The 5 Count
#LingusMafia #WorldRenown #K5 #MeowBitch #Believes
The Hounds of Nonsense return with a new show and a new name, but the same ol’ bullshit assholes.
Sharing the Christmas Cheer…
The Wrestlingus Show
Season 2, Lingus 26
Watching TNA, so you don’t have to.
Song of the Moment:
"New Day" by Alicia Keys
Back about 1997, I was in the United States Navy. I had already made up my mind that I was going to get out once I reached my end of active obligated service date in 1999 (I would still be reserve for four more years, which ended in 2003). I started looking up pro wrestling training. Mind you, I knew little to nothing about the Independent Circuit—as in, I didn’t really know it existed—but I figured if any state would have it, it would be California.
I came across a school called the All Pro Wrestling Boot Camp. I filled out the online form, and sent it in… got a brochure a while later. I actually still had it until a year or so ago (can’t seem to find it now).
When I first got “in”, I got in as a ring announcer and webmaster for Elite Pro Wrestling. It operated out of nearby Porterville, but they often ran at The Dome in Bakersfield which was much closer for me. I was only there for a couple of shows—and only actually active on one, which turned out to be the final. A few months later, I got in contact with APW and was set to book some shows down here in Bakersfield. That ended up not happening—at least, not with me involved. I was basically out, just as quickly as I got in.
A few years down the road, I contacted Roland Alexander at APW directly. They had just had a big shake up in their staffing. I ended up working as their Public Relations Director—a ‘title’ given to me by Roland himself. To me, I was just that guy that posted stuff on website for them, lol. I constantly stayed in contact with Roland despite not being able to travel up to the Bay Area much at all. He and John LaRocca kept me up-to-date on what was going on in APW, and I would format press releases and other promotional materials to help promote shows and put over talent.
I would later start up with my current promotion, Vendetta Pro Wrestling, doing much of the same work. I ended up having to leave APW as my responsibilities started growing exponentially for Vendetta Pro. My friends Jon Orton and Billy Blade—both of which I met at EPW and saw quite a few times in APW—got me involved with Vendetta Pro (in fact, it was Jon who really made the suggestion for me to become an announcer for Vendetta Pro), and much of that had to do with them seeing the work I was doing with APW. Had it not been for Roland, I wouldn’t have been doing that work, and likely, wouldn’t have had the same opportunities that I ended up getting with Vendetta Pro—which led to other opportunities in this business. Point being, I would likely not be where I am at now if it wasn’t for “the Godfather”.
Sadly, Roland passed just a few hours ago. I knew his health had been in decline and that recently he had been in a lot of pain. I am glad that his pain is now gone, but at the same time, saddened at losing a mentor and a friend.
It has been an honor and a privilege working with and knowing you.
God bless you, and thank you. For everything. Rest in peace.