AS I SEE IT – Giving Thanks to My Readers

AISIAS I SEE IT – Giving Thanks to My Readers
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

In 2013, had 1,023 652 page views, with readers from 66 nations and territories including United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Poland, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Bahrain, Mexico, Russian Federation, Denmark, South Africa, China, New Zealand, India, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Burundi, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Slovakia, Guatemala, Norway, Chile, Indonesia, Croatia, Taiwan, Singapore, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Bulgaria, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Netherlands Antilles, Ghana, Fiji, Bermuda, Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Andorra, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Egypt, Pakistan, Iceland, Romania, Malaysia, and Switzerland.

In noting the countries above, I can see countries like Afghanistan, and assume there’s a good possibility that at least a few of those visitors are from the US military.

According to AddFreeStats, I already know there have been 1,067 separate visits from US military hostnames. For those of you in the US military, wherever you’re serving, thanks for taking time to read I hope we’ve given you some enjoyment in the middle of your difficult task, especially during this holiday season now ending.

In other milestones, AS I SEE IT also begins its eighteeth with this column. Additionally,, its flagship site has now reached over 46 million page views during its 17 year history.

As I’ve said in New Year columns year after year, that means that has visitors from every region of the world… from every time zone…and from languages and cultures too numerous to count; reading about wrestling on our flagship site. To all of you… wherever you are from, thank you for taking time out of your day to read’s mix of wrestling news and opinions.

Thanks also go out to those websites that link to and provide us with a wide variety of visitors such as:

Wrestling news sites from around the United States, Canada, Australia, and Germany including, Wrestleview,,, Big News Network, Online World of Wrestling, and:

From Japan, KENTO! Japan….

Wrestling promotions including SHIMMER, Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, NWA Virginia, NWA Hawaii, Chaotic Wrestling (Connecticut), Heartland Wrestling Association, Ring Wars Carolina, CAWS (UK), Tennessee Independent Wrestling Federation, ECWA, Classic Championship Wrestling, Cleveland All Pro Wrestling, Championship Wrestling Federation, Hoosier Pro Wrestling, and Insanity Pro Wrestling.

Websites covering regional wrestling such as, and

Companies providing wrestling products such as Smart Mark Video, and Wrestling Belt World.

Official websites of wrestlers such as Dory,,,, Jonny Storm,, Frankie Starz,,, ICP’s,,,, and, and a special favorite for me to notice…the website of what I will always think of as the ECW Arena:

In 2013, AS I SEE IT and PWBTS have discussed various issues concerning independent wrestling, as well as puroresu, lucha, and WWE, including such subjects as:  why WWE will tell you what’s good for you…over and over again,  the WWE Network, the decline of TNA Wrestling, the re-construction of the ECW Arena, George “The Animal” Steele’s biography, issues with Madison Square Garden, and WWE’s “retirement” of Jim Ross.

Reminders of tragic anniversaries, such as the anniversaries of the death of Eddie Guerrero and Christopher “Chris Cash” Bauman, Owen Hart and Brian Hildebrand…and the anniversary of the passing of former WWF referee Joey Marella…

The passing of Count Billy Varga, Marquis de Pare (Robert Pare), Billy the Kid (John William Guillot), Tito Montez (Edward Montemayor),  Farmer Jones (Keith Iverson), Ciclon Negro (Eduardo Ramon Rodriguez), Ham Lee (Felipe Ham Lee), Paul Bearer (William Moody), Tommy Hanson, Don Carson (Donald Gaston), Eric The Great (Dennis Forsland), Moondog Spike (Bill Smithson), Charlie McGowan, Reid Fliehr, Don Duffy (Donald Quigley), Ella Waldek (Elsie Schevchenko), Ron West, Mick McManus (William George Matthews), Buck Robley (Phil Robley), Hector Garza (Hector Solano Segura), Mark Starr (Mark Ashford-Smith),  Al Green (Alfred Dobalo), Jackie Fargo (Henry Faggart), Matt “Doink The Clown” Borne (Matthew Osborne), Tinker Todd (Ramon Daniel Napolitano), Geeto Mongol (Newton Tattrie), Chuck “Scufflin Hillbilly” Conley, El Brazo (Juan Alvarado Nieves), Corey Maclin, Vic Coleman, Dutch Savage (Frank Lionel Stewart), Frenchy Bernard, Angelo Savoldi (Mario Fornini), Gene “Cousin Luke” Lewis (Gene Pettit), Dennis Hall,  “Hardbody” Calvin Knapp, Doug “The Pro” Gilbert (Doug Lindzy), Roland Alexander, Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon,  Princess Salima (Joyce Farhat),  and Vivian St. John (Suzanne Miller).

In 2013, as every year, here’s hoping that AS I SEE IT gives you a lot more chances to make you think… that it can comment and report on many more moments of enjoyment… less moments that I feel moved to criticize… and FAR less where I have to report on or think about someone in wrestling that we’ve lost…and that it serves as the viewpoint for one longtime fan to share his opinions with all of you.

Until next time…

— Bob Magee

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