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.
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.
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.
When I first started blogging, I saw a need for someone to give proper coverage to the independent wrestling promotions here in the Midwest. There were half a dozen promotions running just in the Louisville area at that time, and the number grows exponentially as you move out into Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It was far too big a task for me to bite off at that time, and I would dare say it’s an even bigger challenge now.
Thankfully, Chad French was crazy enough to take it on himself. He began blogging about wrestling using the blog title, “Chad Is an Idiot,” and I’m sure he felt that way at times trying to get his arms around the Midwest wrestling scene. That said, Chad has proven he is no slouch when it comes to writing about and promoting independent wrestling. His blog is now called the Midwest Territory, and he’s doing a phenomenal job keeping readers informed as to what’s going on across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and even Illinois.
Midwest Territory is a must read blog for anyone who wants to get to know the promotions and the wrestlers in the current scene. Chad does feature stories on upcoming shows and regular interviews with the men and women who are ascending the independent ranks. Follow Midwest Territory on Twitter and Facebook, and you’ll get even more posts about upcoming shows in the region. Chad does his best to cover everyone from OVW in Louisville to Rockstar Pro in Dayton to Wrestling Theology Fellowship in Indianapolis and other names and places too numerous to mention. He’s got a great thing going, and he deserves all the credit and support in the world for what he brings to the business.
For the one or two of you who have not seen it, here’s the video of the Iron Demon Shane Mercer lifting and using a set of metal bleachers at a match this past weekend.
Seeing this makes me question whether or not I should have picked on him as much as I did in Hy Zaya’s book, Good Night Ninja. You see, Hy loves to snap photos of guys sleeping in his car, and well, Shane rides with Hy and falls asleep in his car a lot. Given what Shane did in this video, it’s understandable the guy might need a little rest. It’s also questionable whether we should have included so many photos of him. I mean, if Shane can do this to a pair of bleachers, what could he do with a wrestling author?
Not many wrestling shows can deliver your money’s worth in one fight. Friday’s Pro Wrestling Freedom show, featuring their annual Primus tournament, will deliver your money’s worth and then some with the opening match.
The Carnies were one of the most violent, sadistic, and ruthless tag teams in America the last few years, going toe to toe with equally sinister duos like the Rejects and the Hooligans. Their recent implosion at PWF and their subsequent flame war on social media foreshadows an all-out war will happen when Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful meet in the opening match of the night, and the Primus tournament, Friday at the Jeffersonville Arena. Kerry Awful has declared that the circus is closed forever, but Nick Iggy insists that he IS the circus and that the sow will go on. The bad blood will no doubt spill out of the ring during Friday’s curtain jerker, and any fans who show up late will suffer the fate of being told, “You don’t know what you missed.”
Primus is PWF’s signature event, and this year’s tournament also includes opening round match-ups include Dominic Garrini vs. B-Boy, Brett Ison vs. Cash Flo, Kevin Giza vs. Jason Kincaid, Teddy King vs. Sage Philips, and The Zodiak vs. Kevin Ku.
Fans will also see a special feature match in which the Fear Family ( Derek Neal & Tyler Matrix) with Father Fear will take on Ryan Dookie & Effy.
Pro Wrestling Freedom Presents: Primus 2018 takes place Friday, Nov 30th 2018 at The Arena, 1416 Spring St in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Tickets are $20 and include a free poster and a meet and greet beginning at 7 PM. Kids 5 and under free. Doors open at 7 PM, and bell time is at 8 PM.
Girl Fight Wrestling has granted Eat Sleep Wrestle total access to the roster for its second midnight show, Midnight Girl Fight 2: Howdy, Pilgrim! Today is part twelve of this series, featuring Khloe.
To look at the tale of the tape, the no disqualification/ falls count anywhere match between Khloe and Piper Brooks at Midnight Girl Fight 2 looks like a mismatch. Piper Brooks is coming in with a significant advantage in height and muscle, but even she knows she has her work cut out for her in Kentucky’s own Khloe.
Khloe is no stranger to Girl Fight. She’s had many classic battles with some of the best women’s wrestlers in the country. It’s telling, though that when asked what her favorite match was, she picks the very dangerous and deadly Su Yung. “It was a dream come true,” says Khloe. You can almost see the sadistic glint in her eye when she says it.
Khloe is no stranger to the special stipulations on Wednesday night’s show either. “I have been in several no DQ/ falls count anywhere matches. More than Piper. This ain’t my first rodeo!” Khloe also got a warm up for the extra violent affair with her recent debut in front of the most hostile, violent fans in all of wrestling at Juggalo Championship Wrestling. How did she do? “I got over with the Juggalos very well. I think they liked that I was small but didn’t take any s–t!”
Khloe says she is “sleeping a lot” to prepare for battle with Piper, adding, “I got this!” when I asked of she was really ready. No doubt Khloe will come racing out of the curtains ready to give the fans a bang for their buck at the pre-Thanksgiving event.
“Women’s wrestling is hott!!!” she adds. “And it’s not your every day wrestling event!”
Fans can prepare to fight with their families over dinner by watching Khloe and Piper Brooks beat the crap out of one another at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.