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Wrestling brothers get TV time

AMC TV will be in Lockport

Gabriel and Jacques Baron, owners of Resistance Pro in Lockport.
Gabriel and Jacques Baron, owners of Resistance Pro in Lockport.

LOCKPORT – An upcoming AMC TV show will point the camera lens at the hardships and joys of a local wrestling business run by two Lockport brothers.

Tentatively scheduled to start shooting in August, the yet-unnamed show will focus on Resistance Pro Wrestling, a Lockport-based wrestling company run by Gabriel and Jacques Baron.

The show will give a behind-the-scenes look at the emotional and financial struggles of people chasing their dreams in the “crazy business of wrestling,” said Jacques Baron.

“They lose money to do it because they love it so much – it’s their dream,” he said of the wrestlers who travel out to the company’s shows. 

The show will consist of eight, one-hour episodes that will broadcast on the AMC TV network, he said. Filming, which may last five months, will take place in Lockport as well as Highland Park, Willowbrook and some areas in Chicago. 

Gabriel Baron said the show should be an eye-opener to people unfamiliar with the world of wrestling and the people behind it, such as Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins fame, who serves as Resistance Pro Wrestling’s creative director. Jacques Baron’s wife had reached out to Corgan, who decided to help out with the business. 

“He’s a warm, funny person who’s totally down to earth,” he said. 

While the program will showcase Resistance Pro Wrestling, the brothers and several city officials said it also will showcase the city that serves as its home. That has Lockport 3rd Ward Alderman Darren Deskin excited.

“Hopefully, we’ll be seeing at the beginning of the show Lockport, Illinois, or at least in parts of it,” he said. 

Gabriel Baron said the response from the city – including the Lockport Area Chamber of Commerce – over the show has been fantastic. Lockport is like Chicago on a smaller scale, with a great melting pot of people, he said.

Jacques Baron said Lockport is a “great blue-collar community.”

“It’s a bunch of hard-working families that do what they can to chase dreams,” he said. 

The brothers’ own dreams of wrestling began during their childhood, when they fell in love with the sport. When the brothers were still children, wrestlers were like larger-than-life superheroes to them, Gabriel Baron said. He said his great-grandfather was once a wrestler in a carnival circuit and would always show them wrestling shows on TV when they went to his house. 

They both trained in wrestling but left the business when they decided to have families of their own. But they were pulled back in when they thought of approaching the sport from the promoter’s side of the ring, and Resistance Pro Wrestling was born. 

The passion for wrestling was hard to shake off. 

“It’s like a fire inside you that you try to put out a bunch of times but can’t,” said Jacques Baron.

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