MUST READ: An Editor’s Desk Special…
Posted by Admin on October 29, 2008
by Josh Ray
In January of this year, I set out to cover Midwest pro wrestling in a thorough and professional manner. My goal was to give all deserving wrestlers and promotions in the area the coverage and publicity that they deserved. In the process, I hoped to give others who were passionate about professional wrestling the opportunity to get more involved. Missouri Wrestling Revival was born.
Since that time, I have been blown away by the growth that the site has had. Wrestlers, promoters, and fans alike all seem to respect the Missouri Wrestling Revival name. Why? Because we show them respect first. We try not to get caught up in the “he said, she said” or the “dirtsheet” mentality where, as Eric Bischoff has said before, controversy creates cash. Instead, I try to bring an old school Pro Wrestling Illustrated flavor to the site while still approaching professional wrestling from a modern aspect. The ride has been bumpy, but overall I’d say that MWR has pressed forward nicely.
Some people might not fully realize that I organize and run everything with a full time (sometimes more) job, a young son, and a wife. Both are very supportive of me and never willfully add to any stress that managing Missouri Wrestling Revival might involve. However, there are things that I aspire toward that can not be held at a lower priority than MWR. My son’s future is at the top of that list. That is why I’ve decided to take an interrogator/screener government contract position in Iraq, that could start as early as November 15, 2008. The job pays substantially, and allows me to invest more money into Midwest pro wrestling while saving more for my family, too.
Missouri Wrestling Revival IS NOT closing shop! Due to the technological advances in equipment available in Iraq, I will be able to still run the site and stay involved. Every three or four months for the next year, I will also be jetting back to the area to catch a show and stay on top of everything on a more personal level. This is the plan for the next year.
Brian Kelley, a good friend and probably the biggest and most cordial pro wrestling fan in the area, will take over day to day operations. All contributing writers will continue to send in articles and reports. All features will continue. MWR will continue to be a presence in the Midwest and will contribute to the success of wrestling in the area whenever possible.
The only thing being altered as of press time is the 2008 Wrestling Revival Cup. The season was initially going to run from January 2008 to December 2008, but last week’s events might conclude the regular season and the Cup could move into the voting phase. The details are being ironed out and readers of MWR will know by the end of the week, if not earlier. Year End Awards will be discussed, as well. More than likely, those will be on schedule and be released in January or February of 2009.
MWR intends to be an advocate for indy wrestling in the Midwest. Thank you for your continued readership and support. It will not go unrewarded! Be on the lookout for more announcements in the very near future!