Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PSA: Jon Harder's The Hardway Podcast with Mike Lewis

The twenty-fifth edition of the Hardway Podcast is online! Join Jon as he sits down with Mike Lewis, a commentator, ring announcer, and manager in the Tri-State area, most notably in American Championship Entertainment. Some of the topics that come up include...

- Commentating play-by-play and color

- Ring announcing for Jushin Thunder Liger in JAPW

- What led him to start managing

- Working with the Midnight Sensations, Crowbar, Azrieal and the All-Star Sensations


Plus, Mike Morgan Jr. from ACE Action Zone Radio makes a cameo, The Star Mix of the Week from Jim Boy Star, Ray Ray Marz's Awesomely Bad Promo of the Week with Bobby "the Brain" Heenan, and Stan Stylez's Prank Call. Finally, did Steve Scott raid the Hardway Podcast Studios? Listen to the silver episode of the Hardway podcast!!!, the Official home of the Hardway Podcast.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Mania Weekend Cards Post: Wrestlemania, ROH, & DGUSA

This post will be updated sporadically until all the cards are fully announced.

Dragon Gate USA
March 29th, 2012
Belltime: 8pm
The German American Society Clubhouse
6401 Washington Street
Hollywood, FL 33203.

Ronin of Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann vs. Blood Warriors of Akira Tozawa, BxB Hulk & Uhaa Nation vs. D.U.F. of Sami Callihan, Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez
PAC vs. AR Fox

Ring of Honor
Showdown in the Sun Day 1
March 30, 2012 
Belltime: 8pm
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Davey Richards© vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong [ROH World Title]
The Briscoe Brothers vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
Lance Storm vs. Mike Bennett

Ring of Honor
Showdown in the Sun Day 2
March 31, 2012 
Belltime: 1pm
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Davey Richards© (if still champion) vs.? [ROH World Title]
The Briscoes vs. Shane Haste & Mike Nichols

Dragon Gate USA
Open The Ultimate Gate 2012
March 30th, 2012
Belltime: 8pm
Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Low Ki vs. PAC
Street Fight: Sabu & Jon Davis vs. Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez
Fox Picks Callihan's Opponent: Sami Callihan vs. BxB Hulk
Callihan Picks Fox's Opponent: AR Fox vs. Uhaa Nation

Dragon Gate USA
Mercury Rising 2012
March 31st, 2012
Belltime: 8pm
Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Low Ki, Akira Tozawa, & BxB Hulk vs. CIMA, Ricochet, & Masaaki Mochizuki
Sami Callihan vs. Sabu

April 1st, 2012
Belltime: 7pm
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL

The Rock vs. John Cena
Sheamus vs. ? [World Championship Bout]

Friday, February 24, 2012

WWE Elimination Chamber PPV 2012 Review

No preamble.  Let's just get right into it.

Raw Elimination Chamber
CM Punk© vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Everyone in this match but Jericho and Punk was seemingly buried on TV going into this match.  The WWE has never really been able to build this match up so as to convince us that more than two people truly had a chance to win.  The commentators tried to get over the fact that this was the last chance for these men to have a chance to main event Wrestlemania.  Considering what happened on Raw 24 hours later, that statement seems awfully manipulative.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PSA: The Hardway Podcast with Lenny Leonard

The twenty-third edition of the Hardway is online! Join Jon Harder as he interviews Lenny Leonard, the voice of Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE! Jon and Lenny chat about multiple topics, including...

- Full Impact Pro

- getting into Ring of Honor

- A typical session of doing commentary for an ROH DVD

- Gabe Sapolsky

- Why Lenny left ROH in 2009

- Working with Dave Prazak, Leonard F. Chikarason, Mike Quackenbush and others

- How the name Lenny Leonard came about

AND SO MUCH MORE! This is a must-listen from the premiere commentator on the independent wrestling circuit!

PLUS, Stan "The Man" Stylez with Hottie of the Week with Jenna Haze, the Awesomely Bad Promo of the Week sponsored by Ray Ray Marz with Sting, and a special little message for the Super Smash Bros in the beginning of this podcast. Check out the Hardway Podcast as it is LIVE ONLINE! is the official home of the Hardway Podcast, as well as the Markin' Out web-comic, Catchin' Up With Cayden, Win a Date with Stan Stylez and much more! CHECK IT!



Credit to Emmett Fitz Hume/Resistance Pro

Friday February 17, 2012
The Excalibur, Chicago IL
Attendance:  300

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Teddy Hart out of Vicious Circle and a very suitable replacement put in…

Teddy Hart telephoned the Resistance Pro Wrestling offices this morning and left a fortyfive minute voice message.  Our shyster of a lawyer, Emmett Fitz Hume, has advised us we are, under a court order, not allowed to share this magnum opus with the general wrestling public.   What we can tell you is unfortunately, due to visa problems Teddy Hart will not be in attendance at Vicious Circle event on Friday.  Somewhere in his manifesto Teddy mentioned plans on rocking the Resistance Pro once his visa problems have been fixed.  Teddy then talked endlessly about training cats to wrestle and being there 'in spirit' doing moonsaults off third balcony at the Excalibur.  Teddy Hart is a great great man.  He did have a "belated V-Day" gift for us as he gave us a phone number for a person he sees as the next "Teddy Hart" as a man who has all the gifts and understands the "true majesty of professional wrestling" as cats meowed in the background

Taking Teddy Hart's place on Friday against Matt Cross and Mr. 450 will be…Santino Marella.

Just kidding of course, he's already booked for the weekend and isn't a good substitute for this match.  No offense pisan!  We at Resistance Pro would love to see you pull out your cobra someday at one of our shows.  Hopefully in the ring!

Replacing Teddy Hart on Friday night at the Excalibur - it's the one and only "future of flight" RICOCHET~! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

PSA: ISW Presents Boner Jam II

BONER JAM II – Early Roster Announcements…and Some Teases?

Inter Species Wrestling Press Release:
For Immediate Release:
Mike Rotch
Inter Species Wrestling
Saturday night, April 7 – Inter Species Wrestling returns to our home away from home – the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT – where we will present a sequel to 2011′s huge event – titled “BONER JAM II – THE SECOND COMING!”
We hoped to have card news this week – but we’re awaiting confirmation of something real wild.
Instead, we can tell you that the following people have been confirmed to appear at BONER JAM II – The Second Coming.
-Inter Species Champion - Twiggy.
-Other Champion - El Hijo Del Bamboo.
-G-Anime Convention Champion - Frankie Arion.
-The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Sexxxy Eddy and (hopefully) Giant Tiger.
-Femme Fatale - Addy Starr.
-The Ever-disgusting - Shitty.
-American Funnyman - Dan Barry.
-The Catch as Catch Can Crustacean - Bastian Snow.
-Italian Chef - Pasquale the Italian Chef.
-Brain-chomping Murder Machine - Izzie Deadyet.
-Real-life Tyrone Biggums - Pinkie Sanchez.
-Inter Species Wrestling’s OTHER Bear - GLAAD Badd.
And more – including debuts, and a surprise or two!
I must stress that, despite the event name, BONER JAM II – The Second Coming will not include actual “boners” or “coming” – and will be safe for all ages.
Tell your friends, and stay tuned!
-Mike Rotch
El Presidente – Inter Species Wrestling

My review of Chikara's Season 11 Premiere: The Thirteenth Hat

Friday, February 10, 2012

TNA Against All Odds 2012 Roundtable Preview

PSA: Jon Harder's The Hardway Podcast: Episode #22  or SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES!!!

The twenty-second edition of the Hardway Podcast is online! Join Jon Harder as he takes you into the insight of the official home of the Hardway,! Jon discusses...

- Why he started the official website

- The goals he has for independent wrestling with it

- The different content he has on the site

- What he will start hosting next week within the site

AND SO MUCH MORE! This truly is an APB for all indy wrestlers looking to branch out and spread their name through!

Plus, Stan Stylez presents Hottie of the Week with Willa Ford, Dan Murdoch says a few words about La Casa Italiano for ACE Overdrive on 2/25, the Star Mix of the Week with a Hulk Hogan/Michael Bolton combination by Jim Boy Star, the Awesomely Bad Promo of the Week with WWF president Jack Tunney and so much more!

Finally, who will be the next guest on the Hardway for next week? Jon actually makes you wait for the entire episode to find out. It's a good guest! TUNE INTO THE HARDWAY AS WE GO INTO EPISODE 22! - The official home for the Hardway Podcast, the Markin' Out Web-Comic, the Blog of Professionalism and SO MUCH MORE!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Match Spotlight Series has ended after 79 episodes

Today's Match Spotlight Series will be the last of the series...because the concept will soon be at its own site!

So, head over to The Free Pro Wrestling Blog and favorite the page and/or sign up to follow the blog through email.  You can also follow the blog on Twitter if you so wish.  Hopefully there will be a Facebook page for that blog soon.

Thanks everybody for watching the matches that have been posted here!

Colt Cabana vs. Alex Castle from IWA Unlimited 2011: Match Spotlight Series #79

This is a match from the weekly free Wednesday live show from IWA Unlimited.  Learn more about them at their FacebookTwitter, and Website.

This started as a NWA Championship match, but it turned into something else.  You'll have to read my review and/or watch the match to find out what happened.

My thoughts on the match:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Awesome Wrestlemania Preview from @FreeAdmissionFR

Check that out!

Mark Smith looks at the Wrestlemania Card and how it will shake out.  He includes several predicted cards from the good people on Twitter, including mine.  Make sure you  look around their site as well, as it definitely has some cool and unique stuff.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

DGUSA Chasing the Dragon 2011 DVD Review

I can't do a proper review of every show I watch. But sometimes a show will be worth talking about enough that I will share some thoughts on it.  This style of review actually hearkens back to how I reviewed shows when I first started the blog.  I revisited that style for the 2012 Royal Rumble, and I liked it enough to want to break it out again for DGUSA's DVD: Chasing the Dragon.

Full Notebook Review:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

PSA: AAW Presents Path of Redemption on 2/24

Deathgrip Clothing presents
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined
Path of Redemption

Friday February 24, 2012
7:30pm 115 Bourbon Street
3359 W. 115th Street
Merrionette Park, IL
Doors open at 7:00pm

Tickets available at
VIP Front Row Stage - $30 - Includes Meet & Greet - SOLD OUT!!!
VIP 2nd Row Stage - $25 - Includes Meet & Greet
VIP 3rd Row Stage - $20 - Includes Meet & Greet
Front Row Floor - $25 - Includes Meet & Greet
2nd Row Floor - $15 - Includes Meet & Greet
3rd Row Floor - $15 - Includes Meet & Greet
General Admission - $10

Meet and Greet from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
All autographs $10, Photos with the wrestlers $10, Both for $15.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

PSA: Jon Harder's The Hardway Podcast: Episode #21 with Leon St. Giovanni

Be sure to check out my interview with Jon Harder too.

For Release:

The twenty-first edition of the Hardway Podcast is online! Join Jon Harder as he sits down with Leon St. Giovanni, #LSG on social media, as he talks about his Canada experience with Inter Species Wrestling (ISW) at G'Animania. Some of the topics that come up are...

- Giant Tiger

- The road trip with a guy with a tentacle mask and DUSTIN BEAVER???

- The difference of culture at Canadian fast food resturants

- G'Anime and what its about

- Experiencing his first iPPV

- Losing to a zombie

- Sexxxy Eddy in a thong eating pizza at a rave

- Pain patches

AND SO MUCH MORE! An interesting look at different culture with Canadian wrestling and what's it is like to travel to another country! Leon definitely personifies professionalism with his second showing on The Hardway Podcast!

PLUS, a Star Mix of the Week from Jim Boy Star, another Hottie of the Week with Stan "The Man" Stylez, Tristen Law's Law of the Ring, plus Jon's brother Benny talks trash on Steve Scott, and the Awesomely Bad Promo of the Week brought to you by Ray Ray Marz with Johnny Ace! Check out the Hardway and enjoy!

Check out, the official home of the Hardway, the Markin' Out web-comic and the Blog of Professionalism! Only on!


Player Uno vs. Twiggy from Chikara King of Trios Night 2 2009: Match Spotlight Series #76

Inter Species Wrestling has a showcase match at the 2009 King of Trios, so check it out. In this match, Player Uno is defending the ISW Title against Twiggy. Learn more about ISW at their website and as always, check out for info about Chikara.

My thoughts on the match:

My Final Predicted Card for Wrestlemania 2012

Here is my final stab at predicting the 2012 Wrestlemania card.  At this point, most matches are all but announced to be happening, but I'll try to predict some of the smaller matches now too.  For a point of reference, here are my two other attempts to predict the card:

And now, for the predictions. (This is not claimed INSIDER knowledge.  It's simply a guess on my part.  As you can tell by my previous two prediction columns for this card, I can be quite wrong at many times.)