Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 4

The Last Match post has returned and we are looking at more The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Alexis Smirnoff 71, February 9, 1947 - January 5, 2019

Last Match: August 9, 1999 Lutte 2000 Montreal, Quebec
The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Jacques Jr, & Raymond defeated Alexis Smirnoff, Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin

Born Michel Lamarche in Saint-Lin, Quebec, Canada he began wrestling in Montreal in 1970 becoming a huge heel in the Quebec and the Maritimes.  Starting in 1974 he spent a couple years in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.  In Central States Wrestling he captured their Heavyweight and tag team championships.  He traveled the territories through the end of his career making stops in All Japan, the WWF, and finished his career in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987.  He came out of retirement for a single match in 1999 teaming with Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin against The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Raymond, & Jacques Jr.


Rick Bognar 49, January 16, 1970 - September 20, 2019

Last Match: June 9, 2000 Stampede Wrestling Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Vic Viper defeated Rick Titan

Best known as the fake Razor Ramon during his 1996 - 1997 WWF run, Bognar debuted in the Canadian indies in 1988.  1991 saw him go to Japan's FMW at Big Titan capturing the Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship and tag team championships with The Gladiator Mike Awesome.  He also wrestled for CWA in Germany, ECW, AAA, & New Japan before retiring full time in 2000.


Alberto Munoz 76, January 15, 1943 - December 14, 2019

Last Match: January 11, 1980 Universal Wrestling Alliance Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico
Enrique Vera & Alberto Munoz defeated Barbaro Roman & Lobo Rubio

Debuting in 1964 for EMLL capturing the Mexican National Lightweight, Middleweight, and Welterweight championships, he was also a former NWA World Welterweight champion.  He left lucah libre in the early 1980's.


Mr. Niebla 46, February 22, 1973 - December 23, 2019

Last Match: October 20, 2019 CMLL Mexico City, Mexico
El' Terrible & Le Pesta Negra: Mr. Niebla & Rey Bucanero defeated Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., & Dulce Gardenia 2 falls to 1

Born in Mexico City, Mexico he debuted in lucha libre on November 11, 1990. From 1995 until the end of his career he primarily wrestled for CMLL, save 2007-08 when he left the promotion for Lucha Libre AAA.  He won several championships in CMLL including their Heavyweight Championship holding the championship for 543 days.  He passed away unexpectedly from a blood infection.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

The 500th Blog Post

Hello everyone and welcome to the 500th post on The Wrestling Insomniac blog!  When I started the blog 5.5 years ago I never expected to still have it up and running and posting with such consistency.  This page is not monetized and I don't ever wants ads or pop ups on it, those have driven me away from other sights.  So this is truly a hobby, a passion.

I've met some great people through this blog including a very good friend in Brandon who also contributes to it.  I've compiled several posts into two books available on Amazon;


The Wrestling Insomniac Volume 2

I am currently working a third wrestling related book and I have a few more ideas for the future.

This pandemic has shut down wrestling, as well as most everything else, but I did just buy a ticket to me first wrestling show in February.  It's going to be held outside, only 50 tickets, temperature checks, and spaced out  seating.  Mikey and I are going together.   I'm anxious to go to a show but don't want to take an unnecessary risks.

Thank you to everyone that has checked out the page so far, and a special thank to those who keep coming back!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 3

The Last Match post has returned and we are looking at more The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Jacques Rougeau Sr 89, May 27, 1930 - July 1, 2019

Last Match: August 9, 1999 Lutte 2000 Montreal, Quebec
The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Jacques Jr, & Raymond defeated Alexis Smirnoff, Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin

Rougeau stopped wrestling full time in 1975, returned for three matches in 1984, one match in 1986 and then his Last Match.

Jacques Sr, the father of the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers: Jacques Jr & Raymond debuted in 1956 teaming with his brother Johnny.  I guess they were the original Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, I have no evidence that they wrestled under that name.  His third son Armand was also a wrestler but never reached the heights of his brothers.


Perro Aguayo 73, January 18, 1946 - July 3, 2019

Last Match: July 14, 2007 Full Contact Wrestling Los Angeles, California
Perro Aguayo, Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras & Sicodelico Jr. defeated El Hijo del Cien Caras & Los Hermanos Dinamita: Cien Caras, Masacara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000

The Mexican legend Aguayo debuted in 1968.  Over his 30 plus year career he competed in UWA, EMLL, WWA, AAA, World Wrestling Council, the WWE, NWA, NJPW and more.  He captured numerous championships all over Mexico in the middleweight and heavyweight divisions.


The King, Handsome Harley Race 76, April 11, 1943 - August 1, 2019

Last Match: November 28, 1993 WCW Jacksonville, Florida
WCW World Champion: "Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Harley Race by disqualification

Harley Race is one of the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champions of all time!  He debuted in 1960 and wrestled his final matches in November 1993 filing in for an injured Vader against Ric Flair.  He wrestled for all the major promotions across the United States and around the world.  Aside from being a multi time NWA World Champion, he captured championships everywhere he went, All Japan, the AWA, Central States Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and more.

I can't do Mr. Race justice with this write up, Ellbow Productions made a fantastic documentary on him and Mr. Race wrote and excellent book that is well worth the read.  I met him once over the weekend of NWA Legends Fanfest 2009 in Charlotte.  My buddy smoked at the time and so more than once we ran into Mr. Race in the smoking area where he took his time telling us stories of his wrestling career.  It was amazing.


Eddie Marlin 89, August 13, 1930 - August 15, 2019

Last Match: January 4, 1993 USWA Mid-South Coliseum Memphis, Tennessee
Bert Prentice & Leslie Belanger defeated Eddie Marlin & Miss Texas

Former wrestler and promoter Marlin is the father-in-law of Jerry Jarrett and grandfather of Jeff Jarrett.  He wrestled for NWA territories before joining Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Associate based out of Memphis, TN.


Edward Baxter 81, June 4, 1938 - August 15, 2019

Last Match: July 26, 1978 Southeastern Championship Wrestling, Mobile, Alabama
Ron Fuller defeated The Wrestling Pro

Wrestled under a mask as the Wrestling Pro and later Tarzan Baxter along with other names.  He debuted in 1963 staying primarily in the Gulf Coast area of Florida and Alabama winning numerous regional NWA Championships and feuded with Jack Brisco for the NWA World's Championship.  He left the ring in 1978, however would frequent many of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunions.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Signed Trading Cards: George South, Doug Basham, & Bull Dempsy

Another round of signed trading cards that I have added to my collection.
  

"Mr. Number 1" George South

I bought these cards direct from Mr. South, he charged my $5 per card.  You can email him on his website, it might take a few days for him to respond.  
The card on the left was commissioned by Mr. South himself, the middle card is part of the Highspots card set, the final card is from the new Indie Supercard trading card game.


Doug Basham

I mailed these cards to Doug on June 6th and got them back on July 17th.  The card on the left from the 2004 Fleer WWE Chaos set and the card on the right is a 2005 Topps WWE Heritage card.


Bull Dempsey

My buddy Mikey gave me this card, he got it in one of his monthly wrestling box subscriptions.  
This is his 2015 Topps NXT rookie card.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Wrestling Insomniac Vol 2

I'm proud to announce that my second collection of posts from this very blog have been compiled with updates and other added information and is now available for purchase on Amazon.



You can also find Volume 1 on Amazon as well!

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

Until next time!!



Friday, July 17, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 2

The Last Match post has returned and we are looking at more The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Salvatore Bellomo 67, June 18, 1951 - February 9, 2019

Last Match: October 19, 2018 Power of Wrestling Hanover, Germany
Team Vespermann: Chris Raaber, Demolition Davies, Franz Schuhmann, & James Mason defeated Team Backhaus: Brody Steele, Fabio Ferrari, Nik Hellstrom, & Salvatore Bellomo

Born in Belgium he began wrestling in 1974.  In 1983 he joined the WWF where I remember him as enhancement talent to stars.  In 1993 he reinvented himself as an unpredictable Wildman losing to Jimmy Snuka in a match to declare the first ever ECW Champion.  He returned to Belgium in early 2000's where he opened a wrestling school and continued wrestling with his last match being in October 2018.



John Quinn 78, October 15, 1941 - April 22, 2019

Last Match: September 16, 1989 Pacific Coast Championship Wrestling Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
John Quinn wrestling Igor Volkoff to a double disqualification


Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Quinn debuted in the ring in 1961 debuting in the WWWF in 1965.  Through out his career he wrestled in World Class, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and various NWA territories.  In 1977 he toured Japan and later the United Kingdom winning the Joint Promotions Heavyweight Championship 4 times.


Silver King 51, January 9, 1968 - May 11, 2019

Last Match: May 11, 2019 Lucha Libra World London, England
Juventud Guerrera defeated Silver King

Earlier in the night he competed in a tag team battle royal that was won by Laredo Kid & El Hijo Del Fantasma

Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzales Barron, better known as Silver King died in the ring at a Lucha Libre World show in London, England during a match with Juventud Guerrera.  It was his second match of the day.  In the US he is best known from his time in WCW as part of the many luchadores that WCW signed in the mid 1990's.  He also starred as Ramses in the Jack Black picture Nacho Libre.


Atsushi Aoki 41, September 25, 1977 - June 3, 2019

Last Match: June 2, 2019 All Japan Pro Wrestling, Kobe, Japan
Jake Lee, Koji Iwamoto, & Nobe Bryant defeated Hiraku Sato, Yusuke Okada, & Atsushi Aoki

Aoki was trained by Jun Akiyama debuting for Pro Wrestling NOAH on Christmas Eve 2005 and was with the promotion for 7 years with his final match being on Christmas Eve 2012.  While in NOAH he captured the Junior Heavyweight Championship twice.  He debuted in January 2013 for All Japan Pro Wrestling becoming a 4 time World Junior Heavyweight Champion.  He captured other championships in NOAH, AJPW, and AAA in Mexico.  He died in a motorcycle crash.


Adrian McCallum 36, December 17, 1982 - June 19, 2019

Last Match: June 16, 2019 Insane Championship Wrestling Glasgow, Scotland 
ICW World Heavyweight Champion: Lionheart defeated European Champion: Alexander Dean to unify the championships

McCallum wrestled as Lionheart in the UK debuting in 2002 wrestling his last match three days before his death on June 16, 2019 defeating Alexander Dean in Glasgow, Scotland winning the European Championship while retaining his ICW World Heavyweight Championship.  During his career he captured eighteen championships from twelve different promotions.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 1

For the first time in almost a year The Last Match post has returned and we are looking The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Les Thornton 84, April 9, 1934 - February 1, 2019

Last Match Canadian National Wrestling Alliance Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Les Thornton & Bob Brown defeated Makhan Singh & Ron Ritchie

Born in Manchester, England he began his wrestling career in 1957.  He is a former five time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.  He wrestled and held numerous championships across Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.  Thornton was wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling when the WWF bought GCW out.  As a result he joined the WWF, where he was treated as enhancement talent for the last couple years of his career.  He was the tag team partner of Mick Foley, wrestling as Jack Foley in his WWF debut against The British Bulldogs.


Pedro Morales 76, October 22, 1942 - February 12, 2019

Last Match
November 16, 1987 WWF East Rutherford, New Jersey
Lou Thesz won a Legends Battle Royal

July 17, 1987 WWF Long Island, New York
"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff defeated Pedro Morales

From Culebra, Puerto Rico Morales debuted in 1959 at the age of 17.  He would wrestle in several territories before joining the then WWWF in 1970.  On February 8, 1971 he defeated Ivan Koloff to win the WWWF World Championships enjoying a near 3 year run holding it for 1,027 days.  He traveled to NWA San Francisco, the AWA, Championship Wrestling from Florida, & New Japan before returning to the now WWF in 1980.  He and then WWF Champion Bob Backlund defeated the Wild Samoans for the WWF Tag Team Championships on August 9, 1980 but were forced to relinquish the championships as Backlund was World Champion.

Pedro would go onto capture the Intercontinental Championship two times, December 8, 1980 - June 20, 1981 & November 23, 1981 - January 22, 1983.  Making him one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.  After leaving the ring he did Spanish Language commentary for the WWE and later WCW.  He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.


King Kong Bundy 61, November 7, 1957 - March 4, 2019

Last Match
May 12, 2007 Big Time Wrestling Springfield, Massachusetts
King Kong Bundy defeated Richard Byrne  
Christopher Pallies debuted in 1981 after training with Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory.  He is perhaps best known for headlining WrestleMania 2 wrestling Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage for the WWE Championship.  He wrestled in various territories through-out his career capturing many regional championships.  He returned to the WWE for a year in 1994 - 95 joining the Million Dollar Corporation.  He was very successful in the independent scene from 1995 - 2007.  He appeared on the television shows Married With Children and Boy Meets World.

I saw Bundy wrestle live six times from 1998 to 2007 on the independents.  My interactions with him were all positive, he was a really nice guy and was very approachable.  I was even at his second to last match in April 2007 for BTW in Framingham, Massachusetts


The Destroyer 88, July 11, 1930 - March 7, 2019

Last Match
July 29, 1993 All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
The Destroyer, Kurt Beyer, & Giant Baba defeated Haruka Eigen, Masanobu Fuchi, & Masao Inoue

Dick Beyer debuted December 29, 1954.  He began his career in WWA in California winning their World Championship three times.  While wrestling in WWA as The Destroyer he wrestled in the AWA as Dr. X where he also held their World Championship.  As popular as The Destroyer was it can be said that his arrival in Japan in 1973 is when it career exploded.  He spent six straight years in Japan even hosting his own late night television show.

He wrestled is final match in 1993 in Japan teaming with is son Kurt and Giant Baba.  After his retirement Beyer open The Destroyer Golf Park and ran several charitable events.  In 2017 he was in Japan he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun.


Roger Kirby 79, December 14, 1939 - March 18, 2019

Last Match
July 16, 1988 World Wrestling Alliance Kansas City, Kansas
Solomon Grundy defeated The Red Destroyer
Debuting in 1960 after being a Golden Gloves boxer Kirby traveled the territories doing well in Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, and Kansas City.  On May 20, 1971 he defeated Danny Hodge to capture the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.  In Central States Wrestling Kirby cleaned winning all of their championships including their heavyweight title five times.

Kriby wound his career down in the WWE wrestling his last match in 1986.  He stated that he wanted to be remembered as a top wrestler and not climb back down the ladder in the WWF.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Signed Trading Cards: The Great Kabuki, Russ Francis, & Rockin' Robin

I'm with some more through the mail additions and my first foray into a custom card.

The Great Kabuki

I mailed these cards to Kabuki at his restaurant in Japan.  I mailed them on May 11, 2020 and got them back on June 19, 2020.  I think that, that is pretty damn good turn around.


The card in the middle is from the 1997 BBM Sparking Fighters set and the cards on the outside are from the 1986 Monty Wrestling Stars set.  Now I just need to find Sunshine and ask her to sign the card as well.


I mailed Kabuki the three cards and he signed them plus sent me the two 4 x 6 photos and the sticker pack.  That was unexpected and very cool!  I also sent him $5 for return postage not knowing how much it would be.

Russ Francis



The card on the left is from the 1975 Topps NFL set and the card on the right is from the 1985 WWF O-Pee-Chee Series 2 set.  I had only mailed Mr. Francis the NFL card, he sent me the WWF card.

Russ is a second generation wrestling star.  His father Ed Francis was the promoter for 50th State Big Time Wrestling Hawaii from the 1960's thru 1979 when he sold the territory to High Chief Peter Miavia.  Russ played football in the NFL for the New England Patriots (1975 - 80 & 87 - 88) and the San Francisco 49ers (1982 - 87).  He wrestled full time in the AWA for a spell and is a former NWA Hawaii Tag Team Champion with his brother Bill Francis.  He competed in the WrestleMania 2 NFL vs. WWF battle royal.  He was one of the final 4 men in the match with Andre the Giant & The Hart Foundation.

Rockin' Robin


This is a custom card of my design that I had made by D'Elana's Cards, you can find them on instagram.  I mimicked the NWA Wonderama design and I wrote the biography that appears on the back of the card.  I sent Robin three cards asking her to sign one and to keep the others for herself.  She sent me back two signed.

Custom cards is not something that I thought I would do but Rockin' Robin is an autograph that I wanted to add to my collection and she's never had a trading card released before.  I've had a few others made up and I've mailed them off, If I get them back you know I'll share them here.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Wrestling Isomniac Book Review

Last night, I came home from work with one goal in mind: to play as much Dirt 4 as possible. My fiancĂ©e is out of town and I had a six uninterrupted hours of video gaming on my schedule. I quickly prepared myself some dinner before plopping down on the couch and booting up my Playstation 4. 


While my game was loading, I looked over at my end table and noticed my copy of The Wrestling Insomniac. It was delivered Sunday morning and  I took a few minutes to browse through the book, admire the photos and the craftsmanship before placing on it on the table. It had remained there untouched for the past two days and I thought to myself, "I really oughta find some time to read through that." I looked up at the Dirt 4 loading screen and thought about how I had wanted to play some rally cross all day and so I selected my Career Mode to get on with my evening.

Then the guilt got to me.

Michael Labbe, founder of this website, is one of my best friends. I know he put a lot of time and effort into crafting this book and I owed it to him to read it sooner rather than later. I set a goal to finish the book by the weekend and I decided I would read it between load screens of my video game.

I read the introduction and then I raced a race. 

Then I read the first chapter and raced again. 

The read three chapters and raced again. 

Then I read three more chapters and raced again.

I should note that my game had fully loaded between all of these reading sessions. I was bombarded by the menu music, but that didn’t faze me. I was enthralled with the written word. I couldn’t get enough and I just kept reading. I finally pull myself away from the book when I realized I was sick of hearing the same song over and over but after another race I read some more. That's when I decided to turn off my game and the next thing I knew I had read the entire book.

I thought about writing a massive review nitpicking the book and highlighting everything, but I think the story I told above is the best recommendation I can give. If you are visiting this site, you know that Michael is a talented writer. You know that he has an amazing ability to seek out the forgotten history of wrestling and present it in a way that makes you want to learn more. The Wrestling Insomniac is a collection of some of Michael’s best blogs first read here on TheWrestlingInsomaniac.com. He’s added updates for each post and laid out the book so that it’s well paced and easy to read.

Reading The Wrestling Insomniac makes you want to go watch wrestling. His chapter on the WWF’s big blue cage made me want to watch matches from that era. The breakdown of the history of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship made me want to find those random matches that occurred following the breakup with TNA and before Billy Corgan got involved. The chapter on Goldberg’s losses made me want to find a playlist on YouTube with all of them so I could witness them for myself.

The Wrestling Insomniac is a love letter to wrestling. I do not know of a bigger fan of wrestling than Michael Labbe and his passion and love for the sport bleeds out onto the pages of his first book. Am I baised? Definitely, but what you probably don’t know is before I wrote for The Wrestling Insomniac I was a fan. It was/is my favorite wrestling site. I enjoyed it so much I felt like I needed to reach out to the creator and express my appreciation. Little did I know that one simple email would lead to me writing for site and the formation of a great friendship. But if it wasn’t for the engrossing articles and crazy statistics I would have never sent that email and the truth is The Wrestling Insomniac (both the book and the website) represent the wrestling stories that I like to read. It’s about the forgotten or misremembered wrestling history, the “Oh My God That Actually Happened” moments, and one man’s lifelong passion for the squared circle.

So yes, I highly recommend The Wrestling Insomniac get your copy today on Amazon.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Signed Trading Cards: Ricky Steamboat, Gerald Brisco, Tony Schiavone, & Stan Hansen

Some more through the mail success!


Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

I recently was lucky enough to get add two more cards to my collection of Steamboat signed cards bringing my total to six signed cards.  The precious four consist of three WWF cards and a WCW card.

The card on the left is from the 1986 Monty Wrestling card set and the card on the right is from the 2019 Starrcast II card set.

He did respond to a few questions I had in my letter to him.  He considers his greatest match of all time to be at Wrestlemania III against "Macho Man" Randy Savage.  His greatest match with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to be from Clash of the Champions VI April 2, 1989 in New Orleans, LA Steamboat defending the NWA World Championship against Flair inn 2 out of the 3 falls match.

For those wondering below are the other four cards signed by Mr. Steamboat are 1985 O-Pee-Chee series 2, 1987 WWF Topps, 1991 Classic GamesWWF set , and 1992 WCW Magazine.



Gerald Brisco

The card on the left is from the 2001 Fleer Superstars card set and the card on the right is from the 2008 Topps Heritage IV WWE card set.   I was surprised to find out that Brisco's first ever trading card is from the 1998 Comic Images WWF Superstarz set.


Tony Schiavone

The card on the left is from the 1988 NWA Wonderama set and the card on the right is from the 2019 Starrcast II set.  I already have two cards signed by Tony, a different NWA Wonderama and a WCW card.  I'd love to get David Crockett to sign this card as well.


Stan Hansen

I'm so super excited to add this card to my collection.  Mr. Hansen is a living legend in Japan and one of my favorites to watch.  I just love his bad ass style.  This card is from the 2011 BBM Legend of the Champion card set.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Don't Call Me Fake The Real Story of "Dr. D" David Schultz

The weekend of June 12 - 14th the wife, Wesley, and I spent two nights up in Medway at Pine Grove Campground and Cottages.  We were just looking to get away for a couple nights, enjoy a campfire and some quiet time.  We don't have cell service at the campground and the WiFi doesn't reach the cabin we always rent.  It's great!


Earlier in the week I got my signed copy of Don't Call Me Fake The Read Story of "Dr. D" David Schultz in the mail that I ordered direct from Dr. D after watching his episode of Dark Side of the Ring.  I started reading the book on Friday after we got set up and finished it Sunday morning before we packed up to leave.

Written by David Schultz with John Cosper the book is 470 pages and was published on July 22, 2019.  It has several black and white photos through out the book from his childhood through his life after wrestling and bounty hunting.

The book starts out talking about Shultz childhood growing up and later how he got into the wrestling business.  What his training was like and the early days of traveling the territories across the South and for Stampede in Calgary.  Of course he goes into great detail about the John Stossel 20/20 incident and how it resulted in his departure from not just the WWF (now WWE) but from wrestling.

After wrestling he became a bounty hunter and he goes into great detail about what it takes to be a bounty hunter and several stories.  About half the book is about wrestling and half is about being a bounty hunter.  I found both to be very interesting and exciting. 

Through-out the book there are stories in the book told by stories, friends, and family.  We also get to hear when Schultz has been doing since he left the bounty hunting world as well. I found the book to be a very enjoyable and quick read! 

Friday night when we went to bed my Wesley, who is five, asked me to read the words in my book out loud before bed.  The cabin has a loft with two twin beds and a full size bed.  Wesley and Kate each took a twin and I got the full size bed.  Both Friday and Saturday night I read several pages out loud and both of them enjoyed it.  I didn't have to leave out a few sentences on Saturday night, otherwise it was appropriate.  My wife actually thought it was interesting.

You can order this book on Amazon here or you can order direct from Mr. Schultz like I did to get your own signed copy.  Signed books are $25 in the US or $35 to Canada. Please mail check or money order to David Shults, P.O. Box 24, Henderson, TN 38340. Yes his real name is spelled Schults with and "s" not a Shultz with a "z".

Co-author John Cosper has helped write several other books on wrestlers and wrestling territories as well as some fiction.  You can find more on Amazon here.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Signed Trading Cards: Paul Ellering, Jimmy Garvin & Precious

Here are a few more through the mail success!


"Precious" Paul Ellering

The card on the left is from the 1988 NWA Wonderama set, the card on the right is from the 2017 Topps WWE set.  Everyone of Ellering's individual NWA cards he is not looking at the camera.  I love adding cards from the NWA Wonderama set to my collection.  I mailed these to Ellering's restaurant in Minnesota.


Jimmy Garvin & Precious

This card is from the 1985 Wrestling All Stars Set.  I already had NWA Wonderama cards signed by both Garvin and Precious in my collection.


"Dr. D" David Shultz

This card is from the 1986 Monty Wrestling Stars set.  I mailed this card to Schultz when I mailed in an order for his book.  I got this and his book back on the same day.  I've read about 50 pages so far and I must say it's an excellent read!

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

Until next time!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Wrestling Insomniac: The Book


That's right I have written a book!  Well more accurately I took some of the best posts from this blog and self-published them in book form on Amazon.  Many of the entries have been updated with current information as much as five years have passed since they were first written.

You can purchase the book in Kindle or Paperback format at this link The Wrestling Insomniac book.



Thank you in advance to all those that purchase it, I really hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, June 8, 2020

What Qualifies As A World Heavyweight Championship?

What makes a championship in wrestling a World Championship?  When I was a kids Pro Wrestling Illustrated was the premier wrestling news source for me and I always agreed with their recognition of the World Championship.

A Tweet from April 3, 2020 Pro Wrestling Illustrated currently recognizes four World Championships WWE World Championship, the WWE Universal Championship, the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

For PWI the criteria is that it's actively defended around the world against high quality opponents.  Which makes sense.  At the same time though with a championship like the NWA World Championship has an internet show that is available around the world and is accessible to everyone.  During this current title run aside from the United States, Aldis has defended the championship in the UK multiple times and Canada.  Shouldn't it still be considered a World Championship?

Historically PWI recognized:


NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
July 14, 1948 - January 11, 1991
May 8, 2006 - May 13, 2007


AWA World Heavyweight Championship 
August 16, 1960 - December 12, 1990


WCW World Heavyweight Championship 
January 11, 1991 - December 9, 2001


ECW World Heavyweight Championship 
July 6, 1999 - April 11, 2001
June 13, 2006 - February 16, 2010


World Heavyweight Championship WWE Big Gold
September 2, 2002 - December 15, 2013


TNA World Heavyweight Championship
May 13, 2007 - August 1, 2015

I haven't always agreed with PWI when it came to it's World Championship recognition.  For instance the ECW World Championship, they didn't give it recognition until six months into Taz's title reign.  The company had, had PPV's for years by then and had a national syndicated show and rabid fan base.

Other promotions call their title a World Heavyweight Championship including PWG, Progress, CZW, even my home promotion Limitless Wrestling calls their championship a World Championship.

Limitless Wrestling has a huge following on YouTube with 685 Thousand subscribers.  Their video of Kris Statlander vs. Christian Casanova has 41 million views, they have 28 other videos that have anywhere from 1 million to 32 millions views each.  MJF, their first champion, defended it in the United Kingdom.  Is this sufficient criteria?

With all this being said I'm still looking for the answer to the question.  What is the criteria that qualifies a title to be considered as a World Heavyweight Championship?

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Wrestlers Who Died in 2019

This post is about six months late this year, I wasn't sure I was going to post it but I want to make sure we remember those who passed away in 2019 that entertained us in the ring.  This is by no means a complete list, but I do my best to include everyone that I can find.


Trevor Dorbritz 53, January 1, 2019

Trevor was from Waukesha, Wisconsin and wrestled under the names of Jim Evans and Trevor Adonis.  He wrestled from 1983 to 1988 in the AWA and 1988 to 1998 for the WWE primarily as enhancement talent.  He was the first ever Great Lakes Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.


"Mean" Gene Okerlund 76,  December 19, 1942 - January 2, 2019

Okerlund joined the AWA in 1970 and became a fixture of the wrestling world for the next 48 years.  In 1984 he was scooped up by the WWE becoming their top stick man, also doing some ring announcing, commentary, and evens stepped in the ring, most famously teaming with Hulk Hogan against Mr. Fuji & George "The Animal" Steele.  He joined up with WCW in 1993 staying with the promotion until it closed in 2001.  For the next 17 years he would make sporadic appearances with his final coming on January 22, 2018 at Raw 25 Years interviewing AJ Styles.


Alexis Smirnoff 71, February 9, 1947 - January 5, 2019

Born Michel Lamarche in Saint-Lin, Quebec, Canada he began wrestling in Montreal in 1970 becoming a huge heel in the Quebec and the Maritimes.  Starting in 1974 he spent a couple years in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.  In Central States Wrestling he captured their Heavyweight and tag team championships.  He traveled the territories through the end of his career making stops in All Japan, the WWF, and finished his career in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987.  He came out of retirement for a single match in 1999 teaming with Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin against The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Raymond, & Jacques Jr.


Rex Bacchus 35, January 17, 2019

An independent wrestler out of Florida who started his career in 2015.  Sadly he passed after a battle with cancer.


Leah Biggerstaff 39, April 25, 1979 - January 21, 2019

Was known as BellaDonna in the early days of NWA-TNA working as the valet to the Disciples of the New Church, a tag team comprising of Brian Lee and Slash (Wolfie D) with manager Father James Mitchell.  She left the company in December 2012 after being forced to wrestle in a handicap bullrope match against America's Most Wanted: James Storm & Chris Harris.


Les Thornton 84, April 9, 1934 - February 1, 2019

Born in Manchester, England he began his wrestling career in 1957.  He is a former five time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.  He wrestled and held numerous championships across Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.  Thornton was wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling when the WWF bought GCW out.  As a result he joined the WWF, where he was treated as enhancement talent for the last couple years of his career.  He was the tag team partner of Mick Foley, wrestling as Jack Foley in his WWF debut against The British Bulldogs.



Salvatore Bellomo 67, June 18, 1951 - February 9, 2019

Born in Belgium he began wrestling in 1974.  In 1983 he joined the WWF where I remember him as enhancement talent to stars.  In 1993 he reinvented himself as an unpredictable Wildman losing to Jimmy Snuka in a match to declare the first ever ECW Champion.  He returned to Belgium in early 2000's where he opened a wrestling school and continued wrestling with his last match being in October 2018.


Koji Kitao 55, Augusta 12, 1963 - February 10, 2019

Debuting in Sumo wrestling in March 1979 he earned the rank of Yokozuna in July 1986, retiring from the sport in December 1987.  He amassed an impressive record of 348-184-24.  Transitioning to Professional Wrestling he began his career in the AWA in 1989 after training with Brad Rheingans, under a mask as Monster Machine.  He returned to Japan wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling.  Later in the SWS he was involved in an infamous shoot incident with John Tenta, breaking kayfabe, no selling for Tenta and then eventually getting on the mic and declaring that wrestling was fake, even though he continued wrestling until 1998.

He stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts world in 1996 - 1997 with three bouts, the first for Universal Vale Tudo losing to Pedro Octavio.  Next he faced Mark Hall in the UFC losing due to referee stoppage after Kitao had his nose broken.  Finally he fought Nathan Jones at the first Pride Fighting Championship winning by submission.


Pedro Morales 76, October 22, 1942 - February 12, 2019

From Culebra, Puerto Rico Morales debuted in 1959 at the age of 17.  He would wrestle in several territories before joining the then WWWF in 1970.  On February 8, 1971 he defeated Ivan Koloff to win the WWWF World Championships enjoying a near 3 year run holding it for 1,027 days.  He traveled to NWA San Francisco, the AWA, Championship Wrestling from Florida, & New Japan before returning to the now WWF in 1980.  He and then WWF Champion Bob Backlund defeated the Wild Samoans for the WWF Tag Team Championships on August 9, 1980 but were forced to relinquish the championships as Backlund was World Champion.

Pedro would go onto capture the Intercontinental Championship two times, December 8, 1980 - June 20, 1981 & November 23, 1981 - January 22, 1983.  Making him one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.  After leaving the ring he did Spanish Language commentary for the WWE and later WCW.  He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.


Cliff Sheats 52, June 8, 1966 - February 16, 2019

He began wrestling in 1990 for Dusty Rhodes PWF in Florida. He wrestled as enhancement talent in WCW and the WWE.  He also wrestled under the name Cliff Anderson, he was one half of the tag team The Exterminators.  His last match that I can find was September 16, 2006 in Coral Springs, Florida for CCW losing to Bobby Hopkins Jr.


King Kong Bundy 61, November 7, 1957 - March 4, 2019

Christopher Pallies debuted in 1981 after training with Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory.  He is perhaps best known for headlining WrestleMania 2 wrestling Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage for the WWE Championship.  He wrestled in various territories through-out his career capturing many regional championships.  He returned to the WWE for a year in 1994 - 95 joining the Million Dollar Corporation.  He was very successful in the independent scene from 1995 - 2007.  He appeared on the television shows Married With Children and Boy Meets World.

I saw Bundy wrestle live six times from 1998 to 2007 on the independents.  My interactions with him were all positive, he was a really nice guy and was very approachable.


Wally Yamaguchi 60, May 5, 1958 - March 9, 2019

Many people from my generation most likely remember Mr. Yamaguchi as the manager of Kai en Tai in 1998 WWE.  He also famously choppy-choppy you pee pee to Val Venis.  What most don't know if that his wrestling days dated back to writing for Gong Magazine in the 1970's.  He also started working for various Japanese promotions as a referee, commentator, or other behind the scenes roles.  He is the co-founder of FMW: Frontier Martial Arts wrestling with Atsushi Onita, Universal Lucha Libra with Gran Hamada and Michinoku Pro with Great Sasuke. 


The Destroyer 88, July 11, 1930 - March 7, 2019

Dick Beyer debuted December 29, 1954.  He began his career in WWA in California winning their World Championship three times.  While wrestling in WWA as The Destroyer he wrestled in the AWA as Dr. X where he also held their World Championship.  As popular as The Destroyer was it can be said that his arrival in Japan in 1973 is when it career exploded.  He spent six straight years in Japan even hosting his own late night television show.

He wrestled is final match in 1993 in Japan teaming with is son Kurt and Giant Baba.  After his retirement Beyer open The Destroyer Golf Park and ran several charitable events.  In 2017 he was in Japan he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun.


Roger Kirby 79, December 14, 1939 - March 18, 2019

Debuting in 1960 after being a Golden Gloves boxer Kirby traveled the territories doing well in Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, and Kansas City.  On May 20, 1971 he defeated Danny Hodge to capture the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.  In Central States Wrestling Kirby cleaned winning all of their championships including their heavyweight title five times.

Kriby wound his career down in the WWE wrestling his last match in 1986.  He stated that he wanted to be remembered as a top wrestler and not climb back down the ladder in the WWF.



Colton Quest 23, June 10, 1995 - March 30, 2019

I can't find much about Colton other than he died in a vehicle crash and was the Right Coast Pro champion.  His first match was in 2013 with his final match being March 2, 2019.




John Quinn 78, October 15, 1941 - April 22, 2019

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Quinn debuted in the ring in 1961 debuting in the WWWF in 1965.  Through out his career he wrestled in World Class, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and various NWA territories.  In 1977 he toured Japan and later the United Kingdom winning the Joint Promotions Heavyweight Championship 4 times.


Eric Chapel 33, May 29, 1985 - April 29, 2019

Based out of Maryland and Pennsylvania Chapel began wrestling in 2004.  If anyone has more information please help me build a better bio.


Silver King 51, January 9, 1968 - May 11, 2019

Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzales Barron, better known as Silver King died in the ring at a Lucha Libre World show in London, England during a match with Juventud Guerrera.  It was his second match of the day.  In the US he is best known from his time in WCW as part of the many luchadores that WCW signed in the mid 1990's.  He also starred as Ramses in the Jack Black picture Nacho Libre.

Silver King as I remember him from WCW


Ashley Massaro 39, May 26, 1979 - May 16, 2019

The WWE Diva Search 2005 winner Massaro was with the promotion until mid 2008.  She wrestled several matches for them and appeared in Playboy.


Atsushi Aoki 41, September 25, 1977 - June 3, 2019

Aoki was trained by Jun Akiyama debuting for Pro Wrestling NOAH on Christmas Eve 2005 and was with the promotion for 7 years with his final match being on Christmas Eve 2012.  While in NOAH he captured the Junior Heavyweight Championship twice.  He debuted in January 2013 for All Japan Pro Wrestling becoming a 4 time World Junior Heavyweight Champion.  He captured other championships in NOAH, AJPW, and AAA in Mexico.  He died in a motorcycle crash.


Adrian McCallum 36, December 17, 1982 - June 19, 2019

McCallum wrestled as Lionheart in the UK debuting in 2002 wrestling his last match three days before his death on June 16, 2019 defeating Alexander Dean in Glasgow, Scotland winning the European Championship while retaining his ICW World Heavyweight Championship.  During his career he captured eighteen championships from twelve different promotions.


John Czawlytko 56, February 22, 1963 - June 27, 2019

Known in WCW as Max Muscle he debuted in Texas in 1992.  In 1993 he signed with WCW and was sent to the Power Plant for additional training.  He was with the promotion until 1997.  He returned to wrestling in 1999 on the independents wrestling sporadically until his last known match in 2009.


Alan Ward 57, March 10, 1962 - June 27, 2019

I can't find a lot about Alan Ward.  He was based in the Missouri area and had the moniker The Hollywood Stud.  He was inducted into the Midwest Independent Wrestling Hall of Fame class of 2016.  He passed away from Cancer.


Jacques Rougeau Sr 89, May 27, 1930 - July 1, 2019

Jacques Sr, the father of the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers: Jacques Jr & Raymond debuted in 1956 teaming with his brother Johnny.  I guess they were the original Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, I have no evidence that they wrestled under that name.  His third son Armand was also a wrestler but never reached the heights of his brothers.

Jacques Sr. is a former five time IWA International Heavyweight Champion and NWF Heavyweight Champion.  He also captured the IWA and NWF tag team championships. Aside from wrestling in Canada he toured Japan several times, his final tour was with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

His final match was on August 8, 1999 teaming with his sons Jacques & Raymond defeating Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin and Alexis Smirnoff who passed away in January of this year.


Perro Aguayo 73, January 18, 1946 - July 3, 2019

The Mexican legend Aguayo debuted in 1968.  Over his 30 plus year career he competed in UWA, EMLL, WWA, AAA, World Wrestling Council, the WWE, NWA, NJPW and more.  He captured numerous championships all over Mexico in the middleweight and heavyweight divisions. 


Paco Alonso 66, September 19, 1952 - July 6, 2019

Francisco Alonso Lutteroth was the current owner of CMLL: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre the oldest wrestling promotion in the world.  Grandson of the companies founder Salvador Lutteroth he took control in 1987.


The King, Handsome Harley Race 76, April 11, 1943 - August 1, 2019

Harley Race is one of the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champions of all time!  He debuted in 1960 and wrestled his final matches in November 1993 filing in for an injured Vader against Ric Flair.  He wrestled for all the major promotions across the United States and around the world.  Aside from being a multi time NWA World Champion, he captured championships everywhere he went, All Japan, the AWA, Central States Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and more.

I can't do Mr. Race justice with this write up, Ellbow Productions made a fantastic documentary on him and Mr. Race wrote and excellent book that is well worth the read.  I met him once over the weekend of NWA Legends Fanfest 2009 in Charlotte.  My buddy smoked at the time and so more than once we ran into Mr. Race in the smoking area where he took his time telling us stories of his wrestling career.  It was amazing. 


Eddie Marlin 89, August 13, 1930 - August 15, 2019

Former wrestler and promoter Marlin is the father-in-law of Jerry Jarrett and grandfather of Jeff Jarrett.  He wrestled for NWA territories before joining Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Associate based out of Memphis, TN.


Edward Baxter 81, June 4, 1938 - August 15, 2019

Wrestled under a mask as the Wrestling Pro and later Tarzan Baxter along with other names.  He debuted in 1963 staying primarily in the Gulf Coast area of Florida and Alabama winning numerous regional NWA Championships and feuded with Jack Brisco for the NWA World's Championship.  He left the ring in 1978, however would frequent many of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunions.


Rick Bognar 49, January 16, 1970 - September 20, 2019

Best known as the fake Razor Ramon during his 1996 - 1997 WWF run, Bognar debuted in the Canadian indies in 1988.  1991 saw him go to Japan's FMW at Big Titan capturing the Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship and tag team championships with The Gladiator Mike Awesome.  He also wrestled for CWA in Germany, ECW, AAA, & New Japan before retiring full time in 2000.


Matt Travis 25,  - November 9, 2019

A New York native Travis wrestled primarily in House of Glory and CZW.  He was tragically killed in a hit and run crash while he was on his bicycle. 


Alberto Munoz 76, January 15, 1943 - December 14, 2019

Debuting in 1964 for EMLL capturing the Mexican National Lightweight, Middleweight, and Welterweight championships, he was also a former NWA World Welterweight champion.  He left lucah libre in the early 1980's.


Mr. Niebla 46, February 22, 1973 - December 23, 2019

Born in Mexico City, Mexico he debuted in lucha libre on November 11, 1990. From 1995 until the end of his career he primarily wrestled for CMLL, save 2007-08 when he left the promotion for Lucha Libre AAA.  He won several championships in CMLL including their Heavyweight Championship holding the championship for 543 days.  He passed away unexpectedly from a blood infection.

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