The Rap Sheet Blog

My views on pro wrestling, reporter hats not required.

The Long Rap Sheet of Brian Neil Holland & the Farce that was CWU
A follow-up to a story more than a week ago that we hadn't been able to get to until now. We now have some details on the disaster that was Championship Wrestling United courtesy of Derek Martine, mixed in with info from multiple sources and what I've been able to dig up searching on Google --

The event was originally supposed to be held at Memorial Gymnasium in Eau Claire, WI on November 22nd. However, the original venue was never confirmed despite posting flyers all over the city. As a result the show was moved to The Black Horse Bar in Winona, MN. They advertised Booker T, Vader, Chris Masters, Rick Steiner & Ken Anderson. Masters despite communications between him and the promoter disavowed being booked. Booker T also denied being booked. Steiner & Vader never got transport arranged for them by the promoter thus did not attend either. Only Ken Anderson appeared for this event. Originally presale tickets were anywhere from $7.50 to $32.50, but changed to just $10 at the door of the bar. Attendance was counted between 70-80 according to one source, others claim 30-40. Anderson was paid half of what he was promised, four others received partial pay as well, the rest did not. A bar who sponsored the event and was booked for an after party in Eau Claire was left holding the bag after the show was moved. Both the FB & website for CWU has since been taken down.

Brian Neil HollandThe promoter, Brian Holland (pictured), who hails from Suffork, Virginia, tried to pay the gym with a check from a closed account a week before the show in Eau Claire. The venue checked to see if the check was valid the day after it was received, discovered it wasn't and called police. Holland was arrested for check fraud on Nov. 20th, but was able to make bail a short time later from funds sent via a third party. He is to go to court on December 3rd for that charge.

A bit of digging into Holland's background reveals he's accumulated quite a rap sheet. Holland also has been previously arrested in North Carolina for indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile from an incident that occurred in 2007. We don't know if he was convicted on that charge, as NC has its online court records behind a pay-wall but he is not registered as a sex offender in that state. Holland also has a pending assault charge in North Carolina set for court in February 2015. He's had prior arrests in Virginia for contempt of court and being a fugitive from justice. He was busted for driving with a suspended license in Tennessee. He was also accused of scamming a bunch of people and vendors in an event called "Spiritcon 2012" that was never held. And then there's this bizarre story where he claimed to be an FBI informant against a white supremacist group and scammed for donations in a phony run for president of the United States in 2008.

Information from his personal website on claims his parents were wrestling promoters in the Carolinas back in the 1990s, and Holland got involved with it during his teenage years. He also supposedly hosted a weekly wrestling radio show on WLPM 1450AM. He ran for city council in Suffolk, VA at age 19 but lost. He became the news director of WLQM in Franklin, VA in 1995. He also was co-host of a national morning radio show with Ernie Davis on AM America syndicated on 92 stations. Later he became host of the Graveyard Shift which was syndicated to 104 stations before going to a noon-time interview program on WHKT.

Holland had attempted to run shows in Tennessee and Michigan under the CWU name, he has also tried to resurrect Pro Wrestling Unplugged seeking funding from investors from a site similar to Kickstarter. PWU originally was started in 2004 by Johnny Kashmere but closed down in 2010. So what about Holland's partner in this CWU Rich Richards? Well, it is suspected that Holland and Richards are one and the same person.

Bottom line, it appears that Holland was able to pull the wool over so many eyes with his previous positive credentials and experience while concealing his negative ones. It also begs the question if he had a successful radio career going, why he did he throw all that away charging down this path? Hopefully with all this information out in the open he'll have a much tougher time trying this again, that's if he avoids jail time to get the chance.

Sean Hubbard rants about the local state of the wrestling scene...
This is the beginning of what will become a weekly segment that may also be done a couple times a week. Ladies & Gentlemen Welcome to The Rampage Rant. Today's Edition We Talk Indy Wrestling.

When I first started in the wrestling business around 2002 the Wrestling Commission in Illinois had just been lifted about one year prior. For those that are NOT aware Illinois used to be a licensed state for Professional Wrestling events and you could not run a show without one of these licenses. It wasn't until the Commission was lifted in Illinois that we started to see an abundance of companies pop up all over the state. Wrestling around this time was really hot because you had all the guys that were making names for themselves like C.M. Punk, Matt Sydal, Claudio Castagnoli and several others that would go on to become BIG TIME stars and make it to the grand daddy of them all in Professional Wrestling. But let me stop there for a minute and emphasis this the guys listed above were Professional Wrestlers that were turned into Sports Entertainers. The big times have not focused on the basics of wrestling for a very long time its more about the drama and the bull**** then it is about the wrestling anymore.

Anyway back to the rant... In this time period you had wrestling companies that put emphasis on the wrestling and they were able to put butts in seats each and every month because they made the people on their rosters the stars and put the emphasis on them. They also didn't focus in bringing in the former television names each and every show they did it sparingly to make it mean something and never brought in the top name you could get in at that time right away because they had the philosophy that you had to be able to outdo yourself the next time you brought in a name You fast forward to today and you've got companies all over the state of Illinois and beyond that can not figure out to put asses in seats because they aren't doing everything they could be doing for their company. You've got companies in Illinois that have to bring in names each and every show just to survive because they themselves are the ones that started that trend over 5 years ago. Its not just one area of IL that there is a problem it is the whole damn state from north to south from east to west there are wrestling companies EVERYWHERE you turn all over the country. People in the business have NOT protected it enough to make it to where every tom dick and harry could NOT get in. Now if you've got money and can buy gear, a ring, sound equipment, & beyond you can run a show, even if you've never been trained to be a wrestler yourself ( I can name quite a few companies like this). Then you have companies that want to run but they are "Non for Profit"... HOW THE **** DOES THAT WORK???

You have companies all over Illinois that don't understand the concept and the power of TV Advertising... their excuse is it's costly... It ONLY is if you do NOT plan accordingly. Your main market is the people that watch RAW, TNA, & Smackdown each and every week and the ONLY way to reach them is to advertise during those shows. Everyone thinks that they can put up flyers and put their event information up on here and its going to put tons of butts in the seats. I speak from experience and say that NOTHING could be further then the truth. It is your job as a promoter to make sure you are getting the word out there in every single solitary way you possibly can. The more people that know about your show and more ways of getting the word out there the better your chances are of drawing a full house. But you also have companies out there that want to put a **** product out there and then wonder why the **** people do NOT come back the following show.

Ed Chuman once told me it takes a LIFETIME to gain a fan, but it takes a split second to lose them and a lifetime to gain them back if ever. Meaning if the product is consistently good the people will return each and every time but if the product hits a low point you may lose them and once you've lost them they are gone for good unless you are lucky enough to regain them by some miracle. This is NOT just a problem in Illinois its a problem in ALL unsanctioned states for professional wrestling. Wrestling is something that is one of my passions and something I find that is sacred to me. I'm not saying wrestling can be restored back to it's glory days from the 70's & 80's, but I am saying you can break yourself away from the trend that has been created and put the emphasis on the wrestling itself and the story telling that you would see asses return to seats month after month and you would see yourself turn a profit. People want WRESTLING! Not a comedy show, some soap opera drama, or a spotfest, or an absolute bloodbath massacre for that matter. You have to find a good balance and know that your job as a promoter is to dictate to the fans what they want, how they want it, and when they are going to see it... NOT the other way around and several promoters in Illinois & Across the country need to learn this.

People we can make Professional Wrestling come back it's not DEAD, it just needs a breath of fresh life breathed into it. You also have people that believe that Kayfabe is dead..Its ONLY as dead as YOU make it. It's your job as a promoter to make sure that the mystery factor and suspense factor is there at all times. You also have promotions all over the state of Illinois and the whole country that are running the same areas and over saturating the areas instead of working together with the same goal in mind. Pro Wrestling used to be a family, but now you have every tom dick and harry out for themselves.

You also have promoters that do NOT understand booking 101 that if your the promoter and your actively wrestling in your own company that you NEVER under ANY circumstances put the MAIN belt on yourself because that's what your paying the guys on the rest of your roster for and if you don't have a guy worthy enough of holding your main title to carry your company that you prolly have no business running shows in the first place. If ANY promoter is actively wrestling in their own company and puts their MAIN title on themselves it's done to inflate their already overly large EGO.

-End Rant

Shows attended 2014 Jan-Dec.
Dreamwave - ****** 6
HRW - *** 3
IWAM - **** 4
PGP - ***** 5
PWA - ********* 9
PWG - ********* 9
Other - *** 3
ROH - * 1
SICW - * 1
SkyPro - ** 2
USACW - * 1
UWC - * 1
WIA - * 1
WWE - ** 2
Zero One - ************ 12

Total - 61

Holy cow! End of September hit 50, and I proceeded to smash my prior mark for shows attended in a calender year! Zero 1, PWA & PWG took the bulk. I am gonna not try attending this many in 2015...

Joey Grunge calls out Axl Rotten for no showing IWA Midwest
On October 18th in Pekin, IL, a match was booked between Tracy Smothers versus Dan the Man, but DTM was to have a mystery corner man to counter Waylon Beck in Smothers corner. However, the person slated to appear was a no show, and after a week with no contact able to be made comes this statement -

I've waited long enough and believe I've been more than professional about this matter. As some saw on the Oct. 18th flyer there was a outline of a body on the flyer. I felt like since the show was called Extreme Measures that I would bring in an extreme surprise for the show. I contacted Axl Rotten, an agreement was made, a plane ticket was bought, the deal was sealed and done on my end. I kept my word on everything that was agreed on. On Oct. 18th myself and a few fellow staff members headed to the airport to pick up Axl for the evening's show. We arrived at the airport 15 minutes before the flight was supposed to land and waited. Flight landed and waited and waited and didn't see Axl anywhere. I went to the ticket counter and started asking questions, showed the attendant at the counter the confirmation number and was told that the ticket was cancelled by NO SHOW. I asked her to explain, she said that he didn't show up. I started to call and text and nothing. I got on Facebook and messaged him, had no response. So myself and staff members headed back to the venue. I kept trying to contact him however, nothing. About an hour later I kept checking my Facebook messages and still no response. However, he posted something by Twitter stating that he lost his phone. Now it's been over a week now and still nothing. I understand if he lost his phone however if you can get on Twitter and post that you lost your phone then why couldn't you take a few moments and message me on Facebook telling me what was going on? As people know when I started running shows I strived to honor my word and kept every agreement made with anyone that I brought in. Some people will get on here and talk trash but then again are you the one out the money for the ticket?

So for the ones that asked me at the show and have messaged me asking questions this is what exactly happened.

COMMENT: I have a theory on a motive for a no-show, but there isn't a good reason to skip out and just disappear. Axl Rotten could had called collect at a pay phone but chose not to do so. As it stands blowing off the booking and hoping no one would notice never works and it's yet another item on the list of dumb things done. More to come...

The Rap Sheet - Wrestling Invades America 9/14/14
The Rap Sheet – from the Mad Conservative
Wrestling Invades America
9/14/14 - Edwardsville, IL

They should really be calling it Wrestling INFURIATES America…

Ladies and gentleman what you’re reading is a throwback to when I had a lot more free time and energy to write up reviews of wrestling shows I attend. However, I no longer have such free time and energy, in fact, that free time and energy has shifted to producing episodes of the Nose Bleed Seats program and lending my services to various wrestling companies in the area my videography skills. And the release of this rap sheet comes one month after this ill-fated show to demonstrate how little time I have for this.

For the WIA guys who are reading this piece and are visiting the STLWC website for the very first time due to unawareness of its existence but someone pointed it out to them cause of this rap sheet, let me introduce myself. I am the Mad Conservative Crimefighter, I have been a wrestling fan for 30 years (30 years?!? Holy crap, does time fly!) Besides being a fan, when I got into the local independents I decided to review shows in the same guise as Scott Keith. At some point I wanted to contribute a bit more to the local scene, such as start up a wrestling news site to cover downstate Illinois & Missouri as there wasn’t such a page at the time. As time went along, I found other ways to provide a support role – play by play commentary, once in a blue moon ring announcing, ringside videography, video & DVD editing, production of a public access program where we featured interviews with local talent and a sampling of matches from local promotions, and a periodic podcast. In addition, I’ve compiled a directory of all the promotions in the state, and studied up on just about all the talent that’s active downstate. Last year I attended upwards of 50 events, I know that’s quite a lot and I felt the need to cut back but that seems out the window this year (I'm on pace to break my personal record of 57). The NBS crew shall be putting out a documentary film on the pro wrestling fan sometime next year. So my credentials to give opinions on wrestling shows is pretty rock solid.

I had several requests for me to do a rap sheet review of WIA at the SIUE Ballroom. I wasn’t real big on doing another one, but it seems these guys got themselves a podcast where they can spout their “knowledge” on wrestling and tell us all how we don’t know anything about the sport yet somehow are “total experts” on booking WWE. (Why do these guys have a podcast???) I think that may be enough motivation to write this up and really educate a few folks. Given the climate of no one wanting to listen to anyone and discover everything through major pain, suffering and disasters, this rap sheet may not get through. The bricks inside the heads of a few people may turn into solid steel. Like people who don’t listen to conservatives warning against voting for radical left-wing extremist Democrats until they’re backstabbed to death. So I’m not making any pretenses here, no matter what I say, I’m gonna be trashed on their next podcast for everything saying I’m a stupid smart mark who’s gained absolutely zero knowledge over a thirty year period about wrestling while THEY with very, very little training & experience know how to book Monday Night RAW far better than Vinnie Mac and HHH ever did.

Live from the ballroom at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Your ring announcer is…I have no idea.
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Incredible stupidity....
I'll just let you read through this entirely FB thread.

Donovan Taylor

What makes wrestling companies look stupid, and hurts them in any town?
It is when some people play the, "lets work to get a promotion we hate thrown out of a venue or event they are booked at, so our favorite promotion will get the booking instead"
What happens Instead when that game is played is that no local wrestling promotion will be able to get booked anywhere, because of that kind of stunt
Building owners and event organizers dont care about the grade school level feuding drama between promotions, they have far too much on thier hands than to deal with that
I have seen wrestling dropped from the state fair , one of the reasons was because some blogger did not like the promotion they had booked each year, and hounded them each year to book the promotion he thought was better instead
The fair got tired off all the drama, and decided no more wrestling, even though it brought in good crowds
Try booking a wrestling show in the catholic school buildings in Springfield ilinois, wont ever happen, guess why?
Two promotions were enganged in a pissing contest with each other, found themselved booked next to each other same night In different building on the same church campus
One promotion and its fans, went to the head of that catholic church and hounded them to get the other promotions event cancelled
End result was that all wrestling promotions got banned by the area catholic church goverment from their buildings and schools all over town
Nice to know indy wrestling made a good impression on the local catholic bishop
Playing monday night wars with other promotions will only backfire and make everyone look petty and childish, especially when it is played in front of non wrestling people and entities.

Hillbillie Joe i beg to differ mr.taylor we had no problem with the other company they had the problem with us and started a bunch of garbage with us and with the help of a blogger took a fopw video and edited it to look like rwo and spread lies around no disrespect mr.taylor but if u dont know the whole story or truth shouldnt say anything you know us we have never lied to you but this stuff has to stop we dont bother anyone
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Donavan Taylor I did not say that you went to the venuee admin, but some did over it, and all indy cards lost the Catholic church properties to hold shows at
How can you say I dont know what i am talking about when you just confirmed what I was talking about
Some promotions and a few bloggers had a problem with another , in this case, joes, and went and played monday night wars and put the venue admin in the middle of it and it backfired and everyone lost
The same situation has been played out with many different feds in many different towns, and the result is usually the same
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Hillbillie Joe you said and i quote (Two promotions were enganged in a pissing contest with each other) and thats where your wrong at we had no problem with the other company they had the problem with us
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Donavan Taylor The post was a general statement about incidents that should nevet happen.
It was not meant as an attack on any one promotion, I have seen several do the same thing.
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Hillbillie Joe wasnt saying it was an attack on our side was just trying to explain that how it was worded being a pissing contest on both promotions people would assume and believe that was true so was just trying to clarify that that pissing contest was one sided because we never had a problem with any other promotion . Its other promotions , and wrestlers that have dislikes of certain other promotions decide they need to make things personal or start making attacks because they feel they should be the only ones running in a certain area , and to be honest no indy promotion is 100 percent perfect like they claim to be , all indy promotions have faults one way or the other . But I agree with you if people of other promotions would worry about themselves and how they run things and not worry about other peoples companies or other peoples personal lives things would be alot better .
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Donavan Taylor What was the name if your card that got cancelled at that venue
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Hillbillie Joe why that was 2 years ago?
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Jason Kluge I recall the word "war" being used in that show title and from what I heard the springfield diocese said no more wrestling because someone (not naming names) threatened to sue the little flower over the ordeal but it's a moot point because the building in question is no longer standing
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Hillbillie Joe see proven my point we are the blame for what others due and jason if you dont know the whole story on it keep your mouth shut
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Hillbillie Joe oh and for the record i never said i was going to sue them either thats what the other company said and spread around the false lies about me
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Jason Kluge Besides when you book a show at an adjacent property to a show already booked and make your ticket prices half of theirs, then you are deliberately trying to hurt that other company, you threw the first stone and it bit you in the ass and can't let it go
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Hillbillie Joe rofl out of respect to mr. taylor im not even going here but i will say rwo has been in legal buisness than what u promote and rwo is all legal unlike what u own
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Jason Kluge Now who's lying you didn't even have a business license at first , we've had one and insurance since Day One
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Hillbillie Joe can u prove it?
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Jason Kluge Yes we have proof of insurance
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Jason Kluge Do you?
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Hillbillie Joe and what is your company's name again?
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Jason Kluge Pinfall Wrestling Association how many names have you operated under?
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Hillbillie Joe rofl just prove again another company running illeagally from the state of illinois
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Jason Kluge Redneck wrasslin org
Renegade wrestling and where is your current company registered?
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Hillbillie Joe exactly u dont even know what my company's are named
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Jason Kluge We are registered with Sangamon county sir and if you continue to claim we are not legal we can defer the matter to the lawyers because I'm not waisting anymore time on your ignorant, inbred ass
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Jason Kluge Future of Pro Wrestling? What a f'n joke
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Hillbillie Joe go ahead and u will lose i already checked on it
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Hillbillie Joe last question what are you going to do when the state of illinois investigates you all for running under a false name?
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Jason Kluge Not running anything under a false name you're just too stupid to find it. Another testament to your brilliance
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Hillbillie Joe beleive what you want to but one day the truth will come out trust me
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Jason Kluge I hope the truths about you do come out it will be a great day
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Hillbillie Joe lol
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Rick Graham all this fighting going on in central Illinois with all these promotion just hurting wrestling there
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Hillbillie Joe im not fighting though im just showing people the truth and i can back everything i say up but none of these people can
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Jason Kluge Show me your proof I'll show you mine. Oh btw what do you do for a living Mr Burge and how do you finance your company? I know I work 2 jobs and so do some of my other business associates? Just a question
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Hillbillie Joe here soon i will show everyone the truth trust me
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Jason Kluge Sorry I don't recall your saying you had insurance?
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Jason Kluge Sorry can't stay and play some of us have jobs to go to, unlike others..... Have a nice day
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Hillbillie Joe i dont have to prove anything to you but trust me here soon everything will be spilled out on the truth about people
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Rick Graham what difference does all this make? is it about putting on best show for the fans
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Hillbillie Joe its because rick everyone is scared since i been quit for almost 6 months and little by little the truth is comming out so what better to try to make me look like the guilty one the truth will come out soon
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Rick Graham way too many groups in one area fighting for same thing not getting any where. People forgetting are forgetting one thing its about getting people in seats a and putting on great show. Let people decide where too go
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Bryan Ealey Nobody is fuckn scared of u trust me damn I would put money on my ten year old litle girl whipping ur ass lol so just stop for the love if god and worry about all ur troubles u got going on becouse u got a lot
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Hillbillie Joe what troubles do i have bryan ealey?
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Rick Graham so glad i am out of Illinois and in Florida now
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Bryan Ealey Well u know be able to search and find out soon enough
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Hillbillie Joe exactly what to make a statement but cant go through with it
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Bryan Ealey The point is u tried to fuck and u have fucked us but in the end who is still standing and drawing we r u like to run in ur yard and if it's free nock ur self out stay out of the rest of the biz u mAke us all look bad
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Hillbillie Joe rofl sorry to inform you bryan ealey your doing a great job at that makeing false statements like you just did
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Bryan Ealey And I know what shit ur in !!! But I'm not saying nothing till it goes public but u r a sick basterd who deserves to b castrated I will say that
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Bryan Ealey And that it
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Hillbillie Joe realy if u have the balls say it?
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Bryan Ealey I got nuts just not gonna give u whAt u want
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Hillbillie Joe because you know what you was told is a false deal
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Bryan Ealey U know that but I'm done this is getting high school dramaish
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Hillbillie Joe exactly people when you call out these people they run and have no proof of there claims
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Bryan Ealey Lol deny deny joe for long u won't b able to then what u gonna say then for the love of my peeps I Caint say shit but u don't have a clue who I know or who I'm close to or how I know anything so keep up with ur shit becouse I'm sure it won't b much longer and the world will know man so like I said before I'm done talking if I was u I would worry about u and how ur gonna get out of this and leave the rest alone
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Hillbillie Joe rofl ealy u dont know shit take the words of your trainees and whatch what happens u will be kissing my ass in the end
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Bryan Ealey Lol ok
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Hillbillie Joe personally what i think you need to do right along with l the other owners of that company is think will the state of illinois investigate us for falsely advertiseing as a non legal company hmmmmmmmmmmm remember bryan ealey you tried your garbage before and it didnt work dont under estimate who you think your friends are is all im saying
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Steven Lucas Ah Internet stream host is threatening people with his prepaid legal again. Why hasn't he been arrested and put on trial yet?
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Bryan Ealey Right
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Steven Lucas Btw bankruptcy lawyers cannot represent you in a criminal trial that has nothing to do with finances.
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Steven Lucas I can't see what he wrote btw, cause I don't have any interest in dealing with someone who has severe psychological problems.
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Damien Gauge im just wondering steven lucas acusations your saying about joe burge??
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TheDifference Maker Christian Alexander They think sense pwa dony put pwae that they are a illegal company
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Damien Gauge honestly it isnt call them if you think it is i checked it out
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Hillbillie Joe im curious can any of these trouble makers show proof againts me?NO
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Zayin Kienzler Backstage politics at its best. Dont need to got to a wrestling show when all the drama is on fb. #menaces
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Timothy Givens ive been laughing all day at the pointless and going nowhere of this entire thread and the comments made by all. What is the reason of blowing up someones comment section of a real post about an opinion Mr. Donavan Taylor had about wrestling. I really...See More
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Timothy Givens OWNED
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Hillbillie Joe another one that will be surprised when the truth comes out
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Timothy Givens i wont be surprised at anything JOE and I really don't care
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Damien Gauge well you should if your commenting ont his t thread
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Timothy Givens I remember the phone call that was received that day I was standing right next to the person when it was answered. (The truth is what JOE?) why don't you just tell us and this thread will stop growing like your lies. I nor anybody im associated with ca...See More
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Steven Lucas Oh BTW, Donovan Taylor, why didn't you make this speech on behalf of the Parcel Brothers a year ago? Cause I don't remember you coming out to defend the owners of Pro Wrestling Epic when the "feds" you're defending now much pretty make it very difficu...See More
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Damien Gauge where is your proof lucas on your acusation about people you cant provide it can you?
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Steven Lucas What are you gonna do Damien? Get a pre-paid legal guy to sue me to cure your butthurt?
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Damien Gauge exactley you cant prove what your saying
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Steven Lucas Yet you guys have been exposed over and over again lying through your teeth, and no one believes anything that comes out of your guys' mouths.
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Timothy Givens i do BOlieve ha ha that every single post i see that features joe in them there is an hour of post about suing this person and that person i mean really is that what this world has come down to REALLY. Just beat the shit out of each other and get it over with otherwise fuck each other and get it over with.
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Steven Lucas Oh while we're talking threats of far have you gotten with your lawsuit against Trash Bag Wrestlers for posting that picture of Big Daddy?
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Timothy Givens is this the guy that filed the lawsuit for you
Timothy Givens's photo.
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Damien Gauge can you show the proof of threating a lawsuit steven lucas?
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Bizarre occurance at IWA Midwest
There was a dust-up during the IWAM event in Pekin Sunday afternoon following the triple threat legos match between Kidd Riot, Kidd Zombie and the person who calls himself the Beer F'n Drinker. While the match itself was no classic and may become fodder for Youtube shows that make fun of bad matches; Waylon Beck, Dixieland Destroyer and Moondog Bernard all ran out to rought up and get the three men out of the ring when Riot scored the pin. Waylon hollered to the crowd saying sorry you had to see that. Kidd Riot argued with Joey Grunge about it, where there was a little shoving. Riot went back to the ring and got the mike, called out Waylon & Dixie for doing something unplanned attacking them when they were injured from the match then got in the ring to confront Dixie. Dixie grabbed Riot and attempted a Phoenix clash but lost his grip, Waylon then proceeded to give him a blue ray driver into a chair. Jon Napier & Robbie McCann, maybe a couple others, ran out trying to cool the situation and get Riot outta there. The show continued from there, with Dixie's manager coming out to cut a promo and go into the match against Dan the Man. The work/shoot ratio on this incident was believed to be lopsided in favor of shoot.

TNA no longer allowing PPV recording
So TNA is having cable companies block customers from using DVRs to record the PPVs. I always had a major problem with paying a monthly fee to a cable company for the right to record a TV show that I was not able to view at the time of broadcast, which is why I have never invested in a DVR. Reason being, it didn't cost me money to record shows with a VCR beyond the device and the tape. I'm still able to use a VCR if I run the cable box cords through it, but video quality is noticeably lower and you can only record ONE channel. If the shows are on multiple channels, you're either screwed or you'll be searching for it on Youtube if it exists there. If TNA thinks this is the solution to their revenue problems, they are crazy. And this doesn't even factor in illegal video streams. So the real workaround is get a HD video TV card, the software to capture the video on your computer, and your cable box hooked up to your TV card but make sure the cable box auto-tunes to the channel you need to record. Though if it takes a lot of work just to record a TNA PPV, most people probably won't bother, as most people have completely written off the company in the United States.

And on a side note, if TNA is gonna survive much longer, they are gonna have to do ALL their TV tapings overseas where fans are far more likely to buy a ticket. I mean there's a few diehard TNA fans left that are so frustrated over the low draws in the United States they resorting to photoshopping crowds in place of empty seats and posting those on social media.

Jay Repsel speaks on the Jarretts...
Going to nip this in the bud real quick. I normally wouldn't publicly comment on things that happen in the locker room but there are false reports going around that something happened at DREAMWAVE between the Jarrett's and myself. That is not at all the case. Jeff was a super pro, there was a little incident where Karen's 8x10's not being put out at the merchandise table, it was a miscommunication. She did ask for her pay, which was given to them in full and then they left shortly thereafter. There was never any talk about money owed or anything silly like that. We shook hands and they left, and nothing was mentioned when we took them back to the airport on Sunday morning.

All monies that were promised were absolutely exchanged. In fact, this morning we sent clips of a few DREAMWAVE talents they were interested in from Saturday's show to Jeff and Karen. Jeff, Karen, and Jim Cornette sat in Gorilla position all night and watched each match. We look forward to working with Global Force Wrestling moving forward. Don't believe everything you read.

Sunday wasn't my show and I wasn't there so I can't comment on what happened. Everything was golden at DREAMWAVE though and any reports otherwise are just hearsay.

Jay Repsel

Superstar Steve Fender assesses The Great Malaki
Note: I would had posted this much earlier had I not had an internet outage the past couple days. So here is Steve Fender's view of the situation. Fender of course is a WLW veteran and trainer.

Okay, we have seen the kids side of the story and now we get the Great Malaki’s side. Now it’s time to give you the facts.

1) The kid is a dip**** that wasn’t properly trained, knows no wrestling etiquette, and thinks he is a hell of a lot better than ever will be.

2) The Great Malaki has been working for “14 years” and has been to many different countries,

3) Malaki constantly refers to the kid as a “green kid”

4) Malaki’s ankle was not 100% going into the match

5) Malaki felt disrespected going into the match

*As a side note I have been wrestling for 14 years myself. I’ve done more in my 14 years than most guys will do in their lives. I have somewhere between 400-500 matches in front of crowds ranging from 13-18000+ people. I’ve been to numerous WWE TV tapings and have been complimented by some of the best this business has ever seen. I have also been on the receiving end of an ass whoopin' in the ring. Bottom line, I think I am qualified to comment on the subject.

So, Malaki claims the kid fractured his ankle on purpose and that’s why he did what he did. Let’s start from the beginning. If you wasted 30 minutes of your life watching this video you will easily be able to tell that Malaki himself felt disrespected by the kid, and rightfully so. The kid is a dip**** of gargantuan proportions. He shows up at bell time, thinks his **** don’t stink, wants to get his **** in to make himself look good, and gets visibly upset when he can’t have his way. There are ways to deal with this. The way Malaki chose crossed over the line of professionalism. It appears to me that Malaki was going to teach the kid a lesson. I’m in total agreement with that, he needed it. It’s clear to me in the video that because he was going to teach him a lesson that that meant he was going to sell very little for the kid while at the same time smacking him around. Need proof? Look at the botched crossbody spot he pointed out to us. The spot was fine and if Malaki was the “vet” that he thinks he is he could have easily bumped and made the move passable. He didn’t and then proceeds to hit the kid twice for botching it when in fact it was Malaki that botched by not bumping.

Next we move to the chop spot. Malaki’s version: Malaki “ties” the kids arms up in the ropes. Malaki chops the kid three times but is upset that the kid “untied” himself from the ropes after two chops. The kid then takes a clothesline that looked more like a splash and powdered out of the ring. There are two ways to chop a guy, the right way and the wrong way. What Malaki is doing is the wrong way! A chop isn’t supposed to be a glorified hand slap to the chest to see how big of an imprint you can leave. There is actually an art to the chop, an art that few can actually do properly. What is actually happening during this cluster: Malaki is chopping the guy in a way to hurt him. That’s understandable considering he wanted to teach him a lesson. At the same time the kid is realizing that Malaki isn’t selling much for him and has taken several liberties. The gig is up and the kid bails. This is the reason the kid had a salty look on his face while sitting in the front row, not because he didn’t want to be chopped. In my opinion the breather in the front row was to try to calm the situation. In all reality it most likely just added fuel to Malaki’s fire. You never tied the kids arms up in the ropes, you simply draped them over the top rope. He had every right to move freely after the first chop in order to sell it. I actually would have encouraged this. If you think a guy should just stand there and let you smack the piss out of him then you don’t know what is going on in the ring! It’s called selling, maybe you should look up what it’s supposed to be and how it should be done. And no, I don’t think the kid was selling, you don’t have to sell something that actually hurts.

Malaki himself says his ankle wasn’t 100%. The first rule in the ring is to protect yourself. The second rule is to protect the guy you are working with. If you are a “vet” and you are not 100% you yourself should not put yourself in a position to be injured further, it’s up to you to take care of yourself, especially if you are working with a kid you know to be green!

As a side note I have never seen anyone believably escape the submission you applied to the kid prior to the sharpshooter without getting a rope break. Malaki freely let the green guy put him in a hold that could have, and in this case did, injure him. The kid is green, took a beating in the match, was most likely blown up, and was probably lost at this point or wondering what in the hell was going on. As a result the execution of the hold was beyond terrible and it injured YOU. It’s no one fault but your own! Spin it how you want, but you can’t deny the facts!

Final verdict: the Great Malaki isn’t so great. There were four green workers in that ring and only one of them has a hint of clue what he was doing and that was Malaki. Having said that, it would benefit Malaki to better himself before freely blaming others for his shortcomings.

Revolt against Internet radio stream host...
machine gun
It's taken about a year, but it looks like the locker room finally revolted and cut ties. The "promoter" got himself in trouble being his "alter ego" to which folks were offended, something he's gotten heat for in the past. He plans to run a show in a few weeks, but he won't have much of a roster to do it with...well I guess they can book Great Malaki for cheap now. Bottom line, the guy needs to sell off the ring and acquire gainful employment so he can stop bilking the welfare system so he can play wrestling promoter in front of the ten or so listeners he has. Wrestlers, no matter how desperate you are for a booking and ring time, every time you work for a person like this you're just legitimizing him to where eventually headlines are made of the unflattering kind.

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Johnny Vinyl, pick your battles to fight more wisely when you have that urge to rake me over the coals just because you feel like it versus it being necessary.

The Great Malaki's Public Response
Josh you tagged my name to get my attention. That said I will address this matter one final time. Then I will continue to live my life ignoring the ignorance that surrounds this scene.

Yes accidents do happen in wrestling...I should know...I have been doing it for over 14 years without ever having this type of incident happen.

Sometimes slams, punches, and kicks do go wrong. People slip and accidently potato someone...These things are understandable.

I went into this match without any broken bones. I came out of it with a hairline fracture on my ankle due to the sharp shooter the kid applied.

When I asked the doctor about it he told me it takes an awful lot of pressure to fracture a human bone. He said just take any one of your fingers and try bending it backwards. See just how much pressure it takes before you bring it to a breaking point.

Now back to wrestling. When someone allows you to apply a submission hold of any the person applying the hold are well aware of just how much pressure you are applying. This kid put all that he had into it. I immediately tried to escape the hold realizing it was dangerous. I couldn't because the pressure was so stiff...I barely made the ropes. This was after I felt and heard the big pop.

Now if I heard it pop I am positive the kid who was at my feet at this point from me trying to escape also heard it pop. He refused to let go until I reached the rope. I am curious myself to see the footage but am also well aware footage may not show a damn thing as it cannot show how much pressure he was applying.

I'm convinced if I had not made the rope, that fracture would be a complete break. That much pressure is not's intentional. Perhaps he was bitter about being chopped. He didn't seem to happy about it when we discussed it backstage. I really don't know the motive nor do I care at this point.

All I know is I am certain that sort of pressure is not accidental. He can act innocent all he likes but the reality of this matter is I left with a fracture...he left with a bruised ego...fair trade imo.

I've heard through friends that a lot of local guys are angry...well I'm not about to talk nonsense back via Facebook to their degree. I'm not a keyboard warrior...I don't speak bullshit on the internet...I'm not an Internet tough guy.

I'm accused of trying to break his arm...guess what..If I wanted his arm broken it would have been. Those that were there know I could have broken it but I did not. He however fractured my ankle and the receipt he got was well deserved so there will be no apology. I myself am not seeking any fake apologies. I remember attempting camel clutch. At this point I was still trying to evaluate my injury by seeing just how much weight my foot could sustain. I was also still trying to work but he was refusing to flatten out for the hold. He crawled to the ropes right away. I knew then he was no longer willing to work. I believe he was scared at this point because he knew what he had done to my ankle.

This is not me attempting to justify what was done. I could care less who is butt hurt. Those guys are not the ones who have to wait 3 weeks for a fracture to heal. Not to mention 90% of the people talking as if they know weren't even there. A lot of the ones talking have never even interacted with me personally. They blindly follow the rumors they hear like sheep. Their opinions do not matter to never has. I will continue to live my life a happy man. I'm not the kind that allows someone to hurt me and take it laying down.

People can and will probably continue to talk and spread bullshit...that's the nature of bitter wrestlers who are jealous of those who have busted their asses hard to achieve successes that go beyond their local scene. I will continue to do my thing and ignore the idiots I leave in my dust.

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I love how the militant politically correct fringe does everything to force acceptance of the absurd, blatantly idiotic lunacy of their bizarre beliefs. And while they proclaim how open minded they are, they violently and viciously attempt to silence all opposition. Most Americans have lost their civil rights of freedom of speech and no one cares.

Trying too hard to "get famous"
There's a reason why I don't care for the concept put forth in Eric Bischoff's book - "Controversy Creates Cash". There are so many examples of people trying to cash in on their stupidity or jackarse behavior, but end up with little to show for it or lose it all. So now we have this gentlemen trying to play kayfabe fanatic calling for the WWE to drop Daniel Bryan from the roster to punish the fans for hijacking the shows and not going along with what creative feeds them --

Of course, the idea of dumping Daniel Bryan had been tried before, when the Nexus was born, and he was fired for choking Justin Roberts with his own tie. The crowd chanted for Bryan for months until WWE caved and brought him back before his no compete clause expired so TNA couldn't sign him. If WWE tried that again, not only would it severely backfire where the crowd won't shut up, the very thing this author wrote about fans chanting for Bryan for three hours straight WOULD guarantee it happening and induce a potential riot. It's obvious he doesn't like Daniel Bryan nor CM Punk, which is fine. But trying to force people to conform to the storylines you're pushing on a live broadcast is doomed to failure. You might as well go to taped shows and taped shows only where you can dub bogus crowd reactions throughout...only problem is, people are smart enough now to know when those are faked.

[ADD: Someone made a good point - go back to Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg WM20 - not the video release, but the video as it was broadcast live. Hear that crowd? Just think how the main event at WM30 will go if the WWE gives the fans a match they aren't interested in.]

But who is this Brian Anderson guy? He's an NBA columnist. And the common thread with his articles is that the fans are ruining wrestling. And shortly after he posted that article, he began seeking some podcast to book him as a guest --

Brian Anderson ‏@MrAnderson035 6h
If any @wwe #fans want to debate on podcast about Daniel Bryan, contact me ! Here's the article -- … #wwe #wrestling

Someone soon answered him that he was in an extremely tiny minority --

Piffin the Penguin ‏@PiffinThe 3h
@MrAnderson035 @WWE just letting you know how much hate you're getting

But the response he made revealed the true motive of why he wrote the column --

Brian Anderson ‏@MrAnderson035
@PiffinThe @WWE I know lol IT'S INSANEEEEE I'm the most hated man in the WWE Universe ! It's all good I'm getting views that was the goal :)

I considered debating him, but now we could see through him --

mark flay ‏@FlayMark 3h
@MrAnderson035 @PiffinThe @WWE so basically you wrote an idiotic article on purpose to get views. Nice trolling.

Furious STLWC Webmst ‏@stlwc 2h
@MrAnderson035 @PiffinThe if you don't even believe the crap you wrote and did it for pageviews I'm not gonna waste my time.

So in truth, this column was written for no other reason than trolling and make himself famous. Even though this just exposed that he doesn't really believe what he wrote.

Brian Anderson ‏@MrAnderson035 2h
@stlwc @PiffinThe why do you have to be disrespectful ? I believe what I wrote but like I said my aim was to stir controversy.

Brian Anderson ‏@MrAnderson035 2h
@stlwc @PiffinThe don't waste your time I'm sure a more popular podcast will eat this up. People all over are dying to get after me

Hopefully no one important takes the bait feeding this troll...cause it's clear what's going on here. And one wonders why journalists are so universally despised. There's a lot of wrestling talent that bust their butts in the ring where podcast hosts would be doing them a service helping build their following so they could possibly be the next Daniel Bryan or CM Punk.

Just who is this crooked Chicago promoter Mark Goles?
Just who is this Mark Goles? He was confronted by Madman Pondo of ripping off the locker room a few weeks ago at his relatively new promotion "Division 3 Wrestling" by emptying the cash box and staging a robbery with a camera trained on the box to "prove it." What he didn’t count on was Pondo eyewitnessing him doing the deed. Well this isn't his first time he's been accused of stiffing people.

Goles, who also goes by the alias Mark Gavin, pushes himself as a movie producer and has been associated with production companies named Division 3 Studios, Division 3 Digital, Bang Up TV, Andrea Eve TV, and Dyers Eve Network. The films he made were some B-list horror and sex flicks, starring himself and an actress named Andrea Eve. He has lived in a number of different places including California, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. He also worked as an assistant manager for the Portage Theater in Chicago. He claims to be doing business with MTV, to which he has a profile page in the Artists section.

Goles was interviewed on the closing of Portage in 2009 that left multiple clients in the lurch, but it’s unknown if he had something to do with that. Fan complaints state he advertised events at the Portage that never were scheduled. In 2012, he and his production company was involved with WWE in a movie premiere of CM Punk's documentary. Goles also was involved in co-promoting a wrestling event with Dave Marquez of Championship Wrestling From Hollywood at a BBQ Fest in Milwaukee.

A search for information on Goles yields evidence that this individual has been scamming all across the country. A short article posted on –

“Mark Goles has been charged with several counts of deception and is continuing to solicit items for sale online and collecting money without making good on the delivery of the items. In addition he is selling tickets online for events that are falsely being listed and promoted.

Mark Goles is deceiving community members in Indiana, Florida, Illinois, and California with his latest project, websites, and working partners, which he using a way to lure money out of people.”

Looking through, there were multiple complaints against him --

On May 10, 2008, Maggie of Falls Church, VA attempted to purchase a Dell PC for $200 in a deal arranged in an AOL chatroom. He requested payment to only be sent via Moneygram, claiming he was switching checking accounts and didn’t want PayPal used. Goles never sent the computer after getting payment, using a myriad of excuses and using false FedEx tracking numbers.

On August 6, 2008, Sherry of Mount Holly, NJ attempted to purchase a Sony Vio laptop from him after a discussion in an AOL chatroom. Goles was asking $500, Sherry offered to post $250 toward the price. Goles wanted the money sent via Moneygram. Sherry, wise to the lack of claim procedures with Moneygram, asked to use and forwarded the money via PayPal instead, but Goles attempted to disappear. Sherry outted him on his Myspace page and Facebook page, then filed a complaint with PayPal over being scammed. With PayPal threatening to shut down his business account, Goles returned the money and half admitted attempting to defraud her.

On August 18, 2008 (reported date), Lee Sumter of South Carolina attempted to purchase a laptop Goles was selling, but was scammed out of $200.00. Goles resorted to using the name of a friend in pulling off the scam. We learn further that Goles had a prior felony arrest in Los Angeles County with case numbers - PD06084919 and PD08267019 on $20K bail.

On February 11, 2009, Mike of Chicago attempted to purchase a MacBook from Goles. Goles tried to get Mike to use Moneygram instead of PayPal claiming if a large sum is transferred to his account it may get shut down. Goles claimed his only source of income was donations to PayPal via his website (meaning he was unemployed/self-employed perhaps). Mike sent $100 via PayPal to which Goles claimed he mailed the MacBook complete with a UPS tracking number. However, the number was a fake, Mike filed a dispute, and Goles was forced to return the money as PayPal shut off his account. Goles threatened a criminal complaint against Mike claiming he ripped HIM off, but the MacBook was never received so he had no case, and it was proof Goles was running a scam from the start.

On January 29, 2009, Nyckid2009 of Bronx, NY attempted to purchase a Canon DSLR camera that was advertised on CraigsList by Goles. It doesn’t say how the money was sent, apparently not with a service where a claim can be filed against the seller, cause he never got the camera. The victim was fed false DHL and UPS tracking numbers.

On November 10, 2013, a representative of Aardvark Video out of Palos Hills, Illinois was screwed out of payment for his services as a videographer as Goles's checks bounced and claimed the city was covering the bills.

And for the icing on the cake, Goles also appears to be a deadbeat dad who abandoned his own children. He fathered two girls with Lisa Valentino according to a post she left on one of his Facebook pages, but left her and the kids when they were 3 & 4 years old back in 2004. While Valentino had not filed for child support against him, Goles has refused all contact with his own daughters since.

Now he for some reason wants to be a professional wrestler besides being a wrestling promoter who stiffs talent on pay, despite having no credentialed training whatsoever. Hopefully, Pondo's alert to the wrestling world ends that venture for good.

Why I oppose the "fed" run by that internet audio stream host...
If you want to know why I oppose that organization which is such a cancer to the central Illinois wrestling scene that it is harming legitimate promotions--here is that infamous podcast hosted by WTAX's Ray Lytle from two years ago where defining the acronym as "ripping welfare off" is totally justified when he describes how unabashedly he bilks the system so he doesn't have to work for a paycheck. Sadly so many are completely unaware of who they are dealing with and the sordid history thereof which is why I made that PSA for fairs & festivals earlier this year. I'm pondering making another one.

Shows attended for 2013
I had thought I have really run up the show count attended for 2013...but after tallying them all up I come to the total for the year being - 55.

PWG - 10
PWA - 6
WWE - 1
SPW - 5
Dream - 4
Zero 1 - 7
PWE - 4
IWAU - 3
Unaffliated - 4
PGP - 5
PWC - 1
NMW - 1
UWC - 1
DPW - 1
SICW - 1
SLA - 1

Most attended in one year - in 2009 went to 57 shows.

Mickie Knuckles on her surprise return to IWA Mid-South/Midwest
Before I am bombarded, I will post this statement:

In life, we are all met with transgressions beyond our control. We can either choose to let them go, or hold on to negativity that not only drag you down, but affect the way your world around you operates. I choose to move on with my life for the betterment of my friends and family. Yes, I am going to therapy/ counseling to help me deal with life's many troubles; yes, I have forgiven the past dealings that I have been through; no, you never forget the path your life takes you down but you can learn from it and make new paths that are clear and healthy.

Tonight, I made a move into the future. I did return to IWA, which many suggested I do. Some may be upset with me about it and that is perfectly fine. No matter how hard one may try, you will never please everyone and even though I have made a personal decision, I did not make the decision to personally attack or disrespect anyone. It was just time for me to truly let go and drop the chip from my shoulder that was weighing heavy on me. I have truly found that only God may judge someone and we should not judge unless we are judged.

I do this for my family, I do this for my friends, but most of all I do this for myself. Life is too short to struggle with trivial issues that will not matter once we are dead and 6 feet under. One day, I hope my daughter will be able to look back at everything and see the evolution from the person I once was to the person I believe to be more proud of today.

Now I am off to tend to my sick baby. No comments or messages or needed on this. I appreciate you allowing me to express my decision and comings.

Thank you,
Mickie Knuckles

Hazardous Live Tweeting...
I had people at Zero One ask me what happened Friday night, so these were the tweets that caused two people to go berserk. Then I went berserk in response going into full heel mode then banned them from reading @stlwc for at least a month.

Evan Gelistico vs. Alex Castle #stlanarchy apparently despite tag team of the year awards, locals aren't sold on castle.

Gads, no chemistry. Crowd was brutal on this match. Blown spots didn't help. Seen much better outta both. Evan pin. 1/2*

Darren Dean vs. Arik Cannon #stlanarchy

Cannon gets the pin. ***1/4 #stlanarchy. Brandon espinosa vs. Darin Corbin. Is that Angelus Layne or Christina Von Eerie?

And Espy pins him in a surreal match. #stlanarchy *** Layne got speared by Corbin.

Keep in mind, WWE ENCOURAGES WRESTLING FANS TO LIVE TWEET its shows. If they can't handle this, then they aren't gonna last very long in a national stage. If everything I was hearing from various people were live tweeted I am certain there would had been a riot, cause it was not flattering. I absolutely was not at all outta line one iota with what I wrote that sparked this outburst.