Local wrestlers suplex for charity

Mar 9, 2016 1:38 PM by News Staff

For the past year and a half, a local professional wrestling organization has been helping raise money for charities by holding monthly events.

For professional wrestler Shawn Gunn, the first seventeen years of his career was focused on what he could benefit from the business.

But, after his son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, Gunn began to wonder how the wrestling business could benefit those in need.

So in 2014, Gunn started gateway grand prix, a non-profit wrestling promotion that donates after every event to different charities.

So far, gateway has raised money for relay for life, the wounded warrior project, and other local charities.

The decision to be a non-profit was met with negativity among those in the wrestling community.

“I got a lot of flak from a lot of people in this business who say I don't have the right but it’s what I want to do because it’s for other people and once they understand that they understand why I work so hard,” Gunn said.

The first Sunday of every month, gateway holds shows at the habitat lab on east 13th st and features local wrestlers as well as those who have been wrestling at the national and international levels.

“Our former female champion thunder Rosa, she's on lucha underground currently, she just got back from Mexico, and she did stardom in japan.”

So far Gunn says the Chico community has been great in supporting gateway and the wrestlers love performing for the locals.

“I really don't want to work in any other city that I can think of,” Gunn said. “Being in Chico has been great. The people are fun.”

So remember, the next time you see a body slam, it may be done in the name of charity.

Gateway’s next event will be Sunday at the habitat lab warehouse in Chico.

For more information you can visit their Facebook page.


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