BROADHEADSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The ringing of a bell, a sound that kicks off a match for wrestlers here at Battlefield Pro Wrestling in Brodheadsville.
The gym opened just a year ago giving students a chance to learn the ropes of wrestling entertainment from a professional Afa Anoa’i Jr.
“It was time to come back and give back to the business. You know, my father is one of the most successful trainers in the professional wrestling world and I feel that being a family tradition, you know, that we had to carry on that family tradition,” said Afa Anoa’i Jr., former WWE Star and now the owner of Battlefield Pro Wrestling.
Anoa’i is originally from Bethlehem and after 20 years in the industry as a former WWE star “Manu” he is sharing his love of the sport close to home.
“I sort of knew what I was getting into, but the explosion that has happened here since COVID and since we opened up has truly been a blessing,” said Anoa’i.
With nearly fifty students already part of the program they’re taught the ins and outs of the ring.
Anoa’I even showed Eyewitness News Reporter Sydney Kostus some skills to take down an opponent.
“I’ve always been a fan of wrestling since I was a kid and I saw Afa’s camp and I thought, ‘who else better to learn from than those guys,’ and it’s been a good time,” said new wrestler Logan Binstead.
Getting pushed to their limits to be the best.
“Everything physical, but yet there’s a lot of mental you have to go through. You kind of have to learn to divide that like person life from the ring life,” said Siarra Glassmoyer, who goes by Sage Santiago when she wrestles.
That training then gets put to the test at wrestling shows the center puts on for the public.
“So it starts off as a dream, like as a little kid, you know what I mean. But as you get older, like I got older, I started working out a little bit and I was like, ‘you know what I think I can do it.’ And then you just shoot your shot,” said wrestler Deion Singletary.
Battlefield Pro Wrestling’s next show is on January 29th in Brodheadsville.