Fake Faux Wrestling

A group of Seattle “spoof “wrestlers are literally paying the price for being too good at what they do.

The Washington Department of Licensing has classified the Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling group’s “fight cabaret” act – a takeoff on World Wrestling Federation matches – as sports entertainment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

What does that mean for SSP members The Banana, Ronald McFondle, Side O’ Fries, Luchadora and others? They are now required to buy a regulation wrestling ring, provide medical personnel at events and meet safety regulations, which can’t be done on the part-time group’s “shoe-string budget.”

SSP lawyer David Osgood told the paper the state ruling is ridiculous, saying the act “is to wrestling as ‘West Side Story’ is to actual gang relations.” SSP reportedly will appeal.