ATWATER — J.P. Brown said demand brought Fighting Spirit Pro Wrestling to Atwater.
The league’s promoter enjoyed the experience so much, he made it his base of operations.
The pro wrestling organization will return home Friday night to celebrate its one-year anniversary with a show at the Atwater Community Center. The opening bout is set for 7 p.m., with autographs available before the show. The cost is $15 for general admission and $20 for the front row. Children 8-and-younger are free, and all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“Wrestling is really popular in the Central Valley, but there wasn’t a lot of opportunity to see it,” Brown said. “We wanted to provide a fun, family-friendly show that won’t break people’s budgets.
“We feature WWE and TNA guys. We’ve got some Mexican-style wrestling and female wrestlers. We’re the top wrestling organization in Central California and I think we provide a really unique show.”
Friday night’s main event will involve a couple former stars from pro wrestling’s two biggest organizations with current Fighting Spirit Pro world champion Brian Cage (TNA) taking on Matt Hardy (WWE). Brown said that Fighting Spirit Pro will also be crowning its first ever tag-team champions with hometown boys, The Channel Surfers, vying for the title.
Brown is hoping to pack the house for the two- to three-hour show.
“It’s our eighth show in Atwater, and every time we’ve been here it’s been great,” Brown said. “We’re planning on putting on about 30 shows this season, but we really wanted the anniversary one to be here. I’m really excited about the lineup we’ve put together, and I think it’s going to be a fun night.”