ATHLETE APPRECIATION: The Symbolism of Pentagon Jr.

  With a new season of Lucha Underground almost upon us (!),  I thought I’d try something different than a standard Athlete Appreciation piece. So here is my attempt, perhaps sorry in nature, to understand the deeper meaning behind a truly fascinating wrestling character: Lucha Underground’s Pentagon Jr. So who is Pentagon Jr.? He is […]

LIVE EVENTS: Shine 31 – It’s Good to be a Gangsta’

After missing what we heard what was a spectacular Shine 30, The Intercontinental Belt and I were back for Shine 31 at the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida. A newfound union between Valkyrie and Valifornia paid BIG dividends tonight, sealing their fate as the now-dominant group in Shine. These ladies ripped apart their competition, showing […]

WRESTLING 101: The Highs and Lows of The Tinkerbell C-L-A-P!

The tinkerbell effect is to wrestling like the flaming ashes are to the mythical phoenix. The audience all agrees to will someone to life through the power of their collective belief most likely demonstrated through clapping, stomping or chanting.  Or as the WWE’s New Day have it ,”clap therapy” saves the day bringing a reborn […]

LIVE EVENTS: Full Impact Pro- Heatstroke: There are No Friends Here

Full Impact Pro (FIP) took over the Orpheum at Ybor City Friday night leaving shattered alliances, chairs, bottles, and faces in it’s wake. This was one “bloody” good night of wrestling book-ended with an ode to the fallen rebel, Rowdy Piper, and a perfect feud between two young insurrectionists, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley.  FIP […]

WRESTLING 101: The Merchandise Table – Apparel, Awkwardness and Appreciation!

The merchandise (“merch”) table is a staple of every wrestling experience. Whether at a WWE pay-per-view extravaganza or a tiny independent promotion, your night is not complete without a trip to the “merch” area. What you will find certainly depends on the event, but it involves a lot more than just the exchange of funds. […]