Oswego Council Eyes Squared Circle Wrestling Plan

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council will consider a proposal to transform a city ice rink into a squared circle.

Josh Jeanneret, owner of Squared Circle Wrestling, has requested use of the Crisafulli Skating Rink on Sept. 16 for a show.

“Squared Circle Wrestling is a New York-based pro wrestling company. We run shows in different markets in New York State,” Jeanneret told Oswego County Today. “We use top Indy (like Triple A baseball players) wrestlers and former and sometimes current WWE superstars.”

Doors would open at 7 p.m. and the show would start at 8 p.m. and run until 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 with limited front row seating at $20.

They would provide their own NYS licensed security staff.

About half the rink would be used to set up an 18 x 18 foot pro wrestling ring, surrounded by mats on the floor and security gates around that, according to Mike Smith, Oswego DPW commissioner.

Squared Circle Wrestling is sanctioned by the NYS Athletic Commission and is also a LLC in New York State.

“We will have a doctor at the show to deal with any injuries to the wrestlers,” Jeanneret explained.

They want to bring a “big name” former WWE talent like Hacksaw Jim Dugan to Oswego.

“I believe this can be beneficial to us and to the city and its residents,” Jeanneret said. “I hope that we can work something out.”

“The date they are asking for is open,” commissioner Smith said.

“We’re getting into the process of utilizing some of our venues for other events. I think it’s a good thing,” said Second Ward Councilor Mike Myers. “We are starting to use them to potentially make some extra money off of them. I’m all for this. Any kind of new venue we can get in here, I think the better the city will be for it.”

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.