Monday, February 18, 2019

AUDIO: Tag team wrestling

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Tag team wrestling is one of my favorite parts of the business. But sadly it's one of the most overlooked things too. At least in WWE. I'm joined by Garrett Turner (Dexter Roswell in Stride Pro Wrestling) on this week's podcast. We discuss our favorite tag teams and more. Be sure to listen here and subscribe. 

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Friday, February 15, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Bird Box Challenge

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I've not seen the movie Bird Box yet. But people seem to love talking about it and the Bird Box Challenge. So I combine that with this week's Go Figure Friday. 

Take a look and don't forget to subscribe. Also, get ready... a Presidents' Day sale is coming to Pro Wrestling Tees. Shop for My 1-2-3 Cents merch. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Flooded by love

The proposal

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Pro wrestling is known for wild and crazy events. I've witnessed countless things first hand that people who aren't fans simply wouldn't get. But there are also kinder, gentler moments. And luckily Saturday night I was on hand for one at the Stride Pro Wrestling show.

Tony Flood, a long time bad guy in the ring but a good guy behind the scenes, came to the ring after intermission. In his hands, two champagne flutes and a bottle of sparkling grape juice. After all Stride Pro Wrestling is family friendly. Tony wanted to celebrate his upcoming championship opportunity for the vacant heavyweight title. Tony invited his girlfriend Macey into the ring to join in. 

The two shared a toast and Tony thanked Macey for always being there for him. Then the former champ dropped to one knee and in front of a now cheering crowd (odd for Tony Flood), he asked for Macey's hand in marriage. She accepted and the two shared a kiss as the fans applauded loudly. 

The celebration was shortlived as Heath Hatton and General Manager Sam Hunter entered the picture to snap Tony back to reality. The match between him and Hatton will be a 60-Minute Iron Man Match set for Saturday, March 2 at 600 North Carbon Street in Marion, Illinois. 

But back to the important part of this post, not to say that the title match isn't. I want to congratulate Tony and Macey and thank them for sharing that moment with the fans of Stride and all their friends backstage. Since meeting Tony three years ago, I've seen him experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I'm happy to see he is so happy again.  Cheers to the couple and may the best man win at Strideiversary. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

AUDIO: Six favorite pro wrestling couples

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It's another installment of Our 6 Cents. And since it's Valentine's Day week, we're looking at our favorite pro wrestling couples. Stride Pro Wrestling general manager Sam Hunter joined me for the conversation.

You can listen to the podcast here. Please rate and review as well and check out the Jittery Monkey store. You can save 20% on Feb. 13 & 14 when you use promo code LOVE19. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Wraith speaks!

Courtesy: Steve Belcher

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Thirteen months ago a masked and mysterious man showed up in Stride Pro Wrestling. For weeks he had not given anyone his name. Then a message came into the Stride Pro Wrestling front office proclaiming the mystery man was to be known as Wraith. 

Wraith & Ryzer
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Wraith dominated his opponents and won the first ever Stride Cup and the Legacy Title on the same night. He also recruited a young disciple named Ryzer. Ryzer was not only a loyalist to Wraith but also served as a mouthpiece.

Ankle lock
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
Then in the fall the two parted ways and have engaged in some brutal altercations. Ryzer distracted Wraith during his Stride Cup match against "The King" Chris Hargas which lead to the first time cup winner to be eliminated. At the end of the night, after Hargas defeated Ryzer to go on to the finals, Wraith reemerged. He snatched the mic from my hand and for the first time spoke. "March 2. First blood match." 

General manager Sam Hunter was standing ringside at the time of this announcement. He nodded and signed off on the match. This tells me how much hate there is between these men and just how personal things have become. Wraith wants to hurt Ryzer and no doubt Ryzer wants to do the same. 

So now it's set on Saturday, March 2 at Strideiversary it'll be Wraith and Ryzer in Stride's first ever First Blood Match. Join us at 600 N. Carbon Street in Marion, Illinois.

Show your Stride pride

Friday, February 8, 2019

Go Figure Friday: The Golden Couple

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Love is in the air on this week's Go Figure Friday. I open up my boxed set of Goldust and Marlena from 1997. Take a look and subscribe.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cashing in on the Stride Cup

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

In 2018 the first ever Stride Cup tournament happened. Newcomer (at the time) Wraith dominated and not only took the cup but also became the Legacy Champion. That's because Chris Hargas had to vacate the belt due to injury. 

Now, a year later an even larger crop of competitors will go for the Stride Cup. And as Stride General Manager Sam Hunter announced recently on Facebook, the winner of the tournament will also have a guaranteed shot at the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship. Sixteen men will compete in the opening round this Saturday night at 1130 N. Division Street in Carterville.

The Stride Cup finals will happen on Saturday, March 2 at a location TBD. This is also the third anniversary for the company and other announcements about Strideiversary will be happening at this weekend's event. 

There are several new names in the mix for the tournament including War Bound, Will Power and B-Rad. Last year's winner Wraith and his disciple turned-rival Ryzer will be in along with familiar names like "King" Chris Hargas, Farmer Billy Hills, Scott Phoenix and the new Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions Dexter Roswell and Mr. Anthony. Jay Spade and Legacy Champion Cash Borden and the Red Neck World Order are all scheduled to compete as well. 

Who will advance to the finals? And what's next for the vacated heavyweight title? Find out this Saturday night. Bell time is 6:30 p.m.

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