I have worked several events for Paul. He has tried to pay me and to be honest, I tern him down. Y? Because he has worked shows for me for nothing and also, as a promoter, I know what it is like. I know what it is like to put in your time and energy and your money only to come up short at the end of the day. And I know he is in it for the love of it all and not to get rich. But still it sucks to drop hundreds, if not thousands, after working so hard. So when U say Paul "takes care"of me. It may be a bit of a stretch.
As far as his charging anyone a buck for a pop after they worked for free, I do not know about all that. I have worked for free for Paul and went and bought some food at his concession stand. But several times if Paul was around he told me to help myself. And I have seen him tell others the same.
Facts are I have talked with Paul several times about his way of paying the boys. Paul is not a rich man. He has to feed his family just like the rest of us and like any promoter he can only lose so much money and still stay in business. So when Paul has already dropped hundreds of dollars supplying us wrestlers with a place to show off our stuff, I think it is more than admirable that he really wants to put a couple bucks in all his workers hands. And after talking with him I know he dose want to. How often have I seen him do so when I know he did not draw enough just to pay his bills for running. But the facts are sometimes he cant. He has already lost to much money and to pay everyone even $10 would mean another couple hundred dalliers loss.
Hell, the last time Paul ran a event he was out of work and new he would lose money, and he ran anyways knowing odds was he was going to lose money. I do not think he new he was going to lose as much as he did, but there is always that chance. And anyone who has ever ran an event knows there is that chance. In a way it was stupid of him. But I was thankful he gave me an opportunity to do something I love.
Ok, now I know your comebacks because I have herd them all before:
1. If Paul knew what he was doing he would not lose money - Well running a wrestling event is always taking a chance. There is no magic formula. Sure, there are some promoters who may have a great set up and a bit of luck in one town. Like maybe WAR in lima. But when they go to another town they lose money. Its just the nature of the beast. Just ask Paul Hayman, Jim Cornet, Vern Gagne or even JT Dynamite. They was all knowledgeable, insightful, hard working promoters who lost to much money running wrestling.
2. I can make more money working for another promoter - Maybe true. Promoter X may pay $10 or $20 more per event then promoter C. But then that extra few hundred per show spent out may be the reason why promoter C will be out of bizzz after a couple of events. Trust me, so many so called friends who would not have even been in the business if not for me, left me to work against me for a $10 payoff, only to ask to come back when the other promoter had to go out of business because of his money losses. Paul has always provided a nice dressing room atmosphere. He shows all his workers respect and compassion for what they feel they need to get out of the bizzzz. And he always tries hard to keep things going for us workers. That to me is worth more than working down the road for what is basically chump change.
Ok, these are just my views and if U do not share them then that is fine. U are free to go work ware ever U wish. And I am sure Paul and Sandy (SWA) would tell U the same. But to get on here and bash people like them who have a love for the wrestling bizzz and put so much into it, is wrong.
Maybe instead of bitching because U did not make $10 U should try to do what they do and promote. Then maybe U will have a true understanding of what they go threw and what true friends of the wrestler they are.