Power Pro Wrestling is the “Saturday Night Special” at the Cinema at Kendale in Sanford, North Carolina. For locals, it’s a regular source of live, family-friendly entertainment. The town’s wrestling tradition is undeniably linked to a lack of government oversight.

“In a lot of states you’re not allowed to bleed. We can bleed,” explains Tracy Cadell, a former wrestler. “We had guys bleed like they got shot the other day. We’re wide open to what we want to do with that. It’s a lot of freedom.”

With little regulation, local shows have mushroomed all over the state. Hundreds of amateur wrestlers flood these makeshift rings; most of these enthusiasts have little formal training in professional wrestling techniques and can be of any standing, background, or age.

Meet Tracy’s son, fifteen-year-old Trevor Cadell, who is better known as the “American Dragon.” Most Saturday nights, you will see his 5-foot, 120-pound frame decked out in red spandex shorts and a pleather lucha libre mask. Sacrificing a typical teenage life for a shot at stardom, Trevor hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and make it to the “Big Time.” This is a story about a father and his son.

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