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Olde Wrestling is a Professional Wrestling promotion in Ohio started in 2013 by Marion Fontaine. The concept is "a one-night wrestling/reenactment event celebrating the competition of professional wrestling as it was presented at the turn-of-the-20th century." It can be found here. The reigning Olde Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion is Matthew Cross.

While the promotion is not directly affiliated with CHIKARA, several CHIKARA wrestlers have competed there.

"Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Tropes"

  • Acrofatic/Fat Bastard: Dick J. Lahart and Sue Jackson are fat heels who move around very well.
  • Action Girl: Heidi the Riveter (Heidi Lovelace), Kelly Klein, "Kickin'" Kimber Lee, Thunderkitty, Ruby the Cleveland Cutie, Human Cannonball.
  • Affectionate Parody: This video, promoting Speakeasy Spectacular 2014, is one of the theme song and opening credits of Cheers.
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  • Alliterative Name: The Columbus Crusher
  • Anachronism Stew: It's set in the 1920s, but wrestlers tap out to submission holds and execute moves that were not yet invented, and the fans do the Daniel Bryan "YES! YES! YES!" chant.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: "The Ecuadorian Aristocrat" Juan Francisco de Coronado
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Ruby the Cleveland Cutie, Heidi the Riveter
  • Bear Hug: "Old Timer" Jeff King's Finishing Move.
  • Beard of Evil: 'Imperial' Robert Evans, The Red Scare
  • Beary Funny: Tracy Smothers wrestled a "bear" at Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions, August 30, 2015, who was actually Robert Evans.
  • Big Ball of Violence: This T-shirt design.
  • Bouncer: "Burly" Bill Taylor
  • Bowdlerise: The Jollyville Jeepers, Clean and Jerk, who have a weightlifting gimmick, since, in their home promotion of Absolute Intense Wrestling, they are known as Russ Myers and T-Money, the Jollyville Fuck-Its, which would not fit in the retro atmosphere of Olde Wrestling.
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  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town with Punny Name: Jock Samson as "Al Keyhaulic" at Speakeasy Spectacular 2015.
  • Cigar Chomper: Dick J. Lahart
  • Crossover: The Heidi the Riveter vs. "Kickin'" Kimber Lee match at And Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions was another match in their on-again off-again feud in CHIKARA, F1RST Wrestling, Remix Pro, AAW, Beyond Wrestling, SHIMMER, SHINE and other promotions.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Their YouTube Newsreel videos and many matches.
  • Dirty Communists: The Red Scare (Anatolay and Nikolay), though notable in that, in this promotion's timeline, they predate the Cold War. This is actually accurate, referring to the First Red Scare that took place during and after Red October.
  • The Empire: "Imperial" Robert Evans
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Inky Scoops
  • Facepalm of Doom: Thunderkitty uses the Claw as her Finishing Move.
  • The Flapper: "Kickin'" Kimber Lee. She brought Fluffy Fashion Feathers with her to the ring for her match with Heidi the Riveter at And Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions. She was also a Dance Battler, with her and Heidi engaging in a dance-off during the match.
  • Foodfight!: A Pie in the Face fight with Rory O'Henry McHenry, Inky Scoops and Sue Jackson, as seen here.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel:
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sue Jackson
  • Gimmick Matches:
    • The Jollyville Jeepers defeated the Fabulous Blonde Brothers (Jack and Tripp Blonde) and the Red Scare in a Three-Way Tag Team Gauntlet Match at An Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions on September 29, 2013.
    • Inky Scoops and Rory O'Henry McHenry defeated Sue Jackson in a Two on One Handicap Loser Gets Tarred and Feathered match at And Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions on August 29, 2016.
    • Bill Taylor/Chuck Taylor/Gregory Iron/Jock Samson defeated the Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land (Judge Hugo Lexington Black/Representative Gavin Q. Volstead/Senator Cameron S. Sheppard/Dick J. Lahart) that same night in what was billed as "The First Caged Match in Wrestling History."
  • Girls with Moustaches: Speakeasy Spectacular, May 8, 2015, was built around the appearance of "The Bearded Lady." The scheduled main event was Olde Wrestling World Champion Matthew Cross defending the title against Clean of the Jollyville Jeepers. Before the match, Clean said that he was going to bring out the Bearded Lady. Out walked Heidi the Riveter (see Wrestling Doesn't Pay below) wearing a beard, drawing heel heat and chants of "phony." Cross won the match and Heidi and Clean started a heel beatdown, leading to Mary Elizabeth Monroe (Ring of Honor's Kelly Klein) coming out wearing a beard, leading to a mixed-tag match, which Cross and Monroe won.
  • Guttural Growler: "Old Timer" Jeff King speaks this way.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: The Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia (Chuck Taylor, Jock Samson, Arik Cannon, Bill Taylor)
  • Human Cannonball: Zoey Skye's gimmick.
  • Institutional Apparel: The Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land forced the Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia to wrestle in black-and-white striped prison uniforms.
  • It Will Never Catch On: "Juice" Guy Jennings does an American Football player gimmick. During his match at Speakeasy Spectacular 2015, the announcers talk about the National Football League and suggest that it might become popular in a few years.
  • Kayfabe: You have to ask? One of their sponsors is a T-shirt company called Live Kayfabe.
  • Leotard of Power: Thunderkitty
    • The commentator said "Old Timer" Jeff King wore a "classic Tarzan singlet."
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The match between "Door-to-Door" Darin Corbin and Nicholas Valentino from Speakeasy Spectacular 2014 was introduced as a "Gentlemen's Sporting Contest."
  • The Mafia: The Associates, Vinny Luciano and Baby Face Moretti
  • Masked Luchador: "Felino de Hierro" Louis Lyndon
  • Meaningful Name: Gavin Q. Volstead is named for U.S. Representative Andrew John Volstead (R-MN), who sponsored the National Prohibition Act, commonly known as the Volstead Act, which enabled the 18th Amendment.
  • Moral Guardians: The Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land, who were focused on shutting down speakeasies and arresting the Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate/Snake Oil Salesman/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dr. Jacob Omen
  • Nice Hat: Jervis Cottonbelly, "Burly" Bill Taylor, Jock Samson, Representative Gavin Q. Volstead, "Imperial" Robert Evans, Inky Scoops, Rory O'Henry McHenry, "Big" Sue Jackson
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed/Our Presidents Are Different: A William Howard Taft impersonator has appeared at a couple of events.
  • Only in It for the Money: Nicholas Valentino is described this way on the Roster page.
    His main source of inspiration on the professional level is purely for monetary purposes.
  • Organ Grinder: Zema Ion's gimmick, with Space Monkey as his monkey.
  • Painting the Medium: Scratchy film for the purpose of making it look old.
  • Parts Unknown: The Jollyville Jeepers, from "Jollyville"
  • Panthera Awesome: A tiger on the official T-shirt for Speakeasy Spectacular 2017.
  • Perp Sweating: In this video, Judge Hugo Lexington Black and Dick J. Lahart do this to Chuck Taylor.
    • Lampshade Hanging: Lahart tries to burn Chuck with his cigar, though Chuck says, "It's not lit." Lahart says, "I don't light 'em, I just bite 'em for good luck."
  • Punny Name: Matt Classic (Colt Cabana under a mask)
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Jervis Cottonbelly
  • Rated M for Manly: One of their regular sponsors is The Art of Manliness.
  • Retraux: The whole presentation.
  • The Roaring '20s: It's when the whole promotion is set.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: During the Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia (Chuck Taylor and Jock Samson)'s entrance for their match with the Jollyville Jeepers at Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions, Taylor holds up a sign reading, "IMPEECH THE PAULATISHINS!"
  • Rule of Funny: A promotion created in 2013 that's set during the 1920s, with numerous deliberate anachronisms.
    • The Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia's victory in the cage match over the Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land ends Prohibition, rather than the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1933.
  • Salt and Pepper: The Jollyville Jeepers. Clean is Salt, Jerk is Pepper.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: During the dance-off sequence between "Kickin'" Kimber Lee and Heidi the Riveter, the commentator says that you could picture Kimber Lee at the speakeasies, "which officially don't exist in Norwalk."
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Heidi the Riveter and Kickin' Kimber Lee
  • Too Many Belts: Olde Wrestling World Champion Matthew Cross walks to the ring with other titles he is holding at the time, even though those other promotions don't exist yet in Olde Wrestling's timeline.
  • Traveling Salesman: "Door-to-Door" Darin Corbin
  • Troperiffic: Count them.
  • Typhoid Mary: They have a woman wrestler with this name.
  • Unrelated Brothers and Sisters: The Fabulous Blonde Brothers, Jack (Jack Verville), Matt and Tripp (Tripp Cassidy), and "sister" Randi (Randi West).
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: A collision between Jock Samson and Jerk during the Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia-Jollyville Jeepers match where neither guy budged led to the commentator describing it as "The irresistible force meets the immovable object."
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Juan Francisco de Coronado wears a bowtie with the colors of the Ecuadorian flag.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay:
    • "Door-to-Door" Darin Corbin
    • Inky Scoops, wrestling newsboy
    • "Juice" Guy Jennings' aforementioned American Football gimmick
    • Dasher Hatfield, wrestling Baseball player
    • The Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land, Representative Gavin Q. Volstead (Gavin Quinn), Senator Cameron S. Sheppard (Cameron Skyy) and Judge Hugo Lexington Black (Christian Faith/Rickey Shane Page)
    • Sandy Bunker, wrestling golfer
    • Crossed with Working Class Heel: This video shows Heidi the Riveter working at the factory and receiving and reading a telegram (complete with Telegraph Gag STOP) that says that she will be facing "Kickin'" Kimber Lee at And Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions on August 28th, and objecting to Kimber Lee's Flapper lifestyle.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The series of videos building up to the cage match between the Moonshinin' Men of Appalachia and the Lobby Legislators of an Anti-Saloon Land was titled "The Battle of Boooze."
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: It's right there in the name.