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Body slam for Jeebus

My, the faith is weak if this is what they call Christian outreach these days.

Small bands of masked evangelists, clad in tights and armed with biblical names, argue it is. The violence and intensity of wrestling, they claim, can be the perfect way to attract the alternative, younger crowd.

At the beginning of some “Wrestling for Jesus” shows, wrestler Chase “Darkness” Cliett is strapped to a massive wooden cross on stage as piercing music is played. A group of evil wrestlers beats and bloodies him before the good guys dramatically come to his rescue. Later, after a horned fellow in a red suit is knocked out, the preaching begins.

But it’s not for everyone; many churches won’t even consider letting them perform. One performance ended with real fighting, real cursing and a repentant participant stretched-out face-down in the ring weeping.

Just so you know, you can catch the WFJ show at the Johnston J.C.’s Peach Blossom Festival in Johnston, S.C. on April 1 — and that’s no April Fool’s joke.


Darkness
From: The Hills of Golgotha
Weight: 178lbs
Height: 6’9″
Finishing Move: Lights Out
Quote: “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe your body can achieve”
Entrance Music: “Metal is Forever” (Primal Fear)
Titles Held: Current Tag Team Champions, United States Champion, Cruiserweight Champion


Zion
From: Nagasaki, Japan
Weight: 185lbs
Height: 6’2″
Finish Move: Fall of Zion
Entrance Music: “Your Powerful” (Skillet)
Titles Held: Cruiserweight Champion

Hat tip, to Blender Pam, big Blonde.

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