Rio Grande hosting ‘The Rumble at Rio’ wrestling matches

Published 1:52 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande softball program will host a fundraiser featuring Bluegrass Championship Wrestling on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Newt Oliver Arena.

“The Rumble at Rio” will feature six matches, with first bell for 7:30 p.m.

“It promises to be a night of family-friendly fun, full of action-packed entertainment,” said Rio Grande head softball coach Chris Hammond. “Plus, it’s a great way for the community to come out and support our team.”

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The card features a co-main event, with the first match featuring former TNA world champion Gunner squaring off with former NWA champion Chance Prophet in a lumberjack match where the ring will be surrounded by other wrestlers.

The second main event pits former WWE tag team champion Rob Conway against “Wrestling Extraordinaire” Sigmon, who’ll be accompanied by his ever-present manager “Sweet” Scotty Ace. Sigmon and his partner, “The Southern Psycho” Elliot Russell — collectively known as The Heatseekers – recently returned to the United States after a highly successful tour of China.

Other featured bouts include “The StormBringer” Johnny Noble battling Russell in a two-out-of-three falls match and Stan “The Man” Lee defending his NWA All-Star title belt against “The Black Superman” Onyx.

The card will also include matches featuring southern wrestling legend “Handsome” Beau James, “Queen” Misty James, Jayke Jacobs, “Adorable” Eddie Browning, and more.

Advanced tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $8 for children ages five to 12, and $12 for VIP or Golden Circle Ringside. All tickets are $2 more on the day of the show.

Tickets are available for purchase from any University of Rio Grande softball player or coach or from the University of Rio Grande Athletic Department.

For more information, call the Rio Athletic Department at 740-245-7293 or the Rio softball office at 740-245-7490.