It’s been said in our industry that you have many acquaintances and only a few friends. I want to take this time to remember and pay respect to an acquaintance of mine and a friend of many.
The independent wrestling world lost a shining star in Trent Acid on Friday. From what’s been reported, Trent was found dead by his mother at the young age of 29. Even at such a young age, Trent was a veteran of the squared circle for the past 15 or so years in the Northeast wrestling scene and performed on tours of Japan. Trent made a name for himself in CZW and ROH, capturing title after title and helped put PWU on the map as one of its founding fathers. No matter what promotion he worked for, Trent had a way of pulling you in. He had that “it” factor that would cause you to cheer like Hell or boo the crap out of him. Regardless of his playing a heel or a face, Trent could connect with the audience and know how to feed off of that emotion to tell a story.
It’s no secret that Trent has battled his fair share of demons. But that’s not the Trent Acid I or others want to remember. The Trent Acid I remember is the International Superstar who hails from South Philly, Japan and weighs in at 9.5 inches. The Trent Acid I remember is the man who won tag team titles as part of the Backseat Boyz, putting opponents away with the Dream Sequence or by taking your head off with a Yakuza Kick. The Trent Acid I remember is the man who had wars with Homicide from Philadelphia to New York. The Trent Acid I remember is the cocky heel who tore through CZW as part of the Hi-V stable and wrestled twice in one night at Cage of Death 5. The Trent Acid I remember had a match of the year with Teddy Hart at CZW that went all over the ECW Arena, out to the parking lot, onto the roof of a car, and back into the building.
The Trent Acid I remember helped to make new stars like Devon Moore in PWU and had a hilarious match for the PWU Women’s Championship with “PrymeTyme” Amy Lee. And the Trent Acid I remember gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten in the wrestling business. On a road trip to NY for a show, Trent pulled me aside after devouring a bucket of KFC and asked me what I wanted to do in wrestling. Upon telling him either managing as there are really no good manager characters anymore or production, he shook my hand and told me simply to “Work hard, keep at it, and take the opportunities that come along.” I’ve been involved with various promotions for almost 3 years now and have found a home in CZW on the production team there. Had people like Trent not paved the way for promotions like CZW and PWU, it’s highly possible I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve come across in such a short amount of time. For that, I am eternally grateful and have all the respect in the world for Trent.
I’m sure everyone has a Trent Acid story and mine are different than most. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, Heaven just became more of a fun place.
Rest in Peace Trent. You truly were one of the best of the best.
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