Sunday, May 27, 2018

Now it's a streak

Courtesy: Jamie Myers

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Last night I had my second professional wrestling match. And despite being in there against a 285 pound Mad Viking, I survived Stride Goes Steel put on my Stride Pro Wrestling. Yes, I had a little help from my friends. You can hear all about that in this week's My 1-2-3 Cents: The Podcast, which drops Monday, May 28. But the victory now means I'm 2-0 in the wrestling ring.

Flying high... kinda
Courtesy: Jamie Myers
I'm not going to lie, I'm sore as hell right now. Roger Matheus literally kicked my ass Saturday night. I got in a few awkward moves against the big guy, including locking in a figure-four leg lock (wooo!) and a high cross body block. When I climbed the top rope for that I threw my hands up in the 'I love you sign' ala "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. It wasn't pretty but I am overall satisfied with the effort.

Courtesy: Snuggle Bunny
My favorite move of the night was the spear I hit on Matheus. I've watched Heath Hatton perfect this move in the Stride Pro Wrestling ring. No, it didn't have the precision of Hatton's move, but I did manage a two count with it. 

Electric chair
Some people have asked why the jeans in the match? I looked at it like this (and with the help of some friends in the business). I'm not a professional wrestler. Wearing tights didn't make sense. Other non-wrestlers on the show were wearing athletic shorts. I went into this thinking I'm looking for a street fight. I wanted revenge for what Roger did to my daughter earlier this month, so this seemed the most logical way to go. I was channeling the old Bunkhouse Stampede look from Jim Crockett Promotions in the 1980s. 

Words can't express my gratitude to everyone who came out to support Stride Pro Wrestling and Pinckneyville High School. I had a few friends from my childhood show up and surprise me. Then, of course, there are all the boys in the back who helped us get to this point and Tyler who had the faith in me and Roger to go out there last. I'm literally still in awe of everything and have that 'wrestling buzz' I've talked about so many times before. Thank you again to everyone, I won't soon forget this experience. 

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