The Justin Credible Report – My Addiction & Recovery, WWE Performance Center, RVD, MITB
Welcome to my first attempt at a weekly blog exclusively on PWMania.com. It will feature my opinions on what’s going on in pro wrestling.
First I would like to really thank all of the great fans that have stood beside me through the past 20 years. It truly humbles me to read the emails you send me and the kind words when you see me at a live event.
My addiction to drugs, specifically heroin, had me clinging to a life that was barely worth living. On November 19th 2012, I entered a WWE sponsored treatment center, and I have never looked back. That combined with DDP Yoga has really got me inspired to be the best person I can be, and I got to thinking how can I still be involved in the business I love.
So that brings me to today. I’m eight months sober, and I feel that at 39 years of age, I can still contribute to the pro wrestling business. I’m currently booked every weekend for Indy shows, and my matches are at a better quality than they have been in years. I know that I will be back at some point with a major wrestling company sooner than later. Since I’ve started back wrestling every weekend, I’ve really been paying attention to the talent at these shows and where the business is heading. Some positive and some negative.
That brings me to why I started doing the Pro Wrestling 101 series youtube.com/polacopeter73. I noticed that in today’s wrestling we have some of the best pure athletes on the Indy scene ever. The problem is that these kids have nobody to guide them. Like when I started with the Harts in Calgary, and even in the old WWF. I had the privilege to work with some of the best workers in the business at the time. There was a wealth of knowledge around every corner. Even in the Indys back then you had so many great workers to learn from. Today you got young kids working with younger kids. They are the blind leading the blind, but it’s not they’re fault. They just don’t have the resources that we had 20 years ago. So the video series is just one way to give young wrestlers a leg up. And If you look hard enough you can find guys that can, and will help you out.
Another example of the changing wrestling business is the new WWE performance center. Great idea in theory, but in my opinion it’s only going to limit how many young Indy wrestlers will ever get a chance at WWE glory unless they are former NFL or college ballers. Only time will tell, but WWE is smart enough to keep all options open. This now brings me to the return of RVD to WWE PPV in Philly for Money in the Bank. The all-star version of MITB was one of the most brutal matches in recent WWE memory. Both RVD, and CM Punk received staples, from ladder shots. This brings me to my next point. WWE fines you for unprotected chair shots, but it’s OK to slam ladders into each other’s skulls. P.R. bullshit. I hate the double standards. If they were serious about wrestlers concussions they would have fined the men for Sunday night, but that’s the WWE.
All things considered, It was the first PPV I have ordered in years, and the only reason I did was so I had something to write about today. I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed with the great effort at last night’s MITB. Very entertaining PPV. I’m curious to see where they go with RVD from here. Looking forward to tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw. The CM Punk, Heyman, storyline should continue to be the most entertaining part of the broadcast.
This Wed July 17th, if you live in the Middletown, NY area, Tommy Dreamer, Little Guido, and myself are wrestling at the Orange county fair, belltime 7:30pm. Come by and catch the action.
Also I have another episode of Pro Wrestling 101 out today, which you can watch below, or alternatively at youtube.com/polacopeter73 and on my website, TheJustinCredible.com. Also follow me on Twitter @PJPOLACO. Should be a fun week.
See you guys on Monday.