Ringpost: DC Gov't hostile to wrestling
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I had heard rumblings about how bad the situation for independent wrestling is in the District of Columbia, but until PW Vibe announced that Braumatica would be their last event, I wasn’t sure of all the details of how bad the situation actually is.
Camila Bailey of Washington City Paper goes into a great level of detail about the antiquated regulations, the inconsistent enforcement, and the revenue-draining fees imposed by the D.C. Combat Sports Commission.
“We knew we were on borrowed time,” McGrath says.
“D.C. is notorious for being openly hostile to indie wrestling.”
Bailey talked to Billy Dixon, Lo McGrath, Erica Leigh, Eel O’Neal, Savannah Rae, and Jonathan Martin for her story, which also focuses on the impact the government’s draconian actions are having on marginalized members of the LGBT and African- American community.
The worst part to me is that a D.C. government official told Martin, the founder of F1ght Club Wrestling, that he should raise his prices to cover the expenses of the government fees, instead of the government adjusting their fees to match the audience size for indy wrestling companies.
Brandon Skall of DC Brau, which hosted PW Vibe events, is quoted:
F1ght Club and Vibe both found the commission’s rules confusing. Skall says he encountered a clear disconnect between the regulations that were laid out in writing, and demands the commission made.
Bailey also talked to wrestlers about the inconsistent and confusing requirements for them to wrestle in the District, which included commission doctors not showing up in time to do physical checks before the crowd was already at the venue, forcing them to do that in front of the crowd.
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