LCW bringing wrestling back to Grand Falls-Windsor
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Legend City Wrestling is returning to the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, featuring wrestling greats ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (pictured), Scott Steiner, Cowboy Mike Hughes, Grand Falls-Windsor’s own Matt Burns and more.
Move over, hockey buffs.
The Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium might be best known for it's hockey season – but Legend City Wrestling (LCW) is looking to put its sport on the map – and they want to make Grand Falls-Windsor one of their "staple" locations.
LCW is bringing its show back to the Joe Byrne on Wednesday, Sept. 12, a show LCW's Jim Thompson said won't disappoint.
"We had a great show last time with a good turnout," Thompson said. "This time, we're stepping it up a notch."
LCW is bringing back some favourites, and some new faces, including wrestling greats Scott Steiner and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
"Local boy Matt Burns...is going to be back," Thompson said. "Our LCW Champion Cowboy Mike Hughes is going to be back. And we actually have two women who are going to be on the tour with us this time, one is from Australia, her name is Miss Nikki Nitro."
And "Rowdy" Roddy Piper fans can look forward to the wrestling great hosting his infamous Piper's Pit.
"He would host a five-minute segment every week during wrestling in the 80s called Piper's Pit, where he would normally bring on guests that he could antagonize and have a bit of fun with, and that's exactly what is going to happen in Grand Falls-Windsor," Thompson explained.
"Piper fought Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 1 in the main event. He's a hall of famer, well-known all over the world for wrestling...we're hoping to take advantage of that, bring him into Grand Falls-Windsor, have a good show and have a good laugh."
On the back of quite a performance at home during the last LCW show, Thompson said local wrestler Matt Burns is expected to step up his game, too.
"He was so close to winning the title last time, and of course he had some interference that cost him the championship," he said. "The local boy is coming back, exactly what's on the card for him, we don't know who his opponent is going to be, but he's going to have a big opportunity in front of him."
LCW is teaming-up with the Church Lads Brigade (CLB) of St. John's to bring the show to Grand Falls-Windsor, an arrangement both groups hope will help them expand across the province.
"(The Grand Falls-Windsor and Torbay shows) are actually fundraisers for (the CLB), and we're doing those two shows in conjunction with them," Thompson said. "The rest of the shows are just part of our regular LCW tour. We wanted to expand more into Newfoundland with a bigger act; they wanted to expand a little more into Newfoundland, too. So that's why we're bringing Piper to Grand Falls-Windsor."
Thompson said tickets are for sale now, with a general admission and a VIP ticket available.
"We have a VIP ticket for $65 that we are offering. That's going to get you a floor seat, it's going to get you an autographed 4X6 with 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper...and you'll also be allowed to bring in one item for him to autograph as well," Thompson said. "General admission tickets are going to be $30, we're hoping to have a great crowd. Local broadcaster George Scott is going to be on-hand as our ring announcer. We've got a great amount of support from our sponsors...it's going to be a successful tour."
Doors open at 4 p.m. for VIP ticket holders; 6 p.m. for general admission seats, with bell time at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium box office, the Mount Peyton Hotel in Grand Falls-Windsor and Central Auto Glass.
But if you miss the excitement this time around, Thompson said LCW will definitely be back.
"Right now our plan is to do two tours a year," he said. "We do one in June and we do another one in the fall in September...We're coming back again next June after this tour, with another tour, with more, bigger names. This is going to be a regular thing. Grand Falls-Windsor is going to be our staple in central, we hope."