Thursday, September 3, 2020

10 Years Later...

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It's hard to believe, at least for me, but 10 years ago today, the My 1-2-3 Cents brand was officially born. You can take a look at that first blog right here if you're interested. I remember sitting down at my computer on a Friday night and getting started. I had written blogs before but it was the encouragement of my friend and mentor Jeff Rose that pushed me to create a wrestling-themed blog.

So much has changed over the past decade. In December of that year, I added a YouTube channel. The spring of 2011 saw the creation of the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page. Then in December 2014, the podcast was created on the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network, and with it came Mondo the Monkey. 

Not only did the brand grow, but so did my fandom. Chad Smart and I ended up attending seven more WrestleManias after going in 2006 and 2008 long before this was even a thought. I got involved in indy wrestling, first serving as a commentator for All-American Pro Wrestling in spring 2011 and eventually stepping into the ring and having my first match. 

It's been an awesome decade. Here's a look back at a few of the bigger moments and memories for me as a fan and a performer. Thank you all for the support. 

Nov. 6, 2010 - refereed for the first time for USCW.

June 10, 2011 - 'managed' Velvet Sky at a Basebrawl event for TNA Wrestling. 

July 30, 2011 - did live commentary for the first time for AAPW.

Jan. 14, 2012 - beat Mike Masters in my first match.

March 12, 2016 - debuted as ring announcer for Stride Pro Wrestling.

May 19, 2018 - beat Roger Matheus inside a steel cage.  

Nov. 10, 2018 - tried out for a ring announcing gig with Impact Wrestling. I didn't get selected... 

Aug. 3, 2019 - joined a tag team match with Heath Hatton against Tony Flood and Jay Spade. We won by disqualification. 

Aug. 29, 2019 - teamed with Hatton to beat Flood and Spade for the Stride Pro Wrestling tag team titles. Yes, that is a real sentence. 

Sept. 7, 2019 - retained the tag team titles against Flood & Spade.

Sept. 14, 2019 - retained the tag team titles in a triple-threat match against Roger Matheus and Chris Hargas (Kings of Destiny) and Bud Gallows and the Masked Assassin.

Oct. 12, 2019 - wrestled in my first battle royal and was eliminated by Ragin' Redneck. Later that night Hatton and I lost the tag team titles to the Kings of Destiny.

Dec. 7, 2019 - teamed with Spade and Hatton to beat the KOD and Savveon Ayres.

Again, I thank you and if you'd like to support My 1-2-3 Cents or Stride Pro Wrestling please head to my store on Pro Wrestling Tees. Click here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

AUDIO: Let's Be Positive

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Full disclosure for this week’s show. I had two different guests lined up but unfortunately, things fell through at the last minute with each.  So that means I had to call an audible and do something I had planned for later in the month while I’m on vacation.

Almost one year ago, I made a career change and left the world of broadcast news after 22 years. I’ve already done a show with some clips of wrestling interviews I conducted as a news anchor. Today, in an effort to spread some positivity, I’m sharing the Cameo videos my friends sent me after I made the career change.

Instead of hearing me talk about a random topic for 30 or more minutes, I decided to go this route. It’s an ego boost for me for sure. But it’s also positive content to insert into a world that right now is filled with hate and negativity.

I’d love to know what you think about this show. Please follow My 1-2-3 Cents on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@my123cents). You can also subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents blog and YouTube channel. And follow the Jittery Monkey Facebook page for updates too. Thanks!

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Don’t forget to leave a review. I’d love to hear YOUR 1-2-3 Cents about My 1-2-3 Cents.

Monday, June 1, 2020

AUDIO: 2 is Greater Than 1

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All of our lives have changed since the quarantine. Pro wrestling shows have a much different look these days. There are rumblings that once we return to ‘normal’ life, the way WWE presents its product could change forever.

This week on the show, I’m joined by Stride Pro Wrestling’s, Tyler ‘Heath’ Hatton. We talk about the house show business as well as share some of our favorite things about pro wrestling. Listen here and don't forget to leave a review! 

I’d love to know what you think about this show. Please follow My 1-2-3 Cents on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@my123cents). You can also subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents blog and YouTube channel. And follow the Jittery Monkey Facebook page for updates too. Thanks!

Check out the Pro Wrestling Tees store too. And shop COLLARxELBOW with promo code MY123CENTS. Right now you can save at least 10 percent on items.

Don’t forget to leave a review. I’d love to hear YOUR 1-2-3 Cents about My 1-2-3 Cents.

Monday, April 27, 2020

AUDIO: First Saturday Night's Main Event Review

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We’re just a couple weeks away from the 35 year anniversary of the very first Saturday Night’s Main Event. The show debuted May 11, 1985, from the Nassau County Coliseum.
So, I’ve turned to Jason Skull of the Skullbuster WrestleCast to take a trip down memory lane and chat more about that first episode. From Hulk Hogan to Roddy Piper to Wendi Richter, the show was stacked. Listen to the podcast here.
I’d love to know what you think about this show. Please follow My 1-2-3 Cents on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@my123cents). You can also subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents blog and YouTube channel. And follow the Jittery Monkey Facebook page for updates too. Thanks!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

AUDIO: Wrestling Under the Influence

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Pity Party, table for one. That is how this podcast may sound to some. However, that is not my intent. I had big plans for this week’s show since it falls on 4/20. You can read between the lines on who I wanted as my guest…
That being said, my attempts to get Rob Van Dam on the show turned into another failed experiment. So that got my brain churning and I thought, why not review a beer in my fridge called Mad Scientist Milkshake IPA. It’s from the Experimental Series by Witchita Brewing Company. You can visit their website here.
So this week you’ll hear me kinda rant and complain about the guests who I’d always wanted but never got. I also review the beer and share some thoughts on other aspects of pro wrestling.
Listen HERE!

Friday, April 17, 2020

VIDEO: Fig Bath Friday

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I've had my collection of LJN WWF Superstars for nearly 35 years. (I got my first set during the Summer of 1985.) However, I have never given any of these guys a much needed Fig Bath. The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast (hosted by Matt Cardona and Brian Myers) inspired me to do this (finally). So while experiencing some boredom, I filled up a small tub with hot water and dish soap and grabbed an unused toothbrush and five Superstars for their debut bathing. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, Brutus Beefcake, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and King Kong Bundy were the first of my collection to take the plunge. I recorded it on time-lapse and it goes by pretty quick. Admittedly, I could probably give them all another good scrubbing but for the purposes of time, I made it as quick as possible. Have you given your figs a bath before? What do you use?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rest in Peace, 'Fink'

RIP Fink: 1950 - 2020
Courtesy: WWE

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I've wanted to get back to blogging and other content creation since this whole COVID-19 quarantine stuff started. It was supposed to be a distraction from reality. Fun posts. However, as I make my blogging re-debut it is with a somber tone. This morning as I was just getting my workday started, the news of Howard Finkel's passing hit social media.

Finkel, aka 'The Fink' was the voice of my childhood. Heck, he was even the voice of many of the wrestling matches I watched as an adult. Simply put, news of Fink's death devastated me. There's no denying that he will go down as the GOAT when it comes to ring announcers. He's in a class all his own. Howard Finkel set the standard for what all of today's ring announcers want to be.

Many fans and wrestlers have been sharing their memories of Fink. We've all heard the iconic announcements he made through the years. "And NEW..." has become a phrase I believe we all associate immediately with Fink's style. 

If there has been one person I've tried to emulate in my years on the independent scene of pro wrestling, it's no doubt the Fink. My current gig as ring announcer at Stride Pro Wrestling is the longest stint I've had (just over four years). It's a total ripoff of the legend as I attempt to announce a new champion being crowned. But as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's an homage to the man with the golden voice. 

Years ago when Fink moved off-screen, I like many fans longed for the days of hearing him in the ring. That distinct bell ringing at Madison Square Garden and the microphone dropping down with Fink's familiar voice are imprinted in my brain. I can hear it all right now as I type this blog. 

Not the best pic, but this is from the HOF ceremony in 2009
At the risk of rambling, I'm going to wrap it up here. I am grateful for the Fink being a part of our lives. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see him get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 in Houston. And I'm grateful to have the chance to step into the ring and follow a dream of announcing the men and women making a name for themselves on the independent scene.

Rest in peace, Fink. You'll be missed.

Monday, April 13, 2020

AUDIO: Our Chris Benoit Stories

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Chris Benoit’s last 48 hours on Earth are some of the most polarizing times in the world of professional wrestling. However, Benoit had a huge impact on fans and other wrestlers throughout the years. This week, I’m joined by Stride Pro Wrestling’s Shane Rich. He shares a unique experience with us about meeting Benoit.
We are not glorifying the tragedies or making light of them in any way. We are just two pro wrestling (and Chris Benoit) fans remembering a different time in our business.
Please listen to the show HERE and let us know what you think. 

Monday, April 6, 2020

AUDIO: WrestleMania Redo

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WrestleMania has been a staple not just in pro wrestling but pop culture for 35 years now. I’m proud to say I was around for the first one and have enjoyed the event each year since 1985. That includes the very unique version of WrestleMania 36, held over two nights and in an empty arena.
However, there are some moments in WrestleMania history that fans like to rewrite. That’s the inspiration for an annual tradition I’ve got going here, called WrestleMania Redo. This week Tyler ‘Heath’ Hatton of Stride Pro Wrestling and I talk about a couple of WrestleMania matches that we would rebook.
You can listen here

Thursday, April 2, 2020

AUDIO: WPW Watch Along

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My buddy Chad Smart from the Positive Cyncisism Podcasting Network has introduced me to all sorts of different pro wrestling companies. In 2004 when I met him, he was ordering the weekly TNA pay-per-views. Then came Chikara Pro and now we’re watching a company out of southern California; Wrestling Pro Wrestling.
This is a very unique independent company, to say the least. Characters include the Fromage Horsemen (all characters based off cheeses),  Darwin Finch and ‘Gentleman’ Jervis Cottonbelly. You can check out their YouTube channel here. Pull up the March 5 show; WPW Presents Tony Tickles’ Invasion Featuring the Sneaky Snakes and watch along with us. We also sprinkle in thoughts on other wrestling companies along the way.
Listen here and feel free to leave a review too.

Monday, March 23, 2020

AUDIO: The Interview with Dalton Anthony

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I’ve known Dalton Anthony for a few years now, first hearing him on the Podzilla 1985 Pro Wrestling Unscripted podcast. Then he and some of his co-hosts came to a Stride Pro Wrestling show as fans. But it wasn’t long before that fandom turned into Dalton stepping through the ropes.

This week on The Interview, Dalton shares his story. You can listen to the podcast here

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Ultimate WrestleMania

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With the fate of WrestleMania still in flux and so many of us at home for the weekend and potentially for the next several weeks, I thought it would be fun to talk more about past WrestleManias. So I posed the question if you built the Ultimate WrestleMania, what 12 matches would you put on the show. 

Turns out this was a bigger challenge than I anticipated as there are hundreds of matches to choose from. The other caveat, no duplicate Superstars for me. But you construct your list however you see fit. These aren't necessarily the best matches of all-time, just ones that entertained me.

Oh, my list is in no particular order, other than the first, which is my all-time favorite Mania matchup. 

💪Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage: WrestleMania VII

💪Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista: WrestleMania XXX

💪Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels: WrestleMania XXIV

💪Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant: WrestleMania III

💪Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis: WrestleMania III

💪The British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team: WrestleMania II

💪Trish Straus vs. Mickie James: WrestleMania XXII

💪Undertaker vs. CM Punk: WrestleMania XXIX

💪Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart: WrestleMania X

💪'Stone Cold' Steve Austin vs. The Rock: WrestleMania XV

💪Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Christian vs. Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Benoit (MITB): WrestleMania XXI

💪Doink the Clown vs. Crush: WrestleMania IX (yes, I'm serious, I love how this played out.)

Because I limited myself on one Superstar only, I would have had other matches as well. So let me know your card.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

VIDEO: Strideiversary Main Event

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Last week Stride Pro Wrestling celebrated four years of business with the annul Strideiversary Show. Because of COVID-19 and some other circumstances, we ended up having to make some big changes to the show. One of them was to live stream the event.

Then at the last minute, I was asked to do commentary while the stream was up. Because we didn't have a wireless mic that night, I was tethered to the table where the sound system was set up anyway so I wasn't getting in and out of the ring. This made a perfect scenario to stay put and call the matches.

I happened to luck out and the second half of the show ended up recording onto my phone so the glitchiness of the live stream doesn't show on this video. I think my best calls that night happened during this match too. I took my phone and tripod and followed the action as it spilled to the floor. 

So please, check out Ax Allwardt (c) vs. Cash vs. Red Daniels. I would love your honest feedback on my commentary as well. If you'd rather message me your thoughts, please email 

Thanks, and enjoy it! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Evolution of Dexter

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In March 2016, Stride Pro Wrestling was born. The company not only provided pro wrestling once again for this region but also a training school for aspiring wrestlers. In the first several months, several young men and women enrolled. A handful emerged, including someone I only knew as Luke Chambers.

Luke Chambers vs. Scott Phoenix
Luke was as Bill Demott used to say, greener than goose shit. But really, all the trainers were. I mean, they literally had five or six months of training under their collective belts before climbing through the ropes in front of a paying crowd. The first match I remember with Luke might have been his only. It was November 2016, the first Redbird Rumble. He was involved in a fatal four-way that his future tag team partner and fellow classmate Scott Phoenix won.

Dexter Roswell's debut with Brian Richards
A month later, Chambers had traded in his oversized pants and headband for a shirt, tie and suit coat. He also changed his name to Dexter Roswell. The character came on the heels of the Presidential election. Between that and the unsettling political environment in Springfield, Roswell was the perfect heel. 

Phoenix and Roswell win gold!
Through the years, Roswell's work in the ring improved. But so did his character development. I'm not going to give a year by year report on him but it's been quite a metamorphosis. In the past several months we've seen shades of Roswell's persona in Cape Championship Wrestling shine through. Finally on Saturday night at Strideiversary, Dexter emerged in a bloody white suit and his face half painted.

The new-look worked as Dexter (he's dropped Roswell), beat Bo Sawyer for the Stride Pro Wrestling No Limits Championship. Sure, he cheated but the victory marks Dexter's first singles championship run. I'm excited to see what the future holds for this still growing and emerging performer.

By the way, if you'd like to learn more about the man behind the Dexter character, give this episode of the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast a listen. He speaks very candidly about being a gay man in the world of pro wrestling. 

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