As I sat across from Tom “Special T” Frazier in the outdoor seating area of the bar, the excitement of our new venture together was evident by the smiles plastered across our faces. The sun was shining down on us, but the drinks in front of us were cold and refreshing. We clinked our glasses together in a toast, both of us grinning from ear to ear. We had just filed the paperwork for Industrial World Wrestling, our new pro wrestling promotion, and it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Tom and I had met that very day, but it was Evan Ginzburg and Marc Madison’s referral that led me to believe that things really would really take off. We sat there, talking about our past experiences in the industry, swapping stories and sharing laughs. Tom had been burned by his previous partner, and I could tell that he was hesitant to trust someone new. But as we sat there drinking and chatting, I could feel the trust between us growing. “I just want 20%,” I said, and Tom nodded in agreement. “I’ll make my 20% worth more every day.” With the paperwork filed and our new venture officially created, we raised our glasses again in another toast. The future was bright for Industrial World Wrestling, and I couldn’t wait to see where this journey would take us. With a rolodex of connections, Tom led this mission to build a powerhouse wrestling promotion, and unionize pro wrestling. As I went home that evening, I’d create a small teaser trailer using footage he had previously produced, and sound bites he provided. We were letting the world know that IWW was coming, and with everything else going on in my life, I couldn’t be more excited. I had always dreamed of owning a wrestling promotion, and here I was, in the middle of a pandemic, with a lawsuit over my head, and a dependency on alcohol, living the “dream”.

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