My In Ring Return
May 11, 2009
Before I get started I want to apologize for taking so long between posts. I actually had a commentary written and ready to go late last week, but certain events changed at the last minute and the commentary became pointless so I had to scrap it. That being said I have a ton of stuff to get to this week so I hope to have a couple or three articles up this week. Also I’ve had a lot of people asking about Q and A commentaries and if I am doing them anymore. I do intend to I’ve just gotten so behind I seem to never catch up. Most of the questions I’ve got stock piled are likely out of date now so I want to start fresh. If you have questions for a Q and A please email them to me ASAP (with Q and A on the subject line) and I will try to get a new one up first thing next week, with your new questions.
Now down to the big news. ROH Wrestling has just announced that I am making my in ring return at their July 24th and 25th events at the Ted Reeve Arena in downtown Toronto (Ontario Canada). That’s right I will be wrestling on both shows. For event and ticket information click on the link at the bottom of this page.
I know I’m supposed to be retired and believe me I’ve been turning down a lot of booking offers in an attempt to stay retired, but early wrestling retirements seem to be a very difficult thing to stick to. I think the biggest problem is that I retired very young and because I felt like it rather than because I was getting too old or because I was so beat up I had to. I just decided I didn’t want to take anymore bookings, so what else are you supposed to call that other than retirement?
I’m not even sure why exactly I accepted ROH’s offer to come back and wrestling on these two shows. I wasn’t planning on coming back; in fact I had just turned down 4 other offers to wrestle in that last couple weeks. I guess the only explanation I can offer is that the stars were just all in alignment.
- I have a soft spot for ROH, I love the guys in that company and I have always been treated well by them.
- The dates fall the weekend after I finish my current SWA training session, so I have a perfect 12 week training camp to get myself into top shape.
- It’s a chance for me to see Bret Hart and Ric Flair again (Bret is appearing on the 24th show and Ric the 25th).
- Toronto is always a great crowd to work in front of. The crowd response I received for my appearance last year was off the charts, and I suspect this year will be even better.
- The proposed matches offered me were ones I have interest in working; they make sense, and should be a lot of fun.
These shows will be my first matches in almost 2 years. My last match was against Robert Roode for BSE in August of 2007. 2008 was actually the first Callander year, since I broke in, that I did not have at least one match. That is not to say I will be rusty for these events, as I’m in the ring everyday at my school and have matches with my students every session. I plan on pushing myself with my students extra hard this camp, much like I did preparing for my last ROH match against Bryan Danielson in April of 2006. I was coming off a 10 month break for that match and I managed to hang with the Champ for nearly 30 minutes.
I’ve already started training and dieting for the events. I went back to my “working full time” diet the day I agreed to the shots and have upped my cardio and lifting in the gym as well. I’ve never been one to half ass anything so when I train for a match I train like it is real, and give it maximum effort. I’ve got a full 12 week to train for these shows, so I’ll be more than good to go.
I hope to see a great turn out in Toronto. ROH always puts on a great show and with appearances by Ric Flair, Bret Hart, as well as my return to action, these are MUST SEE EVENTS. For more info click the ROH link below.