Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Piper Brooks

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 three of this series, featuring Piper Brooks. 

To many wrestling, fans, an all-women’s show is a gimmick in itself. Never mind that there are a number of great all-women’s promotions who have put on hundreds (yes, WWE, hundreds) of all-women’s pay-per-views. To some fans, it’s novelty enough in itself. Girl Fight likes to push the boundaries of how people view women’s wrestling. Not only are they running their second midnight show, this one features a match with a no disqualification, falls count anywhere stipulation between two very brutal, hard-hitting women.

A former MP in the US Army, the powerful Piper Brooks is one half of that match up, facing the smaller but very dangerous Girl Fight veteran in Khloe. Khloe just made her debut for Juggalo Championship Wrestling, as blood-thirsty a crowd as you’ll find anywhere, but Piper is no stranger to ultra-violent matches. “I’ve had a no dq and last woman standing match. I actually really enjoyed them. I’m pretty excited for the falls count anywhere part.”

Brooks and Khloe will likely send fans running for cover, and if Brooks has anything to say about it, they will give the fans something to remember. “Lots of hard hitting. Smack talking. Biting. Maybe blood. Lots of fun.”

Piper is thrilled such a match is taking place at Girl Fight, and she’s grateful for the opportunities women’s promotions offer. “They make it easier to get recognition. People take the female wrestling more seriously because they see it happening more. We can do the same stuff the guys can. Or better in some cases.”

Midnight Girl Fight takes place the evening before Thanksgiving, and like all of the other women on the card, Piper sees no good reason for fans to skip this show. “I mean, unless you’ll be at the pound rescuing pit bulls, there’s no other place to be. You get too see this amazing all female wrestling show, where we put it all on the line. Literally, there’s nothing better.”

Fans can see this match 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: Hayley Shadows

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 two of this series, featuring Charlie Kruel’s opponent for the event, Hayley Shadows. 

Hayley Shadows is no stranger to the Girl Fight scene, and she’s certainly no rookie like her opponent at Midnight Girl Fight 2. She faced Su Yung at a Girl Fight event in 2017, her favorite match at the promotion thus far, and she also made an appearance on WWE Smackdown facing Tamina. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that I was given on Smackdown to go against someone like Tamina Snuka. By far my biggest achievement of my career so far.”

Shadows is also proud of her association with Girl Fight and welcomes every opportunity she gets to work with them. “Girl Fight gives women a chance to perform within themselves. Not only do we get to steal the show, but every single one of us gets specific roles. There’s no other company around here that does an all women’s show, every show. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to grow, and learn from all the other women that get to be a part of it as well.”

Hayley is no stranger to her opponent, Charlie Kruel, and she’s looking forward to giving Kruel another beat down. “I’ve wrestled Charlie multiple times, and beat her every single time. I’m the original, and she can’t hold a candle to the one that’ll rip her head off of her shoulders!”

Shadows is excited to be a part of the second ever midnight show. “Not only is Girl Fight the only promotion that does a Midnight show, but it’s also filled talented women that strive at the chance of opportunity. We all work extremely hard to put on the best shows possible, and with it being at midnight you know it’s bound to get chaotic.”

Fans can see this match 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: Charlie Kruel

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 one of this series, featuring one of the fastest rising stars in the Midwest, the “Beautiful Nightmare” Charlie Kruel. 

Charlie Kruel is exactly the type of wrestler Girl Fight was created for. She’s young, she’s hungry, she’s determined to become a star. Charlie is a savvy networker who continues to debut for new promotions further and further from her home base. She’s also the girl who shocked the fans at the last Midnight Girl Fight with a pin fall over Mickie Knuckles in the Number One Contenders Tournament.

“Every woman backstage was crawling and scratching to get to be the number one contender for the Girl Fight title,” she says. “I definitely beat all the odds and the doubters in the audience that night. Even getting to share the ring with Ludark Shaitan. It was an incredible night for myself.”

Incredible though it may be, Kruel is not satisfied merely sharing the ring with the best. She wants to be the best, and has since she was only 11.

“When I was 8 or 9, I remember walking in and seeing my brothers and step dad watch it on our TV in the living room. My brothers would invite the neighborhood kids to come over and ‘wrestle’ as their favorite wrestler. I ended up being able to wrestle with them as well. What really made me want to make a career out wrestling was AJ Lee. Her match vs Kaitlyn at 2013 Payback from the (then) Divas title inspires me to this day.”

Kruel will mark her one year anniversary in the business this January, but first, she has to go through a dangerous Girl Fight veteran in Haley Shadows. “She’s a snake. She’s out for no one else but herself. She calls herself the ‘Barbie Killer,’ and I’m definitely no Barbie and someone who can’t be killed. We squared off for the first time at Emerge Wrestling in Columbus, IN for the Emerge Women’s Title. She ended up cheating her way to the victory. Since then I’m out for my revenge on her and nothing but payback. If she’s reading this, get ready for my kicks. Because it’s coming straight to your face!”

Kruel made history at the first Midnight Girl Fight Show, and she believes the second show will deliver as well. “It will be nothing but kick ass. There’s a lot of exciting talent to see, and you get to see me beat up Hayley Shadows. Plus, if the Thanksgiving meal is bad the next day or you’re already annoyed by your family, you at least have the Girl Fight Midnight show to think all about.”

Charlie Kruel has a lot to be thankful for heading into Thanksgiving weekend. She’s accomplished a lot in eleven months and she’s ready for more. “2019 will be the year of Kruel. Believe it.”

Watch all the ladies in action at Midnight Girl Fight 2 on November 21 at the Arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1416 Spring Street. Bell time is at 11:59 PM.

Billie Starkz Demands Your Attention – Especially You, Zach Pittman

Billie Starkz has only been a wrestler, officially, less than a month, but Grindhouse Academy product is selling her feud with Zach Pittman better than WWE sells its current product.

At Sunday’s Grindhouse show at the Jeffersonville Arena, she managed to sneak away with a prized plaque that belongs to Pittman, and ever since, she’s been taunting him with photos of the plaque on social media. The plaque has been used as a footrest, attended classes, and had many adventures in the past few days. It’s been fun to watch, and the week has only just begun.

Independent wrestlers today are small businesses. They are their own brand managers, and those who learn how to market themselves well will go far.

It’s still very early in her career, but I think Billie Starkz has a bright future in this business.

You can catch Billie in action every Sunday at 2 PM with Grindhouse Pro Wrestling at the Arena in Jeffersonville, 1416 Spring Street. Billie will also make her debut with Girl Fight Wrestling at their next Midnight Girl Fight show. Bell time is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, November 21, the night before Turkey Day.

(Photo credit: Mouse’s Wrestling Adventures)

Tradition Continues at Midnight Girl Fight 2

If you’ve read Mad Man Pondo’s book, you know the reason Girl Fight was created. With so little female wrestling talent in the Louisville area, Pondo chose to create a promotion that would allow young, new female wrestlers could learn from and network with veteran wrestlers.

To say the promotion has been a success in that regard would be an understatement. A number of the girls who worked for Girl Fight the promotion started are now working for Shimmer, Shine, Ring of Honor, Impact, and even WWE. Pondo filled a void in the women’s wrestling scene, providing a stepping stone from the training schools and local promotions to the larger women’s wrestling stages. What’s exciting to me about the poster for Midnight Girl Fight 2: Hello Pilgrim that the promotion is still providing that vital link for younger talent.

Fans of Girl Fight will see a number of familiar faces on November 21 at Midnight. (Yes, that’s the night before Thanksgiving!) Randi West, Samantha Heights, Amazing Maria, Hayley Shadows, Khloe, and Thunderkitty are all scheduled to appear. Fans will also see Charlie Kruel, a Grindhouse Academy trainee who had a tremendous run at the last Girl Fight show including a win over Mickie Knuckles and has expanded her territory rapidly over the last year. Randi West’s protégé Alice will be making her Girl Fight debut at the show along with Grindhouse Academy’s young star, Billie Starkz.

As always the card is subject to change, but fans can expect to see:

Samantha Heights vs. Billie Starkz

Randi West vs. Alice

Piper Brooks vs. Khloe in a No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere Match

Amazing Maria vs. Lexxie Green

Hayley Shadows vs. Charlie Kruel

Cassandra Golden vs. Thunderkitty

Midnight Girl Fight 2 takes place at the promotion’s home base, the Arena at 1416 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For those who are curious, the last show ended just before 2:30 AM, so you should have plenty of time to get home and catch a few winks before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 9 AM.

Click here to go to the Facebook event page for ticket information and other details.

How to Turn Creepy Fans Into Gimmick Table Gold

Like most female wrestlers, Jordynne Grace is subject to the creepy, inappropriate messages that a small minority (at least I hope it’s small) of wrestling fans thinks is acceptable. It’s the kind of crap that was unacceptable before the #MeToo era and is absolutely inexcusable now.

Jordynne is a very sharp lady with a wicked sense of humor. At least I presume she is because she’s taken the creepy fodder DM’ed to her on social media and turned it into gold. Jordynne now not only offers a book of creepy DMs from fans, she’s turned some of them into a T-shirt.

The T-shirt and book are rated R content. Not the kind  of thing you can wear to your niece’s fifth birthday party, but perfect attire for a lot of wrestling shows.

Check out Jordynne’s book, T-shirt, and other merch on her website. And for heaven’s sake, guys, let’s lay off the creepy messages. It’s 2018. Act like it.

Anything You Can Do, They Can Do Badder

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you need to watch the documentary High Heels.

This 30 minute film is a great introduction to some of the best heels in the wrestling business – none of which are men. Through interviews with classic stars like X-Pac and Booker T, High Heels explains the long-lost art of wrestling like a heel and why no one today does it. At the same time, it introduces you to ladies like Amazing Maria, Samantha Heights, and Madi Maxx who can still produce that old school heat on a nightly basis.

I’ve written about all three of the ladies above many times, and I’ve seen them in person. In a time when guys want to be cool heels, there are ladies who really don’t give a crap if the fans like them or not. They are as old school as they come, and they area a must-see any time they’re nearby.

High Heels is now streaming only on Amazon Prime. If you’re not a subscriber, you can get a free week’s trial. It’s worth your time, and very entertaining.

Memoirs of a Mad Man – Available This Weekend

The wait is almost over, Pondo fans.

Printed copies of Memoirs of a Mad Man are due to arrive this week, and Mad Man Pondo has decided to celebrate by releasing the book Friday night at the Midnight Girl Fight show at the ArenA in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Signed books will be available for $30. I will have my other books available as well for $10 and Dr. D’s book (signed) for $20.

Please, please, please bring some additional cash to spend money at the ladies’ merch tables.

The book will drop on Amazon after the Friday night show, and pre-ordered copies will be mailed the first of next week.

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!

The Big “C” Picked the Wrong Opponent

Readers of Eat Sleep Wrestle (the book and the blog) know I am a huge fan of LuFisto. Any time she’s in the area, I make an effort to get out and see her. She’s a true pioneer of women’s wrestling, and a phenomenal person outside the ring.

LuFisto recently announced on her Facebook page that she has cervical cancer. There is treatment available to her, but her medical insurance is only going to pay part of the bill. LuFisto is Canadian, but she has lived and worked in the United States long enough she no longer qualifies for free health care.

The good news is there is something fans can help. You can go to her website and buy something. LuFisto has Best Of DVD compilations, T-shirts, autographed photos, and even used wrestling gear available for sale.

If you’re a fan of independent wrestling and/or women’s wrestling, please join me and visit LuFisto’s website, www.lufisto.com. Even if all you can afford is an autographed photo, every dollar helps.

The independent wrestling community is an incredibly generous and supportive one, filled with people who genuinely care about one another beyond the arena. I’ve seen fans and workers band together for a number of causes over the last few years. I have no doubt the same will happen for LuFisto.