Pro Wrestling: Resistance Pro marks one-year anniversary
By Jessi Virtusio Pro Wrestlingfirstname.lastname@example.org November 28, 2012 2:19PM
Resistance Pro is run by brothers Jacques (left) and Gabe (right) Baron, of Lockport, along with creative director Billy Corgan, of the Smashing Pumpkins.
PRO’S SAD WINGS
◆ 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) Nov. 30
◆ Teamsters Auditorium,
328 S. Marshfield Ave., Chicago
◆ Tickets, $25 for second or third row or $20 for general admission (first row is sold out)
Updated: January 1, 2013 6:13AM
It’s been one year since brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron, of Lockport, launched Resistance Pro with creative director Billy Corgan, of the band the Smashing Pumpkins.
R-Pro will present Sad Wings of Destiny on Nov. 30 in Chicago to celebrate the pro wrestling promotion’s one-year anniversary.
“We always knew we had something special as did Billy and our crew — both in front of and behind the cameras,” co-promoter Gabe Baron said.
“R-Pro is a wrestling promotion unlike any other. None of us are doing this to feed our egos or because we’re money marks.
“We’re all in this because we love wrestling and want to give back to it what we’ve all taken from it over the years.”
When R-Pro was launched on Black Friday 2011, a number of people were skeptical of Corgan’s commitment to the promotion.
“Billy is genuinely a great guy who loves the business. He’s a wrestling historian as much as he is a rock icon,” Baron said.
“He talks more about wrestling than he does music because it’s his true passion.
“It’s inspiring and heartwarming to know that someone cares as much about this great business as we do.”
The first-anniversary show will include former World Wrestling Federation star Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
“Jake has always been a favorite of ours, and we talked about bringing him in to R-Pro since day one,” Baron said.
“No other performer holds the audience in the palm of his hand like Jake Roberts, good or bad.
“He’s one of the most underappreciated talents in the history of the sport and a true legend in this business.
“We think he’ll be appreciated by the R-Pro fans and locker room alike for what we know he’ll be able to deliver on Nov. 30th.”
Sad Wings of Destiny also will feature one of Amazing Kong’s first live appearances since her time as WWE Diva Kharma.
“Kong is a force of nature in women’s professional wrestling. She’s respected and feared — with good reason — from competitors of both genders,” Baron said.
“She’s one of only three females who have been in the ‘Royal Rumble’ since its inception, and she knocked out Bubba the Love Sponge at a TV taping a few years back.
“She has nothing left to prove in this sport to the fans but to herself, who knows? Maybe the R-Pro women’s championship would look nice on her mantel.”
R-Pro plans to crown its first tag-team champions at Sad Wings of Destiny.
“Our tag-team division is second to none,” Baron said.
“It’s taken a year, but going through 16 teams in a tournament to get to these final four (Lock Up, Rising Sun, P-Dawg Millionairz and Jocephus/Steven Walters) was well worth it.
“It gave the fans the chance to see great tag-team wrestling, which is unfortunately missing in major wrestling promotions.
“R-Pro is committed to tag-team wrestling, and our decision seems to be appreciated by the fans.”
Baron said he hopes to see fans pack the house on Nov. 30.
“Just come out to the show and help us celebrate our one-year anniversary. If it wasn’t for our fans, we would be nothing.”
◆ Watch for a Pro Wrestling Extra article at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment with more from Gabe Baron about Resistance Pro including the promotion’s monthly TV show and goals for the future.
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