Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Red Bank has a new kind of entertainment: Total Wrestling Entertainment. The new facility has held two wrestling shows already and plans to hold more the first, second and fifth (if there is one) Saturday of each month beginning at 8 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
The next show is slated for Sept. 7.
Bud Higdon, owner of 40-year Red Bank business Higdon Electric, built the new facility so his grandson Jaden Newman would have a place to wrestle.
“There’s more guys who want to wrestle than places to do it,” said Higdon. “He loves it, and I decided to rent a building and set it up rather than have him looking around for a place to wrestle.”
Higdon said he would eventually like to hold weekly shows. The cost to attend is $7 a person or free for kids less than 6 years old.
“We get lots of kids,” Higdon said.
Newman has been training under wrestler Chris Crunk for four years. He, along with Sheena Layne (wrestling name: Rock-n-Roll Rock-C), helps find the wrestlers who participate in the shows.
“There never has been [a permanent place to wrestle in Chattanooga] in the whole nine years I’ve been wrestling,” said Layne, adding that in the past she would typically travel to North Georgia for her hobby.
Each show at Total Wrestling consists of about five matches. Every match tells a story, with each wrestler making a dramatic entrance, said Higdon.
“Fans know who’s coming out by listening to the music,” he said.
Typically, one wrestler is the “bad guy” or “dark character,” said Higdon.
“Everything you see in the ring is real entertainment,” said Layne, who got into wrestling after seeing a show. “I saw one of the good guys and everyone was yelling his name. I wanted them to be yelling my name.”
She said the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd is her favorite aspect of wrestling.
“It’s 100 times better than anything you will ever see,” Crunk said of the TWE wrestling shows.
“It’s good clean fun,” added Layne. “The energy is awesome.”
Higdon said people in the area have seemed very receptive to the wrestling shows so far.
“The fans are equal to the fans you see on TV,” he said. “Compared to TV wrestling, this is tops.”
“Whenever I went to a show I saw the energy from the crowd and thought, ‘I want to be the one that creates that energy,’” said Newman.
The facility seats 160, and the past two shows have drawn anywhere from 80-100 fans, said Higdon.
In addition to holding shows, TWE also provides training for wrestlers age 14 and older, said Layne.