When I was writing Eat Sleep Wrestle, I knew I was creating a time capsule. What’s written in the pages of that book is a moment of time, now past, depicting the lives of a number of modern day independent wrestlers. No sooner was the book released, the lives and careers of the men and women profiled inside began to change. Since Eat Sleep Wrestle was printed:
Evolution Pro Wrestling closed its doors.
Destination One Wrestling changed its name to Premiere Destination Wrestling.
Jamin Olivencia left OVW.
Michael Hayes left OVW and seems to have retired.
Marc Hauss was laid up after surgery. (Get well, sir!)
Colt Cabana blew up the internet and got sued along with his pal CM Punk.
LuFisto’s Yoda-like wisdom on hardcore wrestling went viral.
Madman Pondo and Crazy Mary Dobson became the Juggalo Championship Wrestling tag team champions, the first intergender champions in the promotion’s history.
Ron Mathis managed to accumulate four title belts at once.
Mitchell Huff became Cage Mitchell.
Crazy Mary Dobson got a speaking role on Raw. “You are chips!”
Mad Man Pondo finally appeared on Raw as a Rosebud. Arriba!
Crazy Mary, Lylah Lodge, and Cage Mitchell also appeared as Rosebuds. Crazy Mary’s become a regular, in fact.
At least four wrestlers – Crazy Mary, Lylah, Aaron Williams, and LuFisto – applied for the next season of WWE’s Tough Enough.
The Crist brothers co-headlined CZW’s anniversary show with the Young Bucks.
CHIKARA crowned Heidi Lovelace winner of the Young Lions Cup, the first woman to achieve that honor.
If you’re scratching your head wondering who these people are, grab a copy of Eat Sleep Wrestle to get up to speed. Then get out to an independent wrestling show to see what you’re missing.