NWA Smoky Mountain Blogs
Robbie Cassidy explains why he joined the Illuminati
For the better part of a decade I was the backbone of what would eventually evolve into NWA Smoky Mountain. Ironically, in doing so it broke my back. Thankfully, after an idiotic doctor gave me a diagnosis that was based more on a set of criteria for a normal person and not that of a professional wrestler, the fans welcomed me back after a year and from, what I thought... and announced, was a career ending injury.
I came back, I wrestled, and I felt as good as I had in years. . . until I was whacked in the head at Collision Course 7 by Tony Givens and the Illuminati was formed. I battled the Illuminati and Tony for several months and then, right around Christmas I had a health scare that would have killed most people. My heart was fluctuating between high and low blood pressure, it was skipping beats, and I felt as if two people had wrapped a bed sheet around my chest and were pulling on it in opposite directions, suffocating, feeling as if it were my last moments on Earth. I notified the NWA and NWA Smoky Mountain officials that I would have to go on medical leave effective immediately and was granted that leave.
Yet, throughout my whole ordeal, the doctors figuring out exactly what had occurred and putting me on the right combinations of medicines to rectify my medical situation, after giving my body, my life, my time, my blood, and my soul to professional wrestling, and in particular the fans of NWA Smoky Mountain, I never once heard, “Where the hell is Robbie Cassidy at?” Not one person mentioning me on television. Hell, I couldn't even get the damn camera guy to call me back.
So I sat back and I seethed, and I watched, I played a lot of golf, and the more I sat back, and the more I seethed, the more I watched, and the more golf I played, the more pissed off I became that no one gave a damn where I was or what happened to me. Then, and only then, did I realize what Tony Givens had been saying all along was the truth. The fans are just customers. They don't give a damn if we live or die. Their memory is as short as a one night stand. They only have the “What have you done for me lately” attitude. I came to the realization that as we grow older and wiser that Tony had just evolved a little bit quicker than I did, realizing it before I did, and acting on it before I did. I realized that I needed to be with my best friends in this industry; Tony Givens, Chris Richards, and Rob Knight, not only because they were my best friends, because even without me they were and are the most dominant entity in the NWA, but because they were right.
Now, I, with the Illuminati will right the wrongs and identify and single out the injustices of the NWA and NWA Smoky Mountain. As the “Best of the Best” joins the absolute greatest group in the NWA a new era dawns.... a new era that has no end in sight.