Wrestling books, notes, shows


Coastal Championship Wrestling returns to The Main Event Training Center on Saturday, May 4 at 312 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

A family friendly event, the Saturday Night Showcase features CCW favorites plus up-and-coming stars from the METC.

The show is headlined by a return grudge match as Showtime JB Cool battles former ECW/WWE superstar Stevie Richards. These two had the match of the night at Spring Breakout last month, and CCW Commissioner Harry Venis ordered this return match on the spot.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is just $7. Seating is limited. Advanced tickets available at www.ccwevents.com.

The air-conditioned facility is about a mile east of I-95. When the lot is full, overflow parking is next door at Dolphin Carpet & Tile.

River City Wrestling

River City Wrestling presents Caged In on Saturday, May 4 at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena, 9870 Marbach Rd. in San Antonio. The event will begin at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

Steel cage match: RCW champ Sicodelico Jr vs. The Samoan Beast Michael Faith

Steel cage match: RCW International champ Sammy Guevara vs. Low Rider vs. Erick Ortiz

Steel cage match: RCW Phoenix champ Most Interesting Wrestler in the World Mitch Baxter vs. Mind of Wrestling JT Lamotta vs. Centerfold Matthew Palmer vs. Steve Mac Attack McEnroe

Steel cage match: RCW tag team champs Joey Super Shot Spector and his dad, Coach Michael Patrick, will defend.

RCW Ring King: Don Juan with Co-Commissioner Chris SIRfuentes vs. Honkey Kong. And more.

Tickets sold at the door (cash or credit card): front row, all ages, $15; general admission, adults $12; general admission, kids age 4-18 and adults with a military/student ID are $10; and children 3-years-old and younger, free. Advance tickets are online at www.rcw-wrestling.com or www.ticketweb.com. Advance tickets are cheaper than those sold at the door with group discounts also available. Beer/alcohol will be sold.

VIP packages available: $25 for front row, $20 general admission adults and $18 general admission kids or military/student ID. VIP passes include meet-n-greet backstage with RCW stars, a hot dog and soda ($3 value), an 11x17 color poster ($2 value) and first choice of seating. The VIPs will be allowed to enter the building first when doors open.


A BANG TV wrestling show featuring WWE Hall of Famer Jerry The King Lawler is Saturday, May 25 in (Central Florida) Ocala.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for Support Your Troops 91, Royal Combat. Showtime is 7 p.m.

There is a meet-n-greet after the show. Tickets available at http://www.dory-funk.com.

Royal Combat will also feature WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr., Quinton Drop-Back Hitchcock and Johnny Magnum in six-man tag team action.

• To become a professional wrestler and appear on BANG TV, call 352-895-4658 for training information or visit Dory Funk Jr.’s website at http://www.dory-funk.com. Join Dory Funk Jr. and Marti Funk on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube: http://www.dory-funk.com/bt-20.html.

DVD Review

Alan Wojcik reviewed Wrestling’s Most Awesome Manager DVD.

“Wrestling fans have long been called stupid for liking the product. They truly live up to that billing on Kayfabe Commentaries Wrestling’s Most Awesome Manager. Like the other previous editions, fans went to www.KayfabeCommentaries.com and voted on a list provided. This is a list of those that were left out of the top five all time managers by the wrestling fans:

“Captain Lou Albano, Classie Freddie Blassie, Fabulous Moolah, Missy Hyatt, JJ Dillon, Grand Wizard Ernie Roth, General Skandar Akbar, Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, Mr. Fuji, Sensational Sherri, Sunny, the Perfect 10 Babydoll, Sunshine, Precious, Truth Martini, Downtown Bruno, Paul Jones, Abudadein, Doctor of Style Slick, Golden Boy Arnold Skaaland and Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan.

“If you missed the opening DVD in the series, the panel of debaters for this season are: Stevie Richards, New Jack, former WWE/WCW/TNA creative writer Vince Russo, Blue Meanie, Sunny, Diamond Dallas Page, Sandman, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash and legendary wrestling journalist/photographer Bill Apter. Some of the debaters have personal/professional history with the top five, and we do get some great stories about them. Having Bill Apter here gives the younger fans the historical viewpoint. Outside of Sheldon Goldberg, Bill Apter is the smartest man alive on the history of professional wrestling.

“I have major issues with number five and minor issues with number three who will not be mentioned since we’re spoiler free. Let’s just say the ECW fans had their computers voting 24/7. The other three members of the list should be watched by this generation of stars to learn from when cutting promos or training to be a manager in their promotion.

“I am honored to have met and interviewed several of the people in contention and voted to this list. Coming up on the Kayfabe Commentaries list of releases include: YouShoot with DDP (May 7) and Timeline: History of the WWE 1994 with Sean 123 Kid Waltman.

• In addition to reviewing wrestling-themed DVDs and books since 2001, Alan Wojcik is part of Kayfabe Wrestling Radio heard weekly on Wild Talk Radio www.wildtalkradio.com, Go Fight Live www.GFL.TV and www.PWMania.com. We can be heard all over the world plus on your smartphone through Tune In Radio and iTunes for your Apple equipment https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wild-talk-radio-network-on/id580051506. Check out www.facebook.com/kayfabewrestlingradio, follow us on Twitter @MyNameIsWojcik @Bruiser_Schmidt @Kevin_K_Scott @WildTalkRadio.

Recommended reading

*Animal (Triumph Books, June 2013) by WWE Hall of Famer George The Animal Steele and Jim Evans is the chronicle of one man -- and beast’s -- life and career during pro wrestling’s Golden Era in the 1970s and 80s.

Jim Myers lived a double life. By day, he was a respected high school teacher and coach with a master’s degree. By night, he was the hairy, green-tongued monster who spoke only in grunts and bit, arm-locked and power slammed his opponents. The foreword is by WWE Hall of Famer Cowboy Bill Watts.

*The Three Count: My Life In Stripes As A WWE Referee (ECW Press) by former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas is the story of a referee’s journey with interesting insight and humor from the ring, in the car and behind the scenes.

A proud Canadian, Korderas recalls working the Edge/Undertaker WrestleMania match in Orlando, Jack Tunney, the Montreal Screwjob, Tony Chimel, the Owen Hart tragedy, more WrestleMania moments, Chris Benoit, Mike Tyson, Eddie Guerrero and more. The foreword is by WWE Hall of Famer Edge.

*The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story (ECW Press) by former WWE superstar Bob Hardcore Holly with Ross Williams is the life story of Bob Howard, better known as Hardcore Holly.

From humble beginnings in a family struggling to make ends meet, Holly learned quickly to work hard, and he knew the meaning of honest day’s pay. He also raced cars and fought in bars for money. His passion for pro wrestling drove him into a career that steered him into WWE for 16 years. From Sparky Plug to Hardcore roughness, it’s a rollercoaster tale of success and frustration. Holly pulls no punches, telling it like it is throughout his life. This is an interesting read.

WWE and Yahoo!

Online giant Yahoo! is partnering with WWE for a new dedicated hub beginning this summer.

Among the highlights of what to expect include:

Monday Night Raw pre-show: A 30-minute pre-show to each new Monday Night Raw will be exclusive to Yahoo!.

Original programming: Two weekly series of 50 episodes per year will be produced exclusively for distribution on Yahoo!.

Premium archive: Yahoo! will have exclusive access to WWE archives of historical full matches, shows, highlights and other events.

Additional live events: Yahoo! will air live, pre-show content for every pay-per-view event.

Clips from current TV programming: Clips from all WWE television programs will now be available on Yahoo!.

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