Dear Kay Fabe

Here’s another “behind the scenes” look at the amazing world of pro wrestling.

You knew all those heels had to get all those dirt tricks from some place.

Now you know… when they have a question, they ask Kay.

Dr. D to Speak at the CAC Reunion

What’s better than shaking Dr. D’s hand over an autograph table? How about a live Q&A lesson with the man himself?

Dr. D David Schultz will be a featured speaker in the CAC’s Learning Series at the Gold Coast Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Dr. D will be talking about his career as a wrestler and a bounty hunter on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 pm with host Jim Valley.

You’ve seen him on YouTube. You’ve heard him on podcasts. This is a very rare chance to hear him speak in person, and no question is off limits.

Except that one. You know the one I mean. The “standard question.” I wouldn’t ask that one.

For more information about the CAC Learning Series and the Reunion, click here to visit the CAC website.

New Acquisition: A Louisville Wrestling Program from 1952

One of the first things I acquired when working on the book Bluegrass Brawlers was a copy of the 1953 Police Benefit Show program. In the 1950s, the Police Benefit Show was THE biggest wrestling event of the year in Louisville, the night they brought in the biggest stars for the biggest card. It was Louisville’s Wrestlemania.

Just a few weeks ago, the 1952 program popped up on eBay. It’s now in my collection. Here are a few images from that program.

All of the Police Benefit Shows are chronicled in the book Louisville’s Greatest Show. Fingers crossed, one of these days I hope to lay my hands on the 1954 program featuring Jim Mitchell.

Coming in 2020: The Story of a Not-So Wee Little Man

I said when I hit 500 followers on Facebook, I would announce a new book project. We shot past that benchmark last night, so here it is.

I am happy to announce I am not in the early stages of research on a book about the life of Wee Willie Davis!

Davis was a notorious heel in his time, a 6’6″ monster who appeared all over the United States from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1940s, he followed his buddy Mike Mazurki into the film industry and appeared in more than two dozen films including Mighty Joe Young, The Asphalt Jungle, Son of Paleface, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. He also made a splash on television as a contestant on The $64,000 Question, and he was the co-inventor of an early form of “heads up display” technology called the Glowmeter.

Davis has a unique connection to the Louisville, Kentucky wrestling scene as well. Not only did he work for Francis McDonogh and the Allen Athletic Club, he is the missing link between the Allen Club and Memphis Wrestling. He partnered with McDonogh’s widow Betty to open his own wrestling promotion in 1958 and later became the local point man when Dick the Bruiser took over the territory in the 1960s.

It took me almost five years to compile enough information to finally tell Jim Mitchell’s story, and while I don’t expect Davis to take quite as long, I do plan to take my time and do it right. My current goal is to release his story in late 2020, but that’s subject to change. The good news is you’re going to see at least 3-4 books from me between now than then, including to very exciting autobiographies that I’ll be announcing in the coming months.

Wee Willie Davis was a colorful personality and a man of many talents. He’s become a fascination of mine, and I am looking forward to sharing his story with a generation that’s never heard of him.

 

The Bomb Shelter’s First Novel is Now Available!

Eat Sleep Wrestle is proud to announce the release of our first fiction publication – a join project with the time bandits of independent wrestling titled The Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline!

This exciting new release was written with a young adult reader base in mind. It’s an exciting and funny adventure through time all ages will enjoy.

Fans can order the book on Amazon.com, or they can pick it up from The Bomb Shelter at a wrestling show.

A synopsis of the 165 page book is below.

For many years, fans and fellow wrestlers believed the whole “time travel” thing was just a gimmick, but when a sinister foe called the Mysterious Conductor scatters their fellow grapplers throughout history, only the Bomb Shelter can repair the timeline.

Follow along as Joseph Schwartz, Randi West, and the Zodiak travel through time and space, from the 19th century American circus to the Roman Coliseum. With help from Satu Jinn and very little assistance from the Rocket, they will do battle with the legendary heel Lord Leslie Carlton, the mighty giant Goliath, and a particularly devious Minotaur as they attempt to rescue fellow indy wrestlers including Rich Swann, Suge D, Shotzi Blackheart, Shane Mercer, Corey Storm, the Hooligans, Teddy King, Jake Garvin, Mad Man Pondo, and Thunderkitty.

It’s an adventure throughout time and space, an epic journey that begins and ends in the one place where men and women continue to settle their differences best: right inside a wrestling ring. Bomb Shelter: A Scattered Timeline is a science fiction/ wrestling adventure suitable for all age readers.

2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

We also released this delightful little kids book in collaboration with Hy Zaya.

I produced a short film in conjunction with my long time friend and collaborator Ally LaBar that got a lot of love.

And there was also this one with Hurricane JJ Maguire and Sonny Burnette.

 

I attended numerous shows at the Jeffersonville Arena hosted by Pro Wrestling Freedom, Paradigm Pro Wrestling, and Terry Harper, among others.

I attended the first two standing room only Midnight Girl Fight shows.

Dr. D and I attended several wrestling events together including Heroes and Legends in Fort Wayne, Rocket City Wrestling Con in Huntsville, SICW in East Carondelet, Illinois, and Starrcast in Chicago.

Hurricane JJ Maguire and I took in the first ever Richmond Pop and Comic Con.

I attended the Hall of Fame induction weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.

And oh yeah… I went to this little independent wrestling show called ALL IN.

Hard work in 2018 has led to three exciting opportunities in early 2019. Two new books will be released: the first in what we hope will be a series with the Bomb Shelter, and the biography of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

I will also be attending the Cauliflower Alley Club with Dr. D in April/May.

2018 was great. 2019 is looking even greater.

Thank you, readers, fans, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and friends. Happy New Year.

“Don’t Call Me Fake” Wins the 2018 Smith Hart Award

Today I had the honor of appearing on Hart Beat Radio with Bob Johnson and Bruce Hart to accept the Smith Hart Award for Dr. D’s autobiography, “Don’t Call Me Fake.”

Thank you to the listeners of Hart Beat Radio for this tremendous honor.

Thank you again to Dr. D David Schultz for allowing me to help tell your story.

I’ll be on Hart Beat Radio next weekend as well to discuss the upcoming biography of The Black Panther Jim Mitchell. I’ll also be attending the 2019 Cauliflower Alley Club to see Dr. D accept his Male Wrestler Award.

2018 was a terrific year. 2019 is going to be a great year as well.

Cauliflower Alley Club to Honor Dr. D in 2019

Some people sacrifice their bodies for professional wrestling. Some sacrifice more. In December of 1984, “Dr. D” David Schultz did what he was trained to do. He protected the business that put food on the table for his wife and daughter. He received more praise than criticism for slapping John Stossel by knocking John Stossel, but it still cost him his career.

In 2019 the Cauliflower Alley Club will honor “Dr. D” David Schultz with the Men’s Wrestling Award at their Reunion in Las Vegas. It’s an honor long overdue and much deserved, and it’s an honor that comes from his peers.

Congratulations to my friend “Dr. D” David Schultz on this honor!

Pondo and Khloe Do Chicago

Mad Man Pondo and Khloe recently tore up the town in Chicago. They also had a chance to speak with the Or Else Podcast. Check out the video by clicking here.

If you don’t have Mad Man Pondo’s book yet… shame on you! order it now on Amazon, or email me at johncosper@yahoo.com to get it signed. 

Please give a follow to our friends at the Or Else Podcast as well. 

Follow the Midwest Territory

When I first started blogging, I saw a need for someone to give proper coverage to the independent wrestling promotions here in the Midwest. There were half a dozen promotions running just in the Louisville area at that time, and the number grows exponentially as you move out into Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It was far too big a task for me to bite off at that time, and I would dare say it’s an even bigger challenge now.

Thankfully, Chad French was crazy enough to take it on himself. He began blogging about wrestling using the blog title, “Chad Is an Idiot,” and I’m sure he felt that way at times trying to get his arms around the Midwest wrestling scene. That said, Chad has proven he is no slouch when it comes to writing about and promoting independent wrestling. His blog is now called the Midwest Territory, and he’s doing a phenomenal job keeping readers informed as to what’s going on across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and even Illinois.

Midwest Territory is a must read blog for anyone who wants to get to know the promotions and the wrestlers in the current scene. Chad does feature stories on upcoming shows and regular interviews with the men and women who are ascending the independent ranks. Follow Midwest Territory on Twitter and Facebook, and you’ll get even more posts about upcoming shows in the region. Chad does his best to cover everyone from OVW in Louisville to Rockstar Pro in Dayton to Wrestling Theology Fellowship in Indianapolis and other names and places too numerous to mention. He’s got a great thing going, and he deserves all the credit and support in the world for what he brings to the business.

You can find the the Midwest Territory on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. And throw Chad a little love by buying a shirt from his new web store!