[October 27th, 2009]
It was a cold October day in Louisville, KY as several wrestling fans and folk within the business gathered at the Davis Arena for a film taping. The movie, Ultimate Death Match 2, featured a bizarre selection of pro wrestling talent from several walks of life, including ECW and WCW wrestlers. One of the stars that was set to be featured was The Sandman, who was a favorite of mine and a wrestler I’d never gotten to meet, but I was told upon arrival by one of the filmmakers that he hadn’t been heard from just yet so they didn’t assume he’d be there.
As heartbreaking as that was, it was still a pretty cool day in general. I got to see the likes of Raven, Kevin Nash, Dan Severn, and many more in the flesh for the first time. During one of the scenes, a few wrestlers were in the ring while the extras on the outside cheered for whoever was battling, when suddenly, that familiar “Enter Sandman” music hit as the beer drinking, kendo stick swinging ECW original hit the ring. While I realized that this was for a film, the child in me who was obsessed with ECW couldn’t contain myself. I nearly screamed myself hoarse as one of my hardcore heroes started whacking everyone in sight. Later that day, this photo was taken:
Oh, and for the record, the movie was terrible. Badly edited, shot very weirdly, and the producer stiffed half of the talent on pay. Pretty good, right?