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'Wrestling Mishmash' is a highly detailed illustration attempting to document The History of Modern Wrestling in One Image.
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'Wrestling Mishmash' is the second in my series of Mishmash illustrations.

How the image looks at the start of July. A checklist of who and what to look out for will border the illustration.
How the image looks at the start of July. A checklist of who and what to look out for will border the illustration.

Having spent the approximately 1500 hours working on this illustration since May 2013, and with the image finally becoming full, I feel it is now ready to be Kickstarted!

A section of the cage in Wrestling Mishmash.
A section of the cage in Wrestling Mishmash.

Wrestling Mishmash is not just about American wrestling. It features characters from Canada, Mexico & the UK to name but a few. It also features many wrestlers from the independent wrestling scene.

How many characters do you think you could name?
How many characters do you think you could name?

Please see the list below for the wrestlers & incidents that I have put in so far. Once you have backed the project, please let me know who you think should be added to the illustration and I will do my best to put them in.  

***PLEASE NOTE:  Those highlighted in bold are already added, those not highlighted are in the process of being added.***

  • Abdullah the Butcher
  • Abyss & Hulk Hogan 
  • Adam Bomb
  • Adam Cole
  • Adam Rose
  • Adrian Neville (requested by Kris Wall)
  • Adolfo Tapia (LA Park) (requested by Stevie Holder)
  • Adrian Street
  • AJ Lee
  • AJ Styles
  • Akeem
  • Aldo Montoya
  • Alexander Rusev
  • Alex Cyanide
  • American Dragon
  • American Patriot
  • Andre the Giant chokes Bob Ueker
  • ***Andre the Giants puts his hand over Lord Alfred Hayes' head
  • Andy Ellison
  • Andy Kaufman
  • Arachnaman
  • Arn Anderson
  • ***Art Barr
  • Atsushi Onita wrapped in barbed wire
  • Avatar
  • Alberto Del Rio
  • Alundra Blayze
  • Al Snow & Head
  • Antonio Inoki vs Muhammed Ali
  • Austin Aries (requested by Robert George)
  • Awesome Andy 
  • Awesome Kong
  • Bad News Barrett
  • Balls Mahoney
  • Bam Bam Bigelow
  • ***Barbi Hayden
  • Barbarian
  • Baron von Raschke
  • Bastion Booger
  • Batista
  • Battle Kat
  • Beer Money 
  • Big Boss Man
  • Big Boss Hanging in match with Undertaker
  • Big Bully Busick
  • Big Daddy
  • Big Daddy V
  • Big John Studd
  • Big Show & Floyd Mayweather
  • Big Van Vader
  • ***Bitiri
  • ***Billy & Chuck
  • Billy Gunn
  • Blackjack Bradshaw clothesline
  • Black Scorpion (Rick Flair)
  • Blitzkrieg
  • Blue Demon Jr 
  • Blue Meanie
  • Bob Backlund
  • Bobby Lambert
  • Bob Orton
  • ***Bobby Barnes 
  • Bobby Heenan
  • Bo Dallas
  • Boogeyman
  • Boris Zhukov
  • Booker T
  • Bray Wyatt ‘Crab Walk’
  • Bray Wyatt ‘Rocking Chair’
  • Bret Hart
  • Bret Hart leglocks Steve Austin
  • Bret Hart with Canadian flag
  • Brian Kendrick
  • Brian Pillman ‘I’ve got a gun’
  • British Bulldog
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Brodus Clay
  • Brooklyn Brawler
  • Brother Love
  • Bruiser Brody bites Carlos Colon
  •  Bruno Sammartino
  • Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake
  • Bubblegum (requested by Joe Mills)
  • Buddy Rose
  • Bull Nakano
  • Bushwackers
  • Butterbean knocks out Bart Gunn
  • Cactus Jack
  • Carlito
  • Cassandro El Exotico
  • Chainsaw Charlie
  • Chavo Guerrero & Pepe
  • Chris Benoit
  • Chris Hero
  • Chris Kanyon 
  • Chris Masters
  • ***Chuck Taylor
  • Chyna
  • Ciclope
  • ***Classy Freddie Blassie (requested by Brian Freitas)
  • CM Punk blowing a kiss
  • CM Punk delivering a 'pipe bomb'
  • Coco Blanco
  • ***Cody Rhodes
  • The Colony
  • Colt Cabana
  • Connor 'The Crusher' Michalek (fan)
  • Corporal Kirschner
  • Cory Kastle
  • ***Crash Holly
  • Crush
  • Crusher Mason
  • Curry Man
  • ***Cyndi Lauper
  • Damian 666
  • Damian Sandow
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Daniel Bryan chokes Justin Roberts with his tie
  • Danshoku Dino
  • Dasher Hatfield
  • Dave Mastiff shakes Prince Devitt's hand
  • Dave Taylor
  • David Arquette
  • Dean Malenko
  • Delirious
  • Demolition
  • The Demon
  • ***Deuce & Domino
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Dick 'The Destroyer' Beyer
  • Diesel takes off Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon's leg
  • Ding Dongs
  • Dino Bravo
  • DJ Hyde puts syringes through Thumbtack Jack’s face
  • D-Lo Brown
  • Doink & Dink
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Dos Wagner, Mistico & ??? on each other's shoulders
  • ***Doug Williams
  • ***Dragon Dragon
  • ***Drake Younger
  • Dream Machine
  • Droz pukes
  • Dr X
  • Dude Love
  • Dudley Boyz tables Rock
  • Dusty Rhodes
  • DX Tank
  • Dynamite Kid
  • Earthquake
  • Eddie Guerrero in his lowrider
  • Eddie Guerrero lies on top of the ropes
  • Edge spears Jeff Hardy
  • Edge & Lita bed scene
  • El Generico
  • El Hijo Del Santo
  • Elijah Burke
  • El Ligero
  • Ellis Mbeh (shocked Undertaker fan)
  • El Pandito
  • Ephesto
  • Eric Bischoff
  • Erick Rowan (Wyatt Family)
  • Estonian Thunderfrog
  • Evan Bourne
  • Fabulous Freebirds
  • Fabulous Moolah 
  • Fandango & Summer Rae
  • ***Four Horsemen
  • Frank the Clown
  • Freight Train
  • Frenchy Martin
  • Gangrel
  • Gerald Brisco
  • George ‘the Animal’ Steele
  • Giant Haystacks
  • Gillberg
  • Glacier
  • ***G.L.O.W Women
  • Gobbledy Gooker
  • ***The Godfather
  • Goldberg
  • Golddust
  • Golga
  • ***Gordon Solie
  • ***Gorgeous George (requested by Brian Freitas)
  • Gorilla Monsoon
  • Grado
  • Great Kabuki
  • Great Muta
  • Great Sasuke
  • Great Khali
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan
  • Haiti Kid
  • Harlem Heat
  • Harley Race
  • Harvey Wippleman
  • Haku is coronated
  • Hakushi 
  • Hayabusa
  • The Headbangers 
  • The Headshrinkers
  • The Heartthrobs
  • Heidenreich
  • Henry Godwin
  • Hillbilly Jim
  • ***Hollowicked
  • Hollywood Hogan 
  • Honky Tonk Man
  • Hornswoggle
  • Hulk Hogan (ripping shirt)
  • Hulk Hogan (pointing pose)
  • Hulk Hogan (with flag)
  • Hulk Hogan faces Andre
  • Hurricane
  • Ian Rotten 
  • ‘I Hate Cena’ Guy (fan) 
  • Iron Sheikh 
  • I.R.S 
  • ***Iron Man Dennison 
  • Isaac Yankem 
  • Ivan Koloff 
  • ***Jackie Pallo
  • ***Jack Jester
  • Jack Swagger 
  • Jake the Snake Roberts 
  • Jay Lethal 
  • Jeff Hardy 
  • Jeff Jarrett 
  • Jericho
  • Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler 
  • Jervis Cottonbelly
  • ***Jessicka Havok (requested by Adam Bittel) 
  • ***Jigsaw 
  • ***Jim Cornette 
  • Jimmy Hart 
  • Jimmy Jacobs is showered with Jay Briscoe’s blood 
  • Jimmy ‘Boogie Woogie Man’ Valiant’ 
  • Jim ‘the anvil’ Neidhart
  • Jimmy Wang Yang
  • Jim Ross (JR)
  • Joey Styles ‘Oh My God!’
  • John Cena (a young)
  • John Cena (bloody)
  • John Cena ‘clones’
  • John Glick (superfan - requested by himself)
  • John Morrison hangs to side
  • Johnny B. Badd
  • ***Jonathon Cassiano (superfan)
  • ***Jos Leduc
  • Jun Kunsai
  • Junkyard Dog
  • Jushin Thunder Liger
  • ***Justin Credible
  • Juventud Guerrera
  • Kamala
  • Kane 
  • Kane (being pulled under the ring)
  • ***Kazarian (requested by Keegan Duda)
  • Kemonito
  • Kendo Nagasaki removes mask
  • Kendo Kashin
  • Ken Shamrock
  • Kenzo Suzuki
  • Kevin Sullivan (& team)
  • Kevin Steen lifts Christian Able
  • Killer Bees
  • ***Killer Kowalski
  • Kimchee
  • King Kong Bundy
  • Kiyoshi
  • Kizarny
  • Knuckleball
  • Kodama
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Kofi Kingston ‘Chair Hop’
  • Koko B.Ware
  • Kouhiro Kanemura
  • Kris Travis
  • Kurt Angle
  • ***Kurt Angle ‘cowboy hat’
  • Kurt Angle ‘Moonsault’
  • Kyron
  • Lance Storm
  • ‘The Genius’ Lanny Poffo
  • Legion of Doom 
  • Les Kellett  
  • Lesnar Guy (fan) 
  • Lex Luger 
  • Lil Chicken 
  • Lita ‘litcanrana’s’ Christian 
  • L.O.D Doomsday Device 
  • Lord Tensai 
  • Lord Zoltan (requested by Milwaukee Mauler)
  • Lou Albano 
  • Louis Theroux (documentary maker) meets Sarge 
  • Lou Thesz 
  • Los Matadores 
  • Luke Harper (Wyatt Family) 
  • Luna Vachon 
  • Macho Man & Miss Elizabeth 
  • Macho Man bitten by a snake 
  • Mae Young gives birth to a hand 
  • ***Magnum T.A 
  • Major Gunns 
  • ***Mal ‘King Kong’ Kirk 
  • Mankind 
  • Mankind being thrown off cage 
  • Mantaur 
  • Mario Milano & Red Bastien (requested by James Ritchie)
  • Mark Henry 
  • ***Masada 
  • Masked Superstar 
  • Matilda the Bulldog 
  • Mat Bomboy 
  • Matt Cross 
  • Matt Hardy traps Edge 
  • Maurice Tillet 
  • Maximo 
  • Max Moon 
  • Mene Gene Okerlund 
  • Mexican Eagle 
  • Michael Cole
  • ***Michelle McCool 
  • Mick McManus 
  • Mideon 
  • ***Mike Tyson knocks out Jericho
  • Mikey Whiplash 
  • Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase 
  • Mil Mascaras 
  • Milwaukee Mauler 
  • Missing Link 
  • Mitsunobu Kikuzawa 
  • ***The Miz
  • Miz Girl (fan) 
  • Mongolian Mauler
  • Montreal Screw Job 
  • Mortis 
  • The Mountie gets arrested
  • Movado 
  • Mr Aguila 
  • ***Mr Frightmare
  • Mr Fuji (Demolition) 
  • Mr Kennedy 
  • Mr Perfect 
  • ***Mr Pogo 
  • Mr T & Roddy Piper 
  • Mr Wrestling
  • Mr Wrestling II
  • Mr Wrestling III
  • Muhammad Hassan 
  • MVP 
  • Nacho Libre 
  • Nailz 
  • Namajague 
  • Nasty Boys 
  • Natalya Neidhart 
  • Necro Butcher 
  • New Jack 
  • ***Nexus 
  • ‘Sick’ Nick Mondo 
  • Nicole Bass 
  • Nigel McGuiness 
  • Nikolai Volkof
  • ***NWO
  • Obariyon 
  • One Man Gang 
  • Owen Hart with his slammy 
  • Ox Baker 
  • Oz 
  • Paige 
  • Paul Bearer 
  • Paul Heyman (patriotic) 
  • Paul Heyman on Cherry Picker 
  • Paul Heyman & Lesnar break the streak 
  • Paul London dressed as an astronaut
  • Papa Shango 
  • Pequeno Halloween 
  • Perry Saturn 
  • ***Pete Rose attacked by Kane
  • Phil ‘Nitro’ Monahan 
  • Polvaro 
  • Preston Steele 
  • Prince Devitt (as Bane) 
  • Psychosis 
  • ***Public Enemy 
  • Ram Jam (The Wrestler) 
  • Randy Orton 
  • Raven 
  • Ravishing Rick Rude 
  • Razor Ramon 
  • ***Red Lightning 
  • Red Rooster 
  • Red Saint 
  • Renegade 
  • Repo Man 
  • Rey Mysterio 
  • Rick Achberger (Sign Guy) 
  • ‘The Model’ Rick Martel 
  • Ric Flair 
  • Ricky Steamboat 
  • Rikishi ‘Stink Face’
  • Rob Van Dam 
  • R-Truth 
  • The Rock 
  • The Rock ‘double rock bottom’ 
  • The Rockers 
  • Roddy Piper half black 
  • Roddy Piper smashing coconut on Snuka’s head 
  • Rollerball Rocco 
  • Ron Simmons ‘Damn!’ 
  • Ryback 
  • Sable 
  • Sabu 
  • Salvatore Sincere 
  • Samoa Joe
  • Sandman is crucified 
  • Sangre Azteca 
  •  Santino Marella 
  • ***Satoshi Kojima 
  • ***Scott Hall 
  • Scott Steiner 
  • Sensational Sherri 
  • Sergeant Slaughter 
  • Seven 
  • ***Shane Douglas 
  • Shane O Mac Jumps off Titantron 
  • Shannon Moore 
  • Shark Boy 
  • ***Sharkey Ward
  • Shawn Michaels 
  • Shawn Michaels kicks Marty Jannetty through the Barber shop window
  • Shawn Michaels kicks Ric Flair 
  • Shawn Michaels posing naked with belt 
  • Shawn Michaels on a Zip-Line 
  • Sheamus 
  • Shockmaster falls over
  • Sho Funaki
  • Sin Cara 
  • Skayde
  • Skinner 
  • Slick 
  • Snitsky 
  • Spike Dudley 
  • The Spoiler 
  • Stacy Keibler 
  • Stampede Kid 
  • Stan Hansen 
  • Stardust
  • Sting abseils from the roof 
  • Steiner Brothers 
  • Steve Blackman 
  • Sting & Robocop 
  • Stone Cold fist salute 
  • Stone Cold drinking beer 
  • Stone Cold holds a gun to Vince’s head 
  • Stone Cold in Truck
  • ***Straw Hat Guy - fan (requested by Sean Pemberton)
  • Stro Maestro 
  • Suicide 
  • Suicide Kid 
  • Sunny 
  • Super Crazy (on mower) 
  • Super Destroyer 
  • Super Dragon 
  • Super Eric 
  • Superfly Jimmy Snuka 
  • Super Muneco
  • Superstar Billy Graham 
  • Sweet Daddy Siki 
  • Tajiri 
  • ***Tara (Lisa Marie Varon)
  • Tatanka 
  • Tazz 
  • Terri Runnels
  • Texas Tornado (requested by Hannah Holdstock) 
  • The Shark 
  • The Shield 
  • Tiger Chung Lee 
  • Tiger Mask 
  • Togi Makabe 
  • Tommy Dreamer/Shane Douglas/Too Cold Scorpio Headlock 
  • Tonga Kid 
  • Tony Atlas 
  • ***Torrie Wilson 
  • Traci Brooks 
  • ***Trent Barreta 
  • Trevor Murdoch 
  • Triple H (spraying water) 
  • ***Triple H pedigree’s Daniel Bryan 
  • Triple H (with Hammer) 
  • Trish Stratus performs the 'stratusfaction' on Lita
  • Tugboat
  • Tye Dye Guy - fan (requested by @ChalupaBatman)
  • Typhoon
  •  Ultimate Warrior shakes ropes 
  • Ultimate Warrior is cursed by Papa Shango 
  • Ultimate Warrior’s Final Speech 
  • Ultimo Dragon suplexing Rey Mysterio
  • ***Ultimate X 
  • ***Ultramantis Black 
  • Umaga 
  • Undertaker Kneeling down to the Urn 
  • Undertaker on his Harley 
  • Undertaker & Giant Gonzalez 
  • Val Venis strips
  • Van Hammer 
  • ***Velvet Sky shakes her ass 
  • Vickie Guerrero 
  • Vince Mcmahon Kiss my Ass Club
  • Vince Russo
  • Virgil 
  • Visecra 
  • Vladimir (fan)
  • Wahoo McDaniel 
  • Warlord 
  • *** 'Wild' Bill Curry
  • Wildman Kongo 
  • William Regal 
  • Wrestle Talk TV 
  •  X-Pac 
  • The Yeti 
  • Yokazuna 
  • 3MB 
  • Zach Gowan 
  • Zack Ryder 
  • Zach Sabre Jnr 
  • Zac Zodiac 
  • Zeb Colter 
  • Zeus 
  • Zodiac 
Some of the 'high flyers' jump from the roof of the cage.
Some of the 'high flyers' jump from the roof of the cage.

This is a huge subject matter so please try to understand if I have left someone out who you think is an obvious choice to be included...I'm doing my best!

I have tried to get clothing and the look of the characters as accurate as possible while adding a bit of 'cartoony' twist.
I have tried to get clothing and the look of the characters as accurate as possible while adding a bit of 'cartoony' twist.

Wrestling incidents and characters go back to the 1950's so don't expect it to just be full of the 'popular' guys that are seen on television nowadays.

A close-up of a section of Wrestling Mishmash (July 2014)
A close-up of a section of Wrestling Mishmash (July 2014)

The first Mishmash 'Football Mishmash - The History of Soccer in One Image' was successfully funded on Kickstarter in May 2013.  Since then I have sold prints all over the world. It has also attracted much press attention, featuring in several national and international newspapers and magazines.  

 Football Mishmash on Soccer am (see below).

Football Mishmash mural at Watford Football Club.
Football Mishmash mural at Watford Football Club.
Football Mishmash article in Esquire Magazine.
Football Mishmash article in Esquire Magazine.
Football Mishmash was featured as a centre spread in Britain's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun.
Football Mishmash was featured as a centre spread in Britain's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun.

Like my first Mishmash illustration, I have chosen to work on a subject matter that I am a fan of, the world of wrestling. From the highly talented athletes to the often ridiculous story plots...what's not to like!

I have been working on Wrestling Mishmash since July 2013. During this time my wife Simone and I have had a son, Jack so time really has been of the essence! However, after many long nights I have finally reached a point where this project is ready to be Kickstarted!

I'm sure many of you will have come to this page via my Twitter and Facebook. Here I have been posting updates & also been asking for suggestions of who I should add.  I would like to thank you again, your help and knowledge has helped me greatly in getting to this point.

Please keep the ideas and suggestions coming...there may not be much room left but i'll try and squeeze as much in as possible.

Risks and challenges

As I near the completion of this year long project, I have spent the last couple of months trying to decide which was the best way to take this project forward.

I always believed there was a major market for something like the image I have created, but when you have spent approximately 1600 hours working on the project, it doesn't stop self doubt creeping into your head once in a while!

Once the image is complete ( I estimate this to be by the end of August 2014) I will send the image to the printers. I have decided to have one size printed just for now (approx 69cm x 99cm). This will be the same size as 'Football Mishmash'.

I currently have a website www.wrestlingmishmash.com being created as we speak. Once funding from the good people of Kickstarter has ended I will be selling prints (at a slightly higher price) through there.

Anyway, I think i've said enough. Thanks once again for the interest in my project, I hope to receive your backing!

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