You probably know me. My name is Jason. What you know about me is that I am the front man for Neon Cobra. You might even know me as the host of “Holy Smokes: The Podcast” Heck, you might even know me as Rhyme Ninja. Hey! You might even know me as a guy who used to be a professional wrestler and was terrible at it. Damn, you might even know me as a current referee for Inspire Pro Wrestling. Another thing, you probably know about me is that I love professional wrestling. I have been quietly working with a collection of people to launch a website called The Great Wrestling Debate. As you can probably guess, it is a website about wrestling. It’s not only that, it’s also a PODCAST about wrestling. I’d like to tell you about the people involved at the ground level with me.
Jon F. Levendusky - My best friend and my worst enemy. Jon was the first friend I made in high school that actually liked wrestling as much as I did. The first time we bonded was over a heated EWR discussion. If you don’t know what that is, google it. It’s fucking nerdy, and he’s the first person I ever met in real life that played it. Jon is a very opinionated motherfucker and the fact he is involved in this project excites me to no end. Jon is the cohost of the Great Wrestling Debate podcast, and he’s a fucking prick. Also, I love him. He recently moved to Austin, and I couldn’t be happier.
Mike Mercury – Mike is the man solely responsible for helping me break into the wrestling business. He has done a lot in this business. He is a promoter. A trainer. A former wrestler. Mike had 60+ consecutive weeks of television with his first wrestling promotion, Allstar Championship Wrestling (ACW). Mike is responsible for training people you’ve probably heard of. Most notably, Ken Anderson and Silas Young. Mike is one of the most important people I’ve ever met in my entire life. He brought me into the wrestling business and taught me more about life than anyone I’ve ever encountered. Except for maybe my parents. Mike is still in the business as he currently runs Triple Threat Wrestling. He’s wise beyond his years and I love him dearly.
Angelo Stefano – Or, Chad Bonin if you’re nasty. Stefano was one of the most revolting and obnoxious characters from previously mentioned ACW. I was exposed to him at a young age, and the graphic image of him half naked getting beat up by a woman will never escape my memory. When I was in the business Chad seemed to have immediately taken a liking to me, and I did the same to him. He even became my manager when I turned heel against my tag partner. Despite the age difference, Chad never held it over my head that he is older and wiser. Since the day I met him he has been critical of me and also incredibly supportive. He cheers me on every chance he gets. Chad is also the first person in the wrestling business to tell me he loves me. Chad is currently a stand up comedian and a fucking prick.
Dr. Awkward (DJ) – I’m going to be brutally honest here. I have never actually met or introduced myself to DJ in person. DJ was the drummer for a band called IfIHadAHiFi when I was in High School. I am 100% certain he does not remember ME specifically, but I loved his band. I found out DJ was a wrestling fan one night in Milwaukee when I was wrestling. I was pitted against Milwaukee favorite Dysfunction and the action spilled onto the floor. Dys chopped me with the fury of 1000 suns and fell into the lap of Dr. Awakward. I marked out. Years have passed and I stumbled across DJ’s blog under unfortunate circumstances. We had lost a mutual friend too soon, and DJ wrote a beautiful piece about our fallen comrade. I poked around DJ’s blog for a while and discovered that he had been writing at length about professional wrestling. I looked him up on Facebook and shot him my proposal. Now, he is part of the team. He’s still actively kicking ass in Milwaukee on the music scene and he’s also the announcer for Milwaukee Roller Derby. I don’t know him well enough to call him a prick.
Matt Clinkscales – Matt is a sweetheart. I met Matt when I was guest on his podcast called “Meta Vendetta.” The show is about Independent Video Game Music. It is, in my opinion without a doubt the most SPECIFIC podcast on the planet. I went in knowing absolutely nothing, and had a great time. Matt is a god damn gentlemen and also a professional wrestling fan. If he can write and talk about wrestling half as passionately as he talks about video game music (which I know he can) he is going to be a great edition to the team.
SO that’s that These are all the idiots that have gotten into to this project on the ground level. Please take the time to check it out by clicking the cool photo below. Also, there will be more Holy Smokes podcasts coming very soon!