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Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's A Wrestling Podcast Game Show !! New episode !!! LISTEN !

It’s Thursday and time for a “special edition” of Shooting the Shiznit with a wrestling podcast game show -- Who Wants to Be The Best Shizniter Ever? Every two weeks two contestants face off in a battle of wits. Contestants get to pick subjects from a board and get to talk 75 seconds each on the subject to determine who can talk “shiznit” the best. Go to to stspod.club for full rules video and a sample board. Episode 55 features new Champion “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony battling challenger SJ Chapman! SHARE!!!

Journey of the Journeyman: Here Comes the Heat

First, let me apologize for the delay in posting.  Between a busy schedule professionally and handling things personally, I haven't had as much "free time" as I'd like.  Also, I haven't really had a topic or experience that spoke to me enough to write an interesting article...until now.

I'd debated whether or not to way in on this topic, due to the polarizing opinions I've seen throughout social media, but I have decided to throw my opinion out there.  So without further adieu....

Crowd Funding & Professional Wrestling

A little back story before I begin my article, without naming names.  Recently, a link to a GoFundMe account for a professional wrestler has been shared throughout social media.  The gist of the scenario is that said wrestler has received an opportunity of some sort and a crowd funding page was set up by a friend to assist in the travel, lodging, etc. for this wrestler to take advantage of the opportunity presented.

As mentioned prior, this has been received to polarizing opinion.  One camp is wishing the wrestler well, while the other is demonizing them for asking for help.  Well, here comes the heat, as I (for some reason) voice my opinion on the matter.

GoFundMe and other crowd funding sites have a variety of uses.  In some people's eyes, these should be used strictly for emergency scenarios, i.e. medical bills, sudden death, etc.  However, on GoFundMe's home page, it states "Raise money for yourself, others, and charities".  GoFundMe has a huge list of categories to choose from.  A picture from their website is listed below. 
In order to better educate myself on GoFundMe's uses to form an educated opinion rather than going strictly off reaction, I browsed the campaigns to see what others had used the platform for.  My findings show that this scenario is far from unusual.  I found examples of athletes requesting funds for training to take their game to the next level, teams and individual athletes asking for help to make it to events such as championship games and trials, bands recording albums, bands purchasing a vehicle to tour in...the results really run the gamut.

I main arguments I've seen against the example in question is that many believe this wrestler should either A) save up money to participate in this opportunity or B) sacrifice more to be able to participate.  Let's plug that line of thinking into another campaign that I reviewed and look at the line of thinking from another angle.

A Pop Warner football team is asking for $30K to help cover room, board, and travel to a Pop Warner Championship game.  With the thinking above, it would be decided that the parents of the kids should save better or sacrifice more for their kids to have the opportunity to participate in this event?  Why does this not sound right to everyone else?  Because professional wrestling is, inherently, a hypocritical business. 

Hot take, right?  I can feel the heat now, but let me back up my theory with hypothetical examples.  I've been in many locker rooms throughout the country, and the world, in my 12 years of bumping for bucks.  I heard many wrestlers brag about convincing "ring rats", "money marks", and sponsors to buy them goods (clothing, wrestling gear, etc.), cover their travel (plane tickets, rental cars, driving them placed), and otherwise sponsor/fund their professional wrestling dream.  This is a time honored tradition in professional wrestling, for better or for worse, whether it is done through conning the individual (feigning a relationship) or reaping the benefits of the wrestler's star power in the eyes of the paying individual.

While the above is celebrated, taking a straight forward approach such as crowd funding to attempt to obtain these funds is frowned upon.  See the hypocrisy? 

At the end of the day, here is my take.  GoFundMe is a 100% voluntary service.  If you want to help, donate and/or share.  If not, don't.  No one is forcing your hand or taking money out of your wallet.  If the cause speaks to someone, they will donate.  If it doesn't, the funds won't be donate.  It's that simple.

Let's stop being so critical.  Let's celebrate opportunity.  If it's not hurting you, why care?

As always, stay human my friends.  I love you all.

- Jeremiah Plunkett
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NEW STS with Will Gibson !!

It’s Tuesday and time for this week’s Shootin’ the Shiznit Episode 54. Will Gibson joins BT this week for an edition of “wrestling with the stars” titled “Reffing With The Stars.” Will is part of the Gibson wrestling family and also a ref for the current GWF Amped airing on PPV. Will talks about Chavo Guerrero, Rockstar Spud, Mickie James, Shane Helms, Justin Gabriel, Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett, The Hardys, Kevin Nash, Rock ‘N ‘ Roll Express and more. Action packed 43.5 minutes! SHARE !!

oWo Benefit for Cameron Valentine THIS FRIDAY!

WECW Wrestling presents "Fright Night" October 7

Monday, September 18, 2017

Starrcade Returns

WWE.com has confirmed the recent rumors that Starrcade will return on the WWE Network. Below is the official statement from WWE.com.

Source WWE.com

Starrcade is back, and for the first time in 30 years, it’s coming home.
On Saturday, Nov. 25, during Thanksgiving weekend, Starrcade returns when the Superstars of SmackDown LIVE descend on Greensboro, N.C., for a historic event at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The premier event of the National Wrestling Alliance and, later, WCW, Starrcade got its start in Greensboro on Thanksgiving 1983 with a star-studded lineup that saw Ric Flair defeat Harley Race to win his second of 16 World Championships. Starrcade remained in Greensboro through 1986 and was the stage on which legendary performers like Dusty Rhodes, The Four Horsemen, Magnum TA, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and many more etched their names into sports-entertainment history.

As the calendar turned to the 1990s, a new generation of competitors emerged to take the Starrcade spotlight, like Sting, Vader and the nWo. The last edition of Starrcade under the WCW banner took place in December 2000.

Now, fans in Greensboro will get the opportunity to be a part of history, as Starrcade returns with an absolutely stacked card featuring two Steel Cage Matches. Matches announced* for the return of Starrcade include:

WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
SmackDown Women’s Championship Steel Cage Match
Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
United States Championship Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Rusev
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Texas Tornado Match
The New Day vs. The Usos
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Breezango vs Aiden English & Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis

The Hardy Boyz are also confirmed to appear at Starrcade in their home state of North Carolina, as are WWE Hall of Famers and Starrcade legends Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express!

Tickets for Starrcade will be available starting Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history as Starrcade returns!

*Talent and matches listed and depicted above are subject to change.

Silas Mason (Part 2)

Listen to "Silas Mason (Part 2)" on Spreaker.

Tonight, it’s Dustin vs. Jackson (Round 2) for the (still) vacant PiƱata Championship! We will go over all 6 confirmed matches for WWE No Mercy, giving our predictions on each match. Then in the MAIN EVENT we will be playing part 2 of our interview with “Thrillbilly” Silas Mason!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Passes Away

We are saddened to report that wrestling legend, Bobby Heenan has passed away at age 73.