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Deathmatch Wrestling for 10 Year Olds

A conversation from my in-laws’ visit this past weekend.

My 10 year old niece: That’s an interesting shirt Uncle John is wearing.

My wife, not a wrestling fan: That is a crazy shirt.

Niece: It looks like they have blood on them.

Me: Oh, that’s not blood. It’s hot sauce.

Niece: What?

My wife: They were having a hot sauce eating contest.

Me: And they were throwing it on each other to try and distract the others.

Niece, who is no dummy: It says Masters of Pain Tournament.

My wife, again not a fan but brilliant: Have you ever had hot sauce in your eye? It really hurts.

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Pondo Is Jericho!

In case you missed it, Mad Man Pondo was on Talk is Jericho this week.

Pondo , G Raver, and filmmaker Jeff Waldridge appear to discuss deathmatches, deathmatch culture, and Jeff’s documentary on the subject, Hardway. They also take the time to promote the Masters of Pain tournament June 12 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Click here to listen to the episode.

Click here to order the Hardway documentary.

And click here to get a signed copy of Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography!

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Casting Star Wars with Wrestling Personalities

Today is May the 4th, which has come to be known as Star Wars Day. Those who know me well know that Star Wars has been an obsession of mine longer than pro wrestling. It got me to thinking, how would I re-cast Star Wars with some of the people I have written about in pro wrestling?

Hurricane JJ Maguire as… Max Rebo

Sure, I could have gone with Figrin D’an, but I suspect the Hurricane would have found himself taking the more upscale booking at Jabba’s versus the cantina at Mos Eisley. Plus I want to hear JJ say, “Yes, Miss Snootles, we can take it from the top again.”

Princess Victoria as… Princess Leia

A bit obvious? Yes, and she’ll be disappointed that once again, she’s cast as the babyface. But like Cinderella, the space slipper fits. Nobody tells Princess Leia what to do, just as nobody tells Princess Victoria what to do!

Tracy Smother as… Yoda

A man who poured himself into many young pro wrestlers over the last few decades could easily be cast as Obi Wan, but Obi Wan only had two pupils. Yoda trained countless Jedi, and the Smothers family is now legion across pro wrestling.

Scott Romer as… Han Solo

With that camera strap always over his shoulder, one could draw a direct comparison to Chewbacca, but let’s be honest. Romer was a survivor, a hustler, and a ladies man. Plus think of all the great Romer pics of him posing with Lando, Jabba, and the glitterati of the galaxy.

Mad Man Pondo as… Boba Fett

As we all learned to our great delight in The Mandalorian, Boba survived the ultimate death match against the Sarlacc Pit. Can’t you see Pondo vs. Terry Funk fighting it out on a skiff in a no rope, loser falls in the Sarlaac Pit match? It would be the biggest draw on Tatooine since Anakin vs. Sebulba.

Chris Candido as… Luke Skywalker

Chris Candido was a natural heel, just as Victoria was, but I have to go wth Luke. Why? Well, people said Chris was a little short for a WWF Superstar, and we all know Luke was a little short for a Stormtrooper.

Dr. D David Schultz as… Darth Vader

“Oh you think the Dark Side is fake, do ya?” John Stossel better be glad Dr. D wasn’t a Sith. He’d have never left MSG alive that night in 1984! Chris Candido would have gotten a kick out of being booked opposite one of his heroes, and just think how awesome those Dr. D promos would sound in James Earl Jones’s voice.

Click the photos above to order the books!

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Free Shipping for Cyber Week!

This week only, get free shipping in the US when you use the coupon code “cyberweek” at checkout.

Offer is valid through Sunday, December 6.

Visit the book shop to order your signed copies of Bluegrass Brawlers, The Ballad of Cousin Elvira, The Original Black Panther, Memoirs of  Mad Man, and of course, If You Don’t Buy This Book, Everybody Dies!

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Wrestling Bookmarks Presents The Deathmatch Round Table

Not a deathmatch fan?

Okay, full disclosure, neither am I. But I have all the respect in the world for the men and women who perform them. What’s more, some of the deathmatch wrestlers I know are among the very best performers you’ll see in a ring anywhere, even without the barbed wire. And this Thursday night, it’s my honor to share the spotlight with them.

Wrestling Bookmarks is bringing you a Deathmatch Roundtable starting Thursday August 27 at 8:30 pm eastern live on Facebook. Joining us to talk deathmatches will be Jeff Waldridge, producer of the deathmatch documentary Hardway, as well as Mad Man Pondo, Alex Colon, Akira, Shlak, Reed Bentley, John Wayne Murdoch, and more.

Join the Wrestling Bookmarks page to watch the video chat, and drop your questions in the comments below the video. It’s going to be a very entertaining night.

Click here to join the Wrestling Bookmarks group on Facebook.

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On the Road This Fall

I didn’t get out anywhere this summer because I was enjoying time with the family and finishing up JJ Maguire’s book, but I am happy to say I’ve got three road trips planned (so far) for the fall.

Here’s where you can find me, and here’s who I will be with!

 

Saturday, September 14

Kentucky Zone Wrestling in Shopville, Kentucky

KZW is JJ Maguire’s home promotion. I’ll be in Shopville with over 200 fans, signing copies of JJ’s book as well as my other books.

 

Saturday, September 28

Lucha Libro at the Indianapolis Central Library – 10 am – 3 pm

An amazing event celebrating Lucha culture featuring artwork, films, exhibits, and of course – Lucha Libre wrestling. I will have books available for sale, and I will be bringing some of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell’s artifacts to display.

 

Saturday, October 5

Heroes and Legends – Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana

I’m returning to Heroes and Legends with both Hurricane JJ Maguire and Mad Man Pondo this fall. We’ll have copies of both of their books available, plus other titles.

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Mad Man Hall of Famer

Last Friday night, Kevin Gill inducted Mad Man Pondo into the inaugural class of the GCW Deathmatch Hall of Fame. It’s an honor well-deserved, and to be blunt – you simply can’t have a deathmatch hall of fame without Pondo.

If you want to see the induction ceremony, you can catch the replay on Fite.tv for only $4.99.

Pondo took two boxes of his autobiography to Jersey with him and SOLD OUT! For those who missed getting a copy, you can order a signed copy through Eat Sleep Wrestle. The cost is $20 plus shipping ($5 in the US, $15 for Canada), and we accept PayPal. Message me at johncosper@yahoo.com to order.

Congrats again to Mad Man Pondo, and huge props to GCW and Kevin Gill for honoring him.

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Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin – Let’s Make This Dream Match Happen!

Fans have dream matches. So do wrestlers. At a recent show in the Jeffersonville Arena, Reed Bentley of the Rejects confided in me that he and John Wayne Murdoch had an ultimate dream match they really wanted to make happen.

The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin

For those who don’t know, Baka Gaijin (which translates to “Stupid Foreigners”) is the tag team of Mad Man Pondo and 2 Tuff Tony. They were the forerunners, the originators if you will, of the smash mouth, over the top fighting style that has become the signature of the Rejects. When you see a Rejects match, you’re going to get very little scientific wrestling. You’re going to see hard punches, steel chairs, tables, mayhem, weapons. The phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” would apply, except for the fact that if Reed and John could get at the kitchen sink, they’d gladly use it too.

Tony and Pondo are cut from the same mold. They light to fight. They like to bleed. They’re not afraid to get crazy. They’re also deceptively athletic for two big guys who have been going hard for a couple of decades now. If you’ve never seen that backflip 2 Tuff Tony does off the ropes, it’ll make your jaw drop.

The Rejects have told Tony and Pondo they will fight any time, anywhere, and even put their GCW Tag Team Championship on the line. Pondo, for his part is all for it. But Tony, who also happens to own the Arena where Reed and I discussed this match, is holding out.

Reed and I discussed this situation and we agreed something needs to be done to make this much happen. So here’s what you, as fans can do.

  1. Copy and paste the letter printed below into an email and fill the blank at the bottom with your name.
  2. Address the email to Reed Bentley, thereedbentley@gmail.com
  3. Click send.

Reed will collect your emails, print them out, and present them in the ring some time in the near future to demonstrate to Tony just how badly the fans want this match. If enough fans respond, how can he say no?

Copy, paste, and email, fans. Let your voice be heard. Let’s make The Rejects vs. Baka Gaijin a reality!

 

Dear 2 Tuff Tony,

I am writing to request that you accept the challenge issued by The Rejects, John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley, to a tag team match with your tag partner Mad Man Pondo. This colossal match is a must-see for me and all your legions of fans, and if you choose to accept it, I hereby vow to:

a. Share the advertising for this epic, Godzilla vs. King Kong like match up all over my social media;

b. Be in attendance for the show, wherever and whenever it takes place, and/or watch it on the Internet wherever and whenever it is made available to view;

c. Grab my s**t and get out of the way when I see the action coming my way;

d. Stream live or share afterwards my reaction to what promises to be the most brutal, over the top, mind blowing, head smashing, table shredding, chair mangling, knockdown, drag out wrestling affair of all time.

Thank you in advancing for responding and accepting my challenge to come and get your whipping at the hands of John Wayne Murdoch and Reed Bentley.
Sincerely yours,

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You Can’t Call Have a Deathmatch Hall of Fame Without Pondo

Mad Man Pondo is one of the innovators of deathmatch wrestling in the United States. He’s a man who never took his career for granted and gave the business far more than he ever received. It’s always a thrill seeing people recognize him for his efforts, and on May 31, Game Changer Wrestling will give him an honor that truly fits him.

Pondo will be inducted into the GCW Deathmatch Hall of Fame at 9 pm Friday, May 31 at the Diamond Club at the Showboat in Atlantic City. This is the first ever induction ceremony for the Deathmatch Hall of Fame, and they could not pick a better man, in or out of the ring, for their first class than Pondo. Fans can buy tickets for this event by clicking here.

Excuse me while I head over to my publishing website to make sure the fans in New Jersey have plenty of books to purchase!

Fans who can’t get to Jersey can buy his book on Amazon or email me to get a signed copy!

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2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

We also released this delightful little kids book in collaboration with Hy Zaya.

I produced a short film in conjunction with my long time friend and collaborator Ally LaBar that got a lot of love.

And there was also this one with Hurricane JJ Maguire and Sonny Burnette.

 

I attended numerous shows at the Jeffersonville Arena hosted by Pro Wrestling Freedom, Paradigm Pro Wrestling, and Terry Harper, among others.

I attended the first two standing room only Midnight Girl Fight shows.

Dr. D and I attended several wrestling events together including Heroes and Legends in Fort Wayne, Rocket City Wrestling Con in Huntsville, SICW in East Carondelet, Illinois, and Starrcast in Chicago.

Hurricane JJ Maguire and I took in the first ever Richmond Pop and Comic Con.

I attended the Hall of Fame induction weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.

And oh yeah… I went to this little independent wrestling show called ALL IN.

Hard work in 2018 has led to three exciting opportunities in early 2019. Two new books will be released: the first in what we hope will be a series with the Bomb Shelter, and the biography of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

I will also be attending the Cauliflower Alley Club with Dr. D in April/May.

2018 was great. 2019 is looking even greater.

Thank you, readers, fans, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and friends. Happy New Year.