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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 228: Favorite WrestleMania Opening Matches

WrestleMania is nearly here and my series of podcasts on the big event continues with a look at my (our) favorite WrestleMania opening matches. Chad Smart from Positive Cynicism joins me as a co-host this week. We’ve actually traveled to nine WrestleManias together.

Be sure to rate the podcast on your favorite listening app as well as the other programs here on the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network.

Stride Pro Wrestling returns on Saturday, April 6 to Johnston City High School. You can learn more at the Stride website here.

You can shop the My 1-2-3 Cents store on Pro Wrestling Tees. There’s a sale there starting Wednesday. Use promo code MANIA and save. Also, take a look here at the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Store. Lots of great merch out there for fans of the shows here.

Also over on the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel, I’ve started a new feature called Go Figure Friday. Be sure to check it out and subscribe to the channel.

Social Media Shoutouts!
@StrideWrestling (Twitter)
@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
@PZ85DAnthony
@thereddaniels 
@COLLARxELBOW (Twitter & Instagram)
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@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@RyanKBoman (Twitter)
@TGPWeb (Twitter)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@thehooch36  (Greg Mehochko’s Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 227: WrestleMania 2 Redo

WrestleMania is still the premiere event of the year in the world of Sports Entertainment. I love watching it each year, but in the early years of WrestleMania it was much more special.

However, many fans have strong feelings about WrestleMania 2. Is it the worst WrestleMania of all-time? My co-host this week Jerry Travelstead and I talk about the event and how we’d tweak it to make it better.

Stride Pro Wrestling returns on Saturday, April 6 to Johnston City High School. You can learn more at the Stride website here.

You can shop the My 1-2-3 Cents store on Pro Wrestling Tees. Also, take a look here at the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Store. Lots of great merch out there for fans of the shows here.

Also over on the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel, I’ve started a new feature called Go Figure Friday. Be sure to check it out and subscribe to the channel.

Social Media Shoutouts!
@StrideWrestling (Twitter)
@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
@PZ85DAnthony
@thereddaniels 
@COLLARxELBOW (Twitter & Instagram)
@kevinhunsperger (Twitter)
@kevin_hunsperger (Instagram)
@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@RyanKBoman (Twitter)
@TGPWeb (Twitter)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@thehooch36  (Greg Mehochko’s Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
@Skullbusterpod (Twitter)
@BobWicked38 (Twitter)
@TomAndJimsTop5
@Holtke4987 (Twitter)
@BigDealONeill25 (Twitter)

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 226: Kurt Angle’s WrestleMania

Since everyone is speculating on who Kurt Angle’s last opponent should be, I figured I’d jump on board too. This week, Dalton Anthony from Pro Wrestling Unscripted joins me as co-host to discuss our favorite choices. We stuck to current WWE/NXT Superstars. I believe we have solid lists. Check it out and let me know who you would have face Angle in his final match.

Stride Pro Wrestling returns on Saturday, March 23. Norris City School is playing host this time around. You can learn more at the Stride website here.

You can shop the My 1-2-3 Cents store on Pro Wrestling Tees. Also, take a look here at the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Store. Lots of great merch out there for fans of the shows here.

Also over on the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel, I’ve started a new feature called Go Figure Friday. Be sure to check it out and subscribe to the channel.

Social Media Shoutouts!
@StrideWrestling (Twitter)
@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
@PZ85DAnthony
@thereddaniels 
@COLLARxELBOW (Twitter & Instagram)
@kevinhunsperger (Twitter)
@kevin_hunsperger (Instagram)
@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@RyanKBoman (Twitter)
@TGPWeb (Twitter)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@thehooch36  (Greg Mehochko’s Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
@Skullbusterpod (Twitter)
@BobWicked38 (Twitter)
@TomAndJimsTop5
@Holtke4987 (Twitter)
@BigDealONeill25 (Twitter)

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 178: Superfan “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

“Hug the ones you love.”

I’m kicking off another new feature here on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast called “Superfan”. I’ll be having conversations with fellow pro wrestling fans about their all-time favorite wrestler. The first installment is with Barry Karafa from Cape Championship Wrestling.

Barry is a HUGE “Roddy” Roddy Piper fan. The quote you see at the top of this post was handwritten by Hot Rod in a Christmas card he sent to Barry the December before Piper’s death. We talk about that card and other memorabilia Barry has honoring Piper. We also share childhood memories and how Piper influenced the world of professional wrestling. By the way, you can see more of Barry’s collection over on the My 1-2-3 Cents Instagram page.

Barry is also part of CCW. The company is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and has their ‘WrestleMania’ event this upcoming weekend. CCW: Supershow II is part of the Cape Con weekend. You’ll see all the stars of CCW along with Legends like Dan “The Beast” Severin (former My 1-2-3 Cents podcast guest) and Tommy Dreamer. You can still get tickets to the Supershow.

I’m also a sponsored athlete (stop laughing) for COLLARxELBOW brand. Shop online and use the promo code MY123CENTS and you’ll save 10%.

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@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
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@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
@Skullbusterpod (Twitter)
@TomAndJimsTop5
@The25th_Hour (Twitter)

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 177: WrestleMania Recap & Stride Preview

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WrestleMania 34 is in the books. I take a few minutes and talk about some of my favorite highlights from this year’s show. What did you like the most about it?

Also, I look ahead to the upcoming Stride Pro Wrestling event (April 14) at Roadhouse Harley Davidson in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. There are lots of great things coming to Stride Pro Wrestling. Please keep up to date here and how you can buy tickets for Saturday’s fundraiser which features former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth.

I’m also a sponsored athlete (stop laughing) for COLLARxELBOW brand. Shop online and use the promo code MY123CENTS and you’ll save 10%.

Looking for the #1 below-the-belt grooming and hygiene company? Look no further. Check out my link to Manscaped and save when you shop here.

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@StrideWrestling (Twitter)
@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
@COLLARxELBOW (Twitter & Instagram)
@kevinhunsperger (Twitter)
@kevin_hunsperger (Instagram)
@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
@Skullbusterpod (Twitter)
@TomAndJimsTop5
@The25th_Hour (Twitter)

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 176: This One’s for Lane

We love Lane.

More than two years ago I got involved with Stride Pro Wrestling. One of the first people I met on that first show in March 2016 was Lane Austin. He was one of the referees that night (I think we actually had more than one that evening.) We became fast friends and have made it a tradition to hang out after shows and grab a bite to eat at Applebee’s or Steak ‘n Shake.

Lane is a great referee, but more importantly a great friend. He’s been battling diabetes most of his life and was recently hospitalized as a result of the disease. Now the guy who gives of himself so willingly is going to be the one we’re giving back to. On Saturday, April 7 Stride Pro Wrestling is putting together a big fundraiser in Lane’s honor.

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I talked with Heath Hatton who is the man with the plan for Stride Pro Wrestling and one of Lane’s oldest friends. The benefit show is happening at 7 p.m. at the Carterville Community Center. You can get directions here. We’ll also have auctions, concessions and autographed pictures of Stride stars to raise money for our friend.

We know for sure Jay Spade will defend the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship against Tony Flood. Sam Hunter will be the guest on Striking Your Fancy and we’ll find out what’s next for Roger Matheus. Also, I know of at least one former Stride star returning (look close at the poster and you’ll figure it out too). It’s going to be a great night for a great guy. Simply put, we love you Lane. So please come out and support this show.

 

 

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 174: Our Mania Memories

Chicago to Dallas and all points in between

Chad and I have been to nine WrestleManias since 2006. Our first trip was a three-day weekend to Chicago for WrestleMania 22. From there, our trips became more involved and more fun. In this week’s episode, we talk about all nine trips and our favorite things from each.

If you’ve ever been to WrestleMania, you know it’s not just about the big show on Sunday night. There’s so much to see and do that’s wrestling related. And when you factor in WrestleMania host cities are ‘destination spots’ there’s all kinds of fun to be had.

I’m also a sponsored athlete (stop laughing) for COLLARxELBOW brand. Shop online and use the promo code MY123CENTS and you’ll save 10%.

Looking for the #1 below-the-belt grooming and hygiene company? Look no further. Check out my link to Manscaped and save when you shop here.

Social media shoutouts!
@StrideWrestling (Twitter)
@strideprowrestling (Instagram)
@COLLARxELBOW (Twitter & Instagram)
@kevinhunsperger (Twitter)
@kevin_hunsperger (Instagram)
@my123cents (Twitter & Instagram)
@HarnessDM (Twitter & Instagram)
@itomharness (Twitter & Instagram)
@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
@jittery_monkey (Twitter)
@NerdsUnitedShow (Twitter)
@5heartpodcast (Twitter)
@Craftbeericans (Twitter & Instagram)
@Skullbusterpod (Twitter)
@TomAndJimsTop5
@The25th_Hour (Twitter)

Fresh Content Day 34: The Lost Art of the Finishing Move

This is going to a) sound old-manish, and 2) possibly infringing on the Kevin’s gimmick over at My 1-2-3 Cents.

I was watching Wrestlemania 33 last night and today over my lunch hour. What I learned – among other things – is that a finishing move isn’t much of a finisher anymore. This isn’t news. It’s just becoming more and more obvious as time goes on.

I remember a time where a big boot and running leg drop was all it took to fell an opponent.

And when the Undertaker gave you a Tombstone Piledriver, you stayed driven heaped in a pile (okay, that one didn’t make much sense).

Right now, I’m going to make the HOT TAG to Kevin Hunsperger for his 1-2-3 cents.

Finishing moves still have a place in wrestling, but it seems on big shows those finishers are often as effective as a screen door on a submarine. Now wrestlers kick out just before the referee’s hand hits the mat for the third time. This type of storytelling is very frustrating as a fan of the old school days of the business.

False finishes are okay from time to time, but at WrestleMania for example, I think a Superstar either kicked out of or broke the finishing maneuver of their opponent in every match. It’s come to be expected these days.

We all know professional wrestling is a show. But I think when you start watering down the moves the men and women have made their signatures it takes away from the realism of the contest at hand. When the Undertaker hits his opponent with a Tombstone, I want the referee to then count three. A kick out on a rare occasion is fine as long as it tells the story at hand. When Kane did it for the first time ever, it was special.

But then Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns have kicked out of the finisher at WrestleMania. Some of those mentioned Superstars have kicked out of more than one Tombstone in a match. I suppose this would be fine because there’s a year of separation between incidents, but Seth Rollins kicks out of Triple H’s Pedigree, Kevin Owens escapes the Wall of Jericho and Shane McMahon gets out of the Styles Clash all on the same show. It’s exhausting.

I realize I’m out of the WWE’s target demo. I also realize a lot of indy shows use this style of booking. But I’m from the school of thought when you’re hit with the finisher, you’re done. 1-2-3.

I’m in agreement with Kevin, here. I think the use of finishers has gone by the wayside because no talent wants to look weak in their match, so they all have to kick out at least once (unless it’s “enhancement talent”).

If these moves are no longer finishing off opponents (which is why they’re called finishing moves in the first place), just call them moves, or signature moves, and let’s be done with it. They should be special moves used once to finish the match, or in a crazy twist, as KH said, a false finish once in a while to build up a talent would be smart. But overuse has diminished these moves.

In other words…I’m old and set in my ways.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 124: WrestleMania Recap

Wow. What a night of wrestling. WrestleMania 33 is in the books. Roman Reigns did what he said he was going to do and beat the Undertaker. It appears this may be it for the Deadman. Look for much more on the Undertaker’s career on the My 1-2-3 Cents blog this week.

There are also several new champions in the WWE. Naomi, Brock Lesnar, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton and The Hardy Boyz (yes you read that right) all have gold once again.

The fallout from Mania will be great to follow on Raw and SmackDown Live this week. Be sure to rate and review the podcast as well. Thanks for listening.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 123: WrestleMania Preview

Since 2006, Kevin and Chad have made the trek to WrestleMania, except WrestleManias 23, 31 and now 33. The two discuss this year’s card in depth in this week’s episode, which happens to be 123. Disclaimer: Kevin originally tried booking Sean Waltman “The 1-2-3- Kid” on the show, but came up short.

Are you excited about this year’s WrestleMania? What will be the match of the night? Should Goldberg be going in as Universal Champion? And will the Broken Hardys show up anywhere over WrestleMania week(end)?

Social Media shoutouts!

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@CCWrestling573 (Twitter & Instagram)
@chadsmart (Twitter)
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Fresh Content Day 24: With Anticipation

Hype! Hype! Hype! If media was a professional wrestler, it’d be one half of the Hype Bros.

The crazy one.

But dammit, I’m so excited to get home tonight and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

I saw it opening weekend (the Saturday showing) with my buddy RJ, and then we had a little conversation about it for the podcast. But if you recall at the time, I stated that I dozed slightly in the theater. It’s not the first time it has happened, but it did occur during a movie that I was very eager to see, and got out of the house to do so.

And I waited until after I saw the movie to listen to podcast reviews or read anything about it, so I know I missed some good, integral parts of the story.

But tonight…all that changes.

I can’t tell you the last time I went into a store and bought a physical movie. I started going the digital route, and am enjoying that immensely. It’s weird. When I lived in a smaller town, I could easily zip over to Wal-Mart and get groceries and browse the movie selection. But now, even though I live in a more populated area and there are clearly more shopping options……none of them are on my way home. And they’re all over-crowded.

So digital it is.

Anticipation is a funny thing. If no one told us to be excited for the newest movie, video game, comic book series (or writer/artist duo), or new album, would we care? But in this era of the 24-hour news cycle, where they have to talk about something all the time, you get more information that you ever probably thought you’d want or need.

Anticipation builds.

We’re on the “Road to Wrestlemania” and we have been since the Royal Rumble. Or more accurately, we have been since the Monday after Wrestlemania last year.

We’re in the middle of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and brackets and boards are filled with anticipation. And unless you had that perfect bracket (and you don’t, thank you Rhode Island), or are a fan of the remaining teams vying for the championship, your interest has probably waned somewhat. The caveat there is if you’re just a basketball fan and love this time of year.

Major League Baseball is getting closer to its opening day.

And there’s already buzz generated for movies that are still a year or more away. And much more hype (or anticipation) will be cultivated at Comic Con.

Since I pre-ordered Rogue One, I technically could have watched it last night after 11pm, but knew I wouldn’t stay awake through the entire thing…again. So I erred on the side of caution. So tonight when I go home, I’m going to hug my son, kiss my wife, have a little dinner, put the boy to bed, record an episode of Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast, and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It’s also why you’re getting this post now – because after I get that recording ready to go, I’m going dark…and hoping to stay awake.

May the Force be with you.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 120: ManiaCrawl

It’s WrestleMania season and that means it’s time for ManiaCrawl. The event made its debut hours before WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey. The concept is simple, wrestling fans in town for WrestleMania or SummerSlam meet at the designated bars and enjoy each others company. ManiaCrawl is also a fundraiser for Connor’s Cure.

But here’s the best part, even if you can’t be there in person, you can help the cause. Donations can be made online. If you are in Orlando for WrestleMania, I highly recommend going. We went last year in Dallas and had a blast. I’ll be back for New Orleans.

Keep an eye on the My 1-2-3 Cents blog and social media sites. I’ll have thoughts on FastLane posted there this week, along with everything else going on in the world of professional wrestling.

 

 

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 91: Cheers to ManiaCrawl

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A toast to ManiaCrawl

A few years ago a couple of wrestling fans came up with a way to unit fans before two of the WWE’s biggest events of the year, WrestleMania and SummerSlam. ManiaCrawl is held the afternoon of those events now at a bar in the host city. Hundreds of fans participate and help raise money for Connor’s Cure.

Prior to SummerSlam, KBH Bierhall in Brooklyn is hosting ManiaCrawl. Bill Apter will be there too, signing copies of his new book. Admission is free, but donations will be collected at the event. To date, ManiaCrawl has raised about $2,700.

Chad and I stopped by ManiaCrawl in Dallas earlier this year. I got in a quick episode of Craftbeericans while I was there.

You can find ManiaCrawl on social media, be sure to follow and like their pages. You can buy t-shirts and make donations to Connor’s Cure if you aren’t able to make it to the bar.

Follow @kevinhunsperger, @my123cents and @craftbeericans on Twitter and @kevin_hunsperger, @my123cents and @ on Instagram.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 74: We Want the Funk

The annual Cape Comic Con was held this past weekend in Cape Girardeau, MO. Two of the featured guests were WWE Hall of Famers Terry Funk and “Cowboy” Bob Orton.

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Orton (left) and Funk with Jittery Monkey Network co-founder Greg Mehochko

These two legends held a Q&A discussion, taking questions from the audience. Favorite matches, Cowboy Bob Orton’s Wrestlemania I experience, their favorite ribs, the evolution of the business, and sharing their love of the industry with their family.

Then they took pictures with the fans in the panel before returning to their booth. They held another meet & greet before the Wrestling at the Arena later Saturday evening.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 72: Woo! Woo! Wooooooo!

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Chad (left) and Kevin paying respects to the Von Erichs with the Von Erich Claw outside of AT&T Stadium prior to Wrestlemania Star.

WrestleMania 32 is in the books. There’s a new World Heavyweight champion. And the Intercontinental title changed hands. Plus…

The Rock, John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels all showed up too.

Kevin and Chad returned to WrestleMania after taking a year off. They share thoughts on the big show as well as NXT: Takeover and The Hall of Fame ceremony.

Also…be looking on Channel 999 for this:

And check out the complete album from Kevin and Chad’s Wrestlemania experience on Facebook!

Nerds United Episode 63: Comic Con and Wrestling Return to Cape Girardeau

It’s Wrestlemania Sunday and that means we’re only two weeks away from the Cape Comic Con.

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Time to visit with my friend Ken Murphy, organizer of the annual event. We talk about the new additions to the event, like Wrestling at the Arena, Trivia Night, a Steampunk Panel, Tea Duel, and more. The Costume Contest, all-day gaming, art show, and Acting Out are all back for another great year.

Here I am talking with Ken Murphy, Cape Comic Con organizer. Thanks to the Cape Girardeau newspaper "The Southeast Missourian" for capturing the moment.
Ken and I when we talked at the 2014 Cape Con. I need a shave again. 

I’m looking forward to returning to the event and this year, I’m taking the whole family. As I say at the end of the chat, if you’re in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Arkansas…or you don’t mind a little travel for a great weekend, head out to the Eleventh Annual Cape Con. It really is a great time filled with wonderful people. You won’t regret it.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 71: WrestleMania Here We Come!

By Kevin Hunsperger

After taking off a year, Chad and I are heading back to WrestleMania.  We’ll be in Dallas later this week for Axxess, NXT, the Hall of Fame, WrestleMania and Monday Night Raw.  So we figured in this episode we share thoughts on the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and the card as it stands for WrestleMania.  We also provide a little insight into the show we’re both looking most forward to, NXT: Dallas.

Are you going to WrestleMania this year?  Send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@my123cents) or you can reach out to me on Twitter (@kevinhunsperger) or Instagram (@kevin_hunsperger).  I’m planning to use the Facebook live feature on the My 1-2-3 Cents page throughout the weekend (no illegal streaming will be done).

You can also check out our MVPs of WrestleMania blog.  Look for new features soon on the YouTube channel as well.

Please rate and review on iTunes and share the show with someone.  Thanks for the support!

 

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 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 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 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 50: Vacant Wins Again

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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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Created by Jared Smith

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 33: Give Us The Book‏

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It’s a new feature on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast.  Kevin and Chad randomly pull the names of three Superstars or Divas from the coveted Wrestlemania 30 cup and book them in a storyline.  The first name out of the cup, Neville. Find out what the guys have planned for “The Man That Gravity Forgot” as well as two other WWE Superstars.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 18: Rollins, Rousey Best the Bay

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Seth Rollins stands atop the WWE Universe as the new king of the mountain. (Photo Courtesy wwe.com)

Wrestlemania finished up less than a half hour before the tape started rolling on the latest episode of My 1-2-3 Cents. Get Kevin and Chad’s thoughts on the 31st incarnation of the granddaddy of them all, and Nerds United host Greg Mehochko is there for a few thoughts as well.

 

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The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion forces a pained Stephanie to leave her own ring. (Photo Courtesy wwe.com)

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Bray Wyatt wanted to raise the dead? He may have gotten more than he bargained for. (Photo Courtesy wwe.com)

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 17: Wrestlemania 31 Preview and Predictions

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In this episode Kevin and Chad break down the biggest wrestling event of the year: Wrestlemania 31.  The two will discuss each match in depth and offer up their thoughts on the build and who will end up being the winner.  These thoughts come from two guys who have been to eight of the last nine Wrestlemanias.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 15: Second Best

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For the first time in several years the WWE is showing the Intercontinental Championship some love at Wrestlemania. In this episode Kevin and Chad analyze the upcoming ladder match in which Wade Barrett defends against several opponents.  They look back at big IC title matches from previous Wrestlemanias including “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan and Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 14: Some Bumps in the Road

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This week’s show is a quick one, filled with some random wrestling thoughts including WWE and Chikara Pro.  Kevin talks more about the Road to Wrestlemania and a few of the bumps he sees in it, including the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, Intercontinental Title Ladder Match and Jon Stewart.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 10: Your Questions Answered

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We’ve hit double digits on the My 1-2-3 Cents Podcast and in episode 10, Kevin is joined in the studio by co-blogger Chad.  The two answer questions from friends on the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.  Topics include the long term future of WWE, Wrestlemania and My 1-2-3 Cents merchandise.  The two also discuss Chikara Pro, Ring of Honor, Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling.

Thanks for listening and check out these folks on Twitter:
@my123cents
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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 9: Reigns Rocks the Rumble

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Kevin is joined by long time friend and My 1-2-3 Cents blogger Chad Smart for some Royal Rumble analysis.  The two recap the event, including the Royal Rumble match itself and the three-way WWE World Heavyweight title match.  Kevin and Chad look ahead to Wrestlemania 31 and talk about more than just Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, but also the prospect of a John Cena vs. Rusev match. What roles will The Rock, Undertaker, Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt have?  Listen and see what these two life long fans have to say.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 1

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to My 1-2-3 Cents, a professional wrestling podcast.

In the debut episode, we meet our host, Kevin Hunsperger, a wrestling fan and advocate who has worn several hats, from intrepid reporter to interviewer to broadcaster, and Wrestlemania traveler. Kevin gives his preview of WWE’s TLC pay-per-view later this month, talks about CM Punk and the UFC, and a return of the Dead Man at the Grandaddy of them all, WM 31.

Don’t believe me? Check out the guy’s hand-written notes.

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