SCHENECTADY -- As an active professional wrestler, Jerry Farrington went by “Gorgeous Jerry Idol.”
He’s 52 years old, promoting and training wrestlers instead of wrestling against them, and his hair doesn’t quite match up anymore with his former moniker.
“My hair is not blond anymore,” Farrington, laughing, said. “It’s more gray.”
Hair is crucial, though, to Farrington’s latest show. As part of his Xtreme Wrestling Alliance’s 6:30 p.m. show Saturday at the Schenectady YMCA, “Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake” will make an appearance.
Farrington, who lives in Latham, said he isn’t sure how active of a role “The Barber” will play in Saturday’s show, but he expects the 62-year-old former World Wrestling Federation — now known as World Wrestling Entertainment — personality to live up to his nickname.
“Someone’s going to get their head shaved,” Farrington, the vice president of the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance, said.
Like most points he makes, Farrington punctuates that one with another laugh. He takes his work with the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance seriously, though, and has the small independent promotion set for its second card in Schenectady. The first show took place back in March, and there are already plans for a June show and rumblings of one in September if momentum can continue to build for the enterprise. Farrington said 220 people attended the first show in Schenectady at a venue he said that can hold up to 425.
“I am really hoping,” Farrington said. “You always want to start out with at least 200 people. In the indies today, it’s really hard to get going, especially if you don’t bring in a top name — someone with star power.”
Farrington had “The Patriot” at his promotion’s first Schenectady show and said he plans to bring in “Justin Credible” for the June event. Also featured on the cards are wrestlers Farrington helps to train out of space he rents from Revolution Fitness NY in Albany.
If someone heads to the show, what can they expect to see?
“They’re getting to see wrestling,” said Farrington, whose wrestling school/promotion started back in 2015, and ran shows in Massachusetts and Vermont before starting up in Schenectady. “I might sound stupid saying this, but I believe in old-school wrestling where even if you’re the heel, you know how to wrestle. You can’t just kick, punch and pull hair. People get tired of that. . . . At my indie show, you’re going to see good wrestling. The matches tell stories. There’s going to be a beginning, a middle and an end to each match. If you’re a wrestling fan, you know what I’m talking about.”
Farrington said the card will include six matches.
“All my matches have to go at least 12 to 15 minutes,” Farrington said, “and [the wrestlers] have got to be good, or else I don’t put them back on.”
Pre-sale tickets are available at Cafe Coffee in Schenectady, and start at $15. Tickets sold at the show are $20. Kids 4 and under receive free admission.