Last Saturday night the Sacramento Wrestling Federation came to Gridley for their first ever event in Butte County, and judging by the happy faces of the more than 100 fans of professional wrestling on hand, the first time event has to be judged as a rousing success.
Last Saturday night the Sacramento Wrestling Federation came to Gridley for their first ever event in Butte County, and judging by the happy faces of the more than 100 fans of professional wrestling on hand, the first time event has to be judged as a rousing success. Butte County Fair CEO Sean Earley was pleased with the gathering for the first time event.
“I was afraid no one would show up,” said Earley. “I am pleased with the turnout, and everyone is having a good time. This is a good event, and we will definitely have them back in the future, most likely at this years Butte County Fair.”
There was plenty of action during the two and a half hour program, and the fans in attendance, some of whom travelled from as far away as the Sacramento and Woodland area were more than enthused with the show put on by the wrestlers.
“It was awesome! I'm totally pumped!” announced a beaming Chaz Patton, 14, of Gridley. Patton was the winner of an auction which allowed him to walk to the ring with the wrestler of his choice, and then raise the winners hand after the match. Patton chose to accompany Chico State and WWE Tough Enough participant A.J. Kirsch to the ring for his match against blue-haired villain Will Rood.
Patton stood in Kirsch's' corner throughout the match, cheering wildly for his favorite SWF superstar to earn the victory. There were a couple of close falls, but eventually Kirsch gained the upper hand and after flying high off the top rope to land a big elbow on a helpless Rood, it was one-two-three and a victory for Kirsch, an obvious crowd favorite.
Once the ring had been cleared of his opponent Kirsch called Patton into the ring, and much to the delight of the fans, Patton raised the victors hand in the air to signify victory, and then both wrestler and fan climbed the ropes in a victory celebration which brought loud cheers from the fans gathered, and gave Patton a thrill he will remember the rest of his life.
There were seven matches on the card on the night, with a double main event featuring the first title defense of SWF Heavyweight Champion “Double D” Dave Dutra, who took to the ring to face “The Mexican Werewolf” El Chupacabra. “Chewpy” as he is affectionately known by his fans, some who even brought signs proclaiming their loyalty to the young star, might just have the biggest following among the SWF regulars, and was easily the crowd favorite against the much-despised Dutra.
However, Dutra is the champion for a reason, and despite the best efforts of “Chewpy” and his loyal fans, the champ was not to be denied, and he eventually caught “Chewy” in a DDT off the top rope to claim the pin-fall victory.
Fans in attendance did get the chance to see a title change hands on Saturday night. The current tag-team champs Pink Mink Inc. led by their manager Marcus Mac, were no match against the super-sized tag-team combo the Suburban Commandos. The Commandos, who are roughly the size of a Suburban, took it to the champs, who were having problems of their own as the members of the team weren't seeing eye-to-eye.
After a tough back-and-forth match, the Commandos finally gained the upper-hand, and were able to capture the belts in front of the delighted crowd. It was quite a surprise to see the belts change hands, because it doesn't happen every night, and the fans applauded at their opportunity to witness SWF history.
One of the most unique characters of the night had to be Jeckles the Jester. Jeckles, the self-proclaimed “Freakshow,” entered the ring early in the evening during an interview with former SWF Champ Dylan Drake. While Drake was being interviewed, Jeckles entered the ring and announced to the crowd his intention to issue his “Freakshow Challenge” which means he was going to challenge someone to a match, and no one in the crowd knew who it would be.
First Jeckles announced he might pick the little boy sitting in the green hat in the front row. The shocked little guy wearing the hat had a very shocked look on his face, and turned to his father sitting next to him as if to ask, “Do I really have to go in the ring if he calls me?” Then Jeckles said, “Or maybe I will call the gray-haired lady on this side of the ring,” pointing to another member of the audience sitting on the opposite side of the ring. She obviously wasn't as worried, giving him the razz, and waving him off as if to tell him he didn't want any part of her. For the rest of the story, please pick up a 3/28/12 edition of The Gridley Herald. Never miss a score with a subscription to YOUR news. Call us today! 530-846-3661