Almost part of the action

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

For a wrestling fan, getting to see any event live and in person is a great deal. For me, having the opportunity to have free reign of the event was even amazing. When this assignment was passed to the sports department, questions were asked about the quality of the product, to which this writer received some goofy looks and responses of "I don't know," and "I've never heard of these guys."

So that's the knowledge I was operating on – none. I had the match list and directions.

But after arriving at Hayneville Middle School I could tell that it was going to be an interesting night.

Judge John Hulett had given this writer free reign of the event which included the opportunity to go backstage. The opportunity to go into the locker room for a wrestling fan like this writer was a huge deal.

Upon going backstage and seeing the "good guys" on one side and the "bad guys" on the other, two things came to mind. The first, this writer is incredibly short.

At a menacing 5'9", I thought I felt short standing next to Greenville High's Josh Hawkins and Curtis Fields, who are both well over six feet tall but I felt Mini-Me'ish standing next to a guy called Lord Humongous. But I did begin to feel good about my height when Luke Goldberg stood next to me and he wasn't that much taller than I was.

But the thing about it was, they were all nice and they actually put on a good show, which was really impressive.

There was no pyros and no expensive costumes, it was guys doing what they love and enjoy doing.

Some of the first people that this writer met were Big Daddy, Big Daddy's girlfriend and the Backstreet Brawler.

The night was interesting from the first match to the last and even between matches, sitting down and talking with some of the workers like Brawler who was telling me about wrestling in Japan, which he did for 21 days.

The night was interesting with matches going all over and out of the Hayneville Gym and even found this writer being a fan twice in one match and nearly becoming a part of the action, which would have been pretty cool.

But after sitting here writing this column, I can say that it was a good show and it was for a good cause, Faith In Action Outreach Ministries, which promotes business throughout Lowndes County, and in the opinion of this writer, I can't wait till the next one.

To the wrestlers and support staff from SXW, see you in February.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the Sports Editor of the Greenville Advocate. He can be reached by phone at 382-3111 or via email at