Stranglemania

 

 
     
     
 

In 1996, Insane Clown Posse released a VHS entitled ICP's Strangle-Mania, which featured
a compilation of death matches from the Outrageously Violent Wrestling From Japan video
collection, overdubbed with their own humorous commentary. Following the release, the duo, along
with local Detroit booker Dan Curtis, hosted the event ICP's Strangle-Mania Live in 1997 at the
sold out St. Andrew's Hall. One year later, Curtis and the group coordinated another
Strangle-Mania Live type show called Hellfire Wrestling, which would be followed by an
eighty-city Hellfire Wrestling tour. Curtis booked the talent and wrote the scripts. "Hellfire
Wrestling" sold out the Majestic Theater in Detroit. Two days after the show, Curtis was found
dead in his apartment, due to a sudden diabetic problem. The Hellfire Wrestling tour was
subsequently canceled.

In April and May 2000, Gorie booked a 15-city Strangle-Mania Live Tour, spanning from
Detroit to Denver. The tour focused less on older wrestlers and featured more younger talent such
as Chris Hero and Mad Man Pondo. JCW Vol. 2 was filmed during tour stops in both Cleveland
and Milwaukee, and was released on July 23, 2001. The video charted as high as number 8 on
the Billboard Sports and Recreation Top Sellers list. The promotion later held several matches at
the first annual Gathering of the Juggalos, which it has continued to do ever since. Brian Gorie left
the company shortly after, and Bruce and Utsler took full control of booking the events themselves.

 

 
   
   

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