Jay Cal’s View #158

What is going on at Finest City Wrestling? Thanks for all the positive responses to some of our new articles, standby we should have more coming, thanks to the some more additions to the SCU Staff. We also have news regarding the 2014 SCU Year End Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions. Plus updates with the United Wrestling Network, a New Rosas Report, and this weeks upcoming wrestling events.  

Gus, FCW’s promoter reached out to me after this article was published and explained he is “resolving the issuse.

Finest City Wrestling Accused of Not Paying Talent
Some stories I hate reporting on. I prefer to be a fountain and not a drain. But you can’t ignore a story about talent not being paid, it’s bush league, really the farthest thing from professional I can think of. Alexander Hammerstone took to Social Media to accuse Gus of Finest City Wrestling of not paying talent, saying its been seventy five days and he’s failed to pay Hammerstone. I have heard from sources wishing to remain anonymous, that they too haven’t been paid. Equally disturbing is some of the talent being agreed to pay in weed. I know I’m a bit of a square and I really don’t care about those who use marijuana recreationally, let alone medicinally, but this is pretty pathetic. Not only for the promoter, but also the talent. Why would I bother paying you, if I know I can get off the hook by giving you a couple of nuggs? (Did I say that right?) If I was working in Southern California, I definitely wouldn’t be working for someone who stiffed my contemporaries. But it’s just like the same people who used to keep going back to DJ Medina, if you’re willing to give the guy a second chance then you deserve to get burned. And just because he hasn’t burned you yet, doesn’t mean he won’t. Quite honestly, this is a bigger topic that I haven’t really touched on. But when those who make up the scene in Southern California quit treating it like a business, it stops being a business. Period. If these allegations are true, I won’t be supporting anything to do with FCW, until I hear they’ve made things correct with those who are owed money. If you aren’t going to act professional then you are basically a backyard. And SoCal doesn’t need anymore of those.

New and Returning Contributors to SCU
As some of you have noticed that we’ve had some familiar faces return to contributing to SoCalUNCENSORED as well as some new faces emerging to help contribute to the past, present, and future of Southern California Professional Wrestling. Steve recently wrote about the Biggest Match in Southern California History, Roy wrote about Vampiro’s debut match in Los Angeles, Andrew has been reviewing matches, and next week we’ll have a new contributor writing about the state of women’s wrestling. As we embark on our 15 year in existence, we are continuing to look for new contributors. If you think you have the chops to join our staff, please message me at the address at the end of this week’s Jay Cal’s View.

End of the Year Award and Hall of Fame Nominations
The nomination period for the 2015 Southern California will be closing Monday Night at Midnight. Any nominations sent via email, text, message board post, carrier pigeons, sky writing, what have you will be disqualified. Scratch that, if you can get a carrier pigeon to send me your nomination, I’ll include it. Otherwise, get your nominations now or forever remain silent. We’ve got a great list coming together including the Wrestlers of the Month of 2014 (which included a few tag teams) and Match of the Month’s listed on the Nomination Post. Also if you are so inclined to see who’ve won the previous awards, we’ve made post on the message board (until a proper page can be made on the website) than you can visit here.

Steve Bryant who moderates the Southern California Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame opened up the nomination process to induct some new blood into the hall in 2016. We’ve recently updated a few members of the Hall with inductions by Steve, Rock Rims, and more. Make sure you visit the Hall of Fame to see some of the biggest names in Southern California History.

New Champions
Congrats to all the new champions at NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling, SoCal Crazy defeated Rik Luxury to become the Interim Vendetta Heavyweight Champion. Also the Von Dooms (Cyanide & Vintage Dragon) def. the Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro), Midnight Delight (Billy Blade & Richie Slade) and the Ballard Brothers (Shane and Shannon) to beceome the new NWA Western States Tag Team Champions. At SoCal Pro Wrestling, “Uptown” Andy Brown and Adrian Quest ended the Tag Title reign of The Wildsiders (Dark Usaski & Andre Machevski) to become dual tag team champions, along with the EWF Tag Titles. Ju Dizz also defeated Joe Gamble in a Loser Leaves Town Match, to send Gamble out of SoCal Pro and out of Oceanside.

United Wrestling Network
Congratulations goes out to “Mr. Azucar” Rocky Romero who won the Percy Pringle III Cup on January 10th at the Oceanview Pavilion. Romero bested “Mr. Main Event” James Morgan, Eric Watts, and Vermin’s Kevin Martenson to win the Cup. The last two previous winners defeated the incumbent Hollywood Heritage Champion once gaining the Cup. It should be noted that Avalon has already defended the Heritage Title against Romero successfully. Also Romero can cash the championship match against any champion at any time, remember Ricky Mandel used his clause to face Scorpio Sky who had already wrestled a match and then attacked by Vermin. This will be an interesting development for the CWFH TV Program.

The reach for CWFH Television continues to grow with clearance Nationally by YouToo America (airing Saturday’s at 9PM, as well as locally KDOC-TV on Saturday Afternoon’s at 4PM and Nationally affiliated on WFBD-TV in Pensacola Florida Saturday 1PM EST, Time Warner Sports in Kansas City Missouri Monday Nights at 8PM, WVVH-CD on Cablevision 78 in New York Saturday Midnight, with more clearance to be announced soon in California.

The United Wrestling Network Streaming Service Powered by Patreon recently updated to include two of the newest Episodes of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. Episode 238, which aired on December 12th featured Hobo getting his shot at Bateman with Jarek 1:20. Vermin’s Kevin Martenson with YUMA facing JR Kratos. “The American Kaiju” Devin Sparks faced Leo Blaze. The Main Event saw the CWFH Hollywood Heritage Tag Team Champions Timothy Thatcher and Drew Gulak taking defending against Cold Cold War. Episode 239, which aired on December 19th featured TNA’s Eli Drake taking on Leo Blaze. The Rebel Renegades squared off against Los Primos Rivera. Sasha Darevko took on Rookie Sensation Douglas James. The Main Event was a Hollywood Heritage Championship Match pitting Rocky Romero against the champion “Pretty” Peter Avalon.

Ray Rosas Report
I really enjoy listening to the Rosas Report, which is usually posted on Wednesday afternoon. Ray runs down the results of the shows from last weeks show and also runs down this weeks card. Ray also takes a moment to reflect on his time in MWF, where he went from Ray Rose to Ray Rosas. He also talks about the Year End Awards and makes the case of who he thinks should win the awards. Ray is teaching with UEW Monday Night’s 7:30-9:30.  Aspiring wrestlers, make sure you check it out.  And if you’re a fan of the podcast tweet @RayRRRRosas and tell him.  Use the hashtag #RosasReport

Upcoming SoCal Events
AOW Live in Twentynine Palms, Saturday January 16 @ 4:00 PM
Lucha Underground in Boyle Heights, Saturday January 16 @ 4:00 PM
OCCW presents “Turf War” in Los Alamitos, Saturday January 16 @ 5:00 PM
Puroresu Lucha Libre: Los Mejores Luchadores de Los Angeles Saturday January 16 @ 7:00 PM
MWF Lucha Libre in Los Angeles, Saturday January 16 @ 8:00 PM
Lucha Underground in Boyle Heights, Sunday January 17 @ 4:00 PM

The views and opinions expressed in Jay Cal’s View are those solely of the author.  These views do not necessarily reflect the views of the website.  As always please email Jay Cal with any questions, comments, or concern.