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Casting Star Wars with Wrestling Personalities

Today is May the 4th, which has come to be known as Star Wars Day. Those who know me well know that Star Wars has been an obsession of mine longer than pro wrestling. It got me to thinking, how would I re-cast Star Wars with some of the people I have written about in pro wrestling?

Hurricane JJ Maguire as… Max Rebo

Sure, I could have gone with Figrin D’an, but I suspect the Hurricane would have found himself taking the more upscale booking at Jabba’s versus the cantina at Mos Eisley. Plus I want to hear JJ say, “Yes, Miss Snootles, we can take it from the top again.”

Princess Victoria as… Princess Leia

A bit obvious? Yes, and she’ll be disappointed that once again, she’s cast as the babyface. But like Cinderella, the space slipper fits. Nobody tells Princess Leia what to do, just as nobody tells Princess Victoria what to do!

Tracy Smother as… Yoda

A man who poured himself into many young pro wrestlers over the last few decades could easily be cast as Obi Wan, but Obi Wan only had two pupils. Yoda trained countless Jedi, and the Smothers family is now legion across pro wrestling.

Scott Romer as… Han Solo

With that camera strap always over his shoulder, one could draw a direct comparison to Chewbacca, but let’s be honest. Romer was a survivor, a hustler, and a ladies man. Plus think of all the great Romer pics of him posing with Lando, Jabba, and the glitterati of the galaxy.

Mad Man Pondo as… Boba Fett

As we all learned to our great delight in The Mandalorian, Boba survived the ultimate death match against the Sarlacc Pit. Can’t you see Pondo vs. Terry Funk fighting it out on a skiff in a no rope, loser falls in the Sarlaac Pit match? It would be the biggest draw on Tatooine since Anakin vs. Sebulba.

Chris Candido as… Luke Skywalker

Chris Candido was a natural heel, just as Victoria was, but I have to go wth Luke. Why? Well, people said Chris was a little short for a WWF Superstar, and we all know Luke was a little short for a Stormtrooper.

Dr. D David Schultz as… Darth Vader

“Oh you think the Dark Side is fake, do ya?” John Stossel better be glad Dr. D wasn’t a Sith. He’d have never left MSG alive that night in 1984! Chris Candido would have gotten a kick out of being booked opposite one of his heroes, and just think how awesome those Dr. D promos would sound in James Earl Jones’s voice.

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Happy Birthday, Princess Victoria

CAC Honoree and legendary ladies wrestler Princess Victoria is turning the big 6-0 this Wednesday, May 5. Her sister Mary asked me to put on a little surprise for her. Here’s the video from Thursday night, when Raven Lake joined us for a conversation on Wrestling Bookmarks. Lots of birthday wishes and great stories, plus a run-in from AEW’s Nyla Rose.

Click here to order a signed copy of Victoria’s book.

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For the Love of AKIRA and Charlie Kruel

Wrestlemania week is more than the WWE’s biggest event of the year. It’s become a week of opportunity for the countless men and women in the indies trying to break out and get noticed by one of the big companies. Like Christmas it only comes once a year, and it’s devastating to have something unexpected deny you the opportunity to participate.

AKIRA and Charlie Kruel were poised to have a great week in Florida. Unfortunately, AKIRA was diagnosed with Covid earlier this week and had to cancel. Out of an abundance of precaution, so did Charlie.

In their honor, I am asking anyone who loves indy wrestling and especially these two rising stars to support them anyway you can. You can find links below to purchase T-shirts, Charlie’s novel, and other great items.

There are few men or women in the business with the heart, the passion, and the teachable spirit both AKIRA and Charlie Kruel possess. They’ll be more ready than ever when the next ‘Mania weekend rolls around. If you’re able, please show them some love!

Shop AKIRA on The Indy Connection

Shop AKIRA on Deathmatch Worldwide

Shop Charlie Kruel on What A Maneuver

Buys Charlie Kruel’s novel – autographed! 

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Pre-order Princess Victoria Now!

Princess Victoria is one of the unsung heroes of women’s wrestling. She only wrestled for four years, her career ending after a fluke accident, but she remains a fan favorite. She’s a Cauliflower Alley Club award winner and a Women’s Tag Team Champion. She’s also a true warrior, a survivor who overcame a horrific childhood before she ever set foot in the ring.

Vicki Otis holds nothing back in this new memoir. She is incredibly frank about the abuse she suffered as a child, a story she shares in hopes of helping others. Vicki will also make you laugh out loud with some fantastic memories of friends like Wendi Richter, Velvet McIntyre, Stan Stasiak, Buddy Rose, Sandy Barr, and Roddy Piper.

Books will be in stock this weekend and ship early next week. If you’re a fan of 80s wrestling or ladies wrestling, this is one you cannot miss!

Order your signed copy of Princess Victoria’s autobiography now! 

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Girl Fight: Billie Starkz vs. ELLA!

I can’t believe I’m a week late posting this. I’ve been waiting a long time to see Ella back in the ring. Not only is Ella back, she’s fighting Billie Starkz!

Ella was the only woman never to be pinned in Girl Fight before her hiatus. Can she keep the streak alive against Billie Starkz?

Girl Fight is presenting empty arena matches every week for its wrestling-starved fans for free. All they ask is, if you can, to send a few bucks to the ladies. Here’s where to send a little thank you to Ella and Billie:

Ella:
Venmo: @Elizabeth-Johnson-348

Billie:
Venmo: @Billie-Starkz
CashApp: $BillieStarkz
PayPal: BigStarkzBrand@gmail.com

And don’t forget, Ella also has a novel available on Amazon!

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For the love of animals and wrestling!

Chad French is an idiot.

I mean that with much love and respect. Chad is a great guy and a phenomenal writer, so much so that I’ve encouraged him of late to go beyond blogging and get into the book writing game.

But seriously, the guy’s an idiot.

Last year, in the middle of a pandemic of all things, he decided to step over the barrier wall and promote a wrestling show.

And this year, he’s decided to do it again.

Seriously, Chad, what are you thinking?

Okay, okay, put the rocks down people. I know what Chad’s thinking, and I know what he’s doing. I also think it’s a wonderful idea, which is why I am writing here to tell you to buy a ticket for Pawcade. You see Pawcade isn’t just a wrestling show. It’s a fundraiser. The wrestlers on this show are doing this for the same reason Chad is: to support animals. Every dime they make goes to the Salem (Indiana) Animal Shelter.

If you know you’re Midwest indie scene, you know this show’s worth the price of admission. In my opinion it’s worth the price just to see Billie Starkz alone. Knowing that every dime of that ticket price is going to animals? Well, that’s just priceless.

So do I really think Chad French is an idiot? Not at all. He’s brave, he’s got a good heart, and his show deserves all the support indie wrestling and animal lovers can give it.

Click here for event information on Pawcade!

Click here to order tickets. 

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Rock Riddle on Fernwood 2 Night

I’m a big comedy fan, and Fred Willard was always one of my favorite actors. After hearing him discuss the show Fernwood 2 Night on Leonard Maltin’s podcast, I looked it up on YouTube.

I saw an episode labeled “Wrestling,” so naturally, I picked that one first.

Imagine my surprise seeing the one and only Rock Riddle playing “Mr. Wonderful” Rock Mondo.”

If you know me, Rock is one of my favorite people in the wrestling business. He’s a real character, and he has great Hollywood stories as well as wrestling. The first time we met, I asked him about Chuck Barris.

Rock gives a truly wonderful performance here, and the show is a riot beginning to end. Enjoy.

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Ella Screams Into OVW

Ella was on a hot streak in Girl Fight. She was unpinned in all her appearances, a staggering accomplishment in the promotion. After taking more than a year off, she has begun to make her presence known in new places.

Hollywood Haley J had her hands full with the scream queen this week. And I couldn’t be happier to see one of my favorite young stars back.

Keep an eye on Ella. She’s got the talent to go far. Oh yeah, read her novel too!

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Princess Victoria: Coming in April

I am very excited about this book.

I just re-read through the wrestling chapters tonight. Vicki has some tremendous stories about Wendi Richter, Velvet McIntyre, Stan Stasiak, Roddy Piper, and more.

This will not be an easy read for some. Her childhood was a living nightmare. It’s a story she wanted to tell in the hopes that other people with similar experiences can get help just as she has.

Available in April.