High flying wrestlers excite crowd

PARKERSBURG – Slams, throws and pins filled the Parkersburg High School Field House on Saturday for Respect and Dignity III presented by American Pro Wrestling Alliance.

Don West, owner and Chief Executive Officer of American Pro Wrestling Alliance, said Saturday’s card served two purposes.

“Tonight’s show is for drug awareness education for the Parkersburg Police Department and all the concessions will go to the Parkersburg High School athletic department,” he said. “We like to do a lot of charities to give back to the community.”

West said the wrestling company, which is based in Parkersburg, has presented 54 shows since 2011 and this is their fourth drug awareness show at Parkersburg High School APWA.

“We’re a company that does big things,” he said. “We have a syndicated television show in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania; we’re not a small regional company.”

Some big names were slated for the eight-match show on Saturday, West said, including Big Pappa Pump Scott Steiner, The Barbarian and Rob Terry.

Amber Lee West was to wrestle for the woman’s title but her opponent did not appear and she won by forfeit. West said Amber, his wife, was wrestling at her alma mater.

Amber West said she has been wrestling for about a year.

“I graduated from this school in 2006 and it’s cool to be here,” she said of PHS.

In her years as a student, Amber West said she was not involved in athletics

“I was shy and quiet,” she said. “A lot of people cannot believe I do this.”

She used to watch wrestling on TV and went to shows in the area.

“It was something I wanted to do,” she said.

One wrestler on hand to defend a title was Joey Vengeance, one half of the Unified APWA/MDW World Tag Team Champions with Juice Jennings.

From Canton, Ohio, he has been wrestling for seven years and is now at the age of 23.

“I started when I was 16,” he said “It was 2007 when I started and I wrestled here for the first time in 2009 after high school.”

Vengeance said his age and experience level throws people at times

“I’m the oldest rookie I know,” he said. “Since I’m only 23 people say to me, ‘Oh, you’re the new guy,’ but I’ve been doing this for seven years.”

Sherman Tank, the current American champion, has been wrestling for 19 years after playing high school football.

“I’ve been doing this since 1996, right out of high school,” he said.

Sherman said the show was his latest appearance in Parkersburg with different wrestling shows and his second with American Pro Wrestling Alliance

Onyx, the APWA World Heavyweight Champion, said he has been champion for the past year. He got into wrestling after wrestling and playing football in high school and college. At this time he is the holder of seven belts.

“I’m a busy man,” he said.