PSYCHO MIKE STARTED HIS CAREER IN 1981.AFTER COMPLETING TRAINING AT THE JOHNNY POWERS SCHOOL OF WRESTLING,DEBUTING MAY 3,1981 AGAINST THE MASKED SUPERSTAR.
BEGINNING HIS WRESTLING CAREER AS A MASKED WRESTLER CALLING HIMSELF "MR. PSYCHO" BEGAN FEUDING WITH THE DEMON OF DARKNESS AND THE ORIGINAL SHEIK.EARLY IN HIS CAREER SPILLING BLOOD THROUGH-OUT THESE FEUDS,
PSYCHO MIKE HAS WRESTLED IN NUMEROUS INDEPENDENT PROMOTIONS THROUGH-OUT HIS CAREER SUCH AS: I.W.A. , MICHIGAN CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING ,G.L.W.A.(Oh.) ,U.S.W.L. ,C.W.A. ,E.S.C.W. ,CLEVELAND ALL PRO,A.C.W. AND MASTERZ OF MAYHEM, AND OTHER SMALL INDEPENDENT PROMOTIONS,
HOLDING QUITE A FEW CHAMPIONSHIPS ALONG THE WAY,AS WELL AS WRESTLING FOR THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION TV TAPINGS IN EARLY 1985-86 WHEN THE WWF TAPINGS WERE ONLY HELD AT MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER IN POUGHKEEPSIE NEW YORK,
WRESTLING NAMES SUCH AS S.D. JONES,PAUL ROMA,PAUL "MR.WONDERFUL" ORNDORF AND JAKE "THE SNAKE"ROBERTS.
PsYcHo MiKe WoUlD LiKe 2 ThAnK TheSe InKsTeR'z:
JERRY & MIKE DAVIS
MORE TO COME SOON.......................................
The following column just goes to show that it's a small world. Picture it, if you will (sorry,
had to steal a 'Dusty'). One night while catching a band in Cleveland with some friends of mine, we decided to wander out back behind the bar and get
some 'air'. For some odd reason,
the topic of my column came up amongst the conversation and I heard a voice behind me pipe up, 'Hey, I'm a professional wrestler! You write a column for Scoops?' I expected to turn around and see some Mulkey look-a-like who's wrestled one match in his life.
Well, I turn to see this large, tattooed man who introduces himself to me as Psycho Mike. He gave me his card and the first thing Monday morning, I checked out his website and found pictures of bloodshed and spewing fire. Well, the first thing that came to my mind after I saw this bloody man blowing fire? 'I've got to write about this guy!'
How many people go out for a simple night on the town and end up meeting a guy who's wrestled such hard core legends as Abdullah the Butcher and The Original Sheik? It just goes to show you never know when you're going to find a topic for a column (which is great because I've been suffering some serious brain rot as of late and couldn't think up a cohesive column if my life depended on it).
So, after playing email tag for weeks, I caught up with Mike at a show in Canton, Ohio, my old stomping grounds (as well as Mr. Marilyn Manson's, but everyone tries to keep that quiet, for good reason) on July 17th.
I have always admired hardcore wrestlers and their bloodlust for entertaining so this was a treat for me, to say the least. Since I'm not the type with the patience for a formal sit down interview, Mike and I spent the day downing some beers (if you would've seen some of the matches that were going on, you'd understand the need for alcohol).
We talked about everything from Abdullah's fork getting caught in his pierced tongue to his television show that he has been running in Cleveland for the past 9 years to his latest appearance in the HIGH TIMES Magazine's Hemp 100.
You'd think with him booked in the main event, Psycho Mike wouldn't have time to sit down and give me about three hours worth of conversation to sort through.
But when he arrived, the promoter told him that he didn't have an opponent. Mike later informed me none of the guys in the back wanted to work with him because he worked them a little hard.
He even propositioned the ring announcer for a match, and when the announcer shrugged it off as if it were a joke, he said with a smirk, 'Don't laugh'. Psycho Mike came down to wrestle and up until the very last minute, no one even wanted to face him. (They decided to throw him on the mic and initiate a battle royal).
He also had plenty of time to sit down and talk since he doesn't like to hang out in the locker room. He pointed out a fortysomething looking worker and said, 'I once saw that guy break down and cry in the locker room when told to do a job - that's the reason I don't hang out in the locker room.
After talking to Mike, I finally fully realized the respect that I have gained for independent talent and the lengths that they go to participate in the sport that they love.
I must have been blind or stupid, but after spending one day with Psycho Mike, I developed a whole new perspective on the guys that roll into your town and play to a show of, maybe, fifty people to a couple of thousand in high schools & arena's.
There's nothing about love of money involved, it's all about being a wrestler. That's not to say making millions a year in the WWE is a miserable way to live, of course… Psycho Mike had his days in the WWF around '85/'86. When I asked him about that period of his career (now spanning about 20+ years), he was brutally honest: 'I was the Job Squad before there was even a Job Squad. Pin me, pay me…' He did get to job to such wrestling luminaries as Jake Roberts but being a jobber, even to megastars, didn't always make up for the abuse.
Mike told me about an experience with George The Animal Steele that would make anybody rethink a wrestling career. At the Cobo Arena in Detroit in front of 2000 people, he was punched in the nether regions by The Animal when he worked him on the wrong side. That was a far cry from headlining Wrestlemania...Mike said he got tired of going to play baseball with his buddies and hearing them say, 'We saw you on TV, we saw you lose…again.'
He told me a lot of tales from the road, a few of which aren't exactly legal or fit to print. In the interest of privacy, I'll keep the juicy ones locked in the vault. Of course, he did mention that the only person that ever gave him a lot of attitude was Hogan, but is that really a revelation? His WWF career finished?, he moved onto better things (jumping ship to WCW),
Mike kept wrestling independently and meanwhile, kept bothering the local cable company concerning local access. He was the first program on local access in Cleveland with Masterz of Mayhem Wrestling: an even mix of rock and roll, wrestling, and chaos. He's recently helped other fledgling independent promotions start programs of their own..
Psycho Mike has become something of a Cleveland mainstay in recent years, appearing on local television programs and doing a lot of charity wrestling and told me he only works about two weekends a month. Two weekends a month is a pretty sweet gig for a husband and father.
The entire Psycho Mike clan gets involved in dad's business.
Perhaps the funniest part of the day was when Psycho Mike told me he just might 'color' and that we should sit up front for his match...his two daughters sat right up front with us and heckled all of their father's opponents during the main event battle royal. You think ECW fans are rowdy? (Of course, they probably learned the fine art of heckling from their father,
whom was giving lip service to a slightly overweight female wrestler by yelling: 'Honey, I'm going to make you mine! I got fudge!'). Hell, at one point they were heckling their own dad when they heard him calling a spot too loudly. Psycho Mike's wife is also an integral part of Masterz of Mayhem - she holds the book. I asked her if this was the family business and she said 'He eats, sleeps, and shits pro wrestling. He'll always have his nose in the business somehow.
Maybe that's why I liked Psycho Mike so much.So often we see the negative side of the business, we don't see wives and families and the like. He told me one of his better memories of Mick Foley was when Mick put one of his daughters on each knee and ate milk and cookies with them, getting crumbs caught in his beard.
It's the kind of story you won't hear on 'Inside Edition'. But then again I also liked Psycho Mike because he wasn't one of these guys running around spouting at the piehole about being hardcore and wrestling about as hardcore as Sable.
Mike went to the trouble to supply me with a 'Best of' tape (which featured him getting "Put Over" on current stars like Raven,Al Snow and D'Lo Brown). He said it wasn't that hardcore but it included a few downright gorefests with forks, pencils, and chairs. I'd hate to see the REALLY hardcore matches.
After the main event, Mike told his daughter to go get the Polaroid so we could take some pictures. He started tensing himself up and hitting himself in head to make the blood flow for a more impressive photo.
Now that's dedication. I wish I could have that kind of drive when it comes to my soul-sucking job. That's it. Any comments or questions? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, Gail
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