Friday, March 22, 2019

VIDEO: WCW Lives




By 
Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

March 26, 2001: WCW was bought by Vince McMahon and WWE. So to mark the occasion, I'm sharing details about my only WCW action figures. It includes an unboxing of Sid Vicious. Check it out and subscribe.




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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Scott Phoenix sets a record

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I mentioned it briefly on a recent My 1-2-3 Cents podcast, but I figured it deserved a bit more attention than a quick statement. Scott Phoenix recently made history in Stride Pro Wrestling. He has become the company's first four-time tag team champion. That's quite a feat for a young man who is not even three years into the business. 


It all started for Phoenix when he paired up with indy wrestling veteran Ax Allwardt. Under the guidance of J. Wellington Beauregard, the two captured the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team titles in a fatal four-way match in April 2017. The duo became an icon pairing, with Phoenix adopting some of Ax's old school ways. I found his character refreshing as each month he'd share his digits with a lucky female fan in the audience. The long flowing hair and 80s band look went a long way in the development of Phoenix's character.


In November of that same year J. Wells and Phoenix orchestrated an attack on Allwardt which lead to Maximum Overdrive's loss of the titles. But Phoenix insured he would still remain a champion. He and Dexter Roswell became the champions as Phoenix joined forces with the DR Party. The two lost the belts and over time grew apart before finally splitting up.


Phoenix's singles run was short-lived as Farmer Billy Hills found himself in need of a tag team partner after he and String Bean won the belts. The masked man was injured and Phoenix stepped in to help. Stride Pro Wrestling General Manager Sam Hunter officially granted Phoenix's request to be Farmer's permanent partner and the two were off to the races, defending the titles against all challengers. In February their run came to an end when old partner and rival Dexter Roswell and Mr. Anthony won the belts. The new duo's efforts were less than honorable and it didn't take long for Phoenix and Farmer to regain their gold.

That victory earlier this month put Phoenix in the record books. He is now four times the champ as he and Farmer prepare for future title defenses. Phoenix will be in action this Saturday night in Norris City. Be sure to join us for the action.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

AUDIO: Kurt Angle's WrestleMania opponents

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Kurt Angle is retiring (allegedly) at WrestleMania 35. But so far, his opponent has not been announced. The possibilities are endless. So I invited Dalton Anthony of Stride Pro Wrestling, Cape Championship Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Unscripted to sort out our picks.

Be sure to let me know who you think Angle should be stepping into the ring against. We did keep our list to current WWE/NXT Superstars. 

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

He won it, can he keep it?

Red Daniels

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It's hard to believe, but Stride Pro Wrestling is back on the road and has another show coming up one week from today. For the first time ever, we're headed to Norris City. We'll be doing a fundraiser show at 400 E. Boyd Street. Wild Bunch Athletics will be benefiting from your generosity that night.

One match that I want to talk about is Red Daniels vs. Chris Hargas. Daniels is the brand new Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. This will mark his very first title defense. As he pointed out on last week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast, the first time he defended his last championship (the Stride Pro Wrestling Tag Team Titles) he lost. Will he face a similar fate this time around?

Midwest Mafia's title win
Let's examine it. Red and Jake Capone teamed up to win the tag titles in February 2017. Known as the Midwest Mafia they were no doubt the largest team in the history of Stride with a total combined weight of more than 600 pounds. However, just beating up smaller opponents was not enough. The two beat Joey O'Riley and Jay Spade for the gold. They lost the belts in a fatal four-way elimination match in their very first defense. 

Red is no doubt haunted by that night. And let's face it, it has happened before. Heath Hatton dropped the Legacy Title back to Tony Flood eight days after beating him for it. Mr. Anthony and Dexter Roswell lost the tag titles in their first defense against Farmer Billy Hills and Scott Phoenix. So there is always that possibility of history repeating itself.

Buried Alive
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
But don't count Red out. Yes, Hargas has had the upper hand against the champ in the past including the historic Buried Alive match. And even though Daniels is coming off a more than 12-month hiatus, he's more focused and determined than I've ever seen him. He's training younger wrestlers at the Stride Pro Wrestling School which has made him better in the ring. While his first defense will be far from a walk in the park, I don't think it'll be his last one. He's not just in their defending a belt. He's working to prove his critics wrong.


Come see the action for yourself. Again, we're headed to 400 E. Boyd Street in Norris City, Illinois.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Roman Reigns



By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I have company this week in the form of my 9-year-old nephew, Chace. At one time he was a wrestling fan like cool Uncle Kevin. So I asked him to bring a few of his figures. He obliged and we discuss why Roman Reigns is his favorite (and the Rock).

Check out the video and please subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube Channel! Thanks, everyone for the support. 



Monday, March 11, 2019

AUDIO: Favorite pro wrestling returns

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Who doesn't love a good return to the ring? There have been plenty of great ones over the years. This week Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Red Daniels and I go through a few of our favorite returns. I picked him to be on the show because his return was a huge one recently for Stride.

You can listen to the show here. Don't forget to keep up with Stride Pro Wrestling here


Friday, March 8, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Mini Wrestlers

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter


It's Go Figure Friday again and things get mini in this week's episode. I unbox my Hasbro Mini Wrestlers. This set came out in 1992 and features one of my all-time favorites. 

Please watch and subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel and let me know what you'd like to see for future content.



Monday, March 4, 2019

AUDIO: Strideiversary recap


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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Strideiversary (the three-year anniversary show for Stride Pro Wrestling) is now in the books. The night was without question the biggest in company history. I break down the evening in this week's podcast.

The Honky Tonk Man is going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. I interviewed him back in 2016 and pulled a clip from that show for this week's episode. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

60 minutes, 2 champs, 1 night

New champ!

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Each week it seemed Tony Schavonie would say on Monday Nitro, "This is the greatest night in our great sport." And usually, we ended up being overly disappointed afterward. However, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Strideiversary on March 2, 2019, will go down as the biggest and best show in the company's history.

From top to bottom this show had everything wrestling fans crave. Plenty of action, a little violence, some comic relief and lots of pure wrestling action. I got goosebumps watching parts of it and am extremely proud to have been a small part of such a big night. 

I have a full recap planned for Monday's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast as history was made on several fronts. Today though, I'm focusing on the new Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, Red Daniels. But to do that, we have to do a quick history lesson.

Buried Alive
Photo by Steve Belcher
Red Daniels is the first graduate of the Stride Pro Wrestling school. He worked hard to get through the training and entered into a pretty intense feud with Chris Hargas in 2017. The rivalry came to an end when Hargas buried Red alive in December 2017. We hadn't seen nor heard from Daniels until recently he did an interview with me, revealing he's been working backstage at Stride to train the men and women coming through the Stride School. 

At Strideiversary the now "King" Chris Hargas (who has turned his back on the fans) was pitted to face Bo Sawyer in the finals of the Stride Cup Tournament. The winner was to receive a contract for a title match at any time. As Bo made his way to the ring, his former partner Jason Tiller attacked and Hargas joined in. Because the bell hadn't rung yet, there was nothing the ref could do. Sawyer was rendered unable to compete and General Manager Sam Hunter, with a shovel in hand, announced he's dug up Red Daniels.

Red and the briefcase
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
The pop from the crowd was deafening. I got goosebumps as Red hit the ring and battled his old nemesis. Red scored the pin and the audience went nuts again. He left with his briefcase and cup and then it was time for the main event. Heath Hatton and Tony Flood put it all on the line in a 60-minute iron man match. I'm proud of how both men performed, despite the interference from a masked man we've seen torment Hatton for months now.

Spade turns
Courtesy: Jamie Woodworth-Myers
Hatton ended up winning the match five falls to four. However, his celebration was short lived. He unmasked the mystery man revealing his now former friend Jay Spade. Spade and Flood then destroyed Hatton with a double superkick to the face. That gave way to an opportunity of a lifetime as Red quickly cashed in and made short work of the new champion.


Just like that, Stride Pro Wrestling had two champions in a matter of moments. Red Daniels, in his words, went from six feet under to the top of the mountain. Congrats.  You've earned this. Spade and Flood though, I pity you guys. You've picked the wrong guy to screw over. 

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Flair Friday


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Wooo! Happy birthday, Nature Boy. The celebration of Ric Flair's 70th birthday continues this week on Go Figure Friday. I chat about my Ric Flair action figures. I still need to add the Hasbro one to my collection. 





Thursday, February 28, 2019

Strideiversary Update from the Event Center



By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

In the 80s and early 90s, WWF programming always had an Event Center set up where either 'Mean' Gene Okerlund or Sean Mooney would run down the happenings in the World Wrestling Federation. I always enjoyed the segments and have recently tried to bring back that feel for the upcoming Strideiversary show.




I'm just learning some new things with my editing software and not all the bugs have been worked out, but I'm pleased with this first attempt. Obviously, I'm no Gene or Mooney (who?), but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? 
I wish I had more time to dedicate to the project but will take the blame as I procrastinated getting started like I usually do.

If you are in the region and are a fan of independent wrestling, I can't stress enough how good this show is going to be. Stop by 600 N. Carbon Street in Marion, IL this Saturday night (March 2). Bell time is 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. It's gonna be a huge night and the hard work of a lot of people is going to pay off. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Striking his fancy, striking his face

Old friends...

By 
Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

J. Wellington Beauregard and Ax Allwardt used to go together like peanut butter and jelly. The duo first connected in 2012 in All American Pro Wrestling. It all started when J. Wells bought Ax's contract from Gaylord Stephens.

Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Beauregard and Allwardt stayed together through AAPW's ups and downs and stayed together for Pro Wrestling Collision and when Stride Pro Wrestling started in 2016. In fact, J. Wells was instrumental in Ax's early success, leading him to become the very first Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. 

Maximum Overdrive
Even after Ax dropped that title the two remained focused on success. And once again it was found when Scott Phoenix joined the duo and Maximum Overdrive was born. The team won tag team gold and quickly become one of my favorite tandems. However, J. Wells had his eyes on another prize, the DR Party.

The DR Party
Courtesy: Steve Belcher

In late 2017 he made those intentions known as Beauregard and Phoenix screwed Ax out of the tag team titles. Since then, Ax was been exacting revenge. He and Heath Hatton won and lost the tag team titles, in part because of J. Wells' interference. The former champs even lost a tag team match against Tony Flood and J. Wells in September and Ax was dumped from a battle royal by Beauregard; further fueling the flames of disgust.


Now, thanks to a victory over J. Wells' latest charge, "The King" Chris Hargas, Ax gets his hands in a one-on-one match against Beauregard. The two will lock horns Saturday night at Strideiversary. If I were J. Wells, I'd make sure next of kin is nearby to help identify the parts left behind. Ax's frustration has been building for more than a year. We'll see you on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (600 N. Carbon Street in Marion, Illinois)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monster Hunters on separate hunts


By 
Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

The Stride Cup Tournament finals will be a part of this Saturday's Strideiversary show. 'Warbound' Bo Sawyer returned for the tournament after being sidelined for months with an injury. He'll take on the nearly crowned King of Stride Pro Wrestling, Chris Hargas. Both men have been able to use their size and strength to make a huge impact in Stride.

Hargas is not only King, but he's also the former Legacy Champion and has had several heavyweight title matches against the likes of Heath Hatton, Roger Matheus and Ax Allwardt. Sawyer has been a tag team wrestler for most of his yearlong stint in Stride. He and Jason Tiller are two-time Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions. But the Midwest Monster Hunters seemingly have different goals now.

Joey O'Riley
In fact, Tiller will face Joey O'Riley for the number one contendership for the Legacy Title. The winner of the Stride Cup will have a free ticket to challenge for the heavyweight title. So we could see the Monster Hunters are singles champions in the coming months. 

However, Hargas and his manager J. Wellington Beauregard will stop at nothing to add more bling. But Sawyer has a lot to prove as a singles star. And never count out O'Riley as he has yet to win singles gold in Stride. He's clearly the smaller man in this battle with Tiller but will no doubt fight for everything he has. 

Find out if the Midwest Monster Hunters can make it as a solo act this Saturday night. Strideiversary is at 600 N. Carbon Street in Marion, Illinois. Bell time is 6:30 p.m.



Monday, February 25, 2019

AUDIO: AEW vs. WWE

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By 
Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Tyler 'Heath' Hatton is my guest co-host on this week's My 1-2-3 Cents the podcast. We talk about AEW, WWE and of course Stride Pro Wrestling. It's a company Hatton founded in 2016. As we prepare for the three year anniversary, Hatton reflects on where the company has been and where it's headed.

Give it a listen here and be sure to join us this Saturday night for Strideiversary. It's happening at 600 N. Carbon Street in Marion. Bell time is 6:30 p.m.


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Saturday, Bloody Saturday



By 
Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

This Saturday night blood will be shed at Strideiversary. It's a guarantee as Wraith and Ryzer will do battle in Stride Pro Wrestling's first ever First Blood Match. The rules are simple, the first wrestler to bleed loses. 

Wraith made the challenge recently, speaking for the first time. He and Ryzer were one time inseparable. But tension grew between the Man from Beyond the Grave and his young disciple. In a contest like this, Wraith seemingly has the advantage. Not only is he bigger than Ryzer, but he also has the benefit of wearing a mask which will clearly be more difficult to draw blood. I'm instantly reminded of Kane vs. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin from King of the Ring 1998. 

However, Ryzer has quickly become a shining star in Stride Pro Wrestling. He was made for this business. He has the look, the passion and the aptitude to go far as a pro wrestler. Wraith is cold and calculating and will do everything in his power to prove a point and hurt the man he brought into Stride. This will be nothing less than a fight between two former friends which always adds to the story. The fans will be invested in this one and on the edges of their seats until someone gets busted open. 


Be a part of Strideiversary. The show is this Saturday night (March 2) at 600 N. Carbon Street in Marion, Illinois. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. See you there!

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