If anyone would have told me I would be at the end of the road 14 years ago, I would’ve laughed in their face.
Since I was 16 years old I have worked in professional wrestling. I’ve been a camera man, ring announcer, commentator, TV host, manager, and producer. 14 years of driving thousands of miles, meeting thousands of fans, becoming friends with many people in the wrestling business in the independent and professional circuits.
When I started out I was working for a small independent promotion in Northeast Arkansas. I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to be involved from my love of the sport and seeing my family in the business on the local circuit. So at 16 years old I started ‘working’ as a cameraman. I use that term loosely because I wasn’t paid for the better part of a year.
I then was able to pickup a microphone for the first time. I remember the stage fright I had. If you know me personally now, this may be hard for you to believe. I froze for most of the show and barely said anything, leaving the work to my partner seated next to me. I never will forget the night I found my voice. It was a great feeling knowing that people wanted to hear what I had to say. I must also mention that while stage fright no longer bothers me, I still get butterflies anytime I get on a stage.
Fast forward three years and I was working on television hosting and doing commentary. This was a dream come true! I worked with numerous great athletes and performers during this time. Like Dustin Starr and Kevin Nikels, who were both signed to the WWE and worked with me at this promotion. These were just two of the many guys that helped to teach me and train me in the art of telling a story. My goal of making it to the WWE was just a small step closer.
Following that promotions closure, I had the chance to work for Kevin Lawler in Memphis, TN as a ring announcer and event host. To me this was the next level. I worked in several venues with a production that I had not experienced to this point in my ‘wrestling career’. I enjoyed every show and every opportunity to network with more talent, to better my career.
Even recently up until April 2019 I was working for a promotion that brought me to Texas and Louisiana. Two states I had never worked in! I met some friends like Nate Jolly, Edson Baeza, Nick Scott, and others. I even got to share the ring with my brother, Jon Alan. I even was a part of their first ever PPV on FITE-TV and joining the United Wrestling Network. These events were top notch and one of the best I’ve been able to work. I felt renewed that I could one day make it to the big leagues.
Now let’s talk about the present. I have not worked consistently in wrestling since 2018, which means my dream of making it big just stopped. So for two years, I have not worked at these events as much as I would have liked. With the change in careers and personal life, I have been limited on what I can commit to daily. Yet, I have found that I really haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.
That is why after much thought, I have decided to turn off the mic, for my in ring career. I have found this decision to be tough, but the right one. As my career has taken off in my personal life, I am creating content that is fulfilling my ‘itch’ to perform. Wrestling has and will always hold a special place in my heart, and so do the people I’ve grown to respect and love.
While you may not hear my voice in person, I will still be doing voice over work for various clients that have hired me. I have developed these great working relationships that will ensure that I will still be tied into the wrestling business in some way. There may come a moment that you will see me dawn the tux one more time, but only for that RARE special appearance.
So you will still hear my voice during the commercial breaks of Championship Wrestling on CW30 Memphis every Saturday at Noon. You will still hear my voice on Grind City Media’s ‘Grind City Wrestling’ podcast. You will still hear my voice creating that same excitement outside of the ring for many more years to come.
To those who helped me start my journey, helped me along the way, believed in me, supported me, and became lifelong friends; thank you. You have left a lasting impact that’s helped shape me beyond the ring and into my personal life. I will never forget the countless shows where I met amazing fans and amazing workers.
If there is one thing I can leave you with, it’s this: Take care of one another. Respect one another. Help each other achieve the goals you seek. Above all, love one another.
God loves you, and so do I.