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Monday, June 27, 2022

Last call for DVDs and Book Sale coming

If you have not heard already July 4th I will be removing the DVDs for my website. DVDs have became a thing of the past for some. It's very time consuming and I have a lot of other things going on in my life right now. So if you've ever thought about ordering any DVDs this is the last call. If you have ordered in the last couple of weeks I am caught up and everything is going out in the mail a couple of packages at a time this week. 

I will be having a big book sale shortly here on my website. I just ordered a couple cases of books from my Publisher. Once I get worded they are shipped I'll start the sale. For the many of you who have asked me about when my next book is coming out. I'm going through writing the last draft of the third book about my life in wrestling "It Ain't What it Once Was and Neither Am I". Let me tell you just living the last few chapters of this book has about killed me. 

Coming Later tonight Episode 35 of my Patreon Podcast

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Five years ago yesterday. After some well-thought-out emails, tweets, and conversation to the right people. A story ran on wrestler "Progressive Liberal" Daniel Richards. Within a matter of hours of this first story that ran with mistakes in it. He was everywhere. I sent emails to correct the mistakes in the first story. Two get a second story. I've heard of going viral but until it happens to you, you have no idea. 

That day I went from playing with Waylon to being on the phone with HBO, Sports Illustrated, BBC America and all four national broadcast news companies. Over the next few days Dan's picture ran in thousands of  newspapers across the World. My name was mentioned in most of the stories. 

Everywhere we went for the next few weeks we had National media coverage. Heck  we had National TV crews following us around. Everyone except CNN treated us like royalty. Every time we thought the 15 minutes was over something else came along. 

It's amazing how this story took off. I knew it could get a little bit of publicity. I had no idea that it would go viral not only Nationwide but Worldwide. Media came from Norway, Germany and Japan. It proved to me everything that I have thought and said about the media, politics, and TV being a complete work is the truth. Not one single media Outlet reported the story as it should have been reported. They all reported it to fit their agenda. Even after they were corrected over and over by me and Dan. 

My thought for the day is this if a hillbilly wrestler from the hills of East Tennessee and his friend can create such a media storm that made such news. How twisted and turned are the news stories that are being given/created by people with money and power? Wake up America!

The best part of the entire deal was the journey with Dan. The one thing that they did get right in every story is mine and his friendship.

I'm recording the next episode of my podcast in a few minutes. It will be out later tonight. I'll discuss the "Progressive Liberal" Daniel Richards and our wild ride of national and international news 5 years ago. What did the media get right? What did they get wrong? Who was easy to work with? Who was not? How long did our 15 minutes last? 

Our Big S.S.W. Double Header Returns July 9! Plus AMW July 3

For the first time in 2 1/2 years I will be wrestling in Kingsport and for the first time in 3 years I will be wrestling in Gray. All of this takes place on Saturday July 9th. Southern States Wrestling doubleheader day. 2 big FREE events! Also at both events FREE food, drinks, games, bounces houses, and much more! Fireworks in Gray at dark. Bring your family and tell your neighbors. I hope to see you there. 

Also I will be wrestling Sunday July 3 in Caolrun Village (Pikeville), KY for Appalachian Mountain Wrestling at the BIG Independence Festival. This is also a FREE event!

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.