Dragon Gate VP Gabe Sapolsky has posted a show-day blog from Chicago, as Dragon Gate USA hits The Windy City for a huge event tonight featuring one of the final indy appearances by Bryan Danielson aka WWE Daniel Bryan.
In his blog, which can be read in its entirety here (http://heymanhustle.
People often ask what a typical day of an independent wrestling promoter and booker is like. Well, there is no such thing as a typical day, especially during show week. In fact, as I've written before, one phone call can change everything. That happened on Tuesday, when the lineups for the Dragon Gate USA events this Saturday in Chicago and Sunday in Milwaukee had to be changed.
I was enjoying a beautiful afternoon with my new routine of taking my 10-month-old baby out for a walk. That's my new daily lunch break. It is always a stress free hour that just puts me in a good state of mind to tackle the rest of the day. I was in a particularly good mood because I had just received an email from the Dragon Gate office approving my booking recommendations for our final four shows of 2010. I was really happy with the plans and was excited to see them put into motion. Of course, it's always when your day is going best, when everything goes haywire.
My cell starts to vibrate and I see Jigsaw's name. I pick up anticipating a positive call, because I had asked Jigsaw to shoot some YouTube promos to hype his matches this weekend.
It's been a great year for Jigsaw in DGUSA. In fact, I believe in the past year, I believe he has become one of the most improved wrestlers anywhere in the world. Jigsaw has stepped up to every occasion. He has progressed from "up-and-comer" to "established DGUSA star." Now he was in the pay-per-view main event this Saturday night in Chi-town teaming with Mike Quackenbush against the most decorated tag team in Dragon Gate history, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi. He also was in his biggest DGUSA singles match yet on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee against long time rival and CHIKARA regular Gran Akuma.
Please take note of the word "was."
The phone call was every booker's nightmare. In a somber voice, Jigsaw told me that he just got out of the doctor's office and had a 1st degree sprain in his MCL. No way around it, he was out for 3-4 weeks. He sounded like someone just ran over his dog. I tried my best to console him while thoughts raced through my head on how to rebook the weekend. It was time to change course.
So what did Sapolsky do? Check out the rest of the live blog here (http://heymanhustle.