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This coming Friday in Helsinki, I’ll be personally promoting the biggest, international pro wrestling event ever to be held in the Nordics of Europe.

It’s called SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch, and it’ll feature top talents from 10 different countries in seven dynamic, differently-themed matches on a two-and-a-half hour live show to be streamed live across Finland on ISTV.

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The entire function of this Mega Launch show is to give people in Finland a clear-cut look at what all SLAM! Wrestling Finland has to offer.  From Triple Threat three-way matches to tag team matches to singles matches featuring big men vs. big men, big men vs. small men and damn good technical wrestlers against one another, to Hardcore matches to women’s matches to title matches, Mega Launch has it all!

It’s like legendary wrestling promoter Eddie Graham from Florida said back in the day (paraphrasing): “I believe a wrestling card has to offer something for everyone.”  Well, that’s exactly what Mega Launch is offering.

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In the first match, it’ll be the Estonian contingent of Big Mikk Vainula and Kert Kukk – the Estonian Boyz – against the Finnish duo of Jami Aalto and Polar Pekko.  Methinks this is going to be a fast and furious opener at Mega Launch, with both young teams full of piss and vinegar, hungry to prove that they have what it takes to make it in the dog-eat-dog world of pro wrestling.  Expect some quality bang for your buck in this one!

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“The Stockholm Playboy” Ken Malmsteen arrives in Helsinki on March 22 to take on “Metal Warrior” Stark Adder in a battle of polar opposites.  This one is a re-visitation of the age-old hatred between the Swedes and the Finns.  Both men have been in the wrestling game for well over a decade and are grizzled veterans.  Expect the proverbial fur to fly in this one!

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In a super-intriguing match-up, “The Russian Ass-Kicker” Ivan Markov takes on “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä in a Hardcore match at Mega Launch!  I foresee this one breaking down into a complete donnybrook and the weapons are going to be out en masse before long!  Both of these guys are known for their nasty brawling strikes and dirty tricks, so it’ll be a true battle between Russia and Finland – another age-old grudge that refuses to die – on March 22 in Helsinki.

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It’s a battle of David vs. Goliath at SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch on March 22 in Helsinki as Finnish luchadore, the 1.7m “Ghost of Karelia” Shemeikka, takes on the 1.9m “Renegade” David Turger of Hungary.  This is literally a story of speed and agility versus power and brute force in a match that is easy for anyone to comprehend and appreciate.  I’m really looking forward to this one, and the polarizing dynamic between these two combatants’ styles.

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It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t put myself in the mix at an event of this magnitude as an event organizer, so I accepted the offer made to me by Germany’s IPW organization for something they are calling the Circle of Champions tournament, taking part in the latter half of this year in Lübeck, Germany.  It’s a tournament that brings together the best pro wrestlers in all of Europe who have been champions in their own right.  The qualification match for myself and my opponent, Fabio Ferrari of Italy, will take place for the Circle of Champions at Mega Launch.  To make things even more interesting, former two-time European welterweight boxing champion Juho Haapoja will be serving as our special guest referee.  This one is anyone’s ballgame on March 22.

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Talk about beauty, skill and charisma all in one package!  This women’s Triple Threat match-up will be for the Queen of Southside women’s championship out of the UK, held by Shanna of Portugal, who puts her title on the line against “Russian Crush” Natalia Markova and “The Pin-Up Punisher” Betty Rose of Sweden.  This is arguably the biggest challenge so far in Betty’s young wrestling career and she will have two of the toughest female veterans of the game against her at Mega Launch as the first girl to score a submission or pinfall wins the match… and the championship!

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In the huge, colossal main event of SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch, the 1.91m/190kg Demolition Davies of Germany puts his WAW European Heavyweight Championship title on the line against the challenge of the 1.92m/127kg Tiny Iron of England.  This is literally King Kong vs. Godzilla, a match that could be a main event anywhere in the world, and it’s taking place for all the marbles on March 22 in Helsinki.  There will be over 400kg of humanity in the ring at the same time (counting in the referee also) in this gigantic main event monster mash, which alone is already worth the price of admission!  Who is taking home the gold leaving Helsinki?  Be on hand to find out as it doesn’t get any bigger than this!

All that said, even my old buddy, former WWE world champion, Chris Jericho, is excited about Mega Launch!  Take a look at what Y2J has to say about my huge show in Helsinki this week:

Get your tickets now while you still can for March 22 through Ticketmaster Finland via this LINK!  Normal tickets are 25€, Silver upper balcony tickets (with small condiments served) are 45€ and Golden ringside seats with catering included are 65€ a piece.

Be a part of pro wrestling history in the Nordics of Europe this week on Friday, March 22 in Helsinki as SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch blows the roof off of Helsinki!!!

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In one week’s time from tonight, I will have fought one of the most important matches of my professional wrestling life: I will have avenged the assaults perpetrated on my wife over the past month and a half.

For anyone who isn’t wary of the incidents that I am referring to, my wife Diana fell prey to the actions of a wrestler in Finland named Valentine.

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The first incident happened on March 23 in Helsinki at FCF Wrestling‘s DOMination 8: Gods of the North event.  It was on that eve that I filled in for an injured English wrestling veteran named Robbie Brookside, whose knees were on the fritz, as the challenger for Valentine’s BWA (British Wrestling Alliance) Catchweight Championship title.  For anyone who needs to be refreshed on the altercation at the aforementioned event, read my blog about the whole mess HERE.

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Very simply put, I have more than a personal agenda riding on the line at FCF Wrestling’s Jatkosota 2013 event on May 11 in Espoo, right next to where I live: I have to defend my spouse’s honor.  There are few ways that prove more effective to incite the literal wrath of Hell than to abuse another person’s family member.  Valentine physically laying his hands on my woman – not once, but twice – warrants the kind of receipt that is rarely dealt out under professional circumstances in any business.

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The second incident in question took place at the end of last month, when my Eurosport co-host Robert Holmström held a candid, sit-down interview with both Valentine and I.  Well, the initial gameplan was exactly that: Two, separate sit-down interviews with both Valentine, to express the motives behind his actions, and with my wife and I, to retort to the altercation at DOMination 8.  Valentine got his to say his piece, but my interview did not happen.  Instead, to add insult to injury, my wife suffered yet another cowardly attack at the hands of Valentine, and I have good reason to believe that Holmström got his mitts dirty in some fashion regarding this last nail in the coffin:

On May 11, I won’t just be coming to the Leppävaara Sports Hall in Espoo to fight when I face Valentine in a rematch for his BWA Catchweight title.

I’ll be looking to maim.

I am excited about the fact that FCF Wrestling here in Finland will be finally making their first excursion to the city of Mänttä (or Mänttä-Vilppula as it is known as now) on Thursday, May 17 as part of the annual Mänttä Rally car racing show.

I lived in Vilppula, right next to Mänttä, between 1996 – 2003 when I first moved to Finland from Canada.  I literally lived in the middle of the bush, out in the countryside, where the musical wellsprings of songwriting opened up in my creativity.  Since that time, I have gone on to rock many international stages as a vocalist in several bands over the years.  It was also in the summer of 2003 when I moved to Espoo, Finland that I began coaching Finnish wrestling talent, spawning the very first wrestling class in Finnish history.  Out of that class, the only wrestler still active to this day is Johnny McMetal, as the other active Finnish original, Stark Adder, quit the business last year in May.

Night Club Morgan Kane in Mänttä is the official sponsor of Mäntän Mättö on May 17, which will be held at the Mänttä City Gymnasium (Mäntän Liikuntasali).  The card will be announced shortly, so stay tuned to www.wrestling.fi for developments.