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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, I was raised on a steady diet of pork bar-b-que, Elvis Presley, professional wrestling (pronounced rasslin’) and Coca-Cola (though everything in the South–including Pepsi–is referred to as a “Coke”). En route to earning my B.A. in journalism (news editorial concentration) at the University of Memphis, I juggled side jobs as a FedEx plane loader, University newspaper columnist/magazine writer and … TV bad-guy (heel) manager for my childhood rasslin’ hero, Jerry “the King” Lawler. (My parents were, of course, bursting with pride.)
Along the way, I was in the ring with the likes of The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin–I even scored a pinfall victory over Ms. Texas (a.k.a. Jacquelyn), a former WWE ladies (and I use that term loosely) champion. During my peak, there wasn’t a woman alive who could pin my shoulders in a rasslin’ match–though, admittedly, I often lost by disqualification when I would attack these wild wenches of wrestling with a steel chair. (Told you my parents were proud.)
My wrestling gimmick: I was a mild-mannered referee turned heel, thanks to some creative booking by the late Eddie Gilbert (see clip below). As the supposed nephew of famed Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden, I’d come the ring armed with a Seminoles football helmet, which I assaulted opponents with unmercifully. Nice work if you can get it.
For the past 10 years, I’ve lived in Los Angeles, pursuing a career as an actor and screenwriter. To give you an idea of how it’s going: I’ve had two speaking roles on two different TV shows–both of which have since been canceled, along with a few movie appearances. I’ve also written a screenplay loosely based on my experiences in the pro-wrestling business, “The Brothers Sweet Are Takin’ on the World.” For three years, I wrote a wrestling column for director Kevin Smith’s (“Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”) Website, www.moviepoopshoot.com. The column, “Kentucky Fried Rasslin,” detailed my experiences as college student/hated heel in my hometown, while also examining today’s wrestling scene. The column led to some wonderful milestones, including Miramax reading…and eventually passing on my script.
My column moved to www.comics101.com for a few years before I started in 2009 the Kentucky Fried Rasslin’ site you are now reading today.