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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 70: Shake, Rattle and Roll

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The greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time is taking the show on the road.  The Honky Tonk Man has a new interactive show called Shake, Rattle and Roll.  He’s making a stop in Effingham, Illinois on Thursday, March 24 at the Effingham Performance Center.  The show starts at 7 p.m. and you can learn more details here.

I met HTM for the first time in 1997.  He’s the first wrestler I’ve met, so this interview is particularly important to me.  We discuss the upcoming show, and his life in the ring in the WWF in the late 1980s.  He and “Macho Man” Randy Savage main evented several house shows in that era.  The Honky Tonk Man is on Twitter as @OfficialHTM and he has a Facebook page.

Also coming up this week on the My 1-2-3 Cents blog, Chad and I run down our own MVPs of WrestleMania.  Don’t forget to check out @my123cents on Twitter and Instagram.  Like the Facebook page and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 69: We Love WrestleMania

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Meeting Chris Hero at WrestleMania 26

Ten years ago Chad and I attended our first WrestleMania.  We made a road trip to Chicago for a weekend of wrestling that included a Ring of Honor show, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and WrestleMania 22.

For me, it was a dream come true.  I was content with that one trip.  But I also knew if the opportunity came up again I wanted to go.  Luckily for me, it came up again and again and again.  Chad and I have have been to eight of the last ten WrestleManias.  We’re heading to Texas next month for our 11th.

In this episode of the show we talk about our favorite memories and moments.  It’s not just about the ‘Mania.  It’s the fun in getting to each destination, the other events we attend and of course the WrestleMania atomsphere.

Thanks for tuning in and sharing the show.  Read more on the My 1-2-3 Cents blog as well as Breaking Wrestling News.  You can follow @my123cents on Twitter and Instagram and like the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.  And coming soon, new videos to the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 68: An Ax to Grind

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Ax wins the title

Through the years I’ve had several opportunities to be a wrestling referee, manager, ring announcer and commentator.  For the last couple of years the wrestling scene where I live (southern Illinois) has been on life support.  But now a promotion is changing all that.

CMA Pro Wrestling made its debut Saturday, March 5.  The show featured several talented wrestlers from this region and beyond.  A packed house watched at the CMA Marital Arts Center in Marion, Illinois as the first champion was crowned.

Ax Allwardt beat three other men in a fatal four way contest.  Fan favorite Heath Hatton nearly had the match won after spearing the near 400 pound Frank Wyatt.  But the opportunistic Allwardt interrupted the pin and tossed Hatton to the floor, where the fourth man in the match Tony Flood was recovering after being dropped by Wyatt.

I managed to get a quick (and I mean quick) interview with the new champ.  He talks about his past in the business and his future as the new CMA Pro Wrestling Champion.

Also on this week’s show the winners of our Road to WrestleMania contest.  Thanks to all who participated and keep listening, Chad and I will have more contests in the future.

Don’t forget to check out my blogs at My 1-2-3 Cents and Breaking Wrestling News.  There’s also new content coming soon to the YouTube channel.  Follow @my123cents on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to like My 1-2-3 Cents on Facebook.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 67: Xavier Woods Talks Unicorns & Trombones

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You may be noticing a theme on the My 1-2-3 Cents Podcast.  Two-third of the WWE tag team champions The New Day have been on in the last couple of weeks.  Kofi Kingston was my guest on episode 65.  This week Xavier Woods is on the show.  Both Superstars were promoting a WWE house show in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Xavier chats about training, his pursuit of higher education and the incorporation of unicorn horns and trombones in The New Day gimmick.  The conversation is short and sweet, but very informative.

If you live in southern Illinois, southeast Missouri or western Kentucky check CMA Wrestling.  Their first show is set for Saturday, March 5 at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion, Illinois.

Don’t forget Tuesday, March 1 is your last day to enter the Road to Wrestlemania contest.  Listen to episodes 61-66 and answer the trivia question.  Send a message to the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.

Follow My 1-2-3 Cents on Twitter and Instagram (@my123cents).  Subscribe to the YouTube channel (and Xavier’s too) and read My 1-2-3 the blog and Breaking Wrestling News.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 66: Shane’s (and WWE’s) Big Undertaking

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The mystery of who The Undertaker will face at his 24th WrestleMania has finally been solved.  The Deadman will step into the Hell in a Cell once again at the biggest show of the year.  This time against Shane McMahon.

It’s a bold move and something most fans didn’t see coming.  I’d read countless blogs and posts from fans speculating everyone from John Cena to Samoa Joe to even Goldberg as being Undertaker’s opponent.

Chad and I talk more about the decision to put Shane in the match and what things WWE could be doing to make WrestleMania more appealing.  Other matches announced so far: Roman Reigns challenging Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar squaring off against Dean Ambrose in a Street Fight.

Don’t forget, this is also your last chance to enter the “Road to WrestleMania” contest.  Answer the question in this week’s show at the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.  Prizes include a three-month subscription to WrestleCrate, a Sting prize pack and a $25 gift card to WWE Shop.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 65: Kofi Kingston Talks About “The Power of Positivity”

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I’m excited about this week’s show.  WWE Superstar and one third of the tag team champions Kofi Kingston spent some time chatting about an upcoming house show in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  The New Day member discusses more than the team’s Triple Threat Match against the Dudleyz and the Usos.

Kofi touches on his time before the New Day formed and how the trio fought to get the team on TV.  We discuss past Royal Rumbles and the need to come up with something creative each year to avoid elimination and which tag teams from the past he would like to have seen New Day face.  Listen until the end to hear this week’s Road to Wrestlemania trivia question.

If you’re in the southeast Missouri, southern Illinois or western Kentucky area; tickets for the WWE Road to Wrestlemania show are still available.  The event is Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.

Meanwhile find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@my123cents) and YouTube.  Don’t forget to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents blog too and our friends at Breaking Wrestling News!

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 64: Breaking Wrestling News

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I recently was asked to start contributing to the new website Breaking Wrestling News.  A trio of fans put the site together in late 2015.  Greg DeMarco, Mike Bessler and Joe Burgett are the founders of the site.

There are several contributors, covering wrestling promotions around the world as well as MMA.  On this week’s podcast, I chat with Greg about his experiences with the site and some of his memories as a wrestling fan.

He has a very interesting take on what will happen at FastLane and eventually Wrestlemania 32.  We also discuss a few of the past week’s big news headlines, including Daniel Bryan’s retirement, his future with the company and Titus O’Neil’s suspension.  Listen closely, as I ask a question for the “Road to Wrestlemania” contest based on Greg’s thoughts for Wrestlemania.  You can answer it on Facebook.

You can follow Breaking Wrestling News on Facebook and Twitter.  Also, check out My 1-2-3 Cents the blog.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@my123cents on both) and subscribe to the YouTube channel.  I posted a new video this past week and plan to do more soon.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 63: A Conversation with Carriker

 

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Adam Carriker played in the NFL for eight years.  He was the Rams Rookie of the Year and named Strongest Redskin.  He’s also a big time wrestling fan, husband and father.

Kevin and Adam talk about his time as a Nebraska Cornhusker as well as his NFL career.  Adam also shares some thoughts on WWE and talks about his relationship with the company.  He gives his pick for the upcoming FastLane pay per view.

Be sure to listen all the way through to get the question for the My 1-2-3 Cents Road to Wrestlemania contest.  The prizes include a 3 month subscription to Wrestle Crate, a Sting prize pack and a $25 gift card to WWE Shop.  Send your answer via private message on our Facebook page.

Read the blog, subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow on Instagram and Twitter (@my123cents).  You can also read Kevin’s stories (and articles from others) on Breaking Wrestling News.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 62: Random Ramblings

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There’s plenty going on in the world of professional wrestling.  This week, Kevin and Chad talk at length about a few of the things happening.

Awesome Kong has been sent home from an overseas tour with TNA after an incident with Reby Sky in the locker room.  Read more on Breaking Wrestling News.  Could this lead to the return of Kharma to WWE?

The Rock and Lana had quite an exchange backstage at Raw recently.  So much so that WWE issued an apology for some of the things “The Great One” said to the “Ravishing Russian.”  Do comments like that reflect poorly on WWE and their overall treatment of women?

Injuries are plaguing WWE right now. John Cena, Seth Rollins and Cesaro are just a handful of the Superstars out right now.  Kevin and Chad tackle the issue and discuss the fate of Daniel Bryan as well.

Plus, tune in for this week’s My 1-2-3 Cents Road to Wrestlemania contest question.  Send a PRIVATE message on our Facebook page.  Also, I promised a link to Lucha Underground if you don’t have the El Rey Network.  Here it is: Lucha Underground Season 2, Episode 1.

Don’t forget to read the blog, subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow on Twitter and Instagram (@my123cents).

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 61: Game On

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There’s a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  Triple H returned to the 2016 Royal Rumble to capture the coveted prize for the 14th time.  Roman Reigns put up a valiant effort, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overcome the Authority and the League of Nations.

Kevin and Chad chat more about the Rumble match and what’s next for Triple H as champ and who he should face at Wrestlemania.  Brock Lesnar, the Wyatt Family and plenty of other Superstars get some love during this show, including the six who made their Rumble debut.  Those Superstars include AJ Styles, who also made his WWE debut at the Rumble, as well as Neville, Braun Strowman, Tyler Breeze, Kevin Owens and Zami Zayn.

The guys also share details about new contest leading to Wrestlemania.  There will be three different winners and prizes include a 3-month subscription to WrestleCrate, a $25 WWE Shop gift card and a Sting prize pack.  Be sure to listen to the show for the first week’s question.

Follow My 1-2-3 Cents on Twitter & Instagram (@my123cents), like us on Facebook, read the blog and subscribe to the YouTube channel.  Thanks as always for the support.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 60: You Can’t Outwork a Fork

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Tyler “Heath” Hatton

It’s a new year, and many people have resolved to get into shape.  Nearly three weeks into 2016, I’m still visiting the gym four times a week with the help of a personal trainer.

My friend, Tyler “Heath” Hatton, is the general manager at the Gold’s Gym near my home.  He recently offered to help get me into shape.  For those who have followed the My 1-2-3 Cents blog know that for years I’ve been trying to find my abs.

After several starts and stops, I’m ready to rededicate myself to the mission and I believe Tyler will help me achieve my fitness goals.

One of the things we discuss is nutrition and how important it is in any fitness plan.  As you’ll find out in the interview you can’t outwork a fork.  In the past, I’ve failed to realize that.  Now I’m eating healthier, drinking more water and cutting out sweets.  You can do it too!  Listen to this show to get motivated.

Learn more about Gold’s Gym here.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 59: No Cena? No Problem

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Former WWE champion John Cena has undergone successful shoulder surgery.  But as he recovers, it appears he will not be a part of Wrestlemania for the first time in more than a decade.  What kind of impact will his absence have on the WWE’s biggest event of the year?

Kevin and Chad talk about that scenario and look at what the company can do to make the lack of Cena, as well as Seth Rollins and possibly Randy Orton and Cesaro less severe.  The two also talk about the 2016 Royal Rumble and who should walk out the champ as well as speculation that members of the Bullet Club are WWE/NXT bound.

Remember to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents blog.  Also, subscribe to the YouTube channel, follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.  Thanks for sharing this show and the others here on the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 58: Long Live the Princess

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Chikara Pro has a new Grand Champion.  In December 2015 at the season 15 finale, Princess Kimber Lee won the championship from Hallowicked.  Kevin and the Princess discuss her victory and what lead up to that moment.  The two also talk about what the future holds for the new champ as season 16 of Chikara begins January 30.

The two also discuss the role of women in wrestling and how it’s evolving as well as the development of inter-gender matches in the business. Find out who influenced Kimber Lee during childhood and who she’d like to defend the Grand Championship against.  We do know her first opponent will be Oleg the Usurper on January 30 at the season 16 premiere 5 Senses.  That show is happening at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia.  Best of luck to the Princess in her first title defense.

You can follow Princess Kimber Lee on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  And don’t forget to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents blog, YouTube channel, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Happy 2016!

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 57: The Centy Awards

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As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time once again for Kevin and Chad to honor the best and worst in the world of professional wrestling.  The Centy Awards have been a long standing tradition that started on the My 1-2-3 Cents blog.

Categories include:
Wrestler of the Year
Most Hated
Most Under-appreciated
Most Overrated
Breakout Star of the Year
Show of the Year
Star on the Horizon
Female of the Year
Best Use of Social Media
Biggest Fall from Grace

Thanks for all the support in 2015.  We’ve had some great guests on the podcast and looking forward to even more amazing interviews in 2016.  I’m already working on someone big for the first show of the New Year!

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 56: Here Comes Centy Claus

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It’s that time of year again for a My 1-2-3 Cents Christmastime staple, Centy Claus to pay a visit.  He’s been a part of our YouTube channel and for a second time, he’s graced us with his presence on the podcast.  Centy Claus also brought presents and he’ll discuss what he’s giving to the men and women involved in wrestling (not just WWE).

Kevin also has a very brief “interview” with WWE Superstar and co-holder of the tag team titles, Xavier Woods.

Don’t forget to tune in next week for the annual Centy Awards.  Like the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page, follow on Twitter and read the blog.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 54: There’s Something About Terri

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Episode 54 is a special one, as it marks the one year anniversary of My 1-2-3 Cents the Podcast.   The first show dropped December 9, 2014.  Thanks to all who have listened and shared the podcast.  It’s a lot of fun putting the shows together.  Also thanks to Greg Mehochko, co founder of Jittery Monkey and host of Nerds United, for inviting Kevin to be a part of the “family.”

The guest this week is former WWE Diva Terri Runnels.  She’s been involved in the wrestling business for more than 25 years and has evolved from her early days as Ms. Alexandra York in WCW to Marlena to Terri.  She shares stories from the early days, her life as a working mom and what she’s up to these days.

Speaking of which, you can catch Terri at WrestleCon during Wrestlemania 32 weekend in Dallas.  She also has a couple of upcoming events in New York and New Jersey.  Keep up with her on her website or social media pages.

Don’t forget to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents blog.  We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 53: WrassleRoos Pro Wrestling Underwear

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Growing up in the 80’s, we had Underoos.  They were dubbed “underwear that’s fun to wear” and included super heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  As a wrestling fan, I’d always hoped my favorite WWF/E Superstars would be represented, but it never happened.

Fast forward 30 plus years and Jonathan Bowles had a vision: WrassleRoos.  It’s pro wrestling underwear for adults.  But not only can you find briefs in the likeness of legends like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, you can also choose from a variety of custom made, vintage t-shirts.  Boxer shorts are also available.

The story behind the success of WrassleRoos is truly remarkable.  Listen to this week’s show and find out how Colt Cabana and CM Punk each played a role in putting these unique under garments on the map.

Follow WrassleRoos on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Also, be sure to check out My 1-2-3 Cents on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 52: Sheamus the Survivor

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Courtesy: WWE

Say what you will, Survivor Series 2015 has a lot of people talking.  That includes Kevin and Chad.  The dynamic duo of wrestling podcasts and blogs analyze this year’s event and offer their 1-2-3 Cents about what went down.

Two WWE World Heavyweight champions were crowned in the course of just a few minutes.  Roman Reigns won his first singles title only to have the fun spoiled by the Celtic Warrior Sheamus. The Undertaker marked 25 years with the WWE by teaming up with his brother Kane and defeating the Wyatt Family.  Tyler Breeze looked pretty in his match with Dolph Ziggler.  Charlotte shined against Paige and the legendary Goldust made his return.

Tune in and share your thoughts as well.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and as always read My 1-2-3 Cents the blog.

Episode 51: Undertaker & Survivor Series – Now & Then

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November 22, 1990 the Undertaker debuted at Survivor Series.  Twenty-five years to the date the Dead Man steps into the ring with his brother Kane to battle two members of the Wyatt Family.  In this episode, Kevin and Chad look back on some of the Undertaker’s best moments and share memories, facts and thoughts over the last two and and half decades.

The discussion also focuses on the November tradition of Survivor Series, which dates back to Thanksgiving 1987.  The two also talk about the tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight champion and put together their own traditional Survivor Series match.  Click here to see their card.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 50: Vacant Wins Again

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Courtesy: WWE

WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins was recently injured in a match against Demon Kane.  That knee injury will keep Rollins out of the game for six to nine months.

WWE officials have declared the championship vacant and have promised a new champ will be crowned after a tournament at Survivor Series.  As of the recording of Episode 50, the number of and names of the participants have not been announced.

Kevin and Chad share some of their thoughts on who should be in the tournament, as well as the rest of the card for Survivor Series.

We’ll know more after Monday Night Raw, but until then, listen to this week’s show and share it with others.  Be sure to share your thoughts here as well.

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Undertaker’s debut
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Next week, Kevin and Chad will talk more about the tournament, the history of Survivor Series and favorite Undertaker moments  as he marks 25 years with WWE at this year’s Survivor Series.  We want to hear your favorite memories of the Dead Man too, so share those here as well.

Read more wrestling thoughts at My 1-2-3 Cents.  Check out YouTube, Twitter and Facebook too.  Thanks!

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 49: Game On – 2K16 Review

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2K Sports and WWE have teamed up again for another game to keep wrestling fans busy for the next several months.  WWE 2K16 recently hit store shelves.  This year’s game features “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the cover and is available now on XOne, X360, PS 3 and PS 4.

Video game enthusiast and wrestling fan, Jared Smith, joins the show to discuss this latest version and share some of the cool new features.  You will soon be able to put your own face on the body of a Superstar you create for a more realistic make-a-Superstar experience.

Kevin and Jared talk about the evolution of the wrestling video game starting with the old Nintendo “Pro Wrestling” game and working up to today’s products.

Be sure to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well as My 1-2-3 Cents the blog.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 48: Back From Hell – A Firsthand Account of HIAC

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Editor’s note: The first two or three minutes is a little hard to hear, but the connection clears up.  Please be patient!

Hell in a Cell 2015 is in the books.  Chad was in the crowd for the event for the second year in a row.  He and Kevin analyze what happened and give some thoughts on what it means for the Road to Wrestlemania, which will kick into high gear at next month’s Survivor Series.  Both agree the overall action was great and the story lines are progressing.

What will become of the Undertaker now that the Wyatt Family has kidnapped him? What’s the relationship between the returning Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter? Will Corporate Kane be fired?  What challenge is next for Diva’s champion Charlotte?  Kevin and Chad explore those story lines and more.

Be sure to check out the My 1-2-3 Cents blog, Facebook page with plenty of pics from the event and YouTube channel as well.