It was bittersweet to watch Resistance Pro Wrestling shut down. I made a lot of great friends there and had so many fun memories. There were just too many twists and turns in the RPro story. By the end, it really wasn't what it intended to be.
Fortunately, out of the ashes comes The Resistance, which promises a new beginning. There will be some familiar faces, but plenty of new ones. Best of all, there is a whole new mindset. The Resistance debuts Saturday, February 17 with "Chapter 1: Creation" in Summit, IL.
The RPro story is one that has been told in bits and pieces, but never in the entirety and never by someone who was involved from the beginning. There is nobody more qualified to tell that story than my bud Tommy Else, who won his place in RPro via an audition.
What was intended as a one-off turned into a permanent spot for Tommy, who was renamed "Eric St. Vaughn." Tommy (or ESV) went from being a manager (or bodyguard/trainer) in D'Arcy's Dynasty faction to winning the RPro tag titles (with Brady Pierce) as Body Magic, a gimmick that was over huge with the fans. ESV even made a shakeweight a popular feature at the shows. ESV also got 40,000 views on one of our interviews on YouTube (and just under 40K on two others). It's no stretch to say that Tommy was one of (if not the) most popular wrestler in RPro.
With the closing of RPro, Tommy has started the "Or Else" podcast, with the initial goal of telling the RPro story, which is essentially the Tommy Else Story, as the two go hand-in-hand. I am happy and proud to announce that I will join him on the first several podcasts.
I started covering RPro from their debut. I saw it all, including the rise of Tommy and the eventual fall of RPro. We plan on discussing it all. We won't be slinging dirt, but we will be honest and open in telling the parallel stories of Tommy and RPro (with a little Johngy thrown in).
The first episode is "Raven Goes to the Magic Shop" starts with Tommy's entrance into RPro and continues with his first few shows. One of the highlights (as the title suggests) is a story about him driving Raven to a magic shop on the way to an RPro show.
In late breaking news, I heard from a very reliable source that there will be some other surprise guests from RPro's past, who will make guest appearances on the "Or Else" podcast. This keeps getting better.
Check out the "Or Else" Podcast on Soundcloud. The first podcast serves as an introduction by Tommy. I joined Tommy Episode 1: Raven Goes To The Magic Shop. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to send any questions you might have.
Toomy Else and me in Willowbrook, IL-April 2013.