–via Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles for The Indie Tribune (used with permission)
He’s tough as nails with a chin like granite and the strength of an Arkansas farmboy. He shows no mercy in the pro wrestling ring.
But with the fans, especially the little ones, he wears his heart on his title belts and finds time — every time — to stop and say hi with genuine sincerity. It’s the right stuff of a champion in the best traditions of Indie pro wrestling.
Just take a look at the expressions of the little lady and her mom and dad when Tim took a moment to accept the offer of a handshake last month at NWA Texoma before climbing into the ring to defeat The Texas Lion, Houston Carson. For those fans, a memory is made to last a lifetime.
When Tim Storm — The Perfect Storm — steps into the ring on Friday night (October 21) in Sherman, Texas, to face one of the greatest challenges of his storied career, wrestling a fiercely determined Jax Dane for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, he will be depending on his fans for inspiration.
“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my wrestling career,” Mr. Storm told the fans at Sherman last month. “There’s no place in the world I’d rather wrestle than in front of you guys.
“I love wrestling and I love wrestling in front on you. This is my home. This is where I belong.”
Having won the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship twice, The Perfect Storm is no stranger to success. But he wants more and figures the clock is ticking.
“You know, I’m happy with where I am in wrestling,” he said. “And there’s only one thing I’ve never done. There’s only one title I’ve never won. I made it almost to the top of the mountain with the NWA North American title, but I’ve never made it all the way to the top.”
Is this the time for Tim Storm to reach the pinnacle?
“I’ve spent my time working and preparing as I’ve sat quietly by, watching and listening to the rhetoric that the NWA World Heavyweight Champion has been spewing,” Mr. Storm wrote yesterday as Godzilla Dane continued his month-long tirade against the world, against NWA President Bruce Tharpe, against the rabid and knowledgeable fans at Texoma, against other top-notch pros in the NWA, and especially against his former mentor and friend Tim Storm.
“Most of what he says is true with a slight twist that reminds me of our current presidential race,” Tim Storm continued. “Yes, he has beaten me each time we faced one another. But it’s been three, not eight (as Jax claimed yesterday).
“Yes he’s been champ over 400 days. And yes, Godzilla is the real deal. But the man who beat me three times isn’t the one I met in the ring in Sherman last month. Not the man I had come to respect. Even admire.
“This one is more… unstable. More violent and yes, even more dangerous. But also potentially more vulnerable.
“I’ll step into the ring Friday night against a different opponent,” Tim Storm continued. “One who seems to have lost his focus on what’s important.
“Jax if you’ll be honest with yourself for just a few seconds, you’ll admit to yourself and the wrestling world that on Friday night in Sherman, you won’t be wrestling Tim Storm. You’ll be hoping to survive Tim Storm.”