Monday, July 15, 2019

AUDIO: The Summer of '89

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Oh, what a year! The Summer of 1989 is one of my favorites as a wrestling fan. There's a lot to talk about on this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. What was your favorite memory of that year?

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Friday, July 12, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: White Shirt Referee

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For some LJN collectors, the White Shirt Referee is quite a find. I don't exactly know why, but as I looked closer at my collection, I noticed I do have this 'rare' figure. What's the story behind it? Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, July 8, 2019

AUDIO: Not the push I wanted

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This past Saturday night, the wrestling action got a little too close for me. The Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions, Tony Flood and Jay Spade, decided to give me a push. The force sent me to the mat. I'm okay, but a bit embarrassed by what went down. 

You can listen to a review of Saturday night's show on this week's podcast. Click here. Thanks!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

It's not always lonely at the top

Red Daniels & Ryzer
Courtesy: Jamie Myers 
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There's an old saying "It's lonely at the top." That expression has been notably true in the world of professional wrestling. You see, when you're the champ, there's a huge target on your back. But in some cases, we see other stars eyeing a prize other than the 10 pounds of gold.

That was very much true this past weekend at the Scars 'n Stripes show by Stride Pro Wrestling. In the main event, the heavyweight champion, Red Daniels defended against Ax Allwardt. But before we get to that, there's this...

Ax pummels Ryzer
Courtesy: Jamie Myers
Earlier in the night though, Ax, who recently went back his more vicious attitude, interrupted the ceremony for Ryzer. Ryzer has been training at the Stride school and Saturday night was his night to become an official graduate. Ax blamed Ryzer and other youngsters like him for ruining 80s wrestling with today's product. Ax took the certificate Ryzer was to receive and ripped it to shreds. He then attacked the rising star until instructor Heath Hatton pulled Ax off. 

Now, back to the main event. Ax was taking liberties with the rules and finally snapped and punched referee Lane Austin in the face. Then as he went for his chain, Ryzer emerged from the locker room, grabbing the loose end and preventing the villain from injuring the champion. 

Ax was disqualified and what looks like a new relationship between Red and Ryzer became apparent. The two celebrated in the ring, sending the fans home happy. However, I'm sure Ax will be back with a vengeance as he wants the gold still and to prove a point against Ryzer. Stay tuned, Stride returns on Saturday, Aug. 3 and a big event planned on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Rent One Park in Marion. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: It's Time

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Some friends of mine picked up something for me on a trip at a recent yard sale. It's a WWE ring that is also an alarm clock and bank! Take a look and don't forget to subscribe!

Monday, July 1, 2019


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Where do you stand in the so-called war between AEW and WWE? I share some thoughts on this week's episode of My 1-2-3 Cents; including answering a couple questions as it relates to Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman and their new roles in WWE.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Go Figure Friday: Walkies

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What are Walkies? I'm glad you asked. You'll have to check out the video. But seriously, Walkies are wrestlers you throw against a vertical flat surface and watch them race. The two I have are modeled after "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Chris Jericho.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

AUDIO: Wrestling Under the Influence: Rowdy & Proud

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This week on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast I'm joined by Stride Pro Wrestling's Ax Allwardt for 'Wrestling Under the Influence'. We drink 'Rowdy & Proud' by Three Taverns Craft Brewery near Atlanta, Georgia.

Besides reviewing this fine beverage, we share our memories of the late, great 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper. Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast and leave a review!

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Friday, June 14, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Andre the Giant

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Andre the Giant is one of the all-time greats. My appreciation for him grew after his death. I love collecting his figures. This week I unbox one I bought more than 20 years ago. Enjoy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

AUDIO: From fan to pro

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This week on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast I'm joined by Tony Flood. He's the second 'triple-crown' champion in Stride Pro Wrestling. We discuss going from fan to pro. Let me know what you think. Rate and review on your favorite listening platform, screenshot that review and send it to me. 

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

BattleBowl final set

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Stride Pro Wrestling General Manager Sam Hunter has come up with a new concept for the company. It's a bit like the 1991 BattleBowl: Lethal Lottery event, but with an update. Eight team captains were chosen and each of those captains picked a name at random. 

Those teams did battle Saturday night for rounds one and two of the tournament. The winning team will then face off against each other for a future Stride Heavyweight Championship match. The runner-up team will get a title match against the tag team champions. 

Roger Matheus returns
Courtesy: Jamie Myers
I enjoyed the matchups as we had a chance to see guys on the Stride roster in the ring against each other for the first time. For example, Cash Borden was in there against Ax Allwardt. The other big news of the night was the return of Roger Matheus. In October we thought his career was over after an injury suffered in the ring. But with therapy and training, he's back and bigger, badder and better than ever. 

We now know how that final match is going to shape up. "King" Chris Hargas and Cash Borden will face Heath Hatton and Scott Phoenix on Saturday, July 6 back at the Stride Building (1130 N. Division Street).

Results from the show:

Blaine Black pinned Saveyon Ayers.

The Sin City Saints (Tony Flood & Jay Spade) (c) beat Team Frat Fitness (B-Rad & Will Power).

Battle Bowl: Ax Allward & Ryzer beat Jose Magnifico & Brian Richards.

Battle Bowl: King Hargas & Cash Borden beat Bo Sawyer & Bud Gallows after Jason Tiller interfered.

Battle Bowl: Mr. Anthony & Roger Matheus beat Farmer Billy Hills & Dexter Roswell.

Battle Bowl: Heath Hatton & Scott Phoenix beat Hollywood Redneck & Jason Tiller after Bo Sawyer interfered.

Battle Bowl: Hargas & Cash beat Ax & Ryzer. Ax then turned on Ryzer and gave him a piledriver.

Battle Bowl: Hatton & Phoenix beat Anthony & Matheus.

Red Daniels (c) pinned Wraith to defend the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title.

Friday, June 7, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Mr. Wonderful made me bleed

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Back in the day, I had a Paul Orndorff LJN Bend'em. One night, he made me bleed. Maybe it was my own fault though...

Get the story in this week's Go Figure Friday.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wraith’s golden opportunity

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"I see dead people." It's a great movie quote and one I often think of whenever Wraith steps into the ring for Stride Pro Wrestling. The word wraith by the way is "a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death."

When Wraith first debuted in January 2018, he took the company by storm. He dominated the Stride Cup Tournament and won the first ever event along with the Legacy Title on the same night. He defended that belt for the better part of the year before losing it in a four-way ladder match in October. 

Then Wraith started to spiral. Not only did he lose the belt, he lost his number one disciple, Ryzer. The two were a great pairing but Ryzer wanted to distance himself from the 'dead man' and create his own identity. Wraith has made a few appearances since March's first blood loss against Ryzer. 

Most notably this Saturday night Wraith is in for a first time experience. He will get a shot at he Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight TItle. Champion Red Daniels won the belt at Strideversary in March and has done an outstanding job defending it, chalking up victories over "The King" Chris Hargas and former multi-time champion Heath Hatton.

Wraith presents a unique challenge to Daniels as pound for pound it'll be his biggest competition to date. Wraith hasn't been the same though since his days with Ryzer ended. I can't wait to see this match and what's next for both competitors. 

Bell time is 6:30 at the Stride Building in Carterville. We'll see you there! 

Monday, June 3, 2019

AUDIO: Wrestling identities

Dexter Roswell in Stride & CCW

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Pro wrestling has had its share of identity change. Goldust, Kane and the Undertaker are three of the biggest. But don't forget about "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the Rock and Mick Foley. Who are your favorites? Who are your least favorites?

We get into that discussion this week on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. You can listen to guest co-host Garrett Turner and I talk about our favorites. Plus, Garrett sheds some light on his own wrestling persona, Dexter Roswell and the fact that he plays two different personalities for the character (one in southern Illinois for Stride Pro Wrestling and the other in Missouri for Cape Championship Wrestling.)

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Friday, May 31, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Caged!


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Happy Go Figure Friday. Today I'm feeling blue. Not really... Just talking more about the Big Blue Steel Cage. This came out in 1986 to go along with the WWF LJN Superstars. 

What's your favorite cage match from that era? Take a look and don't forget to subscribe.

Monday, May 27, 2019

AUDIO: Wildcard podcast

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This week on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast, I'm joined by co-host Chad Smart. He and I tackle a variety of topics, submitted by listeners. Warning, some AEW fans may not agree with everything we have to say.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: WWE M.U.S.C.L.E.

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It's a new Go Figure Friday! Check out this week's episode on the WWE M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. You could win a pack for yourself. Watch the video for all the details.

Monday, May 20, 2019

AUDIO: Stop spreading fake news

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I hate the phrase 'fake news', but I hate the people and websites that spread this kind of crap even more. We saw a lot of it last week with Ric Flair's trip to the hospital. I use my platform this week to rant about it and talk about the damage involved.

You can listen here. Please don't share stories online until you've verified them. Thanks!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Why Ted Arcidi?

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I'm not knocking Ted Arcidi, former WWE Superstar and strongman extraordinaire. But I guess it may come off that way. I simply wonder why he had an LJN figure made in his likeness while other top stars of that era did not. 

Check out this week's Go Figure Friday and don't forget to subscribe. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stride Pro Wrestling presents: School's Out for Summer

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Things are certainly heating up in Stride Pro Wrestling just in time for summer. This Friday night (May 17) the indy company heads to Community Consolidated School 204 in Pinckneyville, Illinois for a special fundraiser. It's called School's Out for Summer and features several great matches.

Jerry 'T-Dog' Travelstead and Dexter Roswell have seemingly been at odds since the two arrived in Stride in late 2016. Their matches have been great, including a paddle match in October 2017. WWE Hall of Famer Ricky 'the Dragon' Steamboat was the special guest ref for that encounter. I think Roswell's hindquarters are still sore as a result. 

Now T-Dog and his family are stepping into the ring. The Travelsteads will face Roswell and his assistant Mr. Anthony along with relative newcomer to Stride, Keri Gold. How will the family fare against three of the most ruthless members of the Stride roster? 

Student vs. teacher happens once again. Heath Hatton gets a rematch against Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Red Daniels. Daniels is the first graduate of the Stride school and one of Hatton's prized pupils. The two have been at odds before and now the gold is at stake. 

Jay Spade and Tony Flood played a role in Hatton's loss of the championship at Strideiversary in March. This dynamic duo is also causing a stir on the tag team scene. They will battle the champs 'Farmer' Billy Hills and Scott Phoenix.

Ax Allwardt will be joined by a mystery partner (it's not me, despite J. Wellington Beauregard's accusations). The two will clash with J-Wells and his main man, 'The King' Chris Hargas. This has been a very intense and personal situation for more than a year. Will Ax and his partner crown the King and shut up Beauregard?

Another personal situation brewing is between former tag team champions Bo Sawyer and Jason Tiller. Tiller for unknown reasons attacked Warbound at Strideiversary, costing him his shot at the Stride Cup. This grudge match is going to get ugly quick I suspect.

WWE Hall of Famer Bushwacker Luke will join the roster one more time. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. again this FRIDAY night. We'll see you there.