I watched Singapore Pro Wrestling’s Painfully Famous event last night at Toa Payoh. It was one of the more entertaining events in recent memory for our indie wrestling scene, the matches were decent and the main event was fun. Unfortunately, it was marred by one really bad incident: Drunken spectators. To be more specific, drunken Caucasian spectators, one of whom tried to invade the ring during the intergender match between Alexis Lee + Alejandro Cuevas vs MK + Tyra Russamee.
Here we go again. For the sake of writing convenience, I will refer to the culprits as Dumb Twats.
I was seated ringside on the front row opposite from Dumb Twats. Unfortunately, the majority of my attention for the night was directed mostly towards the action inside the ring. I wasn’t paying much attention to what was happening over at the Dumb Twats side. According to my friend, Dumb Twats started to get really rowdy during the 3-on-3 tag match. Whenever some of the wrestlers were thrown over the top rope towards the Dumb Twats, those spectators would start hitting and kicking (?!) them.
I’ve tapped a few wrestlers on their shoulders a few times with a light touch, just to spur them on whenever they spill over to my side. But to actually strike them? That’s a bit too much. This didn’t just happen once, but a few times throughout the night. It actually riled up a few of the SPW staff ringside, and even our notoriously goondu SPW referee was visibly upset. The final straw was when one of the drunkards ran to ringside and tried to climb into the ring during the intergender match. Alexis was closest to the ring ropes and she reacted immediately by shoving the drunkard off the ring apron with a lot of physical force. The match was able to continue and the drunkard was eventually ejected to stand at the back rows, away from ringside.
Again, I’d like to reiterate that this is not kayfabe. This was actual, drunken Caucasian spectators going too far trying to disrupt and physically hurt the wrestlers.
There was a local lady seated on the same row as me, who was also drunk as a donkey. She actually stood up and slapped her hands on the ring apron to contest a lousy (kayfabe) decision by our referee during the main event. Luckily her group of friends managed to restrain her and pull her back to her seat. According to my friend, there was no such restraint over at the Dumb Twats side. Their disruptive behaviour was continuously encouraged by the group members.
So what, ladies and gentlemen, is the moral of the story?
1) Too much alcohol makes people stupid.
2) Please ban alcohol from being consumed at wrestling events. Don’t allow them to be brought into the venue, don’t allow them to be sold.
3) Now perhaps, we can fully understand why our Singapore government has restricted the selling and consumption of alcohol in public places after 10.30pm. It’s because they know that Dumb Twats like these exist.
4) Referee kayu.
Look, I have nothing against alcohol consumption. It’s your personal choice
if you want to give yourself liver cancer. I’m a vegetarian myself and I’m perfectly fine with my friends and family consuming meat in front of me at the same table. It’s their choice to do what they want, and eat what they want.
But the moment you cause a disruption, the moment you allow your intoxication to affect the people around you, that is simply unacceptable. And the only solution then, is to get rid of the problem-causing ingredient. Just ban all forms of alcohol from the venue next time, SPW.