WELCOME TO JohnnyMantell.com
HELLO! Welcome to our website all about "The Pride of Montague County, TX" Cowboy Johnny Mantell, the moniker was given by Bill Mercer in 1984 while working with Southwest Sports, World Class Championship Wrestling! John's history (he was an amateur Champion starting at the age of 10, debuting in his 1st professional match in 1976 under his real name); how he got into the business; more about Wild West Wrestling Productions - a wrestling organization where they work to assist organizations with fundraising matches, event planning & more; all about Mantell's Corral - John's radio podcast where he talked Life, Wrestling "How it is, How it was, & How it ought to be!" for over 3 years on BlogTalkRadio, the show is currently being worked into a weekly Radio broadcast; and the facility that is going from the Thoroughbred Training facility (which burned to the ground in April 2009) started by his father, Paul Lusk Sr., into a Training Facility with lodging, weights, 1/2 mile obstacle track & more; plus he LOVES to tell stories occasionally!
We're glad you stopped by..... come back soon!
My Memorabilia Box....
A new section of the website where we will post different Memorabilia items from my and "K"s past like this program from my days with Hollywood Championship Wrestling as The Hood.
Funny to think at one time the fan's out in LA were convinced that The Hood was really Roddy Piper under a mask!
Thank you to Gaijins rareolestuff on YouTube for uploading this video of Myself & Kerry Von Erich VS. Buddy Roberts & Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy from 1983.... "Mr. Gaijins" says he has more matches from the Ft. Worth & Dallas days of WCCW. He has many on his Channel now and will be uploading more in the weeks & months to come!! This is just one of the many great videos from WCCW / Southwest Sports days that this Channel has, please visit them and all the other great videos from the "Good Ole Days of Wrestling" on YouTube!
World Class Championship Wrestling / Southwest Sports ~~ A truly great time to be in the business, but sad cause it was towards the end of the Territory Days and the start of something different.....
ALS ICE-BUCKET CHALLENGE - I've been Challenged!! ACCEPTED
On top of the WONDERFUL people that Challenged me to this, I also want to thank a few people from today, Wed. Aug. 20th, which also would have been my Dad's 98th Birthday!
Thank you to Montague County for the wonderful location near the 150 year Anniversary monument sign for today's Challenge. (If anyone is ever in the Montague County area on a Saturday, they have the original Jail that is now a museum you can walk through).
Also HUGE Thank you to one of my oldest friends, one of two Montague County residents that I graduated Chino High, Chino, CA with, Ron Walker for dumping the ICE WATER on my head, to Eric Viccaro of the Bowie News for helping us get the word out about the Challenge & this great fundraiser, and to the few Montague County residents who came by to show their support!
Pretty cool and amazing, at the time of the video Wed. Aug. 20th, ALS website reports that last year 2013, they raised $1.9 million with this challenge, to date for 2014 they've raised $22 million (and upward)!
Watch for more info on the "response" to Challenges Issued!
UPDATE: Keith Mundee, American Hat Co., Brandon Hey (Buddy Roberts, Jr.) and Jermaine Ferrell, KFDX have completed the Challenge!
Yes, the Pride of Montague County has been challenged by a couple of individuals out there for the ALS "Do It or Donate" Challenge.
If you haven't heard or seen one by now, you've apparently had your head in the sand, cause they are all over.... Good Morning America and Today Show anchors & crew have all done it, Stephanie McMahon & her man, Triple H have both been called out & done it, even Oprah Winfrey has done it....
Well my wonderful friend & his wife got involved over the weekend, a young man that worked for me a lot during the 90s and was always right in the ring, not matter what kind of night it was! So thank you to Rusty Keatts and his wonderful wife, Kristie (Kristie really) for being the FIRST (there have been a couple others since) to challenge me for the wonderful cause! So you Donate or take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.... UPDATE: on Tuesday, 8/19 I was also challenged on video by Khris Germany!
So...this Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in front of this Montague County monument sign on the Southwest corner of the Montague county Courthouse, I will make my Challenge to others as well.... here's a hint on who I will challenge..#1 will be a local business president; #2 will be a regional on air sports anchor; & #3 will be a 3pher from our wrestling family!! Can't wait, see ya Wednesday morning...........
Click below to see Kristie and the original Challenge!
Take Care of Men's Health!
Follow all about my "Journey to Men's Health", practicing what I preach.
There is Colon Cancer in my family so I scheduled my 2nd Colonoscopy in my lifetime and I want you to follow along with me on my clean-out trip to Glen Rose, TX & the Glen Rose Medical Ceter.
Read and see all the Gory details by reading it all HERE.
New Padding GIFT Received for the WWW Ring
Thank you to our Friend in the Business, Art Benner, for showing up "out of the blue" the other evening with these rolls for our ring! The Ring coming along, now just awaiting on our canvas. Thank goodness cause it looks like we might need it sooner than we think!
Working on completing the training facility barn too!
Mantell's Beef Jerky gets "Good " Review...
Visit BestBeefJerky.org where Steve Johnson gave Mantell's Cowboy Caviar a Good review on our Jerky! Thanks Steve for being honest and giving all the Jerky reviews a "fair shake".
We are attempting to make Jerky daily now as Friends have been asking for regular orders, plus our Farm Stand & setting up at the local Bowie Main Street Farmers Market (August is the last month) allows local people to see what our Friends across the US already know! The Jerky is pretty darn GOOD!!
Plus "K"s Mantell Made Salsa is getting popular with our local friends around Montague County, and she's even working on a "special request" Spicier version by one of our great Friends, when it's perfected we've decided there will be a milder, family friendly version and Mantell's MOODY Salsa which will be the spicier version!
All salsa is made with veggies from our Garden: Cherry, Roma & Big Boy Tomatoes; Bell, Jalapeno & Banana Peppers all roasted in oven for 45 min with olive oil and salt; then diced garlic cloves, red & white onion, pickled Tabasco peppers, parsley, celery salt, vinegar from pickled peppers & lil' cumin are added and all blended together. The Moody version will have raw jalapenos & Tabasco peppers added for extra kick. It's all gluten free!
Our 2014 Trip to the
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME....
We've had a great time over the past several days on our trip to New Jersey / New York for the 13th Induction weekend for the PWHF. We enjoyed every minute of it, excluding our travel issues.
You can follow our trip day by day and all that occurred by following our blog at Johnny Mantell "How it is, How it was & How is should be!"
"K" took many amazing photos and also videos of the displays at the PWHF. We will be adding those over the next few days to the Photo Gallery and the videos will be rotating starting next week to show what everyone is missing for not visiting yourself!
This is something you don't want to miss.
The CORRAL Training Camps & Seminars being Announced, starting June 2014!
MANTELL's CORRAL ~ Training Camps, Seminars and Course training....
Above a look up the lane of the 1/2 mile training track, which is currently being updated with challenge course obstacles such as this huge tractor tire obstacle, seen on the left the kids are running too!!
Mantells Corral is located in the heart of Montague County, TX (just 7 miles from the county seat & courthouse in Montague), just a few miles off Hwy 287 between Dallas/Ft. Worth & Wichita Falls (an hour & half from D/FW Intl Airport), 45 minutes from I-35 in Gainesville, & just 3 hours from Oklahoma City.
At the Corral, we have 112 acres of rolling pastures, trees, fresh air available to all who wish to train in such an environment. There will also be RV space available for overnight, weekend or longer stays at the Corral.
Our training seminars and camps will be around a 18' x 18' wrestling ring made to our custom specifications but won't just include ring work.
The Corral can provide:
50+ years of Wrestling Experience from a male & female who have 4 decades in the business (Cowboy Johnny Mantell - wrestling since 1977; Tygress Lourdes - wrestling since 1991 - not many organizations provide male and female instruction in ring and out);
112 acres, fresh country air;
1/2 mile turf course with obstacle / challenge course layout;
Customized, individualized program to assist you in reaching your Athletic and Wrestling Goals!;
Assistance with Nutrition & Workout program to fit your needs to reach those goals;
Complete free weight gym on-site, machines;
Occasional guests (friends) from the business who will stop by for special seminars or in ring technique work;
Wrestling video library;
RV lodging sites available (RVs or sites available for stays; overnight, weekend or longer);
Farm fresh eggs, organic vegetables and fresh meat available for reduced rates to use for Nutrition program;
and much more!
This is not your Every day, Run of the Mill Wrestling School. As a matter of fact, we are not a school as most are now days. We do have a set rate, but not for so many months for a set amount of money. When you come to Mantell's Corral, we will bring you in, give you a complete evaluation physical, mental and in ring, then talk about what Goals you want to set and why you are looking for a training facility; after that the fun begins! A complete training regimen and nutrition program to help you reach your goals will be set in place. Remember you will get out of it what time and effort you put in... this is a marathon not a sprint.
BUT we have to warn you, wrestling is NOT for everyone, male or female. It can be taught to most people but you do have to have some coordination and athletic skill to be a wrestler. There are other jobs with in the wrestling business for those not cut out to be a wrestler. It is best for all involved to know the ins and outs of the Whole business from wrestling to in ring promotion to event promotion to radio & TV skills and so much more. You will be shown aspects of all involved in the business of Professional Wrestling, self promotion and over all ring psychology. At the Corral you will be told the truth and not dangled along until your time is paid and then told your no good! We want everyone to learn the skills needed to make this business the best it can be!!
VISIT our Mantell's Corral Camps page (currently under construction) for more photos and information on The Corral or fill out the Contact Form below to be contacted by a Corral representative.
The CORRAL Training Facility is also AVAILABLE for other combat sport training. Our custom built ring can be easily transitioned into a boxing ring for training camps. A great place to train where your out in open country, fresh air and guys have to drive at least an hour to "get into trouble!" Give us a call. Video and photos of the facility will be available soon.
2014 Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement!!
The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF), located in Amsterdam, NY is proud to announce the Inductees to the 13th Annual Hall of Fame class. Each year a selection committee assembles a ballot of deserving nominees across seven categories – Pioneer Era (1800-1946); Television Era (1943-1984); Modern Era (1985-present); Ladies; Tag Team; Colleague and International. The ballots are sent to a select group of Professional Wrestling Hall of Famers and their peers; who are asked to vote based on the by-laws of the organization. The votes were collected, and we are excited to release the names of the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Pioneer Era (1800-1946) – Stu Hart and LeRoy McGuirk
- Television Era (1943-1984) – Bruiser Brody and Mr. Wrestling #2, Johnny Walker
- Modern Era (1985 – present) – Don Muraco and The Masked Superstar, Bill Eadie
- Ladies – Sheri Martel
- Tag Team – The Fargos, Don and Jackie Fargo
- Colleague – Gary Hart
- International – Lord Alfred Hayes
All of the Inductees, living and posthumously, will be acknowledged at the PWHF Induction Ceremony Dinner, which is the highlight of the 2014 Induction Ceremony Weekend, May 16th and 17th, 2014.
On behalf of the PWHF Board of Directors, selection committee, voters and the entire Wrestling community, we look forward to honoring these amazing individuals for their contributions to the business of Professional Wrestling. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event, if interested in being part of History, visit www.PWHF.org for all the information about events and activities surrounding the PWHF 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Weekend, Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th, 2014 in Amsterdam, NY.
For the Official Press Release, to print or pass to Media, click here.
2014 - Available for Booking Wrestling Matches across Texas & U.S.
Looking to use Professional Wrestling at an Event, Fair, Festival or as a stand alone Fundraiser? Why not work with a World traveled Veteran of Professional Wrestling, a retired female wrestler with Event/Planning & Coordination back ground to help build an Amazing Event for your Town and / or Organization for a Fundraiser or just to "give back" and Thank your community? "K" & I have a proven history of putting together wrestling shows for many Cities, Main St. organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs, Athletic Booster Clubs, Police Departments and Events/Festivals; we can also assist in the full coordination of Events/Festivals. A Blue Print to Success like no other Promotional company provides as we work hand in hand with your team and volunteers to make your's the best event possible.
There is a Wide range of talent, both men and women, in Texas and across the United States and Canada that are available to work. To be honest, there are also a Long list of organizations and promotions that will tell you they can provide the same kind of show and results that we hope to provide. But unlike many of those, We have a list of references available with stories of how we provide a one of a kind, professional wrestling show where people still believe like the eras "long ago". There are even Legends and Veterans alike that although may not be able to crawl through the ropes any longer, much like myself, that are available for your events to add that Special touch that some think is needed!
So want to see what we offer and what a "World Class" Wild West Wrestling promoted show can do? CONTACT US throw our website or just give Johnny Mantell a call!! We would be happy to send out more information or provide a presentation.
Johnny & "K"**
**Also AVAILABLE for Seminars, Classes and Motivational Conferences across the United States. Between us we have over 50 years of in Ring, in front of and behind camera experience, match making, promoting & coordination which span 4 decades of Professional Wrestling. In that time, we have seen Wrestling go from the Territory days and all that went with that! to today's weekend independent wrestling or "the Big Show". But like many things in History we hope the days of being able to Wrestle and support your family will come back around....
DVD Compilations coming soon...
Here's a preview of just one of the DVDs we are putting together from my years of Booking with organizations such as World Wrestling Alliance (WWA) based out of Crowley, TX, Deep-South in Mississippi, Conderate Wrestling (CWA) taped at the World Famous Sportatorium. We have to thank my Mom, mostly, for keeping these few boxes hidden deep in her closet. If not for her hoarding many of these later boxes, they would have been lost in the fire with my early Hood and WCCW days!
In the upcoming DVDs, soon to be available through Amazon.com and here on this site, there are great angles and matches with many local Indy workers who just never got that break, but also greats such as Terry Gordy, Iceman King Parsons, Scott Putski, Cedric of Hollywood, Sam Houston, Doink the Clown (Ray Apollo), Cousin Luke, and many more.
(and before we hear from anyone, YES, I do own the full rights and tv tapes to all that will be for sale!)
Mantells Corral AVAILABLE through Archives on Website & BTR
Mantell's Corral with host Cowboy Johnny Mantell
A Blog Talk Radio, online talk show, where you can listen stories from the Road of Life, Professional Wrestling and occasionally Horse Racing. You can still listen to John with Special Guests like Terry Simms, Paul Orndorf, Terry Funk, Kevin Von Erich, Eric Embry and so many more.
Our live shows will be scheduled through out the month so watch for Mantells Corral FB page and here for the upcoming shows information.
MORE MANTELLS CORRAL NEWS!!!
You can now listen to any of the Mantells Corral shows on your IPad, IPhone, IPod, ITunes, Kindle Fire or any Andriod (Google Play) device or App Store by downloading the Stitcher Radio App; search Mantells Corral, also LIKE the App on FB and you can Listen and Promote the show to all your Friends! NOW you can take me with you anywhere you go.... (please keep some locations to yourself, TMI !!)
We are excited about this expansion for the Archives of our Show. Help keep the show moving so we can bring more to you. Hopefully, soon we will be able to provide Mantells Corral from a more permanent and static location! Be sure to follow & LIKE us on Facebook, Twitter and Subscribe to this site for email updates.
God Bless, CJM
A video from GWF days, a "fan" put together to Music Video.....
Welcome to Wild West Wrestling Productions....
Wild West Wrestling Productions is wrestling promotion organization that is interested in bringing quality, family friendly, live professional wrestling to your town or community. We would bring a family show to your town, festival, fair or organization fundraiser to assist your group with community awareness or fundraising opportunities!
The Wild West Wrestling organization has over 30 years experience in the professional wrestling arena. We are true professionals, with references, unlike many other organizations, promoters, that may "promise you the world" but are unable to deliver what they promised. We will provide your organization with a custom wrestling package based on your selection of terms, matches and athletes fit best to meet your fundraising needs. Prices range based on athletes and options selected. All athletes are based on availability.
Personalize the show for your entite community and cause; involve a local personality such as a high school coach, principal, councilman, Main Street officer, or DARE Officer to wrestle in a exhibition match! This provides additional promotional opportunities and interest for the event.
If you are interested in this unique fundraising opportunity for your organization, we will be happy to send more information if needed or attend a meeting to answer all of your organizations in person.
When you book with us you are provided with hands-on assistance with all of your event needs. You won't be left to do this alone!
We look forward to assisting your community and organization with this great opportunity!
Sincerely, Johnny Mantell & "K" Downs