Four-time All-American Jaydin Eierman (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Well, here we are over three months in on the mailbag and I have to be honest, I didn't know if I could make it past three weeks. I feel like we're settling into a groove here and apparently, there are awards that will further feed my ego, so my drive to better is sky-high. So strap in because it's time to earn some hardware and annoy the real writers out there. Seth Duckworth! I'm coming for you! But seriously, congrats Seth on winning NWMA Journalist of the Year. I'm honored to use your parking spot when you're at one of your other fifteen jobs. To your questions, and there were plenty of them.
What does Jags make of Jaydin Eierman's start to the year? Bonus rate is sub 50% for the first time since 2017. Concerned? @Rhino184
So Jaydin Eierman, who's still undefeated, won a few matches by an outcome that was apparently not up to snuff with wrestling fans. Well, let me ask you this. Who says his opponents haven't just got better? The Riddler has been in school so long now he's nearly done a full four-year cycle at two schools. I assume he's hit his peak at folk and really isn't going to improve anymore at this point. Meanwhile, his competition is still getting better and you know he's getting every guy's best match, so
no cakewalks here. His main concern now is March and that elusive title. Might there be some bumps in the road along the way? Sure, it's a tough season and his first full season since 2019. Maybe he's trying some new methods of preparation. Perhaps he's not showing his full hand on the mat. Either way, I still expect him in the semifinals on Friday night, likely against an opponent he's familiar with, and it's on him to get the job done. Jaydin's a pro's pro; he knows this. I'm not that concerned.
With the continued success of #JaggerNight at the Jersey Mike's Arena, do you see a partnership budding between yourself and @RUWrestling? Clearly, it was a hit with fans. I had several celebrities ask me when the next one would be.@UWW_Creative
Jagger Night at Rutgers was huge! On Twitter, that is. With the masks and the lack of indoor smoking, I was able to move about the arena unnoticed. But my boys showed up to kick some butt and we all had a good time watching it. I hope to make it back soon to watch with my dudes Brian and Dan and maybe then they'll get to crack some skulls when the paparazzi mob me at the turnstiles.
Long-time listener, first-time question tweeter. How long till @keithgavin84 is verified on Twitter? And will it be before or after he turns the Pitt program into a perennial top-ten program?@babygravy3rdtry
No real coach concerns themself with getting verified. (But I do, make it happen, Willie!) He or she knows the best way to that blue check is with success. Two finalists last year and another guy with a win over Micic leads me to believe he's doing something right over there. What they need is that one big recruit to put them over the top and open the floodgates to that top Western PA talent. If he makes that happen, I'm thinking top-ten every year.
What does it feel like to be the hottest man on wrestling Twitter? @Gut_Bench69
So hot I went up in flames a while back. I appreciate the compliment and I guess I was alright for my age level, but now I'm hideous.
Not as much a question but …. Discuss @MTorriero and his Twitter explosion. @Jkos11
Sheesh..has anyone burst onto the scene quite like Mike has? Ever wanted a running count of follows? Mike's got you. Ever wanted to be publicly shamed for not liking tweets? Mike's got you. I don't know what Mike's endgame is here, but I'm strapped in and ready to see how it gets there. That's all I can really say.
Who the hell is Mike Torriero? @JonnyG7613
You're dead, man. You're so dead.
Which Portillo are you taking & who wins @GVWrestling or @loperwrestling? @bvillaD2wrestle
Family drama in the Great Plains! In the rarest of circumstances, twin brothers Justin and Joshua Portillo will be locking horns this Saturday as NAIA juggernaut Grand View travels to D2 powerhouse Nebraska-Kearney for an interpromotion dual meet. Not since Bret and Owen Hart squared off at WrestleMania X have we anticipated blood being spilled by men who share the same blood. Ok, maybe we want to see the Pauls bash each other, but that's beside the point. I have no idea how many sibling matches we've had in college. I'm not sure Jason Bryant even knows. This one should be fun as neither seems interested in holding anything back.
I spoke to the brothers to see how their nerves were heading in and they do not seem to be rattled in the least. Slightly older brother Justin had this to say: "Last time we got into a fight, he called for our mom. This seven long minutes of pain, he will have nowhere to hide." Interesting. Not to be outdone on the mat or by trash talk, Joshua chimed in with this: "The second twin is always the better one and that's a known statistical fact." He's right. I googled it. With any luck, this will end up with proud papa Regino Portillo dragging them off the mat by the ears like the old days.
Need your go-to order at the bagel shop. I'll hang up and listen. @damonfick
Always a dozen, without a doubt. You never know what might happen. All-everything bagels, of course, but I'll mix in some plain in case I'm hosting communists that day.
He's got a foking mailbag Man (facepalming emoji) @Tork76
It's more like extended Twitter replies, but my code still works at HQ.
Well, that's about it for this week. I wanted to keep going, but you'll stop caring eventually, so I don't want to wear you out. An action-packed weekend with round one of the NFL playoffs and tons of great duals that appear to be full-steam ahead as of press time. Mix in a frozen Northeast and most of you don't have any excuse to do anything else, so fire up those screens. Take it sleazy, everyone.