An Evening With Sean Gorman
Zullo Gallery, Medfield, MA USA Feb. 12, 2015
The Professor and The Co-Conspirator braved the New England cold to attend Sean Gorman’s book reading. The Zullo Gallery was filled to capacity. Mr. Gorman was in great form, and appeared more than comfortable addressing the crowd which included his Medfield friends, people from the world of wrestling, and his mother.
Gorman’s friend Danielle, who wrestled as Adrianna and was portrayed as Rose in the book, introduced the author. He opened with a strange and funny story about backing up a toilet while visiting Dachau concentration camp outside of Munich. Not your standard opener, but this is Gorman.
Mr. Gorman explained how he got into wrestling and some of the mechanics of what a manager does to a mostly non-wrestling audience. He spent much of the talk discussing his writing process, and reflecting on the experience of writing a memoir. This was not a wrestling event, but was instead more about the man himself.
Mr. Gorman took questions and gave an equivocal answer as to whether or not he’s through with wrestling. The Professor got the impression that he may well be done.
There were some prominent people in the gallery from the world of wrestling. “Adrianna”, Brian Fury, Caleb Seltzer, and Mad Dog Matt Storm to mention a few.
Sean Gorman acquitted himself well and honestly in front of his friends, colleagues, loved ones. The evening was a success and it was worthwhile for the attendees. (No one was taking pictures, which is unusual in this age of cell phone cameras. Otherwise, The Professor would have included a shot or two).
The Professor recommends you read (and buy) Mr. Gorman’s book. His writing is tight and honest. It’s a must for those of us interested in the history of New England Independent Wrestling.
The Professor’s Review of Until We’re Strangers Again by Sean Gorman:
The Professor has only seen Mr. Gorman in action one time at a Chaotic Show towards the end of his reign there. The intensity of the crowd’s disdain for him spoke volumes.
The Professor picked up this book on the recommendation of Edward Wise, a well-known expert on New England Wrestling.
Sean Gorman grew up in Medfield, MA, a small suburban community outside of Boston. On a personal note, this was interesting because The Professor also grew up in Medfield, though never meeting Mr. Gorman as they are a decade apart.
Mr. Gorman is authentic and honest in this memoir with almost none of the self-serving butt covering and rationalizations that make most so-called autobiographies unreadable. This book is compelling as a human story, not just as a snapshot of an era of New England Wrestling.
“People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see” – Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human.
The personal journey Mr. Gorman took through life and Wrestling is an interesting one. He’s honest about his troubled childhood as a fatherless boy growing up as a misfit. He went to Emerson College in Boston where he earned a degree in Literature. His first job was selling personal ads for The Boston Phoenix, a now-defunct faux alternative newspaper. This was Gorman’s first encounter with the hollowness of Corporate Life, helping to form his opinions of the corporate world, which extend to wrestling and the WWE.
Gorman found his niche as a Manager in an era when Managers were either cut to save costs or were replaced by eye candy “Valets”. Sean Gorman honestly confronts, and laments, his own place in the contemporary Wrestling Business – the reality that he was born too late and that the big time and the financial awards would remain forever out of reach.
“The compliments always had a dull edge to them. In the end, I had a talent for something that was no longer viable in an industry that was all but dead.”
This book has an overall feeling of sadness, though Gorman never considers himself a victim.
One flaw in an otherwise well-told story is that Mr. Gorman does not tell us what he did to support himself after he left his first job at The Phoenix. This information would give important insight into the economics of Wrestling. How workers who typically get an envelope with enough money for gas and drinks pay their bills day-to-day while chasing a dream is of real interest.
Gorman remains his own man. Independent, defiant, prideful, and ultimately realistic:
“But our honor was never questioned and our loyalty was never sold. We never accepted the idea of “sports entertainment” and we always had each other’s back.”
Until We’re Strangers Again
by Sean Gorman
Paperback: 442 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2014)