Drew Gulak

CHANGE IS THE LAW OF LIFE

Re: Management Changes date 1/28/2018

Dear Mr. _____ ________,

To follow up on our last correspondence I believe the tournament you have planned is a fantastic idea. So many opportunities have been squandered by the poor habits of my co-workers and any future endeavors we hope to achieve were muddled by their poor behavior that I can’t thank you enough for even taking the time to present the idea to ______ let alone convincing him to do it!

 

I think you’ll be a fantastic addition to our division and I’m excited for the world to share in the news! We have been lacking leadership for so long, and I’ve only been able to do so much from an individual platform. Before when I’d tackle these sorts of things, as you know, I had backup. I don’t mean a partnership as we’ve tried here before, I mean LEGITIMATE consorts. Why when I had issues of safety and regulation in the workplace, we responded with a platform built on leadership, investment management, security, education, and equality. And delegation was the key! That’s what Mr. Donovan always told me!

 

But I digress! I am indeed looking forward to the changes you have already implemented here, and I can speak for my other coworkers that they are as well! The addition of Mr. ______ is a most intriguing one as he’s basically been unproven this far into his career, yet he strikes me as a real go-getter! I’m glad to see we are on the same page and I look forward to developing our ongoing relationship!

Sincerely,
Drew Gulak
For A Better 205 Live

the pear of anguish

Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
— Benjamin Franklin

The end is nigh. I’ve heard it constantly for the last three years. No one wanted to give us a chance and the few that did were never able to make their voices heard. For so long I was obsessed with changing that silence. I wanted to help others understand that by strengthening their weakness as a group the whole would succeed.

I was naive.

So many selfish men have shown their true colors in our division. Blinded by the fear of obscurity they neglected the group and instead pursued their own needs, leaving their brothers behind for a larger pond in which they can not tread.

I was frustrated.

Change is the only absolute in life. It is an everlasting shrine of security. I have always believed this. Thus I understand that accomplishment does not equal happiness but a sense of fulfillment is the key to solitude. My predecessors could never grasp this and in the midst of chaos and their faults the result remains the same: the end is nigh.

I must not squander the platform I have been given. I will always survive in the face of obscurity that so many have feared that they sacrificed the rest of us only to fall short. I can do this because of the harsh environment where I was forged. Radars do not exist because the challenge that I seek is always directly in front of me.

I am champion and now in the forever waning days of our journeymen experiment I find myself embracing the change that I have always adored and ultimately see the truth: that without concern for the trials of others the destination becomes clear, and it’s what I am best at.

Pain and punishment.

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205 Live EVENTS!

After the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016 I was simply told, "Thank you. We will let you know if any other opportunities come up in the near future." I've heard this time and again throughout my career in wrestling. I believe that in life, no one is truly owed anything, and I am not one to get my hopes up or my heart set on accomplishments that are not in my control. That said, being eliminated in the second round of WWE's historic tournament was in as many ways a wake up call as it was a major accomplishment.

Back in 2004, after spending a year on the ring crew and helping to clean up after live events at CZW, my brother Rory and I were invited to the wrestling school an hour away in Deptford, NJ. The hour is made up of mostly traffic to anyone local doing the math between there and Northeast Philly. He was given a piece of paper with a waiver on it the week prior and we put both our names on it and had our Mom sign it. Our friend Pugsley drove us to the school in his pickup truck and we started training together that summer.

Zandig, CZW Owner/Deathmatch Icon, would run class here and there, Jon Dahmer being the head trainer at the time with DJ Hyde assisting. I remember Zandig took us outside and very bluntly told us we probably wouldn't "make it." He was simply being honest having seen so many people come thorough the school thinking they could just jump into a pro wrestling ring and live out whatever fantasy they had in mind. I've seen it many times myself. Whatever you want to pursue in life you have to be all in. And you have to want to be all in. You could never be let down if so.

Whenever an opportunity falls through I always remember that according to the boss we weren't supposed to make it. This is why I never get my hopes up. I love every aspect of what I do and as long as I get to share it in some way I am fulfilled.

A few weeks after the end of the Cruiserweight classic I got a last minute text message to be at RAW for a Cruiserweight appearance. I cancelled family plans, a common theme in this line of work if you let it become one, and it was game time. This went on for weeks without a contract or the promise of being signed to one. People have expressed to me that without a guarantee they would be worried. The truth is I had been living my life without guarantees since I turned 10 and we upped and moved one summer with my Grandparents into the city. It was reinforced when I started training in pro wrestling. It was reinforced every time I got an opportunity to perform in the ring whether it was training or in front of paying customers. Nothing in life is guaranteed.

When the decision to begin 205 Live was made, within days the Cruiserweight division was sitting in a meeting with the show's creators and directors. We were all told it was to become a touring brand with an identity of its own and everyone I knew was excited about the prospect. Then came the growing pains.

Growing pains are a necessary process in life. It's not truly a negative. It simply refers to the stress of tackling problems and creating new ones and they exist in anything that experiences growth or change. The roster has changed, the format was different, and everything we were doing was being "thrown into the deep end." I saw a lot of the same fear of uncertainty arise over the last year that I saw in others throughout my career. The stress of growing pains can toll heavy on a group but it tolls heavier on the individual. At the end of the day you are only accountable for your own actions and not for the ideals of others.

It has been over one year and 205 Live is still WWE's newest brand. It operates independently and coherently with the RAW brand, which is considered an anchor of WWE's programming. And now we are being granted another opportunity in the form of our first independent live touring events this January. Only one year into the development of an entire cast of performers will we be getting a chance to interact and perform intimately under the 205 Live banner.

I think back to all the opportunities I have been so lucky to have been a part of during my career doing what I love: Trying out at CZW, debuting in 2005, Winning championships there, touring the independents for promotions like CHIKARA, EVOLVE, and PWG, traveling abroad and learning all over the world, sharing it with my friends and my brother in particular, earning a tryout with WWE and not being called back until the Cruiserweight Classic a year later, earning a spot on 205 Live and eventually becoming a contracted member of a professional wrestling federation turned entertainment conglomerate that I had watched and studied my entire childhood.

Respect isn't given, it is earned. Opportunities aren't given, they are earned. Failure is normal. Change is normal. As long as you are able to find true enjoyment and fulfillment then the rest just becomes part of the process.

The next part of that process takes place January 20th in Lowell, MA and January 21st in Poughkeepsie, NY. Tickets and event information is below. Everyone on the 205 Live roster is extremely excited to be a part of this very personal milestone in the WWE.

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January 20th - Lowell, MA: Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Tickets - Event Info

January 21st - Poughkeepsie, NY: Mid-Hudson Civic Center
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Textbook

At this point I knew of Tyson Dux via his reputation for about my entire wrestling career. He is a well respected veteran from Canada and even fought against Zack Sabre, Jr. in the opening round of WWE's Cruiserweight Classic. I believe this was the first time we got to have a match against one another and I felt like we just clicked. Hopefully one day we will get to face off again.

I had been lucky enough to travel to Canada almost as soon as I started wrestling thanks to Joker and Sabian (now BLK Jeez) taking me under their wings at CZW and inviting me on the road with them to places like UWA in the mid 2000's. It wasn't until 2015 that I was able to compete for SMASH wrestling in Toronto as a part of their Fourth Gunn stable with Chuck Taylor, Biff Busick, Johnny Gargano, and Tarik. They are always great to me there, fans and promotion alike, and would even allow me to bring trainees from the CZW Academy up to gain experience at their events.

If you're in an industry like pro wrestling I cannot stress how important it is for you to travel and learn from as many different people as possible. It's rewarding! And don't wait for someone to ask you, go and ask, and get it done yourself. You can read every book and study every piece of footage, there is just no substitution for experience.

Drew Gulak vs. Tyson Dux from Smash Wrestling's "Battle Lines"

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