INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
December 10th, 2012 * #24

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Apologize for the gap in updates. . . the little bit of "free time" I was expected after our anniversary event in September was engulfed by HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS and ROAD TO THE GOLD December 29th, 2012. . . I don't think I've ever been busier as I've expanded my studio schedule to four or five days a week. . . proud to say that we've produced 50 original videos in 80 days. . . that's a lot of hard work, my friend. . .

Hot topics. . .

ROAD TO THE GOLD is inching up on us, less than three weeks away, Saturday, December 29th from the Everett, MA Rec Center.  Looking forward to working with the good people of Everett who know their wrestling.  Carlito and The Boogeyman headline this all star night of wrestling, but I can't stress to you how good the 12 man competition to earn a shot into the main event of SOUL SURVIVOR IX is going to be.  I put it in writing, I've verbally said it.  When you take these dozen outstanding, unique athletes in put them into a forum where they won't even know their opponents until the night of the event when we do a blind draw prior to the doors opening, anything can and will happen.  Our WWE WrestleMania 27 Undertaker / HHH "main event" raffle combo is the coolest giveaway we've ever done, and plan to announce more this week.  If you place your order for VIP Packages by December 18th, you'll receive a FREE autographed Paul Bearer Christmas card for gift giving or to keep for yourself.  Regional professional wrestling needs your help and support fans.  We strive to give you the best value in professional wrestling. . .

Our Thanksgiving special had a SOUL SURVIVOR IX:  Destined For Greatness shocker in there.  MWF President Paul Bearer all but needs to be there March 9th at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, but the return of Goldust, who we haven't seen since SOUL SURVIVOR II, is a jaw dropper to anyone that knows his history with us.  Honestly, if the Prez did not give this the green light, it likely would not have happened. I have a great deal of respect for the golden one, both what he's done in his career as well as the personal demons he's overcome in his real life (which is far more important than pro wrestling). At the same time, his past indiscretions are something that should be considered and apologized for, not blown off as history despite the number of people that lost out in the process. I'll leave it at that. I believe he adds some major league sizzle to SS9 and you'd be crazy to miss out on it!!  Like RTTG December 29th, VIP Packages and event tickets are on-sale now and make for tremendous holiday gifts. The VIP Package is only going to go up in price as we announce more featured superstars, so do yourself a favor and save some cash. I still think it's insane that some fans were able to get an all inclusive VIP Package to our anniversary event for only $40 if they purchased them early enough, that's absolutely insane. . .

HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS continues all month long here in the MWF.  You'll be able catch the entire program with WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, Paul Bearer, myself, Al Snow's sidekick Quincy, even jolly ol' Saint Nick right here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  It was a fun night similar to Halloween as we never knew when the proverbial trick or treaters were going to show up to meet Ron.  Even though the live event is behind us, the work continues all month long online and eBay where you can get some tremendous deals to help out great non-profits. Whether you keep these items for yourself or give them as holiday gifts, you can't lose. We're not asking for a financial donation, just for you to pick up some great stuff and help at the same time. . . our Facebook page will have updates (hopefully) daily with that days items and more are constantly being added. . .

Our December MWF TV programs are both online for your viewing pleasure.  On Cyberstarz, have a hell of a main event between "Hurricane" John Walters and Julian Starr of the new look Uprising.  Elia Markopoulos is out to prove TNA wrong by not offering him a contract when he takes on MWF original & ECW veteran Little Guido.  Beau Douglas looks to end his neverending losing streak against "Playboy" Jimmy James.  On the Superstar Zone, myself and the President take a look back at 2012 and have an interview with the "Playboy" who took President Bearer's comments to "be ready" to a whole new level. . .

We will be having a Christmas special once again this year. . . on Christmas. . . .

Have to take a moment and put over an athlete that has yet to debut here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation, that being Rich Swann. He's been making quite the name for himself throughout the United States amongst die hard fans. He's competed all over the world;  Japan, Mexico (where he's headed today, I believe), Germany, Ireland, etc.  On Tuesday, he did a "media day" at MWF Studios and I enjoyed the day. . . it happens a few days out of the year, believe it or not. It was a nice, stress free way to do something different with our roster. I have a great deal of respect for Rich for coming all the way from Philadelphia when some can't take 15 minutes to drive to the studio (oh, more to come on that).  He enters the lions den on December 29th, maybe not the best way to make his debut, but, as stated in an interview that's been uploading for the better part of eight hours as I type this, he wants to compete with the best. . . welcome. . .

After a nervous morning, happy to report that "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed is 100% OK after the earthquake in Japan.  I was happy to make contact with him early that day.  Even though Scotty's been one to drive me insane at times, he's one of "my guys" in the roster I've helped build and care about his life far beyond wrestling.  Reed's current two month Japan swing is a perfect example of having the drive you need in this sport.  Never flew before, yet on his birthday flew all the way to Tokyo by himself.  Missed Thanksgiving with his family.  During his first trip out of the country, there's an earthquake in a country devastated by one in early 2011.  Doesn't arrive back home until a couple of days before Christmas.  I'm not convinced that he doesn't come from Mars (or Melmac for fans of ALF) but he took advantage of a great opportunity presented to him and for that, I'm very proud of him. . .

Finally, "the heat."  My December 4th post on my personal Facebook account (follow along, it's fun) apparently, for lack of a better term, pissed some people off.  Some not even in the MWF.  And to that I say, too bad.  As noted in this column, I sincerely care about the guys on our roster, it's a team I helped build.  I want each and everyone of them to be as successful as humanly possible, but there are far too many that go about things the wrong way outside of the ring when it comes to simple things as event and branding promotion.  WWE needs to start to develop a handbook for guys who aspire to work there to read so they have some concept as to what the hell the sport entails beyond the bell to bell.  We have some great athletes on our roster that can have some great matches, but so many are lacking the knowledge they NEED it to the next level, sign their six figure major league contract and truly become a PROFESSIONAL wrestler.  Anyone can learn wrestling moves, but it's a complete package.  What started to get me hot first of all was President Bearer, a man who's spent close to 40 years in the sport making millions of dollars while guiding Undertaker and Kane to World Championships and also worked behind the scenes as a talent scout (signing John Cena), gave up a day of his life in September to work with young talent, review their matches, interviews, etc., and there was next to nobody there.  Another opportunity presented itself to the roster last Sunday with WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, and NO ONE from the active roster came down.  Seriously.  I think it's pathetic to be honest.  Anyone that passes up an opportunity to learn from guys like this that want to do this for the rest of their lives are headed down the wrong path.  It's not like this was a "seminar" where we were charging people to attend, the only thing this cost was someone's time.  It was an insult to both Bearer and Simmons, and I personally take the blame for it because, again, it's a roster I mostly put together.  What the hell did these people have to do on those Sunday's that prevented them from bettering their careers and make them valuable ticket sellers to a professional wrestling organization??  Watch football??  Tweet??  "Spend time with their girlfriends"??  Those GF's won't likely be around for the long haul, so that's a stupid decision in and of itself.  What about posting photos of meals on social media??  Chit chatting about the Walking Dead (actually a really good show, but. . .)??  As noted, it's one thing to be a great athlete. . . it's another to be a good wrestler. . . but it's a whole different ball game to be a PROFESSIONAL wrestler, and I don't know who the hell out there is teaching it.  Killer Kowalski is no longer with us, God rest his soul.  Being a pretend cop or security guard on Raw isn't a career highlight to publicize.  Back in "the good old days," it was frowned upon to hype the fact you appeared as enhancement talent on WWF television because when it came time for you to be a "star" locally, you were looked at as a NOBODY. If you doubt what I'm saying, for the love of God, please save up your money, go to Harley Race's school, Lance Storm, Booker T, SOMEBODY that made it in the business and try to learn from them. . . I'll take the bullets for the good of the sport, it needs it. . .bad. . .

Best,
Dan


"Slow it down" - Eddie Sharkey, Las Vegas, June 9th, 2006

"It's sad what's become of our business. . .when we started, we had to earn the right to be in the ring" -- Tito Santana, being interviewed by Les Thatcher January 15th, 2008

"It is much easier to get in the wrestling business than it was when I started.  One reason it's easier is that there's so many wrestling schools and independent promotions out there.  It really doesn't take a lot of courage to go pay a wrestling school for some lessons.  Of course, the odds of anyone learning much there and on the independent circuit is almost nil, because the people running these schools aren't qualified to teach and the chance of advancing one's career is exponentially downgraded as  well."    - Dutch Mantell, "The World According To Dutch"

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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 13th, 2012 * #23

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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13 years ago today, we lost "the best". . .the "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble, a man I think about often, wondering how he would have adapted (or have attempted to change) today's local wrestling. . . what he would think at the maybe sincere but ultimately piss poor attempt at keeping his name or promotion alive with some of the worst "talent" eyes have ever seen and helped the continued misguided effort in turning fans off to local wrestling. . . hell, there might not even be a Millennium Wrestling Federation if that day never came. . .

It began with a bang on October 23rd, 1993. . . it ended with a 6AM phone call that left me speechless.  After Tony's services, I didn't attend another wake for nine years as I'll never forget the disgust I felt watching Tony's "friends" trying to pull a power play to run his promotion just feet from his lifeless body. . . some of "the boys" marking out looking for work when Tommy Dreamer and Tazz showed up. . .

Until taking part in the NWA fiasco, 500 fans was generally considered a bad night. . . in Gloucester, MA, two days after WWE's FleetCenter (TD Garden) debut (which was the second event - ever - in that new venue), we drew over 3,000 fans with Kevin Sullivan who was both wrestling and part of the creative team for WCW, fresh off shaving off Hulk Hogan's moustache. . . nowadays, most would sell their mothers soul to the devil to draw 500 fans. . .

An admitted terrible wrestler, Tony went on to manage, commentate, produce television and work in creative for the ICW.  He did some work with them in Puerto Rico, where he became good friends with the Bushwhackers.  The BBB had a brief stint in ECW and in later years was their CT promoter (oh, the stories from those nights!!).  He competed in the 1996 WCW World War III 60 Man Battle Royal wearing a Drew Bledsoe jersey.  The man was smart enough to have Kevin come in while playing a huge part of WCW, then as WWE took over the ratings war, Jim Cornette while he both managed in-ring and was part of the creative.  What a better experience for the regional guys.  Guys that got jobs.  Guys that got six figure jobs.  They took advantage of opportunity, they didn't expect it because they went to wrestling school two or three nights a week like it was a social club. . .

It was old school. . . if you helped sell tickets, you were paid.  Makes sense to the real world, again, not self entitled "paydays" to guys that whore themselves out everywhere and anywhere, de-valuing themselves in the process.  Tony was lucky enough to have Pat Doyle make the CWA come to life with his weekly Mass Madness program (yes, yes, I remember The Jackal from it, too, just like everyone else).  Unlike other failed attempts at producing "TV" in local markets in paying for it, Tony paid absolutely $0 for our run on WNDS.  The Jackal vividly made the action come to life in a way you didn't even have to watch the screen to know what was going on.  Rich Palladino worked the crowd like a fiddle even two decades ago. The wrestlers cared, they wanted the events to succeed so they'd have a platform to perform their craft on in front of people that could help their careers. . . nowadays, you can't even get half the crew to the building on time. . .

Tony, how would you have adapted to the transformation of the business into Little League Baseball, where anyone and everyone can be a part of it now if the plop down a few hundred dollars at a "school" instead of guys that paid their dues and EARNED their way onto events?? A crew that couldn't properly copy and paste event information onto their precious social media accounts to help get fans to the venue to earn their precious paydays??  Guys that won't come down to the studio on a Sunday because it's "girlfriend day," wasting time with people they won't likely be with in six months when they could be helping their careers??  Perry Saturn and John Kronus were there almost weekly trying to perfect their verbal game. . .

You continue to be missed, everyday.  While others latch onto the work you created, I'd like to think your spirit is here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation, as you know we work damn hard, each and everyday of our lives, to do it the right way instead of the easy way.  I hope you are proud of our efforts, because it's based off of the model you created. . . continue to RIP. . . I miss you, friend. . .

It was seven years ago today that Eddie Guerrero passed away.  The night before, we had Paul Bearer Appreciation Night in Braintree, MA, and en route to dinner after the event we talked of Tony's death in the car ride back home. . . little did we know what we'd wake up to the next morning.  I remember texting the President that Sunday morning as he was traveling home from Boston. . .

Deep in thought. . .

Have really enjoyed producing the MWF Xtra web episodes . . .life is so much easier without deadlines, time constraints, etc.  I have a lot of ideas that I'd like to incorporate into it.  If you haven't done so yet, check out the three unique editions online now. . .

HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS with 2012 WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons Sunday, December 2nd at MWF Studios in Melrose, MA continues to get better and better, it's going to be a great event where professional wrestling gives back to the community.  So many fun options to meet and interact with Ron (even more to be announced as I have my thinking cap on).  I'm beginning to sort through all of the items we'll have to buy and bid on and get them up online.  In addition to being able to meet the former world champion, get free autographs from Paul Bearer and John Cena Sr., even get Santa Claus to leave the North Pole for a few hours to come to Melrose, you know it's a big deal.  Best of all, it's toy drives, food pantrys and others that will benefit financially.  In the MWF, we care, plain and simple.  As noted, if this event is a success from a financial and charitable point of view, we're very open to doing more individual meet & greets with superstars you know and love. . . other than the pressure to deliver for the non-profits, I can't begin to describe to you how less stressful it is than a live wrestling event. . . .

Live wrestling??  Give the holiday gift that keeps on giving, that being VIP Packages to ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, December 29th at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, MA.  Multi-time WWE US, IC and Tag Team Champion Carlito and the wild Boogeyman are ready for action as well as the pre-event meet & greet.  We're lining up what is going to be a white hot 12 man competition for one athlete to win their way into the main event at SOUL SURVIVOR IX.  There will be some big time prizes in the charity auctions and raffles (check out the "main event" for our Everett debut!!).  What a way to end 2012. . . on paper, I can say in my heart of hearts you'll regret missing this one if you love professional wrestling. . .

SOUL SURVIVOR IX shocker!!  We came to terms with someone I never, ever expected to be at an MWF event this past week that we will announce when tickets go on-sale to our March 9th extravaganza Thanksgiving (or this coming Sunday to MWF Superfans that were at the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH in September). . .

The holidays can be busy, but don't miss our Thanksgiving special next Thursday (obviously).  We'll talk ROAD TO THE GOLD with the list of superstars in the 12 man RTTG competition and the latest news.  As VIP Packages and tickets go on-sale for SOUL SURVIVOR IX, we'll be announcing at least two featured superstars.  We don't know what it means to have a holiday off in the MWF, we hope you'll kick back, relax and join us.  Whether it's helping out charity at HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS December 2nd in Melrose, a night of surprises at ROAD TO THE GOLD December 29th in Everett and / or the big one SOUL SURVIVOR IX:  Destined For Greatness March 9th at "home" in Melrose, give the gift that keeps on giving - tickets to live events that are 100% interactive where you won't just see the stars but meet the superstars up close and personal.  Memories that will last a lifetime instead of a sweater that will be worn once or a toy that loses it's luster after a couple of days.  We're going to have some cool giveaways to go along with tickets for you to present as a gift as long as you order by December 18th to make sure it reaches you in time for Christmas.  Right now, while it may be the calm before the storm, there are a lot of positive vibes in the MWF. . . be part of it. . .

Since I never know when I'll have the chance to update this column, hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving next week. . .

Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
November 7th, 2012 * #22

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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A chill is in the air, and it isn't the President. . . November is here. . .

VIP Packages and tickets are on-sale to ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, December 29th at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, MA.  Carlito & The Boogeyman join us for our Rec Center debut, and we're in the process of figuring out which 12 athletes will take part in the RTTG competition where one athlete will win their way into the main event of SOUL SURVIVOR IX March 9th.  12 men fight it out in six singles matches with each winner advancing to a sudden death 6-pack challenge match.  I'm really looking forward to this event, I think fans are going to get more than they bargain for.  With the cost of airline tickets that week, I sure hope so.  Interested to see which athletes want it, who's going to put their heart and soul into it. . . not a weekend warrior, someone brainwashed into thinking they "paid their dues" because they got to be a pretend security guard on Raw or Smackdown.  We want athletes ready to go balls to the wall to enhance their career, their value to the Millennium Wrestling Federation and their value to themselves.  Its not an easy road.  I've been doing this the right way, the hard way, for over 19 years and I still feel I owe the business. . . man up. . .

I've come up with a tremendous main event raffle item, something different than we've done before.  Still waiting to get the OK to announce it but it's big time. . .

Spoke to 2012 WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons / Faarooq today.  He's very excited about his return to the Boston area for HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS Sunday, December 2nd at MWF Studios in Melrose, MA as we continue our efforts to show the world the good professional wrestling can do.  A new, detailed outline of the day for fans with us in person as well as those joining us on TV / online has been posted.  So many great bonus "thank you's," so much positive work we can do for those that need it.  I expect this one to go down as one of the most special days in Millennium Wrestling Federation history.  Ron is going through his personal collection looking for an item(s) he can bring along to add to our auctions December 2nd. . .

SOUL SURVIVOR IX:  Destined For Greatness VIP Packages & tickets go on-sale Thanksgiving as well.  We're planning on a video special on what once was the biggest night of the year for the sport.  With so much being announced for RTTG 12/29 along with SS9, it's a must.  Once you watch that, you'll say "who needs Black Friday??"  Don't be out at 3AM to save $10 on a sweater someone will wear a couple times, give them nights filled with memories that they'll never forget.  Our VIP Packages are, without a doubt, the best value in professional wrestling. . .

Interesting talent developments in the SS9 area as discussed in the event BLOG.  One superstar I was looking forward to be with us live may not be because of the "me" attitude I cannot stand.  It's about the fans, plain and simple.  Have had other great discussions with a superstar that would be making his MWF debut if it comes to fruition.  Had another "surprise" this afternoon about a return that would be really exciting, as well.  The superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow are coming. . .

MWF Xtra returns tomorrow in a new platform.  Xtra was the first MWF television program ever, a half hour show that ran weekly for 57 consecutive weeks.  It was ultimately replaced by Ultra but had a return engagement.  This go around, it's going to be an almost "special report" type webcast.  No timelines / deadlines, it's going to be focused on important issues and situations.  Our regular MWF Newsline videos will continue, as well. . .

Both November TV programs are online.  Cyberstarz is a blockbuster with "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed taking on "Stalker" Dylan Kage with Ron Simmons as the outside the ring enforcer.  Jay Freddie is out for revenge against Slyck Wagner Brown.  It's a hot half hour, believe me.  On the Superstar Zone, President Bearer joins me in-studio once again to talk the latest MWF news.  Two great shows to kick off a big month as we wrap up a huge year!!  After watching them, if you think that's something, wait until December. . .

There was some sort of scheduling issue with MWF South and their November 17th event has been postponed.  Had a voicemail left for me this afternoon that there will be events in the great state of North Carolina in February and April (possibly March, as well).  Will hopefully have more in my next column. . .

Very proud of Scott Reed, making his maiden voyage to Japan this week.  He's worked very hard at his craft and is beginning to make a name for himself outside of the northeast.  Scott will be there appx. two months and wish him a great amount of success. . . hope they don't keep him for good. . .

Frankie Arion has written an autobiography of sorts. . . while he's a relative newcomer to the MWF, I'm really looking forward to reading it.  He has a very unique personality and a story to tell.  I believe it's released on Amazon December 21st. . .

Speaking of books, I had six different wrestling books arrive this week to read and review. . . some of you may know I've done a lot of work with a variety of publishers that release wrestling titles but this is going to be a task to get done by my target date of November 30th. . . keeps life interesting. . . I've expanded my studio schedule to four days per week now, expect to get a lot more done but limits time in other areas of the gig (i.e. putting together quality, interactive live events). . .


Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 25th, 2012 * #21

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . . thanks for coming on by. . .

Big news of the week is that both Carlito and The Boogeyman will be returning for MWF ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, December 29th at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, MA.  In addition to these two huge superstars coming to town, we're going to have the RTTG competition to see who will earn a spot in the main event at SOUL SURVIVOR IX March 9th in Melrose.  VIP Packages and event tickets go on-sale on Halloween, but, for our MWF Superfans whose email addresses we have from our anniversary event last month, you'll receive a special email link this coming Sunday to have first crack at VIP's.  As has been the case with our past couple of events, seating is reserved, so the sooner you make your purchase, the closer you'll be to the entrance way and the action!!  Great holiday gift as we continue to try to give fans the best value in professional wrestling. . .

I've been working on a few non-MWF related wrestling projects of late. . . despite this being my third child, I have a lot of interests beyond the Millennium Wrestling Federation, but in one instance, it could spice up HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS December 2nd at MWF Studios as 2012 WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons / Faarooq comes to town as we attempt to help Santa Claus both in-person along with special televised and online options to help some great causes.  Complete info and various ticket options can be found on the event page.  If I'm able to pull off what I'm working away on, I'll be a happy man. . .

Negotiations / discussions continue for SOUL SURVIVOR IX:  Destined For Greatness.  Two superstars have already confirmed for the big one at Memorial Hall March 9th and we're closing in on a third.  As noted, forget about Black Friday!!  Give the gift that keeps on giving - MWF live event tickets!!  VIP Packages go on-sale Thanksgiving (and a special pre-sale offer to our MWF Superfans from September emailed on November 18th).  We're working several bonuses for our great fans that purchase tickets in advance and help the cause.  Help us give you the best wrestling in the northeast. . .

Really enjoyed both of our October television programs and on paper November's are going to be even stronger.  On Cyberstarz, we'll have two must-see, heated battles between "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed -vs- "Stalker" Dylan Kage with Ron Simmons as the guest enforcer at ringside, as well as Jay Freddie and Slyck Wagner Brown going at it.  That's my kind of wrestling.  On the Superstar Zone, I'll be joined once again by President Paul Bearer to discuss the latest in the MWF.  I'm not sure if our big Thanksgiving ROAD TO THE GOLD reveal is going to be a half hour holiday special or an extended MWF Newsline video. . .

More behind the scenes drama that caused a lot of stress and worry over the past week or so, one that caught me by surprise. . .by now I should never be surprised, but, you really never know in the king of sports.  Luckily, everything worked out to a degree, so it's water under the bridge, but there were a few days where things could have rocked our foundation. . . I really need a vacation for a couple days to recharge the batteries. . .

Hard to believe my 19th anniversary in this great sport was this past Tuesday, the 23rd.  Never envisioned I'd be "celebrating" it watching Quincy put on quite a show at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence (tuxedo and all) prior to the Smackdown / Main Event tapings.  Many thanks to WWE for the hospitality.  I'm a big fan of the Main Event program Wednesday night on Ion TV, it reminds me of a modern day version of the old school Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC in the 1980's.  Each year I have a lot of memories when anniversary time rolls around. . . I'll probably come up with a monster column next year for the 20th (if I last that long).  If it wasn't for "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble and his Century Wrestling Alliance kicking it off on that day when I was a freshman in high school, along with Pat Doyle and The Jackal helping open that door up for a hard working kid with big dreams, who knows if there would be an MWF today??  Imagine if I never met the Iron Sheik for the first time that day (that thought crosses my mind often).  I will always be grateful to the people mentiond here for giving me a chance to live my dream, for better or worse, for almost two decades.  I hope my work ethic and passion for the business had made them proud. . .

Sleep has not been on my side since our 11th anniversary event now a little over a month ago.  I believe I've had two quality nights of R&R since.  With my various physical ailments and the constant medications I have to take, maybe my body clock might be out of whack, I don't know.  I don't know what's worse, dealing with the lowlife scum from insurance company's or some of the headaches that go along with this gig.  I've decided to use my Facebook to vent a little about health related stuff I won't bore wrestling fans with online.  Many people with injuries, illness, disabilities, etc., choose not to discuss it, whether it be that they're tired of hearing about it / being questioned about it, embarassed by it, etc.  Everytime I'm out, I feel like I'm asked "what happened," which can be looked at as an invasion of privacy or that someone cares.  I usually respond by treating my personal situation with 100% respect and give the individual the book length version so they're not likely to ask again. . .

That zombie like trance I get into when I'm too tired to sleep is starting to hit and I have a long day ahead at MWF Studios.  Join us on all forms of MWF media as it's going to be a big November!!

Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 14th, 2012 * #20

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Quiet, early Sunday morning edition of Inside The MWF. . .still trying to figure out why this is the only page on the entire site that doesn't have an event banner at the top (Dan Luck). . .

What looked like a long, hard worked SOUL SURVIVOR IX campaign leading into the big one Saturday, March 9th at Memorial Hall. . .is still going to be a long, hard worked SS9 campaign leading into the big one Saturday, March 9th.  However, December is going to be as busy of a month here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation as it is for Santa Claus and his elves. . .

After speaking with the coast-to-coast traveling President Bearer this weekend, we'd both like to see HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS turn into some kind of an annual event.  Believe you me, there were zero plans of having Ron Simmons join us at MWF Studios in Melrose, MA for a meet & greet Sunday, December 2nd and opening portions of the event up to our great MWF Superfans, but that's what makes this so much fun.  A lot of fans were disappointed they weren't able to make our anniversary event last month because it was so close to WWE's PPV, so here's a chance to meet this 2012 WWE Hall of Famer as part of your holiday season.  Autographs, beautiful in-studio posed photos and a chance to tape interviews with Ron in a professional setting all at great prices.  There will be tons of rare, autographed and discounted items available to buy and bid on.  I'm working on an idea this week where a small gesture could lead to a really nice result. . . and even if you're not with us live in Melrose, you can still take part in the fun if you're in our television footprint in the Boston area as well as right here on BOSTONWRESTLING.com.  We've been asked about putting some of the items on eBay and have them end on December 2nd. . . a possibility, but honestly a pain because there's so many fees involved on the eBay and Paypal end - our goal is to help Santa get to all of the kids out there whether he can find them on his GPS or not, as well as other non-profits we work with. . .

MWF ROAD TO THE GOLD Saturday, December 29th in Everett, MA was something I was not expecting until getting out of the shower on Wednesday getting ready for MWF Studios. . . sometimes ideas and opportunities come together, and we're off to the races.  Tickets to RTTG will make a great holiday gift and be an exciting part of any kids holiday vacation (young or old).  I'm not 100% sure when we'll be releasing complete details on the event as we're still finalizing certain portions of it but it will be an event you won't want to miss. . . big night for the athletes on the roster as we head into 2013. . .

Remember. . ."Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving". . .

RTTG will be a nice escape from Melrose. . . I enjoy being able to produce exciting live events in our hometown and I like Memorial Hall, but there are so many headaches that go along with it being in a city where there's an "elite" few that believe Melrose is above wrestling. . . the battle began all the way back in 1999 when we were first putting the plans to create the MWF in motion and will make an interesting story for the book.  I was rather blunt post-September 22nd with city officials.  When you bring an event that benefits various aspects of the cities economy, give kids from various charities in and out of Melrose a free event along with another that is in tune with our Keep The Kids Off The Streets campaign, you'd think they'd go out of their way to work with us instead of coming up with more "fees". . .

With the studio closed on Columbus Day and so much happening Wednesday & Thursday with RTTG, didn't have a chance to catch up with Slyck Wagner Brown as planned. . .will hopefully do so this week as there's a lot to talk about. . .

I understand something is in the works for MWF South in North Carolina next month but as usual, there aren't many details as of yet. . . go get 'em, Johnny. . . haven't seen any long term planning other than an "inside job". . . maybe we'll be surprised, who knows??

As noted, both October MWF television programs are online for your viewing pleasure along with dozens of other episodes featuring the superstars & legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow. . .enjoy. . .


Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
October 7th, 2012 * #19

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Greetings fans. . . hope all is well in your world, wherever that may be. . .

Between my last column (see below) and the BBBB BLOG, lots of material was covered both for our 11th anniversary as well as the live events surrounding it. . . time to get started on the SOUL SURVIVOR IX BLOG sooner than later. . .

Both October MWF television programs are must see and already available online.  On Cyberstarz, "Straight Edge" Brian Fury and Al Snow clash in both a TV Title and grudge match.  Fury (the newest member of the Uprising) and Snow aren't the only two involved in this one.  In another one that came out of left field, we have an in-ring confrontation with President Bearer and "Stalker" Dylan Kage with another unexpected guest.  Throw in a special Halloween greeting from an old friend and you have a hell of a program. . .

Now that the Prez has opened a satellite office in the Boston area, he will be around more and joins me in-studio for the October MWF Superstar Zone where we discuss the latest MWF happenings in-depth.  Between a new, stronger Uprising, turmoil in the Trifecta, the Commissioner's issue, Cena / Kage's "inside job" and so much more. . .don't want to spoil it to much, but both shows are going out of your way to see as we lead to an even bigger November!!  This is the part of the Millennium Wrestling Federation I love and have a great passion for. . .

Lots of other newsworthy topics to discuss but perhaps the most important for the present and the future was the first in person meeting I had with Linda Mirade since the Carolina's issue, which feels like years.  To be blunt, it did not go well and felt like an hour and a half fight.  Our issues have been been discussed publicly as privately as possible (if that makes any sense). . . I've deleted many a comment with the little Mirade's having access to Google and technology of the future as they get older.   Some points valid, other seem to be out of spite. I'd say MWF North is going to have a new look. . . what the new look is remains to be seen, but it's going to be a tough one for sure. Was up for about 24 hours deep in thought. . .

Already some notables. . .Commissioner Von Johnson has been indefinitely suspended while the possibility of his information sharing with Cena Sr. / MWF South continues. . . Bull Montana says farewell at SOUL SURVIVOR IX, and he's not exactly happy about it. . . such is life.  I've known Bull over 19 years, he was an institution in Tony Rumble's Century Wrestling Alliance, but he needs talent that wants him as a manager if he's going to be out there. . . he needs to be on time, he eds to be able to be someone that you can communicate with.  If you can't, there's a lot of fresh bodies looking to walk in the door. . . that might be blunt as I'm still in a bad mood from last night's pow-wow, but there are a lot of people that are welcome to go out the door if they can't bring fans in it. . .

MWF HOLIDAY HEADLOCKS is shaping up to be a great event all around Sunday, December 2nd from MWF Studios.  I'll be joined by President Bearer, WWE 2012 Hall of Famer Ron Simmons / Faarooq and Al Snow's mascot / best friend Quincy as we raise cash for the cause, in trying to help Santa Claus reach some kids he has a hard time finding on his GPS as well as other non-profits we work with.  We have three special offers on the table for fans to be able to meet & interact with Ron;  autographs, beautiful posed studio photos with him, and a rare chance to actually make a video with him asking him a question, or making a statement that's "damn" powerful.  Should be a lot of fun, we'll have discounted WWE merchandise on-hand, lots of cool items up for grabs. . . lots of ideas on the table right now that we'll be announcing shortly.  On December 2nd, there's only one place to be, and that's MWF Studios in Melrose, MA for a chance to meet Ron Simmons in the most unique of ways.  Our online "telethon" of sorts will be live that night right here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM for fans from around the world to take part in.  Really cool, really looking forward to it. . .

MWF SOUL SURVIVOR IX VIP Packages go on-sale Thanksgiving.  If you were an MWF Superfan that was at our anniversary event September 22nd who purchased tickets on-line or registered their email address at the merchandise table during the event will be emailed a special link November 18th.  Remember, VIP's receive reserved seating, so the earlier you order, the closer your spot to the action will be. . .

Elia Markopoulos had a tremendous opportunity with TNA's Gut Check on 9/20 and 9/27, being able to have Al Snow see him first hand in Melrose 9/22.  At 18, the skies the limit for him. . . every major league wrestling promotion needs to stock the pond with young wrestlers ready to step up and take the spots of those whose careers are winding down.  Most MLB teams have four or five minor league / developmental teams underneath theme preparing for the future. . .lack of roster depth is a big issue no matter where you look. . .

Multi-time MWF Tag Team Champion Beau Douglas was extremely upset over "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed's video roaming New York City comparing Beau's recent matches and videos of them to bags of trash laying on the sidewalk.  I wouldn't exactly take it as a compliment, either, but at some point you have to look at the mirror and ask yourself what you might be doing wrong where not only has he not won a match in ions it appears his in-ring skills are declining.  What is it going to take to turn the ship around??  Drop Montana??  I've known Beau 15 years, he had a great amount of potential at one point that was never lived up to as far as going national, but, he's a veteran in New England at this point. . .

Expect an in-depth interview with two-time former MWF Heavyweight Champion "Slyck" Wagner Brown at some point this week. . .

We are planning some kind of holiday specials Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. . . not sure of the exact formats yet, but we love the holidays in the MWF if nothing else. . .

Baseball in October not the same without the Red Sox (again).  Making it nine times since 1995 spoils you when comparing it to the smaller market team. No one stands out to me this year (although I'm an Orioles fan for five games). I'd like to see it come down to Oakland and Washington. Thought Bobby Valentine got raked over the coals for things he had almost no control over (I know the feeling). Red Sox owed him another year for the garbage, Triple-A team they gave him for most of the year. . . surprised to see Terry Francona (who you could argue still belongs in Boston himself) take the Cleveland job even though he has a history with the organization. . . thought he would have held out for a higher profile gig instead of one that could be a rebuilding effort. . .

Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 28th, 2012 * #18

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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September 28th. . . outside of the little Mirade's birthday's, maybe the most important day of the year for me. . . lots of reflections and memories to go along with it. . .

Friday, September 28th, 2001. . . "the day."  The BIG BANG.  Wonderland Greyhound Park, a unique facility in Revere, MA that housed many ECW events over the years.  The Millennium Wrestling Federation.  The new kid on the block. . .a project that was going to start earlier until I got a gift from the wrestling God's.  In July 2001, the then-WWF let me know my services wouldn't be needed anymore following the TV tapings prior to the Invasion PPV, so wasting no time, we set this up. . .

The City of Melrose had stuck the knife in our back and twisted it - real good.  The debut of the MWF was supposed to take place far earlier than this, we were planning on having Edge as the headliner. . . and then the school canceled on us, as they didn't feel wrestling was appropriate for a system that started to charge kids for just about anything, from playing school sports to pencils.  Still hold a grudge over the self serving individuals who blocked what was a done deal at a time where a tidal wave of young kids overdosing and dying from drugs and alcohol began in "the bedroom community" of Melrose. . .

We booked Road Dogg and Jerry "The King" Lawler as our first two headliners.  Road Dogg had been released from WWE several months earlier due to "personal demons" (that description is getting old), Lawler had quit the company after his wife was fired.  We added WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka to give it a touch of the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble's CWA, along with Little Guido and Chris Chetti in honor of the ECW history in the building.  Slyck Wagner Brown was one of the first wrestlers signed to compete. 

The event was not without headaches.  There were "wrestling politics" being played over whose ring we were going to rent. . . not kidding. . . not wanting to upset someone important in the big picture, we had to switch rentals.  We weren't dealing with Wonderland itself, but one of the biggest scumbags I've ever met before in my life, a guy you'd cast as the prototype rasslin' promoter who had his own grappling promotion (a form of MMA, I believe).  Instead of a flat fee for the rental, he was raking us over the coals at what I learned was a high percentage compared to what Wonderland was getting. . . I "wondered" why they had anything to do with him since his grappling events would sometimes draw less than a dozen people (not an exaggeration). . .

The talent issues were an even bigger challenge.  Jerry Lawler had to bow out of the event due to some kind of hearing with Stacy "The Kat" Carter as they were in the middle of a divorce.  He wound up being replaced with his son Grandmaster Sexay, who was fresh off a run in WWE as part of Too Cool with Scotty Too Hotty.  We were going to bring up some of the NJ crew that Tony used to use but there was an injury on that front as well.  Scott Dickinson, best known as a WCW referee who I had known since 1993 when the CWA started, contacted me looking to ref and was happy to have him.  When he learned of the situation with the injuries, he booked two wrestlers for us. . . two non-contracted, independent wrestlers that happened to wrestle for another promotion, a "friend" who I was happy to give my time to when he ran. . . that was the beginning of the end with my pal Shell as even though he was more than welcome to pass out flyers, etc., in the venue for his candy, he thought we were trying to "steal" "his talent."  His talent.  As I've always said, if you want to play big time promoter and try to tell someone they can't work here or there, grow a set and offer to pay them for the night.  Most wrestlers simply want to wrestle because it's what they enjoy doing.  This talent theft was ridiculous and pathetic, just like the paranoid individual who claimed it was. . .

It was a cloudy day, I was nervous as hell.  Most of the day is a blur to me, and I have a pretty sharp memory for just about every event we've ever had.  I hated it taking place on a Friday but Wonderland had some kind of concert on Saturday's.  It was only a couple of weeks after 9/11 took place, for awhile I was worried people might not even be able to fly.  I wish I had some interesting story from the event itself, but I honestly don't remember.  The first match in MWF history featured two superstars now alligned today:  Slyck Wagner Brown defeated "Straight Edge" Brian Fury.  El Mascarado defeated The Widowmaker.  Nemesis destroyed "Big Shot" Ralph Lano.  "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka adjusted a light above the ring before hitting the Superfly splash on "Real Deal" Joel Davis.  Mike Steele beat Jamie Pain in a wild brawl all over the building.  Tiger Mulligan began his undefeated streak over Judas Young.  Road Dogg -vs- Little Guido didn't even get started before Chris Chetti got involved leading to a tag team match of "WWE vs ECW" as Road Dogg & Grandmaster Sexay defeated Guido & Chetti, then some of our younger fans got in the ring to dance. . .

Co-founder and now Chairman Neil Manolian came to me saying Jimmy Snuka didn't remember what he was supposed to get paid - he wasn't trying to hold us up for money, he just forgot.  Wonderland had a bar for fans to be able to get a drink that extended into the locker room. . . Road Dogg came up to me asking who was going to pay for all of the beers he had. . . "here we go," I thought, but he was just ribbing me. . . I ewish some of the situations with Road Dogg over the years were a joke but sadly weren't.  After the event, we went to our home away from home Kowloon, and that was that. . . long before VIP Packages, wild airport runs, all night hotel gatherings, Studio Sunday, etc., seven matches and off we went. . .

So much has happened in those eleven years.  I was speaking to a WWE Hall of Famer this morning about an ironic situation going on in my real life and it some of our history started to hit me.  We've really done some amazing things over the last decade-plus.  In 2001, I never imagined we'd do some of the things we'd go on to do both in and out of the MWF. . . having our continued outstanding relationship with WWE. . . of all people, putting together a movie premiere with WWE and Lionsgate where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would come in for a Q&A. . . assisting TNA during their first house show swing in what was a really fun four days. . . going to the WWE Hall of Fame, Las Vegas and Toronto with The Iron Sheik. . . projects with book publishers and video game company's. . . promotional work with JBL's energy drink company. . . as a 21 year old sitting at Wonderland, I never expected these things. . . believe me. . .

In August 1986, the first live event I ever attended at the old Boston Garden with Hulk Hogan & George "The Animal" Steele -vs- Randy "Macho Man" Savage & Adrian Adonis. . . the Sheik was on the card in a rare heel -vs- heel tag team match. . . Jake Roberts -vs- Ricky Steamboat. . . Bob Orton -vs- Tito Santana. . . funny how some of these people, along with other stars I watched at hundreds of other events in Boston and other venues around New England and the country as time went on, would impact what we do in the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  Did I ever think we'd run a fundraiser for Bushwhacker Butch after he almost died, using the money to buy a computer to do customer service work out of his home after he got a severe staff infection in his arm from a dirty ring??  Or that his friend Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart would steal $500 that he was supposed to use to sell us his frequent flyer miles to come in for the event and donate a leather Hart Foundation jacket, only to no-show because his area "ring rat" went away for Christmas??

Likewise, that we'd have a fundraiser to help "Superstar" Billy Graham when he was near death, an event that Arnold Schwarzenegger would get involved in?? Then have the event turn into the mother of all nightmares, first having ol' Shell play his game of trying to get talent to cancel appearing at the event. . . "someone" calling the local Wakefield newspaper claiming they were with the MWF and getting the paper to run a blurb saying the event was canceled, leading to the venue and police to think it wasn't happening. . . having to go to the man's home that ran the building to let him know we were there, waiting to get in. . . Grandmaster Sexay's kindness turning into attempted theft, as he was headed up to Maine for a live event but offered to stop in to the benefit to sign autographs, then upon arriving, wanted $1500. . . he was told to continue on to Maine. . . our old pal Road Dogg, fresh out of jail, who on one of the first episodes of MWF TV said he swore on his children would be at the event, claimed he couldn't get on the plane because there was alcohol on it. . . considering every corner store where he lives in FL sells booze, an unlikely story. . . and the cherry on the sundae was during a tag team match, the ring broke. . . the last time we ever did "hardcore" so to speak. . .

With the good comes the bad. . . Slyck, Fury, Rick Fuller, Beau Douglas, Dylan Kage, "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards, "Hurricane" John Walters, Todd Hanson and "Demon" Luis Ortiz all being with us for over a decade now.  I'll never forget the look on Todd's face when he learned on air that he would be facing King Kong Bundy in his hometown of Lynn, MA at an outstanding fundraiser we ran for a young child who needed a liver transplant. . . the succss of the Slyck / April Hunter / Dylan / Talia (Velvet Sky) feud. . . Tiger Mulligan's undefeated streak culminating with him winning the original SOUL SURVIVOR competition to become the first Millennium Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion while blowing out his knee in the process. . . Todd Hanson becoming the "King of Lynn" pinning former WWE IC Champion D-Lo Brown at the same event, beginning his SOUL SURVIVOR undefeated streak. . . Dylan Kage's unreal near four year run as MWF Champion. . .

The classic ladder match between Kage & Mulligan at SSII. . . Bull Montana winning the Tony Rumble Memorial Battle Royal. . . the first fanfest ever held in New England with Mick Foley, Road Warrior Animal, Goldust and others. . . Jimmy Hart stabbing us in the back with his lies and theft. . . the original, often immitated, never duplicated Iron Sheik Studio Shoot Interview, seen by over 1,250,000 fans online and heard by millions more on the Howard Stern Show. . . the nightmare that Al Snow calls "an adventure" that ultimately led to myself, Commissioner Von Johnson and the Sheik being blown up by a drunk driver on 495-N after the day from hell the Sheik created with his "medicine" issues. . . great events and success in Lynn. . . disappointment during the Moose Lodge era / "error" thanks to the guidance of another self serving individual. . . New Japan star Fergal Devitt competing here. . . Karl Lauer exposing some worthless scum's attempted sabotage of SOUL SURVIVOR III, then karma coming back to bite him the same week as his partner walked on him & he had to shut down his garbage for the first of about 30 times. . .the shocking return of Paul Bearer hooking up with Dylan Kage to form not one but two different versions of the Trifecta over the years. . . more knives in the back and theft from Jake Roberts and Billy Kidman. . . The Sandman almost killing himself during his pre-match introduction. . . one of the final matches of the late Missing Link, and how his book led to a personal revalation that was one of the most important things I've ever realized. . . the debut of that sleazebag John Cena Sr. . . Test being an ass the first time he was here, and later lying and trying to scam us. . . "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards going from a young green haired kid to the first ever MWF Television Champion to becoming one of the best professional wrestlers in the world. . . Todd Hanson & Beau Douglas becoming the first MWF Tag Team Champions, ultimately destroying Ox Baker's Army, and Hanson's brutal, bloody Lynn Street Fight where he crushed Gino Martino that took place, surprise, in the streets of Lynn. . .

Having Al Snow compete in the MWF and conduct seminars with our athletes while he was in charge of WWE's developmental program. . . Kofi Kingston wrestling here. . . the death of ex-President Franklin D. Churchill. . . worried I was going to be arrested in Toronto with the Iron Sheik Thanksgiving week when a cable TV program put us in a two bedroom suite where I was ready to jump out the window. . . Tommaso Ciampa looking like Benjamin Franklin before beating Edwards & AJ Styles in a triple threat match to become the MWF TV Champion and one of the elite athletes in the sport. . . Rikishi's debut in yet another crazy day in MWF history. . . the disappointment that we couldn't do the things we would have liked with future Tough Enough loser Luke Robinson. . . our partnership with the Special Olympics and great events we've had with them. . . personally being able to put my favorite tag team of all time back together again, Ax & Smash Demolition, when helping produce Canada's first fanfest the day of WrestleMania 23. . . TNA helping put together Road Dogg's return to the MWF. . . Boston's #1 radio host on KISS 108FM Jackson Blue joining the MWF and shocking New England by becoming one half of the tag team champions. . . ten victims of the MWF Stalker, who revealed himself as Dylan Kage at SSV. . . John Cena Sr. and Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton slugging it out as their sons John and Randy were at war in WWE. . . the athletes of TNA coming to the MWF and taking part in some action packed thrillers. . . "the Thanksgiving 2007" incident (see Al Snow & "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal). . . our NH debut. . . evolving our live events into a more interactive experience with fanfests and Q&A sessions. . . after being blackballed by ol' Shell from Good Times Emporium in Somerville, MA, the satisfaction of having the largest crowd in the venue's history the final weekend, being told by the staff we were the "good" wrestling promotion compared to the garbage drawing 50 people from the other guy. . . the satisfaction of fighting for eight years to get into Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, a venue that was losing tens of thousands of tax payer dollars per year, because they "didn't like" wrestling, and once we were able to secure a date, having the rate go sky high because of a "city scandal" and then the event falling on the same day as Brock Lesnar's UFC debut. . .

Todd Hanson being a warrior defending the championship nowhere near 100%. . . Brian Fury winning the MWF TV Championship from champion Jay Lethal, Slyck Wagner Brown and John Walters in a classic 30 minute Iron Man Match and holding the title going on four years facing the best competition in the northeast and beyond. . . JBL joining myself and ex-President John Cena Sr. via telephone from a WWE Raw event at Madison Square Garden Christmas weekend 2008 to announce he had purchased the Uprising facton, gutting it, leading to the longest reigning champion in Smackdown history to come to MWF Studios two months later for an in-depth interview and paying off the fines that led to Tommaso Ciampa's reinstatement as "The Million Dollar Investment," joining Slyck in beating Cena down in the loading docks. . . all of our memorable trips to the Cauliflower Alley Club reunions in Las Vegas, in 2009 myself and Cena forming a partnership with "Superstar" Billy Graham and Karl Lauer of the CAC to raise money to get the late Shiloh Pepin ("Mermaid Girl" from two Discovery Channel documentaries) to a summer camp for disabled children, along with taking the entire Pepin family to WWE Backlash in Providence. . . our Vegas debut with a special appearance with the Iron Sheik & the nonsense he caused at the airport. . . the special event we held for Shiloh that Graham hustled his way out of when he realized he wasn't going to share a room with a certain female wrestler. . . all of the good will in the building that day for Shiloh, including the debut of Awesome Kong and Slyck Wagner Brown winning the MWF Heavyweight Championship as the Uprising screwed white hot Scott Reed out of the gold in a six-pack challenge. . . Dylan Kage humiliating the late Franklin D. Churchill's family exposing that he had a child in a video he and Bearer somehow found in Churchill's belongings. . . the tremendous, state-of-the-art Studio Shoot Interview DVD series with the Sheik, Kamala, a WrestleMania I reunion, the Boogeyman, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Harley Race, a look back at the WWWF with "Duke of Dorchester" Pete Doherty. . . John Cena Sr.'s attempt at the Fabulous Women of Wrestling division. . .

Dylan Kage's insane videos leading to the resignation of Linda Mirade. . . the return of New England veteran "Candyman" Jerry Seavey. . . Terri Runnels con job and theft. . . the outstanding SOUL SURVIVOR VI featuring the Iron Sheik's final match, an event I almost missed because of my feet blowing out from CRPS. . . the original Doink The Clown Matt Borne debuted causing havoc for the life of Todd Hanson. . . the "events" in Everett, MA. . .Steve Austin & Jim Ross on MWF TV from Vegas. . . the Daniel Bryan saga that began with excitement over why he was coming to the MWF days after being fired from WWE  when he and Nexus brutalized his son, then Bryan's shocking return at SummerSlam 2010 forcing him to cancel his appearance - for the time being. . . Jim Ross helping us put together a deal where Bryan and Cena Sr. would announce that Shelton Benjamin would be taking his place after the 900th Raw in Boston. . . partnering with TGI Friday's restaurants for Make-A-Wish fundraisers with the Iron Sheik & John Cena Sr. . . the MWF's debut in North Carolina, an outstanding success that saw "War Hawk" Dylan Kage become the first MWF Southern Heavyweight Champion. . . "Demon" Luis Ortiz' return. . . having the WWE US Champion, TNA X-Division Champion and ROH Champion all competing at MWF ROAD TO THE GOLD - a first and something that will never happen again. . . Awesome Kong defeating J-Busta inside a steel cage in her final match before going to WWE as Kharma, an emotional moment with John Cena Sr. & Jay Lethal presenting her with flowers after the match. . .

The Millennium Wrestling Federation proudly hosting an event at the Boston Garden featuring John Cena Sr.'s contract signing for the Slyck Wagner Brown -vs- Shelton Benjamin championship match at SOUL SURVIVOR VII. . . the outstanding SS7 with Shelton winning the title, Kage beating Ortiz, Hanson going 7-0 at SS over Doink Matt Borne, Rick Fuller & Executioner Milonas winning the tag titles, X-Pac and Low Ki's MWF debuts. . . MWF Cyberstarz replacing Ultra as our flagship program, featuring Daniel Bryan -vs- Tommaso Ciampa and The Boogeyman -vs- Slyck Wagner Brown on the debut program in April 2011. . . the MWF's debut in RI. . . the MWF's CT debut with SWB regaining the championship from Shelton Benjamin, Jay Lethal's emotional tribute to "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and the vicious Fury / Ciampa Last Man Standing Match war. . . John Cena Sr. out as MWF President. . . the MWF being named Special Olympics Partners in 2011 and 2012. . . the MWF's tenth anniversary event. . . Cena Sr.'s plot to move the MWF to the Carolina's and shut down operations in New England. . . Low Ki winning the MWF Heavyweight Championship. . . Hanson and Ortiz suffering serious injuries. . . John Cena Sr. & Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue battling it out online. . . Ox Baker revealing that Franklin Churchill knew "something" about Cena. . . the passing of Sonny Yee. . . "Superstar of Sin" Scott Reed starting to lose his mind going to Madison Square Garden in NY preparing for SOUL SURVIVOR VIII. . . Cena throwing the MWF a curveball two days before SS8 stating it was an unsafe work environment for himself and Dylan Kage, leading to Kage getting out of his match with Finlay. . . SS8 itself, another blow away event, with Low Ki retaining the gold against Finlay, Slyck & Ciampa, a new side of Brian Fury defeating Carlito, Fuller & Milonas retaining over Bushwhacker Luke & Beau Douglas, Jay Freddie getting some revenge over Sonny Yee 2000 of the Uprising, Al Snow shutting the mouth of DJ Dubay, Reed defeating Julian Starr, Frankie Arion becoming an elimination machine in the In It To Win It Gauntlet, only to be shocked by Todd Hanson being a part of the match and hitting a Hanson Kick to pin Arion and win the title shot of his choosing, targeting Dylan Kage in his neck of the woods. . . the biggest twist of them all:  Paul Bearer whispering something in Cena Sr.'s ear, getting him to sign an executive order to let MWF North live on with Bearer as President with Cena running out of the building declaring an "uncivil war". . . Julian Starr's cocky new attitude after a string of losses. . . Bearer & myself mapping out plans for a new MWF North in Las Vegas at the CAC reunion, signing Big Daddy V to compete at our 11th anniversary event. . .

Efforts to help Kamala after he lost both of his legs, raising hundreds of dollars for him and working with WWE to get a replacement right leg for him, only to have him turn on us in one of the strangest situations in wrestling history. . . the MWF's tremendous anniversary event with Teddy Long, Ron Simmons, Viscera, the Boogeyman, Al Snow, the return of MWF original Little Gudio and President Bearer. . . Scott Reed being revealed as the man behind the camera catching John Cena Sr. & Dylan Kage plotting their NC "Inside Job" and plans to get rid of Bearer from NC as Kage's manager. . . Commissioner Von Johnson being ousted after eleven years with the company. . .

Giving up every Sunday of my life at MWF Studios, now expanding into three days a week.  No days off, no true vacations, an undying passion and love of the sport trying to give our great fans the best valu in professional wrestling with the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow. . . we might not be perfect, but we give it 150% each and everyday to give you a product and interactive experience you deserve as wrestling fans. . .

Maybe most important, the amount of charity work we've been able to do, raising tens of thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind gifts.  The Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers, veterans families groups, schools, rec centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, RAIIN, the Red Cross, Project Triangle, the Cauliflower Alley Club, JBL's Beyond Rugby Bermuda and so many others.  Having both of the little Mirade's at both events. . . memories of the oldest running around the locker room and buddying up with Al Snow, Jay Lethal and even Cena Sr. . . and just last week, "the baby" helping with some of the charity auctions and raffles, getting a sense of what it is we do along with being able to meet the wrestlers. . .memories and photos that will last a lifetime. . . .

How many stories am I forgetting??  How many can't I tell??  Eleven years of my life. . . in 2001, I was able bodied and enjoyed being fresh out of my teens, blessed to have been broken into the sport the correct way, the old school way, in 1993 when I was just 13 years old, something that's missing in today's "go to wrestling school and you're in" little league baseball mentality. . . John Walters wrote a tremendous poem sharing many of the same thoughts you can find on our Facebook. . . I'm disliked by many with my blunt opinions on what regional wrestling has turned into. . . "experts" are quick to respond with an insult, but as we continue to get the feedback we're looking for from the veterans of the sport, I know we continue to head in the right direction, building the house brick by brick. . . wrestling was here before us, it will be here after us, it deserves nothing but 100% respect, not be abused and violated like it has ever since the turn of the century or so. . .

We haven't slowed down for a second since our event last Saturday. . . there's so much going on in the MWF right now, it's crazy. . . look for more news, notes, announcements, action and excitement in the days and weeks to come. . .more than anything, from our roster of athletes, to our event staff to all of our great fans, thank you. . . to every person that loves this crazy sport as much as we do, raise your glass - this day is for you. . .


Best,
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
September 16th, 2012 * #17

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Stressed out with a stomach in knots on a quiet Sunday afternoon six days before "the day". . . wanted to post one more column before our 11th anniversary extravaganza this Saturday and had a couple of minutes (literally) to breathe before heading into Boston thanks to WWE. . .

It's hard to believe six months has turned into six days. . . places we've been, people we've met. . . it's been an interesting journey.  Everyone involved should be extremely proud of their efforts. . . I'm never satisfied unless the venue's full, but every fan in attendance will have a tremendous experience.  If you judge how the event is looking based on pre-sales, I expect a big turnout Saturday night. . . if comparing it to the ridiculous number in March, maybe not as high.  It's not as easy as looking at the number of visitors to the web-site ever since social media has come into play over the past few years (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, even that "dinosaur" MySpace). . .

I don't understand why more fans don't take advantage of the VIP Package.  We call it the best value in professional wrestling, and honestly, I'd love to see a better deal out there for what you get.  Even if you don't win a prize in the free bonus raffle, it's worth over $250. . . we're offering it for over 80% off that price through Tuesday night.  I understand that not everyone's an autograph collector to the extent they want an autograph or posed photo with everyone of the featured stars, but even if you're going to get one or two, you're still saving while getting tons more. . . if you're on the fence, go for it, you will not regret it. . . this is Paul Bearer's first event as President, you have to believe it's going to be a big one. . .

This weekend is as big for the athletes on the roster as it is for the fans in many ways.  For them to be able to compete with Smackdown consultant Teddy Long and TNA's executive director of talent relations Al Snow in the building is an AMAZING opportunity for all of our hungry young athletes.  The opportunity they have Sunday at MWF Studios is equally beneficial.  Will they seize the weekend or Tweet about wanting to watch football??  These are "game days" as President Bearer is going to be watching everyone and everything. . .big time. . . there was an article a few weeks ago about a roster shake-up. . .if that happens, I envision it will be soon after the BBBB. . . if my goal was to have a contract with WWE or TNA, I'd get my ass in gear for our anniversary weekend. . . not one human being scheduled to appear can ever say "I never got an opportunity". . . here it is. . . take it. . .

Both of our September TV programs are available online. . . very interesting to speak to both MWF TV Champion "Straight Edge" Brian Fury & Al Snow on th to get their thoughts on how and why their main event showdown September 22nd came to be. . . ditto on Jay Freddie and his issues with the Uprising.  On the Superstar Zone, Big Daddy V addresses "East Coast Cowboy" DJ Dubay running his big mouth, along with Ron Simmons thoughts on coming to the MWF. . .

If that wasn't enough for your viewing pleasure, we have a thirty minute BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Countdown show online that includes an exclusive interview with Teddy Long.  It's going to be very interesting to see what Teddy's thoughts and ideas are when he meets with President Bearer post-BBBB. . .

Fans that are in the house for ZERO TOLERANCE Saturday afternoon are going to be in for a real treat.  Some really exciting, action packed matches are being signed for this one. . .it won't have all the bells and whistles that the BBBB will later that night, but if you're a fan of professional wrestling, I think you'll enjoy this one - very much. . . Boogeyman will be making a special appearance as so many friends from a variety of local charities will be there. . . MWF veteran "Hurricane" John Walters will be competing exclusively at ZT along, will be a great time at fan friendly prices to help cover some of the ridiculous fees the city and venue keep throwing at us. . . love Memorial Hall, the fees get old when you look at where we're at compared to what we were told in 2008. . .

That scumbag John Cena Sr. will not be in Melrose. . . I'm not crying. . .

The raffles and auctions we're having at both event are awesome. . . awesome. . . we have MORE items that are going to be added this week that are enough to make Tupe slither. . . if you have a VIP Package, you're part of the free raffle that includes tons of Kofi Kingston autographed WWE promo photos and a WWE Armageddon 2007 PPV chair. . . Kofi's the man, many thanks to him, never mind what WWE's done for us over the past decade. . .

We'll be busy at MWF Studios this week, any late breaking news can be found in the BBBB BLOG (quite a history piece going back to the early spring). . . we should have a video update, along with Facebook and Twitter. . . spread the word fans, we need all the help we can get to present high quality events such as this. . . the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow look forward to meeting you Saturday!!

Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
August 27th, 2012 * #16

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . .

3:07AM as I begin writing this after another extremely long eight hour night at MWF Studios as the clock ticks closer and closer to our 11th anniversary Saturday, September 22nd. . . ZERO TOLERANCE, then the big one, the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH. . . many highlights and low lights on this journey, you can read the BBBB BLOG for a behind the scenes look at this event dating back to late March. . . one thing I've always tried to stress to people worried about "how many" events we have over the course of a year, etc.  It's about the quality, not the quantity.  There's plenty of piss poor wrestling out there that runs monthly that's an embarrassment to the term "professional wrestling," knock yourself out. . .

I'm in a bad mood as I write this but hate the fact I've fallen behind so much.  I wasted so much time this summer on that waste of life Kamala / James Harris (if you were busy this summer or lived under a rock and missed the explosive situation with that moron, click here), dealing with my never ending foot and now knee problems, this week got to have a sleepover at Mass General in a bed that was so small the now seven year old little Mirade wouldn't fit in it.  In a few hours, I was supposed to start a three night vacation in NH in a nice hotel that had internet access.  With September 22nd creeping up on us, a third studio session added this week and so much that still needs to get done, was forced between three full days of contributing full time QUALITY to the fans and athletes experiences on September 22nd, or enjoy myself.  There's little doubt in my mind I'm going to regret this decision in what will hopefully be several years, missing out on a chance to see family members I enjoy visiting with (and there aren't many, believe me).  The sacrifices we make for our sport. . . the fans, you guys have the option of attending our six month labor of love, or you can spend your hard earned money knowing that you're supporting people that give it their all 24 / 7 / 365.  September 22nd, 2012 deserves to be a success, it deserves to be a day to rejoice!!  The garbage that has ruined what the sport was as late as the 90's has made our job extremely, extremely difficult. . . I'm having mini back spasms as I type this, I don't know if it's because I'm stressed out or if the spasms are causing the stress. . . that's what thinking about BS candy store wrestling using 12 year olds or 140 pounders that insult the fans does to me, reminding me of all the extra work we have to do to show the fans that we sure as hell are NOT that.  Reminds me of spending almost as much time as I sleep during the week as I do at the studio.  Reminding me of how much we have to pump out in advertising to make sure fans know we are NOT that. . .

September 22nd will be the first day under the President Bearer banner, and I think it's going to be excellent from top to bottom, both events, every activity. . . fans not taking advantage of the VIP Package unless they have their own reasons are really missing out on a great value, it's a $250 ticket value for $55.  MWF Superfans that bought them in April locked themselves into a front row seat for $40.  Can you believe that??  That's not the best value in professional wrestling, it's insanity.  But we like to get crazy in a fun way sometimes when we're not going crazy. . . .

Breathe. . .

Before the stay-cation news hit tonight, it was an interesting one.  I had a chance to interact with maybe five or six guys on the roster for various reasons.  Got a lot produced at MWF Studios.  News I've been waiting to hear in a sense since August 11th, in some ways for years, danced into my ears.  I don't want to get my hopes up or get the fans too excited, but was informed of something that has the POSSIBILITY of being really cool being part of the BBBB 9/22.  I should know 100% by mid-week, but if it is it will be yet another MWF first, and I like that. . . it could turn into nothing but I don't get that feeling. . .

Every time I write one of these bad boys I glance back at the last one to see what I missed - and I haven't covered a lot!!  I think it stresses the point that right now, not only is it an exciting time to be a part of or follow the Millennium Wrestling Federation, but interact with us in a variety of ways.  There's always something cool on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM that you've never seen or read before no matter how many times you've been here.  MWF Newsline videos are popping up sometimes twice a week now - and I'm proud of that, they're time consuming to produce.  There are Facebook updates several times a day, let's be friends if we're not already.  And you can always follow us on Twitter.  For September 22nd itself, we're asking every fan, every athlete, every staff member to get the word out like no tomorrow.  Friends, family, wrestling fans, Facebook, Twitter, get the event link to as many eyeballs as humanly possible.  We need to fill the joint for justification and financial purposes for the BBBB so we can keep presenting events like this for you, to keep pumping out free videos for you to watch numerous times a month.  Call me biased, but I truly believe we give the fans a lot (including some in various parts of the country and even all over the world).  We love the charity work we do, we strive to give our hungry, young athletes the best possible platform to compete on with a locker room filled with veterans, we want our fans to enjoy the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Let me tell you, it isn't a free proposition.  Summer vacation??  Ha!!  Christmas??  Worked it.  Birthday??  Will probably forget it trying to get ready for the event, which is the same day I have to miss the wedding of a good friend of mine. . .

Oh, September 22nd. . . it's going to be one for the ages. . . some are going to be in for a rude awakening, as "event staff" that magically appears is going to magically go out the door.  People that morph into two will be sawed in half back to reality.  Memorial Hall has promised that the locker room will be like an ice rink to easily remove anyone not on the card and isn't changing.  We've got a new President, I don't have to fight with Cena everyday anymore, and our Chairman has a renewed energy in the product now that the chaos at MWF Headquarters over the past few years is over. . . that, I like. . .


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
July 28th, 2012 * #15

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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I shoot from the hip, I speak from the heart. . . most either love me or hate me (a lot on the hate side). . .

The Kamala fundraising effort was a positive idea that turned into a stressful nightmare of epic proportions. . . I'm really, really angry right now, might be for the best to hold off on writing this as there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff in it, but you know what, he deserves it. . . big time. . .

Always liked Kamala. . . as a fan, enjoyed his character. . . as a kid, he scared the hell out of me. . . when he came to the MWF, he was pleasant to work with. . . our three hour Studio Shoot Interview DVD was the most emotional one we've ever done, it had a feeling of sadness through the entire filming. . . honestly, if you buy one, you'll feel like you want to give him a hug when it's all said and done with. . .

Last fall, I felt even worse for Kamala when I heard doctors kept amputating more and more of his feet then his legs. . . I didn't speak with him so I didn't have first hand knowledge of it, but I felt like someone or something should do something for the guy. . .

When I was in Las Vegas for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, I bumped into an official the night after the reunion ended while we were both having dinner and wound up having a long conversation about Kamala and how I felt the CAC should reach out to him.  Many had warned me about the wrestler claiming to be his "son," so I stressed anything the CAC could do should specifically go to James Harris (Kamala's real name) and no one else. . .

What must be now four weeks ago, I read a sad, sad Facebook post from Kamala. . .I'm so wired right now, I don't even remember what it said but I knew I had to reach out to him.  I emailed him on his private email account to see how he was, etc., and it led to several conversations a day.  Both legs were amputated. . . the insurance scumbags would only pay for one replacement leg. . . he cant walk. . . he can't drive (he became a truck driver when his wrestling career ended). . . he has no income. . . his wife was laid off. . . it was just one horror story after another.  We had already started work on MWF CARES DAY but involving Kamala was a MUST to me personally.  I could not turn my back on someone in the sport, one of the "brotherhood" when he needed so much help.  I created more extra work for me than I can even begin to describe in this column.  Bottom line is the Millennium Wrestling Federation cared. . . I drive some of our staff crazy at times as I'm a monster believer in charity work, but this matter was different - it was for a veteran of this great sport.  I had a horrible CRPS attack (Google it) and was basically stuck in bed working away on our July 15th cyber-charity event.  On July 4th when people were having BBQ's and watching fireworks, I worked on CARES DAY & Kamala.  Kind of sad when you think about it, but, that's the nature of  the beast in this sport. . .no days off. . .

(Eyes are getting heavy, ready to pass out & fall asleep - NOTE:  everything written up until this point was written Friday, July 27th)
(2:43PM - eyes ready to sleep, meds KO'd me)

On July 11th, had an extreme CRPS flare in my feet (Google it).  Thought resting it would help, nada.  On July 15th - the night of MWF CARES DAY - any sane human being would have postponed it.  Not me, I gave my word we were doing it.  Arrived to the studio unable to take little baby steps into the building. . . once I got helped in, had to be wheeled around the office area and studio in a regular office chair like I was in a wheelchair.  If you watched any of the CARES DAY videos, you would be amazed at the amount of prescribed medications I was on to try to get through the night, in an effort to help Kamala with his medical & life expenses as well as other non-profits we work with.  But we did it, and I was proud of that.

The following day, Monday, July 16th, I was dead to the world. . .I needed to rest and try to get my mind off of the non-stop, 24/7 pain. . . pain was so extreme I couldn't even get out of bed to brush my teeth, I was like a baby.  Every time my heart took a beat, pain shot up my left leg. . . mentally and physically drained.  Then, at f'n 6AM on Tuesday, July 17th, Kamala starts text messaging me, with all kinds of questions about money.  At 8:11AM, he starts with the "poor me" routine saying "I guess I'm not getting any money."  NO ONE ever said that to him.  His "poor me" attitude is what's cost him a lot of opportunities over the years with him walking out of various promotions.  I again explained that wasn't the case and that I'd explain it to him once I woke up. . . when I woke up that afternoon, I was in a rage-like mode from the non-stop pain I was in and struggled to get to the hospital.  After checking in, going through the motions there, I was texting Kamala complete information while in the EMERGENCY ROOM.  Again, I had enough consideration for Kamala to be explaining things to him while I was sitting in a wheelchair in the EMERGENCY ROOM.  I think that speaks volumes of my intent.  I was seen by a doctor, shot up with some heavy meds and an appointment was set up with my primary care doctor Wednesday.  Sat outside with MWF Chairman Manolian for about an hour where I just vented in a dream-like state. . .

When I got home, I was honestly shocked that Kamala had made not one, not two but three insulting remarks about myself and the Millennium Wrestling Federation on Facebook. . .that we were a hoax. . .that we were taking advantage of him. . . complete and utter BS.  I again clearly and calmly tried to explain the process:
1.)  A fan buys or bids on an item.
2.)  The buyer pays for the item.
3.)  The MWF receives the money.
4.)  The MWF sends the money to Kamala.

Pretty simple if you have a brain, right??  I guess Kamala doesn't have a brain, because he continued his cowardly Facebook posts while ignoring our calls, texts, emails and Facebook responses.  It made NO sense, all we wanted to do was HELP him.  All he wanted was for people to feel bad for him, which accomplishes nothing.  Not to pat ourselves ont he back, but in addition to the items we auctioned off July 15th, we took the Kamala Studio Shoot Interview DVD - THAT WE PAID KAMALA, HANDSOMELY, TO DO IN SEPTEMBER 2005 - discounted it to $10 and put it on-sale with 100% of the proceeds going to him.  Imagine that. . . we already paid Kamala to do the interview, now we're selling it to raise MORE MONEY for him.  We were going to do this all the way through August 19th. . . it's hard not to be even more angry than I already am. . . I considered Kamala a good man, a friend. . . how he turned so paranoid or pathetic over the past five days is beyond me. . .

Some of the payments started to come in but a few had not.  At this point, I just said the hell with it, so I publicly stated that on Friday, July 27th, the payment would be sent out to him (hoping the remaining payments would be sent to us so I didn't have to eat the money).  On July 27th, as seen in the post yesterday with a photo of the actual money order, that's exactly what we did.  Kamala's reaction??  He blocked us on Facebook so we couldn't post the link, the link to show him we were 110% honest in our intent to help him, the link to show his tough guy internet pals we were 110% legit if they questioned us so they could be "over" with Kamala. . .

Probably the biggest mistake and waste of time I made in all of this was trying to work with WWE and a college university to try to get Kamala a replacement right leg.  Positive progress was being made, have / had a telephone conference call set up with the college next week. . . and for what, a selfish man that has done nothing but say negative things about me??  No thanks. . . I expect a major apology before I do another thing for him.  The question Kamala still won't answer - or doesn't have an answer for - is what did he think myself or the MWF was doing to him??

As I sit here right now in pain, I really regret that I did anything for Kamala.  Do the veterans in our sport deserve a helping hand if they reach a crisis like Kamala did??  Absolutely.  I will believe that until the day I die.  I know the good we did for Bushwhacker Butch, when he nearly died in 2001, taking the money we raised for him to buy a computer so he could do customer service work from home and earn a living.  We helped "Superstar" Billy Graham weeks before he was able to get the liver transplant that saved his life.  Even though "Mermaid Girl" Shiloh Pepin wasn't a wrestler, John Cena Sr., Graham and the CAC all got involved trying to raise money to get her to a summer camp for disabled children;  after a fundraiser we had at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, we were able to make that happen in the summer of 2009, just three months before she died.  I wanted yet another positive story to come out of what we were doing for Kamala, but for reasons I cannot understand, he has made it nothing but a challenge.  More than one person in the MWF has said "f*** him, don't send him anything," but my word is my bond.  I'm not going to go back on promises I made to help him and look like typical wrestling scum.  I've always strived to rise above that and show non-fans that the wrestling community can do a lot of good things for a lot of people. . . and we have. . .

In 2011 and 2012, we've been named Special Olympics Partners.  We've helped those in the business directly and indirectly, with money we've raised for the Cauliflower Alley Club.  That's not including Make-A-Wish, the Special Olympics, John Layfield's Beyond Rugby Bermuda, etc.  Before Kamala became ill and had an income from his full time job as a truck driver, who did he help??  What non-profit did he give his time to??  Even now that he is facing life challenges, he's well aware of the medical problems I'm going through while donating (or as I now feel, wasting) my time to help his life - he didn't ask how I was doing or feeling ONE SINGLE TIME. . . I think that speaks volumes about his character and integrity. . . I gave of my time, I made things happen to be able to send him money he could use to make life a little easier. . . I couldn't get a ten second text message that wouldn't have cost him ten cents. . .

Post that on Facebook, asshole. . . enjoy your precious check. . .


Best,
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
July 7th, 2012 * #14

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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This one should provide some late 4th of July fireworks. . . watched the Red Sox get beat up by the Yankees in the first half of their doubleheader today at Fenway, had a couple of adult beverages at Bleacher Bar - cool place inside Fenway Park where the window opens up onto CF, then came home to complete and utter BS on a "vacation" night I've been looking forward to for weeks. . . where to begin, where to begin. . .

MWF CARES DAY Sunday, July 15th has certainly taken on a life of it's own.  Originally, it was supposed to be a fun filled afternoon of allowing MWF Superfans from all over the United States buy and bid on some tremendous rare and discounted items.  Then, as if it was meant to be, Kamala's health disaster hit me in the face.  I had known about him having not one but both of legs amputated, in fact, I spoke to Cauliflower Alley Club officials about it at our Vegas reunion in April to see if they could help him out.  I didn't know the severity of it until Kamala and I began to exchange messages last week, and once that happened, I knew we had to do SOMETHING. . .it's easy to say "that's too bad, I hope you get better," no, as usual, I fell into the mindset of I had to do SOMETHING.  Where we already had MWF CARES DAY set up as wrestling's first online cyber-charity event to raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, Big Brothers, the CAC and John Layfield's Beyond Rugby Bermuda, it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to all of a sudden try to help Kamala, but I believe his situation is the most urgent of all of them at this moment. . .

I spoke with Kamala all weekend along with trusted friends in the sport.  Last Sunday night, I interviewed Kamala, which you can hear on the July MWF Superstar Zone TV show.  Because of insurance company scum, he was able to have a fake / replacement left leg made, but they will not pay for a right leg to be produced for him.  What is he supposed to do, hop??  His career has been as a professional wrestler and as a truck driver. . .without legs, you can't do either.  That almost sounds funny, but there's nothing comical about it.  It shows what a disgrace our health system has turned into where these insurance companies can rape the lives of those they're paid to insure because they're in the pockets of the movers and shakers in Washington DC (Cena Sleazena and Bilderberg, anyone??).  As you can probably tell, I was getting angry as the interview went on. . .

For July 15th, I was able to come up with an extremely rare 2012 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view chair that was only given to fans that had $500 tickets at the Rumble in St. Louis back in January. . . they've never been sold in stores, online, etc.  On eBay, nothing.  Rare item for the diehard fan.  Back at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, we had a WWE PPV chair go for $300 when two MWF Superfans got into a bidding war.  I was hoping for the same (or better) July 15th for Kamala.  In addition to that, I have spoken to friends in WWE that would like to help our efforts and to see what they can do to help. . . we're going to have some kind of special auction / raffle item for Kamala at the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, September 22nd at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA. . . and if MWF CARES DAY is as successful as I hope it will be, I have an idea to do something around the holidays as well.  Until this matter is taken care of and / or I know people with more power than myself are in the mix, I want to continue to do what we can to help Kamala and to keep this story out there. . . fast forward to the past couple of days. . .

What a better, easier way to reach the masses than via social media??  I decided to try to share the link to the event and share the story of what Kamala is going through not only on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but sending them directly to superstars and legends of the sport.  I'm very happy and humbled to say that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, MWF original and DX member Road Dogg, and the first lady of the MWF, the ever so lovely Velvet Sky all re-Tweeted the message, which potentially reached thousands of fans.  As I continued to send the messages along, I noticed some ignored them, which, to be blunt, pissed me off in a major way.  Not to single anyone out, but The Rock certainly has a strong following. . . sent it to him, never re-Tweeted it.  Was on Twitter in between innings at the Red Sox game, and he was Tweeting about some tennis match.  Are you kidding me??  Here's a guy whose family legacy IS this sport, and he couldn't take, literally, two seconds to hit re-Tweet??  Unless he has plans to buy Kamala the right leg he needs, it's disgusting to me that he cares more about what the Willams sisters were doing instead of taking, again, literally two seconds, to spread the word about a nightmare one of his peers is going through.  What if it was his grandfather??  What if it was his father??  Both of their bodies took a beating inside the squared circle.  If they were stuck with a left leg they couldn't use sitting in a box in their den, wouldn't he want people to let other fans know so that they could help??  The Rock claims he came to WWE with $7 in his pocket and left a multi-millionaire.  I say good for him, he worked hard to contribute to the sport.  Kamala isn't sitting on several million dollars. . .all he can do is sit in a wheelchair because he only has one fake leg he can't use yet.  Again, I'm not trying to single out The Rock. . . there's another major superstar whose fundraising efforts we spent time hyping and raised some money for that, instead of taking those two seconds to re-Tweet about Kamala, was Tweeting about Saturday Night Live skits.  I could go on and on. . . a dear friend of mine told me that this is a thankless, selfish business, and unfortunately, 90% of the time, he is 100% correct.  Luckily for Kamala, he's dealing with the 10% that truly does care and wants to see him walk again.  When I get pissed off, I'm one determined SOB. . . I will say that I will NEVER help anyone that ignores a simple Tweet about Kamala's plight, and I have a great memory. . . if they can't do that for his medical issue, I won't have time for theirs down the road (and in wrestling, there's a lot of them, whether known publicly or not). . .

Before I start going off on a tirade and shooting on our 11th anniversary BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH in September, I want to thank all of the MWF Superfans that have supported the event so far by purchasing their VIP Packages, the advance so far is huge and all tickets are on-sale now.  If you were busy July 4th, we are proud to announce that multi-time WWE Champion, Tough Enough host, WWE developmental trainer and current TNA executive & Impact Gut Check judge Al Snow will return for our birthday and I couldn't be happier about it.  If you read Al's social media posts, you realize just how insane he is.  However, when we spoke, he said he's coming back to the Millennium Wrestling Federation on a mission.  This is the most serious I've seen Al here since 2006 when he challenged "Stalker" Dylan Kage for the MWF Heavyweight Championship. . .

Do you think the hungry, young athletes of the MWF realize how lucky they are to have Snow there, someone that could give them a career break in one night??  Or to have the guidance of President Bearer??  Or any of the other superstars appearing live??  We have some activities lined up the day after the BBBB, I'm just waiting for the "Sunday is the day we spend with our girlfriends" excuses.  Please.  I challenge anyone in the MWF locker room that has never had a full time contract with WWE or TNA to get this kind of experience at "wrestling school". . . interesting to see who steps up and who fails, ultimately going round and round in a circle as they're headed nowhere. . . not kind, but true. . . we want to see everyone succeed, which is WHY we put forth this effort. . .

If that wasn't enough, on September 22nd at Memorial Hall we've added a special afternoon bonus charity event ZERO TOLERANCE.  This event will be absolutely free to VIP ticket holders. . . and unlike March, in addition to special guests from a variety of non-profits, tickets will be on-sale to all fans at discounted prices online.  Really excited about this as it gives our athletes more time in the ring as well as the opportunity to possibly debut new athletes.  Note, all of our featured superstars will only be appearing at the evening event but this will certainly make for an action packed afternoon.  Much more information to come on our 11th anniversary weekend in the coming weeks. . .

Now that I got all of those warm and fuzzy feelings out, the Mirade hammer is swinging.  Came home tonight tired of playing the waiting game on a featured superstar I was fairly certain we had a deal put together for since late May (six weeks ago).  This individual makes the mistake of dealing with a "agent" (I put that in quotes as it isn't an agent that one would use to negotiate a contract with WWE, so to speak).  First the agent was on vacation, then the superstar in question had a life situation going on that I was well aware of.  I made it clear we needed it finalized by July 4th. . . the agent said he'd be out of the country until the 5th, then it would just take a day or two.  Thought about it, rolled my eyes, thought it would be a positive for the event so I agreed to hold off. . .

Earlier today, got a worthless email. . . reached out to another in the sport to try to help the cause. . . when I got home from the Red Sox game, I said screw it. . .fired up the computer, reached out to him. . . he's booked somewhere else September 22nd, after being told he was available by the agent in late May (and so he apparently thought as of this morning). . . without getting into details, I was enraged. . . this is someone that "owes us one". . . but it is what it is, there's plenty of talent out there that would like to return and a lot that would like to debut. . . I just wanted everything wrapped up in a neat little bow on the 4th of July, not play BS run around games. . . not happy about it. . . AT ALL. . .

So all in all it's been one hell of a week that's only going to get more intense as we get closer to MWF CARES DAY next Sunday.  Don't forget that we return to the great state of North Carolina this coming Saturday, July 14th for RED, WHITE & BRUISED, which will be a night of all star wrestling.  An update from the last column, John Layfield's trip to Russia was almost deadly due to weather. . . when climbing the mountain, he risked serious injury from frost bite and at 17,000 feet of the over 18,000, it was suggested by a doctor that he not risk going any further.  When he said it was the worst day of his life, I felt for him because I know how much it means to him.  People can say this or that about JBL, but he's been awfully good to me and I call him my friend.  Would love to get a chance to talk to him for the 15th as we are raising money for his Beyond Rugby Bermuda efforts.  Also, after two plus weeks, finally had my Citizens Bank "inside job" resolved.  Still no answer at the insanity that went on with them basically holding my account hostage, but all's well that end's well.  I know someone with bootleg Randy Savage sunglasses headed to Bohemian Grove next weekend is smiling. . .


Best,
Dan




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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
June 24th, 2012 * #13

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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As 2012 nearly reaches "intermission," welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . .lots to talk about in what is getting to be an exciting time of year.  The past couple of weeks would be a reality show no one would believe had any reality in it, between dealing with the state, moving, fasting, losing / having my cell phone stolen, having my bank account seized, all while trying to prepare for a monster 11th anniversary summer. . . I've moved to the top of a giant hill ("next to the moon," as Studio Pat called it), if you live in the Boston area it felt like I was in the middle of the much needed, explosive thunderstorms. . . and I was out like a light, 17 hours of sleep after sleeping for a few hours here and there because I've been so stressed and worn out. . . hopefully I can get my sleep (and mood) back into it's normal rhythm. . .it's a little bit after 5:30AM, let's rock. . .

In the big news, 2012 WWE Hall of Fame member Ron Simmons / Faarooq makes his MWF debut at the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, September 22nd at Memorial Hall in Melrose, joining an already impressive list of superstars.  The final day to take advantage of our VIP Package sale to save money on what is already the best value in professional wrestling is tonight (Sunday, June 24th) at 11:59PM.  Similar to the special we had in April after myself and President Bearer made a few BBBB announcements on WWE Extreme Rules Sunday, we wanted to give our MWF Superfans something special for all they do for us.  We have much more TBA leading into all tickets going on sale July 4th.  As I hinted about in the BBBB BLOG, I've had discussions with several more superstars that would like to be with us September 22nd, but the bottom line is it comes down to the bottom dollar.  If X amount of fans have pre-purchased their tickets and we feel we can safely add some more superstar fire power to our 11th anniversary, we'll do it.  Unfortunately, MWF South President Cena left us in a bad spot, whether it was an "inside job" or not.  The most important thing to us is to give fans quality and to give our hungry, young athletes the best possible platform to compete on.  We could slap together a "wrestling show" any weekend and you might enjoy it more often than not, but, that's never been what we've set out to do.  We want to give the fans an event, an experience, something they'll remember for years to come, and I believe we've been successful at it.  At the same time, we can't continue to dive into the shallow end of the pool ala Cena Sleazena.  Lots of ideas being thrown around as to how that happens, but I will say that even though I wasn't given the title of Executive Vice President of Wrestling Operations for SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, I was put in the position of putting that event together and fans and the locker room alike thought it was one of our better events to date.  That's a team effort, make no doubt about it, but someone's gotta put together the 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, which is what I'm trying to do now while working with a President I've had a unique and rocky past with (Mr. Bearer).  From 1994-2005, I considered him a good friend. . . when he stabbed "Demon" Luis Ortiz and the rest of the MWF in the back at SOUL SURVIVOR III up until out-conning Cena Sleazena back in March, I had a lot of thoughts I can't share in this column.  At the end of the day, I respect his legacy in this business, the legends he's guided to major championships going back to the 1980's (Google it), and the vision he's shared with me as far as where he'd like to see the MWF go in the near future and long term. . .

To sum it up, the more tickets we sell in advance, the more we'll be able to roll the dice and risk giving you.  Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and tell your wrestling friends and family about it. . . they'll love the experience. . . I'd love to present the other four or five superstars that want to be with us and get the OK, but we need numbers to make it happen. . .

A lot more in the works to make this a standout weekend for both our fans and superstars. . . however, I can only work with what I'm given. . . waiting returns to simple emails, calls, texts, etc., can be extremely frustrating.  Waiting for simple answers to questions from venues you work a lot with can test your patience.  Counting down to the last minute for graphics, videos, etc. that are needed wears you down.  Make no doubt about it, this is not an easy gig.  My biggest claim to fame will unfortunately likely go down as being "Dan Maloney" in the Iron Sheik Studio Shoot Interview DVD that's been seen by millions on YouTube and millions more on the Howard Stern Show, but this life experience dating back to when I was a 13 year old freshmen in high school needs to turn into a book. . .

Our anniversary summer officially kicks off July 14th and 15th.  On July 14th, our brothers in MWF South present RED WHITE & BRUISED in our southern home of Pembroke, NC.  A fantastic venue with fantastic people (other than one or two).  We'll have more online as we get closer to the big event.  Our current labor of love MWF CARES DAY takes place the very next day, WWE Money In The Bank Sunday, July 15th, "almost" live from MWF Studios, right here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  Fans from around the country can take part in this one night cyber-charity event where we'll raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Big Brothers, the Cauliflower Alley Club & John Layfield's Beyond Rugby Bermuda.  The MWF has been busy going through our warehouse looking for great items to add to the big night, and, as always, friends at WWE went above and beyond donating great items for fans to buy and bid on.  We'll have special guests, never before seen highlights from our Studio Shoot Interview DVD series, and I'm sure a few surprises.  Just some of the discounted and rare t-shirts you cannot get anywhere else are on the event page now.  In a recent Newsline video, we showed you some of the WWE PPV chairs we have that are in mint condition - they were never used at the events themselves as WWE always makes a few extra in case of an emergency.  We want this to be something fun and out of the box, and if it's a success, something we want to do again in early December to help Santa be able to get to some kids he has a hard time finding in his sleigh some years.  It has always been important to me that we give back. . . there are a lot of non-wrestling fans that look at our sport with disgust or if we have three eyes.  I'm proud to say I'm part of the industry and what we've done for so many great non-profits and individuals.  I'll be blunt in saying it would make life a lot easier if we didn't do so much, but years from now when the little Mirade's are older, I want them to be able to look back at our body of work and see the good that the MWF did and will continue to do as long as I'm a part of it. . . the youngest's birthday is just a couple of days after CARES DAY, so this day is dedicated to his big #7. . .

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 will go down as an odd, historical day.  The Millennium Wrestling Federation ran it's first live event in the great state of South Carolina, which I'm told by friends down there was a solid effort.  However, where was MWF South President Cena??  In the Carolina's, which he wanted to make a reality by cutting our throats as part of his "inside job"??  Nope, he was at the WWE live event in Lowell, MA, where I happened to be as well as WWE sent along some passes.  Cena and I got into a verbal shouting match outside the venue in between signing his bootleg Fabo-Bucks.  Despite what I think of him, young fans get very excited to meet Cena Sr. where he's been seen so many times on WWE TV (even if he said many of them such when he was in the ring with his son and Mick Foley on Raw in Boston back in November).  MWF Good Will Ambassador Reno Chastaine wanted me to take a swing at him with my cane but that was not the time nor place.  It amazed me he fought for something so hard yet wasn't there for it.  On Facebook, a fan said that he was there to see his son.  Well, it's certainly nice that he's there to see his son compete live, but he was at the same live event the night before in Augusta, ME (where sources in WWE told me he really made a scene).  How hard would it have been to fly down to SC Saturday morning, then catch an early flight back to Boston Sunday morning, arriving home well before any kind of Father's Day celebration??  While the little guys aren't biologically mine, I had to work on Father's Day.  Makes you think. . .

I wish I knew the answer, but we've been having a minor issue getting MWF TV episodes online for fans from around the world to enjoy that don't live in our television footprint.  The June MWF Cyberstarz has been added, which features the second part of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's Cauliflower Alley Club Award acceptance speech as well as Benny Jux taking on one half of the MWF Tag Team Champions "Executioner" Brian Milonas with Paul Bearer in Bearer's final match managing.  That was a tricky situation as the match was already signed before Bearer was given the nod by MWF Chairman Neil Manolian back in March.  The June MWF Superstar Zone takes us back to Las Vegas for Sgt. Slaughter presenting Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat with his CAC award.  It's currently airing but hopefully it will be online as soon as tonight for your viewing pleasure. . .

Am proud of my good friend John Layfield's attempt at climbing the world's seven summits to raise funds for his Beyond Rugby Bermuda.  Since retiring from the ring and living in Bermuda the majority of the time outside of his work for Fox News, John's taken interest in helping kids in need in his area.  From providing lunches to sports to learning activities, JBL's doing what he can to give back - something I think everyone should pause and think about at some point in their life.  It's put the Uprising faction in an interesting position here in the MWF, but it shows the mans soul as he's not making ten cents doing this, 100% of the money raised is going to the kids now that WWE has also stepped up and helping fund his travel to the seven mountains around the world over the next two years.  While the MWF certainly can't match what WWE is doing, we will do what we can. . . we made a nice donation in the spring, including $300 alone from a WWE Extreme Rules PPV chair that two MWF Superfans got into a bidding war over at SOUL SURVIVOR.  There's no shortage of great causes out there and it's hard for us to decide who to help when. . .but, a 45 year old man with a broken back climbing the seven highest mountains in the world in the name of helping out poor children deserves all the recognition in the world.  Here's to John having a safe and successful time in Russia. . . he told me he plans on joining us on MWF television when he returns home in a few weeks. . .

You have to be a true MWF Superfan to get your very own song dedicated to you by Good Will Ambassador Quincy Restanni.  Last Thursday at MWF Studios, Quincy rocked "Boogie Nights" like Heatwave never could for Renee, one of our longtime fans and one of the nicest you'll ever meet.  I don't know if her ears will ever be the same again after her YouTube tribute, but if nothing else, Quincy is all heart.  I hope Al Snow and his lovely wife were not disappointed the song wasn't for them as Quincy usually has some songs for the Snow's to enjoy. . .

Found myself in an extremely tense place as in the middle of moving, my cell phone was either lost or stolen. . . the amount of information in it is invaluable.  I treated myself to a new iPhone (love it) but worry that the amount of contacts, etc., could wind up in the wrong hands.  The next day all hell broke loose as my bank account was seized with zero explanation.  Wednesday morning, found it odd I couldn't log in to my online account, figured it was some kind of technical glitch.  Wednesday night, the technology expert Mr. Manolian took me to the Verizon store to get the exact phone I needed.  The girls working there spent an hour transferring everything onto the new phone, went to pay for it, debit card rejected.  Tried it as credit, rejected.  I was $2 short but thank God I had enough cash on me to cover it or I would have felt like the world's biggest fool.  Thursday spent hours with Citizens Bank on the phone trying to get to the bottom of it.  They could only tell me that a letter was sent out and I'd have to wait for that;  considering I just moved, they had my old address in the system.  It will be five to ten days before the letter reaches my old addy then is forwarded to my new home.  By Friday, I had enough and went to the local branch, spoke to two nice ladies who couldn't give me an answer. . . they even reached out to some national hotline, who couldn't provide any answers other than to wait for the letter.  I suppose the amount of privacy and security is nice, but I'd kinda like to know why I can't access my money.  I don't know if "Citizens Bank is sending me a letter" is going to fly when I go to pay a bill with nothing in the wallet.  Call me paranoid, but this screams of Cena Sleazena using some of his connections as I was told he was furious I attacked him about Bilderberg late last month and him attending Bohemian Grove next month.  A bank basically holding my fund hostage without telling me why doesn't make sense. . .

And with that said, am beginning my third "fast" after breakfast.  Prior to starting my ten day fast earlier this month, people said I was crazy, that I'd start losing it after a couple of days, that I'd never last, and even though there were a few challenges along the way (cravings, massive headaches on days #2 & #6), I did it, and was proud of myself for it.  I did a three day fast from dinner time last Sunday - Wednesday, and am going to start another after breakfast.  It began as a juice fast where I'd drink nothing but these juices for ten days along with water as a snack after a video former MWF Heavyweight and Tag Team Champion Todd Hanson showed me. . . spent $150 on a Jack LeLane juicer and more than a few bucks on the fruits and vegetables needed each day.  By the third day, the thought of cucumbers made me sick.  After researching it online, I decided to continue with a all-water fast where I drank, you guessed it, nothing but water for the next eight days.  The results amazed me.  If you read the "Notes" section on my Facebook page, I go into much greater details about it.  I'm not writing about it trying to sell anyone anything like you see with some older wrestlers at time, but like Todd did with me, just want fans to know that if they're in the situation where they're trying to reduce stress, anxiety, fatigue, prescribed medications and/or lose weight, this is a way to do it while honestly giving your body a vacation at the same time from the processed foods we eat every day.  It takes some will power, but those that know me well know I'm a stubborn SOB.  Even if you try it and don't last ten days, you know what??  You're a success for attempting to improve your life in my book.  Even a three day fast is supposed to do a world of good for your body, but I wanted to shoot for the ten day to start.  If anyone had any particular questions, would be happy to answer them if you email me. . .

Another busy night at MWF Studios ahead, enjoy your Sunday and get those VIP Packages for the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH to lock in a front row seat at what promises to be a night of superstars, action and memories. . .


Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
June 5th, 2012 * #12

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Welcome to another edition of Inside The MWF. . . hope all is well in your world as I'm in "Day 2" of a ten day fruit & vegetable juice fast (see the Notes section on my Facebook for an interesting non-wrestling story). . .

It was good to have The Jackal back in action last Sunday night, it felt like 1993 in some ways.  Watching SOUL SURVIVOR VIII from start to finish non-stop almost like it was a pay-per-view still raises many questions:

-  How / why did John Cena Sr. act as Dylan Kage's representative at the Board of Directors meeting we had two nights before SS8 when Kage bowed out due to a "hostile" work environment??

-  What are the secrets from the late Franklin D. Churchill's journals??  Apparently, Paul Bearer was able to obtain them, which led to Kage's disgraceful YouTube post of a video Churchill made to his child.

-  What did Bearer whisper into the ear of Cena at SS8 to make him go from "inside job" mode to signing off on an executive order to let MWF North live on under the watch of President Bearer, with Cena running the show in the Carolina's??

-  What is Bearer's relationship now with Kage, Rick Fuller and Executioner Brian Milonas??

-  How is Cena tied into Bilderberg and the Bohemian Club??  Was he in Chantilly, VA last weekend??  Will he be at the Bohemian Grove gathering next month??

-  Not that it's a loss, but has Commissioner Von Johnson been in hiding with his pal Cena Sleazena??

Really have to wonder as it changed everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - that was in place for April 1st.  I have some insight from Chairman Neil Manolian into how Bearer got the MWF BOD to put together the executive order the night before SS8 that would be effective if Cena signed off on it as he was the BOD's executive consultant in orchestrating what was to be the entire company moving to North Carolina.  There's just a lot more questions than answers. . .

I look forward to the SS8 DVD release. . .a few more bells and whistles to be added, but the final product is great even for fans that were not in Melrose live March 24th. . . tons of behind the scenes interviews. . .

We're inching closer to our debut in South Carolina Saturday, June 16th at the Chershaw, SC National Guard Armory.  A great chance for our MWF South fans to catch action, exciting for us anytime we debut in a new state. . .

Zema Ion joins Big Daddy V Viscera & Paul Bearer at our 11th anniversary BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, September 22nd at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  Lots of news will be breaking as summer explodes here in the Millennium Wrestling Federation.  More announcements to come on WWE No Way Out Sunday, June 17th, followed by a four day VIP Package sale - last chance to get them at discounted prices before all tickets go on-sale July 4th!

MWF CARES DAY 2012 is a project I'm excited about.  On Sunday, July 15th, we bring you wrestling's first ever online cyber-charity event is one where fans from across the country can take part in as we raise money for Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers, Special Olympics, the Cauliflower Alley Club & John Layfield's Beyond Rugby Bermuda.  We'll have tons of merchandise available, including WWE PPV chairs, ultra rare and discounted WWE t-shirts, autographed items, studio shoot interview DVD's and more!!  We'll be having special guests in studio, interviews with superstars appearing at the BBBB September 22nd, never before seen highlights from our studio shoot collection. . .will be a fun night and great way to kick off the road to the BBBB while helping out great causes.  We should have video and / or photos of some of the items up on the site Thursday night in our next Newsline video.  Never too early to start Christmas shopping, too. . .

May MWF television programs were outstanding.  "Straight Edge" Brian Fury and Jay Freddie brought in their battle for the MWF Television Championship.  "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal never made it to the ring for his bout.  On the Superstar Zone, we had Jim Ross presenting "Stone Cold" Steve Austin with his Cauliflower Alley Club award.  Great stuff all around, if you missed them, they're available now in the TV section. . . let's see what's in store this month. . .

Speaking of Newsline videos, to make older ones easier to access, each will have their own dated web-page archived. . .

Latest MWF iTalk (#15) is available online now.  18 or so minutes talking about a wide variety of topics in the MWF, even a little WWE & TNA this time around. . . free and available from any online portal in the world, as always. . .

Testing out a new monthly "Flashback" section, for June, we take a look back at Slyck Wagner Brown's two MWF Heavyweight Championship wins that came in June 2009 and June 2011.  Nice way to utilize our video library and add more content to the site. . .

Fenway Park bound. . . don't miss a day here on our online home as well as our social media platforms, something's always happening!!

Best,
Dan



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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
May 18th, 2012 * #11

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Back Inside The MWF. . .hope all is well with fans and friends near and far. . .

In what interesting, exciting times in the Millennium Wrestling Federation, it's hard to believe that the late ex-President Franklin D. Churchill would have been 62 years old today. . .

Churchill was a paramount figure in the structure of the MWF going back to 1999 when discussions began of creating the organization.  It was only natural a man of his experience was chosen to be the man to guide the company from day one, through his shocking passing in June of 2006.  He had developed relationships with numerous individuals here from his days as Commissioner in the late "Boston Bad Boy" Tony Rumble's Century Wrestling Alliance.  He was a friend, mentor and leader to all, and he remains missed to this day. . .

Present day feels a lot like the blast off of the MWF.  I wish I had more notes or even recordings of some of the meetings and conversations outside of saved emails between such an interesting array of people with diverse backgrounds.  It was important to keep some of the heart and soul from the CWA / NWA NE such as The Jackal and Pat Doyle with us to keep the spirit of Tony alive;  a lot of what we've done over the years has been a tribute to his work in and out of the sport.  I've always been a big supporter of having those that haven't lived in "the wrestling bubble" play important parts of the MWF, such as co-founder and Chairman Neil Manolian, and eventually Linda Mirade.  I think fresh ideas from people that haven't lived and breathed professional wrestling for the majority of their lives in our environment of trying to present the highest quality action, events and experiences respecting and honoring the history of the sport constructed by "lifers" is a fantastic blend.  A good, even great idea, can come from anyone. . .

Things have changed so much in less than two months with the transition of the MWF splitting into North and South; having Paul Bearer and John Cena Sr. as President of each, respectfully;  an expansion into South Carolina upon us; a new approach to "business as usual" here in Boston.  The world is as we know it is changing daily, being able to engage in important discussions outside of MWF headquarters, being portable, it's been tremendous.  This is personally the best I've felt about what we're doing in nine years or so. . . lot of back story to that statement, but a fact nonetheless. . .

As noted, we have another BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH announcement prior to this Sunday's WWE Over The Limit PPV right here on BOSTONWRESTLING.COM.  "On paper," this could be one of the most memorable nights in MWF history on our 11th anniversary.  The fans that already purchased VIP Packages during our special initial offering got the best value in professional wrestling when you compare it to any other regional wrestling organization.  Not to pat ourselves on the back, but look around. . . who else does what we does??  Nobody.  And the price??  Ridiculous.  John Cena Sleazena made it a little too ridiculous, but we're making adjustments daily trying to find the right balance of "fan" and "business". . .

Look for an interview with one of our featured superstars September 22nd in Melrose, Big Daddy V Viscera. . .looking forward to it. . .

May MWF Cyberstarz TV program should be hot with "Straight Edge" Brian Fury defending the title against Jay Freddie, along with two veterans from Killer Kowalski's original wrestling institute with "Candyman" Jerry Seavey taking on the debuting Freight Train Dan.  Great new open, should be a hot thirty minutes.  Big time news on the May Superstar Zone coming over the next couple days. . . love it. . .

Quick weekend check in. . . don't miss a day here, on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. . . this summer is shaping up to be a tremendous adventure leading into the BBBB in September!!


Best,
Dan


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INSIDE THE MWF
by Dan Mirade
May 11th, 2012 * #10

Note:  the following is a column of thoughts, opinions and observations.  It's written with a deep passion for the professional wrestling industry as a whole, for the fans of wrestling and the athletes driven to live their dreams.  Whether you agree or disagree with these words, remember that there's a voice that cares behind it, one that only wants to see every hard working wrestler and promoter succeed, and for every fan to leave a live event feeling they got value for their dollar, wanting to see live wrestling (both independent and major league) again and again.  For that, I do not apologize.


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Random thoughts on a somewhat quiet Friday. . .

We were thrilled with the response from our pre-sale weekend for VIP Packages.  Our goal is to try to give fans the best value, action and experience in professional wrestling, but after the Cena "inside job," we have to be financially responsible.  I believe we gave our long time, die hard fans a chance to attend the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH at will turn into a ridiculously low price come September.  For fans that weren't able to get them last weekend, don't worry, our VIP Packages are - without a doubt - the best value in professional wrestling. . .

Some interesting returns from yesteryear being discussed for our 11th anniversary.  I feel like there should be a little of that in any live event that's a celebration such as this. . . the Millennium Wrestling Federation accomplished quite a bit before we ever stepped into Memorial Hall in Melrose in November 2008 for the first time.  I have some non-wrestler related ideas in mind for the event, but it takes two to tango. . .Melrose is my home, city leaders have come out to support our events but it is a very difficult place to present events the way we'd like to at times.  It's a city that needs more activities such as this for kids as there's very little for them to do weekend nights, a period not so long ago of many extremely young deaths and overdoses.  As was reported in the Boston Globe, the Hall bled tens of thousands of dollars per year of tax payer money and at times feels like we're left to pick up the slack. . .I'll leave it at that.  I love the Hall, feel it's a great venue and set-up for what we want to do, the staff is great. . . guess no situation is perfect.  Even though Good Time Emporium was prostituted by the time it closed down, we had great success there, and Good Times was very happy with us saying we were the "good wrestling" the morning of the final event ever at the venue when we set the wrestling attendance record there. . .

When will more info be announced??  Not quite sure.  Our tie-ins the same days as WWE PPV's has received a lot of attention.  I've always been big on holidays as people generally have a little more time to unwind than the typical day to day grind. . . I would expect something May 20th. . .

Some of the matches we're trying to get signed for September 22nd are outstanding.  Would love to see Dylan Kage get "bashed" for three hours.  A lot of issues on the table, and nonetheless, a lot can happen between now and the first day of fall.  More than anything, I think this one will hit a home run in-ring if we're able to pull off even half of the bouts we'd like to see take place inside the squared circle. . . the athletes we can count on to deliver are going to get the best opportunities. . . those that live in their own fantasy world, not so much. . . as noted post-SS8, the babysitting is over. . . the guys have to learn how to be professional wrestlers or compete elsewhere. . . they're given the tools and information needed, they're surrounded by veterans and legends. . . if they let the opportunity go to waste, in reality, no loss. . . have never heard a fan say "I won't buy a ticket if Wrestler X is not at an event" when it comes to those no longer with us. . .

I would not expect to see The Iron Sheik at an MWF live event in the near future.  I'm really happy with some of the changes Sheik's made in his life but not some of the people he surrounds himself with.  Anything can happen down the road, but that ship has sailed for the time being.  Ox Baker is another that we may not see anytime soon at a live event, but you never know when he may pop up on MWF TV. . .

With my new role as EVP of Wrestling Operations, I've tried to come up with some unique ideas to be able to meet, discuss and throw ideas around in a non-conventional way (i.e. outside of MWF Studios).  Two plus full days a week is more than enough for me unless something big is going on.  I've enjoyed some recent meetings we've had at Fenway Park (won't even touch upon the Sox at this point, usually I'll Tweet away about them), area restaurants, etc.  It's 2012. . .there's group email, texts, the telephone.  The second half of June into early July is going to be an extremely busy time for me personally, so my cell phone will be my office. . .where I haven't had a day off in over a decade and am still more than willing to put the time in, I don't see why doing it remotely is an issue (especially where we have a President that lives in Alabama). . .

Spent several hours starting a new opening montage for MWF Cyberstarz last night. . .really liked it as it really fits our mantra of the superstars and legends of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  The May program's TV Title Match between "Straight Edge" Brian Fury and Jay Freddie should be an intense match up.  Fury defeated Carlito and Freddie pinned Sonny Yee 2000 at SOUL SURVIVOR VIII, I'm looking forward to this one.  On the May Superstar Zone, we look back at the 47th annual Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas, some great stuff to look forward to on that end.  The expectation was for the SS8 DVD to be ready to roll this month, but, always some kind of hold up when some mean "maybe" when they say "yes". . .it's going to be a really cool DVD to add to your collection when the finishing touches are put on it as I've seen the majority of it. . .

As I continued to get some zings in towards John Cena Sr., he does it again as the Millennium Wrestling Federation debuts in South Carolina Saturday, June 16th at the Chershaw, SC Armory.  MWF Southern Champion "War Hawk" Dylan Kage will be appearing on the ABC Network's "Carolina & Company" once again in July leading to our return to Pembroke.  Very exciting for us to be opening up shop in yet another new state.  I won't be making the trip down, I'll likely be in Lowell for WWE's event, especially if little Mirade wants to go - unless it's extremely important or something for personal enjoyment, the couple hundred flights in my life have been enough, can't stand airports, security, clueless people trying to get through security, delays, cancellations, airline rules that never benefit the flyer, less and less flights, tiny coach seats, etc.  How veteran WWE superstars do it, I don't know.  Still no word on when / if the MWF South TV program will begin. . . losing Greg A. Parker's been a huge loss, another great Cena decision. . . right up there with the Fabulous Women of Wrestling. . . and so many others the fans never got to see or hear about. . .

Annoyed with YouTube and always have a difficult time even trying to communicate with their customer service.  Many of our videos contain WWE material sent to us by WWE.  YouTube's scanners or whatever you might call it sense the WWE content and try to "block" the video.  We have to go through an appeals process, WWE repeals YouTube's block and all is well. . .until the next time.  We have thousands of fans all over the world (60 countries and counting) watching our television programs and online videos, major headache. . .

Don't miss a day on BostonWrestling.com, Facebook and Twitter, always something going on.  Happy Mothers Day to all of our fans. . .enjoy the day. . .


Best,
Dan


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