MOUNT IDA – The Buddy Voan Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds was filled with the sounds of body slams and trash talk last Saturday as Professional Championship Wrestling presented “United We Stand.”
Unfortunately only a handful of people showed up to witness a very talented group of athletic entertainers perform in the squared circle. Participants included local favorites like “The Backwoods Assassin” and “The Insane One”, as well as former WWE performers such as “Tommy The Cowboy Young.” They were joined by a host of wrestlers from as far a Chicago, Illinois.
Wrestling has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the early 1900’s and was one of the first sporting events to be broadcast live on television. For many of us older folks we grew up watching regional wrestling promotions on local TV stations. By the time the new century started most of the regional promotions had closed with WWE and WCW taking up the lion’s share of television time.
Smaller regional promotions such as Professional Championship Wrestling seems to have emerged from the ashes to provide a more intimate brand of wrestling not found at the big shows in sold out arenas.
Wrestling fans milled around the fairgrounds visiting with wrestlers before, during and after the show Saturday. A meal was provided for those willing to purchase a VIP ticket, but by the time the show was over food had been offered to everyone.
During intermission wrestlers mingled with fans signing autographs and taking photos. One Wrestler known as Skittles sat in the audience after his match and would involve himself in other matches to the delight of those in attendance.
Local shows such as Saturday night’s performance not only provide local fans with a chance to enjoy wrestling live, they also offer people an opportunity to perform in an industry they love. The first match of the night featured “The Backwoods Assassin” and “The Insane One.” The pair was instantly recognized by those in attendance as they both work at McDonald’s in Glenwood.
The pair are a perfect example of what local promotions offer those who want to get involved in the business. “The Backwoods Assassin”, also known as Tommy Turner outside the ring, has been wrestling for four years. He is a lifelong fan of the sport and enjoys traveling regionally to perform on wrestling cards such as the one held Saturday.
He stated that he was told at an early age to live his life in such a way that who would become the most interesting man in the world. Tommy admits that he might not fit that bill, but he has committed himself to being the most interesting person you know. He is well on his way with a wrestling career and a career in paranormal investigation under his belt.
Tommy has been in the sport long enough to earn the moniker of veteran and has taken a fellow McDonald’s employee under his wing. “The Insane One” known by most in the area as Dakota Oxford, only has a few matches under his belt, but is putting the time in to learn the sport.
The two fought in the opening match Saturday with the promoter who wrestles as “Big T” serving as the special referee for the match. The three wrestlers worked hard to tell a story in the ring filled with action, a little humor and conflict that led to a tag team match later in the show.
Other matches included a women’s match, a men’s match, a hard core match and the finale which featured a tag team bout.
Wrestlers performing in the event brought varying levels of experience and came from Chicago, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma to participate in the event.
Dakota had a second chance in the ring when he challenged “Big T”, but was soundly beaten down. A fate often suffered by new wrestlers known in the business as “Jabronis”. As time goes on he will be able to move up the ranks and flip the role to victor.
Tommy was involved in the finale. Partnered with Justa Mazing from Chicago, they challenged the team of Big T and Tommy Young. The veteran wrestlers put on a show that rivaled any seen on television today, with the team of Big T and Tommy Young earning the victory.
Tommy stated that he will continue wrestling as long as his body allows him.
“When it’s over at least I’ll have some great stories to tell my grandkids!” he said with a smile.