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NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Ronald Clayton, Honorary Ring Announcer for 1/13, Speaks On His Return
January 2, 2012

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So you may or may have not seen the promotional video about the ‘Golden Vocals’ returning home next month on January 13th. If you haven’t then you’re hearing it from me, and if you have, then it’s true. I will indeed be in the building for the night reclaiming my place as the ring announcer for the event.

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EWA management gave me a call a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in taking the position to kick off the year. I jumped at the opportunity – it’s almost like a full circle for me. (I made my debut with EWA during their January show a few years ago.) I’m looking forward to being back in Dundalk and doing what I do best – representing myself and the company as THE voice of the brand. It’s been a long time, but I guarantee you the “Ring Announcer Ron” you all have come to love will be no different from the “Ronald Clayton, Honorary Ring Announcer” you’ll see next year. The vocals are still polished gold, and will surely be a sound for sore ears when I return (or so I’m told).

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I get a lot of questions from the fans and athletes alike as to why I keep disappearing. First off, it’s in no way, shape, or form any kind of abandonment. I want them and you, the reader, to understand right now that I perform for a LIVING. I act, I do stunts, and I produce shows. This walk of life requires a lot of traveling and sad to say, traveling that involves going far away from ‘ol Dundalk. (There are so many ‘bad guy’ things I could say here, but I don’t want to kill the mood.) Lucky for me, I’ve stayed very close to and respectful of management, and watched from afar the growth, temporary decline, and re-growth of EWA.

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At the risk of sounding cliché, I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of faces. It’s good to be back on the east coast for a while and even better to know I’m still welcome in the EWA ring. In the short time I’ve been back, I’ll admit, I’ve done some pretty dastardly things at other promotions, but EWA is where I got my start. A LOT of guys in Maryland got their start in EWA, in fact – whether they want to admit it or not. Some ask ‘Ron, why EWA? Why do you want to go back there?’ And the answer is simple; Anybody who knows me knows that I’m all about promoting family in the workplace. And though, some members come & go, there’s nothing like the family the Eastern Wrestling Alliance has built. Granted, I’m the lost cousin that only comes around for the holidays and disappears, but I’m still a part of that family – and EWA management reaching out to me and inviting me back proves that.

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I’ll never forget my debut as a ring announcer in EWA. Cold Fury in January of 2009. People kept calling me this ‘Larry’ guy (which I now know is a reference to my [now] big brother in the vocals Larry Kennedy) and not even a whole 5 minutes into the show, I found myself face to face with the towering and quite intimidating DJ Hyde. (The video is on YouTube). I screwed up announcing then Heavyweight Champion Ryan McBride’s weight during the main event championship introductions… I got heckled for it, yes. But instead of letting those things get me down or scare me away, I wanted more… I wanted to come back and get better. Many shows later, I became the beloved ‘Golden Vocals’ of the EWA and found myself shaking hands with many other very talented athletes in the process.

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Not a thing has changed.

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I still want more. My hunger to be a part of the wrestling world still burns with a passion, and when you get hungry – especially during the holiday season – you gotta admit, “There’s No Place Like Home.” See you all out there.