The wrestling bug has really bitten me. Since photographing Funky Munky three weeks ago I have discovered that there are independent wrestling promotions all over. I contacted SCW (Scott County Wrestling) and was able to photograph their event on Saturday night. The thing I like most about these shows is that it’s all about the matches. There is very little talking, unlike the current WWE where it seems all they do is talk. The matches are high quality too, this isn’t just some kids messing around in the back yard. I never would have believed you could see someone jump off the top rope through a table in small town Walcott, Iowa. (see the first photo). To top it all off, after Shane Hollister beat Matt Cage for the heavyweight title he called his girlfriend to the ring and proposed. If you like wrestling at all, I highly recommend getting out to support indy wrestling.
Mason Beck gets the win over “American Voodoo” Mojo McQueen
Last night I photographed Funky Munky Wrestling at the Latin American Social Club in Sterling, IL. It was my first time shooting pro wrestling and I found it quite difficult. In most sports I know where to position myself for certain types of action. Basketball players are going to head toward the basket, batters in baseball have an actual box outlined in the dirt where they are going to stand and football players move in a general direction toward the goal but wrestling is totally unpredictable. I constantly felt like I was in the wrong position but as soon as I would move, the action would change and I would wish I was back where I started. On the occasions when I was in the right spot the images were great. I’m looking forward to doing this again.
Mojo McQueen uses a voodoo doll on Mason Beck
Judd the Janitor takes Tyler Priegel for a ride.
Bucky Collins interacts with the fans before his match.