It’s been a good two-and-a-half years plus since I last wrestled in Germany, but that gets rectified tomorrow night in Wittorf, Deutschland!

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It’s DWA (Deutsche Wrestling Allianz) Harley Night XVI – Double or Nothing!  Let’s see who ends up facing “The Rebel” tomorrow night…

Man, this one has been a long time in the coming… on Friday, Nov. 18, I will travel to Randers, Denmark to take on my old, storied Danish rival, Chaos, inside of a 16-foot high steel cage!

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Chaos and I have an extensive past as adversaries, stemming back to 2009.  We have spilled each others blood, beaten each other black and blue and done a lot of damage to one another.  Both of us represent the veteran guard of our respective pro wrestling cultures in Denmark and Finland, making this a feud of Baltic and Nordic proportions.  We are literally the standard-bearers of our trade in our respective countries.  Two warring leader wolves, looking to out-do the other.

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In 2009, the Street Fight match Chaos and I had left both of us busted up.

Last summer in Denmark, the DPW (Danish Pro Wrestling) organization dropped my booked match against Chaos and instead, opted to put Ken Andersson of TNA fame (Mr. Kennedy in WWE) in my stead.  Then, they simply positioned me as a guest referee in that match, to add insult to injury.  Well, as you might expect, I took exception and laced into Chaos with a timely superkick at an opportune moment late in has match, leaving him a prone duck to be pinned by Anderson, as I counted to three.

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Annulling my match and putting me in there as a guest referee was not smart of DPW…

At Talvisota X (Winter War 10) in Helsinki, Finland this past March, I faced Chaos in a No-DQ grudge match, following the events in Randers last summer.  In Helsinki, Chaos beat me within in inch of my life, ambushing me from behind with a steel chair as I made my ring entrance.  I literally fought for my life inside of the ring that night, and managed to even walk away with a victory after delivering a devastating spike piledriver to my opponent.

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Our last match was off the charts intense! (photo: Marko Simonen)

Now, on November 18, things come full-circle.  Chaos and I lock horns inside of an unforgiving steel cage on his turf in Denmark.  Both of us will fight like dogs, I am assured of that.  I know things will get violent and I am prepared to sweat, bleed and pay the price, to quote the legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, so that I will be able to walk out of that cage with my hand raised in victory.

Chaos, you asked for the beating you are about to receive this coming Friday!

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The WWE creative staff could have booked and penned this entire run, and it would have played out exactly like it did.

Source: The Presidential Potency of Pro Wrestling

I never thought I’d come to this day. A day when I write about politics, which is something I have no belief nor trust in. But alas, Donald Trump winning the 45th Presidency of the United States of America warrants a blog of its own, even from a non-believer like me.

First and foremost, I write this because of Donald Trump’s ties to the world of professional wrestling; an industry that I have been an integral part of since 1992. Going all the way back to 1988 and 1989, Donald Trump’s very own Trump Plaza in Atlantic City (NJ) hosted WWE’s Wrestlemania IV and V events.

This was Trump’s first foray into the grappling world, which would parlay into a full-blown role for him at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007 with ”The Battle of the Billionaires”, as Trump went head-to-head with WWE boss Vince McMahon, fronted by their chosen advocates Bobby Lashley and the late Umaga, respectively. Trump has actually appeared on WWE television several times over the past few years, even owning Monday Night RAW (in storyline) for a brief moment.  In addition, Trump was voted in to the WWE Hall of Fame celebrity wing in 2013.

So with this in mind, I would like to break down a little bit about the psychology of the latest Presidential race and how over-the-top it was in all aspects, across the board, between Hilary and Trump.

First and foremost, if anyone was paying attention, everything Donald Trump said and did during his Presidential campaign was straight out of a WWE playbook. The WWE creative staff could have booked and penned this entire run, and it would have played out exactly like it did. From Trump not even having a background in politics (raise your hat to the man for that) to becoming the decisive underdog early on, having the Republican Party that he represented all but leave him for dead, Donald Trump fought the system and won. This was a Wrestlemania-worthy payoff.

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Everything about Donald Trump screams professional wrestling. From his swagger to his verbatim, Trump has learned his lessons from the showbiz world and has mastered his approach. He didn’t flinch a single time during his campaign run, regardless of the mass amount of hostile and derogatory flames thrown his way. He laughed it all off, held his head high and spearheaded straight for the goal. He was the ultimate anti-hero, akin to ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s infamous WWE run on top. He was cocky, confrontational, devil-may-care in his approach. He went Spinal Tap with what he did and he still won. Somebody hand this man a show of respect only for the aforementioned here!

Trump’s campaign and his Presidential election reminds me of Ridley Scott’s 2000 classic The Gladiator movie and the interaction between the aging Ceasar and his general, Maximus (Russel Crowe). Take a look at the clip below and you will see my point.

I find it truly remarkable, that a man with no background in politics took the Presidency of the United States. Perhaps there is still hope. The hope that Trump has not (yet) been poisoned by the politics of corporate America and Washington makes one wonder if there is somehow a way to still turn this ship around. And I am talking about the ship of the common man, the blue collar worker, the middle class citizen of the world.

In the last Bush-era, they finagled a way to redistribute wealth by taking away the homes of the middle class and put them in the hands of the banking system. Over the course of the Obama administration, the big businesses have benefited tremendously while the middle class has kept on disappearing into oblivion. The rich have consistently gotten richer while the poor have gotten consistently poorer. There has been no Robin Hood to tip the scales of justice and ”stick it to the man.”

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Is Donald Trump the new coming of Robin Hood?

One can only hope.

Even if you – like I – don’t believe in politics, we can still suspend our disbelief… like watching a good WWE main event match, hoping that maybe… maybe there is a chance that the shit is going to get real. In a good way.

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Hey folks, it’s been awhile since I last blogged, but things have been hectic!

I have huge news: this Thursday, on November 3 in Helsinki at On The Rocks, my infamous Stoner Kings band makes a return comeback to live gig action!

It’s been eight long years since we last played, and incidentally, our final gig was at On The Rocks then, too!  Since our inception in 2000, Stoner Kings recorded two studio albums, Brimstone Blues (2001) and Fuck The World (2006), going through a few line-up changes in the process, before calling it quits in late 2008.

Now, in late 2016, Stoner Kings are back with a new line-up, consisting of myself on vocals (as always), co-founding member Janne “Crash” Kontoniemi back on drums, Rude Rothstén from the 2007-2008 incarnation of Stoner Kings on bass, and Joonas Vespä on guitar.

Don’t be unfortunate and miss out on this monumental comeback gig!  Come on out tomorrow night at On The Rocks in Helsinki for the dawning of the new Stone Age!!!

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Tänä keväänä 2016, aloitin oman BodyMike-nimisen personal training-palvelun.  Onhan minulla jo FAF:in (Fitness Academy of Finland) koulutus ja sertifiointi allani vuodelta 2004. sekä englantilaisen Shaw Academyn sertifikaatti ravitsemuksessa.

Painittuani yli parikymmentä vuotta ympäri maailmaa, olen nauttinut treenistä lukuisien huippu-urheilijoiden kanssa.  Olen kerännyt vaikka mitä vinkkejä ja funktionaalista kokemusta, jotka puolestaan ovat taatusti avuksi ja eduksi tavallisille asiakkaille.  Olen myös oppinut kunouttamaan itseäni lukuisien loukkaantumisien jälkeen, joita olen kärsinyt painikehässä.  Tämä on puolestaan sellaista intuitiivista tietoa ja ymmärrystä, jota monilla PTeillä ei todellakaan ole.

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Olen valmentanut kaikenlaista porukkaa vuosien aikana.  Nuorimmasta päästä asiakkaani on ollut 14-vuotias ja vanhimmasta päästä 85-vuotta.  On ollut vammautuneita, sairaita, terveitä, urheilijoita ja kaikkea siitä välistä.  Täten, tänä vuonna ajattelin oikeasti aloittaa yrittäjänä, ja siitä synyti BodyMike.

Valehtelematta, olen kuntovalmentanut porukkaa ympäri maailmaa vieraillessani.  Vuosien varrella olen Japanissa, Ruotsissa, Italiassa, Romaniassa, Virossa, Tanskassa, USAssa ja täällä Suomessa osaamistani jakanut muille.

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Olit sitten kuntoilija, ylipainosta kärsivä toimistotyöläinen, kotirouva tai äijä joka kaipaa lihasmassa fraamiinsa, voin taatusti auttaa.  Treenimetodini ovat monipuoliset, aina perinteisestä painoharjoittelusta hybriditreenaamiseen ja kehonpainoharjoitteluun.  Yksi tärkeimmistä seikoista, jota olen värikkään ja rikkaan painiurani aikana oppinut, on oman kehon hallinta ja koordinaatio.  Oikea voima lähtee oman kehon hallinnasta, joka lainaa puolestaan vahvoihin niveliin, kalvoihin ja luihin lihaksien lisäksi.

Saleja on nykyään kuin sieniä sateella ja kuka tahansa miltei voi kutsua itseään personal traineriksi neljän päivän pikakurssin jälkeen.  Älä mene ansaan.  Katso PT:n pätevyys ja taustat ennenkuin teet itse päätöksen.  Lataa ilmainen opas BodyMike-nettisivuiltani, jossa kerron mitä kaikkea kannattaa pitää mielessä kun valitsee itselleen personal trainerin!

Vaikka toiminkin fyysisesti pääkaupunkiseudulla, teen ohjelmia ympäri Suomen sekä muihin maihin englanniksi, joka on toki toinen äidinkieleni.  Ottakaa siis rohkeasti yhteyttä joko nettisivujeni kautta, tai soittakaa gsm 046-934 4833 (ma-pe 10-18)!

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Katso mitä muut ovat sanoneet BodyMike-palveluistani:

“Olin kärsinyt pitkään todella ärsyttävästä niska- sekä hartiakivusta, johon en ollut löytänyt minkäänlaista hoitomuotoa lihasrelaksanttien lisäksi … Yhteisten treeniemme jälkeen mun niska voi paljon paremmin! Asiaa tosiaan auttaa se, ettei Michael oikein päästä mua treeneissä helpolla.” – Kristina Karjalainen, Miss Viro 2013

“I had the pleasure to have a training session with Michael and he changed my posture and form like no other personal trainer has done before. He is passionate and very knowledgeable in what he does.” – Sheila Shah, Hollywood-näyttelijä, Los Angeles, USA

“Michaelin persoonallinen, ammattitaitoinen, ja motivoiva tapa saada tuloksia asiakkaassaan aikaan on selkeän ammattitaidon osoitus.” – Antti Reini, näyttelijä

“Great workout with Michael Majalahti today. Learned a few new exercises and focused on form and execution … Mike’s tips and pointers will really help me take my training to the next level.” – Greg Thomson, Atlanta, USA

“BodyMike oli mulle täydellinen valinta personal traineriksi. Michael tietää mitä tekee ja on itse elävä esimerkki osaamisestaan; luonnollisin keinoin rakennettu lihaskimppu. Suosittelen!” – Janne Kontoniemi, Bar Chaplinin omistaja, Helsinki

History was made this past Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 in Lahti and Helsinki, Finland, respectively.  These were the days when my thrash metal band, Angel of Sodom, performed the only two gigs we will ever potentially play in history, period.

Now, I will address the question “why”, which has been on everyone’s lips, as the news spread about the rarity of these events.  The answer is simply that our guitarist/songwriter/founding member Eero Tertsunen moved to the USA last year, and only this summer did he plan to come back to Finland to pull off these two special shows.  Other than that, Eero is not planning on coming to Europe in the next four years.  That said, Angel of Sodom will still release a second album, which we are preparing as we speak, but we will not tour.

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Angel of Sodom creating havoc in Lahti at Ravintola Torvi

If anyone out there questions why we will not tour, the answer lies in the sad state of the music industry at large.  We will not be buying on to any larger tours as a support act for a potential headliner.  That is simply not economically feasible.  For those who are unaware, only established large acts have a chance at making any real money with touring and shows.  Everything that remains local has little to nil chance of making any real turnover.  Therefore, the financial arguments are not in place for Angel of Sodom to plan gigs in the interim, while our guitarist Eero lives in the USA.  The price of airfare alone would have to be covered and justified by monies coming in from potential shows, and as anyone who is in the music industry knows, that would require a set of larger stages and a considerable number of monetarily healthy shows.

Yet, for those who were on hand this past week here in southern Finland for these Angel of Sodom concerts, you witnessed something special.  I have heard it from pretty much every single person that came out to witness the sonic devastation that we left behind.  The Helsinki show was filmed with four cameras and footage will be upcoming down the line, as we wanted this on tape for posterity.

My good friend and ace photographer Kari Helenius of MetalPhotos.com took these stellar shots from Helsinki at Semifinal.  Enjoy!