Dr. D Talks Bounty Hunting with Morton Downey Jr.

“Dr. D” David Schultz was not a big fan of journalists, but one man he felt “got it” was Morton Downey, Jr. The controversial talk show host brought Dr. D on the show twice: once to discuss the professional wrestling business, and once to talk about bounty hunting. Both episodes were among the highest rated in the history of The Morton Downey, Jr. Show.

Here is the complete bounty hunting episode is available to watch below.

To order a copy of Dr. D’s book “Don’t Call Me Fake” visit Amazon.com, or contact johncosper@yahoo.com to find out how to get an autographed copy.

Pondo Does It Better Than Moolah

Mad Man Pondo is no pimp. He doesn’t take half his wrestler’s wages, and he doesn’t keep them as slaves. What he does is put on some of the best wrestling shows in the country featuring the ladies. If you want to look into the future of women’s wrestling, you have to see Girl Fight!

Mad Man Pondo’s women’s wrestling promotion returns to home base in Jeffersonville at the Arena on Tuesday April 20. Girl Fight Champion Hudon Envy will defend her title in a triple threat against Italian star Miss Monica and the newly crowned Princess of the Deathmatches, Amazing Maria. Mickie Knuckles, Michelle Spradlin, Nina Monet, Khloe, Randi West, Violent Rayne, Tootie, Joseline, and the Varsity Babes are also scheduled to appear.

Founded with the goal of helping you stars gain experience and connections within the wrestling business, Girl Fight has become a launching pad for up and coming women’s wrestlers including WWE’s Sarah Logan, Women of Honor star Kelly Klein, Samantha Heights, Su Yung, and more.

Tickets for Tuesday’s show are just $10. Contact Mad Man Pondo on Facebook to reserve your ticket now!

In the Twilight of His Career, Cena Needs Bolin

It’s finally happening. Cena vs. Undertaker. Legend vs. Legend. GOAT vs. GOAT. Wrestlemania 34 will give us one of the most anticipated match ups in either man’s career, a match that will inevitably split the crowd into “Let’s go, Cena!” vs. “Undertaker!” chants.

Sounds kind of dull, doesn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see Cena vs. Undertaker. I just don’t want to see a babyface Cena vs. babyface Taker. We’re already getting that with A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura in what’s sure to be the match of the night, and you know the crowd is going to split for Reigns vs Lesnar as well. Do we really need another marquee match up between two “gray” superstars?

I saw a commentary online this week that said the Undertaker should go old school, come back as the Biker Taker for this last ride. I’ll do you one better. We need Cena to go full heel. We need him to go back to his OVW roots, to become the heel he never got to be in the WWE. And just to make sure the smarks don’t latch on to this new heel Cena as their new hero, we need an insurance policy in his corner to make sure the fans know who the bad guy is.

John Cena needs the Starmaker.

Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin, the man who guided John Cena and nearly five dozen men and women from Louisville to the WWE, is the key to making Cena vs. Taker a match for the ages. Give him two weeks of cutting promos alongside his former protégé and legions of little boys with tears in their eyes will be burning their “Never Give Up” wristbands, T-shirts, and ball caps (thus guaranteeing Cena a nice, fat payday down the road on merchandise sales when he turns back babyface, I might add!).

Now let’s be clear. Heel or no heel, Cena does not need a mouthpiece. In fact Heel Cena in his OVW days was arguably more exciting, more electric than Big Match John has ever been. The problem is that while Heel Cena would lose the current “Let’s go, Cena!” fans, he’d turn those low pitched, “Cena sucks!” chants into cheers. He needs a lightning rod, a genuine heat magnet that could turn every man, woman, and child in the building against him.

Kenny Bolin once tried to donate a coupon to a strip club to WHAS Crusade for Children so the needy kids could get a lap dance. Kenny Bolin would tip the scales with the fans, setting the stage for a good versus evil unseen at Wrestlemania in decades. he would turn the “Face That Runs the Place” into a disgrace.

I know it’s just fantasy booking. The Starmaker is busy overseeing his growing media empire, and I don’t know at this point if even the McMahons have the money to lure him out of retirement. But what match would you rather see? “Let’s go, Cena!” vs. “Undertaker!” or Dead Man, Inc. vs. Bolin Services?

What does it mean, “Kayfabe?”

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and do some interesting interviews over the last five years since I started writing about professional wrestling. Never did i dream that wing about wrestling would land me on Public Radio International.

The World in Words is a program that explores the English language, and this week, the World in Words tackles the meaning of the word “kayfabe.” Host Nina Porzucki interviewed me along with fellow wrestling historian John Lister, former wrestlers Mick Greenwood and Baron von Rashke, and the “Progressive Liberal” Daniel Harnsberger in an attempt to unlock the secret language of professional wrestling.

You can listen to the full episode by clicking here.

Kayfabe Lives at PWF

Most fans know that professional wrestling isn’t on the up and up. Kayfabe, that magical carny word that wrestlers used to refer to the secrets of professional wrestling, was declared dead in the early 90s.

Tell that to Nick Iggy. After terrifying a small child on the way to the ring Friday night at Pro Wrestling Freedom’s monthly show at the Jeffersonville Arena, a fan reached over the barrier Friday night and nailed Iggy in the head with a basket of nachos. An alert security guard working for PWF raced over to remove the fan, but before he could be led from the building, the fan received what could have been an accidental haymaker to the head from Iggy.

Did he swing for his opponent and miss, or was it deliberate? It was hard to tell, and that made for a beautiful moment.

Iggy wasn’t the only man to draw some old school heat from the crowd. Rising star and Owensboro, Kentucky native Teddy King is clearly the most hated man in the promotion. Fans wasted no time spewing boos and hatred his way the moment his music hit, and King’s promo had several fans in the seats ready to kick his butt. One woman was practically in tears, she wanted to strangle King do bad!

King’s greatest heat came when he verbally assaulted announcer Kevin Cordell and his wife Sarah. King pushed the couple so hard with his words, Sarah had to be restrained by four fans from climbing in the ring before Brutal Bob Evans got his chance to go after King.

Like Iggy’s cheap shot to the head, it was another moment that left you wondering what was real and what was not?

Every promotion in the Kentuckiana area is different. Everyone has its niche. PWF has long been the place to come and see not just local favorites but some of the most talented stars from around the country. Iggy and his partner Kerry Awful, the Carnies, have long been regulars at PWF, but this week fans were treated to an appearance by Kevin Ku, who currently holds the promotion’s Tri-State championship. Ku appeared in part due to PWF’s new partnership with Southern Underground Pro out of Nashville, and he successfully defended his belt against fan favorite Tyler Matrix.

Later that night, the Robo-Ginger Gary Jay lost his Pro Wrestling Freedom Heavyweight Championship to a very game Shane Andrews. Unlike some of the other matches on the card, this one ended with a tremendous sign of sportsmanship from the vanquished Jay.

Brutal Bob Evans was another special guest who delighted the fans with his dismantling of Teddy King. Some cheap interference from the outside cost him a victory, but Evans and Cash Flo got the last laugh in action that followed the bell. Evans also gave a seminar prior to the event that I was able to attend. Believe me when I say his class is a MUST for any wrestler who wants to make more money in the business.

PWF will mark its 2nd anniversary next month on April 13, and two matches have already been set. Cash Flo will put his career on the line against Teddy King, who will be forced to shave his head if he loses. The Carnies also face a stiff 3 on 3 challenge when they partner with Tripp Cassidy against the Bomb Shelter – Joseph Schwartz, Zodiak, and Randi West. The latter trio has something truly special going with their Bomb Shelter, and I see them breaking out as a faction over the next year.

Promoter Jimmy Feltcher ended the night by promising three more returns for the fans next month: Chip Day and Murder One from Atlanta, and one of Louisville’s favorite sons, Hy Zaya, who is already having a tremendous year at Prodigy Pro Wrestling. They also have a Tuesday show coming up April 27 in which Teddy King’s Lettermen will face a 3 on 3 match against Cash Flo, 2 Tuff Tony, and Mad Man Pondo.

You can follow Pro Wrestling Freedom on Facebook and Twitter.

The Starmaker Does It His Way

Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin was one of the first wrestling personalities to start a podcast. He was podcasting before most of his contemporaries, and he’s outlasted a good number of them. Over the last few years, he’s bounced from network to network, looking for just the right place where he and now his family can express themselves. It seems he finally found the perfect home: his own network.

Kenny Bolin has always done things his way, from managing wrestlers like John Cena to working the announcer’s booth at OVW. It’s only fitting that he be the master of his own destiny in the podcasting world.

This week marks the launch of the Bolin Alley Podcast channel on Youtube. Kenny, Jason Marshall, and Mayara will be broadcasting weekly on video (not just audi0) discussing wrestling, politics, and whatever else they want to talk about.

The debut episode of the new Bolin Alley is linked  below. And do NOT miss Kenny’ return on a special episode of the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast later this week when Austin and Bolin will discuss their favorite TV show, The Walking Dead.

Click Here to Watch the Bolin Alley Episode 1.

The Big “C” Picked the Wrong Opponent

Readers of Eat Sleep Wrestle (the book and the blog) know I am a huge fan of LuFisto. Any time she’s in the area, I make an effort to get out and see her. She’s a true pioneer of women’s wrestling, and a phenomenal person outside the ring.

LuFisto recently announced on her Facebook page that she has cervical cancer. There is treatment available to her, but her medical insurance is only going to pay part of the bill. LuFisto is Canadian, but she has lived and worked in the United States long enough she no longer qualifies for free health care.

The good news is there is something fans can help. You can go to her website and buy something. LuFisto has Best Of DVD compilations, T-shirts, autographed photos, and even used wrestling gear available for sale.

If you’re a fan of independent wrestling and/or women’s wrestling, please join me and visit LuFisto’s website, www.lufisto.com. Even if all you can afford is an autographed photo, every dollar helps.

The independent wrestling community is an incredibly generous and supportive one, filled with people who genuinely care about one another beyond the arena. I’ve seen fans and workers band together for a number of causes over the last few years. I have no doubt the same will happen for LuFisto.

E? Not For Me

I broke down last night.

After a month away from the “E” I renewed my subscription to watch the Elimination Chamber. The ladies absolutely killed it in the opener, but the rest of the show… gotta be honest. Other than Ronda Rousey tossing Triple H through a table, I just lost interest.

I’m not down on anyone who enjoyed last night, but the E is just not doing it for me these days. It’s frustrating because I use a Roku box, and WWE is so much easier to watch than my preferred network with Roku… but it’s just not for me.

There are some incredible wrestlers in WWE, some of the best stars produced in the indies. Styles, Balor, Owens, Zayn, Rollins, Nakamura, Anderson, and Gallows. There are some home grown stars I like too. Strowman is a big time star in the making. And say what you want about the Miz, but he gets old school heat. I truly believe could have been a star in an older era.

The women in WWE have never been better and they often steal the show. NXT is consistently great. But I get more great moments from indy-bred talent by actually watching the indies.

I’ll be watching Wrestlemania with the rest of the world come April 8, but after that… I’ll be sticking with New Japan. I keep tweeting and begging for that Roku app, but until then, it’s worth the hassle it takes to watch what I enjoy most. And when NHL season is over, I’ll probably add High Spots for a few months too.

You have a choice. If you don’t like what you see, find a new network. I’ve definitely found mine, thank you.

Dr. D Speaks Out!

Updated March 2, 2018.

After 30 years of silence, “Dr. D” David Schultz is talking again!

Following the release of his autobiography, Dr. D began taking interviews with a number of podcasts. Here is where you can hear him now and in the coming weeks:

Hart Beat Radio – Dr. D reunited with fellow Stampede wrestler Bruce Hart for this interview released on February 10.

Rasslin’ Memories – Dr. D talks AWA and much more with host Glen Braget.

Two Man Power Trip – Dr. D can be heard on this show starting Friday, February 23.

The 6:05 Superpodcast – Dr. D makes is debut on “THE MOTHERSHIP” with a two part interview releasing soon. 

Fans can also meet Dr. D in person on Saturday, April 21 at Heroes and Legends X in Fort Wayne Indiana. He will be signing books and autographs and taking photos at the fan fest from 12-6 pm.

David will also be appearing at the Bruiser Brody Memorial Show in East Carondelet, Illinois on May 19. Details to come.