Caution: long post.
One of my favourite and most prestigious clients, the Neo Wrestling Federation, has suspended operations effective as of Jan 9, 2014 (Last Thursday of this writing). I, like many of you reading this, was very shocked and upset at this sad twist of events. I always had fun at these shows. I got paid to do what I enjoyed, and my friends were getting paid to do what they enjoyed as well. Everyone was on the same page (for the most part) and working towards the end goal – pleasing the audience.
These shows were always the highest in quality. Always in the 4-to-5 star range if you were to grade them (my opinion)…I cannot recall ever having a bad show.
After the show most of us usually went to eat downtown in Niagara Falls. It was here that the real memories were made (for me at least). Sometimes only a few people showed up, sometimes everyone showed up, sometimes everyone and their significant other showed up. No matter who was there, you always had a good time. We shared a lot of laughs and had a lot of fun, and couldn’t wait to do it all again….but next time wont be coming for awhile. With all events being put on hold, I realized I might not see my friends for awhile, and that made me kind of sad. Sure you can talk to people online or have video calls, but it’s not just the same. I guess I like the human experience better. So since I might not see my friends for awhile, I will post a few thank-yous and memories here in no particular order –
To Stella: My top-most favorite graphic artist of all time. I hope to work with you again soon. You are the bestest!
To Allysin Kay: We’ll have a legit conversation about art one day….
To Cherry Bomb/Pepper Parks: Thank you for being cool people. I wish both of you all the best.
To Courtney Rush: One of the most ‘real’ lady’s I have met. We will discuss Metal Gear in depth one day. Snaaaaaaaaaaake!!!!!!!
To “Toofy”: My fav camera-man ever. It was always a pleasure to share ringside with you. I will see you soon.
To Pat, aka SUPER CRAZY Pat: My 2nd fav camera man 🙂 The only man I’ve seen climb a gym bag on a chain to get up to a better position in the rafters, and then sit up there all night in the heat. Much respect sir.
To Jay Moore: We met what seems like forever ago in the New Vision days. I am glad we got to become friends. Thanks for always putting me over. It means a lot. (Please note, no one ever calls him Jay…he is always called by his full name.)
To Topher Whiteman: One of the hardest working men at Neo, always prepared… and the only guy to actually pull off bungee cord suspenders. See you soon my friend.
To Tyson Dux: Always in a good mood. Always a top performer. Always the first guy to work the new kids. Always a good person. Don’t change.
To Dangerboy: The man that started it all way back when. Thank you. It’s been quite a ride so far.
To Cody Deaner: We didnt speak much, but you’ll always be one of the best to me.
To Nick Vickers: THE safest man on the planet. The best. Greatest Uke of all time. “#GOATUKE”
To Crazzy Steve: Thanks for the laughs bro.
To RJ Ciiiiiiiiity: One of the most entertaining people I’ve met. Thanks for the laughs.
To Psycho Mike: I will have a bag of marshmallows just for you next time I see you.
To Shawn Spears: Keep “making those towns” down in Florida….maybe I’ll see you there one day…
To Jake O’Reilly: Please get Pissbeater merch made. PLEASE.
To Darko: Thanks for always having an ear to listen to me.
To Scotty Turner: Another one of the hardest working guys I know. Thank you for being a good friend. See you soon.
To Andy Davis: I still owe you pizza………it’s on the internet now. It’s here forever!!
To James Ponce: Thanks for continually having me over for “meetings” (watching wrestling pay per views).
To Paul Tappay: Runs the best comic shop in Niagara. THE BEST.
To Jaxon Jarvis: “…………this blog………professional.” Please make more videos!
To Carm, my fellow wop: The man with the plan that always knew everything. Keep running a tight ship.
To Stickball: More Carbonie slams on kids please.
To Asylum, the 3rd wop: Please make Dr. Kirschenbaum a bigger thing.
To Renda: Team Ref Bump never dies. It just hibernates. It’s a shoooooooooot.
and finally –
To the mastermind, the king, the mad scientist, the boss, Jesse: We met way back in your “crazy” cycle, and when I told you the story of that you couldn’t really believe it! Afterwards you once called me your adopted son… That will always stick with me. I have been…and always shall be… your friend. Thanks for giving me my break, “Dad”.
Thank you for reading.
Live Long and Prosper.