Things We Love: Picks from Donnie Hoover of New Ohio Wrestling

Donnie Hoover

Donnie Hoover and his wife, Terrie, are the owners of New Ohio Wrestling (NOW) and WrestleHorror, and co-founders of The Trail of Tormented Terror. He was also a professional wrestler from the late '90s through the early 2000s. Never losing that passion, he decided it was time to bring professional wrestling back to Columbus. Along the way, the couple partnered up with Kickmaster Footgolf and created the haunted trail.

The next wrestling event is coming up Saturday, February 10, at Groveport Madison High School. NOW will also be at the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens Expo on March 3 and 4. Visit for more information and tickets.


My absolute favorite thing in the city of Columbus is, of course, my family. I love spending time with them and consider them my best friends. We are all jokesters and goofy, so we're usually a pretty good time when we're out and about. I also try to keep them in mind as I am pursuing my passions by making sure the things we do are family friendly so they can be proud of me and enjoy them as well, if they choose to do so.

New Ohio Wrestling

I was a wrestler myself until mounting injuries and a growing family helped me realize that I had to walk away and focus on those things. I never lost the passion for wrestling and always tried to keep my eye on what was happening with the Columbus pro wrestling scene. In 2015, after years of not seeing much wrestling going on around town, my wife, Terrie, and I decided it was time to change that. We brought together a group of wrestling friends and New Ohio Wrestling was born.

The Trail of Tormented Terror

I have been a fan of haunted houses for as long as I can remember. I was a volunteer actor at my buddy's home haunt and, for a couple nights here and there, at the ScareAtorium. Last summer, I stopped in at Kickmaster Footgolf in Grove City to talk to the owners, Bob Clanin and Debbie Guzzo, about booking another wrestling event there. Small talk ensued, and Bob mentioned how he wanted to decorate the footgolf course for Halloween and maybe have some zombies roam around while the guests were playing. Bada bing, bada boom, the Trail of Tormented Terror was born.


If you follow Gary Vaynerchuk, then you know that he preaches, “Find your passion, and then do that!” So I did. My passions are wrestling and horror, so to keep true to Gary's words, I decided to create WrestleHorror and the WrestleHorror concept. It is just what it sounds like: A little wrestling, a little horror and a whole lot of fun.

Secluded cabins

Being a huge fan of “Friday the 13th,” I love being out in the woods. I love cabins. I'm not a hunter or fisherman or anything like that. Being out in the woods just makes me happy. This has also rubbed off on my family, as one of our favorite things to do is to head south to the Smoky Mountains. The kids told us that they like vacationing in the Smokies better than they liked Disney World. My wife loves it so much that she would pack up and move to the Smokies tonight if she could.