Living in a Moment: Serving as Ring Announcer For SCW
By David "It's Still Real To Me" Wills
Mar 7, 2006, 18:45
"Tell Me Something, Who Could Ask For More
Than To Be Living In A Moment
Loving Every Minute
Tell Me Something, Who Could Ask For More
Than To Be Living In A Moment You Would Die For"
Sometimes you get an oppotunity to do something you always wanted to do. At that
moment, you go with your gut and just do that special something.
I recieved the opportunity to on March 4 in Lenior, NC to guest ring
announce the two main events for Southern Championship Wrestling.
Having been a life long fan of The Barbarian and Jerry Lawler and the
Midnight Express and enjoying watching Dusty Rhodes and Warlord in the
Powers of Pain growing up, It awesome to be able to commit to attend
and participate in the show.
I entered the building, I spoke with the promoters Rob and Tony to
finalized much of what I would be doing on this night. At the gimmick
stand before the fans arrived, I picked up a Four Horseman, Goldust
and Badstreet USA T-shirt and a Public Enemy Jersey. Total Cost:
twenty bucks. WHAT A BARGAIN!!
spoke to Nigel Sherrod of Deep South Wrestling and razzed him about
Vince firing Styles next and hiring him to call Raw. Nigel had Ken
Wallace with him from Pro Wrestling Evolution in Georgia and they
were handling play-by-play and commentary.
the fans were piling in and the wrestlers arriving, I was awestruck to
see so many legends in the building. Dusty Rhodes, Greg Valentine,
Warlord, Barbarian, Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, Jerry Lawler,
Demolition Ax, Mike Jackson were all on the show and coming into the
Locker room. Rising young stars and great talents such as Dillon Eaton,
Brad Thomas, Krazy K Kirby Mack and Dexter Poindexter were also there.
Rick Stiener and Ricky Morton called the promoter and let us know they
were on their way to the building.
the fans were getting autographs before the show, I was in the locker
room being as respectful as possible to the stars and not drawing
attention to myself. The locker room seemed divided with a line down
the middle between the veterans and the young stars. I hung out with
ref Ryan Michaels and the Georgia announcers when they would return to
the locker room. Regardless of how many shows I announce or work, I
still consider myself a fan and really didn't feel I fit in very well
with all the talent in the locker room. The last thing I wanted to do
was to embarrass myself in the presence of so many great stars. What I
have done in the sport, but be in a popular video on the net?
Sometimes, you say the most when you say the least.
tried to watch a little of every match that was on that night. The
opener with Brad Thomas and Dillon Eaton was very good. (I hope both of
those guys have a great career and lots of success. They are super nice
guys and wonderful young talents.) Even though he is in his sixties,
Mike Jackson carried the Ultimate Dragon to a very good match. Krazy K
and Dexter Poindexter had a good match that mixed some of the current
wrestling style with comedy. Traci Brooks and Amber O' Neal were very
good in the match and mixed in some old school comedy spots as well
with a water bottle and spewing it in each other faces. Fans in Lenoir
seemed to enjoy seeing Steiner defeat The Hammer for the SCW title. The
fans popped for Demolition Ax hitting the ref during his match and
between and during some of the matches, I had some wonderful moments in
the back. I was able to talk about the current lack of wrestling in
Atlanta with current Georgia resident and wrestling legend Bill Eadie
aka Demolition AX. I listened to Mike Jackson talk about how wrestling
had changed from what it used to be and his opinions on the current
product. It was great to meet Tracy Brooks who was really awesome.
She really seemed to still be a fan and really happy to be in the
business. I was able to talk with Barbarian and Warlord some and
express my enjoyment of the Powers of Pain. I really enjoyed to be able
to speak with the King on my appreciation for Memphis Wrestling. I will
remember these moments for the rest of my life.
it came time for me to be announced, I was introduced, came to the ring
and did my "catch phrase". The annoucer for the evening handed me the
microphone and I announced the main event. Two fans even made a sign
for me and put my picture on it. I thanked them and autographed their
sign for them at the show also. Keep in mind it was only two folks. So
much for the "power of the internet." Seriously, I appreciated their
enjoyment and legitimately enjoying meeting me. I enjoyed meeting them
as much too.
I introduced the Powers of Pain, I screwed up the Fabulous Playboy's
name calling him the Ravashing Playboy the first time. ( When I was a
kid, I had a team called the Ravashing Playboys in my fantasy
promotion.) After that, Playboy did a promo and I was getting ready to
announce the Midnight Express when Express manager CEO Rob Cornette
took the mic and announced them (ala Jim Cornette) instead. Match was
underway. A pretty good effort by both teams. Barbarian went to use a
chair and accidentally hit the ropes with it causing him to get knocked
out and pinned. I announced the finish. "Your winner by
Disqualification, I mean Pinfall, The Midnight Express" Two matches to
do and I have already made two mistakes. Sheesh. Tonight, isn't my
up is Dusty vs. Lawler. Keep in mind, regardless how one feels about
them or what they have done, these two men are both former World Champs
and very important figures and icons in this business. I introduce
Dusty. I actually did OK with that introduction.
get ready to introduce Lawler. Then, before I can complete the
introduction, the mic quits working. The mic finally comes back on and
Lawler takes the mic. He announces I sounded better with the mic off
and insults me some more in an unplanned, but very effective promo. (
Yes, I GOT BE A PART OF A JERRY LAWLER PROMO. This Memphis wrestling
mark can die a happy boy now.)
mic work and insulting the crowd, Jerry turned the crowd who cheered
for him and were mixed for Dusty at first. After Lawler's promo, most
of the fans were on Dusty's side. Dusty and Lawler then did mic work
with each other (I had snuck out of the ring already by this time. No
way did I belong that ring when two of the greats of the sport were
plying their craft. I could never imagine script writers telling these
two what to say. ) I so enjoyed standing at the ringpost outside the
ring watching Dusty show the signs of the charisma that some folks have
forgotten he had and Lawler showed why he was such a great draw in
match was very enjoyable. Lawler took some bumps and did some work with
a chain. Dusty did some work with some punches and did an awesome Flip,
flop and Fly. The Valets at ringside Queen Renee and Electra did some
spots and fought a bit. Dusty won by DQ when Dennis Condrey and Bobby
Eaton attacked Dusty and attempted to break his leg again. Lawler was
upset the MX interfered in his match and they attacked him also with
CEO Rob nailing Lawler with the Tennis Raquet. Rick Morton made the
save and played peacemaker after the match with Rhodes and Lawler and
all three of them finally decided to team up and face the Midnights if
the MX would sign the match.
there wasn't fifty bumps in the main event. Dusty didn't do any
huracanranas and Lawler didn't do a muscle buster. However, I was
very entertained and it seemed many of the fans were as well. It seems
emotion and passion and psychology can still get a match over these
days. If fans are entertained, they are happy. (Don't get me wrong.
Some of the current product is very good, but I still love a good
interview and a firey comeback rather than a bunch of flips without
emotion and or a match with just spots and no psychology. )
told me I did a fine job. I am not sure whether folks overlooked my
mistakes or were just being nice. I have always been my worst critic in
anything including life, so prehaps the people really meant it. Either
way, I was glad to be a part of this fine show for a classy promotion.
Everyone from the sound guy to the ring announcer was awesome and
helpful to me. Afterwards, I thanked all of the wrestlers for allowing
me to announce the show. I also thanked Mr. Hochman and Mr. Collins for
allowing me to work the show. I shook everyone's hand and prepared to
met up with my wife who had been helping some with consessions and she
was overjoyed to have met the King and getting her dad an autographed
picture. She had lots of stories to tell and she so enjoyed talking
to Dennis Condrey's wife and meeting Lawler and so many other nice
folks at the show. On the way out the door, I picked up a few books
(Wrestling at The Chase and Hardcore History) to add to my collection
from the Highspots.com guys who were taping the show for DVD release.
As I headed out, I really reminised about many things. For all the talk
about today's wrestling, it was very nice to see an evening where I
could be a fan and enjoy some legends in the business.
I didn't see anyone at the show put their lips on another person's ass
in the ring, a promoter exploit a death for an angle, or make the fans
have to sit through a bunch of not-ready-for-prime-time divas matches
while a great talker gets zero interview timeNo one had their water
drugged before their match by the bosses' daughter.
intelligence wasn't insulted. Storylines were built for the next show.
The return date and main event was announced. Common sense was used. No
sports entertainment, just pro wrestling tonight
wrestling supercard is what you make it. For me, this show definately
qualified. The past must be remembered in wrestling and life as well.
After all, how can we get to where we are going, if we don't remember
where we have been ?
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