‘The Thrilla in Tukwila’: Whatever you call this pro-wrestling event, do NOT call it fake

Hair flies and histrionics abound as Danika Della Rouge battles Guerrero de Neón at the “Thrilla in Tukwila” this summer. Rouge won, just when all looked lost. She was the only female wrestler on the card. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
Hair flies and histrionics abound as Danika Della Rouge battles Guerrero de Neón at the “Thrilla in Tukwila” this summer. Rouge won, just when all looked lost. She was the only female wrestler on the card. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

The matches are athletic, acrobatic mini-plays. And when the wrestlers meet before the match, there’s much improv. This is grass-roots pro wrestling, where you immediately know whom to root for and whom to boo.