Wednesday, March 16, 2011


You can feel the electricity in the air at Kid Kelley’s gym in East New York. The thunderous sounds of bodies being slammed on the mats in the ring aren’t ones of fighters being defeated but of skilled wrestling artisans home grown from our very borough. Brooklyn has it all now, with the Doghouse Xtreme Wrestling Team, spearheaded by Pro-Wrestlers Frankie Starz (Frank Roberto) and Black Rhino (Dameon Slugga)

Watching these new kids and these veterans of the ring work together for their up and coming matches starting April 30th was awe-inspiring. Keep your eyes on Chris Melendez, Army Veteran who returned from the war due to the loss of his leg, but that doesn’t stop him from being a force to be reckoned with in the ring. Opponents take care. If you love wrestling, it’s time to see it up close and very personal.

After meeting with Starz and Slugga, it was wonderful to find out that they included in their plans to provide wrestling lessons for neighborhood kids and they would include mentoring by speaking to schools about the business aspect of the sport along with sportsmanship. Many students are going to be in for a treat. One of their speakers is Evan Ginzburg, Associate Producer of the critically-acclaimed movie, "The Wrestler" which starred Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rourke (who won the Oscar for this very role) and Academy Award Winning Actress Marissa Tomei.

For more information on how to have them come to your school to speak to your local wrestling teams or future event dates and tickets, email Frankie Starz at or go to his network page at

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