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`Wrestlebash` poster courtesy of Empire State Wrestling.
"Wrestlebash" poster courtesy of Empire State Wrestling.

Empire State Wrestling returns to Niagara Falls with 'Wrestlebash'


Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:20 pm

Best friends squaring off for the heavyweight title headlines a star-studded indie wrestling event

Empire State Wrestling comes back to its old stomping grounds in Niagara County – and brings back its traditional Thanksgiving Weekend super event with "Wrestlebash" on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. This is the first Empire State Wrestling event in Niagara County in two years, and the first ESW event at the Frontier Fire Hall in three years.

“Wrestlebash” comes on the heels of two acclaimed events held at Buffalo RiverWorks. Western New York's top independent wrestling promotion looks to build off these successful events with a super show stacked with star power. Among the matches already scheduled for “Wrestlebash” included a battle between two best friends for the ESW heavyweight championship.

The matches taking place at “Wrestlebash” include:

•2019 Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup winner Kevin Blackwood will cash in his title shot versus ESW heavyweight champion and All Elite Wrestling star "Red Death" Daniel Garcia.

•2021 Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup match featuring Impact wrestling stars Matthew Rehwoldt (formerly known as Aiden English) and Josh Alexander. Plus, Niagara Falls native "Invincible" Vince Valor, Ohio Valley Wrestling star Facade, Game Changer Wrestling star KTB plus former ESW heavyweight champion "Big Time" Bill Collier.

•ESW Interstate Champion Frankie Feathers will defend his title against up-and-comer Jeremiah Richter.

•Ring of Honor star Tony Deppen will face "Blue Thunder" Jay Freddie.

•Two ESW debuts will occur in a women's bout when Albany's Christina Marie takes on Ohio Valley Wrestling star Dani Mo.

•In tag team action, High Seas (former Ring of Honor star Cloudy and Nick Ando) will face Philly Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia and Philly Collins) – a Cleveland-based team that will make its ESW debut.

•North Tonawanda's Vinnie Moon will look for revenge against "The Remix" Kevin Bennett (accompanied by Roscoe).

Several ESW regulars are scheduled to appear, including “The Big Bang" Jerk Cockins, "A Cut Above the Rest" Gavin Glass, James Sayga and Keenan Moore. Stay tuned to ESW's social media pages for further match announcements leading up to the event

First and second row tickets are sold out. General admission tickets are still available for $20 and can be purchased at www.ESWtix.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a bell-time set for 6 p.m.

As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW has hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. 

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Cedric Alexander, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Damian Priest, Candice LeRae, Joaquin Wilde, Oney Lorcan, Robert Stone, Joe Gacy and Nash Carter all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Several current AEW stars also wrestled for ESW including Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Dustin Rhodes, MJF, Adam Cole, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Ruby Soho, Colt Cabana, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, The Butcher and The Blade, Brian Pillman Jr., Allie, Matt Sydal, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Private Party, Shawn Spears, Bear Country, Bobby Fish and Mark Sterling.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Sgt. Slaughter, X-Pac, The Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, Demolition, D-Von Dudley, Raven and The Sandman appeared at previous ESW events.

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. ESW runs regular shows throughout the year that draw up to 400 fans, and an annual "super show" that boasts crowds of up to 1,000 people.

All cards are subject to change.

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