Pro Wrestling when fans attack

Jason Saint from S****loads of Wrestling posted this video of WCW referee Mark Curtis handling a fan who decided to interrupt a match between Dean Malenko and Psicosis.

When being an overzealous fan goes wrong, it usually means you get ejected from the arena after getting your ass kicked by a wrestler thirteen times your size and strength. In this instance… it may have been a bit more embarrassing. – Jason Saint

Embarrassing would be right and there are countless videos of fans getting involved during or after a match. It’s usually referees or security that takes them out, but fans have also seen wrestlers take the boots to a fan. One of my favorite memories was seeing Kevin Nash and Scott Hall take the boots to a drunk fan who decided to get in on the action.

I know, I probably shouldn’t be amused to see a fan, who isn’t a trained wrestler, get kicked by two professionals, but I’m also not someone who applauds stupidity when it’s masked as what people might think as courage. What really irks me is when fans try to justify the terrible behavior of others, especially if it’s directed as a wrestler they don’t like. I’m sorry, but why was it a good reason for someone to throw Money in the Bank briefcase at Roman Reigns.

Fans hitting the ring or messing with the heel wrestlers was common back in the day. It was a part of heels getting heat. In fact, wrestlers were encouraged to fight fans who got in their face or called them out in order to protect the business.

Still, I don’t think it’s a good idea for someone who isn’t trained to fight to get up in a wrestler’s face. On the other hand, it’s dangerous for a wrestler because you don’t know if someone is carrying a knife or a gun.

If you pay a ticket to attend a live WWE event, you are allowed to voice your opinion, cheer, boo – whatever you want to say. But that ticket doesn’t give you the right – or privilege – to attack a wrestler for whatever reason.

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Wilnis faces Belgaroui in title shot eliminator at GLORY 45

From Glory

When Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (30-7-1, 8 KO’s) stopped Simon Marcus at GLORY 33 NEW JERSEY last year and won the middleweight title, he did so in such ferocious fashion that it seemed he would be holding the belt for the forseeable future.

A successful defense against Israel Adesanya followed, but then Marcus proved his own championship caliber by taking the belt back from Wilnis at GLORY 40 COPENHAGEN earlier this year, albeit by split-decision.

On the same card, Amsterdam’s Yousri Belgaroui (22-3, 10 KO’s) beat Agron Preteni and Alex Pereira in back-to-back fights to win the Middleweight Contender Tournament and place his name into the title mix.

Now, Wilnis and Belgaroui are set to clash at GLORY 45 HOLLAND in a title shot eliminator bout. The winner will walk away with the right to challenge for the middleweight belt in his next fight.

The two are on similar form: the loss to Marcus snapped a four-fight win streak for Wilnis, while Belgaroui is 3-1 in his last four and 2-0 in his last two. They are also next to each other in the rankings, with Wilnis at #1 and Belgaroui at #2.

A derby element also underpins the fight, with Belgaroui coming from Amsterdam and Wilnis fighting out of the nearby city of Utrecht. Fighters from outside Amsterdam always take a special pleasure in beating fighters from the Netherlands’ largest city.

Wilnis fights out of the Collosseum Gym, home to his brother Jahfar Wilnis and legendary veteran Peter Aerts as well as rising stars like Tyjani Beztati, who will also fight at GLORY 45.

Belgaroui fights out of Mike’s Gym, where his team mates include current welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart and former featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk, who challenges Robin van Roosmalen for the belt in the GLORY 45 main event.

The winner of the fight will have to wait until the next event to find out who he will be facing: Simon Marcus is defending the belt against Alex Pereira at GLORY 46 CHINA on October 14.

Glory Sports International, the parent company of GLORY World Series, is dedicated to placing world championship level kickboxing, or martial arts stand-up fighting, on a major platform before a global audience, and to producing match-ups between the top fighters on the planet.

GLORY World Series is where martial arts athletes, highly skilled in a wide array of combat disciplines, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira, converge under one set of rules to determine who reigns supreme in the ring.

How to Keep Going When You Want To Give Up on Life

Tiny Buddha’s Carrie Burns wrote an insightful post about how to keep going when you want to give up on life.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post references suicidal thoughts and may be triggering to some people.

Since my first post on Tiny Buddha entitled “Why I Didn’t Kill Myself and Why You Shouldn’t Either,” I’ve been doing amazingly well. I thought I had this suicide stuff in the bag. I thought it lived in the past. I thought it was no longer a part of me.

I thought I had found my way forward and that I would never feel that way again. I thought my suicidal ideation was a historical part of my existence.

I was wrong.

Tonight, I sat in the bath watching the water trickle down from the faucet and all I could think was how easy it would be to watch the blood trickle down my arms into the water instead.

I thought of how easy it would be to drift away into nothingness. I thought of how easy it would be to not have to get up every morning to face another day of emptiness. I thought of the peace I would have if I were no longer afraid all the time and how wonderful it would be to be free from the prison of my mind.

Sometimes, I long for this.

Sometimes, I long for death.

I do not long for death itself, being cold and distant and immovable.

But, I sometimes long for something other than what I am. I long for a feeling of safety and security. I long to feel loved and cherished, not used and abused.

I long to feel anything that is something more than the nothing I feel right now.

What Do You Want?

I know what you want. I want it too. You want someone to love you, someone to care, someone to tell you everything will be okay.

You want someone to tell you that even if you aren’t perfect, you’re enough just as you are.

You want your parents to put your needs ahead of their own, because that’s what loving parents do. You want those adults who abused you to think twice before they steal your innocence and your ability to feel.

What you want is for the past to never have existed, and what you want is impossible.

I know what you want.

You want someone to care, and it seems as if there is no amount of caring that will fill the empty hole in your heart, and no matter how hard you try to fill it up yourself it only goes halfway and then starts slipping back to empty.

Every day is a struggle to survive. Every day you wake up and wonder, “How much longer can I go on?”

The emptiness that fills your heart and your soul begins to take over your rationality.

At some point the things that kept you going have become meaningless. The life you have lived for so many years was just a struggle to survive.

Today you are at a point where nothing means anything. You aren’t even in pain. You feel nothing. You want to give up. You want to no longer exist. You want to stop being.

The endless negative thoughts swirl around in your brain compelling you to end everything. The hope for the future subsides to a dulling ache keeping you going every day.

You stare at the television knowing you are wasting your life, but are incapable to get off the couch and get outside.

Yet, you keep going. Why is this?

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Jason Saint on Bobby Heenan

Shitload of Wrestling’s and manager Jason Saint reflected on the passing of Bobby Heenan.

“Ya listen to me, you’ll go to the top! You don’t listen to me, you’re never heard from again!”

He was a pioneer of professional wrestling mouthpieces. He could do it all, from wrestling to managing to commentary to interviews and everything between. He took relatively unknown wrestlers and turned them into legendary fixtures in only a few minutes. He could turn a nation of millions on someone they loved simply by shaking their hand. Although it’s been a long time coming as he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002, nobody expected the legend to go home, but as of September 17th, 2017, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was taken from this world.

Although people generally despised Heenan, when the man spoke, the people listened. His one-liners were legendary, and his vouching for anyone meant that said wrestler was someone to keep an eye out for. Bobby Heenan began his career in wrestling in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1961, managing Angelo Poffo (father of Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo). As time went on, Heenan became a fixture that fans loved to hate in the AWA where he began managing Ray “The Crippler” Stevens and the legendary Nick Bockwinkel. During a feud with Dick The Bruiser, Heenan was insulted by The Bruiser and called a “weasel”, a nickname that would stick throughout the rest of his career. In 1975, Heenan managed Bockwinkel to his first AWA World Heavyweight Championship.

After leaving the AWA in 1984, Heenan traveled to New York City where he began working for the WWF. It was there that he managed Big John Studd, Ken Patera, Buddy Rose, Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, The Brainbusters, Rick Rude, Harley Race, The Islanders, Hercules, The Barbarian, Mr. Perfect, The Brooklyn Brawler, and of course, Andre The Giant. Heenan led Andre to the ring in what may have been the most famous match of the 1980s at WrestleMania 3, where Andre was bodyslammed by Hulk Hogan.

When a professional wrestler aligned themselves with “The Brain”, their career took off, as the world’s greatest wrestling manager made them a star by talking them up while everyone else fought to get a word in edgewise. It was his career as a manager that made it so easy for “The Brain” to work as a commentator, teaming with Gorilla Monsoon in a beloved duo that fans adored. Heenan also worked as a commentator for WCW from 1994 until 2001.

Bobby had a certain air about him that fans loved to detest. When he stood from his chair at ringside, fans came alive to alert the ref that “The Brain” was about to cheat. When he would hear a smattering of fans chanting ‘Weasel! Weasel!’, Bobby would simply turn his head, and with that, the rest of the fans would join in, chanting against the manager. Bobby’s legacy stands as a personality that fans of all ages will remember forever, both as a manager and as a hero to so many wrestlers, commentators, and managers for years to come. With his family around him, Bobby passed away at the age of 73, and if the way that several wrestlers and wrestling fans are honoring him on social media is any indication, he’ll never, ever be forgotten.

Gerges and Brestovac square off for first time in GLORY 45 co-main

From Glory Kickboxing

Hesdy Gerges hasn’t had the kind of competition this year that he would have wanted. Two cancelled fights with Chi Lewis-Parry meant that thus far, his only fight of 2017 was a decision win over Tomas Hron at GLORY 41 HOLLAND in May.

Hron’s conservative fighting style meant Gerges couldn’t put on the kind of fight that he likes to, but at GLORY 45 AMSTERDAM later this month he will be able to do that because he is fighting Mladen Brestovac.

The tall, powerful Brestovac is a Croatian southpaw who, like his countryman and training partner Mirko ‘CroCop’, is deadly with the left kick and always looking to finish his fights inside the distance.

Brestovac too has had a slower 2017 than he would have liked. He defended the heavyweight title of Croatian promotion FFC in April but hasn’t competed since. This fight will be his first GLORY bout of the year.

It means that both of these heavyweights are entering the ring extremely hungry to make an impression with their performance, get the win and remind fellow GLORY heavyweights of their presence.

Gerges is the higher ranked of the two, currently occupying the #6 slot, while Brestovac sits just inside the top ten at #9. A win for Brestovac would move him up the ranking and Gerges risks a slide in position if he cannot secure the win for himself.

On paper the two are quite evenly matched: Brestovac is, for a change, the slightly shorter fighter at 6’5” (198cm) versus 6’6” (200cm) for Gerges, though he does tend to weigh a little more than Gerges on fight night. Neither differential is likely to be of any significance on fight night.

Both have faced #1-ranked Benjamin Adegbuyi in GLORY and suffered losses on both occasions. Gerges took Adegbuyi to decision twice while Brestovac was stopped on the first occasion and went the distance on the second.

Unusually for fighters of this level in this weight class, this will be the first time that the two have fought. A first-time encounter between seasoned professional heavyweights is always an interesting event and, as with any heavyweight encounter, things can end in an instant.

GLORY 45: Zouggary and Glunder tipped to stage ‘Fight of the Year’ contender

From Glory World Series

Dynamic featherweights Zakaria “ZZ” Zouggary (29-3-1, 15 KO’s) and Massaro “The Project” Glunder (30-9-4, 20 KO’s) are set to meet at GLORY 45 AMSTERDAM in what is being tipped as a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.

Zougarry already likely has one ‘Fight of the Year’ nomination to his name. He debuted against Turkish veteran Yetkin Ozkul at GLORY 41 in a thrilling three-round fight which won plaudits from fans and fight media alike.

Glunder’s route into GLORY was no less spectacular.

He entered the GLORY 42 PARIS Lightweight Contender Tournament on 48 hours’ notice and stopped tournament favorite Niclas Larsen in the semi-finals before dropping a close decision to his own team mate Christian Baya in the final.

The performance earned Glunder a contract from GLORY to fight in the featherweight division, which is his preferred competition weight and where most of his fights have taken place.

In fact he only entered the lightweight tournament in Paris because with it being at such short notice, he was already walking around at the lightweight limit and thus had no problems making weight.

Zougarry trains and fights out of Team Souwer, headed by two-time K-1 MAX champion and four-time Shootboxing world champion Andy Souwer. GLORY lightweight Josh Jauncey is also a member of the team.

Glunder trains at Mike’s Gym, under eponymous head coach Mike Passenier, where he numbers GLORY welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart and former GLORY featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk among his training partners.

Glory Sports International, the parent company of GLORY World Series, is dedicated to placing world championship level kickboxing, or martial arts stand-up fighting, on a major platform before a global audience, and to producing match-ups between the top fighters on the planet.

GLORY World Series is where martial arts athletes, highly skilled in a wide array of combat disciplines, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira, converge under one set of rules to determine who reigns supreme in the ring.

The world’s premier kickboxing league, GLORY World Series maintains six different weight classes. Fights take place both as single matches between two fighters (known as ‘superfights’) and as part of tournaments.

Four-man tournaments are the standard, with eight-man tournaments also staged on occasion.

The tournaments take one of two forms: either they are World Championship Tournaments, with the division‘s world title on the line, or they are ‘Contender’ tournaments, with the winner earning a spot in the next upcoming World Championship Tournaments.

Wise words from Daniel Cormier about Jon Jones

I was scrolling through Facebook when I found this message from UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier regarding the recent situation with Jon Jones. For folks who may have not remembered, at UFC 214 Jones finished Cormier in the third round to regain the UFC light heavyweight title. The victory was overturned after Jones tested positive for steroids. The UFC stripped Jones of his title and reinstated Cormier as the light heavyweight champion.

Below are Cormier’s words from his Facebook, I just broke it up into paragraphs.

Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in. You never know what’s gonna come your way. You try and handle it the best way you can.

One thing that has been amazing is the support from you the fans. I have never felt so much love. It’s crazy because this all happened when I lost. Guys now I call upon you to take a breathe, lay off of Jones. Let him and his team figure out what’s going on and what happened. I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love.

After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion. Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let’s respect that. You don’t show ur support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for ur unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come thru again.

These are wise words from Cormier about the situation and props to him for not only showing compassion to Jones – these are the same two men who got into a fight during a press conference – but asking his fans to lay off his rival as well. I’ve seen many fans who will harass and bully other fighters because they’re rivals with their favorite athlete and they believe their actions are supporting their champion, when it reality makes them look like a jerk.

It takes wisdom to ask your followers to back off your opponent. I wish more fighters would do that. I’m not saying we all have to hold hands and sing, but at least show respect to all athletes. Jones has a family, like Cormier, and is going through a roller coaster in trying to piece his life back together. He’s fighting a battle most fans – especially those who are harassing him – don’t understand or haven’t experienced. His actions may have upset others, but I don’t think people should be wasting so much energy on harassing Jones if his actions haven’t hurt their lives.

I’ll be honest, Jones hasn’t done anything to negatively impact my life since he’s been fighting. Most MMA fighters don’t, unless it’s cost me a beer or two. I’ve rolled my eyes at stuff he’s said and done, but I’ve wished ill will upon him. In expressing my disappointment, I’ve always wanted him to get back on the straight and narrow because he does have a family and his actions affect their lives.

It’s like that old saying, everyone is fighting a battle others cannot see.

As a fan of Cormier’s, it was great to see this pop up on my news feed.