Thursday, September 21, 2017
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.
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
Monday, September 18, 2017
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.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Monday, September 11, 2017
Tonight on the special 9/11 edition of the show: Billy Corgan is CONFIRMED as the new owner of NWA, Jeff Jarrett takes a leave of absence from GFW, and more! Then in the MAIN EVENT we will be playing part 1 of our interview with “Thrillbilly” Silas Mason!
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Once upon a time, in a land far away, a group of wild rapscallions ran amuck from small towns to big cities….ok, ok it was actually a group of pro wrestlers in Wyoming and South Dakota in 2013. It was dubbed the “Wrestle Or Die Tour” and since the statue of limitations has expired I can quote our bus driver, Krunch(who looked like a relative from “Duck Dynasty”) that summed up the entire three and half week tour- “I’ve broken more laws out here than I have in my entire life”. But this story isn’t about any of the law breaking heathens we transformed in to while in the Wild West. A short backstory to this trip first- we were all assured that HUNDREDS of tickets were pre-sold six weeks before the date of our first event. We would be living and traveling on an old green school bus modified to accommodate the wrestling ring. The idea being we would setup and tear down 3-5 nights a week and travel town to town bringing back the true purist idea of pro wrestling. It would be 1980 all over again!! While we managed to create a lot of great memories, it was nothing like 1980. Here’s the story of one of my favorite moments from the whole tour.
I was scheduled to wrestle a masked big man named “Bulldozer” who canceled before we left for Wyoming. Since he canceled, now playing his part would be the Mid-West big man Bull Bronson. Bull is one of my best friends and took the month long trip on the same empty promise as all of us. But on this night, we were going to create the first of a few great memories. Earlier in the day, a few of us had a meet and greet at the Chamber of Commerce. Much like the events we wrestled out there, attendance was stellar. A family came in during this time with a young boy in a motorized wheel chair. The boy was no older than 12 and had muscular dystrophy but absolutely LOVED pro wrestling. His family spent over an hour with him while we all talked and took pictures during which I took the time to tell him about my opponent later that night. “This guy is over 400lbs and wears a mask. He’s been in a bad mood this whole trip too. I might need your help to beat him tonight. How fast does that thing go??” Him and his family laughed and we talked a little longer before they left. I made sure to get an answer from him before they left…I had a secret wheel-chaired partner if I needed him.
The night came and after my music played, I took the time to introduce Adrian- a young bull rider that we met at a rodeo the night before. It was Adrian's first ride back in a year after being thrown and stepped on by a bull. His return ended with a trip to the ER. But Adrian and his whole family came out to support the wrestlers the next night. After introducing him, I was promptly cut off when getting in the ring. The entire match became a story based less on moves and more on fighting to stay alive. Every time I would start to come back, Bull was there to cut me back off and continue beating on me. After ten minutes, the most I’d done was land some punches but the moment finally came when I knocked the big man down. Before I could capitalize, he rolled out of the ring. Of course, I followed and we ended up fighting in the bleachers. The count reached 8 and I rolled in to break it while Bull slowly stood up in the third row of bleachers. This was my moment. I climbed to the top rope and dove out, landing on him to a huge cheer from the fans.
This was short lived because as I got up, I was cut back off. Except this time, Bull would forget about me and turn his attention to the fans that had been cheering for me from the beginning. As he took his time yelling, I saw my secret weapon in the front row. Bull saw him too and berated him for cheering. As Bull would point his finger in this kid's face, I sat up in the bleachers and motioned for him to get him. The kid smiled like it was Christmas morning and bumped in to Bull's foot. Bull suddenly became terrified and jumped two feet in the air as the people laughed. My tag partner looked at me again as I encouraged him. He would hit Bull again until eventually Bull would try to run off with my wheel-chaired weapon in pursuit as the people went crazy cheering on this maniac chasing the 400lbs bad guy.
At the end of the night, I met this little boy’s family again and was thanked endlessly by everyone. I’ll never forget the look on his face and his mother telling me she hasn’t seen a smile like that from him in a long time. Although the entire trip out West was an economic disaster, we couldn’t be any richer in the memories we created, not just for ourselves but all the fans and families that came out to see us. Sometimes we all get caught up in the money we’re either making or missing out on and forget that if memories were dollars, we would all be millionaires. There are plenty of other Wrestle Or Die Tour stories(some I can’t tell due to the 5th amendment) but this one always sticks out as a moment that made that entire trip worthwhile. Not to mention, who would have ever guessed I would be a good babyface?!?
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Listen to ""The Pink Flamingo" Brian SoFine (Part 2)" on Spreaker.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hear the stories of beginning, the height, and the end of the longest running territory in wrestling from the people who lived it!
This no bootleg, it is packaged and straight from the distributors! The DVD includes the documentary and special features which include interviews and stories from Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Hart, Bill Dundee, Jerry Jarrett and many more!
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Listen to ""The Pink Flamingo" Brian SoFine (Part 1)" on Spreaker.
Tonight on the show, in the MAIN EVENT we will be playing Part 1 of our interview with “The Pink Flamingo” Brian SoFine!
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Donnie Primetime wins the Pre Show BATTLE ROYAL
1)War Horse Jake Parnell defeated Alex Rudolph in an Last Viking Standing Match
2)The Dutchess Ayzali beat Kayla Lynn in an I Quit Match
3) The Dumpster Divers beat The Violent Gentlemen and The Monarchy in a 3 Way Tag Team LADDER MATCH to become first ever New South Tag Team Champions
4) Nick Traimer beat Juggernaut Jeremy Flynt with Kris McInnis
5) Austin Theory defeated Tripp Cassidy
6) Baron Black retained the New South Championship against Odinson in a Steel Cage Match.
|Baron Black defending against Odinson in a the Steel Cage!|
|Cabana Man Dan scaled the huge ladder for the Dumpster Divers to win the tag gold!!|
|His partner Dump Sanders earned some stitches in the process!|
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Listen to ""Golden Boy" Greg Anthony (Part 2)" on Spreaker.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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.
- To show that I am just like you. A member of the human race, with flaws, challenges, and personal demons.
- To bring attention to mental illness. If you notice someone suffering, offer help! If you yourself are suffering, get help!
- To vent. After all, this is my blog, used to share my outlooks on life, wrestling, and everything in between.
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!
- Jeremiah Plunkett
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
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.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
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
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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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|Rosey starring in an ROH television commercial in 2012|