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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Journey of a Journeyman: Depression

I had reservations on whether or not I should make this entry, as it really isn't wrestling related per say.  Also, it has been beat into my head over the years that we, as wrestlers, should not appear to have flaws.  However, after much internal deliberation, I have decided to go forward.

The topic of today's entry is mental illness, specifically clinical depression.  This is where I may lose some readers, and if so, that's fine.  Please join me on a more wrestling-centric blog in the future.  However, today this is the topic of my ramblings.

Clinical depression is a very real medical condition, one that often goes overlooked and undiagnosed.  In this "tough guy" business, this is often pushed aside as a case of the blues, or seen as a performer being weak minded.  However, as I have felt the effects of this illness, and they are crippling.

I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depress in 2014, and since then I have been on and off a myriad of prescriptions and in and out of therapy sessions.  Anyone who knows me knows that it is out of character for me to resort to medication or opening up about my feelings.  That's just not how I roll.  However, depression is a different beast than anything I've ever faced.

While therapy was/is a challenge for me, admitting to myself that I need medication is a huge blow to my ego.  The side effects take an already huge undertaking and make it seem impassable.  One drug makes me feel like a zombie.  Another drug curbs my depression, but also makes me numb to the entire world.  For a time, including while I type this, you even attempt to self-medicate, using yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques to stave off the symptoms of the disease.  At the end of the day, I just put in a renewal request for the medication that messed with me the least.

I share this with you for multiple reasons.

  1. To show that I am just like you.  A member of the human race, with flaws, challenges, and personal demons.
  2. To bring attention to mental illness.  If you notice someone suffering, offer help!  If you yourself are suffering, get help!
  3. To vent.  After all, this is my blog, used to share my outlooks on life, wrestling, and everything in between.
With that said, let's tie this to professional wrestling.  The industry can both be my release and my biggest trigger.  Performing in front of rabid fans, no matter the number, is a high that cannot be replicated.  Like heroin junkies, wrestlers are always "chasing the dragon" of the next big pop.  Nothing beats taking a crowd on an emotional roller coaster, and living off the reactions of the ride's peaks and valleys.

However, just like the match, for every high, there is a low.  Physical pain from the bodily abuse.  Emotional pain from the lonely nights.  Disappointment at your situation.  Regret for missing an opportunity.  Frustration in your daily life.  All are real triggers that the illness feeds on.

I'm not pushing medication.  However you deal, as long as it's healthy, I'm all for it.  Just be sure to deal.  Realize some things are out of your control.   Tackle those that are in your control.  Be the best you that you can be.

I love you all!

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Memphis Wrestling show featuring the Beach Boys...

We talked about this on the podcast this week and I thought you guys might enjoy the Beach Boy gimmick. lol

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Van VanHorn vs One Man Gang

Here is our guest from today vs One Man Gang

NEW STS with Van "The Man" VanHorn!

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for the new episode of Shooting The Shiznit with host Brian Tramel. Van “The Man” VanHorn joins BT for Episode 43, Season 3. VanHorn worked as a jobber for the WWE and AWA in the 80s and shared some fun stories. He talks about Joe LeDuc, Randy Savage, how Haku saved him, Rick Rude, working for Lawler in Memphis, Demolition, how he got booked working WWE & AWA TV and much more in this 35 minute packed episode. SHARE !!

Latest News on Ric Flair Surgery

Here is the latest update on the condition of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.

According to a tweet by Legacy Talent CEO Melinda Morris Zanoni, the surgery was a “success” and was not heart-related.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ric Flair Update

The following was posted by Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer message board...

"He’s out of surgery.
It’s good that he’s out of surgery.
It’s still real bad. I had it just told to me in some detail, not exactly identical, but very similar to what happened to my dad. However, his kidneys are functioning which is the main difference and no cancer issues.
Again, Flair has been hospitalized since Saturday with heart-related issues."

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Ric Flair Undergoing Emergency Surgery

It is being reported by several news sources that today Ric Flair was put into a medically induced coma to undergo emergency surgery.

Details of his condition have not been released.

Flair was hospitalized over the weekend for unknown reasons.

We will update further as more information becomes available.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cheap Heat: Do Championships mean anything anymore??


When I was a kid, I was a big fan of championship betls.  It was my dream to own a real belt one day.  I tried to be an encyclopedia of pro wrestling history growing up and made it a point to learn the history of all my favorite wrestling championships.  I remember how exciting it was when Jerry 'the King' Lawler finally won the AWA World Championship on May 9th, 1988. (I didn't google that, I legit remembered the date when Jerry Lawler won the World title because it was a huge deal to me at the time.) 


I remember how excited I was when the Rock & Roll Express beat the Russians to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship from the Russians in Mid-Atlantic in 1985. 


It was a big deal back then because not everybody won World Championships, hell not everybody won championships period.  Granted they bounced around in Memphis quite a bit with the weekly Monday night show, but when I was a kid.....WWF Intercontinental Title changes were few and far between, NWA United States Champions were a pretty elite group.  Even the NWA World Television title was mostly held by really solid workers.  Back then to be a "former World Champion" was a huge deal because only a small handful of guys got to earn that distinction.  I remember when they would say a "former World Champion" was coming to a territory it was a big deal and it narrowed down who they could have been referring to.  What made me think about this was recently Wrestlecade has been teasing guests for this year's event and everyday they've been teasing "former World Champions" and I realized that group isn't so small or elite anymore.  In the late 90's "Monday Night War" era....titles started bouncing around constantly. 


There are TONS of guys from my childhood who were amazing workers who NEVER held the World Heavyweight Championship....Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Ted Dibiase, Arn Anderson, and the list goes on and on.  Now days, if a guy is on the roster for more than a few months without being the champion fans complain they are being "buried".  Jinder Mahal was getting squashed on RAW by Finn Balor and literally just a couple of weeks later he's the WWE World Champion on Smackdown.  Look at the main event scene in WWE right now...Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Kevin Owens, and AJ Styles have all held the title.  Where do they go from there? Once you pass the belt around this much anything they do outside the title picture seems like a step down and it hurts the fans perception of them.  The US title and IC title have had their moments in recent years but for the most part they've just been passed around and defended on pre-shows to the point there's little to no prestige to be had from them compared to the days of guys like Mr. Perfect and Randy Savage as IC Champion or Ricky Steamboat and Rick Rude as US Champion.  The tag team division has come and gone in recent years with the titles often being held by thrown together teams for short periods of time. 



Granted championships in wrestling have always been a "prop" albeit a useful one that feuds and storylines could build off for weeks and months, and sometimes years.  However with all the "hot potato" action in more recent years and having so many different champions for short periods of time, has the importance and prestige of the wrestling championships been diminished?  Is it really that impressive for someone to be a "former World Champion"?  Does it mean much to be a "multiple time champion" these days?  Is it fair that John Cena will end up breaking the record of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair in an era where the comparison is really apples and oranges??  The answer in my opinion is...it's all in the booking.  There have been guys who have been booked well that's brought some prestige back to the US and IC titles for short periods of time.  There's independent companies that have made their title mean something based on how they book the championship and who they allow to hold it.  Like everything in wrestling, it's another aspect that has evolved and changed and it's subjective whether it's a good thing or a bad thing.  As a fan, I don't think it's something that can really be changed or fixed but I think things like the extended title reigns of CM Punk as WWE Champion and the New Day as WWE Tag Team Champions breaking Demolition's record will make them stand out in recent wrestling history more so than their counterparts but in the big scheme of things does that really even matter? Again, it's subjective but I know for me I miss the days where I was actually excited to see someone become the champion the way I was on May 9, 1988 when Jerry Lawler finally became AWA World Champion.  




Kevin (Steen) Owens is my favorite wrestler these days but I couldn't begin to tell you what month he won the ROH World Title or even the month he won the WWE Universal Title, much less the day. But it's still super cool in my book that he got that opportunity when so many said he wouldn't...so there's still an element of accomplishment regardless of the sentiment of old school fans who long for the good old days......just remember, even back in the day Ronnie Garvin beat Ric Flair for the NWA World title so......there's that. 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Retro Cheap Heat Radio w/"J.C. Ice" Jamie Dundee!

One of the early interviews that helped put Cheap Heat Radio on the map, a very fun but very sober and lucid interview with Jamie Dundee, a far cry from his wild shoot interviews he had done at this point and in the future.  Enjoy!





Rules & Regulations of Who Wants To Be The Best Shizniter EVER? For those that have never listened...

Who Wants To Be The Best Shizniter? Game Board for episode IV

A Wrestling Podcast Game Show !! New STS !! Who Wants To Want To Be The Best Shizniter EVER?? IV

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 42, Season 3 features three time champion Matthew Essary battling challenger Daniel Jones. SHARE!!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Wayne's World" - Evolution of Pro Wrestling

Grab some popcorn and get ready for another edition of “Wayne’s World”. After traveling to so many different regions and meeting guys and girls with different backgrounds, I’ve come to the conclusion that pro wrestling is as hot as it’s ever been…just on a different scale.

As a kid, I would sit upstairs at the Mid-South Coliseum with Jerry Jarrett and others, watching the matches in front of several thousand wild fans. It was more than a decade after the weekly sell outs but business was still booming in the early 90s. It was around this time,  that the business was evolving. ECW was becoming a big deal and Memphis was soon to have Kurt Angle, the Rock and others come through before becoming megastars. Depending on who you ask, the business was falling apart though. It’s been this way for years, one generation remembers how it was when they started and the next generation has their own ideas of what it could be. The weird part, is neither generation is wrong on how they feel. 

There was a time when tv ratings and viewership was the main indication of success. Sure, house shows and main towns needed to draw, as well. But companies based which towns to run on the numbers their tv did in that market. This was the tv era and arguably the hottest wrestling has ever or will ever be. Stars were being created before our very eyes and everyone was making a real living. My grandfather bought a brand new Cadillac and paid cash, just from one week’s worth of business! This is the era that many of today’s purists refer to as the right way and only way that pro wrestling should be presented. It was an era of tough guys that for one reason or another only fit in to the wild and crazy world of pro wrestling. Could you imagine Bruiser Brody, Missing Link, or the Fargos doing anything else?! Like anything, this would all change.

Like tv, radio, movies and music.. everything changes. The foundation of pro wrestling is still apparent in most situations- a technical contest or fight between trained athletes. What has changed the most during this “evolution” is the presentation of pro wrestling. There was a time when pro wrestling was meant to be as realistic as possible and anything else was frowned upon. There was also a time when Tv ratings were the most important thing to a company(i.e. “Monday night wars”) Over the years, and with the internet and social media being so dominant, this has changed as much as anything else. This isn’t to say that ratings don’t matter, but there are now multiple avenues to view pro wrestling than tv alone. There are also now multiple brands of pro wrestling than ever before. With these different brands naturally come different styles of something as old as time. Cause ya know the Romans wrestled naked, maybe we should go back to that model..

The best part about pro wrestling today is that there are big shows and small shows every single day of the week. Most of these companies have a great online following so whether there are 50 paid fans or 5000, there is more of a reason than ever to stand apart from the next person. Decades ago, not everyone could claim they were a pro wrestler and now, anyone can be trained and find a place to wrestle. This means good and bad things for wrestling purists. In most cases, the new generation is likely poorly trained, through no fault of their own. After all, pro wrestling is fake and easy…anyone can teach how to do it. That’s why we all have to learn more patience with these type of guys because they have to learn. The way this business was is gone. It won’t come back because the next generation is different from the guys and girls before them. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a fact of evolution. The best part, poorly trained or not, is the generation of guys and girls willing to do anything to be taken seriously. Whether it’s crazy and "uncalled for" spots or driving insane miles just for an opportunity…most of them WANT to be successful.

Success means different things to different people. Today’s society has created stars out of nothing(cash me ousside, how bout dat?!) So why expect anything less from pro wrestling? Whether it’s in front of thousands and someone is getting dick flipped or it’s in front of dozens and it’s a crazy bump. Why does it matter? The purpose of pro wrestling is to entertain the people that pay to sit or stand and react to what they find entertaining. Pro wrestling today can be absolutely as serious or comedic as we want. It can be in a small packed bar on a Sunday or in a big venue with lights and fancy sets. That’s what makes pro wrestling so incredible! It’s one thing that can unite everyone of all races, sex, and lifestyles. After all, where else will you hear a “He sucks dick” chant followed by “Equal rights”?

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NEW STS !! Konnan's Keepin It 100's producer joins Lance & BT !!

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for the new episode of Shootin’ The Shiznit!! Episode 41, Season 2 has “Cool Kids” Lance LeVine and Joe Feeney joining BT. The trio talk about Feeney joining Konnan doing Keepin It 100, his podcast history, how hard/easy is it to work with Konnan, Lance talks about BT, they talk about other podcasts, shout out to Kerry, Feeney tshirts, BT talks STS listeners and Feeney talks about Roman Reigns. SHARE!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dustin "Five" Starr w/Maria vs Will Sharp - oWo

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Chris Lexx vs Barry Wolf - oWo

Hale County Misfits vs Tony Dabbs/Bret Michaels - oWo

Jimmy Hart Coming to EPW This Saturday!!



WECW Wrestling 8/4 Results

World Elite Combat Wrestling RESULTS
August 4th 2017
Ripley Mississippi


1st Match

 Mike Freska, Max Castellanos, & Josh Moss defeated Chris Cade, Dustin Anthony, & Andy Mack

2nd Match

Johnny O'Shea defeated DJ Talamentez

3rd Match

Nikki Lane defeated Diana Taylor

4th Match

Josh Moss defeated Terrell Tempo

5th Match

Tracy Smothers defeated Rudy Boy Gonzalez

Semi-Main Event

Neil Taylor defeated Chase Stevens

Main Event

Marko Stunt defeated Austin Lane in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match


World Elite Combat returns to Ripley Mississippi, Saturday, September 9th!!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

10 Things That Wrestling Forgot ! Cool Kids Countdown !

It's Sunday and time for this special edition of Shooting The Shiznit. Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown “10 Things That Wrestling Forgot” for Episode 36, Season. In rapid fire format they talk things in the wrestling that are just not relevant to them anymore. Fun packed 38 minute episode.

Happy Birthday Rose Jackson!!

I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my very best friend and my tag team partner in life, my wonderful wife, Rose Jackon!! Not only does she tolerate my passion for pro wrestling, she shares it and we've made many great memories together at all sorts of wrestling related events. Happy Birthday my love! I hope it's a great one!!










Rosey starring in an ROH television commercial in 2012



Friday, August 4, 2017

This Day in Wrestling History: Smoky Mountain Wrestling presents the SUPERBOWL OF WRESTLING 1995




August 4, 1995 in Knoxville, TN

Civic Coliseum drawing 5,000 ($37,500)

1) Brian Armstrong pinned D-Lo Brown (8:00)

2) The Headbangers beat Flash Flanagan & Chris Michaels when Mosh pinned Michaels (11:40)

3) USWA Tag Champs PG-13 beat Jackie Fulton & Curtis Thompson when JC Ice pinned Fulton

4) The Punisher pinned Bob Armstrong (3:40)

5) Al Snow pinned Marty Jannetty (28:32) to win the MTW Title

6) NWA World Champ Dan Severn beat Bobby Blaze (4:04) via submission

7) Terry Gordy & Tommy Rich beat The Mongolian Stomper & Boo Bradley (10:56) when Rich pinned Bradley

8) Brad Armstrong pinned Billy Jack Haynes (9:32) to win the USWA Title

9) The Undertaker pinned Unabom (14:46)

10) The Heavenly Bodies beat Tracy Smothers & The Dirty White Boy (21:27) to win the SMW Tag Title when Jim Del Rey pinned Anthony11) WWF I-C Champ Shawn Michaels pinned Buddy Landel (13:42)
You can watch the show on youtube HERE!!



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Cheap Heat: August 4, 2017


To Podcast...or not to Podcast??

This week's column will look at the question I've been asking myself for a couple of weeks now. Should I start a new wrestling podcast or not?  I will not bring back a weekly live version of Locals to Legends Wrestling Radio on blogtalkradio unless Neil Taylor is available to do so, which very well may be the case later this year as circumstances change.  However, I've been pondering doing a 'Locals to Legends Wrestling Podcast' sporadically as interviews and topics come up that I want to do a show on.  This show wouldn't be live, it would be pre-recorded and it wouldn't be a weekly show just whenever the opportunity presents itself and I'd post them here whenever they come up.  There's a few people I'd still like to interview that I haven't had the opportunity to yet. I'd also like to do some shows with people on some various topics that I think would make for interesting conversations and podcasts.  So, I think I'll do a couple and see what the response is....I would like to start a bit of a 'Locals to Legends Podcast Network' with other wrestling podcasters who would like to feature their shows here.  If you already have a wrestling podcast and would like to post them here, feel free to contact me....or if you'd like to start one and feature it here....email me...I've been doing wrestling podcasts since 2007 so I'd be more than happy to help you get started and lead you in the right direction. 


Softcore Cup 2 is coming August 19th!!

It's taken an extra year but IWA Deep South is bringing back the popular Softcore Cup tournament concept in Dadeville, Alabama on August 19th at the "World Famous Rodeo Club".  The first event was pretty wild but this show promises to up the ante taking place in a bar with WAY less limitations than the National Guard Armory in Tennessee that played host to the first Softcore Cup.  For more info on the card, check out the Facebook event here!  I'm excited to be joined on commentary this time by one of my very best friends and podcast co-host Neil "the Real Deal" Taylor! If you think the past commetary was something, you haven't heard anything yet!  However, if you've never seen the first Softcore Cup, purchase it on DVD here at Smart Mark Video! Featuring: Joey Ryan, Cliff Compton, "Rapeface" Ronnie Jenkins, Big Donnie, The Nacho Butcher, 'The Man Scout' Jake Manning, stars of Chikara Pro, and many more!





"10 Count" featuring "The Big Beef" Jake Garvin

This week on "10 Count", we head to Louisville and meet up with 
"The Big Beef" Jake Garvin.
"The Big Beef" Jake Garvin
Garvin made his debut almost two years ago after training with Apollo Garvin, Dave Crist and The Hooligans.
1. What made you start/choose wrestling?
 
It's what I've wanted to do my whole entire life. I wasn't doing anything I ever dreamt of so I decided to suck up my fears and give it a shot.
 
2. Did you enjoy wrestling as a kid? If so, your favorites (workers, territories, promotions, venues, etc) and why.
 
I loved wrestling as a kid. I'm only 22 so I missed out on the territory's so most of my viewing was either OVW (in person) or WWE but my favorite for sure was Mid South. Mid South is my favorite because they had this presence about them. Everyone top to bottom was so complete. You can learn from any and everyone. As a kid my favorite workers were Benoit, Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and Triple H. I think these guys were my favorite because they all seemed tough and legit. 
 
3. Biggest influence on your career so far? 
 
Biggest influence on my career so far has to be The Hooligans; Devin and Mason Cutter.
They have taught me to hit the road and not to be afraid or not to be down on myself if I screw up. They give me the best advice and always have my best interest in mind. They are my best friends.
 
4. If someone has never seen wrestle you, what is the first thing that you would tell them about yourself? 
 
I'm the Big Beef, I'm brash, arrogant and I plan on winning. I'm hard hitting and legit.
 
5. What/who influenced your ring style?
 
Guys like Terry Gordy, Steve Williams, Arn Anderson influenced my in ring style. There"s a lot of depth to me. I take a lot of inspiration outside of wrestling and pull it into who I am. Matt Healy from The 1975 is a huge inspiration of mine. I'm very influenced by Hardcore and Punk music because that was my upbringing. 
 
6. Pick on wrestler/team/manager from the past to work with or against and why.
 
If I had to pick one Wrestler/team/manager I would work with or against....
Wrestler would be Raven. Answer is because he's a genius.
Team would be Road Warriors. Answer is because they rule and I wanna hear that reaction in person.
Manager would be Jim Cornette. He's the man. A lot of people hate him but he can talk asses into seats and that's what a worker loves!
 
7. What is the plan for Jake Garvin? 2017? 
 
The plan for Jake Garvin with the rest of 2017? As always, continued progress. I want to be better each time I step in a ring. I would like to get in better shape as well. I want gold.
 
8. Why "The Big Beef"? Where did that nickname originate?
 
I was wrestling at a festival in Texas called Sound on Sound and the last day got rained out. We were trying to survive the rain and I was down on myself so I asked a friend what he saw in me. He said "You're believable, big and beefy". It clicked and got over so I used it.
 
9. Best thing about wrestling? 
 
The best thing about wrestling... besides actually wrestling would have to be seeing the country!
 
10. Why do we need to know Jake Garvin?
 
I'm different, I bring something new to the ring each match. I'm girth and athleticism embodied. I'm also a very hard worker and very humble. I travel and do things the right way.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Relative Unknown - (Almost) Humble Beginnings

Welcome back to the first legitimate entry in this bit of a series here. Because I am every bit as basic as I seem, I figured we'd start out here with my (almost) beginnings in the wrestling world. Focusing on how I heard about professional wrestling training and some memories about attending my first ever now "home show" ProSouth Wrestling with a bit of a peek as to how big of markskis Mr. Donnie Primetime and myself were (well... still are)

My brother; Donnie (Primetime) and I were taking a leisurely stroll one day in mid-January of 2013 to our local grocery store when we came upon something that caught our eye. This happened to be a ProSouth Wrestling flyer. We snatched it up and took it home because we were lifelong wrestling markskis and completely unaware that there was any wrestling in our area. Donnie was interested in actually wrestling on the show so he found the promotion on Facebook and messaged the page asking if he could wrestle on it (we obviously had no idea how this wrestling thing worked) the promoter asked Donnie to send him some of his work, to which Donnie replied with some of his MMA bouts. The promoter then asked him if he'd like to come to the show that Friday and further dicuss it. (Ol' Carny Ace Haven) He agreed and we buzzed all week.

When Friday came along; Donnie and I, along with our friend John (shoutout to ol JC3), packed up and went. On the way to the show Donnie mentioned how the champ of the promotion looked like he belong to some rip off boy band. He then proceeded to cut a promo on him claiming he'd "MMMBOP his ass all around the arena" We arrived at the arena and we're very impressed and enthralled with the atmosphere of the building. My key memories of the show are as follows:
1. James Hardy got hurt on Tyler Gage's spine buster and I felt really cool when I was able to spot it (I now know that this is a semi-regular occurance so it was nothing special)
2. Steven Michaels was able to hoist up Dakota Outlaw (300+ pound brother) for a GTS and that impressed us tons.
3. A Punk Rock version of "Don't Fear the Reaper" hit and we all immediately agreed we were cheering for whoever came from the curtain because the song was great. Much to Donnie's chagrin, it was ol' Hanson Haven himself. (Ace Haven)
4. Donnie was almost lynched by yelling out "War Eagle" during a fun little "Roll Tide" session Terry Batey had led the crowd in.

After the show we were instructed to stay inside and wait for the promoter. We had a chat with Terry Batey who we had assumed just ran everything at the show considering that's what his "show role" was. We got into a deep conversation about music when the blonde haired champ came into the office and sat down removing his wrestling shoes, to which Terry Batey introduced him as his son and the man that ran everything behind the scenes at ProSouth Wrestling. Shocked would not have even began to describe our reaction to this news. As our (Donnie's, while I sat starstruck) conversation shifted to Ace Haven, it was apparent that this was a really cool brother and he had revealed to Donnie that he couldn't allow him to immediately wrestle but he could train him. Donnie quickly accepted the offer and it was off to the races.

The first couple trainings, I opted to stay at home because I was still pretty enthralled with the whole situation and didn't want to make a fool of myself in front of this goth-damn superstar! Eventually I got up the nerve to come to one of the trainings when Donnie mentioned that Ace was super cool and was interested in meeting me. I was completely beside myself at this point. Donnie loaded up myself and our cousin Daniel to go with him to this training sesh. We we're excited to see Donnie do something we had all dreamed of when we were kids on the trampoline. We filed into the building and at this point it's early February so it's absolutely freezing so we're trying to keep warm anxiously awaiting our inside look on this intriguing business, and that's when Donnie came over to us and told us they were having a "special seminar training" with a gentleman named Kyle Matthews. I was pumped to see this as I had heard a lot about him and nothing but good things. That's when Donnie broke the news to us that we'd have to sit in the car for the duration of this seminar because Kyle doesn't like fans being exposed to the "business." We went out to Donnies van and tried to get comfortable and take a nap or something. It was a little over about two hours before Donnie emerged from the building, and it was on that day that I vowed I would not be sitting in the van anymore, I would HAVE to get into that ring. One way or another.

Matt Hardy Teases "Woken" Gimmick on Twitter

Yesterday @MattHardyBrand posted the following tweet...
Could this mean that we are about to finally see the return of the Brok-- um... the "WOKEN" gimmick on Monday Night RAW?


Let us know what you think!

WECW Wrestling Tomorrow Night in Ripley, MS!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NEW STS!! BOB BARNETT TALKS EDDIE GILBERT ~~

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for Episode 39, Season 3 of Shooting the Shiznit. Bob Barnett joins BT to talk about the first EVER shoot interview with Eddie Gilbert, his thoughts on the death of Gilbert, being in Tijuana (Konnan, Vampiro and more) for shows and BT tells a story of someone threatening to stick a barbed wire baseball bat up his….well you just have to listen to find out! SHARE!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

OWO Wrestling returns to Amory, Mississippi this SATURDAY NIGHT!!


Relative Unknown - Introduction

Hello ladies and gents. My name is Shean Christopher and I am a professional wrestler of a little over one year. This specific blog is a bit of an introduction  (as you can tell by the title) of myself because I'm sure not very many (if any) of you know who I am. I am of 19 years of age and am knee deep into my 3rd (Going on 4th) year in this absolutely mayhem of a business we call professional wrestling. This might confuse some as I clearly stated earlier I'm a professional wrestler of a little over a year, but as it may surprise nobody, I didn't start out as a good ol' rassler.

In November of 2013, Ace Haven offered me a position on his weekly ProSouth Wrestling show as a ring announcer to which I jumped for joy at the thought of. I loved the position dearly... well, until that time Gene Jackson and I tussled up in the 2014 Battle Rumble. Not for the reason you may have imagined either, because after that slight taste of what actual wrestling was all about, I only craved more of it. Much to my chagrin though, I was actually becoming quite well at this ring announcing gig. I drug through the 2015 calender year, getting little to no actual action(and we're not just talking about wrestling, kids. 😉)

In February of 2016 I finally made my professional wrestling debut and I couldn't be anymore pumped while putting on pretty decent performances in the matches I was getting very early on in my career, I started collecting a bit of a good reputation around the ProSouth locker room. Even to the point where I am now a 4 time Tag Team Champion of my home promotion. These accomplishments mean the world to me (Even so that ol' mark Sheen has a picture of me with the tag strap on my debit card) but I'm ready to get and branch out to the world and show them what I can do (or can't) inside the squared circle.

Everyone always hears the stories and hilarity of the careers of the vets in the business, but what about us Greenhorns, huh? That's what I'm here to do. Give you guys a bit of a different approach to the wrestling documentary we all love to read. In my short tenure I've encountered some great and not so great people and experiences and I'm going to let you guys in on this over the course of the next several monthskis.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This day in wrestling history: WWF WrestleFest '88

On this day in 1988, WWF presented WrestleFest '88 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at County Stadium in front of nearly 26,000 people headlined by Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in a Steel Cage!


Big Bossman pinned Scott Casey

Brutus 'the Barber' Beefcake pinned Hercules

The Rougeau Brothers defeated The Killer Bees

Bad News Brown pinned Bret 'the Hitman' Hart

WWF Intercontinental Championship
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated The Honky Tonk Man (c) by DQ

Jim 'the Anvil' Neidhart defeated Lanny Poffo

Mr. Perfect pinned Terry Taylor

Jake 'the Snake' Roberts fought "Ravishing" Rick Rude to a Double Countout

Haku pinned Sam Houston

Loser Wears A Weasel Suit
The Ultimate Warrior defeated Bobby 'the Brain' Heenan

WWF Tag Team Championship
Demolition defeated the British Bulldogs to retain the titles

Dino Bravo pinned Ken Patera

STEEL CAGE MATCH
WWF World Championship
Hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant to retain the title



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Classic Cheap Heat Radio w/guest Downtown Bruno

"Wayne's World" - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (pro wrestling in the South)

Welcome back! Don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare reboot this thing and NOT give everyone something worth reading. Pro wrestling in 2017 has been such a wild ride for all of us and we’re in the middle of another boom period. So many good people are getting shots, young kids are burning up the roads and overall, it’s a good time to be alive. Eh, unless you solely work in the South. It’s ok, this isn’t going to be full of negativity..in fact mostly the opposite. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter(@MrWatchTheLeft) then you already know I’m not a huge fan of most southern promotions or ideals. In fact, I hate a lot of it. But there are also a lot of good things in the South. The title speaks for itself, so let’s get this train rolling.

The Good-

If you don’t believe our business has cycles, I recommend doing more research. A decade ago, southern wrestling was on life support. Perseverance paid off though and the cycle took an upswing in recent years. Fans of pro wrestling took the leap and got involved. They started running shows, wrestling, and just plain getting involved. I say fans because there is a difference in being a fan and being a “mark” but that’s a whole subject for another day. The bottom line is there are now places for the boys to work almost every single day now. A decade ago, it was hard enough to put together a two or three day loop. These days, in the South alone, you can do a four day loop and usually go home with money in your pocket. Guys like Bert Prentice, James Carver, Jesse Butler, Josh Wheeler, Dan Sawyer, Jack Lord, Kevin Lawler, Jay Andrews, and more are running multiple events monthly. Thanks guys! They’re using some pretty sick talent too. If y’all aren’t booking Marko Stunt, Rey Fury, Alex Cruz, Myron Reed, Curt Stallion, Charles Zanders, Logan Creed, AJ Gray, Deven Dixon, Kevin Zion, and at least a dozen others, I highly recommend doing it before its too late. Because of all the fresh blood being pumped in to the scene, there's no more life support and it's evident in the weekly and monthly shows all over the region. More and more fans are filling up the armories, civic centers, bars and other venues to see what all the talk is about. Whether you're a fan of old fashioned punch and kick wrestling or the newer "evolved" style, there's something for everyone on any given weekend. With social media taking over, it's even easier to find too. Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, Periscope, YouTube and more are exposing more fans to more people than ever before.

The Bad-

Unfortunately, there are still some bad spots in the South. In fact, it’s one of the worst areas for this subject. Let’s face it, the same problems occur in every single region of the country but the South seems to be leading the way. The bad side of our industry, will never go away. There will always be drama and silly problems that when you tell them to outsiders, will likely laugh and shake their head. The “high school drama” is strong in the South. We’re talking about the lack of professionalism and “all about me” mindset. We’ve all experienced the egos of guys and girls that have never traveled more than fifty miles from home and are only stars to their friends and families. We’ve all experienced the subpar venues and lack of staff or office people that know what they’re doing. It’s a situation we all hope to avoid and eventually move on to the next level of our industry but no matter how far we go, we all revisit these places. I’ve met some of the biggest stars in some of the worst situations or venues. It’s going to happen. Either we avoid it or we help it as best we can. Sometimes that means not saying anything unless asked or speaking up when no one else will. Sadly, the good is still outnumbered in this respect but it’s slowly changing. Let’s keep up the good work y’all.

The Ugly-

Ugh. Do we have enough time for this?? It’s the South. For every good company, promoter, wrestler out there, there seems to be a dozen that are a step above backyarders. The worst part is no one realizing that fact. The “shindies” are everywhere but they are strong in the South. There are plenty of seedy venues and even seedier people working there. This is the under belly of our business. The places you start out because it’s not real pro wrestling. These are usually the under trained and poorly trained wrestlers and referees that either don’t care or don’t know. It’s places and people like these that will never go away. We can all band together and pass any legislation we want,  they will still exist. They say only cockroaches will survive a nuclear attack…so will the shindies. This is the place where you see wrestlers with not one athletic bone in their body. Typically wearing t-shirts and generic pleather shorts- they represent every negative image of this magnificent business. They are usually the ones that train people without finishing their own training. These places and people are typically beyond help but keep an open mind if you find yourself there. There might be a diamond in the rough waiting for someone to discover them.

The good, the bad, and the ugly will always exist y’all. There will always be people out there in every category, so help where you can or ask for help when you can. In fact, ask for help no matter where you are because there will always be something new to learn. This crazy business, like it or not, is always changing and evolving. We can stay comfortable or we can step out of our comfort zone. The choice is ours to make.

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Follow Eric Wayne on Twitter @MrWatchTheLeft for updates. For booking information, e-mail BookEricNow@gmail.com

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cheap Heat: The Story of Twin States Wrestling


The Story of Twin States Wrestling

I have been a fan of pro wrestling for nearly my entire life, but I started following it religiously in late 1985 when I was eight years old.  I always dreamed of being a professional wrestler and I eventually ended up getting to do that on a small level in 1997 when I graduated college.  However, I also always dreamed of running/booking my own wrestling show back to when I was eight years old and booking matches and angles with my large rubber LJN action figures.  Still to this day there's a bunch of notebooks at my parents house filled with hundreds of matches and "events" I booked and acted out with those wrestling figures.  From that time on I always wanted the opportunity to promote and book a wrestling show of my own one day.  Fast forward to 1997, I started wrestling and eventually branched out into managing, ring announcing, doing television and dvd commentary, and even refereeing a time or two.  I got the opportunity here and there to help out and interject some ideas with booking on a few shows but never the chance to book a show exactly the way I wanted to with who I wanted to book.  Seeing as how I was living in Alabama but was originally from Mississippi, I had even picked a name for a promotion if I ever started one, Twin States Wrestling.  After years of wanting to do so I eventually decided the opportunity would never present itself and I would never have the money to gamble on a wrestling show as I'd seen too many friends lose large sums of money on shows they were sure were going to be successful, so I resigned myself to the fact that Twin States Wrestling would never become a reality.  



Then at then end of 2015, I was talking to my buddy Ace Haven who mentioned he wished he could find someone to rent his building and run a show on a different day to help out with the bills and I asked him what he would charge, he said being a friend he would cut me a good deal and he told me what it would cost to get the building, which is "show ready"...everything you need to run a wrestling show is set up in that building seven days a week, 365 days a year.  The price he proposed was beyond reasonable and for the first time I started to seriously consider making this dream happen.  I discussed it with my wife and we talked about what our budget could be...there was no "money mark" and whatever we put into this show was coming from our personal budget and we weren't willing to gamble a lot as we just didn't have it to spend.  Since ProSouth ran the building every Friday night, we decided to try a Sunday show.  The plan was to run every other month to start and see how things go.  I decided the first show would be a tournament to crown the first ever 'Twin States Champion', entitled 'Battle for the Belt'.  The reasoning was two fold..1) A new show needs a champion and 2) more importantly, a tournament would allow me to book less people and have people work more than once.  There were a lot of people to consider...many guys who I consider friends...many who I considered to be great talents who I wanted to book in the future...but I had to narrow it down to eight guys for this tournment.  I knew from the beginning I wanted the show to be a variety of styles, something for everyone.  Not just "memphis style", highspots, strong style, or any one thing....but a variety of the things people come to see these days.  After quite a bit of thought, I decided on eight guys who I felt all brought something different and special to the show and the tournament. "The Last Hero" Ace Haven, Neil 'the Real Deal' Taylor, Eric Wayne, Jeremiah Plunkett, Jeremy Flynt, Chase Owens, Tank, and Donnie Primetime.  I spent a lot of time on the brackets and how each would match up and how I wanted the show to build towards the Main Event and crowning of the first champion.  The toughest part was deciding who to put the title on.  Most folks who know me were assuming I would either put it on Flynt or Neil which meant they weren't an option although either would have made a great champion. (BTW, Neil made the poster which I thought he did an AWESOME job on...it's hanging in my "wrestling room" as we speak).  At one point I was going to put it on Eric Wayne, but then I decided to go with Chase Owens since he was getting a lot of attention as part of the Bullet Club over in Japan and then I would likely move it to Eric later.  I also had a 'Showcase Match' with Charles Zanders and Duke Warfield, two guys who I really like and had a good match. The show went pretty well, not everything came off the way I wanted it to but overall I'm proud of the show....however, it didn't draw worth a shit.  I hung posters all over the area and advertised as best I could, we even did an angle on the Friday night ProSouth show to try to bring in their crowd but it just didn't work.  I talked with quite a few people and got their opinions and I decided to try another Sunday in March but the consensus was I needed a couple of "names" to help draw.



So I scheduled a show in March called 'RAVEolution' headlined by former TNA/ROH star Jimmy Rave challenging Chase Owens for the Twin States title.  I also booked at that time ROH star and former NFL star MOOSE to take on Eric Wayne.  Now this show is when I started to get the full promoter experience.  I started having random guys messaging me on Facebook trying to get booked on the show....we're talking everything from backyard looking guys to guys who were currently working for TNA at the time.  Not to mention guys lobbying to  go over in their matches and shit like that on a show that only drew 35 people the first time around.  Then came the cancellations....I had five guys cancel in one week due to various reasons.  Then a few canceled the day before the show (then a couple un-canceled) it was a freaking nightmare.  I'll write another column (or perhaps do a podcast with Ace Haven) and get more into the booking of matches and some detailed stories about these first couple of shows at a later time so this one doesn't go on forever.  Anyway, the show was good...there were some frustrations on my part with some people who were trying to impose their will on the finishes of their matches and I even changed a couple of finishes because of it but all and all the show was good but again, my wife and I lost a pretty good chunk of money which didn't make either one of us happy.  I wasn't quite ready to throw in the towel just yet, however it was clear that Sunday was not the day to run wrestling in Piedmont, Alabama.


After losing our ass on RAVEolution, we took a few months off and I decided we would try a Saturday night in Piedmont. I had a friend and former Co-Worker Ted Gilmer who is a huge wrestling fan who had a lot of medical bills to pay for due to cancer treatment that I wanted to do a benefit for so we decided to go for it as the next Twin States event.  It was set to be a Tag Team Title Tournament and I had bunch of people lined up to work the show.  Then the month before the show was set to happen, I got a big promotion at work that changed my schedule to six days a week for the following six months which knocked me out of being able to run or even attend the event.  I was really stressed about what to do, I hated to cancel this benefit for Team Ted but there was no way I could do it.  Luckily, Ace Haven was kind enough to step in and take over the show so it could still take place.  We concocted a "kayfabe" story that Twin States had been "bought out" and they ran the show with a new card and new storylines including crowning a new champion since Jimmy Rave wasn't available.  There would be one more Twin States show under the new regime but it didn't draw any better than the previous shows for whatever reason.  Twin States was "shut down" and the title continued to be defended on ProSouth shows until just recently when Donnie Primetime managed to "unify" the Twin States title with the ProSouth title. 


So is Twin States Wrestling dead forever?? I don't know. In retrospect, trying to run a small town that already had a weekly show that's been going for many, many years in the same building was probably a mistake...however if it wasn't for that opportunity it probably would have never happened at all.  Now that my work schedule has leveled out to mostly five days a week, I wanted to run a show here in Cullman, Alabama to help promote my business but haven't been able to nail down a venue.  I would love nothing more than to find a partner to work with to bring Twin States Wrestling back to life for three or four shows each year in this area..Cullman, Jasper, Decatur, and anywhere else in a reasonable distance someone wanted to run.  If anyone has some money to put in or a ring/set up and would like to go in on some shows together in the future, feel free to contact me and we can talk.  I think Twin States has potential and in a different area could be successful.  I would love to see it through and book some more shows but financially I just can't do it alone (and stay married..lol).  If there's any interest, the matches from both 'Battle for the Belt' and 'RAVEolution' are available to watch on youtube right here!  I think it would make for an interesting/fun podcast in the future to get Ace Haven and maybe another guy or two who was on the show and knows the area to go through the cards of those shows and try to pinpoint where it went wrong and what could have been done differently that would have produced a better result.  Again, check out some of the matches and give your opinion on the matches and the show...Could it have been successful elsewhere? Was it just bad booking? Bad timing? Bad luck? I would love to hear opinions either via email at genejackson95@gmail.com or on facebook at facebook.com/kingofallwrestlingmedia

Let me know your opinion and I will share them here in a future edition of Cheap Heat!
Thanks for reading!
Gene

Jimmy Rave after defeating Chase Owens for the Twin States Title






Friday, July 28, 2017

Pics from Wrestlecade 2016....Look for exclusive coverage of Wrestlecade 2017 here at LocalsToLegends.com this November

Every year we go to Wrestlecade in Winston-Salem, North Carolina...once again we'll be going this year and will provide exclusive photos and coverage here at LocalsToLegends.com!  Click "read more" below to check out some photos from last year's event.....




Ted Dibiase heel turn in the WWF June 1987???


Most folks just assume that Ted Dibiase's debut in the WWF in 1987 was as 'the Million Dollar Man' however that's not the case.  Dibiase had debuted on the WWF shows in Houston as a babyface in a feud with another former Mid South/UWF alumni the One Man Gang.  They went with this for a few weeks on the local shows but had Dibiase turn heel on Sam Houston the day before his new 'Million Dollar Man' vignettes were set to premier on the WWF syndicated shows and on USA Network.  If you've never seen this (and I assume like myself most of you haven't) check it out!