Jimmie Crenshaw, a Cadiz native and 1996 graduate of Trigg County High School, began training as a professional wrestler about five years ago. Friday, he performed on his home turf for the first time.
Crenshaw said he was unaware before late last week that NWA Main Event, the Nashville, Tenn.-based affiliate of the historic National Wrestling Alliance, was scheduled to host a show at the Complex Convention Center. When he found out, he made a phone call to see if there might be an opening for him, and he was a last-minute addition to the card.
“I was trying to tell a lot of people around here to come and check me out,” Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw trained with Old School Wrestling in Hardin and has performed at several of that promotion’s shows – OSW is in action one Saturday each month at the Hardin Community Building. He has also wrestled several times in Hopkinsville, Bowling Green and in Illinois.
Friday, Crenshaw, performing as Slick Wayne, teamed with his Asylum Boys partner Trash Can Graham in a match against Otis Bass and No. 1 Bob. Wayne and Graham scored a tandem pin against Bob, but as they celebrated their victory, they were attacked by The Fashionable Males, the team of Richard Lowe and Faron Foxx.
Later in the evening, Wayne and Graham exacted a measure of revenge when they prevented Lowe and Foxx from cheating in their match against Ty Blade and Chic Canyon, which led to a win for the good guys.
Crenshaw was obvious in his role of the good guy as Wayne, but to drive the point home, he wrestled in a TCHS powerlifting team T-shirt.
“I miss the old football days, and I figured I had to do something to get back in shape,” Crenshaw said. “It felt good to be back in front of all these people in Cadiz.”
Joe Gray, promoter for West Kentucky Championship Wrestling, has served as co-promoter along with Mike Porter of NWA Main Event. Gray said the promotion will hold two more shows in the near future in Cadiz. The shows are set for Aug. 27 and Sept. 17. Doors will open at 7 p.m., one hour before the opening bell. Tickets are $8 each, with children 5 and under receiving free admission when with a paid adult.