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This past Saturday night, on Halloween Eve, at SLAM! Wrestling’s RagnaRÖCK & Wrestling 2020 supershow in Tallinn, I captured my fourth European championship in my near-27 year in-ring pro wrestling career!

My previous European title wins came in 2006 and again in 2009 (vs. Bernard Vandamme of Belgium) for the Eurostars European Championship title; in 2011 (vs. Michael Kovac of Austria) for the TopCatch European Championship (operated by the oldest governing body in all of European pro wrestling, VDB Catch); and now, in 2020, the Mitti Del Wrestling European Union Championship, which I beat Italy’s top gun, Fabio Ferrari, for this past weekend in Tallinn, Estonia!

You can now relive and witness the entire RagnaRÖCK & Wrestling event online HERE and enjoy the awesome action from Tallinn this past Halloween night!

(Match photos by Sander Burmeister)

This summer, my heavy rock band Stoner Kings sees its 20th anniversary roll around, as I founded the group in the summer of 2000, up in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Over the course of the years, through the ups and downs of trial, we went through four line-up changes, break-ups, a period of prolonged AWOL and somehow, in the midst of all that, made three full-length albums.  We toured in the Baltics and in Central Europe, garnered international praise and hatred alike for our music, and rose to become one of the most visual show bands you’ll ever witness live on stage.

This past July 25 at On The Rocks in downtown Helsinki, we played our 20th Anniversary Revolution milestone gig, complete with former members guesting from our Brimstone Blues early era (Perttu “Gonzo” Sutinen), Fuck The World era (Reeo Tiiainen) and our 2007-2008 transitional era, right before the band went AWOL (Harri “Grandy” Räsänen).  In addition, we had our friend, Finland’s top exotic dancer, Irina Tundra, join us on stage and channel Hawkwind with their dancer, Stacia, from the 1970s.

Here are a cool set of photos from that celebratory gig by top German photographer, Sander Burmeister!

In addition, here is another visually stunning gallery from top Finnish live gig photographer, Saara Planting:

Next up for Stoner Kings: PowerSLAM in Põltsamaa at the Nahh Klaffen 2020 MC festival in Esku, Estonia on August 15 this coming weekend, and in addition, I will be wrestling live at that event with SLAM! Wrestling Finland.  Come on out for a helluva great time outdoors, two hours from Tallinn!

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26 years

Today marks 26 years since my professional debut as a wrestler.  I owe it to my coaches, Lance Storm (WWE, WCW, ECW), who is currently working for WWE as an agent, and Karl Moffat, who used to wrestle in the ’80s and ’90s as Jason the Terrible under a hockey mask (Stampede Wrestling, Capitol Sports Puerto Rico, All-Japan and New Japan Pro Wrestling), as they started me off right and gave me the mindset and tools to make it this far.

After 22 countries on four continents, coaching in seven countries worldwide since 2003 and being a champion and main event player the world over, I can only be grateful that my career is still rolling strong at the age of 46.

I’ve had setbacks and injuries, faced the challenges that age brings to the game, navigated through the shark-infested waters of wrestling politics and petty shenanigans, and steered the course so that here in 2020, I’m spearheading my own wrestling promotion, SLAM! Wrestling Finland, with operations in both Finland and Estonia, with much more to come.

I’m thankful to the Good Lord above, in whom I steadfastly trust as any credible rebel these days would, for giving me the health, longevity and blessing to extend an in-ring career and professional achievement that no one in the Nordics of Europe has yet to surpass.

Here’s to the future, and to the challenges and victories that lay ahead!

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StarBuck at SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch, 22/3/2019 Helsinki (photo: Marko Simonen)

One week back, on June 29 in Rauma, Finland, we held the most significant international pro wrestling card in all of Northern Europe this summer, entitled Wrestle Aid 2019.

With top talents flying to Finland to take part in this big event, in the end we had wrestlers from 10 countries represented: Japan, USA, Puerto Rico, Spain, England, Estonia, Holland, Ireland, Canada and Finland.

This all was done to help raise charity funds for the Finnish Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lihastautiliitto, to help those with ALS and Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy to take part in wheelchair-assisted sports.

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The entire concept of Wrestle Aid came about as the brainchild of one of the event organizers, Riku Forsström of Rauma, where the event was held.  Riku is a long-time Duschenne patient, eclipsing the typical lifespan of contemporaries with his condition by well over 10 years.  It was at the express request of Riku that I booked all of the talent that was on hand at Wrestle Aid, allowing the man to live his dream and see the top-notch international stars that we had at the event live.

In the opening cruiserweight match, “MDogg” Matt Cross (Son of Havoc from Lucha Underground) defeated Finland’s “Luchadore of Lapland” Jami Aalto in 7:49 following a picture-perfect Shooting Star Press off the top rope.

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The second match featured tag team action, with Carlos Zamora of Spain and Mikk Vainula of Estonia besting the Finnish tandem of Polar Pekko and Patrik Mieto in 8:28 when Vainula delivered a thunderous Jackhammer to Mieto for the winning pinfall.

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In what was billed a Medieval Rules match sans disqualifications and countouts, Finnish “Wildman” Heimo Ukonselkä defeated Holland’s big man, Jurn Simmons, in a wild brawl after a big boot out of nowhere in 10:29.

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Ireland’s phenomenal 18-year-old sensation Scotty Davis fell to Finland’s Viktor Tykki in 7:48 of match time after a ring-shaking backpack slam.

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Local son of Rauma, Toni Tamminen, bested long-time Finnish ring veteran Stark Adder in 12:31 after nabbing a crucifix pin in mid-action.

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“The Japanese Buzzsaw” TAJIRI overcame arch-rival “The Rebel” StarBuck after 20:02 via pinfall upon finally delivering a successful Buzzsaw Kick to the Finnish pro wrestling pioneer’s head.

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Meiko Satomura of Japan defeated Ivelisse Velez of Puerto Rico and Sadie Gibbs of England in 10:10 in a heated women’s Triple Threat match when she pinned Ivelisse following her renowned Death Valley Driver.

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All of the action and excitement of Wrestle Aid 2019 will be available for one more week on ISTV through www.is.fi as a streaming service, so be sure to check out this stellar event through your device of choice and also follow SLAM! Wrestling Finland in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as we deliver photo galleries of each match-up this coming week daily.

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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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.

 

On June 29 this month, I’ll be promoting a huge, international professional wrestling supershow called Wrestle Aid on the West Coast of Finland in the city of Rauma.  Along with three other organizers, including local hockey team Rauman Lukko, local DJ Toni “Protoni” Järvinen and a disabled gentleman named Riku Forsström, we’re bringing the largest scale wrestling event to Finland that has arguably been witnessed to date.  Yes, even bigger, arguably, than SLAM! Wrestling Finland Mega Launch back on March 22 this year in Helsinki!

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With Wrestle Aid, we are giving part of the ticket proceeds to charity through the Finnish Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lihastautiliitto, to help those with ALS and Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy partake in assisted sports like wheelchair football and the like.  It’s a very noble cause, and this stems from the wishes of the aforementioned Riku Forsström, who himself has an advanced Duschenne condition.

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Wrestler Toni Tamminen, Mikael Eklöf of hockey team Rauman Lukko, Toni Järvinen, StarBuck, wrestler Stark Adder and in the forefront, Riku Forsström (photo: Jussi Hietikko)

With this event, I am reminded of the work that WWE does with Make-A-Wish in the USA, as I parallel what we are doing with Wrestle Aid.  Riku Forsström is a long-time wrestling fan who loves his grappling and is very knowledgeable about the international wrestling scene.  About a half-year ago, Riku gave me a list of names he would like to see wrestle in his hometown of Rauma this summer, at the event that would become Wrestle Aid itself.  As the most accomplished pro wrestler in history out of the Nordics, having traveled the world, I set out to procure the talent that Riku had made a wish to see.  After all, this signaled a big deal in Riku’s life on a personal front: the doctor’s never gave him the outlook to see his 40th birthday, which took place this past May.  The average mortality rate for people with Duschenne is 26.  So Riku’s request was in the hopes of seeing a dream come true, in the celebration of life itself, as he has greatly defied the odds, regardless of his severe physical condition.

In so telling, I am super-excited to announce that we will be bringing one of the greatest female professional wrestlers in the world today to Wrestle Aid… Meiko Satomura from Japan!  Meiko is Riku’s all-time favorite wrestler, and that said, her coming to Finland is something special indeed.  If anything, this truly is a Make-A-Wish moment come true for Riku Forsström.  And that said, in honor of making this dream come true, I believe as matchmaker of SLAM! Wrestling Finland, I will put the ladies on last with Meiko as the show-closer.

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Meiko fought current WWE NXT UK women’s champion Toni Storm in the semi-finals of the 2018 WWE Mae Young Classic women’s tournament.

Ladies and gentlemen, come join us on June 29 at Wrestle Aid in Rauma, Finland for the greatest professional wrestling card you will probably see all summer anywhere in Europe.  Tickets are available right now through Ticketmaster in Finland and by supporting and attending, you are helping to also support those with ALS and Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy in Finland.  It’s a noble cause and you should be part of it.

Top professional wrestlers from 10 countries represented: Japan, USA, Puerto Rico, Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, Canada, Estonia and Finland.

It doesn’t get any bigger than this!

Get your tickets NOW: https://www.ticketmaster.fi/event/wrestle-aid-lippuja/255201

For those of you who might have missed it, I was on my old buddy Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast recently.  You can check out the whole episode HERE!

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Also, I’ve got some huge news for you all!  The next super-spectacular SLAM! Wrestling Finland event happens on June 29 this summer on the West Coast of Finland in Rauma.  It’s called Wrestle Aid 2019 and part of the proceeds are going to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (Lihastautiliitto Ry) in Finland to help those with ALS and Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy to partake in sports while their situation still warrants it.

It’s a fantastic cause, and you certainly should be supporting this big event and the ethical framework of its intent.  We’ve got top wrestlers coming in from eight different countries for Wrestle Aid: TAJIRI from Japan, Ivelisse from Puerto Rico, Matt Cross from the USA, Jurn Simmons from Holland, Chris Ridgeway and Sadie Gibbs from England, Shanna from Portugal and several others are slated to appear in action on June 29 at the biggest, international pro wrestling mega-event of the summer in the Nordics of Europe!

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Tickets for Wrestle Aid are NOW AVAILABLE through Ticketmaster in Finland 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.

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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)

Howdy ho, folks!  I’ve got some news for those amongst you who don’t yet know, that I’ve started a new pro wrestling podcast with fellow Canadian Dylan Broda, who is also living here in Finland and working as a pro wrestling referee.  Our show is called Shootin’ The Shizzat and it’s available on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean and Soundcloud.

I heartily recommend y’all checking out our in-depth verbatim and compelling jabber on all things pro wrestling, at times joined by select, carefully-chosen guests from the world of pro wrestling, such as legendary British grappler and multi-time world champion, Marty Jones from the UK, and Japanese wrestling journalist Fumi Saito from Japan to date.

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Dylan Broda on the left, StarBuck on the right: Shootin’ The Shizzat!

We’re just getting started as the we launched the podcast under two months ago, with weekly episodes, but it’s already gotten fantastic feedback from the global professional wrestling sector!  So be sure to check us out, you won’t regret it!

If you are a business and you’d like to sponsor the show, contact me directly through my website contact form that you can find on this site, and join the list of our program supporters like SLAM! Wrestling Finland, Redd Skull Hot Sauce, Marko Simonen Photography, Earl Creative Media and others!

Join us and follow our show and you’ll be Shootin’ The Shizzat before you know it!