Pro wrestling brings triple threat to Keizer

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Rock Roll Fantasy, The Illuminati and The JE Experience. No, these aren’t band names. Each is a team of two that will take to the ring for a pro wrestling match following tag-in rules: Three pro wrestlers will be in the ring at the same time, with the ability to tag in their partner and take a break. It’s called a triple threat match, and it’s the main event of tonight’s DOA pro wrestling match at the Keizer Lions Club.

The triple threat, which includes Illuminati’s Wade Hess of Salem, will close the night after four other matches.

DOA, which stands for Don’t Own Anyone, started in Portland three years ago. It had a good turnout last year when it came to Keizer Lions Club for a fundraiser. Now it comes to Keizer every six weeks.

Garett Fertig of Keizer organizes the Keizer shows, which he calls family friendly.

“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “Blood and guts only get you so far in wrestling. You really don’t know what to expect, but you typically get the good guy vs. the bad guy.”

He said the cast of characters is all over the place from huge muscle men to the 5-foot-7, 160-pound CJ Edwards.

“He does things I’ve never seen before, flips and moves,” Fertig said.

Costumes range from a man stuck in ’80s — picture an ’80s hair band look with leopard print, Fertig said — to the “world’s sexy’s doctor.”

“The crowd really gets into it,” Fertig said, “and kids stand up and yell at the guys they don’t like and cheer the good guys.”

Before the triple threat main event, during a short intermission, kids also can get autographs signed. Concessions are available, too, including hot dogs and popcorn.

If you’d rather watch the action from the comfort of your home, tune into CCTV, Comcast 22, at 10 p.m. Fridays and 11 p.m. Saturdays.

“It might be fake, but even if you know some guy is going to punch you, you can’t make it not hurt,” said Fertig, who is a former wrestler.

As to prove his point, he said one of the opening matches will welcome back Quiz, who had three vertebrae fused together six months ago after breaking his back during a match.

The show will run 7:30 to 9:30 tonight. Tickets, which can be bought at the door, are $10 or $12 ringside. Ages 6 and younger are free.

Keizer Lions Club is at 4100 Cherry Ave. in Keizer. For more information, call (541) 556-2332 or go to

— Heather Rayhorn

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