Professional wrestling promotion Beachslam kicked off its second season Saturday, April 16, at Sonja’s Country Inn in Knightsen in front of approximately 120 spectators.
Beachslam is affiliated with a popular promotion in Oakland called Hoodslam that regularly welcomes an audience of 1,000-1,500 people; which is almost unheard of for an independent show that does not tour.
The matchcard featured top local draws such as Rick-Scott Stoner and “Ultra Girl” Brittany Wonder, whom teamed up with Christian Sky for the first round of a trios tournament. The loudest crowd pop of the night came when Stoner lifted one of his opponents, Bobby Burgerhands, in the air for a Last Ride powerbomb and was followed by a top rope seated senton from Wonder, which finished the match via pinfall.
“We’ve never done it before. We talked about it. We came up with the idea, but it always ended up getting scrapped,” Wonder said about the finishing move. “That was the first Turn Down for Butt from the shoulders.”
The rest of the card resulted in Sideshow Joel, Marcus Eriks and Trent Hemorrage defeating heel stable The Berkeley Banditos, C.A.U.T.I.O.N. putting over Hayward Heat, and Zangief winning a fatal four-way match. The host of the evening was AJ Kirsch, who is best known as a cast member of WWE’s reality competition show Tough Enough in 2011.
Beachslam is only for adults 21 years old and up. Although pro wrestling has generally been family friendly throughout its history, the owners decided to target an adult consumership to separate themselves from the competition. Beachslam originated in Santa Cruz in 2015, but relocated to Sonja’s Country Inn due to conflict of interest with the venue. For the second season there will be shows every second Saturday of the month.
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