MEDIA: What will the new wrestling shows be like in Hamilton? (Dayton Daily News)

Posted on 1/22/119 by Mike Informer

What will the new wrestling shows be like in Hamilton?
My shows are professional

17 hours ago
By Mike Rutledge, Staff Writer

HAMILTON Professional wrestling events debated by the
community were approved Wednesday for a gym facility on the
West Side of Hamilton.

The first of the Friday shows will be Feb. 1, with doors
opening at 6:30 p.m., and the first bell ringing at 7:30
p.m., members of Future Great Wrestling decided and
announced after they won a reverse decision from the

During the Wednesday evening meeting, there was none of the
rancor or controversy that happened during a December
meeting, where the proposal to allow wrestling in the gym
facility at 190 N. Brookwood failed on a 3-3 vote, with one
member absent.

But on Wednesday, the commission voted 7-0 to allow
wrestling events as a 90-day trial. If all goes well, the
commission can vote to approve future events on an ongoing

Residents of a nearby housing complex where mostly older
people live had expressed concerns about traffic, parking
and the possibility of rowdy, noisy fans possibly fighting
in the parking lot after the events, which will end at 9:30

Brian LeVick, who owns both the Future Great Comics comic-
book store on Main Street and Future Great Wrestling, and
the 30 wrestlers he is working with were offended about the
misperceptions they said the neighbors have about wrestlers
and wrestling fans. The events are clean, wholesome family
fun, LeVick and supporters said.

This citys cried for things for something for kids to do
for a long time, said Hamilton resident Joe Trent. I have
an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, and they love these things.
They just love going to it, and I just hope theyre able to
continue to.

Jason Myers, 45, who wrestles under the name Cody Hawk,
told the commission he has been in a professional wrestler
business 23 years, and has produced wrestling shows for 18

In that time, Ive wrestled all over the United States, and
all over the world, he said. I worked for the largest
company, the WWE, and Ive worked for some of the smallest,
independent wrestling companies, companies just like Future
Great Wrestling.

While what we do is predetermined (in the wrestling ring),
theres nothing fake about what happens to our bodies.

He has wrestled in more than 3,000 events and has run about
1,000 events of his own all over the tri-state area, he

He ran shows from 2003-07 in Evendale every Tuesday, drawing
about 100 people, and never once had an issue, he said. I
ran shows in Dayton from 2011 to 2014, and again, never had
an issue.

My shows are professional, he said. My wrestlers are
fullytrained professionals who do this not because theyre
getting rich, but because they love to entertain.

Myers trains the staff, books the talent and writes the
shows featuring the struggle of good guys and girls versus
bad guys and girls, he said. Anything you see happen on
one of our shows came directly from my brain and my pen.

The shows through the years have raised money for charities
like St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and Autism Rocks
locally, an arm of the Ken Anderson Foundation.

His girlfriend is a nurse in a doctors office and wrestles
by night, he said.

The change in the commissions vote came for two main
reasons: The commission and neighboring residents were
comforted by and 90-day trial; and also, city staff met
Friday with the neighboring community and explained the
steps, including guaranteed number of security forces and
increased parking, that would be taken to ensure neighbors
would not be disturbed.

Mr. LeVick, happy wrestling, Fay Baker, president of the
Colonial Lake condominium association, told him during the
meeting, indicating the neighbors gave their consent to the

Hamiltons city council chambers were filled with an
audience of wrestling proponents, about 15 of them
wrestlers, and others people who plan to attend wrestling

At one point, to show that the wrestlers are ordinary people
with day jobs, LeVick asked the wrestlers to stand, and
contrary to the images some of them offer as entertainers, a
group of well-dressed, ordinary looking people stood. LeVick
then asked those planning to attend events, and another
group of friendly-looking people stood.

LeVick suggested the display to demonstrate that the
wrestling events, which will cost $6 for general admission
and $8 for front-row seats, are family-friendly
entertainment. Advance tickets will be available at Future
Great Comics, 528 Main St., in Hamilton.

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