Clevelands Absolute Intense Wrestling celebrates its second anniversary at tonights Absolution 2. Legendary grappler and WWE commentator Jerry The King Lawler battles former ECW Champion Steve King of Old School Corino in the main event. Its the first time the two icons have met in the ring. Its surprising, says AI Wrestling co-owner Nick Brashear. Given their backgrounds, youd think their paths would have crossed before.
Absolution 2 weighs in as the wrestling crews biggest event and represents an arrival of sorts for the company, which was started by friends who grew tired of unscrupulous promoters and the independent wrestling circuits lack of professionalism. At first, matches were staged at Peabodys while concerts were going on in the other room, recalls Brashear. Those were adult-oriented events. The group now promotes more family-focused ones, like todays bash in the Flats.
Brashear attributes his companys success to its willingness to pump up events. Unlike many independent wrestling organizations, AI Wrestlings outings feature story lines, video screens, and flashy productions -- just like the big boys. We want to make sure theres something for every kind of wrestling fan, he says. Todays lineup includes more than a half-dozen traditional, hardcore, and tag-team matches featuring several homegrown fighters -- like Peabodys security employee Raymond Rowe. Says Brashear: The talent in Cleveland has never been better.
Sun., May 20, 7 p.m.
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