….that night after the Wrestlegasm staff Christmas party. Sidekick Andrew hadn’t converted to the Straight Edge lifestyle at the time, so he was nursing a monster hangover. Myself and (fake) Matt Striker were impressively sober though, so we indulged in an evening of team bonding.
Before the fun, I had to have one of Strikey’s infamous grammar lessons. This one involved learning the difference between ‘who’ and ‘whom’; a tricky little grammatical gem which trips up many a writer. I remember it well because every time I had to use ‘whom’ I said it in a posh English accent. He didn’t laugh. But I did keep the Post-It close at hand should I need it at a future date.
Anyway, it was a marvellous evening. I made a pot of tea, split a 400g bar of Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut and stuck on some Blackadder DVDs. During a later, spirited game of Truth or Dare, I had been asked what the first record I ever bought was. I told him it was Especially for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan and it was on 7″ vinyl. Strikey had never heard of this, so I showed him the video on YouTube and he agreed to recreate their 1988 Top of the Pops appearance with me. He’s quite the mover. Skip ahead to 2m:13s for the greatest dance routine you will ever see two people plod through.
It was my turn to ask Matthew a Truth, so I asked him what his favourite book of all time was. Shutup! We were sober, remember? He informed me that it was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. At which point I bahahahahaha! But we did pinky-swearzies and promised to keep those secrets between ourselves. It was our thing.
So, imagine my horror when I trotted over the MSNBC.com and found that Strikey had been sharing this particular secret with the whole world? Outrageous! Yes, Matthew Striker, you are going to get a lot of flack for this. And if you didn’t see the interview, which was actually Striker and MVP plugging the WWE programme inspiring kids to read, you can watch it here.
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PS—> Nice recovery with the whole calling in sick at school to go and wrestle thing, Mr. Striker. Following your dreams. We ♥ you.