It’s an event you haven’t seen in Sioux Falls before, and it’s going to benefit area veterans. Saturday, Midwest All-Pro Wrestling is hosting a live pro wrestling show.
The event is being promoted by Nick Dinsmore. Wrestling fans may recognize him as “Eugene” from his stint with World Wrestling Entertainment. Now, he’s focusing on creating the next batch of wrestling superstars.
For years, Nick Dinsmore has been inside the ring. He says almost every city across the nation has some sort of independent wrestling. Now Sioux Falls is joining that list.
“I knew I wanted to do a show that gave back to the community. I wanted to do a show that gives back to the local veterans and to have a veteran come and participate – a friend of mine, a guy that I trained in professional wrestling, indescribable,” Dinsmore said.
The veteran he’s talking about is Michael Hayes. The Kentucky resident always wanted to become a professional wrestler, but he first decided to join the military instead. While serving overseas in Iraq, his Humvee was hit by an IED, and he lost a leg in the explosion. He’s not letting his situation stop his dream from coming true.
“You can look at it like a black eye or something that can weigh you down, but honestly I know that there are people out there that have been through what I’ve been through or worse,” Hayes said.
Hayes, who competed in the WWE competition Tough Enough, will be part of the show tomorrow. He hopes people enjoy his wrestling because he’s a good performer, not because of his disability.
“I’m not a one-legged wrestler. I’m a wrestler that just so happens to have one leg,” Hayes said.
Saturday’s show will be at The Coliseum, and Dinsmore hopes this isn’t the last time you see wrestling in Sioux Falls.
“I want to train athletes from the Midwest that get a tryout with the WWE, that debut on Monday Night Raw, that go on to have their Wrestlemania moment, so everybody here in Sioux Falls and the Midwest can say I remember when I first saw this superstar at Midwest All-Pro,” Dinsmore said.
Doors open at 6 o’clock Saturday, with the show starting at 7 pm. You can either buy tickets at the door or online.