Secret Life Of a Pro-Wrestler: The Return Of The Series

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIINovember 2, 2010

I wrote a series a while back called the Secret Life of a Pro-Wrestler which received some good reviews on many of the articles. I had to stop doing it because I was threatened that if I kept on with it, I'd lose my Featured Writer status. I didn't want that, so, I stopped the series.

I didn't want to do it, but I had to because B/R was going to take something away I really wanted to keep. But, I asked them if I could do a few more to end it and they agreed. Now though, over a year later, I am not going to care anymore.

I am going to do this series because I simply loved doing it. For those that saw the last one, this time around the series WILL BE DIFFERENT. You won't hear of the same old things from the last one, it will be more believable, understandable, and gripping like no other in the last series.

THIS IS AN ALL FICTION SERIES. So, for those that follow and think I am really the person I talk of, I am not. It's just a story of which follows a man through his life in the wrestling industry. I will talk of issues people suffer through in this industry and the happiness it also brings.

For those of you in the industry, whether it be in the Indys or higher, send me a message on B/R and we'll talk to see if you like what you see.

The format of the articles you'll see are very understandable. It'll be mostly in diary form, where I'll talk of the day or week I had and all things involved with it, but also in story form.

It's past tense really, but will take place in this time period, so don't expect me to bring Stone Cold or The Rock into play to have matches with just because it's fiction. This will be as real as possible.

Without any more waiting, lets get to the first article, shall we? It's not as in depth as others will be, but it will show you the idea of the series. It was also get you in touch with a few of the characters and mindsets of those involved.

This part of the series will be called, The Decision


When one thinks of their dream job when they are young, you'll hear police officer, fireman, doctor, and all the normal types of jobs like that. But you rarely hear them say they want to be in the wrestling industry.

However, I am no normal man. That much is sure, just ask my parents, friends, or anyone who meets me. I'm a bit wacky, and do a lot of crazy things so much that some think I belong in a mental institute.

It's not as if I'm really crazy though, I guess it's just that I don't like the norm; I wanna stand out and be different.

So, when I told my parents I wanted to be a wrestler, they laughed and said, "okay son, you go for it". That was when I was 10.

Now at 20, my parents, girlfriend, and other friends are advising me to find something better. "You can be anything you want to be in life" was what I was always told. And now that I tell them what I want to do, they tell me I could never do it? That I need to find something else?

Contradictory, Mom and Dad? I think so.

When I graduated high school at 18, I thought I'd just do that whole, "normal job" thing. I tried working at the local pizza place, then even trying out college.

College seemed to work out with the part time job at the pizza place. I ended up getting my degree in business, just a 2 year degree from the community college, but hey, it's something right?

But really, I was and still am not happy. Am I being that normal guy my parents envisioned? Maybe. But what about me?

That's why I sat everyone who meant something to me down, and told them my plans.

I told them that at 20 years old and 21 very soon, I could be my own man now, I didn't need to be held under the controlled environment here that said what I could and couldn't do. I wanted to be a wrestler, it was my dream since going to WWF RAW back in 1998 when it came to town.

Seeing the majesty and grace of the wrestlers, the pure ability to make people eat out the palm of their hand on every word spoken, and the phenomenon it has and always will be got me hooked and I couldn't get it out of my head.

I wanted to be up there performing with these men and women that are doing what I always wanted to do.

Once I told them that, sure, they were upset. But they also supported my decision no matter how unhappy they were with me for picking it.

My girlfriend was more upset than anyone else, however.

My parents were worried about my safety, seeing as some of these guys get paralyzed. And you see all the people dying young from it and the drug abuse as well happening.

But it seemed even though they were worried about it, it was like twice as much with my girlfriend, Lindsey.

She freaked out about it, and while it was funny in some ways about how much she freaked, I did consider changing my mind because of how she was being. Was I worried? Maybe.

But, I made them all feel better when I told them that I'd be getting good training and that I would be working with people that were trained well too.

I'd learn how to be safe out there and injuries may happen, but there are some that have never had a series injury because they know how to entertain in good way but safely, while others just throw around their bodies just for a nice looking spot.

I would be the safe one that did some entertaining things.

That made them all feel better. Of course there was still worry involved, and that was understandable.

I could see them feeling awful if something bad did happen to me. But, if it's meant for me to get hurt in some way, then it's meant to be no matter what career I'm in right?

The next day, I went to look up some schools near me. I found a good one located in Atlanta that had an open gym whenever I chose to use it, a nutrition expert, and ties to TNA and WWE. Heath Slater even graduated from there and AJ Styles went through the place, too.

Nice names being thrown out. Styles is one of the best in the world and Slater is pretty darn good himself.

Styles has been around longer obviously, but Slater is already a champion and a part of one of the biggest storylines in the WWE today with Nexus and is the current tag team champion.

On top of this, they have other guys who stop by from those promotions too. There is a chance I could follow in the footsteps of the greats who stop by.

They even have jobs down in the area to help pay for schooling.

On top of this, I live in Alabama currently, so I wouldn't be far away from home, just about two hours.

My girlfriend has thought of coming with me to Atlanta as well. I don't know if that could happen, but it does sound like a plan to me. Of course, that may be the hormones talking.

With Lindsey being a smart girl and almost having her bachelorette degree in nursing, she could come along with me and get a job at one of the hospitals in the area.

It seems like a good idea in my mind. But then again, I am a bit crazy. Next week, I'm going with my friend Aaron to check out the school. It seems like a good idea before I just throw my money in there to them.

And hey, who knows, I may even get to mix it up in there with some of the guys while I'm there, you know, just to get a feel of it.

I am going to the gym to see if that could even get in shape before next week. I highly doubt that will happen, but I may get some sort of muscle going by then.

One day, I hope I can see my name in the main event at Wrestlemania. Just seeing my name, Joe Burgett or any name I've got by then in those Mania lights would be epic.



Let me know what you thought of the first article, any criticisms you have with it are welcome. It will get better, I just wanted to warm you up to everything with this.


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