Eat like a wrestler: Banana Pancakes

1904198_950844071615639_1130409880090935250_nMad Man Pondo’s not the man he used to be. He’s two sizes smaller. The death match legend is in the best shape of his life. He’s lost a ton of weight by cutting out junk and walking every day.

Crazy Mary Dobson has a lot to do with Pondo’s transformation. The two of them recently shared a recipe on Facebook, and this morning I tried it on my family. Everyone, and I mean EVERYone, loved it.

These pancakes call for only two ingredients: bananas and eggs. You mash the bananas, mix in the eggs, and then cook them like pancakes. One banana for every two eggs is the ideal mix (though I used 4 bananas to 6 eggs this morning). Three bananas and six eggs will make about 20 pancakes. I worked up a rough estimate using the Calorie Count app and ball parked the calories at 40 per pancake.

You can top them with syrup. You can fill them with nuts, blueberries, chocolate chips, or anything else you’d put in a pancake.

Thanks to Pondo and Mary for sharing (and inspiring my own weight loss). Twenty six pounds down, and counting for me.

CZW presents: Young Bucks vs OI4K

I had a Bluegrass Brawlers related story I was going to post tonight, but then I saw this promo about the upcoming CZW anniversary show. The best tag team I’ve ever seen live, Ohio Is 4 Killers Jake and Dave Crist, is facing off with the best tag team in the world, the Young Bucks.

Folks, if you’ve never given indy wrestling a try, this show is worth your time and money. This match alone is worth the price of admission, be it in person or on iPPV. And hey, it’s in the ECW arena, so you know the crowd will bring it as well.

Watch, enjoy, and mark your calendar. Tell DJ Hyde I sent you!

Upset about the Rumble?

esw coverFirst of all… let’s not get so upset we overlook the good.

We got a terrific title match, arguably the best triple threat of all time. And they made a legitimate main event star last night. His name is Seth Rollins.

That said, many people are beyond disgruntled today, and many have gone so far as to cancel their WWE Network subscriptions.

For those who have, and for those who haven’t but are still angry about the Rumble, maybe you should give independent wrestling a try?

Eat Sleep Wrestle is a great place to start exploring wrestling beyond the WWE. After I released Bluegrass Brawlers, I went out to some indy shows to sell the book. I had the opportunity to meet some of the Midwest’s finest indy talent, and I saw some amazing matches. I was so inspired by them, I had to tell their story.

These are not superstars. These are wrestlers. The people profiled in Eat Sleep Wrestle are passionate, driven people who work as hard or harder than anyone you’ll see on Monday Night (tonight excepted, of course).

Eat Sleep Wrestle will introduce you to people like Mad Man Pondo, Chris Hero, Crazy Mary Dobson, Aaron Williams, Ron Mathis, Hy Zaya, Jamin Olivencia, Zodiak, Mickie Knuckles, Cherry Bomb, and Reed Bentley. It will make you realize there is wrestling beyond the WWE, and it will inspire you to follow your own dreams.

Yes, this is a shameless plug, but Raw isn’t live tonight, and you can get it on Kindle or Nook, why not give Eat Sleep Wrestle a try?

Update on LA Fights

Nigel McGuinness has eleven days to go.

He has 66K in pledges. He’s over 300K short.

Kickstarters have been funded with more money in far less time.

If you haven’t read up on LA fights, go to Nigel’s Kickstarter now and check it out. This is your chance to do more than complain about the current state of wrestling. This is your chance to DO SOMETHING.

LA Fights by Nigel McGuinness on Kickstarter

IWA Mid-South announces tryout show

IWA Mid-South has announced their next tryout show in Clarksville, Indiana will take place in February. Here’s the official word from IWA Mid-South:

On February 5th, IWA Mid South is holding a try out show. Cost to try out is $20. This is a chance to put your best foot forward… Ian (Rotten) watches all the matches but the best part is that the IWA fans decide your fate!
This is open to any trained wrestler. Valets, managers and refs are $15.
If you have no training and/or experience, Ian has also reopened his training school. Class is every Wednesday night after ring set up (around 10-11:30 PM) and every Thursday afternoon from 4-6 PM before the shows.

Contact Misty Duncan on Facebook if you are interested.

Rockstar Pro: Crist and Hero vs. Crist and Williams

Great main event from Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio posted free on Youtube. Aaron Williams and Chris Hero are featured in Eat Sleep Wrestle, and the Crist brothers are easily one of the most dynamic duos on the indy circuit. (They normally tag together.)

If you’ve never given indy wrestling a chance, give this a look. If nothing else, skip ahead to 19:20 and watch what happens.

LA Fights – A new vision for pro wrestling

Many wrestling fans and wrestling professionals like to talk about what’s wrong with professional wrestling. Nigel McGuinness is through talking. He’s ready to do something about it.
The retired indy wrestler spent the past six months creating a brand new concept for professional wrestling, one that melds traditional pro wrestling with an MMA fight style and a TV mockumentary approach to storytelling akin to shows like The Office. While “LA Fights” is not designed to compete with the WWE or even TNA, McGuinness hopes it will bring back fans and revolutionize the industry.
“People are tired of the lack of depth to both characters and storylines,” says McGuinness. “It has a similar structure to Lucha Underground from what I’m led to believe, but there is far more complex storytelling and characterization. The in ring style is a never before seen hybrid between mma and pro wrestling.”
McGuinness has a script for six episodes already written. What he lacks is the funds to make the project a reality. For that, he is calling on all wrestling fans to back his Kickstarter campaign.
I asked McGuinness whom we might expect to see in LA Fights. “Casting will only take place if the project is funded,” he said, “but I of course have a few people in mind for certain roles.” That said, McGuinness promises in his promotional video that if the project is funded, he will come out of retirement to wrestle again.
Fans who back the project on Kickstarter will get access to the episodes before the general public, as well as additional perks like a video diary chronicling the production, T-shirts, and even walk-on roles. If the project is a success, McGuinness envisions more episodes will follow.
“The goal is to get as many eye balls on the first series to establish the brand, show what it capable and then sell a second season to a major channel. It is specifically written for a second season.”
So why should wrestling fans back LA Fights? “Because they believe in my ability to create a product. Because they want to see something new in the genre. Because they want to be part of this generations evolution instead of sitting back and waiting for something that may never happen.”
Watch the first promotional video below, then go to Nigel’s LA Fights Kickstarter page to make your own contribution.

Punk vs. Hero

This is one of the greatest matches that most fans have never seen. An outstanding duel more than a decade old featuring CM Punk and his greatest rival, Chris Hero. This one gets a mention in Bluegrass Brawlers and is on the short list to be featured in a new book I’m starting soon. Block out an hour of time, get a snack and a drink, and enjoy an indy masterpiece.

Ace Perry Goes Viral

Ace Perry is one of the busiest guys in the Midwest. In addition to weekly Wednesday night shows at Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio, and IWA Mid-South in Clarksville, Indiana, the Hoosier has dates set in the coming weeks with WCWO, Generation Next, Emerge Wrestling, and Infinity Pro.

Come spring, the young wrestler will have to block off one night to dress all the way up and head back to high school. He has a prom date with his biggest fan, Amanda. Amanda is a high school junior with autism, and a few weeks back, Ace made her Christmas by asking to take her to the prom.

Perry, who trained with Dru Skillz and Appollo Starr (aka the Soul Shooters) in Indianapolis, did not expect the video of that event to go viral, and he’s quick to deflect any attention he gets to Amanda. “She’s the real hero,” he posted recently on his Facebook.

Perry says he’s always enjoyed helping others, but he doesn’t see it as a requirement for the job of being a pro wrestler. “It’s just who you are,” he says.

Follow @AcePerryIndy on Twitter to keep up with the rising star. Just don’t look for him on prom night!