Blood on the Canvas

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Professional Wrestling
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Last night, October 6th in Nurmes, Finland, I faced the brand new FCF Wrestling Champion, King Kong Karhula, in his first title defense to date.

Karhula locks a vicious chinlock on me

Karhula won the strap on August 25th in Helsinki, defeating 4-time former FCF Champion, Valentine, in the finals of a two-day title tournament.  After seven years in the wrestling game, Karhula finally won the big one, cementing his legacy among the elite in the European professional wrestling field.

My skull literally ricochets off of the ringpost during the ringside brawl

Last night, Karhula brought the most vicious A-game that he had within him, knowing that I was in the hunt for my 5th FCF Championship to date also.  The last time I held the coveted title was in 2010, when I both won and lost the belt to and from “The Japanese Buzzsaw” TAJIRI in Tokyo, on both occasions.

The ringpost shot put a goose egg on my cranium and the blood pours out

I had been struck with a debilitating influenza virus infection for over six weeks, and going into this match, I still was not at 100% physically.  That is no excuse as to how things played out in the end, but it stands to take into consideration when looking back on this match.  I had not been able to perform cardiovascular workouts during my sick spell, and this detail taxed me severely in last night’s encounter.

I rally back at Karhula with huge blows that rock the FCF Champion

Karhula and I fought tooth and nail – from technical, mat-based wrestling to full-out brawling with both fists blazing – throughout the contest, going 23:26 total match time … and I must say, this was one of my toughest matches in Finland over the past nine years that pro wrestling has been domestically promoted here.

THIS … is the proverbial face of rage unleashed

Karhula survived my superkick – a feat which very few have EVER accomplished, anywhere I have wrestled in the world – and came back with a series of World’s Strongest Slams to finally finish me off for the coup de grâce.

Bombs away — dropping the big elbow off of the top rope

I really must say that all things considered, under the circumstances, I gave it my best shot and did my all, but the better man won last night.  Still, I say “the better man” only concerning “last night”.  If Karhula is willing to take me on when I am at 100%, without any sicknesses or physical limitations, I challenge him to another match for his title.

After knocking the big ape to his knees, I feed him a wicked superkick

Still, the fact remains: King Kong Karhula is a force to be reckoned with on the European pro wrestling circuit.  Very few wrestlers have gotten the one-up on Yours Truly in Europe over the past few years, and to claim a win over StarBuck definitely carries weight and makes a statement in our business.

The World’s Strongest Slam spells the end of the match … for me

King Kong Karhula goes from here to DOMination 6 in Helsinki on October 27th for his next title defense, whereas I head to Japan for the Wrestling New Classic title tournament on October 26 in Tokyo, facing my former teammate, Hajime Ohara, in the first round.

King Kong Karhula retains the FCF Championship after the dust settles

For more infos, go to www.wrestling.fi and www.wrestling-newclassic.com

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