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!

On July 29 at Ropecon (Role-Playing Convention), to be held at the Helsinki Expo and Exhibition Center, I will take on my Spandex Sapiens arch-rival, the gender-bending Jessica Love one last time.  I say one last time because this time, I will stamp out my opponent for good.

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Be there when the last bell chimes.

Last time we fought, at the LGBT crowd’s Eurogames on July 1 in Helsinki, I broke Jessica Love’s arm.  Like the old saying goes about a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, so it goes with Jessica Love in a fist-fight.  Now, I wouldn’t put it past my adversary to show up with arm in sling, because Jessica is just that thick in the head, daring to brave danger head-on.  Actually, that is quite admirable.  But it will also prove to be Jessica Love’s downfall on July 29.

Now, a lot of people are still asking why, much like Anakin Skywalker turning into Darth Vader, why did StarBuck turn to the dark side?  I find this quite amusing actually.

I said this at the Eurogames event on the microphone in front of the masses, and I will say it here again: I didn’t turn my back on anybody.  I have stood for traditional, straight, masculine values as long as I have been around.  Certainly, my entire media career I have toted the same line and stood for the same, unwavering cause.  I have never flinched or backed down, even in the face of adversity and backlash.  Now, in 2016, when my movie Spandex Sapiens came out, people had a chance to take and pick a side.  You could either side with my counterpart, the transgender, liberal, Jessica Love, or you could side with a real man in the iconic, conservative StarBuck.  It was really a simple choice.  Whatever resonated with you and your world, you could freely choose black or white, left or right.  And the people chose Jessica Love.

Looking back, I can say that I have not changed at all.  I have stayed the course.  Society and the flavor of the day has changed.  I have lived long enough as the hero to see myself become the villain.  The people have chosen.  The people have spoken.

So it is now, on July 29 at Ropecon, that I will do what a vigilante and lone wolf would do in terms of personal agenda.  I will put down, once and for all, the ambiguous hero of your modern day liberal Finland and western world at large.  I will trample underfoot Jessica Love for the final time, arm in a sling and all.  And I will do it without remorse.

You, the audience, have given rise to the anti-hero.  Now deal with it.

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Spandex Sapiens movie theater showtimes this week:

Helsinki: Tennispalatsi
July 19, Tuesday 18:15

Tampere: Arthouse Cinema Niagara
July 21, Thursday 20:30

The new Anti-Hero

Posted: July 2, 2016 in Odds and Ends

It gets harder to hate a person when they tell you the truth and the truth is simply inconvenient for you.

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It’s rather peculiar that I wrestled at a Pride event yesterday.  A Cro-magnon, retrosexual, hetero heel, the worst possible prototype villain of the queer culture, wrestling at Eurogames.  Held in downtown Helsinki under the blazing hot summer sun, Eurogames was an LGBT event, which expressly wanted to see “The Rebel” StarBuck vs. Jessica Love center stage, stemming from the hype surrounding my Spandex Sapiens movie in Finnkino theaters currently.

As most all of you should know by know, Jessica Love is Europe’s only transgender female pro wrestler.  In the Spandex Sapiens movie, Jessica Love plays my worst adversary, especially from the point of values and societal values.  We are polar opposites, like east and west.  Jessica is the all-allowing liberal modern-day representative, whereas I am the conservative caveman who holds on to black and white principles and ideals.

Well, wrestle I did.  And not just wrestle.  I used the opportunity presented to make some of the most poignant social comments to be heard publicly in today’s suffocating, politically correct environment.  I let loose and let it be known, that the men these days are no longer men, nor are the women any longer women.  They are confused.  Not just gender-confused, I mean confused in general.  The statistics prove it!  Look at the depression in our society.  Look at the kids, how lost they are in terms of their own identities.  Look at the mass divorce rates and the ever-growing numbers of single moms.  I made my point loud and clear, and the Pride-friendly crowd on hand did NOT like it one single bit.

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StarBuck preaches the truth at Eurogames (photo: Pasi Murto)

Yet, it was hard to refute what I had to say.  I heard boos, sure.  But not the kind of heart-felt boos that come from disdain and spite.  They were moreso boos that towed the political line of the day, trained monkey kinds of boos.  I believe people in their hearts knew, that I was telling the truth.  It gets harder to hate a person when they tell you the truth and the truth is simply inconvenient for you.

So there I was, taking bullets in the chest and in the back for every traditional, hetero person out there, who does not have the spine or the balls to stand up for what they believe in.  I went head-long into battle, alone!  I sent out a load of emails prior to Eurogames, urging traditional, conservative folks and organizations of that ilk to come out and support me, “The Rebel” StarBuck, as I duked it out with Jessica Love in front of the entire LGBT community in Helsinki at this Eurogames Pride event.  Guess what?  NO ONE dared to show up.  Not one, single group or backer of the traditional nuclear family unit showed up to support StarBuck.  For this, the entire traditional, conservative front in Finland should hang their heads in shame!

I went into that match yesterday with Jessica Love a one-man army.  A legend in my lifetime.  A man who stood, where no others dared to stand.  A lone wolf in a strange land.  And I destroyed Jessica Love!  I broke Jessica Love’s arm in the process.  Boo-hoo.  I made a statement, because extreme times call for extreme measures.  You are going to remember my name!  StarBuck.  Get it right.  It has nothing to do with coffee.

Jessica Love got to take a trip to the hospital after our match and all of a sudden, the LGBT crowd had lost their hero.  Now they had a real reason to hate me.  But as the saying goes, the best direction to ride a horse is in the direction that it is already headed.  Haters are going to hate anyway.  Give them their anti-hero.  Give them what they deserve.

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Jessica Love was scheduled to face me a second time in the main event of the Eurogames wrestling program later yesterday night.  Well, there was no Jessica Love in sight, so out comes King Kong Karhula, defending his friend.  This, in and of itself, has more to it than can be seen at surface value.  Karhula recently wrote a blog of his own about his friendship with Jessica, telling of how close they are and have been for many years, even when they were feuding.  In the pro wrestling business, that is called breaking kayfabe, and it is considered a cardinal sin.  Karhula not only pissed all over the traditions of our business and age-old tradition, he conveniently went “into business for himself”, trying to push Jessica’s starpower in my Spandex Sapiens movie through aligning himself at this time with my transgender foe.  I saw it as shameless mooching on Karhula’s part, reeking of desperation to get his own rub off the whole shebang.

Be that as it may, since Jessica Love could not wrestle with a freshly-broken arm, in comes Karhula to take Jessica’s place in the main event against Yours Truly!  Toting a gay pride flag on his way to the ring, I really wondered where Karhula’s true feelings and allegiances lay.  I found it both amusing and pathetic.  But I will say this: Juhana Karhula came to fight.  He was incensed, full of piss and vinegar.  He attacked me with the kind of emotion that is rarely felt, and the people on hand felt it too.  The heat was off the charts.  Karhula was a man possessed, tearing into me as we brawled, before I could turn the match in my favor and run him head-first into the ring post.

My wife Diana happened to be at ringside with her new camera, taking pics:

I was able to find one single sympathizer to the traditional, conservative family cause, and that was FCF Wrestling’s Teuvo.  Although he’s a beer-swigging hick, Teuvo is a man of principle.  He still believes in black and white, too.  So I had him come out with a Straight Pride sign and act as my one, single backer at this LGBT Eurogames event.  Teuvo even got in some kicks of his own on Karhula, once I left him laying at ringside.

I blasted Karhula with all I had, having a hell of a time doing it, too!  The crowd was irate and hot as hell.  I hammered Karhula until we both got knocked down center-ring.  Karhula had that entire Eurogames crowd behind him, as he rallied a comeback against me.  Teuvo made his presence known at the most-critical moment, blasting Karhula with an open beer can in the face, allowing me to capitalize on Karhula’s misstep and roll him up for the pin and win.  Sure, he got up and dropped both Teuvo and I with a Death Valley Driver afterwards, but my win was already in the history books, right in front of the most antagonistic crowd that I could ever imagine wrestling in front of.

My main event win was not only a win for StarBuck, it was a win for the entire Straight Pride cause.  Where no one has the guts to stand up and make some noise for what they really believe in, should it deter from the ruling PC thought of the day, because they fear public sentiment and others’ public opinions so much, one man took the bull by the horns and led the charge.  The man that took the bullets and arrows for everyone else, for those who didn’t have the guts to stand when called upon, that man stood tall in the end.  Isn’t that what an anti-hero is?  It sure as hell is in my book.

If you wish to hear my legendary promo as well as see the video of my matches with Karhula and Jessica Love from Eurogames, like FCF Wrestling’s Facebook page and see the bouts there!  Otherwise, here are some stellar clips from my match against Jessica Love as well as the other matches at Eurogames, filmed and edited by the talented Juha Sihtola of Mad-Cam!