Tim's Travels: Janesville Wrestling Alliance

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Some local WWE-style wrestlers will be getting in the ring to show off their skills! The Janesville Wrestling Alliance (JWA) began two years ago and continues to grow!

It's billed as family-friendly entertainment, so NBC 15's Tim Elliott decided to go beyond the ropes to see what it's all about.

“Getting hyped up for a show is easy,” said wrestler Jay Kross. “Walking out in front of 400 people is a rush, it's what you love to do, it's what you train for,”

IN front of hundreds of screaming fans, these guys know how to put on a show.

“It's just an all out entertainment event,”

This is the JWA!

“It's pro wrestling,”

Jacob Sailing founded the organization about two years ago. After spending years wrestling with friends in his backyard, Sailing decided get a league going.

“To be honest the first show was one of the ones that made me want to continue the league,” said Sailing.”I had no idea what it was going to be and we had 300 or 400 people come to it,”

“You got to put in a lot of hard work to get to the next level,”

This is “Irish” Andy Anderson. Why is his nickname Irish?

“Um, well that would be because of the beard,” said Anderson as he stroked his long, bushy, red beard.

He's been training for 12 years and says it's all about the fans.

“I'm high-fiving kids, adults, I just make people part of the show,” said Anderson. “It's the best feeling in the world because everyone there is there to see you and they want to be entertained,”

Time for Tim “The Anchor” Elliott to get in the ring. First up: learning how to fall correctly. The idea is to land flat on your shoulder blades and slam your arms into the mat.

Next: bouncing off the ropes and delivering a devastating clothes line.

What these guys do it dangerous, but they train twice a week,.making safety their top priority.

You gotta do it safely and make sure you can both walk away and go to your job the next day,” said Kross.

“Guys do get hurt, it's controlled, but you still risk injury every time you step in the ring,” added Anderson.

The JWA has a big event coming up this weekend!

JWA "Fallout"
Saturday Feb. 6th
Doors Open at 5
Wrestling starts at 7
Janesville Convention Center
Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids

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