Chaotic Wrestling has given me the platform to speak about anything I want. So after much deliberation, I realized I should discuss how everything has come around full circle for me within this company since coming aboard in late 2010.
In late 2010 I had an opportunity to get my foot in the door with Chaotic. A referee position was available, and I was willing to do whatever it took to earn a spot on the roster. Anyone who has stepped foot in any locker room understands there are those “locker room leaders” who are well respected, and essentially have the respect of all the guys in the back. One of those leaders was none other than the “Kingpin” Brian Milonas. If you stepped out of line, he would surely be the guy to put you back in your place. So being a mere referee trying to earn the respect of being considered a possible wrestler was no easy task.
Shortly before Cold Fury 10 in 2011 I had an opportunity to start managing. My mic skills and charisma launched me into a position to start turning some heads. Yet I was still viewed as the tiny Scotty Slade who wasn’t up to par with the locker room as a wrestler. I had some good runs managing people such as MMA Matt Spectro, the Double X Diva Alexxis, and even a brief stint with former TNA wrestler Nikki Roxx. Yet something still was missing. I was wrestling here and there, but nothing consistent. I was good at what I did on the mic, but still didn’t have the respect of the locker room as a consistent wrestler….and then something happened in Littleton, NH at Night of Chaos in September of 2012.
At Night of Chaos, Team Friendship was born. Mark Shurman and I had no idea where it was going to go. Yet we both decided to have as much fun as possible, go against the grain and just be ourselves. I’ll be “That Guy” when I say we blew up in New England. We were, AND STILL are, one of the most entertaining duos when we are on the same page. We brought something fresh to the table. We weren’t asskickers, or some strictly goofy comedy act. We were two friends feeding off each others’ feel good emotions and created something people weren’t used to seeing. Everyone loved it, except Brian Milonas, who still viewed us as two guys who didn’t take wrestling seriously and thought we were just goofing off.
Even while Team Friendship was having success, I still felt in the back of my mind that I had to prove myself as a wrestler. The respect of others, especially from leaders like Milonas, meant a lot to me. So when Mark Shurman became the CW Heavyweight Champion, I really saw an opening to obtain that respect, and prove I was as good as anybody in that locker room. So I put together a string of matches that slowly started to push me from regular roster member, to actual contender. Facing guys like Todd Hanson, Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Taven, and Brian Fury I was able to make that shift. Main Eventing Cold Fury 13, I was finally able to show my “never back down” attitude put me in a position to prove I could hold my own with some of Chaotic’s best.
Which leads us into recent events. Going into Breaking Point this year I had no partner for the tag team gauntlet match for the titles. Shurman had regained the Heavyweight Title the show before, so it left me stranded. Needing a partner, I felt lost on who to choose….yet as fate would have it, one man also was available for Breaking Point…Brian Milonas. Nearly 4 years since entering Chaotic Wrestling I not only gained respect from the locker room, but one of the most respected leaders in the back finally looked at me as an equal. To say it was a humbling experience would be an understatement. We went on to win the tag titles, and Shurman retained the heavyweight gold. Team Friendship is on top of the world in Chaotic Wrestling with no sights of slowing down anytime soon.
So within 4 years I went from referee to wrestler, and gained the respect from one of the most admired leaders in Chaotic’s locker room who I now call my tag team partner. Hopefully my story gives some insight on how hard work, a “never back down” attitude, and being true to yourself can blow the roof off limitations… while also showing you that ANYTHING is possible.
“That Guy” Scotty Slade
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