Superstar Spotlight

A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin


by Josh Martin

He is the top guy in the ECWA management. He is the guy who oversees the promotion and who is in charge of mostly all the important decisions. He reports only to RGN, ECWA's parent company. With his signature white jacket and nametag he wears, he can be seen at most of the events working the front door area, keeping track of the money, the wrestlers and the entire production. Nothing escapes his sharp eye, especially when he thinks the promoter is spending too much money. Richard Naegele sometimes has tough decisions to make which are not popular, but one can rest assured that he always has the best interests of the fans and the promotion at heart. He has loyally served the promotion for 20 years and he has just signed on for another year as Commissioner. I had the honor to sit down with Commissioner Naegele and ask a few questions. I hope you enjoy!

Ring Name? Commissioner Naegele

Height? 5' 10"

Weight? (too much) 285

Character hails from? Baltimore, MD

Birthdate? (month & day) September 25th

Years Pro? 20

Favorite ECWA wrestlers? Freak Nasty, Cheetah, Mr. OoH La La, Boogie Woogie Brown, The Animal, so many more

How long have you been in wrestling? 20

What made you want to get into wrestling? I have watched wrestling since the early 70's and always found it enjoyable. When I met Jim Kettner and was invited to attend a show I couldn't turn it down. I have been involved ever since.

When did you join the ECWA? 1987 ?

How did you joining the ECWA come about? My connection with another organization (DeMolay) led me to meeting Jim and the rest was history.

What do you like about the ECWA? The great people past and present that have worked for the organization.

What have been your favorite ECWA moments? There are many. Three stand out - being suplexed by Simon "Lance" Diamond, squashed by Boogie Woogie and bitten by a midget.

Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? It is more entertaining in the story lines than in the past. I think though the matches from the 70's was more interesting and less predictable. Now you can tell what's going to happen like in a soap opera.

Favorite Food? Pork and Turkey

Favorite music? music of the 60's and 70's

Favorite band/artist? none

Favorite color? blue

Favorite sports team? Ravens

Favorite athlete? Cal Ripkin, Jr.

Favorite wrestlers? Brett Hart, Chief Jay Strongbow, Hiro Matsuda, Haystacks Calhoon

Favorite TV shows? CSI

Favorite movies? National Treasure, Titanic

Favorite actors? Wesley Snipes, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Will Smith

Favorite actress? Katherine Hepburn

What sports do you like to watch? Football, golf, bowling

What sports do you like to play? none

What do you do in your spare time? I am very involved in Masonic organizations at the local and state level

What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? School teacher

What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? School administrator