WBEZ | wrestling http://www.wbez.org/tags/wrestling Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en IOC could drop wrestling from Olympics http://www.wbez.org/news/ioc-could-drop-wrestling-olympics-105487 <p><p>Local wrestling coaches are upset over the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s recommendation to cut the sport from the 2020 Games.</p><p>Drew Pariano is the head coach for Northwestern University&rsquo;s wrestling program. He was excited to be in London this past summer to watch alumnus Jake Herbert compete in the games. The sport has a deep Olympic history going back to ancient Greece.</p><p>So it came as a shock to Pariano when the IOC announced it might cut the sport.</p><p>He says the Olympics are what wrestlers aim for.</p><p>&quot;Those hopes and dreams are big in kids lives and it&rsquo;s big in wrestling because that&rsquo;s the pinnacle. It&rsquo;s not the WWE or whatever you call it. True wrestlers love the idea that one day they could become an Olympian,&quot; he said.</p><p>Pariano says wrestling is an important sport around the world especially in countries like Uzbekistan and Iran. He says wrestling will likely continue to be popular in the U.S. and there will still be world championships even if the IOC eliminates it, but it would be a shame if it were no longer in the Olympics.</p><p>Wrestling joins seven other shortlisted sports fighting for a spot in the 2020 Olympics.&nbsp;Those include baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. Leaders of each sport will make their case before the Executive Board of the IOC at a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia in May.</p><p>The IOC will decide later this year which events won&rsquo;t make the cut.</p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ioc-could-drop-wrestling-olympics-105487 Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan starts wrestling company http://www.wbez.org/story/smashing-pumpkins-singer-billy-corgan-starts-wrestling-company-94354 <p><p>CHICAGO — The long-standing relationship between rock music and professional wrestling has a new partner: Billy Corgan.</p><p>The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has joined with two wrestling promoter brothers to debut the first show of Resistance Pro, an indie wrestling company, on Friday at a Chicago dance club. Corgan describes himself as a childhood wrestling fan who fell away from it, only to rediscover it as an adult.</p><p>"Our vision is to try to grow talent," Corgan said in an interview from Europe, where the Smashing Pumpkins are on tour. The Chicago-area native will miss Resistance Pro's opening night, but co-owner and promoter Gabe Baron said a second show will be announced at the Friday event.</p><p>Resistance Pro's website boasts pictures of more than two dozen costumed wrestling personalities with names like "The Sheik," ''Danny Dominion" and "Sassy Stephie."</p><p>Eventually Resistance Pro's goal is to expand nationally, but not using Corgan's celebrity alone. Still, the rocker's picture is the largest, placed among five wrestlers on an advertisement for Friday's show.</p><p>"We have to start in Chicago and build a name for ourselves and build enough of a reputation to take it other places," Corgan said. "It's a serious endeavor. I want this to succeed strictly on its ideas. If I had to artificially prime the audience because of my musical life, that's sad. This is going to succeed on its own ideas."</p><p>Corgan's partners, brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron, saw inspiration and passion in the rock star.</p><p>"This is a guy who is on the same page as we are as far as how wrestling should be," Gabe Baron said, describing a show for fans that's similar to a rock concert. "They're going to feel the excitement of a rock concert but with the thrill and spectacle of wrestling."</p><p>Historically, rock music and wrestling have never been far apart, said Scott Beekman, author of "Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America."</p><p>"At a certain level, I think they appeal to similar audiences," Beekman said. "There is this notion that you're gearing toward adolescent males. There's also this flash of wrestling and rock that's related, the pyrotechnics, the announcements."</p><p>Corgan's involvement will mean concussion prevention efforts. He said he won't allow Resistance Pro wrestlers to perform risky moves, like chair shots to the head.</p><p>"As a fan, I don't like to see my heroes worn down and broken," Corgan said. "We have to work harder as a wrestling industry to think of the long-term health effects on the performers."</p><p>That will be one part of an equation Corgan hopes equals success.</p><p>"I believe we can take it into a more casual mainstream," he said. "It doesn't have to be anything more than entertaining."</p></p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 22:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/smashing-pumpkins-singer-billy-corgan-starts-wrestling-company-94354 Video: Pro Wrestler Colt Cabana talks WWE, 'Art of Wrestling' podcast, CM Punk and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-15/video-pro-wrestler-colt-cabana-talks-wwe-art-wrestling-podcast-cm-punk-an <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/3907782923_5409157102_b[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Whether you're into pro wrestling or you couldn't name a wrestler since Hulk Hogan, you'll find a lot to like about Colt Cabana. The Chicago-based pro indy wrestler (he grew up in Deerfield) is funny, gracious and absolutely passionate about what he does — whether, as he puts it, he's wrestling in front of 6,000 people in an arena or in front of 40 people on a baseball field.</p><p>Cabana (real name Scott Colton) talks here about his time in the WWE, his popular <a href="http://tsmradio.com/coltcabana/"><em>Art of Wrestling</em> podcast</a> (think Marc Maron's <em>WTF</em> for the wrestling community), his close friendship with WWE star CM Punk and more.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/q64jhFcPQyw" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-15/video-pro-wrestler-colt-cabana-talks-wwe-art-wrestling-podcast-cm-punk-an