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?

Dr. D Talks Bounty Hunting with Morton Downey Jr.

“Dr. D” David Schultz was not a big fan of journalists, but one man he felt “got it” was Morton Downey, Jr. The controversial talk show host brought Dr. D on the show twice: once to discuss the professional wrestling business, and once to talk about bounty hunting. Both episodes were among the highest rated in the history of The Morton Downey, Jr. Show.

Here is the complete bounty hunting episode is available to watch below.

To order a copy of Dr. D’s book “Don’t Call Me Fake” visit Amazon.com, or contact johncosper@yahoo.com to find out how to get an autographed copy.

Pondo Does It Better Than Moolah

Mad Man Pondo is no pimp. He doesn’t take half his wrestler’s wages, and he doesn’t keep them as slaves. What he does is put on some of the best wrestling shows in the country featuring the ladies. If you want to look into the future of women’s wrestling, you have to see Girl Fight!

Mad Man Pondo’s women’s wrestling promotion returns to home base in Jeffersonville at the Arena on Tuesday April 20. Girl Fight Champion Hudon Envy will defend her title in a triple threat against Italian star Miss Monica and the newly crowned Princess of the Deathmatches, Amazing Maria. Mickie Knuckles, Michelle Spradlin, Nina Monet, Khloe, Randi West, Violent Rayne, Tootie, Joseline, and the Varsity Babes are also scheduled to appear.

Founded with the goal of helping you stars gain experience and connections within the wrestling business, Girl Fight has become a launching pad for up and coming women’s wrestlers including WWE’s Sarah Logan, Women of Honor star Kelly Klein, Samantha Heights, Su Yung, and more.

Tickets for Tuesday’s show are just $10. Contact Mad Man Pondo on Facebook to reserve your ticket now!

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?

What does it mean, “Kayfabe?”

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and do some interesting interviews over the last five years since I started writing about professional wrestling. Never did i dream that wing about wrestling would land me on Public Radio International.

The World in Words is a program that explores the English language, and this week, the World in Words tackles the meaning of the word “kayfabe.” Host Nina Porzucki interviewed me along with fellow wrestling historian John Lister, former wrestlers Mick Greenwood and Baron von Rashke, and the “Progressive Liberal” Daniel Harnsberger in an attempt to unlock the secret language of professional wrestling.

You can listen to the full episode by clicking here.

Kayfabe Lives at PWF

Most fans know that professional wrestling isn’t on the up and up. Kayfabe, that magical carny word that wrestlers used to refer to the secrets of professional wrestling, was declared dead in the early 90s.

Tell that to Nick Iggy. After terrifying a small child on the way to the ring Friday night at Pro Wrestling Freedom’s monthly show at the Jeffersonville Arena, a fan reached over the barrier Friday night and nailed Iggy in the head with a basket of nachos. An alert security guard working for PWF raced over to remove the fan, but before he could be led from the building, the fan received what could have been an accidental haymaker to the head from Iggy.

Did he swing for his opponent and miss, or was it deliberate? It was hard to tell, and that made for a beautiful moment.

Iggy wasn’t the only man to draw some old school heat from the crowd. Rising star and Owensboro, Kentucky native Teddy King is clearly the most hated man in the promotion. Fans wasted no time spewing boos and hatred his way the moment his music hit, and King’s promo had several fans in the seats ready to kick his butt. One woman was practically in tears, she wanted to strangle King do bad!

King’s greatest heat came when he verbally assaulted announcer Kevin Cordell and his wife Sarah. King pushed the couple so hard with his words, Sarah had to be restrained by four fans from climbing in the ring before Brutal Bob Evans got his chance to go after King.

Like Iggy’s cheap shot to the head, it was another moment that left you wondering what was real and what was not?

Every promotion in the Kentuckiana area is different. Everyone has its niche. PWF has long been the place to come and see not just local favorites but some of the most talented stars from around the country. Iggy and his partner Kerry Awful, the Carnies, have long been regulars at PWF, but this week fans were treated to an appearance by Kevin Ku, who currently holds the promotion’s Tri-State championship. Ku appeared in part due to PWF’s new partnership with Southern Underground Pro out of Nashville, and he successfully defended his belt against fan favorite Tyler Matrix.

Later that night, the Robo-Ginger Gary Jay lost his Pro Wrestling Freedom Heavyweight Championship to a very game Shane Andrews. Unlike some of the other matches on the card, this one ended with a tremendous sign of sportsmanship from the vanquished Jay.

Brutal Bob Evans was another special guest who delighted the fans with his dismantling of Teddy King. Some cheap interference from the outside cost him a victory, but Evans and Cash Flo got the last laugh in action that followed the bell. Evans also gave a seminar prior to the event that I was able to attend. Believe me when I say his class is a MUST for any wrestler who wants to make more money in the business.

PWF will mark its 2nd anniversary next month on April 13, and two matches have already been set. Cash Flo will put his career on the line against Teddy King, who will be forced to shave his head if he loses. The Carnies also face a stiff 3 on 3 challenge when they partner with Tripp Cassidy against the Bomb Shelter – Joseph Schwartz, Zodiak, and Randi West. The latter trio has something truly special going with their Bomb Shelter, and I see them breaking out as a faction over the next year.

Promoter Jimmy Feltcher ended the night by promising three more returns for the fans next month: Chip Day and Murder One from Atlanta, and one of Louisville’s favorite sons, Hy Zaya, who is already having a tremendous year at Prodigy Pro Wrestling. They also have a Tuesday show coming up April 27 in which Teddy King’s Lettermen will face a 3 on 3 match against Cash Flo, 2 Tuff Tony, and Mad Man Pondo.

You can follow Pro Wrestling Freedom on Facebook and Twitter.

The Starmaker Does It His Way

Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin was one of the first wrestling personalities to start a podcast. He was podcasting before most of his contemporaries, and he’s outlasted a good number of them. Over the last few years, he’s bounced from network to network, looking for just the right place where he and now his family can express themselves. It seems he finally found the perfect home: his own network.

Kenny Bolin has always done things his way, from managing wrestlers like John Cena to working the announcer’s booth at OVW. It’s only fitting that he be the master of his own destiny in the podcasting world.

This week marks the launch of the Bolin Alley Podcast channel on Youtube. Kenny, Jason Marshall, and Mayara will be broadcasting weekly on video (not just audi0) discussing wrestling, politics, and whatever else they want to talk about.

The debut episode of the new Bolin Alley is linked  below. And do NOT miss Kenny’ return on a special episode of the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast later this week when Austin and Bolin will discuss their favorite TV show, The Walking Dead.

Click Here to Watch the Bolin Alley Episode 1.