Time for the monthly DOAM...Jesus, just the word monthly makes my skin crawl. Sorry, on to the task at hand; narration of a life partially affected by a strange affinity for ridiculous premises and staged outcomes. I have been doing the manager thing for a half a year now, and it is starting to become beyond fun, like an obsession. I asked many of the other guys about it and it was pretty much the same answer "I think about every aspect of wrestling every minute" good to know I'm working with like-minded fellows.
In August I was pretty active and it kept me wanting more. I have been making more booking requests (and probably annoying potential bookers I suppose) because it is just too damn fun, I need it every weekend. My main spot though is still Funky Munky Wrestling, things have picked up and we're set for a big year in 2014. The booker/owner has his eyes on the future and each show has become bigger and bigger, it's fun to see the evolution of the product. FM has that Cheers "Everybody knows your name" feeling in the locker room that isn't necessarily present in the other locker rooms I've been in. It makes it much more comfortable to be able to confidently call spots with the guys when you know they are willing to at least hear them out. I will post my promo from the August Block Party from Funky Munky below. (Here is an article that might clarify my first line in the promo) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Crundwell
I also worked a couple of shows for a slightly bigger company in and they were a blast as well. The first one Ron Simmons was a special guest and it was really cool to hear from him and hear the advice he was giving to the guys. I tried not to talk to him too much about wrasslin' because all of the other boys were talking shop with him. I talked about Florida State and college football for a bit, and he seemed more than happy to talk about those subjects for a good length of time. He was impressed with the company and he was a total class act, glad to meet an old attitude era hero of mine and not mark out or get starstruck. The match itself I didn't do a whole lot other than my main stool schtick and other jackassisms. This basically was my tryout so they had me do an impromptu promo right after the match. They seemed like they liked it. I got a text from that booker later in the week saying they found a "Handler" gimmick for me for a "Clinically Insane" wrestler that was about to return to the company. So on to the thrift store to get some black medical scrubs, and surgery mask. I went to their weekend of shows and worked one show with the Handler gimmick. I wore a mask and had a way different attitude and presentation than my normal Zeke character. It was a total blast and gave me more confidence to expand my character range if need be for other wrestling companies.
Despite that fun and other bookings I have taken, some big things are coming up for Funky Munky and I'm going to focus on creative ideas for them. They gave me the chance and continue to trust me with ideas, so I owe it to them to make them my priority. I'm glad I got involved in the biz and I highly recommend you trying something if you ever thought about becoming involved on the inside.