I’d like to dedicate this week’s column to my good friend Allen Steele – who not so coincidentally is also a Desoto County [MS] resident. He being a Horn Lake-er and me being a Walls boy. Some people claim Walls stands for “We all Live Like Shit..but don’t believe it!!
Anyway, let’s talk about Mr. Steele here. I first met him when he was just starting out in the old Memphis Power Pro Wrestling days. I didn’t run across him again until Boss Winters hired me to be senior consultant and color commentator for Razorback All-Star Wrestling, which later changed to Arkansas All-Star Wrestling due to some to the point humorless legal letter from the University of Arkansas. [long story] I had not seen anybody improve as dramatically as Allen did in that relatively short period of time. I mean..by that point the kid had it all – size, strength, agility and ring presence. Actually a matche for AAW where Allen wrestled Dustin Starr we me serving as special guest referee was honestly one of the best matches I have ever been involved in personally and that covers 30 years PLUS worth of territory.
Yes, I feel Allen has everything to offer this business that is required and I hope that someday gets what he deserves. That is a break and full time living in our industry. If it was 20-25 years ago when I was manager on top in various territories such as Kansas City, Alabama, Memphis, etc – I GUARANTEE I could have and would have found a secured spot for him and now who knows what level he would be at now. Timing is everything and sometimes in an unfortunate sense.
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