30 in 30 Reborn: Stockholm Wrestling’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Stockholm (STHLM Wrestling) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about STHLM’s YouTube channel:

Number of videos: 162

Frequency new videos are added: Usually at least once a week.

Frequency full shows are added: Once every few months.

Total views of the most popular video: 29,162

STHLM Wrestling gets it’s name by abbreviating the name of the town it is based out of, Stockholm in Sweden. They take out the vowels as well as the “c” and “k” for some reason. Clips on the channel are filmed clearly and there are onscreen graphics as well as intro videos during the entrances of wrestlers. Some English pops up on the channel here and there, but Swedish is by far the most commonly used language. There are some male and female wrestlers to look out for in this promotion including Ken Malmsteen, Jenny Sjodin and Huckelberry. When I first came upon the name Huckelberry I thought he might have a similar act to Rhubarb Johnson in Fight Club Finland (FCF). If you don’t know who Rhubarb Johnson is essentially he is the commentator for FCF who despite working for a promotion in Finland commentates in English and talks like an American hick. Yet, with few exceptions all of the clips on this channel are very European. I mean just so goddamn European. The channel features some international talent as well like WWE NXT’s Sami Zayn when he still wrestled as El Generico. Full events, sometimes split up into parts, appear every few months or so on the channel. More commonly promos pop up, but again these are almost always in Swedish. Rounding out the channel are short video packages like this  STHLM Wrestling There Will Be Blood II hype video.

A recommended clip:

Fenix Muerte vs. Stanislaw

If you have never heard of Fenix Muerte before the important thing to know about him is that he plays a Goldust-esque character. I’m talking old school Goldust. Only instead Muerte works in modern day Sweden instead of the United States in 1996. While this doesn’t exactly make Muerte a massive babyface he’s not getting the same amount of homophobic Goldust hate either.

Daniel Wrestling, a heel in STHLM Wrestling could not be bothered to wrestle that night (despite his name). As such Wrestling hired Stanislaw, who in the YouTube video description is mentioned as being an opponent of gay rights from Poland (if you don’t believe me translate the YouTube description yourself). He hates Fenix. If you thought ECW could get crazy well then let me ask you this, how many homophobic Polish mercenaries did they have? Check mate. STHLM is the true king of extreme wrestling promotions.

An odd thing about Muerte (well aside from being a Swedish Goldust) is that he has what appears to be a random 90 year-old man as his manager. Now this is crap substitute for Terri Runnels if there ever was one! Muerte’s manager can’t help, but be drawn to the action and keeps getting up on the apron. Although at one point Stanislaw grabs the man in effect taking him hostage the manager doesn’t fight back and may even have empathy for Stanislaw. It is a perfect example of Stockholm syndrome. Okay, I admit that was terrible.

Before all is said and done Muerte kisses Stanislaw to which Stanislaw responds to shortly thereafter by hip tossing Muerte. Now, I wouldn’t expect someone who is supposedly a homophobe to respond to being kissed by another man by hip tossing that man, but there you go. To close out the clip Muerte pins Stanislaw with a schoolboy. This gets a mixed reaction from the crowd, but being a sore loser Stanislaw is not finished. He locks Muerte in a full nelson after the match in a dastardly act.



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