The wrestling organization started in early 2019, training wrestlers and hosting weekly performances. For more than a year, “We were at limited capacity for COVID restrictions up until this past week,” he said. With the lifting of those restrictions, “We had a really good turnout, and it’s been just a whirlwind.
Future Great Comics now has a store in Oxford, rather than on Main Street in Hamilton, but owner Brian LeVick's Future Great Wrestling continues to have events in Hamilton. PROVIDED
When COVID-19 restrictions took effect, the number of fans allowed at the wrestling events dropped from 225 to 35, he said.
“Dealing with that for a long time was difficult, but the wrestlers rallied, the fans rallied around us, and we were able to survive this long,” LeVick said.
“So everything can be opened up again,” he said.
Events happen every Friday at 7 p.m., at the Brookwood Avenue location. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $12 for the front row.
Tickets can be purchased at the event, or the Future Great Comics store in Oxford, or by messaging Future Great Wrestling on Facebook.
LeVick took a piece of Hamilton with him: Future Great Comics has a small number of vinyl records from Main Street Vinyl.
Hamilton small-business specialist Mallory Greenham said the comics store closure was a loss.
“He will be missed as part of the Main Street community,” Greenham said. “I have not talked to him to figure out why he chose Oxford. But we would of course love him back in Hamilton, whenever.”
Oxford City Manager Doug Elliott was pleased to hear LeVick was happy with his number of customers there.
“We’re really happy to have new businesses come to the city, and I had no doubt he would do well,” Elliott said. “Especially when the college students are here.”
Elliott said people on his staff had visited the store to buy things for their kids.
His Oxford store also offers a gaming space that can be rented for groups that want to play Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon, Magic or other activities. The rental fee is $10 per hour during regular store hours, and $20 per hour during non-store hours.
Future Great Wrestling also plans to put together a float for Hamilton’s Independence Day parade, LeVick said.