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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.

Most recently, I have done social media for Great North Wrestling.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

[Michinoku Pro][RESULTS] 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 4 7/6/19

I attended Michinoku Pro's 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 4 on July 6 at Shin-Kiba First Ring in Tokyo. This event was highlighted by a tag team main event featuring former Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champions, a Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship match, and multiple matches featuring Michinoku Pro talent facing talent from the Chiba-based 2AW.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Michinoku Pro is an Iwate-based promotion that has existed since 1993, and primarily has events in the Tōhoku region.However, they also occasionally have events in Tokyo, and when they do, they also present the Kantō region with a roster of talent that consists of names that fans in that region know, as well as ones they SHOULD know.

The opening match was Michinoku Pro Wrestling's Koji Kawamura going against 2AW's Tatsuya Hanami. At first, both men attempted to out-technical wrestle each other, with the more experienced Kamawura havng the upper hand. Hanami is the stronger and faster of the two, and he tried to use this to his advantage. It wasn't enough however, as Kamura's experience overcame this and he made Hanami tap to a boston crab submission. Along with being a member of the Michinoku Pro roster, Kamamura has also appeared in ZERO1 and DDT.

Next was six man tag team action as The Great Sasuke (w/ Pretty Ohta & Gorgeous Matsuno), Brahman Shu, and Brahman Kei faced Jinsei Shinzaki, Kenbai, and HAPPY MAN. All six competitors are a very big part of Michinoku Pro. Along with being members of the Michinoku Pro roster, Braham Shu & Kei are also seen regularly in Big Japan Pro Wrestling, where they are former Tag Team Champions. Kenbai is a great talent with 13 years of experience who has impressive speed and agility- he has wrestled for many promotions in Japan, Mexico, and the UK, and all fans should definitely take an opportunity to see him in action. HAPPY MAN is a talented comedy wrestler with a secret identity- he wears a hood over his head that covers his hair but not his face, and if his opponent manages to remove HAPPY MAN's hood, he covers his face. Shinzaki and Sasuke are the two biggest names on the Michinoku Pro roster- they both have wrestled for companies all over the world, including ECW, AJPW, NJPW (where Sasuke is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion), and WWE. An interesting WWE-related note about Sasuke is that before WWE rebooted the lineage of the WWE/WWF Light Heavyweight Championship in 1997, the championship was originally created in 1981, and was captured by Sasuke twice in 1986.

Any time Brahman Shu and Kei are involved in a match, it can be expected that things are going to become insane, and this match was no different. Spitting, spraying, and throwing water at the fans and other wrestlers before and during the match, almost everyone in Shin-Kiba was soaked by the time the match was over- and the fans loved it. The Brahmans interact with fans during their matches more than anyone else does, which is probably the biggest reason why they are very popular in Michinoku Pro. One of their favorite things to do during a match is place a suitcase between an opponent's legs while their opponent is sitting in a corner of the ring, with a side of the suitcase facing the other corner; then grab a bowling ball, and throw the ball into the suitcase from the opposite corner. The Brahmans also involved a traffic sign in the match. This was a comedy-style match (as all matches involving the Brahmans are), with every wrestler in the match (as well Pretty Ohta and Gorgeous Matsuno) making the fans in attendance laugh. Comedy adds to the fun of match when it performed by wrestlers who can wrestle, and the Michinoku Pro roster definitely fits that definition. The Brahmans picked up the win for their team by taking advantage of HAPPY MAN wanting to hide his identity- they removed HAPPY MAN's hood and pinned him while he was preoccupied with covering his face.

The next match was another Michinoku Pro Wrestling vs. 2AW match, as Michinoku Pro's Taro Nohashi faced Kaji Tomato from 2AW. A former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion, Nohashi has been with Michinoku Pro for 14 years and is one of the favorites of Michinoku Pro fans. His strength and experience posed a big challenge to Tomato as Nohashi used power moves and submissions. But Tomato's biggest asset is his speed, which he used to eventually outmaneuver Noashi and get the win.

In the semi-main event, the Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship was on the line, as Yapperman 1, Yapperman 2, and Rasse defended the championship against 2AW's Shu Asakawa, Ayumu Honda, and Kyu Mogami. There was a lot of high flying action from the wrestlers of Michinoku Pro, while 2AW's team opposed it with power moves. In the end, the Yappermen and Rasse came out on top and retained the Championship.

In the main event, the team of MUSASHI & Kengo went up against the team of Rui Hyūgaji & Ayumu Gunji. There was a lot of tag-team experience in the ring for this match, with all four men having had held the Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Championship at some point in their careers. Gunji took a lot of punishment during this match, as he was a victim of power moves, submissions, and double-teaming. Rui Hyūgaji eventually got the hot tag and cleaned house, but soon after became a victim of double teaming from MUSASHI & Kengo as well. MUSAHI picked up the win for his team after pinning Gunji.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

[Michinoku Pro][PREVIEW] 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 4 7/6/19

Michinoku Pro presents 2019 Tokyo Conference Vol. 4 on July 6 at Shin-Kiba First Ring in Tokyo. The card will be as follows:

Michinoku Pro Wrestling vs. 2AW
Koji Kawamura from Michinoku Pro Wrestling
vs.
Tatsuya Hanami from 2AW

The Great Sasuke (w/ Pretty Ohta & Gorgeous Matsuno)
Brahman Shu (former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Brahman Kei (former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Jinsei Shinzaki (2005 Michinoku Trios League winner)
Kenbai
HAPPY MAN

Michinoku Pro Wrestling vs. 2AW
Taro Nohashi (former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion)
vs.
Kaji Tomato from 2AW

Michinoku Pro Wrestling vs. 2AW
Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship match
Yapperman 1 (Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Yapperman 2 (Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Rasse (Chiba Six Man Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Shu Asakawa from 2AW
Ayumu Honda from 2AW
Kyu Mogami from 2AW

MUSASHI (former Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Kengo (former Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Rui Hyūgaji (former Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Ayumu Gunji (former Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Don't miss this event! Tickets are available at Lawson Ticket, e+, Tickets Pia, Michinoku Pro ticket reservation- 019 (687) 2431, Korakuen Hall 5F office- 03 (5800) 9999, champion- 03 (3221) 6237, and Shosen Grande- 03 (3295) 0017.

Reserved seats are 5,000 yen (5,500 yen on the day). All other seats are 4,000 yen (4,500 yen on the day).

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Io Shirai's heel turn signifies time for a new, "Quest"

NXT viewers recently saw Io Shirai turn heel. With a new look and mindset, now would be a prime opportunity for her to be on the main WWE roster in a big way. This is not Io's first time as a heel- she began a run as a heel in 2016 while in the Japan-based Stardom, during which time Io also started her own heel faction, "Queen's Quest". When Io left Stardom to join WWE/NXT, Queen's Quest continued on, but the current WWE landscape presents a situation where the, "Genius of the Sky" turned, "Darkness of the Sky" can begin a new, "Quest" with which she can seek dominance on the main roster.

Of course, Io Shirai would desire to gain the Women's Championship for herself. But in order to truly be dominant in WWE, she would need to focus on other championships as well. And that is where Kairi Sane and Asuka would fit in the picture. Currently managed by Paige, The Kabuki Warriors have been in pursuit of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. However, Kairi and Asuka have fallen short of their goal thus far. It's commonly said that when a goal is not achieved, management is to blame. Going by that logic, now would be a good time for The Kabuki Warriors to begin, "The Quest" anew by dropping Paige and seeking new leadership by joining forces with Io.

At that point, there would be members of The Quest to go after all of the women's titles, but no faction can be truly dominant unless they go after the WWE Championship as well. Shinsuke Nakamura pursued the Championship from 2017-2018 but did not succeed in capturing it. As a part of "The Quest", Nakamura could renew his hunt for the Championship, this time with new allies.

The Quest could later broaden their focus to the WWE Intercontinental Championship, bringing Kushida into the fold upon his eventual elevation to the main roster. They could even turn their attention towards 205 Live's WWE Cruiserweight Championship, bringing Akira Tozawa on board- he captured the Championship before, surely he can do it again, this time as a member of The Quest.

The remaining title for The Quest to peruse would be the WWE Tag Team Championship. Similar to how Bullet Club eventually recruited a Japanese member into their faction in New Japan, it would now be time for The Quest to recruit non-Japanese members into their faction. And coincidentally, Club members Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson would fit well in this position as members of The Quest.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

[The Powerslam Wrestling Network][PREVIEW] IPW:UK Supershow 9 - Angelico vs. Grizzly

The Powerslam Wrestling Network presents IPW:UK Supershow 9 - Angelico vs. Grizzly. Matches in this video are as follows:

International Challenge match
Dezmond Xavier
vs.
El Ligero

IPW:UK Women's Title Match
Livvii Grace (IPW:UK Women's Champion)
vs.
Chakara

International Singles match
Angelico
vs.
Big Grizzly

DND: Cieran Donnelly
DND: Danny Duggan
Tom Dawkins
vs.
Jimmy Havoc
The New Age Kliq: BT Gunn
The New Age Kliq: Chris Renfrew

10,000 Peso Cuban Heat Challenge
Cuban Heat
vs.
Jon Ryan (w/ Joel Gertner)

Four Way Tag Team match
#CCK: Chris Brookes
#CCK: Kid Lykos
vs.
Jody Fleisch
Jonny Storm
vs.
Hunter Brothers: Jim Hunter
Hunter Brothers: Lee Hunter
vs.
The London Riots: James Davis
The London Riots: Rob Lynch

All-England Championship match
Sammy Smooth (All-England Champion)
vs.
Scott Star

IPW:UK Supershow 9 - Angelico vs. Grizzly can be seen here. And use the coupon code HW13 for a free month subscription to see more IPW / UK action on the Powerslam Wrestling Network, one of the best pro-wrestling channels available today.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

[The Powerslam Wrestling Network][PREVIEW] Tuesday Night Graps 'This Time We Bring The Raffle'

The Powerslam Wrestling Network presents Tuesday Night Graps 'This Time We Bring The Raffle'. Matches in this video are as follows:

Three Way Match
Amir Jordan
vs.
Chris Brookes
vs.
Mark Davis

El Ligero
vs.
Jordan Devlin

IPWUK All England Championship Match
Mark Haskins (IPWUK All England Champion)
vs.
Christopher Daniels

Big T
The Anti-Fun Police: Chief Deputy Dunne
The Anti-Fun Police: Marc Lloyd
vs.
The Filthy Club: Jack Sexsmith
Martin Kirby
The Filthy Club: Robert Sharpe

IPW Z-Force Championship match
Kip Sabian (IPW Z-Force Champion)
vs.
Chris Ridgeway

Tuesday Night Graps 'This Time We Bring The Raffle' can be seen here. And use the coupon code HW13 for a free month subscription to see more IPW / UK action on the Powerslam Wrestling Network, one of the best pro-wrestling channels available today.

Monday, June 3, 2019

[The Powerslam Wrestling Network][PREVIEW] IPW Final Encounter

The Powerslam Wrestling Network presents IPW Final Encounter. Matches in this video are as follows:

Fatal Four Way match
Ashley Dunn
vs.
James Castle
vs.
Kurtis Chapman
vs.
Maverick Mayhew

Mike Bird
vs.
Rob Lynch

IPW Tag Team Championship match
Lewis Howley
Sammy Smooth
vs.
The Anti-Fun Police
Chief Deputy Dunne (IPW Tag Team Champion)
Los Federales Santos Jr. (IPW Tag Team Champion)

Chris Ridgeway
vs.
David Starr

Bad Bones
vs.
Jimmy Havoc

Aussie Open
Kyle Fletcher
Mark Davis
vs.
Kip Sabian
Mark Haskins

Cieran with an Open Challenge

International Dream Match
Doug Williams
vs.
Naomichi Marufuji

IPW Final Encounter can be seen here. And use the coupon code HW13 for a free month subscription to see more IPW / UK action on the Powerslam Wrestling Network, one of the best pro-wrestling channels available today.