THIS IS CHAOS – Inside Bristol’s Local Pro Wrestling Scene

THIS IS CHAOS – Inside Bristol’s Local Pro Wrestling Scene


Swisher, short-arm, then I’ll hit the centre
off a second. If you’re watching a If you’re watching a film, you need an antagonist and a protagonist to actually have a reason to fight. Ok. So just feet the corner. Squish and ‘short arm’, that’s this gimmick, innit? If the film starts and they just have a fight
and it finishes, it’s probably gonna be a rubbish film. -Don’t go too far out, the closer the..
-The closer the better for you, upper back *ugh* I get most excited probably
once the doors open and everyone’s in and the show starts cause I can’t control it then.
But at this point I’m a nervous wreck because I know there’s probably another
know the 200 things that needs to get done. And now it’s okay it’s when all the wrestlers come and start asking questions and we’ve got like 40 of them tonight so
that’s where I gets really stressful. At the highest level it is like
EastEnders. It is like any sort of movie conflict. but when you get down to the
reasons why the pinpoints in terms of what the outcomes of that are, it’s very
rare Dot Cotton and Peggy Mitchell are going to end up in a ring as an example.
When we talk about things we don’t necessarily talk about we want this to happen this
show and this happened this show and this to happen this show. What we really think about is we take this one character and we think about their arc and where it is we
want them to get to. What’s the destination that we
want them to get to and how do we get them there. Guaranteed there’s a character
backstage someone that you could relate with and connect with,
and make you enjoy that if people give it a chance. For me growing up watching wrestling, me specifically I didn’t really like the wrestling. I like the
characters, I like the reason they were fighting and the way you got to those outcomes. And that’s really what drives what this company’s now turned into. MAN MY GODDAMN BEANO. BEANO. I USED TO READ GODDAMN BEANOS WHEN I WAS A KID. WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE COMING ROUND AND TRYING TO THROW ME OVER THE GODDAMN TOP ROPE. (Can we do it again but a bit more intense) We felt strongly that if we invested a
bit more time into the why the match is happening or the why there is that
conflict, it gives people more reason to invest their time and their energy.
But also from a business perspective, their money because they’ll buy tickets to come back to see what we do. Eddie you weren’t there! Charlie, you did eliminate him Let’s calm this down alright! Next show we’ve got a rematch, for who? OUR championship! In like an amplified way, I just
want to have fun, I want to be colorful. I want to do what it is that I do and some
people receive it, some people don’t I’m just happy a lot of people who receive it so. I guess Sugar D, like just
it’s me but it’s like amplified you know. Like everybody has that person that like
is who they want to be all the time but they can’t always do that because
sometimes it’s like oh my god I don’t know how people receive it, how they’re
not gonna receive it, and it’s like no, like this is just me. I had a lot of fun last time I was here and when they asked me to come back down this time, I just thought, yes. Like definitely. -Dick Riley! Do a run in Dick Riley!
-Yeah let’s do it at the same time! I have a 60 hour week job that keeps me going and then I do this, 3-4 times a week. This is my full-time gig yeah, Wrestling pays my bills. I heard you saying before wrestlers
are exaggerated versions of ourselves This is gonna be awkward because I am ‘Dick Riley’ Yeah Richard is more of a normal person but Dick is just fun out to have fun. It’s near enough how I am outside of this. I’ll be working, telling the boys ‘Argh boys, dja know what I mean? My neck’s hurting, My back’s hurting’. People think this doesn’t hurt. People think that scripted entertainment is not dangerous. Everything that I’ve just done up
there, split second later or earlier, Could have broke my neck, broken an arm. You know what I mean? People think because that it’s not a scary thing, that anybody can do it. Anybody could do it with the right
training if they’re athletically gifted enough. From the smallest tiniest acorns
the biggest oak trees grow, And I think it comes from how it’s structured. We’ve got the three best friends that anyone could have. And because they are so tight that resonates. We had an idea about seven years ago
just me and him we were like pondering the idea of running a couple of shows.
And then Dave, our other owner, sort of spoke to us and said oh yeah I quite like the idea
of doing it as well. It’s a pet project of myself and two of my friends. and it was originally meant to be something where we got frustrated with the way wrestling companies were working in the area and we thought we could do things differently. And about five and a half years ago we put on a show we hoped enough people would show up and
it’s really just mushroomed into this crazy thing which is basically taking
over my life. Dave’s been a lot of the driving force
behind where we’ve come from where we are. He’s always been like try to push forward and expanding what we do. Dave’s a people person yeah. People person. I was thrilled to get the offer to come here because it’s such a community spirit! I’ve been coming here ever since it started and it’s just mad! I think these smaller community shows are fantastic because not just for the Adults that are there enjoying themselves, got something to do on a saturday night. It’s all the kids enjoying it as well!
I’ve got so much time for kiddies that are here and enjoying wrestling, like a little kiddo was showing me their karate kicks tonight! This is where the fruit starts to grow. This is where the tree comes from. You don’t get that without having this. You can try and manufacture it but you don’t get the same experience. One of my favourite things honestly that I get into over here is the football chanting!
-Oh you’ve been to a game? -Yes! But then they’ve adapted that to wrestling chants. It’s the greatest thing man
-Is it not like that in the states then? -Definitely not.
-Really? -You see it would require this thing called harmony and rhythm and they’re not really on it. That’s why you’ve got to have to lead them like this, so they know when to clap sometimes. *Chants of ‘Dick is our Champion’ to the tune of La Donna È Mobile* All of our venues have got specific
lighting which is focused on the ring so you can’t see the audience.
That creates a bit more tribal atmosphere from the audience. So they’re less afraid to react and they’re less afraid to stand up and make noise for the guys in the ring because they can’t be seen! Because we want to
make it inclusive for everybody everybody felt inclusive, well included. So as a result we have seen with things like with social media, people saying I’ve
just been to this Pro Wrestling Chaos show, it was great. Somebody else might see that and then
say ‘oh you went to that chaos show? oh we should meet up next time we should
chat, you know start to share their feelings on it! -(How was it)
-uh, scary! Because I was worried about whether people would actually want to see me or not because I haven’t done that in a very long time. and the fact that we kept what we were doing a bit of a surprise so nobody knew what we were gonna do. I was told the action was
nice. As soon as I go out there it’s like white noise. I was so nervous. I’ve still got adrenaline running through my nails. my voice probably sounds different because I’m just shocked to be honest. Pro Wrestling Chaos is a hobby that’s gotten way out of control.

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