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!

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.

Teeny: Brennon Martin’s Biographical Novel Will Hold You In “The Grip”

It took me way to long to finally pick up this book and read it. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.

Memphis Wrestling fans know Teeny Jarrett as the lady who ran the show in Louisville, Evansville, Lexington, and spot towns for her son Jerry. Many of these stories have been told before, but here, Martin presents them in a narrative that is cinematic and compelling.

In addition to telling the story of Teeny’s rise from ticket sales to powerful promoter, Martin pulls back the curtain on the Jarrett family drama in a way that is both touching and heartbreaking. He traces Teeny’s life from her poor upbringing with an alcoholic marriage, through an ill-fated marriage, to her troubled relationships with her siblings, and her struggles to hold her own children and grandchildren together.

In the end, Martin gives wrestling fans a clear portrait of one of the most powerful women in the history of wrestling. Teeny Jarrett was a self-made millionaire who worked her way up through the ranks. She humbled everyone from Jack Pfefer to the Iron Sheik, with her signature move, a one-handed face clench known as “The Grip.” In an era when women’s wrestling has come to the fore and women are taking their place alongside men as modern day attractions, Teeny Jarrett’s story is an important and inspiring narrative that every wrestling fan needs to know.

Brennon Martin set out to write one book to tell the story of his grandmother, Teeny Jarrett. I daresay he has a gift for this sort of thing, and I hope Teeny won’t be his last effort.

Kudos to you, Brennon, for making your grandmother proud.

You can pick up your copy of Teeny on

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 to get it signed. 

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

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Khloe

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.

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Lexxi Green

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 eleven of this series, featuring Lexxi Green.     

Let’s get one thing straight right off the top. It’s spelled L-E-X-X-I, not L-E-X-X-I-E, as seen on the posters. Just like a thug (apologies to Tracy Smothers), Mad Man Pondo can’t spell.

Lexxi Green is a six year veteran of professional wrestling who was trained by Legendary Larry D and Reverend Ronnie Roberts. She broke in as a school girl managing the Dysfunctional Family (John Strange, J.R. Roc and Scotty Ray). “It wasn’t until almost 2 years in before I got the family last name of Green from my Uncle Tommy Green,” she says

Lexxi appeared on the very first Girl Fight Show, and has made other appearances since. “I was in that Battle Royal on the very first show,” she says. “My most memorable match was for Prime Time Wrestling in my hometown of Cynthia, Kentucky. I wrestled outside against Rudy Jordan.”

Lexxi is very thankful for Girl Fight because opportunities for women’s wrestlers are far and few between in Kentucky. “Every Girl Fight show gives us the opportunity to meet women from all around the country. Girl Fight benefits women’s wrestling by opening the doors to showcase what we can do. It’s nice that it’s all about the women for a change.”

Lexxi knows she’ll be up against some tough competition and fan sentiment when she steps in the ring Wednesday night against Amazing Maria, but she’s not intimidated in the least. “We’ve gone toe to toe in some hard fought battles. I know her every weakness, but she also knows mine. Matches between us always get brutal with our history! You won’t wanna miss it!”

Confident of victory, Lexxi promises a show to all the fans willing to stay up a little later the night before turkey day. “Come out this Wednesday at midnight to Girl Fight to see some of the best women’s wrestling this area has to offer! We promise we won’t let you down! You’re welcome!”

Fans can spend Thanksgiving Eve with Lexxi (not Lexxie) and eleven other amazing wrestlers at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Cassandra Golden

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 ten of this series, featuring Cassandra Golden.     

Most wrestlers can tell you exactly when they knew what they wanted to do for a living. For Cassandra Golden that moment happened almost 14 years ago. “I remember watching sitting down watching the Royal Rumble for the first time in 2005, and I have loved it ever since. It wasn’t anything I thought I could ever do because I was never the athletic type in school. I was more into academics. When I was in college, I decided that I didn’t want any regrets in life, so after graduation I started looking for training.”

Cassandra went to arguably the best trainer in the business, Lance Storm in Canada. She now trains with Action Jackson in Arkansas, and she learns from every opponent she faces.

“I had a match with Thunder Rosa a couple months ago and that was a really cool experience. Anytime I can wrestle someone with more experience than me is always a highlight. I always learn a ton.

“Also taking a superplex a couple months ago was also a highlight. Im not a top rope wrestler at all so being given one silenced a lot of fears I had about it.”

Cassandra is a self-described “crazy dog lady,” which is ironic considering she’s facing off with Thunderkitty. She’s not shy about talking about her love for her favorite pet. “I have a Shih Tzu. His name is Winston. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love him, and one way to get to me is to say something bad about him. He’s pretty much my baby.”

Cassandra may not have the experience of her opponent, but the academic-minded star will be well-prepared November 21. “I’m doing mainly tape study and a lot of in ring training to prepare for Thunderkitty. She’s wrestled at a lot of big name places, and I have seen many of her matches. I know how great she is. I’m excited and ready for the challenge.”

Cassandra is a welcome new face at Girl Fight, and she’s eager to meet some of the biggest women’s wrestling fans in the nation. “Fans should come out to the Midnight Girl Fight show to see some great woman’s wrestling! The woman’s revolution is in full effect, and it started here in the indies. People should also come to see me of course, haha!”

Fans can spend Thanksgiving Eve with Cassandra and eleven other amazing wrestlers at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.

Midnight Girl Fight 2: Ref Charlene

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 nine of this series, featuring referee Charlene McAnally.     

Fans today are smart enough to know it makes more than two people to make a wrestling match, and from WWE to CHIKARA to even Girl Fight, the officials who call the matches in the ring are known and respected by fans. Charlene McAnally has been a part of Girl Fight from its beginning, and over the past several years, this groundbreaking young woman has earned the respect of many wrestlers, promoters, and fans.

Charlene didn’t originally set out to be a ref. She wanted to be a wrestler, but it didn’t take many training sessions for her to realize her talents were better suited wearing the black and white stripes. As tricky as it can be to break into the wrestler ranks as a female, she’ll tell you it’s equally difficult for a referee.

“Your male counterparts automatically think you suck and I love proving them wrong,” she says. “Or they think you are someone’s girlfriend trying to fit in. I have to work twice as hard to get better bookings because some folks don’t want to use me. That’s their business, and wish they did not have that mindset, but I made it my job to change their mind with my work so that someday myself and other female referees can show that we are just as good as the guys and in most cases better.”

As much as a struggle as it was getting into the business, Charlene has seen the business change, in part due to promotions like Girl Fight. ” I remember when I first broke in, sometimes I would be the only women on the card. Now that’s a rare thing. I usually see at least one women’s match on the card, and I see more and more all girls shows popping up all over the country. It’s a great thing to see. Glad I can be a small part of a true women’s revolution in wrestling.”

Charlene recently made some major history of her own. After taking over the reigns of Louisville’s legendary wrestling promotion, Al Snow shocked Charlene when he named her the new head official for Ohio Valley Wrestling.

“It was a huge honor. Some great referees have come thru OVW. Joe Wheeler, Goose Mahoney, Chris Sharpe. To be name on that list is amazing. I worked very hard to be in that group of men, and to be the first women to be named head official makes the achievement even better.

“I am bless to to be part of the OVW locker room. I grew up a fan of the product. Every summer I would come up to Kentucky to visit family, and my dad would take me to the Summer Sizzler shows. To now actually be a part of the promotion is pretty cool.”

Charlene makes Girl Fight a priority because of the opportunity the promotion gave her and still gives to women in the business. “What sets Girl Fight apart from other shows is that a lot of the girls are not big names yet. Most of the girls are just getting started, and most of the newer girls will wrestle a veteran. That’s a good thing because it shows those ladies early if they have what it takes. You see a lot of girls that are not a ‘name” yet putting on matches that could be at a show like Shimmer. Pondo discovers these girls before the bigger shows do, so when you go to Girl Fight you will get a top level show.”

So why come to the Midnight Girl Fight Show on the 21st? “The biggest reason you should come out to Girl Fight is to see the best women’s wrestling in the midwest,” says Charlene. “The other reason? It’s Thanksgiving Eve. Do you really want to be stuck in the house with family from out of town you don’t even like?

Fans can spend Thanksgiving Eve with Charlene and twelve amazing competitors at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.

Photo credit: Michigan Wrestling Illustrated. 

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Randi West

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 eight of this series, featuring Randi West.    

I don’t know how many Girl Fight shows Randi West has missed in the past, but I know if she wanted, she could go back and fix that. She can do it, because she is a time traveler.

The muscle of the time bandit trio known as Bomb Shelter is always a fan favorite wherever she goes. She fears no opponent, male or female, and she can take as much as she can dish out.

Randi is one of the rare women who has no trouble getting booked on all-male shows, but she truly enjoys promotions like Girl Fight. “I love the positive energy that is present in both the locker room and the crowd. Everyone is there to have fun, there is no drama. The group of women on the roster are hungry and talented.”

Randi sees Girl Fight as one of many promotions that have changed the perception of women’s wrestling. “We are no longer just a side show or a mini act to enhance the men. We are The Show.”

Randi’s opponent is a new face to Girl Fight and the wrestling business at large. Alice has been training with Randi at the Bomb Shelter’s home base, and the teacher couldn’t speak more highly of the student. “She is so talented for being 16 years old, I think that she will surprise a lot of people. She has this very innocent young look to her but when the bell rings she turns into a fierce competitor. After all she was trained by me.”

Now, there have been rumors circulating about a book the Bomb Shelter plans to release in a the near future, a volume that will pull back the curtain on their time traveling exploits. I had to ask Randi, and she was eager to confirm the story.

“Bomb Shelter will be releasing a young adult novel based on our adventures throughout space and time. The book includes other wrestlers such as Sugar D, Rich Swann, Thunderkitty, Satu Jinn, The Hooligans and Pondo. We found an amazing writer to help us put our idea into reality. I am a huge fan of books. Reading helped me thru times in my life that nothing else could. Books are a great way to step out of your reality for a few minutes and experience some magical escape, even if it’s just a few chapter.. I’m so excited about this product and its release. I cant wait for 2019.”

Getting back to Midnight Girl Fight, Randi is hopeful that the unusual bell time will actually draw more fans than normal. “We have so many amazing fans. GF wants to make sure that everyone of them gets the opportunity to see us perform. Some fans are unable to make the 7pm shows because of work or various reasons. This is our way of sharing with those fans as well.”

Fans can see Randi and more at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Samantha Heights

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 seven of this series, featuring Samantha Heights.    

There is a house in Dayton, Ohio (no, not New Orleans) where aspiring wrestlers go to become great. The men and women who enter this house, who feed off the energy and the passion of their housemates, are shaping one another into the best of the best of a new generation. Unfortunately for young Billie Starkz, her opponent at Midnight Girl Fight 2 is one of the many residents of this very house.

“Honestly, I look at the wrestlers in Dayton as my family in and out of the ring,” says Samantha Heights, a long-time fixture at Dayton’s Rockstar Pro Wrestling. “I live in a house with some of the best upcoming wrestlers in the world. We always hold each other accountable and push each other to be better every single day. We support each other and celebrate our big moments together and we lift each other up when something goes wrong. We bring it the best in one another. Competition breeds success, and that’s obvious if you look at any of us. Rockstar gives us a home to practice and hone our craft and weekly shows as a platform to showcase our talents. It really doesn’t get any better than Dayton, Ohio.”

Samantha is also a long-time member of the Girl Fight roster, and she’s proud of the legacy she helped to create. “Over the last few years, I feel like the company has really come into it own and has finally found itself and what works for its crowd. It’s given young talent a place to het comfortable in front of an audience and has become somewhat of a developmental program for women’s wrestling.”

Samantha was one of the four women who tore the house down in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the spring of 2017 at Heroes and Legends in a match I’ve written about previously. It was a falls count anywhere, no DQ, tag team bout pitting her and Amazing Maria against Mickie Knuckled and Dementia D’Rose. It was an absolute show stealer and one of my all time favorite matches. naturally, I had to ask her about it.

“That match was definitely one of my favorites as well. We went out there with the intention of having some fun and giving the crowd something that they wouldn’t forget. I would definitely say that’s what we accomplished. The things that stand out the most for me with that match were when we got power bombed onto the tables that wouldn’t break and taking suplex after suplex into the doors. You just don’t realize how hard that wood is until you’re getting slammed into it.”

Samantha is on a hot streak as of late. She recently made her debut for Ring of Honor, and she was in a main event brawl at Rockstar Pro with one of the most under-rated wrestlers in the world, Aaron Williams. I asked Samantha if all her recent success might have her looking past the brash, young Billie Starkz.

“Absolutely not. I’ve known Billie for quite some time now. I’ve seen her go from a little girl taking pictures behind the scenes to someone who commands the crowd with her charisma. I know exactly who Billie is and what she’s capable of. The problem is, she’s never been in the ring with someone like me. I’m more traveled and more experienced than anyone she has been in the ring with so far. Places like ROH, Shimmer, and Rockstar have given me the opportunity to step in the ring with literally the best in the world, like Aaron Williams. This match won’t be a test for me, this will be a test for Billie to see how far she has come and how ready she is to really step into the world of professional wrestling.”

Samantha Heights vs. Billie Starkz is part of a stacked card at Midnight Girl Fight 2, and Samantha is looking forward to stealing the show. “Not only is this a chance to see some of the best women’s wrestling in Indiana, but it’s a chance for fans to come have fun and get away from the stresses of the real world and forget about all of the bull s–t that the holidays will bring just a few days after. It’ll be one last carefree moment before the insanity of Black Friday.”

Fans can see Samantha and more at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.