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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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

[REVIEW] WCW VS. NWO World Tour & WCW/NWO Revenge

WCW VS. NWO World Tour and WCW/NWO Revenge were very popular upon their releases, becoming the best selling pro-wrestling games for the Nintendo 64. Even though WCW and NWO were brands strong enough to sell these games on their own, more was brought to table than that. Both included fictional promotions and wrestlers inspired from real-life pro-wrestling companies and talents based in Japan.

[REVIEW] Tecmo World Wrestling

Just like Tag Team Wrestling, this is another Nintendo Entertainment System pro-wrestling game featuring generic wrestlers that I enjoyed. Tecmo World Wrestling was the first pro-wrestling game to include commentary and replays, which added to its entertainment value.

[REVIEW] Tag Team Wrestling

Although I'm not into games featuring purely generic wrestlers these days, I loved them when I was a kid. In the 1980's, Tag Team Wrestling was my favorite arcade game to play. This game was the first to focus on tag team wrestling. Although the arcade version is no longer available, the Nintendo Entertainment System version still is available via Amazon.

[REVIEW] Legends of Wrestling

Without acquiring a licence from a major pro-wrestling company, Acclaim managed to produce a game that featured major names who have been in WWE, WCW, ECW, etc.; It was due to good timing, signing talents for the game while they were not signed with a promotion. The Legends of Wrestling series is available for the PS2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.

[REVIEW] Fire Pro Wrestling Returns

One thing that the video game market in the United States lacks is representation of the industry outside of the US. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (for the PS2) helps to fill that void by featuring a roster that mostly consists of wrestlers based in Japan and Mexico. Also, the game features many match style options including deathmatches.

Friday, July 14, 2017

[REVIEW] Japanese Hardcore Wrestling

The hardcore style adds to the excitement of a match when it is performed by wrestlers who can wrestle. The talents on these Japanese Hardcore Wrestling DVDs definitely fit that definition, in matches featuring wrestlers from Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, DDT Pro, Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro, and more. These shows were previously shown via PPV nationally in the United States.