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Midnight Girl Fight Returns Thanksgiving Eve

As soon as Halloween is over, I’m ready for Christmas. I was jamming to “Christmas in Hollis” right after I dropped my kids at a friend’s house to go trick or treating last Thursday night. I’ll have Christmas decorations sorted next weekend, my outside lights hung (but not yet lit) the following weekend, and five full sized Christmas lit and decked the weekend after that. And yes, I’m already rolling with purchasing Christmas presents.

That’s not to say I am overlooking the last week of November. No way! I’ll be up at 9 am Thanksgiving morning, watching the Macy’s Parade and preparing the creamed corn, the sweet potatoes, and the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner at my in-law’s house. But before that happens I’ll be staying up late Wednesday night to catch this year’s edition of Midnight Girl Fight.

“Pick Your Poison” is the theme for the second ever Thanksgiving Midnight Girl Fight, and the eight ladies competing on Wednesday November 27 beginning at 11:59 pm have all chosen a male tag team partner for the occasion. Eight intergender teams will compete in a winner take all tournament, and the lineup is stellar.

The Bomb Shelter will be in the house, with Randi West bringing husband Joseph Schwartz as her partner. Charlie Kruel has teamed up with Akira, and Girl Fight’s current number one contender Ella will be teamed up with Titan. Teen sweetheart Billie Starkz has chosen her IFHY stablemate Jonathan Wolf as her partner, and Wolf’s regular partner Shawn Kemp will be tagging with Allie Kat.

The newly crowned Shimmer champion Kimber Lee will be making her long-awaited return to Girl Fight for Pick Your Poison. In her corner is current Impact star and a member of the Rascalz, Zachary Wentz. Joseline Navarro has to be considered a heavy favorite given that her partner is none other than the powerful heavyweight Calvin Tankman, but it’s the final pairing announced today that will no doubt get the most attention. Girl Fight founder and Deathmatch Hall of Famer Mad Man Pondo has teamed up with a true Girl Fight legend. Making her long awaited return to the ring, after a year’s absence, it’s former Girl Fight champion Mickie Knuckles!

It’s anybody’s guess which poison paring will claim victory, but it’s a sure bet you will miss all the action if you wait until after the turkey is done to show up at the Arena. Midnight Girl Fight begins Wednesday night, the night before Thanksgiving, at 11:59 pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mad Man Pondo on Facebook. Click here to visit his page and send him a message now!

 

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Two new releases for October!

It’s October. It’s Halloween. And two of the creepiest ladies in independent wrestling want you to read their stories!

Charlie Kruel: Escape from VHS Hell is now available to pre-order, and all copies ordered through Eat Sleep Wrestle will come signed by Charlie Kruel and John Cosper. Escape from VHS Hell is the story of two horror fans who accidentally unleash some of Hollywood’s notorious serial killers in real life thanks to a cursed VCR. Their only hope is to bring one more psycho killer to life to defeat these monsters: the ahead-of-her-time VHS horror queen Charlie Kruel!

Ella: Wrestling with Madness is a chilling ghost story about an aspiring wrestler named Ben who is on the verge of signing with the biggest wrestling company in the world. But a chance encounter with a beautiful girl named Elizabeth plunges him into a terrifying ghost story filled with jealousy, revenge, and murder.

Charlie and Ella will both have books for sale at a show near you by the end of the month. Once again, you can pre-order Charlie’s book signed by Charlie and John right here at eatsleepwrestle.com. Click here to order.

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Girl Fight Presents: Not Another Number One Contenders Tournament

Okay, stats junkies, prepare for some numbers coming at you.

Girl Fight is presenting yet another number one contenders tournament Tuesday, August 6, to determine who will face Samantha Heights for the Girl Fight Championship upon her return from Japan.

Here are the first round matchups with the win/loss records at Girl Fight for the eight ladies in contention:

Billie Starkz (4-5) vs. Tootie Lynn Ramsey (0-1)

Billie is going to be the heavy fan favorite for this match and the tournament, this being her home arena. Hard to pick against her in round one.

Charlie Kruel (4-10) vs. Big Mama (0-1)

Despite the 0-1 mark, I have to pick Big Mama in this one. She was too impressive in her recent Girl Fight debut, and knowing what she’s done outside Girl Fight, she’s a serious contender to win it all.

Hawlee Cromwell (0-2) vs. Sam L’eterna (1-0)

A tough call. Hawlee has yet to pick up a win at Girl Fight, but she gave Samantha Heights all she could handle in her last bout. Sam L’eterna will push her to the limit. Going to go with Sam here.

Ella (5-1) vs. Khloe (6-8)

Ella is off to one of the best starts in Girl Fight history. Her only loss came in a tag match, when she walked out on her partner. Khloe will not be intimidated, however, and she’s going to be one of the favorites for the event – if she survives Ella. I’ll give Khloe the nod to win it.

It’s going to be a great night of action. Not sure where the brackets will take us for round two, but overall… I’m going to go with Big Mama. I think she has too much power for most of the other contenders, and I expect her to come back strong after winning the hearts of the fans in her debut. Her odds get even better if her “win at all costs” side comes out.

Girl Fight takes place Tuesday night at the Arena in Jeffersonville. Front row seats are $15, general admission is $10, and bell time is at 7 pm.

PS, this will be show number 50 for Girl Fight. I now have a spreadsheet with complete results for 40 out of 50 shows. I have a running list of shows I need to find results for if you want to contribute. Click here to see what I am still missing.

Oh yes, there’s an announcement coming as to why I am compiling all this data.

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Girl Fight Fans – I Need Your Help!

I’ve been compiling a complete record of Girl Fight Wrestling shows over the last four years for my friend, Mad Man Pondo, and we’ve found ourselves stumped on a few shows.

If you’re a Girl Fight Fan, or wrestler, and if you know the results on any of the shows below (or at least the matches I am missing), please email me at johncosper@yahoo.com

Girl Fight 6
December 8, 2015
The Arena Jeffersonville
Kaela vs. Amanda De La Cruz
Samantha Heights vs. Devyn Nicole
Amazing Maria vs. Kelly Klein
Stacy Shadows vs. Melanie Cruise
Mia Yim vs. Crazy Mary Dobson

Girl Fight X
April 7, 2016
Ailie Wellness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Randi West vs. Samantha Heights
Hayley Shadows vs. Stacy Shadows
Amazing Maria vs. Kaela
Maya Morrison vs. Sera Feeny
Sahara Se7en vs. Samantha Starr
Crazy Mary Dobson vs. Selene Grey

 

July 23, 2016
Gathering of the Juggalos
Thornville, OH
Mickie Knuckles def. Crazy Mary
Crazy Mary wins Battle Royal

September 14, 2016
Girl Fight and IWA Productions
IWA Production Arena in Olney, IL
Randi West def. Khloe (managed by Ray Bob Smothers – Pondo)
Samantha v Rudy Jordan
Melanie Cruise v. Thunder Rosa

October 18, 2016
Team Vision Dojo in Orlando, FL
Santana Garrett v. Chelsea Green
Mickie Knuckles v. Jessica Havok
Lindsey Snow v.
Su v.
Aja Perreira & Rain of Fire v. Samantha Heights and Amazing Maria

October 20, 2016
Church of Southern Wrestling Arena in Cornelia, GA
Priscilla Kelley v. Samantha Heights
Amber O’Neal Gallows. v. Aja Perreira
Team Monsters Inc (Dementia D’Rose, Mickie Knuckles, Ravana Sin

 

December 18, 2016

April 9, 2017
Heroes and Legends
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN
Madi Maxx v. Cali Young
Mickie Knuckles and Dementia D’Rose def. Samantha Heights and Amazing Maria

April 21, 2017
CCW and Girl Fight Wrestling
Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament
A.C Brase Arena in Cape Girardeau, MO
Mickie def. Leva in finals

April 22, 2017
Double Header with EIW show
Elite Center in Newbern, TN

 

May 5, 2017
#FKK – Free Kit Kate to the first 20 people in line
Expo Five in Louisville, KY

June 6, 2017
#1 Contenders Tournament
Trixies in Louisville, KY

August 19, 2017

August 22, 2017
The Arena, Jeffersonville, IN

September 19, 2017
Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, OK

March 20, 2018
St Paddys Day Melee
The Arena in Jeffersonville

June 12, 2018
Some Like It Hot
The Arena Jeffersonville

August 21, 2018
Don’t Mess with the Commish
The Arena Jeffersonville

March 15, 2019
Shamrock & Roll
TIWF Arena in Trenton TN

May 4, 2019
Primus Omega 9
The Watering Bowl in Denver, CO

June 21, 2019
Samantha Heights def. Aja Perreira to become the new Girl Fight Champion

 

Again, if you have the results for ANY of these shows, please message me. Thanks!

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Sunny the California Girl Tells Her Story in Living Color!

“They were an embarrassment!”

“They exposed the business!”

“They were swimsuit models and actresses.”

“They weren’t real wrestlers.”

The original GLOW girls have heard it all. They know how they were perceived and how some fans still perceive them. Thanks to the Netflix program based (loosely) on their story, many of the original GLOW girls are finally getting to share their story and change the world’s perception of who they are. The truth will amaze you.

Sunny the California Girl is one of the first to put her true life story into print. Her life story will unfold in the pages of a full color graphic novel produced by Squared Circle Comics. “Fans have already learned a lot about my life from my social media,” says Sunny. “The comic book will mix a lot of my personal story with my wrestling career

Sunny the California Girl was part of the second wave of GLOW girls. She was still a teenager when the show went on the air, but she had been a wrestling fan all her life. “I was raised by my great aunt, and the man I knew as my father figure was the man who got me into wrestling. He was best friends with Fred Blassie, and he knew a lot of the other guys. When I was in diapers, I had a photo taken of me in The Destroyer Dick Beyer’s mask. Years later, I showed him the photo, and he signed it for me.”

Sunny was a tough cookie as a kid, having taken up for her older brother when he became the target of schoolyard bullies. “My brother had a hip displacement, and his feet were larger than most kids. He looked different, and people would tease him and call him names. I had enough, and I stood up for him. The other kids threatened to fight me if I didn’t back down, so I decided to start fighting back. There I was, Sunny the California Girl who rarely won a match on TV because I was a babyface, on the street corner fighting bullies!”

Sunny proved she was a fighter at age sixteen as well when she nearly died in a drowning accident. “I flatlined for almost four minutes, and they thought I was gone. My mother had her first heart attack on the way to the hospital to see me. But I came back and pulled through.”

A few years later, Sunny also lost her brother to suicide. “He was a pastor and a psychiatrist, and he hung himself in the church basement when he was 26. “It’s in the book, along with many other stories of my life,” she says. “I have some real crazy stories, let me tell you!”

One of the key stories, of course, is how she got into wrestling. It was just a few years after she lost her brother that her father called her into the living room to watch a new wrestling program called GLOW. Sunny had become a great athlete and was doing some modeling at the time, but GLOW really caught her attention. “I was like, Wow! These are women of all sizes, shapes, and colors, and they’re all wrestling.”

At the end of the program, they announced they were looking for new girls to join the cast. Sunny sent a headshot into the studio and was one of the few girls accepted for the new cast.

“My dad never got to see me wrestle,” she says. “He passed away while we were still filming. They pulled me out of the ring during a shoot to tell me he was in the hospital, so I flew home to see him. He never got to see me wrestle, but he knew I was wrestling.”

Sunny hasn’t held anything back in her memoir, and it’s sure to be a great read that will continue to rewrite the narrative about GLOW and the wrestlers who made the show a household name. Fans who sign on to the Kickstarter will be able to add on perks including T-shirts, autographed photos and much more.

Head to Kickstarter now to support Sunny the California Girl’s graphic novel. Pick your perks, sign up, and get ready to learn a truly amazing story of one of GLOW’s brightest stars.

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Girl Fight Wrestling Presents Fall from Grace

It was a memorable night on Tuesday when Girl Fight made its return to the Jeffersonville Arena. The four year old women’s promotion always brings great action and rising stars when they come to town, but it was the good weather that stole the show early in the night. Fans who visit the Southern Indiana wrestling hot spot know that “Hot” is the key word in the summertime, as the air conditioning is rarely on. A cold front the day before brought mild temps from outside, and the fans set up around the Arena – two of which got involved in the show – made it a pleasant evening for the fans and the wrestlers, even with a packed house.

Charlie Kruel and Khloe kicked off the evening with a Street Fight, and the Girl Fight regulars wasted no time getting into a brawl that raced around the building. In the first “fan” spot of the evening, a sturdy metal oscillating fan no-sold a hard-driving head butt that go the fans’ attention. Kruel dominated much of the action, but the wily “youngest daughter of Tracy Smothers” Khloe had just enough to steal a win.

The second match of the evening was a show stealer, featuring the British born Japanese star Heidi Katrina against Alyx Sky. Katrina had just flown back from Japan on Monday, but if she was feeling jet lag, it was not apparent. She rocked Alyx Sky with her British/Japanese strong style tactics and quickly won the fans over with her hard-hitting form. Both ladies had a great debut for Girl Fight, but it was Katrina who took the convincing victory.

The psycho from Waverly Hills Ella took the ring next against another newcomer to the Arena, Big Mama. They had a tall task, following Katrina and Sky, but Big Mama’s energy and enthusiasm got the crowd into the match early. Big Mama is a powerhouse you can’t help but love, especially when she’s across the ring from a twisted soul like Ella, but it was Ella who stole a victory leading into intermission.

It’s a great night of wrestling when you get to see some of your favorite TV stars. Not only did Girl Fight deliver with TNA’s Knockout powerhouse Jordynne Grace on Tuesday night, fans got an added bonus when Dave Crist came to the ring with Samantha Heights. Dave is one of the best kept secrets on the Impact roster. As good as he is in the ring – and few people sell as well as he does – he’s hilarious when he gets into it with the fans. Folks sitting on my side of the ring were treated to a Dave Crist roast of the front row hecklers including a gem I tweeted during the show: “Sir, you’re bald because God hates you.”

Dave could easily have upstaged the action in the ring with his mouth, but a very game Hawlee Cromwell gave the always game Samantha Heights all she could handle. Samantha is a long time fixture at Girl Fight, and the fans love to hate her more than anyone. The Lost Girl used the ropes and some interference from Dave Crist to steal a win from Cromwell.

Jordynne Grace was next, facing Girl Fight’s teenage sweetheart Billie Starkz, who won a victory over Impact’s Su Yung at the last Jeffersonville Girl Fight show. As always, Starkz showed she belonged in the ring with Impact star, fearlessly attacking Big Momma Pump and taking some of Jordynne’s best shots, but it was not to be her night. Grace was too strong and too dominant, and her power eventually wore down Starkz. Most fans agreed it was the match of the evening, not to mention a fitting co-main event. Girl Fight has always been about giving young stars a shot against more experienced veterans, and it wasn’t too long ago Jordynne Grace was one of the up and comers working for the same promotion!

The final match of the evening was a first for Girl Fight: A steel cage match between Randi West and Savanna Stone. Stone is only 19 herself but a stellar wrestler and dastardly heel. She was more than up to the challenge against the Toughest Broad in the Galaxy, dragging West out of the ring and brawling around the Arena before the bell. It was during this melee that a second oscillating fan got involved when Stone threw West into the fan. Unlike its metal counterpart, the white, plastic and metal fan sold the move like a veteran and disintegrated on impact. It did appear after the match that it will make a full recovery and cool the Arena’s human fans again.

Although the crowd was surprisingly down for the match, Stone and West delivered a great fight inside the cage. Stone is an absolute star on the rise, having already caught the eye of WWE, and she has more than proven she belongs at the top of any card with her recent appearances for Girl Fight. Randi West took the victory by escaping the cage, getting a well-deserved pop from the crowd, but it was Stone who sent everyone out on a high note after she responded to the fans’ cry to “Knock him out!” and decked referee Sean O’Brien. She dropped the formerly man-bunned ref with a Dr. D style open handed slap and then returned to pummel him with her fists before escaping to the back. West came in and feinted a shot at Sean herself but helped him to his feet so he could raise her hand in victory.

Girl Fight continues to deliver show after show. Give Mad Man Pondo credit for having an eye for new talent and a nose for great matches, but give the ladies their due. They love this promotion, they love the Girl Fight fans, and they always leave it all in the ring. They’ve also made a significant impact on the women’s revolution, providing a launching pad for ladies who now call WWE, AEW, Ring of Honor, and Impact home. It’s only a matter of time before some of the new faces at Girl Fight make their way onto TV as well.

Girl Fight will be in Tennessee on June 21 and in Illinois for their second Death Becomes Her deathmatch show on July 13. Visit their Facebook page for information on these and other upcoming shows.

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Joshi Girls Hit Harder – MUCH Harder

I know there were people at the MGM Grand Saturday night for AEW’s Double or Nothing who mistakenly thought the Joshi match was a bathroom break match. They saw it was a 3 on 3 contest between six women they’d never heard of and assumed this, like the WWE women’s matches of yesteryear, would be a snooze fest.

I’m sure some of them are lying about it now. “Yes, I stayed for the match. I knew it was going to be the hardest hitting match of the night.” Deep down they’re kicking themselves for underestimating the women of Japan, but hey… can you blame them?

The Joshi ladies made a powerful statement. They proved that as far as the WWE women’s revolution has come, they are still light years ahead. And for those who think that match was a fluke, head to YouTube and search for some Stardom matches. Matter of fact, look up Io Shirai vs Shayna Baszler. Not only will you see this was no fluke, you’ll see just how much WWE has pulled the reigns on Io and Baszler.

For fans who enjoyed that match, and for those who want to see more, I have good news. Stardom, one of the top women’s wrestling promotions in Japan, has a subscription service. It’s Internet based, like New Japan’s, and it’s a tad harder to navigate than the New Japan site. It’s worth the trouble and well worth the price of 920 yen, which works out to roughly $8-9 per month.

Don’t wait for AEW to give you more Joshi in the fall. Visit Stardom World’s website to sign up.

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Pain Torture Agony – The Story of a Legacy of Greatness

When you attend a wrestling fan convention as a vendor, it’s always a crap shoot. Sometimes you do well. Sometimes you spend more than you make. By all accounts this year’s Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion was a success for all the wrestling authors in attendance, but especially for Ron Hutchison, who released his autobiography Pain Torture Agony at the Reunion. I sold nearly 100 books in three days. Ron sold out of his 75 by lunch time on day one.

I had never met Ron and did not know his story before I attended CAC. I knew he was involved with CAC, and I had read a few emails from him regarding Dr. D’s seminar at the Reunion, but it wasn’t until I picked up a copy of the book for myself through Crowbar Press that I learned the rest of the story.

Ron Hutchison was a kid who lived his dream and became a professional wrestler. Hailing from Ontario, he trained not in the Hart dungeon but with Sweet Daddy Siki and Johnny Powers at Sully’s Gym in Toronto. Although small in stature, he earned the respect of many promoters, including Jack Tunney, and worked as an enhancement wrestlers a number of times for the WWF in the early days of the Wrestlemania era.

Hutchison’s legend really began when he stepped up and took Johnny Powers’ place as a trainer at Sully’s. Just as Stu Hart had once been the go-to trainer for Canadian dreamers, Ron became the man in the East. It started with Adam Copeland, who won free tuition to train with Ron thanks to a handwritten essay reprinted in Ron’s book. Adam’s life long friend Jay Reso followed, and when the two broke out as Edge and Christian for WWF, more students followed, including Trish Stratus, Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, Sinn Bodhi, and Traci Brooks.

Pain Torture Agony is a wonderful account of Ron’s career in professional wrestling. It is at times painfully honest and hilariously funny as Ron opens up about everything from his falling out with Siki to his devotion to the Cauliflower Alley Club to his involvement with Carmen Electra’s Naked Women’s Wrestling League. (Yep, that was a real thing.) Ron’s love for the business and even more for his students shines through, and Ron is equally proud of those who didn’t “make it big” as he is for the Hall of Fame and CAC Award winners. There are personal testimonials sprinkled throughout the book from Edge, Christian, Trish, Gail, Beth, Sinn, and many more wrestling personalities from Ron’s past.

Throughout the book, Ron hints often at how tough and demanding he could be with his trainees, including the “Pain Torture Agony” training regimen that gives the book its name. If there’s one thing I came away wanting, it was the chance to sit down with one of Ron’s old pupils to hear more about Ron’s “dark side” as a trainer. This isn’t a criticism of the book, mind you, but a genuine curiosity to hear more. Pain Torture Agony made me a fan, and I suspect there are more great stories yet untold. Whether Ron has a second book in him, or whether his students will do the talking, I look forward to hearing more about one of the greatest trainers of his generation!

Pain Torture Agony is available from Crowbar Press. Click here to order in the US or Canada.

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See Elvira Snodgrass in Action!!

Search the Internet long enough, you can find about anything.

Today, I finally found footage of Elvira Snodgrass wrestling.

It’s in the newsreel video below, as posted on Youtube.

Skip ahead to the 6:14 mark and enjoy.

Elvira was quite the brawler. Love the moment when she shoots her opponent off the apron into the crowd.

Also… she was a redhead. Learning something more about her every day!

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Down with the Slickness: Midnight Girl Fight Returns!

I’ve been to many independent wrestling shows and seen many crowds. I’ve watched mid-day shows weekday evening shows, and weekend shows. I’ve seen many, many shows at the Arena in Jeffersonville. There’s not a crowd anywhere has lovely or as raucous as a Midnight Girl Fight crowd.

Girl Fight is a phenomenal promotion as it is, but there’s something about the caffeine-fueled midnight crowds that’s extra special. It brings out the best in the ladies as well, and the second show this last fall was even better than the summer time first. The spring 2019 edition is almost upon us, and Friday night at 11:59 p.m., I’m expecting to see an even more lively audience for this week’s card.

Top to bottom this show has the potential to be one of the best Girl Fight shows yet. Girl Fight champion Aja Pereira showed her toughness in a recent time limit draw against Paradigm Pro champion A.J. Gray, but she will have her hands full not only with opponent Ravana Xin, but former WWE manager Slick at ringside.

You read that right. Mad Man Pondo booked the Reverend Slick for a midnight show on Good Friday!

Your co-main event is a battle of good versus evil with teen sensation Billie Starkz facing a former Girl Fight champ, the Demon Bride Su Yung. I have to question the sanity of all involved, booking the sweet but tough newcomer against the woman who recently killed Allie in Impact. Billie likes to bite, but she appears to have bitten off more than she can chew this time.

Some Girl Fight regulars are scheduled to face off on the same night, including Charlie Kruel vs Thunderkitty and Alice Crowley vs Khloe. Randi West and Amazing Maria will also be in action, and fans will be watching to see if Maria is ready to make good on her recent threats to go after the Girl Fight title by any means necessary.

Girl Fight kicks off at 11:59 p.m. Friday evening, with a special meet and greet for fans who want to see Slick and Su Yung beginning at 10:30 p.m. You can contact Rebecca Ann Bridget for ticket sales or go to the Midnight Girl Fight Facebook event page for more information.