I have been covering Chicago independent wrestling for several years. It didn't take long for "The Ego" Robert Anthony to make a big impression on me.
I first saw Ego wrestle as Egotistical Fantastico in PCW. He left the area for the WWE for a while, but returned to the Chicago scene by 2009. I got to see him up close and got to know him when we were both with Resistance Pto.
Ego worked very hard and became the champ there. I watched his climb to the top and appreciated all he did to get there.
I also saw Ego do a lot outside the ring, too. On a personal note, he helped a troubled teen I know. He went above and beyond.
Unfortunately, Ego left RPro as did several others in late 2014. I miss Ego. He was arguably RPro's best champ. He was gold on the mic and in the ring. I never had a bad interview with him either.
Like in any company, people move on and you lose touch. That's life. I still see Ego occasionally at various comic cons. He doesn't wrestle anywhere as much these days and I miss seeing him in action. He was special in the ring. He has the "it" factor.
I will always be grateful for his giving time to my young friend. I will always remember his great matches, especially at RPro. I will fondly recall his goofiness, too.
Ego is an original. He easily is more entertaining than most of the wrestlers in the big companies.
I doubt he will ever read this, but I hope he does. He should know already that I respect what he's done and who he is. Anyone who knows him would say the same. This is for all others who might not know.
Thank you Ego. I hope I have not seen the last of you in or out of the ring.
Robert Anthony and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2012.