Great main event from Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio posted free on Youtube. Aaron Williams and Chris Hero are featured in Eat Sleep Wrestle, and the Crist brothers are easily one of the most dynamic duos on the indy circuit. (They normally tag together.)
If you’ve never given indy wrestling a chance, give this a look. If nothing else, skip ahead to 19:20 and watch what happens.
Many wrestling fans and wrestling professionals like to talk about what’s wrong with professional wrestling. Nigel McGuinness is through talking. He’s ready to do something about it.
The retired indy wrestler spent the past six months creating a brand new concept for professional wrestling, one that melds traditional pro wrestling with an MMA fight style and a TV mockumentary approach to storytelling akin to shows like The Office. While “LA Fights” is not designed to compete with the WWE or even TNA, McGuinness hopes it will bring back fans and revolutionize the industry.
“People are tired of the lack of depth to both characters and storylines,” says McGuinness. “It has a similar structure to Lucha Underground from what I’m led to believe, but there is far more complex storytelling and characterization. The in ring style is a never before seen hybrid between mma and pro wrestling.”
McGuinness has a script for six episodes already written. What he lacks is the funds to make the project a reality. For that, he is calling on all wrestling fans to back his Kickstarter campaign.
I asked McGuinness whom we might expect to see in LA Fights. “Casting will only take place if the project is funded,” he said, “but I of course have a few people in mind for certain roles.” That said, McGuinness promises in his promotional video that if the project is funded, he will come out of retirement to wrestle again.
Fans who back the project on Kickstarter will get access to the episodes before the general public, as well as additional perks like a video diary chronicling the production, T-shirts, and even walk-on roles. If the project is a success, McGuinness envisions more episodes will follow.
“The goal is to get as many eye balls on the first series to establish the brand, show what it capable and then sell a second season to a major channel. It is specifically written for a second season.”
So why should wrestling fans back LA Fights? “Because they believe in my ability to create a product. Because they want to see something new in the genre. Because they want to be part of this generations evolution instead of sitting back and waiting for something that may never happen.”
Watch the first promotional video below, then go to Nigel’s LA Fights Kickstarter page to make your own contribution.
This is one of the greatest matches that most fans have never seen. An outstanding duel more than a decade old featuring CM Punk and his greatest rival, Chris Hero. This one gets a mention in Bluegrass Brawlers and is on the short list to be featured in a new book I’m starting soon. Block out an hour of time, get a snack and a drink, and enjoy an indy masterpiece.
Ace Perry is one of the busiest guys in the Midwest. In addition to weekly Wednesday night shows at Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio, and IWA Mid-South in Clarksville, Indiana, the Hoosier has dates set in the coming weeks with WCWO, Generation Next, Emerge Wrestling, and Infinity Pro.
Come spring, the young wrestler will have to block off one night to dress all the way up and head back to high school. He has a prom date with his biggest fan, Amanda. Amanda is a high school junior with autism, and a few weeks back, Ace made her Christmas by asking to take her to the prom.
Perry, who trained with Dru Skillz and Appollo Starr (aka the Soul Shooters) in Indianapolis, did not expect the video of that event to go viral, and he’s quick to deflect any attention he gets to Amanda. “She’s the real hero,” he posted recently on his Facebook.
Perry says he’s always enjoyed helping others, but he doesn’t see it as a requirement for the job of being a pro wrestler. “It’s just who you are,” he says.
Follow @AcePerryIndy on Twitter to keep up with the rising star. Just don’t look for him on prom night!