The story of my journey into the bizarre world of professional wrestling doesn't have the same fairy-tale feel as many in the Internet Wrestling Community.
I didn't grow up watching with family; I never even attended a live wrestling event until I was in college, when the WWE rolled into town for a house show.
My not-so-illustrious venture into the wrestling arena began in high school, circa 1998. Now, more than a decade of decadence later, I’m inviting you to join on my journey of exploration into all things wrestling.
But back to the roots of the story… The first true memory I have stems from the Aug. 26, 1999 episode of Raw, when the infamous countdown clock hit zero, unleashing Y2J onto the WWE.
Through the years, I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with professional wrestling, tuning in and out occasionally. In 2007, when I moved to Southern Illinois to start my career as a professional journalist, my passion was rekindled, and in the past five years it's been taken to new and unexpected heights.
I discovered TNA -- which was much more enjoyable at the time -- and reconnected with WWE. Beyond that, I discovered independent wrestling, and while it sounds cliche, life hasn't been the same since.
Before long, I found myself becoming increasingly engrossed in the Internet and the IWC. I began writing for different websites, which led to helping run one. There have been ups and downs, but I've always enjoyed using my writing skills to become more involved with a world I've become more and more passionate about.
Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to interview several stars and personalities from the world of professional wrestling, past and present, including Jesse Ventura, Cody Rhodes, Jeff Jarrett, Tyler Black (known as Seth Rollins in WWE developmental), Chris Hero, former Ring of Honor booker Gabe Sapolsky and CHIKARA founder Mike Quackenbush, among others.
In 2011, I took the next step in my journey, as I began working with All American Pro Wrestling, a Southern Illinois-based independent promotion, as marketing director. In that role, I help promote and produce a regular television series, "Collision," which can be watched online at vimeopro.com/aapw/collision.
So while I don't fancy myself a professional wrestling historian -- although I've watched and learned a lot from the past in recent years -- I hope to bring a unique and analytical perspective, with a slight sense of humor, to this site.
Kevin Eck left big shoes to fill, and while it would be impossible to replace a true Baltimore legend, I hope you'll begin a new path into the world of wrestling with me as your guide.
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