History Of The Club Kayfabe Brand


The name Club Kayfabe was created by me, Chris O’Mealy, for a Facebook group for wrestling fans many years ago, but the seeds for it were planted even longer ago, back when I was still in high school.

In 2002, I created an e-fed with an old high school friend. An “e-fed,” or “electronic federation” is an online fantasy wrestling promotion, where players would create their own characters and compete against each other, not unlike fantasy baseball or football. Back then, when MySpace was all the rage (remember that?) we would communicate exclusively through these websites and use message boards to post our “roleplays” (basically in depth promos which would judge how our wrestlers would do in their matches) and also chat with one another about any topic of interest. In 2005, I ended using e-feds, but kept the message board itself alive, so that those of us who met each other could stay in touch and keep chatting about anything we wanted. Also in 2005, I made my debut on the independent wrestling circuit as a ring announcer, but that will be covered more in depth later.

Eventually, as social media grew, Facebook took over as the main networking website, as MySpace and other means of communication, like message boards, either faded into obscurity or disappeared altogether. Around 2010, Facebook groups were really becoming popular, with people forming groups of all kinds of interest. This led to my eventual decision to end the message board and move our group to Facebook. And thus, the Club Kayfabe group was born.

The name itself, Club Kayfabe, was chosen for two reasons. I wanted our group to be somewhat exclusive, and only include wrestling fans who would chat politely and respectfully, and avoid the typical forum trolls that plague the internet. Hence the use of making the group a club. The word Kayfabe is one of my favorite words in all of wrestling vocabulary. To put it into simple terms, kayfabe is when a wrestler is exclusively in character or working part of a storyline. Dwayne Johnson is the person, The Rock is his character in kayfabe. This would also apply to, say, an injury that wasn’t legitimate, but only being used to further a storyline. I also came to appreciate kayfabe more when I ventured into the wrestling business myself, and admire the few wrestlers who work hard to keep it alive. It is (mostly) a dying term among mainstream pro wrestling.

Eventually, our group hit the next social media and online community method of evolution when we began our own podcast. Pat McDermott, Dan Peck, and myself recorded the very first episode on May 15, 2013, and have continued ever since. The podcast branched us out and allowed us, and our community brothers and sisters started branching out and doing more projects of their own. This included the three hosts, which is why Glenn Kukan eventually replaced Pat McDermott as one of the main podcast hosts. The actual brand name of Club Kayfabe became bigger than just a community of wrestling fans, and was used to identify a whole collection of podcasts, blogs, and other projects.

In May of 2017, after toying with the idea for a few weeks, I finally decided to move forward and create this website, to turn the Club Kayfabe brand into what I’ve always wanted it to be: one large community of passionate people, who have something creative to share with the world. My goal is to become one of, if not the, biggest communities of creativity on the internet.

 

Chris O’Mealy, Club Kayfabe Creative Community Founder


Greetings! Thank you for coming to the CKCC! I am working hard to make this online community as big as it can be, and that cannot be done without your assistance! I won’t bore you with my entire life story, but I will tell you a little about myself.

I am originally from Vernon, New Jersey, and I graduated Montclair State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Communications/Broadcasting. I worked for the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida for six years, and also at Universal Studios as part of the opening team for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I currently live in Pennsylvania with my beautiful wife Shannon and two little meowing fur-babies, Perry & Lily.

In December 2004, I joined my friend John Salinas (also known as wrestler Johnny Toxic) on a trip to Pittston, Pennsylvania and entered the Back Breaker’s Training Academy for the first time. Stepping into a wrestling ring for the first time is an experience I will never forget. Under the tutelage of retired WWF star Johnny Glitter, and top trainer Justyn Glory, I ended up debuting for World Star Wrestling as a ring announcer on May 21, 2005 at the Matamoras Firehouse in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. In 2007, John and I, along with Chris Decker, founded Garden State Wrestling, aka GSW, which is now known as Grand Slam Wrestling, our very own promotion which is still running to this day. I am no longer actively involved in the wrestling business, but I am still proud to work with and support every single person who lives their dream every day of becoming involved in the business I love and cherish so much.

My true passions in life include media, writing, and promoting. Hence, why the creation of the CKCC was a big step for me. I can record my podcasts, write in my blog, and promote other creative people like myself. I hope to continue doing this until I am no longer able to.

How Do I Join The Community?


My main goal is simple: anyone with a creative idea or project is welcome to join, as long as they’re willing to put the effort in to get themselves noticed. The only content I will not allow on the website is content that could otherwise offend other people, such as anything political, radical, or taboo. However, I am not one to stifle someone’s creativity, so present me with your content and we can discuss if it can become part of the website!

E-mail me at chris@ckcconline.comand tell me what it is that you do. If you have a podcast or a blog, or you do art or cosplay, I want to hear from you! Maybe you do something I haven’t even thought of yet! Whatever it is, contact me and let’s discuss it.

You’ll be responsible for sending me the info needed to update your particular section, but I will do everything I can to promote you on every social media site I can get my hands on! All I ask in return is that you link back to this website, and send as many of your own fans to us as you can.

Will you be the next member of the CKCC? I hope so!