Wizard World comes to Chicago August 22-25. While I look forward to the long weekend of pop culture fun, I am recalling some of my favorite moments from the past years there.
Today's featured celebrity represents a bittersweet moment. Tammy "Sunny" Sytch was "the Original Diba of the WWE" and AOL's most downloaded celebrity at one point. As a manager, broadcaster, interviewer or host, Sunny was as good as it gets. Her popularity rivaled the top wrestlers in the WWE. She was on top of the world.
Unfortunately, personal issues have taken their toll on her career and her life. Her longtime boyfriend Chris Candido died in 2005 from acute pneumonia (after having a blood clot from leg surgery). Tammy also has had alcohol and drug issues, along with very public relationship problems over the years.
Tammy's rise and fall was meteoric in both directions. She has had several comebacks, including a WWE Hall of Fame induction, but she has had many lingering issues, including several stints in jail.
The tragedy isn't just that a major star lost everything. It's really that a young woman is fighting a battle for her own life.
It would be easy to write off Tammy for causing her own problems, but life isn't that easy. Under it all, Tammy is actually a very sweet person. I don't claim to know what is in her head, bt we all have our demons.
I have met and talked at length to Tammy many times over the years. While I don't claim to be best friends or even part of her inner circle, I can honestly say I consider us friends and I am confident she would agree. She has always treated me well and has gone out of her way with interviews an promos for me. I greatly appreciate her time, consideration and friendship.
I sincerely hope and pray that Tammy gets the help she needs. I hope she gets her life together and stays clean. Tammy is only in her late 40's and can still have many great years.
Check WizardWorld.com for more info and scheduling on Chicago and all of the other events across the country all year. Also follow Wizard World on Facebook for more frequent updates and announcements.
Jason, Tammy Sytch, Matt and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2011.