The Zebra has earnt his stripes!
It's your Senior Referee John Reginald here.
As you amazing Unified fans know, at Wrestlemas I reached a huge milestone in my career. A milestone that has come around much quicker than I could have imagined. 100 professional wrestling matches officiated!
It all started on the 25th of August 2018, at Asylum Pro Wrestling. I officiated my first match that featured the man we all love to hate Robbo "The Aussie Dreamboat." It only seems like yesterday that I was stepping into the ring for the first time ever. When I heard the bell ring I was soooo nervous!
Going in to my 100th match I was feeling excited and extremely confident. Having Bogan Jesus vs. Niwa as that milestone match was an incredible honour and match. After an incredible match, I delivered the 3 count and awarded Bogan Jesus his much deserved win. Bogan Jesus was about to exit through the curtain when he stopped and pointed at the screen and my entrance music began to play. He congratulated me for my achievement, presented me the amazing gift pictured below and then the entire crowd rose from their seats and clapped and cheered for me. The enormous sense of pride I felt in that moment was just unreal!
It has been a crazy journey getting to my 100th match. I am so greatful to have met and worked with some absolutely amazing wrestlers from New Zealand and around the world. I am so thankful for all the opportunities that New Zealand professional wrestling as a whole has provided me.
Most of all I am absolutely blown away by the support from you guy's, my wonderful fans! With all the achievements in my career, it's been because of all of the fans. Without you guys coming along and cheering or booing the calls I've made, I wouldn't be able to live out my dream. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the love and respect you have given me inside and outside of the ring.
Something the fans didn't know is that on November 29th, less than a week before Wrestlemas, I lost my dad. My dad was a kind man. If anyone was feeling down he was always the first to pull that person aside and ask them what was up. If you ever needed help or a place to stay he was always the first to offer a hand or a place to stay. That man would give you the shirt off his own back if you needed it. Losing my dad has been a huge battle. A battle I was facing while I officiated my 100th match and a battle I continue with to this day.
Thank you Dad for always having my back. I love you and I miss you
Last but not least, I would like to announce my new apprentice, Gary Alan. Gary has been ringing the bell at Unified shows for some time now and while doing so, has been watching me officiate. Gary asked me what it takes to become a referee so I let him in on a few secrets, enrolled him in Unified's training program and he has been making great progress since. I have been extremely impressed by his hard work and determination. He kind of reminds me alot of myself when I was a young fella so I have decided to take him under my wing and teach him the tricks of the trade. Gary is a wonderful addition to the New Zealand Wrestling Referee family and we look forward to seeing him sport stripes to the ring soon.
Well thats all for now. Better get back to writing my Christmas list. I'm a bit like Santa with my list, only the nice wrestlers get present.
Take care and have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!