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Dr. Darin Davis

Minnesota independent pro wrestler discusses past experiences and the current state of pro wrestling


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Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of February 2009, with a special highlight at the end.

Okay, now for the “special highlight”. Let me start by saying that although I like a good comedy spot now and again, I really like the kind of match that makes me “believe”, regardless of the fact that I was actually in the business and know better.

However, I found the clip of the match below from the CHIKARA promotion very entertaining. Forget that it blows the “suspension of disbelief” clear out the window and into the next county, and just enjoy.

This was the Wrestling Video of the Week #3 at Project126 (they also have another video like it in their post), and what they mentioned there I’ll say again: the video itself has not been slowed down. It will take you a few seconds to realize this, but when you do you should get a kick out of it.

As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page ( You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

RunnerJust happened to run across this story in the local Minneapolis paper the StarTribune (not sure how long the link will work) while I was waiting for some maintenance to get done on my car. I  saw him again on the local cable newscast Channel 12 later tonight (there is also a video at that link).

Former wrestler, referee, and fellow Eddie Sharkey/Terry Fox trainee (from my “era” in the camp), B.J. Van Beusekom is going to be attempting a 93 mile run in a 24-hour period starting this coming Monday, Feb 2nd.

He worked as referee B.J. Van Buren (maybe as his real name- I always thought it was Van Buren), and under a mask as wrestler Drej.

His run is being performed on a treadmill indoors. Between weather, road conditions, and staying hydrated and nourished it probably makes sense to be inside. Not sure the benefit of the treadmill vs. a running track other than maybe to keep the right pace (and be able to watch TV!). Sounds like he is figuring in a couple of naps too. If he was outside and he wanted to run 40 miles and then take a nap, his bed would be 40 miles away. That’s either a big problem or a punchline to an old joke.

The American Lung Association is getting 100% of any money raised, and they are hoping that some people will come out to the Athletic Performance Inc Training Center in Brooklyn Center, MN between noon Monday 2/2 and noon Tues 2/3 and cheer him on, donate, or both.

Update (2/4/09): B.J. completed about 80 miles in a 24 hour period- the equivalent of about 3 marathons. He got some airtime again on Channel 12 news (see previous link above) and coverage in another StarTribune article. According to the article he seemed to be feeling okay, other than having tightness in his legs.

Congratulations B.J.!