All posts by eatsleepwrestle

Wrestling for Warriors

One of the things I love most about independent wrestling is the huge heart the fans, wrestlers, and promoters have for helping others. Wrestling is a great vehicle for drawing attention to a cause and raising money to do some good. That’s the focus of a group I got to know at Heroes and Legends in Fort Wayne.

Wrestling for Warriors is a promotion that runs shows specifically to draw attention to a cause and do some good. The net profits from each show are donated to a chosen cause, such as Pediatric Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Neurofibromatosis. Wrestling for Warriors also uses some of those profits to benefit patients in need directly by buying medical equipment patients otherwise could not afford.

Wrestling for Warriors strives to put on a quality wrestling show with name talents, including Kevin Thorn, ODB, Tommy Dreamer, and the former Santino Marella, Anthony Carelli. Fans can pay to get autographs and photos with their favorite stars just like other shows, but Wrestling for Warriors also has a program that allows people to nominate children with a debilitating illnesses to meet their favorite stars at no cost to them.

Wrestling for Warriors will be in action on May 20 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For event and ticket information, as well as information about the promotion itself, please visit the Wrestling for Warriors website or follow them on Facebook.

Break Bread with Bolin and Cornette This Weekend

If you missed Breakfast with Bolin, you missed one of the funniest, most entertaining live wrestling chats ever held in Louisville. Even with a bad case of, well, whatever it was that was ailing the Starmaker that day, some amazing stories and timeless memories were made the day a packed room of fans gathered to hear Kenny and his best friend Jim Cornette share stories.

Bolin and Cornette are giving fans a second chance to get in on the fun, and it happens this weekend. A few seats are still available, but they will go fast. Do not miss out on this twice in a lifetime opportunity to not only spend two meals straight at the Golden Corral buffet, but to hear Kenny Bolin and Jim Cornette banter like an old time Vaudeville act.

Contact Kenny Bolin on Facebook to reserve your seat. And hurry. It will be a sell out!

Alex Daniels visits KOAT on his way to Southern Underground Pro

The first Southern Underground Pro Wrestling show is only two days away, and one of the featured competitors is on this week’s edition of the Kick Out at Two Podcast.

Alex Daniels, also known as the “real life Ben Affleck,” is the current AIW Champion and a native of AIW’s hometown of Cleveland. He’s one of twelve men vying to become the first Bonestorm Champion in Nashville on Sunday night, and a face to watch on the independent wrestling scene.

Download the Kick Out at Two Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher every Friday, and if you’re in the Nashville area, please come out and support Southern Underground Pro this Sunday night!

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is a Knock Out

A few years ago I started work on what was going to be a history of women’s wrestling. I did some research, bought a few magazines, reached out to a few ladies about interviews, but ended up setting the project aside for another, and then another. I’m glad I did. Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy have delivered one of the most enjoyable and educational wrestling books I’ve read in a while, and it’s 100 times better than the book I envisioned writing.

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is both a history and a “who’s who.” They tell the story of women’s wrestling by introducing the reader to the ladies who wrote that history. Every era, from the dawn of the 20th century up until 2017, is thoroughly covered. You’ll meet the pioneers of women’s wrestling, Mildred Burke and Billy Wolfe’s troupe, the women who trained under the Fabulous Moolah, the ladies of GLOW, the legends of Japan, the Divas, the Knockouts, the Shimmer Girls, and the current stars of the WWE.

As much as I enjoyed Pat’s previous collaboration with Bertrand Herbert, Mad Dogs, Midgets, and Screwjobs, he and and Dan have outdone themselves. They cut through the kayfabe storylines and give you the real story behind the fight to legalize wrestling, the battle to legalize intergender wrestling, the checkered legacy of the Fabulous Moolah. They capture the struggle women have faced to be treated as equals, to receive equal pay, and to be taken seriously as wrestlers.

If I have one complaint about the book, it’s a minor one. There simply wasn’t the room to cover every influential woman in wrestling history, and my favorite golden age grappler Elvira Snodgrass is sadly missing. Nevertheless, Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is a solid book and a must read for fans who love the history of this business. It’s enough of a page turner that when my long-awaited copy of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn arrived, Thrawn had to wait his turn until the ladies had their due.

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is available on Amazon.com. Get it, read it, share it. Bravo, Dan and Pat. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

Why the Razor Ramones Rock

I will never forget the moment I became a fan of the Razor Ramones. It wasn’t when I heard them on Colt Cabana’s podcast. It wasn’t when I saw them walk on stage at Heroes and Legends in their throw back, Ramones inspired punk gear. It wasn’t when I heard them blaze through the songs from their album Rocket to Rusev before a largely apathetic crowd. It was the moment I saw one of them walking through the crowd trying to sell copies of their new album on cassette.

That’s right. Rocket to Rusev is available on CASSETTE.

Everything about the Razor Ramones is fun. For crying out loud, they’re a punk band that has found a way to combine their love for old school punk and pro wrestling. They have T-shirts to satisfy the Ramones fans as well as the wrestling fans. They write songs with titles like “Obsolete,” “SAWFT,” and “Sami Zayn is the Only Wrestler We Like.”

The boys are true wrestling fans as well. They weren’t at the show to make a buck. They were there as an excuse to see some wrestling. When they settled down and started selling merch at a table, they took the spot right at the entrance to the vendor area – in clear view of the ring.

And in true punk fashion, they weren’t rattled by the lack of reaction from the crowd. When I told them I was sorry they didn’t have a more receptive audience, they just shrugged it off. “We’re used to it,” one of them said. One could almost hear the spirit of Joey Ramone himself in those words.

The Razor Ramones are based out of Columbus, Indiana, but if you’re no where near Columbus, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Louisville, or any of the other towns they frequent, you can also find them on Facebook and their Band Camp page.

Long live punk rock. See you soon, bad guys.

Louisville Wrestling Talk with the WBKI FANatic

Friday I had the chance to talk about the new book Louisville’s Greatest Show with George Bueller, host of the WBKI FANatic on Facebook Live. George is a walking encyclopedia of all things comic books and – as it turns out – pro wrestling. If you’re into the comic book shows on the WB, this is worth liking and following every week. And if our conversation about the book intrigues you, please head over to Amazon.com to pick it up for yourself.

WBKI Fanatic Chat

Posted by WBKI – Louisville's CW on Friday, April 14, 2017

Two guests on this week’s Kick Out at Two

This week the Kick Out at Two Podcast welcomes not one but two guests eager to share their stories and introduce you to the world of independent wrestling.

Jimmy Lloyd is a product of CZW, one of the hardest schools of hard knocks left in the wrestling business. He’s just a few years into his career, but earlier this year he added “Staple Gun and Thumbtacks Death Match” to his resume thanks to an appearance in IWA Mid-South’s King of the Crimson Mask Event.

Also on the card this week is another rising star, Alex Cruz. Dubbed the Aztec Warrior, Cruz is an exciting young talent from the South who has worked with Elev8 Pro, Wildkat, and more.

Get to know the young faces of independent wrestling every week on one of my favorite podcasts, Kick Out at Two, available every Friday on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

Next Time Someone Bashes Women’s Wrestling…

Sunday in Fort Wayne, the ladies took hold of an apathetic crowd and made them pay attention. Mickie Knuckles, Dementia D’Rose, Amazing Maria, and Samantha Heights fought all over the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in a fantastic No DQ/ Falls Count Anywhere battle.

The women's wrestling revolution did not begin or end with the E.

A post shared by Eat Sleep Wrestle (@eatsleepwrestle1) on

Later that evening, Randi West and Paloma Star did the same thing. Their battle for the Heroes and Legends title spilled out into and around the Arena. I personally overheard one man complaining to security about how “dangerous” he felt the match was, and according to others, one man demanded his money back because he and his girlfriend felt “unsafe.”

Next time someone tries to bash women’s wrestling, saying it’s all about sex and not as exciting about the men, tell them how some snowflake went and asked for his money back because he was scared of the ladies.

Tomorrow night, fans in Southern Indiana can witness just how brutal ladies wrestling can be. Mickie Knuckles will face Randi West at PWF’s one year anniversary show, Statement Made. And guess what? This match, too, will be No DQ/ Falls Count Anywhere.

Long live women’s wrestling.

Wrestling from the Underground

The first rule of Southern Underground Pro is… don’t call them SUP GRAPS.

Southern Underground Pro is a new wrestling promotion in Nashville. They’re not out to replace anyone else running in the area; they want to fill a void for fans and wrestlers. In a city with a proud wrestling tradition, their goal is to bring the very best in today’s independent wrestling to the Music City.

Southern Underground’s first show features a loaded card stacked with twelve hungry young wrestlers from all across the country: Curt Stallion, Kevin Ku, Nick Iggy, Kerry Awful, Dominic Garrini, Alex Daniels, Dr. Dan, Frankie Flynn, Chris Crunk Jaden Newman, AJ Gray and Brett Ison. All twelve men will be in singles action to start the show with the winners facing off in two triple threat matches. The winners in those two matches will go on to fight for the honor of becoming the first Bonestorm Champion!

The tournament format will give each individual wrestler a chance to shine on their own, and as the tournament progresses, the opportunity for some unique match ups will unfold. Imagine seeing Nick Iggy going one on one with his Carnies tag team partner Kerry Awful.

If successful, S.U.P. plans to run bi-monthly shows and feature even more of today’s stop independent stars. Fans can expect to see women’s matches and tag matches at upcoming shows, and S.U.P. is looking for a more family-friendly venue for future events.

Southern Underground Pro’s Battle for Bonestorm will take place on Sunday night, April 23 at The Cobra, 2511 Gallatin Ave in Nashville. For ticket and event information, go to the S.U.P. event page on Facebook.

 

Congratulations PWF!

A year ago, a new promotion opened up in Jeffersonville looking to make a statement. The men behind PWF wanted to fill a gap in the local scene. They wanted to be the place local fans could see not only the Midwest’s best talent, but stars from other regions of the country. This Friday, PWF celebrates their one year anniversary with a show aptly named, Statement Made!

Friday’s show features the kind of mix fans have come to expect from the new promotion. Former tag partners and Louisville based stars Myron Reed and Mickey Muscles go head to head. Four members of the Fear Family settle a family feud in a tag match. Gary Jay faces the Bullet Club’s Chase Owens. Aaron Williams battles Tyler Matrix and Dustin Rayz for the new Tri-State Championship Belt. Atlanta stars Murder One, Chip Day, and Adrian Armour go to war against local heroes Cash Flo, Hy Zaya, and Shane Mercer. The Boys from Jollyville face off with new fan favorite Pat Monix and partner Storm Grayson. And two ladies who stole the spotlight from the boys in Fort Wayne Sunday go head to head when Mickie Knuckles faces Randi West in a no DQ/ falls count anywhere battle.

The action starts Friday night at 8 PM at the home for PWF, The Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Visit the event page on Facebook for details and tickets.

Congrats to all the wrestlers, promoters, refs, and fans who made this first year for PWF a success!

1 2 3 44