By QUINT QUALLS
Spring Hill may soon headquarter the new Arcadian Wrestling Association (AWA), a professional wrestling company that travels around the state bringing arena-style shows to Tennessee’s smaller communities.
Leah Hulan, owner and “bond girl” of Grumpy’s Bail Bonds, started the wrestling company with former TNA Wrestling star and world champion Chase Stevens. Both Hulan and Stevens star in the live wrestling show along with many others, including former WWE stars Gangrel and Kevin Thorn.
AWA has its first Spring Hill show lined up for Friday, Aug. 19 at the Olympus Athletic Club off Stephen P. Yokich Parkway. The name of the venue was particularly attractive for the company’s “War of the Gods” show, which features a theme of ancient Greek gods and goddesses, Hulan said.
But not only does AWA aim to perform in Spring Hill regularly – probably about every six to eight weeks, according to manager Shaun Ames – they are also looking to make the city their permanent home. The company currently has a brand new office in Franklin, but they are looking to take it one step further.
“We’re wanting to build a venue, a special events place,” Hulan said. “It would be fabulous for us, and for Spring Hill. There’s not really a special events place around. We’ve had a difficult time finding a place to perform, and that’s how we came across the Olympus Gym.
“We are looking at land in Spring Hill, and we’ve seen some land we like but it’s just so expensive and we want to build on it.”
Company hopes to bring back wrestling’s glory days
While AWA features characters and plot lines like other wrestling shows, the company’s goal is to take wrestling back to its ‘glory days’ by bringing back harder hitting, more old school-style wrestling combined with modern production techniques, according to Ames.
The tagline of the Aug. 19 show in Spring Hill is “Unfinished Business.” Hulan explained that in the previous production, the two vampire characters, Gangrel and Kevin Thorn, battled one another with ‘bad guy’ Thorn winning and stealing Hulan off her throne.
“Wrestling is my creative escape from bail bonding and chasing fugitives,” Hulan said. “In wrestling you have good and bad guys, kind of like in bail bonding, and we’re setting up heroes. The good guys don’t always win, but there’s a story being told.
“And wrestling has changed over the years – that’s kind of our motto, ‘become a fan again,’ that’s what we’re trying to do with our independent wrestling organization.”
Arena-style wrestling show offered at affordable price
Tickets for the show include $10 general admission, $15 for second or third row seating and $25 for the VIP Ticket, which lets purchasers arrive at the show one hour early for a meet and greet with the wrestlers.
However, for the Spring Hill show, Hulan said that members of both the community and the Chamber of Commerce are invited to come to the 5 p.m. private meet and greet with a regular ticket. Arcadian Wrestling Association became one of the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce’s newest members last month.
The show is family-friendly and children 5 and under get in for free. For more information on the show or for tickets, visit www.arcadianwrestling.com. Doors open at the Olympus Athletic Club on Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. with bell time scheduled for 7 p.m.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at email@example.com.