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.
I’m an intermittent WWE Network subscriber. I picked it up last month for the Rumble, and while it’s not set to auto-renew, I’ll pick it up again for ‘Mania. It was good timing this time around because not only did I get to enjoy a spectacular Halftime Heat during the Super Bowl, I got to see the debut of the new documentary about Mark Henry.
If you didn’t see it after the PPV last night, make time to watch it this week. It has all the great memories you want to relive (the faux retirement speech in the salmon colored jacket) as well as the ones that make you cringe (Mae Young). It also pulls back the curtain to reveal the genuine, humble person he is in real life. As strong as his body is, his heart is ten times stronger. The film details the many losses he’s suffered personally and professionally, and the hard lessons learned in and out of the ring. The film also highlights the loving father and husband who truly believes his kids are his greatest legacy.
If you’re not already a fan of Mark Henry, the World’s Strongest Man documentary will make you one. It’s a stellar reintroduction to the WWE Hall of Famer and soon to be Cauliflower Alley Club Award Winner. You can stream is now on the WWE Network.
Right now, for me, it’s all about Impact and New Japan.
Impact has all my favorite people. Dave Crist, Jake Crist, Jordynne Grace, and the trio known as the Rascalz were faves of mine before they were on TV. I don’t have cable, but I’ve been watching them on Twitch every Friday night since they started streaming live. I hate to see their rating continue to slide because it’s a really, really great wrestling show.
And New Japan is… well, despite some high profile departures, it’s STILL New Japan. Ibushi is staying. Jay is the new IWGP Champ. And there are these two guys named Naito and Okada still there who are arguably among the best in the world.
Whatever you’re watching, I hope you’re watching to enjoy, not to complain. If you don’t like what’s on one show, turn it off. You have alternatives everywhere now.
I’ll be watching New Japan on the treadmill, and I’ll be on Twitch Friday evenings watching Impact. If you haven’t seen Impact in a while, I really hope you’ll give it a chance.
What’s better than shaking Dr. D’s hand over an autograph table? How about a live Q&A lesson with the man himself?
Dr. D David Schultz will be a featured speaker in the CAC’s Learning Series at the Gold Coast Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Dr. D will be talking about his career as a wrestler and a bounty hunter on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 pm with host Jim Valley.
You’ve seen him on YouTube. You’ve heard him on podcasts. This is a very rare chance to hear him speak in person, and no question is off limits.
Except that one. You know the one I mean. The “standard question.” I wouldn’t ask that one.
One of the first things I acquired when working on the book Bluegrass Brawlers was a copy of the 1953 Police Benefit Show program. In the 1950s, the Police Benefit Show was THE biggest wrestling event of the year in Louisville, the night they brought in the biggest stars for the biggest card. It was Louisville’s Wrestlemania.
Just a few weeks ago, the 1952 program popped up on eBay. It’s now in my collection. Here are a few images from that program.
I said when I hit 500 followers on Facebook, I would announce a new book project. We shot past that benchmark last night, so here it is.
I am happy to announce I am not in the early stages of research on a book about the life of Wee Willie Davis!
Davis was a notorious heel in his time, a 6’6″ monster who appeared all over the United States from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1940s, he followed his buddy Mike Mazurki into the film industry and appeared in more than two dozen films including Mighty Joe Young, The Asphalt Jungle, Son of Paleface, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. He also made a splash on television as a contestant on The $64,000 Question, and he was the co-inventor of an early form of “heads up display” technology called the Glowmeter.
Davis has a unique connection to the Louisville, Kentucky wrestling scene as well. Not only did he work for Francis McDonogh and the Allen Athletic Club, he is the missing link between the Allen Club and Memphis Wrestling. He partnered with McDonogh’s widow Betty to open his own wrestling promotion in 1958 and later became the local point man when Dick the Bruiser took over the territory in the 1960s.
It took me almost five years to compile enough information to finally tell Jim Mitchell’s story, and while I don’t expect Davis to take quite as long, I do plan to take my time and do it right. My current goal is to release his story in late 2020, but that’s subject to change. The good news is you’re going to see at least 3-4 books from me between now than then, including to very exciting autobiographies that I’ll be announcing in the coming months.
Wee Willie Davis was a colorful personality and a man of many talents. He’s become a fascination of mine, and I am looking forward to sharing his story with a generation that’s never heard of him.
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.
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.
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.