8-Year Career Evaluation & 1st Singles Championship Win Thoughts

WrestlePro ChampionshipSeptember 9, 2017 will be a day that will forever live in my mind as one of the happiest of my life. That’s because it was the day I became WrestlePro Champion.

Winning the WrestlePro Championship is the culmination of 8 years of hard work and putting up with nonsense in companies that are irrelevant or completely nonexistent.

I intend on running with the ball as champ both at WrestlePro and as a champion-caliber wrestler at other companies I wrestle for. My goal is to better myself and any company I wrestle for by doing whatever I can to do so in & out of the ring.

That goal has always been that, but my next goal is to wrestle for some more prominent places on the independent scene. I also want to make the opportunity for myself to be seen on a bigger company’s TV in the next 12 months.

I always felt like I could run with that chance, but hindsight tells me I was never truly ready to succeed in said chance until this past year. I’ve grown more in my personal and professional confidence.

In terms of career evaluation, this has been my best year yet in terms of both performance and win/loss record since I did not get pinned or submitted this year. But I’d like to have more matches next year to better myself.

I’ve sacrificed a lot personally, more than most people will know, to achieve my pro wrestling dream and I look to make Year 9 even more worth losing those things. I intend on living up to my potential.

TL;DR: best year yet careerwise, goals = keep on bettering myself, more matches, even better companies, get on TV

A 605 Superpodcast Name Drop & a Lost Japan Booking

605 Super Podcast Episode 74

Part 2 of an interview with Tony Myers aired on Brian Last’s 605 Superpodcast where he spoke about his time wrestling in Japan and his relationship with Mr. Pogo.

At around the 3:30:40 mark, Last asks his final question where Myers mentions CAQ’s name as someone who Pogo wanted to bring into his promotion WWS for a gaijin (foreigners) tournament.

It has been said that Pogo enjoyed CAQ because of the “People are Strange” theme song (as Pogo liked the Doors while in America) and being all go in the ring. Unfortunately, Pogo passed away before this could come to fruition.

Disappointment

When I heard about this, I have to say that I lost out on the opportunity to wrestle in Japan for one of the more recognized wrestlers from that country.

It’s more disappointing that Pogo passed away from surgical complications that could have been avoided, but that’s a whole different topic.

I’m just happy to know that I was regarded so highly by a wrestling legend halfway around the world. That is humbling to me.

I hope to get the opportunity to wrestle in Japan at least once before my wrestling career ends. For now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and look to open more doors for myself.

Listen to Episode 74 of the 605 Superpodcast at http://605pod.com/2017/08/26/episode-74-memory-full/

ATTN Wrestlers: People Remember More Than You Think They Do

I was inspired to write this post by an event I heard about and saw a YouTube video of this past weekend containing people I know, people I’ve heard of and people I don’t know.

There are 3 things that people remember the most about you: their first impression, your accolades/mistakes and the last thing you’ve done. It’s a lot easier to make a bad impression than a good one, even if you’re not trying to.

Every choice you make could impact your career, whether you don’t shake someone’s hand, take time out to give advice (rightly or wrongly) or start a fight in and out of the ring. That’s because you never know who’s watching or will become an influencer down the road.

The one that most commonly sticks out is when you feel personally good or bad about someone due to how you interact with them. I’ve done things like help out extra during events, lent people athletic tape, carried bags and been friendly in the locker room.

I’ve even lent a sock to Mick Foley on a show I wasn’t on… My sock got booked and I did not.

I’m sure I’ve done things to rub people the wrong way for various reasons, unintentionally of course. But it’s our actions that people see and our words they hear, not our intentions.

That’s where you have to be careful since the right thing in your brain could be the wrong one in reality. Sometimes, apologies aren’t enough to reverse an impression. Forgiveness is different then forgetting and I’ve let things go but still held onto the thought.

People from years ago have wronged me and I’ve moved on, but that memory comes flooding back once their name is mentioned or I’m in their presence.

And that’s what I remind myself of every time I interact with people.

Chris Avery Queling’s History in 6-Way Pro Wrestling Matches

6 Way Pro Wrestling Match

There have been several small battle royals that I’ve been in with 7 or 8 wrestlers in certain companies (ECPW). Even more chaotic than that is the 6-way match in pro wrestling. That’s because 6 wrestlers battle at the same time with no restrictions. Typically, the first person to get a pinfall or submission will win.

On Thursday July 13 at WrestlePro’s Freedom Fest State Fair event, Chris Avery Queling will be in a 6-way match against:

  • Impact Wrestling star Mario Bokara who CAQ has wrestled once before in singles action as Big Ben Cromwell & faced off with in a recent rumble match
  • Dan Maff who has a very similar hard-hitting style to CAQ
  • Anthony Bowens who CAQ had an intense rivalry with and wrestled in singles competition earlier this year
  • Chris Payne who CAQ has teamed with on one occasion in a 10-man tag team match
  • Mike Verna who CAQ has never faced or teamed with before

This will not be my 1st 6-way match, as he has had several back when he was the Scranton Strangler. Here is a list of the 6-way pro wrestling matches that I’ve been a part of.

Scranton Strangler vs Brian XL vs The Drunken Swashbuckler vs The Revolting Blog vs The Lifeguard vs Habib From the Car Wash

My maiden 6-way match took place on Halloween night 2014 in Rahway, New Jersey. The Lifeguard replaced CPA who suffered an unfortunate head injury earlier in the day. This match started off fast and furious with a dive followed by the Scranton Strangler mask getting ripped off of my face. I wound up getting it back on, but upside down. After moving out of the way of a Revolting Blob dive, the match broke out into some action until the Strangler was on the bottom of a Tower of Doom… chokeslamming Brian XL and Swashbuckler who were superplexing Lifeguard. Right after, Habib delivered his knees to me for the win.

Scranton Strangler vs PJ Black vs Brian XL vs “The Lifeguard” Mike Del vs Bobby Wayward vs Johnny Howl

I replaced Shynron who was out with an injury on February 21, 2015 in Rahway NJ. This was an honor for me since this was one of PJ Black’s first independent matches after he left WWE, where he wrestled as Justin Gabriel. Mike Del was managed by former WWE diva Ashley Massaro, who did not get involved in the match. After getting a basketball thrown in my face and getting dived on by PJ Black & Brian XL, more action came about until another Tower of Doom where I helped deliver a stacked superplex. Afterwards, I mistimed a move and fell head first onto the ring stairs, so I was on the floor when Bobby Wayward made Johnny Howl submit via a stretch muffler.

Scranton Strangler vs Bobby Wayward vs Anthony Bowens vs CPA vs Delroy vs Nikos Rikos

This match happened outdoors on July 25, 2015 in Union NJ. At one point in the match, I pulled CPA in the ring by his throat, but got thwarted by him. I also remember wrestling around with Anthony Bowens (who will be in the 6-way match CAQ is in on July 13) and Delroy who I also remember double teaming Nikos Rikos on. Eventually, Bobby Wayward used the stretch muffler to make CPA submit.

Scranton Strangler vs Kyle Reynolds vs Starman vs Bobby Wayward vs Anthony Bowens vs Valerio LaMorte

The most recent 6-way match I took part in September 26, 2015 at the Edison Fall Family Spectacular. I know Valerio LaMorte had bought his spot from Nikos Rikos. I don’t remember many details of the match, but I know the Starman won via a brainbuster on Valerio LaMorte. This was actual the Scranton Strangler’s last match before he got transformed into Dr Acula on Raven’s Restler Rescue.

I expect the upcoming Chris Avery Queling vs Mario Bokara vs Dan Maff vs Mike Verna vs Chris Payne vs Anthony Bowens 6-way match to be the most exciting one I’ve been in yet. Come on down to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, New Jersey that opens at 5 for some carnival rides and then head to the wrestling that starts at 7 pm. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/professional-wrestling-featuring-ryback-cody-rhodes-and-hornswoggle-tickets-34150804977.

Kicking Ass and Popping Cherries: I’ve Had Many Wrestlers’ 1st Matches

This past weekend at a private event, I wrestled the first match of one of the students at the Create-a-Pro NJ school. It made me wonder how many wrestlers I had the first match for. I went back into my match archive and counted them out.

I’m not going to count battle royals in this because so many wrestlers had their first matches in a battle royal & I don’t know everyone’s match status who I’ve ever royaled with. But I can say in non-battle royal situations, I’ve had the first singles, tag team or multi-person match of 16 different wrestlers… many of whom you’ve probably never heard of.

17 Wrestlers I’ve Had Their 1st Match With

1. Jordan King

The Japanese Assassin took on Jordan King (a student at the ECPW school who came after leaving the WUW school Johnny Rodz runs) at the Orange County Fair in Middletown NY on July 27, 2010. After wrestling 2 other matches back to back, I got a break and then had to wrestle King in front of a crowd of about 500 people. He was in shape & a weightlifter of some variety.

2. White Cheetah

White Cheetah is a special case, literally. He couldn’t have been older than 18 and was clearly enrolled at the ECPW school by his mom (who paid in full) to get him out of the house. He’s infamous for yelling “get off’a me!” and storming out of training one day when Prince Akkanatan applied a bottom wristlock after Cheetah wouldn’t listen. Here is his one and only match from ECPW Proving Ground on November 5, 2010 in Wallington NJ before he never came back to training even one time.

3.  Joey Scoggs

Another one and done from the ECPW school, I honestly have no idea where this guy came from. I think came up to the school for a couple of weeks before his triumphant debut and retirement from pro wrestling at an ECPW event on March 12, 2011 in Butler NJ. Here’s the match where 2 Japanese Assassins took on Scoggs and ECPW owner Gino Caruso. Scoggs is in the Butler singlet.

4. Dario (Chris Omega)

Known as Dario, he was billed as Chris Omega for his first match that happened at the BWF 3rd Anniversary Show on November 3, 2012 in the Bronx. I had never met Dario before this night nor his partner Bryant Starr, but I knew Fuego Calderon from my time at NDIW. This match opened the event, so take a watch… Dario is in the white.

5. Ricky Palmer

Ricky Palmer, who I claimed was the distant cousin of my former tag team partner WASP (William Alexander Samuel Palmer), was a dedicated student who trained at ECPW for a while before his debut match on March 30, 2013 in Boonton NJ in front of about 100 people against Big Ben Cromwell (who came out victorious).

Pro Wrestling Debut Matches6. Littlest Giant Sid

This was an odd night since I debuted at a joint event called Halloween Masquerade with Doc Diamond’s DWF and a company called BEAST on November 2, 2013 in West Berlin NJ (the non-Communist side obviously). I was originally slated to wrestle Chief Thunderhawk (I think that was his name), but he didn’t show up until the start of the main event in full Indian headdress.

I (as Big Ben Cromwell) wound up wrestling a 3-way match with Monster Factory alumni Major McClendon and Littlest Giant Sid, who was 4’11 and wore Sesame Street characters on his baggy shorts (including Cookie Monster) and submitted to the Major after hitting me with his finishing move in 2 minutes.

7. Lover Boy Lamar

Lover Boy Lamar was a student and/or relative trained by Big Daddy Ruthless, who is at least 450 lbs if not more and splashed me to win this match. They teamed up with Slim Whiskey and were seconded by a lady named Jai Strange to take on Big Ben Cromwell, Jack Molsonn & TNT Boom.

Since TNT Boom was a football player, we were managed by Coach Atlas… not Tony Atlas blowing a whistle though. This 6-man tag team match took place at WWWA on June 14, 2014 in Gilbertsville PA.

8. David Adams

He’s probably the most well known name of these first 17, David Adams is a ring announcer by trade. However, the booking committee at SWF (aka Guest Commissioner [and commentator] Dave D-Struction) ordered an 8-man tag team match after Fallah Bahh clobbered Adams with David’s partners being Team America (Jon Phoenix & Bo Jones) and The Wild Thing against Big Ben Cromwell, Magic, Sir Christopher Michaels & Muhhamed Hashmal (aka Habib From the Car Wash as an Arab stereotype). Here’s all the action including the spectacular ending.

9-12: 4 Jobbers

That’s right: the next 4 people are just jobbers who have no name. They’re literally labeled “4 jobbers” on the DVD PWS put out for their Wrestle Bowl 2014 event that happened on November 22 of that year. This was an 8-man elimination tag team match featuring the Scranton Strangler teaming up with Philip Simon II (now Buster Jackson), Damian Gibbs & Beefcake Charlie in what was a squash where the jobbers jobbed like a jobber jobbing on the job.

13. Malcolm Moss

Now a member of CAQ’s friend Bobby Wayward’s JOB Security, Malcolm had his 1st match at a Create-a-Pro Wrestling birthday party on May 3, 2015 in Hicksville NY. The main event of the birthday party was a 10-man tag team match featuring Big Ben Cromwell, Jared Evans, Vinny Spano, Max (now Bear) Bronson & Malcolm taking on Kai Katana, Damien Gibbs, Beefcake Charlie, Max Caster & Johnny Clash.

14. Buckwheat Willis

Buckwheat Willis was a student at Create-a-Pro NJ who made his debut at the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival on September 12, 2015 in Augusta. The funny thing is that Willis was not backstage a few minutes before showtime when the announcer needed everyone’s name. Since he was not present, I thought his hair looked like the character from the Little Rascals who I thought was Alfalfa but it was actually Buckwheat. So his name was born and the Scranton Strangler strangled him.

15. Elijah Santos

Elijah Santos, who wrestles as Cronin, was also a student who floated his way to Create-a-Pro NJ for a brief bit. He also inspired a past blog post of mine about match scripts. Here are highlights from that match, which also happens to be the 1st time Chris Avery Queling was in action (making Santos CAQ’s 1st victim) on April 16, 2016 at a WrestlePro event in Union NJ.

16. Emi

Currently a valet at Create-a-Pro Wrestling, Emi had her first match at a birthday party at the CAP school in Hicksville NY on May 14, 2016. Emi teamed up with Francis Kip Stevens, Nikki Adams, Beefcake Charlie & Johnny Clash to take on Chris Avery Queling, TJ Warren, Bryce Donovan, Izzy McKenna & “Grammar Cop” John Phoenics in the main event that Emi’s team won.

17. Adam Bizzare

This match inspired this whole blog post since it only happened last week on June 17, 2017 in Rahway NJ. He’s currently a student at the Create-a-Pro NJ school who lasted less than 5 minutes before getting defeated by CAQ just like everyone else in WrestlePro.

As more wrestlers pop their cherry against me, so stay tuned for #17 and beyond!

Watch Your Language? Profanity in Professional Wrestling

Pro Wrestling ProfanityA big topic in wrestling has been the advent of the PG era in WWE and how things would be better if it could go back to the edgier Attitude Era. When the wrestlers could curse and the situations were more risque.

Whether that’s true or not is irrelevant since I’m focusing on if profanity has a place in pro wrestling. I’ll list a couple of reasons why there isn’t a place, a couple of reasons why there is a place and my thoughts on the matter.

Say Heck No to Profanity

There are a few reasons why profanity should not be in wrestling, the first one being the influence on children. Whether wrestling is PG, TV-14 or MA, kids will wind up watching the product because it’s superheroes come to life.

The next one is mainly for bigger companies with TV time: advertisers. Some companies might not consider spending their ad dollars on a product that contains lewdness and/or profanity.

The last one I have is the fact that there’s so little profanity when compared to words and actions that you can easily edit yourself and not use foul language.

Say F*CK Yes to Profanity

There are a few reasons why profanity should be in wrestling, the first one being realism. Adult men and women get into situations where profanity is used and it might seem childish to not see the maximum emotion when there’s a grudge.

Secondly would be the same reason as the second reason against profanity: advertisers. Some companies might not consider spending their ad dollars on a product that seems too kid friendly.

Lastly, it opens up different story arcs. There are some things that can’t be explored fully without profanity, whether it’s a really bad beatdown of a good guy or a torrid love affair.

My Thoughts

I personally have never used profanity. My original trainer always said that profanity was a cop out and that you couldn’t truly get over if you had to rely on it. I have to agree with that to a large extent since profanity was only really prominent in wrestling for a short while, though it’s when wrestling was at its height in the US.

I also do feel that profanity used on rare occasions makes things more special. It represents the escalation of a feud to another level once lewdness and curse words start flying. The same thought process goes when there’s a rare instance when somebody bleeds or (formerly) when a specialty match was scheduled once in a blue moon like a cage match.

We also live in a society where children use profanity or are at the very least exposed to it through their parents or other role models. Saying words like damn, bitch, sucks and ass (didn’t even write that out in any particular order to be funny either) are more commonplace on TV shows and the Internet. So the profanity is now up another notch to f*ck, sh*t, racist slang and sexual jargon, which I think is inappropriate for a wrestling audience with kids.

Should pro wrestling have profanity? My answer is “it depends” since different companies will cater to different audiences. I personally think it’s not needed since stories can be told in different ways in wrestling through actions and not words. Some gruffer language and gestures can be used for realism, but not outright profanity on a TV-MA show especially if you know kids are going to partake.

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).

Update: These shirts are now available. Feel free to reach out to order yours.

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: My First Pseudo Reality Show with a Puppet

I’ve taken part in some ridiculous things in wrestling, but what could be my very first came to surface recently. This was filmed in my first year as a wrestler, though I’m not exactly sure when.

The concept is that Sheldon T. Shellstein (some puppet that’s supposed to be like Elmo or Kermit the Frog) wants to become a pro wrestler and has to go through some training. I remember taping a bunch of things for this video, but it (shockingly) got cut… not sure why, but oh well. I guess that’s the reason I let it fade into obscurity in my head.

Being shown this again brought back memories of the experience and it being a typical day at training & this producer came in to shoot some things. It was definitely a Thursday because I remember training every week just me and Ghetto Brown (the black guy who looks like Bad News Allen) with the occasional special guest. In this case, it was Andrew Anderson and from ECPW Five Boroughs Tony Biella and Ryan Roxbury.

My thought process at the time was “I’ll be training anyway, I might as well take part in this since it could help me down the road.” Spoiler alert: it did not. At least you see a young whitemeat babyface Chris Avery Queling as a raw rookie.

Oh and my favorite part is the full hypothetical card, which was shown briefly in this video. The matches were as follows:

  • Sheldon T. Shellstein vs All Challengers
  • Rusty Trombone vs Cleveland Steamer
  • Hot Lunch vs Dirty Sanchez

7-Year Pro Wrestling Career Assessment

chris-avery-quelingEvery year on the anniversary of my 1st-ever match, I take a look back at the previous year that was in wrestling and evaluate myself. This year has been quite the interesting year.

It started off with the Scranton Strangler’s last match and the emergence of Dr. Acula and my episode of Raven’s Restler Rescue where he gave me advice and a makeover. That wound up working out and after the failed gimmicks, I became Chris Avery Queling and have been seeing success since.

But that’s only part of the story.

Analysis

Matches: I started & ended this year with matches at Big Time Wrestling, one of which was a tag team match against the Honky Tonk Man on my 6-year anniversary. However, the crux of the matches I’ve had have been at WrestlePro… where I’m progressing.

Other companies I wrestled for this year include Create a Pro Wrestling, UPWA, my return to ECPW and my debut for Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling. I made the fewer matches I had truly count.

Ability: I feel like my ability has gotten significantly better this year. Things are clicking more than ever in that department and I’ve been training rigorously to get even better. I hope Year 7 will be my best yet in terms of ability both physically and, more importantly, mentally.

Shape: I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m leaner than ever and truly feel like I can move around without wearing down my cardio too much. I am dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, so I can’t lift as heavy of weights… however, I still exercise extensively in some capacity daily.

What’s Next

  • Attempt to increase my quality bookings to learn more and become better at the companies I’m with and other new places.
  • Come up with a merchandising strategy (which I failed at last year because of the gimmick changes).
  • Keep studying tapes from the current products around the world, as well as the past.
  • Continue getting into better shape and dropping weight.
  • Blog and post on my Facebook profile, Facebook pageTwitter & Instagram frequently.

I appreciate everyone who’s given me feedback, constructive criticism & matches, as well as the paying fans who’ve come to see me wrestle over the past 6 years. Wrestling companies: here is my booking info if you want to have me as a part of your next event.