I don’t know what the current state of backyard wrestling is. I haven’t really heard anything about it since I was a wee little slapnut, but when I was angst filled adolescent, it was blowing up across the country. In fact, we even had a league of our own with custom belts and divisions. The belts weren’t that fancy. They were just cardboard that we cut out to look like title belts. Our little organization was nothing compared to what Dan Rather and the like were doing reports about though. We didn’t have makeshift rings in the backyard. We didn’t do big spots. We also never really placed ourselves in harms way because…well…what was the point? Maybe I’ve just been horribly out of touch with the backyard wrestling scene, maybe the end of the attitude era led to a decrease in teens willing to do stupid shit to themselves, I just don’t know.
Cut off one head, and two more shall appear. Kids are still willing to put it all on the line in backyards across America. Enter Super Smash Tournament. That’s right. Real life re-creations of Gary LaPlante’s favorite fighting game. Complete with pyrotechnics, stage interactions, and YouTube Jiu Jitsu galore. This something that you would really only see in suburban America…okay maybe Russia. God bless the internet.