By Chris Frost
Port Hueneme-- Professional wrestlers kicked off their 2020 season at the Oceanview Pavilion, Jan. 5, as Championship Wrestling from Hollywood opened its 10th season with a dynamite lineup that kept the crowd cheering.
The event featured man versus man, woman versus woman, tag team matches, and one three-way match that got the fans on their feet.
The event also had an unscheduled rumble, as one tag team got into a big fight after losing, which meant a big battle in the ring that had to be broken up by referees and managers.
Sharon Kloeris from the Pavilion said Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is a great way to start 2020.
"We have lots of tapings, two times a month, and we are hoping the community will come out and support this amazing wrestling show," she said.
Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is taped for a television audience who can see the matches each weekend on KDOC TV and LA18 T.V. in English and Spanish.
Fans enjoy the intimate setting at the Pavilion and engaged the wrestlers throughout the event, and the grapplers often answered right back and charged up the crowd.
She "absolutely" plans on getting in the ring and testing out her wrestling skills.
"I had my birthday yesterday, so I figure why not kick off 2020, get in that ring and see what happens," she said. "I can beat all these guys with no doubt. With all the background I have in fitness, I'd be throwing them all over this ring."
After the matches, Irish Mikey O'Shea said he's been in the wrestling business for 10 years, but it has been two years since he wrestled in Port Hueneme.
"This is my first time back in a while, so it felt good to get the reaction from the audience," he said. "Although I didn't win the match tonight, I feel like I came out a winner no matter what."
O'Shea had an intimidating look as he battled his opponents, but he said he wasn't angry.
"That's what wrestling is all about," he said. "I'm not angry at them, but I want to win the match. You don't want to be the one on your back at the end of the match. You want to be the one looking at the camera when the referee is raising your hand."
He got kicked by both his opponents in his three-way battle, and he flew out of the ring. He said the referee wasn't a problem.
"I don't care how tough you are if you crash into a cement floor, you are going to feel like crap," he said.
He's wanted to wrestle since he was a child.
"High School wrestling and professional wrestling are two different things," he said. "I love what I do."
Heather Monroe said her opponent almost pinned her after the opening bell.
"You have to take a step back, get your bearings and get back into it," she said. "I'm in the best of seven series, so I have six more matches."
Monroe plans on having a big 2020.
"I hope to wrestle around the United States and the whole world," she said. "That's my plan."
Sweet Robin Shaw is a big guy and used his strength to his advantage and threw people around the ring.
"I've been a fan of wrestling since I was a little kid," he said. "It's something I've always wanted to do with my life."
He used to be way heavier, and he had weight loss surgery four years ago.
"About a year after, I decided I needed to do something to stay in shape," he said. "I decided that I was going to do wrestling finally, and that's what I've been doing for three years."
He and his partner, The Super Beetle, made up and won their match.
"We finally became friends again, and we got it done," he said. "I want to keep wrestling as much as I can in 2020."
The Super Beetle said he got injured a few months ago while he was teaming with Gentleman Jervis.
"When I came back, Gentleman Jervis brought Sweet Robin Shaw into the picture," Beetle said. "We never got off on the right foot, and we didn't see things eye-to-eye. Tonight, we realized that we needed each other."
During the match, he had a problem getting to his corner so he could tag Robin.
"If we were the people in control, I would try to keep them from their corner," he said. "If I have the chance to tag out with my partner and keep myself and him fresh, it's better for our longevity."
He loves wrestling in Port Hueneme.
"People don't understand that these big-budget productions are happening right in their backyard," he said. "It's WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) on a smaller scale.
Interviewer Kathy Campanelli said working with the wrestlers is incredible.
"Sometimes it is intense, but I get to interview a lot of the wrestlers either before or after their matches and get their insight on everything that takes place in the ring," she said. "I've dabbled in the ring a little bit, but I quickly realized that talking about it was more my speed."
She loves Kloeris.
"This is fantastic," she said. "There are so many fun experiences at a live wrestling event," she said.
Crystal DeLucas said her kids love the show.
"I love Watts, she said. "He's a champion, and I like the way he wrestles."
Mario DeLucas loves coming to the matches.
"It's awesome and fun spending time with your family," he said. "I might want to be a wrestler someday."
Grandma Maria Gonzales-Hernandez had her smallest grandchild, and she was plenty excited.
"Especially for the last fight," she said.
Mike Palmer drives in from Riverside every two weeks.
"I'm a huge fan," he said. "It's a great fun show and free, so that's always good too. The wrestlers are fan-oriented, and they come out and talk to you after the show."
Jesse Bradshaw lives in San Dimas and drives into Port Hueneme every two weeks.
"In March, it will be my one-year anniversary coming here," he said. "I grew up with watching the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) repeats and fell in love with this at age four. I'm 30 now, so I have been watching it ever since then."
Amy Perez said her daughter, along with Bradshaw and Palmer, got her interested in wrestling.
"I started in May," she said. "I'm open to everything."
She dreams of being a professional wrestler.
"I like Ritchie Slade," she said. "I wish he would come back to Championship Wrestling from Hollywood."
The Oceanview Pavilion plans on making 2020 a year to remember.
"We don't have the dates yet, but we plan on having three to four art walk and craft festivals, starting this summer," Kloeris said. "We're going to have a professional boxing event in February. Oxnard is known as a boxing mecca, and we have a lot of amazing talent here."
She's also hoping for concerts in 2020.
"Check our website and see what's happening," she said.
For more information, visit oceanviewinfo.com.
451 West Fifth Street
Oxnard, California 93030
1000 Town Center Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
(Walk-in & Drop-off)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.