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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.

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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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Free Shipping for Cyber Week!

This week only, get free shipping in the US when you use the coupon code “cyberweek” at checkout.

Offer is valid through Sunday, December 6.

Visit the book shop to order your signed copies of Bluegrass Brawlers, The Ballad of Cousin Elvira, The Original Black Panther, Memoirs of  Mad Man, and of course, If You Don’t Buy This Book, Everybody Dies!

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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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The Legacy of Tracy Smothers

I got a call from Mad Man Pondo just after 10 a.m. this morning. That’s when I found out Tracy Smothers had passed away. Pondo let me know that the word wasn’t officially out yet. They were still telling friends and family. Given that Pondo was telling me two hours after he found out, I couldn’t help but remember one of Tracy’s many famous lines.

“Tell a friend, telephone, tell a wrestler.”

Tracy was a funny man. He was a strong man, strong enough to fight three bears, survive riots at the ECW arena, escape bar fights in Southeast Asia, and even whip cancer. Sadly, cancer came back for the rematch, and the toll it took on his body in the first fight proved to be just too much for him to carry on with this fight.

I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss his phone calls when we talked about football and politics. I’m going to miss his texts and hearing him repeat some of his favorite stories. I’m really sad he won’t be around to see the Candido book in print because he’s the reason I started writing it.

I’m incredible grateful I got to know Tracy. I will be honest, I was afraid to approach him in my early years writing about the business. He was a legend, and I have a hard enough time approaching the future legends to say, “Hello, my name is…” It’s silly when I think about it because the biggest impression I took away from watching him at D1W in New Albany (outside his amazing dance steps, of course) was what he did during all the matches that preceded his on every show.

Tracy watched every match. Every single one. And as I later found out, he didn’t just watch. Any guy or girl who wanted feedback got it. It was positive. It was encouraging. It made them better.

Fans who know Tracy Smothers from his days with SMW, WCW, ECW, and the indies know what a remarkable legacy he built inside the ring, but the guys and ladies who worked the indies the last two decades will tell you his greatest legacy is one most fans don’t know. It’s the way he poured his heart into the aspiring wrestlers he met in the gyms, the warehouses, the skating rinks, and everywhere else he wrestled these last twenty years.

Tracy’s legacy is ladies like Jessie Belle, who many people to this day believe is his real daughter. (Sorry, didn’t mean to break kayfabe.) It’s in Mickie Knuckles, another Smothers daughter who earlier today described Tracy as the only true father figure she ever knew. It’s in Amazing Maria, Khloe Belle, and all the other Smothers daughters he took under his wing.

His legacy includes guys like CM Punk, who tweeted earlier about Tracy being the first legend he ever worked. It’s in Edge and Christian who found a caring mentor who poured himself into them when they first came to the States. It’s in Mr. Brickster. It’s in Corey Storm. It’s in every young guy and lady who worked in the locker room with him at ASW, AIW, IWA Mid-South, D1W, KZW, and other promotions too numerous to mention.

Tracy’s generosity extended far beyond the locker room. He was always available to anyone by phone, text, or Messenger. (He never had an email address that I know of.) He remembered the kids who wanted his counsel, and he kept tabs on them. He reached out when he saw them have a great match. He boosted their spirits when he heard they’d been hurt.

To fans he was Tracy. To the wrestlers he was “Pops.” He loved his kids more than he did wrestling, and when he left us this morning, he did so having left everything in the ring and the locker room.

Tracy’s impact will be felt for years to come in this business. He left a wonderful collection of matches for us to enjoy, but more than that, he left a piece of himself in every man and woman who ever asked him, “Hey, did you see my match?” You’re damn right he saw your match, and if you were willing to listen, Pops would encourage you, make you better, and keep tabs on you online and on the road.

I’m so sad that he’s gone. I’m going to miss him, but I know he loved the Lord, and I trust I will see him again one day. I’m happy he’s no longer suffering, and I’m excited to see all these Smothers kids carry on his legacy.

Until we meet again, rest in peace, my friend.

(Photo above by Jim Cornette.)