Who Wants to Watch Raw with Mark Henry?

How would you like to watch Monday Night Raw with a WWE Hall of Famer?

Mark Henry is giving fans that opportunity starting this spring as he kicks off a new tour dubbed, Monday Nights with Mark Henry. Fans get the opportunity to watch Raw alongside the World’s Strongest Man and hear stories from his amazing life and career. Attendees will also come away with a one-of-a-kind Mark Henry T-shirt and an autographed photo. You might even hear Mark tell a story or two about the Black Panther Jim Mitchell!

Four dates have already been announced: April 15 in Nashville, April 22 in Kansas City, April 29 in Las Vegas, and May 6 in New York. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased now on Mark’s website. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Visit Mark Henry’s website for more information and tickets.

Photo credit: www.themarkhenry.com

More Art from the Remarkable Lord Carlton

The “Lady Carlton” just sent me a few new pics of her father’s art work. Lord Leslie Carlton was a huge draw and a much hated heel in his day, but he was an undeniably talented artist before and after becoming a star in the ring.

I’d LOVE to get my hands on the Marx Brothers print.

To learn more about Lord Carlton, be sure to pick up his biography, available from Eat Sleep Wrestle. Click the book cover below to learn more!

Black Panther Earns Praise from Tim Hornbaker

A few months ago I sent a draft of the Black Panther biography to sports and wrestling historian Tim Hornbaker. I was quite humbled and flattered when he sent his endorsement:

“Wrestling historian John Cosper has done it again. His newest book, The Original Black Panther: The Life and Legacy of Jim Mitchell is a fascinating journey into the history of one of wrestling’s forgotten superstars. This book is compelling, informative, and leave you wanting more. Major kudos to Mr. Cosper. Another great job!”

The book is selling well, and I’m trying to replenish my stock now. You can order yours on Amazon.com, or if you want a signed copy, you can get one direct from me for $15 plus postage. Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com to order.

It Started Here

In November of 2012, I sat in the booth just beside the last stool in the photo above on a lunch break with my wife and kids. I told Jessica I was thinking of writing a book about the history of wrestling in Louisville.

She told me to go for it.

In less than two months, I am flying to Las Vegas for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion to introduce Dr. D David Schultz as he receives the 2019 Male Wrestler Award.

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has shared a story, purchased a book, opened a door, or helped me in any way during the last six plus years, but I am especially grateful for how my wife and family continue to support me.

I love you, Jessica. Thanks for putting up with all this wrestling crap.

Update: It IS Here!

The Black Panther Jim Mitchell’s is now available in paperback.

I just received the final draft of the foreword from WWE Hall of Fame Mark Henry earlier this week, and the book is now available for purchase.

If you are interested in a signed copy, they are $15 plus $3 for shipping in the US. (International orders, please inquire for shipping.)

As a special offer, now through March 8, you can add Bluegrass Brawlers or Louisville’s Greatest Show for only $7. That’s $25 for the Jim Mitchell book and the Louisville wrestling book of your choice, while supplies last.

Email me to order, or send PayPal to johncosper@yahoo.com.

This has been a long time coming. I am very proud of this book and happy to have joined forces with Mark in presenting it to the wrestling world. I can’t wait for all of you to read it.

Paradigm Pro Star Headed to Impact!

A little over a year ago, I got my first look at Ace Austin at Paradigm Pro Wrestling. Every time I’ve seen him in person, he’s only gotten better.

Ace is another wrestler based out of Dayton, Ohio, part of the core now at Impact that includes oVe and the Rascalz. He’s a dazzling superstar in the making and a great get for my weekly Friday night wrestling fix.

Huge congrats to Ace Austin, and to Impact. Cannot wait to see him on Twitch every week.

Photo credit to Mouse’s Wrestling Adventures.

Louisville’s Own Stu Gibson in Action

Several months ago I was able to sit down with Stu Gibson’s youngest sister Mary Lou Heinz to hear more about Stu, his family, and his life in and out of wrestling. One of the things Mary Lou gave me was a DVD of old family videos, and the first thing on that DVD was about 3 minutes of silent footage of Stu wrestling.

As best as I have determined, the footage was shot in 1974 or 1975 in Stu’s adopted hometown of San Antonio. There’s a singles match, followed by a battle royal. You will very quickly recognize a certain French giant in the mix during this second match.

To learn more about Stu Gibson, you can read the bio I wrote for the Pro Wrestling Historical Society. Or better yet, order a copy of my book Louisville’s Greatest Show. Stu is the airborne wrestler flying over Gorgeous George on the front cover.

My thanks to Mary Lou for allowing me to share this!

Doctor D: Movie Star?

Word has it there’s a Hulk Hogan biopic now in production, telling the story of his early career up to the birth of Hulkamania. You can’t tell that story – honestly-  without Doctor D David Schultz, so the question is, who should play the good doctor?

Better yet, who wants to see a movie about Doctor D himself?

Just in case anyone with the money to make a movie is reading, here’s a video Doc appeared in recently with Hurricane Helms. Maybe Doc could appear as himself in Hogan’s film or his own?

Sabu is Almost Here, and Vader is Coming!

Kenny Casanova keeps knocking them out. He’s about to release the much-anticipated autobiography of Sabu, and word is the Vader book will finally go to press this spring as well.

I have not read the Sabu book, but I did read an earlier draft of Vader’s. It’s one of the top five best wrestling biographies I’ve read. If you’re a fan of Kenny’s previous works with Kamala, Brutus Beefcake, and Dangerous Danny Davis, you will not be disappointed.

Kenny is a very gifted writer, and I can’t wait to see what he’s done with Sabu’s story. You can pre-order the book now on Kenny’s website and get a signed copy. Click here to order.

Support your favorite wrestlers, and support guys like Kenny who are helping to preserve the history of this crazy business.

Support My Friend Kenny Bolin

Many people think Kenny Bolin is nothing but a con. He is a bit of a con, and he is definitely all-carnie, but he’s also a one of a kind personality who has entertained many people over the last 30 years in professional wrestling. He’s also a human being facing some scary medical issues and a friend of mine, so here’s my plug.

If you’ve ever been entertained by Kenny Bolin, through wrestling, through his podcast, through his many guest appearances on other podcasts, or through his best-selling memoir, please consider giving a few bucks to help him with his upcoming medical procedures.

Though I won’t break kayfabe and tell you how I know this, believe me when I tell you there’s a good heart behind that Jack Benny/ carnival barker persona. Praying and wishing nothing but the best for the ol’ Starmaker.

Click here to visit Kenny’s fundraiser page.