Guys. Seriously. The response I have received after the first couple of vlogs has been unbelievable. I can't say "Thank You" enough to everyone for their well wishes and outreach. Since the last vlog and the slight injury I received have both garnered some attention across all of my social media, it seems fitting to make my newest blog center around the incident and my mindset as it occurred.
Now, let me start by saying that (as mentioned in my video description in the vlog), I blame nobody for what happened, and I fully accept that these things happen at the drop of a dime. This business throws curveballs at a moment's notice, and this last weekend was no exception to that rule.
In wrestling, my mindset is always to give people their money's worth in my match alone. This was no different last Saturday, as I had confidence that I would enter this 6 man ladder match and leave the crowd of 500+ at the Gas Monkey Live in awe of the 20-plus minute clinic they were about to witness. Little did I know, that all would end before even one minute into the match.
Now something to note: I have a very unusually high pain tolerance that I inherited from my grandfather. So when a ladder that was thrown down hit me in the face with the metal edging, I assumed that I had a cut or would have a bruise, but nothing more. Taylor, who accompanied me to the ring, ran to me as I fell to the floor from the ring, and her reaction was not what I expected.
I felt stinging and sore, but as I lay on the floor, I suddenly felt warmth and liquid flow over my face and body. When I opened my eyes, everything and everybody was coated in a red film, and I knew that I was bleeding. I have always been the type to just "rub it in" and get back in the ring and finish a match, but then I heard Taylor say, "Barrett I CAN SEE YOUR SKULL."
I have never walked away from a match. I have never gotten to the point of knowing that I would not be able to continue, and naturally I thought I would continue at first. However, when I heard those words come out of Taylor's mouth, I knew that if I continued, I would risk my own life and others' by attempting to complete the match. With that in mind, I accepted what happened, and I was helped to the locker room before my match was over for the first time in my career.
I want to say that Imperial Wrestling Revolution's staff and promoter were very professional and helpful during this entire ordeal. They treated me properly and accordingly until I left for the emergency room, and I cannot thank them enough for their help.
At the emergency room with Taylor and my parents, in my tights and boots, I received 13 stitches after a 3-hour stay from a doctor that was a HUGE fan of Professional Wrestling. Hearing the names that were at the show such as Sting, Mean Gene, "Iceman" King Parsons, the Von Erichs, and many others, gave him a sense of nostalgia as he stitched my head back together. The doctor was kind, fun, cautious, and patient with the procedure, and I could not have been happier with the job he did on my wound.
So now, here we are. I am currently writing a blog about something I never thought I would be writing about: recovery. Just as well, the second vlog on this website and YouTube was drastically changed after the injury on Saturday night.
I feel like this crazy business of Pro Wrestling constantly teaches me lessons, and so far in 2018, I have learned more than I could have imagined. It is such an old cliché, but it is only a matter of time until you realize that you are not indestructible. I always knew my work ethic, drive, and tolerance of pain would allow me to continue past some limits, but I guess I never truly thought I would reach that limit.
This in no way means that I am slowing down or stopping wrestling. If anything, it fuels my fire even more, and drives me to come back even better than I have ever been. If stepping away from finishing one match means the opportunity to continue and have even better matches down the road, then that is a trade that I am happy to make.
The road to recovery is going to be a short one, and I will be back before you know it.
This is just a road block that this crazy business has thrown my way, and I am grateful.
See you all soon.