Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Death of The Territories by Tim Hornbaker

Death of the Territories by Tim Hornbaker might be his best work yet. The book carefully narrated the first world war of wrestling between the WWF and everybody else. Every wrestling fan knows about the Monday Night Wars. The years 1996-1998 changed wrestling forever, but the war in the 70’s and early 80’s was the first one.
The book carefully details the plan. Vince McMahon Jr. was on a mission to make his promotion a national brand. He began to buy up television rights in what were off limit territories at the time, so he could set up his own live dates. Once he put his product on television he would book live shows. The television set up the live gate. These moves by McMahon allowed the WWF to expand across the United States.
The territories tried to match the expansion of the WWF, but most didn’t have the desire or the money to compete. They were unable to fend off the WWF because they spent more time fighting each other than the enemy. A mistake the book shines light on is the fact that the territories didn’t bother to shore up their own product.
It didn’t make sense for these smaller promotions to try and expand because there was no way they could compete. The WWF didn’t win every city. Some cities were very loyal to the territory and didn’t support the WWF. McMahon bailed out of certain cities, so it’s certainly logical that stronger territories could have survived with proper leadership. However, many times instead of the territory building that area stronger they would go to a WWF city.
These territories would have been able to survive by focusing on their own product. They didn’t spend time with the current fans, and decided to focus on obtaining new ones. This type of action caused the loyal one’s to look elsewhere.
Yet I believe the WWE is much like the NWA was then. They gobbled up everyone and there has been little to no competition. Until now. The indies are growing. The ALL IN pay per view was a perfect example that the WWE isn’t the only fish in the sea anymore and that’s a very good thing. The independent scene should all buy copies of this book and study what not to do if you want to beat the WWE or at least compete.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wrestling history or who knows nothing beyond the WWE. It’s a great read.

Ed "Strangler" Lewis and Richard Dick Shikat June 9, 1932 professional ...

Monday, October 29, 2018

Walmart is done now...

I posted last week that I left my company. I didn't do it the way I wanted, or the way I would advise someone to. My intent was to make the transition as smooth as possible, and did the exact opposite. I love my team, enjoy the work, and the people I work with, but it was time. However, I was also very comfortable and the job was no longer challenging and exciting like it used to be. I was ready to make the jump.

My notice was given in August and I didn't tell my team until the day before I went on vacation. The people on my team were not very happy with me. When I came back from vacation it was like I was already gone. One of my associates said as much to me. She was upset because I had confided in her before and I knew I could trust her. That is true. Unfortunately saying goodbye has never been a strength of mine and this time was no different. 

There were two things I hadn't returned; the blue vest and my radio charger. What I couldn't understand was that I couldn't get the store out of my head. While I lay awake last night, or rather early this morning I realized I hadn't ended it at the store. I had people to say goodbye to even if it was going to be difficult. Even if Brian Ronovech might be uncomfortable or sad he had to do it. 

I grabbed the stuff and took care of the unfinished business. I walked the store and said hello to as many people as I could. There was no way to move forward until I had gone back. When I walked out again this morning I felt so much relief. The people that mattered the most were there. Working at a job for a long time is like a relationship that can be tough to end, but like many relationships it was time.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

October 24, 2018 I made the Jump...

It is finally done. I gave a two month's notice to my job and now I have made the jump. The business I've wanted to start since I was a child is happening. No, I didn't expect to sell pro wrestling merchandise. However, if you had asked me in my teens when my wall was covered in wrestling posters if this is what I would want to do with my life , and you would've likely gotten a resounding YES! SO many emotions went into this. Telling my team was difficult, leaving a store I enjoyed working in, and leaving a company that helped me rebuild my life was much tougher than I expected.
Walmart was very good to me.
 I made some friends there and learned valuable lessons in retail, production, efficiency, and leadership. There are no regrets. I needed to leave and my team needed a new voice. It always seemed to me that the day you start your own venture would be a day you give the middle finger to the man and walk proudly out and this feeling of relief would swarm over you. I certainly had the relief of it being over at Walmart, but there is an added intensity now because it is up to me and me alone.
It's what you always wanted Rono.
 I tell myself that and it motivates me because I've always believed I could do this and now I'll find out if I'm full of shit about building businesses or if I really can do it. 
Even if I suck at building companies and should work for someone else at least I know. It will be a bitter pill to swallow, but it'll be out of my system. Starting a company isn't even about not working for someone else it's about seeing if I can do it too.
I know now that I was willing to leave my job to try this. I'm ready.