Dragon Off the Top Rope

Thursday night the Opening Day attendees of Dragon*Con 1999 were greeted by the convention’s first presentation of professional wrestling. Several hundred attendees were entertained by the flying bodies, fists, and feet, of the Alabama Championship Wrestling alliance.

Fred Olen Ray, writer, producer, and director, brought this exhibition of men in tights, and women in thongs. The crowd saw Bambi successfully defend her World Championship title in a match that had the men in the audiencing grimacing from the sounds of the blows.

Potatohead, or as he seemed more affectionately addressed by the fans, Taterhead, was able to brutalize his opponent with little effort. Fred Ray was unmasked as a result of his match, but was able to maintain so he could return later for a six-man tag team match.

The tag team match included the Ultimate Champion, Flame, as well as the legendary Jimmy Valentine. The match was intermixed with swift moves, dropkicks, and an occaisional low blow. The crowd was enflamed by an opening diatribe from the Flame. He commented on the audience, Security, and the Technical Staff. A wonderful time was had by all.

The question that was raised was, “Wrestling at Dragon*Con? Should they come back?” The response from many who were there? Lets Get Ready to Ruuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbllllllleeeeeeee!!

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