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Nov 10, 2011
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Great Lakes Championship Wrestling

By Jared Curtis

The New Age Outlaws and Al Snow are a few of the stars getting in the ring at the Great Lakes Championship Wrestling “Season Beatings” event on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Jacobson Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first match at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15-$35. For more information, visit

“Season Beatings” takes over Des Moines

“Oh, you didn't know? Your ass better call somebody!” will be heard throughout the Jacobson Center on Friday Nov. 11 as The New Age Outlaws — Road Dogg Jesse James and Billy Gunn — battle Psychotic Rage in the main event tag team match at Great Lakes Championship Wrestling (GLCW) “Season Beatings.”

“Dave (Herro) and I started GLCW about eight years ago in Milwaukee with our first event, ‘Blizzard Brawl,’ ” said Jeff Lynn, co-promoter for GLCW. “We thought we’d only do one event and be done, but it really took off.”

“Season Beatings” will be the first GLCW event held outside of Wisconsin. Lynn grew up in the area and when he moved back a few years ago, he knew it was time to bring an event to town.

“We had thought about expanding, and then I moved back to town a few years ago. I thought we needed something here, and it was the perfect opportunity to make it happen,” he said. “Growing up, Des Moines was a great wrestling town, and I knew it would be a good fit for us.”

The organization boasts an eclectic roster featuring big names and up-and-comers.

“We try and offer a great mix of both, offering guys just starting out as well as guys who have had exposure in WWE and TNA,” Lynn said. “In Milwaukee, the brand is very popular, which allows us to move higher up the talent level with guys like Kevin Nash and Mick Foley. Hopefully, we’ll continue to build the brand in Des Moines, and then we’ll be able to bring the bigger names.”

Some of the big names battling it out during “Season Beatings” include The New Age Outlaws, Scotty 2 Hotty and Al Snow, who will defend the GLCW championship against Ryan Slade, who wrestles with local organization, 3XWrestling.

“We like using local guys in our events as well, which is why we’re bringing in Ryan Slade,” Lynn said. “He’s getting some attention from the bigger organizations and has his own local fan base. He’s making some noise, and I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

GLCW offers three different tickets for the event. General admission seating is $15, and for $25, fans get second or third row seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet with the wrestlers. For $35.50, fans get front row seats with the pre-show festivities. Tickets are available at Tickets are also available at the door ($5 more than advance tickets).

“The first three rows are a great deal. Not only do you get great seats, but you also get to meet the wrestlers, take a photo and get an autograph,” Lynn said.

Lynn hopes the response from local fans will help GLCW continue to grow a local base.

“Hopefully it’ll catch on and we can continue to grow here. I’m thinking we’ll probably return in March for another event,” Lynn said. “We’d love to bring an event to town every quarter if the market supports it.”

Although it might not be as glamourous as an event like “Monday Night Raw,” Lynn still believes there is plenty of fun to be had at “Seasons Beatings.”

“Fans are guaranteed a great night of family-friendly entertainment for an affordable price,” he said. “Plus, we want people to know we’re a full scale production, not just a bunch of guys wrestling in their underwear.” CV

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