Upcoming Event: UPWA Battle of Morris County 2017 on March 25 in East Hanover NJ

UPWA Battle of Morris County 2017UPWA made its New Jersey return on Saturday March 25 for Battle of Morris County 2017 at Precision Sports Performance (50 Williams Parkway) in East Hanover. Chris Avery Queling is scheduled to be in action against Habib From the Car Wash.

That match may be one of the 4 1st-round matches in the Carolinas Championship Tournament, which was started when the former champion Mike Orlando won the UPWA Championship from former WCW star The Stro in January.

Speaking of The Stro, he will be competing against “The Big Deal” Craig Steele in what is the most interesting contest of the night.

Three championships will be on the line at Battle of Morris County 2017:

  • Cruiserweight Champion James Anthony vs Lucha Underground star Ricky Reyes
  • Tag Team Champions Prince & Property vs Team Espana
  • Women’s Champion Terra Calaway vs Nikki Adams

According to the poster and Facebook event page, there are several other wrestlers scheduled for this event including:

  • Chris Payne
  • Delroy Alexander
  • Mike Del
  • Kenny Bengal
  • Yuta
  • Patrick Scott
  • AC Gamble
  • Jamie Senegal
  • Sho’ Nuff

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the matches begin at 7 pm. Tickets are available on the UPWA website.

Upcoming Event: BBWF BattleMania on 3/12 in North Plainfield NJ

BBWF BattleManiaChris Avery Queling made his BBWF debut at One Night Only 2 on Saturday February 22 after being brought in by Michele Dee and Mark Zim. On Sunday March 12, CAQ will have a shot at the BBWF Primetime Championship in a 7-man match against:

  • Champion and many-time former opponent Prince Akkanatan
  • “Big Money” Juan Vargas who CAQ brawled to a double DQ to at the last event
  • The flamboyant Sonny Kiss
  • WrestlePro’s Buster Jackson
  • Richard Holliday, one of Paul Roma’s prized pupils
  • Joe Scott whom I met once at an ECPW event last year

BBWF BattleMania Primetime Championship Match

Three other championship matches are scheduled as:

  • BBWF World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Martinez defends the gold against TNA wrestler Robbie E and Valerio LaMorte
  • The Heavenly Bodies put their BBWF Tag Team Championship on the line against South Philly’s Finest
  • BBWF Women’s Champion Erin Winter takes on challenger Terra Calaway

In addition, former WWE superstar Ryback will take on Fallah Bahh who recently took part in Impact Wrestling tapings in a battle of 2 very differently shaped big men. Former NXT standout Bull James will also go one-on-one with independent wrestling standout Mike Verna.

Also scheduled for the event are:

  • “The Boricua Beast” Dan Maff in action
  • Maxwell Hauss (Maxwell Jacob Feinstein & Marc Hauss) in action
  • An 8-man tag-team match featuring Grim’s Toy Show vs the wrestlers of BBWF Primetime

BBWF will take place at the International Club & Sports Bar (403 Somerset Street) in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Doors open at 5 pm and the matches begin at 7 pm. Tickets are available on EventBrite.

Chris Avery Queling Debuts at BBWF One Night Only 2

BBWF One Night Only 2Sometimes, unexpected things happen in pro wrestling. And most of the time, they happen at the very last minute. That was the case on Saturday night February 25, 2017 at the International Club & Sports Bar in North Plainfield, New Jersey where the BBWF One Night Only 2 took place.

Chris Avery Queling was brought in as an unexpected replacement for Fallah Bahh & BBWF CEO Brandi as a way to play mind games with “Big Money” Juan Vargas. He was introduced by Michele Dee and was escorted to the ring by a handler with a taser.

The match that ensued wound up being a fight that involved lots of punches & kicks… and the occasional wrestling maneuver. The match wound up culminating in a double disqualification after both men shoved the referee while brawling.

The brawl continued to the outside until Queling pushed Vargas into a steel ring post & his handler zapped Big Money with a taser. We’ll see what future developments this unresolved brawlbrings.

My Memories of Chavo Classic, Nicole Bass, George Steele & Ivan Koloff

Three very different people passed away in the world of professional wrestling: legendary star Chavo Guerrero Sr, WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele, former world champion Ivan Koloff and former bodyguard Nicole Bass.

My memories of all 4 are very few since my acquainting with them was brief.

George Steele Ivan Koloff Chavo Classic Nicole Bass

Chavo Guerrero Sr

Chavo Guerrero Sr was the more prominent figure in terms of in-ring stardom. My fondest memories of him were as Chavo Classic and his time on WWE SmackDown.

I remember being entertained by his antics and charisma, even when he became the WWE Cruiserweight Champion. I’ve been equally entertained by the few matches like the 6-man tag he was in with his brothers Mondo and Hector against Cactus Jack and the Rock & Roll RPMs at SuperClash III.

Nicole Bass

Nicole Bass was a much different case. I remember her watching her as a fan when she debuted at WrestleMania XV and through her brief WWF tenure.

I would meet her many years later in 2014 when I wrestled on the Scott Epstein Memorial Event that PWS ran. Like many other big names and small-time indy wrestlers, my only interaction with her was introducing myself.

Ivan Koloff

I read Ivan Koloff’s book and wrote about the lessons I took from it. My memories of Ivan Koloff come from the aforementioned Scott Epstein Memorial Show where he was a guest timekeeper for a match. My interaction with Koloff was unique in that I was carrying in a piece of the ring and Koloff gave me the right of way with a smile. My hope is that he saw my effort to pay my dues.

George “The Animal” Steele

I read George Steele’s book and wrote about what I learned from it. I remember Steele as a little kid, specifically his match at WrestleMania II against Macho Man Randy Savage and his appearance at WrestleMania III during the famed Savage/Steamboat match.

They all had health issues leading to their passing, but it doesn’t make their deaths less sad. My condolences to their family and loved ones.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro in Rahway NJ on Saturday March 11

WrestlePro Rahway NJ March 11WrestlePro will have its first event of 2017 in their home base, the Rahway Rec Center, on Saturday March 11 and it will featured a WrestlePro Championship Ladder Match between Anthony Bowens & Bobby Wayward. Chris Avery Queling will look to redeem himself for accidentally costing Wayward the title.

Making an appearance on this night will be Brother Love, also known as Bruce Prichard who hosts the Something to Wrestle With podcast. It’ll be interesting to see what will happen when this legendary figure will make his presence known.

The event will also feature former WWE and ECW superstar Tommy Dreamer in action against Chris Payne in what should be a hard-hitting contest and former TNA wrestler Shark Boy taking on Matt Macintosh in what should be a quick-paced affair.

Independent wrestling sensation “The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan will be going against Beefcake Charlie in a battle of 2 unique characters. Speaking of characters, CPA and Habib will be having the final match in their Best of 5 Series.

A much less jovial bout will be between former TNA wrestler Homicide & Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Steve Mack) and WrestlePro owner Pat Buck, the franchise player of WrestlePro Kevin Matthews & their partner Mario Bokara. After the violence that was seen at Starland Ballroom, this one is a can’t-miss Grudge Match.

Other matches scheduled include:

  • The Heavenly Bodies defending the WrestlePro Tag Team Championship
  • The debut of MCW wrestler Ken Dixon as part of the WrestlePro/Maryland Championship Wrestling “Talent Exchange”
  • Fallah Bahh vs Nikos Rikos vs Craven Varro
  • Alex Reynolds vs Delroy Alexander
  • And more!

Doors for a meet & greet will open at 6 pm, while the matches start at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the WrestlePro website. The Rahway Rec Center is located at 275 East Milton Avenue in Rahway, New Jersey.

What I Learned: Billy Robinson’s Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling

Billy Robinson Physical ChessOne of the only books I know from a British wrestler is Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling by former world champion Billy Robinson. However, it’s much different than other pro wrestling books since it focuses a lot more on the catch-as-catch-can aspect than the sports entertainment we’ve come to enjoy.

Here is what I learned from Billy Robinson speaking about his time working for Joint Promotions in the UK, as well as in Sweden, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Lebanon, India, Nepal, IWE & UWFi in Japan, Calgary, Hawaii and the AWA.

British Working Class Culture

The biggest piece of culture shock I read was how poor Robinson was in his youth. The working class of England back at that time had a low life expectancy and made extra money via side bets for private matches & street fights on weekends.

Eventually, his father told him to learn how to wrestle from the best (Billy Riley in what became known as the Snake Pit in Wigan) after being in so many fights.

Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling

As I said, a lot of the book is about catch-as-catch-can wrestling, from the holds to the strategy a good wrestler needs to have. He also delves into how it influenced the birth of mixed martial arts (MMA).

It’s interesting how a good wrestler’s mind has to work, taking every angle and approach into consideration. I kind of see this in pro wrestling in the strategy behind wrestling different matches. And how working with good veterans (old timers as Robinson called them) can help you learn so many lessons.

Other Lessons I Learned

  • Forgetting you’re of your own culture to try & immerse yourself in another culture when in a foreign country
  • The difference between European wrestling and American politics
  • You have to wrestle & train like a wrestler to be a good wrestler

Billy Robinson’s Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling really spoke more about how catch wrestling was superior to the pro wrestling of today than actually delving into pro wrestling.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro in Brooklyn NY on February 11, 2017

WrestlePro Brooklyn NY Feb 11 2017WrestlePro makes this return to St Pats CYO Sports (9511 4th Avenue) in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday February 11, 2017 and will feature Bobby Wayward vs Anthony Bowens for the WrestlePro Championship. We’ll see what factor Chris Avery Queling will have in this match, especially after his match with Bowens the night before at Starland Ballroom.

This will mark the WrestlePro debut of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, WWE Hall of Famer and 1-time opponent of CAQ, and appearances by former WWE superstar Ryback, former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro and GFW wrestler Sonjay Dutt.

Another big match scheduled will be a WrestlePro Tag Team Championship defense by new champions The Heavenly Bodies against Mega Muscle (The Big O & Mike Verna, both making their WrestlePro debuts). Danny Maff vs Craven Varro is also taking place and it’s sure to be hard hitting, as is CPA vs Habib in match 4 of their best of 5 series.

Other matches scheduled include:

  • Mario Bokara vs Chris Payne
  • Beefcake Charlie vs Bear Bronson w/ Jay Enterprise in a grudge match
  • Chris Steeler vs Hush vs Nikos Rikos vs Johnny Clash vs Kip Stevens vs Hotdog Starkes
  • Talon vs Alex Reynolds
  • Taboo Crew vs Team Espana
  • Buster Jackson vs Delroy Alexander

There will be a signing at 6 pm and matches start at 8 pm. Tickets are available now on the WrestlePro website.

WrestlePro at Starland Ballroom: Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony Bowens on February 10

WrestlePro Starland Ballroom Feb 10 2017

Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony BowensWrestlePro will be making its debut at the Starland Ballroom (540 Jernee Mill Road) in Sayreville, New Jersey on Friday night February 10, 2017! One of the featured matches on the card will be a grudge match between Chris Avery Queling and Anthony Bowens.

The event will also feature the return of Ryback, who will be taking on Lucha Underground’s Brian Cage in a clash of muscled men who can do more in the ring than their looks make you think.

Former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes also returns with his WCPW Internet Championship with him and will defend against ROH Top Prospect Lio Rush and Mario Bokara (who had a scuffle at the last WrestlePro event). Speaking of Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes (Cody’s wife) and Ashley Massaro will also be appearing.

WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi will be making his WrestlePro debut teaming with The Beach Bums to take on Johnny Clash, Massage NV & Mark Sterling from Create-a-Pro NY in an 8-man tag team match.

Other matches scheduled on the card include:

  • Pat Buck & Kevin Matthews vs Danny Maff & a mystery partner
  • Team Espanikos vs Taboo Crew in the Trios Tournament finals
  • Matt Macintosh vs Alex Reynolds vs Joey Janela
  • CPA vs Habib in their best of 5 series (they are tied 1 to 1)

There may be more announced in the coming weeks leading up to the event, but you can find tickets here. Matches start at 8 and doors open at 6 pm, but it’s encouraged to get there early since the first 50 people on line will receive a free Dusty Rhodes bear.

My Memories of One-Time Opponent Superfly Jimmy Snuka

Superfly Jimmy Snuka DeathPro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka passed away today at the age of 73 after his battle with cancer. I first knew of him as a wrestling fan, but met him many times as a wrestler.

As a Fan

WrestleMania VII was the first time I ever watched wrestling and that’s where I saw Snuka wrestle The Undertaker. I also saw him in various other WWF events over the years renting from Blockbuster Video, as well as a random WCW Nitro from 2000 doing his famous splash from the top of a steel cage.

I also watched older footage on DVDs, such as both of his initial steel cage splash against Bob Backlund & his more noteworthy one against Don Muraco. I also read about him in books and heard about his influence on many wrestlers like Mick Foley & being one of the first to hit a big move from the top rope.

As a Wrestler

I will admit I wasn’t a huge Superfly Jimmy Snuka fan growing up since he was a bit before my time. However, I was a fan of him in the multitude of locker rooms I shared with him in ECPW.

Every time I would see him in the locker room, he’d say “bruddah!”and give me a big hug. We didn’t really have many in-depth conversations, but we did share some words about how we were doing and other things (likewise with his wife Carol).

No matter where we were, he would always have sandals on. Ice skating rink… sandals. Snowing in New York City… sandals. If I would have done that, I would have been sick all the time.

My biggest memory with Superfly happened on June 17, 2011 at an ECPW event in Brooklyn, New York. I had the honor of being one of the Masked Superstars (along with my good friend Tony Myers) and we wrestled Jimmy Snuka & Tony Biella. I got into the match being nervous since Snuka was the most notable wrestler I was matched up against at that time.

I remember being so worried about how the match would go, I didn’t even think I’d be tagged into the match to chain wrestle with Snuka. And that I did, which was an experience in of itself. Every small movement, from a wristlock reversal to taking his signature double chop, had the crowd roaring.

My condolences go out to the family of Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Rest in peace bruddah.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at Union NJ on January 7, 2017

WrestlePro Union NJ January 7The first wrestling event that Chris Avery Queling will be appearing at takes place on Saturday January 7, 2017 as WrestlePro returns to the Columbia Club (1034 Jeanette Ave) in Union, New Jersey!

Scheduled matches include:

  • Former WWE superstar “The King of Small Style” Swoggle vs Johnny Clash
  • Former WWE superstar Matt Striker vs Fallah Bahh
  • ROH wrestler Lio Rush vs Chris Payne vs Craven Varro vs Delroy Alexander
  • Bobby Wayward vs Alex Reynolds vs former TNA/current GFW wrestler Sonjay Dutt for the WrestlePro Championship
  • CPA vs Habib in a rematch
  • Beatrice the Barbie Killer vs Nikki Adams in women’s wrestling action

Also appearing for this event will be:

  • Anthony Bowens
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Danny Maff
  • Mario Bokara
  • The Heavenly Bodies & Buster Jackson
  • Matt Macintosh & The Apple Corps
  • Nikos Rikos
  • The Wrestlepreneurs

Doors open at 7 pm and the matches begin at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the door or on the WrestlePro website.