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Season’s Beatings: Christmas Wishes from the Golden Age of Wrestling!

While combing through the many programs in the Jim Mitchell collection, I came across a 1947 Christmas edition of Pacific Athletic News (PAN) that featured Christmas greetings from more than four dozen wrestlers, promoters, and other wrestling personalities. These photos and the accompanying messages were so fun, I decided to compile them into a book.

Season’s Beatings is a photos book bearing holiday wishes from some of Southern California’s biggest stars. Photos in the book include Gorgeous George, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, “The Black Panther” Jim Mitchell, Sandor Szabo, Enrique Torres, the Duseks, Karl and Wee Willie Davis, Bobby Bruns, Danny McShain, Mike Mazurki, Ed Don George, Hans Schnabel, Jan Blears, Yvon Robert, Morris Siegel, Angelo Savoldi, and Bronko Nagurski.

Season’s Beatings is a perfect gift for a wrestling fan or yourself. It’s guaranteed to become a yuletide tradition. If someone on your list prefers head locks and body slams to visions of sugar plums, order your copy today on Amazon, only $9.99.

The Baddest TPI Winner Alive

Aaron Williams is one of the wrestlers who made me an independent wrestling fan. That’s one reason why he’s one of the featured stars on the cover of Eat Sleep Wrestle. He’s racked up a number of credits on the resume since I started following him. He’s been a solo champion and a tag champion for numerous promotions. He’s been a competitor in CZW’s Best of the Best. He’s been a main event performer since I first met him in 2014. And he’s currently the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion.

Last night Williams added another accolade to his career. He is your 2017 Ted Petty Invitational Winner.

Congratulations to the Baddest Man Alive. Wishing you even more success in 2017 and beyond.

A Rare Piece of History Now in Print

For the last four months, I’ve been working with “Dr. D” David Schultz on what will be one of the most entertaining wrestling autobiographies you will ever read. The Doctor has an amazing story to tell not just about his wrestling career, but his post wrestling life as a bounty hunter.

Dr. D was trained by Herb Welch, brother of Tennessee wrestling promoter Roy Welch. Both of the brothers were trained shooters, and when Dr. D first trained with Herb, he was taught the art of shooting.

Before Herb Welch passed away, his wife gave Dr. D a booklet called How to Be a Champion. Only 40 pages in length, the booklet was essentially a shooter’s bible: photos and descriptions on how to apply shoot wrestling holds and maneuvers. Dr. D was granted permission to do with the book as he pleased, and with his permission, I’ve just released it in paperback.

How to Become a Champion was a hit from day one. It’s an amazing peek into pro wrestling past and a rare find from a man who has been somewhat forgotten by time.

How to Become a Champion is available on Amazon.com.

A Little Praise for Kicking Out at Two

Every week I share what’s happening on the Kick Out at Two Podcast. Just to be clear, this is not a post about the podcast. This is about a book I highlighted recently when I interviewed contributing author and Dropkick Depression founder, Terra Caraway.

Kicking Out at Two is a short book, only forty pages worth of text, but it packs more punch than any 300+ page wrestling biography you’ve ever read. Eight independent wrestlers share their personal stories in this book. Each one has had a different journey. Each one struggles to this day with depression.

Some of the authors have been in treatment for years. Others are still struggling to get their feet under them. Each story is raw, uncensored, and real. It’s a brave feat for people whose job is to put on a front in the wrestling ring, but the authors have held nothing back.

Even if you have never personally suffered from any form of depression, I’d urge you to read this book. Depression is more common than you realize, and odds are more than a few people you know are suffering from it.

Kicking Out at Two was written to show people going through depression that they are not alone. It was written to encourage those suffering and to urge them to open up about their own stories.

The book accomplishes one thing more: even if you’re not one of those struggling with depression, it will open your eyes to just how devastating depression can be. It will give you more empathy for those suffering from depression, putting you in the shoes of those who struggle with it day by day. It makes their pain real.

Kudos to Terra Caraway, Billy Avery, Aria Blake, Mickie Knuckles, Jeff Cannonball, Kerry Awful, Angelus Layne, and P.T. Player for sharing their stories. This is as important a wrestling book as any biography you’ll ever read with a message that has to be heard.

Whatever you are going through, you are not alone!

Buy Kickout Out at Two now on Amazon.com, and please share this with someone you love.

Mad Man Pondo: Author?

The cat is out of the bag. Mad Man Pondo is writing a book.

After years of being badgered by friends and fans alike, Pondo has agreed to put his incredible story into writing. It will be my honor to help him do just that.

This won’t be an ordinary autobiography, however. First of all, it’s Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography. It’s going to be filled with blood, violence, and some of the wildest tales ever spun by any professional wrestler.

Second, Pondo won’t be the only one telling the story. This story will also be told by the people who know and love the Mad Man.

Pondo is inviting all wrestlers, referees, promoters, fans, and friends who have a story to share to contribute them to this book. If you have a tale to share, please connect with my via email or on Facebook, and let me know your Pondo memories.

If you just can’t wait for the book, you can pick up a copy of Eat Sleep Wrestle while you wait. The book covers more than a dozen independent wrestlers, old and young, and a number of Mad Man Pondo stories. It’s worth the cover price just to read Austin Bradley’s epic tale, “One Night In Tennessee With Mad Man Pondo.”

Louisville Gardens – then and now

Early in my research on Louisville’s pro wrestling history, I found this photo in the U of L archives:

This week, my friend Herschel Zahnd took this photo of the same building with his drone:

This was the house that played host to Strangler Lewis, Lou Thesz, Orville Brown, Bill Longson, Buddy Rogers, Mildred Burke, Johnny Valentine, Gorgeous George, Freddie Blassie, and Mae Young. It also played host to the legends of Memphis Wrestling and OVW as well as Elvis, Sinatra, and even Martin Luther King, Jr.

Both photos will appear in Louisville’s Greatest Show, coming in March!

And yes, Herschel is for hire. If you need a drone pilot in the Louisville area, get in touch with me and I’ll connect you.

Lord Carlton book giveaway

lord carlton cover-3My newest wrestling book, Lord Carlton: Wrestler, Artist, My Father, is now for sale on Amazon, but if you’re a Goodreads member, you can sign up for a free giveaway this week!

Three copies of this amazing biography will be given away on October 18. Here’s how to enter:

If you are a Goodreads member, click the link below and sign up now!

If you’re not already on Goodreads, click the link below, set up an account, and enter the contest.

This is the first of six giveaways coming in October and November. If you’ve never heard of Lord Carlton, this is your chance to discover a man whose life outside the ring was as surprising as his flamboyant career inside the squared circle!

Click here to enter and win a copy of Lord Carlton!

Updated: Help Kenny Bolin Tell His Story!

bolin1Kenny Bolin has written a memoir.

Let that sink in for a moment. Kenny Bolin, the Starmaker, sworn enemy of Jim Cornette, mentor and manager to John Cena and countless other stars, has written his life’s story.

Actually what Kenny has done is rather unique. He’s told his story, but he’s allowed those who were there to share their stories as well. Jerry Jarrett, Rico Costantino, JBL, Sylvester Terkay, the Prince Christopher Bolin, Mark Cuban, Dean Hill, even Jim Cornette have shared their favorite memories of the King.

And now, Kenny wants to include you.

Yes, Kenny Bolin wants your stories, memories, and thoughts about the King to be published in his book, I Probably Screwed You Too: The Mostly True Story of Kenny Bolin. For a limited time, the floor is open for fans to send in their own stories  and comments about Kenny, Bolin Services, and the Bolin legacy.

For the price of $79.95, Kenny will publish your comments, uncut and uncensored, in his book alongside the illustrious names listed above.

UPDATED: You will also receive a numbered, signed copy of the book; a DVD copy of “A Decade of BS” featuring six hours of Bolin Services highlights from 1998 to 2008; and (while supplies last) a pair of Buds by Bolin earbuds.

Here’s how you can submit your tale:

1. Go to Facebook and look up Kenny Starmaker Bolin.

2. Send Kenny a message, telling him you have a story to share.

3. Send payment to Kenny through his Paypal address, which he will provide.

4. Message Kenny again with your story, comment, etc.

The first 35 submissions will go into the book, in the order that they are received. (Number 1 was already claimed before Kenny could make the big announcement!) And if you’re really lucky, Kenny will respond to your story.

This is a chance to not only own wrestling history but play a role in the telling of a legend. Find Kenny on Facebook and secure your place in the book today!