Dr. D Returns to the East Coast

It’s official – “Dr. D” David Schultz will be returning to his old stomping grounds in June. You can meet Dr. D in person at Legends of the Ring in Monroe, New Jersey on Saturday, June 9!

Autographs and photo ops are now on sale. Don’t miss your chance for this very rare convention appearance.

Go to the Legends of the Ring website for more information.

Save the Tables

In a former life, before writing about wrestling, I made a lot of short films like this.

This one’s been in the works for a long time. Finally connected with an old partner in crime Ally Labar and made it a reality.

Who will stop the violence? Who will stop the needless destruction? Who will save the tables?

One For The Road

Since so many wrestling fans will be hitting the road tomorrow for New Orleans, Wrestlecon, and Wrestlemania, I thought I would compile a quick list for fans who need some podcasts for the road. Here are some recent appearances Dr. D David Schultz and I have made for your listening enjoyment:

John Cosper on the Ever Sick Podcast

John Cosper on The Tim Shelton Podcast

Dr. D on The 605 Podcast (Episodes 84 and 85)

Dr. D on The Steve Austin Show

Dr. D on The Jim Cornette Experience

Dr. D on Rasslin’ Memories

Dr. D and John Cosper on Hart Beat Radio

Dr. D on the Two Man Power Trip

If that’s not enough Dr. D for you, there’s one more on the way Thursday. Mike Johnson will be releasing an interview with the Doctor on PW Insider, just in time for Wrestlemania!

 

A Triple Dose of Dr. D Podcast Goodness

It wasn’t planned this way, but three new interviews with Dr. D David Schultz were released today.

First, the latest edition of the 6:05 Superpodcast brings you part two of Brian Last’s interview with Dr. D. If you thought part one was good, Brian tells me that part two is even better. Listen to the 6:05 Superpodcast here.

You can also hear Dr. D on the latest episode of The Jim Cornette Experience. Jim called dibs on interviewing Dr. D in January of 2017, and I’m happy the two of them were finally able to connect. Download the Jim Cornette Experience on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and all the usual suspects.

Finally, Dr. D also makes an appearance on The Steve Austin Show. This is the one interview I told David he had to do, largely because so many people (mistakenly) believe Steve Austin stole David’s act. I’m a third of the way in, and it’s a terrific conversation between two like-minded guys who really hit it off. As Austin says on the show, you can only imagine the money they could have drawn had the worked in the same era. Listen to The Steve Austin Show here.

Special thanks to Kenny Bolin for setting up the Austin interview.

There’s more to come! I took another interview request for the Doctor today. Stay tuned.

Doctor D’s book can be purchased on Amazon.com. Click here to buy it now.

I Guess They Do Remember Dr. D

Dr. D David Schultz’s biography has been available a little over a month. In that time we have shipped autographed copies to: Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada, and The United Kingdom.

It’s a thrill to see that fans the world over still remember the Doctor. It’s even greater to see new fans discovering a man the WWE tried to bury, even after he defended the business at the request of Vince McMahon.

Dr. D will be meeting the fans in person April 21 at Heroes and Legends X in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and May 19 at the Bruiser Brody Memorial in East Carondelet, Illinois. He will also be appearing on a few more podcasts in the near future, including one every true wrestling fan will want to hear.

Thank you, fans, for welcoming Dr. D back!

The Dan Gable Museum Announces the 2018 Hall of Fame Class

The George Tragos/ Lou Thesz Hall of fame at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo is an absolute treat for pro wrestling fans. If you’re ever passing through Iowa, it’s worth the detour. If you’re really into wrestling history, it’s worth making a special trip.

Every summer some of the biggest names of professional wrestling past and present make their way for the Hall of Fame weekend. The museum just announced the dates, schedule, and honorees for the 2018 Hall of Fame including Owen Hart, Dan Severn, and Bruiser Brody. this three day event includes an eight man wrestling tournament and plenty of meet and greet opportunities for all-access pass holders.

The Hall of Fame weekend is July 26-28. Passes are now on sale, and special hotel/pass rates are available. For more information go to the Dan Gable Museum’s website. And please let them know I sent you.

More of Dr. D: Bounty Hunter

One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen on bounty hunting was produced by Fuji TV. Yes, I am a little biased because this documentary starred the baddest bounty hunter of his time, “Dr. D” David Schultz. It’s an hour long, and it’s a terrific look behind the scenes at what a bounty hunter does with one of the best to ever do the job.

You can watch a new clip from the documentary. And when you’re ready to know more, you can order Dr. D’s book “Don’t Call Me Fake” on Amazon.com.

A Progressive Liberal in Mike Pence’s State

I don’t like to get political, and when I say that, I mean it. Ask my wife. It sort of drives her nuts how very little interest I have in politics.

Daniel Richards told the crowd at Prodigy Pro Wrestling he does not like to get political. The first words out of his mouth were, “I don’t like to get political…” But when Richards started in on the good people of Indiana, blaming them for Trump’s victory and of course Mike Pence, I got the sense he was being about as honest as, well, a politician.

Richards drove ten hours to the show Friday night at the ArenA in Jeffersonville, but it sure sounded to me like he regretted it. Standing tall at 6’5″ with a pair of kneepads decked with the red, white and blue donkey of the Democratic Party and a T-shirt adorned front to back with the image of his beloved Hillary Clinton, the “Progressive Liberal” railed on Trump, Pence, Hoosiers in general, and the NRA.

Perhaps then it was fitting that the bookers at Prodigy Pro Wrestling matched him against former OVW champion Tony Gunn. That’s GUNN with two N’s, who attempted to give away a T-shirt away before being jumped by the Progressive Liberal. Richards had the upper hand and went for an early pin, but when referee Max Recon only gave him a two count, Richards demanded a recount. Then another. Then another. Gunn kicked out at two every time, prompting a cry of “Collusion!” from Richards, who later accused the always in control ref of being a Russian.

Despite the early advantage, Richards could not put Gunn away. He could not draw any momentum from the crowd either, as his cries of “Feel the Bern!” and “Hillary!” were met with derisive chants of “Snowflake!” In the end, it was Gunn who took the victory away from the Progressive Liberal, forcing him to do his best impression of his beloved Hillary Clinton and walk away in defeat.

Richards and Gunn were just one of many entertaining matches Friday night as Prodigy Pro drew their largest crowd yet for their sixth show. Other stand outs included John Wayne Murdoch vs. former CZW Champion Joe Gacy, Corey Storm and Dan O’Haire vs. Daniel Eads and Logan James, and Reed Bentley vs. Gary Jay.

A heavyweight showdown between Flash Flanigan and Big Zo ended in a disqualification when Flanigan went after Big Zo with a Kendo stick. Hy Zaya raced into the ring to make the save for Zo, and Doug Votaw finally agreed to grant Hy Zaya a match with Flanigan at the April 27 show to finally end their feud.

Prodigy Pro Wrestling is a must-see promotion if you are in the Louisville area, a stellar show that offers a variety of wrestling styles and unique match ups never before seen anywhere. Friday’s show was standing room only, and if history is any indication, the crowds are only going to get bigger. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Great Story of The Great Cheyenne

Every professional wrestler has a story to tell, and some of these stories are nothing short of inspiring. Whether they make it to the WWE or spend their career in the indies, every man and woman who laces up the boots has a story about overcoming obstacles in pursuit of their dream.

The Great Cheyenne has overcome more than most in her career. She was a single mother when she told her relatives she wanted to become a professional wrestler, and she found no support at all from her family.

“The people around me thought I was ridiculous, and it wasn’t something a single mom should be doing or engaging in. I was highly criticized, but I did my best to look past that because it was worth the criticism if I felt that happy doing it.”

The Great Cheyenne refused to give in to the criticism. A fan since she was a child, she felt perfectly at home when she finally made it into a ring. “Some of us women are tomboys, you never really feel like you fit in or like you can really belong because you’re not the typical girl. I wasn’t into dresses and girly stuff, but when I stepped in the ring, I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be. The shoe fit so I wore it; in my case the boot sure did fit. I am not a small woman, so when I was in the ring it was like the ring fit me, the size of my head, my nose, my hands, and my rough nature.”

The Great Cheyenne began her training in Chicago, where she first broke into the independent scene. She later trained with the legendary Savoldi family on the East Coast and furthered her education with Hall of Fame stars like Bob Backlund and Kevin Von Erich. She developed a physical toughness only exceeded by her inner toughness, and for twenty years, she has battled to earn her spot in independent wrestling.

It has not been an easy road. Family has always come first for The Great Cheyenne, and she’s had to pass on many opportunities in order to do what was best for her children. She’s always followed her true north, steering clear of temptation and the shady side of professional wrestling while staying true to herself.

Having grown up a fan herself and breaking into the business as a single mom, children have always had a special place in The Great Cheyenne’s heart. So when the opportunity to write a book arose, it was a no-brainer who her target audience would be.

“Children are some of our greatest fans. With their innocence and with their intuition they know who is genuinely good and legit even when you are a great heel. Some of my best memories are of my fans that were little kids. I care a lot about their growth and well-being, as a single mother of two children and a daughter of a migrant mother who worked hard all the time and was tired, I am aware and conscious of the hard times some children are enduring out there feeling alone.

“I want to be a voice of hope for those little kids, for those dreamers and for those especially having hard times that they don’t even realize they can dream because their hardship doesn’t allow it. Many times our parents do not have time, are suffering depression, or just working hard, and right now with politicians coming down on dreamers, I want them to know someone is in support of their right to dream and their pursuit of happiness.”

The Great Cheyenne partnered with illustrator Jason Eaglespeaker to bring her vision to life. “I have known him for 7 years now. He did a comic strip for my character some years ago. We have been supporters of each other’s work for some years now. So I trusted him and I am a fan of his work. He has done excellent work as a grassroots indigenous Native American author, artist and community activist. I respect and believe in his work. Jason knew exactly what to say to me. I don’t believe in coincidences. I feel it was meant to be him that I worked with, his work and his messages for hope and success are solid, pure and good for our people.”

Both Eaglespeaker and The Great Cheyenne have high hopes for how the book will touch readers young and old. “We want to inspire them to live in their fight for self-preservation, truth, happiness and ultimately to follow your own North in a noisy sometimes unsupportive world. Be you and dream whatever dream makes your soul feel you are being your own you.”

The Great Cheyenne is now available on Amazon.com. If there’s a young reader in your life who is also a wrestling fan, I strong encourage you to pick this one up. Whatever their dreams may be, The Great Cheyenne’s story will be an encouragement and and inspiration to them.

The Great Cheyenne herself can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is currently the Women’s Champion for RoadRubber Wrestling in Portland, Indiana and recently defeated, TNA’s Rebel. She will be back in Portland soon defending her title!

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?