I always say that Indy wrestling doesn't get the attention or the notoriety that it deserves. This is also proven when Indy wrestlers are forced to walk away after giving it their all because of there love for the business. Because of certain companies making their way up the "food chain" Indy has gotten a lot more exposure and good exposure at that, but not enough. It's getting there though as numerous Indy companies have found there way to National TV deals and in the process more talent gets exposure.
Josh Alexander, who is an a veteran of the independent circuit has been forced to call it a career after putting his career in the wrestling business, ahead of his personal well being. Though most people may call him crazy I have tremendous respect for him and his willingness to live his dream, as well as his commitment to his tag team partner. For the first excerpt take a look:
"However, it paid off in the form of another match vs red DRagon. This match was nearly flawless. The Dearborn crowd made me the most over guy on the show -- due to my headgear. Ethan Page and I swung for the fences, and with help from two of the best, we hit a home run. It's one of the proudest moments of my career. We stole the damn show. However, what some people don't know is that when I took that tornado DDT from Kyle O'Reilly, I felt a crunch in my neck. It wasn't soon after that I would lose all strength in my right arm.
I took a few weeks off, hardly able to sleep, and in some of the worst pain I've ever endured in my life. I got an MRI and sought out a neurologist for help. He told me I had compressed/herniated my disk and it would require surgery. So at the end of September I went in and secretly had my C5-C6 vertebrae fused.
For anyone who's observant... yes, I kept wrestling during that time. I hid my injury from everyone."
Josh was actually wrestling with a boarder line broken freaking neck and still was able to pretty good matches which is a testament to his talent and the talent of those with him to take care of each other in the ring. But the price he has to pay now is that he has to say goodbye to the sport that he loves after 10 years. In my opinion this dude deserves everyone's respect because he probably should have gone back in the ring after his first surgery but he did to realize his dream. That is the point of this post if your willing to give it all up for your dream to become a reality then go for it. Another excerpt below:
"Tag bookings don't just turn into singles bookings if one guy is out. Even though I was told to never wrestle again, and only five weeks post-surgery (far too early), I came back for Alpha-1 versus Ricochet. I powered on through the pain and aggravation, all for this one goal.
The only way I think it'll feel right. With the same people I started it with. Standing beside my brother Ethan Page against two of my favourite, and most storied opponents: Scotty O'Shea and Alessandro Del Bruno. Monster Mafia vs GymRats I hope to see everyone there, as I close out this chapter of my life with everyone who's meant so much to me this past decade."
I will never think that this man is a quitter, because I have tremendous respect for anyone who has the guts to live their dream no matter the cost and that is exactly what Josh Alexander did and though he may not have had a choice in the matter to retire or not he still was able to reach a point of happiness with his career and where he wont be better about not being able to do something. Josh though I don't know you and you don't know me, your not quitter you are far from that; I believe that you are a fighter and you proved by coming back the first time. Thank Josh for all you gave to the wrestling business over the decade you were a part of it and I wish you the best in what you try next in life.
For the full post visit: http://m.en.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/GuestColumn/2015/06/15/22454221.html
For more info on Alpha-1 visit: http://www.alpha-1wrestling.com/