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Pro wrestlers seek elk, find venue

Pair pursuing plans to book match, offer residents unique entertainment

Jeremy Browning

A pair of professional wrestlers who visited northwest Colorado to hunt elk is now pursuing plans to book a match in Craig.

Gerald Krueger, who answers to the name, “Heavy Duty,” said he and his colleagues at IWF Promotions enjoy working in small towns, where they’ve played to crowds with as few as 30 people.

Although Colorado is far from the “Bible Belt of Professional Wrestling,” which Krueger said is farther east, he sees great potential in the state.



“Colorado is probably the biggest diamond-in-the-rough,” Krueger said. “There’s so much talent.”

Krueger and his colleague, Larry Shelton, a.k.a Big D. Trailer, had an unsuccessful elk hunt west of Craig last week, but they immediately recognized the potential for pro wrestling here.



Krueger said he noticed how lifeless the streets were in the wake of the cold weather and he began thinking about finding a venue for wrestling.

“We want to come up here and do some shows,” Krueger said, while stocking up on snacks at a convenience store after a long day scouting elk.

“We bring entertainment to small towns,” Krueger said. “We get people out shouting and interacting.”

“We’re just as good as the guys on TV,” Shelton said.

Krueger said he’d pitch the idea to his boss. He’s also trying to find a local who might want to host the event or work with IWF to find a time and a place for a night of pro wrestling.

The company has brought matches to fairgrounds, bars, school gymnasiums and even outdoor gatherings throughout Colorado, Krueger said.

He said they bring a ring and the wrestlers and normally charge about $5 to $10 admission.

IWF stands for “Is Wrestling Fake.” Krueger promised anyone who watched he and his cohorts perform would leave the show wondering, “are those guys really clubbing each other, or did I just get worked?”

And unlike televised pro wrestling, there’s nothing to save the IWF wrestlers from “bad angles” or obvious fake moves.

Krueger said IWF wrestlers perform about four to eight shows a month, which gives them more time to recuperate than the more famous names in the sport.

As a result, they can be more physical and offer more variety in their shows, Krueger said.

IWF performances range from super-violent shows geared to bar crowds, when the wrestlers trash the place, beat up the referee and engage the crowd in angry screaming matches to more of a family-oriented good vs. evil melodrama.

When the IWF wrestlers aren’t throwing each other around or looking for future gigs, Krueger said they’re watching the “sport” on television.

“We’re the biggest fans of wrestling,” Krueger said. “That’s why we love it so much.”

Krueger and Shelton, along with all the other wrestlers at IWF can be seen at http://www.iwfpromotions.com.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.


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