After putting on one of the best debut shows the Texas indie scene has seen, Wrestle Circus owners Al and Lexi Lenhart are getting ready to put on another show for you. Two of them actually, The Main Attraction I & II. Part I will take place in Austin, Texas on Saturday November 19, while Part II sees Wrestle Circus hit the road and take their promotion to
Dallas Arlington, Texas on Sunday November 20.
But before all of that happens, we had a chance to talk with Lexi Lenhart and get her thoughts on everything that has gone on with Wrestle Circus thus far. You can read what we talked about below.
H/F: Al has told us that you were not a wrestling fan prior to starting Wrestle Circus. What were your first thoughts when he pitched this idea to you?
LL: I knew Al and that every project he touches is always a success so I was supportive of course. But I didn’t quite understand what he was pitching at first because I hadn’t been to an independent wrestling show before, I was just picturing something like a WWE WrestleMania (which I’ve attended), so it was a bit of a shock. I wasn’t sure how we would make something work on that type of scale.
H/F: What are some of the things you like about wrestling?
LL: As I learn more about the wrestling industry and specifically the more I learn about independent wrestling, I am just blown away by the amount of hard work and dedication these athletes put into it. I had always heard wrestling was “fake” but now that I see how much attention to detail, skill, and raw talent these performers put into their work, I now see that it is in no way shape or form “fake” as I had thought before. I really love the energy and excitement of the show. The fans make the show just as much as the wrestlers and I think that’s pretty incredible, there’s not another sport out there with the same level of crowd interaction.
H/F: What did you think about wrestling before you got into the business?
LL: To be honest I just didn’t think a whole lot about it, ha! Neither good nor bad. I just knew that my brother-in- law wrestled and that Al liked to watch the shows from various companies and that he spent a lot of time online keeping up with the different companies out there. I guess I more thought of it as something cool that Al and my brother-in- law shared an interest in.
H/F: What do you think about wrestling now that you are involved with Wrestle Circus?
LL: I absolutely love it! The shows are so entertaining and I look forward to going to see the other promotions just as much as ours. Everyone that we have come into contact with from the talent, fans, media, our community near and far, has been so supportive and excited. It really starts to feel like a little family.
H/F: What moments did you think were memorable from the Opening Act?
LL: Well, as Al has mentioned in prior interviews we had some hiccups to smooth out behind the scenes, so there was quite a bit of running around until the final minutes. Just a big learning curve for us as new promoters, but luckily we had a lot of experienced wrestlers there to help us out. The moments that stick out to me the most would have to be the first time the mic came on and I heard Louden Noxious welcoming everyone and then introducing the first match featuring Al’s brother Jordan Len-X. That was a really special moment for them and for Jordan to be in the first match of our first show. It’s not something they talk about much, so I hope I’m not spoiling anything but I know it’s been a long road for them to get here. Also, I remember after a few of the matches the crowd chanting “WrestleCircus… WrestleCircus!!!” and that was special because it was a relief and also provided some validation to all the hard work that has gone into this. And then after the show, when Al and I said “thank you” and “goodbye” to everyone at the exit, I could tell the fans had a great time and truly enjoyed themselves and that’s what it’s all about. The crowd had so much energy and excitement, it was palpable and incredible and made it all worth it.
H/F: How does it feel to be able to help your husband live out his dream of running a wrestling promotion?
LL: It is so much fun. I never envisioned us as owners of a wrestling company but as I mentioned earlier, it becomes a small family and now I can’t see us doing anything else. It feels like we’ve created something that people are really gravitating towards and we don’t want to let them down. Overall, it’s just such a fun and fulfilling project for Al and I to work on together and I’m thankful to be a part of making his vision come to life.
H/F: With the Opening Act successful as it was, what was it like to be a part of that?
LL: It’s kind of indescribable… hard to put into words, really. We have been working on this for so long, a lot of long days and nights of planning. I don’t really think you can prepare yourself for the amount of work that goes into something like this until you actually get your hands dirty and do it. Then the day of the event running into some speed bumps during setup, that was pretty stressful. So after the show was over, there was a lot of mixed feelings. There was a sense of relief that we were able to pull it off; there was a sense of accomplishment knowing the fans and wrestlers had a great time; and then there was a strong feeling of pride when we received the outpouring of positive feedback in the media in the days following the show. I was truly just humbled and blown away. Again, I never thought we’d own a wrestling company, let alone one that would take off and kind of become this overnight sensation, so it’s really fulfilling and meaningful that we have put out something good in the world and impacted so many people in a positive way. Words really can’t describe.
H/F: If you were a wrestler or manager, what would your name be and what would be your theme music?
LL: TBD. I have a wide array of hobbies and music interests, but I don’t feel like any of those would really make good characters. This is a good question though so I’m going to work on a good answer!
H/F: Could we possibly see you or Al as part of the show one day?
LL: Oh man, I doubt it. I know I’ve heard Al say many times that he wanted to create this company for the wrestlers and for the fans and our wrestlers are beyond talented. We would never want to take away time from showcasing their skills and I know personally I’m not a big fan of seeing “Authority” type storylines, so we’ll probably just stay behind the scenes.
H/F: What has been your favorite moment in all of this so far?
LL: The show was great and obviously amazing moments throughout but the day after the show, getting on social media that morning with Al and reading the feedback from our fans, was my favorite moment. It’s a scary thing when you put your blood (literally), sweat, tears and MONEY into something and then send it out into the world. You never really know what’s going to happen from there, so getting on social media the next morning and hearing all the positive reviews was really special. I had no doubt that with Al at the helm it would be a success, but just how huge of a success I don’t think either of us imagined.
H/F: Is there anything you would like to say to the fans of Wrestle Circus?
LL: Thank you!!!! Thank you for taking a chance on us. Thank you for spending your hard earned money on a ticket and coming out to our show. Thank you for the kind words and positive energy you’ve given us in person, at the show, and online. And thank you for making the show what it was. I think every wrestler has mentioned that the energy of our fans made it really fun for them to go out and perform and that’s what made the show. So thank all 417 of you that came out to support us on October 16 th! We definitely hope that you will all continue to support us because we couldn’t do any of this without you!
H/F: Anything else you would like to add before we let you go?
LL: Thank you guys at Heel/Face for being such great supporters of WrestleCircus. Y’all have been a big part of our success and we are so grateful! Lastly, if you don’t already know, we have our next show in Austin, TX on November 19th and in Arlington, TX on November 20th . Make sure to follow us on Twitter & Instagram and like our page on Facebook.
As mentioned, the next two shows will be happening soon! To get your tickets to the shows, click here.