The Booker

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Year 2011
Minutes 96
Film maker Alexis de Gheldere, Michael Perkins
Crew Filmmaker: Michael Perkins;   Filmmaker: Alexis de Gheldere;   Filmmaker: Alexis de Gheldere;   Narrator: Roy Dupuis;   Editor: Étienne Gagnon;   Producer: Denis McCready;   Executive Producer: Sylvie Van Brabant
Location United States of America

Steve Scarborough is a booker with a vision who is struggling to build a professional wrestling league from the ground up. In Steve’s mind, modern pro wrestling has lost their audience because the theatrical form has been spurned in favor of shock tactics and clearly fake fighting. Putting everything he has on the line, Steve works to capture and engage audiences by restoring integrity to championship wrestling with PWC and along the way he learns a little something about himself.

Steve Scarborough, thirty eight year old father of two, has loved pro wrestling since he was a small child growing up in Hawaii. So much so, at 22 he went to Japan to train as a wrestler, seeing it as a good way to get the experience he needed to pursue his dream of being a pro wrestling, Pro wrestling in Japan is treated much different than here in America. The wrestlers are respected and expected to act as professional athletes. The training is a brutal, boot camp like routine made to weed out any applicant that is seen as wanting by the elder wrestlers. When he returned to the states, he hooked up with the legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts and would be his traveling companion/wrestling opponent for almost 2 years. Steve maintains that it was these two experiences that have shaped his opinion of what pro wrestling should be.

Gradually Steve learned that he wouldn’t be able to make a decent living as a wrestler alone, so he started doing commentary and live announcing of the matches where he was on the under card. Things may have continued thus, traveling the country, picking up matches when and where he could until a chance meeting with pro wrestling legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Piper encouraged him to go into teaching the sport, saying that Steve was “too smart to get his head bashed in for money”.

Knowing that pro wrestling’s deepest roots lay in the south, Steve decided that was where he should go to set up his school. That was it, he just picked Atlanta off a map, packed up and moved. That was 2001.

After a few soured partnerships and failed attempts to get a school off the ground, Steve had all but given up on having a wrestling school of his own. Now married with children, he had to consider that being a wrestling coach and booker might not be in the cards. He decided to give it one last go, having heard that a local theater might let him set up a ring in a spare room.

Price $3.99

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