NAME: Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski
MEMBER OF: DC Movie News
FACTION: The League
OVERALL RECORD: 2-1
FORM (Most recent first): WWL
By Sarah Hussain
One of the biggest surprises that has come out of the current Schmoedown has been the resurgence of Mike Kalinowski.
“The Killer” made his debut at the end of the 2016 to rather silent results. Despite winning by TKO against Ashely Robinson, his debut went under the radar, getting lost in surrounding matches like Harloff vs Macuga II and Chris Stuckmann vs Jeff Sneider.
The following year didn’t start out very promising for Kalinowski, as his first match ended with him being TKO’d by Ultimate Schmoedown co-finalist Drew McWeeny. His subsequent appearance at the Free 4 All, where he was eliminated in the second round, didn’t do much to help his standing in the league either.
And yet somehow over the course of a few months, Kalinowski went from being an undercard level competitor to a bonafide frontrunner.
After deciding that a change was clearly needed, and noticing the pattern of Schmoedown competitors improving upon joining factions (for the most part), Kalinowski decided to carve a path of his own by rallying his fellow DC Movie News cohorts together and form The League, comprised of himself, Adam Gertler, Jonny Loquasto, and Roxy Striar. While his Schmoedown moniker was still “The Killer”, he ditched that all-black suit, gloves, and shades, embracing his comic book roots instead. And suddenly, a star began to emerge.
It’s difficult to talk about Kalinowski’s resurgence without mentioning his work in the Innergeekdom and singles league. He had a dominant Innergeekdom match that ended with him losing to Coy Jandreu in the infamous “Puddin” question, followed by another loss to Rachel Cushing after multiple unlucky spins of Scores and Soundtracks. Despite having a 0-2 record, his work in these two matches were enough to bring fans into his corner.
Meanwhile, he also established himself as a potential triple-threat contender by forming an official team with Gertler, defeating the underrated Cinemablend and delivering the first knockout of the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament against Six Degrees while also joining the Nine-Pointers Club in the process (official name still pending). They were eventually booted out of the tournament by Above the Line (Drew McWeeny and 70s strikes again!), but it was still a respectable performance.
With the exception of soundtracks, he doesn’t seem to have any glaring weaknesses. In fact, most of his losses have just come from his own brainfarts. He has most of the Innergeekdom categories down, and seems to have a strong handle on Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and James Bond.He also had a solid record when it comes to steals, so his competitors need to watch out for him in the second round.
He may be a face player, but his moniker is still “The Killer”. If he’s at the top of his game, he could make it very far.