Make Sure You Are Having Fun…
I have seen so many people come into locker rooms and be the biggest dick that you will ever see. There is one person that I know in particular that is the most cynical piece of shit that you will ever meet in your entire life. He has been in the business of professional wrestling for a good amount of time, has worked for some top-notch companies, but continues to be a lonely sack of shit around the rest of the boys. All he does is complain about how he is better than everyone else and that he should be in the WWE and whatnot. The funny part of it is that promoters still book this asshole even though he acts this way. Every time I ask someone why this person is the way that they are, everyone just tells me “that’s just how he is.” Fuck that.
This person’s cynicism has taught me that not only do you need to have fun in the ring, but out of the ring as well. Never forget the fact that YOU ARE a professional wrestler, and that it is something to be excited about. You are doing something that literally thousands, if not millions, of other people only dream of doing. There is nothing more fun to me than hanging out with all of the boys and bullshitting about the business all day long. Honestly, if I could do that 24/7, I would be the happiest man alive.
To be quite honest with you, if you are not having fun in the pro wrestling business anymore, then get the hell out. Promoters, if you are using someone who is an asshole to everyone else; what is the point? They drag down moral throughout the entire locker room and darken the mood overall. Fuck that guy! Get rid of him. The one thing that I am extremely happy about is that every company that I currently work for has a great locker room with not very many assholes to deal with. I don’t care how “good” anyone is; if they are a piece of shit with an oversized ego then break that ego for them and make them realized that they are a piece of shit.
I was actually on a show recently and met probably one of the biggest assholes I have met in a long time. Much of this is probably attributed to the fact that I work for many of the same promotions with the same talent and all of them are great. This place was an exception and a new place that I went to check out though. There was one guy on the show who was from another state, and he just made a horrible first impression on me from the get go. Let me paint the picture of this guy for you, without giving away who the guy was. A.) The guy had his toenails painted, showed up in khakis with flip flops, and a neon-colored polo shirt with a popped collar (which is NEVER acceptable). Yes, he is a bigger guy who is in pretty decent shape, and yes, he does have the mandatory professional wrestler long hair (everyone has to grow it out sometime throughout their career). B.) He did not just come up and introduce himself to me, but he came up and introduced himself to me as his work name, rather than his real name. C.) He name-dropped and did nothing but talk about how great he was the entire night in the back. Fuck this guy.
Don’t be this guy man. Be genuine. Be friendly. Be professional. Pieces of shit like the two I just talked about end up becoming cynical bastards that do nothing but bitch about how they are better than whatever level they are currently at. Well, if these guys WERE better, then they WOULD BE in a larger company. Obviously, they are NOT as good as they think they are, because they are on the same show that you are and NOT in the WWE.
The moral of all of this is just to have a good time and appreciate the fact that you are in the business of professional wrestling in the first place. If you ever get into that pissy mode, just take a step back and look around. All of us get wrapped up in our little “pro wrestling worlds” sometimes, and stepping back into the “real world” and just taking a look around will really put things into perspective for you. Don’t get caught up in the bullshit. Have a good time and put on good matches, end of story.