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Pizza King of the Ring Recap

If you missed Terry Harper Presents Pizza King of the Ring Tuesday night in Jeffersonville, here’s a quick recap of some of the things you missed:

Enter Sandman! When you see a legend of the ring, there are certain things you expect to see. If it’s Mick Foley, you want Mr. Socko. If it’s Stone Cold Steve Austin, you want a Stunner. If it’s the Sandman, you simply want to see him make an entrance. Sandman milked the full duration of his entrance music, sharing beers with fans around the ArenA. By the time he reached the ring, the ECW faithful had their money’s worth. The kendo stick beat down of Nick Depp was just an added bonus.

Speaking of Nick Depp… The reigning Prince of the Deathmatches cut the promo of his life on Sandman. Depp held the crowd in the palm of his hand while he tried to convince the Sandman he had an alcohol problem. Sandman let him speak his peace. Then, as mentioned above, he broke his kendo stick over Depp’s back.

Maria is AmazingAmazing Maria continues to prove she’s one of the best heels in independent wrestling. She had an entertaining match against the dark but charismatic Sage Sin, who was led to the ring by a fire eater and two casket-bearing ghouls. Sage walked out of the ArenA the winner. Maria was carried out in the casket.

Sudden Death Tables Match. Kevin Cordell of the Talking the Business Podcast told me to keep an eye on Jake Garvin. Kevin thinks he’s a rising star. I have to agree. He and Calvin Tankman broke four tables in their match. These guys are young, big, and athletic, and they’re only going to get better. The only thing more entertaining was watching them pick splinters out of their arms while they looked over the menu at Spinellis later in the evening.

Mama Bates to the Rescue! The intergender match took a very unexpected turn when Mama Bates, Leva Bates’ mother, leapt to her feet and tried to stop Tracy Smothers’ second Kyle Maverick from choking her daughter on the ropes. Yes, some things in wrestling are staged, but it was very clear Mama Bates was not in on any storyline; she was out to protect her daughter, who came out the winner. Side note: Leva remains one of the friendliest and most down to Earth wrestlers outside the ring.

Lio Rush is the Man. I’ve heard a great deal about Lio Rush in the last year. He exceeds the hype. Rush and Super Crazy capped the night off with a stellar bout that had everything from mat wrestling to high flying to steel chairs. Rush is a mega-star on the rise, and a class act out of the ring as well.

Bottom line: Terry Harper doesn’t promoter wrestling shows very frequently, but he has a formula that works. Harper books people he wants to see in match ups he wants to see. He pairs legends of the past with stars of today in a way that allows casual fans who only came to see guys like Sandman to discover rising stars like Lio Rush and PWF’s Tri-State Champion Tyler Matrix. A Terry Harper show is the perfect opportunity to bring your WWE-loving friends along to see names that they know and introduce them to independent wrestling at the same time. It was standing room only in the ArenA tonight, just as it was for Terry’s last show in November 2016. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Big show this week on Kick Out at Two

Freedom Pro Wrestling has a big show coming up, and listeners to the Kick Out at Two Podcast are reaping all the benefits!

This week on Kick Out at Two, you get not one but TWO huge names: TNA’s James Storm and ECW legend, the Blue Meanie!

This special episode is being released a day early, and if you’re in the Nashville area, you can see both of these stars and more Saturday night at Freedom Pro Wrestling.

Scroll down to see James Storm win the TNA Championship and behold the top ten moves of the Blue Meanie, then head on over to iTunes or Soundcloud and download Kick Out at Two!

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Ian on Axl

Ian Rotten shared a great story about his blood brother Axl this morning on Facebook. Sharing it here for all who are feeling the loss today.

If you’ll bear with me, I’d like to tell you all a story about my friend.

Many people never got a chance to meet Brian Knighton, because he was ALWAYS Axl Rotten. Many people forget that Axl was in WCW for about 6 weeks and he was working a feud against a guy named PN News. Axl would call me every night and let me know how things went.

One night he had a TV match against one of the guys that trained him, Joey Maggs. Joey was pretty much enhancement talent. There was a mess up in the match and Axl felt Joey had done it on purpose because, after all, Joey had trained him, so when Axl called me that particular night (remember, this is back when you had to use a payphone, hotel phone, calling cards, etc.), the call came in quite late because he waited until he got back to his room to call me.

First thing out of his mouth is, “Man, I don’t know what the f— I am doing here.” I said, “Whoa, man, slow down… what happened?” He proceeded to tell me what had occurred and by this time he was so upset he was crying, telling me how he didn’t belong there and he just wanted to come home. I told him to calm down, that he belonged there, which he told me, “I’m just a fat kid from Baltimore who done f—ed up my one shot.”
I took a deep breath, and jokingly said, “Yes, you are fat, and yes, you are a kid from Baltimore, but you are Axl F—ing Rotten and you need to remember that.”

Many times I think my friend was just a scared kid from Baltimore, living out his dream. So many times when people met him, they got Axl F—ing Rotten, but the guy underneath that guy, was a special human being who gave us all his knowledge, never took a booking fee from me, taught me how to teach our game and reminded me that sometimes this business will humble you but in the end, it is what you make it.

The human being behind the persona was a genuine person. Because of him, THIS fat kid from Baltimore got to live his dream.

When they say the bad about you, I’ll always make sure they remember the good. Thanks for being a part of my life the last 25 years. Without you, there is no me. I genuinely feel like a part of me has died today. I hate that when I have a thought or idea I wont be able to pick up the phone and ask you what you think.

I will miss you my brother. 

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RIP Axl

Very sad to read about the passing of Axl Rotten. Axl was a beloved figure in the world of hardcore and extreme wrestling and one of the great legends of ECW. He was found dead today in a hotel room in Baltimore.

My prayers are with all of Axl’s friends and family, in and out of the ring, especially those nearby at IWA Mid-South who loved him dearly. Rest in Peace.

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For the love of Jerry Lynn

Sometimes wrestlers are babyfaces outside the ring. I’ve highlighted stories of a few on this blog. Sometimes, it’s the fans that step up to do something good for someone they care about.

It’s no secret that many professional wrestlers do what they do without the benefit of insurance. They’re in a high risk profession, and save for the few who can afford it (or get it through another job), most wrestlers do not have the resources for major medical treatment. When word got out about Jerry Lynn’s medical needs this week, friends and fans responded. Big time. What a way to say thank you for a lifetime of sacrifice in the ring.

Wrestlers don’t make a lot of money. Even in the WWE, many of the stars we love struggle to pay the bills. That’s why it’s so important to hit the gimmick tables during live shows to buy a DVD, a T-shirt, or an autograph. It means as much to them as it will to you. Maybe even more.

Click to visit Jerry’s GoFundMe page.

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Louisville’s Greatest Matches: Nova vs. John Cena

Crybaby Chris Alexander told me about this match when I was working on Bluegrass Brawlers. I honestly am not sure why this story did not make it into the book, other than I simply forgot about it.

Cena was “The Prototype,” an unstoppable monster heel who had run over every challenger in OVW. Nova was the new guy, a veteran of ECW looking for a new start with OVW and the WWE. His first night at OVW, he got a shot at the champion.

Alexander was backstage that. Danny Davis walked over to him, wearing a big smile. “Hey Chris,” he said, “Do you want to know how to put a new guy over in one night? Just watch.”

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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!