Coming Soon: CAQ Property Of Psych Ward Shirts

CAQ Property Of ShirtChris Avery Queling merchandise is finally here! This will be the debut T-shirt that’s a play off of the popular “Property Of” shirts.

It will be as pictured, black text on white. They will be available in sizes small through 5XL and is the perfect way to show your support for Chris Avery Queling.

Pricing will start at $20 per shirt (plus shipping if applicable) and can be ordered through directly contacting bigbencromwell@yahoo.com. They will also be at events CAQ is a part of. PayPal is also accepted.

This is the first merchandise CAQ has ever had by himself, so it’s a piece of history. Previously, there was a Monsters Island T-shirt that sold very well in early 2016 and a Big Ben Cromwell 8×10 that sold less well (100 were ordered, there are at least 85 remaining).

Recent Match: Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony Bowens

This is Chris Avery Queling’s longest WrestlePro match to date. He faced Anthony Bowens, whom he blindsided to cost him the WrestlePro Championship. This match happened at Starland Ballroom on Friday February 10, 2o17 and took so long because of the concussion Bowens suffered during an NXT taping.

The match started off with fists flying and CAQ wound up getting clotheslined onto the floor. Right after, Bowens dove on CAQ and brought him back into the ring. But a reversal of fortune occurred and CAQ took control until Bowens fought back and tried to throw CAQ out the ring but he hung out and counter Bowens.

At 11:30, the camera crew had a rare screw up and missed a big maneuver: a DDT onto the apron. This led to a long 2 count and CAQ getting angrier. He attempted a piledriver, but Bowens reversed into a backdrop. CAQ attempted to do a belly-to-back suplex from the top rope, but Bowens reversed and got in a flurry of offense until JOB Security came down and distracted him long enough for CAQ to hit his clothesline finisher.

The match starts at 6:38 if you want to fast forward to it, but there is an interview with WrestlePro Champion Bobby Wayward beforehand.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday May 20 in Rahway NJ

WrestlePro Rahway NJ May 20 2017
WrestlePro returns to the Rahway Rec Center (275 East Milton Avenue) on Saturday night May 20 and will feature a huge main event between Cody Rhodes and Joey Janela. They are making big waves on the independent wrestling scene in very different way and this 1st-time-ever match should steal the show.

Another big match that will be taking place will be between former NJPW & ROH star Bobby Fish and Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. After vanquishing Michael Elgin, this will be a much different contest, as Fish wrestles a much different style.

Speaking of ROH, Colt Cabana will be in action against Alex Reynolds in what could be the sleeper match of the night. Impact Wrestling star Mario Bokara will be taking on Dan Maff in a grudge match, which should be hard hitting & violent.

Other matches scheduled include:

  • Impact Wrestling Grand Champion Moose vs Impact Wrestling star KM: Kevin Matthews
  • WrestlePro Tag Team Champions The Heavenly Bodies vs Apple Corps vs Taboo Crew vs Habib & CPA
  • WrestlePro Trios Champions Team Espanikos vs The Beach Bums
  • Chris Payne vs Craven Varro vs Johnny Clash vs Talon vs Bear Bronson vs Delroy Alexander
  • Anthony Bowens in action
  • Chris Steeler vs Buster Jackson vs MCW’s Jeremiah

Doors will open for a meet & greet at 5:30 pm and the matches start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the WrestlePro website.

The Harsh Truth About Wrestling: It Hurts More Than You Think

Wrestling HurtsI knew wrestling would hurt going into it. It was evident based on the wrestling books I’ve read and seeing the condition of wrestlers as they grow older. I never knew how much that would ring true for me personally.

I’ve been training to wrestle and been in matches since 2009. The hurt started on my fl very first bump… I felt it for a day or two after… then I took my next bump and so on.

It’s been said that one bump can be equated to a car accident. If that’s the case, call me a crash test dummy.

But there are also real injuries that happen when people of all shapes and sizes land on you or hit you. I’ve had wrestlers under 200 pounds dive on me from inside the ring while I was outside of it and wrestlers over 500 pounds land on top of me with their body weight.

My Notable Injuries

  • Concussions: the most notable one being when a muscled-up 220 pounder did a legdrop and landed straight on my head
  • Ankle: I once landed flat footed when doing a jumping chop on The Patriot from the apron to the floor… I couldn’t walk right for 2 months
  • Knees: Between knee drops and general wrestling wear & tear, I feel more subtle pains in my knees than I have in the past especially when squatting
  • Shoulder: I’ve felt a nagging pull/burn when I lift my right arm up… it’s been a few months, but I have most of my strength still
  • Bruises: These ones don’t seem significant, but I get so physical that other people notice bruises before I do… so I have a somewhat high pain tolerance

The hurt goes emotionally in wrestling sometimes. Between matches not going your way, rejection and feeling like you hit plateaus, you need to have a high emotional tolerance.

Not to mention locker room politics and other non-wrestling aspects of life that get in the way. I assess where I am daily and strive to wake up better tomorrow than I did today.

My body isn’t giving up and neither is my emotion.

Throwback Match: Chris Avery Queling vs Punishment Martinez

This match is between the two men known as Chris Avery Queling and Punishment Martinez, but they’re known by their old names Big Ben Cromwell and… The Punisher. Not much difference for Martinez, but a lifetime ago for CAQ. It took place at an ECPW Adrenaline taping on November 11, 2012 when CAQ was just 3 years in the wrestling business.

It was a battle of the big men that lasts just under 5 minutes, but features a lot of hard-hitting action and some power moves. It also is definitely some foreshadowing of the success both of these wrestlers went on to achieve 5 years later, CAQ being undefeated in WrestlePro and Punishment Martinez being a part of ROH and New Japan.

Big Ben Cromwell was managed by Lance Profit and this match was actually the beginning of a babyface turn for Punisher who was undefeated at the time of this match. It’s a different start for the match and a unique way that Cromwell got the upper hand on Punisher.

Watching it back, the commentary was very distracting in some aspects, but it was the big story of the company at the time. It’s good that the wrestling got the announcers’ attention at certain points and it did make me curious to see The Godfather vs Kodiak Bear.

CAQ and Punishment only got into the ring together one other time in tag-team action. The match starts at the 53 second mark, so enjoy some vintage CAQ (or BBC in this case).

My Memories of JL Chico Mr Wonderful

JL Chico Mr WonderfulJL Chico was probably the oldest independent wrestler I’ve ever gotten into a ring with and I did so on multiple occasions. I know he had been having some health issues, but it was still tragic to hear that he passed away at the age of 59 on Sunday April 9, 2017.

I didn’t know Chico particularly well, but we shared many locker rooms and the ring. The 1st time was in one of my very 1st matches at UWA Three Kings Extravaganza run by Bandido Jr in Newark NJ on Jan 5, 2010. I won with my original big finishing move: the spinning fisherman (the pendulum elbow was always a secondary move).

The 2nd match we had was a triple threat match with PJ Storm being the 3rd man for ECPW in Brooklyn on April 17, 2010. That happens to be the day that a post was missing from the ring truck, which I’ve previously blogged about here.

Our 3rd and final match was a 6-man tag team match on April 20, 2013 where I teamed with my ex-partner WASP and Matt Macintosh against Chico, Junior Flow and Marc Static for SWF’s precursor GCW on an event that was a cancer benefit for a wrestler who faked having cancer. Only in wrestling.

We also shared the ring in 5 battle royals over the years and a lot of locker rooms. He was always nice enough to me and trusted me since the first time we wrestled together. We had some brief conversations about him being the original Mr Wonderful and wrestling. He held some sort of respect with a lot of the independent wrestlers because of his years in the business, the most notable I know being Dan Maff.

My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of JL Chico. Rest in peace to the man that many in the wrestling business are calling Uce or Uncle.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at Starland Ballroom on April 29

WrestlePro Starland Ballroom April 29 2017WrestlePro returns to Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Road) in Sayreville, New Jersey on Saturday night April 29, 2017. Chris Avery Queling will participate in a 30-Man Rumble Match for a shot at the WrestlePro Championship.

Also advertised for the match are:

  • Singles Wrestlers: Pat Buck, Mario Bokara, Dan Maff, Alex Reynolds, Chris Steeler, Buster Jackson, Johnny Clash, Hot Dog Starkes, Hush Holiday, Icon Dan Ramm
  • Tag Teams/Group: The Heavenly Bodies, Team Espanikos, Dirty & Durable, The Beach Bums, The Amazing Graysons, JOB Security
  • There will also be a few surprises

A battle of the big men will commence as NJPW star Michael Elgin makes his 1st WrestlePro appearance against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. The Impact Wrestling Grand Champion Moose will also be making his WrestlePro debut as he’ll face off against Chris Payne in a non-title contest.

Speaking of Impact Wrestling, Kevin Matthews (KM) will be going against Dan Maff in a grudge match that’s sure to be hard hitting. An eclectic 6-way match will take place as former WWE superstar Swoggle, independent standouts David Starr & Flip Gordon, “The Big Deal” Craig Steele, Craven Varro & MCW’s Dante Caballero.

Other matches scheduled for this event include:

  • NXT star Deonna Purrazzo & Beatrice “The Barbie Killer” vs Maria Manic & Vanity
  • Matt Macintosh of the Apple Corps vs CPA & Habib
  • Delroy Alexander vs Alex Reynolds

Two wrestling legends will be appearing at this event: WWE Hall of Famer & former 3-time World Champion Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) and former WWE/ECW superstar The Blue Meanie. There will be a signing at 6 pm and matches begin at 8 pm. Tickets are available on the WrestlePro website.

What I Learned From Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story

Superfly Jimmy Snuka BookAfter learning of Superfly Jimmy Snuka’s death, I was inspired to read his autobiography to learn more about his life from his perspective. And boy did he live an interesting life, moving from the Fiji Islands to the Gilbert Islands & Marshall Islands in a very different childhood than I lived.

Here are some takeaways I took not just from his time wrestling in Hawaii, Portland, AWA, Dallas, the Carolinas, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Japan, WWF and ECW, but from other portions of his life that he spoke about in Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story.

Giving 100%

Part of Snuka’s journey as explained in his book was overcoming his childhood trauma through other ventures like swimming in the ocean, playing baseball, working out and wrestling. He always gave 100% of his dedication to each of those ventures so he could succeed at them, whether it’s making it to pro baseball, winning bodybuilding competitions or having a hall-of-fame in-ring career.

Personal Demons

A big portion of Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story spoke about his addiction to alcohol and drugs. It caused all sorts of chaos in his life including wrestling (skipping out on matches after his famous cage match with Don Muraco) and his marriage. I don’t do any of that and this book was a reminder to never let myself go off the rails.

Illiterate

One of the things I never knew about the Superfly was that he did not know how to read or write English. This had an adverse effect on many aspects of his life, specifically his career and finances. It was really impressive how he was able to adapt to life in the US while being illiterate in our primary language.

Other lessons learned include:

  • The dynamic of his marriage failing and being a stepparent
  • The 1 celebrity and 1 character he truly took inspiration from
  • Knowing when to do something based on an aha moment, such as taking time off for injury
  • Knowing how to extract the good from the bad times

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at WrestleCon on Thursday March 30 in Orlando FL

WrestlePro Wrestlecon Orlando FLThis next event will be perhaps the biggest of Chris Avery Queling’s career. He will be in action at the WrestlePro event taking place at WrestleCon happening on WrestleMania weekend in Orlando.

There are several big-name matches scheduled, including the 1st-ever match between former WWE superstar Ryback & ROH/independent wrestling sensation Colt Cabana and former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes taking on Lucha Underground star Brian Cage. Speaking of Lucha Underground stars, Jeff Cobb (aka Matanza Cueto) will be making his WrestlePro debut against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh in a battle of big men who can move.

One of the more unique matches scheduled is Brandi Rhodes (the wife of Cody) going one-on-one with “The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan in what is the culmination of some bizarre incidents on several independent events where Joey has “interacted” with Brandi. Speaking of unique, hilarity will ensue as former WWE superstar Swoggle will take on TNA star Grado.

Other matches and wrestlers scheduled for the event include (but are not limited to):

  • Former WWE and ECW superstar Tommy Dreamer vs Chris Payne in what could be the most violent match of the night
  • The BWO (Nova, Stevie Richards & The Blue Meanie) vs Pat Buck, Kevin Matthews & Mario Bokara who just won a brutal match at the last WrestlePro event
  • Bobby Wayward vs former TNA & GFW star Sonjay Dutt vs Anthony Bowens vs Matt MacIntosh for the WrestlePro Championship
  • The Heavenly Bodies vs Da Hit Squad for the WrestlePro Tag Team Championship
  • Nikos Rikos vs Delroy vs CPA vs Buster Jackson vs Beefcake Charlie vs Shawn Donovan
  • The Taboo Crew (Craig Steele & Micah Jenkins) w/ Gino Gotz & Vanity vs Team Espana w/ Coach D vs The Apple Corps (Valerio LaMorte & Maxwell Jacob Feinstein)

The WrestlePro at WrestleCon event will take place at the Wyndham Orlando Resort (8001 International Drive) in Orlando, Florida. Bell time will be 8:30 pm and tickets are available on the WrestlePro website. WrestlePro will also be at WrestleCon itself with special guests Ryback and former WWE superstar Bad News Wade Barrett.

Upcoming Event: BBWF Aftershock on March 26 in North Plainfield NJ

BBWF Aftershock Divisional Invitational

BBWF returns to the International Club & Sports Bar (433 Somerset Street) in North Plainfield, New Jersey for their Aftershock event on Sunday March 26. Chris Avery Queling will be part of the Divisional Invitational featuring other wrestlers such as:

  • Red Scorpion
  • Thunder Joe Scott
  • Izzy Reyes
  • Cory Dillinger
  • Mathias Glass
  • And more!

BBWF Aftershock March 26 2017

There are several big matches scheduled for this event including a North Plainfield Street Fight between TNA star Robbie E and “The Icon” Dan Ramm. There will also be a singles match between former NXT superstar Bull James and Marc Hauss, who were on opposite sides of a tag team match at BattleMania.

An interesting Intergender 4-Way Tag Team Match is also on tap, though it’s unknown if the men and women can wrestle each other. Former WWE & ECW star Nunzio and Michele D, Damian Gibbs and Antoinette Marie, Big Money Juan Vargas and Vanity & CPA and BBWF Women’s Champion Terra Calaway will be the teams.

Speaking of champions, 2 title matches are scheduled as BBWF World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Martinez will defend against Mike Verna, Valerio LaMorte & Chris Envy in a fatal 4-way match and BBWF Primetime Champion Prince Akkanatan goes one-on-one with Buster Jackson.

Here are the other scheduled matches for the event:

  • BBWF Tag Team Champions South Philly’s Finest vs The Heavenly Bodies & Fallah Bahh in a handicap match
  • Dan Maff vs Shawn Donovan
  • Pat Buck vs Michael Blake
  • Team Espana vs The Beach Bums vs Taboo Crew for #1 contendership to the BBWF Tag Team Championship

Doors open at 6 pm and the matches will start during the meet & greet happening between 6 & 7 pm when the event officially begins. Tickets are available on the BBWF Aftershock EventBrite page.