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On Tuesday, July 29 in Helsinki, FCF Wrestling is going to see their biggest media coverage to date in the past 11 years that the game has been a domestic staple in the country of Finland.  This stems from the fact that the biggest, #1-selling magazine in all the land, 7 Päivää (aka Seiska), is acting as the main media sponsor for an event entitled SNACKY SLAM! in the Pukinmäki suburb of Helsinki on that very day.  SNACKY SLAM! is named after Helsinki’s famous hamburger fast food classic restaurant Snacky, who is hosting the event.  For this special occasion, Snacky will be launching a new burger based on an idea that I pitched to them, called the Slamburger at SNACKY SLAM!.  This will be a huge showcase for the entire sport here in Finland, and everyone is stoked about the media hype leading into the event.  Best of all, especially for the public and the fans, this event will be 100% free admission, a matinee starting at 13:00 in the afternoon!

SNACKY SLAM! six-man tag

At SNACKY SLAM!, it’s six-man warfare as StarBuck’s team meets Ricky Vendetta’s team

At SNACKY SLAM!, I finally get my mitts on “Finnish Doberman” Ricky Vendetta, who has been shooting his mouth off over the past few months, making a big deal about the tainted win over Yours Truly that FCF champion Heimo Ukonselkä literally handed to him in a six-man match back at FCF’s Jatkosota 2014 in April.  Ricky refuses to understand and come to grips with the fact that he never earned that victory the hard way.  He didn’t actually beat me fair and square in the middle of the ring, based on his own talents or offensive attack.  No, Ricky Vendetta was handed a win.

Jatkosota 2014 main event

Jatkosota 2014 earlier this year and a tainted victory over me (photo: Marko Simonen)

Now, at SNACKY SLAM! on July 29, Ricky Vendetta gets the chance to make good – when his team with Stark Adder and the monsterous executioner-like Petrov meets my team with Sly Sebastian and Mikko Maestro – and show that he can put this old dog down the hard way.  That is, if he can.  Now me, I seriously doubt that.  I have serious doubts over whether a 20-something upstart in the wrestling business with three years of experience under his belt can honestly best a 3-time European champion and time-tested, 20-year veteran of the ring wars in “The Rebel” StarBuck.  Many before Young Mr. Vendetta have tried, and oh so many of them have failed miserably.

Ricky Vendetta vs StarBuck

Ricky Vendetta has tested my ire before in Jan. 2013, and he ended up not so well (photo: Marko Simonen)

I might not be a young lad anymore, not able to play spider man with the other big dreamers on the school grounds or in the sandbox, but that has no bearing on anything.  I have ring smarts.  I have experience.  And no amount of money or personal investment is going to get you what experience can only bring.  That is my greatest asset, and the sooner that Ricky Vendetta understands that, the more tolerable — or perhaps intolerable — the hiding that I dish out to him will be this coming Tuesday, July 29 in Helsinki in our six-man tag team match showdown.

Below you can check out several media pieces and profile videos that entertainment juggernaut 7 Päivää has done on both myself and the SNACKY SLAM! event in general.  Make plans to be there in person on July 29, right in the middle of vacation season here in Finland, at 13:00 in the afternoon, as I lay an ass-whopping on Ricky Vendetta and his team like has rarely been seen:

http://www.seiska.fi/Viihdeuutiset/Johnny-McMetal-ja-StarBuck-ovat-oman-aikansa-gladiaattoreita-tallaista-on-ammattipaini-video/1047308

http://www.seiska.fi/Viihdeuutiset/Ammattipainija-StarBuckilla-on-edessaan-todellinen-koitos-Katso-vakuutuksesi-kuntoon-silla-noutaja-saapuu/1047223

http://www.seiska.fi/NEWS-lahetys/NEWS-perjantai-Mestaruusottelusta-tulossa-vuosisadan-turpakarajat/1048533

http://www.seiska.fi/Viihdeuutiset/Johnny-McMetal-kisaa-mestaruudesta-hurjassa-lajissa-Luvassa-kunnon-turpiin-mattamista-video/1047710

http://www.seiska.fi/Viihdeuutiset/Showpainin-Suomen-mestaruusottelijat-ottivat-mittaa-toisistaan-kadenvaannossa-video/1048437

http://www.seiska.fi/Viihdeuutiset/Marianne-Kallio-Tama-on-valttikorttini-kun-kohtaan-Tia-Kiurun-kehassa/1047293

Also at SNACKY SLAM! on July 29, it’s going to be media favorite Johnny McMetal vs. FCF champion “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä for the title, the massive 125kg King Kong Karhula vs. flying punker Vili Luupää and a celebrity girls’ bikini match between Finnish Viidakon Tähtöset TV hit series star Marianne Kallio and Miss XL Finland Johanna Salminen, following Viidakon Tähtöset co-star and hated rival Tia Kiuru pulling out of the event.

Marianne Kallio and Tia Kiuru

Marianne Kallio (left) will have to find a new opponent, as Tia Kiuru (right) has pulled out.

7 Päivää magazine has announced Miss XL Finland Johanna Salminen as Tia Kiuru’s replacement against Marianne Kallio in the celebrity bikini match at SNACKY SLAM!, where the objective will be for one competitor to strip her opponent of all her clothes, ripping them off her body, until her adversary is left standing in only her bikini!

Johanna Salminen Miss XL Finland

Johanna Salminen Miss XL Finland

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Well, I didn’t manage to claim my third Eurostars European wrestling championship this past Sunday night in Holland.  I came oh, so close, but alas, no cigar.  I had Belgium’s Bernard Vandamme on defense for the bulk of the 21:10 of the title match that we wrestled at Dutch Pro Wrestling‘s biggest event of the years, Grand Slam 2014, but in the end, I got caught out with a crossbody dive out of the corner that Vandamme just barely managed to keep me down with for the final three-count.

Telling Vandamme that he's got it coming to him

Telling Vandamme that he’s got it coming to him.

I have an outstanding issue with Vandamme, over the fact that he managed to upset me for the WNC (Wrestling New Classic in Japan) championship back in March this year, and I have not even gotten my rematch for that title.  Vandamme is a double champion right now, holding both the WNC and Eurostars European championships, and as I am a two-time titleholder of the Eurostars title, the Eurostars championship committee decided that I was up for their title this time in Holland, and the WNC title was not part of the picture.

Looking to make Vandamme tap ... he didn't.

Looking to make Vandamme tap … he didn’t.

Vandamme and I have a long and storied history against one another, dating all the way back to the latter half of 2006, when we first grappled.  We’ve fought in many countries and had some classic battles, and somehow, the issue is still there between our parties.  This past Sunday night in Poeldijk, Holland, was another chapter in our rivalry, which will go down in the history books with Vandamme retaining his gold, which brings to mind what former WWF commentator Gorilla Monsoon stated back in the day, “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Butterfly double-underhook suplex plants Vandamme for a nearfall.

Butterfly double-underhook suplex plants Vandamme for a nearfall.

Holland was my 19th country in professional wrestling to date over the past 20-years, and I would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire DPW organization, who were all incredible folks and a true pleasure to work with!

FCF Wrestling in Finland would like to wish all the fans a Merry Holiday Season, and in doing so, the promotion offers up the chance to vote for your favorite match-up of 2013.  I have a couple of matches up in the running, one where I beat Valentine for the BWA Catchweight championship back in May, and another where I team with my protege Mikko Maestro against Stark Adder and Ricky Vendetta from February.

There’s a whole list of other goodies to choose from, also, as FCF events saw many stellar matches this past year.  Make your voice heard, and place your vote via Facebook at the following app: https://apps.facebook.com/opinionpolls/poll?pid=ACMHI-UJvRo

Here are the match videos of the candidates, so be sure to cast your vote!

StarBuck Christmas graphic web

I just returned tonight from England, after competing at the Wrestling Rampage event at the GL1 Leisure Center in Gloucester last night, where I went up against local favorite, “English Bulldog” Matt Jarrett.  The event had a good deal of hype and press, as Jarrett and I did promotion for the show the day prior with BBC, Radio Gloucester FM and main area newspaper, The Citizen, in addition to posters well-spread all across town.

The Citizen newspaper runs a big piece on my match

The Citizen newspaper runs a big piece on my match

I downed Jarrett in our bout, retaining my title in under 10-minutes.  My opponent suffered an injury during the course of the match, which I capitalized on, dropping him with my piledriver in quick order.

I was honored to meet and get to know UK ring legend Marty Jones, with whom I had a really great chat over the ins and outs of the wrestling business, including memories of him working in my homeland of Canada for Stampede Wrestling promoter Stu Hart.  Marty had some hilarious stories about the likes of JR Foley and “Big” John Quinn, one of which entailed Stu’s pet cow Daisy being butchered up behind his back and fed to him as a rather crude prank.  Talk about a rib!

Below is a nifty, old match from the early ’80s, with Marty Jones squaring off against the legendary Dynamite Kid.  Enjoy!

European professional wrestling legend and 37-year ring veteran Dave “Fit” Finlay defeated me this past Thursday night, November 24th, at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo at SMASH.23 to become the new SMASH Champion.

photo by SMASH (from SportsNavi Japan online)

Finlay fought like a ravenous beast, putting me on the defensive for the whole match, which lasted 15:58 before the Irishman was able to put me away and pin me following his jumping tombstone piledriver.  The Japanese crowd responded in shock as Dave Finlay was announced as the new champion.

There are very few men in the wrestling business who are as brutal and remorseless in that ring as Finlay.  The man is a legend in this sport, and I brought my A-game, but it just wasn’t enough on the night of November 24, 2011 in Tokyo.

photo by SMASH (from SportsNavi Japan online)

Many are already calling my match with Finlay as the match of the year in SMASH, which is saying a lot, as there have been numerous great matches throughout the year.  For a fantastic look at the action from the SMASH.23 title match, check out the ringside photos here.

photo by SMASH (from SportsNavi Japan online)

I was also given the opportunity to face one of my all-time favorite wrestlers in Keiji Mutoh (aka The Great Muta) in Tokyo the night before SMASH.23 at All-Japan Pro Wrestling‘s event, as I teamed with SMASH compatriots Akira Nogami and Yoshihiro Tajiri to face the trio of Mutoh, Kondo and Bushi from AJPW.  I pinned Bushi in 13:48 of a hot match following my trademark spike piledriver.  Check out the photos from that match here.

photo by AJPW (from SportsNavi Japan online)

On a separate note, I heard the sad news about the passing of American superstar Bison Smith (found dead on Nov. 22 in Puerto Rico) while I was in the dressing room at the AJPW event.  Bison was a big star in Japan, and his death at 38 – the same age as I am – is indeed an early passing.  The cause was deemed to be heart failure.

This past Saturday night, November 12 in Oslo, Norway, I met the challenge of Norwegian wrestling pioneer “The Icon” Erik Isaksen, as he vied for my coveted SMASH Championship.

Indeed, my old rival Isaksen put forth one hell of an effort, as he tried to wrestle the title away from me.  The match was spirited to say the least!

Isaksen – a former Eurostars European Wrestling Champion, a former Norwegian Champion, a former IWS Intercontinental Champion and former FCF Champion – is one of the top names in European pro wrestling today.  He and I had a storied rivalry between 2003-2005 that still is talked about to this day in wrestling circles around Scandinavia.  I respect Isaksen as one tough SOB and a very qualified wrestler to boot.

Yet, on the eve of November 12, 2011 at Oslo’s Bul-Salen, StarBuck pulled out the duke after 22:03 to retain the SMASH Championship, piledriving Isaksen two times to secure the victory and retain the title.  All I could do was lay on the mat out of exhaustion after the conclusion of the epic encounter, content with the knowledge that I was still the SMASH Champion.

I feel compelled to also make not of the fantastic NWF Championship match at the same PowerSLAM IX event, where Champion Victor Dale fell to Aron Frost in the crowning of a new titleholder.  I highly recommend either one of these chaps to any and all promoters out there, as two pros who put it all on the line and delivered one hell of a captivating and intense fight that anyone and everyone could believe in.

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