One of the sad things of independent wrestling is the talent that comes and goes through it. There are a lot of guys who have a lot of natural talent, who have worked hard to earn the respect in the business, but, unfortunately, end up leaving the business for whatever reasons, be it personal, frustration, or in the case of Trent Acid, death.
During the time where me and David would attend NWA Wildside shows, we encountered a lot of those talents like that, got all the talent in the world, then fade away. We got to see one of those guys in Trent Acid. Known for his work in the Northeast, specifically Combat Zone Wrestling, we had heard he was one of the guys to watch.
It was the early 2000's and he was labeled among talents like Reckless Youth, Christopher Daniels and others as the early indy darlings. What made Acid so great was that he wrestled so many different types of matches, from the Jr. Heavyweights to tag-teams, to even the Ultraviolent style. And he excelled in all of them, CZW knew that and unofficially labeled him as their ace, the guy to go to when they needed a great match. When they brought in Homicide to help lay the seeds for the future CZW vs ROH feud, who did they feud him with? Acid.
I'm not going to go into details of his career post 2004, however it was during this time his name started to slowy fade from the spotlight as he worked other promotions that weren't as big as the CZW's or ROH. Towards the end of his career he made good and returned to CZW in 2009 until his untimely passing due to a drug overdose.
I had recently saw a conversation which asked the question of whether or not Acid would've been noticed by the WWE had NXT been around in the early 2000's. Most undoubtedly, in my opinion, the answer is yes. The only thing I know that he needed to work on most was his interview abilities. But I know, he had the talent that would've gotten him noticed in a modern day WWE. Back then, size was definitely an issue, but in this modern day, in the era of the WWE Network, I can tell you without a doubt he would've gotten someone's attention in Stanford. Sadly, like those before and after, his demons got the better of him and we'll never know what he could've achieved.