“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” Kurt Cobain
“I don’t want to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” Groucho Marx
Never say never. One day at a time. Hey, you NEVER know…
Clichés, yes. True nonetheless.
So much has happened since my last blog. In one weekend, I did a camp for Derik Vanderford’s Trans South Wrestling in Union SC and Harley Race’s World League Wrestling in Eldon, MO. The more things change, the more they stay the same…
It’s always great seeing Derik and his crew in Trans South work hard. One of my mentors in this business was Manny Fernandez. Manny was a solid wrestler and not always an easy guy to know. Once you got past that gruff exterior, there was a wealth of knowledge and compassion. He’s been a mentor to Derik and Trans South Wrestling for a while now. Manny lends his knowledge (and even his influence by getting Terry Funk to do a camp in Union a couple months ago) to anyone who asks. There are not many veterans left who know how to tell a story and relate to talent. I’ve always liked and respected Manny for helping me. Terry Allen (Magnum TA) and I were rookies in the early 1980’s when Manny, Chavo Guerrero Sr. and Tiger Conway Jr. took us under their collective wings and helped us in ways we both never forgot.
Harley Race was one of the greatest NWA World Champions of all time. He’s in the breed of Jack Brisco, Dory Funk Jr and Ric Flair. It was different time and place, when the NWA champ had to be tough and credible. Harley is paying for the sacrifices he made during his 8 reigns as champion but he wouldn’t change a thing. Special thanks to Jason Jones (Leeland Race) for being the glue and making it all happen.
Some random thoughts:
I really don’t mind non-wrestling people who are now in the role where a wrestling person would be. I understand not everyone is cut out for Talent Relation or Talent Development. Just because you were a wrestler doesn’t automatically mean you know how to move into an office position.