As a youngster growing up I’ve always been intrigued by professional wrestling. I knew of WWF and WCW and wanted more. I read about these “Oh wow” moments. Where wrestling was more than just Monday night programming filed with punches and kickes.
So before the Facebook days, back when AOL ruled the world. I remember looking up dirt sheets, when they actually mattered and reading about these up and comer wrestlers. These guys that weren’t on WWF, WCW or even in ECW. Guys that you only heard about when Pro Wrestling Illustrated came out.
I remember reading the results and reading message boards about people who were there live and aided to it’s greatness. As a fan of wrestling I had to watch it. I desperately needed to watch it.
And that’s just what I did.
Back in those days there was no WWE Network, no YouTube, heck the internet was so basic back then we could only see a picture or two before the old dial up would crap out. Especially for where I lived growing up on a old farm in the middle of nowhere.
A few friends of mine would hang out and watch the major wrestling pay-per-views, some of us would hang out and rent them from local video stores. If you could understand that. A place similar to how those Redbox’s are, but it was a entire store in which you could walk up and down and choose something to watch. And some of them even had wrestling related content.
So we would rent some of these. And these weren’t on DVD like you see nowadays but on these things called VHS tapes. And you’d need a VCR player to watch them. And oh, how dare you not rewind them when you returned them or you’d have to pay a fine.
Oh those where the days.
But then again, you could only get so many things from those video stores. You could get WWF, WCW and if you were real lucky there would be a ECW tape. So the selection was very poor.
Yet there was another way to enjoy wrestling outside of the video store or television. You could get on certain message boards, they still have those right? And you could contact these guys and tape trade. Oh, wait, what’s tape trading? Well, it’s you trading VHS tapes without people. Now if you had to good VCRs you could hook them up and make copies and be able to keep one and trade the other.
Yes, this whole process is probably completely illegal. But a bunch of us would do this and I was just a youngster. I didn’t know better.
So remembering I live in the middle of nowhere, which actually is 9 miles to the closes K-Mart. Ugh. Another ancient relic. I would ride my bike there and back to purchase some blank VHS tapes so I could make copies.
Well, one of the tapes I got was this ECWA Super 8, it was the 1997 edition. The very first one. A tournament which returns for it’s 17th edition tonight. The Super 8 Tournament is an annual professional wrestling tournament held by the East Coast Wrestling Association. The tournament is contested by eight wrestlers in a one-night single-elimination format.
Unlike some other tournament’s going on right now where nearly everyone has a chance, this tournament only allows for 8 men. And has been a tournament that has helped numerous stars their break out moment. From Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Davey Richards, Paul London and numerous others.
Tonight is the 17th annual tournament. And while it may not be a monumental edition, it’s not the 20th anniversary or anything like that. It’s pretty amazing to me. As one of the guys I’ve been watching recently is making his debut in the tournament.
So last year a day before my 31st birthday I had chosen to attend a wrestling show in Syracuse, New York. It was a company called Squared Circle Wrestling or 2CW for short. Now I’ve attended a few wrestling shows before from WWE to ROH to TNA to even some local ones. But the experience I had here was unlike any others.
So what does attending a wrestling show run by some company named 2CW and tape trading to get the ECWA Super 8 tape? Well, it’s because of these guys who wrestled at this show is now making his debut in the Super 8 tournament.
Isn’t that cool!?
Well, to make it even more cool is the fact that over the past year I’ve attended a few more of the companies shows sadly missing a couple, but being able to watch this wrestler grow. Starting from being a third member of a tag team to being the number one contender to 2CW’s Heavyweight title. A title that has been held by names like Kevin Steen now known as Kevin Owens and Brodie Lee now known as Luke Harper. Who are both in the WWE now.
Oh, did I forget to mention who? Gesh, it’s Sean Carr!
Carr who started his wrestling career in 2009 had his break out year last year as he wrestled for a numerous number of promotions. And is looking to capture the world as he goes for the ever famous ECWA Super 8 Tournament.
Sadly I will not be able to attend this show, but I would love to wish Sean Carr all the luck!