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Clarification of my Statements from Episode 70

by Dustin Smothers (@SmoHawk)

Creators are typically very protective of their creations.  Whether it’s someone fighting to protect their intellectual property, or Vince McMahon choosing to inject a lethal dose of poison into the WWE, creators will do anything to protect their creation.

On yesterday’s episode of the Pro Wrestling Iowa Podcast, I felt like I needed to defend myself, Luke and Alex in regards to an incident that occurred over the weekend.

This past Friday night, I was attending 3XW Downtown Destruction and an individual wrestler (who I am still not going to name), acting individually and not on behalf of any promotion or promoter, decided confronting me at the concession stand during intermission was the appropriate way to talk to me about Pro Wrestling Iowa’s coverage of Central Empire Wrestling.

I’m still not going to name the wrestler.  That might be disappointing for some of you, but at the end of the day, these guys are out here trying to make a living and I have no right to bring someone down by blasting their name all over the internet.  By naming their name, it would make me no better than them in that moment Friday night at the concession stand.

Before I go any further, I would like to address a few things regarding Pro Wrestling Iowa’s relationship with CEW.  We have not done a very good job of covering Central Empire Wrestling.  Myself, Luke and Alex have not had the opportunity to make it to one of their shows, and have felt that any coverage we provided would seem disingenuous on our part.  I have never personally met CEW owner/promoter Austin Bayliss, but every communication we’ve had online has been incredibly cordial.  Before writing this response, I reached out to Austin and am happy to announce that we will be working together to provide better content in regards to CEW.  I am planning on recording a preview show with him prior to their next show on September 30.

My goal has always been to shine a brighter light on the independent wrestling scene, and believe me, I was aware of how odd it was that Pro Wrestling Iowa was not covering CEW.  Things just take time, and our relationships with IPW, SCW and 3XW grew fairly organically, and it just hadn’t happened that way with CEW.  I am incredibly excited that out of this negative interaction Friday night, it opened the door to start our relationship with CEW.

I felt the need to write this today to take away any doubt as to what my statements were about.  When I made this yesterday, I felt that by being vague I was protecting anyone from negative publicity, and I felt that was the right thing to do.  As things tend to do from time to time, that was not the outcome my statements received, and I made a very big mistake.

It was brought to my attention that a few individuals had been approached by others questioning whether they were the individual I had the confrontation with at the concession stand.  Let me make this very clear, we have and will always have great relationships with local promoters.  Without their hard work, we would have nothing to talk about, and we and the fans of independent wrestling wouldn’t have these amazing shows to attend.

My intentions were not for this to turn into a whodunit discussion and my mistake has opened my eyes to the reach my statements can have here locally.  To anyone who was unknowingly/unwillingly drug into this discussion I want to extend my sincere apologies and let you know that today was a learning experience for me.

My comments on yesterday’s show were passionate because I really care about what myself, Luke, Alex, Darnell, Kevin, Brady, Tim, Justin, Malice, Jason, Kat, Margaret and countless others have created here at Pro Wrestling Iowa.  I want to let everyone know that we are approachable, if you have questions or concerns about what we are doing, or even advice please reach out to us.  However, I reiterate, do it in a professional and appropriate time.  We are all humans, we all make mistakes, and at the end of the day all of this is water under the bridge.  Too Sweet me.

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