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The Premium Live Events return to the YouTube channel in January as our Royal Rumble will be back for another year. This year the card will expand to include more than just the Royal Rumble. With the success of both Survivor Series last year and Money in the Bank more special events will occur on the YouTube channel. The Royal Rumble card will be developing over the next few weeks and the main question will then become who will go on the "Road to Wrestlemania" for the chance to become World Champion.
Royal Rumble 2024 Card
Royal Rumble Match (Men's)
Kane (only official entrant so far)
Royal Rumble Match (Women's)
Smackdown Women's Championship:
(c) Ronda Rousey vs ???
Undisputed Universal Championship
Ricky Steamboat vs Jake Roberts
Jake Roberts attempted to end the career of Ricky Steamboat with a DDT on the floor and thus far has struggled to get revenge. Now everything is on the line as Steamboat declared if he loses to Roberts again he will leave WWE.
WWE Intercontinental Championship:
(c) Rey Mysterio vs Shelton Benjamin
The last time these two were in the ring they defied my expectations and delivered a classic for the IC Title and now they get a second chance to deliver another classic.
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Moving forward a bit more to early 2020! I think everyone knows the time period in question is when the world shut down and nobody knew when or if life would go back to normal. It was during this time I started collecting wrestling memorabilia and in my opinion again expanding my personality actually giving myself interests. I've always considered myself a bit of a historian for the profession we all love and this was my way to preserve history and finally be proud of being a fan.
Prior to starting to collect I never really spent much money, because anything I wanted I just waited for birthdays or Christmas. Times were changing though and I had grown up, I wasn't a kid anymore and couldn't wait for others to buy me things I wanted. Also I believe during the pandemic, collecting gave me something to keep my mind off always being home. I was struggling a bit mentally though at this time not really realizing I was until I was able to look back in hindsight, but I was struggling and didn't want to admit it.
Moving to the fall of 2020 I started to stream on Twitch and instead of learning prior to starting I winged it figuring to learn as I go. I had previously tried streaming on Twitch in the summer of 2015 and embarrassed myself thinking that I'd never do it again, but I was back though. In streaming I found something else that could both expand my personality and give me outlet during a time in which I really needed one as the pandemic was still in full effect.
To this day, I look at my collection and think how amazing it would be to be able to display most if not all of the collection I have procured over the last few years. At this point though I have limited space and can't display everything. The amount of collection pieces I have stored away would likely blow people's minds. I still find pieces today that I didn't either know I had or forgot I had purchased in the past few years, because at some points a lot was coming in all at once. Could I make a museum? Probably, but being able to display everything and see something I'm very proud of and would love to be able to share on a larger scale. Sharing isn't something I've always been good at, but I'm trying to get better at it!
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Honestly there is no time like the present! Let's continue telling the story, for that we have to go back in time a bit to 2016. The year 2016 was important because I graduated from college in 2016 and reality set in from there that school was over. I was home and needed to become an adult that feeling though sucked. I finally got a job almost a year after graduating and my career in retail officially began and I've said in that field since.
Back in High school I had asked if I wanted to get into the wrestling business what should I major in at college and marketing or video production were the options given. I chose marketing as it was something I already had an interest in and wanted to further develop that aspect of my skills. However, getting a degree doesn't mean that you will automatically gain you a job in the field of choice even though you went to school expecting to have a future in the field.
I didn't let the degree go to waist though as I've used the marketing skills I learned in school to further Wrestling Express both with written and spoken content. Though a number of people around me believe I haven't given everything I could to find a way to get my foot in the door in the field I went to school for, I feel like I didn't waist it. If given the chance I wouldn't do it over again not that I regret it, but I feel like I went to school to get it out of the way as opposed to hoping it would benefit my life long term.
At this time I don't think that I was ready to be an adult and didn't really feel like thinking more in depth into where I'd be a year or a few months down the road. Though I feel like I'm a logical and realistic person not having a plan long term and just going through the motions leads to a point where change is needed. Mentally, professionally, and emotionally I was hiding from any difficult decisions and was just trying to live like I did when I was a student and not accepting that it was time to grow up.
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Eight years ago I was sitting in an office for my first job and wasn't sure what to expect but did everything that was asked of me and actually was grateful for the opportunity. It was in that office when I started doing research, and when I started writing. Earlier in that year I opened this site and over complicated everything. I didn't want the easy, I wanted the long winded anything I could put my own twist on, because I wanted to get noticed.
In that office I wrote a book with the intention of publishing it and even would do podcast spots later on promoting the eventual release of the book. Fast forward nearly a decade later, both books are still somewhere in my online archives that have never been released. For three years I kept trying and pushing everything I had for this site and I achieved a lot more than I thought I would've. I've heard over the years it's time to move on and do something more, give your time to something more worthwhile.
Reality is that's a tough pill to swallow when you realize that something you tried to build hit it's potential and will not grow any further. I wasn't being pessimistic! I was being realistic and to a fault I'm normally realistic and not optimistic. The reason those books never were released wasn't because I didn't believe it was because I didn't ever think they were complete. Again I went long winded attempting to add and add and add more instead of just going straight for the shortest gap between two points.
I think of this as a journal entry and something that shows the heart of this brand still exists even if I don't write at all nowadays. I can still let how I'm feeling in a moment flow out. I applaud those around me who have the flair to want to do for themselves and not follow the path already laid. It's not that I do it's that I never thought about another way to go. It was either going the easy way or just never caring enough to really go all in. In poker going all in on one hand is the biggest risk you take, I don't take risks ever!! I'm not a risk taker never have been, I'm calculated and logical but also realistic to a fault.
I don't blame those around me for not feeding into a pipe dream! I don't blame myself for spending as much time as I did on this dream. Without this "pipe dream" honestly I don't believe that I'd be where I am right now as a person or a man. If I could tell something to the 20 year old kid sitting in that office at my first job I'd tell him to write that book, you might not publish it, but write anyway and enjoy every single second of it.