Much like a pro wrestling event, there is a lot that goes into making everything “happen.” It’s never just a “one man show.” There are many people involved behind the scenes who are crucial to making the end result a spectacular success.

For this writing project, it is no different. Therefore, I wish to thank the following people from the bottom of my heart for their willingness to give my draft(s) a read, for providing feedback, wisdom, insight, critiques, editing expertise, quotes, inspiration, patience, love, support, friendship, prayers, and for wrestling with me throughout this process: My wife, Stacy; my dad, Bob; my mom, Peggy Y; Gary C; Ron F; Megan H; Scott H; Sandy N; Max H; Dan L; Tom H; Jason G; Dick G; Mark B; Tom D; Suni P; Rich D; Heather D; Tina W. Thanks most of all to Jesus Christ. Thank you for forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life.

To my daughters, Sarah and Rebecca: Your earthly father is not perfect. I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. However, God’s grace and forgiveness in my life has been powerful and humbling. I will still fail in life, but know this: Your heavenly Father will never let you down. He is perfect and He loves you, even more than me. May you allow Him to lead you in your life, in your stories, for His glory. I love you both so much!

I also want to give a great big thanks to the following “old school rasslers” who were willing to take my call, chat for a while, and give my draft a read: “Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff; Tully Blanchard; and “Cowboy” Bill Watts. And, thank you to the Christian Wrestling Association International [CWAI] and R.J. Smith for the use of their wrestling ring for the photos.

This book is dedicated to The Von Erich family: I have never met you in person but I thank God for using your story in my life so that my life would be part of His story. Until we meet in heaven…

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