MY STORY."PsYcHo MiKe"

written by;PSYCHO MIKE /30 AUG. 2000

WRESTLING FEVER & HOW I CAUGHT IT....
IT WAS ABOUT 1968 BEFORE I WAS TO REALIZE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LIFE,
WHEN I STARTED TO NOTICE THAT EVERY SATURDAY NITE MY MOM WOULD PUT HEE HAW THEN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON THE TELEVISION,
BUT LESS THAN 2 MATCHES LATER ,I WAS HOOKED, WITH CHARACTERS AS; HARTFORD & REGINALD "THE LOVE BROTHERS",PAMPERO FIPRO WITH EL GARFIO.
MAN I COULDN'T WAIT TILL NEXT WEEKS PROGRAM. AND ON THAT VERY NEXT PROGRAM I WATCHED IN ABSOLUTE AWE. WITH JOHNNY VALENTINE VS JOHNNY POWERS WHERE MR. VALENTINE HAD COMPLETELY RE-ARRANGED JOHNNY POWERS'S FACE,
THE VIOLENCE, THE BLOOD, AND MAYHEM ALL BUT FARTHER SET THE HOOK. AT THAT POINT I HAD FOUND MY FIRST FAVORITE WRESTLER IN JOHNNY POWERS, OF COURSE, MY MOTHER PROBABLY HAS A BIG INFLUENCE ON THAT DECISION.
SHE WAS ALWAYS HOOPIN AND HOLLERIN WHEN JOHNNY POWERS CAME ON TV, AND IF YOU SAT TOO CLOSE TO HER WHILE JOHNNY WAS WRESTLING, YOU WOULD GET BEAT HALF TO DEATH..
WITH MOM SWINGING IN THE AIR YELLING TO TRY TO HELP MR. POWERS OUT WHEN HE WAS IN A JAM. SO ALL THE WHILE JOHNNY POWERS WAS ON A SHELF. I CONTINUED TO WATCH MY SATURDAY AT THE FIGHTS AS I CALLED THEM. I SEEN AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A WRESTLING EVENT LIVE AT THE ARENA,
SO WITH LITTLE PERSUASION I GOT MOM TO GET THE TICKETS, RINGSIDE, NO LESS. THAT IS WHEN I SAW THE MOST FRIGHTENING MAN IN WRESTLING.

THE ORIGINAL SHEIK, I REMEMBER AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO THE RING, THE CROWD WAS A BUZZ, NEARLY RIOTING AS HE GOT CLOSER TO THE RING.
MAN, THESE PEOPLE REALLY HATED THIS MADMAN FROM SYRIA!! I WATCHED HIM IN COMPLETE AWE OF THE SPECTICLE HE HAD CAUSED, BY BLOODIEING THE MIGHTY IGOR.
WELL ON THE BUS RIDE HOME I TOLD MY MOM, " I'M GONNA BE A WRESTLER WHEN I GROW UP!!" ( WHICH I STILL HAVENT) THAT NEXT MORNING I DONNED A TOWEL OVER MY HEAD AND A PENCIL IN MY TRUNKS, I PROCEEDED TO BECOME THE SHEIK. OF COURSE, MY 2 LITTLE BROTHERS HATED TO SEE ME WEARING THAT TOWEL OVER MY HEAD,
BECAUSE IT WOULD ONLY MEAN ONE THING , I WAS IN SHEIK MODE AND THEY WERE ONLY HELPLESS VICTIMS OF THE NOBLE SHEIK. I HAD ALL HIS MANNER-ISMS DOWN, HE WAS MY NEW FAVORITE WRESTLER.... ( AND STILL IS)
I CONTINUED WATCHING WRESTLING, LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT...

THEN WHEN WE WENT ON VACATION TO MY GRANDPARENTS HOUSE, I WANTED TO GO BACK HOME BY SATURDAY SO I CAN WATCH WRESTLING, MY UNCLE BILL CHIMES IN WITH ' WE GOT WRESTLING ON TV HERE TOO" .
NO WAY, I WAS IN MY GLORY, AND COULDNT WAIT TILL SHOWTIME. ( I DIDNT KNOW THEY HAD WRESTLING TOO)
THE PROGRAM STARTS AND I DONT RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE WRESTLERS, LIKE BATMAN, DOMINIC DENUCCI. AT THAT POINT, I WAS READY TO CUT THAT VISIT SHORT AND GO BACK TO REAL WRESTLING I WAS A DEDICATED VIEWER TILL THE MID SEVENTIES.
THOUGHT OUT OF SIGHT, IT WASNT FAR FROM MIND , THEN IN THE EARLY 80'S I VIEWED GEORGIA CHAMPIONSHIP ON WTBS WITH BUZZ SAWYER AND TOMMY RICH, MAN, THIS LIT MY WRESTLING FIRES AGAIN. I FAITHFULLY WATCHED AND WENT TO A FEW LIVE EVENTS. IM HOOKED AGAIN, I FOUND A LOCAL PROMOTION RUNNING SHOWS IN MY AREA.
I TALKED TO THE PROMOTER WHO GAVE ME A FEW NUMBERS TO HELP ME GET TRAINED IN THE SQUARED CIRCLE. A FEW MONTHS LATER IN THE SUMMER OF '84, I WOULD BE WRESTLING FOR THAT SAME PROMOTER. FORTUNATLEY, I GOT TO WRESTLE SOME OF THESE GREATS I HAD SEEN ON TV LIKE DICK THE BULLDOG BROWER, BOBO BRAZIL, MASKED SUPERSTAR.
OVER THE YEAR I HAD HONED MY SKILLS AND PAID MY DUES WHEN I GET A CALL FROM A PROMOTER ASKING IF I WOULD LIKE TO WRESTLE "THE SHEIK".. MAN I ALMOST WET MYSELF FROM THE EXCITEMENT!! I'M FINALLY GOING TO GET TO TIE-UP WITH MY CHILDHOOD IDOL AND LEGEND.
WHILE IN THE LOCKER ROOM, I WAS FILLED WITH MANY EMOTIONS FROM HAPPINESS TO FEAR TO PRIDE. MAN, I COULDNT WAIT TILL BELL-TIME AND A FEW MINUTES LATER AFTER THE BELL RANG, I WAS A BLOODY MESS! THIS MAY SOUND WEIRD BUT I LOVED EVERY HARDCORE MINUTE OF IT! I WRESTLED THE LEGENDARY SHEIK AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN BATTERED AND BLOODY I WAS IN ECSTASY FROM WRESTLING A LEGEND.
I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO WRESTLE QUITE A FEW LEGENDS OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING NAMELY : THE SHEIK, ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER, LUKE AND BUTCH OF THE BUSHWHACKERS, THE ORIGINAL KANGAROOS, BOBO BRAZIL, AND JIMMY SUPERFLY SNUKA... JUST TO NAME A FEW

I STARTED MY WRESTLING CARREER 1984 AND IT'S NOW 2000 I'VE TRAVELED MANY, MANY MILES , I'VE WRESTLED EVERYONE FROM THE FAMOUS, TO THE NOT SO FAMOUS.
NOW IN THE TWILIGHT OF MY WRESTLING CAREER, I LOOK BACK AT WORKING WITH SOME FRIENDS LIKE DEMON OF DARKNESS, LORD ZOLTAN, BRUCE LaFORCE,BRETT POWERS & G-MOE , I'VE TAG-TEAMED WIH AS WELL AS FOUGHT AGAINST.
HELL..ME AND DEMON OF DARKNESS STARTED THIS HARDCORE, EXTREME REVOLUTION THAT IS TAKING OVER PRO WRESTLING, WHEN WE DID IT BACK IN 86/87 USING CHAIRS, TABLES,BATS ETC.,
THE CROWDS WENT APE-SHIT AND THE PROMOTERS ABSOLUTLY HATED IT! BUT MAN WERE WE OVER WITH THE FANS. WE DAMN NEAR BEAT EACH OTHER SENSELESS.
BUT SLOWLY BUT SURELY PROMOTERS STARTED ACCEPTING THE HARDCORE EXTREME STYLE, NOW IT HAS A LIFE OF ITS OWN..... THE ONLY THING THAT IS A DOWNSIDE OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IS THE PROMOTERS BECAUSE OF EVERY "GOOD ONE" THERE ARE "8" BAD ONES THAT DO EVERYTHING TO ADVERTISE THAT THIS NAME WILL BE AT AN EVENT, KNOWING ALL THE WHILE THAT HE HASNT EVEN TALKED ABOUT BOOKING THAT NAME
OR THE PROMOTERS SHORT YOUR PAY THAT IS IF YOU GET PAID AT ALL.... QUICK EXAMPLE, BEING PAID 10 SINGLES TO WORK "HANDS OF STONE" RONNIE GARVIN, WHICH DIDNT EVEN COVER THE GASOLINE FOR THE TRIP LET ALONE GET ME SOMETHING TO EAT!!!!! BUT, I GOT TO WORK RONNIE GARVIN, WHO BY THE WAY DIDNT GIVE ME SHIT DURING OUR MATCH!!!

WHEN I STARTED WRESTLING, I WORE A MASK GOING BY "MR PSYCHO" AND I THINK I HAD ALL OF 5 TATTOOZ, AND NOW AS OF THIS WRITING I'M KNOWN AS THE "TATTOO'D MADMAN PSYCHO MIKE" GENERALLY BECAUSE MY ARMS ARE SLEEVED WITH TATTOOZ AND MY LEGS ARE TATTOO'D PRETTY HEAVY AS WELL.
I DONT WEAR A HOOD ANYMORE,... I'LL LEAVE THAT TO THE LUCHADORES....HOW I GOT THE NAME PSYCHO ,I GOT THAT TAG FROM MY SGT. IN THE ARMY WHILE IN TRAINING FOR THE MILITARY POLICE.
SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT NAME FOR WRESTLING, I DON'T KNOW WHAT MAKES ME CRAZY BUT I'LL BET YOU IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THOSE SATURDAY NITES WATCHING HEE HAW & BIG TIME WRESTLING........THANKS MOM.
BUT IF GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DO I ALL OVER AGAIN... WOULD I?
"HELL NO !".... I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT, THERE'S NOTHING I WOULD CHANGE....StAy CrAzY "PsYcHo MiKe"



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MONEY:
It can buy a House...............But not a Home
It can buy a Bed..................But not Sleep
It can buy a Clock................But not Time
It can buy you a Book..........But not knowledge
It can buy you a Position......But not Respect
It can buy you Medicine.......But not Health
It can buy you Blood............But not Life
It can buy you Sex..............But not Love

So you see money isn't everything.
And it often causes pain and suffering.
I tell you all this because...........
I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your pain and suffering..............
So send me all your money..........
And I will suffer for you.

CASH ONLY PLEASE !

Peace~PsYcHo MikE~ 3/2002