I can’t for the life of me understand why Pepper Parks isn’t the main event, the poster boy, and the champion, of a major wrestling organization. We hear all the time about needing to have “it” in order to be a top guy in the world of wrestling. “It” being a good look, good mic skills, and top notch in ring skills. There’s no doubt that Pepper Parks has “it” in spades. He looks like Adonis, easily able to stand side by side with any WWE performer in that regard. He has proven that he can cut great promos, and his ring skills are second to none. Throw in the fact that he’s married to one of the most talented, and best looking women in wrestling today in Cherry Bomb, and his marketability is off the charts. All of this isn’t to say that Parks isn’t successful. He’s been wrestling for nearly seventeen years, and has held numerous titles including the prestigious NWA National Heavyweight title, and is currently one half of the Combat Zone World tag team champions, with his partner BLK Jeez. They bill themselves as “TV Ready,” based on the idea (and truthfulness) that they could be slotted into any major Wrestling TV show, and fit right in immediately.
If I ran a company I’d be using Parks as my main draw. He could work as heel or face, and if you combine Cherry Bomb with him you not only have a more attractive package, you have a great female lead for a women’s division. Parks, as your champion, defending off challengers, or as the guy chasing your champion, further establishing that champion as a main event player, on his way to capturing the title himself, is money. You could also put him as the lead of a cool, or evil faction as well, or the guy being singled out by your heel faction. There’s really no position that Parks wouldn’t excel in. I think the only danger in putting Parks on top of a company is trying to make it seem believable that others on your roster are capable of defeating him. Parks looks like a guy that should be staring on NXT with guys like Balor, Samoa Joe, and Sami Zayn. As such, he can almost look out of place on a typical “indy” company roster. That said though, what a weakness to have!
I’ve already petitioned Legacy Wrestling to use him, and hope they find a way to do so. Either way, I’ll be a big fan of just about any company that sees what I see in Pepper Park and Cherry Bomb. Both even have a stellar reputation in the business as being legitimate good people. Talk about the total package. Thanks for all you do Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb. For making indy wrestling look professional, and accepting whatever roles come your way, and for being the stars you are in those roles. I’ll see you both on top one day. At least then I’ll get to once again say “see, I told you! Wrestling done right!"