Monday, December 10, 2018

AUDIO: 'Christmas Break' results

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Stride Pro Wrestling's December show is in the books. Christmas Break lived up to its word. The action was intense and a new Legacy Champion has been crowned. The show came on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Buried Alive show. You may remember Red Daniels wrestled his last match (RIP).

You can hear more about Christmas Break here as well as another round of #AskMy123Cents. Some great questions once again. 

Be sure to rate and review My 1-2-3 Cents on iTunes or whatever platform you listen. Screenshot your review and email I'll be doing giveaways in the coming weeks and months (and you don't have to give a positive review to win).

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Why Cash, why?

Cash Borden, Legacy Champion 

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Because Stride Pro Wrestling Legacy Champion Arron Brooks wasn't able to defend the title at Christmas Break over the weekend, General Manager Sam Hunter stripped the champ of the title. That made way for the main event that included Wraith, Ryzer, Cash Borden and Jay Spade competing for the vacated title. Spade and Borden have teamed up in recent months and there's been a hint of dissension between the two.

That all came to a head Saturday night. Cash didn't show up for the match, despite winning the right to be in the main event earlier in the night in a tag team match with Spade. Then about halfway through a mysterious man, covered from head to toe and carrying a lead pipe returned to ringside. We saw this man earlier hit Heath Hatton with the same pipe to help "King" Chris Hargis and Tony Flood win a tag team match.
Borden wins
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
The mystery man made his way into the ring after Wraith and Ryzer were dumped to the floor and Spade had his back turned. The lead pipe was used and the man unmasked himself to be Cash Borden. Borden proceeded to beat Spade severely and pin him to claim the title.

He cut a scathing promo and demanded I announce him as the new champion more than once. He proceeded to beat the crap out of Spade, bringing true meaning to the term 'Christmas break'. Fans were stunned as we helped Spade back to the locker room. 

Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
I appreciate Borden's help earlier in the year in my battles with Roger Matheus. Cash proved that just because he's not the biggest dog in the fight he's among the toughest. Add in the hardcore matches he's competed in for other companies and you'll understand Cash is the real deal.

I worry what his new attitude is going to look like. 2019 may very well be the year of Cash Borden here in Stride Pro Wrestling. But don't count Spade out just yet. I'm sure he's resolving to straighten out Borden's bad attitude in the New Year.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Stride celebrates Christmas in Carterville

Christmas in Carterville
Courtesy: Khrissy Hollister
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Earlier this year, the city of Carterville became the unofficial home of Stride Pro Wrestling. The Community Center, Junior High School and John A. Logan College all hosted shows in 2018. Then in November, we held our first show in our new home at 1130 N. Division Street. We're happy to be here.

Part of being here in Carterville means getting out in the community. That's why members of the Stride Pro Wrestling roster will be on hand at tonight's Christmas in Carterville event. The downtown area will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Businesses and churches provide holiday-themed treats and games from 6 to 9 p.m. We'll be handing out items and letting folks know we're here and our next show is Saturday night.

If you plan to come downtown, please bring a new, unwrapped toy as well. The first ever Stride Pro Wrestling/My 1-2-3 Cents Toy Drive is happening Saturday night, but we've already got an early start. Several pro wrestling action figures and toys have been donated. I'd love to drop off 100 items to the Toys for Tots office Monday in Carbondale. We hope to see you there. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Legacy Championship announcement planned

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Stride Pro Wrestling fans, I just got off the phone with General Manager Sam Hunter. He has informed me that Legacy Champion Arron Brooks will not be able to defend the title Saturday night. He was set to do battle with Ryzer.

Sam wanted me to let fans know that he will be making an announcement Saturday night about the future of the Legacy Title. He is keeping details close to the chest. I pressed him several times and he repeated, "You'll find out Saturday night when the fans do." I respect that and it certainly will add another level of interest to this weekend's show. 

Again, Christmas Break happens Saturday night at 6:30 at the Stride Pro Wrestling Arena (1130 N. Division St.). We hope to see you there with a new pro wrestling action figure for the Stride Pro Wrestling/My 1-2-3 Cents Toy Drive. You could win a prize for your generosity. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VIDEO: Remembering Dynamite Kid

Courtesy: WWE
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The wrestling world has lost another Legend. This time, one half of the WWE tag team champions, Dynamite Kid. Tom Billington died on his 60th birthday. A sad ending to the life of a man who gave everything he had to the business so many of us love.

In my latest YouTube video, I share some thoughts on Dynamite as he and Davey Boy Smith remain my all-time favorite tag team. Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

'Espy' returns to Stride Pro Wrestling

Espy returns
Courtesy: Steve Belcher

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Saturday night Stride Pro Wrestling celebrates the season with Christmas Break. The show features two championship matches and the return of a popular star on the indy season. 'Espy' Brandon Espinosa has been a guest here at Stride. 

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The last time we saw Espy in a Stride ring was October 2017. There is no word who the former Missouri Wrestling Revival Champion will face Saturday night, but there's no doubt he'll put on an excellent show. 
I was able to catch Espy at the most recent Cape Championship Wrestling Show I attended in October. He continues to be a big part of that company and many others around the country. He's a frequent inclusion on the PWI Top 500 list as well.

I've been a fan since first meeting Espinosa in All-American Pro Wrestling in 2011. He and Ace Hawkins had textbook matches against Matt Cage and Christian Rose, trading the tag team titles in a ladder match that remains one of my all-time favorites.

So join us Saturday night. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. at the Stride Pro Wrestling Arena (1130 N. Divison St. Carterville). Bring a new, unwrapped pro wrestling action figure for the first ever Stride Pro Wrestling/My 1-2-3 Cents Toy Drive. 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

AUDIO: The Ugly Christmas Suit Guys

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It's that time of year again. My buddy Tom Harness and I are raising money again in Ugly Christmas suits by Shinesty. This time our mission is Honor Wreaths for Veterans. That's a group that provides a Christmas wreath on the headstone of veterans in national cemeteries around the country. Mounds National Cemetery has some 9,000 veterans there. 

When we reach our $5,000 goal we'll have provided 333 wreaths. I believe we'll exceed that. Consider making a donation here

Listen for more details on this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast here.