Welcome back guys and gals!
I hope you all had a great Xmas/Hanukkah/general merriment and a fantastic new year. As you can guess from my title, I’ve kinda bought in to the “New Year, New Me” mantra, except that for me, this will be my year. Inside and outside of the workplace.
Now I know you didn’t click the link to read this blog about my “hard times” as a chef (Hey there Dusty!), so I won’t bore you with that. I’ll get straight to the point of today’s blog…..
My last lesson at the South East Wrestling Academy was in my eyes a complete and utter success. Have a read of it here if you like (go on, I need the page views 😉 ) I’ll wait for you, no problem….
The day after that training, I was still buzzing about how well my manager act was received. A week after training and I was still buzzing about it. It’s now nearly three weeks since that lesson and not only am I still buzzing from it, but I’m giddy with excitement for tomorrow’s lesson.
You see I have enjoyed the Xmas break with my family so much, spending valuable and quality time together. But I’ve also been chomping at the bit to get back, so much so that I have been devouring wrestling with an insatiable appetite. I mean even more than before. WWE, NJPW, TNA, PWG, EVOLVE, ICW, IPW:UK, Progress, I’ve been watching so much (I’d like to point out that I did have 10 days off work over the Xmas and new year period) that I actually talked to my five year old son Logan about the inner workings of matches and the role that managers play. He wasn’t impressed I was interrupting his film viewing to tell him this mind…..
For those that know me, and maybe the ones that don’t, I obviously bought Logan a few WWE toys for Christmas. A Sting and Bray Wyatt figure to go with the many more that he has already (thank you Uncle 123 Dan 😉 ) and at last a ring to use the figures in.
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
South East Wrestling website – http://www.sepw.co.uk
South East Wrestling Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SouthEastPro
South East Wrestling Twitter – https://twitter.com/SouthEastPro
My Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/30SomethingTrainee
My Twitter – https://twitter.com/ski101
I’ll now hand you back over to your regularly scheduled reading material…..
It was at this point that I found out that not only can’t I help build an actual wrestling ring, but it looks like my lack of talent extends to building a toy version of a ring too as this picture (that I posted to the SEW Academy group page) shows! The festive period certainly rocked in my household this year!
The beginning of the year came and off I trudged back to work. Even though I was concentrating on making sure the meals were cooked perfectly and looked great, a little piece of my mind was still thinking about the manager role of wrestling and what kind of manager I’ll be. Heel or face? Comedy or serious? Weasely or aggressive? In fact I was concentrating a bit too hard as I left some eggs benedict under the salamander and caramalised them …..or burnt them depending on who you spoke to.
So last night, while watching the FA Cup football match (soccer for my American cousins) I asked my wife her opinion on possible names for my wrestling persona, what I could/should wear, props that I could use as pretty much all managers have a prop of some description. Mr Fuji had his cane and salt, Paul Heyman had the hugest mobile (cell) phone, Jim Cornette had a tennis racket. I didn’t want to let the wrestling manager fraternity down so I had to have something. Something unique, something that was me.
To my surprise she got very involved and was an amazing help. Not looking for brownie points this time, she really did help me out. It’s amazing what a different perspective can bring. And after about 3 hours, numerous searches on eBay, Amazon and Google, the two of us had decided exactly how I should be…..
Tomorrow, January 8th, the SEW Academy will see myself as Wayne Tomkins for the last time inside the squared circle.
Sunday January 16th, will be my rebirth inside the squared circle. It will be my “New Year New You” moment. Scratch that, it will be the beginning of “My Year”. It will be my push to not only be the best I can be every Sunday at training, but to actually be good enough for an event card and show the paying public what I can do. Our next event is this month, Light The Fuse on January 28th at The Hawkinge Community Centre (you’re welcome for the plug SEW management 😉 ).
I’m thinking that Light The Fuse will be too early for me to prove myself worthy of a spot. That’s why I’m setting my sights on the event after that. Wrestival 3 on April 22nd, also at the Hawkinge Community Centre.
15 weeks and counting. I will show the boys, girls, and top brass at the Academy that the last lesson wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t a flash in the pan. That I’m 100% committed and will do everything in my power to earn my spot.
I came across an image while researching last night, and I think it sums up this new attitude of mine. This is something that I will live by. Maybe it’ll strike a chord with some of you too.
And on that note, I’ll leave you all. I’m off to do some gentle stretching and conditioning before training tomorrow morning. I’ll let you all know how it went in the next week or so, depending on whether I survive the dreaded warm up or not!