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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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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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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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The Seated Senton Fanzine

Michael Ewing has been a friend for several years as well as a collaborator. He’s one of my go-to proofreaders and editors. Recently, he decided to launch a print fanzine called The Seated Senton. Tonight, he and Chad French from Midwest Territory joined Ed Bratz and me on Wrestling Bookmarks to talk about the magazine, classic wrestling, indy wrestling, and Aaron Williams

You can watch the video below. To order a copy of The Seated Senton, click here.

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Girl Fight Returns Online

The ladies of Girl Fight are restless.

Tired of waiting for the states to deem it safe to hold live events again, some of the ladies recently reunited to film some brand new matches for their loyal fans. “Dad Man” Pondo has promised to release one match a week, every Tuesday night, on Girl Fight’s Facebook page.

If you’ve been attending Girl Fight shows in recent years, you can look forward to seeing many of your favorite ladies including current champion Mickie Knuckles, Billie Starkz, Charlie Kruel, Hawlee Cromwell, Big Mama, and the much-anticipated return of undefeated Ella.

In celebration if Girl Fight’s return, Eat Sleep Wrestle will be giving away a copy of Charlie Kruel’s book as well as Cousin Elvira’s biography. All you have to do is share the video to your Facebook page after Girl Fight posts the first new match. Everyone who shares will be entered into a drawing for the two books. And yes, Charlie’s book is signed by the psychopath herself.

Support indie wrestling in person and online. Let’s enjoy what we have as we look forward to returning to in-person action in a few months.

Watch the new Girl Fight videos on their official Facebook have which you can find right here: http://www.girlfightwrestling.com

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Life Coins: Gifts for First Responders and Vets

I’ve blogged before about the Life Coins that my friend Carol Castle of the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame created. I’ve told the story of how she created a program designed to get as many of these coins into the hands of first responders as a way to honor her son. Carol’s son was a first responder who took his own life, a story that’s all too common in that community. Life Coins carry an 800 phone number for Safe Call, a free, 24 hour crisis intervention center geared towards helping the people who help others when they themselves are feeling suicidal.

Carol has just introduced a new, heavier coin aimed at a new group of special people: our veterans. By using the phone number on these coins, veterans can reach out and get counseling any time day or night, free of charge. There’s no need to wait on the VA. Help is only a phone call away.

You can read more about the Life Coin program if you click here. Veteran coins are not yet available to order through the website, but you can use this link to contact Carol and find out how to order them.

This is a must-have gift for EMTs, firefighters, police, veterans, and yes… even professional wrestlers. She has a coin for them, too.

Click here to learn more about Life Coins.

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For the Love of Super Genie

 

Wrestlers give their time, their money, and their bodies for our entertainment. To this day, the business that profits off their sacrifice has yet to step up and truly care for these people long term. That’s the reason so many independents are always running benefit shows. It’s also the reason the Cauliflower Alley Club exists.

Today, the boys (and the girls, and the fans) also have resources like Go Fund Me that allow people to step up immediately and help ease the financial burdens of medical problems. Right now, it’s Melissa Coates, aka Super Genie, who needs some love.

Most fans know Super Genie as Sabu’s ringside (and real life) companion, but she is also a highly accomplished bodybuilder and professional wrestler in her own right. Like many former wrestlers, who worked as independent contractors without any insurance or 401K plan, she has limited resources, and the COVID-19 forced shut down of the independent wrestling world has kept her and Sabu out of action for months. This is why a Go Fund Me was set up to help her out.

It’s the season of giving anyway, so why not spare a few dollars to help someone in need? You can click here to give on her Go Fund Me page. Or, if you prefer, you can help Melissa and Sabu by visiting Sabu’s Pro Wrestling Tees page or purchasing Sabu’s must-have autobiography from WOHW.

If Sabu or Super Genie have entertained you over the years, there’s no better way to say thank you than this. Please give if you can.

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Lillie Lockhart Has a Pro Wrestling Tees Page

Lillie Lockhart now has a Pro Wrestling Tees store. Who is Lillie Lockhart? She’s one of the new generation of women’s wrestlers you can catch at Girl Fight Wrestling. She’s also one of thousands of wrestlers you can find in Pro Wrestling Tees, a website that has helped many independent wrestlers keep going during these (I don’t want to say it, but here I go) unprecedented times.

There are many places you can spend money this holiday season. You can certainly spend more for brand name stars on the brand name wrestling company’s web store. But there’s a lot of good that you can do shopping with the indy stars and legends on Pro Wrestling Tees. Click here to give Lillie’s shop a look. Do a search for your indy star or legend like Mr. Grim, Charlie Kruel, Mad Man Pondo, Chris Hero, and even Dr. D David Schultz!

Support pro wrestling and give someone a Merry Christmas all in one stop!

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Mickie Knuckles Triumphs at Night of the Living Girl Fight

There were sixteen ladies booked for the October 2020 edition of Girl Fight Wrestling. Five canceled due to Covid-19, and one had to bail last minute due to a family emergency. The ten ladies that remained put on one of the best shows in the promotion’s history.

I missed independent wrestling like crazy over the last nine months, but I can honestly say if I had to go another nine months without an indy show, this one would hold me over. Top to bottom, it was one of the most entertaining nights of pro wrestling I’ve ever attended.

The great action started with the very first bout when Hawlee Cromwell took on Arie Alexander. Alexander was a new face, and the girl with sunflowers all over her wrestling gear proved to be a very equal match for Cromwell. Alexander won over some fans and took the match from the Girl Fight veteran.

Next up was the much anticipated Jeffersonville debut of Heather Reckless against another diminutive grappler Valentina Loca. Loca made enemies of the crowd with her loud mouth and smart aleck comments right from the start while Reckless stole the heart of every child in attendance. The Seth Rollins trainee quickly won over the older fans as well with her wrestling and submission skills. Loca and Reckless were great from start to finish, where Reckless claimed a win over the brash girl from New Mexico.

Blair Onyx entered the ring next followed by her challenger, the masked Pizza Cat, Jr., aka fan favorite Billie Starkz. After silencing a few smart marks in the back of the room with her death stare, Onyx struck fear in the heart of poor Pizza Cat by bending backwards into a bridge and crawling like a spider toward her feline foe. It was impressive to watch the young Starkz/Pizza Cat put on a different persona in the ring, but Onyx was equally impressive with her acrobatic skills and flexibility. In the end the cat beat the spider as Pizza Cat got the pin.

The last match before intermission was a grudge match between Mickie Knuckles and Charlie Kruel. Still fuming from the last Girl Fight show when Kruel cost Knuckles a victory against Susie, Mickie took the fight to Kruel. Mickie’s humor was back in full force as well. “You’re crazier than I am, and that’s REALLY saying something,” she told Kruel early in the match. Mickie later made everyone question who the crazy one was by picking Charlie’s nose and feeding her the booger. Then after a slow count from the referee, Mickie warned the official, “You’re getting licked tonight. I don’t care if there’s Covid!” Knuckles got her revenge, winning a hard-hitting contest.

Only one match remained after intermission, and that was the Broad Brawl for the vacated Girl Fight Championship. Heather Reckless and Billie Starkz started off the Girl Fight version of the Royal Rumble, and a new competitor joined in every 30 seconds until 10 ladies total had entered. In addition to Onyx, Cromwell, Loca, Knuckles, Alexander, and Kruel, the ladies were joined by Hannah Henderson and Larry D’s wife Paige.

All ten ladies made it into the ring before the eliminations began. Heather Reckless was the first to go, followed by Valentina Loca, Arie Alexander, Blair Onyx, Hannah Henderson, and Paige. Charlie Kruel then shocked the fans by tossing Billie Starkz over the top rope, leaving Kruel and Cromwell to face the only former champion in the match, Mickie Knuckles.

Twice, Cromwell and Kruel made a run at Knuckles trying to knock her over the top rope. On the second attempt, Mickie pulled down the top rope and gave the younger ladies a nudge. The bell sounded, and Mickie Knuckles became the two time Girl Fight Champion.

I can’t say enough about how hard the ladies fought tonight. This is a must-see event when it hits streaming and DVD for anyone who loves Girl Fight or women’s wrestling in general.

Girl Fight’s next event is yet to be announced, but Mad Man Pondo teased the possibility of a Midnight Girl Fight show the night before Thanksgiving. If past years are any indicator, it will be a raucous crowd and another great night of women’s action should it come to pass.