Hater of the Dumb. Ringleader of the Tormentors. Podcaster! Hustler of Pop Culture. Creative Wrestling Watcher.
To say that roadblocks haven’t happened for 12-13-13 would be an understatement. When someone is doing a showcase match on a card or in this case one match a piece you try to make that match the best thing on the card. That’s what I always tried to do in IWL,WCWC, DCW, New Wave etc BUT NOT in a bad way. I tried to help boost everyone’s show as much as I could. That will be my next blog in a few weeks. Although I wanted to do a six man for this show it didn’t happen. I’ll save for it for another time.
Now this next section I write is solely based on what I was TOLD by people so it’s third party info. Of course none of it was said directly to myself, Gary Yap, Adam Jones or Bourbon Jimbo. So Devin Sparks said on the Lost episode of the Last Podcast that Adam Ginsberg said something to the effect that charity shows are a scam or for Devin to watch out to not to get scammed. First of all, I really don’t understand that statement. Are we gonna scam Devin? Are we gonna scam the charity? I have NEVER ‘scammed’ anyone while I’ve been in wrestling at all. I don’t owe anyone money. I have NEVER promised stuff like ‘work for me and I’ll get you to TV,WWE, Mexico or Japan’ none of that carny shit. So no Ginsberg we won’t be ‘scamming’ Devin or the charity. I listen and respect very few opinions and Adam Ginsberg’s opinion isn’t one of them. I’ve been told, taught, whatever you wanna call it that wrestling charity shows the wrestlers, ring annoucers, refs etc are suppose to donate their time and work for free. I understand if wrestling is your full time job and you have to pay rent, buy food and whatever else is needed so you can’t take the booking. This is our “Clerks” as Gary put it doing something cool with our friends involved so anyone asking for outrageous money should be ashamed of themselves. I plan with these blogs to be honest just like on the podcast. I’m not ‘talking shit’ everything I say it based on truth or by what I’ve been told by other people. If I’m wrong with anything please challenge me on it.
To end this on a higher note a list of stuff I ENJOY in Indie wrestling! A list that’s not in any particular order cos people will complain about it:
Kenny Omega: One of the most creative wrestlers….wait do I really have to explain this?!
I’m all for people being MORE creative and thinking outside BUT the creativity being great as well.
Chuck Taylor: Another creative guy, who has made his Instagram an art form with the 24/7 anywhere title defenses. http://instagram.com/chuckietea
Pete Dunne,Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan, basically all the ATTACK PRO guys: I buy DVDs/MP4s from two promotions PWG & ATTACK PRO. http://www.youtube.com/user/AttackProWrestling
Marion Fontaine and his Extravaganza Of Wrestling Exhibitions: I haven’t even seen this but it looks like the most creative thing to happen this year! http://www.oldewrestling.com/
Jaysin Strife, Tyler Bateman and Zack Sabre Jr matches: Youtube search these guys to see their matches.
Reed Bentley promos: I don’t think I’ve even seen a match of his but think his promos are on point. I believe what he’s saying in them. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheReedBentley
That’s all for now. I do wanna thank everyone who’s donated to thelastpodcast.com in the last few weeks!
I don’t even know where to begin with this. Gary thought it would be a good idea for each of us to write something about what this show means to us. I thought about just not doing it or half assin’ it but we’ll see how it goes. haha I could end up deleting the whole thing.
This time last year (I think) could’ve been later on in Dec. I was being taught on how administer morphine to my father was was in hospice care for cancer. To look for signs of “bluish” color in the joints and lips and to listen for a “death rattle” to know when he’s “gone”. A lot to handle within three months of us being told that he had cancer, huh? This was actually the most I’ve been prepared for a death if that’s even possible.
Now, a little about my dad. He was a beer drinking, cigar smoking all around great guy. Who could spark up a conversation with just about anyone and pretty much did. If you need anything he’d give you the shirt off his back if your were cold, if you were hungry and he had one piece of bread he’d split it with you to make sure you were fed too. If you need money he’d lend it to you. The guy couldn’t remember if he took his pills in the morning to keep him alive BUT if you owed him $3 he’d remember that for years until you paid him! That was my dad. Now when I was around 10, he started taking me to the WWF house shows at the Anaheim Convention Center. I use to have a blast going to those shows, we both did. I’m not sure if he liked going or just went because I loved it. When I started Pro Wrestling WAR in 2004 with Gary Yap, my dad was the only person who stood by me as I tried this venture. He bought the Jack Evans/Blitzkieg design shirt something that he’d most likely never wear just to support me. He also encouraged me to keep at it.
So back to December 26th at 1:35pm a time and date which I will never forget. He died in our living room as my mom, sister, our dog and a hospice nurse watch him take his final breath. I remember walking out into the back yard and falling to my knees crying. I knew that was the last time I could that because after that I had to be the strong one. I text messaged Nathan Blodgett (Jaysin Strife) called my friend Raul then text Gary that I just needed some time but I’d be fine.
So I mentioned to Sean Brotherton that we should do some kind of benefit wrestling show for cancer but had zero clue on what to. At the time all of the people close to me, Nathan, Sean and Cody Croslin (Tyler Bateman) all for our fathers had battled some form of cancer with my father and sadly Sean’s father losing their battles. The idea was thrown around to do a show but never executed. Until Gary figured out a way to do it at a low cost and present it in a creative way so everyone can see the faults, bullshit, mistakes and triumphs that come with putting a show together. Its all out in the open for you the viewer to see.
So what the show means to me. First to be honest I was one of those people said that “oh it (cancer) isn’t affecting me at the time so why do it” BUT now shits all different. It’s now a very personal goal to me to help out and make a difference. May sound chessy but it can be done. Everyone on the 12/13/13 card are people who are donating their own time to do this with us. Three of them are from out of town who are flying themselves out here for this. Nobody on mine end or Gary’s end that i know of are taking money to do this show. It’s all out of the support for the cause or the support for the people putting the show on.
On 12/13/13 my match I put together with my best friend Jaysin Strife vs Ryan Kidd will be dedicated to my father as well as Sean’s father. So I hope everyone can make it out to the show or bump that thelastpodcast.com link and donate your little hearts out!
Thanks for reading!
Next blog: I will name some people who for whatever reason made this journey to Ring Of HOPE a tad less pleasant. Also all opinions shared in this and other blogs are MY OPINIONS! Not any of the other people I work with. Also the last three years have been the shittiest I’ve seen. I wanna thank people for their support Nathan, Gary, Sean, Cody, Gina, Julie, Ramee, ZSJ and Alex. I should probably apologize to each of them as well because I was most likely an asshole most of the time.