, all to support a young girl who aspires to be a cop herself.

“We just wanted one police officer, and then over 50 were there. This street was just lined up with these cars,” Moore told InsideEdition.com. “She’s 3 years old, and all she talks about is being a police officer.”

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Her mom, Amber Pasley, told InsideEdition.com that her daughter has wanted to be a police officer ever since she was about 18 months old, after watching the kids show, PAW Patrol.

So when Hannah wanted to purchase a police uniform and prop handcuffs, her mother invited her to set up a lemonade stand to raise the money.

We wanted to teach her the value of money and how you nueed to work hard to get what you want, Pasley said.

When she sold enough lemonade, Hannah went out with her aunt to purchase the costume, but Pasley said she still noticed her daughter feeling a little down.

She said, I just really would like to meet a police officer, the mom-of-three explained.

Hannah continued selling lemonade in her new costume but after spending part of the morning with no luck, the family decided to call the police department, hoping an officer might drop by.

Shortly after, Pasley said they began flooding Hannah’s lemonade stand. Not only did they pause to purchase a cool drink, they even showed the 3-year-old around the patrol cars, and introduced her to some of the horses of the mounted police force.

They brought two horses for us to get to see and pet, and they brought the helicopter to hover over our house, Palsey explained. She was jumping up and down and running up to complete strangers and hugging them like theyre her brother or sister like she doesnt know a stranger when it comes to police officers. Shes at home with them.

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Cupcakes, perfect for Father’s Day!

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) If youre looking for the perfect dessert with a little extra flare for Fathers Day, look no further! Jennifer Remillard with Sassy Mama Cupcakes showed us how to make Old Fashioned Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcakes:

1 2/3 C all-purpose flour1 ½ TSP corn-free, aluminum free baking powder½ TSP baking soda¼ TSP sea salt 1 C plain grass fed yogurt, or sour cream1 C granulated sugar1/3 C organic canola or vegetable oil¼ C organic orange juice2 TSP organic orange zest2 large free range brown eggs

Filling:

½ C unsweetened organic cherry Juice½ C granulated sugar¼ package of liquid pectin¼ C your favorite bourbon (or whiskey if you prefer)Frosting:1 C unsalted butter4 C confectioners sugar, sifted1/3 cup your favorite bourbon (or whiskey if you prefer)6 dashes aromatic bitters

Garnish:

½ C fresh cherries½ C your favorite bourbon (or whiskey if you prefer)

DIRECTIONS:

Creating the Garnish (MAKE UP TO A WEEK AHEAD):

Rinse fresh cherries, then place in an airtight container.Fill the container with bourbon until cherries are completely covered.Let cherries sit for at least 24 hours, preferably 3-5 days.When you are ready to use the cherries, remove them from the bourbon and dry on a paper towel for about an hour.Place them into an airtight container. They will keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Creating the Filling (MAKE A DAY AHEAD):

In a medium saucepan, combine cherry juice and granulated sugar.Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.Add liquid pectin, stirring until dissolved.Bring mixture to a rolling boil and continue to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.Remove from heat and skim off any foam.Place mixture into a heat-proof container and place in the refrigerator overnight.The next day, add in bourbon one tablespoon at a time, stirring between each addition.Place bourbon/jelly mixture into a squeeze bottle.

Creating the Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake tins with compostable liners. Set aside.Combine sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.In the bowl of electric mixer, using a paddle attachment, combine yogurt or sour cream, canola oil, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest, until combined.Add the eggs, one at a time.Next, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Beat until just combined be careful not to over mix.Using a 3 TBSP scoop, fill cupcake tins. Bake for 18 minutes, rotating them half way through.Cool the cupcakes in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove them from pan to cool on cooling racks.

Trade group launches campaign mocking cold beer law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A trade association is launching a public relations campaign lampooning an Indiana law restricting which stores can sell cold beer.

Jeff Williams checks the stock in the beer cooler behind the counter in a Rickers convenience store in Sheridan, Ind., Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association said Monday that the law is ridiculous and the public agrees.

Only package liquor stores and taverns can sell carryout cold beer, though grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies can sell warm beer and chilled wine.

The group is also launching ChillIndiana.com, a satirical website urging residents to join the fight against warm beer.

The issue erupted during this years legislative session after a convenience store owner used a loophole to legally sell cold beer.

Lawmakers acknowledge state alcohol laws are antiquated and plan to study the issue this summer. But they also passed emergency legislation to inhibit others from following suit.

A wane.com poll last month found that 94 percent of people think Indiana’s alcohol laws need to be revamped.

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