A family-friendly wrestling event featuring pro and local wrestlers is coming to Jamestown.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Jamestown Community College wrestling team, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the JCC physical education complex.
Organized by Randy Grey, the fundraiser will feature pro wrestlers Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. The event will also feature local wrestlers from Pro Wrestling Rampage, an independent company based in Erie, Pa. Tom Filsinger, founder of Filsinger Games, will also be in attendance.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake poses with a fan during a fundraiser at Salon One. Beefcake and other wrestlers will participate in a fundraiser at Jamestown Community College’s physical education complex on Friday, April 12.
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According to Randy Grey, the fundraiser is being held after having overwhelming success at an event he held at the Lakewood YMCA in August.
"I thought it was time to expand to a bigger venue and bring in even more stars," said Grey. "Last summer we raised money for the kids camp with Brutus, and we had a sold out show with more than 340 people at the Lakewood YMCA. So, this year we're going to JCC, and their venue is a perfect fit because I'm looking to double the attendance."
Grey asked his friends: Bill Burk, Keith Martin, Robbie Waddington and Ryan Fralick, with the JCC athletics staff, if they needed help raising money.
"They responded that the budget for the wrestling team was limited and that they could use all the help they could get," said Grey.
Beefcake will bring his former tag team partner and WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Valentine. The duo were known as tag team champions "The Dream Team."
"Greg and I live about 7 miles apart in Florida, and we've been teaming up now for many years - it's always a lot of fun," said Beefcake. "We'll have a tag team match like the old days. And, I look forward to giving somebody a haircut in good old Jamestown."
When Beefcake heard that Grey was to host another fundraising wrestling event, he was right on board because he thinks it is very important, he said.
"I do a lot of fundraisers because I enjoy giving back to the community," said Beefcake. "We work with law enforcement quite a bit, with fire departments and athletic departments and kids. It's great we're doing it for the wrestling team because a lot of times it gets overlooked."
Beefcake's wrestling career has spanned over the course of 36 years, while Valentine's is more than 40 years.
"That's a lot of knowledge and experience that we can pass on to the new generation of wrestlers," said Beefcake. "And, we enjoy getting out to meet fans and the people who have kept us going all these years."
It will also feature Filsinger, who will appear as his alter ego, the "Dark Menace."
"I thought it was important to have Tom in the show because the event is in his own backyard," said Grey.
The event is presented in conjunction with Buffalo Pro Wrestling and Entertainment Group, and will feature the group's founder, wrestler Troy Buchannon.
"Wrestling doesn't come to town as often as it should, and as long as I have friends and contacts to make it happen - I will," said Grey. "Jamestown and the surrounding area is a hotbed of wrestling fans who have a lot of knowledge. So, if I can give them a great show, at an affordable price, where mom and dad can bring their kids to have a good time and also raise money for JCC's wrestling team, it's a win-win for everybody."
The physical education complex is located on the JCC campus at 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown. Tickets are available at the JCC box office by calling 338-1000, and start at $10 for general admission. Following the show, an after party and all ages meet and greet will be held at The Roadhouse, 1250 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information visit rampagewrestling.com.