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.

Here’s Your Chance to Hang with Bob

If you’re in the Louisville area and you’re serious about being a professional wrestler, you need to come hang with Bob.

Brutal Bob Evans knows what it takes to be a full-time professional wrestler. He’s made no secret of his formula for success. In fact he shared it everywhere he can through his seminars. Bob shoots straight with wrestlers of all ages about what it takes to hit the road full-time, with practical advice on money management, marketing, booking yourself, and balancing work and family life. It’s a lot of common sense, but it’s things anyone with a dream needs to be reminded of – like cutting back on fast food, sharing hotel rooms, and selling that huge collection of Funko Pops.

Topics to be covered include:

– The two words that guarantee you more bookings ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

– 5 ways to increase income and reduce expenses on the road

– Emotional connectivity to a crowd

– How, and more importantly WHEN, to negotiate with a promoter

– Common mistakes and how to avoid them

– What the big companies are looking for

– Social media training

– Merchandising yourself and your brand

Pro Wrestling Freedom will be hosting Hangs with Bob on Friday, March 9 from 3-6 PM at the ArenA, 1416 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Admission for the seminar is $30 per person. Bob will also be wrestling on the card that night for what has consistently been one of the most entertaining promotions in the region. 

For more information and to sign up, visit PWF on Facebook.

Major Announcement: Meet Dr. D at Heroes and Legends X

Heroes and Legends is a phenomenal fan festival and wrestling show held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Promoter Jayson Maples and his crew put on a top notch event featuring the legends of wrestling and the rising stars of the independent ranks. The April 21 show will feature Jim Ross, Tito Santana, One Man Gang, Terri Runnels, Marty Jannety, Road Warrior Animal, OvE, Kongo Kong, Amazing Maria, Veda Scott, Slick, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

Add one more to that list: “Dr. D” David Schultz.

The Doctor will make a very RARE appearance at the Fort Wayne show, signing autographs and books and taking photos with fans from 12-6 pm. You can find him right next to me at the Eat Sleep Wrestle table.

Dr. D will not be making many fan appearances and this will most likely be his only Midwestern appearance, so if you are in the Midwest, make your plans now to attend Heroes and Legends X.

Click here for info on Heroes and Legends.

Hart Beat Radio: The Doctor Is In

Saturday morning, do not miss your chance to hear the reunion of Dr. D David Schultz and Bruce Hart! Dr. D and I will be guests on Bruce’s podcast Hart Beat Radio, where we will be discussing David’s autobiography, his time in Stampede Wrestling, and much more. This is going to be a terrific show broadcast live on Blog Talk Radio.

Click here to listen Saturday morning at 11 am eastern.

The Strangler and the Wrestling Writer

When I was considering writing a book about wrestling in Louisville in late 2012, there was one story tipped the scale for me as far as my interest. It’s the story of how on January 24, 1913, a wrestler known as “Bob Fredericks” arrived in Louisville two weeks after he was supposed to debut. When Fredericks (real name Robert Friedrich) no-showed on January 10 after being advertised, promoter William Barton used another man named Bob Managoff as Fredericks on the show, so the real Fredericks was unable to use his own name. No one knows for sure whether it was Barton, Fredericks, Managoff, or referee Heywood Allen who suggested it, but since Fredericks hailed from Wisconsin, it was decided they would give him a name paying tribute to the state’s wrestling hero, Evan “The Strangler” Lewis by calling him Ed “Strangler” Lewis.

A few weeks ago, I applied to register Eat Sleep Wrestle as an LLC in the state of Indiana. Call it fate, call it coincidence, call it a God thing – the official birthdate of Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC is January 24, 2018, 105 years to the day after Strangler Lewis got his name in Louisville.

Thank you to all the fans, fellow historians, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and other lovers of professional wrestling who have supported me in this endeavor. This is going to be a great year, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this crazy business takes me.

The Daryl Prather Memorial Show

The Louisville/ Southern Indiana wrestling community is truly a caring group. When one person hurts, everyone feels their pain. Tomorrow night wrestlers, fans, and others will be gathering at the ArenA in Jeffersonville to do a benefit show for the family of Daryl Prather. Tickets are $10, and while no card has been released, it’s sure to be a great show full of surprise appearances and great match ups – all for a good cause.

Forget Smackdown for a night. Come experience live independent wrestling. Support a good cause.

Dr. D on Hart Beat Radio

The first copies of Dr. D’s book have arrived, and next weekend, I’ll be meeting with the Doctor himself to get the pre-ordered copies signed.

Dr. D will be making a handful of appearances on podcasts in the coming weeks, starting with Hart Beat Radio on Saturday, February 10. Dr. D will be reunited with Bruce Hart for a discussion about the book, Stampede Wrestling, and much more!

February 13 is the release date on Amazon.com, but there’s still time to preorder a signed copy. Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com for information. Wednesday, February 7 is the deadline for signed books!

Yep, That Was History

There were a few things I did not enjoy about the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble. I didn’t enjoy Stephanie McMahon’s commentary. I didn’t think Naomi’s Kofi Kingston routine was necessary. And as I’ve said many times, I hate hearing the WWE try and make the women’s revolution all about themselves.

That said this was a history making night, and a delightful first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.

The match had a terrific mix of new stars and old. I was always a big fan of Lita, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus, and though I was never crazy about Michelle McCool, she had an outstanding run in the Rumble. I was thrilled to see Sarah Logan get the #3 spot and a long run before being eliminated by my old crush, Molly Holly. But it was Vicky Guerrero who put the biggest smile on my face. I’m just sorry she was eliminated so quickly (and carefully) because I have a feeling she had something to say.

Some of the head-to-head matches were a real treat as well. Seeing Beth Phoenix stare down Nia Jax for one, and the Trish Stratus-Mickie James slug fest was quite a rush. I was glad they held Ronda Rousey’s debut until after the Rumble rather than during, and I was very happy that in the end, the right woman won.

No, the WWE did not light the fire of the women’s revolution. This revolution belongs to the ladies who made people take women’s wrestling seriously – first in the independents, and now in the WWE.

This was a history making night. Congratulations to the 30 women who made it so memorable.