Hello folks! How’s you all doing? Long time no…..blog. See, told you all I’ll be back, I just didn’t expect to be posting quite so soon. I had it in my head that I’ll get Xmas and New Year out of the way before I even think about SEW and this site, but circumstances kinda changed this past weekend, and here I am. Talking to you all.
The circumstances I hear you all cry (hopefully)? Well let me explain……
You see I was standing firm behind my word. I wasn’t going to see the guys and girls at the SEW academy until the new year. January 8th to be precise. More than enough time to get the bug (wrestling kind) out of my system and concentrate on fitness and maybe lend a hand in any way shape or form I could.
My awesome (have to put that otherwise she’ll curb stomp me) wife bought me two tickets to a local wrestling show that were putting on the first ever match up between Will Ospreay and Cody Rhodes. I know right! Wrestling-gasm! But not only that, Zach Sabre Jr was squaring off against Matt Riddle too! Double wrestling-gasm!
With all this knowledge, I asked around my wrestling buddies to see if they wanted my other ticket and join me on this wrestling bonanza. The person that took me up on the offer was none other than Senior SEW Referee Daniel Hall. Buzzing as much as I was, he was waiting with baited breath for December 18th, the day of the show.
In my head, I would spend the morning and early afternoon with my aforementioned awesome wife (double brownie points there!) and my little dude Logan. Nice quiet time before the excitement of the evening, that was my thinking.
Then on the SEW Academy Facebook group page, Head Coach Matt posted that he would be putting on a little shin dig at his after training that day. Drinks, nibbles, WWE Network, match analysis…..pretty much everything a wrestling fan would want for a too sweet afternoon.
I admit, I was tempted to go, but being away and out the loop for so long put me off. I didn’t want to just turn up, eat all their chocolate, drink their soft drinks, get chatty with everyone like I was still a regular Academy member. So I decided against going and settled for a cozy time with my famalam.
But it seems that Senior Referee Hall had other ideas. Unbeknownst to me, he had secretly arranged with my wife that I would take him to training that sunday morning, then go to the shindig at Head Coach Matt’s house and from there go to the wrestling event in Rochester! No quiet time with the wife and little un, just a whole day of wrestling shenanigans. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was exactly what I needed to get myself out of the self pitying funk I was in.
So it was all arranged. I would be picking Dan Hall up at 07:45 and go to training for the first time in nearly two months. I did decide that I wouldn’t be actively training, just catching up and observing. The reason? Well I have gained a little….pre-Xmas weight and wasn’t in any condition to train. That and I was as nervous as hell. Time waits for no man, and the same is said for the academy. New recruits had joined, students had got a LOT better….damn skippy I was nervous. So with that little caveat thrown in, I agreed.
Sunday December 18th arrived and I woke up at 05:30. Slightly earlier than the 07:00 I anticipated. I was super excited! As my Facebook post clearly shows right here 😉
Bag packed with a change of clothes and shoes, plus the all important body spray, I set off filled with excitement and trepidation to collect Dan H and make my way to Hawkinge for the first time in an age.
Just a quick break in proceedings to shill some social media bits and bobs. I actually have a page on Facebook totally dedicated to this blog. It’s cunningly called “Diary Of A 30 Something Trainee Wrestler”, and you can find it at this link right here. I’d also like to plug mine and South East Wrestling social media too as I have your undivided attention. Click the links, have a gander and if you’re feeling particularly nice, maybe gives us a like and a follow too
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I’ll now hand you back over to your regularly scheduled reading material…..
The journey was pretty much wrestling and metal (music genre not the actual metal) related on the way up there and it relaxed and put me at ease. I had kept in touch with a lot of the academy members through social media since my self imposed exile, but hadn’t actually seen anyone since my last lesson. So hearing from Dan H that they wouldn’t shun me and make me feel like a leper cheered me up no end! 🙂
Pulling up in the car park of the Hawkinge Community Centre and seeing people like Jacob, MeatHead, Luke H, Ollie, Luis, Steven, Head Coach Matt and his wife Amy all with smiles on their faces put me not at ease but peace too.
Saying hi to everyone, getting hugs and a Xmas card (cheers Ollie me old buttercup 😉 ), it felt like no time had passed at all. Pleasantries all done, it was time to get out of the cold frosty morning and get inside to build the ring. It wasn’t long before I realised that I had pretty much forgotten how to put the damn ring up and I was in the bloody way!
So I stepped out of the way and just carried things around, you know, looking busy while actually not being busy. It’s a fine art and talent that not many of you have. You either have it or don’t. I have it in abundance! While “looking busy” I spoke to a couple of guys that joined the week after I left, Justin and Luke K. Both of them had heard about me (I did leave a bit of a legacy 😉 ) and asked about me. Gotta say both these dudes are sound as a pound and can’t wait to work with them more in the coming months.
After filling them in and bringing them up to speed, the ring was built and it was time for the warm up. I stepped back and watched the guys do their stuff while I took a few pics, as seen below:
Warm up done, Matt announced that as today was the last training session for the year, it will be a small case of ring awareness followed by some matches. Now in my absence, the academy boys had developed their wrestling personas and were now having not just practice matches with each other, but full blown feuds! The guys had been posting some pretty cool promo videos on the group Facebook page to build interest, just like real promotions do in the real world. (I put *real world* as according to my lovely wife, my head is always in the wrestling world).
If you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that I can’t wrestle. Doctors orders. So I turned my attention to the manager role of the business. I have studied a shit ton of matches featuring Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Mr Fuji, Paul Heyman among others, to try and grasp just exactly what they do. How they can affect and influence matches, what types of manager there are. And it seems that Dan H and Dan C knew about this as they asked me to be involved in their match against each other, managing Senior Referee Hall in his wrestling guise of One Fan Dan. I jumped at the chance and listened intently on how they were working the match out and where they would want me in the match.
Now I won’t go into detail and tell you the whole match but the finish was basically One Fan Dan having The Original (Dan C) on the mat unable to get the three count. Asking me what to do, I dive under the ring to grab the first thing I could find…..a huge ass Xmas decoration. You know, the ones that hang from the ceiling and weigh the same as a page of paper?
One Fan Dan shouts at me, calls me an idiot (not a stupid idiot for copyright purposes) and promptly throws said decoration back at me. He turns around and walks straight into the Conroy Cutter and gets pinned. His losing streak continues…..
The reaction from the guys around the ring was exactly what we wanted…..laughter! The whole point was to have a silly themed finish (it is Xmas after all) , but more was to come.
Now at this point I have to apologise to my wife Donna. You see when I was told that I shouldn’t be in the ring due to that damn balance issue, Donna took that to heart and basically said I shouldn’t be doing rolls or bumps of any kind, just in case. Well after the match I stepped inside the ring to make sure One Fan was ok and to apologise for being a dufus manager and give him a crappy weapon to use. I grabbed Dan’s hand, pulled him to his feet…..only to be met with a Regal Cutter and take a hard back bump in the middle of the ring! A sharp intake of breath from everyone was the desired response. Unsure of how I was, I was helped from the ring by Luke K and Steven who weren’t sure if I was selling (wrestler talk for making the after effects of the move look real) or not. I assured them that I was selling it and was told that I did a good job as everyone was worried! Mission accomplished!
So Donna, I wholeheartedly apologise for not telling you and I’ll make it up you to on Xmas Day, promise x
As I was sitting ringside, I was on cloud nine, absolutely buzzing! Not only had I taken a bump in the middle of the ring, but I was told that my manager act was, now excuse me as I’m not au fait with the youngsters language, sick! I knew I had it in me to do both of those and being told that, man I was floating on air for the rest of the day!
Training soon finished and after putting the ring back down and putting it away, and then seeing Dan C pretty much floss himself with a towel in the changing rooms (an image that I’m still trying to get rid of) we all left to go to Matt and Amy’s house.
Once we arrived en masse (Dan H even called it a Conroy Convoy at one point) we were greeted by Amy with crisps, chocolate, nibbles and drinks of the soft and alcoholic variety. All of us students sat down and gorged ourselves, some more than others eh Steven, and chatted away for quite some time while WrestleMania 8 was on in the background. I was in wrestling heaven as all of us talked about the pace of the matches, the psychology and suchlike when I sat back and took all of it in.
Being away for those weeks, exiling myself from anything to do with SEW while I sorted myself out, all of that had disappeared as I surveyed everyone around me laughing, joking, chatting away…..This is indeed my SEW family, and I won’t be leaving them again, that’s for sure.