The State of Wrestling: Legacy

This week will more than likely sound different than previous articles because it is coming from the heart. It also came up a little late, my apologies. This week in State of Wrestling we will talk about legacies in wrestling. Everybody wants a legacy left but how you leave it is never usually up to you but to your colleagues. You can be the nicest person in the world and people may not like you although if you are truly a good person, it will always show through, that is a fact.

Tracy Smothers is the nicest guy in professional wrestling. His current and past characters seem like he may be surly or an ass hole but in my dealings with him, he is just an amazing guy who would give you the shirt off of his back. There are very few men in professional wrestling who have this type of attitude but the ones who are this nice, they will have the best legacies in the professional wrestling business or at least with the wrestlers he meets. And reputations definitely travel with the world of mouth. This is why Tracy Smothers’s legacy will be that he is the nicest guy in professional wrestling.

I came to this thought over Sunday night when I attended the Memorial Show for a fallen wrestler who I have never met but has influenced my life greatly. Alan Carnill, also known to his peers as Evil Eddie and Beetlejuice, died in 2004 after a car accident driving back from a wrestling show in Kansas. His girlfriend was also in the car along with two people who I consider family now, Joe and Bubba. Alan was the only person to die in this accident and it shook the foundation of the Colorado Wrestling Scene because he was seen as a really great guy.

Fast-forward to Sunday night, a bunch of men stood around the ring for a man who indirectly trained them whether through his philosophies or his work ethic. This is the third Memorial Show I have been to for him and every time Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” begins to resonate through the PA system, I feel tears welling up in my eyes. Everybody probably wonders why I cry, this is a man I never knew and have only ever met through video but it is just about the impact. He is that family figure that you never met but have heard his stories, his mottos and how he would feel if he were here right now. This is his legacy.

I did not wrestle this show but wish I could have. Not the fact that it is a wrestling show and I like to wrestle but because this show is Alan’s legacy and his philosophy transforms every person on this show from a good wrestler to a great wrestler or a great wrestler into an icon. The energy of Alan’s memory is what makes everybody step up their game and do their best because we are representing one of the nicest guys in this industry. And that is how any memorial show is I am guessing whether it is the Rollin Hard memorial, Ted Petty, Jeff Peterson, etc. As a professional wrestler, we all strive to have even an inkling of the legacy of these men just so we can say we were a good person.

For any person who was not at this show and live in Colorado, you missed out on one of the best shows I have ever seen. Every wrestler stepped up their game and put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen. I am not just saying that because I have wrestled there in the past but because it really did have the emotion and feeling to make it just that amazing. So keep this in mind as all of you complete your journeys in the wrestling business. Think about the legacy Alan Carnill has left and the entire scene in which he has affected. If I can even affect a quarter of the lives his legacy has affected in this business, I will feel my life has been positive. I’m not sure if IWF filmed this but if they did, I would behoove you to get a copy of it if you want to know how amazing Alan Carnill was.

As to be expected, the Superstar of this article is Alan Carnill AKA Beetlejuice. He was my trainer, my hero and the most influential man to me in the wrestling business. His memory has brought the wrestling level of Colorado up tremendously and made many men’s careers. He was the nicest man in the wrestling business and overcame so much in his life to be a role model to everyone. If you have never met or seen Alan, find footage of him from the documentary done by Daniel Beehler, Faces and Heels, to tapes of Colorado Wrestling that is inevitably surfacing somewhere. If you have a person like this in your life, you are a very lucky person because their influence on you will prove to make you a better person.

There was much emotion put into his article this week so I am sorry if it has any errors, I was running late and fighting back emotion. I hope my words touch you somewhere though because this should drive home the community of the wrestling business. There is no such thing as a wasted life in wrestling because everybody has something to teach whether it be in life or the afterlife. As an ending, Primos Hardcore and Wrestling will be running this coming Sunday at Casselmann’s Bar and Venue in Denver, Colorado so make sure to come and check out some wrestling and of course come and see me in action.

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