SPOTLIGHTS: Grabbing the Brass Ring Under a Glass Ceiling

Before there was a Neville, there was Cody Rhodes, Sami Callihan and CJ Parker (now Juice Robinson). Along a different vein, there was Ryback. There are also the confusing tales of Colt Cabana, Ivelisse Velez, and Chris Hero (since remedied as Kassius Ohno). These are all names of now independent wrestlers who either walked away […]

LIVE EVENTS: Dear Mae Young Classic – Please Learn from Cruiserweight Classic Missteps

As the curtain about to lift on the inaugural Mae Young Classic, it’s important to realize how important this event truly is. And not for reasons you might think. This isn’t about participant list. The WWE assembled a virtual ‘who’s who’ in the indy wrestling women’s circuit (sans those with firm commitments to other promotions). […]

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 […]

LIVE EVENTS: Shine 28 – A Night of Surprises

During the worst weather possible, rain, hail, lightning and flooding, Shine 28 delivered an array of surprises, smack downs and celebrations in YBor City, Florida at the Orpheum Theater.  Three and a half hours later I was left tired and grateful to be witness to some of the oddest and most creative wrestling I’ve seen […]