At the start of this month we held a weekend of shows called Road to Glory 3.
These events take a lot of planning and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start because there is so much to be done. Before I do anything I make a big list of all the tasks I need to complete, because I find myself more motivated to get through the jobs when I set myself goals. Last week was no different, except when I finished putting the list together I had about 50 things to do - and the show was only a few days away!
It’s no exaggeration to say I had an average of about three hours sleep a night, but I battled on by starting all of the planning for each day. This included stuff like seat reservation plans for our regular fans who like to sit at ringside and the running order sheet for the talent. Getting this right is very important so you don’t burn out the crowd – as a promoter you want the matches to build up towards the main event. I make guides for the backstage team so they get the most out of their time and finally there is the biggest job – sorting out all the merchandise we will sell. My house was so full of PCW clothing it was like a sweatshop! I spent no less than 20 hours bagging and sealing all the new t-shirts and doing a stock list.
By the morning of the first show, things were going all too well. The international talent had all arrived in the UK and everything was fine, with one small exception – the former WWE star Charles Wright had lost his luggage. Wrestling fans will know him better as The Godfather, whose character is a pimp. I decided to call all of the fancy dress stores in Preston and Blackpool, but getting a supersize pimp suit with a 54 inch chest was as difficult as it sounds! In the end I just came up with the idea that his opponent Bubblegum had stolen the outfit – problem solved!
Next week I will talk about the weekend and how everyone at PCW experienced the highest of highs - and the lowest of lows.