The wrestling world is reeling after two greats died this past week. On Wednesday, WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk died at 79. Then, just a day later, fans were rocked by the sudden death of Bray Wyatt. He was just 36 years old.
This week, Chad Smart and I pay tribute to both men and share memories of each.
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Last week I headed to Las Vegas for a tryout with Impact Wrestling (to be a ring announcer). You can read about the experience here or just listen to this week’s show.
I recorded it on the road from Mt. Vernon after announcing an indy show (IWA-Productions). Road Warrior Animal Warrior was the special guest. I talk about indy wrestling, the Impact experience and Survivor Series memories on this week of Thanksgiving.
Speaking of which, it’s Black Friday week on Pro Wrestling Tees. You can shop and save starting Tuesday, Nov. 20 (through the 26th). Of course, I encourage you to shop the My 1-2-3 Cents store (there are three designs now), but really I hope you’ll buy from other stores too. Pro wrestling shirts make a great Christmas gift.
After a two week hiatus, @chadsmart returns to question why people treat opinion as fact. Given the current political climate where “fake news” and biased news are presented as fact the need to be more discerning is sadly being discarded in order to parrot talking points. Where will this road lead if not questioned? Chad has several opinions about that.
First, thank you all for checking out this podcast. This is episode 100 and I wouldn’t be where I am today with the show without your support. I truly appreciate the fact that people are listening and sharing this podcast with their friends. I am focused on finding more quality guest to have on each week as the show moves forward.
For the 100th episode, I was able to book Bushwhacker Luke as my guest. Big thanks to Jerry Travelstead for helping make this happen. Jerry is a school superintendent in Pinckneyville, Illinois. On Saturday, Nov. 5 Bushwhacker Luke will be wrestling at a fundraiser show for the district.
Luke talks about his career before, during and after WWE. He also provides an update on his longtime tag team partner Butch Miller. If you live in the area, come on our November 5 and meet Luke. There will be opportunities for photos and autographs too. I’ll be there along with local favorites like Heath Hatton, Ax Allwardt, Farmer Billy Hills and Tony Flood among others.
Through the years I’ve made a lot of friends in the world of professional wrestling. Shane Rich and I met in 2011 during the All American Pro Wrestling days. Shane is that company’s former heavyweight champion.
He’s also a veteran, which is the inspiration behind the new promotion he’s starting; Warrior’s Code Wrestling. The first show is Saturday, June 11 at Christopher (IL) First Baptist Church. Bell time is 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Disabled American Veterans.
In this episode I also talk more about the passing of Muhammad Ali and the impact he had on wrestling and why I think he’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame is long overdue.
Hey tough guys! It’s not hard to figure out who this week’s guest is. WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan joins me for a discussion about his career and friendship with the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Hacksaw will be in Pinckneyville, Illinois Saturday, May 14 for a fundraiser show. You can learn more here. The legend is also trying his hand at comedy. You can check out his schedule on his website or follow him on Twitter @OfficialHacksaw
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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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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This week’s show is in memory of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Hot Rod died July 31, 2015 at the age of 61. Kevin, Chad and My 1-2-3 Cents newcomer Rick share their memories of the wrestling icon and the impact he had on each of them, the world of wrestling and pop culture.
Since its creation in 1993 (with Andre the Giant being the first inductee), the WWE Hall of Fame has honored the careers of more than 100 men and women involved in the wrestling business. Kevin and Chad have been to eight of the ceremonies. In this episode they discuss the Class of 2015 and look at past inductees and share thoughts of how they’d change the Hall of Fame.
Independent wrestler Pokerface has been inside the squared circle for 18 years. He’s wrestled all over including USWA, Mid-South and even WWE. He shares stories from his career as well as his thoughts on the recent lawsuit against the WWE from the widow of King Mabel, the Mid-South Coliseum and the WWE Hall of Fame. It’s an insightful discussion you won’t want to miss.
In this episode, international wrestling star Nigel McGuinness shares his ideas on a new concept for professional wrestling genre. He’s about half way through a KickStarter campaign to raise $370,000 to fund the first six episodes of LA Fights. Nigel is working with producers, writers and wrestlers to make this a reality. Fans can support the project at LAFights.com.
Kevin also gives his thoughts on the 2015 Royal Rumble card and the induction of “Macho Man” Randy Savage into the WWE Hall of Fame.