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What #givedivasachance really looks like

10535641_385023985019013_4645483892159298916_oI’d love to sell you on attending Strictly Nsane Wrestlings Girl Fight show by saying it’s even better than the WWE divas division, but since the WWE keeps setting the bar so low for the main roster ladies, that’s hardly a great pitch. The Divas match had a terrible if predictable ending tonight. Yes, JBL, there’s a reason Nikki Bella has held the divas title for so long. It has everything to do with Mr. McMahon and nothing to do with wrestling.

Suffice to say, Blue Pants, Crazy Mary, Lufisto, and the rest will blow the Divas away. If you are in the Louisville area do not miss this show. It will change your perception of women’s wrestling.

 

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RIP American Dream

There’s a story in Eat Sleep Wrestle about Dusty Rhodes from Ian Rotten. Ian was in his early twenties when he booked one of his great heroes for IWA Mid-South, Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes proved to be a gracious guest, who called Ian a week later to thank him for the booking and the beer in his hotel fridge. But it was when they were planning their tag match that Rhodes made the deepest impression on the young promoter. “He said, ‘How about when it’s time for the finish, I throw you the elbow pad, and you do the Atomic Elbow?’ When he said that, it was like I could hear angels singing from Heaven!”

Dusty was always doing things to encourage the future stars in the business. Kenny Bolin share with me how open and accessible Dusty was for the students at OVW. “The sad thing was, these kids had all access to Dusty any time they wanted him, and none of them knew who he was.”

Dusty left a huge mark on the WWE stars of today. Very few of the new stars coming out of the Performance Center have not been touched or coached by the American Dream. His spirit, his passion, and his wisdom will be sorely missed.

There was no one like Dusty Rhodes before him, and there never will be again. He is irreplaceable. He will never be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all who are grieving today.

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Why you will cheer for Mike Hayes

One of the unspoken rules in the wrestling business is that you can’t break in using someone else’s name, no matter who you are. Case in point: when young Steve Williams showed up in the Memphis locker room, Dutch Mantel forced him to become Steve Austin because there was already a “Dr. Death” Steve Williams in the business.

Mike Hayes made the list of 40 finalists for WWE Tough Enough 2015. He shares his name with the leader of Badstreet USA, Freebird Michael “P.S.” Hayes. But Mike Hayes from Louisville more than earned the right to wear his own name proudly with the service and sacrifice he offered his country.

Eli Keel of Insider Louisville did a terrific write up on Michael two years back. Click here to read Michael’s inspiring story. Then come back and watch the video.

No matter how far he goes in this competition, you won’t see anyone tougher than Mike Hayes.

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Last minute entry is more than Tough Enough

maryelizabethmonroeImagine a woman with the classic, “Diva” look that Vince McMahon prefers who not only knows how to do wrestling holds and moves, but fully understands the psychology of working a match, reading the crowd, and doing things the way they used to. If you can’t imagine all that, you haven’t seen Mary Elizabeth Monroe.

Monroe trains with the legendary Les Thatcher in Cincinnati. Her wrestling pedigree shows in the ring. It was an honor to feature her a few weeks back prior to her Girl Fight debut, and I’m thrilled to see she’s decided to go after Tough Enough. Give her video a look, and please pass it on!

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Victoria Anne – Is she Tough Enough?

I’ve never met Victoria Anne or seen her in action, but after spotting her video on the Tough Enough website, I can’t wait to do so. Many of the videos on the website are pretty average and dull, but Victoria has a passion and charisma that catches your eye. If she has half as much talent as she does passion, she will do well in this business. She’s currently training with fellow Tough Enough hopeful Mitchell Huff and JCW champion 2 Tuff Tony. Victoria Anne is one to watch for, and even if she doesn’t catch the WWE’s eye this time around, I have a feeling she will be turning heads very soon.

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Kenny Bolin in Hot Tub Time Machine 3??

bolin1Let me begin today’s blog by saying I was as upset as everyone to hear that Jim Cornette is now denying that he wrote the introduction for Kenny Bolin’s book, “I Probably Screwed You Too: The Mostly True Stories of Kenny Starmaker Bolin” as heard on today’s episode of The Jim Cornette Experience. The introduction was emailed to me from a legitimate source, and I while I did find the praise and platitudes to be a bit much, I accepted it as being from Jim because, as Jim himself said, the quality of writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization) is far too good to have come from Kenny. We will investigate the matter in conjunction with Kenny and Jim’s attorney, Tim Dennison of Louisville, and we will act accordingly as we go to press.

I can tell you that another story heard on The Jim Cornette Experience, IS true and will be included in the upcoming book. Idol Stevens, as he was known to the OVW faithful, is now Damien Sandow on the main WWE roster, and he recently phone Kenny with a story so outrageous, so crazy, it has to be true. He and the Miz were invited to a Hollywood party during Wrestlemania week. They were approached by members of the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, who claimed to be fans of The Jim Cornette Experience. They were also fans of Kenny Bolin and his regular guest appearances, but they had a question: is Kenny Bolin for real? All that stuff they talk about, that’s all a work, right?”

Stevens laughed. “Sit down, let me tell you about Kenny Bolin.”

You’ll have to wait for the book to come out or tune in to the Experience to hear the rest, but it’s all true. Okay, maybe not the part about Bolin being in the 3rd movie, but the rest is the honest truth!

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New Champions with Louisville Roots

rybackThe man you see on the left here is former OVW star Silverback. Sunday night, he became the Intercontinental Champion for the first time. His photo is featured in Bluegrass Brawlers, but if you want to hear his full story, download Ryback’s appearance on the Chris Jericho podcast. It’s an inspiring tale of how he went from serving barbecue in Louisville to becoming a rising star. Ryback has come a long way with the fans as well, and it looks like his rise to the top is once again on track.

cropped-esw-cover.jpgRyback’s not the only Louisville talent to pick up new hardware Sunday. Hy Zaya, shown second from the left on the cover of Eat Sleep Wrestle, picked up the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship off the seemingly unstoppable Kongo Kong. Hy Zaya is now carrying two belts: one from IWA Mid-South, and one from CCW in Evansville. Well deserved honors for the Hood Ninja.

Finally, congratulations to former IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch contestant Jon Moxley, who left Corpus Christi carrying the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt. Yes, even Dean Ambrose spent time in Louisville working for Ian Rotten back in the day. He may not have the belt in hand for long, considering another IWA Mid-South alum is still the legitimate champion, but it’s likely only a matter of time before it’s his free and clear.

Update: Per long time IWA Mid-South fan/ historian Nick Maniwa, Moxley did his work for IWA-MS in Illinois, not Louisville or Southern Indiana. Still, it’s a point of pride for the IWA-MS faithful that so many guys who worked in the long time indie promotion have made it to today’s WWE.

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Mitchell Huff has more views than you

chosen one moYes, jabroni, Mitchell Huff has more views than you. As a matter of fact at last count, he’s crushing you.

Mitchell Huff is an OVW-trained talent, taught by the likes of Danny Davis and Rip Rogers.

Huff is no rookie. He started training years ago. He took several years off from the business, and it’s a credit to his talent that as soon as he stepped back in, he became a sought after main event level player across the Midwest.

Huff is no beer bellied slouch either. Go see him in person. He’s ripped, and he’s worked hard to get there.

Mitchell’s also become an in-demand trainer here in Southern Indiana. I’m sure he’d welcome you into his class, if you were man enough to try. I’m sure you wouldn’t last.

Mitchell thought your video was funny. So did his friends. They know there’s a reason why Mitchell is called the Chosen One.

Hope you got a lot of hits riding on Mitchell’s coat tails. That’s all you wanted, I’m sure, because you definitely don’t belong in a ring with Mitchell Huff. He is the Chosen One, and you… well, you’re just trying to get famous off someone else’s hard work.

No, I will not repost your video here. But I will share Mitchell’s. He is Tough Enough.