East Hamil­ton High to host Scenic City In­vi­ta­tional next week­end

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

Fans of pro wrestling are in­vited to at­tend the fourth Scenic City In­vi­ta­tional at East Hamil­ton High School on Aug. 4-5.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. each night and bell time is 7:30. Tick­ets are $10 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion on both nights. A lim­ited amount of floor seats re­main for each night at a cost of $15 each.

Some of the pro­ceeds from the event will once again go to ben­e­fit a lo­cal Hamil­ton County school. This year, money raised will go to­ward con­struc­tion of new bath­room fa­cil­i­ties for the East Hamil­ton base­ball and soft­ball com­plex.

Event pro­moter and booker Josh Massey is once again bring­ing in 16 top per­form­ers from 11 dif­fer­ent states to com­pete in the two-night, sin­glee­l­im­i­na­tion tour­na­ment, which is quickly de­vel­op­ing a na­tional and global fol­low­ing among pro wrestling fans in the know.

“This year, we’ve been for­tu­nate to have sold as many tick­ets be­fore the show as we have,” Massey said. “We have sold out 80 per­cent of the floor seats with fans from 33 dif­fer­ent states, along with fans from Aus­tralia, England, Ger­many and Canada. Last year’s tour­na­ment was re­ceived in the Wrestling Ob­server (a Sports Il­lus­trated-like web­site and mag­a­zine de­voted to wrestling and MMA) with glow­ing re­views. It was ranked in the top four for tour­na­ments in the en­tire world and one of the top 20 shows of the year in all of pro wrestling.”

Last year’s cham­pion, for­mer UTC foot­ball stand­out Gun­ner Miller, is back to de­fend his ti­tle. Miller won the 2016 Scenic City In­vi­ta­tional by best­ing a field that in­cluded Chris Hero and Lio Rush - both of whom re­cently signed with the WWE - and for­mer UFC fighter Matt Rid­dle.

This year’s In­vi­ta­tional field in­cludes pro­fes­sional wrestlers from all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing some that have wres­tled for Ring of Honor, have tried out for the WWE and have wres­tled in pro­mo­tions in Canada, Ja­pan, England, Ger­many, China and Mex­ico, as well as the United States.

Miller and Rid­dle are among those who will be look­ing to win this year’s tour­na­ment. The tour­na­ment will also serve as “re­tire­ment week­end” for Chat­tanooga’s own “Strong Style Psy­cho”, Tank. A long­time fan fa­vorite, Tank, has wres­tled for hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent pro­mo­tions in his ca­reer and has stated that this will be his fi­nal event. He is slated to face Rid­dle in his open­ing-round bout.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or for ques­tions about tick­ets, send an email to dy­lanwaco@gmail.com.

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