Endure and Survive


Barrylad. 22. Irishman incapable of growing proper facial hair. Faux-journalist. Fan of beer and hugs. Sinister. Friend to everyone.


Columnist for Pro Wrestling Ponderings - the number one site for indie wrestling coverage.

Blogger for FanOff.com - home of RBR wrestling.

Contributor to Fighting Spirit Magazine in the UK - available in Easons and WHSmiths. US readers can find it on the iTunes app store.

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28
Feb

CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling: Trevor Lee vs. Chiva Kid for the Television title (1/15/13)! (by CWFMidAtlantic)

CWF and specifically Chiva Kid were praised as one of the break out performances at National Pro Wrestling Day eariler this month, and I was disappointed I missed it.

Check this super fun match from their January 15th event to get an idea of what they’re about.


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12
Feb

"You Never Have To Use Again"

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.” 

Drake


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10
Jan

New column talking indie stars making it in WWE, and the future


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20
Dec

Final column of 2012: Getting into the indies, 2012 in review and LOVING WRESTLING!

Some reflections on when I was most jaded with regard to wrestling and how indie wrestling kept me a fan. Take a look and share if you’d like!


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20
Nov
So apparently CZW and PWS ring announcer Larry Legend won on The Price is Right. Good for him! I hope he has as much success in wrestling as he does in game shows, the guy is very talented.

So apparently CZW and PWS ring announcer Larry Legend won on The Price is Right. Good for him! I hope he has as much success in wrestling as he does in game shows, the guy is very talented.


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15
Nov

PWP Column: 'How Far Is Too Far?'

I’ve been meaning to write a column like this for a while; basically I’m just looking at the risks indie wrestlers take and whether it’s worth it. Do fans expect too much? Or is it just the way wrestling is? 

Let me know.


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13
Nov


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7
Nov

PWG's world famous WINTER SALE is back for 2012! Five DVDs for $40!

YES AMIGOS! Does $15 bucks a DVD sound a bit steep to you? Have you been waiting until the holiday season to treat yourself and finally buy that PWG show you’ve heard so much about? Well your prayers to your respective Gods have been answered! FIVE DVDs from the best damn wrestling organisation going today for just 40 American dollars (plus shipping… but you know how that goes).

Click the above link to get all the need-to-know info and a list of available titles. All in-stock DVDs from 2003 all the way up to both nights of September’s 2012 Battle of Los Angeles are available for you to get in this bundle! Wanna see some classic Super Dragon? Relive Joey Ryan’s one-year title run? See the ascent of Davey Richards in PWG? Just look through the extensive back catalog. How about the last two years of PWG’s red hot run; Steen vs. Generico in a brutal ladder match, Willie Mack vs. Chris Hero, the phenomenal tag team title stream of the Young Bucks, the debut of Super Smash Bros - SO MANY MOMENTS! SO MANY MATCHES! AND THEY CAN ALL BE YOURS! Take advantage of this deal while you can!


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3
Nov

fuckyeahpwg:

Retro PWG video preview: 2006 Battle of Los Angeles - Night 2

In 2012, ‘BOLA’ is a staple of indie wrestling, with this year’s winner Adam Cole making his way up the ranks in PWG, and now setting his sights on world champion Kevin Steen. Take a look at one of the shows that helped the tourney get its reputation, with this preview for the second night of the second annual tournament. The much talked about NO DISQUALIFICATION WAR between legendary brawlers Super Dragon and Necro Butcher, Frankie Kazarian vs. Scorpio Sky, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Jack Evans and more! Also, check out the venue! Before it became PWG’s regularly monthly haunt, the promotion would visit the Legion centre from time to time, and often with the weird sorta-dark, spotlit look you see in this preview.

The DVD is still in stock, as are nights one and three of the event, and are worth checking out for some vintage PWG fun!


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24
Oct

Buy a DVD from Smart Mark Video today, and their portion of profits goes to suicide prevention.

Indie wrestling’s biggest retailer is having a charitable day of sales for 24/10, and giving their portion of profits from DVD sales to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. A great cause, and a lot of great wrestling to chose from. Today is a great day to take the plunge and pick up something like their acclaimed Chris Hero shoot, some Chikara, CZW, or whatever else takes your eye on their website.


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20
Oct


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12
Oct

New PWP Column: The best commentary is to be found on the indies.