Speaking to Inside the Ropes, ‘The Weapon of Sass Destruction’ Effy discussed his experience working as part of GCW’s recent Outlaw Mudshow event, during which the police were called to the scene during the main event clash between Nick Gage and Mance Warner.
During an interview with Inside the Ropes’ own Liam Alexander-Stewart, GCW sensation, Effy revealed that he did not wait to see the confrontation unfold and instead left the scene by car alongside AJ Gray, Warhorse and wrestling legend Ricky Morton.
Discussing his experience working the GCW Outlaw Mudshow event, Effy would comment:
“Well, so I think we’ve Laramie, there’s sort of a, there’s a preconceived notion of Laramie. Now, to understand where it is, it is like a two and a half-hour drive directly from Denver. So you can be in the Denver area, which is a little more, you know, freedom-oriented, a little more drug-oriented, music-oriented scene and so some of that, like liberalness, runs off in the college scene there. But historically, we have things like Matthew Shepard in Laramie, where gay people have not been treated well in those areas. But as we kind of entered into town, this split was pretty apparent because you’re seeing bars with pride flags, you’re seeing, you know, a very diverse crowd out in the nightlife, but you’re also seeing like the locals of Laramie participating and being a part of this, and outside of this little tiny Oasis, it is land and land and land and land as far as you can see, surrounded by mountains everywhere. And so there is sort of a sense of like, hey, it’s good right here. But if you went out 10 miles, who knows? And being in the room like that, you don’t know what to expect.
But I started looking at the line I started looking at my line at my merch table and there was such an overwhelming amount of Support there specifically for what I was doing gay wise, and a lot of excited people that were chanting for daddy and Effy. Being in Laramie, Wyoming and having that reaction during a pride month, it’s like, Okay, well, things may not be perfect, but we’re getting somewhere.”
Effy would continue, revealing that he was proud to be part of a show that raised enough to be able to give back to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is a non-profit organisation that runs education, outreach, and advocacy programs for members of the LGBTQ community in memory of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old man who was tortured, beaten and left to die just outside of Laramie, Wyoming.
Speaking on the matter, Effy would state:
“Luckily GCW did kind of successfully come in, in a way where we had a little excess, our cup did run a little over and we were able to give back to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which not to highlight, oh, here we are giving to charity. But if you’re in Laramie, they don’t really want to make too much noise about what happened. They’re really trying to move away from it. There’s a small bench as a tribute as a sort of reminder, but other than that, everything is sort of been washed away.
You know, for the match, it was awesome and there’s a reason it was me and Warhorse out there and I wanted it to be a match with someone I was comfortable with and someone that I knew would be up for a while last time no matter what. And if things got weird, you know, I’m showing up puffing my chest and things got weird. It’s also a guy who you want in your corner, you know, things go wrong, he’s 4000 pounds of heavy metal.
It’s, it’s magic to see kind of in a bigger picture that the internet has reached everywhere and when people are coming up to you from Salt Lake City in Montana and Idaho and, you know, Denver and Fort Collins they’re driving from all over and from Laramie, you know, specific when they’re coming up to you to say we know about Warhorse, we know about GCW we know about this stuff. It’s like magic”
Effy would continue on, discussing the promotional tactics utilised by GCW for the show and how it is not always about getting retweets and engagement on social media when it comes to filling a house in smaller towns.
‘The Feminist Icon’ would explain:
“But there’s the other side of that coin, which is what you kind of brought up which is this was promoted traditionally in Wyoming, you know, kind of how they would in the old days with the posters with radio ads or Ricky Morton with radio ads or Joey Janella. With you know, hey, we’re bringing wrestling down to the Jubilee rodeo and those fans were in for a big night.”
Effy would expand, stating that even before the main event you could see that some people were not comfortable with the style of wrestling that was on the show, recalling an incident during the match between Allie Kat and Jimmy Lloyd.
“During Allie and Jimmy’s match, I was outside the door and this is an intergender match and she is bleeding and it is very intense and I saw two couples leave and they go “it’s not for us” and I was like okay, we’re getting started here.”
Finally, Effy would describe the events of the main event and how when he saw the police begin to make their way to the venue he did not wait around to see it play out and instead got out of there as quickly as possible:
“But as you mentioned, by the end of the night, Mance Warner and Nick Gage are pretty crazy and things are getting very violent, with a lot of barbed wire and pizza cutters and fire and doors and chairs and violence. And yeah, they called the police. They said there was a riot going on up there. And these men were going to kill each other and what people don’t understand and I have to back myself up a little bit because it sounds like we just ran from the police which is entirely true. My car load was me Warhorse, AJ Gray and Ricky Morton and we all made eye contact with each other when we saw the Cops pull up, got to the rental car and got the hell out of there.
So all those pictures of everybody sitting there looking at the cops, we were not there, Ricky Morton knew to get out, I need to get out, AJ Gray knew to get out and Warhorse damns sure knew to get out, he’s been to enough concerts to know when that many cops show up, it’s not ending well. What they didn’t know when we pulled out is they had these cops at the door talking to them, they had five more patrol cruisers hanging out at the entrance another 200 yards from where this building was waiting. I saw them and I kept driving.
So someone thought it was very, very real and what a beautiful time to be in where you can go into this town, you know, draw in a town where they don’t even really know who you are, draw people from out of town who are coming in, and then still have that air of kayfabe where people don’t know what you’re doing whether or not it’s real. It was a bananas experience overall, like, how many people say they wrestled in Wyoming. I mean, Ricky Morton was just getting around to it. He’s been wrestling for 71 years, you know.”
During Effy’schat with Inside the Ropes, ‘The Feminist Icon’ would discuss a range of topics including the trials and tribulations of independent wrestling, the positive impact Eddie Kingston has on his career, why the sky is the limit for Shotzi Blackheart and the growth of LGBTQ+ representation in professional wrestling.