Popular Wrestler Headlines Greektown Wrestling’s Biggest Weekend Yet
Brace yourself, Greektown Wrestling fans. This Sunday marks perhaps the biggest day of the popular event to date.
The promotion has come a long way since its debut about six and a half years ago, according to Greektown Wrestling founder Channing Decker.
“We started out doing shows in legions in front of 150 to 200 people,” he says.
After the wrestling promotion moved to the Danforth Avenue area, that number grew to 600 and is expected to be much higher after the move downtown this year.
Decker says one of the keys to the success of the promotion was the quality of the live experience.
“It’s grassroots, but it’s also high-level wrestling,” he says.
Decker also credits Greektown wrestling fans for making the event what it is today.
“It’s the real people in the community buying tickets to see local shows,” he says.
The main attraction is the match between Rob Van Dam and Decker himself, who is also a wrestler.
Van Dam is one of the most notable names in wrestling to ever grace the promotion.
He doesn’t compete in independent wrestling very often, so it’s a big deal when he does, Decker says.
Decker is enthusiastic about the match, noting that Van Dam’s appearance could mark the start of a “new chapter” for Greektown Wrestling.
“It’s exciting for me to see a lot of social media and hype in the US and across Canada for this event,” he said.
Decker is also proud of the wide variety of other talent on display including Sonny Kiss, RJ City, Serpentico, Santino Marella and Jock Samson.
“I like to think that everyone who walks through the doors of Greektown has something very unique,” he says.
Loud and energetic crowds
Space Monkey is perhaps one of the most interesting wrestlers to take part in this weekend.
Never breaking his “monkey trained to fight in space by NASA” persona, he doesn’t hesitate to share what he loves about the promotion.
“The crowd is always loud and full of energy. No matter how I feel at the time of the game, they always give me more energy,” says Space Monkey.
As for what fans can expect from him next Sunday, he sums it up in one word: “Fun!”
Space Monkey says, “I like to start out in the ring silly, bore my opponent, and show agility, but as the match progresses it will become more of a fight.”
Greektown Wrestling has a proudly diverse and inclusive lineup.
“It’s important to me that people in the community pay their hard-earned money to come to the show to see themselves represented,” Decker says.
When Decker started wrestling 10 years ago, he noticed that wrestling was a sport that appealed to all types.
“You’re going to see kids, you’re going to see old people, you’re going to see people in wheelchairs, you’re going to see LGBTQ people,” he says. “I think it’s the creativity and the craziness of it all that maybe speaks a little bit about all of us.”
This weekend’s Greektown Wrestling event takes place on April 10 at 6 p.m.