Kings Of Wrestling: How Social Media Helped Out the Little Guy

Frankie GargiuloContributor IIIOctober 20, 2010

For those of you looking for a ROH (Ring of Honor) “Kings of Wrestling” post, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but this is not the article you’re looking for—in fact, it’s an article dedicated to you “the fan.” But in a whole other way.

As I clicked on various wrestling pages, I came across an interesting article by’s featured columnist Joe Burgett, with his take on the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community).

After reading his article I was quite interested in taking the next step by addressing some of these fans that have dedicated their time using social media, toward their interest of professional wrestling.

So I sent out some e-mails and spent the day on the phone getting information about these dedicated fans, and how professional wrestling has inspired them towards their career and future endeavors.

Rather than just write an opinionated piece on politics, I wanted to lighten things up a bit and speak about what makes us happy as fans and why we love what we do.  

The first person I am going to speak about is a local Disc Jockey here in Brooklyn, N.Y. John “Pud” Panepinto. 

John hosts a radio talk show called “The Coolside.” He hosts the show with his morning “Coolside Gang” Sarah, Matthew and Mike.  The show can be heard every Thursday Morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on WBCR 1090 a.m.

The show itself features some cool sketches, but its main grasp on reality is completely dedicated to professional wrestling. John goes one step further by also podcasting the day’s show on their website

When I last spoke to John, we were speaking about ESPN’s Milwaukee radio station 540 a.m. The main reason why was due to the PWR program. PWR stands for Pro Wrestling Radio; moreover, it’s a radio talk show that thrives on wrestling topics and wrestling fans' feedback—as well as interviewing some of the big names in Pro Wrestling.

John and I are currently planning to start a petition to allow a similar show be broadcasted here in NYC on ESPN’S radio station 1050 a.m.  Why? Because it’s what we love and it shows how we support the IWC. It also shows how social media like or has influenced our lives in two different social media areas.

Following John, I contacted Jess Geiser (Guyzer), a friend of mine from Seattle, Washington. Jess uses his twitter account to speak about pro wrestling on a daily basis. When I mean on a daily basis, I’m speaking about 24/7 365!

His favorite topic is TNA—he currently believes that the company will overthrow the megapower that is the WWE someday. To me, it seems that Jess loves Twitter because he gets to interact with people he looks up too and idolizes. A practice he wouldn’t be able to contribute to had it not been for social media.

Moving away from blogging, podcasts and Twitter, I got in contact with a personality known as “Stellar” Justin Lopez. Justin is a St. Francis College graduate with a B.A. degree in Communications, concentrating in film and broadcasting.

Justin along with his friends “Hollywood J,” “Superstar” Ron Hustle, and “The Chosen One” have gotten together to make their own monthly video wrestling show on called “The Spotlight.”

The show itself is quite interesting and entertaining. It gives a great point of view from a fans perspective about wrestling and what should happen if the writers were smart enough in the months to come to plan it the way it should be seen.

Even though the show has not been around like other notable wrestling shows (i.e. Rage TV), you definitely can tell how much hard work these fans go through to do what they love and share it with other fans.

As I stated before, I didn’t want to write an article dedicated to politics again. I wanted to write something that actually made me feel good as a columnist for After all, we're all fans writing, tweeting, or recording about what we love.