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Matt Riddle on Kick Out At Two!

If you’ve been listening the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard a lot about this week’s guest on Kick Out at Two.

Matt Riddle was a high school wrestler and a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who first made a name for himself on UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter. He became a star in UFC with a 9-3 record and went on to fight for Bellator and Titan FC before surprising everyone when he began training to become a professional wrestler.

Riddle has taken the independent wrestling scene by storm in the last two years. He is currently signed with Evolve, and he’s already had one serious look from the WWE. You can learn more about this exciting rising star by downloading the Kick Out at Two Podcast now on iTunes or Soundcloud.

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New Stores on Pro Wrestling Tees!

Piggybacking on yesterday’s blog about supporting indy wrestling, here are some NEW pages on Pro Wrestling Tees from wrestlers profiled right here:

“The Real Elite Athlete” Mike Orlando

Eric Emanon/ Indy Card Mafia

“The Project” Thomas Brewington (also ICM)

“The Baddest Man Alive” Aaron Williams

And one more for good measure:

Mad Man Pondo

Please support these guys by buying their merch AND going to their shows. If they’re not working anywhere near you, you can find Aaron Williams on Rockstar Pro Network and the other guys on High Spots.

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While You Were Complaining…

While you were complaining about Sasha Banks losing her title so soon, Marc Hauss was standing up for the women’s wrestling revolution in the indies.

While you were complaining that your favorite guys never get pushed because “politics,” a your other favorite guys – Aron Rex/Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, and The Big Guy/Ryback – began their takeover of the indies.

While you were complaining about about the promotion that you routinely pay $9.99 a month to watch, CZW, High Spots, CHIKARA, Rockstar Pro, and others have tried to offer you alternatives – some for less, some for free!

While you were complaining about an ugly title belt, Matt Hardy was busy blowing up the Internet by deleting his own brother.

And lest we forget, you could have been enjoying an independent show where a ticket and a T-shirt costs less than an upper level ticket you complained about buying for the so-called “only” promotion left.

It almost makes you wonder: do the people who complain incessantly about title belts and ticket prices more in love with wrestling or whining?

If you answered wrestling, prove it. Stop complaining and take action. Put your money where your mouth is.

I’m not telling you to cancel your $9.99 subscription. As good as NXT and the CWC have been, you’d be a fool to back out now. But I am telling you to go see a local show, or subscribe to a second network, or look around Youtube and discover what’s out there to watch for free. If even a fraction of the whiners would invest just a few dollars a month in independent wrestling, we might really change the landscape of pro wrestling today.

Support what you love. Stop complaining about what you hate. Prove that you’re a fan and not just a whiner. Let’s pour some fuel on the fire if this indy revolution.

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Two for one on Kick out at Two!

This week, the Kick Out at Two Podcast brings you two guests from their recent trip to the Scenic City Invitational: Tank and John Skylar.

If you’re not listening to Kick Out at Two every week, you’re missing your best chance to plug into the growing independent scene. There’s change in the wind in pro wrestling, and that change is not coming from the top. Kick Out at Two is traveling all over the country – including upcoming stops in Cleveland and St. Louis – to introduce you to the finest indy wrestling has to offer.

Download Kick Out at Two every Friday on iTunes and Soundcloud!

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How to Become a Legend

ASW is running a show tonight in Madison, WV. It’s a star-studded event featuring the Rock N Roll Express and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

Hart is a legend by anyone’s definition. He’s one of the greatest managers of all time and a Hall of Famer. That makes what he did the other day so remarkable.

Jimmy Hart called promoter Gary Damron a few days before the show and asked what time he needed to be there – to help set up the ring! “Not that we are gonna allow that to happen,” said Damron on his Facebook page, “but just to show what a true heart for the business he has and also to say if he feels he can help setup a ring than anyone should!”

Legends lead by example. Legends never forget where they came from. Legends are never too big to help set up the ring.

Whatever your passion or pursuit in life, take a lesson from a legend. Be humble, remember your roots, and never be too “important” to help set up the ring.

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Kick Out at Two with Kyle Matthews

This week the Kick Out at Two Podcast presents Georgia-based wrestler Kyle Matthews. Matthews is a 5’7″ cruiserweight with eleven years experience in the indies. He’s a mainstay in the Southeast but has also appeared in CHIKARA and Ring of Honor.

Download the Kick Out at Two Podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud, and be sure to follow them on Twitter!

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Heidi Lovelace Fears No One

Heidi Lovelace isn’t interested in being the best women’s wrestler in the world. She wants to be the best, period, and she’s not afraid of any woman OR man. Her resume of accomplishments against the ladies is impressive enough, but her accomplishments against the guys keep racking up. She’s breaking new ground, everywhere she goes, and she’s proven she can hang with anyone.

A1 Wrestling in Ontario put together a terrific video package on her recent run to the Alpha Male Championship. If you’ve never seen Heidi in action, you will become a fan.

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Tyson Dux Is Far From Done

If you’ve been following the Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE network, you saw the outstanding match last week between Zach Sabre, Jr., and Canada’s Tyson Dux. Dux was one of the featured wrestlers in my 2014 book, Eat Sleep Wrestle. Dux is no stranger to the WWE, and he was once hours away from signing with the WWE when an injury took his dream away.

Dux is now 38, and Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan kept telling viewers that this was his “last chance” to fulfill his dream. Zach Sabre, Jr., may have picked up the win, but Dux proved he is far from done with this business.

” I’m very proud of that match,” says Dux, who is quick to dismiss any talk about last chances. “I have lots of fuel left in my tank.”

When Dux heard about the Cruiserweight Challenge, he immediately reached out to an old acquaintance, William Regal. Dux was once a regular enhancement talent for the WWE, and he was hopeful they had not forgotten him. “[Regal] got back to me saying send my stuff immediately. The rest played out the way it did.”

Dux says being back with the WWE was like coming home, and the WWE did their best to make the international roster feel welcome. “All 32 of us were treated like stars. Absolutely no complaints.”

Dux has high hopes for the future, and he’s hopeful that future includes a return to Orlando. “My goal is NXT, to be a part of the roster, and after a few years, transition into coaching. Only time will tell.”

Fans can see more of Dux on the independent scene. Dux can be found @tysondux on Instagram and Twitter, and he keeps both pages regularly updated with his schedule.

And if you haven’t seen it already, be sure to catch his bout with Zach Sabre, Jr., on the WWE Network.

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A closer look at the Hitman for Hire

If you haven’t heard the Kick Out at Two interview with Hitman for Hire Mr. Grim, you missed a great one.

If you have heard the interview but haven’t seen him in action, you’re not getting the full picture.

This guy is worth a closer look. Please give the video below a watch, and then if you haven’t heard the interview, head to Soundcloud or iTunes and download it now.

Like I said last week, you’ll be able to say, “I remember the first time I heard of the Hitman for Hire!”

 

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Kick Out at Two Meets Mr. Grim

13613436_591763100997500_8907251465232439054_oThis may be one of those podcasts you’ll long remember as the time you first encountered your favorite new wrestler.

During their visit to Tier 1 Wrestling in New York, Righteous Jesse, Wilkman, and Britt discovered Mr. Grim. If you’re a KOAT subscriber, you heard them rave about him on the way home last week. This week, you get to meet the man himself.

This week’s episode also includes a brief visit with Ed from the Scenic City Invitational.

Download Kick Out at Two on iTunes or Soundcloud, then be sure to give the Hitman for Hire: Mr. Grim a like on Facebook.