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 […]

LIVE EVENTS: Happy WrestleMania Week!

Friends, Roman’s (, Rollins), and Countrymen, welcome to Orlando! Checking the schedule of events for Wrestlemania Week makes 2017 arguably the most stacked roster (93 events) to date! I would go so far as to state that even those ignoring the Big Show…well, the ‘Big Show’…will find 2017 the year that independent wrestling is perhaps […]

SPOTLIGHTS: The Confusing Configuration of the Modern Wrestling Scene

It used to be simple. Independent wrestlers join regional promotions, work through the ranks, potentially go overseas, to subsequently sign on with nationally televised organizations. Garner enough positive buzz, earn WWE tryout…cross fingers. Make the cut, work developmental, and hope for the big show. And maybe the Big Show, if you’re large enough. It’s unfortunately […]

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 […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Fans Pay the Bills – A Lesson for ‘The Wrestling Renaissance’

In the early 15th Century, Cosimo Medici, patriarch of his famed Italian family, rose to prominence in Florence. He did so via his skills as its preeminent banker, a gift equaled only by his savvy in politics. What Medici is arguably best known for is how he spent much of his wealth. His love and patronage […]

WRESTLING 101: The ‘Rant’ Column

The great thing about today’s wrestling environment is the incredible ease of access in finding terrific stuff to watch.  New Japan is on Ring of Honor…and vice versa. Fite TV is stacked with WWN offerings. The WWE Network features oodles of classic content. TNA Impact and Lucha Underground are must-see’s each week.   But some things […]

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 APPRECATION: Jonny Vandal

The thing about Jonny Vandal is he’s been so good…for so long…and in so many ways…one almost takes it for granted. I did a double take in realizing there wasn’t already an ‘Athlete Appreciation’ on WrestlingInFlorida.com dedicated to this terrific talent. We first spoke of Vandal last August as one of five indy wrestlers you […]

WHAT PRO WRESTLING MEANS TO ME: Chris Sharpe

This site is unabashed in its affection for our striped friends, individuals who literally can make a good match…great. Refs set match pacing, allow individuals and/or implements seemingly secondary to a match to play primary roles, also willingly take the occasional brutal bump to further the story line. In sum: behind every classic contest is […]

LIVE EVENTS: Full Impact Pro – Everything Burns 2016

UPDATED: AFTER-THOUGHTS As another FIP Show concluded, I was left thinking on below. It’s always good sport to revisit passions from earlier, gauge current utility. The pre-show really WAS that awesome. And added the ACW champ Blanco Loco to make for a tremendous start via 3-way. The big hug from Frankie Gastineau upon wearing his […]