Video – Jeff Cobb Vs. Oliver John

Jeff Cobb vs. Oliver John

In mid December, Premier held their most recent show in Gilroy, CA. I was there and it was fantastic, and I reported so at the time.

The main event featured Jeff Cobb defending his Premier Heavyweight Championship against Oliver John in a 30-minute classic. Since it happened, I’ve stated that it’s the best match I’ve seen in person since Shawm Michaels Vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. And it’s true.

I’ve been to a handful of Raw, Smackdown, and house shows since then and Cobb vs. John stands out above all. Premier recently put it on YouTube so that you can watch it.

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Premier: Mr. Athletic Vs. Old School Report

Premier: Mr. Athletic Vs. Old School

On Sunday evening in Gilroy, California, Premier put on their last show of 2013. It was a slightly different show than Premier: Cobb Vs. Tannen which was in late September. On that show, the early matches built up to the last three matches which were all action packed and hard hitting.

On Sunday, the entire card seemed to build up to the main event with the idea that Jeff Cobb vs. Oliver John was something special and that they were saving the best for last. That’s not to say that the rest of the matches were easily forgotten because they weren’t. But there was definitely an emphasis on getting the crowd ready to see something special in the main event. Continue reading

FGB Radio – John LaRocca on Bellator, UFC, & Premier Wrestling

Premier wrestling

John LaRocca, (@LaRoccaJL) President and co-owner of Premier, joined me to discuss Bellator’s big show this weekend, UFC main events to end the year, and his wrestling promotion, Premier, which you can follow on Twitter (@PREMIERwrestle) and Facebook.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

– The new Bellator on Spike card without Tito Ortiz vs. Rampage Jackson
– Thoughts on what Bellator did when news got out that Tito was hurt
– If Tito ever fights again and where Rampage could go after Joey Beltran
– UFC predictions for GSP/Hendricks, Weidman/Silva, and Rousey/Tate
– The infamous Cow Palace wrestling convention
– When John’s wrestling fandom started
– His early years in the business
– How Premier wrestling is different and its influences
– Their upcoming December 15th card headlined by Oliver John vs. Jeff Cobb

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Premier: Cobb Vs. Tannen Recap

Premier: Cobb vs. Tannen

On a rare non-49ers fall Sunday, I was able to check out a local wrestling promotion called Premier with some friends including our own Cadillac Don, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Tommy Norcal, and Dave’s two good friends. President John LaRocca mentioned that since the 49ers were scheduled to play on Thursday the week before rather than Sunday, they decided to hold the event to take advantage of the open Sunday. The show was held at a small venue in downtown Gilroy called Nine Lives Club. I took my kids to see X Factor group Playback there earlier in January. Let’s just say that the crowds were vastly different. Continue reading