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Cape Girardeau midget wrestling event may be canceled

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A midget wrestling event scheduled in Cape Girardeau this week may be canceled if licenses can't be obtained from the Missouri Office of Athletics.

Chris Seib, owner of The Pink Galleon Billiards and Games, booked the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation as an entertainment act to perform Thursday.

But state officials say the little people are athletes, not entertainers, and must follow licensing guidelines for promoters, referees and wrestlers.

"It does not appear right now there is a way we can make this happen in time, with the show being in just two days," Seib said. "It's not real wrestling, it's entertainment, but we're bound by the rules."

He is yet to make a final decision whether the event will be canceled and has offered to pay any license fees in hopes the wrestling event can continue.

"We are making every effort possible not to have to cancel this event," Seib said.

Skyler Ward, promoter with the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation, said his group doesn't often perform in Missouri because it has more rules than other states, including requiring athlete physicals and blood tests for HIV and hepatitis.

"We'd like to do the show," Ward said. "We hope the athletic commission will work with us. These little guys really need the work."

The Missouri Office of Athletics learned of the unlicensed midget wrestling event while a representative was in the area working another event. The office regulates professional wrestling, mixed martial arts and boxing events in the state.

"We regulate contact and blood sports, where injuries and the exchange of blood occurs," said Travis Ford, spokesman for the office of athletics. The policy includes other entertainment-style wrestling like that put on by the World Wrestling Entertainment organization.

Failing to comply with state athletic licensing requirements is a class A misdemeanor for those involved in the event, he said.

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Just another way for the state to get money. It has nothing to do with that its a contact sport.

-- Posted by drivennail on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 4:10 PM

silly.

Let em do it, as long as the place is insured, who cares?

-- Posted by CMGCEO on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 4:27 PM

This event has to operate under the same rules as WWE or any other "professional event". State agent work these events, check that participants and promoters have approprieat licenses, health checks,and insurance.The agents also collect the 5% "boxing" tax on the ticket proceeds. That tax is in addition to the local sales tax.

-- Posted by darkstar on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:13 PM

this could be a "small" problem...

-- Posted by olbiadinthehouse on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:15 PM

Looks like they're getting the short end of the stick

-- Posted by bam-bam on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:40 PM

That's awful small of the state to be that way but it was short notice.

-- Posted by Iliketoeat on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:43 PM

Screw. Host it anyway.

Does the Missouri Office of Athletics really have enough agents to shut it down?

How much is the fine?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:52 PM

But I already have tickets!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 6:28 PM

OMG say it isn't so!!!

Oh how will I break this sad news to the wife and kids? They will be so devastated that we will not be able to attend this event Thursday night.

Besides if they break a leg they can use two popsicle sticks as a splint to tie them over until they see a doctor.

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 7:23 PM

The Missouri Office of Athletics must be full of "small" minded people.

-- Posted by bestpractice on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 8:16 PM

If I was doing to save some state funds I think this might be one of the first boards to go... along with the board of cosmetology.

-- Posted by Tech_Dude on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 9:54 PM

Anyone who watches wrestling knows this is entertainment and is not a real athelitic function. These guys are stunt men/TV actors.

I've seen mud wrestlers in Jackson and am sure

they didnt have to have a license. Looks to me

like discrimination against the little man.

-- Posted by starbuck on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 2:14 AM

FYI, I spoke to Seib, and he said that "anyone who purchased tickets we will refund their money Thursday night" in the event that this doesn't happen.

Thanks for that. I say if it doesn't, take your ticket money back, go inside and have a good time anyway. You've already planned for a night out, right? Maybe you'll get lucky and the Girls Gone Wild bus will show up, or some midgets will get drunk and start fighting. You know, something fun.

I wonder if they have halftime, or if it's quartertime?

-- Posted by Iceburg on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 2:41 AM

The Government is the new Mafia! Always at the head of the line demanding their cut. Will we ever stand up and tell them we won't be victims of their extortion any longer? Small Chance!

-- Posted by thewonder on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 3:57 AM

Little people big world let them have the event these little people put on a good show.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 5:26 AM

I heard Mel Tillis has offered to step in and entertain the crowd instead.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 7:33 AM

The unmitigated gall!!!

-- Posted by Chickenlips on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 8:18 AM

Sounds like a better deal than what SEMO fair was offering for refund policy!

-- Posted by mohacker on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 9:11 AM

Id pay $100 a ticket to see grandma wrestle a midget :)

-- Posted by RedShirt on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 9:23 AM

Even worse in a down economy, people(even the little guy) fail to speak up and risk their career because 'it won't happen to me'. Get some med records on your 'assets' slimy entertainment promoter who failed to mention Missouri regs to Pink Gallion when booking.

-- Posted by Logix on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 10:01 AM

Maybe they should change their name to the Lolly-pop Guild.

-- Posted by Hawker on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 10:56 AM

In this litigious society we live in I must applaud the state for protecting us from a potential law suit.

Had something occurred and the state were found negligent in enforcement the taxpayers would be funding some lawyer's new vacation home. What would all these comments be like then?

-- Posted by yy4me on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 11:07 AM

So, the State says these little people are not entertainers...Well, let's dress them in little chicken suits and have rooster fights...

Is the main headline of this article what they call "politically correct"? Do these performers and athletes really want to be called "midgets"?

-- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 12:22 PM

jacksonjazzman

I think you have a valid concern on the "midget" name calling. In this day and age do we really need to be calling people names that are so hurtful to them and our culture? Maybe the Missourian needs to be more sensitive and use words like "height challenged". I look forward to the retraction and appology.

Here is a very easy solution to this problem. Call this event a play or ballet entitled "snow white and the 7 height challenged men who get into a wrestling match".

Sorry for the long post. I was trying to be short and to the point.

-- Posted by gman on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 1:15 PM

I would also like to see if the Missourian can get a quote from our local beloved representative Mrs. Emerson on her views of this event since she likes to point out how she is fighting for the little guy.

-- Posted by gman on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 1:24 PM

I believe "Little People" is the proper term for these wrestlers....BTW, congrats to the SEManurian for alienating another of its advertisers with this story...Im sure Pink Galleon wont be advertising with you in the future because of this!!! For a newspaper thats failing, I doubt they can afford to lose another local advertiser ;)

-- Posted by RedShirt on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 1:25 PM

Cape Girardeau will gladly exploit "little people" for entertainment purposes but a casino for entertainment purposes is off limits.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 1:28 PM


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