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It’s official now, folks: Finland has invaded Sweden!  At least in the world of professional wrestling, and that said, it’s been a long time coming.  You see, for years on end, Finland was under Swedish rule, and the Finns despise the lingering Big Brother mentality of the Swedes.  To this day, the hottest rivalry in Nordic Ice Hockey is between Finland and Sweden, and Finland vs. Russia is a close second, by a hair.

Last weekend in Malmö, Sweden, a literal gang of Finnish wrestlers crashed the SWS Wrestling card on Saturday, August 31.  At the start of the Swedish event, the Finnish grapplers – FCF champion King Kong Karhula, Stark Adder, Valentine, Ricky Vendetta, Aurora Flame, Vili Luupää and Johnny McMetal – steamrolled into the ring out of the audience and kicked the living daylights out of the Swedish pair that was squaring off.  This led to the immediate restructuring of the night’s card, as SWS officials deemed that if Finland came to Malmö to fight, then a fight they would receive!

Now, on Saturday, September 7, five of the best wrestlers out of Finland today – myself, Heimo Ukonselkä, Jessica Love, Valentine and King Kong Karhula – all descend on Gothenburg, Sweden, to take on the best that GBG Wrestling has to offer.  The war cry has been sent out, and now there is not turning back!

GBG poster Sept 7

Personally, I don’t know what this will mean for me, as my herniated C6-C7 vertebrae is far from being healed, but I plan on showing up for sure.  I know that GBG wanted me to wrestle Conny Mejsel at this event in a rematch from FCF Wrestling’s DOMination 9 card back in Helsinki on June 8 this year.  Personally speaking, I still owe Conny Mejsel a receipt big time, for the way that he assaulted me back in June, alongside Valentine, following our match.

The bottom line is, the war is officially ON!

The shit has hit the proverbial fan.  I was diagnosed today with a herniated disc between my C6-C7 vertebrae by top sports physician Tuomo Karila in Helsinki at Dextra Sports Clinic.

Preparing for my MRI scan at Helsinki's Dextra Sports Clinic today

Preparing for my MRI scan at Helsinki’s Dextra Sports Clinic today

The injury itself happened as a freak occurrence on August 3rd, as I was training upcoming Finnish pro wrestling hopefuls at FCF Wrestling’s training center in Kellokoski, Finland.  I suffered whiplash in one of the training exercises, and I felt a sharp pain in my upper trapezius and neck after my sparring partner sent me chest-first into the ring corner buckles.  I continued the training exercise, disregarding what had just happened.  The next day, I continued coaching my class, and the pain intensified in my injured region.  I thought that adequate rest would suffice to heal whatever momentary strain had been incurred, but I could not have been more wrong.  I went on a short vacation with my wife Diana in western Finland near the city of Pori, and during last week, the pain spread to my left arm and ached so bad that it kept me awake at night.  Last Thursday, as we were driving back to Helsinki through Turku, I had to make an emergency stop at Turku’s main hospital, as the agony was unbearable.  On Friday last week, I made plans to see Dr. Karila, as I could no longer cope with my physical condition.  However, I had a match in Rovaniemi, Finland at the 2013 edition of the Simerock Festival last Saturday, where I wrestled in a tag team main event alongside “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä against Stark Adder and FCF champion King Kong Karhula.  My injury was further aggrevated during that outing, although I tried my best to play it safe.

This news puts a real damper on my upcoming BWA (British Wrestling Alliance) Catchweight title defense against the USA’s 190kg monster Cannonball Grizzly in Kotka, Finland on August 24 at FCF Wrestling’s Rock & Wrestling Rampage at Route 66.  Dr. Karila told me that I would be risking paralysis if I stepped into the ring to grapple with my neck in this current condition.  Of course, I got scared good and proper, and there is no way that I would be willing to put my health at unnecessary risk.  I am not willing to look at ending up like one of my old wrestling idols, Tom Billington aka The Dynamite Kid, who has already spent the last 20-years in a wheelchair following the end of his wrestling career.

The fact is that right now, I am looking at a herniated disc between my C6 and C7 vertebrae.  I have been unable to sleep for almost two weeks, due to the 24/7 pain that courses through my left arm, numbing my index and middle fingers.  My left shoulder blade and upper trapezius feels like a smoldering fire has set into it, and I really do not wish this anguish on even my worst enemy.  All I can say is, that I hope the Good Lord above has mercy on my predicament.

The MRI scan shows the damage to my neck

The MRI scan shows the damage to my neck

Dr. Karila himself is a former wrestler (albeit not a pro wrestler like myself) and he has acted as the official doctor of the Finnish Olympic wrestling team in the past, so you can guess that he knows his stuff.  When the doctor told me to just sit out for six to ten weeks, I took it pretty hard.  After all, I am an athlete, and a top athlete at that in my chosen sport.  It is not easy for me to turn away bookings and walk away from active competition.  At heart, I am a warrior, and my blood calls me to fight.  That said, right now, my battle is with my physical well-being.

The following video documentation of my injury and MRI was filmed by director Oskari Pastila, who has been filming a documentary entitled Spandex Sapiens, about my wrestling career and persona, over the past four years (the film will be out in early 2014):

I am chagrined to forfeit my title match in Kotka on August 24 with Cannonball Grizzly.  FCF Wrestling will find a suitable replacement main event for Rock & Wrestling Rampage at Route 66, and you can bet that Cannonball Grizzly will have the fight of his life on his hands once FCF officials have deemed his opponent for the event.  Down the road, once I am healthy, I look forward to getting another chance to face the American behemoth Grizzly, whether it is for the title or just for personal honor.

Cannonball Grizzly stands 188cm and weighs 190kg

Cannonball Grizzly stands 188cm and weighs 190kg

Thank you for your support in this trying time.  Your prayers are appreciated.

Last night, October 6th in Nurmes, Finland, I faced the brand new FCF Wrestling Champion, King Kong Karhula, in his first title defense to date.

Karhula locks a vicious chinlock on me

Karhula won the strap on August 25th in Helsinki, defeating 4-time former FCF Champion, Valentine, in the finals of a two-day title tournament.  After seven years in the wrestling game, Karhula finally won the big one, cementing his legacy among the elite in the European professional wrestling field.

My skull literally ricochets off of the ringpost during the ringside brawl

Last night, Karhula brought the most vicious A-game that he had within him, knowing that I was in the hunt for my 5th FCF Championship to date also.  The last time I held the coveted title was in 2010, when I both won and lost the belt to and from “The Japanese Buzzsaw” TAJIRI in Tokyo, on both occasions.

The ringpost shot put a goose egg on my cranium and the blood pours out

I had been struck with a debilitating influenza virus infection for over six weeks, and going into this match, I still was not at 100% physically.  That is no excuse as to how things played out in the end, but it stands to take into consideration when looking back on this match.  I had not been able to perform cardiovascular workouts during my sick spell, and this detail taxed me severely in last night’s encounter.

I rally back at Karhula with huge blows that rock the FCF Champion

Karhula and I fought tooth and nail – from technical, mat-based wrestling to full-out brawling with both fists blazing – throughout the contest, going 23:26 total match time … and I must say, this was one of my toughest matches in Finland over the past nine years that pro wrestling has been domestically promoted here.

THIS … is the proverbial face of rage unleashed

Karhula survived my superkick – a feat which very few have EVER accomplished, anywhere I have wrestled in the world – and came back with a series of World’s Strongest Slams to finally finish me off for the coup de grâce.

Bombs away — dropping the big elbow off of the top rope

I really must say that all things considered, under the circumstances, I gave it my best shot and did my all, but the better man won last night.  Still, I say “the better man” only concerning “last night”.  If Karhula is willing to take me on when I am at 100%, without any sicknesses or physical limitations, I challenge him to another match for his title.

After knocking the big ape to his knees, I feed him a wicked superkick

Still, the fact remains: King Kong Karhula is a force to be reckoned with on the European pro wrestling circuit.  Very few wrestlers have gotten the one-up on Yours Truly in Europe over the past few years, and to claim a win over StarBuck definitely carries weight and makes a statement in our business.

The World’s Strongest Slam spells the end of the match … for me

King Kong Karhula goes from here to DOMination 6 in Helsinki on October 27th for his next title defense, whereas I head to Japan for the Wrestling New Classic title tournament on October 26 in Tokyo, facing my former teammate, Hajime Ohara, in the first round.

King Kong Karhula retains the FCF Championship after the dust settles

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On October 6th in Nurmes, Finland at Pielisareena, I will challenge new FCF Wrestling Champion, King Kong Karhula, for his title in a his first defense to date at an event entitled Karjalan Turpakäräjät. The local event promoter in Nurmes is pushing this event hard and heavy, and things are looking fantastic as we edge closer to the big day!

Needless to say, this is a huge test for Karhula, who has finally achieved the top of the proverbial mountain, winning his first notable championship after seven years in the wrestling business, back on August 25 in Helsinki. It was then that Karhula pinned 4-time FCF Champion, Valentine, in the finals of the FCF title tournament. It goes without saying, but regardless, the hunter has now become the hunted, and good ol’ StarBuck is a 4-time FCF Champion as well.

As I have a few weeks now to recouperate from the damaged neck that I suffered in Japan at the hands (read: feet) of TAJIRI on September 1st in Toyohashi, and during this time I will be focusing all my energies returning to 100% physical condition, so that when October 6th rolls around, I will have a very real chance of scoring my fifth FCF title to date.

Last month in August, Finnish professional wrestling hit its nine-year anniversary, and I could think of nothing better than reeling in my fifth FCF Championship reign to benchmark this milestone landmark in Nurmes, Finland at Karjalan Turpakäräjät next month!

King Kong Karhula, I hope that you are ready, because this old dog is hungry and feeling downright ornery!!!

The entire Karjalan Turpakäräjät card reads:

FCF Championship match: King Kong Karhula (champion) vs. StarBuck (challenger)

Hardcore match: Bjørn Sem (Norway) vs. Vladimir Petrov (Russia)

Triple Threat match: Stark Adder vs. Valentine vs. Jessica Love

Intergender tag team match: Sara Elektra & Vili Luupää vs. Aurora Flame & Ricky Vendetta

Battle of masked men: Angel de Tormentá vs. Perkules

Opening match: Johnny McMetal vs. Murskaaja Mieto

 

Karjalan Turpakäräjät
6.10.2012 start time 18:00 (doors open 17:00)
Tickets 14€ (age 12-17 tickets 10€).
Must be at least 12-years of age to attend.

In cooperation with Sokos Hotel Bomba and Hyvärilä Holiday and Youth Center.
Accommodation & hotel booking for event: myynti.bomba@sokoshotels.fi and hyvarila@nurmes.fi

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This past weekend in Helsinki, Finland, a new FCF Champion was crowned in King Kong Karhula. After surviving a first round Triple Threat match involving myself and ”Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä (in which Karhula managed to pin me following a World’s Strongest Slam), the 130kg behemoth would go on to defeat old rival, gender bender Jessica Love, in the semi-finals, and then upset Valentine in the finals to become the new titleholder.

King Kong Karhula got the duke over Yours Truly (Photo by Mika Kallasmaa)

Firstly, I have to say that Karhula was more aggressive than ever before in his tournament outings this weekend. His sheer relentlessness and urgency led to him capitalizing at a crucial moment in the opening round threeway match, which was sabotaged in part by FCF valet Barbie, as I am told she pushed my foot off of the ropes in the closing pinfall – a move that was unnoticed by the referee in the heat of the moment. I have no idea what Barbie’s agenda and intentions were, but I promise to get that sorted out, because she cost me dearly this past weekend, as I was looking to score my fifth FCF title to date.

FCF photographer Jarmo Katila happened to be backstage when I cornered Barbie, and he took this shot.

I have had more than my fair share of trouble in the past with Barbie when she was Valentine’s valet a couple of years back, when she would constantly interfere in my matches. Barbie has since sided with Kristian Kurki, who is now indefinitely on the sidelines with a serious back injury at the hands of Valentine earlier this year. How apropos. However, I have no idea what Barbie’s issue with me is this time around. I did however manage to corner her after the event in her dressing room, but as the video below shows, I didn’t get any answers … yet.

Karhula’s match against Jessica Love on Satuday, August 25th was one of the BEST matches I have EVER seen in all of the past nine years that professional wrestling has been promoted domestically in Finland. Words cannot describe the level of excellence here, and I dare say that the match that these two had easily wipes the mat with 85% of anything that I have seen on WWE or TNA broadcasts in the past two years. Once again, I must say that the level of aptitude and match quality in FCF Wrestling these days blows away the bulk of the competition and contemporaries in the mat game today.

Karhula’s tournament final win against 4-time FCF Champion Valentine was decisive and clean, capitalizing at the most opportune moment to claim victory. Karhula’s package piledriver was downright nasty, and with it he put away Valentine, claiming the FCF title in the process. With that win, King Kong Karhula – after the seven years he has been in professional wrestling hunting after his first championship – became the hunted in one fell swoop.

The return of both The Mighty Perkules and Stark Adder was received with open arms and much anticipation by the FCF fans in Helsinki this past weekend, although neither man advanced to the semi-finals. Perkules lost clean to Valentine and Adder lost to Jessica Love in the opening round. Whereas Perkules took his loss in stride and even congratulated his foe, Adder clearly was left with a bitter taste upon loss in the opening round of the tournament. In the semi-final round as King Kong Karhula faced Jessica Love, Adder assaulted a fallen Jessica at ringside and left Karhula to pick the bones, leading to a tainted victory for the new FCF Champion. My bet is that Adder, being a one-time FCF Champion, is somewhat disgruntled at the fanfare and support that Jessica Love has gotten from the fans, propelling the gender bender’s career like a rocket over the past couple of years in both Scandinavia and Japan.

Jessica Love managed to squeeze by the returning Stark Adder (Photo by Mika Kallasmaa)

Speaking of the Land of the Rising Sun, I leave for Japan on Tuesday this coming week to fight for Wrestling New Classic. Teaming with AKIRA and Syuri, our trio will face TAJIRI, Mikey Whipwreck and Kana in a series of barbed wire matches across Japan next week. The first will be in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall on August 30th, then on August 31st in Osaka and on September 1st in Toyohashi. I have a feeling things are going to get ugly…

In just over a week, I will be fighting for the first time in my career in a barbed wire grudge match in Japan for Wrestling New Classic.  My trio with AKIRA and Syuri will face the vengeance-hungry team of TAJIRI, Mikey Whipwreck and Kana, and there it is guaranteed that there will be blood.  It all comes down on August 30th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

From there, my team will do battle against TAJIRI’s trio on August 31st in Osaka and on September 1st in Toyohashi, and these encounters will also be barbed wire matches.  You can be sure that none of us will be the same after the dust settles next week across Japan!  My team is undaunted however, and we will show once again how we dominate, just as we did on our last tour of Japan.

First however, I will be gunning for my fifth FCF Championship title reign at DOMination 5 in Helsinki, Finland on August 24&25th, as over a two-day period a tournament will be held to crown a new titleholder.  It was 2010 last that I held the FCF crown, defeating TAJIRI in Tokyo on July 24 that year, before losing it back to TAJIRI on November 22, 2010 in Tokyo also.

In round one on Friday, August 24th, I will fight in the main event in a triple threat match against King Kong Karhula and “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä.  The winner of that match goes on the next night to advance to the semi-finals, and should they be victorious, the finals on the same night.

The main event for FCF Wrestling’s next outing Mäntän Mättö on May 17 in Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland was just announced today.  I will be teaming with “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä to do battle with the gargantuan combo of Russian monster powerhouse Vladimir Petrov and the enormous human tank, King Kong Karhula.

Karhula, formerly known as Ibo Ten, has seemingly been born-again after he attacked both Ukonselkä and myself in our FCF title match back on April 20 in Helsinki at FCF’s Jatkosota 2012 event.  After all was said on done back on April 20, Ukonselkä was stripped of the FCF championship by General Manager, Robert Holmström, after Heimo struck a belligerent Holmström in the maw following the match.

After the way that Robert berated both Ukonselkä and I following our battle at Jatkosota 2012, it is clear the the FCF General Manager wants to see the winds of change and a new order in our domestic professional wrestling scene.  Now, Robert Holmström has signed King Kong Karhula and Vadimir Petrov to face Ukonselkä and myself, so as to commandeer a new top dog spot in Finnish professional wrestling.

Karhula and Petrov top the scales at a whopping 260+ kilos of weight, so this match will be a true test for Ukonselkä and myself, as we fight to keep our spot in the main event spotlight at Mäntän Mättö.

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This past Friday night at FCF Wrestling’s Jatkosota 2012 event in Helsinki I challenged “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä for his FCF Championship title.  Had I procured the finishing pinfall, which by all accounts SHOULD have gone down following my spike piledriver to Ukonselkä, I would now be a five-time FCF Champion.  The fact that I am not the new champ right now boils down to FCF General Manager Robert Holmström, my Eurosport co-commentator, who really should have known better than messing with my match, and to Robert’s “surprise”, King Kong Karhula.

Heimo and I fought a rough-and-tumble, knock-down, drag-out bout, which really deserved a clear-cut winner.  Alas, Robert Holmström, with his Machiavellian imagination, spoiled the fun for everybody.  Right after my well-timed piledriver, the lights of the Old Student House venue went out and everyone was left in the dark.  Then, out of the corner of the room, from a side entrance, out comes the former Ibo Ten, who is now apparently calling himself King Kong Karhula, if the page that he opened on Facebook yesterday is any indication.  Karhula proceeded to destroy both Heimo and I, leaving us with bruised ribs after it was all said and done.

I have to hand it to Ukonselkä though.  He is often viewed as a very one-dimensional wrestler, being the burly brawler type.  My plan of attack was to actually wrestle the man down to the mat and control him there, but Heimo showed surprising counter-wrestling aptitude and managed to stem the tide.  It ended up being pretty much back and forth all the way through, with neither of us getting a clear upper hand throughout the match.

With the non-finish and sabotage of our title match, Robert Holmström upheld the FCF Championship, aided in part by the fact that he provoked Heimo into blasting him with a forearm with his egocentric verbal assault following Karhula’s attack on Ukonselkä and myself.  Holmström is obviously over-stepping his authority and misusing his power, and I am sure that he has something up his sleeve that nobody can anticipate.

Nonetheless, props to Heimo Ukonselkä for a war well fought, and Robert … I’ll see you at Eurosport next on May 14, and then you will have some explaining to do!

(Photos by Jarmo Katila / www.jarmokatila.fi)