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This past Saturday, November 24, in the city of Kotka, I entered a new phase of life.  One which saw me embark on a the beginning of a new chapter with my SLAM! Wrestling Finland company.  Because yesterday, we pulled off our maiden voyage with SLAM!

I recall my father saying to me back when I was a younger man, that one day he believed I’d be a leader, a boss.  He saw that stock in my persona and character.  I kept his words in mind as I traveled down the roads of life, feeling in my heart that one day, indeed, I would become what he believed back then.

I look at my life at the age of 45 and I draw parallels to my old friend Chris Jericho and the lessons to be learned from his life over the past couple of years.  Chris left WWE on the top of the mountain, as a favorably featured main star on RAW.  He dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Kevin Owens at Wrestlemania 33 and then left the company riding the high wave.  Chris hooked up with his old buddies Jado and Gedo, the bookers of New Japan Pro Wrestling, and orchestrated a deal for him to come in to NJPW and become a lead star for the second biggest wrestling company on the planet.  To this day, he holds their IWGP Intercontinental title and just sold out his own Jericho Cruise, which was highly touted in the media.

Now Chris could have chosen to stay with WWE after Wrestlemania 33 but he chose not to.  In retrospect, I think I can assess his situation: he had done everything he could for that company.  He’d been a multi-time WWE Champion, holding a plethora of titles, and at the age of 46 back then, he surely understood that his days as a regularly featured talent were coming to a close.  The younger stars of today were coming up fast, being pushed hard, and the older stars would need to take supporting roles before long.  So the question really seemed to be: do I spin my wheels and remain here, collecting a nice payday, or do I want to grow as a human being and see how else I could spread my wings beyond what I’ve already achieved?

As I’ve gotten older, I understand this train of thought perfectly.  Like life coach Tony Robbins often says, out of the seven basic human needs, the last two are the needs of the spirit: the need to contribute and the need to grow.  I can underline this with clarity.

Here in 2018, it was time for me to take an honest look at my life and ask myself the pivotal question: what do I want to do with my life from hereon forward?  How do I see myself facilitating a living for my family and myself in the future?  Where do my talents lie, and should I venture off into a new field and trade, or should I attempt to make a living utilizing and doing what I already know over the course of accrued life experience?  I chose the latter.

And so it was, that last night in the city of Kotka at Power Tech Group‘s annual pre-Christmas party, SLAM! Wrestling Finland was launched upon the world.  It was done under the most optimal, high-class circumstances possible: professional lighting and sound, customized entrance way, a fresh and new audience that was excited to be there, and a card of pro wrestling action featuring the best, carefully-selected talents for each match that would facilitate a fun and dynamic night of action for everyone on hand.

Thank you, Power Tech Group, for not only sponsoring and making our SLAM! Wrestling Finland ring, but also for giving us the stage and spotlight to set forth on the waters of live entertainment service providers in the Nordic sector!

This is only the beginning.

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(All photos by Jary Högnabba, www.kuvanuotta.fi)

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Ahoy, mates!  It’s the middle of the month and we’re under a week away from the Maiden Voyage of my new enterprise SLAM! Wrestling Finland.  I began this trek in the summer of this past year and now, on November 24 in Kotka, Finland, we’ll hold our first debut offering at Power Tech Group‘s Greatest Little Christmas Ever event.

We have the UK’s top professional wrestler, James Mason, coming in.  We have Russia’s and Sweden’s premiere female wrestlers (respectively) coming in also, Natalia Markova and Helena Sixt.  In addition, we have a top cast of the finest, hand-picked Finnish professionals, both veterans and upstarts alike, in action at this big debut event!

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I’ll be facing James Mason, who is one of the toughest, craftiest competitors I have ever wrestled against.  I equate him to being the James Bond of professional wrestling.  It’ll be a true test and a damn hard rock to climb against Mason in Kotka, as when I wrestled him last in Hannover, Germany back in October 2017, he out-wrestled me and pinned me in the end after a very spirited struggle.  This will be chapter two for us on November 24!

I also just got back from Germany, where this past weekend on Saturday night, November 17, I wrestled at DWA Harley Night in Wittorf.  As the reigning DWA World Heavyweight Champion, I met the challenge of Joe E. Legend, who wrestled for a time with WWE back at the end of the 1990s also.  We had a solid wrestling match, one that didn’t quite go Joey’s way at the end as he found himself on the receiving end of my jumping spike piledriver, which had him starting up at the lights for the referee’s three-count when all was said and done.  This was my first title defense after winning the DWA World title back on September 1.

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Head on over to our SLAM! Wrestling Finland Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to check out our journey up ’til now.  There’s pictures of the first-ever SLAM! ring being build at Power Tech by metal industry engineers and workers.  It’s a helluva story, and I’m sure you’ll be delighted to join us, so smash the follow and like buttons and jump aboard with us as we head on toward November 24 in Kotka!

Shoorin' the Shizzat

I’d also like the share the big news about my new podcast called Shootin’ The Shizzat, co-hosted by Canadian-born wrestling referee Dylan Broda and myself!  Dylan is originally from Canada, just like myself, and we talk pro wrestling for an hour to tickle your ears.  It’s an eye-opener in many ways, whether you are a fan or in the wrestling business yourself.  Good gab and current content, worth checking out!

 

This upcoming Saturday night, November 17 in Wittorf, Germany, I’m scheduled to put my recently won DWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line at an annual German event called Harley Night.

Challenging me will be former DWA World Champion from several years back, Joe E. Legend.  Joe also happens to be Canadian, just like myself, and in the latter half of the ’90s he briefly wrestled for WWE as Just Joe.

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I know Joe from my early beginnings in pro wrestling, going back to my sophomore year in the business.  It was the year 1995 and Joe took the Greyhound bus down from Toronto to rendezvous with me in Sudbury, Ontario to drive onward to Winnipeg, Manitoba to wrestle for Tony Condello’s IWA.  On that same tour were Ultimo Dragon from Japan, Chris Jericho, Sexton Hardcastle (WWE’s Edge), Lance Storm, Bad News Allen and former AWA World Heavyweight Champion, Rick Martel.  It was a star-studded tour to be sure, and it was a crash course for a green boy like myself back at that time.

Joe Legend is a veteran of the ring wars, just like myself, here 23 years later.  How ironic, that we meet under these circumstances now this coming weekend at DWA’s Harley Night!

Be that as it may, Joe E. Legend is in for the fight of his life in one week’s time.  He’s a former DWA World Champion and I plan on making it stay that way.

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Returning from what had to be one of the best tours I’ve ever had of Japan, I can only be grateful and happy for the experiences I enjoyed in The Land Of The Rising Sun between September 22-30.

First and foremost, I want to thank my friends Dr. Hiroaki Terasaki, Mayumi Miyazawa and Fumi Saito for making this trip truly memorable.  In addition, thanks to promoter Jimmy Suzuki of Tokyo Championship Wrestling, Masa Anchan, ASUKA Project, my old tag partner Akira Nogami, Yoshitake Hatada and his wife for the hospitality afforded to both me and my wife, Diana, on this trip.

In the first match that I had on September 24, I tagged with UTAMARO against Mitoshichi Shinose and Shota Nakagawa, the latter of whom was still reffing for WNC back in 2014 when I was in Japan last.  We beat our opposition after I pinned Shinose following my world-famous spike piledriver to score the win for our team at ASUKA Project’s event in Tokyo.

On September 27, I tagged with UTAMARO once again to face the duo of my age-old rival Yoshihiro Tajiri and my former Synapse teammate Yusuke Kodama.  This was the main event for Tokyo Championship Wrestling’s big event at Shinjuku Face Arena on a show that featured 50 wrestlers in total.  Sabu vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Yuko Miyamoto in a hardcore Triple Threat was also one of the feature matches at the event with Atsushi Onita of FMW fame refereeing.

In our TCW Shinjuku showdown, we fought like spirited dogs of war, ending the battle when Tajiri nailed UTAMARO with his infamous Buzzsaw Kick to the head, claiming the win for his team.  Regardless of our past rivalry, Tajiri extended his hand after the match and raised my arm in a show of respect and mutual admiration as the Tokyo crowd ate it up.

Thanks once again, Japan!  This has been a truly memorable trip and here I share some of the moments with you in photos.

 

After a four year absence and missing Japan terribly, I will be back in the Land of the Rising Sun next week!  This has been a long time coming, I can assure you of that and the Japanese fans are eagerly awaiting my return from the buzz that I’ve heard.

On September 24, I will be wrestling for ASUKA Project in Tokyo, as these guys running the deal are former WNC rookies from 2013-2014 that went on to form their own company after Tajiri and select other wrestlers moved on to Wrestle-1.  I will be teaming with UTAMARO against Shota Nakagawa and Shinose Mitoshichi in a tag match.

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Then, on September 27 at the famous Shinjuku Face Arena in Tokyo, I wrestle for Jimmy Suzuki’s Tokyo Championship Wrestling, once again tagging with UTAMARO against my old rival “The Japanese Buzzsaw” TAJIRI and my ex-stablemate from my 2012-2014 unit Synapse in WNC, Yusuke Kodama.  Tickets available through: http://wrestle-tour.com/tcw0927ticket.html

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I will be signing autographs with a special meet + greet with the Japanese fans at Toudoukan in Tokyo on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6:30PM and there will be another meet + greet with autograph signings on Sept. 26 at Pro Wrestling Shop Champion starting at 7:30PM.

SEE YOU IN JAPAN!

So desu ne!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alas and behold, last night at Teatteri Forum in the middle of Helsinki, I claimed the DWA world heavyweight championship title, defeating former champ Rob Raw of Belgium in front of a rabid audience that hoped to see me lose.

FCF Wrestling Show Live, Sept 1st 2018, Helsinki, Teatteri Forum.

All match photos by Marko Simonen – http://www.markosimonen.com

This championship win adds to my extensive list of title belt accolades over the course of my career, which read:

  • PWF (Pro Wrestling Finlandia) championship 2005-2006
  • IWS (Italian Wrestling Superstar) Intercontinental champion 2005
  • Eurostars European championship 2006-2007
  • IWS (Italian Wrestling Superstar) world heavyweight championship 2005-2008
  • FCF (Fight Club Finland) championship 2007-2008, 2009, 2010, 2017-current
  • EPW (European Pro Wrestling) tag team championship 2010
  • TopCatch European championship 2011
  • SMASH championship 2011
  • BWA (British Wrestling Alliance) Catchweight championship 2013
  • WNC (Wrestling New Classic) championship 2014
  • Valhalla Nordic wrestling championship 2017-2018

…and now, as established already, the new DWA (Deutsche Wrestling Allianz) world heavyweight championship, following in the lineage of former champions such as Tatanka, Marty Jannetty and Joe E. Legend.

Rob Raw fought a game match, a hard fight, but in the end he overcome my moxy or the fact that, as FCF General Manager still last night, I had the power to restart the match after it seemed that Rob had gotten the duke.  Notwithstanding, call it controversial if you will, but I told everyone that we’d have a new champ once the dust settled in Helsinki on September 1.

All that said, FCF Wrestling’s board of directors decided to eviscerate my standing as interim General Manager and appoint my old nemesis Juhana Karhula as the new GM, making the announcement at the Wrestling Show Live! event last night.  I couldn’t be any less underwhelmed at this news, as it’s a definitive dig at me personally and a desperate attempt to try and topple me from my perch as FCF champion, also.

In addition, it looks like Karhula has made plans to reinstate Mikko Maestro, whom I fired from FCF back at the end of May this year.  Maestro showed up out of the blue last night just as I was celebrating my big DWA title win, which was surprising to say the least.  He’d finagled himself into the venue, probably kissing Karhula’s ass, as I’m sure Karhula let all of his buddies know in advance that he was taking over as GM.

Well, bring it on!  I’m far from being finished and I’m not laying down for anybody.  So Maestro, Karhula and company, load up your guns, ‘cos this means war!

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A double champion yet again: the DWA and FCF title belts proudly displayed!

Alas, as the Good Book says, there is a time and place for all things under heaven.  And so it was this past Friday night, August 10, that after 397 days as the undisputed Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Champion, I was dethroned by “Kid Fury” Timmy Force in Stockholm, Sweden in a 30-minute Iron Man match with a final score of 4-3 as the time ran out.

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I make no excuses and place no complaints.  The better man won that night.  Timmy brought his A-game to the show and he managed to survive at the end just as I was about to tie the match at 4-4, which would have made the bout a draw.  I spike piledrove Timmy in the final 15-seconds of the outing, after which he managed to roll out of the ring to the floor so I had to waste precious time in retrieving him and rolling him back into the ring to make the elusive pinfall to even the score.  But it was not to be.  The time simply ran out.

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Once again, I have to say that the Swedish crowd is one of the most hostile, anti-conservative, liberal-minded, hipster audiences that I have ever worked in front of.  They absolutely hated me.  That said, they got more than their emotional satisfaction’s worth when Timmy was declared the winner and new Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Champion.

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There’s only one thing that young “Kid Fury” needs to know, and that is the fact that the only place to go from the top is down.  I’ve climbed back up the mountain so many times in my long wrestling career that it’s already a familiar path for me.  I know how the ball bounces and how to reclaim former glories.  In so saying, Timmy, you had better enjoy your day in the sun, ‘cos this old warhorse is back on the hunt and trust me as I tell you: your days as Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Champion are numbered.

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And I’m the one that has your number.

(Photos by Maksim Lion)