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Not quite finished

So that project is not quite finished, but it’s far enough along that I’ll share!

Behold, my own personal workspace.

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It should have been finished up, but my buddy sliced his hand open finishing up the ropes. I was busy at BG East filming matches that day, and the next day I had a 11 wrestlers over to break in the new ring. I still need to paint it, finish taping up the ropes, swap out the turnbuckles for slightly smaller ones, and throw the canvas down to cover the mat. I’m also going to add some backdrops to cover up all the junk in the background, and use some soft boxes for lighting.

I filmed 20 matches on Friday in the new ring. On Saturday I shot up to cage-a-mania (Cameron’s taping) and did a couple more there.

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The downside of being so busy this past weekend is my diet went to hell. Falling off the wagon would be an understatement. After eating so well and relatively clean for the past couple months, I can actually feel the difference in my food choices. I feel sluggish, bloated, and gross. I’m about to head to the gym and work off some of the junk. I’m going to wrestle on another pro show this Friday night, and I was hoping I’d look a lot better in spandex.

I’m going to be back in Florida at the end of May and early June. Both trips have been added to the calendar, which I’m going to be updating more frequently.

The NFL draft is this weekend, and I’m anxious to see what the Patriots are going to do. I know the typical joke is “NE trades the 32nd pick”, but with the new rookie wage scale and the 5th year option for all 1st round picks, the Patriots have actually traded UP in the first round (Hightower, Chandler Jones) to grab players. I’m thinking Shane Ray could be a player to keep an eye on. Talent wise he’s a top 10 pick, but some off the field issues and turf toe are supposed to make him fall in the draft. Last year NE used their first round pick on a DT with no ACL’s, so injury history shouldn’t be a major concern. The off the field stuff might be too much, especially coming off the whole Hernandez thing. The Patriots do love their value picks, and getting a top 10 talent with the 32nd pick might be too tempting to pass up. It’s not exactly the biggest area of need on this team, but I wouldn’t complain. They were able to win the Super Bowl without much contribution from their #1 pick last year, so as long as they can nail the next couple rounds, I’d take the risk.

Does anybody have an iWatch, and if so, how do you like it so far? I’ve tried it on, read about it, and still can’t decide if I think it’s a neat gimmick, or totally obnoxious. Having your passbook at your full disposal is kind of neat (apple pay, boarding passes, etc), having maps on your wrist if you’re walking around a new city is something that appeals to me as well. I will never use it as a phone, the idea of speaking into your wrist while in public is horrifying to me (I have bluetooth in my car, or else I’d say that would be a practical use for it) . I can’t imagine reading and responding to emails/texts is very pleasant either, and having it constantly buzz on your wrist seems like it could get old real fast. The fitness uses for it are interesting, but aren’t enough to sway me either way. This definitely isn’t something I need, I’m just trying to figure out if it’s something that would be neat to have and possibly make parts of my day easier.

A little late

I’m posting this a little later than I wanted to, mainly because I’ve been busy this week finishing up a project I teased on my blog at the beginning of the year. I’m starting to see a pattern here, lol. It should be finished up tomorrow and I’ll have photos up in a blog after this weekends shoots.

I’ve been on the injury report all this week as well, thankfully I’m starting to come around now. I was fighting off a bad cold earlier this week and I somehow injured my neck. It felt like a strain, I just know it hurt to move for most of the week. I’m finally able to move it pain free and with full range of motion. My gym goals took a hit this week as a result, but I’ll get myself back on track.

I have a busy remainder of the week. Tomorrow I’m going up to BG East of film some matches with a hot new guy and one of our newest superstars. Friday, I’m doing a small custom match taping, and then Saturday I’m going to hang out with Cameron & company.

Speaking of custom tapings, I’ll have these guys kicking around for a couple days. We might have room to get a couple more matches in. So send those scripts in!

  

 

Kayden Keller, Lon Dumont, Dolph Danner, Biff Farrell, Ty Alexander, and of course I’m available as well.

I’m also very close to announcing a couple more projects I’ve been working on. These ones won’t take 4 months to finish, I promise. I’d expect the debut to be in the next couple weeks. Some really cool stuff is on the horizon. Speaking of that, I’ve been talking with Cameron about doing some joint trips together. West coast, the UK, etc. When we hammer out dates, I’ll post them here.

For those of you who haven’t checked out BG East’s latest set of releases, go do so! www.bgeast.com Catalog 108 has been released and it features some hot new hunks and it has one hell of a star studded line up. Heel Bash 1 is probably my favorite of the bunch, it has two hot pros, Chet Chastain and Dolph Danner, who are making their BGE debuts, Guido Genatto (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite heels to watch) taking on Ethan Axel Andrews, and Big Barry Burke squashing pretty boy, Rofl Fulton. Another can’t miss debut is Biff Farrell’s on the Lon Dumont spotlight. Biff’s the prototypical college jock. He looks great, he knows it, but he’s got a little ways to go before he can step in the ring against a seasoned veteran like Lon Dumont and come away with the win. I practiced with Biff a little after he finished wrestling Lon, and he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with once he catches on. Notice I said once, not if. He’s a stud, a natural athlete, who picks up on wrestling very easily. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t a candidate the boss calls up to smash poor unsuspecting jobber boys by the end of the year. Once his skills get up to par, I’d like to have a go with him.

Off topic, but I can’t wait to see this.

That’s it for now Firestorm fans!

Pro match live, progress report

The pro match I wrote about two blog posts ago (Better late than never), has been added to the store. Pro 1: Jonny’s Triple Threat Match is a 10:30 minute download and costs $15. It’s a very different match than you’re used to seeing me in. I play the baby face (good guy) in the bout and have more of an ariel arial based offensive attack. A triple threat match pits 3 wrestlers against each other simultaneously (no tags), the first person to score a pin-fall or submission victory is the winner. There aren’t supposed to be any alliances because of the everyman for himself format, but the heels in this match make a pact to beat me down and double team me every chance they get.

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Moving on to the gym update. I feel like I’ve been killing the workouts lately. I prevenatively took this week off from legs because my knee and hip didn’t feel right. It’s feeling 100% now but I’ll still hold off till next week just to be safe. Here’s a picture of me from about a month ago, actually they’re exactly a month old (March 16th).

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And here are some pictures of me from yesterday

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Besides the crazy hair (I had a hat on working out), you can see the improvements in muscle size and definition. I was actually in better shape late last week but I had one hell of a weekend in Boston. Lol. Back on track now though.

Check out this jobber…

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I like to do charity work every once in awhile, part of it involves taking the elderly out. Don’t fret Firestorm fans, Scott Williams didn’t come close to beating me in arm wrestling.

I’ll have another blog post up soon about the upcoming custom match taping and a couple more things I’m excited about.

Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat channel!

Better late than never

I’ve been slacking with the blog lately. I’d like to think its for good reason though. I’m making strides getting back into shape, I’ve been taping plenty of custom matches, and I even did a pro show the other week. I’ve had my share of shenanigans as well. I got punched in the face on St. Party’s day…by a lesbian. It hurt and the ring left a nice little cut. It was a honest/drunken mistake. She was a classmate of mine in HS, I went over to say hi and wrestling came up. Next thing you know, “I could be a wrestler” is slurred out, and BAM! Right in the face. I’ve been hit harder by tougher though, it’ll take a lot more than that to put the firestorm down. 

The pro show was a lot of fun. I filled in for somebody on short notice. I haven’t been on a show in a long time so it was nice to get back in front of a crowd and do my thing. Believe it or not, in most of my pro shows in the baby face (good guy). I was in a triple threat match with two other heels, who wasted no time forging an alliance and double teaming me every opportunity they got. I fought back and picked up with win though, and I felt like it went well enough that I might start doing shows again semi regularly. Im hoping to have the video up soon. 

Getting back in shape has been a very frustrating and rewarding experience. I’ve had days where I’ve felt like the man of steel and others where I’m a total failure. The diet aspect is always tough for me. I’ve stuck with it for about 85% of the time. Had a couple nights where I broke down and binge ate snacks late at night or had some drinks after a stressful day. Or eating clean while I travel is tough as well. I don’t mind if I know I’m going over my numbers while I travel, if I know it’s good that at least has nutritional value. It’s when I stupidly woof down a piece of chocolate cake that I feel like an asshole.

The gym has mostly been a success. I forgot how much I enjoyed lifting weights. It really is a high for me. I feel great after a good workout. There’s been a couple days where I’ve been off, or just so tired I wasn’t able to have a killer work out, or even a good one. I those situations I do my best to “get through it”, without dialing it in. Some days the strength just isn’t there for me, so I go lighter and higher reps. Just yesterday I had one of my best days in the gym, I’m lifting weight back up near my normal numbers finally. Felt great to bench a couple sets at 225 again. The squats are around 275 right now, front squats 185. Curling varies wildly for me depending what else I’m doing that day and if I’m using free weights or an EZ bar. Free weights I’m back up around 40/45, the EZ bar 70/80. I’m starting to see some results. I think in another month or so I’m going to look pretty damn good, and will just need to focus on the abs coming in to be back in firestorm shape. 

Filming custom matches has been a ton of fun. I’ve had some wild conceps lately and a couple more coming up that I can’t wait to do.  Unfortunately my camera broke and it forced my hand into making a mich needed upgrade. Next I’ll need to upgrade my computer so I can take advantage of all the new features the camera has. I don’t often get much feedback from clients other than, “thanks Jonny, that’s exactly what I wanted”, but here’s something a satisfied customer wrote. This match was filmed with about 15 minutes of advance notice, we nailed it with barely any prep time. 

“That was fucking fantastic Jonny.  It was really, really fun.  In fact, it was nearly perfect.  I loved the variety of ways the blows were inflicted and the garish reactions that followed.  Both of you were clearly all in on the theme and it showed. I will definitely order more matches from you in the future!
Good stuff Jonny!  I really appreciate your making this for me.  You boys are great!”


Speaking of custom matches I’m flying down to FL right now to shoot a batch and I think I have some time to squeeze in one or two more matches if people are interested. The line up goes: me, Austin Cooper, Drake Marcos, Ty Alexander, Kelly King, two new hunks who have bodybuilder physiques similar to Austin’s and another cute twinky boy or two. If you’re interested shoot me an email at, customs@jonnyfirestorm.com but act fast, we have very limited time left to film any matches. 



Expect another post FL blog filled with fun behind the scenes photos and hopefully stories of more shenanigans! 

Till next time Firestormers. 

Top dog

I won BG East’s year end award for the “Best Squash of 2014”, I think this is the 3rd year in a row I’ve been involved in the best squash job. My poor opponent was newbie, Nicholas Rush. As soon as the Boss set him in my cross hairs, I was drooling to sink my teeth into him. Just look at the two of us, it was a mismatch from the start.

 

I don’t recall poor Nicky getting a single offensive maneuver in. I was in a muscle building phase during this match, so I’m a little beefier, but more muscular than I typically am. Despite our appearances, we were the same weight. Nicholas did have a 9 inch height advantage over me though, not that it mattered.

  

The match has a terrific write up on the BGE website, click here to visit the webpage. Demolition 17 is a fantastic DVD overall. It also features 2014’s top babyface winner, Jake Jenkins. Poor Jake is matched up against the beefy bruiser, Guido Genatto. That match in particular won the “Best ring match and the best submission, of 2014”. Demo 17 has a little something for everybody AND it’s on sale until March 1st! Just to reiterate, best heel, best babyface, best squash, best ring match, and best submission all on one DVD, at a discounted price. It’s a no brainer.

  

Here’s a fun behind the scenes fact, the visible scratch on my head during this match is a result of an impromptu wrestling match against Jake Jenkins. I forget who else was around but Jake and I both have extensive amateur wrestling experience, Austin Cooper was egging us on a bit and we threw down. It was pretty intense but I was able to get the better of Jake. We all went out into Boston that night and Austin wouldn’t stop teasing Jake about it.

I’m finally back on track as far as dieting and working out go. I’m not sick of eating healthy yet, no cravings and I haven’t had a cheat day…yet. Working out has been a bit discouraging. I know it can take a while to get back to where I was before but it’s very humbling. I’m struggling to put up half the weight I used to and I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. I think with another week under my belt the level of soreness will go down significantly, my body just needs to adjust to lifting weights again. If I keep at it, I’ll have my abs back by April.

I’d also like to give Cameron Matthews a congrats on finally winning best ass. I’m glad your ass is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

Fan Fantasy 2, NYC

First, let me have my fan moment. What an amazing Super Bowl! I was one play away from throwing the nearest object through my TV. I know people are saying the Patriots got lucky, and they did. But Seattle was just as lucky getting the ball all the way down there on that bobble catch. So the two plays kind of cancel out. For all you upset Seattle fans, I have this to say…

 

BG East just put out a new catalog and I’m starring in one of the products. Fan Fantasy 2 pits me against BGE icon, Christopher Bruce.

  

This match was very early in my BGE career, not quite a heel, not quite a jobber, just an eager young wrestler looking to make his mark. I was super pumped when Kid Leopard called and said I was going to be wrestling Chris Bruce next. He was one of my idols, somebody I never imagined I’d get to step in the ring with. He was always entertaining to me, always very well built and skilled. He went from being a young fantasyman beefcake in his early releases to a beefy muscle hunk as a veteran grappler. It’s hard to keep your appearance up throughout the years (I’ve found that out the hard way, lol), and I admired that Chris Bruce was consistently a stud every time he stepped in the ring… or on the mat. He takes a lot of flack for always coming up on the losing end of things, but he’s good in the ring. There’s a lot of power behind his attacks. He just happened to be up against other high quality opponents.

  

Let’s be honest, I suspect that in many of his matches he was set up to fail. When you look the way he does, the Boss will often match you up against the biggest, baddest, dirtiest wrestlers around. With his physique and handsome face, why wouldn’t you want to see him get bashed. That’s what pretty boys are for. Looking back on this match now, I wonder what KL’s motives were. Was he seeing if Chris Bruce could put me in my place, or was he grooming me to become the heel I am today?

  

I vividly remember this match being around the time my BGE career started to take a turning point. I wen’t from the skinny newcomer and soon after this bulked up to be a muscle pro. Chris Bruce taught me some lessons in the ring during this match that I still use to this day.

 

On a side note, I’m going to be in NYC again next Friday (2/20). As of right now it’s just a day trip, but I wouldn’t mind extending it into Saturday if need be. Email privates@jonnyfirestorm.com if you’d like to schedule a private match.

Superbowl Sunday & The Challenger 2!

Deflate this

I don’t think the ball deflation thing is a big deal at all. I think if it were any other team this wouldn’t be a story whatsoever. The fact that the nation has been talking about the Patriot’s balls for the past two weeks is ridiculous. Let’s talk about the game instead.

Patriots 30 – Seattle 21

I think Seattle’s schedule this year was a joke. They struggled a bit early on (as did the Patriots) but the media and Seattle fan base keeps saying the defense really came alive at the end of the year. Oh really? It sure did, I’m sure it’s tough keeping Drew Stanton (backup, Arizona), Colin Kapernick (starter, SF), Mark Sanchez (backup Philadelphia), Ryan Lindley (backup, Arizona), Logan Thomas (rookie backup, Arizona) and Shaun Hill (backup St. Louis) out of the end zone. Kepernick is the only starter in the group and he’s not exactly an accurate passer or great decision maker. The point being is the 0-16 Detroit Lion team (fun fact, Drew Stanton was on that team), could’ve picked up at least one win against this stellar group of quarterbacks that Seattle has faced. To be fair, Seattle has had two good wins all season. Week one against Green Bay and week three against Denver. They did lose to San Diego, Dallas, St. Louis and KC this season. To get to the superbowl they had to beat a team with a losing record (Carolina) and in my opinion, the best team in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers. If Aaron Rogers was playing healthy, Seattle wouldn’t have won that game. By my count still just TWO impressive wins all year.

The Patirots schedule had me worried at the beginning of the season. Turns out, they were a lot better than I thought. Ugly loss to Miami in week one, the next loss to KC (KC fans must be pissed they beat both teams in the SB), Green Bay and the last game against Buffalo (resting so many players basically made this a glorified bye week). NE had a brutal stretch of games from week 4 on till the end of the season. KC is no joke, Cincinnati looked like the real deal at the time (once the Pats put up 43 on them it brought them back to earth), Buffalo and the Jets might not be good teams but those defensive lines are exactly what foils the Pats (see the NYG superbowls), Chicago (not so tough, scary WRs though), Denver (smacked Manning down 43-21), Indy, Detroit, Green Bay, San Diego, Miami (not all around good but still has a better QB than Seattle played down the stretch) and closing out with the Jets and the BIlls. They beat up on a lot of those teams outside of the loss to Green Bay (26-21 thanks to that TD right before halftime), they not only beat, but manhandled most of those teams. To get to the superbowl the Pats had to get by the next best team in the AFC at that time of year at least, the Baltimore Ravens, and they had to embarrass the Colts…. again. I think it was impressive smacking down Denver and Detroit, beating SD, and the Ravens. That’s at least 4 quality wins, I’d say beating Indy twice should add two more to the total but those games were so out of hand it’s tough to justify it.

As far as the big game, I think New England’s offense can match up and put up points against Seattle’s defense. If NE is able to contain and negate Marshawn Lynch they win the game, luckily BB is able to constantly negate the oppositions best weapon. Russell Wilson is a good young QB but I don’t think you can expect him to put the game on his shoulders and throw against Revis, Browner & McCourty, especially with the average group of WRs he has. Those guys are playmakers, and we’ve all seen Wilson throw ugly picks when up against a D that’s good in coverage. For the Pats, Blount and Gronk are the keys to victory. Seattle’s been run on this year, they gave up 100 yards in both playoff games and 6 times during the regular season including all 4 of their losses. In those other games they’ve been lights out against the run, but again like the QBs they’ve played, not much competition against elite RBs here. They’ve also struggled against TE’s, at least ones with decent skills (Antonio Gates torched them in the SD loss, and Witten gave them fits in the Cowboys loss). They’ll be facing the best in the league against Gronk, I fully expect to see some Gronk spikes in the end zone this Sunday.

With two weeks to prep I think BB and #12 have an answer for anything Seattle wants to do defensively. Sherman doesn’t move from his side of the field that much, so you can scheme around that. I’d like to see them toss Gronk out there for a few and see how physical Sherman wants to get against somebody capable of “throwing him out of the club”. I expect to see a lot of motion from the Pats, probably stack up the WRs on one side with Gronk in the slot, that should help the WRs get open. I really don’t expect Seattle to ever have the lead, call me crazy but the Patriots are going to be in control of this game from start to finish. I think a lot of drives will end in FGs though, which is why the score is as close as it is. I think that if Seattle gives the Pats 3 redzone chances like they did the Packers, NE comes away with at least one TD. Seattle’s definitely a good team, and they have the talent to win this game, defensively they can give the Pat’s a hard time with the pass rush, and their outstanding secondary. The Legion of Boom is what makes Seattle great. I just think a healthy Gronk makes all the difference in the world. I also expect Julian Edelman to do something awesome, because he is awesome. SB win #4 for the Patriots, Tom Brady will be the greatest QB to ever play the game and there will be one very happy Jonny Firestorm.

Now onto Firestorm stuff. My diet hasn’t got off to a good start so I’ve basically delayed it till after the Superbowl. I would be doing good for a couple days and then fall off the wagon and then it’s impossible to diet during a Patriots game.

If you’re a member of BG East’s Arena you’ve been treated to some of the photos of my upcoming match against Christopher Bruce! I won’t post any photos of the match yet because it hasn’t been released but here are some portraits of the two of us from the bout.

  

It’s always fun for me to look back on matches and see how far I’ve progressed since then. I was younger, leaner, still skilled but lacked the real heel mean streak I have now. I remember being so impressed by Chris Bruce, he had been around the block at BG so I knew all about his reputation. Still to this day, I’m a big Chris Bruce fan.

I did a lot of filming last week (15 1/2 hours), mostly for custom match orders but also a couple matches for the Firestorm site. I just released one of the matches, scroll down to see more about that. I’ve also increased the quality and the video size for the VODs (new ones, not the old ones), so you should be seeing me as intended, bigger & better.

I have absolutely no travel plans as of right now. That can change at a moments notice. I’m a little behind on emails but I should be all caught up by the end of the day today.

My gear collection is running low, anybody want to send me something that I would wear in upcoming videos? I could use some speedos (small and medium) and singlets (medium), International Jock has some cool stuff on sale now. I’ve noticed some of you don’t care for the black speedos. With my big project taking up most of my time and resources, buying new gear isn’t at the top of my list. Speaking of the big project, I’m about half way done with it. I’m expecting to debut it in mid February.

Now for the next VOD announcement, The Challenger 2: Jonny Firestorm vs. Riley is now up in the VOD download section. Riley is a rookie to the underground wrestling scene but he’s a very talented pro. When I issued the open challenge for anybody to step in the ring with me, he was one of the very first people to respond. It’s taken some time to set up but we finally locked horns last week and he did not disappoint. He’s cunning, technically sound and deceptively strong. The photos don’t reflect how even the match is but it’s a total 50/50 back and forth bout that ends in a submission.

 

That’ll do it for now. Go Pats!

 

PS. Check out this “year end award” that I won for my work on POV 1 – La Sustancia. Thanks Jose, and I hope I can continue to innovate, entertain and tantalize you and the rest of my fans in 2015!