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Matt Burns Early Years: The Fandom to a New Beginning

Ladies & Gentlemen, Dudes & Dudettes it's another week of the TBT Weekly Blog with Matt Burns and for this week, I thought I would tell you all about the early days of my journey from Wrestling Fan to the early days of being a wrestler on the UK Independent Scene. This will most likely be covered over multiple weeks (but not every week) when it's my turn for the TBT Weekly Blog which I hope you all enjoy reading.

So let's begin shall we with the days before I even knew the steps I would need to take to begin the journey to becoming a wrestling trainee by talking about how much of a wrestling fan I was before it all began.

I will say I was a wrestling fan at a very young age which was during when The Golden Era of Wrestling was coming to an end and about to become The New Generation Era within WWE, which means I got to see the likes of Hulk Hogan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, The Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, and many others. At the same time, I also managed to see the rise of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Shawn Micheals, The Undertaker, Owen Hart, and many others.

So just imagine all the matches that I would have witnessed during that time, what I would call my 1st spell of being a wrestling fan which I will say wasn't the longest period but you could look at it as my taster and I didn't fully stop watching wrestling as a whole. I would from time to time rent out a VHS Tape (The golden history) of WWE Events from time to time (maybe not quite in order) but I was still watching it but not quite as much.

It was during my high school days when I would say my love for professional wrestling begin to truly grow into Wrestling Fandom, which I am sure you may already have guessed I still have to this very day (otherwise if it didn't, who knows what I would have done as a passion or if The Burning Truth would have even existed or been something very different).

I feel lucky and privileged to have met some of my friends during my high school days (and some of my close friends I grew up with before high school as well) due to the fact that they were the ones who made me feel more comfortable in being myself and to enjoy anything that I wanted to (Wrestling included). This was during the Monday Night Wars (WWE: The Attitude Era Vs WCW: Eric Bischoff Era). So there was more than enough wrestling to watch during this time.

It was during this time that some of my friends (who were into wrestling also) and I were having talks of what it would be like to be a wrestler and the many usual wrestling topic discussions that most wrestling fans would have between each other.

Soon enough one of them would bring in a local newspaper for the group to see and quickly pointed us all towards the ads section and to the group's surprise, there was a Wrestling Training advert right there in front of our eyes.

Almost as soon as we had seen the advert it had set things in motion in our minds. It was never if we were going but when we were going to go, which soon enough lead to us setting a date in stone for when we were going to attend our 1st ever Wrestling Training Session.

I believe that this is now more than a good enough time to wrap up this week's blog post which I also have to say thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did when typing it.

Last but not least don't forget to tune into The Burning Truth live this Sunday at 6 pm (UK Standard Time) with my fellow broadcast partners James Irvine & John Bloor.

Hope that you all stay well and stay safe.

It has been emotional, chat to you again soon.



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