For those of you who have followed my Facebook, you know about my childhood and teens and how bad they were.
That isn't the focus here, it's the focus on my experience in the Entertainment Industry.
Please also realize that I know I don't know everything about Professional Wrestling. These are my views from the various disciplines that I have learned and I hope it can inspire someone else with more experience to explore new avenues.
That is all.
I had my first run in Professional Wrestling between 2002-2005. During that time I was trained by the people at OWA in Omaha, and when that closed I worked for Jake Hook before getting personal training by Derek Stone. Back then it was harder for a woman to break in because many other states never allowed for cross-gender wrestling. I did manage to get golden experience as a photographer, manager, referee, and even helped promote at WAM!. After seeing politics and realizing how some expected females to make it in the business, I left for the first time.
Trust me, every wrestler goes through some measure of Terry Funk syndrome when it comes to quitting.
In 2007, I got into a minor dispute with a co-worker when I worked at a popcorn shop. She wanted time off to try out for American Idol. I offered to work for her so she could go. She started to get wishy-washy about it, saying she's not sure if she wanted to go. Smelling baloney, I printed off the forms and offered them to her to sign if she was having problems figuring things out. When she refused, I took the papers to my manager and told her that I was taking the papers and trying out for American Idol myself. The girl started panicking as her parents were arriving so "she could ask if she could try out". The manager had her work for me so that I could try out and I had two days to prepare something that would make TV. I decided to parody myself in Professional Wrestling by wearing my "Lady Morgue" attire while singing a song made famous by the Spongebob series.
I beat out over 7000 people with plenty more experience than I to get about 3 minutes of fame.
It was the day that I knew I could entertain people.
Between then and 2015, I focused on my writing more than anything. I had a short story, The Leper, published in Tabloid Purposes V. I finished my novel, The Raggedyman, in 2012 and published it on Christmas for sale on Amazon. In between that time, when I had a job in the food department of UNO, I wrote a few articles for the paper.
In 2014, I applied for a movie apprenticeship and paid to learn how to be a screenwriter. Unfortunately, one of the members of the cast committed suicide, and led to the deep depression of the director which forced the apprenticeship to end. I kept up using what I learned locally, but after having a psychotic episode during my job, I became legally disabled in 2015.
From then, I have tried becoming a professional gamer in DOTA 2, but living the life of a pro in that game gave me cubital tunnel and a new respect for e-sports.
In 2016, I was talking to my old friends in Pro Wrestling, particularly my old trainer who was overseeing a Missouri promotion. We had a bitter argument, which led me to start working towards making wrestling the way I wanted it to be instead of the ugly nature it had. I knew my calling was to be on a creative team in Professional Wrestling, but I felt that the Indies needed it more than the big leagues. After all, where did they get their talent pool?
2018 rolled around and that Missouri promotion left a black hole in the local wrestling scene due to its collapse. My former Kansas friends begged me to return because now would be the time, but I had gotten ridiculously out of shape since my old days. I did, however, decide to see if I still had it. My technique was great, but my cardio was garbage even in the time of the school.
They allowed me to have a position on media, but politics began to rear its head once again. It reminded me that I wanted a "Diamond Age" of Professional Wrestling. I had tried to work from a creative standpoint for other wrestlers, but the more I researched how the boys could protect their work, the more determined I got to fix things. I even tried to run for local office because the politics of wrestling crossed over to that veil, but I ended up having another nervous breakdown.
I met my fiancee in 2016, were best friends until 2018 when we started dating. During that time, he also had a dream of running a promotion without baloney politics. Together we started LWE, and had our first show in February of 2020.
In the midst of my second run, I wanted to take care of what all the workers were always complaining about on YouTube and other social media because it seemed like nobody gave a damn about the business as a whole.
I have deleted the Manifesto once already in rage of the toxicity of the community. Events that may or may not have been in my own mind also made me want to start a revolution. I decided, however, even if it was in my own mind that there were other events that were not just in my mind. People were hurting, disgruntled, getting shafted, and too afraid to stand up for themselves.
That was the way everyone was taught to be to keep that chasm between the bush leagues and the big time large and wide.
I have spoken up on social media several times, sometimes returning that toxicity, because I thought it was the only way to get people's attention.
It wasn't the best way to handle things, but at the same time, I made people aware.
Here I am going to post my feelings about Professional Wrestling and what I would do to help evolve things to the Information Age. It will be here that everyone can use it. A lot of this stuff is common sense that most people neglect to teach or haven't put to proper paper.
You guys don't even need to give me credit, whether you are in the big leagues or independent circuit. Just evolve. Bad times are already happening and if I don't share this, I won't at least go down swinging.
- Sarah Lynn Whitaker