Posted - 11/01/2011 : 9:48:30 PM
| Inside Sacramento's Supreme Pro Wrestling:
I Want to Be a Wrestler When I Grow Up
By: Belinda Bentley
I know. I'm a psychic and a writer of the paranormal so why pray-tell am I interviewing wrestlers? Paul Dale Roberts of HPI Paranormal told me he had a hot lead on a fantastic wrestling team and asked me to do the story. What girl would pass up that chance? I certainly wasn't going too.
It's Halloween night and it feels like the perfect time to interview men and women in costume. My assistant Tamreen Crockett joins me to take extra notes. He caught all the details I didn't. His notes became a valuable tool in this article. Our meeting place is at their practice in Sacramento, California. The place "Supreme Pro Wrestling Training Academy," where they teach pro wrestling. At the moment I have a lot of questions running through my mind. I'll work on getting as many of them answered as possible.
Supreme Pro Wrestling is Sacramento's only source for live pro wrestling from what the website www.supremeprowrestling.com says and my research seems to back that up. SPW has no sponsors they've been fueled by ticket sales for what will be twelve years in April. Their annual anniversary show always brings in the biggest group says, Sir Samurai, who is now the owner and manager of SPW. Sir Samari was a professional wrestler himself. Six years ago he got his start as a ring announcer, assistant to the owner and then a trainer! He has seen professional wrestling from every angle and job. From humble beginnings he was left a legacy. That legacy now carries on in Supreme Pro Wrestling!
He manages a diverse group and he gave me the low down on a few of them. Professional wrestlers of the WWE John Morrison actually got his start at SPW so when Sir Samurai says these are some guys to look out for, it's time to listen! On January 8, 2012 JR, Brian Reed, Ms. Bratt and Joe De Soul who dances in the ring, will be making their début as professional wrestlers on their home turf at 6200 McMann Drive. "JR (pictured on the left) has potential, size, agility, attitude and is a power lifter." says Samurai "He is someone to look out for. Brian (pictured on the right) is a football player, he is young and hungry. He's only 20 and has an advantage starting young. "The British Messiah" Timothy Thatcher is the most successful wrestler on the team at present. He has wrestled in England and is the top wrestler in Northern California. He has drawn the attention of the WWE!" Their head trainer ,"The Nihilist" Cjay Kurz from Fresno, Calif. has been in this business longer than anyone else with 10 years under his belt. The Riv we met as we were leaving. He's a nice guy and extremely helpful. It is unbelievable that he is a bone crushing wrestler - until you see him in the ring! The tattoos, bulging muscles and focus on what's happening in the ring even when he isn't the one in it give a clear indication he takes his career seriously! He is definitely someone I'd like to interview and investigate fully.
Recently the SPW added two women to the roster and today I was able to interview one of them Ms. Bratt! What exactly compels one to become a wrestler? That is where I needed to begin.
Ms. Bratt has been apart of the SPW on and off since she was fifteen. She is now twenty-two. Her start began when she saw one of their flyers at Dimples Records seven years ago. "I begged my mom to take me. I grew up with two-half brothers and two-step brothers." she explains. "We used to watch wrestling during family time something captivated me about it. You never knew what was going to happen next. Then I found Indy wrestling. It's an addiction. I can't get away from it." She continues on about the current condition of professional female wrestlers. "Women were banned and now WWE has models in skimpy clothes. It gives us a bad rap. That's what people think real female wrestlers look like. I am a real female pro wrestler. I've always wanted to do this. I was a teenager with my friends jumping off the roof. We were always getting into crazy stuff." She spoke about wrestling like it wasn't only her life, but as if it was in her blood.
Violence isn't my cup of tea, but I'm in to the gruesomeness of what really happens in this sport I can't lie. People must really get hurt. I was wondering what type of injuries people get from this sport. So naturally I had to ask, what are your scariest moments?
"I've cracked my heel. That sucks. I freak out more when other people get hurt. Not myself. I've seen scary injuries. The worst - a broken cheek bone and a gashed knee. I had to closed that up."
After I winced a few times I prodded along. Most of us remember names like Mr. T, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. Who is your favorite role model in wrestling? "Lita before she broke her neck and Trish Stratus (Canadian professional wrestler, actress.) Luna was the first one who really said you don't have to be a "girly girl," but Mae Young is my favorite! She is still at it and she is like 88." (Mae was an influential woman in bringing popularity to female wrestling. She has documented wrestling matches every decade from 1939 till now.)
I asked if Ms. Bratt had any important causes or charity she supports. She supports the cancer relay for life. http://www.relayforlife.org/ The SPW team is constantly involved in the school district and always support charities for AIDS, cancer and kids. Just recently they participated in a charity show for River City High in West Sac.
"What is the meaning of courage to you?" I asked Ms. Bratt. "Being able to chase your dream! That takes a lot of courage and a lot of bravery to pursue. There is a lot of turn your brain off and do it in wrestling. Thinking can be bad because you second guess yourself. You have to commit and just do it. That takes bravery!"
What's your favorite wrestling move? I asked "The Monkey Flip I did the first time recently! It's really cool," she says.
Kids, don't try this at home. Go to the academy if you want to do this the right way! Here is the "Monkey Flip" on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBW5dw_3kLQ
Shows are the third Sunday of every month. Tickets are available online or at the door. The next show is November 20, 2011 and the début of the four SPW newbies are January 8, 2011. I'll be there! Sir Samurai, did tell me that even people who aren't into wrestling enjoy the shows tremendously! "There is comedy, action and wrestling. There is something for everybody!"
I didn't get a lot of time to interview everyone as I wanted to. In the beginning it was as if I wasn't there. When they train they train hard and are completely focused. Nothing else matters. This is their life. I am thrilled that a few were able to take some time and give us a glimpse into the profession. The team impressed me. I'd love to interview JR, The Riv and Brian before their début!
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Special Note: Belinda Bentley did a fantastic job with this interview. It's nice to step out of the world of the paranormal to look into other peoples' worlds, this is exactly what Belinda did. My son Jason Randall Porter aka 8-Ball will enjoy this interview, because he was once with Sacramento's TWF (Trace Wrestling Federation) - known to the world as Backyard Wrestling. TWF used to be featured on Sacramento Access TV. I used to party with Maddog Buzz Sawyer at Confettis and Bobby McGees in the 80s. Maddog once picked me up and carried me through a huge crowd of people in Bobby McGees, just because he could. My uncle 'Chuy' Villalobos aka El Lobo used to be a pro wrestler with Pepper Gomez and wrestled Haystack Calhoun and Ray Stevens. His son a lifetime Marine named Will Villalobos of San Jose is a Golden Glove Boxer, Pro Wrestler and has a black belt in Karate. Yes! I enjoyed Belinda's interview, since I have a connection to the wrestling world. Thank you to Genalyn Santos for bringing this group to Belinda's focus! Paul Dale Roberts