|Before it's a ring, it looks like this...|
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Earlier in the week I wrote about the importance of supporting local wrestling as All American Pro Wrestling in southern Illinois prepares for another television taping Sunday afternoon. And to gear up for the event, I headed over to the site of the taping to help set up. Little did I know I was going to get to help put the ring together. It's something I've always been curious about, but had never really seen done.
The one time I did get to see a ring under construction was back in 1998. I was covering a Thursday Night Thunder taping in Huntsville, Alabama. While the crew was setting up the ring, I went over with my camera and started rolling. Head of security Doug Dillinger yelled at me and took my tape and erased it. This was the same night that the Giant destroyed the ring with his bare hands, so my guess is Dillinger thought I was getting footage of them rigging the ring.
|Curly and Heath|
Before Curly and Heath left they wanted to show me how to take a bump. I'd never done it before, so I figured what the heck. I always knew it's not easy being a wrestler, but just doing a couple of these bumps gave me a whole new appreciation for what professional wrestlers put themselves through.
So in addition to being a manager, ring announcer, commentator, videographer, and referee; I can add ring assembler to my wrestling resume. It was fun, and I hope to see everyone out at Black Diamond Harley Davidson Sunday afternoon. Bell time is 2 p.m.