Jason Wagner 20, (Joey Balls) screams out as he puts Ryan Crozier 15,
in a leg lock as referee Juan Bermudez steps in. The WWF-like wrestlers tape
the fights to show on two weekly TV shows on community access cable.
Backyard wrestling is not for the faint of heart. In
the era of "Jackass: and extreme sports, they're packed with obscene
language and gestures, neck-twisting stunts, a drug-laced story line and,
occasionally, oodles of blood. Their style of backyard wrestling amateurs
imitating the pros on World Wrestling Entertainment - has been popular
nationwide for many years, and this group is one of the more popular of the
backyard federations with their show being aired on public access television.
Much of the wrestling is choreographed but the stunts are bone crushing with
many of them leaving scars, broken bones and many with stitches. With all the
violence they portray they remain a close nit group. And for many of the
young wrestlers it's a way of escaping the troubles of their past.