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Pro wrestling: 'Speedball' Mike Bailey coming to ESW


Tue, Feb 28th 2023 09:10 am

IMPACT's Bailey to challenge for ESW heavyweight title

Submitted by Empire State Wrestling

Empire State Wrestling will hold its first event at Buffalo RiverWorks this year in impressive fashion. “Tough Luck” will take place Saturday, March 18, at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). The main event will feature the ESW debut of IMPACT Wrestling's "Speedball" Mike Bailey, a bevy of top U.S. independent wrestling stars, and many of Western New York's best wrestlers. Bailey is set to face ESW heavyweight champion "The Remix" Kevin Bennett for the title.

The scheduled card for “Tough Luck” also includes the following:

•ESW tag team champions High Seas ("Your Captain" Nick Ando and Cloudy) against the Nu BackSeatz (J.P. Grayson and Tommy Grayson with Johnny Kashmere)

•A six-way scramble featuring the ESW debuts of deathmatch wrestling star Jimmy Lloyd and "The Young Prodigy" Marcus Mathers, "The Scramble God" Chase Oliver, plus ESW regulars "The Holy Hand Grenade" James Sayga, Chael Connors and Mattick

•Former GCW tag team champions Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner and Matthew Justice) versus To Infinity & Beyond (Colin Delaney and Cheech)

•"Raddy Daddy" Cole Radrick will face "Blue Thunder" Jay Freddie

•Two-time former ESW heavyweight champion "Big Time" Bill Collier versus the debuting "Intense Icon" Joshua Bishop from Cleveland

•"Invincible" Vince Valor will face Frank Feathers

•Veda Scott will debut against "Coureageous" Christina Marie

•Jeremiah Richter will square off versus Vinnie Moon with ESW legend Will Calrissian

•"The Big Bang" Jerk Cockins will take on T.J. Epixx

Front-row tickets are sold out. An extremely limited amount of second-row tickets are available for $25. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased at ESWTIX.com. Ticket prices increase by $5 on event day. Doors open at 6 p.m. The opening bell is set for 7 p.m.

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

Many current All Elite Wrestling stars wrestled for ESW, including current AEW world champion MJF, Buffalo's own Daniel Garcia plus The Butcher & the Blade and the Bunny, Matt Hardy, Dustin Rhodes, Adam Cole, Matt Sydal, Ruby Soho, Billy Gunn, Colt Cabana, Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, Danhausen, Jay Lethal, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Lucha Bros, Ethan Page, Brian Pillman Jr., Tony Nese, Private Party, Brody King, Mark Sterling, AR Fox and Iron Savages.

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

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, X-Pac, The Hurricane, D-Von Dudley, Al Snow, The Honky Tonk Man, Sgt. Slaughter, Raven, Brutus Beefcake, Demolition, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, The Sandman and Bob Holly 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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