async src="//"> The Wrestling Chronicle: Happy Birthday to The Wrestling Chronicle!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Birthday to The Wrestling Chronicle!

I (Erik) just wanted to take the time and thank you all for keeping this site going. Yes you.

As I've stated many times, I never thought The Wrestling Chronicle would still be active three years since it's birth. I have a tendency to start projects and then abandon them after a few short months due to boredom. What's different about TWC in comparison to my other projects is I have found exactly what I was meant to do with my life, share my love and enthusiasm for professional wrestling. Pro wrestling has been the one constant in my life. My earliest memories include watching The Rockers execute these tandem offensive maneuvers for the top rope or watching my television without blinking because Hulk Hogan to me was larger than life. Wrestling was a gift given to me by my father, a man who wasn't a part of my life much early on however wrestling was the one thing that seemed to bring us closer with ease. I am glad to say that my father is much more of a constant in my life and to this day most of the time I spend with my dad involves watching or talking about wrestling. It's an indescribable feeling to see my father discover something new about wrestling like NJPW or something on the Indys and then tell him about the time I was able to interview that same wrestler on the screen or simply have a chat with them at a show. He asks me questions about the products like WWE or Ring of Honor and in that moment I can see how proud he is of me and my accomplishments, that's pretty cool and I have wrestling to thank for that.

I still remember a time when I was younger and I thought it would be cool to write a book about, you guessed it, wrestling. I scribbled nonsense in a notebook that's long gone from my possession completely clueless on what it really took write a book about anything not just wrestling. I find it odd yet satisfying that even though I did not complete the book fourteen year old me began, here I am writing about wrestling with the same passion I had scribbling thoughts on Val Venis and the Intercontinental Championship.

In three years time this site has gone from a random blog post to a place where anyone of any background can come share their thoughts on wrestling and sports entertainment. It hosts two podcast shows, it's main stable being the Piledriver Podcast which is about to record it's 90th episode. Obviously I didn't get TWC to where it is without a little help from people who I consider more than just peers but friends. Simon Knowles has been a fixture on TWC with his weekly Scavenger Hunt, a compilation of matches he puts together featuring classic, coincidental, or just plain 'ol weird bouts in wrestling's ever expanding history. Simon is easily TWC's hardest, most consistent worker, even more so than I. Without him I honestly don't know if this site would be where it is now. Thank you Simon, it is an honor to call you my friend. Jason Namako and Emil Jay are my podcast partners in crime. The Piledriver Podcast has had a revolving door of hosts since it's genesis but it is pretty cool to see where it is now and a lot of that is owed to not only having the chance to interview some of wrestling's biggest stars like Michael Elgin or Matt Tremont but also the dynamic that has grown between the three of us. Not many people realize what goes into making a show that is informative and entertaining, but just the sheer fact that more often than not our recording sessions can go up to five hours long when you factor in pre and post production. Although our goal has always been to have fun and to see who can say the most obscene things (90% of which don't even make it on the air) we try our best to bring you the best show we can. Thank you Jason and Emil for all the laughs and late nights.

Angie Delgado is slowly becoming a fixture on TWC with her recaps of NXT and SmackDown and I couldn't be happier with giving her an outlet to voice her thoughts on said products. Every time a piece is submitted by her I'm blown away at how quickly she understands the psychology of things many fans would miss. Thank you Angie and I hope we continue working in the future.

I cannot voice my appreciation of our readers and listeners without giving love to the handful of you who donated to our PayPal when our recording equipment stopped working and I thought the podcast was in jeopardy. I thought it was going to take me forever to purchase new equipment or at least raise enough money to do so. It took less than a day because a handful of people believed in what we do. Just thinking about that makes me emotional because I'm just some guy with only a tiny bit of journalism experience thanks to my local community college and people gave me their hard earned money because they enjoyed what I do. I've always tried to live my life helping people any way I can because that's what we should do as people, be there for one another. I don't do it for recognition or praise or because I expect good karma in return but that moment solidified my belief that karma is for sure a real thing and it will most certainly pay you back the same way you have paid for it.

Thank you to all of our followers on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and any other social media platform associated with The Wrestling Chronicle. Anyone who has ever retweeted, liked, reblogged, or shared a piece from this website I cannot thank you enough in my eyes. It means more to me than any of you will ever know.

In closing I won't give you some tired diatribe about new things coming or how the next year will be bigger and better. Those are all things I hope for of course, but I'd rather they come naturally rather than being promised. What I can promise you is as long as I can type and/or speak, as long as professional wrestling exists, so will The Wrestling Chronicle.
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