I kind of slacked not putting anything up until now, but even though the process has had it's issues and may or may not be anything near legit at all, the Gutcheck challenge, where fans vote for Indy talents to advance in brackets for an opportunity to get a tryout, is back on. I bring it up now because some people I know are in it. Voting is still open in bracket 3 ( you have to register, which is supposed to eliminate a problem that occurred the first attempt ). Personally I'm voting for AJ Kirsch ( who also appeared on WWE Tough Enough ). He's a local wrestler who's talented, really dedicated to the business, a nice kid and cool person to hang out with. There are some other people coming up in various brackets who I endorse as well including KImo, LuFisto & Titus Machiavelli. I'm sure there are also other wrestlers some of our members will recognize & I'm Hoping a few votes from here might help out some some deserving people.
Mark Sterling, in bracket 12, is awesome. I've seen riots damn near break out when he wrestles because, as a promoter put it, he's one of the few guys left who can draw real heat.
I saw him go move for move with Jerry Lynn a few years back. Lynn was so fast and crisp then that I was amazed that anyone could keep up with him.
He was actually offered a WWE developmental contract a few years ago but immediately got injured, so it fell through. I've only met him briefly, but mutual friends say he's a great guy.
The Sterling match they have on the Gut Check site is a 25 minute 2-out-of-3 falls match with Mike Sydal (Evan Bourne's younger brother), who he helped train and has been feuding with for years. Late in the match, there's a spear counter so beautiful I had to rewind it multiple times.
I almost think Sterling would have more to offer to TNA than they could offer him.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/nobits/oct05/365218.asp Growing up watching AWA he was one of the "special appearances" that we'd always look forward to. Always sad to hear news like this about a pleasant childhood memory. RIP