12/09/2011 – Velvet Jones: Through the Fire
From Velvet Jones:
The end of the year is a time where I don't do a lot of wrestling. With the holidays
approaching, I really don't feel the need to (so much for my trip to Puerto Rico).
Nonetheless, it is this time that I run into a lot of fans. Several instances have
presented themselves in the last few days.
As I walked thru K Mart, I met a man named Andy who is an avid follower of this blog.
We spoke on many a wrestling-related topic. As a follower of my blog, he stated that I
usually don't have any good things to say about Rampage Pro. It made me wonder
“damn, am I really that bad about them?”. Anyhoo, we spoke and spoke until we
parted ways on our individual shopping endeavors.
The next day, I ran into more than my share of people – each saying they recognized
me from wrestling here and in Warner Robins. Plenty of questions were asked.
People recognized me from the flyers that GIWA puts up before its shows. Me being
GIWA champion has also become commonplace as many of them asked me “You
still got da belt?”. It was a cool experience. It also brought things full circle for me from
In working for RPW, I already knew my role would be limited. I was in a tag team
where I was the smaller man. Even still, people recognize me for being on the show a
little more than a year ago. After their decision not to book me, I came back home to
the GIWA. GIWA (along with AWN, ACW in Elijay, and UFCW in Phenix City) gave me
something that RPW didn't: an opportunity to showcase the abilities I've shown before
thee was an RPW.
To this day, people still ask me if I would go back to RPW. I will be the first to admit, I
do miss being on TV. However, those moments almost always saw me on the
defensive for eight minutes of a 10-minute match. Even beyond all of that, I don't see
much opportunity for career growth for me there. Look at Michael Stevens, Drew Adler,
and Anthony Andrews. Three great talents reduced to curtain-jerking also-rans. They
deserve much better outside of the AWN WrestlePlex. I haven't been on television in a
year and some change and am getting more shine from simply wrestling outside of
the camera's view. Dozens of wrestlers like Tommy 2 Much and even Big Bank
Barfield were saying I didn't deserve what RPW did to me. But even last September, I
knew it would be a blessing in disguise.
I want t thank the management and fans of GIWA and AWN for always giving me an
opportunity where politics, kissing ass and favortism were not prerequisites. I also
want to thank the fans at the shows, in the stores, on the street, in the schools –
wherever – for showing me love throughout the year of 2011. Even the CWO fans
show me love and ask when I am gonna come back and wrestle for them. I can't wait
until next year.
A year ago, a wrestling organization decided not to book me anymore, thinking they'd
be better off without me. Turns out, I'm much better off without them. RPW, I wish you
the best in your future endeavors.