I’m sitting on a hard bunk bed, with my head virtually touching the roof in a small apartment. It seems apartments are a continuing trend for me as I travel overseas. This time, I’m in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. I’m gearing up for my first official training session at the ZERO1 Dojo and I couldn’t be anymore excited. I’m actually really nervous too. Hearing stories of the training here and taking part in the tryouts to get this opportunity, I can only imagine what is awaiting me. 3 hours of intense body weight training, grappling and wrestling is surely going to take it out of me and test my limits. It’s going to be hard the first few times, but I’m hoping to adapt and become used to the intensity. The light at the end of the tunnel, knowing I get to make my Japanese Wrestling debut in just two days at the prestigious Korakuen Hall.
Reading this, you would think I’m prepared and have my mind completely set on my upcoming Tag Team match for Pro Wrestling ZERO1? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. I’ve had some downtime over the past two days, and with the access to the internet I’m still able to keep up to date with things back home. I’ve noticed rumblings and rantings concerning the future of the PWA Heavyweight Championship. Sean O’Shea and Mikey Broderick have just returned from a successful tour of ZERO1 themselve’s, but in doing that tour they had missed the last two PWA events consecutively. Sean’s last match in the PWA ring was for the same championship against current champion (and great friend of mine) Mark Davis. He didn’t come out with the victory, and yet I’ve read through the PWA Twitter feed that Mikey and Sean have the opportunity to become No.1 Contenders for the PWA Heavyweight Championship?
Ontop of this, Mick Moretti has somehow managed to gain himself contention and his opportunity at Mark Davis in a Singles Match is happening this coming Friday at the Camden Civic Centre return event. Although we have never met in singles competition, Mick has never beaten me in a match. I guess he weaseled his way into this main event spot by threatening members of the PWA Board? Possibly pushing his weight around those who can’t fight back.
3 months is a long time. I’m not typing all this to say I want a shot at the Heavyweight Championship when I return, but at the same time, it’s not something that isn’t escaping my thoughts. I have only ever had two PWA Heavyweight Championship matches in my entire career, and both took place against the same man in 2009. Three YEARS ago was my last title shot. For someone who probably has one of the most consistant victories in the PWA ring, I think I’m long overdue. I’ve been overloooked just that one time too many now.
Mark Davis, you are someone who I can call a best friend. I’m in wrestling for the competition and as my friend you know that. I’m not here to hurt people, I’m here to prove I’m the best and win. You should know, better than anyone, in competition there is a final goal. An achievement that is the be all and end all. For me, that is the PWA Heavyweight Championship. Unlike my brother, who was able to put his friendship with you aside when competing for that belt (in Melbourne, Victoria last year) I can’t do that. I know you’re a competitor, and we’re the same. We think alike, and get along so swimmingly. A match between us would only be the purest in Pro Wrestling competition. Don’t think that I wouldn’t be putting in 110% though, as I know you would only do the same.
I hope you retain that championship this Friday against Mick Moretti, because I would be extremely happy to step into the ring with you, one-on-one for the first time in the PWA ring. Looking at this from a realistic point-of-view though, we may not be that lucky.
Mick Moretti, Mark Davis, Sean O’Shea & Mikey Broderick. Four names I am going to keep an intricate eye on all the way from Japan. I can only hope you are all training hard. I’m getting set for Korakuen Hall this Thursday, but the next day, I’ll be glued to this computer screen. Preparing. Focusing on what is truly important to me.
No longer will I be overlooked. I’m a competitor, and I’ll show everyone back home why I endorse the term “Fighting Spirit”