Two pro wrestling cards set for Tamaqua this weekend
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Big Poppa Pete returns to the ring during WXW's Homecoming '10 show at Tamaqua Area High School Sunday.
There are two pro wrestling cards for area fans taking place this weekend in Tamaqua.
On Saturday, Elite Generation Wrestling (EGW) will hold Double Jeopardy, Part 2 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street.
On Sunday, There will be an WXW (World X-treme Wrestling) bill at Tamaqua Area High School titled Homecoming '10 and featuring the return of Tamaqua native Big Poppa Pete to the ring.
The Elite Generation Wrestling card is a rebound show from Double Jeopardy, Part 1 held at the Lansford Ambulance Association last week.
The show will include Shawn Fury's one and only shot at the United Stated Title, currently held by Darius Carter.
Jason Furious and Jaime Furious will battle again to build up the ladder match for the Sixth Annual Anniversary Show, which will be held on July 24.
The card also includes a one-time reunion of Murder Inc. against Carter Enterprises.
Also during the show, Cletus Gambino makes an EGW shattering announcement, Crimson Tide addresses the fans, and Matt Saxon faces Christian Cruz.
Also appearing will be Jr. Soba, Draven Blaze, Rob Fury, Manslaughter, the Say-ga Squad and more.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with bell time at 7 p.m.
For more information on this and other EGW shows, visit www.egwwrestling.tk
On Summerfest Sunday in Tamaqua, WXW will present Homecoming '10 at the TAHS gym. The show will be a Blast show taped for rebroadcast at a later time.
Big Poppa Pete is Peter Knepper, a 1987 Tamaqua Area alumnus who began his wrestling career in 2000, training with the Wild Samoans Center in Allentown and Hazleton. Big Poppa played football and wrestled at Tamaqua High and also was an elementary and high school assistant wrestling coach for nine years.
The last time Big Poppa stepped in the ring was in December, 2008 when he took on Nicky Ice, a former WXW wrestler, in an EGW match.
The proceeds from WXW's Homecoming '10 will benefit the Tamaqua High girls soccer program. Big Poppa's daughter Allie, his former manager (as Poppa's Girl) is a member of the Lady Raider soccer team.
"I'm excited, with it being Father's Day," said Big Poppa. "My dad died five years ago, and he told me that I needed to start living life and stop hiding behind myself."
Big Poppa has bulked up to 265 pounds for the Blast and thanked Tamaqua Athletics Director Mike Hromyak and the district's administration for their support of the event.
"I'm looking forward to wrestling for the hometown fans," he said. "'m glad to make money to benefit the boosters, not Vince McMahon."
The WXW show will also include an Ultimate World Title Match between champion A.C. Anderson and The Star (Eric Cobian), who will be with manager Doc Daniels. Also on the card will be Samu, Afa, Jr. and Tommy Suede.
Doors for the show open at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.wxwc4.com.