Monday, November 4, 2019

AUDIO: AAPW Resurrection

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

About seven years ago, All American Pro Wrestling had its final show. It seemed the company had faded away forever. But that's not the case. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Stride Pro Wrestling presents AAPW Resurrection. It's all for a good cause, as our friend Dan 'Curly' Summers is battling medical issues right now. 

Several blasts from the AAPW past will be on hand. You can listen to the details in this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast right here. You can get tickets for the show here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Slim Jim 'Macho Man'

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After failing the first time around, I finally got my hands on the Elite Mattel Slim Jim 'Macho Man' Randy Savage figure. I love the look of it and the presentation in the Slim Jim box. I've debated what I'm going to do with it. But for now, it's on the shelf in the My 1-2-3 Cents studio. 

Take a look and subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel and let me know what other types of content you'd like to see. 

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Monday, October 14, 2019

AUDIO: Buried Alive!

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Buried Alive is a match concept only seen (as far as I know) in WWE. However, in 2017, Stride Pro Wrestling held a Buried Alive match. Red Daniels battled Chris Hargas in this historic event. 

This week on the My 1-2-3 Cents Podcast, Red recounts that night and the build-up to it. We also discuss our favorite WWE Buried Alive matches. 

Give the show a listen here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Stride Pro Wrestling presents Fright Night

Created by Sam Hunter

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WWE has Hell in a Cell. WCW had Halloween Havoc. Stride Pro Wrestling has Fright Night. The October show is always a fun one to get into the Halloween spirit.  This year's event will be no exception as I find myself for the first time ever being an in-ring performer.

On Saturday night (Oct. 12) the men and women of Stride Pro Wrestling hit the ring at the Stride Arena (1130 N. Division St., Carterville). I'm excited because I'll be involved in the Boo Bash Battle Royal. This is great because I've never been involved in a battle royal before AND the winner will be a part of the main event later in the night. It'll be a fatal four-way for the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title. Red Daniels defends against Ax Allwardt, Ryzer and the winner of the Boo Bash. 

There are several other matches already announced for the show. El Magnifico defends the Legacy Title against Bud Gallows. The No Limits Title will be on the line as Bo Sawyer takes on Dexter Roswell. Also, the Sin City Saints (Jay Spade and Tony Flood) battle B-Rad and Will Power. 

I've been told some wrestlers will be in costume that night. So fans, I encourage you to get dressed up too. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. We'll see you there. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

AUDIO: 2 is Greater Than 1

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

The first Monday of the month means it's time to catch up with Heath Hatton of Stride Pro Wrestling. This month we decided to talk about a few of our favorite moments in all of pro wrestling, along with fond memories of Stride Pro Wrestling. 

You can listen to this week's show here. And don't forget to give us your picks too. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

AUDIO: Now Hit My Music

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Theme music is essential in the world of pro wrestling. It's hard to imagine a time without it. This week on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast, Chad Smart and I talk about the history of theme music and some of our favorite songs.

Give it a listen here

Friday, September 27, 2019

VIDEO: Pat Patterson auction

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The Pat Patterson Elite by Mattel was the talk of the internet for some time. I actually picked one up because the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast had discussed it and the difficulty that had finding it. My intent was to send it to the hosts, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. However, they have their own now.

So, I'm not attached to this figure in any way and am selling it on eBay. However, I'm not looking for a payday for myself. Instead, I will take a portion of the proceeds from this auction and put it toward the Stride Pro Wrestling/My 1-2-3 Cents Action Figure Drive for Toys for Tots this Christmas season.

You can bid here! Thanks. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

AUDIO: Wrestling with the 80s: The Von Erichs

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

To me, the Von Erichs are one of the greatest families ever associated with pro wrestling. Their story has plenty of tragedy, but instead, we focus on the many triumphs on this week's Wrestling with the 80s edition of the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast.

Listen here and don't forget to subscribe.

Monday, September 16, 2019

AUDIO: Wrestling Under the Influence

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Wrestling Under the Influence is quickly becoming my favorite edition of the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. However, this month I was drinking alone. That'll change though. Time got away from me.

But anyway, this month I try Belching Beaver Brewery's Me So Honey Blonde. Give the show a listen and let me know what else we should be trying on the show. Listen here.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Borden cashed out

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

At the start of Saturday night's Cashing In fundraiser for YouthBuild, Cash Borden had all three of Stride Pro Wrestling's singles championships. He won the Legacy title in late 2018 after the championship was vacated. He recently climbed the ladder and claimed the No Limits Championship, even though he wasn't in the match. Then after losing the Heavyweight title back to Red Daniels, he stole the belt and assaulted General Manager Sam Hunter in the process. 

'Warbound' Bo Sawyer

However, that punch may be what lead to Cash's demise as a champion in Stride. He had to defend all three belts at the fundraiser. First, he lost the No Limits title to 'Warbound' Bo Sawyer in a fatal four-way with Dalton Anthony and Dexter Roswell. 

Jose Magnifico 
A bit later, Jose Magnifico picked up the Legacy title. And in a hard-hitting, action-packed main event, Daniels beat Borden in the middle of the ring and got his hands back on the Heavyweight championship. 

Daniels vs. Borden
Courtesy: Tyler Adams
It was an incredible night of wrestling action and I do tip my hat to Cash who wrestled five men in three different matches that night. While his actions are far from a champion, he proved he's a true competitor here in Stride.

Other match results: 
'Stone Cold' Redneck beat 'Squire' Savveon Aryes.

Mike Masters beat B-Rad.

Ax Allwardt beat Ryzer in a chain match when the referee determined Ryzer couldn't continue.

Heath Hatton and Kevin Hunsperger retained the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team titles by beating Bud Gallows & the Masked Man and Roger Matheus & Chris Hargas (the Kings of Destiny). 

Perhaps the best part of the night, Stride raised about $3,000 for the YouthBuild program. Thanks to everyone who attended the show.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Go Figure Friday: Outback Jack

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Tie me kangaroo down, sport, I've found Outback Jack. It didn't happen in 'the wild' but I did get my hands on this figure that's eluded me for 30+ years. 

A fellow collector, 'The WWF LJN Whisperer' Zorro Mendez hooked me up! The figure is in amazing shape. Take a look and subscribe.

Monday, September 2, 2019

AUDIO: My 1-2-3 Cents: 2 is Greater Than 1

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It's been quite a week. On Thursday night, my buddy Heath Hatton and I captured the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team titles. Yes, you read that right. 

We talk more about the experience and all of Stride's roster on the latest edition of 2 is Greater Than 1You can listen here.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Revenge is coming...

Created by Sam Hunter

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Thursday night was a big one for Stride Pro Wrestling. New champions were crowned at Rent One Park as Stride presented Bash at the Ballpark. Cash Borden won the newly created No Limits Championship. Keri Gold is the first-ever Women's Champion. Heath Hatton and I picked up the tag team titles. And Red Daniels is once again the heavyweight champion. 

I'll go into more detail on the tag team title win on the next episode of My 1-2-3 Cents the podcast. Episode 250 (2 is Greater Than 1) drops Monday morning. However, I can tell you this may end up being one of the shortest championship reigns in company history. Heath and I are defending in a rematch against Tony Flood and Jay Spade on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Created by Sam Hunter
Our match is among a handful matches already signed for Stride Pro Wrestling's Revenge show. It's at the Stride building, 1130 N. Division Street in Carterville. 

Red defends against Cash. There's a grudge match featuring Dexter Roswell against his former assistant Dalton Anthony. And we'll see for the first time ever Mike Masters battle 'Warbound' Bo Sawyer.

It's going to be fun. I'm hoping the aches and pains subside by Saturday night. I'm also hopeful we are successful in our first title defense. At age 46, well actually, never in my life would I have thought I'd be writing such a blog. Thanks to all who supported and made this possible.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

STRIDE PRO WRESTLING: Tag team turmoil

Created by Sam Hunter
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Just over a year ago I stepped into the wrestling ring for what I thought was going to be the last time. That cage match was like nothing I ever experienced. 

Then a few weeks ago I stepped up and helped my friend Heath Hatton as he struggled against Stride Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions Jay Spade and Tony Flood. The Sin City Saints were double-teaming my buddy who was fighting alone after his partner, Scott Phoenix was attacked prior to the match. I should add that the Saints shoved me the previous month during a presentation of the new tag team belts.

Despite my efforts to help Heath win the match, I was low blowed by Flood and the champs were disqualified. General manager Sam Hunter instantly booked the match for Bash at the Ballpark. We're hours away for that event at Rent One Park. I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous as hell about this but looking forward to having one more match and an opportunity at the gold. 

Come out to Rent One Park tonight. Tickets are just $7 and include five wrestling matches and a baseball game (the Southern Illinois Miners take on the Lake Erie Crushers). Bell time is at 5:35 p.m. We'll see you there! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Created by Sam Hunter

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Well, the title on this might make Stride Pro Wrestling's 'King' Chris Hargas upset, but let me explain. Cash Borden is now the king of championships. He is currently the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight AND Legacy Champions. For the first time in the company's history, one man holds both singles titles. 

It all came to be nearly two weeks ago at the Pulaski County Fair. Borden beat Red Daniels for the heavyweight title in a brutal match on the fairgrounds. The action spilled to the outside of the ring. Bales of hay were involved in the course of the match, which you can strike up to another first in Stride.

However, Cash's luck may be running out. The champ has to defend the title against Daniels who is hellbent on recapturing the gold. Red was arguably Stride's most defending champion beating the likes of Ax Allwardt, King Hargas and Heath Hatton. 

Both men are coming for a fight. The action will be intense once again. Come out to Rent One Park, Thursday, August 29. Tickets are just $7 and include five wrestling matches and a baseball game (the Southern Illinois Miners take on the Lake Erie Crushers). Bell time is at 5:35 p.m. We'll see you there! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

STRIDE PRO WRESTLING: Old school vs. new school

Created by Sam Hunter

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Another big match signed for Thursday night's Bash at the Ballpark features Ax Allwardt vs. Ryzer. This is a grudge match that's been months in the making. Ax is Stride Pro Wrestling's first-ever heavyweight champion. Ryzer, as his name might suggest is, in my opinion, the fastest rising star in Stride. 

The bad blood originates from the Battle Bowl tournament where Ax and Ryzer found themselves on the same team. Things seemed to be fine until the unlikely duo lost. Ax flipped out and attacked the youngster. Now Ax has embraced his 'old school warrior' mindset even more. He's dubbed himself the Millenial Nightmare and from the 'Decade of Decadence circa 1984.

As much as I respect Ax and what he's done for the local indy wrestling scene, I worry that he's shortsighted with his views on Ryzer. The kid has a lot of talent and I predict by this time next year he will have won gold here in Stride. He's a hard worker and a natural athlete. Perhaps it's that one-two punch that gets under Ax's skin.

The brawl between these two will not be pretty. But it will be one you won't want to miss. Come out to Rent One Park, Thursday, August 29. Tickets are just $7 and include five wrestling matches and a baseball game (the Southern Illinois Miners take on the Lake Erie Crushers). Bell time is at 5:35 p.m. We'll see you there! 

Monday, August 26, 2019

AUDIO: Wrestling with the 80s: SummerSlam 88

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It's a new installment on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast: Wrestling with the 80s. For the first episode, I'm joined by Jason Skull from the Skullbuster WrestleCast. We discuss SummerSlam 88 in great detail, including the buildup and fallout of the event. We also look at how things were going in the NWA during this same time period. 

Give it a listen and don't forget to leave a review! Check out the audio right here.


Created by Sam Hunter

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

In yesterday's post, I mentioned history being made at least twice this Thursday night at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois. Stride Pro Wrestling will crown the first-ever No Limits Champion as well as the first-ever Women's Champion. 

Women's wrestling has grown in popularity over the years. When I first started watching wrestling in the mid-80s, the ladies had few opportunities. Now there are all-women companies out there providing a huge spotlight for female wrestlers. WWE has also done a lot in recent years to change the perception of women's wrestling.

Now Stride Pro Wrestling is going to recognize the women on the roster. Admittedly we have not had a lot of women's matches but that has changed recently. Zooey Moore has worked hard learning the ropes (pun intended) at the Stride school. She's poised now to face off against Keri Gold Thursday night. It's winner take all. 

Gold has years of experience and will stop at nothing to be the first to hold the Stride Pro Wrestling Women's Championship. We've seen just how ruthless she can be in the ring before. However, Zooey has worked hard to get to this match. It's going to be two very determined women ready to prove their the most worthy of holding the gold.

Come out to Rent One Park, Thursday, August 29. Tickets are just $7 and include five wrestling matches and a baseball game (the Southern Illinois Miners take on the Lake Erie Crushers). Bell time is at 5:35 p.m. We'll see you there!