My friend Scott Beatty and I host Wrestle Beat, a YouTube show about independent wrestling in the Chicago area. The folks at Supreme Wrestling Entertainment in Rubicon, WI, invited us to come up and cover their show.
This weekend, we packed an overnight bag and made the 120 mile trek across the border and had no idea what to expect. Independent wrestling companies (or indies) can be all over the board.
Our trip actually started with lunch at Ponderosa. I think Scott and I got giddy when we saw this old Chicago favorite in Hartford, WI.
We made it to the Rubicon Ranch (which we later found out serves awesome homemade pizza) and Ruby Hall well before the show started. The place was festively decorated to match the Extreme Halloween theme of the night. This was a great sign, as real thought seemed to be put into the decorations, rather than just slapping up a few witches and pumpkins. We appreciated the attention to details.
The wrestling itself was far better than the average indy company. The matches featured exciting action, excellent athleticism and actual drama. It almost had the old school feeling to it, while definitely being fresh and current.
The good guys including Storm (the SWE champ), Butchie Davis and Chase McCoy fought the good fight all night long and the crowd loved them. On the other hand, villains like Sexy K.C., Superstar Stevie Stardom and the Ross family had the crowd hating them and cheering their other heroes even more.
Some of the matches spilled out of the ring. One match even saw the wrestlers brawl into the hallway and restrooms, before returning to battle in the ring. The crowd enjoyed every minute of it.
After the night ended, the SWE talent mingled with the audience. Fans were excited to get autographs and take pictures with their favorite stars and the stars could not have been any more accomodating to everyone.
I am not going to list every match and the results. That info can be found on many wrestling sites (including the aforementioned Wrestle Beat). I really just wanted to relay how impressed Scott and I were with everyone and everything involved with SWE. This was just simply good entertainment. It was billed as “family” entertainment and it did not cross that line either. Kids of all ages, even big kids like Scott and me, were entertained for close to four hours.