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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!

 

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Well, I’ve been back for a few days following our Crossfyre “Iron Horse” album release tour through Estonia, Poland and Germany, and I’m still recouping!  Erradic hours, irregular and short sleep, and 5,995 kilometers of road later, it tends to build up and wear on you.

But whose complaining?!  We had a great time, life on the road, like a band of gypsies, rocking and rolling.  Dreaming it and living it are two different things.  We got to take in some great experiences and meet some fantastic new people along the way.

Morning scenery from the Super Rally grounds

Morning scenery from the Super Rally grounds

First of all, The Harley-Davidson 2014 Super Rally in Tallinn, Estonia (which I chronicled in and of itself earlier HERE) was off the charts.  15,000 bikers from all around Europe ventured to Estonia’s capital for some boozin’ and cruisin’ June 5-7.  We played the main stage at the Super Rally on Saturday evening, right after Mr. Bill Davidson, CEO of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, raffled off a brand new bike to a lucky Finn in the audience, who was dumbfounded when his number got called.  All in all, the Super Rally was a sight to behold, but the food was somewhat overpriced for the serving sizes offered.  As an added bonus, I was able to hit the fantastic Sparta sports club in Tallinn the day after the show with a big fan of mine from many years back named Keio, getting in a blasting compete body workout before moving forward on our journey.

As Hulk Hogan would say, "Hangin' and bangin'" at Sparta gym

As Hulk Hogan would say, “Hangin’ and bangin'” at Sparta gym!

Driving through Latvia, we got to see some of the finest beaches that there are to be found in Europe.  Riga was ridiculously overpriced, and I wondered what industry fuels their economy to justify the extravagant prices that we saw everywhere.  Riga was also the place where we picked up our regular bassist Dan Rönnbacka, as Sami Salminen (of The Slidemobile) filled in on bass in Tallinn and left the day after the Super Rally to go back to Finland.

Lithuania was up next, with a stop in God knows what town, and a hotel right next to the railroad tracks.  Damn.  That was a bad move.  The Latvian two-star vs. Estonian four-star hotel were quite different from the other, let me assure you!  Pretty much everywhere we travelled in Latvia and Lithuania, we had to use bottled water, as purportedly the tap water is questionable to drink.

The stage at Alchemia in Bialystok, Poland

The stage at Alchemia in Bialystok, Poland

Poland was a blast!  Our first gig in Bialystok on June 10 saw girls dancing on tables and the audience shucking and jiving in front of the stage.  Small venue.  Alchemia by name, the place was very intimate with William Blake-like artwork and interior design.  There were even a few wrestling fans at the show, who came  out to see StarBuck, which was a nice thing.

The next stop was 5 Sztuk in Siedlce, a student town, of which 25% of the population account for students.  Once again, just the night prior, the people on hand were going bananas by the end of it all when our rendition of ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man closed things off.  After the gig, we got invited to the local Gryf MC headquarters for a drink, as we presented a rebel Confederate flag for their clubhouse also.

Next up was the Alligator music club in Poznan, which was a big city and we found ourselves smack-dab in the center of the marketplace.  Let me say this about Poland: if you are a bachelor, then plan a trip there, as the women will be sure to catch your eye!  Alligator was a very cool club, with some of the niftiest interior design that I have seen so far in any club.  Very high-scale environment.

Getting the mood right at Alligator music bar (photo by Gozia Czek)

Getting the mood right at Alligator music bar (photo by Gozia Czek)

Our last gig in Poland was in the city of Szczecin at the Free Blues Club.  I know I keep sounding pretty high on Poland, but I have to expressly note that the stage sound at Free Blues Club was in the top five of any stage that I have performed on in the past 15-years.  It was pure pleasure to play the this place, as I could make every instrument out crystal clear and I didn’t have to push my voice at all.

Best stage sound around at Free Blues Club (photo by Ryszard Pakieser)

Best stage sound around at Free Blues Club (photo by Ryszard Pakieser)

Then it was off to Barnaby’s Blues Bar in Braunschweig, Germany.  Barnaby’s is like our home away from home, an establishment that we have now played about five times.  Local Radio Okerwelle DJ Florian Damm is always up for having us appear on his show for an hour-long interview every time we are in town the day of the show.  We rocked Barnaby’s in familiar fashion, leaving the folks screaming for more…were it not for the soccer game that was just starting 10-minutes after we finished our set.  It should be noted, that soccer takes precedence to anything and everything in Germany.  People would probably skip their grandparents’ funeral to watch the soccer championships!

Hanging with some fine folks on the Reeperbahn

Hanging with some fine folks on the Reeperbahn

Our last gig of the tour was in Hamburg, Germany, right on the infamous Reeperbahn.  The place was called Cowboy und Indianer, like cowboys and Indians, and it was frequented by folks who knew their rock and blues.  Older musicians, rock police if they chose to be, had filled the bar by the end of the night.  I saw people taking out their cell phones, calling their friends, like “get your ass here right away, you have GOT to see this band!”  People just kept filing in throughout the set to see what the commotion was all about.  Let me say this: we did something right that night.  To turn the heads of musicians with 40+ years of experience, you have got to have your shizzat together.  I am proud to say that our gig on Hamburg on June 15 was one of the finest performances that we have ever pulled off!

From Hamburg we drove straight through the night to catch my plane from Copenhagen back to Helsinki in time to make my WWE Eurosport broadcast on Monday night.  I didn’t get a wink of sleep after leaving Hamburg, and let me tell you, I was knackered right out of my boots on air that evening.

Next up, the Rockin’ by the River festival in Iisalmi, Finland on June 27, followed by a gig for Kolisewa MC in Karkkilaon June 28.  The Crossfyre Iron Horse keeps on rolling!

Rockin by the River

 

This past weekend, I wrestled in Brugges, Belgium for Eurostars.  We had a huge audience of nearly 800 screaming fans on hand, main evented by Bernard Vandamme (whom I lost the WNC title to just over a week ago in Helsinki) vs. Eurostars European champion, Cybernic Machine, in a “loser-must-retire” match.  The feud between Vandamme and Cybernic has been going on for three years already, stemming back to when Cybernic captured the European title from Vandamme, and now this past weekend, it reached its climax.  Cybernic machine was ushered into retirement, and Vandamme became a double-champion, holding both the WNC and European titles now.  This win makes Vandamme a 5-time Eurostars European champion (two of those wins have been over Yours Truly, in 2007 and 2009).

Bernard Vandamme, the new European wrestling champion (photo: City Brugges)

Bernard Vandamme, the new European wrestling champion (photo: City Brugges)

In the semi-main event of the card, I faced a promising young 18-year-old talent from Andorra, named Tyson Heel.  The kid honestly looked in great shape and had the muscular structure of a 25-year-old serious trainer, but my veteran savvy and experience just overpowered him.  I fell the young man with a superkick for the pin, after he missed a top rope flipping senton.  Heel hung in there, though.  I have to give it to him, he was ambitious, but it was too little, too late for him.

Tyson Heel put up a game fight against Yours Truly (photo: City Brugges)

Tyson Heel put up a game fight against Yours Truly (photo: City Brugges)

This coming weekend, I gear up to wrestle in Hannover, Germany for EPW at Hanger No. 5, so get ready Deutschland!