Monday, July 27, 2009

Independent Pro Wrestling Rules

My latest Notes from a Polite New Yorker column is now online at Kotori Magazine. It recounts my love of wrestling and documents a good wrestling show I attended at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The independent wrestling shows in New York (and Philadelphia also) will be notable for several reasons. One of them is the level of audience participation. At the show I went to, the crowd was at times both cruel and appreciative. For example, when the ring announcer paged an audience member, “Will Alex Johnson please report to the front ticket table,” the audience took up the chant of “Alex sucks! Alex sucks!” Later, the ring announcer had to page a man named Charles Seaman, and more hilarity ensued.

One of the reasons I made sure to attend the show was to see the Necro Butcher in action. You may know him from his performance in ‘The Wrestler’ in a very bloody match with Mickey Rourke. The Necro Butcher is famous for bloody and over-the-top hardcore wresting matches. His match was not that bloody, but it was good.

I have made it a point to try to make it to more independent wrestling shows. You should too.


Matt Ceccato said...

Hey Matt of the Upstairs-

I read your post at the magazine website. Ring of Honor wrestling airs on the HDNet network about twice a week. I'll check it out!

Matt of the Downstairs

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