Pro Wrestling Hosted Regularly At Broward College
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are the only show around. Luckily, one of them is in our own backyard.
Trevor Read is the owner of Ronin Pro Wrestling, which hosts matches every other month at the Broward College Gymnasium on South Campus in Pembroke Pines, FL. The 27 year-old not only organizes the events, but wrestles on the cards as well.
His journey into the industry began when he trained under the tutelage of Rusty Brooks, a local veteran who worked with WWE in the 1980s. Rusty was featured in matches against legends including Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan. As Read trained, he began to love the promoting his matches as much as wrestling. About a year ago, Read was given the opportunity to combine his love of wrestling and promotion when he took over Ronin Pro Wrestling from Mike Broder, the man behind Florida SuperCon and other conventions.
Outside the pro wrestling realm, Read is a mechanic at his dad’s auto shop and recently finished his Associate of Science in Computer Programming and Analysis at Broward College. The education he received has been invaluable to the budding entrepreneur, who cites his father’s 30-year business longevity as an inspiration. To save money, Read puts his newly-learned skills to good use by creating graphics, flyers, design and content for his website.
“To a lot of people, a flyer is your first impression,” he said. “This is true especially if you don’t know our product yet. There are some pretty bad flyers out there for wrestling. Even if the wrestling was good, a flyer can make all the difference. The same can be said for a website. If you look something up and they don’t have the best website, your impression of them is not that great.”
Thanks to Read’s savvy marketing skills and computer programming background, Ronin Pro Wrestling is a local hub for independent pro wrestling enthusiasts. The combination of great marketing, an easily accessible location, and an assortment of Florida-known stars and recognizable figures like Mick Foley, means the shows usually bring a few hundred spectators each time. Read is happy to watch the promotion grow and evolve.
Read enjoyed his college experience and is exploring the potential of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He continues to wrestle and is gearing up for the next Ronin event 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. Attendees who present their Broward College ID will receive a discount on admission.