Saturday, June 30, 2018

Matheus and his new title

Roger Matheus
Courtesy: Steve Belcher

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Cape Championship Wrestling returns to the AC Brase Arena tonight (Saturday, June 30). Bell time for the show is 7 p.m. and there are lots of great matches on the card. I really wish I could be there, especially to see the triple threat match for the CCW Championship as Austin Lane defends against both Marko Stunt and Jacksyn Crowley.

O'Riley vs. the late Red Daniels
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
The men and women in this company will hit the ring hard and do a great job. One other match I am particularly interested in is Matheus (known as Roger Matheus over here in Stride Pro Wrestling) taking on Joey O'Riley, another alumnus of Stride. I don't believe these two have ever crossed paths before, so it should be a great match, the classic David v. Goliath scenario.

But don't overlook O'Riley. He's had an amazing streak going recently. Just a couple of months ago he wrestled on WWE's 205 Live. He's also picked up some key wins and has had a championship run in other indy companies. Joey is on the rise and a hot commodity in the wrestling world right now. 

Matheus vs. Hunsperger
Courtesy: Tom Harness
As JR would say, Matheus is tougher than a two dollar steak. He's ground assault along with an MMA background and an 'I don't give an eff' mentality makes him a dangerous competitor. If he pounces first and uses his size and strength on Joey, it could be a short night.

Matheus is also going into this match (which was announced recently by CCW GM Lane Austin) defending his Pure Openweight World Championship. I know virtually nothing about this title, but it's my understanding Matheus created it out of frustration over not being able to capture CCW's heavyweight title. 

It's going to be a great night in Cape. I always leave entertained and satisfied, knowing I've gotten my money's worth. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Slam into Summer

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Summer is officially here and if you're looking to add to your wardrobe, COLLARxELBOW brand has some great new items available. Last year I was fortunate enough to be added as a sponsored athlete by the maker of pro wrestling merchandise. I've had some loyal friends shop and use my promo code. That not only saves them money but also puts a little revenue in the My 1-2-3 Cents coffers.

This week, CxE shared the new lineup. By far this has been my favorite selection of items since being a part of the program. Here are my 3 favorites you should consider adding to your collection. 

The Zack Tank Top comes in three different colors, including the pink one you see in the picture. There's also a purple tank and white one. It's very Saved by the Bell in its look. I love the retro. However, with my dad bod, I don't feel comfortable in tank tops. I am working on changing my look and will probably order one to have when I'm ready for the 'guns out, suns out' mantra. By the way, right now this shirt is just $19.79. There's also a t-shirt version that comes in black I may get instead.

Along with the tank, you've gotta add some sunglasses to complete the look, right? CxE sunglasses are currently on sale for $5.79. My track record with sunglasses isn't great, so I'll be ordering a pair of these shades for sure. You can spend a little more and get the Summer Slam pack which includes the sunglasses, a Yo Joe sticker (fashioned after GI Joe) and a can koozie for $8.79.

Finally, I love the look of the Parts Unknown t-shirt. That is my favorite hometown of any pro wrestler. It's so generic sounding but it's actually quite cool. The front also features a Hannya mask. The ginger color is unique enough to stand out from any other t-shirt in my current collection. 

Don't believe me? Check out the lineup here and if you decide to buy, use the promo code MY123CENTS and save 10 percent. Many of these items are on sale right now so you'll save additionally on your purchase.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Talk to me, I'm listening

Talk to me, I'm all ears...
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For years, I had a goal of adding a podcast to the My 1-2-3 Cents brand. In 2014, Greg Mehochko from the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network invited me to join. I hit the ground running and each week since December 9, 2014, a new My 1-2-3 Cents podcast has dropped. Some weeks are better than others. But in the last three-and-a-half years I'd like to think I've improved the overall product.

I'm listening, brother
But I want to get better at this. I know there are still some technical issues I need to address. And even though I do the talking on the podcast, right now I'm listening to you. What do you want to hear on the podcast? I listen to several different pro wrestling podcasts each week. Some are fan-based, others are hosted by men and women in the industry.  

I've added a few new features like Superfan, Our 6 Cents and Wrestling Under the Influence. I like these features, however, the show isn't about my likes. It's time to grow and evolve this brand and I'm not just talking about My 1-2-3 Cents. I want to help bring all the shows on Jittery Monkey to the forefront. I strive to get better, but with generic compliments with no constructive criticism has my wheels spinning and craving to make a change.

Lunch with wrestling fans
I had lunch today with avid pro wrestling fan Sam Banks. We briefly discussed the shows he listens to, with him citing Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast as his favorite. I enjoy his show too. I want to achieve his level of success. Conrad Thompson and his trio of shows have set a new standard in the pro wrestling podcast genre. I don't want to, nor can I copy what they're doing. But I've got to find a way to grow.

There's room for all of us in this space. However, I want to be one of your 'go-to' shows each week. If you're not comfortable sharing your thoughts here, PM me through the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page or you can post an anonymous comment here

I sincerely thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to follow my passion for years to come. 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

10 signs Conrad Thompson is influencing your life

Meeting Conrad Thompson & Bruce Prichard
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I'm no David Letterman, but the iconic talk show host has inspired me in more ways than one. I'm borrowing his popular Top 10 list and if this goes well I may do future posts like it.

'Podcast Row'
Today, it's the Top 10 signs Conrad Thompson is influencing your life. Conrad is the popular co-host of three of pro wrestling's biggest podcasts: Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, What Happened When with Tony Schiavone and 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff. I love all three of these shows and the common denominator is Conrad. Kudos to him for the brands he is building and the influence he as a fan is having on the wrestling business. I truly aspire to be more like him. Okay, I'm putting down the chapstick now and getting to our list, from our home office in Huntsville, Alabama...

10. Everything you know about mesothelioma, erectile dysfunction and low-key big hogs has come to you in the last two years.

9. You go out of your way to get the ham cubes at your local Shoney's. 

8. The phrase 'glass bottom boat rides' makes you sick to your stomach.

7. Most of your summer wardrobe comes from Lois Rules, Box of Gimmicks and Eric

6. You know Twitch has nothing to do with a convulsive movement.

5.  Instead of barbecue sauce, you now associate Jim Ross with sassafras. 

4. Whenever it's on the menu, you order chicken salad, because, well, you know...

3. Online shopping activities include looking for Ric Flair robes and championship belts. 

2. You affectionately refer to all your friends as 'Slap Dicks'.

Stacy Kiebler
Courtesy: WWE
1. 'Roll Tide' becomes a regular part of your vocabulary, even though you live hundreds of miles away from Alabama and know nothing about football.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Meme Event II

The first Meme Event winner

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Holy cow. I didn't realize four years have already passed since the first installment of the Meme Event. My intention was to make this an annual tradition. Wow. Bad on me. But that being said, the Meme Event is back and with more prizes from the My 1-2-3 Cents prize vault. 

First runner-up in the Meme Event
The rules are simple, come up with an original pro wrestling related meme and email it to The deadline to enter is Monday, July 2 at noon CST. Once all the memes are emailed they will be posted on the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page. The meme with LIKES (let's keep it simple) will win the contest. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will happen under supervision of the My 1-2-3 Cents administration. Five memes can be entered per person.

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Be clever, be funny, (try to) be clean. If the submission is demeaning or degrading or too negative it will not be a part of the contest. We want to have fun with this in a positive way. Yes, that is possible to do. Any questions, reach out here or message me on the My 1-2-3 Cents page or via email. Remember to submit your work by Monday, July 2 at noon CST to Thanks!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Vader vs. Stride Pro Wrestling

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About a week ago, the wrestling world lost the legendary Big Van Vader. In his prime (WCW years) he was a monster heel that rolled through the competition, winning the World Championship three times. By the time he arrived in WWF, the company pulled back the reigns it would seem. Although he had some amazing matches with the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Goldust.

Shawn Michaels vs. Vader
Courtesy: WWE
There are plenty of guys on WWE's current roster I'd love to have seen Vader go one on one against, including Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe. However, I'm dedicating this blog to the memory of Vader and some of the awesome talents on the Stride Pro Wrestling roster.

Roger Matheus
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Roger Matheus is probably the most Vader-like competitor on the current Stride roster. The former champion is nearly 300 pounds of striking force and intimidation. No doubt he'd go toe to toe with the former WCW Champion and would hang with him throughout the brawl. 

A tale two entrances
Matheus not only has pro wrestling experience but also excelled in the United States Army and the world of Mixed Martial Arts. This would create a formidable trio against Vader. For those who attended Stride Goes Steel, imagine Matheus' entrance and Vader's old entrance with the smoking helmet. That visual alone would be worth the price of admission.

Matheus vs. Hunsperger
Matheus has dominated the Stride roster for more than two years. I will give credit where it's due. It took three of us and a taser to beat him at Stride Goes Steel. A kick in the dick and a fast count by me cost him a match against Cash Borden. And he lost the title only because he didn't answer the 10 count in a last man standing match. To my recollection, Chris Hargas is the only Stride wrestler to pin Matheus cleanly.

Stride fans, who else on the roster would give Vader a great match? Weigh in here or on the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Stride Pro Wrestling set to return Aug. 4

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The heat is on this summer and things are going to get really hot on Saturday, August 4. That's when Stride Pro Wrestling returns to the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. (Please note, work is being done at the mall now and if they are not ready for us to be back there an alternate location will be announced.) 

We're coming off the heels of the big Stride Goes Steel event in Pinckneyville where we raised thousands of dollars for the Pinckneyville High School football team and Athletic Department. The card for August 4 is still in the works, but I can confirm Jay Spade has enacted his rematch clause and will face Tony Flood for the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title that night.

Wraith will also defend the Legacy Title against Arron Brooks. Will we see the return of Brookspool or does Arron have another alter ego in mind? And the tag team scene is heating up and an unlikely match pits the DR Party against the Midwest Monster Hunters. The winners here will become the number one contenders to Ax Allwardt and Heath Hatton's tag team titles. 

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As we get closer to the date more details will be released here and on the Stride Pro Wrestling Facebook page. Be sure to follow along. Thanks for the support and enjoy your summer.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Selfie Day: Pro wrestling style

Wait, what?!?

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June 21 isn't only the first day of summer, it's also Selfie Day. Don't be a hater though. I personally find selfies to be fun. Sure, they can be obnoxious too and in some cases dangerous. But overall selfies don't bother me. I decided to share some selfies involving the stars of Stride Pro Wrestling and friends of the My 1-2-3 Cents page. (Please note, not everyone sent a selfie, but I included them anyway.)

Stride guys before a school assembly
Luke Gallows & Lane Austin

James Ellsworth
with Hunter & Jamie Woodworth

Harley Race at the Miami Airport

Hunsperger & Hatton 

My 1-2-3 Cents friend Ken Murphy &
his son
at a WWE Show

Double J Jeff Jarrett

Steel Cage selfie

Jose Magnifico 

My wife & Tom Harness
with the Stride Snapchat filter

Locker room shot

New champion?

Tom & me

Volkoff & Iron Sheik circa 2014

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