By Ed Duffy
Do you have fond memories of growing up watching Macho Man Savage, Sargent Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan and the gang? Well, then you'll be excited to know that Iron Hills Wresting is one of two independent professional wrestling organizations that have cropped up in Colorado Springs in the past year or two (the other being Colorado Springs Wrestling). Both are intent on promoting the good, clean, family fun of live entertainment that is professional wrestling.
Iron Hills was founded by industry veteran Alex Milford out of Pueblo. The company is now owned by Chuey Martinez, another
wrestler/promoter with over 15 years experience and managed by Randy Chacon (aka Randy Rude). Randy's been a fan since he was a kid. He recalls going to the matches every other Saturday in Pueblo. He started in the business with a talk show on YouTube (You can catch "Rude Awakening" live every Sunday) and gradually got into production and promotion, as well as wrestling himself. He's also a masters certified sales consultant.
Randy's done some work with Colorado Springs Wrestling as well. Recently a number of wrestling organizations, including Iron Hills, Colorado Springs others out of Denver, Canon City and Pueblo, held their second annual Colorado United benefit show, featuring wrestlers from all over the country. This year's show raised money for the family of a wrestler (Logan Austin) who had a death in the family due to cancer. Last year's was for Colorado Springs Wrestling founder Chris Chavez's family. He was killed in a car accident earlier in the year.
Randy's not entirely new to the entertainment biz. He was the head gunfighter at Buckskin Joe's for two years. "I'm the guy they hung six days a week." he explained. The first big show for Iron Hills is coming up February 23. Rudapalooza will be held at Union Station in Colorado Springs. There will be six matches, featuring the main event, a title match between Chuey Martinez and Big Guns Justin Andrews. Doors open at 7pm, first match at 8. Of course there will be food and drink available as well. Tickets purchased before the show are $20 for front row or $10 general admission. At the door: $25 front row, $15 general admission. Call 822-3497 for advanced ticket information.
Iron Hills also has very affordable sponsorship opportunities ranging from $50 to $250.
For more information on Iron Hills Championship Wresting, visit their website at www.IHCWrestling.com. You'll also find them on Facebook (Iron Hills Championship Wrestling) and Instagram (@ironhillschampionshipwrestling).