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Getting A Little Ahead of Myself

By Frank Dusek

We wrestled in Shreveport, La. on Friday nights. Usually we would spend the night there and travel the next day to the matches. In this case, it was a high school gym in some small town in southeastern Arkansas.

On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, my traveling companions and I awoke early. After eating breakfast, we decided to leave about 11 am and take the back roads to see the sights. We arrived in town about 6 pm after having "crammed" a three-hour trip into almost seven hours!

I stopped at the first convenience store to get directions. The lady behind the counter told me exactly how to get to the school, but added that the matches weren’t scheduled until the following Saturday.

Horrified, I quickly checked my book. It seemed that I had read from the wrong page. The town I needed to be in was actually about an hour north of Shreveport, or almost four hours from where I was at that moment!

We hit the road in a hurry. When I finally came through the gym's back door, the Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) was on his way to the ring for the main event. I set my bag down by the door, fell into line behind him and went on to the ring in my street clothes.

Perfect timing!

Frank Dusek is a second-generation wrestler from one of the most famous wrestling families ever. He had a solid career as a wrestler and later managed several wrestlers to major titles. He also spent time as a broadcaster, promoter and matchmaker. His first memories of the wrestling business are selling programs for his father when he was 4 years old.


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1998 Wrestling Classics: Frank Dusek, Mark Nulty
1998 Design: Jan Herod
Created: November 1998