ATHLETE APPRECIATION: Aria Blake

It seems hard to fathom that (if Cagematch is preaching gospel) Huracanrana and I witnessed Aria Blake’s very first professional match. This surprisingly entertaining dark match at Shine 30 in Ybor City featured Blake squaring off a very game Aspyn Rose. Over the next couple years, and seemingly everywhere we went in the Tampa/Orlando wrestling […]

WRESTLING 101: Bring Back the Ring Gear!

  Many eons ago – and as a child – I fell in love with 1980’s wrestling. The pageantry, the characters, the story behind the story pro wrestling was willing to tell in the ring. When Sgt. Slaughter donned Iraqi garb against the ‘Real American’ Hulkster, my emotions ran wild. The cognitive dissonance was simply […]

LIVE EVENTS: Shine 38 – Let the Good Times Flo(Slam)

This is no small statement, but Shine 38 may very well be the best independent live wrestling show I’ve ever seen. This is anything but hyperbole, rather recognition of what happens when you combine an outstanding roster with equal storytelling, and pack a room with a crowd that absolutely adores this marriage. Timing couldn’t be […]

LIVE EVENTS: Shine 37 – A Haphazard Recap, or “Rain, Rain, Go Away”

Disclaimer: this is not in order by any means. Rather stream of consciousness. First things first: I’m admittedly a bit shocked this event happened, period. Hurricane Hermine had just said ‘howdy’ less than twelve hours earlier, and was still roaring its way up the East Coast. As could be expected, some of the talent and […]

ATHLETE APPRECIATION: Five Indy Wrestlers You May Not Know…But Should

Arguably the greatest thrill of the international, independent wrestling scene is the constant discovery of exceptional talents. House shows offer glimpses at future superstars in development stages, DVDs closer looks at individuals off the radar…but not for long. While Wrestling in Florida’s Athlete Appreciation section captures some of these individuals, here’s a quick snapshot of […]

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 […]