Voeltzwagon Posted September 4, 2016 Share Posted September 4, 2016 http://i.imgur.com/kpFkTn5.jpg Where to start? To keep the early part of life short I suppose I was much like many a kids. Enamored with wrestling for as long as I can remember. I remember watching both NOTBPW and CGC growing up and going 'I'll be there' one day. A big tough guy one day taking on either the Stones or DeColts. The problem is I never became a big tough guy. I ended up being five foot seven and about a one sixty to one hundred and seventy pounds. Needless to say in wrestling I had a steep hill to climb. Despite my size I pressed on. I worked hard to make the extra money so I could get some training from a dingy old school for about a year until I finally did my first show. I remember being excited despite the fact I drove four hours to get to the show. I didn't even mind I didn't get paid or I had to sleep in my car that night to cut costs. I got to wrestle! Sure the match was about two minutes and I got squashed by Biff The Bruiser, but I finally had some bragging rites as small as they may be. Strange how things could go so fast. I had a handful of matches in six months when I got something of a big break. At least it will always be a big break to me. Daedalus Buchinsky created ACPW. It was a company looking for smaller, quicker wrestlers and apparently some of my matches got in the hands of him and booker Face Nelson. So here I was only eighteen with six months of of career in the books when I became part of their first show. Even if the company was tuned towards the smaller wrestlers I still had a lot of climbing to do. There were true stars on that roster and many are still there today. I was the plucky underdog that never won much, but the pay was consistent and I got to work with guys that greatly helped me gain confidence and improve as a wrestler. It took me almost a year before I got a surprise victory over Taylor Kidd. Sure he was much like me in the fact he was near the bottom of the card, but it was my first ever win so I will always remember it. Years passed and I continued to work with ACPW. I saw new names come in and some go. Despite that I never saw a huge rise in the card. I could accept that. In ring I felt I was pretty good for my age, but I would be the first to admit I am bland when it comes to personality. All I had was a bit of a pretty boy thing going that got some ladies cheering for me, but no real charisma and I should rarely ever be let near a mic if at all. It might be why as years progressed I found myself doing less shows and eventually in 2014 I found my contract up and Face Nelson decided not to renew it. It was heart breaking, but perhaps for the best. That is what I was telling myself at least. I had been there just shy of five years and I only had a handful of wins. I figured with the experience I would at least get some calls. Do some small shows and hope for the next big break. The calls didn't come. The shows few and far between. I had one match here in 2015. I did get to wrestle (and lose to) K-Squared, but that was back in March and since then not one single match. Now it is early November and I find that despite only being twenty-four that my career was already done. Not that it was ever a good enough one to pay the bills, but it was a nice way to release tension and not think about the horrible retail job I have been working the past few years. I was about to just give up when one day I got a call. http://i.imgur.com/mGogoVN.jpg "Hey, kiddo. I am in town and want to talk. I got a deal you might be interested in." The voice is one I hadn't heard from since leaving ACPW. Art Lawson was the road agent of ACPW the entire time I was there and a man I believe helped me greatly improving as a worker. I didn't even need to ask what he had in mind. It had to be wrestling related so I was on board without even knowing what I was getting into. http://i.imgur.com/Vf5o2Qf.jpg "Whatever it is. I'm in." I'm Alistair Shufflebottom and I just got in over my head. http://i.imgur.com/kpFkTn5.jpg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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