2010-07-28 / Local News

Historic wrestling event will benefit Boys & Girls Club

By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com

Rarely can one say they were in the presence of greatness.

Local residents will have the opportunity to be part of history and have a positive impact on the community Friday as the original members of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express — one of professional wrestling’s most famous and celebrated tag teams — will reunite for one night only as Lynx Wrestling Alliance presents a show at the local Boys & Girls Club on Pecan Street.

“Honestly, this may be one of the biggest shows we put on here in the Gaffney area,” said Lynx Wrestling Alliance general manager Bobby Cosby. “It is not often you are able to bring together one of the legendary tag teams in wrestling history. This should definitely be a treat.”

Formed in the 1980s by Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton during their stint with the National Wrestling Alliance’s (NWA) Jim Crockett Promotions, the group spent the rest of the decade as one of pro wrestling’s top draws, winning multiple NWA titles and going on to perform with several other organizations, including the American Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

In recent years it has been tough bringing the two together with each making their rounds through the Southeast, appearing at an array of regional wrestling circuits.

“It is kind of hard trying to line up a date in which both of them can attend, their schedules are quite complicated,” Cosby said. “They’ve continued to go strong and it has enabled them to remain booked for months at a time. Thankfully, we were able to get both of them to commit to come here and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

In recent months, Lynx was also able to book former wrestlers like The Barbarian, Nikita Koloff, Buff Bagwell and Ron Simmons to appear at local events.

Friday’s show comes on the heels of a successful show nearly two weeks ago at the S.C. Peach Festival in which the wrestling organization drew nearly 500 spectators.

“If I were to look at most of the crowd, around 75 percent of it was kids,” said Lynx Wrestling Alliance owner Annise Kinley. “It seems they are the ones who mostly get into it and our shows are built to cater to them, providing us with a good family atmosphere in which to perform.”

In fact, kids are the reason for which Lynx will perform Friday night, giving a portion of proceeds from the event to benefit the local Boys & Girls Club.

“With the economy the way it is and some families having to deal with the loss of jobs and other matters, our hope is to present them with a night to take their worries off all that,” Kinley said. “For just a few hours, it doesn’t matter what is going on outside; all that matters is what is going on inside the ring.”

Among the matches taking place is local grappler Tim “The Electric Man” Bostick placing his recently earned Lynx Wrestling Alliance title on the line against Rex Rumble, in addition to former champion and Gaffney product Freight Train taking on Lodi in singles action. New tag team champions will also be crowned, Cosby said.

Also part of the card is what Cosby has described as a “three-way dance” consisting of midgets fighting tooth and nail until one is able to earn a pinfall against an opponent.

“It will be fun; hope all can come out and support us and the local Boys & Girls Club,” Cosby said.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the opening bell occurring at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets are being sold at $8 for general admission and $10 for ringside seats at Pet Connection, Sadie Mae’s Restaurant, Inside Out Consignment and Your Best Body Gym & Spa. Tickets will also be sold at the door with ringside seats going for $12 and general admission tickets being sold at $10.

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