Pre-Order The Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline now!

Eat Sleep Wrestle is proud to announce the release of our first fiction publication – a join project with the time bandits of independent wrestling titled The Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline!

This exciting new release was written with a young adult reader base in mind. It’s an exciting and funny adventure through time all ages will enjoy.

Signed books can now be pre-ordered for $20 plus shipping ($3 in the US) and will be signed by Joseph Schwartz, Randi West, Zodiak, and John Cosper. Payment can be sent to johncosper@yahoo.com

A synopsis of the 165 page book is below.

For many years, fans and fellow wrestlers believed the whole “time travel” thing was just a gimmick, but when a sinister foe called the Mysterious Conductor scatters their fellow grapplers throughout history, only the Bomb Shelter can repair the timeline.

Follow along as Joseph Schwartz, Randi West, and the Zodiak travel through time and space, from the 19th century American circus to the Roman Coliseum. With help from Satu Jinn and very little assistance from the Rocket, they will do battle with the legendary heel Lord Leslie Carlton, the mighty giant Goliath, and a particularly devious Minotaur as they attempt to rescue fellow indy wrestlers including Rich Swann, Suge D, Shotzi Blackheart, Shane Mercer, Corey Storm, the Hooligans, Teddy King, Jake Garvin, Mad Man Pondo, and Thunderkitty.

It’s an adventure throughout time and space, an epic journey that begins and ends in the one place where men and women continue to settle their differences best: right inside a wrestling ring. Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline is a science fiction/ wrestling adventure suitable for all age readers.

2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

We also released this delightful little kids book in collaboration with Hy Zaya.

I produced a short film in conjunction with my long time friend and collaborator Ally LaBar that got a lot of love.

And there was also this one with Hurricane JJ Maguire and Sonny Burnette.

 

I attended numerous shows at the Jeffersonville Arena hosted by Pro Wrestling Freedom, Paradigm Pro Wrestling, and Terry Harper, among others.

I attended the first two standing room only Midnight Girl Fight shows.

Dr. D and I attended several wrestling events together including Heroes and Legends in Fort Wayne, Rocket City Wrestling Con in Huntsville, SICW in East Carondelet, Illinois, and Starrcast in Chicago.

Hurricane JJ Maguire and I took in the first ever Richmond Pop and Comic Con.

I attended the Hall of Fame induction weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.

And oh yeah… I went to this little independent wrestling show called ALL IN.

Hard work in 2018 has led to three exciting opportunities in early 2019. Two new books will be released: the first in what we hope will be a series with the Bomb Shelter, and the biography of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

I will also be attending the Cauliflower Alley Club with Dr. D in April/May.

2018 was great. 2019 is looking even greater.

Thank you, readers, fans, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and friends. Happy New Year.

“Don’t Call Me Fake” Wins the 2018 Smith Hart Award

Today I had the honor of appearing on Hart Beat Radio with Bob Johnson and Bruce Hart to accept the Smith Hart Award for Dr. D’s autobiography, “Don’t Call Me Fake.”

Thank you to the listeners of Hart Beat Radio for this tremendous honor.

Thank you again to Dr. D David Schultz for allowing me to help tell your story.

I’ll be on Hart Beat Radio next weekend as well to discuss the upcoming biography of The Black Panther Jim Mitchell. I’ll also be attending the 2019 Cauliflower Alley Club to see Dr. D accept his Male Wrestler Award.

2018 was a terrific year. 2019 is going to be a great year as well.

Cauliflower Alley Club to Honor Dr. D in 2019

Some people sacrifice their bodies for professional wrestling. Some sacrifice more. In December of 1984, “Dr. D” David Schultz did what he was trained to do. He protected the business that put food on the table for his wife and daughter. He received more praise than criticism for slapping John Stossel by knocking John Stossel, but it still cost him his career.

In 2019 the Cauliflower Alley Club will honor “Dr. D” David Schultz with the Men’s Wrestling Award at their Reunion in Las Vegas. It’s an honor long overdue and much deserved, and it’s an honor that comes from his peers.

Congratulations to my friend “Dr. D” David Schultz on this honor!

Pondo and Khloe Do Chicago

Mad Man Pondo and Khloe recently tore up the town in Chicago. They also had a chance to speak with the Or Else Podcast. Check out the video by clicking here.

If you don’t have Mad Man Pondo’s book yet… shame on you! order it now on Amazon, or email me at johncosper@yahoo.com to get it signed. 

Please give a follow to our friends at the Or Else Podcast as well. 

Follow the Midwest Territory

When I first started blogging, I saw a need for someone to give proper coverage to the independent wrestling promotions here in the Midwest. There were half a dozen promotions running just in the Louisville area at that time, and the number grows exponentially as you move out into Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It was far too big a task for me to bite off at that time, and I would dare say it’s an even bigger challenge now.

Thankfully, Chad French was crazy enough to take it on himself. He began blogging about wrestling using the blog title, “Chad Is an Idiot,” and I’m sure he felt that way at times trying to get his arms around the Midwest wrestling scene. That said, Chad has proven he is no slouch when it comes to writing about and promoting independent wrestling. His blog is now called the Midwest Territory, and he’s doing a phenomenal job keeping readers informed as to what’s going on across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and even Illinois.

Midwest Territory is a must read blog for anyone who wants to get to know the promotions and the wrestlers in the current scene. Chad does feature stories on upcoming shows and regular interviews with the men and women who are ascending the independent ranks. Follow Midwest Territory on Twitter and Facebook, and you’ll get even more posts about upcoming shows in the region. Chad does his best to cover everyone from OVW in Louisville to Rockstar Pro in Dayton to Wrestling Theology Fellowship in Indianapolis and other names and places too numerous to mention. He’s got a great thing going, and he deserves all the credit and support in the world for what he brings to the business.

You can find the the Midwest Territory on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. And throw Chad a little love by buying a shirt from his new web store!

Black Panther book cover revealed

This is the book I’ve waited five years to write. It’s almost here, and will be available in early 2019.

The biography of Jim Mitchell is a game changer for the history of professional wrestling, especially for African Americans. It’s a story that has to be read to be believed!

Art work is by the incredibly talented Adrian Johnson, who heard me talking about Mitchell on Jim Cornette’s podcast and reached out to me. And yep, that’s Gorgeous George with his lavender trunks in the headlock.

Three Must Do Road Trips for True Wrestling Fans

Without a doubt, Wrestlemania is the biggest destination even for pro wrestling fans every year. Even if you’re not a WWE fan, there are so many promotions running shows, so many things to see, and so much to do (including Wrestle Fest), it’s a huge draw every year.

That said, there are a few other annual events that die hard fans should seriously consider attending in 2019 or beyond. These events are smaller but they provide a much better opportunity to interact with stars of the past and present.

First up is the annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion April 29 through May 1. Founded in 1965, the Cauliflower Alley Club holds an annual reunion to honor stars of the past and present and provide an opportunity for wrestlers and fans to gather and celebrate professional wrestling. The CAC Reunion takes place at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Special rates are available to the event, and discounted tickets are available to CAC members. (Yes, fans can join too!) CAC does a lot of work helping older, ailing wrestlers, and it’s the one annual event where wrestlers are honored by their peers.

Second is the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, held in Wichita Falls, Texas at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 has already been announced, and this coming spring they will honor Charlie Fox, Baron Michele Leone, Lord James Blears, Abdullah the Butcher, Ronnie Garvin, Owen Hart, Bob Roop, Gory Guerrero, Beverly “the Hammer” Shade, Ann Laverne, Johnny “Red Shoes” Duggan, Wally Karbo, and the Midnight Express. The PWHF hosts an entire weekend of festivities, and like the CAC Reunion, gives fans a better chance to interact with the wrestlers in attendance than other fan fests.

Finally, there is the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend at the George Tragos and Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. Just like the events above, fans and wrestlers mingle for three days in a much more intimate, personal setting than regular fan fests. The Dan Gable Museum us a treat for wrestling fans, well worth the visit, and you just can’t beat the access you get to the stars of the past. I attended this event myself in 2018 when Booker T, Owen Hart, and Dan Severn were honored, and I really enjoyed spending time hearing stories from folks like Bruce Hart, Rock Riddle, and Koji Miyamoto. I hope to go again in future years.

This is not a call to skip Wrestlemania weekend or even Wrestlecade in the fall. It’s a challenge to diehards to go beyond Wrestlemania, to celebrate the past, and to connect with your childhood heroes. Professional wrestling has a rich history that deserves to be preserved and celebrated, and I would love to see more fans do just that by supporting these organizations. Whether you prefer Vegas, Texas, or Iowa, make plans to attend one of these events in 2019 or 2020. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Now the World Knows Shane Mercer

For the one or two of you who have not seen it, here’s the video of the Iron Demon Shane Mercer lifting and using a set of metal bleachers at a match this past weekend.

Seeing this makes me question whether or not I should have picked on him as much as I did in Hy Zaya’s book, Good Night Ninja. You see, Hy loves to snap photos of guys sleeping in his car, and well, Shane rides with Hy and falls asleep in his car a lot. Given what Shane did in this video, it’s understandable the guy might need a little rest. It’s also questionable whether we should have included so many photos of him. I mean, if Shane can do this to a pair of bleachers, what could he do with a wrestling author?

PWF: Primus Is Set to Deliver

Not many wrestling shows can deliver your money’s worth in one fight. Friday’s Pro Wrestling Freedom show, featuring their annual Primus tournament, will deliver your money’s worth and then some with the opening match.

The Carnies were one of the most violent, sadistic, and ruthless tag teams in America the last few years, going toe to toe with equally sinister duos like the Rejects and the Hooligans. Their recent implosion at PWF and their subsequent flame war on social media foreshadows an all-out war will happen when Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful meet in the opening match of the night, and the Primus tournament, Friday at the Jeffersonville Arena. Kerry Awful has declared that the circus is closed forever, but Nick Iggy insists that he IS the circus and that the sow will go on. The bad blood will no doubt spill out of the ring during Friday’s curtain jerker, and any fans who show up late will suffer the fate of being told, “You don’t know what you missed.”

Primus is PWF’s signature event, and this year’s tournament also includes opening round match-ups include Dominic Garrini vs. B-Boy, Brett Ison vs. Cash Flo, Kevin Giza vs. Jason Kincaid, Teddy King vs. Sage Philips, and The Zodiak vs. Kevin Ku.

Fans will also see a special feature match in which the Fear Family ( Derek Neal & Tyler Matrix) with Father Fear will take on Ryan Dookie & Effy.

Pro Wrestling Freedom Presents: Primus 2018 takes place Friday, Nov 30th 2018 at The Arena, 1416 Spring St in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Tickets are $20 and include a free poster and a meet  and greet beginning at 7 PM.  Kids 5 and under free. Doors open at 7 PM, and bell time is at 8 PM.