The Birth of a Promotion

It is a great day to be a wrestling fan in the Pacific Northwest. Once a parched wrestling desert, it is quickly becoming a hot spot on the pro wrestling circuit. There are many heads turning and people are paying attention to our little part of the world.

I, myself, write for the Irish Whip Podcast, which is based in Boston Massachusetts, literally on the other side of the country. Why? Because people are paying attention to us. For the first time, in a very long time, the Pacific Northwest is becoming a shining beacon. I’ve recently been approached by wrestling news agencies in Michigan, Florida and L.A. expressing interest in the articles I’ve written about DEFY. But this isn’t about me, I don’t do anything that anyone with a basic command of the English language can do. This is about the fact that we have something very special going on here, and believe it or not, people are noticing.

DEFY has made a significant mark, building a brand name for itself that has grabbed the attention of fans, performers and the industry. 3-2-1 BATTLE! Is a growing force, with their live shows on Twitch, they are pulling in fans from across the globe. There is really no lack of understanding why this is happening. We are offering something that is different, something that is thoughtful and meaningful in an industry that sometimes struggles with originality and creativity.

With entertainment sports growing and thriving in the Pacific Northwest Territory it will come as no surprise a new promotion is making its debut. For those of you who follow the local wrestling scene on social media you have likely heard of a new show coming to town. Without A Cause!

This new promotion will have its first show on Sunday October 21, 2018 in Everett Washington. Already they have secured the talents of Thunder Rosa and Priscilla Kelly! Two outstanding talents who have made a name for themselves in the industry. Locally they have recruited one of my absolute favorites, and current Prestige Heavyweight Champion…. King Khash! We also have another confirmed local, Dave Turner, whom I have not seen perform live, so I am especially looking forward to that opportunity. Already, with only a couple of confirmed performers on the card, Without A Cause has shown they have a good eye for talent.

The man behind this new promotion, Max Zaleski, is no stranger to the local wrestling scene. With only limited exposure to this gentleman, I can tell he has an infectious enthusiasm and strong passion for his work. I was fortunate to catch up with Max, and he was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions.

Philip: Tell me a little bit about your background in the professional wrestling business and anything else you would like people to know about you.

Max Zaleski: Well, I’ve been a pro wrestling fan since I was 5. I started a campaign called “Wrestling with subtitles” in 2012 to bring captions/subtitles to WWE media in North America. I went to college to become an interpreter for the deaf, and this was a big passion project. They included captions/subtitles in their media in 2013/2014 and I consider that a win. I helped out with Project 42 for their first four or five shows as just ring crew, merch guy and gopher. Then I started working with DEFY, doing ring crew for the first seven or eight shows. But my true background in pro wrestling has been working with 3-2-1 BATTLE! In Seattle. Since October 2017, I’ve been their Social Media Manager, being instrumental on their success on Twitch and getting the product in front of more and more people via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I also trained, have done ring crew, and acted as a kind of catch all for them. During this time, I also ran a social media campaign for California based PCW Ultra.

Philip: Without A Cause, tell me about the name of your promotion.

Max Zaleski: Without A Cause was born out of, well, me getting hurt. I tore my ACL in May 2018, shortly after my debut as a wrestler. I decided that I’d rather be doing something with wrestling – and if I couldn’t entertain IN the ring, then I could definitely help entertain and bring wrestling to Everett WA – A space that independent wrestling hasn’t been since the early 2000’s.

Philip: We have both DEFY and 3-2-1 BATTLE! In the Seattle area along with several other smaller promotions. Each one has a very different feel and approach to the business, offering a uniquely different experience at their shows. What kind of experiences are you hoping to offer with your promotion?

Max Zaleski: Without a Cause’s experience that we want to give back to the local talent in the Cascadia area (BC, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California). People have been trucking through with the laws (or lack thereof) and dealing with getting outside talent here. They deserve to have something for them to look forward to. We are going to offer match-ups that you never see. We want to give to the Pacific Northwest and bring back the Pacific Northwest Territory, as it were.

Philip: Having your shows late in the afternoon on Sundays is brilliant! It makes it unlikely your promotion will conflict with 3-2-1 BATTLE! And DEFY who tend to have their shows on Friday and Saturday’s. With the success of these established promotions and the emergence of Without A Cause what are your thoughts on the future of professional wrestling here in the Puget Sound region?

Max Zaleski: Well that’s the hope. To help usher in the belief and the realization that pro wrestling belongs in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, this space has been a black hole for wrestling for a very long time – and with our colleagues at different promotions, we hope to continue building strong bridges to bring more talent, more fans, and a stronger wrestling community for years to come.

Philip: What are the founding and governing principles for Without A Cause.

Max Zaleski: We look to build homegrown talent. Not only so they can rep the Pacific Northwest with pride, but also show that there’s more to this area than trees, Starbucks and rain. But in seriousness, we are looking to make sure that our shows are full of independent names against our local talent.

Philip: Professional Wrestling is a particularly small community, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Who have been important influences on you and helped to shape your vision for the promotion?

Max Zaleski: I would be remiss to not mention that the entirety of 3-2-1 BATTLE! Has been a major influence to me. I love them, they’re my family, and Without A Cause isn’t my departure from that family – but an evolution. I want bigger and better things – and sometimes you have to go out and do things for yourself and find out what works. Individuals that have been incredibly giving? Dave Turner, Aubrey Edwards, #CDCR, and Steve West. All have been instrumental in getting my confidence underneath me enough to make Without A Cause a possibility.

Philip: I think anyone starting a business wants success. Other than the obvious, such as financial success, what do you hope success looks like for your promotion? The kind of shows, the talent you draw, and what you would like to offer the fans?

Max Zaleski: We want to offer the idea of evolution. You can see a guy on our first show and then see them again on the third or fourth show and see how much work they’ve put in and how much they’ve grown. You’ll see a Canada talent come in and face another local talent – and then the next few shows, that same Canada talent might have a match with a major independent name. We want to make sure that we give the fans what they want; and that’s all what our first few shows will be about. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I love pro wrestling and I want to give back to this incredible family that I’ve been welcomed into.

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I would like to thank Mr. Zaleski for taking the time to answer my questions and for his thoughtful responses. I am sincerely looking forward to attending the inaugural event on October 21st. I’m very pleased to see our community is thriving; and welcome to your place at the table, kind sir.

Without A Cause
Volume 1: A Seat at the Table
Sunday October 21, 2018
4:00 p.m.
For tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3606365 

 

Philip Jones
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A social service worker by day, and a writer by night, I defy all labels, boxes and societal definitions. I am a classically trained violinist, published author and proud member of the LGBTQ community. I spend most of my time at home indulging in my favorite interests including reading, writing, horror films, eating and watching independent wrestling shows.

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