It's Never Too Late!
A Knight's Tale Blog by Kevin Knight
Posted: June 27, 2016
a dream that you gave up on? Why??
with NO regrets people! The top 2 reasons why I see people fail is...
(1) They make one excuse after another, letting the smallest roadblock stand in their way, and...
(2) They associate with the wrong friends or have significant others & spouses
who just want to drink, smoke, eat crap and be lazy.
You are what you eat and you are who you hang out with. It's NEVER too late to rid your life of losers, including
dead-weight friends and negative-vibe spouses. 20 years ago
when I began my career, I no longer associated with anyone lazy and I surrounded myself with people more successful and more
driven than me. I still do that. Once someone around me stops working hard and stops dreaming and achieving, it's
time to go.
Every time I look at my social
media timelines, I lose brain cells when I see some of the mornic things people do and post on a daily basis. I'm an
average person with average skills who happens to work hard, has guts, and takes pride in what I do. Stop with the excuses
because no one cares and no one feels sorry for you. Don't live a life of unfulfilled dreams. Start now by saying
goodbye to anyone and anything standing in your way. It's never to late!
Posted: July 7, 2014
I often get asked "how did you discover professional wrestling"
and "why did you choose to pursue it as a career?" Well. my older brother used to watch it all the
time and I only watched it occasionally. It didn't appeal to me at first. I wasn't really a big fan until I passed
the TV late one night and my brother was watching the Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik boot-camp match live from Madison Square
Garden. I was hooked from that point on, and watching wrestling was always an escape from everyday life and the growing
pains of growing up, or an escape from doing school work.
wanted to learn every aspect of the business and once I had enough knowledge, I knew I could make a living and make it a career. I
would not have pursued it if I didn't think I could do it for a living. I did not take the "weekend warrior"
approach. I was all in. It's a physical soap opera. Just imagine everyone on TV shows like Law and Order,
or General Hospital, or Days of Our Lives where the characters are always brawling and beating each other up. Wrestling
is just as, if not more entertaining than other sports leagues because wrestling usually always delivers bang for the buck,
unlike a sporting event where there could be a blowout and the game is essentially over in the first half. And wrestling
is no different than the NBA or World Cup Soccer or Boxing where the referee's are on the take.
Wrestling has always been a simple morality play of good against evil....the champion vs. the underdog. Just
like in life, or any sport. There is a story behind every game, and in wrestling there is a story behind every match,
and behind every big event. Watch any match from Jake Roberts, Michael Hayes, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Randy
Orton, etc, and you can follow the story they tell.
change, wrestling changes. All forms of entertainment mirror pop culture. In the late 1990's when the original
reality TV show's like The Real World on MTV and Survivor on CBS were successes, pop culture was then overloaded with reality
TV. It's a copycat society. Music is the same way. The 80's was all hair metal, the 90's was grunge, the
2000's were rap and hip-hop. Now in the 2010's it's all America Idol and The Voice winner's and contestants that are
all the rage.
I always come across people who tell me how stupid
wrestling is, then in their next sentence they will tell me everything that happened at WrestleMania or on Raw the previous
week. To each his own. Hey, I don't make fun of them for watching Rachel Ray! Damn that Sgt. Slaughter and
Iron Sheik...I hold them responsible as the answer to the question, why wrestling!
WWE's Darren Young Makes an Impact
Posted: July 8, 2011
The date was September 8, 2002, and I remember it like it was yesterday.
That was the day that current WWE Superstar Darren Young, fresh out of high school, entered the Independent Wrestling Federation Training School in West Paterson, NJ, to begin his in-ring training. As a former standout football star and amateur wrestling
champion at Union High School, he had a presence about him like no other.
His first match took place in December 2002 and BoneCrusher Fred Sampson (as he was known in the IWF) made an immediate
impact. He is the youngest man to ever hold the IWF Heavyweight Championship, having defeated me in May 2003. He would hold that title on two occasions, as well as become an IWF Tournament
of Champions winner in 2004, and a three-time IWF Commissioner's Cup Tag Team Tournament winner with three different partners
in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Young was signed by WWE in May 2009 and began
training at Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, FL, under the supervision of WWE Developmental Coach Dr. Tom Prichard. It took him six and a half long years to finally get his big break. After making his mark on season
one of the NXT program, Young is now making a big name for himself on Raw and SmackDown. And he truly deserves it.
During his time at IWF, he was the first one to show up for training and live events,
and the last one to leave. He had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and stopped at nothing to achieve his goals.
He is a shining example that if you want something bad enough, work hard enough, and spill your blood, sweat and tears, you
Another former IWF Heavyweight Champion and IWF
Wrestling School graduate, Fady the Arabian Bull, follows in Young's footsteps after signing with WWE in June. Hats off to future WWE Champions Darren Young
and Fady the Bull, who will always be remembered fondly in the IWF for their positive contributions!
Kevin Knight with
Shannon Tweed, star of A&E's
Gene Simmons Family Jewels, at KISS in Madison
n' Roll All Night, IWF Every Day
October 17, 2009
was only the third weekend all year IWF did not have a live event. All three "off weekends" occurred
on holiday weekends. We have been extremely busy with 70 shows so far this year...51 birthday party events
and 19 regular events. We will end up with 90 events for 2009.
So last Saturday, October 10, I saw KISS at Madison Square Garden on the Alive/35 tour. They are celebrating
35 years of rockin' and rollin' all night, and partying every day. Having been to over 50 concert-type events (music, comedy,
plays, etc), this was the best show I ever saw. So I got to reminiscing and looked through all the ticket stubs I saved
from all live acts I have been to...
Kiss, Paul Stanley solo, Van Halen, David Lee Roth solo, Sammy Hagar solo, Alice Cooper, Hall & Oates, Journey,
Def Leppard, Queensryche, Eagles, Don Henley solo, Sheryl Crow, Bangles, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Skid Row, Bryan
Adams, Kenny Rogers, Rick Springfield, Til' Tuesday, .38 Special, Simply Red, Genesis, Paul Young, Glass Tiger, The Hooters,
INXS, George Michael, and Joan Jett. Heck, I've even seen comedians such as Lisa Lamponelli, Bea Arthur and Don
What memories. I just love attending live
shows. So I know how important it is when fans and children come to an IWF live event. We work on improving the
live experience for our fans and party guests with each performance. Since our debut 12 years ago in 1998, there have
been 425 IWF live events. Soon, we will debut a new wrestlers entrance stage, and some new lighting effects. Being
successful is always a work in progress, and you learn something new every day. We've come a long way baby, but you
ain't seen nothing yet!
Legendary Sports Broadcaster Spencer Ross
Posted: September 20, 2009
Spencer Ross is a legendary sportscaster. With the exception of the Mets, Ross called play-by-play on radio
and television for every professional New York area sports franchise, including the Yankees, the Nets and Knicks, the
Jets and Giants, and the Devils, Islanders and Rangers. Outside New York, he called games for Florida
State Seminoles and Boston Celtics. Nationally, he worked for NFL on NBC and Major League Baseball on CBS Radio.
William Paterson University was well known back in the day for its great Radio
and Television communications program. During my junior year, the radio station wisely returned to the previous
faculty advisor, the late-great John Kiernan. He and department chair Doc Maltese and Dean McCloud brought in Spencer
as a guest professor for a semester, and having worked at the radio station the prior two years, I was first to register for
The previous administration really taught us nothing.
We were thrown on the air without guidance. Learning from Spencer in the classroom was a wake up call. The first
Pioneer football game of the season, he decided to pay a surprise visit to the broadcast booth where I was the radio play-by-play
man. I was terrible. During every break, he ripped me. "You aren't painting a picture for the listener!"
"You aren't telling a story!" "You don't know the play formations!" "Why aren't you wearing
a suit and tie?"
That Monday, he criticized me in front of every
student during the 3 hour class. He played the tape of the broadcast and ripped every mistake I made. He destroyed
me. If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. But he told me why I was wrong, and what I needed to do to
improve. I didn't quit and I asked for extra help. He helped me prepare roster charts. Told me how to read formations.
Explained how to tell a story and paint a picture. He told me a broadcaster needs to wear a suit always because you
represent the station and the university.
My broadcast the next week was tremendous. He played the tape in class, and praised me and explained everything
I did right. The next week, he brought in Ian Eagle for a seminar, who was at WFAN Sports Radio and now does NFL
on CBS. The following week, Erik Spitz held a seminar, who was WFAN operations manager. The only way to learn
your craft is to learn from legends and those who came before you in your field. There is no handbook for a successful
career...advice and knowledge are passed down.
I did radio play-by-play for football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. I then moved to television
senior year and did those sports, in addition to men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. My partner on television
was Kevin Burkhardt, who moved on to WFAN and now is a broadcaster for the Mets on SNY. We made a great team.
Burkhardt was hungry and the best. Spencer was a mentor and the best. To learn, you must be guided by the best
legends, and surround yourself with the best team. You cannot soar with the eagles if you hangout with mice.