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Okinawa getting ready to rumble

By: Jerry Anderson III

Date Posted: 1999-04-16

To call professional wrestling a shock-filled spectacle, with its colorful array of sinister characters, would be an understatement. Body slams, drop kicks, chaos and mayhem, and, for some, doubts about its authenticity, are just a few things that spring to mind when talking about pro wrestling.

A sport that appears to have few, if any, rules is now a favorite among young and old alike and its popularity has grown tremendously over the last few years. Unfortunately, military personnel stationed abroad don't get the opportunity to see all the action from a ringside seat. We either have to read about it or watch last week's matches on TV - sought of like taping the Superbowl, then hearing the final score on AFN just as you sit down to watch it for the very first time.

Well fret no more! Professional wrestler Scott Culver is actively promoting what he hopes will be Okinawa's answer to promoter Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

Culver, who stands 6' tall and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 225lbs, is a native of Indiana now residing on Okinawa. A professional wrestler for the past 10 years, Culver has been working mostly with independent promoters and a few major names such as WWF and World Championship Wrestling, (WCW) and has wrestled in every state (except Hawaii & Alaska) and in Mexico and New Zealand.

Wrestling under the alias Scott Cole, he has amassed an impressive record coming to grips with some of the best names in the business. His resume is extensive, winning titles in almost every category. Here's a partial list of some of the unfortunate individuals that have felt the full brunt of his menacing power. After turning pro on March 23, 1989, Cole defeated "The Nightmare" in California. In August '96 he defeated Larry Luddn to win the Coast to Coast Heavyweight Championship title; was victorious against Jason Redondo to conquer the Golden State Heavyweight Championship in December '96, and teaming with Jason Redondo, formerly one of his arch rivals, won the Outlaw World Tag Team title in July '97. With a staggering 800-900 matches under his belt, Cole estimates he now has a 70 percent success rate.

Plans for a fully accredited wrestling association on Okinawa (International Wrestling Association), complete with belts and titles, is presently underway and it is hoped that the sport will be introduced on-island during the annual American Festival held at Kadena in July. Anyone interested in becoming a wrestler in any weight class can contact Scott Culver at 645-6921/3051.

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