Stan Callahan is and has been involved with wrestling in one form or another for many years. He wrestled in the ring and after that when many turn to managing or training the next generation, maybe even running their own wrestling company, but he went another way by taking pictures and talking up indy promotions. Getting the word out about various promotions and connecting them and the fans on the internet.
Due to him taking the road less taken, and the fact that many of current vlogs and websites that focus on indy wrestling, he is more selective about shows now. He skips some of the questions due to wrestling several years ago and for not a long period of time so he didn’t do all of the things asked. But he brings a unique point of view to all of these so let us take a look through his eyes.
H/F: You have a unique outlook as you started out as a worker in the ring, but when you left you stayed with the business although not in a usual way like a manager or booker. Instead, you wrote about and promoted it, using photos and a website. On top of these questions, I would love to have you tell us a little about how you got started, what kept you going?
SC: I always watched wrestling. I spent my childhood on the east coast, so I got to watch the best wrestling in the world from the Carolinas. Flair, Rhodes, Steamboat, Magnum TA and so on. Went to a local show in Austin and knew I wanted to be in the ring.ISo, i began training with George De La Isla.
H/F: What was the toughest thing to give up or sacrifice to be part of the wrestling world?
SC: Mainly all the holidays, birthdays and almost one of my children being born.
H/F: Do you think its harder or just equally as hard to get to the big leagues of wrestling as it is say Basketball or Football?
SC: Not really sure. It seems harder and harder to make it to the big show nowadays. Guys on the indys are becoming more and more athletic. It seems harder to seperate yourself from the rest.
H/F: Do you feel that wrestling has more premature or just a surprising number of earlier then expected deaths compared to other sports and does this influence you in any way?
SC: I don’t know about more. Most, if not all, other sports have an off season. For better or worse, wrestlers have to stay on the road and in the ring for a consistantly longer period. They don’t, or can’t, take a break. I think if football players had 300+ games a year, the fatalities would increase as well.
H/F: If you could change anything about the indy wrestling industry what would it be? What about Impact/WWE?
SC: Boy, that’s tough. There are so many things that need to be changed. There is no way to pick one thing because it wouldn’t really make a change.
H/F: You have retired from the ring and continued to help out the independent scene. What are some ways that others who wish to be like you can contribute or give back?
SC: I think there are so many ways to help wrestling without being in the ring. I mean just pick something to help add to wrestling or wrestlers and do it as best and often as you can. Make a true contribution to making it better.
H/F: Did you handle crowds differently depending on size?
SC: Not really, if there were 10 or 1000 people in the crowd, they paid to see a product. Give it to them 110%…
H/F: How did you handle going from a no-rules wrestling show to a family first show. Do you change a lot about how you handle things and what you say or do you just try and act the same no matter what the show?
SC: Not really. If your were properly trained, you’ll know how to approach each promotion and show.
H/F: Was there ever a moment when you truly felt you had had enough, that maybe wrestling wasn’t for you? Was it a crowd? Just one guy/gal? A losing streak? Too many broken bones?
SC: The only time that happened was after my surgery. The doc told me one more injury to my shoulder and I would lose the use of it. I knew then it was time to think of something else.
H/F: What promotions do you feel are breaking down the walls separating Men Wrestling from Women Wrestling and just making it all Wrestling? How do you feel they are doing that?
SC: I think there several promotions doing good things on both fronts. Like ACW here in Austin. They have the yearly Joshi tournament. There are also other promotions doing womens shows. They showcase some of the best female talent in the world.
H/F: Do you feel tag team wrestling has become a dying style/art?
SC: Absolutely. Tag teams now just seem to be two guys thrown together for a show or two. There is no time to gel. Also, there aren’t many true tag teams left that can show teams now how to be a great tag team.
H/F: What made you decide to leave wrestling as a worker?
SC: My shoulder injury, for the 3rd time.
H/F: What gave you the idea to take photos and start a website to promote wrestling and talk about that way?
SC: I’ve always liked taking pictures. The site was originally for promoting wrestling as a whole. I’ve always said WWE doesnt need my help so I was going to focus on the indys. I knew a lot of guys and getting content at first was really easy. It also kept me in the wrestling community with friends.
H/F: Did you ever have a tag team partner?
SC: Yes but not many. There was Papa Donn and Whit Armstrong.
Do you have a name for your finisher? I don’t think I ever named my finisher.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Niether.
Submission or High Flying? Submission.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs, cats are assholes.
Beer or Liquor? Beer.
Light Side or Dark Side? The lighter side of dark.
Favorite Opponent EVER? Dusty Wolfe.