Wrestling heroes a huge adrenaline rush
BIBLE HILL - When Chris Cooke was a kid watching wrestling on TV, never did he think he would get the chance to lock up with his heroes in the ring.
But that's just what happened at the Agridome in Bible Hill Sunday as he took on WWE legends the Honky Tonk Man and Bushwhacker Luke in a main-event match in front of about 400 fans.
The show was the second stop of a nine-event Ultimate Championship Wrestling Bushwhacked Tour, which runs until May 9.
"All the time you hear wrestling is stupid and you'll never go anywhere with it and you kinda think 'yeah you're right,'" said Cooke, known in the ring as Hometown Hero. "But being in the right place at the right time, with my size and training and this new tour that's capable of bringing in these type of guys, it's great."
Cooke was one of several local wrestlers who got the chance to climb into the ring with the legends. The Answer Eric Edwards, Riddick Stone, XXL, Alexander Saint, Adrian Starr and J.B. Simms are also part of the tour.
Cooke was almost lost for words following the event.
"I'm on Cloud 9 working with these calibre of guys," he said.
Getting the chance to throw and get thrown by their childhood idols was a dream come true.
"It was a huge adrenaline rush," Cooke said.
Cooke said he was amazed at the professionalism of the legends and said getting to wrestle them was just as he expected it would be.
"I was feeling a lot of pressure because we were the main event and all the guys were watching out back and the crowd and everyone is a critic," Cooke said. "I thought I might get lost but they were just so professional they made it easy."
Cooke was able to get lots of feedback from his famous opponents as well, but just making sure he didn't screw up while in the limelight was the biggest reason why Cooke said he was feeling butterflies before the match.
"I was nervous about what they would think more than anything," Cooke said. "But they were great. They were really good guys and liked my work, which is an honour."
But the biggest thing the local wrestlers left with was even more respect for the legends.
"Those guys do that day-in, day-out. They're just amazing."