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Happy Independence Day!

stock-footage-fireworks-seamless-loopMost Americans will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while watching large explosions or creating explosions of their own with friends and family today. But we must not forget why we are able to celebrate this wonderful holiday! In 1776, the United States of America declared this day to be their Independence Day, and it’s thanks to the men and women of our armed forces that we are still able to celebrate that to this day. And we especially want to thank the military personnel and veterans that we have in our lives, and here at the Xtreme Wrestling Center.

If you have read any interviews that XWC General Manager, Jordan “Smiley” Rogers has given, then you will know about his time in the Marine Corp, and being a life-long fan of pro wrestling, it’s not a surprise to see why he has become involved in the business, and taking a general manager approach to it. “The military gave me leadership training and confidence in myself that I was qualified to lead a group of athletes,” Mr. Smiley told me in an interview. He jokes that, “You’ll have to read a future book for all the details of how this transitioned to my position as General Manager of the Xtreme Wrestling Center.” The passion for the wrestling business and the XWC is apparent by the way Mr. Smiley talks, “As our company grows, then my role in it necessarily has, but my policy which is set for the company will continue to be based on discipline and respect, for everyone you work with and the business itself.  I think these principles are somewhat inherited from my time in the Marines and appropriate for this type of business.” On a personal note, I believe it’s that passion and respect for the wrestling business, and those involved in it that Mr. Smiley has, that will help the XWC succeed.

Along with Mr. Smiley, the XWC trains a few active military personnel as well. I was able to talk to Anthony “Aaron” Clayton (also known as A-Clay), who has been training with the XWC since September 2014 and JC Wallace, who is a newer trainee, and has been with the XWC since May 2015.

Anthony doesn’t shy away from his excitement of just being a part of the XWC, “My time at XWC has been nothing short of amazing, I’ve learned so much from David, Jude, and Jordan; Tommy and Kyle and all the other trainers!… it’s nice being able to do what you love to do and be around a group of people who accept you because of the interest.”

Everyone has their own reasons why they want to get into the wrestling business, “I joined XWC because I’ve always had the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Ever since the days of watching it at home; pretending my bed was a ring, I’ve always felt like my purpose in life is to entertain and be an inspiration, inspire people, and I can’t think of any better way of doing it then wrestling,” Anthony says. He’s quick to acknowledge the help that training in the Army has given him, “My military experiences has helped me with this (by) giving me the motivation and the discipline of going through this kind of training physically, mentally, and emotionally. One thing I’ve learned throughout my training is that this is a tough business to get into, and it’s even harder to stay in without getting discouraged and quit. Something that the military taught me is that you don’t quit. Once you start something, you see you till the end.”

JC Wallace echoes the sentiments of A-Clay. “My military experience has helped me with my physical conditioning, discipline, and listening to instructions,” JC Wallace says, “My time at XWC has been one of the best times I’ve ever had. The reason I joined XWC is because I’ve always wanted to be a pro wrestler, and it’s a dream I’ve always wanted to follow.”

Mr. Smiley, Anthony Clayton, and JC Wallace all agree that their time in the military has definitely helped them in their pursuit of their dreams here at the XWC. And to many, becoming a pro wrestler is a dream, and the XWC is trying to help that dream come true.

We welcome anyone who has served (as well as those who have not served) to sign up for a tryout and see if you like it at the XWC. You can find the tryout form on our website and we hope to see you soon!

XWC Graduate Stories: The Riegel Twins Trip Into Hostile Territory

riegeltwinsWhen you first meet Logan and Sterling Riegel, it’s easy to get them confused. I mean, they are twins, after all. In a physical sense, their hair is only what differentiates the two; Logan with the golden blonde hair, and Sterling with light brown hair. After getting to know them, it gets easy to distinguish the two by the way they talk and their mannerisms. They have completely different personalities, but they still share the same enthusiasm and passion for pro wrestling, as well as both being easily approachable and willing to help out the new guys in training.

Logan and Sterling Riegel were the first trainees at the Xtreme Wrestling Center (XWC), led by head trainer, “Smooth as Satin” David Cattin, with the help of General Manager Jordan “Smiley” Rogers, and trainers Adam “Jude Vice” Houck, Atom “Enigma” Cox, Justin “Dekin Cane” Caughron, Kyle King, Tommy ‘Snow’ Randles, and many guest trainers. As of February 18, 2015, The Riegel Twins are also the first graduates of The XWC. Since then, they have been booked in four matches, three of them being title matches. They wasted no time in showing what they can do, and they are already catching the eyes and ears of many promotions and other wrestlers across the United States. One tag team that has captured their attention has been The Canadian Pitbulls; Arik Angel and Elias.

On the morning of Sunday, March 8, The Riegel Twins made the 9-hour trip alone to Denver, Colorado, to compete against The Canadian Pitbulls for a 3rd time, in a 3rd location. This time at Primos Hardcore Wrestling. Even though Logan and Sterling were being booked as babyfaces, they were still walking into hostile territory. They were warned by the promoter before the match, “This is a heel heavy crowd, just to you warn you guys,” The Riegels said as they were talking to me before training a few days following the show.

“When we got there, we just got booed. People were booing like crazy!” It’s something that they laugh about now, but they recounted some of the things that they heard the crowd yell to them. “People would say the meanest s***, like, ‘Get off the steroids! You guys don’t have any d****!’ But by the end of the night, the crowd popped for us. They were cheering for us. It was awesome!”

The Canadian Pitbulls even vouched for them by the time their night was over. “The Pitbulls got on the mic and hyped us up,” The Riegels said and recounted what The Canadian Pitbulls said after their match, “These guys are awesome, this is what tag team wrestling is all about!” Their (what some have described as “epic”) 25-minute match against The Canadian Pitbulls is still the talk of the wrestling community in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri.

You can see The Riegel Twins in action in Kansas City soon enough. On Saturday, May 9, The Riegel Twins will be in action at Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling’s inaugural event, “Wrestling Reborn” at the Pierson Community Center in Kansas City, KS. They will be taking on ECW Original, Angel Medina, and a yet to be named, mystery tag team opponent. If you want to see future stars in professional wrestling, I wouldn’t want to miss Wrestling Reborn. I know I won’t.