Best of the Bay 2012: BEST AMATEUR WRESTLING HOT DAMN

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PHOTO BY GABRIEL HURLEY

After a wild first couple of years, Oakland's premiere way-amateur wrestling night, Hoodslam, is still flexing its muscles once a month — these days at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. Full of soap opera-worthy subplots, grudge matches, awesome costumes, awesome-er characters, a noisy metal house band, burlesque interludes, giant plushy referees, and oh, even some wrestling, Hoodslam's signature mayhem makes us downright giddy on so many levels. Whether we're watching a pair of zombie fighters body-slam each other into the ropes, a bondage gear-wearing gimp get tossed over them, a mafia mob throw fedoras into the ring, or a squadron of burly stoners mop it up with whoever their hapless opponents of the moment might be, we're right there with them, climbing the ladder, and getting higher. Fuck the fans!

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third St., Oakl. (510) 763-1146, www.birdswillfall.com