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Wrestling coming to Port Lavaca

By by j.r. ortega/jrortega@vicad.com
Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.


Meet the wrestlers

A wrestling company isn't a wrestling company without its wrestlers. The Advocate talked to three Texas All-Star Wrestling wrestlers, "Sexy" Steve DeMarco, current heavyweight champion, "Ruthless" Ryan Davidson, who will face DeMarco in Port Lavaca on Friday and Claudia Solis, one of TASW's leading women wrestlers.

Claudia Solis

What do you love about wrestling?

I've been wrestling for about seven years. I just like the sport and theatrical aspect of it. As a wrestler, you develop something ... it's not all athletic, it's more of a story and that's psychology. It's challenging when you're younger and starting off, but as you grow, you learn. As soon as I turned 15, I dabbled into it. I always wanted to work on cars and theatrics. Wrestling had all the agility and athleticism I wanted. I threw myself into it, and I loved it. It was the fact that I can be all these things and still entertain somebody.

How would you say you've branded your wrestling name?

It really started as being a Latina gimmick. It's hard not to classify myself as something else. We are a majority and I stepped foot into those shoes, with the long hair; the almost typical superhero Latina - it skyrocketed and went off. From there, I grew.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to be a wrestler?

It's hard for schooling. If you're a fan, you'll never get that dream taken away from you. You will always be loud and proud. Every person who wants to pursue their dream also has a reality.

Steve DeMarco

What do you love about wrestling?

I'm probably like a lot of guys in our business. I've been a fan. My earliest memory was Ric Flair and Kerry Von Erich at Texas Stadium. I was probably about 10 or 11. I was in the service for a couple of years. On the boat, guys would say when they got out they were going to get into wrestling.

How would you say you've branded your wrestling name?

A lot of guys will go through periods where they change their names. You always have to evolve your character. It's still at its core. I was playing around with different names and my first promoter said, "Sexy." It's timeless. You're not a kid. You grow up and you're still sexy. It just kind of stuck.

How do you think you'll do on Friday?

I've been champion for roughly nine months. I'm just trying to wrestle with that level against Ruthless Ryan Davidson, a guy on World Wrestling Entertainment's radar. I'm not going into it thinking I'm going to lose. He's going to know how hard it is to be the guy chasing after the title. I chased him at one point. I'm pretty confident next time we're in Port Lavaca, I'll still be champ. There will be blood.

Ruthless Ryan Davidson

What do you love about wrestling?

I've been wrestling for a little more than eight years. I love competition and reaction in the crowd. It's like being a professional athlete. You've got an arena full of people and it's exhilarating to have them in the palm of your hands. I played college football at West Texas A&M University and then got into professional wrestling. I've been wrestling under Booker T. since 2008.

How would you say you've branded your wrestling name?

First and foremost, it wasn't something I thought I would be called because it was cool. It was given to me by my fears. I'm ruthless. I'm not flashy. I have a gridiron-type style of wrestling. I'm not one of those guys who does flips. I just punch them. Get in, and get out the victor.

How do you think you'll do on Friday?

I'm facing Steve DeMarco. I don't think he's been sexy since the last 20 years. I've wrestled him in the past, and I have much respect for him. I've had the title once before, so it's inevitable in 2013. What a way to kick off the New Year.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Texas All-Star Wrestling Pro Wrestling Street Fight

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: Bauer Community Center, 2300 state Highway 35 North in Port Lavaca

• COST: $15 for adults and $10 for kids 2-12

• Call 361-552-1234 for tickets and other information

Get ready for a Class A knockout.

Texas All-Star Wrestling is taking center stage in Port Lavaca for an all-out street fight. The live entertainment event promises to be thrilling and bloody, said promoter Bob Murphy.

"You never know what you're going to see," said Murphy, who used to wrestle under the name "Humongous."

This isn't the wrestling company's first time in Port Lavaca. The company has performed at the Bauer Community Center before and has received a powerful positive reception, Murphy said.

On top of the street fight are five other matches, including a match between "Sexy" Steve DeMarco, the current heavyweight champion, and "Ruthless" Ryan Davidson.

Claudia Solis, the wrestling company's top female wrestler, will face off with an up-and-coming female wrestler.

Murphy has always been either a fan of wrestling or involved in it.

He said he longs for the old days of World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation. The days, he said, where the wrestling was a bit more realistic and entertaining.

Today, most of the on-television wrestling shows are all scripted and less wrestling.

With Texas All-Star Wrestling, Murphy hoped to bring back to life wrestling how he knew it.

"I'm very old school," Murphy said. "I go back to the days of Macho Man Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan."

By having these wrestling matches throughout Texas, Murphy is allowed to continue living that dream.

"I'm still deep into it. Sometimes I do get the urge to go out there and smash someone's head with a chair," he said laughing.

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