The Great Story of The Great Cheyenne

Every professional wrestler has a story to tell, and some of these stories are nothing short of inspiring. Whether they make it to the WWE or spend their career in the indies, every man and woman who laces up the boots has a story about overcoming obstacles in pursuit of their dream.

The Great Cheyenne has overcome more than most in her career. She was a single mother when she told her relatives she wanted to become a professional wrestler, and she found no support at all from her family.

“The people around me thought I was ridiculous, and it wasn’t something a single mom should be doing or engaging in. I was highly criticized, but I did my best to look past that because it was worth the criticism if I felt that happy doing it.”

The Great Cheyenne refused to give in to the criticism. A fan since she was a child, she felt perfectly at home when she finally made it into a ring. “Some of us women are tomboys, you never really feel like you fit in or like you can really belong because you’re not the typical girl. I wasn’t into dresses and girly stuff, but when I stepped in the ring, I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be. The shoe fit so I wore it; in my case the boot sure did fit. I am not a small woman, so when I was in the ring it was like the ring fit me, the size of my head, my nose, my hands, and my rough nature.”

The Great Cheyenne began her training in Chicago, where she first broke into the independent scene. She later trained with the legendary Savoldi family on the East Coast and furthered her education with Hall of Fame stars like Bob Backlund and Kevin Von Erich. She developed a physical toughness only exceeded by her inner toughness, and for twenty years, she has battled to earn her spot in independent wrestling.

It has not been an easy road. Family has always come first for The Great Cheyenne, and she’s had to pass on many opportunities in order to do what was best for her children. She’s always followed her true north, steering clear of temptation and the shady side of professional wrestling while staying true to herself.

Having grown up a fan herself and breaking into the business as a single mom, children have always had a special place in The Great Cheyenne’s heart. So when the opportunity to write a book arose, it was a no-brainer who her target audience would be.

“Children are some of our greatest fans. With their innocence and with their intuition they know who is genuinely good and legit even when you are a great heel. Some of my best memories are of my fans that were little kids. I care a lot about their growth and well-being, as a single mother of two children and a daughter of a migrant mother who worked hard all the time and was tired, I am aware and conscious of the hard times some children are enduring out there feeling alone.

“I want to be a voice of hope for those little kids, for those dreamers and for those especially having hard times that they don’t even realize they can dream because their hardship doesn’t allow it. Many times our parents do not have time, are suffering depression, or just working hard, and right now with politicians coming down on dreamers, I want them to know someone is in support of their right to dream and their pursuit of happiness.”

The Great Cheyenne partnered with illustrator Jason Eaglespeaker to bring her vision to life. “I have known him for 7 years now. He did a comic strip for my character some years ago. We have been supporters of each other’s work for some years now. So I trusted him and I am a fan of his work. He has done excellent work as a grassroots indigenous Native American author, artist and community activist. I respect and believe in his work. Jason knew exactly what to say to me. I don’t believe in coincidences. I feel it was meant to be him that I worked with, his work and his messages for hope and success are solid, pure and good for our people.”

Both Eaglespeaker and The Great Cheyenne have high hopes for how the book will touch readers young and old. “We want to inspire them to live in their fight for self-preservation, truth, happiness and ultimately to follow your own North in a noisy sometimes unsupportive world. Be you and dream whatever dream makes your soul feel you are being your own you.”

The Great Cheyenne is now available on If there’s a young reader in your life who is also a wrestling fan, I strong encourage you to pick this one up. Whatever their dreams may be, The Great Cheyenne’s story will be an encouragement and and inspiration to them.

The Great Cheyenne herself can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is currently the Women’s Champion for RoadRubber Wrestling in Portland, Indiana and recently defeated, TNA’s Rebel. She will be back in Portland soon defending her title!

Who’s Chasing Who?

Remember when WCW was chasing WWF?

Remember when WCW went in and signed away all the WWF’s top stars?

Remember when they tried to run WWF by recycling the same feuds and angles the WWF had already run?

Have you noticed how many former stars from New Japan, TNA, Ring of Honor, and other indies are in WWE/NXT lately?

Did you know that New Japan already did Styles vs. Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom?

Did you see the dismal remake of Final Deletion on Raw this week?

Who’s chasing who?

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!

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 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, 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.

Here’s Your Chance to Hang with Bob

If you’re in the Louisville area and you’re serious about being a professional wrestler, you need to come hang with Bob.

Brutal Bob Evans knows what it takes to be a full-time professional wrestler. He’s made no secret of his formula for success. In fact he shared it everywhere he can through his seminars. Bob shoots straight with wrestlers of all ages about what it takes to hit the road full-time, with practical advice on money management, marketing, booking yourself, and balancing work and family life. It’s a lot of common sense, but it’s things anyone with a dream needs to be reminded of – like cutting back on fast food, sharing hotel rooms, and selling that huge collection of Funko Pops.

Topics to be covered include:

– The two words that guarantee you more bookings ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

– 5 ways to increase income and reduce expenses on the road

– Emotional connectivity to a crowd

– How, and more importantly WHEN, to negotiate with a promoter

– Common mistakes and how to avoid them

– What the big companies are looking for

– Social media training

– Merchandising yourself and your brand

Pro Wrestling Freedom will be hosting Hangs with Bob on Friday, March 9 from 3-6 PM at the ArenA, 1416 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Admission for the seminar is $30 per person. Bob will also be wrestling on the card that night for what has consistently been one of the most entertaining promotions in the region. 

For more information and to sign up, visit PWF on Facebook.

Major Announcement: Meet Dr. D at Heroes and Legends X

Heroes and Legends is a phenomenal fan festival and wrestling show held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Promoter Jayson Maples and his crew put on a top notch event featuring the legends of wrestling and the rising stars of the independent ranks. The April 21 show will feature Jim Ross, Tito Santana, One Man Gang, Terri Runnels, Marty Jannety, Road Warrior Animal, OvE, Kongo Kong, Amazing Maria, Veda Scott, Slick, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

Add one more to that list: “Dr. D” David Schultz.

The Doctor will make a very RARE appearance at the Fort Wayne show, signing autographs and books and taking photos with fans from 12-6 pm. You can find him right next to me at the Eat Sleep Wrestle table.

Dr. D will not be making many fan appearances and this will most likely be his only Midwestern appearance, so if you are in the Midwest, make your plans now to attend Heroes and Legends X.

Click here for info on Heroes and Legends.

The Daryl Prather Memorial Show

The Louisville/ Southern Indiana wrestling community is truly a caring group. When one person hurts, everyone feels their pain. Tomorrow night wrestlers, fans, and others will be gathering at the ArenA in Jeffersonville to do a benefit show for the family of Daryl Prather. Tickets are $10, and while no card has been released, it’s sure to be a great show full of surprise appearances and great match ups – all for a good cause.

Forget Smackdown for a night. Come experience live independent wrestling. Support a good cause.

Prodigy Pro Crushes It Again

It’s hard to believe Prodigy Pro is only four shows old. The Back Row Hecklers continue to deliver shows packed with dream match ups, new faces, and old favorites. Here are a few observations from Friday night’s show in Memphis, Indiana.

One: The IWA Arena is a great place to watch wrestling. Nestled in the back of the Memphis Flea Market, there’s easily room for 200+ fans and everything you need. Yes, you have to go outside and around to get to the restroom, but the view of the classic car museum from the restroom area is worth it. (IWA Mid-South runs Thursday and Saturday nights at the same location.) The Flea Market is also more lenient with the type of matches allowed at the IWA Arena, making it the perfect venue for the bloody, action-packed main event between the Night Ryderz and the Rejects, who received a heroes welcome back to their former stomping grounds.

Two: Corey Storm is a marked man. Earlier in the day Ian Rotten called on Gary Jay to give the sixteen year old wunderkind some vicious chops in their 4-way match, a request Jay gladly delivered on. Storm survived the chops and won the bout, but afterwards, he took a beating from Daniel Eads that sent Corey to the hospital in Indianapolis. Jealousy breeds resentment, and I’m sure many in the back are jealous of the opportunity the young star has earned. The more successful he becomes, the bigger that target on his back will be, but I think he has the resolve to deal with it.

Three: Hy Zaya may be just hiding his prime. One of the best things about PPW has been the resurgence of IWA-MS original Hy Zaya. Hy has not been wrestling steadily for some time, but thanks to PPW, the 2o-year veteran has had the opportunity to face and defeat some incredible stars in the hardest hitting matches of the night. Hy’s match with AR Fox was interrupted by Flash Flanigan, who shocked the fans by running in and beating Hy down with a Kendo stick. The upshot is, fans have yet another stellar war to look forward to when Hy gets his shot at Flash.

Four: PPW released issue #1 of their wrestling magazine at the show. This simple 16 page publication looked professional and provided a nice, inexpensive souvenir for the fans at only $3 a pop. Some great articles introduced the stars of PPW, and the magazine is full of photos. It’s great to see something like this from an indy promotion.

Five: Dominic Garrini vs. Shane Mercer was the dream match we never knew we needed. Garrini, with his MMA background and submission experience, was an intriguing and fun match up for the powerhouse that is the Iron Demon. The match was a change of pace from the high speed, high energy matches that came before, but the battle of muscle vs. clever submission maneuvers gave the fans plenty of gasps and thrills. Mercer won the battle that could easily have gone either way. I want to see these two go again.

Six: Iowa football may give us another superstar. Former Hawkeye Steve Manders inserted himself into the match between Myron Reed and Anthony Henry Friday night with a great promo. Manders has only been wrestling for nine months, but he had a few moments – including a double suplex of both Reed and Henry at the same time – that were impressive. Manders has a lot of personality, a lot of power, and a lot of passion. I’m a little biased with the Iowa connection (my wife is an alum), but I think Manders could follow Big E’s footsteps in this business.

Seven: Myron Reed and Anthony Henry are just on another level. The action these two young wrestlers put on in the ring is nothing short of spectacular. These are two names and faces you will be seeing on TV sooner rather than later. They are too good to go undiscovered.

Eight: Managers are alive and well. Jason Saint was great as always backing Mercer and the Gym Nasty Boys, and Josh Ashcraft has formed a perfect union with his charge, Daniel Eads. Saint and Ashcraft are both heat magnets, the kind of weasels fans love to hate. When they come to ringside, they elevate the action inside.

You can find all of Prodigy Pro Wrestling’s past shows online at High Spots. Follow Prodigy Pro on Facebook to find out where and when their next show will be.

Celebrating Twenty Years of TV at OVW

Every city has an ego. Some can back it up. Some are over-inflated.

Louisville, Kentucky certainly has an ego. The people of Louisville brag about their status as a food city, as a college sports town, as the Mecca of horse racing, and so on. You can argue some of the points of pride the city of Louisville clings to, but there’s one that is undeniable: this is a professional wrestling town.

Louisville is not the first town you think of when you look at wrestling’s past. Most fans, including Louisville fans, think of places like St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or Memphis. Louisville was on the periphery of a lot of that history, a secondary town that brought in the best talent from St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Memphis. Louisville had its share of great moments, from the “debut” of Ed “Strangler” Lewis through the 22 year run of the Allen Athletic Club to the debut of the “Biker-Taker” at Judgment Day. But while many towns have cooled on professional wrestling in the WWE era, Louisville’s passion has remained.

Monday night the WWE marked 25 years of broadcasting Monday Night Raw. Wednesday night Ohio Valley Wrestling marked 20 years of television in Louisville. They went on the air before the WWE came to down to develop their future stars, and they have remained on the air long after the WWE’s departure. How many promotions today, let alone throughout wrestling history, can say that achieved that mark?

The Louisville area has remained a hot bed for professional wrestling for over 100 years. When the USWA closed down in the 90s, fans didn’t walk away. They turned to OVW and IWA Mid-South, a promotion that just marked 20 years and 800 shows. Louisville is still a destination for young wrestlers looking to train and get exposure, and with the opening of the Arena across the river in Jeffersonville, the opportunities have continued to grow.

Congratulations to Danny Davis, Rip Rogers, Dean Hill, and everyone who has made OVW a success. And thank you to everyone who continues to build Louisville up as a true wrestling city!

Read the full history of Louisville wrestling in Bluegrass Brawlers.