Professional Wrestling. This industry has been around for so many years and spawned some great moments, companies, promotions, wrestlers, performers, announcers, and friendships. I was reading some news about Jake “Manscout” Manning’s departure from PWX Wrestling, and I started to think about the love and passion that we all have for this business, whether as a performer, a worker, behind the scenes, just contributing, or as a fan. Something about professional wrestling drives us and inspires us. Could it be the tale of the hero overcoming his villains and rising to the occasion that captivates us? Could it be the ability to follow a dream that’s NOT your standard career choice? Could it be just following your dream? Could it be the passion of the kid who sat in front of his TV and watched larger than life athletes put on great matches and promos? It could be all these things that drive us all to love professional wrestling. There’s a palpable energy that comes with wrestling and the business, and once you’ve got a taste of it, you’re hooked.
The boys ride up and down the road to various events, put their bodies on the line, and work their ass off to provide for their families, themselves, and give the paying audience a show to remember. That’s a passion and love that most people cannot comprehend, but it’s a reality of the business. I’ve met Jake Manning through doing some work with PWX, and while we never really got a chance to talk much, I must say he was an incredible talent and a huge part of the company. I’ll miss seeing Jake on PWX TV and watching his great matches. I had the privilege to watch the great Cedric Alexander vs Jake Manning from PWX live and it’s one of my favorite wrestling memories of the year. I just want to wish Jake good luck with everything in the future and that brings me to my point about the love of this business.
The performers put in everything, but guys like myself, who’ve done commentary, helped set up the ring a time or two, ran the music for a show, also love this business as well. The time invested that it takes to write an article like this, or set up and host weekly shows on wrestling, or the time that it takes to come up with creative concepts or plan out television segments, the love of professional wrestling is vast and wide. I was reading about the huge upcoming Ring of Honor-NJPW shows and saw some of the reactions, then I became confused. With my love for the business and experience around it, I know the hard work it takes to book a show properly, I know the work these performers put in to give you the best possible product, and all that goes into it. The pain they put their bodies through to entertain, the mental preparation that goes into a big match, the planning of the spots, the training, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all up close to appreciate it even more. This business can be taxing mentally, take a lot of you, and even introduce you to some phony and shady people, but it’s the nature of the business, and at the end of the day, everything you experience, good or bad, is just par for the course. Professional wrestling is one of America’s favorite pastimes and it’s a beautiful thing. Why do we do what we do? Why do the wrestlers do what they do? I’d just chalk it up to the love of the business. It’s something else.