Wow, 4 years. I had even lost the log in to update the site. Wow.
I've started the process of getting back out there on the road, after the last 3 years of having wrestling on the back burner. The last 3 years have been one crazy set of happenings after the other. Life has worked itself out to allow me the opportunity physically and mentally to write the rest of the story. After spending the first half of 2014 getting back into proper ring shape, I am chomping at the bit to begin filling up my schedule and getting back out on the road a bit in the second half of 2014. I have a few very interesting things percolating, and look forward to sharing it with you in time.
15 years in the business, and I feel like I've come full circle, and have only just begun. Anxious to prove myself all over again, and see where the journey takes me. After all this time, I've finally learned that the journey is truly the only thing that matters, and what I miss the most when its gone. After death, injury, career, health issues and family changed the course of the last few years of my life, its really true what they say, sometimes you have to step away from something, to truly appreciate it.
I'm looking forward to appreciating each and every one of you in person, as we write the second half of the old book. I thank you for letting me do what I do for the last 15 years, and for whats still to come.
Dont forget, especially my fellow Cleveland sports fans, you can join me every weekday at Noon as I host The Sports Fix, Live on www.thesportsfix.net, and available on I Heart Radio, Tune In and many other platforms as well. A true alternative in Cleveland sports talk!
I will add a commentary next week, but the site is updated, results fixed, schedule updated, and 6 new videos have been added to the page, enjoy!!!!!!
LOL, I know, I know, but hey at least I am here now, updating away, aren't I? Anyways, just a brief update before letting everyone get back to their families, holidays, turkeys and football...and WRESTLING?!?!?! Well, almost, on Thanksgiving, anyways, Firestorm Pro Wrestling is back tomorrw, Weds Nov 25, 2009 at the Phantasy Theater in Lakewood OH with their "Reign of Fire" show, featuring a co-bill with musical act 216. Main event is McChesney vs Rowe, the Pirates and Club DB in a TLC match, and I will be there as well, plus all the Firestorm action and surprises, its a great show, especially for the money, so come on out and get your holiday kicked off right with Firestorm Pro Wrestling! Also, added a few new dates to the schedule, alot of big things coming up in the next two months, one of which I will talk more about next week, as I have a few things to really say about it, and it is the retirement of Norm Conners, who promotes the IWC in PA. Love him or hate him, the independants are losing one of the better PROMOTERS out there, but as I said, I have a whole spiel about that I'll get into next week, but start planning now if you live anywhere in the states around PA to try and make his final 2 shows Dec 11, and 12, because they are looking HUGE for wrestling fans, for sure! Also, I would like to take a minute and thank Jameson Hixenbaugh and Erie WICU- Channel 12 news, for their 4 part sweeps week series they did on Pro Wrestling Rampage in Erie,PA, especially the stuff he did with myself at the PWR 2 yr anniversary show last week. Jameson made the promotion look great in his series, helped the show draw around 500 paid, and then was great at the Anniversary show, as he cornered me for my match/slaughter of Shawn Blaze. I told you guys I was going to hurt that boy, lol! OK, enough chatter for now, quick final sweep, NEW T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE IN ALL SIZES, get them here or at the shows while you can, I cant keep them on the table fast enought, JC of Firestorm Entertainment did yet another fantastic job, and the brand new J-Rocc One Time White T-Shirt is almost out as well, just another week or so, so look for that soon as well, also THE MAFIA RETURNS...DEC 11...until next week give it up one time, my friends, one time for Thnksgiving...lol ok ok and of course J-Rocc, daddy!
See, I told you now that this thing is all spiffy and what not I would be on here much more often. Besides this commentary, we have added a sidbar that lets you know when anything new has been added to the site, go on ahead and peek over to your right at it, you know you want to...and as you just read in that box, we have added a new video from last months PWR show in Erie, this is about 10 mins or so of Big Time Bill Collier and myself taking on Shawn Blaze and Notorious Shane Taylor, so check it out. Also, the results and schedule have been updated, with some new dates added, including this Friday night at Legends Sports Bar in Medina,OH as I challenge "The Baddest Man of all the Baddest of the Baddest Men in History" Raymond Rowefor the Firestorm Pro Undisputed Championship. For more info if you are near the Medina,OH area this Friday and want to watch a great night of action as usual from Firestorm Pro, check them out at firestormpro.com or myspace.com/firestormpro Speaking of Firestorm, I kicked off October back at the Phantasy Theater teaming up with Big Time Bill against the perennial thorn in my side, The Aftermath, and his partner, WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. All I can say about Jimmy Snuka, is that no old man showed up to do battle this weekend (I also battled with Jimmy the next night for IWC in PA), but one hell of a wrestler and class act. Jimmy Snuka I would reccomend to anyone in need of someone to come in and teach professionalism to your locker room, and send your fans home with no doubt they saw a legend. Anyways, it was a great weekend of respect, learning and a hell of a lot fo fun, unlike the beating I am probably going to take at the hands of Ray "Sorry about that boss, can they sew it back on your head" Rowe, who never fails to leave an impression on me everytime we wrestle, lol, but all joking aside, Ray is a beast, and one of the future stars in our business!I have to run, but hopefully if I have use of my limbs this weekend, I will jump on here again, I have some great pictures from the weekend to get on the site as well, so until then...you know the drill, blah blah one time, blah blah J-Rocc!
Once again, your hero, your role model, your big daddy of destruction has let you down, and I apologize. Over and over, we get down to the nitty gritty of me failing to update this site regularly, and every few months I do, and promise to be more vigilant of it, and then write something like this again, lol. I am sorry I really am going to get on it. I have redone alot of the site today, including overhauling the video page and adding some new stuff there, including a few good interviews, and a hell of a match against Ray Rowe from Firestorm Pro in Cleveland. Speaking of Firestorm Pro, whether you have heard of them or not, I reccommend any independant wrestling fan to order the DVD of their last event, "WARGAMES", if you can get one as they keep selling out each printing quickly. The match was a hell in the cell type cage match featuring Team Firestorm (Raymond Rowe, Aftermath, Patrick Hayes and Starless) against Team Big League ( Bill Collier, Shane Taylor, John McChesney and myself), and between the production values of this match and the work involved by the wrestlers, it was something very special, and that is not at all biased due to being in it. It was something to see, so buy the DVD and see it , lol! Also, several pretty good matches I am looking forward to in the next few weeks includes a big tag team match for Firestorm pitting myself and Bill Collier vs the Irish Airborne, who I have never faced in the ring before, which should be good as they are extremely talented guys; and a "special challenge" match for the IWC in Clearfield PA against WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka, which should be tremendous as well! There is alot going on and I promise it wont be six more months before I tell you about it! LOL! Give it up one time, until the next time, and I will see ya at the fights as usual!
A few updates to the site, new dates added to the schedule, results are updated, and the biggest news, check out the Train with J-Rocc page, as Firestorm Pro and CAPW have merged their training together and are debuting a new school/facility, and all the information is now on this site, for everyone who has been asking me where the training be at, LOL. Catch you all at the matches, and keep giving it up one time!
Welcome back, all to another edition of J-Rocc actually updates his website twice in one year! I am your host, The Big Daddy of Promotional Destruction himself, J-Rizzle. Always wanted to type that ever since Brian "RoadDogg" James called me that a few years ago, and dammit I did! Anyways, I guess I should start where everyone else starts with me lately, whats up with the knee? For those of you who dont know, on May 31 at a Rampage Wrestling show in Erie, PA I was in my third match of the night, the finals of their 1st Heavyweight title tourney against a young guy with a good future named Bill Collier. The ring they used was a little shaky that night, and somehow, about 2 minutes into this thing I took a biel out of the corner and upon landing, felt my right meniscus pop instantly. Anyone who has torn the meniscus knows it smarts for a minute, then numbs up and you can usually finish the match until your adrenaline slows down, and its also not a very long healing process. So I started getting the knee going and getting back into this match, and Bill went to press slam me over his head. As I raked his eyes and landed on my feet, I felt the worst feeling I have ever felt, as if a razor blade just slid right down the side of my knee, and then I felt the burn as the ligament rolled back up onto itself. I have done alot of things to myself wrestling over the years, but this pain was the worst. If you get the DVD and watch the match, as much as I try to be cool and go on (Which patting myself on the back, I continued to finish the match as best I could for about 15 mins after getting hurt, cuz dammit I have a job to do, and after waiting through a 3 hour tournament, those people deserved more than a BS 4 min main event, and I only had to dump a few things I had planned near the end because the pain got unbearable by that point), it became obvious near the end of the match I was hurt much worse than usual. After sludging my way back to Cleveland, I couldnt even drive my partner in crime Shane Taylor home, so he dropped me off and took my car home. The next morning I couldnt get out of bed at all. I called the homeboy Shane Taylor and asked him to please accompany me to the emergency room, which he very sweetly did. We found out there that I had a torn meniscus, and they sent me home on crutches with an immobilizer, some pain pills, and an appointment with my PCP. I went to my doc on Tues, got the MRI on Friday (Thank God I am one of the smart wrestlers with good health insurance) and found out even sweeter news, I had also torn my MCL, which is the inside stabilizing ligament of your knee. I was sent to a very good orthapedic surgeon, who doubles as one of the Cleveland Indians medical people as well, and he told me i basically had a 60-40 chance of avoiding surgery, and sent me to the Cleveland Clinic rehab staff, who also work on the Indians, Cavs, and Browns, which is very comforting. I have been doing 3 days a week there for the last 3 weeks, and there has been significant improvement over that time. I am off the crutches and out of the immobilizer, now I have a sweet metal brace going, and a cane to get up and down steps. All of the regular movements, walking, etc have become alot better, and now I am working on trying to recover the athletic movements: steps, squatting, kneeling, running and jumping etc. I have my first matches back scheduled for the 19th of July, which basically gives me 3 more weeks to see how it goes. If I do end up not healing totally right, then I will be forced to have surgery and be out about 3 months after that. In that worst case scenario, I would be finishing up my commitments through the IWC match with myself and Jason Bane vs Ray Rowe and TNA World Champion Samoa Joe, and then get it done. In all honesty, though, the doc thinks I dont even need to plan on that, so thats the deal. I am dying to get back to work, Ill tell you that much! Speaking of back to work, I will be returning to Cleveland All-Pro wrestling for the first time in 5 years on July 19th (hence the title of this update), for their big 15th anniversary spectacular, which should be very interesting to say the least. And then of course, there is the big match in IWC on Aug. 2 with Joe and Rowe coming up as well, and possibly the WWE tapings coming to Cleveland depending of course on my injury, so alot of big things coming up, hope to see you all there, and one last note, Thank You to everyone who has called, emailed or said a kind word at the shows. This injury and peoples reactions to it have shown me that maybe I have done right by this business, and maybe people appreciate that work I have done, and the things I have sacrificed to do so. Thats what makes it worth it. Til next year, I mean next update, LOL, keep giving it up one time, homeys!
Hello, all and I apologize for the lack of updates, but I have had a ton of things going on, and I promise that this update will more than make up for that. I have sat around quiet about alot of things for quite some time because I figure why even acknowledge the bs morons spout, but what the hell, I decided that I need to get a few things aired out.There will be no worked post today, no quasi-shoot, this will definitely be one of the most straight-up posts I have ever put on this site. First off, for those of you that don't know, I made my debut for the AIW this past weekend. Alot of you don't know or care about the history of all these promotions in Cleveland, but to make a long story short, a few years back the former "backyard" wrestling group in Cleveland, EFW, decided to recruit Lou Marconi to train them all so they can start being legit in the business. Somewhere in that process, they started to hate each other (gotta love wrestling) and split off to form two separate new promotions, Extreme War and AIW. I proudly and loyally worked for Extreme War, and main evented every one of their events against the likes of Fabulous John McChesney, AJ Styles, Tommy Dreamer, M-Dogg 20, Sterling James Keenan, Mick Foley and others. They promoted me as their top heel, and I worked as hard as I could for them during their run. I also very publicly stated that I had no interest in ever working for the AIW group. That is very true, and I meant it at the time. All I knew of them at the time was they ran at a bar in the flats, used all of my trainees on their roster, and had Chandler Biggins involved, who really annoyed the hell out of me for no particular reason. Regardless, they were competition of the promotion I worked for, and I am a big believer that you can only work one promotion full time in a territory at a time, or else you water down your worth. I also heard alot of things regarding the AIW I didn't like, so really it was a non issue to even consider them. Extreme War ran its last show in early December, 2005, and dropped out of promoting shows. Now, since we are being honest here, I actually had my first conversation with the AIW office back in late January about making a surprise appearance, and my trainees Deviant, Perry Greene, Jay Violence among others were strongly pushing the idea of coming in. I really considered it, and asked them for a few days to think about it, however I decided against it. Life goes on. Around that time, I really had an itch to get the NEPW promotion back up and running, but with Ed Edwards mother and father passing as well as personal issues in his marriage, he was unable to promote, which is why NEPW closed up shop to begin with. A member of the Extreme War office approached me at the time interested in my plans for promoting and agreed to finance this venture, and the return of NEPW was underway. I proceeded to book the best talent roster I could, using alot of my personal friends and connections. Now this wasn't like I had a money mark and was blatantly spending money without regard, as I feel I put together a very reasonable and effective advertising campaign to begin 6 weeks before the event, covering print and television ads throughout the entire northeast half of the state. Eddie Edwards, against his better judgement, allowed me to use the NEPW name as well. Well, the man behind the show proceeded to slice a great ad campaign down to some flyers, and two airings of a 30 sec. commercial on TNA Impact, only in the Painesville city limits, that ran the thursday 3 days before and saturday the night before the actual event. I believe he thought this was the old EFW, where you draw because the young guys on the roster sell all the tickets, and was highly depending on my trainees to sell all the tickets. Regardless, the show drew 40 people and was a disaster, and yet I was incredibly proud of my friends, because none of them mailed it in and they put on a hell of a show for me. After the show, I was told there was no money to pay the talent, so I huddled everyone up and they were promised by the promoter to be sent their money in the mail ASAP. Being my personal friends, that was good enough for them. Their phones have yet to ring, and mailboxes remain empty to this day 3 months later. Really, I guess it was simply a matter of two people with entirely different ideas on how to promote wrestling. That is done and over with, and the boys know the deal, but with all the rumors, I wanted to explain that, as I would never knowingly have entered into that situation, and led others into it as well. (Totally side note, for all the smart marks out there, it was not to be the return of Extreme War, within two shows, EW would have been dead and NEPW would have stood tall, that was the angle as it was booked, it was simply the return of NEPW, the "invasion" was a way to recharge the NEPW brand name to the fans) This is going to go alot of different directions, but they all come together to tell the same story. While all this was happening, I began my tag team with Ray Rowe in IWC. Ray and I always got along well, but since we started teaming, we really became close. Ray always travels to IWC with JC, who is the shoot owner of AIW, and a man I had never met. I talked with him for a few months, and he had a very slanted opinion of me to begin with, but eventually it became a mutual "You are nothing like what I heard about you" type deal, and before long Ray and I began talking about me ending up in AIW. It had actually been in the works for quite some time, but due to scheduling conflicts I wasn't available to debut for them until September. Things worked out where I ended up able to start a month early, so began the J-Rocc reign of terror in AIW last Saturday. I look forward to busting my ass and doing whatever I can do to help the AIW reach their potential, in and out of the ring. Now, throughout this post about Cleveland wrestling, I have not yet uttered the initials CAPW. Ah, I save the best for last always. This is a personal issue of mine that I need to address for no ones sake but my own, because it bothers the shit out of me. Nothing I am saying here is being started by me, I am simply responding to comments already made, for anyone looking to instigate things, I would just like the truth to be out there. There was a rumor, being further pushed on various message boards and even in locker rooms, that I COULDN'T wrestle in Cleveland because I was blackballed by a certain promoter. That is a bold face lie! Listen, I have my personal process I think about whenever I work for someone, and unlike alot of people who just whore themselves out for the work, I am picky about where I wrestle, and after almost 10 years I feel that I have earned that right. Take this to the bank, especially with his TV situation, JT Lightning would have me back on his shows in a heartbeat if he could, because he knows what I bring to his show, his words previously not mine. I made a conscious decision during my last Cleveland All-Pro run to quit CAPW, because I will not work for someone I feel uncomfortable with and do not trust. Simple as that. I was booked in a main angle with JT, and decided to leave on my terms and I will tell you why. Everytime I have worked for CAPW, I have given my all there, like I will for any promotion I work for. JT and I had a hot, hot feud for 8 months that was to culminate in a steel cage match, where I would put the owner of the company over and make him look sweet like a good employee does. JT decided to swerve me during the set up angle and shoot make it a loser leaves town for a year match. I said ok, he is the boss. Day of the match, I figured he was messing with me, but it became clear it was my last day. Now, if this was a planned angle I had agreed to then its all good and I have no bitch, but he just decided on the fly to do this in front of the people. Instead of moping or going half ass, I not only busted my ass, but when coming up with a finish, JT decided to use some run-ins to, in his words, "keep me strong when i lose". I looked him in the eye and said " Am I really leaving for a year?". When he said that I was, I said then forget the BS finish, put me in a submission and I will tap out clean in the middle, to put you over as strong as possible on my way out, because its not like it hurts me as I am leaving. Regardless what anyone thinks of me as a person, all who have worked with me will tell you I always put what is best for business in front of my personal wishes. I did this, and like an idiot actually thought it meant something to JT, but it didn't, he reveled in living up to the first stipulation they have ever actually followed through with in the storyline-empty booking world of CAPW. A year later JT wanted to bring me back, and one thing I need to work on is holding grudges, because by this point i already knew I had no interest in working with JT anymore. Then he decides to bring me in as his tag team partner of all the dumb things, and marked out for the whiny wrestlers in his locker room who don't care for me, as they complained that he brought me back. Hey guys, work a little harder and maybe you'll be the guy who gets booked simply because he can work and not because he sells tickets or kisses ass. Anyways after one show of walking on eggshells in his locker room so as not to make anyone angry with me, ROTFL, I decided that my pride is worth more than this, plus he had already proven to be untrustable.Any worker who completely gives themselves to the match and becomes totally in the moment, it is very easy to injure them since they are not prepared for it, and plus the way I work if I am worried or not trusting my opponent, the match sucks. I woke up the morning of the next show sick as hell, legit. But be clear, I have wrestled with broken ribs, bone spurs in the elbow,and many other injuries and pain so bad I couldn't see straight, so had I wanted to I probably could have dragged myself out of bed and worked his show, albeit not very well, but instead I decided to email him and let him know I wasn't in the condition to wrestle. In typical JT fashion, he tells me it is ok, don't worry about it, at least I let him know early in the day, I still have the email. Then he goes out and tries to cut a promo ripping me down on his show, and he told everyone he was coming to my house to beat me up. We've done this dance before, I have yet to see him at my door. I actually saw JT 2 weeks later at a show expecting fireworks, and instead nothing, he acted totally cool with me, which is the way of the wrestling world. JT Lightning since then has become a non entity in my world, because he just doesn't bother me anymore, no matter how many times he tells Chuck Blaze not to book me, lol. I surpassed JT in this business a long time ago and it bothers him deeper than anything else in wrestling. I owe JT Lightning, though, because without him, i wouldn't have become the trainer I did, I simply remembered how I was trained and made sure I treated people the opposite. I have never seen a trainer in this business have more people that he trained leave and despise him, and bury him to everyone. JT doesn't even know just how far that goes with some of his guys, even some of the ones that are still there. I said when the NEPW school opened up that I would never let that happen, and worked very hard to always have the respect of my trainees, and teach them this business the right way. I am very proud of my trainees, and would put them up against anyones guys, anywhere. Fabulous John McChesney, Deviant, Cut Throat Crew, Jay Violence, Starless and Ryan Miller. Fab is one of the best workers in the country today, Deviant will be in WWE by the end of the year, the pirates are one of the best tag teams in the state, and Jay Violence is flatly the best cruiserweight in OH, the only "flippy kid" who can outwork anyone without leaving his feet. I believe I prepare talent for success in this business beyond the local indy promotion or what they can do for me. Back on point, I never couldn't wrestle in Cleveland, I chose not to ever work for CAPW again (and unlike some things, that can go to the bank, i would quit wrestling if that was my only option), and at the time I was working for EW, so I chose not to work for AIW. Regardless what was publicly said. I am sure the AIW staff would agree that since EW went under, it was simply a matter of working things out, and I believe they felt I would never work there anyways, so why even bother. I owe it to my trainees and Ray Rowe for really pushing it over the top. OK, the point of this entire update: One of the things that bothers me is everytime I get to know someone or hang with them in the business, the conversation is usually ended with something like this: "Man, you are nothing like what I heard about you from so and so (usually the same so and so, lol)". That is bull, that certain jealous people have made it their life work to destroy my reputation. Yes, I have done things I would go back and change, we all have, but I stand on the things I believe. I am outspoken and opinionated, and alot of times that gets me heat. I don't care, I can never and will never go along to get along, not on the indys. I consider myself very lucky in my career, as I have gotten opportunities most guys haven't, and have seen alot. I have also seen the big picture, and it extends outside the borders of Cleveland,OH in case you weren't sure. I will not let some indy nazi try to play God at my expense, and would rather not wrestle than do that, which I think I have shown. IWC, as i have said, is simply the best indy fed going on the east coast, and I have been there now for two years this month. The exposure, the learning experiences, and the boys in that back cant be matched anywhere else, and I am proud to say I work there to anyone that will ask. IWC to me is my home promotion. They took care of me, groomed me, and have given me a place to grow and improve and I can never pay that back to them. Nothing that happened around Cleveland during the last 2 years has made me regret a single decision I have made, and in fact the stories the boys tell me only strengthens my resolve in that regard. I love this business and am passionate about it to no end, and wont apologize for it. As I said, I have my beliefs and I will stick to them. Anyone who has a problem with me or what i am saying, my phone number is simple to get if you don't have it, as is my schedule, find me and I will gladly tell you the same thing. I am no tough guy, no shooter, nobody's bad ass, I am a PROFESSIONAL wrestler and simply want to be treated with the respect with which I treat others. Right now, between IWC, UWC, PWC, and now AIW, along with my college schedule I am busy as i need to be right now and completely happy with my career path. I am expecting my second child in February and it is quite possible in March when I graduate with my broadcasting degree, I might be moving out of OH, depending on which market I can get my own radio show on. If or when that happens, guess what, my wrestling bag has wheels and i will simply continue on somewhere else, and build my name in another territory.(SideNote: Anyone who digs great alternative rock, commercial free, you can check out my internet radio show every Mon-Wed-Fri from 4-6 PM ET at http://alternative.beonair.com/ Listen to the show as I guarantee to J-Rocc you out, take your requests and have a few wrestling guests on air from time to time) Basically, that is two years worth of dirty laundry dropped in your laps edited for time, do with it as you wish, as i said earlier, I wrote this for me. All I ask is that if I did you wrong in the past, let me know. Find me, tell me and I have no problem being a man and apologizing if I was wrong. If you don't know me, but don't like me, that is bullshit, find me and get to know me, I bet you'll find a different person than you expect. The only difference between me and most guys, is I will say what i feel without caring how it will affect my career, because if you really have a career in wrestling, no local promoter can end it, or ever really have any impact on it, unless you let them. There is so much great talent out here that just needs to be seen and get out and see the big picture, Cleveland wrestling could be untouchable, but some people wont allow it, because if all the good wrestlers were together in one place, where would everyone else fit on the show? Oh yea, they wouldn't. I have made mistakes in my life, mistakes in my marriage, and mistakes in my career, but the great thing about life is no one is perfect and you can always change, you can always fix things, you just have to stand up like a man and work it out. I will make sure that the legacy I leave is the one I choose, not the one jealousy chooses for me, remember that, before I have to call Tracy Smothers to commit ultra mega mass homicide on everyone! Everybody Dies!
Meanwhile, the schedule is updated, new links added and my voicemail is already blown up. Give it up one time for that!