Independent wrestler Matt Cross recently appeared on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. The once Tough Enough competitor discussed a number of topics during the show, with one in particular being his life as an independent wrestler during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I shouldn’t paint too rosy of a picture because I think it’s a roller coaster” Matt Cross began. “It probably has been for everyone, I’ve had a lot of days where I’ve been very creative, very inspired, just like killing it. And then I had at least one day where I got out of bed at 4pm, because I was like, ‘what am I, what is this!?'”
Cross elaborated further, saying “and that’s the scariest part. So while I can enjoy these walks and enjoy the slower pace of life? The reality is that zero dollars are coming in. And I don’t have a job. I’m seemingly unemployed overnight, which is, I’m laughing about it, but it is the truth. So that is in a word? Frightening.”
With independent wrestling having to cease during the lockdown, even veteran performers such as Cross are forced to look at their options. “This is the sole source of my income, and has been for quite some time. You put so much heart and soul into building something and getting yourself to a certain place, and then it’s all sort of taken from you without anything that you did or said or could have controlled.”
With a tenured career in the ring, Cross is no stranger to lengthy injuries, and he compared what is happening in the world now to being on the shelf. “We’re [independent wrestlers] sort of all injured” Cross stated. “And there’s almost this sense of community in wrestling, that I really like. We’re like one big dysfunctional family and people have reached out and been very helpful. So I don’t know how long this will go? I don’t know, [but] it won’t last forever.”