entertainers take the sport in a bloody direction
Photos by Caroline Limuti
students have heard of World Wrestling Federation
professional wrestling champion The Rock, the sneering
Triple H or World Championship Wrestling's Goldberg.
of Extreme Pro Wrestling fans in the LA Sports Arena
watch Supreme and The Messiah battle it out in the
King of the Deathmatch Title bout in which beds of
the California based Xtreme Pro Wrestling.
colorful characters such as Pogo The Clown, The Messiah,
Homeless Jimmy and its entertaining "deathmatches,"
which involve barbed wire, thumbtacks, light bulbs
and a bed of nails.
Extreme Championship Wrestling being known as the
innovator of extreme wrestling, the Rob Black and
Tom Byrne owned professional wrestling league is carving
a path for itself.
Darlin , left, Johnny Webb's valet, puts on
all about playing to an audience and the audience
responding and buying tickets," Black said.
Wrestler Kid Kaos (Joey Munoz) 21, who is currently
living in Los Angeles, is one of the organization's
young stars. He said he spends three to five hours
in the gym each day. "It just takes a tremendous
amount of time in your life.
biggest misconception [of wrestling] is that its fake,"
he said. "It is choreographed," he admitted,
but "it is a lot of hard work, a lot of pain,
a lot of injuries. A lot of people think they can
do it, but it's really a lot of hard work and dedication."
wrestler, who lives in L.A., The Messiah (22 year
old Willim C. Welch) agreed.
a lot tougher than a lot of people give it credit
for," he said before going out to wrestle in
won't lie, I woke up nervous, I'm nervous right now
[before wrestling]. I'm just going to go out there
and do my best."
losing the match (and a lot of blood) against Supreme,
he did seem in good spirits after the match.