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Diary of a Manager: Riding the Pine and The Art of Wrestling



Hello again there folks, Zeke Zshe your resident CSS manager giving ya'll a look back at the past month or so of my wrasslin' time. It was a fun month and I am starting to feel a lot better about the whole thing. The creative energy that is put into these shows has opened my eyes and expanded my thoughts of what was possible in this business.

The booker I work for also works for other companies and asked me to come along to Dreamwave in LaSalle, IL with him, so I did. Dreamwave is a step up from Funky Munky as far as attendance and indie names go, they put on a hell of a show usually in front of 500 or more people. I knew it was a small chance but I brought my manager gear anyhow. They didn't need me, which didn't surprise me so I wasn't too butthurt about it. Samuray Del Sol was making an appearance right after he had signed his WWE deal. He told me that they allowed him to finish his dates out before he goes in trains with them in July. Not sure why he would risk injury over what probably wasn't a massive check, but hey I can't blame a guy for being faithful to his dates. After his match with Lince Dorado and Prince Mustafa Ali I made sure to tell each that it was the best pro wrestling performance I had ever seen, because it was. I was blown away actually and don't recall a lot of the rest of the card. Good times for sure, I highly recommend Dreamwave to anyone in the Illinois/Iowa region.

On to the event I actually participated in. For the first half I did commentary with "Coach" Havens, I thought it turned out pretty well. It was a 6 man match that featured a smaller team vs a bigger team so it kinda had a natural story and nice pace to it. I am still tweaking my commentary style, I don't oversell because I tried that before and it sounds kind of dumb when I do it. My style reminds me of a golf announcer doing pro wrestling, which when I type it out sounds terrible. You can watch it below, there are some really good tag team spots in there from Bucky Collins and Markus Crane.

Time to put on my gear and figure out the plan for the match. It was a charity event that the guys had thrown pro-bono. Being the nature of charity and it being held for a specific person, I was slightly confused as how far to go or how to approach it. They told me that it was pretty much the same, just do my little-bitch gimmick and make my guy look like a jerk. Even so, I decided to forego a in-ring promo and just stick to the ring work, just to be safe. I got a new prop for the event, a step ladder. It can serve several purposes, I can step on it to rub my client's shoulders, my client can use it for a "high risk" maneuver, or I can use it as a weapon. This match was set for one on one with my guy (Tyler Priegel) taking on Judd the Janitor, classic good vs bad. Judd has an amazing ability to get over with kids, they just love him no matter what. I think if he did a heel turn he would legitimately make a kid cry.

It was a simple formula this time, Priegel was going to take a couple powders, dodgeball spot, and I would just be annoying. Look for his shuffling elbow and get on the apron, look for the backslide pin and distract the ref. After another shuffling elbow the run-in would occur which would lead to a battle royale. When the battle royale started I had to formulate a game plan, it was quite different than working a singles match, all improv pretty much. I took my stepladder and got a shot in on a face, my first chair shot, just like mama taught me. If you watch the video below you'll notice around the 31 minute mark I am going to choke the janitor out with my tie and another wrestler is thrown over the top directly into me. I fucked this spot up because I should have sold after he accidently got thrown into me. My mind went to safety first instead of performance, not a bad thing I suppose but it still could have been better. Either way it was the only time I've been scared so far in wrestling, not so much for me but for the other guy, and it was kind of my fault. Live and learn I guess, but I had to whisper "are you ok?" just to ease my conscience. He was fine and I got my head straightened out and back to the match. After Priegel was eliminated by Judd I got a puss chair shot in on the Janitor and was given a stinkface for my troubles.

I really enjoyed this show despite the fact I didn't do a promo. I was out there for about 45 minutes so it gave me a ton of ring experience, seeing what works and what doesn't. Some of the other guys were impressed with my backslide spot where I distracted the ref, I don't know why but they liked that, all I was doing was reacting. It felt good to hear praise from those guys, because they are the ones who risk their bodies to entertain. The group of guys I work with for Funky Munky Wrestling are a great group of guys with very little ego. I was a little worried about that aspect of the business because I had heard some nightmare stories about egos of even indie wrestlers. These guys are all good guys though who just love pro wrestling. I posted my most recent video promo for our next event in the fanshots section, check it out. I will check in next month with another diary recap, until then go support your local wrestling scene.

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