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Saturday, January 2, 2100

More About Me

Since the, "About Me" section of this blog is limited to a specific amount of characters, I decided to write a post that discusses more about what I have done in the pro-wrestling industry, beginning with when I first started in it and leading up to now.

Technically, I started back in the 1990's, contributing to, "Pro Wrestling Illustrated" and then, "Pro Wrestling Torch". In 1997, I contributed to The Official Website of the NWO. That same year, I briefly published my own newsletter, "The Wrestling Express".

In 1998, I taught myself how to design websites, and served as a consultant for various independent promotions. That next year, I worked as a website designer/maintainer for Dylan Summers (Necro Butcher) who was running the Texas-based Power Pro Wrestling Federation, and later was involved with Texas Outlaw Promotions.

During the period of 2000-2002, I was involved in many different projects at once. I was working as a website designer/publicist for talent, contributing to WCW.com, writing columns for independent promotions and the website of former WCW star The Stro, and writing for a variety of pro-wrestling media sites (including WrestlingObserver.com and PWTorch.com). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews.

In 2004, I started working for the Michigan-based Ultimate Championship Wrestling as a publicist/columnist. They were an affiliate of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live, and I soon became the publicist/columnist of the main governing body of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live as well. During my time working for UCW, I played a major role in bringing in new talent, due to over the years my having had come into contact with many talents being underused and going unnoticed in the industry.

In 2005, I started doing a column for 3PW. With DVDs sold nationwide, they had the potential to become much bigger than they already were at the time, and were very open to my ideas. I pushed for many changes behind-the-scenes. I had encouraged management to improve the production quality of their DVDs, which led to them dealing with a different production company. 3PW management had planned on waiting for it's fan base to increase before getting TV for 3PW. I explained how getting TV for 3PW is what would increase it's fan base, and I was then given the green light to find networks that were interested. Two networks were very interested, and I encouraged 3PW management to meet with them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the owner of the company instead opted to shut 3PW down, due to losing interest. Working for 3PW put me in connection with the UK-based 1PW, who I worked as a columnist for.

After 3PW shut down, I began working as a publicist for independent promotions, including CHIKARA. I also worked as a columnist for CZW. Interestingly though, it was 2006 at this point yet I'm still most recognized for the work that I had done for 3PW and AWA/UCW.

In 2007 I started working as a columnist for XCW, a promotion that was seen nationally on MAVTV, had a national DVD deal, and also had PPV events. Working for a promotion of national status was my biggest achievement at that point, and two years later I reached a bigger achievement- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling. Along with working for them as a columnist and an Administrator for their Facebook page, I helped bring Big Japan Pro Wrestling together with Combat Zone Wrestling to form a working relationship after a previous working relationship between the two promotions had fallen apart. This new working relationship has led to Big Japan Pro Wrestling having their first event in the United States.

In October 2009 I assisted publicity & promotions company MGM Management with the HULKAMANIA- Let the Battle Begin tour by distributing their press release to pro-wrestling news sites that are popular with Australian fans, and conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"). Also, in 2012 I wrote a number of columns for Women Superstars Uncensored.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

[EVOLVE][PREVIEW] EVOLVE 56 (3/19/16) & EVOLVE 57 (3/20/16)

As EVOLVE continues to grow and be a major part of the independent pro-wrestling scene, they will bring their brand of action back to New York this weekend, as they present EVOLVE 56 (March 19) and EVOLVE 57 (March 20). Both events will be very crucial for EVOLVE and all talents involved, as they continue on the road to the upcoming WWNLive Experience event that will be talking place in Dallas. Below are the cards for both events taking place this weekend:

EVOLVE 56 (March 19th - Queens, NY at 6pm EST)

Timothy Thatcher defends the EVOLVE Title against Matt Riddle (2016 Style Battle winner)

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Johnny Gargano (former NXT talent) in a, "Best In The World Challenge Series - The WWN Icon" match

Team Tremendous vs. Anthony Nese (former TNA talent) & Caleb Konley (former FIP Tag Team Champion) in a, "Grudge Tag Team" match

Chris Hero (former EVOLVE Champion) vs. Tracy Williams in a, "Special Challenge Match #1" match

Sami Callihan (2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup winner) vs. TJ Perkins (former TNA X Division Champion) in a, "Special Challenge Match #2" match

Drew Gulak (2013 Style Battle Tournament winner) vs. Fred Yehi in a, "Special Attraction" match

Ethan Page vs. Mike Bailey (bonus match)

EVOLVE 57 (March 20th- Brooklyn, NY at 8pm EST)

Drew Galloway (the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion) & Johnny Gargano (former NXT talent) defend the EVOLVE Tag Team Title against Team Tremendous (Dan Barry & Bill Carr)

Timothy Thatcher vs. Caleb Konley (FIP World Heavyweight Champion)- if Thatcher successfully retains at EVOLVE 56, this match will be for the EVOLVE Title

Matt Riddle vs. Chris Hero (former EVOLVE Champion)- if Riddle wins the EVOLVE Title at EVOLVE 56, this will be a title match

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Gulak (2013 Style Battle Tournament winner) in a, "Best In The World Challenge Series - The Technician" match

Sami Callihan (2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup winner) vs. Tracy Williams in a, "Grudge" match

TJ Perkins (former TNA X Division Champion) vs. Mike Bailey in an EVOLVE 43 rematch

Ethan Page vs. Fred Yehi in a, "Special Challenge" match

William Regal will be attendance at both EVOLVE events, and the question is- why? Being that he is General Manager of NXT, Regal is no stranger to making an authoritative impact. All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to meet him at meet & greets taking place before both events. The price for a picture and autograph is $20, and Regal autograph tickets can be purchased right now in the DGUSA.tv Store.

For tickets and more information on both EVOLVE events, go to DGUSA.tv or call 267-638-6583

If you're in New York this weekend, EVOLVE 56 and EVOLVE 57 will definitely be the places to be. In fact, EVOLVE 56 will be EVOLVE's largest Queens attendance yet. But if you're not in New York this weekend? That won't be a problem, because you'll be able to catch all of the action in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you in the world, LIVE on iPPV courtesy of WWNLive.com; Both events are currently available for pre-order, but that's not all: Those who purchase both EVOLVE events as well as the upcoming March 20th Tier 1 Wrestling events with VOD option will also receive one WWN Brand VOD (EVOLVE, SHINE, FIP, Viva La Lucha, WWN China Tour, WWN Supershow or ACW) and one Tier 1 VOD for free. Simply send your paypal receipts to Help@WWNLive.com with your free choices. This buy 3, get 2 free offer will be available until this Friday at midnight EST.

Harold Williams
@HWilliams13 on Twitter

Friday, February 5, 2016

25th anniversary of the NY Giants Super Bowl XXV win

With many football fans turning their attention to the NFL's Super Bowl 50, which will feature the AFC Champion Denver Broncos going against the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, most New York Giants fans are preferring to focus on the fact that last week was the 25th anniversary of when the Giants won the Super Bowl for the second time.

The NY Giants is one of the most popular teams in the NFL, and for good reason. They boast a total of eight League Championships, five NFC Championships, and has had a total of 28 Hall of Fame players on the team. The NY Giants are so popular that their waiting list for season tickets consists of 135,000 people, which is a longer season ticket list than other sports franchises' in North America.

The NY Giants apparently also has worldwide appeal- according to Alexa (a web traffic and ranking website), although 85.5% of visitors to Giants.com are in the United States, 4.5% of them are in Pakistan, 2.9% of them are in the United Kingdom, 1.8% of them are in Canada, and 0.8% of them are in Germany.

Even though your favorite football's team season is over this year, you can still show your NY Giants pride by purchasing a wholesale football jersey. Where you might ask? Thanks to the Internet, you can purchase one no matter where you are located in the United States, whether it's in the Giant's backyard of New York, or one of the other 49 states.

AliExpress claims to provide, "Smarter Shopping, Better Living" and the best value online, with prices that can't be beat, and free shipping. They sell a variety of products, and have a special section for wholesale NY Giants jerseys.

Nike has the NFL's uniform contract -which includes NY Giants jerseys- so of course Nike's online shop may be one of the most reliable place to purchase a NY Giants jersey from. Other reliable places are the NFL Shop (the official online store of the NFL), and http://shop.giants.com/ (the official Giants store) (the official Giants store). All of them all have the Nike-produced Nike Game, Limited, and Elite styles for men, women, and children.

Fanatics is an official partner of the NFL, and although they also sell Nike Game, Limited, and Throwback styles, Fanatics specializes in Elite styles. So if you are looking for a jersey of your favorite Giants players, Fanatics is one of the best places to check out.

Another popular option is FansEdge. They sell licensed NY Giants jerseys for a low flat rate in Nike Game, Limited and Elite styles for men, women, and children. FanEdge specializes in Throwback style jerseys (by Mitchell & Ness) of retired Giants players, available for longtime Giants fans.

Other popular places where NY Giants jerseys can be purchased online are DHgate.com (an e-Commerce website that connects China-based companies with overseas customers), and sportsjerseys.us.com (a China-based wholesaler company that serves customers worldwide and specializes in Giants jerseys for women). It should not be surprising that China-based companies sell Nike merchandise- many of Nike's factories are located in China.

So even though the Giants are not in the Super Bowl this year and the eyes of football fans nationwide will be focused on the Broncos and the Panthers this Sunday, there are multiple places where NY Giants fans can purchase a jersey of their favorite team online so that they can show their fellow football fans which team they will be rooting for during the 2016 season.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Japan high school baseball

While I have been living in Japan, I've been hearing about how big high school baseball is here. Every year there are two tournaments: Spring Kōshien (for the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament, organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation and Mainichi Shimbun), and Summer Kōshien (for the National High School Baseball Championship, organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation and Asahi Shimbun), and they climax at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. Tournaments are televised locally, and some of them are televised nationally on NHK, as well as in the United States via ABC. Kōshien also attracts attention from scouts, including those from the United States.

Kōshien is so popular that there have been video games created that are based on the tournament. The original game was released in 1989 for Family Computer (also known as NES), additional games were created for Super Famicon (also known as Super NES) from 1992 - 1995, followed by games for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and Gameboy Color from 1997 - 1999, then for the PlayStation 2 from 2000 - 2002, and then later for mobile phones in 2005.

Even the Hanshin Koshien Stadium itself is well known. It's one of the largest stadiums in Asia, and along with hosting Kōshien games, it also hosts the Koshien Bowl, Japan's American college football championship game. It also has a connection to American baseball- Babe Ruth once played an exhibition game there.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Multi-Talented UK Rapper DJ JY Signs to Record Label

There is an abundance of rappers in the UK, and at the top of the heap is Johnathan Yesson known as UK rapper DJ JY from surrey quays, south east London. Earlier this month, it was announced that DJ JY signed to record label "RMG" (Redstar Music Group). RMG is owned by celebrity mentalist Morgan Streble. Along with the announcement of DJ JY's signing with the record label, it was also announced that his upcoming debut EP "The Way Forward" will be produced by RMG very soon.

DJ JY was born and raised in Bermondsey, South London. He studied at Bacon’s College, and after finishing GCSE level, DJ JY went straight into work as a website manager at a major power-tool company. His passion outside of I.T is showcasing his rap freestyles on the Internet globally. DJ JY started music at a young age and has since created many singles and published them to iTunes and YouTube. DJ JY is an Internet celebrity on Twitter, Keek, Facebook, and Google+.

Very interesting facts about DJ JY that are not well known are that he is a gaming fanatic, he can perform freestyle football tricks, he works as a website manager (specializing in online marketing), he is a power tool expert, and he has been told that he looks like Eminem.

Check out DJ JY's official website and his page on MTV.com. You can also keep updated on DJ JY via Google+, whosay, and Instagram.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Japanese Pro-Wrestling on TV in Japan (and Potentially Beyond)

A big topic as of late has been the decreasing of the amount of pro-wrestling shows on American television. This year, WWE, TNA, NJPW, ROH, CMLL, Lucha Underground/AAA, and the GWF (via ESPN Classic replays) have been presenting pro-wrestling on a weekly basis. However, the landscape may be changing as the year draws to a close, with there being rumors that Destination America will be dropping TNA's, "Impact Wrestling" program, and El Rey has yet to renew, "Lucha Underground".

Meanwhile, pro-wrestling has been thriving as a television product in Japan. NJPW -Japan's biggest pro-wrestling company- is seen weekly via the TV Asahi network. Unlike the United States, where fans are required to have cable in order to watch programs of the most popular companies in the country, cable is not required to watch NJPW programs in Japan on TV Asahi.

NOAH can be seen regularly on the Nittele G+ sports channel and Samurai TV via satellite. Samurai TV also shows JWP, Stardom, Pro Wrestling ZERO1, BJW, DDT Pro, AJPW, Legend the Pro-Wrestling, and more on their network. Meanwhile GAORA TV provides viewers with Dragon Gate, AJPW, Wrestle-1, and Oz Academy. In total, pro-wrestling fans in Japan are able watch at least 12 different companies on television regularly, with the biggest one being able to be viewed without needing cable or satellite.

Although the pro-wrestling scene is very healthy in Japan, it has the potential to be even healthier. Being that WWE is biggest company in the industry, they have made the United States the center of the pro-wrestling industry. Alexa (a web traffic and ranking website) shows how much attention WWE captures from fans who live in the United States, and how much of an impact they have on their traffic rank. According to Alexa, http://www.WWE.com has a traffic rank of 1,468, with the majority of its visitors being based in the United States.

Japanese pro-wrestling companies branching out to the American market would enable them to potentially gain new fans from the same fan base that WWE has, as well as pro-wrestling fans who don't like the WWE product and are looking for something different. NJPW has already done this- they are currently featured on AXS TV, a network that presents the NJPW product to 200,000 American viewers every week. There are many other networks for the NJPW product to potentially be on, including ones that would be better than AXS TV, but the fact remains that NJPW's exposure has increased and has had a positive impact on the company. Alexa's report on http://www.njpw.co.jp/'s traffic rankings from the past six months are proof of this. On March 4, 2015, http://www.njpw.co.jp/ had a traffic rank of 37,833. As of this writing, the website was ranked at 28,380 (the lower the number, the higher the rank).

Just as how NJPW has increased its exposure by branching out to the American market, other pro-wrestling companies in Japan can (and should) do the same. Every company has a style of wrestling that is different from what American pro-wrestling fans usually are exposed to, which surely would gain their attention. And along with exposure, the pro-wrestling company would gain the financial benefit of the American television network paying them to show episodes of the wrestling program on the American television network.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

China's Middle Kingdom Wrestling

In 2012, I wrote an article explaining that the Chinese market wasn't utilizing the pro-wrestling market as well as it could have, considering the facts that China is the most populated country in the world and has the second-largest economy. One of my readers has brought to my attention that there is now a new promotion on the pro-wrestling scene in China.

Promoted by Adrian Gomez, Middle Kingdom Wrestling is a promotion that made its debut this month. It features Asian talents such as LENBAI (who was trained in Japan as well as Taiwan) and HoHo Lun (who has also wrestled in Japan and Europe). MKW also features talent from outside of Asia, such as MKW's first and current champion, American wrestler Dalton Bragg. According to MKW, there have been fans in attendance at their shows who had never witnessed a live pro-wrestling event before, let alone a pro-wrestling event featuring talent from outside of Asia. Like I stated in 2012, fan interest in pro-wrestling has always been there, which therefore presented an opportunity for new promotions to be created in China and gain a fanbase- MKW has taken advantage of that opportunity.

MKW will have its third show in January 2016.