2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

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.

PWF: Primus Is Set to Deliver

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.

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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: 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.

Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Billie Starkz

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 six of this series, featuring Billie Starkz.    

There’s something different about Billie Starkz, something you just don’t see often in independent wrestling. Although she only made her debut in October, the young star has her own quirky approach to life and to wrestling. She grabbed a lot of people’s attention a few weeks ago on social media, when she stole fellow Grindhouse Academy product ZDP’s prized “Top of the Class” plaque and paraded it around town for a week. And she certainly got my attention when, unlike any other member of the Girl Fight roster, she submitted the answers to her interview written on paper from a wide ruled notebook.

“I’m enjoying every minute,” she says, expressing her joy at finally fulfilling a dream. “I have had the chance to met and train with amazing people. I learn new things all the time, and everyone at Grindhouse is willing to be my rag doll. Aaron LaMotta has taught me how to make sure to always keep the crowd’s attention. I’ve also been able to just be myself, which makes everything easier when I interact with the fans.”

Billie is well aware of the reputation Girl Fight has, both as a promotion that launches careers and showcases some hard-hitting action. “It’s amazing! I have been to many shows as a fan, and I remember seeing Crazy Mary (WWE’s Sarah Logan), Taeler Hendrix, and Amazing Maria.”

Billie also credits Girl Fight’s founding father Mad Man Pondo with helping her pursue her own dream. “He introduced me to 2 Tuff Tony, and Tony let me train at Grindhouse. Now that I can be on the show, expect to see me at all the Girl Fights!”

Billie certainly doesn’t lack confidence, but she’s facing a very tough challenge in Samantha Heights. “Samantha has been my mentor and big sister through this crazy thing called wrestling.” I reminded Billie that Samantha once pulled a knife on Hardcore Heather Owens in a weapons match at Girl Fight. Billie shrugged it off. “She is an amazing wrestler, but I know all her tricks, including the knife in the boot. She doesn’t know all of mine!”

Billie is eager to step in the ring with Samantha next week, and she wants to see the Arena packed for the midnight show. “Fans need to show up because Girl Fight is about to take over the Kentuckiana area! Good things are happening! You are going to see some new wrestlers and some much loved wrestlers all in one show. Plus, no one has work, school, or anything else until Thanksgiving dinner Thursday!”

I beg to differ, Miss Starkz. I’ll be up at 9 am to watch the Macy’s Parade and start prepping my sides for the family dinner. But that won’t stop me from being at the Arena to see how you fare against Samantha Heights.

Fans can see Billie 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: Amazing Maria

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 five of this series, featuring Amazing Maria.  

While a number of very talented women have come and gone since the first Girl Fight Show, Amazing Maria has become a very familiar face in the company. She’s a big believer in Girl Fight due to the opportunity it gave her and still gives others. “Girl Fight has given a vast number of young girls a place to work and get better at their craft. Girl Fight gives ladies the opportunity to come together and have fun and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

Fans who have attended multiple Girl Fight Shows are familiar with Amazing Maria. Once known as the Most Hated Woman in Wrestling, Maria has become one of the top fan favorites in the company. She’s outstanding singles matches and some fantastic tag matches with partner Samantha Heights, but her status change with the fans hasn’t chanted her a bit.

“The only thing that has affected how I prepare in the ring is me. I worked hard and earned the respect of the fans at girlfight to become a fan favorite. The fans can see and appreciate hard work and determination. I am one of the only ladies to have competed on almost every single Girl Fight event. Going 17-0 before my first loss in the finals of the Girl Fight Championship tournament, the fans have been with me from day one, and I earned their faith and trust in me.”

Maria has seen a few new crops of lady wrestlers enter the Girl Fight ranks, and she’s excited about newcomers like Billie Starks, Charlie Kruel, and Alice. “I’m excited to see what they have to offer. What they bring to the table. I hope they are up to the challenge of being in the ring with us originals!!”

Maria will have her hands full with her own challenger Lexxie Green, but fans know darn well she will be up to the task. “It will be a very tough, hard hitting match. We have been in the ring a few times before, and and it’s nothing short of strong style. Everyone knows how I love to fight so the outcome will be no different from any other time we’ve been in the ring….myself as the winner!”

I asked Maria why fans should make a point to come out for Midnight Girl Fight 2. “Why shouldn’t they?!!” she replied. “Midnight Girl Fight is a fun time for everyone! It’s the night before Thanksgiving, so there’s no school the next day. All the young kids get to come out and support their favorite ladies! It gives families some fun, friendly entertainment to start off their holiday. Midnight Girl Fight, or any other Girl Fight for that matter is def the place to be. Besides, where else are you going to see tomorrow’s WWE, TNA, ROH, or Lucha Underground stars today? Hope to see everyone there!”

Fans can see Amazing Maria 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.