What I Learned: Justin Roberts’ Best Seat in the House

Justin Roberts Best Seat in the HouseThe books I typically read are about the careers of pro wrestlers. However, other personnel are also traveling the same grueling schedule including backstage management, referees and ring announcers.

And former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts is no different, as his book Best Seat in the House details vividly. Between TV tapings, house shows and international tours, he details how much travel there is, along with some rough conditions.

With that being said, here’s what I took away from Justin Roberts’s story from childhood superfan to ring announcer for local Chicago & Arizona area indies, an AWA revamp run by Dale Gagne, Toughman and WWE.

Bullying

The big stir that Best Seat in the House created focused on Roberts being bullied by a number of wrestlers, most prominently JBL and Chris Benoit. This went as far as his passport being stolen and being told to hurt himself.

I was bullied in my youth and a little bit in wrestlinh, so I know how it feels. Most of it in wrestling was in jest, but some of it is put of spite and ego.

Networking/Following Up

Not getting myself out there easily is one of my weaknesses, buy Justin Roberts did this to a fault. Since he was young, he was able to talk to people to get what he wanted.

He’s been making connections with people since before high school & kept sending tapes and trying to talk to anybody from WCW amd WWF to get a foot in the door. He even worked with ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta on his book tour to get into wrestling.

Other Key Takeaways

  • How to cope with losing your passion at work, specifically your dream job
  • Having a Plan B in place, so you don’t feel trapped in one place
  • Dealing with a lack of communication from management & feeling like you have to read their minds most of the time
  • Trying to move up in a company but it not working out due to outside forces

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday June 10 in Keyport NJ

WrestlePro Keyport NJ June 10 2017For the first time in a year, WrestlePro returns to the St Joseph RC Church (376 Maple Place) in Keyport NJ!

Chris Avery Queling will be in action on this night against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. CAQ and Fallah have wrestled each other 2 other times: for UWA in 2010 at a street fair in Passaic NJ and in 2014 at the Scott Epstein Memorial Show in Garfield NJ. CAQ was unsuccessful both times.

Also already announced is a contest between Lucha Underground star Brian Cage and WrestlePro standout Anthony Bowens in a battle of muscle men who can do phenomenal things in the ring.

If you’re a fan of hardcore, then you’ll enjoy a grudge match between Dan Maff and Pat Buck in what is being deemed Maff’s Madness. The last Maff’s Madness match involved loads of weapons and ended with Maff & Starman bleeding.

Former ECW tag team The FBI (Little Guido and Tracy Smothers) are slated to take on Taboo Crew, while former WWE superstar Kevin Fertig (fka Kevin Thorn & Mordecai) will face Beefcake Charlie in a battle of the big men.

Also announced is a match between The Heavenly Bodies & The Apple Corps to determine the #1 contenders for the WrestlePro Tag Team Championship in what could be the sleeper match of the night.

Other wrestling stars scheduled to appear and/or be in action include:

  • “Bad News” Wade Barrett
  • Hardcore Holly
  • The Shockmaster
  • Rene Dupree
  • Simon Gotch of Vaudevillians fame
  • Savio Vega
  • Impact Wrestling stars KM & Mario Bokara
  • Keyport’s own Coach D representing Team Espanikos
  • WrestlePro Champion Bobby Wayward
  • New WrestlePro Tag Team Champions CPA & Habib
  • Chris Payne
  • MCW star Rayo
  • And more!

Doors open for a meet & greet at 5:30 and the matches begin at 7:30. Tickets are available at http://wrestleproonline.com/61017.html.

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Recent Match: Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony Bowens

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Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday May 20 in Rahway NJ

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My Memories of JL Chico Mr Wonderful

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Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at Starland Ballroom on April 29

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