Grapitol City brings indepen 爱上海dent pro wrestling back to DC

Inside a stiflingly hot concrete bottling room deep in the back of a brewery might be the last place you’d expect to find a professional wrestling show, especially on the middle of a Sunday afternoon, and especially in the District of Columbia. But, then, that’s all sort of the point of Grapitol City, the first professional independent wrestling event in the District in decades, which went down in front of a sold-out, standing room crowd of a little more than 300 onlookers at DC Brau this weekend.

One fan in the front row sported a shirt that read “Pro Wrestling Is For Everyone,” and considering both the variety of performers and attendees, it was a hard sentiment to argue with. There were people of all shapes, sizes, colors and styles, sweating out beer together in this industrial space on the middle day of Memorial Day weekend.

With no fancy Jumbotron, information dissemination comes down to the PA system, which, in a boxy, concrete space filled with fans blasting at full tilt, isn’t the clearest. It became obvious very quickly that this was not going to look much like the light-and-smoke-and-pyrotechnics laden shows of WWE. But that only put more of the focus on the actual ring, complete with the same bouncy ropes and slaptastic mat that rings out like a gunshot every time a body hits it at a million miles an hour.

Paying anywhere from $15 (standing room) to $25 (front row), fans packed in to see nearly three hours of bouts, which culminated in promoter Prime Time Pro Wrestling’s first championship match. They were treated to a bit of everything: a battle royale; surprise, off-the-card appearances; melees spilling into the crowd; all-male, all-female, and co-ed matches; and, finally, a champion crowned. Other than a couple early lulls, the crowd seemed very much on board, even generating an impromptu “This is awe-some” chant during the final match.

“The fans are a Greek chorus. They are a character,” said Lolo McGrath, one of the organizers. “If the fans are really quiet and sitting on their hands the whole time, you don’t have a good show. It’s really necessary to have a really excited fan base.”

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Lolo McGrath has been in the D.C. area for eight years, bartending at DC9 for the last four of those. She saw a void in the indie wrestling scene in the District — which hasn’t had a bout in quite some time, though nobody can quite seem to recall the last one — and decided to try to help fill it herself.

“The wrestling community in the DMV is really tight-knit, but hasn’t had many outlets for going to see wrestling,” she s,爱上海xk,aid. “There’s promotions based in Maryland, there was a promotion based in northern Virginia, there’s plenty in central Virginia, but there’s been nothing in D.C.”

A crowd of more than 300 packed DC Brau for Grapitol City on Sunday. (WTOP/Noah Frank)

Between bouts at intermission, still in full costume, performers are backed up to a steel rack housing 55-pound bags of malt and oats, standing in front of their merchandise tables, signing autographs, selling T-shirts, photos and other wares. A custom rubber wristband here, a coffee mug there, even a pair of novelty Buddy Holly glasses courtesy of Francis Kip Stevens, aka One Tough Nerd.

Everyone has a shtick and a style, the more distinct the better.

“Most people make their own clothes, they find their own prints,” said Faye Jackson, a crowd favorite who wrestled for two years on the Virginia circuit. “They go to gearmakers, or they’ll find a fashion designer. As a wrestler, you have to stand out. You are your brand.”

Jackson is wearing an extravagant print she saw Beyoncé rock on her On the Run tour and decided she needed to have it. Some extensive Google searching and a tailoring later, it was hers.

“I saw the print — she ha,上海千花iaqh,d it with a bodysuit with the stockings, and I was like, ‘I want that,’” she said. “So I searched, hard.”

Despite the favoritism, Sunday wasn’t her day, as she was pinned in her opening match. The day belonged to Breaux Keller, a tall, wide-smiled, indefatigable showman clad in purple, bright blue and yellow a,上海419论坛ha,ccents and not much else, with both sides of his head shaved around a flop of electric blond hair too carefree and tangled to evoke anything political, only pure theatricality. He’s billed as being from Cockeysville, Maryland, but is actually from just across the Pennsylvania border in the Amish country section of the state, where he works a full 40-hour week for a restaurant supply equipment distribution website.

“Since February, I’ve had between one and three shows every weekend. It’s not slowing down anytime soon,” he said after his win. “I love it, when you have an atmosphere like this. You can feel their passion along with your own.”

Among the performers, there are plenty of Acela Corridorians, with some coming from as far as Tennessee or Kentucky. Jackson, who now hails from New Jersey, wanted to make sure she made the first D.C. event in decades, even if it meant a brutal overnight commute.

“The day before today, I was in Cleveland,” she said. “So I drove from there to here, because this was the first event in D.C. in, what, forever? So why wouldn’t I want to be a part of this?”

She’s traveled as far as Germany to perform, and will be going back again later this year. McGrath says that for this particular event, performers appearance fees range anywhere from $50-$500, plus highway tolls.

Prime Time Pro Wrestling is already looking to build off the success of their inaugural event. They’ve planned a return to DC Brau for July 28, where Keller will defend his title. McGrath is hoping to add a few more events this year, and expand “exponentially” next year. For those thinking of attending but are unsure quite what to expect, McGrath said you’ll get out of it whatever you put in.

“You have to walk into the room prepared to emotionally invest,” she said. “If you don’t emotionally invest, you’re going to be really bored, and nobody’s going to want to be around you. You’re not going to be able to fully participate with the fans.”

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Man dies on flight after reportedly in 上海龙凤论坛gesting 246 bags of cocaine

A Japanese man on a flight from Mexico City to Japan died Friday after he reportedly ingested 246 bags of cocaine and began having seizures shortly after the flight departed.

The flight made an emergency landin,上海贵族宝贝论坛pg,g in Mexico’s Sonora state and the unidentified 42-year-old man died from acerebral edema, the BBC reported. He reported,上海龙凤论坛yuq,ly started his journey in Colombia. He was declared dead at the Gener,上海千花zg,al Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport in Hermosillo.

The small bags were found in his stomach and intestines during an autopsy. The plastic bags were approximately 2.5 centimeters long and 1 cm wide.

Tornados leave trail of destruction across Ohio, 爱上海Indiana

This image provided and posted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, early Tuesday, May 28, 2019, shows a view from one of the department’s trucks as crews on Interstate 75 north of Dayton, Ohio, work to clean debris from the highway after a suspected tornado hit the area. (Ohio Department of Transportation via AP)

A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, pack,上海贵族宝贝论坛otqf,ed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.

The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate.

At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. Some 5 million people were without power early Tuesday in Ohio alone.

Towns just outside Dayton, Ohio, took some of the heaviest hits. The National Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, 8 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Dayton.

Just before midnight, not 40 minutes after that tornado cut through, the weather service tweeted that another one was traversing its path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on ,上海419论坛lr,radar.

The aftermath left some lanes of Interstate 75 blocked north of Dayton. Trucks with plows were scraping tree branches and rubble to the side to get the major north-south route reopened, according to Matt Bruning, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Trying to clear the debris in the middle of the night is a difficult task, complicated by darkness and downed power lines, Bruning said.

“We’ll do a more thorough cleaning after we get lanes opened,” he told The Associated Press by text early Tuesday, noting that tow trucks would have to haul off damaged vehicles along the roadway, too.

Crews were also clearing debris in two other counties northwest of Dayton.

In Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, Sheriff Rob Streck said many roads were impassable. The Montgomery County sheriff’s office initially said the Northridge High School gymnasium would serve as an emergency shelter in Dayton but later said it wasn’t useable.

An Indiana town was also heavily damaged by storms late Monday, including reports of two tornadoes.

“We do not know at this time if this was a tornado, straight-line winds or what the cause was” of damage in Pendleton, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Indianapol,上海龙凤论坛aqx,is, said Todd Harmeson, a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

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Franko reported from Columbus, Ohio.

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Asia s 爱上海hares up in muted trading after Trump’s visit to Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks mostly rose in muted trading Tuesday in the absence of major market-driving news on trade negotiations during President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.4% to finish at 21,260.14, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5% to 6,484.80. South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.4% to 2,051.93. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.4% to 27,392.10, while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.5% to 2,905.88.

Trump pointed to the United States’ continuing “unbelievably large” trade imbalance with Japan, but he also said a trade deal was coming later this year.

U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.

“Against the backdrop of a lack of reaction towards President Donald Trump’s words and the vacuum of leads, Asia markets look to trade to its own tune from a mixed but muted start to Tuesday,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.

Stocks rose in Europe on Monday, as pro-EU forces retained a majority in the 28-nation bloc’s Parliament despite the rise of nationalist parties in a region-wide vote.,上海贵族宝贝论坛yrts, Britain’s exchange remained closed for a bank holiday.

In the European election, far right and populist parties were among the biggest winners, as voters voiced concerns over immigration and security.

Worries about trade friction between the U.S. and China, as well,上海千花uycn, as the friction between the U.S. and Japan, continue to linger.

The 11th round of U.S.-China trade talks ended with no agreement. Instead, the U.S. moved to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, prompting China to reciprocate.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. ,上海龙凤419aklt,crude rose 57 cents to $59.20 a barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, added 2 cents to $68.79 per barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar was unchanged at 109.53 yen. The euro edge down to $1.1185 from $1.1193.

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The Latest: Dubai newspap 上海龙凤论坛er criticizes Iran’s top diplomat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

A Dubai-based, government-aligned newspaper has published a rare front-page editorial criticizing Iran’s foreign minister amid tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The Gulf News editorial on Tuesday, headlined “No thank you, Mr. Zarif,” criticized the Iranian diplomat for his recent offer of forming a nonaggression pact with Gulf Arab nations.

The newspaper said Gulf Arab nations are not buying Zarif’s “nice neighbor routine.”

The paper says Iran “continues to call for the overthrow of Arab governments, sends its agents to spy and sabotage, aiming at spreading chaos in Gulf countries, such as Bahrain and Kuwait and more recently off Fujairah and in Saudi Arabia.”

The newspaper added: “Nobody wants war in this region. But Iran ,上海贵族宝贝论坛sn,should instead focus on its ,爱上海nje,daunting internal problems which cannot be resolved by constantly fomenting aggression against our countries.”

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Iran’s foreign minister appears unimpressed with Japan’s offer to mediate in a crisis between Tehran and Washington, and says President Donald Trump should make his intentions clear about any talks with Iran through actions, not words.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a late Monday tweet: “Actions_not words_will show whether or not that’s

Trump said Monday in Japan that he’d back Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to open a communication with Iran.,上海龙凤419mhg, Trump said: “I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they’d like to talk, we’ll talk also.”

Iran has said it has no interest in negotiations with Washington following Trump’s pullout from the nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions on Iran.

Zarif in his tweet also blamed Trump’s economic pressure on Iran for the regional tensions.

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Tornadoes Chaz tear through Dayton, Ohio area, leave crazy damage

Tornadoes ripped through Ohio’s Miami Valley on Memorial Day night, causing injuries and widespread damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV, citing weather radio spotters, says twisters were reported in Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, as well as several other counties in the area.

The National Weather Service said there were more than 70,000 power outages across Ohio, most of them in the Miami Valley, affecting over 5 million people.

The service confirmed Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside Dayton.

Numerous roads were closed, including the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, where the Ohio Department of Transportation was using snow plows to remove debris.

In Greene County, Beavercreek schools Superintendent Paul Otten said his neighborhood has “crazy damage.”

“We have downed power lines, but the biggest thing we’re seeing is that there are trees just gone,” Otten told WHIO.

In Dayton, the roof was torn off a building constructed in 1944. Telephone poles were down. A WHIO viewer said he saw transformers sparking and burning.

Elsewhere in Montgomery County, injuries and major damage were reported in Brookville, whose high school lost its roof.

Police in Celina, O,上海龙凤419hlqp,hio, in Mercer County, were stopping people from entering the city due to live wires on the ground and severe damage.

A barn that was in a field in Miami County is gone, Linda Taylor said, as is part of her home’s roof.

French official: No jobs can be lost in Renault-F Jonathaniat merger

PARIS (AP) — France’s finance minister says the planned merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler will only happen if French jobs are protected.

Speaking on RTL radio on Tuesday, Bruno le Maire said he has asked for “four guarantees” for the deal to go ahead, including th,上海龙凤论坛jpl,at not a single job or factory on French soil will ,上海贵族宝贝论坛mypo,disappear.

Fiat Chrysler has proposed to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker, worth $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles.

Le Maire said he also wants the merger to take place within the alliance between Renault and Nissan, that French inte,上海419论坛sbeg,rests “will be well represented” on the board of the new organization, and that the future operation commits to the development of electric batteries.

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