Mad Man Hall of Famer

Last Friday night, Kevin Gill inducted Mad Man Pondo into the inaugural class of the GCW Deathmatch Hall of Fame. It’s an honor well-deserved, and to be blunt – you simply can’t have a deathmatch hall of fame without Pondo.

If you want to see the induction ceremony, you can catch the replay on Fite.tv for only $4.99.

Pondo took two boxes of his autobiography to Jersey with him and SOLD OUT! For those who missed getting a copy, you can order a signed copy through Eat Sleep Wrestle. The cost is $20 plus shipping ($5 in the US, $15 for Canada), and we accept PayPal. Message me at johncosper@yahoo.com to order.

Congrats again to Mad Man Pondo, and huge props to GCW and Kevin Gill for honoring him.

Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin – Let’s Make This Dream Match Happen!

Fans have dream matches. So do wrestlers. At a recent show in the Jeffersonville Arena, Reed Bentley of the Rejects confided in me that he and John Wayne Murdoch had an ultimate dream match they really wanted to make happen.

The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin

For those who don’t know, Baka Gaijin (which translates to “Stupid Foreigners”) is the tag team of Mad Man Pondo and 2 Tuff Tony. They were the forerunners, the originators if you will, of the smash mouth, over the top fighting style that has become the signature of the Rejects. When you see a Rejects match, you’re going to get very little scientific wrestling. You’re going to see hard punches, steel chairs, tables, mayhem, weapons. The phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” would apply, except for the fact that if Reed and John could get at the kitchen sink, they’d gladly use it too.

Tony and Pondo are cut from the same mold. They light to fight. They like to bleed. They’re not afraid to get crazy. They’re also deceptively athletic for two big guys who have been going hard for a couple of decades now. If you’ve never seen that backflip 2 Tuff Tony does off the ropes, it’ll make your jaw drop.

The Rejects have told Tony and Pondo they will fight any time, anywhere, and even put their GCW Tag Team Championship on the line. Pondo, for his part is all for it. But Tony, who also happens to own the Arena where Reed and I discussed this match, is holding out.

Reed and I discussed this situation and we agreed something needs to be done to make this much happen. So here’s what you, as fans can do.

  1. Copy and paste the letter printed below into an email and fill the blank at the bottom with your name.
  2. Address the email to Reed Bentley, thereedbentley@gmail.com
  3. Click send.

Reed will collect your emails, print them out, and present them in the ring some time in the near future to demonstrate to Tony just how badly the fans want this match. If enough fans respond, how can he say no?

Copy, paste, and email, fans. Let your voice be heard. Let’s make The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin a reality!

 

Dear 2 Tuff Tony,

I am writing to request that you accept the challenge issued by The Rejects, John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley, to a tag team match with your tag partner Mad Man Pondo. This colossal match is a must-see for me and all your legions of fans, and if you choose to accept it, I hereby vow to:

a. Share the advertising for this epic, Godzilla vs. King Kong like match up all over my social media;

b. Be in attendance for the show, wherever and whenever it takes place, and/or watch it on the Internet wherever and whenever it is made available to view;

c. Grab my s**t and get out of the way when I see the action coming my way;

d. Stream live or share afterwards my reaction to what promises to be the most brutal, over the top, mind blowing, head smashing, table shredding, chair mangling, knockdown, drag out wrestling affair of all time.

Thank you in advancing for responding and accepting my challenge to come and get your whipping at the hands of John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley.
Sincerely yours,

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You Can’t Call Have a Deathmatch Hall of Fame Without Pondo

Mad Man Pondo is one of the innovators of deathmatch wrestling in the United States. He’s a man who never took his career for granted and gave the business far more than he ever received. It’s always a thrill seeing people recognize him for his efforts, and on May 31, Game Changer Wrestling will give him an honor that truly fits him.

Pondo will be inducted into the GCW Deathmatch Hall of Fame at 9 pm Friday, May 31 at the Diamond Club at the Showboat in Atlantic City. This is the first ever induction ceremony for the Deathmatch Hall of Fame, and they could not pick a better man, in or out of the ring, for their first class than Pondo. Fans can buy tickets for this event by clicking here.

Excuse me while I head over to my publishing website to make sure the fans in New Jersey have plenty of books to purchase!

Fans who can’t get to Jersey can buy his book on Amazon or email me to get a signed copy!

2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

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.

Pondo and Khloe Do Chicago

Mad Man Pondo and Khloe recently tore up the town in Chicago. They also had a chance to speak with the Or Else Podcast. Check out the video by clicking here.

If you don’t have Mad Man Pondo’s book yet… shame on you! order it now on Amazon, or email me at johncosper@yahoo.com to get it signed. 

Please give a follow to our friends at the Or Else Podcast as well. 

Buy Direct and Save for Christmas

Okay, shameless plug time.

The Christmas shopping season is now here, and if you buy direct from Eat Sleep Wrestle, you can save on everything with free shipping in the US. Prices are good through the Christmas season, or until we sell out!

Don’t  Call Me Fake signed by Dr. D – $25

Memoirs of a Mad Man signed by Pondo – $20

Bluegrass Brawlers – $10

Louisville’s Greatest Show – $10

Eat Sleep Wrestle – $10

Lord Carlton – $10

How to Become a Champion – $10

Good Night, Ninja – $10

Season’s Beatings – $10

Quantities are limited, and a few titles are close to being sold out.

Email johncosper@yahoo.com to order or to inquire abut international shipping costs. Payment is accepted by PayPal or by check or money order.

Nine Days Until the Rich City Comic and Pop Con

On Saturday November 3, Eat Sleep Wrestle will be in attendance for the first annual Rich City Comic and Pop Con in Richmond, Kentucky. John Cosper will be on hand with books as well as two special guests.

Mad Man Pondo is a deathmatch legend, a veteran of nearly 30 years who has been hit with everything from light tubes to barbed wire bats. He’s toured North America, Asia, and Europe, appeared in a feature role in the horror film 2001 Maniacs, and been a featured character in multiple video games. He’s rubbed shoulders with great and near great celebrities including Marilyn Manson, Vanilla Ice, and Jonny Fairplay, and he’s shared the ring with legends like Terry Funk, Junkyard Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, and Kevin Sullivan. He is the founder and promoter of Girl Fight Wrestling, and his autobiography Memoirs of a Mad Man has been a top seller on Amazon.

Hurricane J.J. Maguire (far left in the photo above) is a musician, composer, producer, and singer. For a brief time he was a member of the Gentries, and his life-long friendship with “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart led him into the world of professional wrestling. For nearly two decades he composed and recorded wrestling themes for WWF and WCW Superstars including Shawn Michaels, the Honky Tonk Man, Bret Hart, Demolition, and Hulk Hogan. He was also the chief composer and musician on Hulk Hogan’s solo album and performed with Jimmy Hart and Hogan. His upcoming autobiography will feature stories about his time with WWF, WCW, and Hulk Hogan as well as encounters with music legends like the Beatles and a very young Simon Cowell.

Mad Man Pondo and Hurricane JJ Maguire will both be at the Eat Sleep Wrestle table at the Rich City Comic and Pop Con on November 3 at the Richmond Mall, 830 Eastern Bypass in Richmond, Kentucky. The show runs from 10 AM to 4 PM, and admission is free. Come say hello, buy some merch, get some autographs, and take some photos. And be sure to visit the other great artists and vendors who will be in attendance. Rumor has it an old pal of mine named Clive the Zombie may even make an appearance.

Finally, an Update!

It’s been awhile since I updated this blog. Has anyone even noticed? (Anyone? Anyone?)

I’ve been buried in newspapers the last several weeks, working hard on the first draft of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell’s biography. I am so excited this book is finally going to see the light of day. Shooting for an early 2019 release.

Prior to that, I will be releasing a new fiction book and another short wrestling project in September. More on that later.

I also have two more autobiographies lined up for 2019. More on those in the very near future as well.

I have some great stories to share soon about wrestling past and my recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Waterloo, Iowa. But today is all about shameless plugs.

Saturday is a big day. Mad Man Pondo will be making his return to ASW in West Virginia for promoter Gary Damron, and he will be selling and signing copies of his book Memoirs of a Mad Man. The book is getting raves from fans and readers and already has two 5-star reviews on Amazon. You can also hear Pondo on his latest podcast appearance with the Wrestle Talk Podcast if you click here.

I won’t be in West Virginia because I will be in Huntsville, Alabama with Dr. D David Schultz, promoting his top selling autobiography Don’t Call Me Fake. We will be at the Rocket City WrestlingCon Saturday, where the doors open at 3 PM. Other guests on the Rocket City include Tracy Smothers, Road Warrior Animal, Jimmy Hart, and Sabu. There’s a stellar wrestling card that evening as well. I can’t guarantee Dr. D is going to stick around for the wrestling show, so if you want to meet Doctor D, get there EARLY!

Much more excitement to come, but I’ll end the fun here for now. It’s been a great year so far, and I am looking forward to this weekend, and Starrcast at the end of the month.