|“The American Wolf” Davey Richards takes
on “The Professional” Benjamin Sailer in the
3XW heavyweight championship on Friday, July
27 at the Baratta’s@Forte Center, 615 3rd St.
Doors open at 7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. for advance
ticket holders) with a 7:30 p.m. start time.
Tickets range from $12 to $20 ($6 for kids).
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Local wrestling organization celebrates seven
years of hard-hitting action
Seven years ago, Des Moines had plenty of sporting
options including baseball, football and hockey,
but nothing for professional wrestling fans.
As a result, Todd Countryman and some friends
got together and created central Iowa’s own
wrestling promotion — 3XWrestling.
“I didn’t even know if we would have a second
event, so to make it this far feels pretty good,”
said Countryman, the president/co-owner of 3XW.
“The first event we really didn’t know what
we were doing, but we have learned something
new every event.”
As with every team, success relies on the fans.
“We were lucky to attract a good crowd right
off the bat,” said Countryman, who co-owns the
company with Mark McDowell, Corrie McDowell,
Skylar Pierce and Cody Saveraid. “We have some
of the best fans around. They are a great, loyal
group, and we’ve some people who have been to
The promotion first started with shows at Hoover
High School, followed by a stint at InPlay.
In 2009, the group joined forces with the Des
Moines Social Club. When they moved to their
current location, 3XW went back to AllPLay.
“The room is great, and the location allows
our fans plenty of entertainment before and
after an event,” said Countryman, who also plays
a heel (bad guy) as the Commissioner. “When
we started, we basically had drapes over a door,
but over the years we have built-up our set.
When we joined forces with BC Productions, they
took our show to the next level.”
Partnering with a production company also allowed
3XW to fulfill a dream they’ve had since the
beginning — a weekly TV show.
“We always had a pipedream about a TV show,
and once we got involved with Jake and Ryan
at BC Productions, they got the ball rolling,”
Countryman said. “Now we are on in eastern and
central Iowa [Monday mornings at 1:30 a.m. on
channel 9 (Medicom) or channel 23 (satellite)],
and we’re hoping to be available to western
Over the years, 3XW has been able to attract
big-time wrestlers to take on local talent during
events including Al Snow, Perry Saturn (who
currently holds the Pure Wrestling Championship
belt) and The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, they bring another legend,
Hacksaw Jim Duggan, to town for an outside event
at The Keg Stand. Countryman says it’s an amazing
feeling to see these wrestlers he grew up watching
competing in his ring.
“The Million Dollar Man slapped the Million
Dollar Dream [his finishing move] on me during
an event. I had all of his action figures and
here he is putting his move on me in my ring.
It was surreal,” Countryman said.
On Friday, July 27, 3XW will hold its seventh
Anniversary event, featuring eight matches including
Ring of Honor wrestlers Davey Richards and Kyle
O’Reilly, as well as local wrestlers like “The
World’s Fittest Wrestler” Mark Sterling and
the American Bulldogs.
“We have some tremendous talent on the bill,
and there should be some great action including
the heavyweight championship battle,” Countryman
Seven years later, 3XW isn’t slowing down.
Countryman says their events offer fun for all
ages, and he encourages everyone to experience
a 3XW event up-close and personal.
“It’s almost like a live theater experience
with plenty of crowd interaction. We offer a
total variety of entertainment including humor,
drama and athleticism,” he said. “Whether you’re
a professional wrestling fan or not, you’re
going to be entertained.” CV