Some great wrestling matches from the year that was

Craig Mitchell vs Trevor Outlaw (freelance wrestling)

Illustration: Freestyle wrestling

I’m going to get selfish about this, because this is my home indie. And it marked the first time I went there in a year and a half, and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. Now yes, I don’t know when I will feel comfortable going back, but at least I had this show. For any wrestling fan, I recommend that you go to an indie show at the earliest opportunity. It’s the best demonstration of the whimsical roots from which great companies have sprung and you can see the very heart of “The Business”. You haven’t really seen a wrestling show until you’ve seen someone’s grandmother yelling at her opponent from the front row, where everyone can hear her swearing, and the room smells like a combination of alcohol and despair about 20 minutes later, and COVID it’s just like sixth on the list of things you worry about capturing. And man, the Modelo tastes even sweeter in that environment.

Craig Mitchell is basically the heart of Freelance Wrestling here in Chicago, coming from their school and having been in the promotion since its inception. It doesn’t look like any wrestler you’d see on TV, as it looks like a fire hydrant they threw a tank top on, but it can seriously go, which is all that everyone at Logan Auditorium cares about. This was part of the tournament to crown a new champion, and he and Trevor Outlaw set up a 20-minute clinic for a room full of people so happy to be back there. And I was one of them. In a show like this you know that the guys in the ring are big fans of everything as you are, and that energy is transmitted back and forth. Maybe that’s why they feel more “yours”.

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