The rites of the ring

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - Pho­tos and text by Bar­bara Haddock Tay­lor

The hard-hit­ting, body-slam­ming, pile-driv­ing pro­fes­sional wrestlers from the East­ern Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion held a “Last Rites” match at Parkville’s Tall Cedars Hall last Satur­day. The Hal­loween-themed event fea­tured cos­tumed cham­pi­ons and their chal­lengers, with an en­er­getic crowd of all ages en­thu­si­as­ti­cally voicing their sup­port or dis­dain for the fight­ers.

“Your socks don’t match!” screamed one fan. “Put it back on! Please!” yelled an­other when one of the heavy­weights took off his jacket.

Wrestlers gave it back, and then some, leap­ing out of the ring with threat­en­ing ges­tures and taunts, much to the de­light of the youngest fans. But they saved the best moves for the ring, with eye rakes, power bombs, fig­ure­four leg locks, sleeper holds and many other dev­as­tat­ing moves through­out the night.

The evening’s main event: the cas­ket match. After an epic strug­gle, Bru­tal Bob Evans man­aged to stuff his op­po­nent, T.J. Sykes, into the cas­ket. After his vic­tory lap, the lights went up. A bruis­ing good time was had by all.

Ryme hams it up be­fore an en­er­getic au­di­ence as he makes his way into the ring last week­end at the East­ern Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion event held at Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville.

Wes Mercer stands on the ropes and raises his cham­pi­onship belt in vic­tory.

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