Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today we feature Jayson Maples, a wrestling promoter from Indiana. Aside from running fantastic shows now, Jayson's wrestling roots go way back.
Jayson was a professional wrestler. Back in the 1990's, Jayson crossed paths with many famous wrestlers, including young kid named Mark Calloway. This is one of many legends Jayson has known.
He has stayed in he business all these years and has built a solid reputation as a promoter. His Heroes and Legends Fanfest is a great event. The next one on October 5 is about two weeks away. It has a great lineup including Sting, Lex Luger, The Boogeyman, Kevin Sullivan and many more legends. There will also be several matches, including a steel cage heavyweight title match, a women's title match, a legends tile match and a gimmick battle royal.
Aside from being a great promoter, Jayson is simply a good guy. He always greets you with a big smile and a warm greeting. Jayson also needs to be applauded for his tremendous weight loss. I don't know the exact number, but Jayson worked hard at losing considerable weight. We're all happy to see him doing so well.
Mark Calloway has done pretty well, too. He became The Undertaker, perhaps the most sucessful "character" ever in pro wrestling. "The Phenom" is a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest of all time.
The next big event is Saturday, October 5 in Fort Wayne, IN. Check HeroesandLegendsProWrestling.com for the latest announcements.
Jayson Maples and The Undertaker in Ocean City, MD-July 1994.