Anyone who was born and raised in Dundalk as I was has had to endure countless jokes and putdowns. That's why I always swell up with pride whenever a fellow Dundalkian accomplishes something of significance. And I have never been prouder than I was when I learned that the winner of WWE's Biggest Fan contest is from Dundalk.
Mike Timpson, Dundalk High School Class of 1987, was announced as the winner of the $25,000 grand prize last month in New York.
To enter the contest, one had to submit a 60-second video that demonstrated why he or she was WWE's biggest fan. Timpson, who moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, was one of 15 finalists who were flown to New York during SummerSlam weekend.
In addition to attending the contest finals at Spotlight Live in Times Square, Timpson and the other contestants got to see SummerSlam at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey and rub elbows with WWE talent.
Timpson, a former producer for 98 Rock and WBAL Radio, is now a producer for KABC Radio in Los Angeles. He also works as a standup comic and has written jokes for The Tonight Show and VH1 shows.
About his video, Timpson said: "I tried to produce something funny and entertaining. I'm a performer and I made sure that came across."
He put together a funny series of skits that demonstrated how WWE influenced every aspect of his life - at home, at work and even at the grocery store. Celebrity judges Steve Austin, John Cena and Batista all thought Timpson's video was humorous and clever.
Timpson said he enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame and savored the chance to meet a number of WWE stars.
"All of the wrestlers were so nice," he said.
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