February 27, 2008 > Wrestle Fest
In the early days of theatre, vaudeville entertainment was a popular outlet for just plain, uncomplicated fun. Melodramas were pretty clear about villains, heroes and damsels in distress. Intricate story lines were shunned in favor of a basic plot in which the audience easily understood what was going on and felt free to express their feelings in a good-natured way. Cheers would ring out for the hero, sighs for the beautiful damsel and boos to the villain and his henchmen. After an evening of entertainment, crowds left with the satisfaction that there was order to their world and, even though real life is a bit more complicated, there was at least one place to escape reality and relax for a while.
That fun and excitement is still available to families in the Greater Tri-City area. Kirk White of Big Time Wrestling (BTW) has been presenting wholesome fun for those wanting more action than viewed on a big screen TV for decades. BTW has been giving fans a taste of action without the over-the-top negative images of some high profile wrestling shows. At the Newark Pavilion, Kirk has been offering familiar names of the wrestling circuit who know how to entertain and give the thrills and chills of wrestling without mean and offensive interjections. Crowd favorites - both heroes and villains - can be seen up close and personal while ring action gives everyone a good time.
Wrestle Fest is a chance for fans to not only spend an evening watching their favorite wrestling icons in the ring, but the afternoon prior to the show mingling with them personally. The Newark Pavilion will be bustling with excitement as big name wrestlers will be available for photo opportunities and autographs as well as conversation. Wrestle Fest is a rare opportunity to spend quality time with these folks, who can be so intimidating in the ring, yet just regular guys outside the ropes. Among the wrestling legends that will visit with fans is the Hart Foundation, Rob Van Dam, Harley Race, Tito Santana, The Godfather, Talia Madison and many other great names from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
White notes that BTW shows are "family entertainment that is affordable." Rather than spend well over $100 for a family to attend a wrestling match, the local prices are well within reason and the entertainment value is priceless. "They can root for the good guy and boo the bad guys. Some come to see a recognized 'name' wrestler but keep coming back because they find out all of the wrestlers are pretty good and a lot of fun to watch." He notes that pro wrestling is a "lost art" that still survives at BTW. The crowd has a lot of fun when they can identify with the wrestlers. White says, "Guys like the Honky Tonk Man are great entertainers who will engage the crowd."
Wrestle Fest 2008 is a unique opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of mingling with wrestling legends and talking shop and plenty of action watching the same people perform in the ring that evening. For wrestling fans of all ages and those who just want to spend an enjoyable Saturday afternoon and evening doing something different, Big Time Wrestling is the answer.
Wrestle Fest 2008
Saturday, March 1
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (autographs & photos)
7 p.m. wrestling
6430 Thornton Ave., Newark
Tickets also available at Rick's Sundale Barber Shop
4949 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont