Now on the independent circuit one does not have that privilege very often but some promotions do release DVD’s and even streaming online is very popular these days. So it is more and more about the product as a whole and lets face it you can have the best stars on a card but you need variety and good story telling to spark the interest of most people. Im saying most because Im not talking about the one or two kids who think they know how it works because they googled inside phrases like “jobber” or “push”. Those idiots nobody has time for. But they still buy tickets and watch every show and buy every John Cena shirt that comes out. Anyways I want to talk about taking bookings and how to make it count and make it lead somewhere. Almost everybody breaking into the business was a fan at one stage and probably want to make it to the big leagues. But there is so much work out there right now the Indy scene around the world is booming and you could make a comfortable living if you know how to market yourself and to behave when you're on a show with people who don't really know you that well. Obviously you need some sort of talent or a great gimmick if you want to make it anywhere but I can tell you from personal experience that is only a very small part of the equation. Being at the right time at the right place also helps a lot but thats something nobody can teach you. Just go and do! And most importantly have fun. If you're not having fun and don't have passion for this then just quit now.
Being an independent wrestler is hard work and takes a lot of hustling. Some people skip that phase and get signed by a big company and even start their training there and perhaps even finish their career there. But that number is so small you have better odds of winning the lottery.
So here’s some advice that I follow and that I've been given over the years by my peers. Before I start I want to say in the same breath not all of these will apply to you. There is no sure formula to make a success of yourself in this business. Theres a very famous phrase that goes “I cant give you the formula for success but I can give you the formula for failure — Try to please everybody ALL the time”. Now let me tell you why this is impossible not only in life but in wrestling. See putting a match together with a promotion that is on TV you have multiple writers telling you what to say. Then you have multiple producers and agents telling you what moves to do or not to do. By making one person happy you'll make 10 unhappy because everybody has a different way of doing things. So just use what applies to you. Don't ask too many people for advice. Because if you ask 10 people you will get 10 different answers. Take everything in that you can but only use what applies to you. Make it your own. Don't let anybody tell you how to be you.
Now for the bookings part of being on the Indys you can get away with a lot more but also a lot less at the same time. You dont have a permanent pay check coming in from the promoter or promotion you're working for each weekend so its best to make them as happy as possibly and do what they tell you. Obviously bounce ideas off them and make suggestions in a respectful manner but remember you're there to do a job. Whatever it is they ask of you. They are paying you so if they want you to lose in 10 seconds to make their Champion look good then you do it cause thats just how it works. Maybe some day it'll be your turn. Maybe not. But don't step on any toes. You’ll meet the same people climbing up the ladder and you’ll pass those same people coming down. Be respectful towards your peers. Study your craft. Hustle your ass off and have the best match you possibly can. Now heres another thing. Its the story that matters. Nobody is going to remember that the one dude did a million moves in a 3 minute match then the other guy wasn't even hurt and he won the match. I see this every weekend on the Indys. Its not rocket science. Some of these dudes shouldn't be on these shows. So there are a lot of spots to be taken by people who “get it”. More on that at a later stage.
This is really a fun business once you figure it out and it might take some people longer than others. Obviously being on TV in the past helps but its not a necessity. That wears off in less time than you think. I see kids on the indys at shows that are just phenomal athletes but also have a lot of common sense and decent business skills. This sport requires you to be good at all these elements and a few more if you want to be a success. Anyways till next month! Love you all! Now buy a shirt so I can get some new wresting trunks. lol PJ