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NWA slams into Glendale

August 25, 2012|By Grant Gordon
  • Wrestlers battle at a taping of NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood at the Glendale Studios.
Wrestlers battle at a taping of NWA Championship Wrestling… (Mike Mullen, Glendale…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — With body slams, suplexes, dropkicks and hurricanranas taking center stage, there are curtains on opposite ends of the Glendale Studios.

On one end, the likes of National Wrestling Alliance world champion "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce, archrival Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana, Shaun Ricker, Scorpio Sky and a parade of other glammed-up gladiators make their way through en route to the squared circle.

"You walk through that curtain, the adrenaline just hits," Cabana said, "and that's what takes you through the ride."

On the opposite end, the likes of Chloe Cosette, Edwin Sanchez and Brandee Garvin emerge into an afternoon of action, drama and hard-hitting theater.

"It's really fun to watch," said Cossette, 22 of Arizona. "It's like a soap opera.

"I like the atmosphere here. The fans are really into it, they're very loud."

And on this sleepy Sunday afternoon on Glendale Avenue, the professional wrestlers who burst through one curtain and the frenzied fans who make their way through the other are seemingly equal parts of the experience.

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And this is very much the atmosphere and appeal when "NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood" hosts its monthly television tapings at Glendale Studios.

"They're bringing their friends," said Sky, who recently relinquished his NWA TV title to rival Willie Mack during an epic bout on July 22 — the most recent taping in Glendale. "It's starting to create a little attraction in the city I think. Putting on a good show is the main key. People care, they enjoy themselves."

In November of last year, "NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood" moved into its latest, and by most accounts, best venue to date at the Glendale Studios. There it has opened the doors to fans with free admission. Thereafter they are privy to witnessing four weekly, one-hour shows per monthly television taping. The broadcasts air weekly on KDOC at 1 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

"I just knew this would be a perfect setting," said David Marquez, the show's producer, who also owns the NWA and works for KDOC in a variety of roles, such as a producer, director and a liaison to professional sports teams whose games air on the channel.

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