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Well, That Was a Busy Year

So 2019 was a busy year. During the last year Eat Sleep Wrestle published seven books:

Two novels with the Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline and Curse of the Undead Bride.

A novel with Charlie Kruel.

A novel with Ella.

I wrote and released wrestling music impresario Hurricane JJ Maguire’s autobiography.

I wrote and released Grappling by Gaslight, a short story collection about wrestling in the late 1800’s.

And I finally released the biography of wrestling’s first African American superstar, The Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

In addition to all that…

I attended my first Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion and presented Dr. D David Schultz with the Male Wrestler Award.

I got “Colonel” Stu Gibson inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame.

And unrelated to wrestling, I released a science fiction novel I really, really like called Die Alan Die.

2019 was busy.

2020 is already looking to be just as busy. There may not be as many books, but there will be a lot happening. I’ll post more about that in a few days. In the meantime, you can save 20% on your entire order when you shop here and use the coupon code “2020” at checkout. Coupon code expires January 10.

Happy New Year, wrestling fans.

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Heather Reckless is Coming!

Heather Reckless knows how to make an impression.

Her height alone makes her stand out in a crowd. Not that she’s the biggest, mind you. The Seth Rollins protege only 4’9”. But she wrestles with all the fury of someone twice her size.

Indie wrestler gets absolutely launched out of the ring with a high cross from r/SquaredCircle

Many fans got their first look at her in a video that went viral last month, where another wrestler literally flings her overhead, out of the ring, into a crowd. The first time I saw her was in Vegas last spring. One of the other ladies in a triple threat match tried to toss her out of the ring and sent her face first into the middle rope. Her neck snapped back, and she fell awkwardly out of the ring. It was a simple misjudgment, probably due to her short stature, but Heather was in her feet and walking it off in no time.

As soon as I got home, I told Pondo about her. I told him Heather Reckless is tough as hell, and he needs to bring her in. I was thrilled to see her on the card for the Wisconsin show a few months back, and I’m very excited she will be in the house on January 14 when Girl Fight moves in to Malice Manor.

Girl Fight’s We Rule the World show has a card that will not disappoint, from the hard-hitting strong-style power of Heidi Katrina to the death-defying antics of Heather Reckless. This is a show you won’t want to miss.

Visit the event page on Facebook for event and ticket information.

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The Fight Goes On At Girl Fight

Girl Fight shouldn’t be running a show next week. As a matter of fact, Girl Fight should have ended just fifteen shows in.

It’s no secret that Girl Fight was created to help a current WWE Superstar who was once involved with founder Mad Man Pondo. It was intended to be a vehicle to help her network with other ladies in the wrestling business while getting experience working with some of the best veterans in the independent ranks. When said WWE Superstar ended her relationship with promoter Mad Man Pondo, he was ready to call it quits. He didn’t want to carry on.

Then Su Yung spoke up. The former Girl Fight Champion and Impact Wrestling Women’s Champion told Pondo that what he had done for his ex, he had also done for others. Yes, Girl Fight began as an opportunity for one young woman, but over the last several years nearly 200 young women have benefitted from the promotion. Su urged Pondo not to quit. She urged him to continue the promotion for her and for the other girls who had found value in this crazy idea. Other ladies chimed in and said the same. Thirty eight shows later… here we are.

Midnight Girl Fight 4: Pick Your Poison will be a show unlike any Girl Fight has presented. It’s a mixed tag team tournament featuring young stars like Ella, Charlie Kruel, and Billie Starkz as well as the return of the always unpredictable Mickie Knuckles. At the same time, Girl Fight is more of the same. By the same, I mean it’s a place where the girls can meet, network, and learn as they do battle with one another. It’s a tradition that has spanned more than a dozen states now and continues to win new fans with every outing. It’s not going anywhere, and 2020 is going to be a big year for Girl Fight.

You can buy tickets now by clicking here and purchasing direct from Mad Man Pondo. Or buy your tickets at the door. Remember, doors open at 10 pm WEDNESDAY evening, November 27, with a bell time of 11:59 pm.

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Mickie Knuckles Returns At Midnight Girl Fight

Two weeks from tonight, someone will pull the short straw. Someone wearing black and white stripes is going to go to the ring, stand next to the ring announcer and hear her music play. Some poor soul, tasked with making the competitors fight fair and play by the rules, is going to have the unenviable task of calling a match featuring Mickie Knuckles.

Mickie Knuckles likes to hurt people. She loves to torment her opponents, and she can’t help but constantly push the boundaries of fairness and good sport. At least one individual will be put in the position of constantly having to tell Mickie to get out of the ropes, to let go of the hold, and please, please stop with the spit and the boogers and other bodily fluids.

Midnight Girl Fight on November 27 will be an absolute treat for fans. Mickie has had some of her most memorable runs in Girl Fight, including as the promotion’s champion. She’s a showstopper. She’s a can’t miss, mist see attraction. It’s an absolute win for the fans who will stay up ‘til the early morning hours on turkey day to see if she and partner Mad Man Pondo can win it all.

It’s a nightmare for whomever has to call her opening round match. What if she gets mad? What if she comes after the ref? Worst of all – what if she advances and that poor bedraggled ref has to call her match not once, not twice, but three times in one night?

The doors open for Midnight Girl Fight at 10 PM on Wednesday, November 27 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Click here to find Mad Man Pondo on Facebook and order tickets now!

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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.