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Colt Cabana shows funny side of wrestling in new documentary

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Colt Cabana shows funny side of wrestling in new documentary

No one ever said that comedy is easy even when it comes to wrestling. Just ask Colt Cabana who has been putting the two together for most of his career.

“You can be a great wrestler, and you have to be to be a comedy wrestler, but now you have to add the layer of comedy,” said Cabana. “So you have to be a great wrestler and a great comedian. You have to do two things. And for that reason, I do think it’s harder to do. It’s harder to make it great.”

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Cabana takes an in-depth look at comedy wrestling in his new documentary “The Wrestling Road Diaries 3: Funny Equals Money”. The project shows him along with two other comedy wrestlers — Scotland’s Grado and Japan’s Kikutaro — traveling the independent wrestling circuit in the Midwest in search of laughs but learning their craft by trial and error.

“Obviously, funny ensues but we really break down how and why comedy wrestling does or doesn’t work,” explained Cabana who has been wrestling for 18 years. “I think that’s an interesting part that never really been dissected that I know of in this kind of documentation.”

Just like others, Cabana started his career as a straightforward wrestler but he always had a liking to comedians and their craft. Early in his career during a match with AJ Styles, the two came together for him.

“We did this thing and I just stuck out my foot and I tripped him,” Cabana detailed. “I literally got the best reaction probably I’d ever gotten in my career up to that point. That was the moment where a light switch went off and I was like wow, people love that and all I did was trip him. It was just a misdirection of what they thought they were going to see and what they did see. And I think that’s what comedy is.”

The new documentary is now available on digital download and DVD at coltmerch.com with a bonus disc including deleted scenes is also available.

Cabana admits that it wasn’t an easy decision to include everything in the documentary, which shows the highs and the lows.

“You go into this thinking you want to show everyone how funny you are. You want to be ‘look how great my matches are, look how funny we are, we’re the best’. As it came out, there were some instances where the comedy didn’t work and Jack (Edinger, the project’s director and editor) kept it in the movie and we highlighted it too.

“I thought it was super-interesting that not only did we show what works but we showed what doesn’t work and how vulnerable we are as performers. We kind of break down why it doesn’t work and what we should do next time or what we should have done.”

Cabana still enjoys having a regular, serious wrestling match and recently returned to Ring of Honor including a feud with former champion Jay Lethal. But comedy wrestling done right is what is most fulfilling for him.

“I do a lot of improv out there and that’s when it’s the most fun for me too, “ said Cabana. “I love the idea of reading my audience, looking around, seeing who’s willing to play, who’s not willing to play and sometimes those people are the most fun to play with. Sometimes the people who boo me no matter what, I can get the best reactions just playing with them and they don’t even like it.”

This documentary is the third in Cabana’s line of “Wrestling Road Stories” series. The first saw him along with Bryan Danielson (now WWE’s Daniel Bryan) chronicling life as an independent wrestling. The second included Cliff Compton and Luke Gallows to show their move back to independent wrestling after working for the WWE.

Cabana also showcases his comedy side on his “Art of Wrestling” podcast, a project he started over six years ago. At that time, it was seen by some of his peers as taboo that he would speak about the ins and outs of the quirky business with others wrestlers. Now, it’s become not only acceptable with successful with the likes of Steve Austin and Chris Jericho following in his footsteps with their own podcasts.

As much as he has seen traveling the independent circuit, Cabana says there is still one type of show missing from his portfolio.

“I’ve been a part of every kind of show except there was a guy in Ohio years ago and M-Dogg — Matt Cross — used to wrestle on these prison shows, “ said Cabana. “He would wrestle in the prison for the prisoners and I so desperately wanted to do those shows. I was like I don’t need any money, I just want to wrestle on a prison show. To me, that’s the romantic part of wrestling.

“I want to wrestle at a fat camp which I did in front from the Inuits in the northern most part of Canada, in front of the Yakuza in Japan. Those are the experiences that I love. Of course, I’d love to wrestle in front of 20,000 people every night; that would be great. But I do love the complete opposite so, for me, even when I show up and there’s only ten people in the crowd or there’s no seats, the weirder the better for me. I love it.”

Now at 36, Cabana believes that there he can keep making people laugh in the craft he loves for a long time to come.

“Luckily I’m in a position where I’m pretty confident I can do this for as long as I want. I could do this style into my 50’s and maybe my 60’s if it’s not too embarrassing to be out there.

“With the comedy and production, I think I can stay in the industry as long as I want, as long as I keep staying ahead of the curve and being an innovator and evolving with the times.”

Brian Fritz can be reached at btrfritz@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz and listen to his Between The Ropes podcast on Blog Talk Radio.

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