Jay Cal’s View #146

Make sure you get out to the Wrestling Guy Store this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Besides getting autographs and photo ops make sure you visit the store.  Talk to the guys.  Most importantly, buy something.  Anything.  There aren’t many institutions in Southern California that actually feed the wrestling fan base.  Show them that they’re needed with the almighty dollar.  Thanks!

A Fundraiser for the Wrestling Guys Store
This week the Wrestling Guys pull out all the stops to save the Wrestling Guy Store, including autograph signings and photo ops with Alpha Omega Woman’s Champion and Internet Darling Lufisto, Lucha Underground’s Melissa Santos, former WWE Diva Melina, and some of the UEW talent.  The Wrestling Guy Store started off as a vendor at a swapmeet.  They’ve been serving SoCal since 2005.  They sell a myriad of merchandise from WWE and Lucha Underground apparel to action figures, JR’s Beef Jerky, trading cards, glasses, and more memorabilia.  It also offers unique fan experiences; hosting autograph sessions and photo ops with some of the top wrestling stars of now and yesteryear.  Besides offering a niche market to wrestling fans, the Wrestling Guys also have a really entertaining podcast.  If you’re in need of some figures or any kind of WWE related merchandise, please come out to support the Wrestling Guy Store this weekend.  Their shop offers a lot for the Southern California fanbase, go show them that they are needed by making a purchase this weekend.  Don’t just go get an autograph/photo with the ladies, go buy a John Cena T-Shirt or an Undertaker Figure.  I really hope that this weekend’s efforts keep the Wrestling Guy Store open.

Now I wouldn’t say I’m against the spirit of crowd funding, I’m certainly disappointed in the way it’s being used by people within the wrestling industry.  Most recently former NWA Womans Champion Barbi Hayden recently created a gofundme account with the title of “Chasing Her Dreams.”  She’s already raised $985 of her $3,500 goal.  Her goal is to relocate to Florida in hopes of landing a spot in TNA, WWE, etc.  You ever want something so bad you can taste it.  This is your passion; this is what you have chosen to do in life.  And you want it more than anything.  So, you start a go fund me campaign and hope others will finance your dreams.  Not exactly what I would call doing whatever the F It takes, to be successful.  To me this is the antithesis of hustle.  Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana, Joey Ryan, Raze, Yuma, Ryan Kidd, you know what they all have in common, besides wrestling.  Hustle.  They hustle.  They’ve cultivated their fan base.  They interact with their fan base, but most importantly, they market to their fan base.  Toys, T-Shirts, Slap Bracelets, 8×10 Glossies, Pins, Hankies, whatever it is… they are doing business.  I’d be more inclined to help someone chasing their dreams if they’re selling me a t-shirt.  If you have a fan base, use your fan base.  Asking for handouts seems bush league.  I respect the hustle.  I support the hustle.  Barbi Hayden has wrestled for the NWA, WSU, ROH, in 13 states as well as Canada, Mexico, and China.  She has a fan base.  I’m all for everyone chasing their dream, I just feel like if you’re really chasing it, you aren’t asking for handouts.  If you disagree, leave a comment on the bottom and let me know.

News and Notes
For the past 3 weeks I’ve been completing a News and Notes for the anticipation of the second season of Lucha Underground and for the short tour of Wonder World Ring Stardom USA Have you enjoyed them? Do you think they should be separate from the weekly Jay Cal’s View? Leave a comment telling me what you think.

United Wrestling Network
Back on track, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood are up at the Patreon Streaming Service for the UWN. Episode 231 that aired Saturday the 17th which saw; the debuts of the Rebel Renegades, John B and Neil Black who faced off against each other.  Also Big Duke taking on Eric Watts, United Wrestling Network Television Title Match: “Main Event” James Morgan (champion) vs. Douglas James, and in the Main Event “Pretty” Peter Avalon teamed with a Mystery Partner to take on Vermin members Ryan Taylor and Kevin Martenson.  Did you know if you miss the KDOC-TV airing at 4PM on Saturdays that you can catch the YouToo America (from computers not mobile devices) 9PM, Pacific. Outside of SoCal you can see the show in Kansas City on Time Warner Sports Mondays at 8:00PM and starting Sunday October 25, CWFH can be seen on WFBD-TV Channel 48 Pensacola, FL at 1:00PM.  If you’re going to Hell in a Cell this weekend make sure you look for the CWFH Street Team as they’re handing out one of a kind unique CWFH News Papers.  Lastly CWFH will return to the Oceanview Pavilion on Sunday November 8th for the next round of Television Taping.

Upcoming Events in SoCal
Meet Lucha Underground’s Melissa Santos in Huntington Park, Friday October 23 @ 7:00 PM
Hell in a Cell Improv feat: WWE’s Dolph Ziggler, Friday October 23 @ 7:00 PM
Meet Lucha Underground’s Catrina at Frank & Son’s in City of Industry, Saturday October 24 @ 11:00 AM
Meet Wrestling Legend Kurt Angle in City of Industry, Saturday October 24 @ 12:00 PM
Meet Former WWE Diva Champion Melina & UEW stars in Huntington Park, Saturday October 24 @ 12:00 PM
AOW Live in 29 Palms, Saturday October 24 @ 4:00 PM
LWP Lucha Libre in Los Angeles, Saturday October 24 @ 7:00 PM
Knokx Pro “Tales of Knokxtober” in Sun Valley, Saturday October 24 @ 7:00 PM
Desert Wrestling Entertainment in Brawley, Saturday October 24 @ 7:00 PM
Pro Wrestling Seminar Hosted by Scorpio Sky and Liron “The Icon” Wilson in Rosemead, Sunday October 25 @ 1:00 PM
Freakshow Wrestling at Long Beach Zombie Walk in LBC, Sunday Oct. 25 @ 2:30 PM
WWE “Hell in a Cell” in Los Angeles, Sunday October 25 @ 4:00 PM
FMLL Lucha Libre in El Monte, Sunday October 25 @ 5:00 PM
…and next week’s early shows…
WWE Monday Night Raw in San Diego, Monday October 26 @ 4:00 PM
LUCHA VaVOOM “Mexican Horror Story” in Los Angeles, Wednesday October 28 @ 8:00 PM
LUCHA VaVOOM “Mexican Horror Story” in Los Angeles, Thursday October 29 @ 8:00 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.