Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities. With Wizard World returning to Chicago August 22-25, this is a special Wizard World edition.
Several years ago, my young cousin Noah Sanchez joined the Johngy's Beat crew for some interviews at Wizard World. One of the first stars he landed was then-Resistance Pro heavyweight champ "The Ego" Robert Anthony.
I admit I am biased. Ego is one of my favorite Chicago wrestlers and I love my cousin. Besides that though, the interview was just magic. These two had great chemistry. The interview can be found at On the Beat With The Ego Robert Anthony at Wizard World. The pair recreated the fun in several other interviews which can be found on the Johngy's Beat YouTube channel.
Ego is without a doubt, one of the most talented wrestlers. I see no weaknesses in the ring or on the mic. The only criticism I have ever heard is that he can sometimes be aloof or in his own world. In the world of pro wrestling, that might not even be a bad thing.
If I am to judge Ego by my dealings with him, I have absolutely nothing bad to say. He has always been great to me and my crew.
It's not every celebrity who would give his time to a teenager for an interview. Not only did Ego give his time, he was on his game during the interviews, connecting with Noah and giving the audience a highly entertaining interview.
I greatly appreciate the time and attention Ego gave Noah at the time. It might have stemmed from Ego's background in teaching or maybe Ego is just really a nice guy, under his wrestling persona. Either way, such an effort needs to be applauded.
Noah has grown a lot since these days. He's a fine young adult and will do wonderful things in life. I know he had fun doing these interviews and we all had fun watching them.
These were good times at RPro. These were times when we were all one big family. The Ego-Nah interviews will always make me smile.
Check WizardWorld.com for all of the info on Chicago and other cities. You might even see comics fan Ego there!
Robert Anthony and Noah Sanchez in Rosemont, IL-August 2013.