Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Couple of Big Shows Coming Up

This week, two of North Carolina’s biggest indy promotions announced a couple bombshell announcements. Neither company went into detail on what these events will entail, but I think the images speak for themselves.

PWX and Evolve are co-promoting a show, which is pretty exciting. But AML and Impact Wrestling are also doing a show together which is exciting and a little shocking.

I get the PWX and Evolve. It makes sense. Both shows are diehard fan friendly shows featuring top independent talent. They really fit together and I think a cross promotional show will feature some amazing talent and some fantastic matches.

But I think the AML announcement is even bigger. I mean, Impact Wrestling is cross promoting with American promotion? Has that happened before? Is this something IMPACT plans on doing throughout the nation or are we just super lucky here in NC?

I’m guessing Jeff Jarrett is taking his GFW experience and putting it into action here. GFW and AML cross promoted a show a couple years back, and both Jeff Jarrett and GFW have had major presences in the past few Wrestlecades so they obviously know each other well. But where does this lead to? Is this a one off? Will AML talent make their way onto IMPACT or will AML act as a proving ground for up-and-coming Impact wrestlers? There are so many questions and really no answers at this point.

The one thing that I do know is that both of these shows are fantastic for North Carolina and for indy wrestling in general.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Wrestle Expo Cancelled

Last week, I announced the cancellation of the NWA Legends Fanfest this year. Now, I’m saddened to announce the Mid-Atlantic Wrestle Expo has been cancelled as well. This event was scheduled to take place a little over a week from now, so this is a very last minute decision.

The reason given behind the cancellation is that two major sponsors pulled out at the last minute and ticket sales were less than stellar.

The folks handling the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Expo are doing an absolutely horrible job at getting the word out. As of right now, the only announcement is on their Facebook page. Their website still has a countdown clock going with active PayPal ready to accept ticket sales. This is totally unacceptable and might even shine a little light on why this event isn’t actually getting off the ground. (I have an upcoming post that discusses wrestling organizations relying on Facebook too much for their information.)

The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling have managed to snag a venue to host a few of the legends scheduled in attendance for Saturday, May 20th from 11 AM to 4 PM. So fans that already had flights scheduled can still do some meet and greets.

It really sucks that we went from three wrestling dedicated conventions to one in a matter of two weeks, but WrestleCade is always a blast and the Tracy Myers and gang put on a hell of a show, so go ahead and buy your tickets I have a feeling they will be selling out a little quicker than normal this year.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Hardcore Truth - The Bob Holly Story

After finishing up Shawn Michaels’ Wrestling with My Life book, I decided I would launch straight into another wrestling book. I took a look at all the unread books at my disposal and decided to settle on Bob Holly’s The Hardcore Truth. This book has a reputation for being direct and honest, and is widely accepted as one of the better wrestling autobiographies. I was a little skeptical only because, it’s Bob Holly’ story. I don’t mean to take anything away from Mr. Holly, but he is not at the top of my list of wrestlers that I would expect to churn out a good book. Boy was I wrong.

I’m not a fan of the WWE produced books. They seem to suffer from revisionist history, extreme censorship, and at times some bad ghost writing. Mr. Holly’s book is the exact opposite of a WWE produced book. It’s gritty, straight forward, and seems to have no filter at all. I really admire Mr. Holly for putting out a book like this, and as I’ve gotten to know Mr. Holly through the book, I cannot say that I’m surprised. The book is a reflection of his personality and I like that. I like people who cut through the BS and just say things the way that they are.

I was a little concerned when I started the book though. The first half of the foreword makes Bob Holly look like a bully, which is ironic when the first line of the book is, “I hate bullies.” But as I made it through the foreword I saw that the writer was simply setting up the story to show the type of man Bob Holly truly is. It was a great way to ease into the book, which is a little out of the ordinary. Usually a foreword is just someone famous gushing about the title character, but in this case, it was a real life story by someone who got to know Mr. Holly in the ring and isn’t a mega star.

This book is not filled with perfect sentences. It’s not written overly dramatic or written to impression anyone. Instead it’s written as if Holly was talking to you. It’s the way I wish more books (especially autobiographies) were written. You feel like a real man is telling you the story of his life and it doesn’t suffer from big words or overly written analogies and metaphors. You believe that Mr. Holly wrote this book and it wasn’t someone’s interpretation of his life and I really respect that.

Like most autobiographies, this book begins at his childhood and progresses from there. You learn about his humble beginnings, his lack of positive male role models, and having an unexpected child at a young age. From there you follow his career in and out of the ring from Florida to Smokey Mountain and eventually to the WWF. Mr. Holly has led an incredible life both on the road wrestling and driving race cars. He’s made the best out of a bad gimmick (Thurman “Sparky” Plugg) and you watch as his character eventually begins to take on more of his own personality traits and becomes Hardcore Holly.

Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts featuring members of the Kliq. I hear the same thing over and over from them in regards to their influence during the 90’s, “We were doing what was best for the business.” Well, if you are to believe Bob Holly (and I am) you’ll see that wasn’t always the case.

Mr. Holly doesn’t shy away from his opinion on their attitude and actions during this time.

What makes the book frustrating is the course of his career. You follow this man and his journey and most books end up with a World Title run or some big career ending spot, but Holly’s does neither. He never broke through that glass ceiling and it’s frustrating to see how hard work and dedication doesn’t always get rewarded. But then again, that is the honest truth about life.

It was really fun to read about different angles/injuries/events and to go back and watch them on YouTube. I forgot how incredibly over Mr. Holly was and it really boggles the mind why he was only utilized as a good hand and not as a leader.

My appreciation for Bob Holly increased tenfold after reading this book, and it deserves the respect and esteem that it has within the wrestling community as one of the better autobiographies. I have a feeling I will go back and re-read this book sometime in my life because I enjoyed it that much. With that being said, if you enjoy wrestling books then it’s a no brainer to pick this one up.

Highly Recommended