Monday, January 14, 2019

AUDIO: Ryan Boman from The Gorilla Position

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There are lots of pro wrestling fans who cover the sport we love. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of these journalists in person. Ryan K. Boman is one of them and he's just down the road from me here in southern Illinois.

Ryan has two great sites for pro wrestling fans and pro wrestlers. The Gorilla Position and Pinned.Biz are his passion projects. We talk about both as well as AEW, Impact and WWE in this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. Listen here.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

What do you want?

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I started the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast in Dec. 2014. I'm thankful Greg Mehocko invited me to join the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network because I always wanted to do a show but didn't know where to start. I'm proud to say that each Monday since then, a new episode has dropped. Despite the consistency, I'm looking for ways to spice things up on the show. I know if have a solid group of dedicated listeners and for that, I'm more than grateful. I want to expand and make the listening experience more pleasant for current listeners and attract a new crowd.

Right now it's basically a hodgepodge but always about pro wrestling. I want to continue to keep that the focus of the show. It's a brand I've spent more than eight years creating and I'm not stepping away from that. I'll give a shoutout to my buddy Chad Smart and his podcast, Positive Cynicism. Last year he revamped things and came up with weekly themes and different co-hosts. I'm thinking My 1-2-3 Cents could benefit from that kind of change too. But I want your input as a listener or potential listener.

So do you think a weekly themed show with different co-hosts is the way to go? I would still give updates on local indy wrestling (as this has become a good platform for that) but each week would be something you could almost set your watch to. 

First Monday of the month: Our Six Cents is a top 6 show of something pro wrestling related.

Second Monday of the month: That Didn't Age Well looks at an angle or wrestler from the past that would not be acceptable in today's environment.

Third Monday of the month: Superfan is pretty self-explanatory. I find someone who is an over-the-top fan of a wrestler and we explore the reasons behind the fandom.

Fourth Monday of the month: Wrestling Under the Influence tying a craft beer with a pro wrestler or angle.

Fifth Monday of the month (when it happens): #AskMy123Cents

Do you like these topics? What other ideas do you suggest? Should there be more than what's listed and just rotate them in and out accordingly? Thanks for the input and for listening.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Preparing for War(Bound)

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Most fans of Stride Pro Wrestling and readers of this blog know if do some of the social media marketing for the company. I regularly get messages from wrestlers, managers, referees and even announcers wanting to catch the eye of the management team for a shot here in Stride.

A recent video was sent our way that caught a lot of attention. It's from a wrestler named Warbound. I know little about Warbound. I'm interested in learning more though. And it looks like that is going to happen. Warbound is coming to Stride Pro Wrestling. Stay tuned for those details. I'm sure he'll make an impact here as there is a lot of chaos happening right now in Stride. 

There's no champion at the moment. We have a masked man assaulting wrestlers with a lead pipe. And Red Daniels has made his whereabouts over the past year known. How will Warbound fit into all this chaos? Time will tell for sure...

I also wanted to remind fans we are at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort on Saturday, Feb. 2. Bell time is 7 p.m. and this is a fundraiser show for the school. Be sure to join us!

Friday, January 11, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: FIVE!

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Since I've reached episode 5 of Go Figure Friday, I thought I'd do a tribute to King Kong Bundy. Check out my thoughts on the WWE Legend and the iconic LJN action figure made in his likeness. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

VIDEO: Thursday Thoughts

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Wow, I had no intention of my Facebook Live turning into a 45-minute video. I got some things off my chest and shared some stories from AAPW, Stride Pro Wrestling and my experiences with Impact Wrestling. 

You can watch it here, but if you can't endure the entire 45 minutes, I'd recommend the last 10 or so of it. Thanks for the support since 2010. I know 2019 is going to be amazing. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Stride Pro Wrestling's Red Daniels speaks out

Red Daniels isn't happy 

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More than a year after his last match, Red Daniels is speaking out and he's not happy. The former Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champion lost a Buried Alive match to Chris Hargas in Dec. 2017. 

He's not been seen since that night. However, he updates Stride Pro Wrestling fans on what he's been up to and things got a little tense at times. Watch more here:

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

David Arquette is inspiring me

Arquette in action
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David Arquette is inspiring me. I had to type it again because it's something I never thought I'd say. Sure, I enjoyed him in the Scream movie franchise but when he ventured into the pro wrestling ring and even won the WCW World Heavyweight title I became skeptical.

Arquette wins!
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That was 18 years ago and in the years since that move, Arquette explained his motives and it turns out he is a big wrestling fan. He's even back in action, returning to the ring for several indy shows in 2018. Arquette continues to wrestle into the new year too and at the age of 47.

Exiting the cage in 2018
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Most of you probably already know this, but I'll repeat it. I am a ring announcer for Stride Pro Wrestling. In 2012 I had a chance to have a match of my own. Last Spring, I was able to do it again. I love being in the ring, but at age 45 I know it's not something that will ever become a full-time or even regular effort for me.

However, seeing Arquette training and being treated like a serious competitor I am starting to think 'one more match' or even a few more matches could be in my future. My main focus for 2019 though is to make it on a national wrestling TV program as an announcer or interviewer. But the point is to never say never. Oh, there will be no death matches in my future...

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Monday, January 7, 2019

AUDIO: "The King" Chris Hargas

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Kings have long been a part of pro wrestling. From Jerry Lawler to Randy Savage to Wade Barrett we've seen many greats wear the crown and robe. Now Stride Pro Wrestling has a king too. I had a chance to catch up with "King" Chris Hargas in the latest My 1-2-3 Cents podcast.

You can hear his reasoning for declaring himself King as well as advice for young men and women in the pro wrestling business today. Listen here. Also on this week's episode, I pay tribute to the late, great "Mean" Gene Okerlund and recap Saturday night's Stride Pro Wrestling show.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Vacant becomes Stride Pro Wrestling Champion

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The first Stride Pro Wrestling show of 2019 is in the books and proved to be chaotic at best. From the crowning of "King" Chris Hargas to the now vacated Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title, fans did not leave the show disappointed. By the way, you'll hear from The King on this week's episode of My 1-2-3 Cents the podcast. It drops Monday at 1 a.m.

But in other big news from the show, Heath Hatton is no longer the Stride Pro Wrestling Champion. Neither is his opponent from Saturday night, Tony Flood. The two engaged in another epic battle for the gold. In the closing moments of the match, Hatton locked Flood in a Sharpshooter. Flood managed to escape and while trying to prevent being locked in it again kicked Hatton into the referee, rendering him unable to continue officiating.

That's when Hatton hit the spear but with no ref to count he dispatched General Manager Sam Hunter to the locker room to find another official. In the meantime, that mystery masked man from last month came out and swung his lead pipe at Hatton. He missed though and the champ hit him with a punch that knocked him into next week.

Title vacated
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Hatton locked on the Sharpshooter again and Flood quickly tapped. The referee couldn't call for the bell and the mystery man then leveled Hatton with the pipe. A new ref entered and counted three but then argued with the original official who had said he saw Flood tap. Hunter made the call to vacate the title and the winner of a best two-out-of-three falls match on Feb. 2 will be crowned the new champion.

Be sure to join us that night. We're taking the show on the road and doing a fundraiser at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort. It's located at 1500 E. 9th Street. 

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

He just can't wait to be King

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As I mentioned earlier this week, Stride Pro Wrestling returns to Carterville tonight (Jan. 5). In addition to several great matchups, fans will also witness the coronation of Stride's new King, Chris Hargas. J. Wellington Beauregard made the declaration last month that Hargas would a royal force here.

Hargas isn't just getting his crown Saturday night. He's also going to be in action in a grudge match with Ax Allwardt. The two have been at odds since September when Hargas smashed Ax with his own chain and allowed J. Wells to score the pin in a tag team match.

I am looking forward to the coronation as I'm sure Beauregard has spared no expense for the ceremony. I loved the old days of WWF when Harley Race, Haku and Randy Savage all held the King moniker. I even enjoyed "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan's ceremony. Hargas and 

I have talked and he will be the guest on next week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast so tune in for that (it drops Monday morning). 

Bell time tonight is 6:30 at the Stride Pro Wrestling building at 1130 N. Division Street in Carterville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Doors will open at 6 p.m. See you there!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Everybody has a price

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It's the first Go Figure Friday episode of 2019 so I figured I'd share the story of my first Hasbro action figure. My Ted DiBiase is still MOC and for a special reason. Take a look at the video posted below.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

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It's a new year but old feuds are simmering here in Stride Pro Wrestling. New rivalries are starting to heat up too. Everything comes to a head this Saturday night (Jan. 5) at the Stride Pro Wrestling facility at 1130 North Division Street in Carterville.

Heath Hatton and Tony Flood have seemingly been at each other's throats since the inception of Stride back in March 2016. The two unsuccessfully competed for the Heavyweight Title in a fatal four-way match. Now Hatton is the champ, having beaten Flood for the gold. The title will be on the line this weekend.

Another old rivalry pits Ax Allwardt against "The King" Chris Hargas. These two have no love lost, mostly stemming from Hargas' partnership with Allwardt's former manager J. Wellington Beauregard. The two are hellbent on beating the crap out of each other. They'll do just that Saturday.

Farmer Billy Hills and Scott Phoenix are a relatively new duo and the Stride Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions. They'll face a couple thorns in their sides in Dexter Roswell and Mr. Anthony. The revamped DR Party looks to unseat the champions after a brutal attack last month.

Two other new feuds featuring auld (old) acquaintances will also be a part of Saturday's show. New Legacy Champion Cash Borden teams up with Wraith to battle Jay Spade and Ryzer. Borden and Spade were friends and partners and Ryzer at one time did much of Wraith's dirty work. Those friendships have been tossed out like last month's Christmas tree. This will be a great grudge match, to say the least.

Be sure to join us Saturday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Doors open at 6, bell time is 6:30 p.m. We'll see you there. 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

VIDEO: Remembering 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

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The wrestling world is mourning another death. This time the legendary "Mean" Gene Okerlund has died at the age of 76. He had a profound impact on pro wrestling fans and those who are in the business. I consider myself lucky having had a chance to meet "Mean" Gene in Atlanta in 2016. RIP.