Mattyc Posted August 25, 2006 Share Posted August 25, 2006 [B]April 2006[/B] [B]The Back story:How ZIW came to be [/B] It is amazing how one route in life that may seem like a negative one can turn into something positive, the past few years have been hell for me in all honesty, but with that being said I have to consider the possibility that if it had not been for my own personal downfall I probably would not have made the choices I did which have led to me becoming what I am as I type this…the owner of a wrestling company. The nightmares of my past have led to me living my life dreams in the present and hopefully for a long time in my future…but for you to get an understanding of the present we must first go back into the past... I am Matthew Roberts and I grew up in Birmingham in the United Kingdom, a place that seems a lifetime away from my current location which happens to be a hotel room in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have just been in a meeting with a man who says he will help my new wrestling company make an impact, he is also a man who many consider to be Mr. Controversy in the Wrestling business, a man who I have heard called a prick and much worse, but I call him a friend, his name is Theodore Annis but chances are you know him by the name of [B]Teddy Hart[/B]. Calgary is not my home, neither is the country of Canada, I am in the country for this business meeting only, the place I call home is Albany, New York, I ended up in America in 2000 when my parents back home in the UK felt I was on a bad track in life after falling in with a bad crowd, truth be told my parents made the best decision sending me to live with the family of my Uncle because I really was on a road of self destruction. I had nothing going for me apart from just one thing, the very thing that had been with me from 5 years of age and had never left me, my love for Professional Wrestling. After settling into my new surroundings and lifestyle in the good old USA I started to get my life on track a little and I think that was due to my goal to get involved in the Professional Wrestling scene one way or another, be it as a wrestler, manager, referee or whatever. I trained at various wrestling schools in late 2000/early 2001 but despite my will to pick it up there was just something missing, I had to admit to myself that I did not have what it took to be a professional wrestler, but despite being down on myself for not being able to impress people with my physical abilities and wrestling skill it soon dawned on me that I was impressing people with my ideas and overall love for professional wrestling, People who listened to any of my ideas ended up liking them, They knew that at least one part of me was geared for the Professional Wrestling scene and that was my brain. Via the contacts I had made I fell into the lap of a great opportunity in the middle of 2001, it was called MATRATS and despite only putting on about four shows it was an idea that got people in the Wrestling world talking. MATRATS was a youth based wrestling show featuring a roster between the ages of 14 and 21, I was lucky enough to get the chance to work as a creative consultant for the MATRATS movement, At one point Eric Bischoff was signed on to be the president of the company but sadly due to the upper business meetings that I was closed to the details of, MATRATS was put on hiatus before it had even got going. The thing I value mostly about my days working on MATRATS is that I gained the chance to get to know guys like Jack Evans, Harry Smith, and Petey Williams. These days Jack Evans is now doing well for himself in ROH and Petey Williams is a full time fixture on the TNA roster, and as for Harry Smith he is now with the WWE. The guy on the MATRATS roster that I got to know better then anybody was Teddy Hart, Teddy Hart is the grandson of Stu Hart, and the nephew of Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Bruce Hart, Jim Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith and in the past 6 years he has built himself quite a negative reputation, but the Teddy Hart I know is a guy I proudly call a friend, maybe we got on well due to our similar paths of negativity, regrets, and missed opportunity. After MatRats folded I started working for ROH (Ring of Honor) on its early shows in 2002, again in the role of a creative consultant, but that was just the title for my job, I may as well have been called the locker room janitor for all the input I was allowed to have in my role, which was hardly nothing at all, Still despite this I left my position behind the scenes of ROH after a few shows on fairly good terms. It was just one of those things. That ended my life in the world of wrestling, One that had overwhelming feelings of regret whenever I reflected back on it, but it was apart of my life I considered dead, Until a phone call from my old friend Teddy Hart came in late April 2006…the phone call that would lead to the meeting that would give birth to ZIW…Zero Inhibition Wrestling. [B]The Meeting with Teddy Hart[/B] I went to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to meet with Teddy Hart as we had arranged during his phone call to me, I could tell from our telephone conversation that Teddy Hart had something big to talk to me about and this was not just a case of two friends catching up, but my question to myself was just what a guy like me who had been out of the business since 2002 could offer Teddy Hart. When Teddy and I met up it started with a general chat between two friends catching up, we talked about life in general and this and that, but the conversation soon got down to business… [B]Teddy:[/B] Matthew you know I have always been straight with you, no bull**** from me, So I am going to ask you something that has been on my mind..Why the **** have you been wasting your ****ing talents for about four years now? [B]Me:[/B] I tried to swim in the business and I managed to stay above water Teddy but there was just no motion in the waves, I was staying still and eventually I would have lost energy and drowned, so I got out before that could happen. [B]Teddy:[/B] No my friend, You got out because you got scared, You got a cowards streak and it has turned you into a ****ing waste going nowhere, Sure you may have a good job now and you may be making nice money but you know you have something special to offer the wrestling business inside of you that is going to waste, you are better then the every day person, You have something special, I have God given skills for inside the wrestling ring, You have the skills for what goes on outside the ring. [B]Me:[/B] Ok mate I know how this goes, you have made me feel guilty now and this is the point in which you make an amazing offer that will turn my life around, right? [B]Teddy: [/B]Ha, You know me too well [B]Me:[/B] Maybe I do, so what’s the offer Teddy? [B]Teddy:[/B] Ok, No more bull****, I want to reform MatRats, I want to call it MatRats 2: The Next Generation, This time though I don’t want to get stressed with the backstage runnings of MatRats, I just want to wrestle in it, so I am offering to sell the rights to all the old MatRats **** to you, and you know I can do that because I was the guy behind most of the MatRats ideas. [B]Me:[/B] That sounds a little complicated mate, you may own some aspects of MatRats but didn’t guys like Jack Evans also have input? Come on Teddy, You are not trying to con a friend to make a quick buck are you? [B]Teddy:[/B] No conning from me buddy, I am just trying to make us both rich, and with your mind and my God given ability’s in that ring we can make our mark on wrestling. [B]Me:[/B] Well Teddy I am certainly up for working with you but I honestly think MatRats is a dead concept now, it had some great ideas sure but I feel those ideas are better incorporated into a new product. [B]Teddy:[/B] Well. Whatever man, as long as I get a platform to show all the wrestling fans why I am the savior of the wrestling business I will be happy, but I want a platform on which I can excel with no limitations to my athletic abilities. I am the best thing in wrestling today and I want to show the people just why they should idolize me. I want to be like the guys in the Streetfighter games, move after move. None of the boring rest hold **** that is common place in wrestling today, I want trampolines, I want skate ramps, I want live bands playing music while I perform. I want to do something that pushes Wrestling to the next level, I want to be reckless and I want to push the boundaries with no inhibitions. [B]Me:[/B]Something like... ZERO INHIBITION WRESTLING? [B]Teddy:[/B]I like that name, Count me in on this project. I knew you would be the man to see my visions. Will it have trampolines though? [B]Me:[/B]Teddy, for you at least..I will make sure there is some match concept involving trampolines. [B]Teddy:[/B]and I will be main eventing yes? I know you are a buddy and all, but **** it, I am Teddy Hart..I am no ****ing jobber, not even a mid carder. [B]Me:[/B]You are a friend Teddy; I will book you in the main events. [B]Teddy:[/B] Oh and one more thing….I want you to run this thing against ROH. Rub my..I mean.. Your vision of wrestling into there faces. ZIW can be everything opposite of what ROH stands for..they will regret blacklisting me. [I](At this point I was having a bad feeling, Some of Teddy Harts plans did not meet my own and I had no intention of keeping to some of my promises to him..but what could I do?)[/I] [B]Me:[/B]Ok Teddy, I will use all of my contacts and any of yours that you would like to pass on to me so I can get the ball rolling and make ZIW a reality. [B]Teddy:[/B]Thank you, I appreciate it, and I have your back in this as long as you keep to the plans. [B]Me:[/B]Thank you for putting the spark back into me and giving me the ideas for this concept. Teddy Hart and I shook hands and I left the meeting knowing full well I had not told him the following…. [B]1.I would not be going out of my way to harm the ROH product, even if I had the power to. I have no terrible grudge with them despite my short run there in 2002. 2.I plan on booking MANY styles of wrestling, not just Teddy Hart’s vision. 3.Teddy Hart may not find himself in the Main Event position that he thinks is already his. [/B] ZIW was just in the planning stages and already I was lying to a friend, but hey..this friend happens to be Teddy Hart and I know he is no saint, but already I knew I had set the sparks to a few negative fireworks….but that’s the Wrestling business, and I was going to give ZIW my very best, This could very well be my last opportunity in the wrestling business and I wont let it go to waste. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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