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Honoring Papa Saint

I am buying a ticket to Destructo Pro’s wrestling show on July 6. I am not sure my schedule will allow me to go yet, but I am buying a ticket to support a wonderful family that has supported me for years.

Jason Saint became a friend before Bluegrass Brawlers, my first wrestling book, was released. He contributed some great memories and photos to the book, and he’s always been exceedingly generous about supporting and promoting my work.

When I met Jason’s father James, it was clear where Jason’s good heart came from. James was kind and warm and funny. If I had a new book for sale, he bought it. Just like his son, he was exceedingly generous and kind not just with me, but with every man and woman in the wrestling business who crossed his path.

The Saint family suffered a terrible tragedy this past weekend. James passed away in a motorcycle accident, and his wife Pam was critically injured. Two friends of James and Pam were also involved in the accident, and while their friend Bill is also fighting for his life, his girlfriend Michelle died en route to the hospital.

No one would blame Jason for taking time away from the business if he chose to do so, but out of love for his father, who he know would have told him the show must go on, he is continuing plans for the second ever Destructo show on July 6. This promotion was a labor of love for a father and son. It meant a great deal to James to build something to help not only his son, but all of the men and women who saw James as a wrestling dad. Jason said the best way to support them right now was to make the show a success, and in honor of James, I am throwing my support behind them.

I’m all about supporting independent wrestling, regardless of where it is or who is running the show, but in this case, it’s not just about the wrestling. It’s about honoring a very special man. My prayers are with all the friends and family affected by this tragedy, and I hope you’ll support this upcoming show as well.

Click here for event and ticket information.

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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.

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Rocket City Goes EXTREME

Last summer I had the pleasure of attending Rocket City Wrestling’s Wrestlingcon, an exciting evening of wrestling with a special meet and greet featuring Dr. D David Schultz, Jimmy Hart, Road Warrior Animal, Tracy Smothers, Shannon Moore, and Lindsey Snow. I just received the flyer for Wrestlingcon 2, and let me tell you… it’s extreme.

This year Rocket City is presenting an ECW reunion including Sandman, Jerry Lynn, Super Crazy, Joel Gertner, Francine, Tracy Smothers, and Raven. Shannon Moore and Lindsey Snow will also be returning along with the king of the wrestling magazines, the one and only Bill Apter.

Any one of these people would be worth the price of admission, but having them all together for this special event makes Wrestlingcon 2 a can’t miss event.

Rocket City Wrestlingcon 2 takes place Saturday, August 17 at Meridianville Middle School in Hazel Green, Alabama. Bell time is 7 pm. You can find all the information on Wrestlingcon 2 on their Facebook event page, and you can buy tickets now if you click here.

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Headlocks for Hayden

Pro wrestling is a community that cares about its own. Not just the workers, but the fans. Shawna Reed recently lost a special friend, a young man named Hayden Field, an 11 year old boy who loved wrestling. After Hayden died in a car accident, Shawna was moved to put on a show in his honor with all proceeds benefiting Hayden’s family.

Headlocks for Hayden takes place on Saturday, July 13th at 190 N Brookwood Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio. The first ever Hayden Field Memorial Tournament will be one of the highlights, an eight person bracket featuring some of Hayden’s favorite wrestlers: Cody Hawk, Eric Fallen, Mark Magnum, Scotty Amos, Che Solo, Jame Rose, Jay West, and of course, Shawna Reed.

In addition to the show, there will be a merchandise raffle with items donated by stars from Future Great Wrestling, The Code, WWE, Eat Sleep Wrestle, and more.

Tickets are available for purchase at Future Great Comics in Hamilton, Ohio. Prices are $8 for front row (which is selling out fast!) and $6 for general admission. Show information can be found on the Headlocks for Hayden event page on Facebook.

 

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Pro Wrestling Revolver Arrives in Indiana

There are many promotions today who strive to be old school. They look for and book wrestlers who can work Memphis style. They strive to present wrestling the way it was. There’s even a delightfully fun group in Ohio that presents wrestling in the late 19th century format.

Pro Wrestling Revolver is not that type of show. There’s a lot of variety to be sure, but it’s an evening of modern wrestling at its most modern, filled with hard hits, high spots, steel chairs, comedy wrestling, and yes, a good helping of the flippy “stuff.” It’s a promotion that gives you dream match ups and odd pairings you never would have imagine that work better than you’d ever expect. It’s a promotion where a camping tent can become a title holder. It is, as advertised, a show “for our generation, by our generation,” as founder “The Draw” Sami Callihan made clear before the show even started.

“I know you all have phones,” he said. “Take ‘em out. Go on Twitter and follow @pwrevolver. We want you to take pictures. We want you to take video. If you want to stream the whole show, that’s fine. Tag it with #5000candlesinthering. That’s the only way this thing grows!”

That’s not the normal speech you hear at a show. Not even the smaller promotions who have deals with High Spots (as Revolver does) want you to film anything. Sami’s love for his promotion, his wrestling family, and his fans comes through in everything he does at Revolver. It was clear the fans at the Jeffersonville Arena last night took to Sami’s way of doing wrestling during their Indiana debut Tuesday night, and Revolver proved to be a welcome new addition to the Southern Indiana scene.

Later in the show, Sami commented on one of the criticisms he heard when he started Revolver. “They said, ‘He’s only doing this so he can book his friends!’ Well, I happen to think my friends are the best damn wrestlers in the world!”

It’s a bold boast, but how can you argue when your opening match is an Impact X-Division Championship bout between Rich Swann and Trey Miguel? Neither man is a stranger to the Arena, and they put on the fast, frenetic match fans expected from this dream combination. They were quickly followed by another one on one outing between Jake Crist and Project Monix. Crist, like Callihan, is part of Impact’s heel faction oVe, but here in the area where he cut his teeth with brother Dave as Irish Airborne and then OI4K, Jake can do no wrong. Despite the heat, fans were all in for this match and 100% behind Crist.

Two of RISE Wrestling’s top stars clashed in a match between Nevaeh and Kimber Lee. It’s hard to understand why WWE signed and then dropped Kimber Lee because she’s so good at everything she does. Despite the rising temps in the building, Kimber and Nevaeh put on a very strong match that proved Revolver’s women’s contingent does not take a back seat to the men.

One thing Revolver created that is truly unique is the Open Scramble Championship, a title defended in a match that can have any number of competitors at one time. Tuesday night, the Open Scramble title was defended by a camping tent. Yes, this is where the old time fans would have left if they hadn’t already, which is a shame because “Tent” and the eight men in the ring with Tent put on a great show. Arena favorites like Tyler Matrix and ZDP mixed it up with people like the 1 Called Manders and Jake Manning in a fast, frenetic bout that ended with Tent pinning Manning. Manders in particular impressed me in this bout. It’s been a year and a half since I first saw the former Iowa Hawkeye, and he’s turning into a very powerful wrestler.

A Fatal Four Way to determine a new Number One Contender for the Revolver Championship closed the first half of the show, featuring Caleb Konley, Impact’s Ace Austin, AEW Casino Battle Royale competitor Acey Romero, and the always impressive Jessica Havok. Arena fans have watched Austin bloom into a star over the last 18 months at PPW, and he proved to be a fan favorite, but all four competitors impressed in this one. Romero got the pin on the fearless Havok to become the Number One Contender.

After intermission, fans were treated to an IWA Mid-South Jr. Heavyweight Championship bout between Louisville’s Logan James and Cincinnati’s Aaron Williams. Williams has been a long-time fixture in the area with IWA Mid-South and previously D1W. He’s also no stranger to Sami and the rest of the Dayton crew thanks to his long-time association with Rockstar Pro. How this guy is not signed to one of the top promotions, I’ll never understand. James looked equally impressive even in defeat as Williams defended his title successfully.

The evening’s long tag team match as a three team affair that spilled out into the crowd, much to the delight of the fans. I have to admit, I was disappointed that Dave Crist was paired with Madman Fulton in this match instead of his brother, but Dave and Fulton proved to be an entertaining comedy duo. Impact fans have yet to see just how truly talented Dave is. He had the fans roaring as he berated the big man for using him as a weapon, spinning him overhead to knock down opponents and tossing him over the ropes into four other men. Crist played to the crowd at every opportunity. “Does my safety mean anything to you people? Huh?” From his facial reactions when he takes a boot to the face to his own death-defying aerial maneuvers, Crist can do no wrong.

The Iron Manager J.T. Davidson accompanied Sami Callihan to the ring for his Revolver Championship match with Larry D. The crowd was split on this affair, but as with every other match, most fans could go either way in the end. It was a hard-hitting contest that brought the fans to their feet in the end as the long-time veteran Larry D kept the title from “The Draw.”

Callihan called for the cameras to be shut off while the ring was set for the main event, and Callihan thanked the fans once more for their energy and attendance. He also promised Revolver would be returning in a few months in the hopes that Jeffersonville would become a regular part of their circuit. Two prize packages were then given away to fans – one by raffle, and the other given to the fan who posted the best tweet using the evening’s hashtag #5000candlesinthering. Both fans walked away with Revolver prize packages including T-shirts, stickers, and a copy of every DVD on the sales table.

A Bunkhouse Brawl between MLW’s Mance Warner, Impact’s Zachary Wentz, and the enigmatic Jimmy Jacobs closed the show. As strange as that combination sounds, it was a fantastic way to close out the show with all three men brawling into the crowd and using everything from haystacks to particle board as props. Warner has mega-star written all over him and sounds like a modern version of Steve Austin playing to the crowd, but it was the under-rated Zachary Wentz who took the win.

Manders returned to the ring with a couple of beers to celebrate with Wentz, and Wentz rewarded him with a Stone Cold Stunner. At that point, DJ Eric Montgomery hit Stone Cold’s theme music, and Wentz proceeded to stun everyone from Dave Crist to Madman Fulton to a few fans invited to join the fun.

“Cut the cameras!” Callihan bellowed over the microphone. “This is not part of the video! Vince will sue the hell out of us!”

For what it’s worth, I asked a friend who was backstage what the atmosphere was like in the locker room. I was told it was one of the most energetic locker rooms my friend had ever seen. Everyone working for Revolver loves what they are doing and who they are doing it with. It’s more family than business, and the wrestlers were having as much fun as the fans.

Revolver’s home base is Des Moines, Iowa, where my in-laws live. For close to a year, I’d been dropping hints to my wife that I’d like to plan a trip West to visit family that would coincide with Revolver’s schedule. I still want to make that trip, but I was quite delighted Revolver decided to open shop ten minutes from home. This is one of the most energetic and exciting indy federations, and for fans who like the high spots and fluffy “stuff,” this is must-see wrestling. Sami Callihan has a good thing going, providing a showcase and a launching pad for some of the best talent in pro wrestling. It’s a Dayton, Ohio centric roster, and I’ve long believed Dayton is where some of the biggest stars of tomorrow are being made. I can’t wait to see where Revolver and this talented roster of rising stars go next. 

You can find more information about The Wrestling Revolver on their website. Be sure to follow their social media links as well. 

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Orange Cassidy Is a National Treasure

Orange Cassidy is a national treasure.

I would elaborate more, but that would not be very Orange Cassidy-like.

The man is pure entertainment.

If you missed his brutal beatdown of Tommy Dreamer at AEW’s Buy In, you can view it here:

And you simply must visit www.orangecassidy.com to learn more.

Seriously. Click and check it out.

National. Treasure.

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Pain Torture Agony – The Story of a Legacy of Greatness

When you attend a wrestling fan convention as a vendor, it’s always a crap shoot. Sometimes you do well. Sometimes you spend more than you make. By all accounts this year’s Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion was a success for all the wrestling authors in attendance, but especially for Ron Hutchison, who released his autobiography Pain Torture Agony at the Reunion. I sold nearly 100 books in three days. Ron sold out of his 75 by lunch time on day one.

I had never met Ron and did not know his story before I attended CAC. I knew he was involved with CAC, and I had read a few emails from him regarding Dr. D’s seminar at the Reunion, but it wasn’t until I picked up a copy of the book for myself through Crowbar Press that I learned the rest of the story.

Ron Hutchison was a kid who lived his dream and became a professional wrestler. Hailing from Ontario, he trained not in the Hart dungeon but with Sweet Daddy Siki and Johnny Powers at Sully’s Gym in Toronto. Although small in stature, he earned the respect of many promoters, including Jack Tunney, and worked as an enhancement wrestlers a number of times for the WWF in the early days of the Wrestlemania era.

Hutchison’s legend really began when he stepped up and took Johnny Powers’ place as a trainer at Sully’s. Just as Stu Hart had once been the go-to trainer for Canadian dreamers, Ron became the man in the East. It started with Adam Copeland, who won free tuition to train with Ron thanks to a handwritten essay reprinted in Ron’s book. Adam’s life long friend Jay Reso followed, and when the two broke out as Edge and Christian for WWF, more students followed, including Trish Stratus, Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, Sinn Bodhi, and Traci Brooks.

Pain Torture Agony is a wonderful account of Ron’s career in professional wrestling. It is at times painfully honest and hilariously funny as Ron opens up about everything from his falling out with Siki to his devotion to the Cauliflower Alley Club to his involvement with Carmen Electra’s Naked Women’s Wrestling League. (Yep, that was a real thing.) Ron’s love for the business and even more for his students shines through, and Ron is equally proud of those who didn’t “make it big” as he is for the Hall of Fame and CAC Award winners. There are personal testimonials sprinkled throughout the book from Edge, Christian, Trish, Gail, Beth, Sinn, and many more wrestling personalities from Ron’s past.

Throughout the book, Ron hints often at how tough and demanding he could be with his trainees, including the “Pain Torture Agony” training regimen that gives the book its name. If there’s one thing I came away wanting, it was the chance to sit down with one of Ron’s old pupils to hear more about Ron’s “dark side” as a trainer. This isn’t a criticism of the book, mind you, but a genuine curiosity to hear more. Pain Torture Agony made me a fan, and I suspect there are more great stories yet untold. Whether Ron has a second book in him, or whether his students will do the talking, I look forward to hearing more about one of the greatest trainers of his generation!

Pain Torture Agony is available from Crowbar Press. Click here to order in the US or Canada.

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AEW’S MVP Upstages WWE Legend

Jon Moxley’s appearance at the end of last night’s Double Or Nothing show was an absolutely amazing way to end the show. He laid out Chris Jericho and then destroyed Kenny Omega as the show went off the air. It was a moment many wrestling fans were hoping would happen, and AEW showed they could deliver on such a big moment.

I am not here to write about Moxley, however.

AEW’s MVP, their most important signee, is not Jon Moxley. It is not Chris Jericho, not any members of the Elite. The most important guy on the roster is the reason the Buy In show opened not with an “A-E-Dub” chant, but a torrent of boos. Go back and watch the tape; the video package fades out, and the crowd is booing like they just saw Brock Lesnar win the Money in the Bank.

It caught me off guard, until I saw who was in the ring, his tartan scarf still wrapped around his neck, telling the fans they should be grateful to be in his presence.

Then I understood the boos.

It was MJF.

MJF is the guy who nearly beat Hangman Page in the Casino Battle Royale. He’s the guy who interrupted Bret Hart during the presentation of the new championship belt and dumped on Bret’s signature catch phrase. He’s the guy who tucked tail and ran when Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc, and Hangman Page ganged up on him.

He’s also the best barometer for how this company will fare in the coming years.

I had the “misfortune” of having a gimmick table next to his back in the fall at a Terry Harper show in Jeffersonville. I had to sit and listen to him at intermission berating fans, telling them they were fat and stupid and not allowed to buy anything from him. This is not a product of some creative team. MJF arrives in AEW a full-realized jerk and a half who doesn’t understand why you boo him because he truly believes he is doing YOU a favor by letting you see him wrestle.

In a world where AEW did not exist, MJF would have been signed by WWE. They would have given him a new name and persona. They would have forced scripts into his hands written by non-wrestling people. Despite these hindrances, they would have made a lot of money with him. MJF is a personality on the level of a Kevin Owens or The Miz who will not be ignored. I have no doubt he could have taken whatever WWE Creative threw at him and turned it into gold.

He doesn’t have to do that in AEW. He can continue being his smug, repugnant self. He can continue pushing buttons, unscripted and unfiltered. AEW has promised wrestlers control over their own characters and promised fans no script writers. If they deliver on both promises, MJF will have the leeway to become their top heel in no time. He will be the man fans love to hate more than any other. He will sell tickets and pay–per-views.

He will be the embodiment of what AEW promised to deliver.

Time will tell if AEW truly has staying power and if they are willing to give wrestlers the freedom they promised. I’m pulling for them, and even though he’s a stuck up, self-absorbed head case in the ring – I am pulling for MJF. I cannot wait to see him fight Page, Cody, Jericho, Omega, Moxley, and anyone else who gets in his way of becoming the AEW Champion.

I love to hate this guy. I look forward to hating his guts for years to come.

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Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin – Let’s Make This Dream Match Happen!

Fans have dream matches. So do wrestlers. At a recent show in the Jeffersonville Arena, Reed Bentley of the Rejects confided in me that he and John Wayne Murdoch had an ultimate dream match they really wanted to make happen.

The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin

For those who don’t know, Baka Gaijin (which translates to “Stupid Foreigners”) is the tag team of Mad Man Pondo and 2 Tuff Tony. They were the forerunners, the originators if you will, of the smash mouth, over the top fighting style that has become the signature of the Rejects. When you see a Rejects match, you’re going to get very little scientific wrestling. You’re going to see hard punches, steel chairs, tables, mayhem, weapons. The phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” would apply, except for the fact that if Reed and John could get at the kitchen sink, they’d gladly use it too.

Tony and Pondo are cut from the same mold. They light to fight. They like to bleed. They’re not afraid to get crazy. They’re also deceptively athletic for two big guys who have been going hard for a couple of decades now. If you’ve never seen that backflip 2 Tuff Tony does off the ropes, it’ll make your jaw drop.

The Rejects have told Tony and Pondo they will fight any time, anywhere, and even put their GCW Tag Team Championship on the line. Pondo, for his part is all for it. But Tony, who also happens to own the Arena where Reed and I discussed this match, is holding out.

Reed and I discussed this situation and we agreed something needs to be done to make this much happen. So here’s what you, as fans can do.

  1. Copy and paste the letter printed below into an email and fill the blank at the bottom with your name.
  2. Address the email to Reed Bentley, thereedbentley@gmail.com
  3. Click send.

Reed will collect your emails, print them out, and present them in the ring some time in the near future to demonstrate to Tony just how badly the fans want this match. If enough fans respond, how can he say no?

Copy, paste, and email, fans. Let your voice be heard. Let’s make The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin a reality!

 

Dear 2 Tuff Tony,

I am writing to request that you accept the challenge issued by The Rejects, John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley, to a tag team match with your tag partner Mad Man Pondo. This colossal match is a must-see for me and all your legions of fans, and if you choose to accept it, I hereby vow to:

a. Share the advertising for this epic, Godzilla vs. King Kong like match up all over my social media;

b. Be in attendance for the show, wherever and whenever it takes place, and/or watch it on the Internet wherever and whenever it is made available to view;

c. Grab my s**t and get out of the way when I see the action coming my way;

d. Stream live or share afterwards my reaction to what promises to be the most brutal, over the top, mind blowing, head smashing, table shredding, chair mangling, knockdown, drag out wrestling affair of all time.

Thank you in advancing for responding and accepting my challenge to come and get your whipping at the hands of John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley.
Sincerely yours,

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The People You Most Want to See at Starrcast II

Who are you looking forward to meeting at Starrcast II? Whose autograph do you want most? Whose Q&A are you most excited to hear?

Let me clue you in on the people you most want to see this weekend. They were the superstars of the first Starrcast, and they’re some of the greatest people in the wrestling business. They are:

Bill Apter

RD and Blade from Wrestlecrap

Honestly, if all you did at Starrcast was see and here these fine people, you would be guaranteed to get your money’s worth.

Bill Apter was the undisputed rockstar of Starrcast in Chicago. He rocked every Q&A session he had, and when he settled in after one session to sell books, he was sold out in minutes. He’s funny, he’s friendly, and he loves wrestling passionately. You will come away wanting to read his book and listen to every interview he’s ever given.

And then, there’s Wrestlecrap.

I got to know these guys after they reached out to me to schedule Dr. D David Schultz in one of their talks at Starrcast Chicago, and I love them to death. Their podcast is always a must hear (when they get around to releasing them), and their booth was a must-see in Chicago. I mean, they had the Gooker. The actual Gobbledy Gooker! Fans could pay to pose with the Gooker or post in the Gooker costume themselves.

The Gooker wasn’t even the number one highlight of their booth. The highlight was the photo up with Katie Vick. KATIE VICK, ladies and gentlemen! This was the photo op the wrestlers wanted most. Not just the fans, but the men and women who make professional wrestling great.

I wish everyone safe travels to Vegas and hope you all get to meet our favorite stars. But trust me on this one. Go see Bill, and go see Wrestlecrap. They will make your weekend great.