On the way to the show, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know who would be there. I mean, what would the atmosphere like after such a long time away? So many thoughts came in to my head. With quite a few detours on the road due to bridge construction, I certainly had plenty of time to think about things.
Once I got there, it felt like old times; however, there were some changes. I saw many old friends ranging from Rude Boy Riley, Jasin Karloff, All Star Lou, Hulko, and Jay Reynolds to Joey B, Logan Black, Dirt Bag Dan and Scotty Priest. Along with some old faces, I got to meet some new faces as well, many of them students of the WOW Wrestling School. Young, hungry, and aching to learn, it was certainly something to behold.
These students were asking everyone questions with any amount of experience. Many, if not all of them, approached Bobby Roode, who was on the show as well, and he was happy to answer said questions. It was nice to see these students with a level of respect for the business and took advantage of whatever opportunities they had to learn more. A few even came to me for advice. I’m nobody special in this business, but it was an honor to be asked and I was glad to share whatever experiences I might have had, as well as share some stuff I had heard over the years. They are a very good group of kids and I can’t wait to see their progress in the future.
Here comes match time, the Battle Royal. Many thoughts were still running through my head. Once I had went through that curtain though, it felt more like old times! The rush of coming out to those lights shining on you, a crowd out there witnessing your every move, that feeling of competition. There is nothing else like it in the world, just going out there and performing for that audience. Whether it’s for 5 people or 100, it feels the same every time! The match came and went. I even got eliminated by El Musky! Once I got back behind that curtain, that was it. It was over before I knew it. You know what though? It felt great! I got what I wanted, the people got what they wanted, I hope the promoters got what they wanted, and it was all worth it from my personal perspective.
As of this writing, it’s a day later. I feel great! Along with that, I’m riding on this incredible high from the night before. Thank you to the promoters for giving me my first chance over 8 years ago at that VFW in South River, NJ to let me show what I’m made of. Thank you again for bringing me here 8 years later to give me another chance at something I’ve loved since childhood. Thank you to the boys I grew up in this business with for not changing a bit! Thank you to the new blood and the students for being good to me and not beating me up too bad in the Battle Royal. Where my in ring “career” goes from here is up to fate. However as far as this one night goes, I will be thankful for that moment. It’s a night I will never forget!