Professional wrestling was a part of my development; its foundational to my understanding of right and wrong, good vs. evil, and helped formulate some of what I believe about justice and redemption.
Fast forward to my college days when I fell in love with the dirt sheets, the behind the scenes, the breaking of kayfabe, which ultimately led to my involvement in the industry in various roles. One of my favorite roles is that of manager – you might have known me as Kirk Wesley, Kirk Sheppard, or my favorite . . . Wes Bitterman. You also might know me as the former CEO, the host and producer of NWF AfterShock, or the guy yelling at the music table or backstage because something has gone wrong. I’ve wrestled. I’ve refereed. I’ve done color commentary, ring announcing, helped set up the ring, ran the music, written a show, agented matches, ran the front door – basically, if you can do it in independent wrestling, I’ve done it.
In short, pro wrestling is more than just a little important to my life.
I guess that’s why when I watch the good stuff now, I still get goosebumps. When I remember an angle that worked (think Randy Savage and Elizabeth reuniting at Wrestlemania 7), I still get choked up. And if I listen to a guy talk about his passion for the business on a podcast today, it moves me. I love it.
I recently did an interview with Huskie Howard that was well received and it got me thinking . . . do I still have something to contribute to the business at large? Besides performing on weekly NWF events, is there a way for me to influence and inspire others who share my passion?
I think so . . .and this blog is an outlet for that. I’ll talk memories, opinion, psychology, philosophy, and nostalgia. I think it’ll be fun. I hope you’ll read it. I even hope you like it.
And if I say something you don’t like. . . well, just chalk it up to old Bitterman just giving you a bitter pill to swallow. Take your medicine; it’s good for you.