They say the life of a wrestler is never easy.
Traveling constantly all over the United States and other countries if need be, but always away from your family.
This is true if you’ve never lived the life this isn’t for you. Even for someone who has grown up in the business it is still never easy.
My life this week has been the most hectic that I have had in years. Sunday, I competed in the Maurako Cup for the vacant tag titles and I lost. Monday, I woke up at five in the morning to go jogging and get a light workout in with the knowledge I would be facing Conor Fuse for the World title before this upcoming Sunday at Refueled before watching film and prepping with Black Mamba for our next opponents later that afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday I’ve been helping High Octane Wrestling on the back end with Scottywood and others on updating the history of HOW because that’s what I do. I watch endless amounts of archived footage of HOW’s history and other wrestling libraries acquired through the years to make sure; histories, accolades, and records are correct not just for HOWrestling.com but for HOTv as well.
Lately I’ve been working on a project on the unofficial triple crown of HOW and that is the history of War Games, the LBI and its various names and Solitary Confinement. Most of these histories are relatively easy since they happened in the Modern Era, but things from the Golden Era are hard to find because some of the tapes are mislabeled or mishandled, the footage is not good or lost, or is was they never survived the transition from one era to another. However, I’ll still keep digging because they must be there somewhere; even if I have to buy a VHS copy of it from a hardcore fan they will be found.
Between that and the non-stop hype duty for the press I’ve been trying to spend as much time with my wife and kids as I can before I have to head out and train and do more pressers. As much as it wears me out traveling from city to city and country to country while watching endless hours of old wrestling footage. Constantly answering the same questions over and over in every interview I go to just in a different way. Putting my body through hell for one last shot at greatness.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
I love what I do.
Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
Location: San Antonio, Texas: The Stevens Wrestling Academy
January 27, 2022: Time: 12:30 pm
The sun is shining brightly in the clear blue sky. The birds are chirping in the distance as cars and pedestrians add to the commotion as they pass by. There is a slight breeze that is lingering in the air and the trees and bushes remind us that it is there as they shake to show they too can experience cold. Even though the flora is experiencing the unpleasantries of hypothermia, the rays of the shine are keeping everything else bathed in warmth. As everyone walking by is bundled up from the winter weather of Texas, we take a look across the street, and we see what appears to be an old rundown abandoned building. The red brick is faded and chipped do to weathering and old age. However, it is far from abandoned as there is a brand new sign in front of the building that has lots of familiar faces on it. Cary Stevens is front and center on the sign surrounded by his sons; Scott, George, and Ricky. Cousin Bo even makes an appearance on it giving the old thumbs up. The writing at the top of the sign says; The Stevens Wrestling Academy. And at the bottom it reads: World Class Wrestling Training.
The last time we saw the place, the mesh fence surrounding it was severely bent in multiple places on its structure, and only had new locks to keep the burglars and squatters away, but not now. There is a brand new state of the art iron barred fence with remote and push code access to the retractable gate. Guess Cary is too cheap to spruce up the outside. As we move forward we see that the retractable gate door as been left open and as we make our way towards the building we see a few vehicles parked on the outside. One is 2019 Cadillac Escalade that is blacked out from the tires to the tint on the window. Another vehicle is a 2020 champagne colored Cadillac CT5-V, and the last, a McKenna Blue 2021 Chevy Corvette. As we pass by the sea of horsepower, we make our final approach towards the training facility. As we reach the front, the old faded and beat up wooden door that once read, “Stevens Academy: World Class Wrestling Training” that had an old photo of Cary Stevens standing inside a wrestling ring in his wrestling gear and a championship around his waist has been replaced by a large steel door.
As we make our way inside the facility we walk along the cold, hard concrete floor we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As we go towards the light we see a huge open space filled with brand new equipment that can’t be more than a few years old. We see punching bags as well as multiple different weight lift machines. We see a bench press, a free squat machine, different leg machines for the quad and hamstring muscles, shoulder machines to shrug and push up, and a row machine to help with the back to name a few of the machines inside the facility. There are even multiple complete sets of dumbbells as well as jump ropes…..is that a Yoga Studio???
The once littered ceiling that was filled with banners dedicated to the Stevens Family and other graduates of the academy have been replaced by a couple of Big Ass Fans and a multitude of lights that would make the New York Christmas Tree blush. In the center of this wrestling academy sits a multitude of rings; there is a ring dedicated to the sweet science, an 18×18 foot ring, there is a hexagonal style ring. Hell, there is even a cage because you never know when a HOFC bout may take place. However, in the epicenter of all those rings sits the traditional 20×20 foot ring. The ring is a modern update on the old ring my father used to compete in. With its powder blue appearance from the ropes to the canvas and the ring apron itself. In the center of the canvas written in big gold letter reads; “WCW.” On the outside of the apron in gold lettering reads; “World Class Wrestling” on it. Surrounding the ring is two steel ring steps and powder blue mats. This ring is the main ring.
Surrounding the ring is a fleet of steel chairs and today’s audience sits the members of the Stevens Dynasty. Middle brother, the behemoth, George Stevens. Cousin Bo, MVW Hall of Famer and Women’s Champion, Lisa-Barbosa-Stevens, and newest MVW signee, Drusilla Danes. They all watch as the oldest Stevens sibling is taking on the youngest because he is the most comparable to his opponent coming up at Refueled. Scott is wearing his usual crimson red and white wrestling gear. His hands are heavily taped up and so is his knee underneath the knee pad and brace. He even has a nice shiner from battling Clay Byrd and Steve Solex. His brother and newest MVW signee, Ricky “The Spider” Stevens, is wearing his traditional black leather pants, with bright red spiders on one leg, and the other has his name “RICKY” in calligraphy in large print so you can’t forget his name. He’s heavily tattooed like his brother, but instead of scorpions he has extensive spider web tattoo sleeves with a multitude of different spider species climbing up and down his arms.
The two brothers are dripping in sweat and are both breathing heavily. Ricky’s long, mangy black hair covers his face and we see that his face paint is smeared as he stares across the ring towards his brother. Scott wipes the sweat from his forehead with the back of his taped up forearm and stands ready. Ricky charges at his brother and he spins around Scott and drives him head first into the canvas. Ricky hits the ropes and somersaults forward before jumping up and delivering a jumping forward splash. Ricky goes to lift his brother to his feet, but Stevens shoves Ricky back and rolls out of the ring.
Scott yells aloud as he paces on the outside before turning towards the ring and sees his brother launch himself off of the ropes with a springboard shooting star press sending the former HOW World Champion across the facility. The patriarch sits back in his chair and shakes his head as his youngest son picks up the number one contender to the HOW world title and rolls him back into the ring. Scott drives his fist into the midsection of his brother doubling him over. Stevens quickly grabs Ricky and looks to finish the match, but Ricky holds onto the top rope and Stevens hits the mat hard. Ricky leans over to pick Scott up, but the oldest Stevens brother quick kicks Ricky and the youngest sibling bends over stunned. Scott sends his brother into the corner after drilling him in the face with a superkick. Scott runs towards the other side of the ring before charging at his brother looking for a Stinger Splash. Ricky ducks down and Scott collides head first with the ring post and staggers backwards. Ricky takes advantage and rolls up his brother.
Ricky hooks the tights.
Scott kicks out.
The referee holds Ricky’s arm in victory and Scott sits on the mat furious. He slaps the canvas before yelling at his brother and ref.
“What the fuck was that?!?!?!?”
Ricky smirks and shrugs.
Stevens turns his attention to the official and grabs him by his shirt and begins screaming at him.
“ARE YOU FUCKING BLIND?!?!?!?!? HOW COULD YOU NOT SEE HE PULLED MY TIGHTS?!?”
Cary sighs and shakes his head as he gets up from his chair and makes his way inside the ring and gets in his son’s face.
“The better question should be why didn’t you fucking anticipate it?”
Scott goes to answer but can’t think of anything.
“You do remember the Boy Scout, Conor Fuse, decided to stick his hand into the cookie jar and get them dirty with a pair of brass knuckles don’t you?”
Cary informs his son who looks down at the canvas as he is still boiling. Cary lifts his face up by the chin.
“Remember, excuses don’t win championships. Now take a twenty minutes break before we start again.”
Scott nods as he rolls out of the ring and heads towards the locker room.
Location: San Antonio, Texas: Radio Station
January 28, 2022: Time: 4:30 pm
Different day, same routine.
Today is my off day from training as I will be traveling all over the city of San Antonio to do interviews to hype my return to the ring as I compete for the World championship as I battle Conor Fuse in the Main Event of Refueled. My first stop on my promotional tour through San Antonio starts Sirius XM sports station 750 on a showed called Main Event with CJ Ryan. As the show is on commercial, I am talking to one of the producers before he leads me inside the studio and I put on my headphones waiting for the interview to start.
The producer is a young black man in his early to mid-twenties and he exits the studio to a door that leads him behind a wall of glass. The young man takes a seat in a black leather roller chair and presses a few buttons as he sees Scott and the host talking. As the young man puts on his headset he taps on the glass to get the host’s attention before he pushes a shiny red button on the console of one of the machines.
The Producer begins a countdown from.
And with that, the red “On-Air” light sign flickers on and the host hits a button on one of the stationary microphones.
CJ Ryan: And welcome back to “The Main Event” here on Sirius XM Radio 750. This is your host, CJ Anderson, your Sports Casanova and Connoisseur which it comes to football, baseball, fantasy picks, but most importantly, wrestling.
The host punctuates that last term.
CJ Ryan: And speaking of wrestling, we have a very special guest this afternoon while you all are stuck in traffic and that is Texas wrestling royal prince himself, Scott Stevens.
I chuckle as piped in applause is heard.
Scott Stevens: Thanks for that introduction CJ, I’m glad to be here.
CJ Ryan: Now before we get started, I was checking out your swag and must say that’s a nice shirt you have on, is it a new Scott Stevens shirt?
I smirk and shake my head.
Scott Stevens: Actually it is not. It is the new Mike Best t-shirt, but it’s exclusive to HOWshop.com.
CJ Ryan: Why is it exclusive?
Scott Stevens: Instead of coming in the standard black or 97 Red colors of HOW it is in the rare McKenna blue color.
CJ Ryan: McKenna Blue?
Scott Stevens: Yeah, it was named after a former wrestler there who used it as his primary color when he feuded against the Best Alliance back in the day because it is the reverse opposite of 97 Red on the color spectrum.
CJ Ryan: Interesting.
Scott Stevens: It is, Mr. Best has allowed it to come back in small doses while Lee Best is rotting in a ditch somewhere.
CJ has a shocked looked on his face.
CJ Ryan: Why am I not surprised by these comments? Anyway, let’s show it off on the Twitch channel for our listeners to see.
I stand up and pull it down in the front to straighten it clearly.
Scott Stevens: The front says ICONIC 7:50.
I turn around and show the back that.
Scott Stevens: And the back says, Classic Defeat.
I take a seat and place the headphones back onto my head.
CJ Ryan: Well, I definitely will be making a purchase.
Scott Stevens: Glad to hear.
CJ Ryan: You mad you don’t have any new Scott Stevens merch?
Scott Stevens: Not really.
CJ Ryan: Come on now.
Scott Stevens: I mean sure it would be nice to have some extra coin coming my way, but CJ, I am a professional and when it’s my time to get new apparel it will be deemed so.
CJ Ryan: Now, this Sunday at Refueled 85, you’ll be competing in the Main Event for the World Championship against Conor Fuse.
Scott Stevens: That’s correct. It has been years since I have been in a main event of significance, but more importantly not just for a championship, but for THE CHAMPIONSHIP!
My enthusiasm is more than obvious.
CJ Ryan: How do you feel going into this match.
Scott Stevens: CJ; I’m tired, I’m beat up, but I’m ready. To be honest I’ve never been more focused on anything than this match with Conor in a very long time. Ever since I began my trials this has been my end game, and it’s finally here.
CJ Ryan: For those that have been out of the loop or found this station by mistake, please tell our listeners what these trials you had to face.
Scott Stevens: Sure. Everyone knows who Hercules is, and if you don’t he is the son of Greek God Zeus. He was a demi-god and had unnatural strength. He was a hero of the people, but he was driven insane by his stepmother, Hera, and because of it he killed his wife and children and to atone for this he had to perform twelve labors. I too am trying to atone for my past mistakes and blunders as well hence why I have been through these trials. I’ve wrote articles so certain wrestler’s can have their egos stroke. I’ve been forced to be backstage environment and made fun of every single moment until Michael Oliver Best decided to take over the trials and actually put me on a road to redemption. He put me back on television after I was put into forced retirement by Mike Best as an HOW referee.
CJ Ryan: Why as an official?
Scott Stevens: Because despite my personal feelings I never put them before HOW. I never risk the integrity of HOW despite my bias towards certain individuals because my integrity and honor is unbreakable.
CJ Ryan: So you can’t be bought or swayed in anyway.
Scott Stevens: No. I’m the constant professional that HOW has never had. I was happy enjoying retirement because I’m a man of my word, and the only reason I came back is because HOW needed my help and I will help HOW anyway I can.
CJ Ryan: So you’re an official, how did you become a wrestler once more?
Scott Stevens: It was happenstance CJ. Individuals were given an opportunity of a lifetime and they took a major dump on it and I was asked to participate and I did and the rest as you say is history.
CJ Ryan: However, your opponent says otherwise.
My ears perk up.
Scott Stevens: Oh yeah?
CJ Ryan: Conor Fuse thinks it never happened and it was a farce of a win.
I sigh and shake my head.
Scott Stevens: Conor can think whatever he wants, he has his opinion, but to paraphrase Vin Diesel, “Winning is winning” and it doesn’t matter if it’s a tag, singles or a battle royal victory because it’s a victory nonetheless. Plus, if it didn’t happen I wouldn’t be facing him this Sunday.
CJ Ryan: Very true, but he also had some pretty harsh things to say about you as well.
Scott Stevens: I’m sure he did.
CJ Ryan: Yeah, he said you were a mini-boss and he was being nice with that statement. He also called you his television opponent since you’re not worthy of a pay-per-view caliber attraction like himself because people pay to see him and others. He said he’s here about the present day not a past iteration of HOW who’s modern day trophy case is vacant.
Scott Stevens: Like I said before CJ, he can have his opinions.
CJ Ryan: Yeah, he seems more pissed off that he’s wasting a perfectly good title defense against someone he said has avalanched from grace and hasn’t done anything for him lately.
Scott Stevens: Let’s be honest, I’ve fallen from grace on more than one occasion.
The tune of Lonesome Loser begins to play.
Scott Stevens: You know, I usually get mad at that but not today. I’ve truly decided to let the past be the past and I look forward to this Sunday. Conor can make fun of my record or fall from grace and my relevance in the current era of HOW, but I wouldn’t change a thing because it has made me who I am. It has brought me back to this moment here and now where who would have thought Scott Stevens would be challenging for the HOW World Championship once again.
CJ Ryan: I didn’t think it was going to happen.
Scott Stevens: Neither did I, but it is. Conor can ask what I’ve done lately and that’s stating the obvious. It’s funny that he’s become such a cocky little prick since winning that title again because when he lost it he was on his knees crying to the world that he let everyone down and was trying to get joystick tugged on by Jace’s girlfriend. I didn’t do that. I showed up like a man the following week and competed because losses are a part of the business. I didn’t need a twenty-four period to cool down.
CJ Ryan: He especially didn’t like the way you talked to him when you interrupted his Gamer ceremony.
Scott Stevens: So?
CJ Ryan: Well…I….
Scott Stevens: Look, Conor is extremely talented there is no denying that. He has done things in HOW that I never did so early in my career, but when your focus and priorities revolve around other people and the number one challenger is not one of them, that is a problem. It didn’t upset me, but I wanted him focused because when I beat him and claim my third world title I don’t want to hear any excuses from him that he wasn’t ready. He can look down on my dull and generic tough guy, but it’s Classic Scott Stevens and that’s good enough to beat you and become champion one more time.
CJ Ryan: Any final words before we let you go?
CJ asks and I nod.
Scott Stevens: Yes. Conor, I know you’re listening to every word of my delusional self because you like hearing your name mentioned. However, you stated you don’t like being an iteration of the HOW’s past, but you’re in Maurako Cup and calling yourself the AoA. Good thing the past AoA, the real AoA isn’t here because they would kick your ass for trying to use their name and accolades to get yourself over. If they do they can wait in fucking line and feed on the scraps as a shadow of HOW’s past beats the ever living shit out of you and takes your ultimate achievement away from you.
CJ Ryan: There you have it folks; Scott Stevens takes on Conor Fuse for the World title this Sunday at Refueled 85 live on HOTv.
CJ presses his microphone button off as a commercial for HOW Refueled 85 begins to play.
CJ Ryan: Thanks for stopping by Scott and good luck.
Scott Stevens: Anytime, and thanks.
I reply as I take the headset off and make my way towards the studio exit.