Two men wrestle in a ring full of smelt (whitebait) during the Smelt Carnival in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1939. via Wisconsin Historical Society
Hoodslam — a popular spectacle that is staged monthly in Oakland, California — is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “part wrestling show, part carnival act and all comedy.”
The foul-mouthed, adult-humored extravaganza is raunchy and rollicking as wrestlers “battle” each other while occasionally wielding strange weapons or tossing powder in faces.
This is wrestling meets video game meets heavy metal nightmare.
The event’s founder, Sam Khandaghabadi (pictured) who appears in the combat ring as the Dark Sheik — tells the newspaper: “We aren’t trying to be pro wrestling. We are performance art.”
Truth is, a lot of wrestling — professional, semipro and exhibition — in America has been performance art for a long, long time.