Rabid Test

There are a few things you won’t see at a Heaven & Hell Wrestling event: blockbuster pyrotechnics, thousands of fans, and such superstars as John Cena and Randy Orton. What you will witness at the backyard-wrestling group’s extreme extravaganzas is plenty of skull-crunching action, weapons such as garbage cans and fluorescent light bulbs, and misfit grapplers such as Behemoth and Abknockshus beating each other brutally. Oh, yeah, and blood. Plenty of blood.

Heaven & Hell Wrestling is like WWE-gone-DIY, involving (likely) self-trained rasslers battling amid plywood-and-spray-paint sets in a lo-fi wrestling ring. It’s fun to watch, in a car-accident kinda way, as you’ll understand if you attend Heaven & Hell Wrestling’s Red, White and Pain.

The event will take place (as far as we can tell) in the backyard of a north Phoenix residence located at 15220 North 27th Street. H&H wrestlers Nerve Damage, The Tragic One, Srg. Stomp, and others will participate.

Sat., June 28, 7 p.m., 2008
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.