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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

I'm now in The Library of Congress, National Archives

From  American Folklife Center

AFC's Independent Professional Wrestlers in Central Appalachia collection is online!

In 2019, folklorist Delainey Bowers received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center to document the occupational folklore and work-related culture of independent professional wrestlers working the sports and entertainment circuit in the central Appalachian region. Bowers notes that “from chokeslams to powerbombs, face paint to feather boas, independent professional wrestling is teeming with occupational folklore that celebrates athleticism, technique, and personal triumph.” The 12 wrestlers interviewed for this collection discuss their work, their training, and their relationship with their competitors and their fans. The collection consists of audio interviews accompanied by documentary photographs. Find it all at the link!


Library of Congress AFC Appalachian Wrestling




Saturday, December 18, 2021

Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Champion Stan Sierra talks about Dec. 26 in Kingsport

Southern States Wrestling Sunday Dec. 26, 7PM Model City Event Center 201 E Center St. Kingsport, TN. For the first time ever The Southern States Wrestling  Champion vs. The Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Champion. Both Ray Idol and Stan Sierra put their Titles on the line. Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Champion Stan Sierra has words for Ray Idol. 

Please bring canned food items for Hunger First of Kingsport




Friday, December 17, 2021

Southern States Wrestling returns to Kingsport, TN Sunday Dec. 26

 




News about my health

 


I'm going to try to make this as fast and easy as I can. If you listen to my podcast you already know but I'm going to try to give the cliff notes here. Since I've had so many questions. 

I've always heard stress is a killer. I truly believe that and fully understand that now. 2020/2021 has been the roughest time of my life no doubt. 

In late spring of this year I went to have my yearly physical to renew my wrestling licenses. During the check of my vitals the nurse said my blood pressure was up. I told her I'm not surprised I've never had high blood pressure but I've been under a lot. I was then told my heart rate was accelerated. 

When the doctor came in to check me he was concerned. I had an EKG. I was then ask when I thought I might have had a heart attack? I said well August or September of last year. Explaining why I thought that. I explained the stress that I had been under with my mother's passing, several dear friends passing, shut down of all our live events, separation followed by the divorce I didn't want. 

I was also facing the passing of another dear friend Mike DiMuzio. The next day the plan was for me to go to Pennsylvania and see Mike in his last hours. I was told to make an appointment with my primary care doctor and have them set up an appointment with a cardiologist. I set the appointment up the first thing the next morning. Then I headed to Pennsylvania. 

I made it into Virginia and I found myself having some major issues. I ended up in the hospital. I found out on top of the heart I had other health issues that had to be faced head-on right now. They ran me through the ringer of every kind of test you can imagine. Mike died while I was in the hospital.

I saw my doctor two days after I got home. Was put on several medications and set up with the cardiologist. More testing was done more with more medications. Come to find out it was worse then we thought in the beginning. 

I was told not to be wrestling, remove all stress, rest, and take care of myself. Well I'm stubborn and I'm a gypsy. I had a handful of bookings through the summer. I thought if I could do a town or two a month, be in the ring with people that will take care of me, and spend time on the road which is my home it'll help my mental state. 

I've lived my professional life on television, the internet, podcast, and in front of live audiences. My private life has been that my private life. Very few people knew what was going on. Even fewer knew how severe it was. 

I made the towns that I give my word earlier in the year when I took the bookings that I would be there. Thank God for my nephew Jake and my wrestling son Wayne Adkins. They got me there they took care of me they got me home. I fulfilled my dates and walked off into the sunset. 

In early fall I made a couple of trips to Louisville and one to the Memphis area. Not wrestling just helping somebody that I helped train learn the road. The road is my home I thought well if I'm not wrestling, I'm just driving, sitting in the car and the arena I'll be alright. These trips took a toll on me like never before. 

I knew I can no longer do this either. Not at least until I get healthy. The last cardiologist visit a few weeks ago I was told I need surgery. I need a heart procedure before the surgery to see how severe of surgery and what they're exactly going to have to do. 

That procedure and surgery will be coming in January. I wanted to get through Christmas. I was looking forward to the annual S.S.W. Christmas event. It's an event to help my mother's favorite charity. We didn't get to do it last year and it killed me. 

I realized I'm not even going to be able to put this thing together, do the work to promote it that needs to be done and to set up and tear down all that goes into doing a live event. 

My nephew Jake stepped up and said I'll take care of it. He then got with several wrestlers. They all agreed to not only do the event for Hunger First but to make it a night for me. A night to help me in many ways. I will forever be thankful to them. A special thank you to the World Fighting Showcase for all they've done this year and what they're doing to make sure this event happens. 

The event will take place Sunday December 26th 7:00 p.m. at The Model City Event Center in downtown Kingsport Tennessee. The card will be announced tonight on the official Southern States Wrestling page. If you're in the area I hope to see you there. I'll be sitting ringside with Waylon watching. 

I have a road of uncertainty in front of me. I don't know how long the recovery time is going to be. I don't know what I'm going to be able to do after it. But I'm going to fight to get healthy. I want to see Waylon and Aubrey grow up. I want to be a part of their lives. 

If you believe in the power of prayer as I do. I ask you to pray for me. If you can support the event on December 26th that's wonderful. 

If you would like to maybe help me in another way. Think about subscribing to the Southern States Wrestling Network or my patreon. Looking for a Christmas gift for a wrestling fan? Buy one of my books on Amazon. Please know any and all support will be greatly appreciate it. 

Thank you for your time, your thoughts, your prayers. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons.

Don't forget to check out my Podcast

 You can find my Podcast here https://www.patreon.com/kingofkingsport


My latest episodes 


Episode 25 - Memories of A Superstar Part 1

This episode is taken from the DVD series I did with Bill Dundee a few years ago. We talk about his childhood n Scotland and how he discovered pro wrestling. Moving to Australia and how he got started in wrestling. How did Jim Barnette change wrestling down under? How did Bill and George Barnes get booked in America? Memphis Wrestling from 1975 to 1980. Why did Bill and his wife agree to have their heads shaved? Plus memories of Jerry Jarrett, Jerry Lawler, The Fullers, Nick Gulas, Tommy Rich, Big Bad John and many more!


Episode 26 - The life, career, and friendship of Jimmy Valiant

Jimmy Valiant has had a life and career second to none. On this episode I walk you through it as his 7 decade career comes to and end. You will hear from Jimmy as well. Do you know how he got started in wrestling? Who gave him the name Jimmy Valiant? Who came up with the "Boogie Woogie Man"? Did you know he had a music career? All of this and much more!


Episode 27 - "Bad Reputation" Memories of a Superstar pt 2

On this episode we continue with Bill Dundee through his career. Here we talk 1983 and 84 Memphis, Chattanooga, Georgia, and Mid South. Bill talks about his first heel turn. Going to work for Ole Anderson and why that failed. Going to work for Bill Watts and why it was such a success. How did he put his crew together? What did he think of Jim Cornette early on? All of this and much more! 


Episode 28 - Life, Near Death, and Future?

I celebrate my 33 years of life in pro wrestling. Tell you about the health issues I've been battling for the last year plus. And update you on where I'm headed in treatment and recovery. 


Episode 29 - "Bill said that not me"

In the final part of our Memories of A Superstar Series Bill "Superstar" Dundee talks returning to Memphis after Mid-South, Fuller's USA, Continental, USWA Dallas, and WCW. Bill shares his first impressions of Jeff Jarrett, the Undertaker, Steve Austin, and others. We also talk how he broke his son Jamie into wrestling and more!

New episodes of The Best of S.S.W.


We are getting caught up on episodes of The Best of S.S.W. here is the two latest episodes. We have two more coming this weekend. If you have not already please subscribe to the S.S.W. YouTube Channel 






Saturday, June 12, 2021

Check out my podcast if you have not already

Two new episodes of my podcast dropped recently click the link patreon.com/kingofkingsport

Episode 20 - It Takes all Kinds On this episode I share some crazy stories of over 3 decades in wrestling. What happens when the building you are wrestling in catches on fire? How do you lose the tip of your finger in the dressing room? How do you lose part of your tongue in a wrestling match? Where is the worst bathrooms? What towns will I not go back to? All of this and more! 

Episode 21 - The Rabbit On this episode I talk my return to the ring and future as a wrestler. I recap my weekend with Ray Wylie Hubbard. I get my old date book out and we take a deep dive into my month that was May 1996.