Former WWE superstars Hardcore Holly & Santino Marella to appear alongside local wrestling talent
Empire State Wrestling returns to Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, on Saturday, Nov. 25, for a card featuring former WWE Superstars Hardcore Holly and Santino Marella, as well as current TNA superstar Braxton Sutter and "Cruiserweight Classic" participant Tyson Dux.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with a bell time set for 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for front row, $20 for second row, and $13 for general admission. All tickets increase $5 at the door.
Holly is most known for his rough-and-tumble style, which led him to winning the WWF Hardcore Championship on six occasions. He is also a three-time WWF tag team champion and former NWA world tag team champion.
ESW commissioner Jimmy Olsen allowed Ron Falco to handpick Holly to face Big Cat Lemmer at the show, in retaliation for Big Cat throwing Falco's son, Jordan, into a match last month versus Asylum.
Marella accumulated numerous accolades while wrestling for WWE. He held the intercontinental championship twice, the tag team championship and the United States championship. He is famous for utilizing a humorous cobra sock puppet to finish off his opponents.
Sutter, formerly known as Pepper Parks, grew up in Western New York and has wrestled for several of the top independent wrestling promotions in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Prior to signing with TNA, Sutter wrestled for Ring of Honor and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). He also held the NWA national heavyweight championship and was ranked No. 159 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's PWI 500. Sutter is no stranger to success locally, as he previously held one half of the ESW tag team championships.
Windsor, Ontario's Dux returns to ESW after participating in WWE's "Cruiserweight Classic" tournament this past summer, facing off against the U.K.'s Zack Sabre Jr. Dux has wrestled in promotions around the world, including TNA, ROH and Pro Wrestling Zero1 in Japan.
Two natives of the Cataract City are set to square off. Former friends, now bitter enemies, Matt Milan and Vince Valor look to settle their feud in a last-man-standing match - a match in which the only way to win is via knockout.
The show will also include some of the top local wrestling talent in the area.
Newly crowned ESW heavyweight champion Bill Collier will be in action. The Ilio DiPaolo Cup scramble match will take place with John McChesney of Erie, Pennsylvania, announced as one of the participants. Among the other ESW regulars scheduled to appear include Canadian stars Asylum and R.J. City, North Tonawanda's Kevin Bennett and Gregory Iron from Cleveland.
ESW promotes eight shows a year - primarily at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda -boasting crowds of over 400 wrestling fans, who come to cheer the good guys and boo the bad guys. Twice a year, larger "super show" events are held at the Kenan Center in Lockport and the Frontier Fire Hall in Niagara Falls, drawing crowds of up to 1,000.