Wrestlers are ready to rumble at 4-H Fairgrounds in Orleans County
Professional wrestlers return May 4 with headliner Shannon Moore, a former WWE star
KNOWLESVILLE – The wrestlers are ready to put on a spectacle in Orleans County on Saturday. They were busy this evening setting up the ring, lights, video screens and sound system in the Lartz Building at the 4-H Fairgrounds, which last weekend hosted a home and garden show for the Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday, Empire State Wrestling is returning for the second year. The event is a fundraiser for the east Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.
The wrestlers usually are based at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda. But the group has been going to other venues, building its fan base, said Brett Stymus, the promoter for Empire State Wrestling.
He was pleased with the debut at the Fairgrounds a year ago, when 330 people attended the matches.
“We gave them a show that they really enjoyed,” Stymus said.
Some of the crowd in Orleans County has been going to North Tonawanda and Rochester to watch Empire State Wrestling after seeing them for the first time at the fairgrounds in Knowlseville.
Saturday will be headlined by former WWE star Shannon Moore. He will face Anthony Gaines, a ESW star who went viral on the internet after he was catapulted 14 feet out of the ring in a match last June.
The wrestling card also includes a ladies match with Kate Carney of Portland, Ore. taking on Jody Threat of Toronto.
Local wrestler Gavin Glass, 21, of Medina also will be back. He has been wrestling professionally for four years. He said the wrestlers drew a big crowd last year.
“We knocked it out of the park last year,” he said this evening, while helping to set up the ring for Saturday’s matches. “We don’t have anything else like this in town that people can check out.”
There will be about 10 matches on the card with the action starting at 6 p.m. and going to about 8:30. The event will have an intergalactic feel with the theme, “May the Fourth Be With You.”
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