Originally posted by The Guinness. I'm sure that just like every other state, there are larger issues and older laws in place that need discussion. These laws are so irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. I can't see the law makers rushing to pass new laws on this topic. I'm guessing that the laws aren't strictly enforced either. That is unless some agency wants to go after somebody for something or other.
Quite a few of the rules are enforced, at least for the indy shows I've been involved with. There is someone from the Athletic Commission at every single show and they do require you to get permission before involving something as simple as a steel chair.
I do assume that a majority of the laws are quite old and have toyed with the idea of putting together a presentation showing how the state could benefit economically from getting rid of a majority of them, as I know there are several indy promoters who will do shows right across the border but not in Missouri. There's probably a realistic chance that a majority of the laws (outside of the licensing fees) could be rescinded if it was presented as making it more likely that shows would occur in MO, thus bringing in more promotional fees.
And yeah, St. Louis was a major center for wrestling in past decades. Harley Race still runs shows in and around the St. Louis area with World League Wrestling. (Just looked at the site and apparently Roddy Piper is making appearances at WLW this Friday & Saturday, I may need to try to put together a road trip.)
I enjoyed Dreamer/Nowinski because it's fun to watch hardcore action when there are actually things handy to use as improvised weapons, rather than having to drag stop signs and aluminum foil garbage cans out from under the ring.