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.

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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


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


Open Challenge From Bobbi Maracai

May 17, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF BOBBI MARACAI

May 9, 2013

To whom it may concern:

My name is Bobbi Maracai, a manager in Pro Wrestling Fit: Championship Wrestling From Florida. I manage the greatest stable ever in professional wrestling: The Million Dollar Stable. My stable is comprised of past champions, international sensations, and the greatest up-and-comers in the state of Florida. However I have found that there is absolutely no competition for my guys in CWFL, and I also find that the politics involved in this organization are holding my guys back. This is why I turn to you, the owners and promoters of PWF China, PWF Korea, and PWF USA.

I am writing you today to issue an open challenge for any of your champions, legends, anyone that you have to finally offer my guys some competition. In order to give you a better idea of what I am bringing to the table and why I specifically issuing this open challenge. I find that once you read about my stable you will be anxious to sign these matches. So without further ado, I present to you the Million Dollar Stable.

                Redd Alert is a former World Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Champion. He has been in the professional wrestling industry for 20 years and he is definitely not slowing down with age. He was involved in a huge war against American Dragon Shane Miller before going for the PWF CWFL Heavyweight Championship against Randy Starr. Redd Alert has been overlooked by CWFL management because of his association with myself, as well as his war with their “golden boy” American Dragon. Redd Alert is a perfect contender for any World Heavyweight, US Heavyweight, or Legends titles. He was originally trained at the Pro Wrestling School in Orlando, Florida and has been an industry Icon since graduation. I am issuing an open challenge for any of your heavyweight divisions on behalf of Mr. Alert.

                The Oriental Alliance is my newest import from the beautiful country of Korea. K’row and the Master are my gift to the tag team division in Pro Wrestling Fit. They would be holding the tag team championship if it weren’t for the fact that K’row had visa issues that have kept him out of wrestling for a couple months. However that problem is starting to rectify itself and K’row will be returning to active duty soon. K’row and The Master are the greatest tag team in the history of Korean professional wrestling despite being so new. And the recent addition of Dok-Sori has strengthened the Oriental Alliance exponentially. So if you want excellent competition that will blow away your tag team division then look no further than K’row and The Master. If you want one of the best mixed martial artists in the land, Dok-Sori is your man. And best of all, if you want to have a culture clash (Team Korea vs Team China vs Team USA, etc) these three gentlemen from Korea will blow you away!

Monster is a superstar that I just had to have in the Million Dollar Stable. To say that it is a huge acquisition would be the ultimate understatement. At 6’10” tall, 390 lbs, Monster is one of the biggest, baddest men in professional wrestling. I originally saw Monster wrestling in Tampa against the greatest wrestler in the area. Monster is pure intimidation. He would be the PWF Florida Heavyweight Champion right now had Curse from the Midnight Mafia not interfered. So instead of letting Monster face Randy Starr again for the Florida Heavyweight Championship that is rightfully his, the geniuses in CWFL management have him facing Curse in match after match after match. Monster has already proven he can beat Curse and that he is one of the best new guys in Florida Wrestling. Give him an opportunity to face some an actual challenge because at this point, Championship Wrestling From Florida is not giving it to him, they are so scared.

So there you have it. These are the gentlemen of the Million Dollar Stable and they need your help. I manage the absolute best that Championship Wrestling From Florida has to offer. The problem is the management at CWFL are so political and so against me that they will never give the MDS the chances they deserve. Surely you, the more professional management, will not let an opportunity like this pass you by. These men will put on matches that your fans will be talking about for years to come. Not to mention that any show that has Bobbi Maracai on it equals instant ratings. Anywhere I go a massive following follows. So consider this letter an open challenge to ANYONE in your respective federations. I am at the end of my rope with Florida management. Give these gentlemen, as well as this high-drawing young lady, the chance that we so rightfully deserve and that has eluded us for so long due to office politics. I thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

 

Sincerely,

Bobbi Maracai
Billion Dollar Stable Manager
Pro Wrestling Fit Championship Wrestling From Florida


Professional Wrestler Curse

March 30, 2013

Click here to listen to the latest episode —>>> PWF Radio Show is CURSE’D!

This week Bobbi Maracai interviews Curse of the Midnight Mafia and discusses his plans for Championship Gold. Hear the caos as Latin Fury attacks Leroy Jenkins in the studio. Rick Love talks about the growth of PWF USA and some of the exciting things coming for Pro Wrestling Fit fans.

Curse

Height-6’8

Weight-281lbs

From-Badlands, South Dakota, now making his home in Orlando, Florida

This mystery man known as the 6’8 walking disaster area the dark tower of power Curse has arrived in Pro Wrestling Fit for two reasons, to finally become the heavyweight champion of the world, and to settle a score with an old enemy that he refuses to name or talk about at this time. Having no alliances, friendships, or managers, Curse stands alone and always takes the most sadistic route to victory within the squared circle. A dark shadow has fallen over PWF, and its name is Curse!

From the badlands of South Dakota, far beyond the confines of civilization comes a new threat to the roster of Pro Wrestling Fit USA. Standing at six feet eight inches tall and 281lbs of destruction, comes the dark tower of power, the walking disaster area known only as Curse. This living monolith has cut his teeth all over the globe since dominating the world of Professional Wrestling and has now set his sights on championship gold here in Pro Wrestling Fit.

Little is known about his life away from the ring although he has made it very clear that he has a deep rooted hatred for a current Champion in the PWF family and is waiting to exact his revenge. Although he has been vague about this quest for vengeance what is obvious is this level of hatred can only be of a personal nature. Recently, recruiting manager Leroy Jenkins to help him secure his shot at the title and with it his burning desire for revenge. While he has not stated who this person is the rumors in the locker room is that Curse feels betrayed by this individual. Some believe they broke into the business together and while this person went on to become a Champion, Curse was left to rot in the concrete jungles and barbwire nightmares of other organizations of the far northeast, miles away from the Professional Wrestling territories in Florida. Having newly aligned himself with the Palace of Pain the sky truly is the limit for both Curse and Mr. Jenkins, a deadly combination of ruthless aggression and unstoppable power. Curse no doubt will find himself right at home with the pain, fear, and intimidation the Palace has become infamous for dishing out.

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Curse in Action against the Nightstalker

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Pro Wrestling Fit star Curse