But almost 31 years later, the establishment still looms large. In a business besieged by Television writers who care more for pleasing the boss with outlandish and ridiculous gimmicks than they do for presenting a professional wrestler for what he is, a wrestler, it is this establishment that had driven me to say "No More" and I am coming to TNA to fix this shameful condition.
I no longer care about cashing cheques for face paint. I have learned that in an industry where everything is for sale, my legacy is not. My childhood memories are steeped in the blood, the sweat and the tears of great men who sacrificed their bodies as gladiators in coliseums from Charlotte to St Louis and I refuse to let everything they did be reduced to nothing more than a "vintage collection" on a billionaires television network. I refuse to believe that what those men did back then is a bankrupt concept in today's world.
I had to sit in a hallowed spot in Greensboro, North Carolina to be reminded that my name is so much more important than any character given to me by a writing team and that by reducing myself to being a bit player under an assumed identity, I was somehow spitting in the face of all those who had come before me. It would be fatal for me to understate the importance of that moment and how in those hallowed halls, my life changed. It was then that I gained the clarity and the courage to throw off the shackles that I was living under. WWE trade marked shackles I might add.
You see, like my Father, I too have a dream, that one day I will rise up and live out the true meaning of my legacy. I have a dream that I can inspire the masses like he once did. I have a dream that I can prove that in a business where everyone is lining up to become whatever corporate gimmick will get them on tv, that I can take the road less travelled and prove that there is no shame in simply just being a professional wrestler. I have a dream that I can be what my Father was and what my brother should have been... World Heavyweight Champion.
When I set foot in the impact Zone, I will do so without face paint or a sparkly one piece outfit. I will be there simply as me and on that night I will carry with me not just my name and my legacy but the names and legacies of men like Ric Flair, Magnum T.A., the Midnight Express, The Rock 'n' Roll Express and anyone else who fought to bring glory to the word "Wrestling" Which is what this is all about. There are no introductions necessary, you already know my name and I plan to make the whole world remember it. Yes, I took the road less travelled to get here but on October 2nd, the road less travelled has me... Bound For Glory