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This coming weekend on Saturday, June 29 in Rauma, Finland, I’m one of the main organizers behind the biggest, international pro wrestling supershow in the Nordics of Europe this summer: Wrestle Aid 2019!

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With top professional wrestlers from nine different countries worldwide, this event is arguably – even on paper alone – the most significant show of its kind on a continental level.

“The Japanese Buzzsaw” Yoshihiro Tajiri and Meiko Satomura from Japan, Matt Cross from the USA, Ivelisse Veléz from Puerto Rico, Scotty Davis from Ireland, Jurn Simmons from Holland, Sadie Gibbs from England, Mikk Vainula from Estonia and Carlos Zamora from Spain join a host of Finnish professionals to bring you Wrestle Aid.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, Yours Truly represents my home country of Canada at this big event.

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With seven matches on the card and two gigantic, intercontinental main events on the menu, Wrestle Aid offers something for everyone, and especially action and thrills for the whole family.

Part of ticket proceeds will be going to the Finnish Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lihastautiliitto, to help patients with ALS and Duschenne muscular dystrophy to take part in wheelchair sports while their condition still warrants it.  This is a great cause and you really can make a difference by being an active part of it live!

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The event will be held outdoors under the Finnish blue sky at Potkur shopping center on the rooftop of the establishment in the western coastal city of Rauma, Finland this coming Saturday, June 29.  Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster in Finland so get yours now and come out to see the greatest live action spectacle in Earth!

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Wrestle Aid SHOW TIMES poster

For more, go to http://www.wrestleaid.fi and be sure to check out http://www.slamsports.eu as well.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

This past Friday, March 22 in Helsinki, my SLAM! Wrestling Finland organisation promoted its Mega Launch event, streamed live across all the land on ISTV before a rambunctious live, capacity audience!

I can honestly say that this was the biggest pro wrestling supercard on an international level to date here in the Nordics, with 10 countries represented in a bevy of different, dynamic matches.

We had Miss BumBum 2018, Tanja Sundell, in the role of the official interviewer for the wrestlers.  We had the D Diamonds dance duo as our official SLAM! ring girls, and we had the added beef of former European welterweight boxing champion, Juho Haapoja, on hand to officiate my match.

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In the opener, the Finnish team of Jami Aalto and Polar Pekko bested the Estonian Boyz, Kert Kukka and Big Mikk Vainula.  A very highspot-oriented match that worked perfectly to light up the audience and get them ready for the rest of the night.  In the end, Pekko hit his Shooting Star Press on Kukk, after which Aalto nailed a huge Frog Splash to spell the coup de gras for the Estonian contingent.

Polar Pekko Shooting Star Press on Kert Kukk

In the second match, “The Stockholm Playboy” Ken Malmsteen fell to Finland’s “Metal Warrior” Stark Adder in a hard-fought match when the Swede’s cocky arrogance cost him the match.  Malmsteen accosted one of the SLAM! Girls dancers, Alicia, after trying to make a move on her during his ring entrance.  Malmsteen dragged Alicia into the ring, but she fought her way free by booting him between the uprights, leading to Stark Adder capitalizing for the pin.  Malmsteen really should focus more on his opponent and less on the ladies outside the ring during his matches.

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In the third match, Russia’s Ivan Markov got the duke over Finland’s “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä in a Hardcore match.  Granted, Ivan seemed to throw some kind of powder into Heimo’s eyes en route to a tainted victory, but this was a No-DQ environment.  Anything goes, and thereby Markov’s win is a win.  Tons of weapons were used during this melee and I’m sure the guys will be feeling the effects of this encounter over the ensuing week!

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Hungary’s big man, “Renegade” David Turger, defeated “The Karelian Ghost” Shemeikka in powerful fashion with a sky-high powerbomb.  This was a classic bigger man vs. smaller man match-up, and the dynamic was certainly to be felt.  Turger’s power and veteran experience just proved to be too much in the end, although Shemeikka put up a valiant fight.

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In the fifth match, Yours Truly, “The Rebel” StarBuck, was able to defeat Italy’s Fabio Ferrari after he made the cardinal mistake of attempting to instigate the special guest referee for our match, former pro boxing champion, Juho Haapoja.  Haapoja had warned both of us prior to the match, that if we put our hands on him at any point, he would respond physically.  Well, it seems the hot-head that Ferrari is, he forgot the warning and lashed out at Haapoja in frustration, after which Juho whallopped him good with a right cross.  I saw the opening and took the pinfall opportunity that was handed to me.  Better luck next time, Fabio!

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In the sixth encounter, the UK Queen of Southside women’s championship was up on the line as champion Shanna of Portugal successfully defended her title against Natalia Markova of Russia and Betty Rose of Sweden.  After a feisty and furious all against all match, Shanna hit a devastating top rope double foot stomp on Betty, who was tied up in the ropes by her feet.  A picture says more than a thousand words and here’s the proof…

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In the seventh match of the night, the main event say England’s Tiny Iron challenge Germany’s Demolition Davies for the WAW European Heavyweight Championship out of the UK.  This was a colossal King Kong vs. Godzilla match-up, with both brutes laying in the heavy lumber as the ring shook.  In the end, Davies was saved from what appeared to be certain doom by the interference of Ivan Markov and David Turger, who assaulted Tiny Iron, causing the referee to disqualify Davies.  Heimo Ukonselkä and StarBuck made the save, helping Tiny Iron clear the ring of his assailants.

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Without doubt, this was the biggest independent, international-scale pro wrestling card to be held to date in the Nordics of Europe.  With national TV exposure and a ton of mainstream press, SLAM! Wrestling Finland hit a home run with Mega Launch!

All this week, we’ll be celebrating the event that was SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch on our Facebook and Instagram pages, posting one match photo gallery per day for your viewing pleasure.  Follow us and help support the hottest pro wrestling organisation in northern Europe today!

(All photos by Timo Muilu)

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m stoked and super-excited about the huge, international showcase event that I’ll be organizing on March 22, 2019 in downtown Helsinki at The Circus nightclub and live music venue, called SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch!

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After over 25 years in the professional wrestling industry, I’ve decided to take the next step and enter the event organizing field, offering custom-tailored, internationally-flavored pro wrestling shows to clients, companies, event organizers, clubs and festivals.  SLAM! Wrestling Finland is on on-demand service that gives the client the freedom to choose the kinds of wrestlers and talents from a wide, international talent pool of top stars for their event.  It’s really quite revolutionary and innovative as an approach, and this big, media Mega Launch event upcoming on March 22 will be my showcase to the movers and shakers as well as the public at large as to what SLAM! Wrestling Finland truly has to offer!

On March 22, 2019 at The Circus, there will be a three-way Triple Threat international women’s championship title match, an international Hardcore match that sees the rule book thrown out the window, a battle of colossal behemoths, a “David vs. Goliath” big man vs. smaller man match-up, an international tag team match and a bevy of exciting, dynamic singles matches between top wrestlers from different countries!

Already confirmed for the card: the bodyguard of the stars, Tiny Iron from Great Britain, is coming to SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch!  Tiny is 2m tall and weighs in at 120kg plus, with biceps that have to be seen to be believed: 24 inches of python power, brother!  Even Hulk Hogan would be jealous!  Tiny has been the bodyguard for Beyoncé, The Black-Eyed Peas, Rhianna and 50 Cent.  Tiny Iron is a true, international superstar and we’re excited to have him in Helsinki at this big event on March 22!

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Shanna (PT), Natalia Markova (RU) and Betty Rose (SE) are ready to rumble on March 22!

Also confirmed for the show: one of the top female stars in all of Europe, “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna, the massive 1.91m/190kg behemoth Demolition Davies of Germany, the top pro wrestler out of the red-hot territory of Hungary “Renegade” David Turger, Finland’s own “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä as well as “Metal Warrior” Stark Adder, Russia’s premiere female wrestling export #The Woman of Mass Destruction” Natalia Markova, “Pin-Up Punisher” Betty Rose of Sweden and many, many more!

It’s all coming down at the biggest, multi-cultural pro wrestling extravaganza ever to be held in the Nordics of Europe to date!

Tickets to this huge SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch event are NOW ON SALE through Ticketmaster.fi across Finland — GET YOURS NOW!!!

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I’d also like to share this superb, inspiring piece about SLAM! Wrestling Finland’s co-operation with metal industry manufacturer Power Tech Group here in Finland regarding the construction of our top-notch SLAM! Wrestling ring.  This is something that will put a smile on your face and leave you feeling good, guaranteed:

I thought to write a breakdown of the things I witnessed from a coaching perspective at FCF Wrestling’s Jatkosota 2015 event in Helsinki this past weekend. Since many people don’t really understand the nature of the beast that is professional wrestling, maybe this will help to shed some light on the game, and folks just might be able to grasp how incredibly demanding the sport is on so many levels.

In the opener tag match which I was a part of, I was really impressed with the physical aggression of King Kong Karhula, who tagged with Pyöveli Petrov. The big man is undoubtedly at the top of his game right now after spending 10 years in the sport to date, as his timing is impeccable, every single move and all of his execution is full-out and in-pocket. He has all the bases covered: the character, the charisma and the ring skills. I would be surprised if WWE didn’t take a serious look at this guy in the very near future. The way Karhula brutalized my tag team partner Sly Sebastian in our tag match made me feel sorry for little Sly. Mean and nasty in the ring, Karhula is one to watch for, and promoters in Europe should seriously consider booking him, regardless of the financial struggles that most of the continent has been facing for quite some time already.

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The Beast’s power displays in his match against Jessica Love were impressive, to say the least. Especially catching Jessica’s top rope crossbody and turning it into a jackhammer in one fell swoop for the winning pinfall was a thing to behold. This big man is developing at an alarming pace, and he is another one that WWE should be keeping their eyes on, and dismantling fan favorite Jessica Love gives The Beast major momentum right now.

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The hunger, spark and fire shown by young newcomers Jami Aalto and Joey Impact was a thing of beauty to behold in their match against Stark Adder and Ricky Vendetta. You can really see that these two rookies ”want it.” They want to grasp the brass ring and make a real impression on the fans, in their quest to become stars in this grappling game. Both Aalto and Impact showed incredible drive, heart and passion as they gutsily fought the experienced duo of Adder and Vendetta, who are the most cohesive unit in FCF Wrestling today and one mean team. I predict a bright future for these kids. Keep it up!

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After suffering a brutal beating at the hands of ”Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä, Mikko Maestro faces a transition akin to that undergone by Kurt Angle somewhere around the year 2000. Angle was a comedy wrestler in WWE at the time, and in his feud with Triple H, he had to step it up and find his serious game face. Maestro simply cannot continue as a light-hearted, fun guy after the way Heimo abused him. He will have to find the reserves deep down to become more that what he is now, if he hopes to stand toe-to-toe with Ukonselkä. Now is the time for Mikko Maestro to change his game.

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Mikko Maestro brutalized by Heimo Ukonselkä (Photo: Mats Havia 2015)

The triple threat tag team match between HC Andersen & Robert Holmström, The Luupää Brothers and Murskaaja Mieto & Tohtori Ioni had one competitor outshine everyone. Vili Luupää showed the kind of timing, fire and fluidity in his hot tag comeback, that I have last seen Daniel Bryan do something similar when he was feuding with The Shield in WWE a couple of years back. I really have to give props to Vili Luupää, who is another one grasping for the elusive brass ring right now.

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The women’s triple threat match was short and sweet, but the girls really showed some pizzazz and spice while they were in there. For a long time, pro wrestling has been coined ”the grunt and groan game”, and one thing that matches must have is audibles and noise (since no one likes to watch sports or movies with the sound turned off). Julia Kyy (main audibles here and best character presence overall), Sara Elektra and newcomer Regina really put in a spirited effort for the few minutes that they had, before Robert Holmström interjected himself in the match and drew the kind of heat from the audience that borders on being criminal. Holmström has that ”asshole” kind of quality to his ring character that people find easy to hate, and it should be interesting to see how he fares against the girls, because that seems to be his intergender modus operandi now.

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France’s Jimmy Gavroche and FCF champion Valentine had one of the best pure wrestling matches that I have seen in a long, long time. I felt that Gavroche really pushed Valentine to his fullest potential and visa versa. It’s a thing of beauty to see the marquee done right, and the name on the marquee reads ”wrestling.” Tight ring work, well-paced and holding solid match psychology, this was a worthy main event. Gavroche has great fire and body language and I can understand why it is easy for the audience to get behind him, even if he is a foreign wrestler coming in against one of FCF’s own. There were so many false finishes in this match that it kept everyone on the edge of their seats. It was really something to see live, which is exactly how professional wrestling should be enjoyed. Big props to both men for an incredible effort. I also have to state, that I was really taken aback at how the fans responded to The Beast coming out after the match to stare down Valentine, as the audience erupted into a completely spontaneous ”Beast is gonna kill you!” chant that continued even after The Beast left the ring and went to the back. There’s something very volatile brewing here!

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Be sure to come out for the next FCF Wrestling event in Porvoo, Finland on June 5 at the city’s #URBCULT happening, as there is nothing quite like the live experience that the game provides. Take a look at this fantastic video to see exactly what I’m talking about and we hope to see you next time!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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Johanna Salminen Miss XL Finland

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  That’s life.  But then, sometimes you lose again.  And again.  And then you start taking stock of what exactly the problem is, because if you don’t stop the downward spiral, you will end up hitting the proverbial wall.

This past weekend at FCF Wrestling’s Jatkosota 2014 event in Helsinki, I teamed with Sly Sebastian and Kristian Kurki to face the trio of FCF champion Heimo Ukonselkä, Stark Adder and Ricky Vendetta.  Sly and Kurki had upset Adder and Vendetta a month back, translating into the biggest win so far for Sly Sebastian in particular, as he managed to eek out a pin over mat veteran Stark Adder in that tag match.  Now, Adder and Vendetta had upped the ante and challenged Kurki and Sly to another match.  Only this time, it would be a six-man rumble at Jatkosota.

Catching Ricky Vendetta in the Gory Special (photo by Marko Simonen)

Catching Ricky Vendetta in the Gory Special (photo by Marko Simonen)

I ended up eating the pin in that match from this past weekend, after Ricky Vendetta managed to hit me with his finisher, but only following an assist from the outside ring apron from Ukonselkä, who blasted me behind the ear with a forearm smash as I hit the ropes.

Heimo Ukonselkä flails away at me (photo by Marko Simonen)

Heimo Ukonselkä flails away at me (photo by Marko Simonen)

After losing both the WNC title to Belgium’s Bernard Vandamme and the BWA title to Valentine last month, I really hit the wall.  Now, I took another loss, which I have to admit, stings.  I really cannot afford to get sucked into the negative downward spiral, and courtesy of Ukonselkä’s timely assist, Ricky Vendetta scored the biggest win of his young career a couple of nights ago.  That is a wrong that I am going to be forced to rectify.  Were it a straight-up contest, I could say the better man won.  Now, all I can say is, the numbers game caught up with me.  No excuses, only the facts.

Intense action! (photo by Marko Simonen)

Intense action! (photo by Marko Simonen)

Ricky Vendetta tried making his mark against me once already, back at the end of 2012.  He failed in spades, and now, I guess he has found a reason to finally gloat at my expense.  It must feel pretty sweet for him.

Sly Sebastian and Kristian Kurki help me to my feet after the bout (photo by Marko Simonen)

Sly Sebastian and Kristian Kurki help me to my feet after the bout (photo by Marko Simonen)

Savor the taste, son.  It won’t last long, because I am going to kick it out of your mouth, that you can count on.

This past weekend in Hannover, Germany, I was part of a six-man tag team match-up that served as a good warm-up for the six-man slobberknocker that will take place on April 12 in Helsinki at FCF Wrestling‘s Jatkosota 2014.

In Hannover, I teamed with Ecki Eckstein and Stampede Simon to face the trio of American bad boy Sam Elias, Val Verde and Johnny Rancid.  I was particularly impressed with Sam Elias, who reminded me more than a bit of early Steve Austin, circa. 1991-1193 in WCW.  Elias caught me out with a wicked knee to the gut, after which his team laid the heat on heavy.  I stayed alive, with the “Eye of the Tiger” blazing in my spirit, and rallied back to tag in Eckstein, who capitalized on the situation and scored the win for our team, pinning Rancid with a powerbomb.

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On April 12 in Helsinki, however, the stakes are even higher, after the upset win that Sly Sebastian scored over Finnish wrestling veteran Stark Adder at Talvistoa VIII this past March 8 in the tag team encounter between Sly and partner Kristian Kurki against Adder and Ricky Vendetta.  I forecast already in my FCF Year in Review 2013 blog, that Sly Sebastian was really starting to take off, after honing his skills patiently as a wrestler over the past three years.  Sly finally pulled off his biggest career win at Talvisota VIII, even if it was in tag team action, and now Stark Adder is raving mad about the upset.  Adder wants to trample out the flickers in Sly’s eyes before blaze gets out of control, and so Adder and Vendetta have recruited new FCF champion, “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä, to be their partner on April 12 and challenge Sly and Kurki to a six-man rumble.  That’s where I decided to take up the slack and offer myself as Sly’s and Kurki’s partner for FCF’s Jatkosota event.

Both Sly and Kurki helped Yours Truly this past January, when with Mikko Maestro as our fourth member, we overcame the team of Swedish snobs, Bättre Folk.  Therefore, now it’s my turn to help them, as they answered the call at my behest last time.

April 12 is bound to be one hell of a slobberknocker, so get your tickets NOW online: www.fightclubfinland.fi/kauppa.php

As an additional note: this spring season, both Ricky Vendetta and I were asked to be a part of “Duudsonit tuli taloon” (The Extreme Dudesons, Finland’s version of Jackass) TV-series, which will be airing on MTV in Finland.  Check program listings here: http://www.mtv.fi/duudsonit/

Ricky Vendetta and I will be featured on the Dudesons TV show this spring.

Ricky Vendetta and I will be featured on the Dudesons TV show this spring.