reetings and salutations my dear wrestling fans and allow me to be the first
to welcome you to what is the first of what will be many articles written
here presented to you here at OWW. Since this is my first column, allow me
to dispense with the plesantries as I introduce myself to each and everyone
of you whom will be looking into the mind of an Enforcer but beware for those
whom have looked into my mind have not yet found their way out. So when
looking inside my mind, don't go it alone. Let's read here shall we?
Before I continue with todays column, I say with a heavy heart and deep
sorrow that the world of professional wrestling is mourning the loss of Curt
Henning whom many will remember as "Mr. Perfect". Born March 28th, 1958 to
professional wrestling legend Larry "The Axe" Hennig, Curt Hennig was without
any shadow of a doubt, one of the very best that this great sport had to
offer. For those whom have been fans of professional wrestling will remember
the legacy of Curt Hennig through his memorable fueds he had with the late
great Kerry "Texas Tornado" Von Erich and Bret "The Hitman" Hart while
wrestling with the World Wrestling Federation. To many whom are in this
business today along with myself, he served to many as an inspiration for
those who wanted to always follow their dreams of becoming a professional
wrestler. I say with a deep heart that I will miss one of professional
wrestlings greatest legends grace the ring. To his family and closest
friends whom have known him through the years, I bid to you my deepest
condolences and I wish to those who were touched by this mans skills Godspeed
for that it will be a long time until we see that kind of talent and no one
can do it like he had done.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, allow me to introduce myself to all
My name is "Enforcer" Steve Anderson. I've been a professional wrestler for
three years working on the independent circuit in the United States of
America. Before enlisting in the United States Armed Forces in October of
1996, in the month of May of 1996 I was trained by AWA Legend "Lifeguard"
Sonny Rogers in Chicago, IL and I have none other than "The New Age
Lumberjacks" to thank for that. Thanks Mike and Jerry. I love ya's. Upon
returning home to Illinois to my last duty station, In January of 2000 I had
trained with another AWA Legend by the name of Tony Leone who has competed in
just about every single professional wrestling organization known to man in
this world and his experience in professional wrestling both inside and
outside of the ring is priceless.
To both these men, I have nothing but the utmost respect for what they've
During the time that I've had the honor of being a professional wrestler,
I've worked in many hole in the wall venues from VFW and American Legion
halls, bowling alleys, bars, birthday parties, barmitzhvahs, festivals, and
gymnasiums. I've wrestled where there have been hundreds of people and I've
wrestled where there have been only few people. No matter the size of the
crowd, the butterflies in my stomach are always the very same.
Now that I've dispensed the common plesantries, I will proceed with this
There has been something that has been eating at me for quite the longest
I'd just like to say that if you're my brother or sister that you will
hopefully enjoy this.
It's time that we discuss the so-called "Hit T.V. Show" called "Tough Enough"
I know what you're saying. You're asking me, "What's your problem with the
Well how about you sit back and just read what I have to say and just shut
the hell up.
For three seasons, we've been put through the agony of viewing millions of
people who think that they have what it takes to be in the WWE and because of
that, WWE ask for these people to send in VHS videos wanting to know what
makes them "Tough Enough". Many who sit at home find watching those videos
to be a larf when it's just a disgrace.
Provided that these people make the cut, they're asked to attend the
semi-finals which WWE and MTV staff will ask the question, "Why do you think
you belong in the WWE?"
They rant and rave talking like a bunch of Pre-School Special Education
rejects quoting catch phrases from "The Rock" saying, "Because I am truly
electrifying", or they simply just blow more shit out of their mouths than
they do from their assholes and to be just perfectly honest, it makes me sick
to my damn stomach. The funniest part of it all is that they never answer
the question, "Why do you think you belong in the WWE?"
After the judges make their decision, we see what is called "The Final
Thirteen" which will determine who will go on to be a "contestant" in the
show. From there, they are taken to there "Home Away From Home" which
consist of an elaborate home with all the luxuries. The next day, they go to
a WWE facility to work out where the world watches them bump. What I find
funny is that when these kids take a bump, they get ready to cry like
bitches. After what they consider to be a physical day, they head home to
jump in the jacuzzi.
Most of them call home telling their friends and family that it wasn't what
When they go to cry about it to the trainers telling them, "I don't know if I
can do this!" the WWE sends them off on a vacation away from training and
allows them to get loose.
The reality of it all is that professional wrestling is not a contest. It is
a business period! In this business, nothing is given to you on a silver
platter and respect is not given.
You must earn opportunities and you must earn respect with others whom have
been in this business before you. It is called "Paying Your Dues". This is
a very common thing. However with todays society, one would think that is
nothing more than old fashioned.
To become a professional wrestler, one must attend what is called a
"Wrestling School". Now for those of you who are looking to be professional
wrestlers, I've got some news.
There is no such thing as fame, fortune, glory, or even for that matter,
there is no money!
There is something else that I would like to ask everyone here that could
What have any of these people in "Tough Enough" done to deserve a contract
I can answer that question as I'll say that they've done absolutely nothing
to deserve it.
While many train all of their adult lives to live this dream that isn't meant
for everyone, these kids only spend nine weeks inside of the squared circle
training for this, and if you cannot train an employee at McDonalds to be a
fry-cook in nine weeks, then how can you teach someone in nine weeks how to
become a professional wrestler. The one thing that I believe bothers me the
most is the fact that the trainers fail to teach the kids about the most
important lesson in this business, and that lesson is respect. As we seen on
TE3, there was a contestant by the name of Jonah who had sustain an injury
while training. Upon learning that he would still be able to continue in the
show, he had informed one of the WWE staff about a "rib" that he wanted to
play on his colleagues that was tasteless. Upon witnessing this supposed
"rib", I felt that I had been slapped in the face along with everyone else in
this business who has been hurt in the ring, injured, crippled, and for that
matter, those whom have died in the ring while performing. I was very pissed
What does he do? He laughs as if it he was "Superman" and we all know that
even "Superman" was never invicible as he now confined to a wheelchair for as
long as he lives.
Let me briefly explain what we as wrestlers go through in order to achieve
First of all, we wake up every morning to go to our job because as I
in the world of professional wrestling there is no such thing as money. In
the three years that I've been a professional wrestler, I have not seen the
money I invested in my training from years ago. If that doesn't tell you
what I'm talking about, then I don't know what it will take to get it through
your thick skulls. With the schedule from our jobs so we can pay the bills,
we take time in our busy schedules to work out so our bodies can prepare to
endure the pain that we face everytime we take a bump inside of the ring.
Now let me explain what a professional wrestler in training goes through to
be a wrestler.
It doesn't matter who trains you because for everyone, it is basically the
When you sign a training contract that states that you want to be a
professional wrestler, the trainers are going to do everything in their power
to pound the living shit out of you. They are going to test your will and
see just how damn bad you want to be a wrestler.
We pay the price for this dream, and not with money, but the blood from our
the sweat of determination which shows how much we want this, and the tears
of humble humiliation and pain that we endure all so we can call ourselves a
We are put to the test to see where our heart lies in this business because
many who get into this business for all the wrong reasons, and those being
the things that I mentioned that did not exsist out here. If you don't have
the heart and desire for wanting to be a professional wrestler, then you're
definitely in the wrong line of work.
We have earned a little something in this business that is not handed to
anyone of us.
That little thing which actually means so much to many of us is called
That is something the "contestants" of "Tough Enough" lack in this business
and it is also something that they will never have from anyone in this
business who has taken the road less traveled to fulfill their dreams and
goals in this business. Professional wrestlers like Ox Harley, Adam Pearce,
Franky Kazarian, Danny Dominion, Ace Steel, Mercedes, and what is a countless
list that could go on forever deserve to have the very same opportunity that
the WWE is choosing to waste on a bunch of assholes who don't deserve this
business. It seems that with each season, hard work and dedication just
don't mean shit anymore!
With that off of my chest, I'd like to open this column up for discussion.
You can e-mail your thoughts to Ask The [email protected] where I will
personally answer to all e-mails.
Before I go, I just tuned into the Travel Channel where they're focusing on
"School of Hard Knocks" which is owned and operated by Jesse Hernandez and
what I just saw has literally pissed me off. My column for next month will
be about how the fans know too much about this business and when do you know
just "Too Much"? Folks, I'm not going to come out here and bullshit you but
I do believe in the old school and I'm not going to throw it out the fucking
window because everyone else thinks they can. KAYFABE!
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