Wednesday, July 31, 2019

VIDEO: Red Daniels is ready for Mike Masters

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Stride Pro Wrestling returns Saturday night for Hot August Night III. I recently had a chance to catch up with the champion, Red Daniels. He defends at Mike Masters, who recently returned to indy wrestling.

Masters and I have history. As JR would say, he's tougher than a two-dollar steak. But Red has faced all comers, including Heath Hatton, Chris Hargas, Ax Allwardt and Wraith. They're all former champions in Stride and they've all been beaten. Masters is crafty and will do anything to win though. It's gonna be great. Be there!

Watch Red's thoughts on his challenger.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Scott Phoenix could top Scott Phoenix

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I've written before about the record Stride Pro Wrestling's Scott Phoenix set in the world of tag team wrestling. He is the only Stride star to win the gold with three different partners. He and Ax Allwardt, known as Maximum Overdrive won the belts in 2017. Then he screwed over Ax and won the titles with Dexter Roswell. Then after becoming a good guy, Phoenix had two championship runs with Farmer Billy Hills.

Now Phoenix is in the unique position to beat his own record. On Saturday night (Aug. 3) at Hot Augst Night, Phoenix and Heath Hatton will team up to take on the Sin City Saints, Jay Spade and Tony Flood. Phoenix and Hatton were part of the Battle Bowl Tournament and finished second, making them the number one contenders to the tag team titles. The winning team, Chris Hargas and Savveon Ayers will battle each other to determine the number one contender for the Stride Heavyweight Title (more on that later this week). 

Phoenix is a graduate of the Stride Pro Wrestling School. He's one of the first to come through the program. The training he received from Hatton and others in the lockerroom has served him well. And with Hatton by his side, I'd have to say the chances of a four-peat for this young star are pretty impressive. Not that I shouldn't be biased in my thoughts, but I'd love for Flood and Spade to get their comeuppance after being shoved by the champs earlier this month. But I digress... 

It's a great opportunity for Phoenix and the fans of Stride Pro Wrestling. Hot August Night is one of FOUR shows scheduled for August. We'll see you at the Stride facility, 1130 N. Division Street in Carterville. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

AUDIO: WWE Superstar Aleister Black

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

This week on the podcast, it's an interview with WWE Superstar Aleister Black. In addition to hearing from this fast-rising Superstar, I'm also answering questions for #AskMy123Cents. This is the final podcast before the rebooted format that will begin on Monday, August 5.

Listen here. Please subscribe and leave a review. 

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Friday, July 26, 2019

VIDEO: What are Ooshies?

Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Occasionally I find something new in the toy world. Such was the case recently at Five Below. I discovered WWE Ooshies. I didn't know they existed until that moment. I bought a John Cena figure but I'm leaving him in the box. Take a look and subscribe!

Monday, July 22, 2019

AUDIO: A youthful perspective

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

This week on the podcast, I turn to a much younger fan to get his perspective. I met Hunter Woodworth years ago as a Stride Pro Wrestling fan. He and his family quickly earned the moniker of Superfans. 

Hunter shares his thoughts on pro wrestling, including Stride, AEW and WWE. Give this week's show a listen and share it with others! Thanks. 

Listen here.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Podcast changes coming soon

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'm a big believer in change, even if it's risky. Now in the world of podcasting, it's not much of a risk. If listeners don't like what I'm planning to do with the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast on the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network, I can simply go back to the way things used to be.

I've wanted to make tweaks for some time now as I feel like the podcast has been stuck in a rut. After seeing the formula Chad Smart uses on Positive Cynicism, I've finally decided to give it a shot too. Unlike his rotating topics, I will also have rotating cohosts. But there will be four core themes each Monday on My 1-2-3 Cents (but all tied to pro wrestling).

This schedule may change, but here is the current plan:

Baby oil will not be on the show (maybe)
Two is Greater than One will air the first Monday of each month. This show will be the only with a permanent cohost. My friend, Tyler 'Heath' Hatton, has agreed. The first episode will drop August 5. In it, we'll recap the Aug. 3 Hot Summer Night show by Stride Pro Wrestling a countdown to the Aug. 29 supershow at Rent One Park in Marion. I'm looking forward to getting Tyler's perspective on indy wrestling as well as WWE and AEW as he has done things in the business many indy stars hope to do someday. 

Not necessarily the final graphic
Wrestling with the 80s will explore a performer, pay per view or season of the 80s. The precursor for this was the show I recently recorded with Chad and we explored the Summer of '89. If you're an 80s fan and want to be a co-host at some point, let me know.

The most recent Wrestling Under the Influence
Wrestling Under the Influence has been around for a while but not consistent at all. Each month I'll share an adult beverage with a fellow fan and we'll pair it up with some related to the world of wrestling. Let me know if you'd like to co-host this show too. (Must be 21 or older.)

Not necessarily the finished graphic
What If... will round out the shows. On each episode, we will take a scenario from either current wrestling or the past and speculate on the 'what if' alternative. It should be a fun way to do some fantasy booking. Co-hosts will be needed here too. 

I'm looking forward to this new format. On months with five weeks, I'll fill the void with alternative topics or other guests. Thanks again for the support through the years. Message me on the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page or email

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Friday, July 19, 2019

VIDEO: Go Figure Friday: Rock Rumbler

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Since San Diego Comic Con is in full swing, I thought I'd share an exclusive figure from the event from 2012. My buddy Chad Smart (Positive Cynicism) picked it up for me when he attended. Take a look.

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?

Listen here.

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

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

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 
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

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

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

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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