CUDAHY - An improvisational comic who was in choir in high school and was the No. 1 singles player on the tennis team is not exactly the profile of a future professional wrestler.
For David Wortz, who wrestles as snobby aristocrat “The Fabled One Aesop Mitchell,” that uncommon background hasn’t been a hindrance in his year in the business. In fact, some of it has helped.
“I have a background in improv comedy, so I definitely understand how things need to be paced and how to develop a character,” the 2010 Cudahy High School graduate said. “Those are seriously some of my strong suits in wrestling.”
He will get to show some of his former classmates and teachers just how he deploys his skillset at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, when Brew City Wrestling will present a benefit show at Cudahy High School, 4950 S. Lake Drive.
“It’s going to be pretty different,” Wortz said. “Back in high school, I was the choir kid and the artsy. For me to come back and all the people to see me where I’m at now is definitely going to be shocking.”
The show will be headlined by Beer City Bruiser, a star in Ring of Honor (the second- or third-largest wrestling company in the United States), and is a fundraiser for the school’s football program.
“I like doing fundraisers and helping the organizations,” said Frankie DeFalco, the promoter of Brew City Wrestling and trainer at the Thumper’s Den Wrestling School in Cudahy. “Everybody needs (money) for their organization. It will come in handy for them.”
Wortz is expecting to see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd.
“Cudahy is pretty tight-knit that way,” Wortz said. “A lot of people, they’re born here, they’re raised here and they stay here.”
After graduating from high school, Wortz said he went to college for a while and then life happened. He discovered his interest in training for wrestling when he decided he wanted to get back in shape and decided that might be the answer.
With his artistic background, he figured this might be the way to go.
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In addition to training four days a week in the Thumper’s Dan, Wortz supplements that training with some cardio work and he said lifting his 16-month-old daughter serves as his “weight lifting.”
He started training a little over a year ago, and had his first match at SummerFest.
“The very first time I got to perform, to actually compete in the ring, I was very anxious,” Wortz said. “I’ve done a lot of performing in my lifetime. I don’t really get the butterflies any more. I get anxious that I want to get in there and have fun, have a match. The thing that I most remember is calling Frankie a ‘geriatric Golden Girl.’”
Brew City Wrestling promotes about 50 shows a year throughout southern Wisconsin, including monthly shows at the West Allis Knights of Columbus Hall, 1800 S. 92nd St.
In addition to those shows, Wortz has been able to land opportunities to perform in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal,” Wortz said. “To see where I’ve developed in my overall skill and training has been fantastic, and it’s showing because more and more people are asking for Aesop Mitchell to show up.”
Tickets for the Cudahy show are $15 for ringside, $10 for general admission and $5 for students with an ID, and can be purchased at the door (which will open at 6 p.m.) or at the school.