These posts are a celebration of life and the pursuit of a dream.....and big hair.
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NWA Smoky Mountain Cup 2014 tasted the difference last night! Credit the very talented Terry Maples for these shots! Know I’m not fitness model fresh yet; but the gym is paying off!
So great. So so great. -tear-
I NEED you to watch THIS.
It’s a scene from the very popular and explicit film “The Wolf Of Wall Street”. Take the two minutes to watch it then come back to this. Makes the context of this blog resonate more.
Cool. Did you see the fever and passion in that room? That intensity that borders on insane? I’ve watched and watched this movie so many times in an effort to better understand THIS scene. 179 minutes of movie to gain a better appreciation and love for less than 2.
Like many of my blogs, I may be applying my thoughts to wrestling, but take away what you can for your LIFE as well. Here’s what I found:
We just all want to believe in something. As cynical, depressing, jaded, and negative as we’ve become as a fanbase and in society; deep down, we want to be thrown on our a$$es by something special. Our lives, mere flashes when held against an infinite force like time, WANT to feel as feverish and riled up as the 1 minute and 36 seconds you just watched (I’m assuming. We’re on an honor system here!). Perhaps you’re the most grizzled cynic that’s ever read my blog. Hats off to you. Even YOU didn’t ask to wake up everyday to something unspectacular.
But what MAKES something spectacular? What creates the goosebumps and butterflies that we strive for; even if for a fleeting moment?
It starts with a reason to care.
Wrestling has gotten good at making things big, loud, and flashy. It comes with the territory. We can say the same for our music, films, or anything designed to create an emotional response. That’s well and good. But I wonder, is it just me, or does a lot of it come off as just “LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!” or “OMG, IM SEEEW FLASHEEE”? The rhyme, the reason, the urge for me to care is gone. It’s just an elaborate stunt show.
I used to be interested in shows based off cards and potential matchups. The fun now is seeing Twitter posts where you can recognize the PASSION for a performer or a match. When that fan is invested so totally. They get the “why” and are strapped in the rollercoaster. It’s how you know it’s working.
Now more than ever, the winds of change are blowing through our business. I discovered that for myself when my personal life threatened to implode late last year. I’m fortunate that key people and companies stuck behind me and I’m back to doing what I do at a high level. Change is happening and I’m actually APART of it. The reason I touch on this is because I’m fortunate to work with companies these days like NWA Smoky Mountain, Beyond Wrestling, and RESISTANCE Pro (@nwasmokymt, @beyondwrestling, @RESISTANCE_Pro respectively on Twitter) who are challenging and creating reasons for people to care again. Sometimes they fail, but more often than not, their experiments garner sweet fruit.
This is an era of “demand more” for a fanbase that’s got more choices than ever. Our supply is vast, but they want and DESERVE what we rarely give them. Reason. They want to laugh with us. Cry with us. Celebrate with us. Understand with us. They’ve felt it before, know it’s good, and want to feel it again.
So why would we be selfish? Why would we rob them of the chance to feel fever?
Yet it’s what we do when we wrestle matches with no meaning.
Present a story with no care of craftsmanship.
Tell them instead of guide them.
Blame the crowd for “not feeling it” when you gave them nothing to feel.
If you think “5 star matches” or what one would define as one is “delivering” in this day in age; you need to redefine what delivering is. Tonight, Daniel Bryan is the man of the hour with his Wrestlemania 30 match(es) the most anticipated of any wrestler in New Orleans or alive at this moment.
We know his story. We’ve peaked and vallied with him. We know what we WANT for him. There is no promise what will happen; but the fact you’ll be glued to the seat and you’re either going to go mad with disappointment or happy with joy means that the magic still exists.
It’s not the match you care about. It’s the moment. Think about that. You want that moment for him. I can’t recall the first 5 moves of HHH vs HBK vs Benoit from WM 20; but I sure as hell remember the shock and joy of Benoit getting the tapout on HHH and celebrating with his best friend. The confetti. The impossible moment realized.
That’s all life is. Years, days, and hours spent just to get to moments that can last mere seconds; but last with us til our dying days. As a wrestler, can you give our fans that? Can you offer more than just your body?
Can you give them your soul too? It’s what will guarantee your place. Not all of us can be Hall of Famers. But if you etch yourself in someone’s mind like a branding iron to the brain; your legend lives on beyond the physical.
Stop worrying about what you did or what you’re going to do.
What are you going to make everyone feel?
It ain’t just wrestling folks. That’s life. Decades for moments. That’s our trade.
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Gotta give that quick salute to doomsday519. Dude keeps it really real out here in Tumblr land. I can appreciate folk who aren’t scared to have an opinion.
The fact he does cool GIFs don’t hurt either (tied with princessocelot for my favorite wrasslin’ related GIFS), but yea, game recognizes game. Keep trucking!
Successful outing at RESISTANCE Pro last night; walking away with the 2014 RPRO/St. Francis La Sale House Cup!
Check me out next month, April 25th as someone goes free and someone stays locked down. Epic vs Suge D. It’s the kind of challenge I wish I never had to face….
Mike Bennett (@RealMikeBennett) has disrespect Beyond Wrestling wrestlers and fans, over Twitter, for weeks. At CRITICAL ACCLAIM! (Buy tickets HERE); it comes to a head with a passionate invitation to the ROH mainstay from a Beyond mainstay.
Show up. It’s just that simple. Just know that it means war.
Pinkie Sanchez. Sugar Dunkerton.
Sex + Candy.
WHO KNEW I HAD 30 MOVES?! Shout out to @ManiBahamut for the clips! Nice to know I got one of these :p
RAW FOOTAGE: Fall Brawl III 4 way between myself (being a bad boy), Jon Davis, Anthony Henry & Brandon Parker. Really fun match that I think blended a lot of fun elements together. I always have a blast being in my home state to wrestle amidst all the travel.
Got it already started up when the action is about to kick off; but if you’d like to hear me antagonize a crowd and TI’s song, King, then a promo await you at the very beginning.
Sidenote: not even a week old and it’s been nominated by Indy Hotseat for Southeast MOTY. If you agree, drop a vote at http://poll.pollcode.com/6795186! In a further sidenote; the new “Shugee BOMAYE!” shirts are a big hit and I’d hate for you to miss out on yours before the holidays. Grab yours at http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/sugardunkerton
ENJOY & TASTE THE DIFFERENCE!
Just cause I didnt USE the CHIKARA Special; doesn’t mean I dont KNOW the CHIKARA Special. The picture is Barry Wolf finding out that fact at Pro Wrestling EGO’s Great Southern 8 Tournament; the hold that would lead me to winning the trophy later that night.