PALMER — NSA Wrestling getting back in the ring Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m., bringing live, “homegrown entertainment” to the Valley for the first time in nine months.
NSA’s Back and Blue show would have normally taken place prior to Memorial Day, but they decided to postpone it due to COVID-19. In the end, booker Bryan Adams said it was a good idea to wait. With the event nearing, Adams is adamant on putting on a great show at full steam ahead.
“The ultimate plan is to give through with the event no matter what. We just have to follow the rules,” Adams said.
Sean Coleman and Mitchell Helps founded NSA eight years ago with a simple yet grand vision to cultivate local talent while putting on professional quality shows for the community. Coleman, Helps and Adams share the responsibility of running the organization, fueled by a mutual passion for wrestling and what it has to offer.
The Back and Blue show will take place inside NSA’s usual home, the Palmer Train Depot.
Adams said there will be masks and hand sanitizer on hand. He said they may even have to change the ring setup.
This is NSA’s first show on a Friday night. They usually hold them on Sundays.
“It’s gonna be a weird show,” Adams said.
On top of running the show, Adams also performs. He said that he’s wrestled in this setting for a number of years and he has a lot of fun working on his craft.
“I’m excited to get back out there and put a show on,” Adams said. “A majority of us are like, ‘I can’t wait to get out there.’”
NSA normally takes summers off and breaks depending on circumstances and holidays. COVID-19 caused them to have their longest gap, which also meant they weren’t able to train like they normally would.
“It sucks there’s no wrestling but it gives it time to heal,” Adams said.
Coleman said a lot of people asked when their next show would be when they postponed this event. He said they’ve gained a fairly consistent following over the years, mostly families.
“We’re hoping it gives people something to do,” Coleman said. “It’ll be good to get out there and entertain people honestly… Ultimately if we can get people’s minds of the world right now, it might be a good thing.”
NSA is currently the only wrestling group of its nature in the state and the most consistently running one to speak of, according to Adams.
“It feels good. I think that’s the longevity of it... having more than one person handing different aspects,” Adams said. “I don’t think NSA gets the credit they deserve for being here the longest.
NSA would have made a historic milestone this year, performing at the Alaska State Fair. While an unforeseen pandemic changed their plans for this year, they’re still on for next year. Coleman said that he’s excited to enter the next chapter, planning to bring wrestlers up from the Lower 48 among other ideas to cement their place in the public’s eye.
“I think we can plan something really epic,” Coleman said. “We want to make it so it’s one of those things they want to see every year… I can’t think of a bigger exposure in the state of Alaska.”
NSA recently took on two new wrestlers, Bryson Axl and Reverend Derick Divine, who both trained in Alaska. This brings NSA’s total number of wrestlers to 12, and they’re always seeking more, especially those who have interests in helping keep the group going for years to come.
“Our goal is to never go away,” Adams said.
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