“Hey, hey, hey, hey
Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out and
Love’s strange so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on
Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby
Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me
Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down
Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down”
The go to power ballad for any teen movie and the catchphrase of all eighties teens has summed up my entire run in this era of HOW. If it could be summed up I would be the old guy in Varsity Blues still going to high school parties trying to hit on the cheerleaders and tell my stories of the past featuring great feats and accomplishments.
Did you know I am still on the HOW roster?
Have I told you about Stevenspedia or that I’m a former World champion?
Did you see my last match?
I sound like the Captain of the Football team who had everything in high school and when graduated ended up fat, alone, and working at a used car dealership to make ends meet.
When I speak, no one listens.
When I wrestle, no one cares.
I’m at the bottom of barrel when it comes to the standings and I’m doing whatever I can to maintain my head above water and make some excitement for myself again, but the excitement is just a word that never manifests for people to take notice.
I have been called many things in my career…..
The Texas Bad Ass.
However, lately I’m remembered as the guy who was manipulated into betting his oldest son as part of a match stipulation. Mind you, it was not to get a title shot, as it was to make the match more controversial and to stroke my own ego if I was able to pull off the victory that I failed at miserably.
I was left: beaten, battered, bruised, bloody, and unconscious.
When Mike took what is left of my pride and ego he took my heart as well when he gained custody of my son. Do you think it has been easy being separated from your wife and other kids much less the one you lost because of your own stupidity? Do you know how hard it is to know your son is around a legitimate murderer and begin raised by him? Mike Best is teaching my son the best values in life, which is to kill your loved ones, do a bunch of drugs, and piss away your hard earned money. Everything that happens to my son whether it’s physical or mental is on me, and after I lost him I was without direction.
Even Lee Best isn’t seeing any value in me anymore as I wasn’t a part of the Rumble at the Rock pay-per-view, and ICONIC, the largest HOW event there is and my name isn’t on the marquee. Hell, it isn’t even on the pre-show.
That’s how much I have fallen.
I didn’t think I could find a way to get back to Mike Best until this match with Dan Ryan presented itself and if I could get back to Mike a different way I would do it because why would anyone want to face the Hammer of God willingly especially at this particular stage in his HOW career.
Have you seen the rage filled path of destruction he has laid in his wake since coming to High Octane Wrestling?
How many singles matches has Dan Ryan actually lost since his first ICON championship reign? Two? Three? Five? The only ones that come to mind are Mike Best and Cancer Jiles and only one of those was able to walk out on his own power. Dan Ryan isn’t just some hulking beast that wants to smash everything put in front of him. There is actual intelligence behind those muscles and what’s even more scary is that his sadistic nature is starting to grow and his love of cruelty is starting to take over and you saw this in his match with Lindsay Troy at Alcatraz Island. Lindsay knew that Dan would bring his gloves littered with shards of glass as he had used them before, but she wasn’t expecting him to take it to the next level when both arms were covered in glass. Even though she put up a brilliant fight and showed tremendous heart it wasn’t enough. Lindz may have been able to leave the Prison Yard on her own, but she looked liked Jesus after he was lowered down from the cross in Passion of the Christ. She was cut to shreds and he didn’t give one ounce of empathy after he was done with her as he just took his championship and left.
He didn’t check on her to see if she needed medical attention.
He didn’t check to see if she was going to be ok.
And this is to a friend and stablemate.
Will he extend me an olive branch of mercy?
And why would he?
What have I done to earn the respect of Dan Ryan? What have I done to keep him from carving me up like a Thanksgiving turkey? What is preventing the Ego Buster from squishing me like the cockroach that he sees me as?
Dan Ryan doesn’t even see me as a tune up match for his showdown with Mike Best at ICONIC because a tune up in the eyes of Dan Ryan means someone who can actually put up a fight against him. The ICON champion sees me nothing more than an inconvenience he has to deal with on the road to ICONIC because I was the opponent Lee booked him against and I am no threat to him.
Sorry to disappoint you Dan, but I’m not Kevin Capone. I’m not going to roll over and die and make this match easy for you. You see Dan, I have purpose now. I have motivation and it doesn’t involve championship gold or any other materialistic thing. You see, I am going to get my son back from Mike Best and you’re in my way of doing it. There is no easy way around it, and I will be shortening my career when I step into the ring with you, but that is my penance. To correct my ultimate sin I have to be punished and if taking a beating from you is a part of it to reach my salvation then so be it. I can’t let my son stay with that murder any longer. I WON’T HAVE IT!
I can’t put Dan Ryan into the same scenario because the Ego Buster would inflate his own ego and boastfully brag about not doing something stupid, but we all do something stupid at one point or another. The stupid thing you’ll be doing this Saturday is underestimating the desperation of a father with nothing to lose. I know you and Mike are boys, but do you honestly think he is parent material? I mean, would you allow him to raise your daughter if something were to happen to you if she was my son’s age? I know for a fact you would say no.
Dan, you are the ICON champion for a reason and you have all the talent in the world to possible hold the HOW World title after ICONIC, but that is months away and I don’t have months. I don’t have time to wait for you to potentially take out Mike Best because I have to gain custody of my son as soon as possible. If I wait on you it’s no guarantee you could take him out because the last time you fought you were looking up at the lights and that ICON championship was pried from your unconscious body. I can’t wait because Mike may kill someone else and gets locked up for life and who knows if I would get my son then. I have to beat you and force Lee’s hand into three possible scenarios because Mike may take his talents to another wrestling promotion if he has another fall out with his father and I would lose leverage there.
Scenario One is the most logical and that would be a rematch with Mike Best on a future edition of Refueled with the stipulation of my son being on the line.
Scenario Two is by beating you I earn myself an ICON title shot against you and if I am able to defeat you a second time I punch my ticket to the main event of ICONIC once more against Mike Best with everything on the line.
Scenario Three is the most unlikely of them all to happen and that is Lee adding me to the Main Event match because he’s lost faith in you because you couldn’t defeat me.
Three possible scenarios that could happen, but to have them even come to fruition I have to beat you.
Easier said than done.
Bust my ego Dan.
Bring the hammer down champ.
Bring your blood stained gloves and slice into my skin a few times because what’s a few more scars when the finish line is approaching. You are going to have to kill me Dan to keep me from reaching my goal and I don’t think you have what it takes to commit murder. My back is against the wall and I have to right the wrong I made and that first step in correcting my mistake is defeating you.