Card Subject To Change

| July 11, 2011

Let me start off by saying: I love pro wrestling.
I’ve loved pro wrestling since birth. If you ask my mother, I actually had one of her kidneys in a headlock. My father never cared for sports, but he has always been a wrestling fan. Pro wrestling has given us a bond, which is really gratifying. The average person will say wrestling is silly because of the storylines and over-the-top personalities. These are the same people that dedicate hours a day to soap operas. Pro wrestlers are as athletic and dedicated as any other athlete. And, like other athletes, can be led down a dark path. As Card Subject To Change proves, it’s not always glitzy and glamorous in the wrestling universe.
In 1989, when Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), testified to the New Jersey State Athletic Commission that pro wrestling was entertainment, strict regulations were lifted. This led to the independent scene growing by leaps and bounds. Since 1990, over 250 indy associations have sprung up. Most work within a two- to three-state area. One of these companies is the National Wrestling Superstars (NWS) organization. Promoter Johnny Falco wrestled briefly in the mid-1970’s before realizing the non-physical end of the business was best for him. Falco’s NWS promotion, based out of New Jersey, books between 40-60 shows a year and features both veterans and newcomers. The veterans have wrestling in their blood, while the newcomers are looking to strike it big, hopefully with one of the two big U.S. companies, WWE or Total Nonstop Action (TNA).
One of the veterans featured is Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan has been in the business since 1970. He was a vicious, sadistic individual, to the point where some believed him to be the Devil! Sullivan has wrestled over 10,000 matches and racked up numerous serious injuries, including a broken neck. But even now, he still travels the country to do what is in his blood.
Unfortunately, success can come with a heavy price tag. Michael Verdi, better known as “Trent Acid”, was a veteran of the indy scene by his late teens. At 25, Trent was seen as one of the best indy wrestlers in the country. That is, until his demons got the better of him. Trent began taking drugs at age 14, mainly pills and marijuana. As his career took off and pressure mounted, Trent looked to harder drugs, particularly heroin. At one point, his grandfather found him motionless on the floor after having overdosed. Drugs also led to Trent being incarcerated for 9 months. After leaving prison, Trent sobered up and began trying to reclaim his wrestling glory. Sadly, the demons would not let go. On June 18, 2010, Michael “Trent Acid” Verdi was found dead of an overdose.
Card Subject to Change was brought to us by first-time director and pro wrestling fan, Tim Disbrow, and released by Iron River Films and ShoreFront Entertainment through Cinema Libre Studios. The DVD extras include promo clips from such wrestling luminaries as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Diamond Dallas Page, and James J. Dillon, as well as deleted scenes, outtakes, a trailer, and a gallery of some the individuals featured in the documentary.
The film gets its name from a disclaimer placed on ads and fliers for independent wrestling shows. Due to Mother Nature, unreliability of the wrestlers, or various other unforeseen anomalies, the card can be subject to change. To the average fan who is only familiar with pro wrestling from pay-per-views and cable television, do yourself a favor: Watch Card Subject To Change and see what wrestling is really about.

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Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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