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Inside The Story: Pro Wrestling Gym
(KUTV) Most people after
work are on their way home to family, but for a group of men and women
it's off to the gym for a completely different kind of challenge.

levels of energy and theatrics are all part of the act inside the pro
wrestling gym located at about 1850 West and North Temple in Salt Lake
City. "Dysfunctional as it may be, but a big family," said Steve Neilson
the owner and operator of the Ultra Championship Wrestling gym.

are about 25 wrestlers, a mix of men and women who take their athletic
ability to the extreme four days a week. They come to learn the skills
and showmanship of pro wrestling.

Every move they make is
calculated. The more realistic it looks, the more tickets they sell. "We
are telling a story in there. It's really a rough and tough tumble soap
opera is what we have going on in the ring," said Nielson.

"Why would anyone ever want to do this?" asked 2News Dan Rascon of Nielson. "Because we are in insane," said Nielson.

Mike Thorstead says it may be staged, but it still hurts. "A lot of the
moves still hurt. When they're throwing strikes at you, punches and all
that you are really getting hit," said Thorstead.

There is a
game plan and the planning doesn't just happen in the ring it also
happens back stage with the costumes. Each costume has to have the flare
that can really get the crowd roaring. There is also the entrance into
the ring, which too has to be spectacular.

When you put it all together, you have yourself a pro wrestling show right in the heart of Salt Lake. 

is it about it that wrestlers love? "The contact, the adrenaline that
just runs through your body as you're doing it," said Lacy Ryan one of
several women wrestlers.
"Most kids would be out and about
riding bicycles climbing up trees. I was inside the house watching
wrestling," said wrestler Jayson Bravo. 

"Bottom line you have to be crazy you have to be a little nuts," said Neilson.

gym holds pro wrestling shows twice a month.  The next one is taking
place on June 14th. The exact address of the gym is at 47 South Orange
Street, Unite E2. 

For more information about the shows and about the gym go to   

By: Dan Rascon

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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