Invasion of the body slammers
Monday, July 17, 7 p.m., District 30, $15
You can’t fit a steel cage into District 30, but what about wrestling personae that are too big for this town? Hoodslam, Oakland’s popular underground wrestling act, heads to Sacramento next week for its monthly Monday night throwdown. The show was founded in 2010 by Sam Khandaghabadi, a professional wrestler who got fed up with keeping his character, The Sheik, appropriate for kids. Hoodslam’s themes are thus not only about drugs, sex and booze, but unlike backyard wrestling or the generic sportiness of WWE, the show prides itself on characters and storylines. It also doesn’t take itself too seriously. (“This is real” is the show’s tagline.) Monday’s main event will settle a grudge between “The Mexican Werewolf” El Chupacabra and Sacramento native Virgil Flynn III. The once formidable tag team cut ties last week after twice getting smacked around by the Bluntsville-born Stoner Brothers. Don’t bring your f’n kids. 1022 K Street, www.birdswillfall.com.