MOUNT VERNON — Pro wrestling fans in Mount Vernon waited 25 years for a show like this.
Fans young and old witnessed crafty veterans and agile rookies strut their stuff in Ohio Championship Wrestling’s “Luck of the Draw” at the YMCA Sportcenter on Saturday.
What the fans got was a show they won’t soon forget.
Eight matches in all were put on by OCW’s best and most talented athletes. There were three title matches, as well as an impromptu tag-team match following the main event.
Several hundred fans packed the building well before belltime, forcing YMCA workers to bring out extra bleachers to seat everyone.
Some of the fans came from neighboring counties to watch their heroes perform. At least one family came from as far away as Zanesville just to see one wrestler in particular.
“Matt Mason,” said Payton Talbot, when the nine-year-old was asked who his favorite was. “He’s the best!”
“Hot Commodity” Matt Mason was indeed hot on Saturday night, winning a thrilling match against “No Shame” Jimmy Shane.
For Shane, who had been training for three years but wrestling professionally for just under a month, the match was a dream come true.
“Actually, one of my goals was to wrestle Matt Mason in my life,” said Shane. “I did it second match in. ... Hopefully, I want to take this all the way and make a career out of it someday,”
Shane, who sported a shiner over his left eye after the match, said wrestling isn’t as easy as it looks.
“It hurts,” said Shane. “People can say what they want, but it hurts.”
Fans witnessed a title change on Saturday night. Juice Jennings and Joey Vengeance defeated the Noble Bloods for the OCW Tag-Team championship. It was the culmination of a hard road for Jennings and Vengeance.
“This is my very first title ever,” said Jennings. “It’s a very special night for me.
Vengeance has been pro for over three years, while Jennings has been wrestling for about a year. The two began teaming in October, and climbed the tag-team ranks until reaching the pinnacle on Saturday.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said Vengeance. “OCW is one of the best promotions in the Midwest. To be considered the best tag-team of all the tag-teams to come through here is an accomplishment.”