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Saturday, December 28, 2013

The People Who Impressed Me The Most This Year

As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to post a blog spotlighting those in the pro-wrestling industry who impressed me the most this year. You are welcome to contribute your own list in the comments section of this post, since I'm sure that everyone has their own individual opinions regarding this topic.

DAISUKE SEKIMOTO: Daisuke Sekimoto is best known for the work that he has been producing for over a decade in BJW. Sekimoto has been very successful there- the BJW Heavyweight Championship, BJW Tag Team Championship, and BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship all being on his resume. However, Sekimoto also did very well outside of BJW this year, winning the wXw (a German-based promotion) World Triangle League tournament. His success in Japan and appeal outside of it makes it clear that Sekimoto can take his career in any direction that he chooses- although Sekimoto can continue to focus his career in Japan (where his physical ring style would probably be most appreciated), WWE and TNA are not strangers to looking at international talent.





ERIC BISCHOFF: All creative minds have their own individual styles, and everyone has their own individual tastes. I personally enjoyed Eric Bischoff's run in TNA as a participant in the company's creative direction. TNA always had a talented in-ring roster, but for many years I felt that the company didn't make the best possible use of that talent. I enjoyed many of the storylines, angles, and match-ups during his time there, including this year. My favorite storyline was, "Aces and Eights". It was exciting and entertaining, it made the talents involved more interesting, and it gave new faces in TNA (D.O.C., Ivelisse Velez, Knux, and Wes Brisco) a platform to show what they could do. The Aces and Eights was often compared to the NWO, and I too saw the similarities. This was a positive for me, because the NWO storyline was another favorite of mine.



HULK HOGAN: During Hulk Hogan's 30+-year career in the pro-wrestling industry, he has been the top name of every major company that he has worked for, he has been an actor, a musician, and has even started his own businesses. Most people would say that Hogan has done it all. However, this is not true, because he continues to explore and involve himself in new areas of the business world. This year it was Hostamania, Hogan's own web hosting service. It's anyone's guess what new endeavor he will explore in 2014.



KANE: For the past 18 years, Glenn Jacobs has been one of the best performers in WWE. No matter what gimmick the company has given him, Jacobs worked it to the best of his ability. "Kane" has been his most entertaining gimmick, and it has been his most successful one. This year, the character has been taken in a new direction, as Kane has gone from being a monster of destruction to being an executive. On paper, it sounds like a bad idea, and I personally wouldn't have changed Kane's character. And yet, Kane is making it work. With his new corporate image, Kane's character has changed extensively, to the point that, "Mr. Jacobs" would be a more appropriate name for him than, "Kane". But it has been shown that behind the currently calm demeanor of Kane, the monster still lurks within (and hopefully it will be seen sooner than later).



MARK HENRY: Mark Henry was absent from WWE-TV three times this year: In January due to recovery from surgery, during the end of spring due to injuries, and when he took time off during most of the fall. Yet every time that Henry returned, he made a dominant impact, to the point that it was easy to forget that Henry had been inactive. And his retirement angle was in my opinion one of the biggest swerves of the year- Henry had put so much emotion into his promo that many were convinced that Henry truly was retiring, which led to their being shocked by the swerve.





NATALYA: I feel that Natalya has been underutilized for quite some time in WWE. She is the only total package who they have in their female division, yet Natalya is often pushed aside so that other female talents in the company can be in the spotlight. What surprised me often is that it never seems to bother her. While many members of the pro-wrestling industry use social media to vent career frustrations, or become sluggish in the ring due to unhappiness, Natalya always gives 100% and never appears to be unhappy with her position in the company. However, WWE's new reality series, "Total Divas" revealed that Natalya is no stranger to being frustrated while being in WWE. One example was when she was told that she wasn't booked for a WrestleMania match. With all of the obstacles that Natalya faces in WWE, she never lets her frustrations show through her conduct as a WWE talent. Instead Natalya remains professional, gives the fans what they expect, and gives the company what they want. All of this shows how valuable she is to WWE and the industry as a whole.



THE UNDERTAKER: Even though The Undertaker is at an age where most other wrestlers would have hung up the boots by now because they could no longer go in the ring, he continues to give excellent performances. After having only one match in 2012 and working one house show in March, The Undertaker wrestled CM Punk at WrestleMania without any ring rust, giving what in my opinion was the best match of 2013.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What You Might Not Know about Hulk Hogan's Hostamania

As anyone who watches pro-wrestling knows, there are two main aspects of the business. One is the sizzle: Gimmicks and promos presented to gain interest. The other is the steak: The in-ring skills and the ability to work a crowd during a match. Hulk Hogan has taken that "sizzle" aspect of the pro-wrestling business and applied it to his newest business venture- a web hosting service named, "Hostamania". Surely, most of you have already heard about it. There is a commercial for it online featuring a voice-over with Hogan cutting a promo in the same style of his promos that have sold out arenas all over the world.



And being the consummate showman, Hulk Hogan is also in an online commercial for Hostamania that drew viewers and comments from around the globe, hitting YouTube like a "wrecking ball".



What many people may not know is that behind the "sizzle" of the promos and showmanship presented to draw attention to the Hostamania service, there is a lot "steak", and it comes in the form of the people who are working with Hulk Hogan to provide his web hosting service. The, "Hulk Hogan" brand is one of the most valuable brands in the world, and Hogan knows that- he doesn't associate his brand with just anyone. Hogan only associates his brand with reputable talents.

Working with Hulk Hogan on Hostamania is Tech Assets, Inc; a company that has been involved with the web hosting industry for over 15 years. Among the brands that they have worked with are Jumpline (their first web hosting brand), Christian Web Host, DomainRegi, OpenSourceHost, SendUser, ServFarm, WebIntellects, WPZilla, and the widely acclaimed APS Panel. Tech Assets Inc. currently provides web hosting solutions to over 150,000 business & personal websites.

If the speed of Hostamania's own website is an indicator of the speed of a customer's website, Hostamania is very competitive in the speed department. I went to Webpagetest and compared the website speed of Hostamania to Godaddy. While WebPageTest gave Godaddy.com a PageSpeed score of 91/100, Hostamania.com edged them out with a PageSpeed score of 92/100.

Also, Hostamania is partners with cPanel, with cPanel being its web hosting management platform- many of the top hosting providers use cPanel for this purpose. The physical infrastructure of Hostamania features very familiar names- its servers are from Dell, its networking equipment is from Cisco, and its backups are done by R1Soft.

The people who would benefit the most from choosing Hostamania as their web hosting service are those who run a small business and is looking for a quality service at a competitively low cost. So if you fall in that category, check out Hostamania.com. If Hulk Hogan is willing to put his brand of approval (a brand that's worth millions) on a product, that's all the proof that you really need that it's quality.

Friday, November 15, 2013

TNA Star Robbie E Interview

Robbie E is currently employed by TNA and is the co-holder of the TNA World Tag-Team Title. You can see Robbie E and the rest of the stars of TNA on TNA IMPACT WRESTLING programming worldwide!

Q: How long have you been involved in the business?

A: I have been pro wrestling for 13 yrs now..started training at 16 …had my first pro match at 17 and am now 30 yrs old bro...

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: To be a star!!!!….To make money…to be on TV bro…travel, fame….and I loved wrestling since I was 4 yrs old…boom!

Q: Where did you receive your training to become a pro-wrestler?

A: I trained at a school in North Jersey…IWF…had a lot of help from Pat Kenny (Simon Diamond) …Darren Young also came out of the school..and a lot of other great guys…the school has closed down now…

Q: What do you like the most about being in the business?

A: National television weekly is super cool…and having my own tshirts, trading cards, action figures is always a plus…I also love working out at diff gyms all around the world...

Q: How much attention do you pay to the pro-wrestling media and Internet pro-wrestling fans?

A: Honestly the Internet is 1 percent of the real wrestling fans out there…all I do Internet-wise is tweet…I'm super obsessed with Twitter bro…and all social media...

Q: Which persona appeals to you the most: Face, Heel, or Tweener?

A: I will always be Robbie E …sometimes I'll get booed…sometimes cheered…but I'll always be Robbie E ...

Q: Which do you feel has been your best match so far?

A: Matches that stand out to me have been all 3 of my title wins…beating Jay Lethal for the X Division title…beating Eric Young for the TV Title..and most recently beating James Storm and Gunner along with Jessie Godderz for the Tag Team titles…bro!









Q: Which has been your favorite match so far?

A: See the previous answer….it all blends in….the proof is in the pudding…winning gold always stands out..

Q: Whom would you like to wrestle, who you have not yet done so?

A: I really wanna get in the ring with Sting…he is the one guy in TNA I don't think I have ever gotten to go at it with bro..watched him as a kid and would be a huge honor…to beat him..

Q: Your current run in TNA is actually not the first one- you worked for them a few times from 2003-2004. How much has TNA changed since you worked for them back then?

A: Back then all I really did was some, "Xplosion" matches which was their syndicated show at the time…since then obviously the production is way bigger…we are on a national television station…and the viewership has increased to a different level then weekly PPVs..

Q: When you returned to TNA, you made your debut with "Cookie" (Becky Bayless). What was it like working with her, and do you think that more could have been done with the Robbie E/Cookie duo?

A: We both were perfect for the part…Cookie is a one of a kind…I'm sure she is being Cookie somewhere right now..as for me…I'm destined and always was to be a star….I'm not going anywhere..

Q: Do you prefer wrestling in singles, or teaming with Jessie Godderz as a part of the, "BroMans" tag-team?

A: Right now I'm as happy as can be teaming with my number one bro Jessie…we are both at the top of our game and Jessie has really come a long way…bro mans rule!!!!

Q: On a daily basis, there has been much speculation online regarding the current status of TNA, looking at everything from financially to managerially. From your perspective as an employee, what is the current status of TNA?

A: The current status of TNA is awesome….why wouldn't be?…We have the best roster in the world…the hottest chicks..the coolest bosses…it's a dream job…WE ARE THE STRONGEST WE HAVE EVER BEEN...

Q: What do you think TNA needs to do to reach another level in terms of popularity?

A: As every day that goes by TNA is getting bigger and bigger….new fans are made every second…new projects branching us out are worked on daily...

Q: When working for TNA, you perform in front of large crowds. You also wrestle for independent promotions, which have smaller crowds. Which size crowd do you prefer wrestling in front of?

A: Honestly I love professional wrestling which is why I still do independent shows…love seeing new guys up and coming and helping them out…plus it's always fun to be able to get up a close and personal with fans...

Q: You have expressed interest in wrestling in Japan. What is it about the Japanese style of wrestling that appeals to you?

A: Honestly I just want the experience as I know the fans are really diff there…I think they would take to Robbie E really well...

Q: You write an Impact Wrestling blog for Spike.com. When you retire from the ring years from now, do you think blogging will be something that you will be doing more of?

A: Perhaps..but even after I retire I plan on staying actively involved in wrestling whether it be on camera or behind the scenes….

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Gym, tan…movies…and hang out with my amazing gf...

Q: What is your long-term goal in the business?

A: I have won every title in TNA except for the World Title…I plan on being a Grand Slam Champ bro!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mission: Mil Mascaras Makes his Return to the Big Screen

A four-time World champion and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, Mil Mascaras is one of the most successful stars in lucha libre. He also has an established film career, having had starred in a multitude of luchador films. In 2014, Mascaras will add another film to his resume, as he stars in "Mission", a lucha libre/sci-film that will be produced and directed by C.M. Landrus.

The screenwriter of, "Mission" is Jeffrey Uhlmann, a filmaker who was also the screenwriter of the 2007 film, "Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy", which was the first Mascaras film to be produced in English, and is considered to be the best lucha libre film to date. "Mission" Producer/Director C.M. Landrus was involved with this film as well, working as a PA on the set.

The story of, "Mission" is that Mil Mascaras and the Professor, searching through the jungle for a meteorite, discover a village that has been ravaged by attacks. The remaining missionaries of the village lead them to an alien spaceship landing site, and it is up to Mascaras to uncover the dark truth behind the alien visit and save the human race from continuing attacks. Sharing the screen with Mascaras will be Naomi Grossman (in the role of "Nyah", an evil alien), the LA Weekly Theatre Award nominee who is best known for her work as, "Pepper" in the FX horror series, "American Horror Story: Asylum".

Currently, C.M. Landrus is running a Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for, "Mission". And she is not alone in this campaign. Naomi Grossman, lucha libre stars Los Chivos (Kayam & Enigma de Oro) and Cassandro el Exotico, wrestling promotions (Empire Wrestling Federation and Alternative Wrestling Show), members of the sci-fi media, and fans in Mexico, Japan, Columbia, France, Germany, and Taiwan have all been helping to spread the word to gain funding for the film. In return for contributing to the project, the campaign offers many perks, ranging from a shout out on the, "Mission" Facebook page, to the opportunity to be an Excecutive Producer of the film.

Everything else is already in place. Mil Mascaras has been cast, the script has been completed, and the location has been decided upon. In an attempt to create a film that is very similar to a graphic novel, "Mission" is very unlike a "Hollywood style" film, instead using natural settings (in Puerto Rico), tangible props, and using a minimal amount of computer graphics.

To stay up-to-date regarding, "Mission" and its progress, visit the film's official Facebook page, FilmBreak page, and follow their official Twitter page (@MissionMovie). I feel that, "Mission" is a film that has something for everyone. Lucha libre fans will be able to once again see Mil Mascaras bring his performing and wrestling talents to the big screen, sci-fi fans will enjoy the aliens aspect combined with mystery, and movie fans will enjoy the acting ability of Naomi Grossman that made her an, "American Horror Story" favorite. Taking all of that into consideration along with the fact that Producer/Director C.M. Landrus is very passionate about this project, I think, "Mission" has the potential to be the most successful Mil Mascaras film yet. However, "Mission" will not come to be unless it has the funding that it needs. So if you're a lucha libre/sci-fi/movie fan who wants to take part in creating a new addition to the Mil Mascaras legacy, your mission is to go to Indiegogo and contribute to the, "Mission" campaign.



Saturday, August 3, 2013

Patricia Summerland ("Sunny" from GLOW) Interview

A pro-wrestling fan during her childhood, Patricia Summerland eventually entered the pro-wrestling industry with the encouragement of her father. As a result, Patricia joined the GLOW roster during season 3 as, "Sunny".

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: my father always took us to the Olympic Auditorium since I was a baby. I was in the Destroyer mask at 3 mos old. I got into GLOW because my father was watching it on TV and called me out to watch it. He said you should do this ..and my response was no -way dad they would kill me ..haha sure enough I ended up sending in my picture and auditioned. I can say the rest speaks for it self.

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: The Fans ..and to learn that anything you put your mind and will power to you can do. The girls of course too. Matt Cimbers the director was the best!

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members: A: CORPORAL KELLY - She was a doll ..and to wrestle even better. A great woman.



MTV - She was the hyper one of us all ..loved her too.



HOLLYWOOD - The bully ..tough girl then ..but she and I wrestled alot n the ring. Always in character.

VINE - She gave me the leg split ..ouch ..also a great entertainer. Always in character.



DAVID MCLANE - He was ok was not around when our season was up we had Johnny C. as announcer.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: The one with Beastie. It was very challenging to be in a pile driver every time. It's a move that I finally got wheeled out by the paramedics on tour.

Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: I had many favorites ..that's a given ..I think the one with BIG BAD MAMA ...she had my sunny doll and put me in a spell had to do whatever she did w/ my doll in the ring, FUN and Challenging.

Q: Have you done any wrestling since GLOW?

A: Yes ..I trained many girls and had a few matches that my fans paid for me to wrestle again. Hollywood was the chosen one for me to wrestle (my choice). I won that match that was in 2011.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: We were the real deal for woman's wrestling entertainment and slogans and skits in-between (slapstick) like Hee Haw. The acrobatic moves we performed was and still not used to this day. The characters that we portrayed are identifiable to all girls and woman.

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Yes ..but mainly I became a wrestler because of my dad who wanted to see me become a superstar. He passed away on a very important match and never got to see me wrestle.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I think it is a respected business always for woman now .. The quality is gone down in my opinion in some cases of sexual exploit of the girls and woman. The men still shine more and get more out of it than the woman as far as work and money and merchandise.

Q: Currently, former GLOW director Matt Cimber is working on a new female wrestling promotion named Femme d’Action. Do you see it having a bright future?

A: I would like to see it work for all of us girls ..anything Matt does turns to gold.

Q: Who is your favorite wrestler?

A:Besides me ...the Russian Nino and Debbie Debutante ..she trained us as well as Nino. Always MT. FIII ..she was the best!!

Q: What did you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: The fans and fame of television and to be able to show people of all in the world ..woman can do anything in sports and compete and perform to their best ability ..not just be a housewife in the world.

Q: How much of PATRICIA was a part of the Sunny character? Or do you feel that Sunny and Patricia are like night and day?

A: I am SUNNY ..Other than I am not blond anymore (I do have my blond moments) lol .

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: That would be Mt Fiji ..she was on my side ..haha

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: To live life to the moment. ..and be the best role model to all girls and woman out there. I am a mom and grandmother now but still participate in all sports and also of course WRESTLING FOREVER. We are all champions in the ring!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TNA One Night Only- Hardcore Justice 2 Reaction

Hardcore Justice 2 is the latest edition of TNA's One Night Only series, which is presented on PPV every month that TNA does not have a major PPV event. Each edition of One Night Only is unique, with each one focusing on a specific theme. The first edition focused on TNA's exciting X Division. The second edition focused on tag-teams, with tag-team combinations never seen before. The latest edition focuses on hardcore wrestling, and in my opinion it's the best edition of One Night Only so far.

One reason is the price. One Night Only PPVs cost $19.95 (or $24.99 if you desire to watch them in HD). This edition of One Night Only was the latest three-hour Hardcore Justice PPV, and it costs about $25 less than last year's Hardcore Justice PPV. It's not a secret that the changes in PPV prices are occurring because the pro-wrestling industry is not making as much money from PPVs as it did many years ago. One Night Only shows have the potential to entice pro-wrestling fans to give a TNA PPV a try if they haven't done so previously ("Hey, it's only $19.95. If I like the show, maybe I'll order a major PPV in the future. And if I don't like it? No big loss"). And for fans who buy TNA PPVs regularly, $19.95 TNA PPVs make them feel like it's less expensive to be a fan of TNA, as opposed to WWE (with their cheapest PPV events costing $45).

Hardcore Justice 2 was intelligently booked, with the card not only featuring current stars of TNA (including Jeff Hardy, Team 3D, the Aces and 8s, Joseph Park, and Cowboy James Storm), but it also features stars from TNA's past (such as Brother Runt, Crowbar, Johnny Swinger, Gen Me, and Jackie Moore)to help appeal to longtime fans of TNA. Former WWE star Bob Holly was also a part of this event, making the first TNA appearance of his career. The hardcore match element of this PPV is also a smart move, because it helps draw the attention of hardcore wrestling fans. There are many hardcore wrestling fans who only watch hardcore promotions such as BJW, but may be willing to give Hardcore Justice 2 a chance due to the fact that the hardcore style is featured.

Regarding the match quality of this event, TNA did not disappoint (my favorite match was the Jeff Hardy/Brother Runt-Bully Ray/Devon, "Tables" match). In general, I like what TNA brings to the table both creatively and in-ring, and in my opinion they are the best pro-wrestling product in the United States. Hardcore Justice 2 showed that TNA knows how to present the hardcore style the correct way. The key to utilizing the hardcore style properly is to use it as "seasoning" instead of a "condiment". Just as people use condiments such as ketchup to cover up the taste of a food, many promotions have used the hardcore style to cover up the poor skill of the wrestlers on their roster. At Hardcore Justice 2, TNA used the hardcore style as a seasoning, adding the exciting element of hardcore wrestling to matches featuring skilled wrestlers. None of the talents needed to wrestle the hardcore style in order to present an entertaining match, but the hardcore style indeed did add to the matches in a positive way. It reminded me of how BJW utilizes the hardcore style.



The next edition of One Night Only will be 10 Reunion, which will premiere on August 2, 2013 and will feature talent from the early years of TNA. In a move that some may consider too nostalgic, the six-sided ring makes a return for this event. I personally never liked the six-sided ring. Although it has its place in Mexico because AAA uses a six-sided ring (they are the face of lucha libre and therefore have the right to set standards there), the six-sided ring doesn't fit in the United States. The four-sided ring is traditional in the United States and has been used by every major promotion that was created before TNA. It gives TNA a more professional appearance. At the same time however, I do understand TNA's reason for bringing back the six-sided ring for 10 Reunion. The event pays tribute to TNA's past, and the use of the six-sided ring further shows proof that TNA values its past. I do think that in business, the most beneficial way to make progress is to let go of the past (to an extent) and focus on creating a brighter future, but I'm aware that not everyone feels comfortable with growing a company in that specific fashion.

Check out IMPACTWRESTLING.COM to stay updated regarding upcoming One Night Only events, as well as to see photos from previous editions.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hulk Hogan: Future TNA World Heavyweight Champion?

Although most dirt sites/sheets are usually about as reliable as a wet paper bag, I do read them from time to time. And a rumor that has been popping up this year is that Hulk Hogan may be stepping back into the ring in the near future, and may become TNA World Heavyweight Champion. This has been a topic of much debate, especially considering the fact that he has been dealing with physical issues in recent times. I think what most people fail to realize is that here in the United States, Hogan is more of a worker than a wrestler (as opposed to in Japan, where he was more of a wrestler than a worker), and that's what appeals to most American pro-wrestling fans. Hogan has the ability to draw fans to venues just to see him, so it's not necessary for Hogan to wrestle to the point of potential serious injury in order to give fans their money's worth.

Another important point is that even if Hulk Hogan were TNA World Heavyweight Champion for only 4 - 7 days, it would be a boost to TNA's image. Not only is he still the biggest name in pro-wrestling, but Hulk Hogan is also one of the biggest names in the world. Putting the Championship on him would garner TNA headline attention from the pro-wrestling media, and likely from mainstream media outlets including ESPN (which spotlights Hogan every year during TNA's annual Bound for Glory publicity tour).

Having Hulk Hogan as a part of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship lineage would be a positive for the company for years to come. The Hulk Hogan brand is a valuable one, and it is currently associated with only two World Championships: WWE and WCW. Hogan as TNA World Heavyweight Champion would add TNA to that exclusive list. It should also be noted that both WWE and WCW are the only two promotions in pro-wrestling history that have been at the top of the industry, and Hogan has never been TNA World Heavyweight Champion. More than a coincidence perhaps?

Also, it would be a positive for the individual that Hulk Hogan would drop the TNA Heavyweight Championship to. Whether it's Hogan at age 30 or Hogan at age 59 and beyond, getting the rub by pinning the biggest name in pro-wrestling history and becoming Champion would surely be a morale boost for any pro-wrestler.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Roxy Astor (from GLOW) Interview

When Tina Ferrari left GLOW after season 2, a replacement for her was needed. That was when Roxy Astor came onto the scene, joining the GLOW roster and remaining with the company for the rest of GLOW's run. In this interview, Roxy discusses GLOW, the Roxy character, and her most recent involvement in the pro-wrestling industry.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: I entered the pro-wrestling industry because I needed a job at the time, not knowing what i was getting myself in to.

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: The best part of working for GLOW, has to be the amazing true fans, when they love you, they love you, when they don't watch out!

Q: Currently, former GLOW director Matt Cimber is working on a new female wrestling promotion named Femme d’Action. Do you see it having a bright future?

A: Femme d'Action is going to take over where GLOW left off, empowering women again! I was actually a judge on the new show Femme d'Action and my daughter a contestant, let me tell you there is nothing like it out there, it will be an international hit! Another home run for Matt Cimber.

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members:

A: BEASTIE - What an amazing character inside and outside of the ring, she could get more guys then any of us GLOW girls.



MAJOR TANYA - She hated to lose with a passion, especially to me.



WIDOW - Widow was actually played by the same girl who played Dementia, and with this character you get to hear her southern drawl.

DEMENTIA - Probably one of the funnest girls to wrestle, being that she didn't talk we had to come up with a lot of good stuff, and that axe, that thing was real!

ZELDA - Funny inside and outside of the ring, I wish she would reach out to us now though, we miss her.

LIGHTNING - What can I say, the girl has no rhythm which made her even more adorable, to this day I don't think she realizes how much rhythm she doesn't have, she is actually the trainer for the new show Femme D'Action.




DAVID MCLANE - Never knew him and never met him, I just know that he is doing POWW, my daughter Kayla tried out for it and didn't even get a response back. WELL IN YOUR FACE DAVID MCLANE, she is going to be in the new show Femme d'Action.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: My matches with Godiva I felt were my best, because she got to me like no other could, with that mouth!



Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: My favorite GLOW match was with Dementia when Big Bad Momma put a spell on us and I became Dementia and Dementia became Roxy Astor. Very funny!



Q: Have you done any wrestling since GLOW?

A: I did a small match about a year ago, c'mon Williams were getting up there in age, give me a break! lol

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: The reason that I think GLOW has made such an impact is good timing, great writers, amazing director and quirky off the wall females, gotta love us!

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Here's a secret I was a GLOW wrestling fan, I use to watch Tina Ferrari and want to be her, c'mon what girl didn't, well who would have thought I would be the new replacement, Ms. Roxy Astor. Not me.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: To compare wrestling back then to the WWE Divas, you really can't, I think the Divas take a back seat to the men.

Q: Do you watch pro-wrestling currently?

A: I will find myself sometimes watching pro-wrestling its like a car wreck you can't look away even though it's sooo wrong. lol

Q: How much of you was a part of the character? Or do you feel that you and Roxy Astor are like night and day?

A: I am so much like Roxy Astor its funny, were strong, competitive and as we're kicking your ass we smile for the camera, now I don't have Roxy's red hair or her money, but I still love my girl Tiffany Million.

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: I would have loved to wrestle the Housewives and been called a whore through the whole match, they were my favorite in GLOW.

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: My long-term goal is just staying true to myself, family and fans, and showing my daughter Kayla who had to follow in her mom's footsteps the ropes!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ashley Cartier (from GLOW) Interview

Ashley Cartier was one of the most active members of the GLOW roster during her pro-wrestling career. She portrayed both a face (Ashley) and heel (Mabel) character, and was the host of her own segment ("Asking Ashley Cartier").

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: It was by chance/luck. I auditioned for a, "children's show involving sports". This show was called, "The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" in which I was cast to portray "Ashley Cartier" and "Mabel" (wore a black mask).

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: The character creation opportunity & playing both a good & bad character. I also enjoyed the skits, raps and "G.L.O.W GAMES".

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members:

A: ATTACHE' - Great wrestler, safe & easy to work with.



SPANISH RED - Talented and creative.



PALESTINA - Dependable and talented, very easy-going personality.



TINA FERRARI (known as Ivory in WWE) - My partner! Love her!



LITTLE FIJI - Shy and reserved, very pleasant to work with.



ANGEL - Easy to work with and talented.

DAVID MCLANE - Easy going, funny, creative.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: Ashley vs Ninotchka.

Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: Sara & Mabel vs Mt Fiji & Little Fiji.



Q: The, "Asking Ashley Cartier" segments were a favorite of GLOW fans. How much input did you have in those segments?

A: I was given a script.



Q: Have you done any wrestling since GLOW?

A: No.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: GLOW was filled with versatility and slapstick humor involving women of all shapes, sizes and color.

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Just watched periodically.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I feel the athleticism has improved although the caliber of entertainment lacks versatility and is not as effective as offered in GLOW.

Q: Currently, former GLOW director Matt Cimber is working on a new female wrestling promotion named Femme d’Action. Do you see it having a bright future?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you watch pro-wrestling currently?

A: Sometimes.

Q: What did you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: The sisterhood and theatrics.

Q: How much of you was a part of the Ashley Cartier character? Or do you feel that you and Ashley Cartier are like night and day?

A: We are very much the same as I was given the opportunity to create "her" persona with all suggestions being subject to approval by the Director, Cimber.

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: Seasons 3 & 4 heels.

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: I am currently a business owner and continue to pursue an acting career.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Little Feather (from GLOW) Interview

At age 18, Little Feather went from being a homeless teen to one of the stars of GLOW. She is currently an editor on the entertainment website NERDSociety, where she is better known as, "Kuno".

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: When I was 18, I was invited to audition for GLOW by Debbie Debutante the Cheerleader. We were on the same gymnastics team together when we were younger.

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A:The overall experience which opened my eyes to a lot of things about life and people. I was pretty green back then and GLOW taught me a lot.

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members:

A: ATTACHE- Very professional, nice lady.

EBONY – Old classmate from high school. She was only on the show for a short time but very nice also.

LITTLE FIJI – Nice girl. The youngest on the show next to me. I wonder where and how she’s doing.

SALLY THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER – One of my close friends on the show along with Tara the Southern Belle and Palestina. We had a lot of fun together hanging out in the room at the Riviera. Some of the best pillow fights ever!

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: The one with Attache. There were a lot of complicated wrestling moves in that which I’m proud we were actually able to pull off without any major injuries!



Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: Either the one with Attache or Sally and Feather vs. the Soul Patrol, and anything vs. the Heavy Metal Sisters. They were a lot of fun.



Q: Have you done any wrestling since GLOW?

A: Not professionally, no. I was in a motorcycle accident some years back and injured my neck and spine. That pretty much sealed it that I’ll never wrestle again, at least not as vigorously as I once did.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: I think the fact that it was the first all-female pro-wrestling show to air on television. GLOW came along at a time where the audience was ready for something different, something a little edgy, a little over the top. We’re talking about the mid-to late 80’s when it first aired with shows like Full House and The Facts of Life. Women were just starting to be portrayed as having intellectual strength and prowess. GLOW showed that women could be physically strong as well.

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: I knew about Hulk Hogan and Jerry Lawler’s whole “feud” with Andy Kaufman, which I really enjoyed. Andy sort of took wrestling to another level with Lawler. But I really didn’t know that much about it in the beginning.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I think female wrestling today is still very male oriented. At least, the demographic being pandered to is still mostly male. I think more people are aware of it now and yes, it is more respected than it was. I remember having to explain to people that I wasn’t a mud wrestler as that was what people instantly thought female wrestling was about during the GLOW days.

Q: Currently, former GLOW director Matt Cimber is working on a new female wrestling promotion named Femme d’Action. Do you see it having a bright future?

A: I guess only time will tell. I certainly wish them luck with it.

Q: Do you watch pro-wrestling currently?

A: A little bit, when I can find the time. I’m pretty busy these days but if it happens to be on, I’ll take a look. I’m more into watching boxing or MMA.

Q: What did you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: Being able to utilize my acrobatic skills in another arena.

Q: How much of KUNO was a part of the Little Feather character? Or do you feel that Little Feather and Kuno are like night and day?

A: When I say Little Feather was young (barely 18 when I joined GLOW), I’m not just referring to chronological age. Just a few months before GLOW, I was a homeless teen living in my car on the streets of Las Vegas. I grew up very sheltered and abused. I didn’t know much about anything, really. I’ve learned a lot since then and definitely have a better idea of who I am now. Kuno is like Little Feather all grown up.

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: Palestina. She was my roomie for a while and we had a lot of fun together outside of the ring. It would’ve been great to see what what sort of shenanigans we could pull off inside the ring.

Q: Although GLOW was a family-friendly product, it featured many characters with stereotypical cultural backgrounds. At the time, this was something that everyone overlooked, instead focusing on the entertainment value of GLOW. If a new promotion were created in today's era with a similar style, do you think it would be as accepted as GLOW is?

A: Society has definitely changed since GLOW. The 80’s in general was very un-politically correct. I doubt a similar show today would be able to pull off the same stereotypes that GLOW did. There would definitely have to be more censorship in that area, to avoid insulting the audience... or getting sued!

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: I'm a writer so if I can continue writing I'll be happy. I also want to do more traveling. I'm an ESL teacher so one of my long-term plans is to teach English in different countries like Japan. Ultimately I want to open a shelter home for abused women and/or children.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Aces and Eights/NWO Comparisons

I noticed that there have been a lot of comparisons between the NWO and the Aces and Eights as of late, especially now that AJ Styles is involved with the Aces and Eights storyline in a fashion similar to how Sting was involved in the NWO storyline. While it's true that there are similarities, what's odd to me is that sometimes these comparisons are being done in a complaining, "This is a knockoff, I've seen it" manner.

The NWO and Aces and Eights storylines were created by the same person- it's legally impossible to steal from yourself, so the Aces and Eights storyline is not a knockoff. It's not even a form of recycling, since the only similarity that both storylines share is the, "gang and peer pressure" theme, with a group of associates claiming territorial control while attempting to recruit a loner. The theme was very successful in WCW, and anyone who is successful in business knows that if an idea works, it should be used until it no longer works.

Another point that should be mentioned is that TNA's main target audience are viewers between the ages of 18 and 34. The youngest viewers (18 years of age in this case) are the most valuable because they have fewer financial responsibilities than the older viewers and therefore are more likely to spend money on the TNA product. The NWO storyline was in it's prime in 1997, which was 16 years ago- TNA's youngest target fans were 2 years old at that time! They were too young to truly experience the NWO storyline back then, so the Aces and Eights storyline is a fresh and completely new style of storyline for them.

I'm sure that somewhere on an Internet forum right now there is an ongoing debate between NWO fans in their 30's and Aces and Eights fans in their teens/early 20's regarding which storyline is the best. In truth, they both are- the NWO storyline was the most-discussed WCW storyline during its period of existence, just as the Aces and Eights storyline is the most-discussed TNA storyline currently.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Gremlina (from GLOW) Interview

With a self-created character based on the creatures from the 1980's, "Gremlins" film, Gremlina made her GLOW debut in season 3. In this interview, Gremlina discusses GLOW, the pro-wrestling industry, and her current involvement in it.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: Because I love the sport and have been a fan since I was six.

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: The friendships with all the ladies working with all these amazing strong intelligent empowered women.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: My last match Daisy vs Zelda.

Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: I loved all of them it is a great feeling entertaining the fans and doing something I love is a bonus.

Q: Since your time with GLOW, you have been involved in the independent scene. Did you gain the most valuable experience while you were in GLOW, or have you learned the most during the post-GLOW period of your career?

A: A bit of both.... I learned first by being a fan and yes I analyzed the matches, promos, and of my favorite wrestlers, I learned more from working with the ladies in GLOW and I learn every card I do in VCW from all the great talent they have heart talent and ability and are a valuable source of information.

Q: What is your opinion of the current state of the independent wrestling scene in general?

A: I think there are a lot of great independents and there is a lot of heart passion and talent in the independents that I find lacking in some of the larger promotions today.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: It was something that had never been done before, it was innovative fresh bold edgy and had the pulse of what was going on in the 80's at the time the characters were diverse and over the top it was campy and fun and the women had real talent and some were amazing athletes, it wasn't the same old same old and the women were from all different walks of life and all shapes colors ethnicity and sizes no cookie cutter barbie model types.

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Yes I was I was an avid fan of NWA Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, Florida, Texas, wrestling whatever I could watch here in VA then when I moved to NYC the WWF during the best days the 80's.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I think it has gotten a bit more respect than it had back in the day, women are just as capable and talented and if properly trained can wrestle and do as well as the men, as far as the quality..... I am old school so I don't care for all the posing and cookie cutter model types, I think diversity in characters is best.

Q: Currently, former GLOW director Matt Cimber is working on a new female wrestling promotion named Femme d’Action. Do you see it having a bright future?

A: Yes the new Femmes are amazing and I am proud to be a part of it and see only great things for it when it takes off, what GLOW did for women's wrestling Femme is going to rock the new generations and embody Female strength wisdom and persevering over any adversity, it is a show for today.

Q: Who is your favorite wrestler?

A: Roddy Piper.

Q: What did you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: The camaraderie the brotherhood and sisterhood and of course the fans without them I wouldn't be where I am today.

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: I would have loved to wrestle Zelda we were a good match in size and ability and I loved working with her.

Q: Along with your current involvement in the pro-wrestling industry, you also work for the State of Virginia. Do you have any interest in working in the pro-wrestling industry full-time, or are you satisfied with your current extent of involvement?

A: Well of course I would love to be able to do what I love full-time but I am realistic and the best advice I can give is have a fall-back career, it don't last forever injuries happen fan bases change be prepared have a backup. I am enjoying what I do and due to some physical limitations I am content not being in the ring the physical toll on the body can be brutal, and LOL I am not 20 something any more.

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: Hopefully to continue with VCW and if Femm D Action takes off to continue being a part of it and to keep close to my GLOW and wrestling family and maybe a guest spot on one or all of my fave TV shows like, "Supernatural", "Grimm", "Once Upon a Time", or "True Blood".

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top 8 Ways to Get Fired in Pro-Wrestling

When a pro-wrestler makes it to WWE or TNA, they usually intend to remain there for the rest of their career. To maintain their spot on the roster, they put on their best performance every night, hoping to draw the loudest cheers and sell the most merchandise. Many times however, things do not go as planned, and the talent is eventually removed from the company. There are a number of ways that a talent can get fired, even though the reasons are not obvious until after they are no longer with the promotion. Just as with any other industry, having a job in pro-wrestling is a privilege- if a promotion feels that they are not benefiting from having a talent under their employ, they will find a way to part ways with that talent. To avoid getting fired, DON'T do the things listed below.

1. Don't Push Yourself

Sometimes when a talent is released from WWE or TNA, their complaint is, "They didn't push me". In many cases, their statement is true. However, in life in general, if you don't push yourself, no one else will. Being in a major pro-wrestling company does not mean that it's time to stop marketing yourself. In fact, it becomes more important to do so. On the independent scene, it can be very easy to become a big fish in a little pond. Yet in companies like WWE and TNA where the "pool" is much bigger, a talent can quickly become forgotten.

In today's world where almost everyone from 12 to 112 has some type of interest in social media, no wrestler has an excuse for not marketing themselves. Even wrestling icons like Hulk Hogan, main eventers like John Cena and Jeff Hardy, and executives like Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Dixie Carter, and Eric Bischoff use social media on a regular basis, staying in the forefront of the minds of fans.

2. Don't Be a Team Player

It would be a fair statement to say that basically all wrestlers want to main event every show that they are on, become World Heavyweight Champion, and be the face of the company. But a wrestler's job is to do what's best for the company, which is not always what the wrestler may feel is best for themselves. That means that they may have to job in more matches than some other wrestlers, put over wrestlers who they personally feel don't "deserve" to be put over, and work the midcard as opposed to the main event.

While some wrestlers who are unhappy with this situation may keep it to themselves, others are vocal and refuse to do what the company has ordered. This interferes with company plans and creates a problem for everyone who works there, because an efficient and successful company benefits everyone, main eventers and midcarders alike.

3. Don't Be Grateful for What You Have

When a talent is employed by WWE or TNA, they are in a position where wrestlers all over the world would give anything to be. Yet over the years there have been cases of WWE/TNA talents complaining that they were not making the amount of money that they felt they should have been. It still continues today. When it's time for cutbacks, their name could be one of the first names to come up. In the end, they will wind up on the independent circuit, while a more eager and equally talented wrestler will happily replace them on the roster for less money.

4. Have an Attitude Problem

Many wrestlers have been fired due to being problematic backstage, having conflicts with other wrestlers, both physical and non-physical. A disruptive talent can have a negative affect on locker room morale. Some wrestlers have even carried their attitude problem into the ring, being uncooperative with the wrestler they are working with, which negatively affects the quality of a match. An employee with an attitude problem can potentially wear our their welcome very quickly.

5. Use Drugs

Just like any other company, a pro-wrestling company is held responsible in the eyes of others for their employee's actions. A wrestler with impaired judgement is a liability to themselves, whomever they work with in the ring, and the company that they work for.

6. Sleep on the Job

Yes, there are people in the pro-wrestling business who sleep on the job. And just like anyplace else, they may be fired. In Eric Bischoff's book "Controversy Creates Cash", Bischoff goes into detail about how he had to fire a WCW announcer due his being found sleeping on the job.

7. Show Up Late

A wrestler showing up late to an event is just as bad as an office worker showing up late to the office. Last minute booking changes can occur at any moment, and if a talent is not dependable enough to be available to work with any needed changes that night, they can become more more of a hindrance to the company than a benefit.

8. Get Arrested

No wrestling company wants the negative press that comes with one of their employees getting arrested for a a DUI or worse. If a wrestler brings a promotion that type of publicity their way, it's very likely that their days are numbered.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dawn Maestas ("Godiva" from GLOW) Interview

At age 24, Dawn Maestas became "Godiva", one of the standout members of the GLOW roster, making her debut in season 3. In this interview, Dawn discusses GLOW, the Godiva character, and her current involvement in the pro-wrestling industry.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: I got a call from a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. My best friend since Jr. High. She was doing GLOW, and wanted me to come do it with her. We were on the same gymnastics team together, and cheerleaders together through high school. Her character on GLOW was Debbie Debutante. We are still close friends to this day!

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: GLOW was a blast. I loved the physicality of it, I loved working out matches with my opponents, and I loved the fun things about being on the road...interviews, photo sessions, etc.

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members:

A: CHEYENNE CHER - Hmmmm...do I answer this as Godiva??? Cheyenne was one of my favorite opponents. Our matches were very high flying, she was also a gymnast, and she was easy to throw around. She made me look good.

DAISY - Daisy was my favorite opponent because she was able to toss me around like a rag doll. We always had HUGE moves. She was also one of my best friends in GLOW and beyond. She is the type of person who will do anything for a friend.




COLONEL NINOTCHKA - Nino trained me and I had huge respect for her. We were both heels, so I only got to wrestle with her once as Parisian Ninotchka. I LOVED that match!! I felt very safe wrestling her. Also, we were both such strong, independent characters, the fans LOVED it!

MAJOR TANYA - No opinion really. I felt like, during GLOW anyway, she was one of the weaker wrestlers. I know she continued to wrestle post-GLOW so maybe that changed...I don't know.

SALLY THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER - My match with Sally has the most YouTube hits of any match, but honestly, I didn't like wrestling her. She was uncontrollable. She did what she wanted, whether it would "sell" well or not, whether it was part of the action or not.



TIFFANY MELLON - Tiffany was also very physical which I loved. She was often a diva pain in the ass, but our matches looked great. I was really arch rivals with her tag team partner, Roxy. Our cat fights and trash talk still endure. Also, we reunited recently and had great laughs over our old rivalry. They are great.

DAVID MCLANE - Never met him.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: Godiva vs. Cheyenne Cher for the GLOW crown.



Q: Have you done any wrestling since GLOW?

A: I have. I am in production now on a new action, comedy, reality show called Femme D Action. You can see our promo video here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Femme-DAction/113269755517864 I did some wrestling and stunts to train the new Femmes. We are using several GLOW girls in our new show as well and our GLOW director, Matt Cimber is directing. In addition to that, I am a 3rd degree black belt martial arts instructor.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: GLOW was character driven making it much more than a wrestling company. The camp and the character were the most important elements. There hasn't been any other show like it. To me, GLOW more closely resembled HeeHaw or Laugh-in from the 70s more than it did any wrestling show. (We will see plenty of camp and craziness in Femme D Action!)

Q: Do you see Femme D Action having a bright future?

A: YES!! It's clever, fast-paced, topical, and, in Matt Cimber tradition, there is absolutely NOTHING on television like it. I'm excited! We have former GLOW girls Roxy, Little Egypt, and myself as judges, Lightning, Hollywood, Matilda the Hun and Gremlina as trainers and mentors, Daisy and Tulsa are our Security Guards and cameos (so far!) by Stinky, Thunderbolt, and Ashley.

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Absolutely not. I never even saw a wrestling match before I was a wrestler.

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2013, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I don't follow wrestling. It looks more sexualized to me than GLOW, but I really wouldn't know. GLOW was a "sexy" show, but it wasn't a "sex" show. The women portrayed on GLOW were independent and empowered. There was no male image on GLOW....no hunky muscle guys leading us to the ring or drying our delicate tears. Again, I feel like GLOW can't really be compared to those shows.

Q: What did you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: Being a glamorous icon! HA! JK...It was a crazy life at the perfect time....young, single, childless, no responsibilities, and I managed to have a blast! Godiva, Professional Fun Seeker!

Q: How much of DAWN was a part of the Godiva character? Or do you feel that Godiva and Dawn are like night and day?

A: Matt really gave us our characters based on something innate that he saw. Godiva is haughty, self-absorbed, strong, confident, and cutting. I am definitely a kinder, gentler....well, Godiva. I love her.

Q: Who would you have liked to wrestle, that you did not?

A: This is my favorite question. I think Spanish Red....again a great and super physical bad guy.

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: To be honoring and faithful, to live for something bigger than myself, and to love, accept, and serve others unconditionally.

Monday, March 25, 2013

GLOW: Still Popular After All These Years

Recently I was invited to check out a review on a GLOW documentary. I remember watching GLOW in the 1980's, and found it to be very entertaining. There were a lot of female wrestling promotions in existence during that decade in the United States along with GLOW: Ladies Major League Wrestling, the LPWA, and POWW. While I considered POWW to be the best of the four in terms of in-ring action, creatively GLOW was one the best American female wrestling promotions of all-time.

What surprises me is that while it's obvious that there is still a great amount of interest in GLOW (documentaries, DVDs available nationwide, etc.), it currently is not on television. ESPN Classics presents episodes of the AWA, and even though GLOW wasn't as popular as the AWA in the 1980's, GLOW was syndicated just as the AWA was. Also, Wrestlicious was a part of the MavTV lineup not long ago, so the potential for a female pro-wrestling product on television is likely still there. GLOW still exists as a company (with Usula "Babe The Farmer's Daughter" Hayden as the owner), so they should contact networks and see which ones are interested in showing their GLOW episodes.

I would shoot for a TV deal with Tribune Broadcasting. In New York during the 1980's, WPIX had the broadcast right for GLOW, and WPIX is owned by Tribune Broadcasting. A TV deal with Tribune would get GLOW on up to 24 Tribune stations, which include PIX 11 (New York), KTLA 5 (Los Angeles), WGN-TV (Chicago), WPHL-TV (Philadelphia), and KDAF (Dallas). Those five stations are located in the top five television markets in the United States, presenting a possible opportunity definitely worth looking into.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bully Ray: The President of the Aces and Eights

With the Aces & Eights getting involved in Bully Ray-related situations on more than one occasion (to the benefit of Ray) since they made their debut, it's quite clear what Ray was referring to when he would constantly mention Bully Nation.



And it appears that Ray threw a major hint regarding his affiliation with the Aces and Eights during the summer of 2012 on Twitter.



The night before Bully Ray posted that tweet, he was on an episode of "IMPACT WRESTLING" appearing to make a save against Aces and Eights.



Also, Ray would rarely join in on brawls against the Aces & Eights members, and when he did, they didn't put up much offense (if any). And note in the video below how Bully Ray -a limping man with a chain- is keeping seven members of the Aces and Eights at bay. Unrealistic? Of course it was- it was all "a part of the plan".



A lot of credit must be given to "Red Herring", the member of Aces and Eights who was posing as the President on an episode of, "IMPACT WRESTLING". That clearly wasn't Bully Ray, and "Red" certainly did his job well, convincing viewers that he was the President. He barely tried to disguise his voice, making it obvious who he was. This created a tremendous wave of gossip, as fans and members of the pro-wrestling media were sure that they knew the identity of the President of the Aces and Eights.

The Aces and Eights Reach an NWO-Level of Dominance in TNA

Last night's TNA Lockdown delivered a great event with an enthusiastic crowd- the biggest domestic crowd ever for a TNA show. The main event was Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, a match that resulted in Ray becoming the new champion. I view this as a short term negative but a long term benefit. It's a short term negative because Hardy is the biggest name on the active roster, and being that the TNA Champion is the face of the company, it is financially beneficial for the title to be with Hardy.

However, the short term negative is outweighed by the long term benefit, and the benefit is that Bully Ray has become champion while simultaneously being revealed as the president of the Aces and Eights faction. In a previous blog post, I discussed how much potential the Aces and Eights faction has. Since that post, their brand has been strengthened as I suggested it should have been, by it being merchandised. They should still have their own website in my opinion though- perhaps that will happen in the future.

Bully Ray becoming TNA World Heavyweight Champion has given the Aces and Eights new life and brought them to the forefront of TNA, just as Hulk Hogan brought the NWO to the forefront of WCW when he was revealed as being the leader of the NWO. The question is, can the Aces and Eights maintain this momentum the same way the NWO did? I believe that they can. The NWO thrived in the adult-oriented atmosphere of WCW, and that same atmosphere exists in TNA. The heel heat was raw when Bully Ray cut his post-match heel promo, as the ring was pelted with garbage thrown into the ring by angry fans, which was the same way that WCW fans reacted when Hogan revealed that he had turned heel.




The aura of mystery and suspense that helped make the NWO become successful will definitely continue to exist with the Aces and Eights. The TNA World Heavyweight Championship is now in the camp of the Aces and Eights and the balance of power has shifted- which members of the TNA roster will "tire of fighting the power" and become a part of the force?



Jeff Hardy is signed to a multi-year contract with TNA, so he's not going anywhere. I have no doubt that the cash cow for TNA will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion once again. But right now? It's the Aces and Eights' time to be highlighted to their fullest potential, especially Bully Ray. Many have been praising him for over a year now. Even Ray himself has noted that his career has new vitality. For the first time in Ray's career, the weight of a pro-wrestling company now rests on his shoulders. Is Ray truly destined for greatness? If so, now is his opportunity to prove it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

How the Decline of Print Media Can Benefit TNA

As of this year, "Inside Wrestling/The Wrestler" magazine will no longer be published. It was a print publication that focused more on the in-ring aspect of pro-wrestling than the backstage aspect. "Inside Wrestling/The Wrestler" is one of the many pro-wrestling magazines that have ceased to exist over the years, as readers go online to gain information for free via pro-wrestling news websites in ever-increasing numbers.

The problem with this is that most pro-wrestling news websites mainly focus on what is occurring backstage (in a tabloid journalism style, sensationalizing facts and providing gossip). A very valuable segment of the pro-wrestling audience is more interested in what is going on in the ring- especially the storylines. They are commonly referred to as "marks", people who love basically everything about pro-wrestling (as opposed to "smarks", who hate pro-wrestling yet think they know everything about it). Marks help keep the business alive. They are the fans who order all of the PPVs, attend the most events, buy the most merchandise, and go to pro-wrestling websites more than anyone else. With this segment of the audience losing a source of what they enjoy about pro-wrestling, an opportunity has become available to TNA.

In the past, TNA has featured columns on their website that looked at their company from storyline perspectives. Columns such as Bill Bank's, "Bank Shot" and Abyss', "Monster Blog". It would be beneficial to TNA to bring back this style of online media, since it would definitely draw fans who want to read about the entertainment side of the industry. Print media is basically their only source currently, and it's a source that is quickly fading.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Spike Needs a Third Hour of TNA

Yesterday, Eric Bischoff tweeted a very interesting Yahoo! Sports article via his twitter account (@EBischoff): http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/bellator-ratings-spike-were-mixed-bag-203745464--mma.html

These are the quotes from the article that stood out to me:

"The average viewership of 938,000 made it the most-watched show in the promotion's four-year history, though it lost nearly half of its audience that was delivered by TNA Impact Wrestling."

"It had a strong lead-in from TNA Impact Wrestling, which averaged 1.82 million viewers, and failed to keep it."

Apparently, there is a problem in the world of Spike prime time. After having a huge amount of faith in the new Bellator show and giving it an excellent lead-in via, "IMPACT WRESTLING" (Spike's highest rated program, Bellator failed to maintain the viewership that TNA delivered them. Losing viewership is never a good thing. This is a problem that could easily be resolved however. TNA brings Spike ratings that the network is very satisfied with, and instead of losing ratings momentum at 10pm, they should keep it going by giving TNA a third hour.

It wouldn't be the first time. In 2010, "Reaction" was briefly added to Spike's Thursday night programming. Last year, Spike briefly added, "Rewind". Neither program was given much time to prove their worth, despite the fact that TNA has been a valuable asset to Spike for years. In fact, looking at TNA's past performances in the 10pm time slot shows that a third hour of TNA would be beneficial to the network- when TNA was in the 9pm-11pm time slot, they usually scored a higher rating during the 10pm-11pm time period.

TNA obviously has the resources and interest in giving Spike an additional hour, now it's up to Spike to utilize that. Although Bellator does have a place on Spike (their 1/17 program did have an average viewership of 938,000), TNA has proven that Thursday nights on the network belong to them.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Aces and Eights: How Big Will They Get?

In 1996, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash arrived in WCW as outsiders of the company with the goal of taking over. The two men were soon joined by Hulk Hogan, and in time, the team grew to a huge faction known as the New World Order. The group became so dominant that they became as recognized as WCW itself (if not more so).

Over a decade later, history appears to be repeating itself in TNA. It started off with three masked men appearing and sneak attacking Sting in the middle of the ring while he was cutting a promo during the June 14, 2012 episode of, "IMPACT WRESTLING". For maximum impact, it was done during the last segment of the show.



In time, Aces and Eights has became a faction with a size comparable to the NWO when the New World Order was was at it highest point of popularity. And most recently, talents previously identified with the TNA roster have been "jumping ship" and becoming members of the Aces and Eights.



The NWO is considered by many to be one of the best pro-wrestling factions of all-time. Will Aces and Eights earn that distinction as well? Time will tell, but the ingredients are there. One of the elements of the NWO that made it so successful was that there was always an aura of mystery and suspense around them. It was never known when they were going to show up, and if it was obvious that they were going to show up, it was never certain regarding in what capacity it was going to happen. And of course, with WCW talent "crossing enemy lines" and joinning the NWO, it was never clear who was going to join next, or when. During a promo segment? During a match? The only way to find out was to keep watching, and the same situation is occurring with the Aces and Eights. After not being seen on, "IMPACT WRESTLING" for weeks, Mr. Anderson returned as an ally of the Aces and Eights. During a wedding segment, Taz went from being the best man to being revealed as the newest member of the Aces and Eights in the blink of an eye.




The one aspect of the Aces and Eights that can be improved upon is strengthening the brand. One way that would be accomplished is by the Aces and Eights having their own website, as the NWO did. The other way is by merchandising. Pro-wrestling fans wearing Aces and Eights branded merchandise at places other than wrestling events would expose the brand to new audiences. Brand relationship would also be improved- fans who are on the fence between supporting the group and thinking that they are a fad, would identify with the Aces and Eights better if they had Aces and Eights merchandise.

Remember, no one had any idea that the NWO would become as popular as it did. Excellent creativity gave the NWO appeal, but strong branding kept the appeal lasting- even today, wrestling fans wear NWO merchandise. How the Aces and Eights is branded now will make the difference between whether the faction will eventually fade into the past or will be remembered 10 years from now.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Archive Interview: Jeanne Basone ("Hollywood" from GLOW)

At age 17, Jeanne Basone was working in Burbank as a medical assistant, until she auditioned for GLOW and was picked to play the role of Hollywood" half of the villainous Hollywood and Vine tag-team. In recent years, Basone has been focusing on working as a stuntwoman, actress, and model, but she also worked for Wrestlicious in 2010.

Below is a 2001 interview that I conducted with Jeanne Basone. It was originally published on a media website named Pro Wrestling Daily, which was one of the many websites that I was writing for around that time. In this interview, Basone discusses GLOW, WOW, wrestlers of the WWE, the Hollywood character, and her pro-wrestling career.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: It was soo long ago, but I was good at what I did and wanted to learn more -- and I did!

Q: What was the best part about working for GLOW?

A: The wrestlers at GLOW and meeting & greeting the fans!

Q: What are your thoughts on the following former G.L.O.W. members:

A: VINE - A nice Canadian girl!

TINA FERRARI (now the WWF's Ivory) - I am very happy for her!

ASHLEY CARTIER - A babyface who was a great gal!

SALLY THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER - Another babyface trying to be a badgirl!

CHEYENNE CHER - Very sweet!

LIGHTNING - A great wrestler!

DAVID MCLANE - Interesting fellow.

Q: Which do you feel was your best match in GLOW?

A: The ones against the Farmer's Daughters.

Q: Which was your favorite match in GLOW?

A: The "Strip" match, the "Apartheid" match against Mt. Fiji, Lil Fiji, and Americana.

Q: Even though your wrestling career begin in GLOW, you have done a lot of wrestling since then. Did you gain the most valuable experience while you were in GLOW, or have you learned the most during the post-GLOW period of your career?

A: I learned my foundation there, but took classes with Gene Lebell for more grappling, self-defense material.

Q: Throughout the years, many female wrestling promotions have come and gone, but none of them made an impact like GLOW did. To this day, GLOW remains the all-time favorite of many women's wrestling fans. In your opinion, what was it about GLOW that has made it stand out from other female wrestling promotions?

A: Getting away with so much back then. It's different now!

Q: Were you a wrestling fan before you were involved with GLOW?

A: Nope!

Q: Comparing the view of female wrestling during the existence of GLOW to the view of female wrestling in the year 2001, do you feel that female wrestling is more respected? Also, do you feel that the quality of female wrestling has improved?

A: I feel it is respected somewhat and yes it has improved some!

Q: Are you at all interested in going to WOW, David McLane's newest female wrestling promotion?

A: I have not watched yet, I am not usually home on Saturday nights when it airs here!

Q: Do you think WOW has a bright future?

A: Same as GLOW had!

Q: Who is your favorite wrestler?

A: Rikishi.

Q: What do you like the most about being a pro-wrestler?

A: The power and knowledge.

Q: How much of JEANNE is a part of the Hollywood character? Or do you feel that Hollywood and Jeanne are like night and day?

A: They are pretty damn close, I just take Hollywood one step further.

Q: Who would you like to wrestle, that you have not yet done so?

A: Lita.

Q: You are multi-talented: actress, model, wrestler... Do you plan on continuing to wrestle for a long time to come or do plan on decreasing your involvement in wrestling and concentrating more on acting and modeling?

A: I am currently producing my own wrestling videos: "Hollywould Productions". I have 2 websites: www.webkitten.com and www.wrestlingbabe.com; I have modeled for several companies including Playboy 4 times. I will continue to wrestle for my companies as well as the others out there and touring for a while!

Q: What is your long-term goal?

A: Stay behind the camera and produce

Saturday, January 5, 2013

TNA Takes International Scouting to Another Level

Both WWE and TNA are no strangers to scouting internationally for new talent. WWE has tryouts outside of the United States, and they even have a division (WWE International) that is responsible for scouting globally. Meanwhile, TNA hosts, "Gut Check" seminars in Canada, where they observe potential new TNA talent.

However, TNA recently took their scouting one step further by starting a television show that focuses on scouting. "TNA British Boot Camp" is a Jeremy Borash-produced reality program based in the UK that premiered on January 1st, which features four UK-based talents competing for a TNA contract. The contestants are familiar faces to UK fans: Rockstar Spud (who was featured in one of my previous blog posts), The Blossom Twins, and Marty Scurll. PROGRESS Wrestling is also featured in an episode. To help the contestants along, two mentors are provided: Rollerball Rocco (who wrestled for 19 years all over the world) and Hulk Hogan (who knows what it takes to be a superstar both inside and outside the ring).

"TNA British Boot Camp" is a great concept, and I think it's safe to assume that although there are many talents in the UK who are making a living wrestling in their home country and are satisfied with that, the majority of them would jump at the opportunity to work for TNA. After all, pro-wrestling is a business, and the goal in any business is to make it to the top. In today's industry, WWE and TNA are the two companies that have that distinction.

With that said, it would benefit TNA to branch out beyond the UK's shores with this concept. Japan and Mexico bring styles to the pro-wrestling industry that are very unique and would be an asset to TNA. Puroresu and lucha libre have been utilized in TNA in the past, but only via various X Cup tournaments. The WCW cruiserweight division was a great example of how talent from Japan and Mexico can be used on a regular basis. They would wrestle talent that was already on the WCW roster, giving fans new, different, and exciting matches to watch.

TNA would need to bring in someone with knowledge of the Japan pro-wrestling scene in order to use this concept in Japan, but they already have someone who can aid in this concept being done in Mexico- Hernandez has 16 years of wrestling experience, has wrestled in Mexico, and also has promoting experience (which means he likely has an eye for talent).

"TNA British Boot Camp" can be just the beginning of a worldwide recruiting endeavor if TNA desires to go that route, with, "TNA Japanese Boot Camp" and, "TNA Mexican Boot Camp" shows. The potential is definitely there, and would benefit TNA long-term.

If you live in the United Kingdom, tune in to "TNA British Boot Camp" on Challenge TV on Tuesday nights, so that you can find out who will get a contract by TNA and have a chance to be a part of the TNA World Tour this month at London's Wembley Arena.