FLINT, MI — Children shout “boos” from the audience as it appears the Pure Pro Wrestling performer Father Time is losing his match to El Lutherano.
Seconds later, Father Time has flipped the action in his favor, winning the match. The crowd goes wild.
A unique event Saturday at a Flint church combined professional wrestling action and Trunk or Treat fun. It marked the first time the Lighthouse Spirit of God Church celebrated the Halloween season with the spectacle of wrestling, bringing in Pure Pro Wrestling, a group of Michigan traveling wrestlers based in Flint, to perform.
Pastor Adam Morris of Lighthouse Spirit of God Church, who brought the wrestlers to the small ring outside of his church, got into the ring dressed as Batman and followed up a match with a prayer.
“It’s good for the community to come out and take part in this.” Morris said about the event. “It’s good to have fellowship with one another. We all can put our differences aside and have church, have fun events, whatever.”
Pastor Morris said he got the idea to combine the church’s annual Trunk or Treat event with Pure Pro Wrestling when he saw the group perform at the 2022 Genesee County Fair.
Joe Byrd, owner of Pure Pro Wrestling, called it an act of God that sparked the idea for the wrestling event at the church.
“The pastor happened to be coming to the fair that day with his family and he caught one of our shows,” Byrd said. “We started talking and we thought it would be a great idea to put something on for the community of Flint.”
Activities at the event included trick-or-treating and a cake walk. Participants came dressed in Halloween costumes and the church held a costume contest.
The event was free. The church gave out hot dogs, chips and bottled water to attendees.
“We had a line of cars going all the way down the block,” Byrd said. “There were a lot of kids that showed up, a lot of happy, smiling faces.”
Pure Pro Wrestling has been performing at fairs, festivals and events for over 20 years.
Byrd describes the group as “family-friendly.” In addition to its regular performers, Pure Pro Wrestling hosts a youth training group called Junior Grapplers where kids under the age of 18 learn to perform. Junior Grapplers travels alongside the rest of Pure Pro Wrestling as they perform around the state.
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