I push open the door of my locker room, and violently toss my towel into the corner. A towel that has been discolored due to a small cut above my eye, that has basically healed. I kick over the trash barrel, and empty water bottles and orange peels fly all over the place.
I walk over to the stool in the opposite corner, and plop down, putting my head into my hands. A few tears come down my cheek. I can’t believe it. I was so close to winning my match. So close...So close to being considered a champion.
“I can’t believe it.”
I shake my head. Even with my hands on my head, it still feels like my arm is being raised. I mean, I could TASTE it. I could feel it in my heart. For about 2 seconds I was champion tonight. And then it was ripped out of my hands.
“Eldor, you got lucky man. The ref counted to three. My hand was raised in victory. I was the winner. And you got saved. Unjustifiably so. This isn’t the NFL Eldor. This isn’t the NHL. This is AGWF. There is no instant reply in wrestling. I understand that you shouldn’t have been counted out. That it wasn’t a legal pin. Well to bad. Is the management going to overturn every single win that has been tainted by holding the tights, or outside interference? When a call is made, well that’s the call.
I should be standing in front of all of the fans, and all the wrestlers in the back!
But instead, I sit here alone. I sit here, with the image of my hand being put down by the referee running through my head. This should be a time I rejoice. Not a time that I regret.”
I shake my hand, and wipe a tear from my cheek.
“Now the management, they had a chance to do the right thing. They could have came out, and gave me a rematch. They could have demanded the match be restarted. But they didn’t. They made a choice. A decision.
I look up, with and intense stare.
“My AGWF title shot with 2 lost”
I stand up from the stole, and stick my chest out. Showing what I told Eldor last week is still true. I am going to keep getting up.”
I pause for a moment, almost because I sense the pop from the crowd that would have came if I was outside.
“You know, ever since I got here in the AGWF, this federation has been about one man. And that is MacManus. And even thought my heart and soul went into every single match I had, I never got recognized. Because I lost Because unlike you, I didn’t make this federation what it is today. And that didn’t bother me. Not one bit. This was his federation. His home. But things change.