Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Downtown Bruno Column Debut: Mama Says It Beeees That Way Sometimes : “Lineage and Eric “3-G” Wayne”

"3-G" Eric Wayne

As many of you know, I am the senior official and creative consultant for Ken Wayne’s New Experience Wrestling, which holds TV tapings every Friday night at the Ken Wayne School of Professional Wrestling in scenic West Memphis, Arkansas. I would like to invite everybody in the area or anybody who is willing to travel a little ways to come by and attend. The admission is only five bucks and you will see some guys who I can guarantee will be the next generation of top guys in our profession. Guarantee!! Now that’s a big word, but once you check out the talent here in NEW, it’s not a question of IF one or even ALL of these guys are destined for superstardom, but WHEN!!

Let me start out using this space for this week and the next several columns to talk about the 4 NEW regulars who have actually come from the Nightmare Ken Wayne School......Eric Wayne, Kid Nikels, Matt Justyce and Greg King Jr.

Let’s start out this week with Eric "3G"Wayne, son of “Nightmare” Ken Wayne, and move on to the other young stars in the weeks to come. Eric is not only the son of Ken Wayne, but the grandson of Buddy Wayne, a legendary name in our profession. Eric’s Aunt is “Vicious” Vickie of Memphis Wrestling some years ago and step-cousin (or something like that) of myself, Downtown Bruno.

I’ve known Eric basically all of his life and can honestly say that he has paid his dues in the business. I’ve seen the busted fingers, black eyes ,swollen elbows,etc. A lot of promoters in our business have been accused of pushing their sons with little or no talent, just because of who they are. That’s called nepotism, like when Nick Gulas pushed his son George(who sucked). Or when Ivan Putski and Angelo Mosca started parading their shitty sons all over the country trying to get them booked. Those are just 3 of many possible examples of nepotism in the business that only makes it harder for sons who actually have legitimate credentials and talent enough to warrant a push. Remember, for every piece of shit like Jamie Dundee, there’s a Jeff Jarrett, Shane Mcmahon, Cody Rhodes and Teddy Dibiase among many others. I mean..sure..Shane is Vince’s son, but who in their right mind could ever accuse Shane of not giving 110% every time?? When he steps into the ring or flies over it..off of it..or off the titan tron!! He’s deserving of all the attention he gets....not because of his lineage but actually, in spite of it. Hell, if anything, he could be a lazy and do nothing if he wanted to (some would say,although anybody who knows Vince knows that he wouldn’t put up with that),but instead, Shane dives,leaps,bumps,etc A hell of a lot more than I would have ever done, even in my prime. If I ever had one, that is!?!?!

Anyway, my point is that “3-G” Wayne is another example of the "promoter’s son" who gets an unfair shake by some nay-sayers who don’t stop to look at the big picture. The kid works his ass off, takes a lot of punishment without bitching or crying about it and comes back week after week to do it again. He does it for not a hell of a lot of money, but the experience is priceless. The learning is invaluable and the dues are being paid in full - week after week. Look up 3-G and Kid Nikels match on you tube, or better yet, come on down to West Memphis on a Friday night and you can see for yourself! Tell them Downtown Bruno sent you!

----“Downtown” Bruno Lauer is a legend in Memphis Wrestling. He surprised everyone last year winning RRO Referee of the Year 2008 from his work at NEW. He will be appearing with a bi-weekly column. Lauer had his biography published last year “Wrestling with The Truth” and can be purchased a www.crowbarpress.com. Lauer is also currently employed by the WWE.