The Straight Flush with POKERFACE
Pride In What You Do
If I see another cowboy or hillbilly wrestler, I’m going to slit my wrist. Some people just don’t take pride in how they look.
That goes for appearance and in ring work. First, appearance. Nowadays I feel, for the most part, that guys wrestling as cowboys and hillbillies is just a lazy way not to buy proper wrestling attire. This doesn’t apply to the ones that do have gear. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve seen guys wear overalls with work boots posing as hillbillies, or guys wearing tight jeans with work boots, wearing big belt buckles posing as cowboys. When I see the afore mentioned, 9 times out of ten, they suck in the ring. The Godwins, Plow Boy Frazier, Haystacks Calhoun, Hillbilly Jim, these guys really did a great job being hillbillies. Bobby Duncum, Jr, Beer Money, Outlaw Don Bass, JBL, Bobby Jaggers, The Texas Outlaws, they were great with the cowboy look. The Smoking Gunns, Billy and Bart Gunn, wore tight jeans, but they had cowboy style wrestling boots, not to mention they could wrestle. Yet the lazy “wrestlers”, wonder why the fans go the concession stand during their matches. YOU SUCK is why.
I’ve also talked with other wrestlers about what some refer to as Walmart wrestlers. That’s when guys buy their wrestling attire from Walmart or other stores. I use to agree, but my opinion has changed. Sometimes we can only do what we can do. So if the only thing you can afford for the time being is compression shorts from Walmart or running tights from Sports Authority, then so be it. It should only be a temporary thing. You’ll only be taken as serious as you present yourself.
Maybe this topic should’ve been mentioned first. What you display as far as talent, is of the utmost importance. I’ve seen guys with great gear, an awesome build, and subpar ring skills. I’m not saying everyone should be a ring technician like Dean Malenko , or a aerial specialist like Rey Mysterio. Whatever style or technique you use or choose, it should be something that the fans want to see and react to. I work with guys who wanna wrestle a certain style, and the crowd is not reacting to it. They aren’t willing to change, but yet they are dumbfounded about why they aren’t “getting over”. I feel that getting in the ring and working out is a must. Sure Michael Jordan was the best player ever, but he still went to practice. We as wrestlers need extra ring time to learn new moves, to better our conditioning, to work on timing, and to keep sharp on the fundamentals. Yet so many of us, either after having a few matches or being more experienced, fail to try to improve. Remember good enough, never is.
That’s all for now. Until next time. Keep your Pimp Hand Strong.