McKeesport wrestling promoters hope for smashing success with anniversary show
A McKeesport-based professional wrestling promotion is celebrating 20 years in the business.
Pro Wrestling eXpress presents its 20th anniversary show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wrestleplex at 2125 Beacon St.
The anniversary is the biggest show of the year, second only to the Sean “Shocker” Evans Memorial Tournament.
Jim Miller cofounded NWA East, PWX’s former name, with Evans in 1994.
Evans, who was raised in McKeesport, was Miller’s neighbor and trained in the old Eastland Mall, the wrestling promotions’ original home.
Evans went on to a successful wrestling career until his death in October 2007 from throat cancer. He was 36.
NWA East moved shows from Eastland to Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park, where it presented some iconic matches despite low-hanging fans over the ring, and using a make-shift locker room and entrance way with sheets and plastic picnic tables.
It changed its name from NWA East to PWX in October 2011 when it moved from the pavilion to the Wrestleplex — the former St. Stephen’s Church fellowship hall and school.
The site was thoroughly renovated into what many fans have called the best wrestling venue in the Mon Valley.
Saturday’s celebration is packed with action and special guests.
The Great Samu will be inducted into the organization’s Circle of Respect.
Other appearances include former tag-team champion All Business Brant, former heavyweight champion Dirk Ciglar and Circle of Respect member Big Poppa Gator.
Matches include a six-man tag-team match with Shirley Doe, Kriss Stark and Beastman battling G-Rager, Matt Conard and Toryn Flight. Stryder wrestles Kato. Payton Graham takes on PWX legend Quinn Magnum in a grudge match. Tag-team titles are on the line in a three-way match between Golden Triangle, Enforcing Officials and System Elite.
Dean Radford battles Ganon Jones Jr. in a retirement match. PWX Television Title is up for grabs with Cassidy Stone taking on Mad Mike.
Brandon K.’s career and undefeated streak is on the line against Jack Pollock.The Three Rivers championship will be decided between Tony Johnson and Bill Collier, and Chris LeRusso competes against Gory for the heavyweight belt.
Advance tickets are $12 for ringside, $10 for general admission and children younger than 12 get in for $6.
Tickets at the door are $15 for ringside, $12 for general admission and youth prices remain the same.
More information is available online at prowrestlingexpress.com.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or [email protected].