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Kevin Blackwood will defend ESW heavyweight championship


Thu, Jun 16th 2022 07:35 pm

After an outstanding event at Buffalo RiverWorks, Empire State Wrestling returns to Frontier Fire Hall for its next event with "Black & Blue" on Saturday, June 18, at 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. This will be ESW’s second card at Frontier Fire Hall this year, after previously running there in March.

The main event for "Black & Blue" will be ESW heavyweight champion Kevin Blackwood defending the title against the No. 1 contender Jay Freddie. There will also be a mix of local and national independent wrestling stars on the card. The other matches announced so far will include:

√ ESW interstate champion Frankie Feathers will defend his title in a four-way match including "A Cut Above the Rest" Gavin Glassthe Indiana-based Brayden Lee and the returning Keenan Moore

√ Newly crowned ESW tag team champions High Seas will defend the titles for the first time against the debuting Rad BoyZ from Pennsylvania

√ 2021 Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup winner Vince Valor will square off against the debuting midwestern indie wrestling star Ace Perry

√ A match featuring two women's stars making their ESW in "The Black Rose" Megan Meyers versus "The Queen of the Silver Screen" Katie Arquette

√ Former ESW heavyweight champion Kevin Bennett will face the Amish wrestling star Levi Everett

√ Space Monkey will make his ESW return against "The Big Bang" Jerk Cockins

√ Local favorite James Sayga will lock horns with up-and-coming prospect Shayne Stetson

√ Former ESW tag team champion Gregory Iron will team with North Tonawanda's Vinnie Moon to face the young upstart tag team CXR (Chael Connors and T.J. Epixx)

√ The duo of Cerin Rahne and Jeremiah Richter will be appearing with other ESW regulars

Stay tuned to ESW's social media outlets for more match updates leading into Saturday's event

Tickets are available for purchase at ESWTix.com. First-row tickets are $35. Second-row tickets are $25. General admission tickets are $20. Ticket prices rise by $5 on event day. Doors open at 5 p.m. The opening bell is set for 6 p.m.

ESW has hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. 

Many current All Elite Wrestling stars wrestled for ESW, including Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Dustin Rhodes, MJF, Adam Cole, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Ruby Soho, Jay Lethal, Colt Cabana, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, The Butcher and The Blade, Daniel Garcia, Brian Pillman Jr., Allie, Matt Sydal, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Private Party, Shawn Spears, Bear Country, Bobby Fish, Brody King, Tony Nese and Mark Sterling.

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Cedric Alexander, Tommaso Ciampa, Damian Priest, Joaquin Wilde, Robert Stone, Joe Gacy and Josh Briggs all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Sgt. Slaughter, X-Pac, The Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwhacker Luke, Demolition, D-Von Dudley, Raven, The Sandman, Bob Holly and several others 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 several hundred fans with some events being attended by up to 1,000 people.

All cards are subject to change.

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