Monday, August 26, 2019

He's Brash, He's Cocky, He's Bobby Bemer, and You're not!

Bobby Bemer is the founder of The Dealership, and a Manager of many talents despite being in the game only a couple years. He produces high-quality promos in the ring and on Social Media where he excels. Bemer took the time to talk to Las Vegas Wrestling Scene about how he got into the business and what are the chances for his newest client, the monster Congo Crush. How he was introduced to Pro Wrestling?
I got introduced before I can remember honestly. My uncle when I was a baby used to put on old NWA and WWWF tapes when I was little back in Michigan. I can always remember WWF on Saturday morning with Jake the Snake and Roddy Piper and then WCW Saturday night at 6:05 eastern with Sting and Ron Simmons those were the days.” Was it something you always wanted to do? “Of course when I was a kid I did the typical stuff you hear a lot of people in the business say. I moved the couch cushions to the floor, wrestled my stuffed animals and my dad would always let me win, and had the action figures, magazines and all that just got hooked. I saw them as real-life heroes with the over the top personas. I even did the backyard wrestling thing when I was in high school although that is very ill-advised. I got literally lit on fire once doing that nonsense so like they say do not try this at home. The only thing that held me back this long is size. I know I'm a smaller guy which is what I was always told. I mean I played some high school football, some neighborhood baseball and stuff like that and am athletic but I'm not 6'5 253lbs so I always thought I was too small.”

Bemer saw himself in show business at some point in his life, as he explains, “I always wanted to be an entertainer though as the 9-5 thing was never for me, nothing against it but just not my thing. I learned to play bass guitar and took theatre in high school mainly because I thought it would be an easy A for English. Turned out I was good at Improv and doing scenes and getting into character. So when I went to college that's what I studied with the hopes of being an actor or director or maybe even standup or improv actor.” Did you do some acting at all after college? “Naw I did some local plays and improv stuff but this was in Michigan so there was not a lot of filmmaking things going on circa 2003. Then I made the decision to move to Las Vegas. Was there a specific reason you moved to Southern Nevada? “One, more entertainment options out here, Two, to help my parents move because of medical issues they had to move out of the cold, and Three, to eventually make it to California. Well, long story short never got to the coast, been there to visit but never moved, he continued, “When I first moved out here (Las Vegas)I tried to do some extra work and find an agent, but let me tell you a lot of scams. I got ripped twice by places that said: "they can get you into movies and TV if you pay them X amount of dollars". Then you go to some office do like year one acting exercises they got out of a manual and tell you to invest more for headshots and other crap. One place out here took my money, said they were a reputable agency and would set up auditions. Now two of those things were true they were reputable and set up auditions but for little kids ads and TV shows. I went on a call, sat there for almost two hours, auditioned, and the guy said: "that's great but we are looking for a ten-year-old." Should have known when all I see were kids. So after that, I just started my own website and tried to get into the YouTube thing again ahead of my time. We’re talking 2006ish when it took 3 hours to upload a video. Sold some shirts and moved on.”
When did you decide to give wrestling a try? Were you still watching it? “Oh yeah I was still watching it the whole time, it actually helped me out a lot. When my dad passed away I got really deep into it again and it kept my mind off of stuff. Even got my then-girlfriend, now wife, into it. I showed her old stuff, new stuff and she really liked the concept of it.” Some chance encounters turned into a career change, I actually got into it by happenstance. One day my wife saw a flyer at the mall for the Cauliflower Alley Club convention. I heard of it before but never knew it was here in Vegas. We went and back then this was 2013 so I had already been to a few conventions and the like but I was marking out a little. I'm walking around and all of a sudden Paul Orndorff is there and Marty Jannetty chats me up a bit, and then Scott Hall wants to sneak into the back row me and my Son are hanging out in it was surreal. It was here I met Sinn Bodhi.”
The Warlord of Weird became a major influence on his career, “I knew who he was from TNA early days which I was a fan of and went up to his table and started talking to him. I always thought his character was interesting and different in a sea of all Black gear badasses on the circuit. We got to chatting and just had the same sense of humor and ideals about wrestling and that was it. A few months later I discovered this thing called Twitter and started following actors and wrestlers and people I was interested in. I would put out my little comedy tweets and dumb stuff and wouldn't you know he started following me back. Now I'm getting the news for local shows and I keep running into him, and a few of the other local guys. I hear he's opening up a wrestling school and fantasy camp. I almost did the fantasy camp thing, but the week before my wife sat me down and said "you can do this" you have the talent and charisma to do this". She mentioned the acting thing and not going on with that which had a lot to do with my dad's death. She basically told me to try it what have you got to lose. So that Saturday at Snakepit open house I went saw what it was all about and signed up that day. That has been my home ever since day oneish lol”

What a great story. Patience is the key. Did you start wrestling first or managing/referee? “I started right off the bat as a manager being a smaller guy and starting this at a later age 33 I figured it would be a better path. I see smaller wrestlers on the circuit and they are goo,d and figured I could do that but Instead of competing with thousands I realized there are not a lot of managers out there that can take a bump. So I went with that however when I started and Sinn and D-Lo Brown and Jake Roberts saw that I could be physical so they had me in there doing the same drills and moves as a lot of the wrestlers. Which I loved but I adapted that to the way managers move and get hit. Like Bobby Heenan said "Manage like a wrestler, and wrestle like a manager". True story, one night Jake was running drills and had me get tossed in the ring over the ropes and tossed back out about 30-35 times in a row. Now because of that, I can put that anywhere I need.”
What Managers influenced you? “Heenan was the man and is still the best in my opinion. Jimmy Hart was another legend which I have had the pleasure to meet and pick his brain. A few more of my tops are Capt. Lou Albano, Sensational Sheri, Slick was always entertaining and even Drake Maverick. Scott D’Amore also had the goods to get the crowd really heated. I feel a great manager can take any wrestler and make them hated or loved but always make sure he doesn't overshadow them. Just accentuate them like seasoning on food. I still feel in my taste that the character stuff is equal if not more important than the moves. Big moves look cool but fans remember and come back for the character”
Where did you get your start? “I actually started in Big Valley Wrestling(BVW) almost two years ago. And yes I do remember my first match, I managed the tag team of Olympus Monz, now known as the Kings Ransom in OVW. We went up against the strong style squad with Jace Battle, Jay Cafe, and Jody the Wrestler. Oh, also gotta send some love to my brother Kyle Hawk working with him was awesome on the Lucha shows I feel we have the same picture and ideas on being a heel and getting over it just drove people crazy.”
Bemer says he’s getting back into his groove and found some new opportunities as well,” You gotta make it count and I'm not upset I have done some amazing things in fact wrestling has led to working on movies through the help of Tom Devlin, who has a monster museum in Boulder City got me on a movie where Sinn Bodhi and I are in called Weedjies Halloweed Night coming this October so everything comes full circle.”

His newest client Congo Crush is preparing for the Sin City Survivor Match Sunday, September 1st. I asked his manager, Is he ready? Now onto Congo and the sin city survival match. He is a younger kid however he is hungry (no pun intended) we have some stiff competition but like I said in the promo I don't think anyone is as focused as we are. Congo doesn't care about money, or the fame he cares about being the king of the jungle and with my help is laser-focused on winning. I have scouted all the other competitors in the match and have given him a great strategy. As many have seen he is a certified monster and when put on a mission…he cannot be stopped.”
If Congo wins is there a specific Title you’re seeking? You called for a Title Shot. “Well as you've seen Congo has one thing in mind Domination. Also to be clear the crowd chanted title match before I ever did. Now either the Las Vegas title or the Heavyweight title would look great around Congo's shoulder. Now Ducqets is a dangerous opponent he is trying to be the new star breaking out of the Players Club and we all saw what he did to Leon Hater and that was his brother and that makes him very very dangerous. That can also make him unfocused if he's not careful. Then there is the Man, (BVW Champion) Frank the Tank who has been running rough shot over the entire BVW locker room as well as stars they bring in. I mean he is a legit Heavyweight who can do dives and not to be taken lightly. Once again Congo is also a monster and if anyone can match Frank in size it would be us and like I said before If Congo is locked on target he is unstoppable. We will see after September 1st how it plays out you know neither of them could be the champ and we would have to challenge someone else entirely”
Any plans on expanding the Dealership? The dealership is always ready to expand. Right now the main focus is in this match and Congo once we get a strap and control people will be dying to join the dealership. And I do have my eye on a few prospects but that is for the future right now it's all about the Sin City Survival match.”
 “In closing the Dealership is the best thing going today and I'm just a showman, a host, and a lot of people out there are some bad and some good but,  I'm Bobby Bemer and they’re not!"

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Is Damian Drake the favorite for FSW Wrestler of the Year?

Damian Drake Winning Title at No Escape

When Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Heavyweight Champion “Ultimate FinesserChris Bey vanquished Killer Kross and Hammerstone left with two Titles at FSW10 it was easy to think those two would be the favorites at this point for FSW Wrestler of the Year. FSW No Limits Champion “New Age DaredevilDamian Drake not only has an argument but based on his resume he could be the favorite.
The Daredevil won the No Limits Gold on January 25th at No Escape when he dropped from the Cage and finished off his old rival “ChiefOwen Travers among others (Ice Williams). Drake has a list of wins many would be proud of. He has wins over “Flip ArtistMatt Vandagriff, “SuperstarJake Atlas, Travers, Shaggy McLovin, Nick Bugatti, Suede Thompson, and eliminated Bey in the Limitless Tournament. Unfortunately, that Tourney is also his one blemish. He was taken down in the Final by “IronheartDouglas James in April, but outside of that his slate has been clean. Let’s not forget it was his third match of the evening since he debuted with LUCHA LIBRE AAA Worldwide (AAA) in Tijuana the night before, but I digress.
Still not buying it? Ok…What has Damian Drake done in 2019 that nobody in FSW has? He’s 3-0 in the Casino Shows. That’s right Sam’s Town Live has been his second home this year. Former FSW Tag Team Champions One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) have three wins too, but they got caught slipping at FSW10 dropping the Belts minutes after the third W (Graves Cash in). A loss is a loss though and as former NFL coach and Hall of Famer Bill Parcells said, “You are what your record says you are.” The Casino shows are the biggest ones on the FSW Calendar and Drake is the only one who is 3-0. That’s pretty special. Let’s not get this twisted there is still plenty of work to do if he wants to take home the award starting with Saturday Night.
If he gets his hand raised again he’s 4-0 and is staring at MECCA V with a potential date with Douglas James or even TJ Perkins. Those two studs fought to a classic draw on June 23rd and with DJ’s prior win over Drake and Perkins resume either would warrant a Title shot. Both would likely favorites over the Champion. A win over Perkins is career-changing, and would certainly put Damian on level terms with Bey for the award, but a win over “Ironheart” may mean more. James has been Drake’s nemesis and to make matters worse put him to sleep in the Arena to win Limitless and was banged up pretty bad to boot.
Bey’s win over Kross is monumental, carries a lot of cache’ and he beat Douglas James so there is no way to get around that. However, if Drake gets past MECCA V with the strap it is clearly a two-horse race. Bey has called-out Drake recently on Social Media to do the match again, so hopefully, it’s in FSW.
No matter what this has been a massive breakout year for the New Age Daredevil and will be a favorite for the award regardless. We just have to wait and see how 2019 plays out, but if the early returns are a good indicator Damian Drake will have a lot to say about it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Who is on the FSW Agenda for Killer Kross Saturday Night?

Arguably the greatest wrestler in Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) history returns to Sam’s Town Live for the first time since his loss to Chris Bey at FSW10 on June 23rd. Killer Kross who boasts a seemingly unbeatable streak of 923 undefeated in FSW and wasn’t pinned clean until the Anniversary show (ahem, Chris Bey ahem). That isn’t what folks around the wrestling world are talking about though. Many want to hear what he has to say about All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) Jon Moxley who stunned FSW and the Las Vegas Wrestling Scene when he answered the challenge of Kross and fought him to a no-contest at the FSW Arena on July 5th in the first installment of Natural Born Killers. The book is most definitely not closed on a feud in its Genesis.

Many have pointed towards MECCA V for a possible rematch, but FSW Officials have been mum on the Moxley subject since shortly after the show. Even if they have a match signed there is no reason for the FSW Boss Joe DeFalco to reveal his hand yet anyway if he holds the cards. Moxley-Kross at MECCA V would be difficult to top for anyone the rest of 2019 and is legitimately a Main Event anywhere. Regardless if they meet again at GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport II on September 14th in Atlantic City (not scheduled )or even at MSG with LUCHA LIBRE AAA Worldwide would not affect a September 29th Showdown here in the Fight Capital. When the Boss said Moxley’s arrival was the greatest moment in FSW history it’s hard to argue. It was on every major wrestling site and all eyes were on Las Vegas.
So a rematch between the two would be terrific, but trying to figure out what the Tollman will do next could put you in an asylum, so we won’t take it too far. Will Kross challenge Moxley again? Is the hunt still on? If not who else wants to make a name for themselves against the Time Collector? No matter who he faces Killer Kross is must-see.

When FSW Champion “Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey exacted a portion of revenge against Kross in June and promptly proclaimed himself a Living Las Vegas Legend after spearing him through a Table to collect the historic win. A portion of revenge was for Killer and the other is likely for John Morrison. Bey told me last month in regards to Morrison that, “payback is a bitch,” and the Finesser has managed to collect those debts in the past. Now he teams with his young rival Shogun Jones and another Superstar former Nevada State Champion Sefa Fatu to take on the Hammerstone-less Project Bodycount.
Despite Your Boy Hammer going to Japan there is no love lost for two of his cronies in Graves and Gabriel Gallo. Graves put Fatu to sleep at FSW10 helping “The Business” win the Blue Belt, and there is no doubt “The Problem” is looking to exact revenge of his own. Don’t sleep on Shogun Jones who’s made it abundantly clear that he dislikes both the Champ and Sefa, so despite the recent cheers the 2018 FSW Rookie of the Year is looking out for #1. Shogun has won on the Big stage taking last year’s Bockwinkel at FSW9 so we know he’s more than capable, and he’s made it clear he wants another shot at the “Finesser.”

Sunday, August 11, 2019

BVW Post Fight: Sefa Fatu Shocker, and Ace Romero will Challenge "The Tank"

A much more comfortable and cool Sahara Event Center played host to Big Valley Wrestling’s (BVW)Rebels and Renegades this afternoon, and we had no idea what to expect, and neither did a certain Champion. The Sahara Event Center hosted another packed house, and they weren’t disappointed. Just when Kevin Ducqets thought he had all the answers, there was a new Problem to deal with, and maybe the biggest of them all. Sefa Fatu showed up after Ducqets and SGT Major “defeated” the BVW Tag Team Champions Fresco-Dinero (Fresco-Mattic & Mondo DInero) in the Main Event. It was a non-title match for the Champs who sported their brand new swag in the ring, and fortunately, it was. A low-blow from Ducqets made the difference in a physical affair. Now the Champs can concentrate on the SCS in a few weeks.
We thought we had the big announcement earlier in the card when BVW El Jefe Benny Espinosa announced that Major League Wrestling’s (MLW) Ace Romero would be challenging Frank “The Tank” at Biggest and the Baddest September 1st. Not so fast my friend…
The Son of Rikishi cleared the ring of Ducqets and SGT Major after a donnybrook occurred shortly after the pin. Sky High (Robbie Lit & Mondo Rox) and Exceptional & Tenacious already brought their feud back to the ring, but everything changed when Fatu’s music hit. Nobody saw it coming. Fresh off winning new Gold in Arizona last night Fatu arrived and challenged “The Delinquent” for the Las Vegas Championship September 1st at Biggest and the Baddest. Kevin wanted to know his opponent, but be careful what you wish for. He better start watching tape tonight.
Congo Crush and SGT Major qualified for the Sin City Survival Match on September 1st with wins this afternoon. We later learned the DEMIGOD of Death Funny Bone was the final participant in the SCS fresh off his DQ “loss” to Frank for the Valley Gold two weeks ago. A deathmatch style contest fits perfect for all three competitors, and none would be a surprise to come out on top. Congo’s Manager Bobby Beamer has been screaming for a Title Match and now his monster is just a win away.

RL Washington and “Vanilla GorillaSean Xavier got wins this afternoon, but unfortunately for Xavier, the Las Vegas Champion wasn’t impressed. Ducqets and SGT Major attacked Xavier following his victory. Washington beat Chris Brady who’s looking for a W. It was a very competitive match and there were moments when it looked like he’d get a win, but Reckless was too much. Washington is a surly, angry guy, but it translates well. He’s a physical competitor who likes to trade shots, but we saw today he is more than capable on the mat. Both guys are solid prospects. Vanilla vs Reckless?
Tenacious wondering what happened

“Exceptional” Alexander Braven finished Mondo Rox with a series of slams and suplexes to get a big victory at the SEC. The Tag rivals were split into singles bouts before the melee, and even though nobody cares about Braven he got the win. Mondo had a couple opportunities to execute offense with aerial moves, but kept losing his footing and wasn’t able to execute as well as he wanted. Ricky Tenacious gives singing a bad name, but he sure is entertaining. He faced the other brother Robbie Lit, but a wardrobe malfunction early on could have played a major role. Tenacious certainly had plenty of opportunities on Sunday, Lit was able to use his athleticism to pick up the win. Robbie has been super-impressive since returning from injury. I had a brief chat with BVW El Jefe Benny Espinosa after the final bell and he glowed about Sefa but made a point to mention how much he likes his Tag Team division with a huge grin. It’s easy to understand why.
Big Valley Wrestling has a ton of momentum right now and they are clicking on all cylinders. Fatu, Ace Romero and Funny Bone have made September 1st a must-see as there isn’t a better place than Vegas right now for great pro wrestling.

Sefa Fatu WINS Arizona Wrestling Federation Title...

Photo: @realsefafatu IG
When Sefa Fatu “lost” the FSW Nevada State Title in June it was disappointing, but anyone who’s watched “The Problem” knew it wouldn’t be long until he had Gold around his waist again. It wasn’t. Fatu made his Arizona Wrestling Federation (AWF) debut earlier this summer winning the Wildcard Rumble, and last night he won his first Championship by taking home the AWF Heavyweight Title in Peoria, AZ at Southwest Indian Ministries.
Sefa took down WATSON who had a tenuous hold on the strap after becoming Double-Champion in April. He dropped the AZ State Title soon after but retained the AWF Strap despite challenges from powerhouses like Major League Wrestling’s (MLW) Hammerstone. Arizona is rapidly becoming a factor in the Wild West Independent wrestling scene, and with the Son of Rikishi holding their top prize things can only get better. There is plenty of talent to keep him busy in the Grand Canyon State as even more young stars like Shogun Jones are finding spots on the AWF cards.
This win gives Fatu tremendous momentum going into next weekend in the Fight Capital when he teams with Chris Bey and Shogun at Survival of the Fittest. He’d found getting his hand raised difficult recently (not his fault), and now that he’s back on track Arizona really does have a PROBLEM.