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CROWDS PUSH NASHVILLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUT TO CAPACITY AT 104-5 THE ZONE SPORTSFEST
NASHVILLE, TN (Monday, February 25, 2013) -- Several hundred vocal fans surrounded the ringside area to watch the live debut of Nashville Pro Wrestling at the Nashville Convention Center as part Saturday's annual 104-5 The Zone SportsFest.
Two of the day's four matches were won by Middle Tennessee competitors -- both of them by pinfall -- as part of a packed day of SportsFest activities that included guest sports speakers and more than 100 vendors, giveaways, displays and interactive features. Unofficial early estimates for SportsFest attendance is between 6,000 and 8,000 people.
Fans crowded the ringside area to near-capacity for the first match, a fast-paced three-way contest between Brandon Espinosa (St. Louis, Mo.), Dyron Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) and 2011 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year Ace Hawkins (Fort Collins, Colo.). Just past the 9-minute mark, Hawkins was thrown from the ring by Flynn, who then pinned Espinosa for the win.
Christian Rose (Ogden Marsh, Iowa) scored an unpopular victory in front of another near-capacity crowd in the second match when he pinned rookie and local favorite Justin Grandberry of Nashville, Tenn., in 13 minutes. Rose twice left the ring area during the match, once in an attempt to interrupt the nearby live broadcast booth for 104-5 The Zone. As a result of his actions, Rose on Monday received a written and verbal reprimand for intentionally leaving the ring area in direct violation of stated company and convention center rules.
The third match of the day was a physical, slower-paced contest between two of the day's biggest competitors. Jocephus Brody (Nashville, Tenn.) used a powerful choke slam to defeat Matt Cage (Las Vegas, Nevada) by pinfall in 12 minutes. After the match, Brody jumped from the ring, approached a nearby display booth and assaulted special guest and former WWE wrestler Wolfie D. The two fought for about 2 minutes before officials cleared the area. As a result of his actions, Brody on Monday received a written and verbal reprimand for intentionally leaving the ring area in direct violation of stated company and convention center rules.
The event's final contest featured four of the event's youngest competitors and ended in a victory for a local team and overwhelming crowd favorite. Matt Madison and Kaden Sade (both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.), competing as the team Elements of Wrestling, scored a pinfall win in a fast-paced 21-minute event over teammates Prada and Revick Hollistar (Huntington Beach, Calif.). The Hollistars' manager and trainer, Jonathan Quincy deMarco, on Monday received a verbal and written reprimand as a result of entering the ring during the match.
Each of Saturday's matches featured a guest to ring the opening and closing bell. They were Western Kentucky University mascot Big Red, Nashville Predators mascot Gnash, University of Tennessee mascot Smokey, and members of the Nashville RollerGirls.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) company founder and longtime promoter Jerry Jarrett and longtime WWE/TNA/ECW wrestler Wolfie D were special guests at the Nashville Pro Wrestling booth.
Photos and video of Saturday's event will be available through NashvilleProWrestling.com and Facebook.com/NashvilleProWrestling. Additional event dates and locations will be announced soon.
Nashville Pro Wrestling is a locally owned company founded in 2011 with an emphasis on a highly athletic, contemporary style of professional wrestling. Visit NashvilleProWrestling.com for company information, wrestler bios, photos and more.
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