- Last Updated on 07:40 AM 01/17/11
- BY Joe Chandler
Area sports fans can enjoy a great night of entertainment and help support local law enforcement at the same time.
After a four-year hiatus, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling will return to South Boston on Saturday night, Jan. 29. The event, a fundraiser for the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department Crimestoppers program, will be held at the Halifax County High School gym with bell time being 8 p.m.
Professional wrestler Rikki Nelson, the promoter for the event, says this event is one area wrestling fans will surely enjoy.
“It’s a very affordable show,” Nelson said noting general admission seats are $10 each with ringside seats priced at $20.
“There will be a lot of great names there, and it will be a great night of wrestling. Plus, this event is a fundraiser for the
Halifax County Crimestoppers to help law enforcement throughout Halifax County. Crimestoppers is a great program that works for a lot of agencies from the sheriff’s department to the South Boston Police Department, State Police, SBI and a lot of agencies in-between. We hope a lot of people will come out and support this worthwhile cause. We’re looking forward to a great turnout.”
Advance tickets may be purchased at Bo’s Hydraulics in Riverdale, the Scissor Shack in South Boston, at the main office at Halifax County High School and at the door on the night of the event.
Among the top wrestlers scheduled to appear are Nikita Koloff, Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell, Rick Steiner and the Rock-N-Roll Express. Nelson will compete as well, facing Bagwell for the NWA World Heavyweight title.
This event will mark the third time Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling has made a visit to South Boston in recent years.
“We’ve been here twice before,” Nelson noted.
“The first time we were here we had around 1,400 to 1,500 people. The last time we had about 900 people in attendance. That was about four or five years ago when we ran an event at Halifax County High School with Brady Taylor, who is the high school wrestling coach.
“Our goal is to have 1,000-plus paid attendance for this event,” continued Nelson.
“This time we have the sheriff’s department involved, and it helps us as a company to promote it. People are well in tune with the area law enforcement agencies and what they’re trying to do. Having the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department involved will help our event all the way around.”
Nelson describes Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling as “old-school” wrestling. While some wrestling fans are engrossed in the glitz and glamour of the higher profile WWE or TNA events, Nelson points out many people enjoy NWA and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
“There is a very valuable commodity in old-school wrestling,” he said.
“People enjoy coming to a wrestling event where when you bring your kids and sit down, you don’t see some guy out there grabbing his crotch and cussing you out and things like that. We don’t do that. We tell our people that if you can’t get out there in the ring and wrestle and do it and entertain people, you won’t be on the show. We’re old-school when it comes to that.
“We have people that do the flip-flop and fly and do other aerial stuff, but we’re more about going in and doing the old-school wrestling,” Nelson continued.
“That’s what we do.”
Nelson says NWA Wrestling has become very popular overseas, especially in Korea, China and Japan. While he and others involved in the NWA stay busy much of the year with overseas events, they also bring professional wrestling events to communities like South Boston and Halifax County.
“The bigger companies like WWE and TNA, which is trying to become a bigger company, don’t really do the regional shows like Jim Crockett used to do back in the day,” explained Nelson.
“That’s why we do these types of shows. We bring the bigger names to the smaller, more rural towns, as opposed to fans having to go to Norfolk or Richmond or Roanoke. You can go somewhere like South Boston or Danville and see good wrestling, and people really appreciate it.
“You can make it affordable, bring some big names in, go back to old-school wrestling and make it entertaining,” added Nelson.
“It gives people something to do that one night that will allow them to forget about their troubles and other things on their minds.”