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A tribute to ‘The Freakshow’

John Clanton Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm •  Published: July 31, 2011
Cheryl Bulmer gets a hug from a wrestler before a match by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's son Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Cheryl Bulmer gets a hug from a wrestler before a match by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's son Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

This was going to be Dallas Bulmer’s night. They’d planned it for months. Bulmer’s character Crisstopher “The Freakshow” Crow was supposed to take the spotlight during a cage match at the end of a show by Sooner World Class Wresting. Instead, his friends gathered around the ring for a ten-bell salute as they started the third of three tribute matches dedicated to him.

Dallas Bulmer was killed in a car wreck on June 22, 2011. He was 21 years old.

“We’re going to put on the show that we think he would want to see,” said Dallas’ brother Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name Drake Gallows. Brandan and two of his brother’s friends talked about Dallas and Saturday night’s show as they stood outside the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood south of downtown Oklahoma City.

“It’s not just a show that he would be proud of… He would expect no less,” said Brandan.  “We’re gonna (expletive) bust ass today just because I know that’s what he would do.”

The lights above the ring and the room full of people only intensified the sweltering, relentless heat inside the old theater. After a Battle Royal to start the show, wrestlers spilled out into the alley behind the theater to sit in the evening shade. As the metal doors to the alley swung open, Drake Gallows and two other wrestlers talked about what they’d do in the upcoming cage match. Chants from the crowd drifted into the alley: “Freakshow, Freakshow, Freakshow…”

Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" poses between matches during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" poses between matches during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" talks with other wreslters including Eric Torres (left) who wrestles under the name "Rick Russo" critque their show and plan the next match during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" talks with other wreslters including Eric Torres (left) who wrestles under the name "Rick Russo" critque their show and plan the next match during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" (right) flips Kevin Mowery, who portrays wrestler Kevin Sanchez, over the rings during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Brandan Bulmer, who wrestles under the name "Drake Gallows" (right) flips Kevin Mowery, who portrays wrestler Kevin Sanchez, over the rings during a show by members of Sooner World Class Wrestling at the historic Yale Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in south Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Bulmer's brother Dallas Bulmer, who wrestled under the name Crisstopher "The Freakshow" Crow, died in a car accident on June 22, 2011. Saturday's show was the third of three tribute shows dedicated to Bulmer. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

-John Clanton

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