Police in Detroit shut down a Juggalo Championship Wrestling show last night in Southgate, MI. The show opened with promoter Violent J doing a promo with an huge axe and I guess someone called the cops. The show, which was advertised as supplying “free beer”, was shut down within a few minutes of the first match. Refunds were issued at the building.
An official press release from JCW reads:
Thursday February 10th
For Immediate Release
Insane Clown Posse’s Juggalo Championship Wrestling event raided and shut down by law enforcement.
Wednesday nights Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) show was off to a red hot start. Hundreds of Juggalos were hyped up and ready for an evening of professional wrestling and music based entertainment at the Modern Exchange in Southgate Michigan. It was the long awaited tag team championship tournament which would see 8 teams enter, and 1 team leave with the championship belts. In the opening minutes of the show DJ Clay hyped the crowd with turntable wizardry, while event host Kevin “KG” Gill welcomed the energetic capacity crowd, and dropped a bombshell announcement that a new commisioner has been appointed to oversee JCW. It was none other than Insane Clown Posse co-founder Violent J who emerged from behind the curtain holding a massive axe to a thunderous ovation. He entered the ring and let his intentions be known via a passionate interview segment that kicked the show off on a high note.
For the first match in the round robin tournament, the unlikely duo of “Richie Boy” Bryer Wellington and his Butler Geeves along with manager Truth Martini were the first to the ring, and to say the crowd does not like these gentleman would be the understatement of the year. The jeers of the crowd turned to cheers when the familiar sounds of “Homies” bumped through the soundsystem and JCW World Champion Corporal Robinson and his partner 2 Tuff Tony entered the ringside area for this exciting first round match. The tension in the air was thick, as the teams showboated in the ring during the pre match introductions and the crowd was loud and pumped for the bell to sound and the confrontation to kick off.
Once the bell rang, the crowd was absorbed in this battle between good and evil, and a handful of minutes ticked by as the action unfolded in the ring. What happened next is something that is remarkable even within the wacky world of professional wrestling. In a coordinated effort, nearly a dozen police vehicles descended on the building, and law enforcement officials flooded the venue in everything from standard uniforms to body armor and ultimately attempted to enter the ring which drew a raucous chant of “F*CK THE POLICE” from the ninja’s in attendance. Perhaps the audience recognized that Detroit, a city known locally as “The Murder Mitten” and nationally as the murder capital of the country would have more pressing issues than stopping several hundred people from having an enjoyable night out and supporting the local economy while watching wrestling history be made?
With the show officially shut down and no options on the table to allow the show to proceed, Police began attempting to clear the room while KG made an announcement that everyone would have their money refunded for tickets purchased via mail or via refund at the venue, with more details to be announced.
For more information, interview requests, etc:
Juggalo Championship Wrestling Hotline (hosted by KG)
Source: Mike Aldren