Wrestling is rich in Minnesota, producing scores of professionals throughout history from Bronko Nagurski to Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Verne Gagne made Minneapolis a national focal point for three decades with his American Wrestling Association. Steel Domain Wrestling of Lakeville, Minnesota started promoting professional wrestling in 1998. It is now the longest running active professional wrestling promotion in Minnesota. It has been the breeding ground for many national pro wrestling stars like CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Adam Pearce and Austin Aries. Prime Time Wrestling has been packing the wrestling halls with creative events since 2011. Minneapolis based pro wrestling group, F1RST Wrestling, has been thrilling local audiences with popular matches since 2007.
Steel Domain Wrestling
22000 Panama Ave.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Date: Sat. Aug. 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Price: $15 general admission, $5 kids under 12.
See this special one-time appearance of family friendly atmosphere in an old school wrestling environment. Doherty's is hosting this summer spectacular wrestling event to entertain the good people who have been patronizing this great place to eat and great place to meet in Prior Lake since 1937.
Date: Sat. Sept. 10, 2016, Bell Time at 7:00 p.m.
Price: $20.00 (Minors need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.)
F1RST Wrestling invades Insight Brewing on Saturday, Sept. 10. "F1RST Wrestling will bring its brand of chair swinging, body-slamming, hardcore action where masked heroic wrestlers, in character-driven style, flip, fly and amaze audiences." says owner Arik Cannon. "It all comes together to make one fun, surreal, glam-bam spectacle of raucous entertainment featuring former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Eugene and Extreme Championship Wrestling 's Innovator Of Violence, Tommy Dreamer." Other feature matches include #WRESTLEPALOOZA Champion, Sheik Ariya Daivari and the F1RST Wrestling Tag Team Champions, The North Star Express. Also scheduled to appear are "The Anarchist" Arik Cannon, Jervis Cottonbelly, Super ThunderFrog, The Crime Fighting Feline Wildcat and Deputy Rob Justice. Fans will also see women's wrestling action featuring Veda Scott up against "The Punk Rock Rag Doll," Heidi Lovelace.
Richfield America Legion Post 435
6501 Portland Ave
Richfield, MN 55423
Dates: Sat. Sept. 17, Sat. Oct. 22, Sat. Nov. 19, and Sat. Dec. 17, 2016
Price: $15 general admission, $5 kids under 12. Order online for 20 percent discount.
See Steel Domain Championship Wrestling as regulars return each month to battle for season supremacy. Matches are held in a family friendly studio-style programming atmosphere. Follow all the action on YouTube. SDW produces videos of the matches, interviews, "Fan of the Week," trivia contests and commentary hosted by "Voice of Minnesota Wrestling," "Slick" Mick Karch, SDW owner Ed Hellier (The Architect) and "The Golden Idol" Mark Koval.
Date: Fri. Oct. 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Price: $15 adults. $10 ages 5 through 10.
"Unlike anything that has ever been done before," says Gregory McDonald of Prime Time Wrestling. "Zombies will be coming out of nowhere. Can our wrestlers handle them or will the wandering undead overwhelm and engulf our hapless heroes." Prime Time Wrestling has been packing the wrestling halls with creative events since 2011. Order your tickets in advance at the Prime Time Wrestling website.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.
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