Rockstar Pro Wrestling, the six-year-old pro wrestling training and TV production venue in Dayton, is gaining international attention according to visiting star Roni “Big Bang” Nicole, who wrestled in Japan for four years.
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“I came to Dayton because this is one of the stateside meccas of wrestling,” Nicole said before her performance here during a weekly Wednesday night show. “I came to Ohio for Rockstar to put my hat in for consideration for the wrestling legacy here.”
Rockstar Pro Arena is located in an old parts warehouse at 1106 E. Third St. in Dayton. The venue is a training facility for aspiring pro wrestlers, a concert hall and the Rockstar Pro Wrestling TV production studio, according to owner Chadwick Parker.
“Rockstar is a professional product that can get wrestlers ready for TV,” Parker said.
“We’re running just under 100 shows a year, so we’re really able to go in depth with our story line and take our time with a character,” he said. “Dave Crist is our trainer. His brother Jake Crist books and writes the shows.”
In addition to their own online network, rockstarpronetwork.com, Parker also revealed that Rockstar Pro will soon be offered on Amazon Prime.
“I feel the future is apps, other than a cable provider. Going onto Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, those big boys, that’s where they’re going to allow small companies like us. I never wanted Rockstar to be Coke or Pepsi. I want Rockstar to be the Jones Soda of wrestling. When you look for independents, we are the independent.”
“I feel Rockstar is a living entity. It is its own thing. Nobody can really contain it,” Parker said.
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Wednesday nights are the weekly shows, and on the first Friday of each month Rockstar hosts a live pay-per-view show. The Friday night April show has been moved to April 13.
For most shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the action starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.rockstarprowrestling.com.