The T-Bone Effect to Close for Good

The T-Bone Effect to Close for Good.

You know the business of wrestling has changed. When I began my, what I guess you could call career in wrestling, things were so tightly controlled and limited. You couldn’t just arrive a wrestling show and expect to work. You had to pay your dues, blood, sweat, tears, and not to mention MONEY, before you could even think about doing what you wanted to do. I created this site to pass along the experiences of workers in YOUR area, to give you the information you needed to better yourself and your craft. Some took it as a personal attack, and others took it for what it was and applied it to your wrestling life. I sometimes took an indirect attack at certain individuals for doing what in my eyes, was an ignorant decision. I did so that it would get the attention of the individual I thought need to hear it.

I have enjoyed the almost seven years I have been in wrestling and plan to continue to be involved in some way or another. I have not left the business, nor am I, God willing. J Yet, The T-Bone Effect must come to an end. I have learned over the four years I have been blogging that a majority of the information that I put out from veterans, rookies, and myself, did not work. Why is that? Well it took me four years to learn that. When I worked for Ken Wayne, who is one heck of a professional and a good man, he told me “Terrence, you can polish a turd, but at the end of polishing you still have a turd…”. So your probably thinking of two things, how much more do I have to read, or what does he mean? Well I could give you all the information in the world at your disposal, but that doesn’t mean you’ll use it. It doesn’t mean promoters will listen.

Some workers in this business will never make it to the WWE or any major league company. Why, because you may not possess the talent to reach that height. That doesn’t mean that you won’t do well on the Indy scene, making a living and a name for yourself. So just because you won’t ever make it to the big time doesn’t mean you should give up training, working out, and treating your body right.

Now on to my final part, I have come to realize that it’s not the workers fault for the bad wrestling we see all around us, across the country, and across the world. (Yes there is just as much backyard crappy wrestling across the pond as there is here.) It’s not even the fans fault. It is the fault of the promoter. “What?” “No, it’s the workers fault for not trying!” Ok Ok, calm down, let me explain. Who do you talk to, to get booked on a show (and don’t say booker, because hardly anyone uses a booker anymore)? Stop lowering your standards to work for promoters who don’t care, who aren’t out to due good business, hire good talent, and are content with free workers. If you are offered a booking at a show with a promoter like this, then don’t accept it, turn it down. You don’t have to sacrifice your beliefs, lower your standards, and take this crap anymore. I would rather sit at home or go and spend a day taking photos than to be working in a promotion I’m not happy at. Yes, it is a great idea to get as much exposure as possible, but you must control where you want that exposure. Do you want to inadvertently be associated with a backyard promotion, a promotion known for bad workers, promoters, or fans? No, certainly not. So why go anyways? I love this business, but this business is not my breadwinner. This business does not pay my bills, so I am not going to get worked up, upset, or angry with workers who don’t have what it takes. I am not simply going to go. It’s not worth my time or effort to try and help sell a product to the customer (fans) if the promoter doesn’t care enough to hire decent talent.

So instead of insulting, cutting down, or black balling bad talent, simply blame the Promoter. At the end of the day it is his show. It is his money, or sometimes often not. So anything that happens or is associated with the show is the Promoters responsibility. Start giving constructive criticism to those who need help. If they don’t want help, they are in the wrong business. I love constructive criticism, it let’s me know what I need to improve on, it let’s me know that I am always learning. As this blog winds down, so do I, for now. I have not worked regularly in the wrestling business like most of you since February of this year. I have no desire to. I will no longer accept anything less that what I feel I am worth, and neither should you. If a promoter doesn’t want to pay you what your worth, then don’t work for them. Simple. I hope that everyone will strive to get better, strive to succeed in this business whether as an independent or major league competitor.

We have witnessed some of the worst and best of wrestling in our area. We have witnessed the death of a military veteran and young man who dreamed of being a wrestler, but never lived to see that day. Our futures are influenced by our past and present actions. We must come together, help each other, and eliminate potential hazards. Placing yourself in a situation, such as working with someone who has little to no experience, can cause you harm. Incidents may not occur now but in the future. If there is one thing that I want everyone to know it’s that no matter what I think of you professionally, I have always cared about your safety. I have always cared about you at one time or another. This business was and is a brotherhood. Some times we are all each other have, but that doesn’t mean we should use that as an excuse to not better ourselves.

As this blog winds to a close, I have had so much fun in this business and look forward to many more years to come. Maybe in the independents or maybe, just maybe, one day reach the top of the mountain. (No not Space Mountain. LOL ) Just at this present time there are not promotions that I really want to work for. With the Arkansas State Athletic Commission and its neglect to our business in this state, regulating some promotions and not all, I have grown tired of the politics. I’ll still file for my license should the day come that I receive a call to announce a show. It seems that good wrestling in this portion of our state has kind of dried up. Until that time has passed and we receive a proverbial rain, I’ll be waiting with some of you, hoping for a downpour. I hope that one of you, any of you; have received information that has helped you better yourself, or your promotion. If it has, I would like to hear from you. Obviously it won’t be posted online, because this is the last post. In closing, I hope that God will bless all of us in our future endeavors. 

-Terrence

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The Straight Flush with POKERFACE

The Straight Flush with POKERFACE

What is success in wrestling?

I’m sure if I asked 5 wrestlers this, I’d get 5 different answers. Most would probably answer, Money. I really couldn’t say that would be an inaccurate statemen.t Yet I think we should look deeper. Before I even started wrestling, I thought that merely appearing on TV was being successful. Once I started wrestling, I thought wrestling for WW(F)E or WCW was a mark of success. As time went on, I thought that being a champion and making money was the measuring stick of “making it”. In my humble opinion, I’ve been a success. Wrestling has taught me so much, that I can apply a lot of it in my non-wrestling life. I’ve learned how do deal with people better. I didn’t say I was a people person, but I’ve had a chance to deal with people from all walks of life. When it comes to other business ventures, wrestling has taught me how to be my own agent and publicist. I can paint myself as a big deal. I’m not saying that I’m deceptive, but I can, very vocally and colorfully, tell people what I am, who I am, and what I can do. Wrestling has taught me how to enterprise and market myself. Seeing as how that I don’t have a multi-million dollar corporation “pushing” me, I’ve learn to market and “push” myself. I’ve accomplished almost every goal I set for myself in wrestling. I’ve wrestled for WWE on TV. I’ve wrestled almost all of my childhood idols. I’ve traveled and met different people in different towns and cities.

The biggest success I’ve had in wrestling is that I met the mother of my only child due to wrestling. I’ve also met some amazing people and built some awesome relationships because of wrestling. All of which have enriched my life in one way or another. I really couldn’t imagine my life without SOME of these people.

I’ve gotten paid to do what I love and what I do best. No, I’m not a millionaire. Not even close. I’ve learned how to make money in different aspects of wrestling. Sure making John Cena money would be nice. But other than be blowing it on food or booze, it wouldn’t wouldn’t make me happier. It would make me rich, but couldn’t enrich. Trust me one outweighs the other. And I don’t mean the money.

-Pokerface
Pokerface@thetboneeffect.com

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WRESTLING’S LEAD CEILING

***Warning! This article courtesy of JimCornette.com may contain language not suitable for all ages.***

In 1980, legendary pro wrestler Sputnik Monroe was brought into the Tennessee wrestling territory, where he had set box office records 20+ years before, this time to serve as a manager. Sputnik remarked to then-rookie Jimmy Hart, “Kid, here’s where age and experience overcome youth and exuberance!”

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What are YOU proud of?

Every now and then I’ll read something which seems so incredibly profound that it leaves me thinking for days. I found such a passage in a book which was otherwise unremarkable and it’s probably one that I will reference for years to come.  I thought I would share it with you … Read the rest of this entry