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Saturday Night Special

by Annie Morton

 

On a Saturday night in search of somewhere to go with her six-year-old son, photographer Annie Morton found herself engrossed in the world of the local amateur wrestling scene. 

 "It’s really awesome; it’s made for families to go out and enjoy. The crowd, the wrestlers, the whole scene—there were even some wrestlers just fighting in the seat next to me, just for fun."

"It’s really awesome; it’s made for families to go out and enjoy. The crowd, the wrestlers, the whole scene—there were even some wrestlers just fighting in the seat next to me, just for fun."

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 "I got to see these very different slices of life in Pennsylvania. The two women I photographed sitting together—their hair was amazing. They had bright rainbow colored bangs!"

"I got to see these very different slices of life in Pennsylvania. The two women I photographed sitting together—their hair was amazing. They had bright rainbow colored bangs!"

 "They are incredibly athletic. The stuff that they do—it’s insane! The flipping and the diving—they have to be pretty athletic. And they do get really hurt. One night, the wrestler dove out of the ring and landed right on the floor next to me, and you could hear the sound of the impact, if you know what I mean. It was bad! It had to hurt. There was no way it didn’t hurt.  But the guy grabbing his side, now that is an example of the 'performance art' that happens. He actually wasn’t hurt! A lot of them are also actors and actresses. They bring that to the whole wrestling thing. "

"They are incredibly athletic. The stuff that they do—it’s insane! The flipping and the diving—they have to be pretty athletic. And they do get really hurt. One night, the wrestler dove out of the ring and landed right on the floor next to me, and you could hear the sound of the impact, if you know what I mean. It was bad! It had to hurt. There was no way it didn’t hurt.

But the guy grabbing his side, now that is an example of the 'performance art' that happens. He actually wasn’t hurt! A lot of them are also actors and actresses. They bring that to the whole wrestling thing. "

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 "I didn’t expect that it would be geared toward families and kids, and that they would all be so incredibly nice. It’s family oriented and sooo fun!" 

"I didn’t expect that it would be geared toward families and kids, and that they would all be so incredibly nice. It’s family oriented and sooo fun!" 

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 "Destiny's amazing. She lives in New Jersey and works for an accountant during the day. She has been doing this since the ’90’s. Destiny plays the role of “naughty manager” to Stan, so for them there is a lot of acting, but she has to be very fit to do what she does. "

"Destiny's amazing. She lives in New Jersey and works for an accountant during the day. She has been doing this since the ’90’s. Destiny plays the role of “naughty manager” to Stan, so for them there is a lot of acting, but she has to be very fit to do what she does. "

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 "There is a whole scene where she comes out into the ring and kisses the referee, and then the ref gets distracted, and then Stan jumps in and does something crazy. She is a character in the story and plays it as if she’s not a wrestler, but then winds up wrestling, because eventually another wrestler attacks her!"

"There is a whole scene where she comes out into the ring and kisses the referee, and then the ref gets distracted, and then Stan jumps in and does something crazy. She is a character in the story and plays it as if she’s not a wrestler, but then winds up wrestling, because eventually another wrestler attacks her!"

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 "I just love people and faces. They are just incredible rooms full of faces."

"I just love people and faces. They are just incredible rooms full of faces."

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 "I grew up right outside of Philadelphia. For the good and the bad, these are my people. Having direct connection to this part of the country and to the people that are here—it’s what I know; it’s how I grew up. I do love everything about it. It’s home."       

"I grew up right outside of Philadelphia. For the good and the bad, these are my people. Having direct connection to this part of the country and to the people that are here—it’s what I know; it’s how I grew up. I do love everything about it. It’s home." 

 

 

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