Midnight Girl Fight Preview: Thunderkitty

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 four of this series, featuring Thunderkitty. 

Girl Fight prides itself on presenting the best in independent women’s wrestling. The ladies who have been regulars or semi-regulars over the years are not cat-fighting,  hair-pulling divas. Fans know wen they come to see someone like Thunderkitty, they’re going to see a fight.

Like fellow competitor Hayley Shadows, Thunderkitty has had a match on WWE television, facing Carmella on Smackdown. She has enjoyed some stiff competition at Girl Fight, including an intergender battle with the notorious Tracy Smothers at their Gender Wars show. “My most memorable Girl Fight match was against Randi West a couple years ago,” said Thunderkitty. “She also has no problems punching a broad in the face.”

Thunderkitty intends on doing a lot of punching on November 21, when she faces the self-described “dog lady,” Cassandra Golden. “She’ll be up against someone that’s lived more than three of her lifetimes that ain’t afraid to fight a dog. Or a dog-lady. Or both at the same time.”

Thunderkitty is not just a competitor. She’s a fan of what Girl Fight has done for women’s wrestling. “There’s more women’s wrestling locally now for folks to go see. And it travels to different areas too.”

As with all the competitors, I asked her why fans should come out for the late night bell time on November 21. “Well, good wrestling obviously,” she began, “But seriously though, what have you got to do? You probably don’t gotta work the next day. Better than sitting at home chugging Nyquil because you have to deal with your family.”

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: 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.

MJF vs. Teddy King – Who Is Better Than Whom?

MJF believes he’s better than you. His T-shirt says it. He says it in the ring. He’s arrogant, he’s cocky, and right now, he has the CZW Heavyweight Title to back it up. He also has a date with the equally arrogant, cocky, and verbose Teddy King of Owensboro this Friday night at Pro Wrestling Freedom, and the two may very well fill the Jeffersonville Arena with enough hot air to make the building float away.

I had the chance to speak to Teddy King about the match. When I asked him what he thought about the opportunity to go after such a major title, he scoffed that this was something new for him. “I’ve had shots at real tittles before. STATE titles. Matter of fact I’m undefeated in title matches!”

As far as his opponent, King doesn’t disagree with MJF’s self-assessments. “MJF says he is better then all these scrubs he’s been in the ring with and that’s true. The fact is MJF has never been in the ring with a Varsity Athlete. I’m like DJ Khalid, ‘All I do is win, win, win no matter what!'”

King has had some huge opportunities as of late, and he continues to expand his territory. But as Friday approaches, he is solely focused on one thing. “Winning the CZW Title would finally legitimize who I am as wrestler. I say I’m the best because I know I am. Now it’s time for everybody else to find that out.”

It will be interesting to see what the fans do as this match kicks off Friday evening. MJF doesn’t have a lot of fans, but neither does Teddy King. I’d go as far as to say at least 90% of the PWF faithful would want to see King take a brutal beating from just about anyone. Put him in the ring with MJF and sooner or later, fans will likely be chanting, “This is awesome!”

That, or praying for a meteor to crash through the ceiling and put an end to, say it with me, “Both these guys!”

MJF vs. Teddy King happens Friday night at Pro Wrestling Freedom. Bell time is at 8 PM at the Arena in Jeffersonville, 1416 Spring Street.

Growing Your Brand As An Indy Wrestler

A few tips for independent wrestlers to help you boost your brand – including some that won’t cost you an extra penny.

If you have an original entrance theme, post the song for sale online. Share a link on social media every now and then so fans can buy and download your music.

Get a Square reader. It’s free, they only charge a small fee per transaction to process credit cards, and the money is in your bank account in just a few days. Paypal has a card reader too, but it’s harder to get. Anyone can sign up with Square.

Invest in a banner like the one below. These cost less than $100 from Vistaprint, and if you find an online coupon, you can cut the price even cheaper. You can also get vinyl banners, but the retractable is more flexible, especially if you end up with a table that’s not against the wall.

Invest in a folding table. It will cost you less than $50, and if a promoter doesn’t provide enough tables, you have one you can use and even share.

Share rides and hotel rooms and split the cost. This is the kind of common sense Brutal Bob Evans teaches in his seminars, and it’s the fastest way to go from losing money to making money on your weekend trips. Be sure to take Bob’s seminar the first chance you get as well. Sharing expenses is just the tip of the iceberg of his wisdom.

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)

The Legendary Casey Brothers

If you walked into a restaurant and saw two actors sitting on opposite ends of the room – one an Oscar winning mega star, the other a life-long character actor – which table would you be most likely to approach? Most people would migrate to the Oscar winner just to get that photo and autograph and say they met them, but a handful – myself included – would want to sit with the character actor. He may not be a household name. In fact he probably falls into that category of, “That one guy who was in that one thing.” But the character actor is not only going to take more time with you, being that he isn’t approached as often, he’s going to have way, way better stories to tell.

The Casey brothers, including professional wrestlers Jim and Steve, would comfortably fit into the character actor seat opposite the top draws of their era, but their story is no less compelling than that of Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George, of Buddy Rogers. As a matter of fact, if you were to travel to their native Ireland, you’d find that the Caseys, all seven of them, are legendary figures in their homeland.

I first heard about The Legendary Casey Brothers from Mildred Casey, Jim’s widow. She told me how writer Jim Hudson had come and taken down the stories from Jim Casey himself for the book, verifying everything through news clippings of the time. The result is a well-documented, well-told story about a family that produced some of the most competitive and unbeatable athletes in any era.

The Casey brothers were champion rowers to begin with, having built up their strength working their father’s farm and rowing the nearby waterways all their lives. They soon sought and conquered bigger challenges including tug of war (a huge sport in Ireland at the time), boxing, and professional wrestling.

The Legendary Casey Brothers is more than a wrestling book. It’s a terrific sports book. It’s a wonderful story about a group of brothers whose greatest competition was each other. The wrestling stories are kayfabe, which only makes you love Jim Casey more for protecting the business even as an old man. That said, the author invites you to do the research for yourself should you dispute any of the claims made regarding the Caseys’ dominance on the water, on the mat, and yes, even in tug of war. It’s all public record, and thanks to Jim Hudson, Jim Casey, and Myrtle Casey, it’s been compiled and preserved in a wonderful book.

The Legendary Casey Brothers is available on Amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle.

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.

Nine Days Until the Rich City Comic and Pop Con

On Saturday November 3, Eat Sleep Wrestle will be in attendance for the first annual Rich City Comic and Pop Con in Richmond, Kentucky. John Cosper will be on hand with books as well as two special guests.

Mad Man Pondo is a deathmatch legend, a veteran of nearly 30 years who has been hit with everything from light tubes to barbed wire bats. He’s toured North America, Asia, and Europe, appeared in a feature role in the horror film 2001 Maniacs, and been a featured character in multiple video games. He’s rubbed shoulders with great and near great celebrities including Marilyn Manson, Vanilla Ice, and Jonny Fairplay, and he’s shared the ring with legends like Terry Funk, Junkyard Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, and Kevin Sullivan. He is the founder and promoter of Girl Fight Wrestling, and his autobiography Memoirs of a Mad Man has been a top seller on Amazon.

Hurricane J.J. Maguire (far left in the photo above) is a musician, composer, producer, and singer. For a brief time he was a member of the Gentries, and his life-long friendship with “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart led him into the world of professional wrestling. For nearly two decades he composed and recorded wrestling themes for WWF and WCW Superstars including Shawn Michaels, the Honky Tonk Man, Bret Hart, Demolition, and Hulk Hogan. He was also the chief composer and musician on Hulk Hogan’s solo album and performed with Jimmy Hart and Hogan. His upcoming autobiography will feature stories about his time with WWF, WCW, and Hulk Hogan as well as encounters with music legends like the Beatles and a very young Simon Cowell.

Mad Man Pondo and Hurricane JJ Maguire will both be at the Eat Sleep Wrestle table at the Rich City Comic and Pop Con on November 3 at the Richmond Mall, 830 Eastern Bypass in Richmond, Kentucky. The show runs from 10 AM to 4 PM, and admission is free. Come say hello, buy some merch, get some autographs, and take some photos. And be sure to visit the other great artists and vendors who will be in attendance. Rumor has it an old pal of mine named Clive the Zombie may even make an appearance.