Joel Kananen

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Milwaukee, WI
University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Current Independent Wrestling Scene,
AEW, WWE, Independent Wrestling Scene,
  • Joel has attended several prominent AEW shows in Chicago including The First Dance, All Out, and Forbidden Door. These incredible and memorable experiences have made him an AEW fan for life.
  • As a supporter of Independent Wrestling, Joel has assisted with several indie promotions including Black Label Pro and Warrior Wrestling. Joel has driven such stars as Konosuke Takeshita, Masha Slamovich and Top Flight to and from shows. Once while working the concession stand at BLP, Bobby Fish stole all of the pizzas and threw them on the ground outside.
  • One of Joel's favorite events was Effy's Big Gay Brunch in Chicago, in which he helped serve brunch food to fans. Joel also covered the event, and was able to interview wrestlers such as Speedball Mike Bailey, Allie Katch and Cole Radrick.


After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, Joel Kananen rekindled his love of professional wrestling. Joel began to cover AEW, WWE and independent wrestling for a variety of sites. He is also interested in covering pop culture, with a deep interest for cult shows and movies including Twin Peaks. Joel has a pet turtle named TJ, and is a middle school basketball coach in Milwaukee. In the future, Joel hopes to shine a spotlight on independent wrestlers and promotions.


Joel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies with a focus on Journalism in 2019.

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