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CWF BATTLECADE XX Crowns Twenty Years Of Pro Wrestling Excitement With An Emotional Night Of Memories!
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Positive Attitude Youth Center
On the heels of a surprise announcment of the closure of the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium and the CWF Training School, the mood before CWF BATTLECADE XX was somber and the fans came out for what could be the last event of the 20-year run of CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. A sold-out Positive Attitude Youth Center was slammed full with no seats left to be had. A minute after the announced bell time, the National Anthem played and fans welcomed owner/PWI President William L. Cross to the ring eager to hear about the future of the company. An amazing "CWF!" chant began as Cross entered with Percy Prescott and discussed the history of CWF and the possible futures. He also told the fans what I personally have been telling folks online and off, that we are all tired. Really tired.
Cross then announced that Pro Wrestling International was about to have it's first-ever Commissioner, bestowing the mantel to a stunned Prescott. Smith Garrett's music blared and he enters the arena with a house mic and makes a few comments about his past conflicts with management before climbing into the squared circle. Being his usual aggressive self, Garrett's words triggered another entrance, this time of former AWA World Heavyweight Champion (and multiple-time CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion) "the 1st" Ric Converse, who hit the ring like a tornado. Cross then suggested that perhaps we should begin the event with a non-scheduled contest between the two, and the new PWI Commissioner agreed and ordered a referee to the ring for singles action between the two.
Converse went full force of nature on Garrett when the bell sounded and referee Robby Walsh stepped out from between the two former friends. "Slick Diddy" turned it up another notch and began taking out all of his frustrations on the loud-mouth Garrett as the crowd started chanting "Ric-Tor Scale!" Smith Garrett, to be fair, did get in a couple of shots, one on Converse and then one as his back hit the canvas with Converse on top of him for the three-count. Garrett skulked out of the ring after being pinned in under two minutes by a man he's told us he could easily defeat inside of the ring as the crowd went wild as CWF BATTLECADE XX was indeed underway.
The first schedule contest followed, as PWI Central Carolinas Champion Snooty Foxx entered to accept the title challenge of Labron Kozone, who was accompanied by his manager Sir Oaks to the ring. A physical conflict followed with Kozone taking the advantage over the fan-favorite Foxx early and trying to build momentum to walk away with the Central Carolinas Championship. Sir Oaks attempted to become involved and it helped fire up Snooty Foxx and his fans to build the momentum to turn the tide of battle and allow Foxx to finish off Kozone by pinfall to retain his title.
C.L. Party entered to introduce the next contest, a featured non-sanctioned "six-man tag" match between Chris Riddle and his team of Teddy "TKO" Ireland Jr., Michael "the Fury" McAllister and the surprise entrant Chasity Taylor after the introduction of Team Bit-Khan, CEO Donald J. BitDon, Nicholas K. Richards, Thomas A. Roberts and Ella Envy. The bell rang and a four-on-five contest ensued with Khan O'Kelly watching the others fight on the floor around ringside and taking it all in from higher ground. Envy and Taylor squared off and fought back into the ring as the remaining combatants continued brawling at ringside. Referee Carlos Hernandez faced the most challenging contest of his career and tried his best to keep his eyes on all of the battles in and out of the ring. After nearly seven minutes of war in the Positive Attitude Youth Center, Team Riddle took the duke by pinfall, winning Chris Riddle the five minutes alone he's wanted for so very long with Khan O'Kelly.
As the five-minute period began, O'Kelly laced his running shoes and made Riddle chase him for a couple of minutes before ever laying a hand on him. O'Kelly flew through the ropes to the floor and got back to his feet with a bloody nose and fire in his eyes, climbing right back in to the squared circle to even things up with his rival. Riddle never backed up, continued moving forward against the host of the long-time CWF AfterShow on Twitch and finally got hold of him and somehow managed to hit a wrestling move on him, sending Khan to the canvas. Riddle saw his opportunity and secured his first pinfall in his first match ever over the BitDon Corporation Marketing Director.
All Star Jarry Caray was out next to introduce the CWF Rising Generation League Champion TGA Moss for his title defense against the popular rookie Adrian "Action" Jackson, who held the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title for nearly a week earlier in the year. Moss, one of the hottest young properties in the sport, was confident and smiling as he locked up with the powerful Jackson with referee Joseph E. Hogan looking on. The smile turned to a look of concern as he could never get Jackson off of his feet for longer than a second and Jackson soon started signalling he was ready to put TGA Moss in his finisher, the Torture Rack. TGA Moss fought his way out of the first attempt, hitting the floor and regrouping before climbing back through the ropes to continue the match. Moss worked over the rookie's back area but determination beat out the pain of the moment and TGA Moss was soon dangling across the shoulders of the young powerhouse Action Jackson. Moss surprisingly (?) tapped out after eleven minutes in the ring with Jackson, and the fan favorite secured his first actual title from Moss, who eventually shook hands with him and let Jarry Caray help him put on his newly-won title belt. PWI President Cross took that moment to announce that the new "flagship promotion" of PWI, Firestar Pro, will become the new home of the Rising Generation League Championship since their training school is making a real name for itself from it's successful graduates.
The CWF Worldwide Television Championship bout was up next pitting Corruption's founder Ethan A. Sharpe against the popular "Cowboy" Kool Jay for the belt. CWF Tag Champions Killa Koga and Dirty Daddy remained at ringside to help insure the title never left the grasp of Corruption group. Sharpe was on his game, clad in Skeletor-inspired gear and referee Robby Walsh had his hands full with the entire Corruption faction at the ring. The Cowboy was all business as he climbed through the ropes to take on a familiar foe with a major title on the line and made a bee-line directly at Sharpe on the bell. Sharpe backed up a bit but couldn't keep out of the grasp of the focused long-time RGL champion, despite the additional help at ringside. If this is indeed the "final roundup" for CWF Mid-Atlantic, the Cowboy cemented his legacy as a giant-killer, pinning Sharpe for the win and the title to a roar from the crowd.
CWF Senior official Charles Richardson climbed through the ropes to officiate the next contest, a Four-Way CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Title match pitting champions Corruption's Dirty Daddy and Killa Koga against the challengers Viva Las Amish's Hezekiah Hoskins and Jebediah Moss, who entered along with manager Danny Vegas and Betsey the Chicken. Two-time former tag champions Pineapple Express entered next with Buddy Flowers and "Starboy" B.K. Westbrook (formerly Number Braaah) showering the fans with munchies as they circled the ring. "Rampaging Beast" Aaron Biggs and Mike Mars entered to man the fourth corner and the bell rang on a ring full of men fighting for a title. Betsey was shuttled back to the locker area as the battle ensued, each member of all four teams getting up close and personal with the others. The battle became a bit of a marathon and several times spilled onto the floor as the eight men fought for the tag team gold. When the smoke finally cleared from the in-ring explosion, Corruption exited completely title-less with Mike Mars and Aaron Biggs securing the titles by pinfall.
The PWI International Ultra-J Crown Championship was on the line as champion "Southern Savior" John Skyler entered with the beautiful Top Rope Belts championship strap. Hometown favorite, challenger Andrew Everett entered and referee Redd Jones was contracted to officiate a first-time Last Man Standing Championship contest and called for the bell. The match sprang to life and in minutes both men were brawling on the floor all over the arena. As they two went to the far side of the room where the bleachers were located, Everett was seen cutting a backflip off of them onto Skyler on the wooden floor. As they made it back to the ring area, Skyler started looking for some weaponry, producing both a steel chair and a logging chain from under the ring to begin taking apart the surgically repaired knee of the challenger. Both men shed blood in this violent display of grit and determination and the fans reacted as if they felt every blow that was dealt, sitting sometimes in silence and standing screaming at the tops of their lungs. Hometown boy Andrew Everett withstood the onslaught from the veteran John Skyler hit him with a handful of backflips from the top rope before the referee counted out Skyer with a ten-count, earning Everett the Ultra-J Crown Championship.
The CWF Alumni Battle Royal kicked off following intermission, with all of the officials at ringside as DeAndre Jackson, Viva Las Amish's Danny Vegas, Micheal "the Fury" McAllister, Bobby Yela, El Diablo, Victor Andrews, Pineapple Express' B.K. Westbrook and Donnie Dollar$ kicked the event off in the ring when the bell sounded. Every thirty seconds, more wrestlers made their way to the ring, with Capital Vices' Sinn and Money, new TV Champion "Cowboy" Kool Jay, Jesse Adler, "Iceman" Joe Storm, Dem Killbillies' Evan Banks and Aric Andrews with Bobby Joe Neal, Justin Duke with Kristin Duke, Tank Lawson, PWI International Heavyweight Champion Brad Attitude, "High Definition" Steve Greene, "the 1st" Ric Converse, Ultra-J Crown Champion Andrew Everett, Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride and Xsiris rounding out the field. As the ring emptied via eliminations, another competitor made his way to the ring, the masked Grand Daddy Numbers. William Cross rushed to the entrance and pleaded with the masked man not to put his life in jeopardy by entering the match.
Grand Daddy Numbers refused to back away and with a little help made his way into the ring for his first-ever match in CWF Mid-Atlantic. Numbers has been involved in tag matches in the past, but never made it into the ring (or even onto the apron) before the contest ended, but he was determined and the remaining wrestlers, Boogie, the Fury, Everett, Converse and Lawson all turned and with a hand from the masked man, eliminated PWI International Heavyweight Champion Brad Attitude. Numbers squared up for a fight, but the other competitors began jumping over the top ropes to the floor, eliminating themselves until Grand Daddy Numbers was standing in the ring all alone for the win. William Cross hit the ring with Andrew Everett and with tears in their eyes, unmasked Grand Daddy Numbers to reveal Everett's 85 year old grandfather Everett Wenkle under the hood. The emotion in the entire building at that time was indescribable. Absolute adoration hit the ring in waves as they helped the long-time CWF Stage Manager out of the ring victorious.
Referee Redd Jones was in the ring as the main event was introduced with All Star Jarry Caray introducing the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion "Ace" Arik Royal and his former best friend Roy Wilkins, who stood across the ring with a look of determination in his eyes. The bell rang and two bulls collided in the center of the squared circle in perhaps the most important bout on the 20th Anniversary card. Two men who have trained side-by-side for years and knew each other well pushed aside aprehension and fought tooth and nail for the biggest prize in CWF Mid-Atlantic.
Every hold, counter and move was made with the object being to wear down the opponent. They fought in for well over a half hour before the tide turned in the favor of the challenger after the bout moved primarily to the canvas and the entire locker room entered and surrounded the ring to cheer on the main event. Wilkins became the new CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion in an incredible contest by pinfall, and seemed honestly surprised that after the dust settled, Royal offered him a hand and then a hug as he strapped on his title belt. Both men left it all in the ring at Positive Attitude Youth Center, that I can say without hesitation, in a five star battle for the legacy of the CWF Mid-Atlantic company.
The fans remained in their seats as thank yous were being made, stirring as if to leave until the theme music of Trevor Lee sent everyone back to their seats as he entered the arena. The NXT star (now known as Cameron Grimes) took the mic and fought back tears while recollecting his years training and competing win CWF Mid-Atlantic. No one wanted to leave, despite the late hour after a marathon series of exciting matches and the looks of exhaustion on their faces. The fans left smiling and the fans left in tears. No one dodged that last bullet, not the wrestlers, the crew or anyone else invested in CWF Mid-Atlantic. It was simply and sincerely the most emotional pro wrestling event I have witnessed in my 30 years in the business. No one was spared. You really wouldn't want to see how many Kleenex I went through just writing this report.
(Above) "Southern Savior" John Skyler produces a steel chain from underneath the ring to us in Last Man Standing PWI International Ultra-J Crown Championship action against challenger Andrew Everett at CWF BATTLECADE XX at Burlington NC's Positive Attitude Youth Center.
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"People still totally freak when I tell them that I stopped watching wrestling on television in 2001, the night Vince McMahon's face showed up on WCW's big screen to be exact. Everyone swears I need to know what's going on in WWE in order to put on a wrestling event. It hasn't stopped me yet, if I need inspiration I simply dig out my collection of wrestling tapes from the 80's and 90's, and yes, that includes WWF, WCW, WCCW, UWF, and the rest of the alphabet soup that makes up today's wrestling. - Randy "Randolph" Hedrick
CWF INVINCIBLE Features Four Huge Title Bouts and Challenges Leading Toward CWF ULTIMATE SURVIVOR XVII and "the Grand-Daddy" CWF BATTLECADE XX!
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After a rare live television do-over, commentators Chris Riddle and Brian Morris were introduced and the first match made it's way to the ring to kick off CWF INVINCIBLE at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium.
Isaiah Frazier was introduced for singles action and discovered the "Rampaging Beast" Aaron Biggs breathing down his neck even before the bell sounded. Newcomer Frazier was a bit tentative at first before figuring out a means to inflict a little pain on the much larger Biggs. The impressive Isaiah Frazier took the momentum and made it his own minutes into the bout much to the surprise of everyone in the Sportatorium. Then something touched a nerve, fired an impulse perhaps, inside of Biggs and he regained control with a roar and pinned Frazier for the win.
The All Stars were out next, Coach Gemini and Jarry Caray with RGL Champion TGA Moss and Jamal the Titan. Coach informed the fans that he has initiated Jamal the Titan into the All Stars and that business was looking up when LaBron Kozone entered the ring and warned his friend Moss about the history of abuse by the All Stars to even top talent like Roy Wilkins. TGA Moss and the Titan took exception and attacked Kozone, who was then helped out by Michael "the Fury" McAllister and Adrian "Action" Jackson. As the smoke cleared, PWI President William L. Cross ordered a six-man contest between the All Stars, including Coach Gemini, against Kozone, McAllister and Jackson.
The six-man began hot with LaBron Kozone holding court against both Moss and Jamal before letting his partners into the match. Five wrestlers competed against each other as the sixth took a seat at the commentary table for live in-match commentary. With about eleven minutes gone in the match Coach Gemini returned to the All Stars corner, waiting until one of the opponents was flat on his back before asking for a tag. Coach tagged in got the pinfall in the record book for this six-man tag.
Newcomer Mikey Banker was out next to take on PWI Central Carolinas Champion Snooty Foxx with the belt on the line. Banker took a few moments to get his bearings and then began returning fire to the Carolinas Champion, keeping the balance hanging by a thread between the two. With a technically sound outing, Banker also impressed the fans with his abilities in the ring and on the ropes before Snooty Foxx ended his challenge by a pinfall to retain the title.
The Corruptor Ethan A. Sharpe was out next to defend the CWF Worldwide Television Championship against the masked Number Braaah. Sharpe arrived to the ring with CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions Corruption's Dirty Daddy and Killa Koga in tow, making the match a three-on-one affair behind the ring official's back. Number Braaah started out hot, hung ten and got big air, relegating the champion to the canvas for much of the match. The odds changed with a little help from Sharpe's friends and the Corruptor actually retained the title by a pinfall win against the game Number Braaah. After Corruption left the arena, Corporate Number Dad entered and grabbed a house mic. He got into the ring and told his son that tonight was a life lesson about how people will treat you if you let them and suggested he "grow up", ending by breaking his son's boogie board in half to make his point.
Following intermission, a special live performance by pop star Ella Ivey was introduced. Ivey entered with security and began "singing" one of her Grammy-nominated hits and the crowd rejected her loudly. In a fit of rage, the BitDon International recording artist melted down asking for a house mic to berate the fans for not knowing anything about music. Percy Prescott entered the arena with a house mic and attempted to approach Ivey in the ring, but was blocked by security. He told her to do us all a favor and exit tha arena, causing even more distress in the singer.
BitDon CEO Donald J. BitDon, Public Relations Director Nicholas K. Richards and Khan O'Kelly entered for tag team action against Sheriff "Cowboy" Kool Jay and "Deputy TKO" Teddy Ireland Jr. In a back and forth physical confrontation, the match went back and forth between the teams before a mysterious masked figure once again entered and stood next to the commentary table as the match unfolded. As the action got hot and heavy, the masked man ran around the ring and engaged with Sheriff Kool Jay, eventually fighting out of the fire exit door into the parking lot as his isolated partner was pinned for the match win.
CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions Corruption's Killa Koga and Dirty Daddy entered with CWF Worldwide Television Champion Ethan A. Sharpe to take on the young tag team Friendly Fire's BeeBop and Jamal Hewens with the gold on the line. Hewens started for his team and irritated Killa Koga with his laughter and fun attitude who eventually tagged in partner BeeBop who found himself across the ring from the "body man" Dirty Daddy. BeeBop displayed some hot footwork and eventually found himself cut off from making a tag. The Corruption machine tagged in and out like clockwork with Sharpe occassionally getting the referee's ear and eye allowing a little extra from his tag team champions behind the official's eye. Corruption wins by pinfall to retain their titles as the fans in the Sportatorium let Friendly Fire know they would like to see them return to the Sportatorium in the near future.
After some announcements about CWF ULTIMATE SURVIVOR XVII by PWI President William L. Cross, the main event was introduced. Jarry Caray introduced the All Stars' CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion "Ace" Arik Royal with Coach Gemini at his side and challenger "the Smoothest Skywalker" Cam Carter made his way to the ring for a shot at history. The two went at it, testing each other's limits, strengths and eventually temper in some cases in a match between two strong-willed young competitors. Fans witnessed a match between two of the top indy stars on the east coast today and got their money's worth as the two fought for well over twenty-five minutes before Royal finished the deal with a pinfall win after a few interruptions by Coach Gemini from the floor turned the tide for the final time.
CWF Mid-Atlantic returns to live action for on Saturday November 16th at 7:30pm for CWF ULTIMATE SURVIVOR XVII at Gibsonville NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium! Tickets now at cwftickets.com!
The Young Lions of CWF Mid-Atlantic return to live action for on Saturday November 23rd at 7:30pm for a full card of RGL action at Gibsonville NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium! Tickets now at cwftickets.com!
(Above) All Star "Ace" Arik Royal literally floors challenger Cam Carter in main event CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title action at CWF INVINCIBLE at Gibsonville NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium.
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Samoa Joey, Sheriff Kool Jay & Snooty Foxx Defeat Corruption In Six-Man Referee-Ordered Main Event Tag Team Action at CWF-RGL JOEYMANIA III!
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CWF Rising Generation League's JOEYMANIA III - NIGHTMARE ON SPRINGWOOD AVE kicked off with the introduction of Brian Morris and John Henry "Kingfish" Foy to begin the night on live commentary before Samoa Joey was introduced to welcome the fans to the Sportatorium. The evening's namesake was interrupted by the BitDon ICO's Donald J. BitDon, Nicholas K. Richards and Khan O'Kelly, who tried to run Samoa Joey off. Joey did leave but called for a tag team to enter and take on the ICO to open the night's action.
The Brothers of Seduction's "Mother Lover" Jake Tucker and Cam The Prince entered to take on BitDon and Richards with O'Kelly at ringside. The match got physical fast with the Brothers showing off some team work against the Corporation and forcing them to re-imagine the form and flow of the match to turn the tide after the ten minute mark to walk away with a pinfall win against the impressive debut of the team at the Sportatorium.
The "Big Hurt of Professional Wrestling" DeAndre Jackson was up next to take on "Deputy TKO" Teddy Ireland Jr. in singles action. The larger Jackson took the immovable object stance but was dishing out irresistable force against Ireland Jr., sending him to the canvas in pain during several instances in the match. Jackson seemed impervious to anything the Deputy tried to do and returned any attack with one of his own. Teddy Ireland Jr.'s button got pushed at some point, the fight instinct kicked in and he turned the fight around quickly winning the match via pinfall in just under ten minutes after unleashing his own brand of mayhem.
CWF Worldwide Television Champion Ethan A. Sharpe entered with the CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions Corruption's Dirty Daddy and Killa Koga to defend his title against Michael "the Fury" McAllister in the traditional ten minute television title rules format match. Sharpe didn't even want to enter the ring to begin the match, asked the referee to begin it with him on the floor, forcing the referee to start the match and count to get him into the ring to eat up precious time. True to his form since winning the title, Sharpe retains the title by rule as he was being pinned as the ten minute time limit expired.
Three-way singles action was up next with big Jamal The Titan entering first, followed by newcomer James Anthony and then Cain Justice. An entertaining battle that began as a 2-on-1 with the Titan and Anthony joining forces to attack Justice. The fight went to the floor with all three brawling and rolling into the ring to break the referee's 10 count numerous times before all three made their way back into the squared circle to decide the match. Justice did his best impression of the Flash, attacking both opponents in opposite corners like a man on fire, setting him up for a submission win moments later over Anthony.
"The Last Outlaw" Sean Stephens made his return to the Sportatorium to find himself across the ring from Adrian "Action" Jackson in a singles battle. Stephens flexed his size and reach advantage early on, slowing down Action Jackson to the point the fans became concerned if he could continue. Jackson tried several times after the ten minute mark to hoist 6'8" Stephens across his shoulders, but couldn't because of the punishment his opponent was doing to his spine. The two brawled, wrestled, and fought for survival before Jackson had the stamina to hoist up big Sean Stephens in the Torture Rack, forcing him to submit.
The scheduled main event was introduced, pitting CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions Corruption's Killa Koga and Dirty Daddy, escorted by CWF Worldwide Television Champion Ethan A. Sharpe against PWI Central Carolinas Champion Snooty Foxx and Sheriff "Cowboy" Kool Jay with Samoa Joey in their corner to keep an eye on things. The teams battled for nearly twenty minutes before the referee lost control of the bout, throwing it out with the champions retaining by rule. Since Sharpe and Samoa Joey were eager to fight, the ring official called for six-man action pitting all three members of Corruption to battle Snooty Foxx, "Cowboy" Kool Jay and Samoa Joey in mere moments.
A new main event was underway with Samoa Joey finally getting his hands, legally, on the Corruptor Ethan Alexander Sharpe in the squared circle. He tagged in the Sheriff and then tagged back in to take a ride around the ring on the back of the TV champ. The match moved quickly with all six competitors getting in their shots but it began to break down as the previous "main event" and the official was gracious enough to allow a pinfall to end the match with Corruption sent away shaking their heads and angry.
CWF Mid-Atlantic returns to live action for on Saturday November 2nd at 7:30pm for CWF INVINCIBLE at Gibsonville NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium! Tickets now at cwftickets.com!
(Above) Adrian "Action" Jackson fights his way off of the floor against "the Last Outlaw" Sean Stephens at CWF-RGL JOEYMANIA III - NIGHTMARE ON SPRINGWOOD AVE at Gibsonville NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium.
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the Insiders Soapbox
:::Steps up onto the soapbox:::
Stardate: 01.17.20 1:00 pm
It's been a couple of months and I have been involved in exactly one event, CWF BATTLECADE XX on Dec. 28th. I've ridden the emotional roller coaster and made peace with my situation and the state of the sport in this area.
We left the area fully well capable of training the next generation of pro wrestlers, and with the list of guys who have came through our doors that are performing in WWE, NXT, ROH, AEW and all of the rest of the alphabet of wrestling companies around the world, right now, we are good. We are accomplished. And we ran the area for 20 years. Twenty.
I felt the rug was pulled out from under my feet a couple of months ago and was seeing the end of my life as I knew it then. That's not how I see it today. I spent a LOT of my waking hours in the promotion of events, wrestlers and companies in the past 30+ years and today I can look back and say "I did well, WE did well."
There's also now what I see as oversaturation in the local market, with wrestling events happening all over every weekend, in small towns, armories and wrestling schools and arenas. Oversaturation also indicates that no one will make financial inroads when everybody in the area is using the same formula week-in and week-out. No matter how hard everyone tries, there are no more unique, one-of-a-kind events, regardless of how they are advertised. There will be very few "break-out stars" as there will be so many faces vying for exposure and fame.
Yes, perhaps there is too much indy pro wrestling today. Perhaps there are too many wrestlers in training. Perhaps the marks outnumber the actual smarts, since so many smarts are nothing but marks in the first place. I was the one looked at sideways a couple of years ago when I stood up and said it was time to tighten the circle.
"NO!" they declared, "Now is the time to get anyone interested on the inside!" If everyone interested in pro wrestling is on the inside, who then is left to buy tickets? That will be the $64 Question in this area moving forward.
Well, "they" got their way and everybody with even a passing interest in the sport has been welcomed inside, inside the industry and inside of the locker rooms. No one from today's generation will ever know what it's like to be seen near a locker room door holding a camera and hearing multiple voices inside declaring "Kay Fabe!" because someone has a camera outside of the locker room.
Wait until the real indy stars start feeling the oversaturation in their pay envelopes and in their bookings, when promoters will start short-selling them by reminding them of all of the other "up and coming" young folks that are willing to take their places on the card for less money.
Hey. I tried to warn everybody and you all thought I was screaming in the night or something. As a matter of fact, I have no urge currently to step into another building for anyone's event. The fire has died down quite a bit and I am enjoying using my time driving down different avenues. Yes, I'll be there when CWF decides to run another event, but don't hold your breath at this point. We are looking at a market with 3-6 events within driving distance every weekend, so why bother? A few short years ago, that was NOT the case and new promotions generally fell as quickly as they rose. Today? Too many places and too many faces. Wrestlers are not unique today, and with everybody involved, the mystique is taking a shot below the belt, to be honest.
No, I'm not bitter. I'm no longer angry. I've woke up from a fog that saw me willingly spend good money to continue to keep a firm grip on my "spot". All it took was for the whole shooting match to close down and the fatigue hit me right between the eyes. I have learned to enjoy time away from people, as much as I miss the familiar faces of the last 20 years, the ones that want to communicate are right there at my fingertips online. The rest?
I dunno. But I get it. I got this. And I'm cool.
:::Steps off of Soapbox:::
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