Here’s Your Chance to Hang with Bob

If you’re in the Louisville area and you’re serious about being a professional wrestler, you need to come hang with Bob.

Brutal Bob Evans knows what it takes to be a full-time professional wrestler. He’s made no secret of his formula for success. In fact he shared it everywhere he can through his seminars. Bob shoots straight with wrestlers of all ages about what it takes to hit the road full-time, with practical advice on money management, marketing, booking yourself, and balancing work and family life. It’s a lot of common sense, but it’s things anyone with a dream needs to be reminded of – like cutting back on fast food, sharing hotel rooms, and selling that huge collection of Funko Pops.

Topics to be covered include:

– The two words that guarantee you more bookings ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

– 5 ways to increase income and reduce expenses on the road

– Emotional connectivity to a crowd

– How, and more importantly WHEN, to negotiate with a promoter

– Common mistakes and how to avoid them

– What the big companies are looking for

– Social media training

– Merchandising yourself and your brand

Pro Wrestling Freedom will be hosting Hangs with Bob on Friday, March 9 from 3-6 PM at the ArenA, 1416 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Admission for the seminar is $30 per person. Bob will also be wrestling on the card that night for what has consistently been one of the most entertaining promotions in the region. 

For more information and to sign up, visit PWF on Facebook.

Major Announcement: Meet Dr. D at Heroes and Legends X

Heroes and Legends is a phenomenal fan festival and wrestling show held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Promoter Jayson Maples and his crew put on a top notch event featuring the legends of wrestling and the rising stars of the independent ranks. The April 21 show will feature Jim Ross, Tito Santana, One Man Gang, Terri Runnels, Marty Jannety, Road Warrior Animal, OvE, Kongo Kong, Amazing Maria, Veda Scott, Slick, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

Add one more to that list: “Dr. D” David Schultz.

The Doctor will make a very RARE appearance at the Fort Wayne show, signing autographs and books and taking photos with fans from 12-6 pm. You can find him right next to me at the Eat Sleep Wrestle table.

Dr. D will not be making many fan appearances and this will most likely be his only Midwestern appearance, so if you are in the Midwest, make your plans now to attend Heroes and Legends X.

Click here for info on Heroes and Legends.

Hart Beat Radio: The Doctor Is In

Saturday morning, do not miss your chance to hear the reunion of Dr. D David Schultz and Bruce Hart! Dr. D and I will be guests on Bruce’s podcast Hart Beat Radio, where we will be discussing David’s autobiography, his time in Stampede Wrestling, and much more. This is going to be a terrific show broadcast live on Blog Talk Radio.

Click here to listen Saturday morning at 11 am eastern.

The Strangler and the Wrestling Writer

When I was considering writing a book about wrestling in Louisville in late 2012, there was one story tipped the scale for me as far as my interest. It’s the story of how on January 24, 1913, a wrestler known as “Bob Fredericks” arrived in Louisville two weeks after he was supposed to debut. When Fredericks (real name Robert Friedrich) no-showed on January 10 after being advertised, promoter William Barton used another man named Bob Managoff as Fredericks on the show, so the real Fredericks was unable to use his own name. No one knows for sure whether it was Barton, Fredericks, Managoff, or referee Heywood Allen who suggested it, but since Fredericks hailed from Wisconsin, it was decided they would give him a name paying tribute to the state’s wrestling hero, Evan “The Strangler” Lewis by calling him Ed “Strangler” Lewis.

A few weeks ago, I applied to register Eat Sleep Wrestle as an LLC in the state of Indiana. Call it fate, call it coincidence, call it a God thing – the official birthdate of Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC is January 24, 2018, 105 years to the day after Strangler Lewis got his name in Louisville.

Thank you to all the fans, fellow historians, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and other lovers of professional wrestling who have supported me in this endeavor. This is going to be a great year, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this crazy business takes me.

The Daryl Prather Memorial Show

The Louisville/ Southern Indiana wrestling community is truly a caring group. When one person hurts, everyone feels their pain. Tomorrow night wrestlers, fans, and others will be gathering at the ArenA in Jeffersonville to do a benefit show for the family of Daryl Prather. Tickets are $10, and while no card has been released, it’s sure to be a great show full of surprise appearances and great match ups – all for a good cause.

Forget Smackdown for a night. Come experience live independent wrestling. Support a good cause.

Dr. D on Hart Beat Radio

The first copies of Dr. D’s book have arrived, and next weekend, I’ll be meeting with the Doctor himself to get the pre-ordered copies signed.

Dr. D will be making a handful of appearances on podcasts in the coming weeks, starting with Hart Beat Radio on Saturday, February 10. Dr. D will be reunited with Bruce Hart for a discussion about the book, Stampede Wrestling, and much more!

February 13 is the release date on Amazon.com, but there’s still time to preorder a signed copy. Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com for information. Wednesday, February 7 is the deadline for signed books!

Yep, That Was History

There were a few things I did not enjoy about the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble. I didn’t enjoy Stephanie McMahon’s commentary. I didn’t think Naomi’s Kofi Kingston routine was necessary. And as I’ve said many times, I hate hearing the WWE try and make the women’s revolution all about themselves.

That said this was a history making night, and a delightful first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.

The match had a terrific mix of new stars and old. I was always a big fan of Lita, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus, and though I was never crazy about Michelle McCool, she had an outstanding run in the Rumble. I was thrilled to see Sarah Logan get the #3 spot and a long run before being eliminated by my old crush, Molly Holly. But it was Vicky Guerrero who put the biggest smile on my face. I’m just sorry she was eliminated so quickly (and carefully) because I have a feeling she had something to say.

Some of the head-to-head matches were a real treat as well. Seeing Beth Phoenix stare down Nia Jax for one, and the Trish Stratus-Mickie James slug fest was quite a rush. I was glad they held Ronda Rousey’s debut until after the Rumble rather than during, and I was very happy that in the end, the right woman won.

No, the WWE did not light the fire of the women’s revolution. This revolution belongs to the ladies who made people take women’s wrestling seriously – first in the independents, and now in the WWE.

This was a history making night. Congratulations to the 30 women who made it so memorable.

Prodigy Pro Crushes It Again

It’s hard to believe Prodigy Pro is only four shows old. The Back Row Hecklers continue to deliver shows packed with dream match ups, new faces, and old favorites. Here are a few observations from Friday night’s show in Memphis, Indiana.

One: The IWA Arena is a great place to watch wrestling. Nestled in the back of the Memphis Flea Market, there’s easily room for 200+ fans and everything you need. Yes, you have to go outside and around to get to the restroom, but the view of the classic car museum from the restroom area is worth it. (IWA Mid-South runs Thursday and Saturday nights at the same location.) The Flea Market is also more lenient with the type of matches allowed at the IWA Arena, making it the perfect venue for the bloody, action-packed main event between the Night Ryderz and the Rejects, who received a heroes welcome back to their former stomping grounds.

Two: Corey Storm is a marked man. Earlier in the day Ian Rotten called on Gary Jay to give the sixteen year old wunderkind some vicious chops in their 4-way match, a request Jay gladly delivered on. Storm survived the chops and won the bout, but afterwards, he took a beating from Daniel Eads that sent Corey to the hospital in Indianapolis. Jealousy breeds resentment, and I’m sure many in the back are jealous of the opportunity the young star has earned. The more successful he becomes, the bigger that target on his back will be, but I think he has the resolve to deal with it.

Three: Hy Zaya may be just hiding his prime. One of the best things about PPW has been the resurgence of IWA-MS original Hy Zaya. Hy has not been wrestling steadily for some time, but thanks to PPW, the 2o-year veteran has had the opportunity to face and defeat some incredible stars in the hardest hitting matches of the night. Hy’s match with AR Fox was interrupted by Flash Flanigan, who shocked the fans by running in and beating Hy down with a Kendo stick. The upshot is, fans have yet another stellar war to look forward to when Hy gets his shot at Flash.

Four: PPW released issue #1 of their wrestling magazine at the show. This simple 16 page publication looked professional and provided a nice, inexpensive souvenir for the fans at only $3 a pop. Some great articles introduced the stars of PPW, and the magazine is full of photos. It’s great to see something like this from an indy promotion.

Five: Dominic Garrini vs. Shane Mercer was the dream match we never knew we needed. Garrini, with his MMA background and submission experience, was an intriguing and fun match up for the powerhouse that is the Iron Demon. The match was a change of pace from the high speed, high energy matches that came before, but the battle of muscle vs. clever submission maneuvers gave the fans plenty of gasps and thrills. Mercer won the battle that could easily have gone either way. I want to see these two go again.

Six: Iowa football may give us another superstar. Former Hawkeye Steve Manders inserted himself into the match between Myron Reed and Anthony Henry Friday night with a great promo. Manders has only been wrestling for nine months, but he had a few moments – including a double suplex of both Reed and Henry at the same time – that were impressive. Manders has a lot of personality, a lot of power, and a lot of passion. I’m a little biased with the Iowa connection (my wife is an alum), but I think Manders could follow Big E’s footsteps in this business.

Seven: Myron Reed and Anthony Henry are just on another level. The action these two young wrestlers put on in the ring is nothing short of spectacular. These are two names and faces you will be seeing on TV sooner rather than later. They are too good to go undiscovered.

Eight: Managers are alive and well. Jason Saint was great as always backing Mercer and the Gym Nasty Boys, and Josh Ashcraft has formed a perfect union with his charge, Daniel Eads. Saint and Ashcraft are both heat magnets, the kind of weasels fans love to hate. When they come to ringside, they elevate the action inside.

You can find all of Prodigy Pro Wrestling’s past shows online at High Spots. Follow Prodigy Pro on Facebook to find out where and when their next show will be.