Wrestling

StarBuck promo photo 2014 (photographer Marko Simonen)

StarBuck promo photo 2014 (photographer Marko Simonen)

Living in Espoo, Finland currently, I was originally trained to wrestle professionally by mutli-time WWE/WCW/ECW/Japanese Champion Lance Storm and Karl “Jason the Terrible” Moffat of Stampede Wrestling fame in 1993 at the Hart Bros School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since my debut match on January 7, 1994 in Calgary vs. my coach Lance Storm at Victoria Park’s Civic Center, I have wrestled across Canada, in the USA, Asia, Africa and throughout Europe. Garnering a list of 21 countries under my belt to this day through my various wrestling adventures, my list includes: Canada, USA, Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Russia, Egypt and Pakistan.

Patrick Pesola (here as the manager on the left) was the first promoter of Finnish wrestling

My greatest merit in professional wrestling to date is the European Heavyweight Title, which stands as arguably the most important wrestling Championship on the European Continent. The European belt is a Title I have held twice. I was initially crowned European Champion on December 2, 2006 in Vantaa, Finland, defeating my predecessor Bernard Vandamme of Belgium in a 27 minute dramatic classic. Ex-PRIDE/current DREAM MMA star Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen served as special guest enforcer referee for that match. I nailed Vandamme with a decapitating superkick leading to the pinfall victory, crowning me with the greatest victory of my wrestling career. I went on to successfully defended the European Title in various EU countries leading up to February 17, 2007 in Thoan Les Voges, France where I dropped the belt back to Vandamme in an intense rematch. I scored my second European Title victory, once again over arch-nemesis Vandamme in Levi, Finland on January 16, 2009, only to lose the belt the next night in a no-DQ match-up back to Vandamme for a second time after only a 24-hour reign.

Capturing the European Championship for the second time

I have held the Finnish Wrestling Championship four times. The first Title reign for Yours Truly came on September 1, 2005, when I defeated Finland’s metal warrior Stark Adder in a 2-out-of-3 falls tournament final, only to drop the belt to Adder on May 26, 2006 in a 30-minute Iron Man classic in Helsinki. My second Finnish Title reign came on December 15, 2007 in Helsinki, Finland, where I defeated Valentine in a much-promoted match across a vast expanse of domestic media. Standing victorious in the end – with both my guest cornerman for the evening, Alexi Laiho from metal band Children of Bodom, and former European Middleweight Boxing Champion “Idi” Amin Asikainen – I recaptured the Finnish Title on one of the biggest shows in Finnish wrestling to date! I lost the same Title back to Valentine after he cashed in a return match clause following a brutal “anything goes” match I had against legendary American superstar Steve Corino on October 16, 2008. Although I managed to pin Corino in a superb and heated bout, battered and bloody I did not have enough left to fend off the fresh Valentine, who capitalized on the situation and walked away with the Title. My third Finnish Title reign began on May 2, 2009 in Rauma, Finland where I defeated Valentine again in a ladder match to claim the belt, losing it back to him on May 20, 2009 in Oulu, Finland. I began my fourth Finnish Title reign after defeating “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, 2010 at SMASH 6.

FCF Championship highlights against Tajiri at SMASH.10 in Tokyo

On June 3, 2006 I won the IWS (Italian Wrestling Superstar) World Title from El Dinamico in Reggio Calabria, Italy. At the end of 2008 in Sicily, I dropped the IWS World Title to former WWF (now WWE) Native American star, Tatanka. In August of 2005 I also briefly held the IWS Intercontinental Championship, defeating Erik Isaksen of Norway in southern Italy, and then losing the belt back to Isaksen in Oslo, Norway a mere week later in one of the best matches of both our careers.

Currently, I hold the European Pro Wrestling (EPW) Tag Team Championship, alongside the UK’s Mikey Whiplash.  In Bremen, Germany at Pier 2 on Saturday, November 27, 2010, Whiplash and I won the titles, defeating the German team of “Bad Bones” John Kay and Patrick Schulz.  I claimed is the BWA (British Wrestling Alliance) Catchweight Championship, defeating Valentine in Espoo, Finland on May 11, 2013.  I lost the BWA title back to Valentine on March 8, 2014 at the biggest annual wrestling show of the year in Finland, Talvisota VIII.

I was crowned the very first SMASH Wrestling Champion in history, defeating “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri on October 28, 2011 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo in the finals of the SMASH title tournament.  After 15:12 of hard-hitting action, I hit Tajiri with my trademark spike piledriver for the second time in the match to secure the winning pinfall, becoming the initial champion for the organization.  Just one month later, after successfully defending the SMASH Championship in Finland vs. Vladimir Petrov (Nov. 4, 2011) and in Norway vs. Erik Isaksen (Nov. 12, 2011), I lost the SMASH Championship to Dave “Fit” Finlay on November 24, 2011 in Tokyo.

I was voted by the readership of Japan’s Weekly Pro Wrestling magazine as one of the top five foreign wrestlers of 2010 in the entire country, spanning all companies.  In 2011, the same magazine saw me voted as the MVP of the SMASH organization that I wrestled for, and both years 2010 and 2010 I was voted as having the best match of the year in SMASH (2010 vs. Tajiri at SMASH.10 and 2011 vs. Finlay at SMASH.23).  For almost two years, I was an integral part of a powerful trio in Wrestling New Classic (WNC) in Japan with AKIRA and Syuri, as a team called Synapse.

I defeated Tajiri for the WNC championship on February 27 in Tokyo, becoming the fourth titleholder in company history, following Akira Nogami, Osamu Nishimura and Tajiri himself.  I lost the WNC title to Bernard Vandamme only nine days later in Helsinki, on March 8, 2014.

In May 2017, I was named the first/new/interim Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Champion by STHLM Wrestling, along with ’80s pop rock sensation, Samantha Fox.  This accolade was laden upon me simply due to my achievements and overall staying power in the wrestling industry, as arguably it is true, that I am the most celebrated and accomplished professional wrestler in history out of Northern Europe.

I introduced professional wrestling on a domestic level to Finland in 2003 when I began coaching Finnish talent, and thus I stand as the pioneer of the game in this part of Northern Europe. I serve as head trainer for FCF Wrestling, the only domestic pro wrestling promotion in the country of Finland today, and I was a big part of both of FCF’s Finnish predecessors, Pro Wrestling Finlandia (2004-2006) and Valhalla Pro Wrestling (2003).  I have also coached talent in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Japan.

I wrote an official autobiography about my life in pro wrestling, entitled Battleground Valhalla, published by Crowbar Press out of the USA.  This book was released in May 2017, written by Yours Truly, from start to finish.

Battleground Valhalla book front cover

A comprehensive look at my pioneering work with pro wrestling in Finland and comments from my coaches Lance Storm and Karl Moffat can be read in this excellent interview with Canada’s SLAM! Sports: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/03/03/pf-8601546.html and a follow-up article six years later after much international success: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2015/07/05/22488981.html and also visit www.wrestling.fi!