From The Sip Trunking Experts

TMCNet:  St. Cloud Times, Minn., Andy Rennecke column: Ellering doesn't shy away from past

[December 28, 2009]

St. Cloud Times, Minn., Andy Rennecke column: Ellering doesn't shy away from past

GREY EAGLE, Dec 28, 2009 (St. Cloud Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Paul Ellering has been all over the world. He's probably seen everything twice.

That's what happens when you're involved in the professional wrestling business.

Ellering was involved in the sport during its big burst of popularity in the early 1980s through the late 1990s. He got out of the game in 1998 after years of managing the Road Warriors, aka the Legion of Doom. The tag team of Hawk and Animal were first in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and eventually moved on to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Ellering, a 1971 Melrose High grad, just isn't known for his time in pro wrestling, however. He also became a sled dog racer and has participated in the Iditarod many times.

While he's asked about both, wrestling may be the hotter topic. Ellering, 56, and his family operate The Historic Rock Tavern on Big Birch Lake in Grey Eagle. The family lives above the establishment. Ellering and his wife, Joan, have two daughters and a son.

But if somebody asks Ellering about his days with the Road Warriors, he's not one to shy away from talking about it.

"I still go out and do autograph signings," Ellering said. "I went to St. Louis in May and just got back a couple months ago from New York, Newark and Charlotte. A vendor usually brings in 25 guys and people can get pictures with you and autographs. The vendor pays you a flat fee. It's nice to go to those and see the old guys who were around when I was.

"Hardly a week goes by that people don't ask me about it. That's fine. It's better to be asked than not asked." Ellering does miss some things about the professional wrestling lifestyle. For one, he always had a tremendous amount of down time.

During that down time, he usually liked to read as much as possible.

"I love to read any kind of book," Ellering said. "I don't have that luxury anymore. My time is all chewed up. I always had down time in the cab, at the hotel or on the plane. I miss the locker room banter with the guys too. That was always fun. I don't miss the traveling or the grind of it." Ellering is grateful to have been apart of the AWA and the WWF just when cable TV was beginning to sweep the country. He knows that's why he and the Road Warriors had so much success.

"It was a tremendous time to be in the sport," he said. "In the early '80s, we were right on the cusp of history as cable was spreading across the country. Before that we wrestled in little territories and moved on. Cable completely changed the demographics of the sport. That was an exciting time and I didn't live in one place. You could fly everywhere and live where you wanted.

"Wrestling was a passport to everywhere. You name it, and I've probably been to that country. I've been to every state and city in the country it seems like. That was part of it -- it was a lot of fun." Ellering knew he always wanted to come back to Central Minnesota when his wrestling days were behind him. He loved the area growing up and knew what kind of education his children could get in Melrose.

"When you see other places and how they do things and compare it, it's really hard to beat this area," Ellering said. "The schools are good and the people care about each other. The crime is low. It's a great place to raise a family. That's why I came back. I always loved this area." The tradition of wrestling in the Ellering family may not be done. Ellering's son, Saul, 15, is a freshman on the Melrose varsity team. However, Saul is recovering from a knee injury that he suffered while motorcrossing.

With Saul being so young, he really doesn't know how popular his dad was in the wrestling world. It's hard for his daughters -- Rebecca and Rachael -- to remember as well.

"They were young and I traveled a lot," Ellering said. "Becca was 10 when I retired. At that time I didn't let them watch TV. I thought some of the stuff they put on those shows in the later years was almost rated R. It was just time for me to get out. After all, how long can you do it?" Just long enough.

This is the opinion of Times sports writer Andy Rennecke. Contact him at 255-8735 or Read his blog at

To see more of the St. Cloud Times or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to . Copyright (c) 2009, St. Cloud Times, Minn. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For reprints, email, call 800-374-7985 or 847-635-6550, send a fax to 847-635-6968, or write to The Permissions Group Inc., 1247 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 303, Glenview, IL 60025, USA.

[ Back To SIP Trunking Home's Homepage ]

Subscribe here for your FREE
SIP TRUNKING enewslettter.

Featured Partner

Featured Whitepapers

SIP Security for the Enterprise
Voice over IP (VoIP) is incorporated into a variety of computer networks, both public and private, and used for everyday transactions and communications among carriers, businesses, government agencies...

Making A Broadband Purchase Decision
Businesses today have many options for broadband connectivity. Clarifying your particular business needs prior to selecting a broadband provider will ensure an optimal match of broadband service to your requirements.

Voice-Optimized Network Delivers Premier Call Experience
Customers equate call quality with business quality. Real-time communication, interpersonal interaction, and the cordial tone of a call center representative can create a positive impression of your business that no email can match.

Featured Case Studies

Business Telecom Expenses Reduced 50%
A small to medium sized company in the midwest was interested in migrating to IP Communications, but in today's economy, they were hesitant to upgrade their communication system due to their perception that the cost would outweigh the benefits.

Multi-State Company Cuts Telecom Costs 50%
A multi-site, multi-state company with extensive monthly long distance fees and toll-free charges did not have adequate broadband for Broadvox SIP Trunking requirements, nor did they have a SIP enabled telephone system.

Discover Leisure Connects Remote Users to its IP-PBX
Discover Leisure is one of the largest resellers of caravans and motor homes in the UK. With 15 branch of?ces all over the country, the company spent a great deal of money every month just on internal phone calls.

Featured eBOOKS

Internet+: The Way Toward Global Unified Communication
Connecting the telephony of the enterprise PBX or Unified Communications (UC) system using SIP trunks instead of conventional telephone lines has been very successful in recent years.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 2
SIP trunking is becoming more of a focus for service providers. One key issue many service providers face when deploying SIP trunks is NAT, or Network Address Translation, traversal.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 1
A vast resource for information about all things SIP - including SIP, security, VoIP, SIP trunking and Unified Communications.

Featured Videos

Broadvox VAR Testimonial VAR 1:
Part 1 of the VAR (Value Added Reseller) Partner Program Testimonials for Broadvox...

E-SBCs AS The Demarcation Point:
Ingate's Steve Johnson talks to Erik Linask about the role session border controller plays as the demarcation point at...

Demystifying DPI
How can deep packet inspection protect your SIP traffic as well as your entire network?

Featured Resources

Partner Program Overview:
Over 4,000 VARs, Master Agents, Solution Providers, and Independent IT Professionals trust Broadvox. We offer customized services and solutions to fit seamlessly into any company's business model. And when you partner with Broadvox, every member of our team stands behind you and your customers 100%...

SIP Trunk UC Summit

What's New

Presenting the New Ingate/Intertex Website:
Internet+ is an extended Internet access allowing high quality SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based real-time person-to-person communication, everywhere and for any application. It applies to both fixed and mobile networks ...

Featured Blogs

Featured Webinars

Secure SIP Trunking:
What You Need to Know

Successfully Deploying Enterprise SIP Trunking:
Tools and Techniques for Overcoming Common Roadblocks

Featured Podcasts

Getting the Most Out of Your SIP Trunks:
Ingate's Steve Johnson and TMC's Erik Linask discuss how best practices forgetting the most out of SIP Trunking services and common pitfalls to avoid.

Featured Datasheets

Ingate SIParator E-SBCs
Adopting SIP is a simple process with the Ingate SIParator, the secure enterprise session border controller (E-SBC). The SIParator makes secure SIP communications - including VoIP,SIP trunking and more - possible while working seamlessly with your existing network firewall.

Ingate Firewalls
Everyone is talking about enterprise usage of VoIP, instant messaging and other types of realtime communications including presence and conferencing.

SIP Trunk Solutions for Service Providers
The award-winning Ingate Firewall and Ingate SIParator deliver a high quality, reliable SIP trunk connection between the customer's IP-PBX and the service provider network, and solve interoperability issues to simplify deployments and support for remote diagnosis of reported issues.