Wrestling makes a comeback in South Mississippi

Wrestling: Southern Style
The brother say their main goal is to keep kids off of the streets. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The brother say their main goal is to keep kids off of the streets. (Photo source: WLOX News)

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Southern Championship Wrestling, otherwise known as SCW, is an independent wrestling promotion that runs weekly shows in a VFW building in Bay St. Louis.

The shows are possible because of owner, wrestler and fan, Chris Black.

"Wrestling is kinda like a dying thing nowadays, and being able to keep it alive in my home county is a big deal," said Chris.

Chris started the promotion in 2010, offering live action entertainment to South Mississippi residents for a small price. Aside from running the promotion, he also wrestles at every show with his brother and tag team partner, Shaun Black.

"I would like to see this get as big as it can get, the bigger it is, the better it is." said Chris.

Chris says the love for professional wrestling started when he was young, Now, he's trying to do is get youngsters involved in professional wrestling.

"My main goal is to keep kids off the streets. This gives kids from five years old on up a place to come on Saturday night. It's safe: they're not doing drugs, they're not drinking, they're not in danger, they're not out doing stupid stuff," said Chris.

Although the shows attract children and fans of all ages, it's no child's play.

"The main thing that I hear a lot now is 'Oh you do that fake wrestling.' There's nothing fake about this. Being a professional wrestler is like being in a car accident over and over," said Shaun.

"It's 100 percent real. We put our bodies on the lines every time we step through the ropes every weekend. I recently just went through knee surgery about a year and a half, two years ago from this sport of entertainment," said Shaun O'Reily.

For O'Reily, having a family outside the ring only makes the injury worst.

"Outside the ring is a lot more rougher than it is in the ring because of all the traveling you do with wrestling different shows that you do outside the state, and they gotta sit back and stay at home," said O'Reily.

Although the matches may be staged, the threat of injury is very real. Chris and Sean also co-own a wrestling school where they teach wrestling at least twice a week.

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