I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…sitting in a “sports center” in Harrisburg, Pa. that Saturday night in 2014, where I had come to see the main event of AR Fox vs AJ Styles, I was first captivated by man I had never heard of before. A man named Eddie Smooth. Smooth took on Anthony Neese that night in an amazing match that caused me to want to know more about Smooth, and from that point forward that’s exactly what I did. Wrestling Done Right, while not in existence at that point, was technically born that night because as I began to get to know Smooth, and follow his career, I asked myself “why can’t every indy wrestler be this good?” Ultimately I know that’s not really fair. Smooth was special, a prodigy even. Smooth began training in pro wrestling as a teenager in Philadelphia with guys like Devon Moore. I’ve seen tapes of Smooth and Moore wrestling in their back yards doing things that many wrestlers can’t do after years of working the indy scene. It just came natural to Smooth. His athletic ability and insistence on always keeping in top physical shape simply allowed him to do things others only dreamed of. When he moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg Pa he hooked up with local indy promoter Rob Noxious and performed regularly for Noxious’s “Classic Championship Wrestling.” While there he was noticed by a rival promotion called “The Ultimate Wrestling Experience” who asked him to consider working with them. Smooth agreed and that is when his rise to much greater recognition began.
As the years went on I watched Smooth take on all the top “indy” names in the business. Smooth had five star matches with guys like AR Fox, Amasis, and Shane Strickland, in the UWE. After the UWE folded Smooth faced men like Sean Carr, Lio Rush, PJ Black, Façade, Cedric Alexander, and Johnny Gargano in Pro Wrestling Empire, MCW Pro Wrestling, and Legacy Wrestling, where Smooth held both the Legacy and PWE championships, holding the Legacy title for over a year. During this run Smooth appeared for Global Force Wrestling, defeating their current X-Division Champion Sonjay Dutt, and BLK Jeez, as well as for Combat Zone Wrestling on their 2015 Cage of Death Show in a Best of the Best elimination match where he lost to another GFW star, Dezmond Xavier. Smooth was a key part of the faction “Hollywood’s Finest.” He complimented Kevin Murphy, Laszlo Arpad, and BooKoo Buckz perfectly. When Andy Vineberg came into the faction late in its life, Smooth worked wonderfully with him as well. This faction was one of the biggest heel factions in all of indy wrestling, but much like Smooth, didn’t get all the credit they deserved for their hard work.
The most amazing thing about Smooth was his part time schedule. While everyone who knew of him, and enjoyed his matches, pleaded for him to work more, what many didn’t know is that Smooth was working a full time job while also attending nursing classes. The fact that this man could just show up at a venue and steal the show was unbelievable. Since beginning to work with Legacy wrestling myself (as a commentator) and working closely with PWE, many times I’ve seen Smooth arrive just before show time, get in his gear, and go have the match of the night. Afterwards, due to his hectic schedule, he would leave while still in his gear, apologizing to everyone as he did so since he wasn’t able to stick around. Since successfully graduating, Smooth has gone on to have an amazing career. He’s a happily married man, having two beautiful children. While I believe that Smooth could have “made it,” he had a decision to make. Give up all that he had worked hard to accomplish to toil on the independent scene possibly for years, in hopes that the WWE or GFW would notice and reward him with a handsome full time contract, or accept that he had a nice little run in independent professional wrestling and concentrate on his successful medical career and family. How can anyone fault him for deciding to go with career and family? It also doesn’t help that he has many nagging injuries that he’s too proud to complain about openly. He’d rather take “heat” for leaving the business because “it’s not good enough for Eddie Smooth!” That’s classic Eddie Smooth and when I think about it, there really is no other way to do it for that “character” or to stay in the world of professional wrestling…gimmick.
I’ll miss Eddie Smooth on the wrestling scene. He was a measuring stick to all of those around him. As I mentioned earlier in this article, Smooth was the start of “Wrestling Done Right” because he spoiled me. His unbelievable talent, skills, and ability, is how I judged everyone else. Don’t blame Eddie for that though, he was as humble of a man as I’ve ever met. While in gimmick he was as brash, and cocky as any “heel” has ever been, the man behind Eddie Smooth however was friendly, generous, and kind. It’s that man that I hope to remain friends with because even outside wrestling he still does things “right.” Central Pennsylvania independent wrestling is better because of Eddie Smooth, and you should thank him for that. You can see Eddie’s last match on October 21st at the Zembo Shrine for Pro Wrestling Empire as he takes on his former stable mates Kevin Murphy, Laszlo Arpad, and Ryan Kolby, with manager Andy Vineberg locked in a shark cage. If you aren’t familiar with Smooth, do yourself a favor and Google him. Many of his matches are on YouTube. Below is an interview I had with him early on in his career that I’m proud of. It was a blast doing it, and I think really helped show the world just who Eddie Smooth was!
Thank you Eddie Smooth for Wrestling Done Right!
I don’t write articles much anymore. I still do Facebook Live video rants that I often call “Right Takes.” I believe that Facebook is the future of nearly all things internet related, and Live video’s capture more attention because too many people are too lazy to read. If not too lazy, they simply stop reading the second an article says something they disagree with. For some reason though I am still choosing to write about this topic.
I don’t understand today’s wrestling fan, especially today’s American fan, that wants wrestling to be silly, over the top, unbelievable, and full of nonsensical “variety.” I don’t understand those who see wrestling as some kind of social experiment saying stupid things like “Wrestling is for everyone!” In some ridiculous drive to increase wrestling’s audience, they figure that anything goes in the world of professional wrestling as if it’s “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” land of make believe. If any fan disagrees or voices their desire for wrestling to be presented more realistically, 100% of the time the response will be “It’s still real to me damn it!” Either in text, or with that over used meme of the fat guy crying at a wrestling question and answer session with Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condry, and Terry Funk. It’s this generations of wrestling fans favorite quote, and without a doubt absolutely their favorite go to meme on all social media outlets.
Here’s the thing though…when posting that meme, or typing those words, you’re proving yourself to be the fool that you are. While it may be funny to make fun of that guy (David Wills by the way) because he’s taking wrestling so seriously, because he got so emotional, because he shouted such a supposedly silly thing, did you know that he was thanked by Terry Funk for saying it? That Jim Cornette stood up for him on his podcast? Yes, if it had been me I’d be embarrassed for getting emotional like that, and I am sure Mr. Wills is to a degree. However, for today’s modern fan to take that incident and use it to ridicule anyone that simply wants to see professional wrestling presented in a more realistic fashion says all we need to know about these kind of fans. These kind of fans are saying screw you Terry Funk, screw you Jim Cornette, and screw any traditions or style that came from back when wrestling was actually more popular than it’s ever been. These fans don’t respect the past, and only want wrestling to be a goofy side show full of circus acts, and some of the worst comedy known to man. They are proud of nonsense that’s far, far, more embarrassing than David Wills emotional outburst. Yet these fans are somehow claiming to be on higher moral ground. These fans claim to better represent professional wrestling.
You can all talk about how over Joey Ryan’s penis flip is. You can tell me how much money Colt Cabana has made in his career. You can tell me how ground breaking the Hardy’s teleporting out of the ring was. You can defend the supposed best wrestler in the world wrestling a blow up doll, or a little girl, and now talking about possibly wrestling a stuffed cat. You can even feel justified in enjoying those things. I mean if you’re so strange that you find those kind of things enjoyable, more power to you. But, if you use a man’s passionate cry over what wrestling was always supposed to be about…making everything that goes on look, feel, and seem REAL, then you’re just a jackass that spits on the sport (yes I said sport) that you claim to love. Now I’m not going to cry over it, but I am passionate enough to say to you that if that’s the kind of fan you are, I hate you, because you killed wrestling.
You can see more of my thoughts on people like this killing wrestling here-
You can read David Wills thoughts on his infamous words here
Most of my previews, reviews, opinions, and thoughts are on Facebook Live anymore, but I wanted to put out an old fashioned written review of Evolve 88. Here it is-
Jason Kincaid defeated Caleb Konley- This was a solid opener as Kincaid has been struggling to get a win in Evolve ever since signing with the company, but is over with the fans, and a top notch wrestler. Konley was a major player in Evolve for years until signing with GFW and is making his return to Evolve here. This was a very well worked match that felt like both guys really wanted to win for different reasons. Kincaid did a very cool spot at the end where he used the top rope to reach the buildings rafters and shimmied on them until he was over Konley and dropped with a double foot stomp onto him. He then picked up the submission victory to give him a much needed win. The loss doesn’t hurt Konley, it just shows him that things have gotten tougher since he was last in Evolve.
– ACH vs. Austin Theory never happened because ACH said he came to Evolve to be in main events, not in the second match of the show. He wished Theory well with whomever he would face now, but it wouldn’t be ACH because ACH is just too damn good for that. I loved this move because smiling ACH reminds me of what the WWE has done with Apollo Crews. It doesn’t work, no one cares, and it sinks careers. Here ACH called BS on that and set himself on a new track in Evolve.
–Ethan Case from local PWX (which aired on Floslam before Evolve) then made his way out and challenged Theory. I like that Evolve has turned Theory heel, even though I don’t know what to make of his manager/valet Priscilla at all. Theory is only 19 years old but has shot his way up in the wrestling world quickly. As skilled as he is he’s also been struggling for wins so it makes sense that he would act out in desperation. This was a good match that allowed Case to show himself to a large audience and give Theory a much needed win as well.
– Keith Lee was challenged by Ethan Page again after Lee beat him at Evolve 86. I personally don’t know how to take Ethan Page. He’s a great worker and a solid promo guy, but he doesn’t seem to take anything seriously. Even when he is being an evil, sadistic, heel he comes off as slightly silly, or somewhat of a parody of an evil, sadistic heel. When he beats someone it feels like an upset but when he loses it attributes to me not taking him seriously. Having “Gate Keepers” didn’t help because it made him seem even weaker than he already seems in Evolve. I really don’t know what Page needs to get a boost in Evolve. Lee is great, sloppy at times, but fun to watch. If there’s a problem with him it’s that he tries to do “super indy” stuff far too often. He’s capable of it, but over does it. He also has back and forth matches with guys that he should steamroll. I think he’s going places, but how he’s booked needs to be adjusted a little. Enjoyable match that Lee won again.
– Tracy Williams then took on Darby Allin immediately, as after Lee won Stokely Hathaway and Williams hit the ring to beat down Lee, and Allin made the save. Allin is another wrestler that I don’t know how to take. He’s a decent worker but his gimmick is odd for Evolve. My take on him is that he’s a Raven type of character, willing to sacrifice his body because he knows he’s smaller and has to do something to withstand the rigors of Evolve. However, he wins very few of his matches, but then in my opinion he shouldn’t win many. He doesn’t win here either, even though like always he puts up a great fight. Williams is in one of the biggest pushes I’ve ever seen anyone get in Evolve as of late and while I like him, he needs a small tweak of some sort. He doesn’t seem mean enough or something. He’s a terrific wrestler as most in Evolve are, but he’s too methodical. Evolve already has Thatcher and Sabre Jr with that kind of presentation. Williams needs to add a little more flair to his gimmick, but over all this was a great match. I can’t recall the last time Williams lost a match in Evolve and if he is on his way to taking the title off Sabre Jr. I’m fine with that.
– Fred Yehi was set to face Trent Berretta but Trent had to have fluid drained from his elbow and had to pull out. ACH made his way back out in street clothes and said that this was a match he’d accept but wanted Yehi to put his number one contendership on the line. ACH also said he’d wrestle in his street clothes because “this isn’t a main event match.” Fred of course agreed and one of the best matches of the night was on. I really like this new ACH, and Yehi is one of the best wrestlers in WWN right now, having held the FIP title for what feels like forever. This hotly contested match saw both men pull out everything they had. Just when it looked like ACH had it won, Yehi gets his knees up for ACH’s 450 splash and locks in his Koji clutch for the submission victory.
– EVOLVE Tag Team Championship Match: Anthony Henry & James Drake (The Work Horsemen) took on the tag Champions Chris Dickinson & Jaka in another match of the night. Too often non Evolve contracted wrestlers stop in to take a loss so that’s what most expected was going to happen here. Instead we get an amazing tag match that saw new champions crowned. Henry has been impressing WWN in 2017, and Drake’s new age enforcer gimmick works. This also shows that fans cannot expect every new face in Evolve to lose, even in title matches. Evolve, much like most other companies today also needs tag teams badly. Here they immediately established Henry and Drake as a legit team, which is a great thing for Henry and Drake but also for Evolve. I loved this match. I loved this result, and I loved what it did for the Evolve tag scene. The only bad thing about this match is that it pretty much assured that the main event wouldn’t see a title change. I mean the chances of the tag and singles titles changing on the same show is pretty low.
– EVOLVE Championship No Holds Barred Match: Champion Zack Sabre Jr. took on former champion Timothy Thatcher with a determined Stokely Hathaway at his side. I really felt like it was time to put the title back on Thatcher. Yes, a lot of Evolve fans seem to hate him, but so what? He’s legit, a bad ass, and now with Stokely he’s more than one dimensional. I also thought this match favored Thatcher as he’s more of a fighter than Sabre is. While I am not a fan of gimmicked matches like this, this one was fun. They didn’t take it too far, and still used a lot of pure wrestling, which I appreciate. Sabre won when he locked on his octopus hold through the ropes and Thatcher just couldn’t take it. Stokely broke down in legitimate tears after the match, which was awesome, and Sabre chastised Thatcher for not handing the title to him (an Evolve tradition) when he won it from him months ago. Thatcher looked angry, but got the title and handed it to Sabre. I don’t know where Thatcher goes from here in Evolve. Many fans don’t like/appreciate him but yet love Sabre who has less charisma than Thatcher does. This felt like a sendoff for Thatcher which will bum me out if so. Sabre does have the daunting task of facing Yehi and Williams coming up, so at least there’s that. Great main event though, even though my guy lost.
Overall- A great show from Evolve here. Every match was good to great and the tag title shocker made the night. ACH’s new attitude was much needed, and watching Theory progress is going to be fun so long as this Priscilla angle doesn’t get goofy. Keith Lee needs to kill a few guys instead of struggle against them, and Page…I don’t know what Page needs. Allin needs a stable imo, or something around him to make him more relevant. I have loved Evolve since day one and so long as they stick to what they always have been, and don’t try to expand what they do to reach more people, they are the best American company out there today. Evolve 88 showed me that they can stay on the course that brought them to where they are. If they do, I’ll be singing their praises forever. As for the crowd…they didn’t care until the tag title change but that doesn’t matter to me. Just because a crowd doesn’t get it doesn’t mean the wrestling isn’t great.
9/10 show here…watch it!
I knew of Puroresu all my life. I very casually kept up with it in wrestling magazines way back before the internet existed. I loved Jushin Thunder Liger, The Great Muta, and Masahiro Chono when they came into the NWA/WCW. Yet I never cared to trade tapes or anything like that in order to see what Japanese wrestling was all about. I would admit that Antonio Inoki, and Giant Baba, must be great, and that American's going over there to work were having amazing careers. Hell, one of my all-time favorites may as well moved over there full time, because Bruiser Brody was a Japanese all-star for sure. But ultimately to me, that was Japan, and this is the United States. Even if it was amazing over there, I didn't much care. There was a language barrier that I found too annoying to try and overcome, or get past, and no way would I accept that anything was as good as my favorite American shows, companies, and wrestlers. I paid them respect in my mind, and by reading anything any magazine wanted to print about things over there, but that was all I was interested in doing. What a mistake that was.
Here I am at 47 years old just now fully discovering Puroresu. Throughout the years I kept up with it a little better than I did in the magazine days. I saw some matches from All Japan, New Japan, and Noah, on YouTube and other places, but I still didn’t have a desire to “get into it.” I saw several Japanese stars come into Ring of Honor, and they were great, but I figured that Ring of Honor could match them in talent, so I was fine with that. When Gabe Sapolsky began working with Dragon Gate, I got into that and was very interested in Dragon Gate Japan, but before I could get into that fully, DGUSA ended and Evolve took over. Once again I figured that was likely on par with Dragon Gate, and it was in English, so that was good enough for me. Again, what a mistake.
I’m now into my third year of Puroresu thanks to New Japan Pro Wrestling. As anyone that follows WDR at all will attest, I have become a rabid NJPW fan and advocate. Recently I’ve started following Pro Wrestling Noah and love it just as much, if not more than NJPW. This rabid fandom has caused me to go back and watch old shows and they are timeless in their appeal and better than anything I’ve ever watched or liked in the past. That’s right, New Japan, All Japan, and Pro Wrestling NOAH of old are much better than the NWA, WCW, UWF, and World Class. That doesn’t mean those American companies are now nothing to me, not at all, but as much as I loved those companies, the Japanese promotions blow them out of the water. The presentation is better, the matches are better, and the wrestlers are better. As big of a professional wrestling fan that I am, I never thought it possible that I could be any bigger of a fan…until I fully dived into Puroresu.
I once insisted that wrestlers like Ric Flair and Harley Race were the best of all time, and while I believe they are still two of the best, they can’t touch guys like Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa. If you spend any time watching those two wrestlers, I can’t see how you could ever come to a different conclusion. The reason I see it this way is the same reason that I’ll argue that guys like Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito are better than John Cena and AJ Styles today. In Japan there is no real “style.” Sure, there is the ever popular and touted “Strong Style” and the less known but very popular “Kings Road,” but in Japan no company forces a wrestler into one certain style that the company uses. When wrestlers face off in Japan, they may wrestle any way they like. In America the WWE in particular, but even other companies to a certain extent, have a certain style, a box if you will, that wrestlers are placed into and encouraged to stay in it. In the WWE it is an absolute must and that’s why everything you see in the WWE seems “cookie cutter.”
When kayfabe was exposed, and wrestling almost instantly got worse in America, it didn’t change all that much in Japan. Wrestling is respected in Japan as a legitimate sport. It’s heralded with all other professional sports in that Country and treated the exact same respect. NJPW and Pro Wrestling Noah shows are presented as legitimate athletic contests, actual sporting events that matter, and wrestlers perform, for the most part, as though winning and losing matters. Pro Wrestling Noah takes things even more serious than New Japan, and that’s why I’ve come to love them so much. I nearly walked away from wrestling years ago when it stopped being the same. Had I allowed myself to dive into Puroresu all those years ago, I know that I would have found my enjoyment there rather than compromising what I sought and accepting the over the top American product. The more I watch New Japan and Noah today, and watch the roots of those companies, the more I realize that I’ve compromised too much, that I’ve accepted things in wrestling that I would not have had to accept had I just realized that “wrestling done right” was in Japan. Now that I have realized that, now that I have embraced that, Puroresu is will you find the mass of our coverage here at WDR. Don’t make the mistake I did all those years ago and ignore it. Accept that what you love is done rightly in Japan and let us help you get caught up so you can come along this amazing journey in the land of the rising sun where there always has been, and continues to be Wrestling Done Right!
Check out this amazing match below to see exactly what I am talking about.
Starting next Friday night, April 21st, WDR brings you "The Wrestling Done Right Dojo!" podcast. It will cover the upcoming NJPW Road To DONTAKU show, airing on New Japan World on that Saturday, April 22nd as well as the show airing the next day, Sunday April 23rd. Tthe latest NOAH show will also be discussed, which happened this morning, April 14th. The WDR Dojo show will come at you every Friday before a NJPW event that is broadcast on New Japan World! Below is the New Japan World Schedule for the month of April, 2017.
If you’re talented, confident, hardworking, and put your money where your mouth is, you can do big things in professional wrestling. That’s what “the Hitman for Hire” Mr. Grimm did at Legacy Wrestling’s “Final Fallout” on Saturday, December 17th, 2016, when he stormed out from behind the curtain, after Joe Kerr won a multi-man match up, and proceeded to beat him down, nail his spinning tombstone pile driver, and then stuff him into a body bag, proceeding to then carry him over his shoulder, out of the venue, to only God knows where! The Legacy fans were stunned, but not as stunned as I was when I saw that the video of that moment currently stands at nearly 40,000 views on the Legacy Wrestling Facebook page. Since that moment, and the enormous amount of eyes on that video, Mr. Grimm has been getting booking inquiries from all over the world! That’s not the whole story though, so allow me to share some more information that makes the story all the better.
Mr. Grimm signed up for, and participated in a seminar, held by well-known independent wrestler, formally of NXT, and currently of Lucha Underground, Sami Callihan. The owners of Legacy Wrestling had agreed that Callihan could pick three wrestlers from that seminar to appear in a match, on their card, “Final Fallout,” that very evening. I, along with several others believed that Grimm would be one of those selections. Surprisingly he was not. I am privy as to the reason, and assure you that I did not learn of it from Grimm, as he decided to keep the advice Callihan gave him to himself. Trust me though when I tell you that it was surprising advice, that no one would expect Grimm to be given. I don’t write that to insult the extremely talented Callihan, I write that so you can understand that Grimm is a big enough guy to take it in stride, and not let it bother him in any way. Grimm didn’t allow not being selected bother him either, and in the end, would end up in a better spot, getting to work his gimmick on the winner of the match that Callihan selected the participants for. In the end everyone won. The selected participants got to work a hot show in front of 400-500 fans, and Grimm got to look like a monster in a short segment that has the eyes of the wrestling world now on him.
This is what a positive attitude and the willingness to keep working hard no matter what can get you. It’s a perfect example of “Wrestling Done Right,” in many other ways as well. Grimm has an excellent gimmick. He’s a guy that is in the business to make money. He will take out anyone that’s he’s paid enough to take out, so when you see him strike you instantly have to ask yourself…why? He’s also driven to be the best, so maybe he struck that night simply to further himself within Legacy Wrestling? You never know the motives of a “Hitman for hire.” When Grimm opens that briefcase after a match, you know there’s going to be some serious psychological damage to add to the physical damage that was caused during the bout. Grimm is famous for stuffing his defeated opponents, or…completed contractual obligations, into a body bag, and carrying them out of the venue for disposal, or as some wonder…to the feet of those that have called for their heads. Grimm doesn’t make a big spectacle of this. It’s simply his job to come to the ring, take out his opponents, stuff him into the bag, and deliver him to those waiting for such delivery. Grim doesn’t do this to be cute, or to sell t-shirts. Much like his wrestling, it’s simply done matter-of-fact, like another day at the office.
As for Grimm’s wrestling, it’s certainly “strong style.” While that word is often over used, and over sold, no one can watch a Mr. Grimm match and call what he does anything but strong style. I’ve literally seen the ring shake, and move several inches, when Grimm delivers his offense to the poor soul facing him. If I have to compare him to anyone, it would be Tomohiro Ishii, from NJPW. Like Ishii, Grimm is so straight forward, so no nonsense. Grimm hits, kicks, and chops so hard that you find yourself cringing, and being thankful that you aren’t on the receiving end of what you’re seeing. Grimm is also fast for his size, and isn’t intimidated by today’s lighter, and faster wrestlers, especially on the independent scene today. Mr. Grimm is the kind of wrestler Legacy Wrestling lives to show off, the kind of wrestler they live to showcase, and give a spot to, the kind of wrestler that does things….RIGHT! Keep an eye out for Mr. Grimm, and if you have the money, maybe you can contract this Hitman for Hire. You can thank me later, #TYWDR.
What's so "special" about Goldberg or Brock Lesnar? They had to be "made." They had to be put over, booked in the right way, with the right angles, and the right gimmick. At a time, Lesnar and Goldberg were nobodies too. WCW decided to give Goldberg a cool entrance and an undefeated streak. WWE decided to hype Brock's college experience and call him "The next big thing." Neither man has great mic skills, and the way Lesnar currently "wrestles," neither of them have very good in ring skills (Brock is capable of having them though). They are over, and huge, because they were booked that way from the start.
Vince knows, absolutely KNOWS, that Reigns would blow up HUUUUUGE if he went heel. He wouldn't have to be a chicken shit heel, just that bad ass heel like The Rock, or Stone Cold was. The problem is that Reigns he has no mic skills at all. He would desperately need a mouth piece.
AJ Styles was over the second he appeared for WWE, and WWE blew up their website about "The Club," even flat out naming "Bullet Club" in online articles, and a few mentions on WWE TV. If they would have made The Club a HUGE deal, ass kickers from Japan that dominated, it would have been as big as anything WWE has ever done. Look how big BC is without WWE. Imagine them with that marketing machine behind them! WWE just doesn't want to do it.
Remember Nexus? The hottest thing WWE had done in YEARS! They had the wrestling world talking like they hadn't talked in in a long time. What did WWE do? They killed it. They jobbed each and every one of them out to Cena. They took buzz that was off the charts, and shit on it.
Remember how over CM Punk was? So much fans talked about a deam match between him and Austin, because Punk was starting to be seen in that kind of role. But instead, they held him back, and pissed him off so much that he left. I know Phil is a bitter asshole now, that insults wrestling, but man....he was screwed over pretty bad.
Remember Daniel Bryan? How he was legitimately held back and de-elevated, until the audience went so bat shit crazy that the WWE had to put him on top? I find it ironic, that every doctor in the United States says he could wrestle again, but WWE's doctor refuses to agree.
Here’s what I believe, Vince doesn't ever want another Rock, Stone Cold, Hogan, Warrior, etc. WWE makes him multiple millions each and every year. He's cool with that. WWE has zero competition, so he can coast. To get another top star, as big as the guys I mentioned earlier, he risks having a guy that could hold him up. A guy that he "NEEDS." Vince doesn't want to "need" anyone. Vince doesn't ever want another guy that's bigger than the WWE is. So he takes an aging Goldberg, and a part time Lesnar, who are just big enough to make him even more millions, and main-events them, outside the title picture even, because it will sell tickets, and pop ratings, without giving him a guy that is so vital that WWE would be in trouble without him. So long as you WWE fans are cool with that, it’s exactly how WWE is always going to be. Unless another company rises up and challenges WWE in the ratings, and marketplace, which is very unlikely. I suggest you join me, and follow companies like Ring of Honor, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Indy companies like MCW Pro Wrestling, Legacy Wrestling, and The Monster Factory. Companies that are without a doubt…Wrestling Done Right.
I’ve been a wrestling fan for 39 years. I know what I like, and I know what I don’t like. I was trained to wrestle 29 years ago, and did so for a short while, deciding then to manage instead. I’ll admit, it was a pretty short stint in the business. That being said, my love for wrestling only grew stronger each and every day. After being “just a fan,” (that isn’t a bad thing) I decided to take up wrestling journalism. Throughout the years I’ve written for five or six different websites, and served as the moderator for Percy Pringle’s (for those that don’t know, he was also known as Paul Bearer in the WWE) message board. A few years ago I decided to just host my own wrestling website, and thus WrestlingDoneRight.com was born. WDR isn’t your typical wrestling news site. Being as strongly opinionated as I am, WDR is more of an editorial style site. While we have a news section, the site is more about me “telling it how it is,” as I opine on numerous wrestling topics, in video segments called “The Right Take.”
I have commentated for several independent wrestling companies like Lancaster Championship Wrestling, The Ultimate Wrestling Experience, and Legacy Wrestling, who I still currently commentate for. I co-host “The Perfect Podcast” with the former owner of LCW, and the current half owner of Pro Wrestling Empire. My colleague Chuck Ransford and I host Facebook Live pre-shows as well for many different companies like Legacy, The Monster Factory, Excite Wrestling, House of Glory Wrestling, and even MCW Pro Wrestling. So imagine my delight when I was contacted by MCW management, inquiring if I would be interested in a commentary position. I immediately said yes, and asked how soon I could start. My journey with MCW Pro Wrestling began in Joppa, Maryland, the home base of MCW, on November 5th for their Autumn Armageddon tour!
Having traveled all over the place to attend, and or cover independent professional wrestling, trust me when I tell you that MCW Pro Wrestling is the slickest, most professional organization that I have ever seen. From the setup, pre and post production meetings, film, and camera crews, to the assignment breakdowns that are made months before each show, I have never seen anything like it. I consider myself pretty experienced, but MCW Pro Wrestling is so well done, so organized, that it almost felt like it was my first time in the business. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team and organization.
As I said at the start of this piece, I know what I like, and what I don’t like. I love MCW because they do everything right…Wrestling Done Right, remember? MCW has a solid training school, and facility, so they can begin to train the stars of tomorrow like Patrick Clark, and Lio Rush. They also don’t allow those trainees to have any kind of prominent position on their cards until they are ready. They don’t give top spots to “ticket sellers,” instead making them earn their way, skill wise, to the main event. They also know how to use “variety” on a card. Few promoters get this, in my opinion. To have “variety” on a show you not only have to book different styles of wrestlers, but know how to space them out on the card, in a way that makes sense. MCW does that. The use of “names” is also done perfectly at MCW. At every show you can meet and greet “stars” from WWE, TNA, or ECW. Not only that, these talents are used on the shows in perfect angles, that help make the entire MCW roster, and what they are doing, a bigger deal. MCW even brings in “special events” like an evening with Jim Ross and Jim Cornette, and Mick Foley or Rob Van Dam’s comedy specials. I absolutely love that MCW Pro Wrestling is all about the experiences of all that is professional wrestling.
I pride myself in only associating with the best in professional wrestling, and I am happy to be a part of the MCW Pro Wrestling team, as a commentator with Shawn Credle, up on that awesome perch that allows a view of the action like I’ve never gotten anywhere else. I highly recommend MCW Rage TV so you can keep with everything “Wrestling Done Right,” at MCW Pro Wrestling!
Pro Wrestling Empire (PWE) held their show of the year, “Clash of the Titans,” on October 22nd, in the Zembo Shine, located in Harrisburg, Pa., in front of more than 1,200 fans. The venue was packed with people waiting to see the first ever “Hell in a Cell,” which for legal reasons was dubbed “The Chamber of Hell” match between the leader of the devious Hollywood’s Finest, Kevin Murphy, and his longtime rival The Mercenary. Before the match began, the crowd was shown a security video of Eddie Smooth, and Laszlo Arpad, members of Hollywood’s Finest, attacking Colin Bright, and locking him inside the PWE offices so that he could not get to the event. Amazingly the show kicked off with this brutal match that saw both men take extreme punishment, as they battered each other into the cage time and again, until the door final broke way, where they then battled each other throughout the venue! Murphy was fighting for ownership of the PWE, and Mercenary was fighting to keep the company in Bright’s hands. As Murphy frequently got assistance from his manager, The Winner Andy Vineberg, Colin Bright emerged, attacking Vineberg and laying him out on a table. In what was then pure insanity, Bright climbed the 20 foot high cell structure and leaped from the top in an attempt to take out Vineberg for good! Hollywood’s finest member C.M. Serenyi pulled Vineberg out of the way just in time for Bright to crash through an empty table. Throughout all the chaos, Mercenary gained the upper hand until perennial fan favorite, Richie Nightmare, came to the ring with a sledge hammer and took Mercenary out, giving Murphy the win, and ownership of PWE!
As the cell structure was being taken down, Richie Nightmare came out to tell the crowd why he did what he did. Nightmare called everyone a bunch of idiots, and he did what he did because he wasn’t “Wrestling Done Right” according to so many people, no matter how much he gave, no matter how much he fought for them. He then proceeded to flip the table of WrestlingDoneRight.com and tell Adam Leavelle, and Chuck Ransford, that they suck! As he left, a fan of his, wearing a Nightmare nation t-shirt, confronted him, and it came to blows! PWE security had to separate them, and escort Nightmare from the building.
Just before the second match of the night would begin, one of the two guest “General Managers” of the evening, formally of the now defunct Lancaster Championship Wrestling, Jason “The Perfect Owner” Smith, announced that Kevin Murphy had given him ownership of the PWE! However, that lead to Chance Tucker, the second guest G.M., to announce that Colin Bright had prepared for this, just in case, and prior to tonight’s show, sold half of PWE to Eric Bischoff, and at the next PWE event, Bischoff would help oversee War Games, where a team lead by Kevin Murphy would face a team lead by Shatter! This livened the crowd up to begin the show once again.
The second match was between The Osirian Portal members Amasis, and Ophidian, and the crowd was torn as to who to get behind. Both men electrified the audience with their stunning array of moves until finally Amasis fell to an amazing second rope destroyer.
Tessa Blanchard then took on Renee Michelle in one of the best pure wrestling bouts of the evening. These ladies have worked against each other numerous times, and with every match they get better, and this match was by far their best. Tessa Blanchard pulled off the victory in this one.
Next up was “Gladiator Games” a “Royal Rumble” style match that saw 35 entrants fight to become the 6th wrestler in the main event 6-man elimination scramble to become the first ever PWE World Champion. With too many names to list, the match came down to Façade, BJ Walker, Shane Malice, and Lance Anoa’I, with Façade outlasting them all and getting his shot at the PWE title, later that night.
After a short intermission The Horrorcore defeated American Adrenalin in a tag team match up
Then came a ladder match for the PWE tag team championship that saw Heroes for Hire, The Regulators, and The Starlords battle it out, until the Starlords managed to ascend the ladder first, and claim the belts to become PWE’s first ever tag champions.
In a matchup for the PWE women’s title, Vanity pulled an upset by winning a three way match that also featured Tess Valentine, and the world renowned Lufisto!
Another local wrestling company, Legacy Wrestling, well known for its “strong style” presentation, was granted a “Showcase match at Clash of the Titans.” This bout saw two hard hitting but technical workers, Tony Deppeen, and Johnny Silver, go nonstop for ten solid minutes until Deppen’s knee strikes finally took Silver out. This match was a great lead in for the main event.
In the main event, a 6-way elimination scramble to determine the first ever PWE World champion, the combatants were Legacy Champion Eddie Smooth, Laszlo Arpad, Kai Katana, Façade, Gory, and Sean Carr. These men put on a show that could have easily main evented anywhere on Earth! Gory was the first to be eliminated, followed by Katana, then Arpad, and Smooth. No one went easy though, and every time someone was eliminated it was shocking, as all these men are main event wrestlers. The match concluded when Façade finally managed to pin Sean Carr and become the new, and first PWE champion!
Having no time to celebrate, Eddie Smooth returned with a microphone and announced that PWE’s new owner, Kevin Murphy, had decided that Façade’s first defense of his title would be at Legacy Wrestling’s Final Fallout, at Spooky Nooke Sports complex, in Mannheim, Pa on December 17th! In fact this match will be a title for title match up! In the end, either Smooth, or Façade will hold both the PWE and Legacy championships!
UPDATE 11:00am 10/20/16- Bliss (Art) shared this public Facebook post today-
"I just want to put some minds at ease. I did have a stroke. They are trying to figure out why. I'm doing fine. The thoughts and prayers from FB have been Amazing...Thank You. Love You All."
UPDATE 10:25pm 10/19/16- Bliss (Art) is sitting up, giving thumbs up from his hospital bed. No definitive answer as to what the issue is, but his family reports that he is claiming to "feel better." We of course will keep the support, and prayers coming until he discharged, and home!
Long time professional wrestler, having appeared all over the East coast for numerous independent promotions, Adrian Bliss (Artemus Walls) was rushed to the hospital today. Details at this time are scarce, but we will keep you updated. Right now his family and friends are requesting prayers. WDR sends our prayers, well wishes, and support, to the "Sexy Psycho" and all of his friends and family.