Christina Von Eerie vs. MASADA, CZW 2013
Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole, CZW 2013
PWP, the best damn indie site in the land, will be covering all the fun and games of WrestleCon, from CZW to SHIMMER and everything in between. Don’t miss it. I’ll be doing the site’s live coverage of EVOLVE tonight, and DGUSA on Sunday.
I’ll also be livetweeting the whole affair so be sure to follow me on twitter!
A note posted to Facebook by Drake Younger, about overcoming his demons. Very inspiring;
“You never have to use again”
This was what the old timers told me at my first meeting. I was blown away by this simple yet profound statement. Coming up in the professional wrestling industry I had always thought that you HAD to use some form of mind-altering, mood-changing substance in order to get thru another day. Being on the road as a pro wrestler can often be a very fast-paced lifestyle. Some of the guys I looked up to in my profession glorified using. The mindset that was passed onto me was that being “one of the boys” included smoking pot during the show, taking pain pills after your match to numb the pain, going out drinking so that you could calm the adrenaline, doing cocaine so you could stay awake for your 6am flight etc… This was the insanity that I thought was the norm. This way of life quickly stopped being fun and progressively became survival tools in active addiction. I lost multiple friends within a few months span of time in one form or another to the disease of addiction and it still was not enough for me to want to change.
The turning point for me came when my wife and I became parents. I knew that I had to change in order to provide the best life possible for my wife and daughter. I was on the verge of losing everything…my family, my career, and my life. I made my way into an NA meeting and in desperation; I sought help from the fellowship. I truly believed that I was prayed into the rooms of recovery. Thankfully I had a little bit of open-mindedness that night. Through the loving caring and sharing of other recovering addicts, I was attracted to a new way of life and surrendered unconditionally. I’m truly grateful that the message of hope was delivered to me that evening.
Through the principles of recovery, I live a quality life today. I’m able to be a good husband, a dedicated father, & true professional in my craft. I can be the kind of man that I’d want my daughter to marry someday. I’ve become much more spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy (lost 60 lbs and got in the best shape of my life ;) I’ve become a wrestler that guys can look up to and seek guidance from. I take my recovery with me wherever I go. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend meetings in several different states and even attended a meeting in Japan. In active addiction, I often sought the best dope possible in a town I was working in, now I seek the best recovery possible in the town I’m in. Instead of finding me at the airport bar during a layover, you can find me in the coffee café doing step work. With a clean and free mind, I enjoy my time in pro wrestling now more than ever and have had the best matches of my life since getting clean.
I’m not saying life is all pink clouds and red roses, the GOOD news about getting clean is that you get your feelings back but the BAD news about getting clean is that you get your feelings back…life on life’s terms tends to throw some pretty serious storms your way when you’re clean but we can weather these storms and get through them with a clean mind. This is a result of hope and faith that we gain in this wonderful way of life. The problems I experience nowadays are real-life quality problems. Due to the principles of recovery, I can hold my head up with dignity, no matter what life throws my way.
If you’re struggling, my message to you is that we do recover. You can lose the desire to use with a little bit of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. I and millions of others are walking proof that IT WORKS no matter what program of recovery you choose to affiliate with. I owe all the good in my life today to God and the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous. Thank you to those that told me “You never have to use again, no matter what.”