Hello to all. I just got back from Nashville, TN.
yesterday afternoon, and I head back out tomorrow evening
to tour through BC for the rest of the week, so things
have been busy to say the least. I figured now is a good
time to tell some stories...
I caught the plane to Nashville at 7am on the day of the
NWA 52nd anniversary show. Why they flew me in on the
day of the show is beyond me, but what is even more beyond
me is why I didn't pack until 10 pm the night before!!!
Once again I believe it to be too many chair shots, but
that's another story.
I manage to pack and catch about 4 hours of sleep, fly
out Saturday morning, and I'm already a bit grumpy because
I know it's off the plane and to the arena. The flights
went well. I am slowly getting used to this whole flying
thing. Smooth as silk I land in Nashville, make a call
and get a ride from none other than NWA VP Bill Behrens.
I like Bill. He's a straight shooter- cuts right through
the BS, and is full of wisecracks which entertains me.
Bill takes me to the hotel to check in where I meet NWA
Michigan Jr. Heavyweight Champion Nate Matteson. I talked
with him briefly and he seemed really cool. Unfortunately
I wasn't able to hook up with him again because the weekend
was just run, run, run, go, go, go...
I also met up with two of the coolest wrestling fans I've
ever known who have come to be known as the "Storm Chasers".
These guys- Shawn and Eric flew their carcasses all the
way from Seattle to see me wrestle. On top of that they
have been really cool to be around and are very respectful
about the wrestling business. I actually met them a few
months ago and thought they were joking when they said
they were coming to Nashville. Anyways...
We all head to get some eats before the show and then
it's to the arena- The Nashville Fairgrounds that I've
heard so much about. Actually it's a great facility for
wrestling. There I got a chance to see a lot of the fellas
I have met from Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and the UK. It
was really good to see those guys again.
My match with Vince Kaplack was near the end of the show,
so I did get a chance to just sit and rest for a bit.
The match itself was really good, I thought. I've said
it before and I'll say it again, Vince knows his stuff
very well. He got the clean pinfall after reversing a
top rope frankensteiner with a sunset flip. Can you picture
that??? Anyways, I was happy to shake his hand, but also
told him that I was coming back soon for that belt. I
was also glad that many of the NWA promoters were sitting
at ringside during my match, because without patting myself
on the back too much, I think that Kaplack vs. Kozina
is a match that can tear the house down all across the
country. Hopefully the promoters feel the same way. We'll
Now... Neither Dave Republic or I, the Storm Chasers,
or even Howard Brody bothered to rent a car, so getting
back to the hotel presented a bit of a challenge. Actually,
Shawn and Eric had met the guys from NWA New England and
unbeknownst to me flew the coop before the show even ended
for extracurricular activities as it were. So there I
am stranded at the arena, but ended up having a nice discussion
with Howard, Dave, and NWA World Champion Mike Rapada.
Eventually we all realize that we have no ride, but once
again Bill Behrens saves the day after we scramble to
find somebody hanging around.
I ended up having dinner and sharing some good thoughts
with Dave Republic and Howard Brody about the NWA and
where it's heading. Believe me- if everyone works together
the NWA can be a HUGE wrestling force. In fact, now that
I think of it, with the direction that things are going
in the wrestling world, if indeed the NWA works together
we could end up with the WWF and NWA as the two top groups
just like the 1980's. AND it would prove the theory that
I've heard from Matt Borne and Abdullah the Butcher that
everything goes full circle in the wrestling business.
Now where was I???
Oh yes, I had a great conversation with Brody and Republic.
You know, I was pretty tired as we walked into the Denny's
restaurant. Once the conversation started however, I ordered
some coffee because I didn't want to miss a beat. Plus,
anyone who knows me knows I always have my two cents to
put in, so with those four cups of coffee I probably ended
up putting in a buck and a quarter.
Needless to say I slept like a mad fool. Now Sunday is
the NWA showcase of talent and I was looking forward to
watching the action of the guys I have only read about
on the net. I didn't realize, however, that the show started
at 1pm. So my thoughts of having a nice leisurely afternoon
of lying in bed and watching TV were crushed when I walked
into the lobby only to have Bill Behrens inform me that
we are "heading to the fairgrounds" and to "get the others".
So the madness continues....
The showcase was interesting. I'd say the finest performances
were from Johnny Moss and Jon Ryan who wrestle for NWA
UK/Hammerlock Wrestling. I met those guys in February
when I was there and we all quickly became friends. Actually
I knew Johnny Moss from the Charlotte NWA Anniversary
Show last year. I know, I know.... does it really matter?
Probably not, but when I write my book in the future I
suppose I should have all of my facts in place.
Nate Matteson- that is "Amazing" N8 Matteson also cranked
out a fine performance I thought. I'd really like to wrestle
him sometime. After the showcase show I finally had a
chance to get together with the fellas. I had met the
four guys from NWA New England- Jason Rumble, Beau, Chris,
and Chris the day before but had yet to really talk with
them. So a bunch of us met up at Hooter's for dinner.
The UK guys, Chris Champion who is a really good guy,
Shawn, Eric, and the four New England guys. We all ate
there and then hung out for awhile at the hotel. The next
day I flew home...
Now as you all may know by now, I don't really like flying
that much. I think however that I've discovered the secret
to keeping me sane on the plane. You see, to fully explain
myself, I'm a bit of a nut. I'm worried about everything
and I'm certain that I get this gift from my grandmother.
So with my flight leaving Nashville at 7:15am I am worried
sick that I'll oversleep and miss my flight. "Well Tone",
you might ask, "just have the desk ring you when you need
to leave". Nope. Can't trust the desk. Remember- I'm a
nut. So the only certain solution I could come up with
was to stay up all night, sitting there waiting to go.
And that's EXACTLY what I did. Now, the great thing about
this is that by the time I got seated on the plane I was
so delerious that I could have cared less if we did 3
rolling backflips and plunged into Rocky Mountains upside
down and on fire. My friends... It is thoughts like these....
It is revelations of this magnitude that I'm sure can
only be reached when a person is at the threshold of lunacy
that make me proud of myself for reasons unknown.
And with that I bid you all a fond farewell for now, and
wish you all the laughter in the world
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Moondog Manson says "The key to success in the wrestling business is by being humble, respectful, and paying your dues. With out these you will fail.".