Hoodslam in Oakland
The scent that is produced when combining marijuana and sweat may discourage many people. Despite the unpleasant aroma, wrestling and rock-and-roll fans alike have fueled the underground wrestling spectacle known as Hoodslam. Since 2010, Hoodslam has taken place every first Friday of the month in Oakland and has brought an original twist to the popular sport.
Johnny Drinko Butabi, left, slams Scott Stoner, right, during their tag team match during “Hoodslam” on March 6, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. Randy Vazquez, Spartan Daily
A member of the “Hoodlslam” production team sports a wrestling tattoo on his left calf on March 6, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. (Randy Vazquez)
Wrestlers warm up prior to “Hoodslam” on March 6, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. “Hoodslam” is held every first Friday of the month and combines rock and roll and wrestling culture. (Randy Vazquez)
Wrestler Sheik Khan Abadi collecting his thoughts before reentering the ring during “Hoodslam” on March 6, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. (Randy Vazquez)
“Hoodslam” wrestlers Marty McFlux drop kicks F’n Obese Nerdy Gamer during their match on March 6, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. McFlux would go on to win the match. (Randy Vazquez)
Audience members experienced a marriage of rock and roll and wrestling during “Hoodslam” on March 6, 2015. The monthly event is held in Oakland, Calif. (Randy Vazquez)