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I have twelve years professional multimedia experience.
As a Mexican-American from San Francisco, I grew up on pro wrestling magazines, loving lucha libre, territory and independent wrestling, even “New York.” I went on to become a combat sports expert and versatile content creator in the space for national publications. I speak Spanish fluently and can do anything from features and photography to previews and reviews, columns, audio, documentaries, and more. In my area of coverage, California and Las Vegas, there are many independents such as APW, PCW Ultra, Bar Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Revolution, FSW and more, plus bigger shows like PWG, Impact!, ROH, and NJPW.
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Pro wrestling legend Gene LeBell’s relationship with Ronda Rousey feature on FOX Sports.
Longform on former pro wrestler & fighter Brian Johnston.
TWO HOURS OF RADIO ON CM PUNK
THEN THERE’S THAT TIME YEARS BACK I INTERVIEWED
THE UNDERTAKER (MOSTLY) OUT OF CHARACTER….
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…THIS IS THE STORY I WOULD DEBUT ON FANSIDED…
The Pro Wrestling Industry's
Next Big Star is Jake Atlas
(Who Happens to be Openly Gay)
The business outside the major sports entertainment promoter, WWE, is booming thanks to the internet. However, like male-dominated sports are, there's a culture of homophobia and few -- if any -- openly gay participants, let alone stars.
Jake Atlas is poised to change that. He started training for the ring in 2014, made his professional debut in 2016, and has been paying his dues on shows around California since. With only two years in the game, the Mexican-American's background in cheerleading and gymnastics lends itself to an athletic, high-paced, crowd-friendly performance style. Namely, Atlas has what the business of pro wrestling calls a "million dollar finish." That is a match-ending move that draws big cheers from crowds and bigger crowds for better paydays. He has the potential to become an attraction that makes everyone more money, which is how legends are made in wrestling.
His mom and older brother didn't accept him when he came out in high school. His mom begrudgingly has. The verdict on his brother is...
In 2015, before his wrestling dream was on solid foundation in reality, Atlas essentially broke his neck. Atlas loved wrestling so much, and already struggling with his identity, depression and anxiety, he tried to kill himself.
He's a survivor. Early on in his wrestling career, he's standing up for who he is rather than take his mom's advice to stay in the closet. If he can stay healthy, he has the talent to be a champion anywhere in the world, and become one of the world's best wrestlers, while letting young LGBQT wrestling fans -- like he once was -- there are gay wrestlers and role models in sports no matter how much toxic masculinity also exists to suppress that.