Wrestling returns to Hemet


Rusty Strait | Senior Reporter

The San Jacinto Valley seems to be obsessed with wrestling on television. It is a sport with no local connections so far as having it live in this area except high school which is pretty much limited to families with kids participating. The West Coast Wrestling Company is returning to the Wheelhouse on January 28th with a somewhat different angle.

They are breaking attendance records with their new format, marking Adam Ginzberg’s return to the ring for the first time in 12 years. I recently had the opportunity to interview Adam and ask why, after such a long time, he would want to be bounced around on a mat after such a long absence.

“I had to hang up my boots after major back problems that led to countless back surgeries. From the age of 2, all I ever wanted to be was to be a wrestler. All during the time that doctors told me I would never wrestle again, I became determined to prove them wrong. However, I am coming back because I have a personal issue to settle.”

“I’m coming to get revenge. West Coast Heavyweight Champion Ric Ellis in December, attacked my teenage son and myself while we were leaving another wrestling event. Make no mistake about it; this isn’t an ordinary wrestling match. It will be a street fight from the get-go. It will be anything goes, no holds barred, from nose to toes. There will be no disqualification for any reason, no count out. The only way to settle this matter is pinfall or total submission. Expect an old-fashioned Donnybrook. My only reason for living is my family, and when they are attacked or compromised, I will go to any length to protect them and our family’s honor. I will be doing what any honorable man would, and has to do, to defend his family.”

I’ve known Adam for a long time and I have never seen him so charged up with anger. Wrestling at its mildest is a back-breaking sport. I can’t imagine anyone enjoying having their body subjected to so much torture, but Americans seem to enjoy watching grown men beating the hell out of each other. In football, also a violent sport, the players wear all kinds of protective gear, and still they are not totally protected from body and brain damage. In wrestling, it is all bare bones.

If you’re into such mayhem, call 951-652-9968. Just sayin’


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