Where the wrestlers ate

I had lunch at Clarksville Seafood today, and I’m telling you, it was the best fish I’ve ever eaten. I’ve only had the fish one other time, the first time I ate their back in 2013. Since then I’ve become a big fan of the clams and the oysters. Today I was in a fish mood, and it did not disappoint.

Why am I telling you this on a wrestling blog? Because this restaurant has history. Back in the 1970s and 80s, this is where the wrestlers ate. The stars of Memphis wrestling loved Clarksville Seafood, and many of them made it a Wednesday ritual. They worked Louisville Tuesday night, and they ate Clarksville Seafood for Wednesday lunch before driving to Evansville.

Jim Cornette still eats there. So does Kenny Bolin. It’s the only reason either of those Kentucky residents will cross the river into Indiana.

Clarksville Seafood is a Southern Indiana institution. It opened as the Cape Codder nearly 40 years ago. If you walk in the front door, you’ll see the original menu in a frame – just above a framed copy of the book cover for Bluegrass Brawlers. Yes, the restaurant is mentioned in the book. It’s one of the few landmarks from Louisville’s wrestling past you can still visit.

The decor hasn’t changed since the Cape Codder first opened, and yes, everything is deep fried – even the veggies recently added to the menu (the first additions since the place opened in the early 70s). If you like seafood, it’s worth a visit, and if you’re really lucky, you might just run into a legend.

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

Simply Standing Against Bullies

1528748_10203473480460978_6518421284059482204_nSimply Badd is on a mission to stamp out bullying.

The Louisville native, who now resides in Texas, is no longer doing battle in the ring, but he’s taken to schools to share a message with kids: no one has the right to bully you.

“I wanted to show kids that life isn’t always easy,” he says. In his book My Inside is Brighter Than My Outside, Simply shares his own stories of being bullied as a kid and how an encounter with legendary trapper Rocky Johnson helped him to stand up for himself.

Even as an adult, and a professional wrestler, Simply Badd faced bullies. By sharing his stories, Simply hopes that kids and adults who are victims of bullies will “Look at themselves as a strong, confident, courageous people who feel so great about themselves that no one’s hurtful words can bring them down.”

Simply Badd isn’t just writing about his experiences. He’s taking his message into schools and churches, hoping to empower kids to stand up for themselves and others against bullies.

For more information or to book Simply Badd, visit his website www.stopbullyingourpurpose.com

My Inside Is Brighter Than My Outside is available on Amazon.com.

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.

Louisville’s wrestling past

If you’ve read Bluegrass Brawlers, you already know some of the tales from the 1930s-1950s about Heywood Allen and the Allen Athletic Club. This coming year I am doing more research on the Allen Club and “that gang of Allen’s” that brought pro wrestling legends like Lou Thesz, Orville Brown, Bronko Nagurski, Buddy Rogers, Baron Leone, Mae Young, June Byars, Mildred Burke, Fritz von Erich, and many more to Louisville every Tuesday night at the Columbia Gym.

I am putting this post out in the hopes I can track down relatives, descendants, or other folks who might have info on Allen and his various cohorts. The names I have (so far) are listed below who were part of Allen’s gang (or his story in general). If you have information on any of these folks, please message me and let me know. I would love to hear from you!

Heywood Allen

Heywood Allen, Jr.

Francis S. McDonough

“Miss Betty” Bessie McDonough

Kid Scotty Williams

Blacksmith Pedigo

“The Black Panther” Jim Mitchell

Stu Gibson

George Lewis

Wild Bill Cantrell

Sgt. Buck Moore, LMPD

Johnson S. Mattingly (former KY Athletic Commissioner)

Mel Meiners

Get to know “The Big Guy”

I don’t get a lot of time to listen to podcasts, but there are a few I try to keep up with: Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana, The Steve Austin Show, The Jim Cornette Experience, Ice Cream Headache, and Talk is Jericho.

Chris Jericho did an interview with the Big Guy, Ryback, last week. It’s one of the best, and it’s a great chance to hear from the man behind the hype. I was really impressed with his story, and many people were impressed with the shoot promo he did on the last Raw of 2014.

It’s more proof, too, that the WWE needs to take the scripts out of the hands of the new guys and let Ryback, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, and others be themselves. These are smart, talented, and funny guys, and they need to be getting over the old fashioned way – on their feet, not on script.

Listen to the Ryback interview and many others by visiting the Talk is Jericho web page.

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.