Thursday, May 9, 2024

Honky Tonk Man, Jay Leno and Squared Circle Expo

Much like his career, Honky Tony Man and I have an interesting story. Another chapter unfolded in March at Squared Circle Expo IV.

HTM was a wrestler in the WWF when Intercontinental champ Ricky Steamboat wanted time off. HTM was selected to win the IC title. After he became champ, he held the title for a then record amount of time. It was a bit of a surprise to many fans, but he was a credible champ and deserved the reign.

I first met HTM at Motor City Comic Con many years ago. He called me Jay Leno at MCCC and was proud he made the connection. His spirit sank a bit when I told him he wasn't the first. Actually, he wasn't even the first at MCCC. That honor went to Terri Runnels.

Every time I see HTM he calls me Jay Leno and asks about being the first, still frustrated he wasn't the original. At SCX IV in March, he called me over and asked for a selfie. Folks around me looked surprised. Here was a Hall of Fame wrestler asking an average fan for a picture. They obviously did not know our long-running connection.

I always look forward to seeing HTM to see what will unfold next. He never disappoints either.

Go to for more info and scheduling on SCX V. I hope to see you there.

Honky Tonk Man and me in Indianapolis, IN-March 2024.

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