This post might initially seem a little off topic for me, but stick with it and you’ll see it has to do with writing.
In 2007 I released a non-fiction book about a local professional wrestling federation, Southern Championship Wrestling. Called SCW: Blood, Sweat & Gold. It took you through the first 9 years of their existence and I interviewed dozens of great wrestlers and personalities for the book. I had a blast, my kids got to come with me to shows and help me sell copies of the print book (no eBooks back then!), and I had a great time.
Through the years I’ve kept in touch with some of the guys, missed a ton of shows, and watched my son (who was 11 when we went to the first show and fell in love with SCW) grow into a 17 year old who pretty much knows everything. I kept reading their website, and seeing guys in and out and hoping someday to get back there and see a show, hug a few old friends, and see what was going on that I’ve missed.
This past Saturday I went back and saw my first SCW show in about five years. And fell in love with it all over again.
A lot has changed in my life since 2007, besides my three kids growing up and my career switching from full-time retail store manager to full-time author. People have come and gone, women have come and gone, my hair has gone gray and the gut gotten bigger… but as they say, the more things change the more they stay the same.
Seeing Chris Carson, Mighty Ox, Rico Casanova, Victor Creed, Chasyn Rance, Jason Sensation, as well as so many others I’ve known for years was great. Meeting new faces was also amazing. The matches were topnotch and the action nonstop.
I’ll be starting the followup, SCW: All Access Pass, in the coming weeks. They’re going on fifteen years strong, and the SCW has a new story to tell. I’m going to be the one to tell it. the pictures here are some of the ones that made it into the first book and a few I found while searching old folders, and to see how little my kids were back then makes me laugh.