What Champions are Made of

August 21, 2014

Everybody’s goal in the wrestling business is to become world champion. Whether you are in a big time federation or just a fledgling independent or a strong rising federation like PWF/Zero1 being a champion is an ultimate goal—in the next few months I am going to be writing articles on the history of Wrestling world Champions, starting this month with the original NWA.

It all started wth a man named Frank Sexton. “The Sedalis Cyclone” was a staple in the American Wrestling Association, and numerous times held its world championship belt, before unifying it with the NWA championship. 2 months later he lost it to a man named Orville Browne who for over a year held onto the prestigious title until a car accident forced him into retirement. The man who then became champion is the subject of my article today—–the great Lou Thesz

Aloysius Martin “Lou” Thesz was the greatest NWA champion of all time. After being trained as a child for numerous years he made his debut in 1932 and almost immediately caught the eye of the great Ed Strangler Lewis. After training with him for many years he became one of the biggest stars in that time in the St Louis area

In 1948 the National wrestling alliance was formed. The first scheduled title match was between Orville Brown and Lou but Orville had the car accident and thus Lou Thesz began a 7 yr run of greatness unifying all the local world chamopionships into the World heavyweight cham pionship.

He has been inducted in numerous hall of fames and held 16 different world titles as well as having the most years as a NWA World heavyweight Champion. He was known to have numerous 60 minute, 90 minute, even 120 minute matches and come back the next night and wrestle.

He was a master of the scientific art of wrestling and was probably the greatest “hooker” (submission wrestler) of all time. His style transcends generations and is shown by beating people of all shapes andf sizes in his run. Without his influences we wouldnt have had wrestlers like Jack and Jerry Brisco, The funk brothers, Ric Flair, and many others. Arguably one of the greatest and most used finishes in wrestling today, The STF was invented by him. In this generations people like Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and even the late Chris Benoit, used it as their finishers of choice.

He also showed his longevity by becoming the only wrestler to wrestle in 7 decades when he wrestled his protege Masahiro Chono in 1990 at the ripe young age of 74! He is truly a legends legend and one of the wrestlers all modern day wrestlers should model themselves after.


Pro Wrestling Manager The Grand Wizard

November 20, 2013

Pro Wrestling Fit USA Manager Leroy Jenkins brings you another educational article sharing his many years of pro wrestling knowledge. Please feel free to comment and share this link with your friends. We always love to hear from our readers and share their opinions in the comments section.

Younger wrestling fans might not be familiar with this man but the Grand Wizard of Wrestling (Abdullah Farouk) was a pioneer in the professional wrestling world.  The manager of champions was one of the triad of managers in the 70s that dominated the World Wide Wrestling Federation.  Unlike other managers however he did it using only his brain and his words, as he was not the most imposing specimen of a man physically—–yet still always found ways to interfere in matches his men were involved in.

Here is a list of just some of the men that the grand wizard has led to greatness:

1)  Stan “the Man” Stasiak.   The man known for the heart punch was a rough rugged rawbone wrestler who won the world title in 1973

2)  Professor Toru Tanaka and Mr Fuji.  The first WWWF  title held by the grand wizard was with the dastardly men from the orient.

3)  Superstar Billy Graham.  This was probably the greatest success the Grand Wizard had.  Superstar graham was a pioneer for the flamboyant wrestling styles seen today.  He held the title for over a year domingating the talent in the mid to late 70s

4)  Pat Patterson.  He managed the first intercontinental champion.  This was the final belt the Grand Wizard had in his stable

The Grand Wizard was a master of the insulting promo.  He could draw heat in a matter of seconds bedhind a microphone.  Here is an example of him at his finest—-

From a personal standpoint I hated the Grand Wizard of Wrestling.  I would however turn in every single week just because I hated him and wanted to always see him get his comeuppance.   Which means he was as good at his job as  anyone.  I personally modeled myself in the business after his character, wanting to be known more for what I say and how the crowd reacts to me than my physical prowess.  Ernie Roth in my opinion should be the model all managers should be after.  I remember crying watching Superstar Graham defeating my hero Bruno Sammartino to the point i wanted to quit watching wrestling forever.  But something about Ernie’s hypnotic way kept me watching week after week

WWE Has Killed This Industry

September 23, 2013

This article is by Mark Madden. Areas in parenthesis are the opinions of (RICK LOVE)

Judging by the word-drool that fills the comments section below this column, most of you appear to like WWE’s booking. A lot.

I understand. For many of you, WWE is the only wrestling you’ve ever known. You think there’s only one way of doing things, because you’ve only seen one way of doing things. You believe the McMahons are infallible. If they do it, it’s right. (Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a whole world of professional wrestling waiting to be discovered by most “wrestling fans” This world includes online magazines, radio and television shows.)

I understand why you think that way. But you’re wrong.

Even though WWE is making lots of money – mostly because they’ve figured out and maximized every ancillary revenue stream – it’s not a very popular product. In fact, the wrestling industry has never been less popular. The proliferation of the IWC and WWE’s big-time feel obscure that fact, but it is a fact.

I know most of you don’t like to pay attention to facts, but here goes:

*During the height of the WWE-WCW Monday Night War, the combined viewership of Raw and Nitro often topped a 10 rating. These days, the Raw rating occasionally  tops 3.0 and mostly hovers around 2.8-2.9.

Question: Where did all those people go? Answer: They don’t watch wrestling anymore. Conclusion: Wrestling is A LOT LESS POPULAR. (The sad part is that the kind of pro wrestling that these fans would like to watch is still available on the Indy scene being held at local Night Clubs, VFW halls and National Guard Armories around the country. But, most of these promotions lack the thousands of dollars that it takes to market a local television and radio show successfully).

Some people were just WCW fans. That’s something Vince McMahon would have done well to figure out when he bought WCW and staged that sham “invasion.” The smart move for business would have been to absorb all of WCW’s contracts, maintain WCW as a separate promotion, maintain Nitro as a separate TV show, and gradually have a competitive invasion, not one that served an agenda.

But the McMahons have done nothing but serve agendas since they day they bought WCW. Hence the declining popularity.

*Before WWE started going national in 1984 and wiped out all the territories, there were far more wrestling fans than there are now. Far more wrestling fans than there were during the peak of the Monday Night Wars. There were 30-40 shows every weeknight, more than that on weekends, many of them well-attended. Every territory had its own TV show, and most were well-watched. (Pro Wrestling Fit USA is the only company in the USA in a position to bring back the territories and those popular shows. But they need the support of real wrestling fans. Not the folks who think that video games style of stuff done at WWE is wrestling.)

Wrestling was a much more highly-regarded staple of TV back then. The shows weren’t as well-produced as WWE, but had a certain regional touch that WWE lacks. They could be tailored to their audience. A national promotion must be generic. Regional promotions were booked and produced to appeal to that region. (This gives local wrestlers a chance to compete on a regional level in front of their home-town crowds instead of selling their soul for a contract full of loopholes that WWE can use at any time to drop them.)

McMahon-style wrestling is not the be-all and end-all. It’s merely an option. It was better when there was more than one option.

So, no matter what your inexperienced eye’s affinity may be for WWE’s current product – who I am to tell you what to like? – the end result of WWE’s takeover of the wrestling business is the industry being far less popular. It seems bigger because of the presentation and because the monopoly puts WWE in the mainstream on far more references. But wrestling is far less popular.

When 68-year-old Vince McMahon leads the charge back against his own corporation, it will be the wrong move. When McMahon “saves” Daniel Bryan, making him his stooge in the process, it will be the wrong move. When the main event of WrestleMania revolves around “the family,” it will be the wrong move.

But you will embrace it like a long-lost lover. Not your fault. It’s all you know.

There is only one way to judge the success of wrestling. The Raw rating is stagnant. The SummerSlam buyrate was way down. So, you tell me.

Follow Mark Madden on Twitter: @MarkMaddenX

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Lucha Libre School

September 21, 2013

People have asked me “Leroy, who was the one man who when you were a child you watched pro wrestling TV shows, you said that’s the guy I wanna be when i grow up?” Well that answer came two-fold and I am going to write a 2 part article on the answer for this. One man was a manager but we will get to that in the next article. But for this article, I’m going to write about my favorite professional wrestler growing up, Mil Mascaras. It might sound crazy but when I was a kid I wanted to be a Luchador! I wanted to go to Lucha Libre  school and learn to fly like the amazing Mil Mascaras.Lucha Libre School

Mil Mascaras was probably the most graceful athlete in any venue I had ever witnessed he could fly through the air like no one before him. Mil Máscaras (born Aaron Rodríguez, July 15, 1942) is one of the original “Big Three” (the other two being El Santo and Blue Demon) of the lucha libre tradition in Mexico. He is considered to be one of the most influential wrestlers of all time for enhancing and popularizing the lucha libre style around the world. His brother Dos Caras is as widely well known in the Mexican pro wrestling circuit as him, but it was Mil who came to the WWF and changed what I thought wrestling could be. A lot of kids had baseball or football posters but I used to buy Pro Wrestling magazines as a child just to get his pictures to hang up in my room.  I remember listening to sports radio shows hoping that they would give a report on professional wrestling and talk about my hero.

He was widely respected in the wrestling world. In a business where allegiances come and go and wrestlers turn face and heel on the drop of a bucket, I can never once remember seeing Mil turn his back on the fans in the 30+ yrs I watched him. He was a classy gentleman in and out of the ring. Some say he had an enormous ego behind the scenes but I’m speaking as a fan of the business and I have never seen anything but class from him. the original Tiger Mask, has described Máscaras’ impact on Japanese professional wrestling, “If it weren’t for Mil Mascaras, there would be no Jushin Liger, no Último Dragón or the Great Sasuke today,”. Mascaras’ success in the U.S. also paved the way for other luchadores such as Rey Mysterio, Jr., who has become one of the most popular luchadores in US wrestling history.

One other thing that made him stand out in the wring was the fact that he rarely ever spoke a word. There were no flashy promos, no long interviews, no bad mouthing others—–he just went in the ring and did his thing. He didn’t need all the intimidation factors given by those who scream and holler at the mic—his presence in the ring alone was intimidation enough. He brought fear into the eyes of all his opponents with his sole presence. The other thing that I admire about him was his vast array of masks. Known as the man of 1000 masks, he always came to the ring sporting a different one before unmasking into the Original Mil Mascaras classic mask. He kept his privacy until his death and even outside the ring was never seen without his mask.

So there you have it. This Boston kid of mixed ethnic background had a hero who was Mexican, who made me dream of going to Lucha Libre school and learning how to become a Luchador. At six foot five inches tall and nearly three hundred pounds I doubt that I ever would have mastered his high flying moves, but as a pro wrestling manager I still dream of maybe someday managing the next great Lucha Libre star! If you think that you have what it takes to become a Luchador be the next Mil Mascaras then I highly recommend the Pro Wrestling Lucha Libre school in Florida.

Part 2 of my article will be about how the greatest manager in my opinion of all time—the Grand Wizard of wrestling—influenced my decision to be a manager. But if it weren’t for Mil mascaras, I probably wouldn’t have the interest I have in the sport today. And for this I thank him. He gave a little boy a super hero to look up to. A standard of goodness and purity in a wrestling world of evil. He is the living breathing definition of legend.

About the author: Leroy Jenkins is a freelance professional wrestling manager working shows on the East Coast of the United States. He is currently one of the leading managers of Pro Wrestling Fit USA. Be sure to look him up on facebook or talk with him at the PWF International FB Group.

PWF International Facebook Group

August 31, 2013

The Pro Wrestling Fit International Facebook group is the world’s fastest growing and most popular social networking group. It is managed by Pro Wrestling Fit Media who is a worldwide provider of Professional Wrestling Online Magazines, Radio, TV Shows and Pay-Per View Events. We will also be posting Audition and Tryout Dates along with seminar and training information for those who would like to become a Professional Wrestler.

The purpose of the group is to make it easy for professional wrestling fans to connect with and share info and news with PWF Pro Wrestlers and other PWF related talent and staff. Unlike many pro wrestling groups we will allow no bullying or flaming on our page making it a safe place for wrestling fans of all ages to gather.

If you’re thinking about joining the Pro Wrestling Fit International Facebook Group then visit this link and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to this group.  Pro Wrestling Fit International Group

Top Pro Wrestling Managers of All Time

August 31, 2013

Hello there Storm Chasers! This is your “Manager of Champions” Chris Havenstorm here with an article that will share my thoughts and opinions in tackling a question I get asked by fans often and that is “Who do you think the best managers in the history of professional wrestling are?” Now being that I am one of and will someday be known as Pro Wrestling Fit’s greatest manager and hopefully on a list like this as one of the best of all time, but I can see why people want the opinion of the best as top who he thinks the best are. There are so many managers that I admire for so many different reasons. So while everyone may have different opinions here is MY opinion on the best managers in pro wrestling history. Oh, and being the non conformist that I am this will be a top 11 and not a top 10. Deal with it Mr. Editor. Anyway without further ado…

11. “Sensational” Sherri Martel– Sherri is the only female on this list. No I am not sexist and in fact I love women’s wrestling just as much if not more than a lot of the men’s. It is just that I feel that most that were labeled managers were really valets and only a select few deserved to really be called true managers and of those, Sherri was head and shoulders above the rest. More than any other woman Sherri had some of the best names in wrestling walk down with her and she was active in promoting her men in interviews, influencing matches even interfering in them at times when needed, and in EVERY area was a proactively hands on manager who has very much earned her place on this and any other list.

10. Classy Freddie Blassie– Admittedly, I am one of the only managers I believe on earth who did NOT grow up a Blassie fan so he does not rank very high on my personal list  but I still recognize his contributions to our great sport. He was not only charismatic enough to hire and land some of wrestling’s best talent like Hulk Hogan and get them to listen to him, but he also got one of his most famous catchphrases to be entered into the Oxford English Dictionary: “pencil-necked geek”.

9. Mr. Fuji– On one level I share a special kinship with Fuji where we were both once active competitors who transitioned in different ways to managing. Also as both a wrestler and as a manager, Fuji held the WWWF/WWF Tag Team Championships (actively with Professor Toru Tanaka; managerially with Demolition ) and I personally have an extensive background with and love tag team wrestling as well so I do identify with him on those levels.

8. “Precious” Paul Ellering– Paul was mostly known for managing Hawk and Animal, the Road Warriors or The Legion of Doom, which were the only team to ever hold all of the recognized World Tag Team gold of their time (the WWF, NWA/WCW, and AWA belts) but back in the day Paul managed an entire stable of wrestlers collectively known as The Legion of Doom that included Hall of Fame talent like King Kong Bundy and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

7. James J. Dillon– Personally, I do not think a really great deal of JJ Dillon or his managerial style. Yes he’s on this list because he managed one of the greatest collections of talent ever in our sport’s illustrious history, The Four Horsemen, however I believe even someone like Leroy Jenkins or Lee Dobbins could have managed the Horsemen without messing it up just due to the immense talent that constantly surrounded almost every pairing of any four men that got together under that banner.

6. James E. Cornette– I LOVE Corny as a manager! I really, REALLY wanted to put this man in my top 5 but it is just a testament to how great those 5 really ARE that I cannot. Unfortunately, Cornette never had the immense success of those other names as far as who he managed, but if you ask me who the actual BEST 5 managers are, Cornette WOULD be in that top 5. So, who would he have replaced?….

5. Captain Lou Albano– While I feel that Cornette was a better actual manager, you can’t argue with this man’s success. The man who was known as “The Guiding Light of Professional Wrestling” managed a veritable who’s who of wrestling talent in the tag team division to 16 different tag team championship reigns in the WWF. It is a feat that has never and WILL never be equaled or surpassed.

4. Paul Bearer/Percy Pringle– Known to most simply as the Undertaker’s manager, he also managed both Kane and Mankind in various WWE stints, all three who will join him someday as first ballot Hall of Famers. Even before his WWE career when he was known as Percy Pringle, he caused havoc all over the Mid South and other territories. Like me, he has also managed in spite of battling physical ailments his whole life. His immense depth of character and longevity in it alone earns him his place here as far as I’m concerned.

3. Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart– If Jimmy Hart had never managed Hulk Hogan, if Jimmy Hart had never led The Hart Foundation to their first tag team title reign, if  Jimmy Hart had never done anything else in his entire career, managing an at best mid card level talent named Wayne Ferris aka The Honky Tonk Man, with a ripoff Elvis gimmick and a HORRIBLE finisher that was just a swinging neckbreaker with a booty shake, and leading him to an Intercontinental Championship victory over my idol, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat one month after Steamboat’s best match ever against “Macho Man” Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 3, and THEN by hook or by crook helping him keep it in a historical IC Title reign that to this day has never been broken, THAT earns Jimmy this spot.

2. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan– To almost everyone Bobby should be number one and this will be heresy. He is The Brain in every way: who all he signed, his distractions and interferences, how he stood up for him self and even laced up his boots and foolishly wrestled when he had to. But, mostly he just appeared to cower and make everyone underestimate him in every way. Bobby had a proven record of winning both matches and championships and being a winner. Currently I believe Heenan IS the best manager ever. So how could anyone beat him and who holds the Number One spot??

1: Paul E. Dangerously/ Paul Heyman– Yes it’s true and I am not afraid to admit it. I AM A PAUL HEYMAN GUY. Paul E. Dangerously had a career in NWA/WCW that ALONE could have earned him a top10 spot on this list. He managed the “original” Midnight Express, Randy Rose and Dennis Condrey. He managed “Ravishing” Rick Rude to the WCW World and US Championships. At one time he even managed what was in my opinion one of professional wrestling’s BEST factions ever in the Dangerous Alliance consisting of Rude, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko, and “Stunning” Steve Austin. THAT alone is an amazing pool of talent and could be a veritable Hall of Fame Class by itself! Later, he began and ran Extreme Championship Wrestling back when Extreme meant something, not in the WWE’s watered down version. And along the way, the whole time he ran ECW, Paul earned a very bad reputation of lying to and screwing so many people in the business…and yet so many people still listened to and believed in him. This man could sell an ice cream maker to an Eskimo. Since then, he has been a General Manager where he alienated even MORE people to get his way. By the time Heyman wanted to manage again, NOONE in this business should have wanted to give him the time of day. But, not only COULD he still sign people, he could still sign some of the very best this sport has ever seen. “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar, the Big Show, “The Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle, “The World’s Greatest Tag Team” Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, Curtis Axel, and “The Best in the World” CM Punk. Even now, he is the only manager on this list still active and still building his legacy. Curtis Axel is continuing to bring prestige back to the IC Title like Cody Rhodes before him, and at Summerslam Heyman led Brock to victory over his former best friend CM Punk in a “Best vs. Beast” match. And I am sure Paul Heyman has A LOT left in him. As great as he has been and as much as has already earned a very high place on this list, I believe Heyman has more to go and THAT is why he is #1 Greatest Manager in the History of Professional Wrestling because when all is said and done I believe his entire body of work together will be enough for him to leapfrog legitimately to the top of most everyone’s list whether you like him or not.

Thank you for taking this ride with me. Who knows? Maybe someday hopefully when the next most promising wrestling manager ever comes down the pike and offers his insights into this list maybe yours truly will have earned his name mentioned in these same breaths. With the Havenstorm Experience and my Storm Chasers support, there’s no limit to what we all can accomplish together. But that is a much longer ride that we are taking together and only time will tell how the final chapters of that story will find us. But for now, thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you all at the next Pro Wrestling Fit International TV Show.

A Letter from Leroy Jenkins

August 8, 2013

There is something that Professional Wrestling Manager Leroy Jenkins would like for you to know. Actually, I remember it like it was yesterday. During my childhood I didn’t have many friends but I had my grandfather. And we used to spend Saturday mornings eating cereal together and watching cartoons. When noon came around we always turned on channel 12 and for 2 hrs we would escape into the world of professional wrestling. We had our favorites of course—Dominick Denucci, Bobo Brazil and of course Bruno Sammartino—and we had the ones we villified—Superstar Billy Graham, Baron Scicluna, George Steele—–but no matter who was on I was always enthralled. I remember telling grandpa Joe “That’s gonna be me someday. I’m gonna be in that ring.” He always encouraged me but deep in his heart I knew he thought it was a moot point and i would always be just a fan.

You might not know this from watching me on the Pro Wrestling Fit International TV Show but,I have Aspergers Syndrome—a disorder that doesnt allow me to mature at the same rate as most “normal” people. I’ve been different since I was a kid and I will remain different til the day I die. Thats why I am forever grateful to Rick Love and Kevin Rhodes of CWFL who saw the passion in the silly 44 yr old “12 yr old” And gave me the chance to fulfill my childhood dreams.

Fast forward to the present. Whenever Leroy Jenkins comes to the ringside for Pro Wrestling Fit I always am reminded of Grandpa’s dying statement to me—“When we forget childhood memories and dreams we are an angry adult—but when we give up on those same dreams we are nothing but an immature brat.” The little kid inside of me comes out in every instance that Ed Couture keeps his life in the backstage area and Leroy Jenkins puts on a show.

Championship Wrestling from Florida is an incredible opportunity for wrestlers, managers, and fans alike to experience what “real wrestling” is all about. We have wrestlers of all shapes, sizes, an styles. We have legends of the past like Randy Starr, Tony Mulkey, and Redd Alert. We have up and coming superstars like Justin Cage, Moco Loco, and Lucas Taylor. We have super heavy weights, we have lightweights. Whatever your cup of tea you are sure to find it at EVERY CWFL show and in the ring at the PWF pro wrestling training center here in Florida.

But what we mostly have is a group of passionate individuals who’s main objective is to give every wrestling fan in Florida an experience they will always remember —and every kid out there a chance to live the dream the way I have.

For all you who are interested in fulfillling your dream of being a professional wrestler, manager, or referree—they have a training facility on site and you can be trained by experts who have many years in the business.

In closing I want to say that PWF has given this silly big kid a chance and taken him under their wing and making him feel like a true man and a professional performer. For that I am forever grateful. That is why I am very proud to be a part of this company. I hope that you will take the time to say hello to me in person at one of the live events, listen to me on the PWF Radio Show or even come hang out with me at the After Party at Gator’s Dockside in Ocoee where me and the rest of the guys from the TV Show like to hang out at night.  Look me up on facebook and don’t forget to Like our page at http://www.facebook.com/PWFInternational