The fight night of the living dead.
The old dichotomy would have you choose between brains or brawn, but Ashley Sixx, owner of the Toronto-based entertainment company Fight! Brand and mastermind behind the second-annual Zombie Wrestling event, has opted for both.
Sixx says he came up with the concept for Zombie Wrestling after attending the Toronto Zombie Walk. In the middle of the night, he decided to combine the undead with what he and his company specialize in: pro wrestling.
The second reincarnation of the event (after its 2012 debut) took place at the Tranzac Club on October 26. It was a raucous affair to say the least, featuring live performances by American metalcore band Kill the Messenger, the thundering crashes of bodies slamming onto the mat, and spontaneous chants for “brains” from the audience.
RJ Skinner, a local actor who wrestles under the name RJ City, described the event as like “a live B-Horror movie.” And after sitting through a night replete with decapitations, referees in white hazmat suits, a bloody burlesque routine, disembowelments, Gestapo-like zombie hunters, performers leaping into the crowd, and even a reference to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” it’s hard to disagree.
According to Sixx, the event brings in diehard and non-wrestling fans alike, and has grown exponentially since last year.
“The production is way up,” he says. “The make-up team has grown from one person to five, we’ve started using prosthetics in the show, and we even have a video crew making a short film [about the event].”
Sixx is hopeful the zombie-centric spectacle will become a regular event, but until then he says Zombie Wrestling will be held annually, on the same day as the Toronto Zombie Walk.