Wrestling fans are stubborn at the best of times, and as such they tend to only list the very best of the best amongst their all-time favourites. We hear the likes of Stone Cold and The Rock more often than not, but interestingly enough, many of the so called ‘elites’ never would’ve reached the lofty heights of superstardom if it weren’t for Al Snow.
Yup, that’s the same Al Snow who was associated with the J.O.B Squad, Head, the Kennel From Hell match, and many other bizarre wrestling moments and gimmicks over the years.
“It’s a big thrill for me to watch my students succeed on any level. I’m just so proud of them, and I really believe and have determined that whatever legacy I leave behind in wrestling is going to probably be my training.
I’ve been blessed to have been an in-ring performer for going on 36 years, and in that time I’ve made a lot of mistakes, so that gives me a wealth of experience that I can pass on. They can understand where I made my mistakes, and I can help to prevent them from making it themselves.”
Snow, who is a nearly 40-year veteran of the industry, has been quietly building quite the reputation for himself as a coach of the stars of tomorrow. For many years now he’s been slowly transitioning away from the squared circle and into this new line of work, and for the most part, it’s been a resounding success.
If there was a picture of every Joe in the world we’d finally be able to see what the average Joe looks like.
— Al Snow (@TheRealAlSnow) October 29, 2017
Al has always come across as one of those ‘what could’ve been’ guys, and the man himself essentially confirmed that during our recent chat with him. The 54-year-old realises that many opportunities have come and gone over the years, but right now, all that matters is that we appreciate what he’s doing for the business.
Even last week we discovered that Santino Marella is one of Snow’s many ‘graduates’ so to speak, and the list of stars that have benefitted from working alongside him will stagger you. With a syllabus in place and facilities all over the world, it’s no surprise to hear just how well things are going.
“You’d be surprised at how much control a performer actually has once they step foot in the ring. Something may work, or not work, but that’s on you. The phrase that’s used the most is ‘always ask for forgiveness, never ask for permission’. If you ask for forgiveness, then you take your chances. You may have to come back and say you screwed up, but at least you took your shot.”
Al was always a capable performer inside the ropes, but there’s an argument to be made that he’s carving out an even more impressive career as a trainer. His wrestling brain combined with his passion for what he does makes him one of the premier options for anyone looking to break into the business, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the man himself.
Snow is an avid fan of comic books and has always likes to keep busy, but above all else, he just seems like a man who is always looking ahead in order to see how he can further both himself and those around him. That is the mark of not only a true professional but a true gentleman.
“Sometimes you’re in the forest so deep that you can’t see the trees. You don’t even see the opportunities that are there until you get further out, and then you realise ‘oh that was an opportunity’ or ‘oh I blew that one’. As far as regrets though, I never regret being a professional wrestler. I’ve lived an amazing life, and the only regret is that at some point it’ll have to come to an end. That’ll be hard.”
This is a guy who may never have been the face of his generation or era, but whenever someone gave him something slightly unorthodox to do he’d knock it out of the park, get back up and then do it all over again.
If you can’t respect that, then you can’t respect anything.