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Internationally renown wrestling stars coming to North Tonawanda

Jun 21, 2019 | Sports Scene

Empire State Wrestling (ESW) returns to the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, on Saturday, June 29 for “Temperature Rising,” which will air live on Twitch and be recorded for ESW’s streaming service partners. 

The following wrestlers are scheduled to appear at Temperature Rising:
• Impact Wrestling star Josh Alexander makes his return to ESW against Beyond Wrestling’s Jay Freddie.
• All-Elite Wrestling signee Brian Pillman Jr. will face Kevin Bennett of North Tonawanda.
• Viral internet star Anthony Gaines will face debuting world renown independent wrestling star Zachary Wentz.
• ”Red Death” Daniel Garcia will wrestle his first match in ESW since the Buffalo Brothers car accident in January when he challenges ESW Heavyweight Champion Brandon Thurston for the title.
• Tonawanda native Jerk Cockins will face Buffalo’s Puf.
• Many of ESW’s regular stars will also be in action including former ESW Heavyweight Champions “The Blade” Pepper Parks, Chris Cooper and “Big Time” Bill Collier.

ESW shows are held throughout the calendar year, primarily at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, boasting crowds of over 400 fans. Larger “super show” events are held at the Kenan Center in Lockport and the Frontier Fire Hall in Niagara Falls, drawing crowds up to 1,000. 

As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. Pre-sale general admission tickets are $15. Tickets increase $5 day of event. Front and second row tickets are sold out. Doors open at 5 p,m, with bell time at 6 p.m.

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