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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FIGHTS (Kind of) - The MC of ACW: Barry Savant

"Change from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment."

Vital Stats
Full Name: Barry Savant
Code Name/Alter Ego: N/A
Primary Specialty: N/A
Secondary Specialty: N/A


Q – Barry, I have to say, if it wasn’t for your former blog San Antonio Indy Wrestling Scene, I wouldn’t be so supportive of the great indy wrestling fun happening all around south Texas right now. What inspired you to start that several years ago?
=== I have always been a big fan of wrestling, especially fro the time before pro wrestling became “sports entertainment.”

=== In 2005 I started attending wrestling shows I had read about in the upcoming events section of the San Antonio newspaper, primarily Texas Wrestling Entertainment (then called Extreme Texas Wrestling) and River City Wrestling. I instantly became enamored by the intimate and accessible aspects of Indy Wrestling.

=== Neither of these promotions had effective web pages at this time, so if I wanted to find out about the upcoming shows, I had to actively look for the announcements. In December of that year, I missed a show featuring Steve Corino because it was not announced on the internet until after it happened. I decided then to create an online presence for potential fans looking for information about local wrestling shows. In January of 2006 The San Antonio Independent Wrestling Scene made its debut.

Q – I was sad when the blog went down. But you’re doing a new blog now. Describe that?
=== Over the years, the SA Indy Wrestling Scene underwent numerous changes, growing in coverage, but shrinking in detailed content. Eventually it became more than 1 person could handle. Politics and lack of cooperation from some promotions added to my frustration.

=== I came up with the idea for www.wrestletexasforum.proboards.com as a possible solution. WTF is a message board where fans, wrestlers & promoters can post information about their own favorite promotions. I simply moderate there. Indy Wrestling message boards in Texas have a bit of a negative image, so the drive to success on this has been slow going.

Q – What are your thoughts about all the indy wrestling going on in Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas?
=== There’s good & there’s bad. Many of the promotions are too preoccupied with what the other guy is doing. There is far more opportunities for wrestlers to find work in the area, but not all of them are making the best decisions. If wrestlers begin to realize that the increasing number of shows means that they have more control than they’ve had in the past. The competition among promoters to get the best wrestlers should be a positive negotiating tool for the wrestlers. They just haven’t seen it yet.

Q – When did you get into wrestling?
=== I assume you mean when did I start working for wrestling companies? At the beginning of 2007, the old American Championship Wrestling went out of business and Anarchy Championship Wrestling slid into the space that they had vacated. At first they were using the ring announcer that American Championship Wrestling had used. That guy, as good as he is, just didn’t fit the Anarchy profile so they were looking for a replacement. Dusty Wolfe, with whom I had gone to high school, suggested to ACW owners that I be given a try-out. It took about 4 months for me to get the hang of it, but ACW stuck with me and for that I am greatly indebted. Later Southern Championship Wrestling offered me the position on their shows. I have been offered other jobs, but over-exposure can damage the product. Also, I feel that showing loyalty to these companies is something of value.

Q – How would you describe your current journey in the wrestling world?
=== As my online involvement in Texas Wrestling grew I began broadening my involvement in wrestling, spreading myself thinly over an increasing territory. While rewarding in one way, this has proven unfulfilling in another. My current goal is to increase my involvement by getting deeper into a more focused target. This stage has barely begun and the possibilities are innumerable.

Q – You used to attend as many wrestling shows as you could. Has that been curbed these days?
=== I still go to a great many wrestling shows. 13 weeks into 2011, I have attended or worked on 19 shows for 11 promotions. That’s not quite as much as before, but still a considerable amount of wrestling. I have pledged to go to as many different promotions’ shows as possible in 2011, but I no longer feel that I have to go to a show just because it’s happening. Gas prices have also curtailed my travels slightly. I go to shows I think have a chance of entertaining me. If you see me at a show, you know that’s why I am there.

Q – As a wrestling fan, what do you look for in a good night of indy wrestling matches?
=== It’s all about the Nachos. If the Nacho Cheese is colder than the Sodas, than it’s a bad night all around.

Q – Why do you have such a passion for pro-wrestling?
=== I have a passion for Indy Wrestling… as opposed to the product put out on TV. Indy wrestling is a community of people who share the same passion, a passion that often is subject to ridicule. We share our unabashed glorification of something the rest of the world just doesn’t get. And who wouldn’t rather be part of a community than just a speck in the universe?

Q – Who are some Texas Indy Wrestlers you enjoy watching?
=== I am enjoying the Joshi division immensely right now. Not just those women that are part of ACW, but all of them fighting for their fair share of respect. As for the basic question, I enjoy almost all the wrestlers, not always all the matches.

Q – So, Zombies, Fights, or Blood?
=== I’m not sure I understand the question here. I’ll say “Fights” but reserve the right to change my answer if I have an epiphany.

Q – If you could put together a dream match between wrestlers from any era, what would it be?
=== I don’t know, because the era I would choose is the next one. I would much rather watch the wrestler who is going to be famous someday than the one who is clinging to whatever fame he has left.

Q – Will pro-wrestling ever die?
=== No. Next question.

Q – What would you like to tell all the wrestlers working hard on their craft?
=== You are appreciated. If I ever tell you something critical, it is because I believe in you and want you to be better than you are.

Q – If you could put any indy wrestling show up in any arena, guaranteed to pack the place, where would you want to have that show?
=== The initial response would be the largest venue in the world since you are guaranteeing a packed house, but that’s not right. What makes Indy Wrestling great is the intimacy that is provided by a smaller venue. I suppose a correct answer would be to have the show in a place of my own where I control concessions, door and other aspects.

Q – Where can people find more about you and what you are doing?
=== Look for me at the shows. I’m probably the fat guy in a hat.

Q – Any last words for the blogsphere?
=== Prurient, Swag, Luddite, Vertiginous
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