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.

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.