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High school teacher by day, pro wrestler by night

By day, Stevie Woltz is a mild-mannered graphic arts and yearbook instructor at Halifax County High School.

At night, he changes personas and transforms himself into professional wrestler Adam Page.

A match between Page and former WWE superstar Charlie Haas is the main event at Saturday’s Premier Wrestling Experience – Test of Strength program at Halifax County High School.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the art, yearbook and athletic department at the high school.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Woltz said on Monday.

The event includes an appearance by TNA Knockout Mickie James and wrestling legend Jimmy “Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant.

Other wrestling stars set to appear are Roderick Strong and Delirious from Ring of Honor, and the Bravado brothers.

“The Bravado Brother, two friends of mine from Eden, N.C., just got back from a three-month tour of Japan,” said Woltz.

NWA star George South also is slated to appear on Saturday.

“You never know, there may be some surprises, so stay tuned to the PWX website (pwxpro.com), we may be announcing a few more surprises between now and Saturday,” Woltz added.

Things have changed tremendously for Woltz and his alter ego, Adam Page the past couple of years.

“I’m doing a whole lot more work now,” he said.

“I’m getting to see a lot more of the globe, and I’ve wrestled in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, so I’ve getting to travel a lot more.

“I’m getting a lot of TV exposure wrestling with Ring of Honor.  We don’t pick it up on TV here, but it has a global TV exposure and fan base.”

As Adam Page, Woltz currently is wrestling in several organizations, predominantly with Ring of Honor wrestlin, and PWX at least once a month, in addition to Northeast Wrestling and other smaller wrestling promotions.

“The larger exposure has helped tremendously, I’ve had a chance to meet and work with the greatest professionals alive today, and it’s helped me a lot,” he said 

“I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience working with them.”

Wrestling is as much an event as a sport, and the industry has changed a lot in the past decade, much in relation to marketing the sport and the wrestler, according to Woltz.

“A lot of people talk to me about the training I do for wrestling, but actually about 5 percent of it is what I end up doing in the ring,” he explained.

“There’s so much more you do outside of the ring, working to stay in shape, working on your speaking ability, your look, charisma, and working on different marketing materials.

“I can’t begin to explain all of it.  Nobody cares if you’re just an athlete, you have to be an interesting athlete, and that’s one of the harder things, to make you different from other wrestlers.”

“That’s one of the hardest challenges in this industry, but once you figure that out, and I think I have figured it out, it makes things so much easier,” Woltz added.

For some athletes, wrestling is a year-round job, and that’s something Woltz aspires to.

“I wish I could wrestle every night of the year, but on average I wrestle two nights a week, Friday and Saturday, sometimes a random Sunday or Thursday,” he estimated.

“I honestly wish I could wrestle every night of the week, but I stay as busy as I can.”

The wrestling landscape is very different now, according to Woltz.

“WWE is the global machine TNA is another smaller global machine, and Ring of Honor is an independent organization and has national exposure.

“Woltz gave a hint at what’s to come Saturday night.

“I think I might start using the figure four, and I’ve used the standing shooting star press sometimes,” said Woltz.

“I’ve known how to use the figure four since I was four years old, so I figure it’s time to start using it.”

Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for Saturday’s event, and tickets are available at the main office at Halifax County High School, Common Grounds, Smiley’s General Store or online at pwxpro.com.

Floor seats are priced at $20 each and include guaranteed seating on the floor, as well as early entry at 6:30 p.m. for a special meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with the stars.

General admission tickets are $10 each.