Cody Chhun Defies the Odds

It’s a full house at Washington Hall—750 people crammed into this historic ballroom, but it feels like the entire city. The wooden floors beneath me creak as I settle into my seat, the room’s rich history echoing off walls adorned with civil rights posters and wrestling memorabilia.

This is what I’d imagine a pre-mainstream Nirvana concert at the Central Saloon would have felt like in the late ’80s. The small, intimate venue heightening the sense of unity among attendees, creating a communal bond. We’re in on a secret, but it’s a secret that we know won’t be ours for long. 

That secret is the magic of Defy Wrestling, the

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