Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Professional wrestlers to battle in Linwood event

February 20, 2002

Professional wrestling fans will have a chance to see the stars of tomorrow during an event on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Linwood Community Center.

On Saturday night, pro wrestlers from Triple Xtreme Wrestling, a federation out of Kansas City, Mo., will visit Linwood, with part of the proceeds going to the Linwood Community Library.

TXW wrestler Derek Stone, who himself has worked for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling, said the talent level for TXW is high.

"There are six guys you could plug into the WWF in a heartbeat," Stone said. "The unfortunate thing about pro wrestling is that there are only so many spots open."

There are six matches and a Royal Rumble scheduled for the Linwood event.

Stone said there are several wrestlers scheduled to appear in Linwood that would probably compete at the next level of the professional ranks.

"There are some guys that will probably start doing things for the WWF sometime soon," he said.

The TXW federation is a small, organized wrestling league that was formed in June 2001.

"It's a place to learn the craft and pay your dues," Stone said.

Stone said the TXW has the potential to become a larger outlet in the future.

Stone said the league has grown since then, and even has a television deal in the works, enabling the league to start showcasing matches on cable.

Although similarities between TXW and the WWF can be made in terms of talent, Stone said the shows themselves are quite different.

"It's a lot different than other wrestling shows," he said. "Ours has elements of the WWF without the vulgarity and scantily- clad women.

"It's much cleaner than anything on TV. It really is a family show."

Matches are expected to start at 7 p.m. and general admission tickets for the event are $8 for an adult and $5 for a child.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Linwood Cafe.

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