MLW star Simon Gotch was featured in a behin the scenes video from @tusselmania where he discussed a wrestling anniversary that almost signaled the end of his career. Gotch has now been wrestling for 20 years but almost retired after 19.
“I don’t like round numbers. For reasons I can’t really explain, humans are obsessed with round numbers. We like round numbers for anniversaries—ten, twenty—it’s something we obsess on. I’ve been wrestling for twenty years, but last year I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore. After three years of being free from WWE and repeatedly being told from promoters that they’d love to use me but it’s just too expensive to fly me in, I got told time and time again that they just didn’t have a spot for me in Tampa. And after a lot of angry nights. I decided if they don’t want me, I don’t want this. And I was done, I was absolutely done with wrestling.”
“I had four bookings that weekend, and none of them really thrilled me. I decided that I could end at nineteen years and it wouldn’t matter. Goddamn Kerry Awful, decides he wants to run a Crux show [on] Tampa weekend, and he pays me. He pays me upfront, and when the state gets shut down and they’re not going to be able to do the show, I tell him I’ve got to return the money, because what does it matter? I’m quitting anyway, it doesn’t matter. And that son of a bitch says no, keep it. We’ll get you at the next show. I couldn’t quit with money in my pocket that I didn’t earn. I couldn’t leave knowing that I owed someone a match that I’d already been paid for.”
“He wouldn’t let me give back the money and have a clear conscience. I owe a debt, and it’s no longer just money. I owe two decades of my life for that one favor, and God help anyone that gets in the way of that payback.”
Check out the video below.