Monday, February 20, 2006

Pro Wrestling Carpenter Grapples With Making Sport Family Friendly

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A carpenter in Oceanside, California, is grappling with a bigger issue than building a house: He’s building a new wrestling league.

When carpenter Mike Rapada isn’t installing doors, he runs the Southwestern Alliance of Wrestling (SAW), a new troupe focused on family-friendly fighting.

Rapada – who once held two NWA championship belts as the “Colorado Kid” – believes pro wrestling is “a total trash act.”

As he puts it, “I’ve been watching pro wrestling since I was 12. Back then, they weren’t throwing each other into tables. It was just an occasional chair, chain or blood. You felt safe.”

Rapada runs the operation, but is also the biggest villain. But he promises a moral story that “Grandma and 4-year-old Suzy” can appreciate.

In his words, “When kids start mimicking my wrestlers at school – and they will – I don’t want them to get in trouble.”

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