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Alas, as the Good Book tells, there is a season for all things under heaven.  A season to reap, a season to sow.  A season to gather stones, a season for throwing stones away.

And so it was, that on December 1 in Helsinki, Finland, seven years and 10 countries grappled in since his debut, my former protege Mikko Maestro finally achieved his dream: he defeated The Man in Finnish FCF Wrestling today, Yours Truly, “The Rebel” StarBuck.

In a game match fought over the course of a half-hour, Mikko Maestro showed no quit and would not be denied.  He wanted the 30-minute Iron Man match, and he got it.  In the end, with literally one second remaining on the clock, Maestro got the one and only duke of the match after hitting his second trademark Uranage (Rock Bottom for you casual WWE fans out there) of the night.

No complaints, no qualms.  Mikko Maestro struggled hard to get this spotlight opportunity and he made good on a fatal 13th installment of a tradition that I started back in 2006, the Finnish Winter War aka Talvisota.

Mikko Maestro is now FCF Champion but I’m cashing in my rematch clause this coming weekend on Saturday, December 8 in Tampere, Finland.  Mikko Maestro has now become the hunted, and in a few short days’ time, he’s going to have to pray for a miracle to retain that title and keep a sixth record FCF title reign from happening for this old dog of war.

Get ready, and count your blessings… Champ.

Wrestling Show Live Tampere StarBuck vs Mikko Maestro FCF championship

(All match photos by Timo Muilu, more match photos up at my official Facebook fan page)

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!

This upcoming Friday night, July 27 in the dead heart of Finnish summer, I will be taking on the challenge of not just one, but two opponents, at the same time in an FCF Championship Triple Threat match at Ropecon 2018 in Helsinki.

For those of you who don’t know, Ropecon is Finland’s largest annual role-playing and gaming convention, held at Helsinki’s Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre.  It’s attended by tens of thousands of folks over the weekend in question.  For the third time, FCF Wrestling will be a part of Ropecon once again this year.

Ropecon 2018 Triple Threat

In the main event of FCF Sideshow: Ropecon Edition, I will be putting my prestigious FCF Championship title on the line against both #1 contender Stark Adder and #2 contender Salomon Strid in a Triple Threat bout.  That, of course, means that it’s every man for themselves, everyone against everyone simultaneously, and whoever gets the pin or submission walks out of Ropecon with the FCF title.

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Now, I’ve faced Salomon Strid and Stark Adder many times in the past.  They are no strangers to this time-tested dog of war.  But regardless, I have never faced both veterans at the same time.  This is the key factor in this match.  Both guys are hungry, both are former FCF champions and both want that title back again around their own waists.  If ever, now is the time that I’ll have to be slick and sly as I attempt to navigate successfully through these shark-infested waters on July 27.

What you have in this match are three of the very best wrestlers in all of Finland today.  You have the cream of the crop.  It could be anyone’s ballgame.

Be there, July 27, next Friday, with a start time of 20:00.

After a very fruitful weekend of wrestling, I am feeling better than ever right now!

It was just this past Saturday night on May 26 in Helsinki at Gloria cultural arena where I faced the feisty and ambitious challenge of a man nearly half my age in Mikko Maestro.  And not only did I face him and defend my FCF Wrestling championship title, I defeated my challenger in nearly 26 hard-fought minutes at FCF Wrestling‘s Wrestling Show Live! Omega event.  Some may question the way I won, but the bottom line is that I won.

Maestro was full of piss and vinegar.  He had prepared long and hard.  He’d gotten himself into prime ring shape.  He’d gotten his head in gear.  But still, after all was said and done, he couldn’t unseat the reigning champion, and therefore, you’re still looking at him!  And not only did I beat Mikko Maestro, I also took the liberty of firing his audacious ass after he immediately demanded a rematch following my win, considering that I am the FCF General Manager at this time.  You simply don’t cross the boss, and Mikko Maestro should have honestly known better.  And before the match ever took place, I told him this was his one and only shot… and it would be the shot that was going to miss.

Then on Sunday, May 27, I faced the challenge of my old rival Stark Adder at the Power Expo in the city of Lahti, Finland.  Adder had won a 12-man battle royal match earlier at the Power Expo that day to qualify as the challenger for my Valhalla Nordic wrestling championship and I was more than happy to face him again.  Truth be told, Adder and I always have hard, quality matches that can go either way.  It’s like a flip the coin, heads or tails.  This time, Adder ate a superkick in the ring corner that rocked his world to the core and allowed me to capitalize on the fact that he wasn’t all there anymore for the rest of the bout.  In the end, I put him away with a sleeper hold that I held onto like a pitbull, refusing to let go.  After a valiant struggle, Adder’s lights went out.  No one would have believed the match would finish on that note, but dammit all, when a veteran applies a sleeper, it’s not some useless, throw-away hold like it’s become for so many young pups these days.  Kids, you have got to master your craft and learn to apply your holds correctly, and that said, this sleeper was a finisher!

Right now, I simply can’t see anyone on the horizon who has what it takes to wrestle away my championship titles from me.  Like fine wine, I just keep getting better with age.  Next up, Germany in mid-June!

(Photos by Marko Simonen)

Alas, last night in downtown Helsinki, I watched a young man that’s become a thorn in my side defy the odds.  Last night at FCF Wrestling‘s Late Night Wrestling Show Live, Mikko Maestro put up the fight of his life and came out on top of the challenger’s list for the FCF championship title.

I’ve tested this kid before, put him in the pressure cooker to see if he’d break, but he just keeps showing that he wants it and he comes back for more.  At Talvisota XI over a year ago, Mikko got ambitious and wanted a match against me — his great idol from back in the day when he decided to become a pro wrestler — and although he put up a spirited fight, things didn’t pan out so well for him when all was said and done:

Well, here we are, over a year later, after Maestro’s rise through the ranks over 2016, following a few years of inconsistent floundering.  I’ve always vouched for those who have and show heart in our business, as I believe it is the single most deciding factor in the potential long-term success of any given talent.  And that said, Mikko Maestro has shown himself to have heart.  A lot of heart.

Yet, despite all of his heart, I don’t see this kid being ready to take on the oldest dog in the yard and man that mentored and taught him, namely Yours Truly.  However, regardless of that fact, Maestro gets his long-awaited title shot opportunity at my FCF Wrestling Championship finally this spring, on May 26 at Helsinki’s Gloria Cultural Arena.

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Last night, I brought in my old buddy from Norway, the big and burly Bjørn Sem, to put Maestro though the meat grinder.  I still don’t know how Maestro managed to survive the beating that Sem gave him, catching the big man in a sudden Uranage (Rock Bottom) for the upset pin, after which I decided to go out and superkick Maestro’s head off.  It was a message, plain and simple, that you don’t cross the boss.

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At the end of the night, there was a top contender’s Fatal Fourway match that Maestro qualified for, upon surviving Sem, featuring Stark Adder, Salomon Strid and Vili Raato.  As if by collusion, Maestro even managed to pick up the win in that encounter, hitting another Uranage on Strid to steal the victory.

So now Mikko Maestro is the number one contender officially, waiting for his shot at my FCF Wrestling Championship title.  Well, on May 26, he gets his chance.  Just remember this Mikko: be careful what you wish for ‘cos you might just get it.  And what that “it” is remains to be seen on May 26.

(Maestro vs. Sem match photos by Marko Simonen)

This past weekend on Saturday night, February 24 in Leppävirta, Finland, a huge rock & wrestling event called Rock Fight took place.  This concept goes back a decade to 2008, when the first Rock Fight took place at the Nosturi club in Helsinki with United Underworld and Stoner Kings, whereas the second Rock Fight took place the following year in 2009, also held at Nosturi, with Silver Moth and Sparzanza offering up the metallic musical fare.

Alas, come 2018, it was time to bring back Rock Fight, this time in a new venue and in a new town.  Legendary Finnish punk rockers Klamydia and controversial rap artist Petri Nygård were the artists this time around.  In addition, we had six international-quality matches on the show, featuring FCF Wrestling talent in addition to European wrestling stars, as promoted by Nordic Wrestling Events in co-operation with Vesileppis Areena in Leppävirta.

In the main event of this huge Rock Fight event, I put up my esteemed Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Championship title against the gigantic 191cm/190kg Demolition Davies of Germany, with 7-time Finnish heavyweight bodybuilding champion Boogie Mustonen as special guest referee.  This is notable for the fact that in Boogie’s last pro wrestling match ever back in July 1997 in Joensuu, Finland, I was the referee for his match against the late Tony “Ludvig Borga” Halme (as seen in the video below).

Demolition Davies was a huge threat and an enormous hurdle for me.  Although I trained hell-a-hard for this main event, pushing some damn heavy weights to prepare in the gym, it was very challenging to try to move Davies around.  With that amount of girth and pure mass, I had to find a different approach.

Davies managed to bloody me mid-match after he ran my head into the steel ringpost and then proceeded to headbutt me over and over again with his haggard mask, splitting my epidermis wide open.  I’ll be the first to acknowledge that thankfully guest referee Boogie Mustonen was a bit slow getting into position and also in making his counts, because it managed to buy me some time and make my kickouts.

Davies’ corner avalanche absolutely crushed me and his big splash knocked the wind out of my sails.  Running into the man felt like hitting a tree.  Davies put up one hell of an intimidating fight, but finally, in the end, I got a second wind and was able to make a sustained rally before Davies cut me off at the pass with a huge Black Hole Slam, followed by a devastating cannonball in the ring corner.

The one big mistake that Davies did, however, was jawing and bitching at referee Mustonen for his slow counts, which obviously threw my challenger off kilter.  Once Davies started shoving Boogie, it was only a matter of time that the 7-time bodybuilding champ would explode.  And explode he did with a huge forearm smash that knocked Davies over my fallen torso, enabling me to make a leverage pin on the German giant as Boogie made the count.  Three seconds later, I was still the Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Champion.

Rock Fight was a hell of a great time, as in excess of 400 fans came out to see the event.  Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket to see the event!  Here’s to hoping we’ll see Rock Fight for the fourth time in the future!

ALL PHOTOS BY MARKO SIMONEN (www.markosimonen.com)

I’ve been very blessed over my wrestling career.  I’ve been able to step into the ring with some of the most talented, superb and acclaimed wrestlers on the planet.  It’s been a boon, as the fact is that the only way anyone ever gets better at anything is to compete/play/face others that are better than you.  If you manage to not only hang in there but up the proverbial ante while you are at it, you cannot help but get better at what you do, be it music, chess, engineering, cooking, MMA or pro wrestling.

You take pieces of every single match that you have and absorb the best parts of each outing to make yourself a more complete athlete and wrestler.  With this in mind, I’ve been able to learn boatloads by being in the ring with world-class names over my 24-year career such as Dave “Fit” Finlay, Keiji “Great Muta” Muto, Naomichi Marufuji, Super Crazy, “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Yoshihiro Tajiri, “Native American” Tatanka, Akira Nogami, Genechiro Tenryu, Al Snow, D-Lo Brown, Ultimo Dragon, Lance Storm, Chris “Bambikiller” Raaber, Michael Kovac, Masato Tanaka, Bernard Vandamme, Doug Williams, James Mason, even WWE’s longest reigning champion in over 20 years, Asuka, and a literal litany of others.

They say in our trade that you are only as good as your last match.  Well, if that is the case then age is indeed only a number, as I’ve consistently been able to produce some of the best match-ups of my career here in my mid-40’s.  That said, I’ve got one of the sternest challenges of my entire career ahead of me next weekend on February 24 in Leppävirta, Finland at an event called Rock Fight.

Davies vs StarBuck ROCK FIGHT banner

I believe the biggest man that I’ve been in the ring with was the monsterous Alofa the Wild Samoan, son of the legendary Afa the Wild Samoan, who tipped the scales somewhere between 150-170kg back in 2005 when I faced him in Monza, Italy.  In that match, Alofa came crashing down on my head with all of his weight as I failed to move out of the way in time, crushing my head between his considerable weight and the canvas.  What immediately followed was my fifth career concussion at that time, which I valiantly fought through on auto-pilot, finishing the match, which ended finally in a DQ or count-out as we fought outside the ring.

Now, on February 24, I face a man even bigger than Alofa.  My opponent at Rock Fight, Demolition Davies, is 191cm tall and 190kg of pure malicious intent and meanness personified.  Davies isn’t just a big man, either.  He’s been a champion the world over and right now he’s one of the best big man wrestlers in all of Europe.

Demolition Davies

I’ve been training incredibly hard in preparation for Davies next weekend, pushing some big weights in the gym, performing multiple compound movements to get myself ready for this latest challenger to my Valhalla Nordic Wrestling Championship title.  I’m going to use every single bit of wrestling knowhow that I’ve amassed over a quarter-decade in this game, all of the bits and pieces of the lessons learned against the masters along the way, to navigate and survive against Demolition Davies in order to walk out of Vesileppis Arena in Leppävirta, Finland on the evening of February 24 with the Nordic title intact.

If you’d like to witness one of the sternest challenges of my professional life, I’d recommend that you come out in person get your tickets NOW!

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