I made a commitment –to my Business Partner, to my awesome Social Media Team, to myself, and most of all—to YOU, to post consistently and right on-schedule, when I started with this on-going series of Professional Wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts blogs. Who knew that I’d end up rushed into major back surgery? Anyways, I’m recovering nicely, and am stock-piling LOTS of entries now, just in case. I want to thank so many of you for your well wishes and all of you for your patience and continues support. These blogs, as you know, describe in short entry fashion, my time at in the greatest businesses on Earth, Pro Wrestling and MMA, and how I founded UPW and Valor and took them to the top of the heap.
I agree, it’s a great idea. To keep my “Promotion’s” name consistent with my school, and in further homage to the Ultimate Fighting Championships, I call the new company “Ultimate Pro Wrestling,” or, “UPW” for short.
The first UPW “show” ever is held at my gym, Extreme University, in Mission Viejo. The first match EVER wrestled on a UPW show is “Psycho” Matt Hall versus world class bodybuilder Aaron Baker. There it is for the record books. They’re so green, that throughout the course of the match, they talk out loud to one another. Not as in “calling the match,” but as in thinking that such vocalization should be part of the show. Eventually, Matt will receive a contractual offer from Jim Ross, Bruce Prichard and WWF but will end up in prison for life instead of heading toward ring stardom.(Not long ago, I sat for an interview with Director/Documentarian historian Christian Gudegast, who is making Matt’s life-story…”Shot Caller.”) Aaron receives an offer and contract from Eric Bischoff, Kevin Sullivan and WCW but the Company is sold (to WWF) before he signs. Aaron –already past 40—is so depressed that he hangs up the boots and multi-colored unitard. I digress. Back to Matt V Aaron…In terms of physicality, Aaron’s and Matt’s match-up –UPW’s first-ever– is more impressive than anything you’ll see on WWE TV today. On the same show, “Hardkore Kidd” Aaron Aguilera (later WWE’s “Jesus”), jumps off the Gatorade machine in the back of my gym and goes through a table. The spot isn’t planned and I almost kill him. And I make him buy us a new table.