Who’s Chasing Who?

Remember when WCW was chasing WWF?

Remember when WCW went in and signed away all the WWF’s top stars?

Remember when they tried to run WWF by recycling the same feuds and angles the WWF had already run?

Have you noticed how many former stars from New Japan, TNA, Ring of Honor, and other indies are in WWE/NXT lately?

Did you know that New Japan already did Styles vs. Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom?

Did you see the dismal remake of Final Deletion on Raw this week?

Who’s chasing who?

In the Twilight of His Career, Cena Needs Bolin

It’s finally happening. Cena vs. Undertaker. Legend vs. Legend. GOAT vs. GOAT. Wrestlemania 34 will give us one of the most anticipated match ups in either man’s career, a match that will inevitably split the crowd into “Let’s go, Cena!” vs. “Undertaker!” chants.

Sounds kind of dull, doesn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see Cena vs. Undertaker. I just don’t want to see a babyface Cena vs. babyface Taker. We’re already getting that with A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura in what’s sure to be the match of the night, and you know the crowd is going to split for Reigns vs Lesnar as well. Do we really need another marquee match up between two “gray” superstars?

I saw a commentary online this week that said the Undertaker should go old school, come back as the Biker Taker for this last ride. I’ll do you one better. We need Cena to go full heel. We need him to go back to his OVW roots, to become the heel he never got to be in the WWE. And just to make sure the smarks don’t latch on to this new heel Cena as their new hero, we need an insurance policy in his corner to make sure the fans know who the bad guy is.

John Cena needs the Starmaker.

Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin, the man who guided John Cena and nearly five dozen men and women from Louisville to the WWE, is the key to making Cena vs. Taker a match for the ages. Give him two weeks of cutting promos alongside his former protégé and legions of little boys with tears in their eyes will be burning their “Never Give Up” wristbands, T-shirts, and ball caps (thus guaranteeing Cena a nice, fat payday down the road on merchandise sales when he turns back babyface, I might add!).

Now let’s be clear. Heel or no heel, Cena does not need a mouthpiece. In fact Heel Cena in his OVW days was arguably more exciting, more electric than Big Match John has ever been. The problem is that while Heel Cena would lose the current “Let’s go, Cena!” fans, he’d turn those low pitched, “Cena sucks!” chants into cheers. He needs a lightning rod, a genuine heat magnet that could turn every man, woman, and child in the building against him.

Kenny Bolin once tried to donate a coupon to a strip club to WHAS Crusade for Children so the needy kids could get a lap dance. Kenny Bolin would tip the scales with the fans, setting the stage for a good versus evil unseen at Wrestlemania in decades. he would turn the “Face That Runs the Place” into a disgrace.

I know it’s just fantasy booking. The Starmaker is busy overseeing his growing media empire, and I don’t know at this point if even the McMahons have the money to lure him out of retirement. But what match would you rather see? “Let’s go, Cena!” vs. “Undertaker!” or Dead Man, Inc. vs. Bolin Services?

E? Not For Me

I broke down last night.

After a month away from the “E” I renewed my subscription to watch the Elimination Chamber. The ladies absolutely killed it in the opener, but the rest of the show… gotta be honest. Other than Ronda Rousey tossing Triple H through a table, I just lost interest.

I’m not down on anyone who enjoyed last night, but the E is just not doing it for me these days. It’s frustrating because I use a Roku box, and WWE is so much easier to watch than my preferred network with Roku… but it’s just not for me.

There are some incredible wrestlers in WWE, some of the best stars produced in the indies. Styles, Balor, Owens, Zayn, Rollins, Nakamura, Anderson, and Gallows. There are some home grown stars I like too. Strowman is a big time star in the making. And say what you want about the Miz, but he gets old school heat. I truly believe could have been a star in an older era.

The women in WWE have never been better and they often steal the show. NXT is consistently great. But I get more great moments from indy-bred talent by actually watching the indies.

I’ll be watching Wrestlemania with the rest of the world come April 8, but after that… I’ll be sticking with New Japan. I keep tweeting and begging for that Roku app, but until then, it’s worth the hassle it takes to watch what I enjoy most. And when NHL season is over, I’ll probably add High Spots for a few months too.

You have a choice. If you don’t like what you see, find a new network. I’ve definitely found mine, thank you.

Dr. D Speaks Out!

Updated March 2, 2018.

After 30 years of silence, “Dr. D” David Schultz is talking again!

Following the release of his autobiography, Dr. D began taking interviews with a number of podcasts. Here is where you can hear him now and in the coming weeks:

Hart Beat Radio – Dr. D reunited with fellow Stampede wrestler Bruce Hart for this interview released on February 10.

Rasslin’ Memories – Dr. D talks AWA and much more with host Glen Braget.

Two Man Power Trip – Dr. D can be heard on this show starting Friday, February 23.

The 6:05 Superpodcast – Dr. D makes is debut on “THE MOTHERSHIP” with a two part interview releasing soon. 

Fans can also meet Dr. D in person on Saturday, April 21 at Heroes and Legends X in Fort Wayne Indiana. He will be signing books and autographs and taking photos at the fan fest from 12-6 pm.

David will also be appearing at the Bruiser Brody Memorial Show in East Carondelet, Illinois on May 19. Details to come.

Go Sarah Logan Go!

Four years ago I had the pleasure of sitting down at Applebees with this young woman and Mad Man Pondo. She told me the story of how she fell in love with wrestling, how she started training, and all the bumps and bruises she had collected along the way. I told her story and featured her on the cover for the book Eat Sleep Wrestle.

Tomorrow night, she will be one of 30 women in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.

Congratulations, Sarah Logan! So proud of you.

No Fake: Get Dr. D’s Book Signed by the Doctor Himself

We’re about a month away from launching Dr. D’s autobiography Don’t Call Me Fake: The Real Story of “Dr. D” David Schultz. If you’re too young to remember Dr. D, he was a man ahead of his time with a ring persona that foreshadowed the rise of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Dr. D faced some of the greatest and toughest men in the business including Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Antonio Inoki, Abdullah the Butcher, Ric Flair, and Bruiser Brody, though he is best known for a two slap take down of John Stossel that aired on 20/20 when the reporter dared to suggest he was a fake.

Dr. D left the wrestling business behind in the late 80s to embark on an amazing second career as a bounty hunter. In more than two decades of work, he had a 100% capture rate, traveling from the US to Puerto Rico to Egypt to bring back hundreds of men and women who tried to jump bond.

Dr. D’s book is 470 pages and jammed full of stories and rare photos. The book will retail for about $25 on Amazon, but you can order a signed copy now for only $35 plus shipping.

Please email John Cosper today at johncosper@yahoo.com to guarantee your signed copy today. Payment accepted via check or PayPal. Books will be shipping in February, and quantities are limited!

People Who Love (To Complain About) Wrestling

Are you a wrestling fan or a fan of complaining about wrestling?

It seems to me the Internet falls into these two camps. In the first camp you find all sorts of fans: WWE fans, New Japan fans, hardcore fans, old school fans, and yes, “comedy wrestling” fans. Some of these fans have strong opinions about wrestling, and they’re not afraid to voice them. They sound off when they see something they don’t like, whether it comes from Roman Reigns or Joey Ryan. But it isn’t constant. They don’t spend all their time complaining because it takes time away from enjoying what they do love.

The “Kool-Aid Drinkers” who pack the Memphis Flea Market every Thursday and Saturday here in Southern Indiana are a perfect example. A lot of those folks hate the WWE, and they don’t care much for New Japan either. But not even the threat of incoming winter weather would keep them from staying out late to see Mance Warner crowned the new IWA Mid-South Champion last night!

The other camp doesn’t seem to enjoy anything wrestling-related. Nostalgia, maybe, but nothing else. They hate the WWE. They hate comedy wrestling. They hate the Young Bucks. They thought Wrestle Kingdom sucked, top to bottom – except for maybe Jericho. I’m starting to see some of these folks don’t even watch wrestling any more. They have too many angry wrestling podcasts to listen to, and they just don’t have the time.

You can be a positive or a negative force in this world. If you don’t like something fine. Let your voice be heard. But for your sake – and those on your social media feed – don’t spend all your time complaining. Find something you do love. If it’s not wrestling, then move on and find something else.

It’s cool if you’re a wrestling fan. It’s cool if you’re not. But being a fan of complaining about wrestling? Come on, man.

Don’t Wait for Omega to Come to You

I’ve seen more than a few people on Facebook asking questions like, “When is Kenny Omega’s contract up?” “When is he coming to WWE?” And “Do you think he’ll be in the Royal Rumble?”

Those are the wrong questions to ask. Fans who want to check out Kenny Omega should be asking, “How do I sign up for New Japan?” And “Which match should I watch first?”

If you wait to see Kenny Omega in WWE, you will miss out on what has made him the talk of the Internet. Omega is in his prime and has hit his stride. He had a phenomenal 2017, and no doubt he is red hot headed into 2018. But there’s no guarantee that you will see anything close to that if and when he makes it to WWE.

New Japan is less than $10 a month. Not only will you have access to all of Omega’s work in Japan, you’ll also get to see Cody Rhodes, Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Juice Robinson, and other wrestlers the WWE just didn’t know what to do with along. You’ll also see Cruiserweight Classic darling Kota Ibushi, Tetsuya Naito, Jay White, Evil, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Marty Scurll, and of course, the Young Bucks. New Japan is home to the IWGP World heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, a man who carries himself like Ric Flair, Harley, Race, and the great champions of the past. And for the time being, it is also the one place you can see Chris Jericho in action.

You can also go back and see the classic matches that led to the WWE signing people like A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Anderson and Gallows, and Prince Devitt (now Finn Balor). You can travel back even further in the archives to see other legends who never “made it” to the WWE… like Bruiser Brody.

The WWE doesn’t always get the best out of the people they sign, and the rose colored glasses that made the WWE look like the end-all, be-all of professional wrestling are finally coming off. For every Kevin Owens and A.J. Styles, there are dozens of talented performers who get lost in the shuffle, cast, aside, and fed to the top stars as jobbers. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough. You’re just not seeing them in the right place.

Kenny Omega found his place, and it’s made him a star. Don’t wait for his Royal Rumble surprise entrance. This is the time to see him in the place that made him a star.

Support indy wrestling.

The Truth about WWE’s Women’s Revolution

Ian Rotten posted this on Facebook tonight. It deserves to be shared.

The women’s wrestling revolution is not a product of the WWE. It was born in the indies, in places like the Girl Fight show I attended tonight. It belongs to the women Rotten mentions and more. And it was necessary because… well, I’ll let him say it:

“I haven’t seen anyone say anything about this so I am going to… The WWE is so proud of their women’s revolution, when the WWE and how they treated women and used women is the reason why there is a need for the women’s revolution.

“While they were doing bra and panty matches, girls were on the Indies bringing respect to women’s wrestling. As I have said before, women like Lacey and Rain, Mischif, Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Ray, Daizee Haze, Mickie Knuckles, etc. were killing it on the Indies. Not to mention Shimmer being around for years, Shine, and as of late Rise.

“WWE, you were the one disrespecting women… Now all the way in 2017 you want to act like you’re doing something? Once again, WWEs hypocrisy at it’s finest.”

What I Learned from Dr. D

It’s been about a year since Dr. D and I met face to face and agreed to write his book together. The text is nearly complete, the cover is done, and we are hoping the foreword will be turned in soon. Not going to spill the beans who wrote the foreword, but it’s a Hall of Fame star who credits the Doctor with helping him out as a young, rising star.

Dr. D asked me today what I have learned from this process of writing his book. I thought it might be worth reposting here what I shared with him today.

I’ve learned a lot this past year. Writing this book has changed how I look at the wrestling business. It’s taught me a lot about the justice system and how it works.
As far as Dr. D David Schultz… I’ve come to see a man who always worked harder than everyone else around him. He is demanding of himself and those around him, but he is the best and most loyal friend to those who are the same to him.
The biggest impression I take away from the book is the loyalty of the people he trained and worked with. From the men he trained to become wrestlers, to the men he traveled with, to the men and women of the bail bonds person community, every one of them was eager to sing his praises and say how much they admired the man.
Fans might be surprised to learn that Dr. D, bounty hunter, could be a completely different person than the one they used to watch on TV. Yes, he could kick in doors and drag a man to the ground when needed, but he could also be compassionate, caring, and understanding. Dr. D had a way of knowing when to be tough and when to be tender. He took the fear out of facing the music for men and women caught in a bad spot. He let them know someone was on their side.
Personally, Dr. D has been been extremely good to me and my family. I appreciate the trust he placed in me to tell his story and to look through the boxes of history he sent my way to assist in the writing. I’ve had my hands on everything from legal depositions to Stampede Wrestling programs to Hulk Hogan’s wedding invitation. That was a huge trust, and quite a thrill.
I really appreciated the kindness Dr. D showed to my kids. They are big Dr. D fans. Sam and Lydia have both told their friends they know someone who beat up Hulk Hogan!
Dr. D and his wife, who read every page of the book as well, pushed me to become better writer this year. They challenged me to go above ant beyond what I have done in the past. I hope I have done his story the service it deserves and written a book his friends, his fans, and those who have never met him will greatly enjoy.
More than that, I hope I can have the same impact on others that Dr. D had on the men and women who remain loyal to him to this day. I hope I can be the kind of person who is honest, who has compassion for those in need of help, and who brings out the best in others. Those are the qualities I admire most about Dr. D.