TOP INDEPENDENT WRESTLING STARS COMING TO NORTH
Western New York’s premier wrestling talent to be showcased alongside TNA and
After closing out 2016 with a standing room only show in Niagara Falls, New York, Empire State
Wrestling (ESW) returns to the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, New York on
Saturday, January 21 featuring current Total Nonstop Action (TNA) star Braxton Sutter, former TNA star
T.J. Dunn and Ring of Honor (ROH) star Silas Young. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a bell time set for 6:00
p.m. Tickets are $20 for front row and $12 for general admission. All tickets increase $3 at the door.
Billed as “The Last Real Man”, Young is notable for his current stint in ROH in which he faced
some of the company’s top talent such as Jay Lethal, Jushin Thunder Liger, The Briscoes, Matt Taven and
current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Kevin Owens.
Young will take on West Seneca’s own Braxton Sutter. Sutter returns to ESW after participating
in the Ilio DiPaolo Cup match in November. He was the last person eliminated in the bout which was
won by Toronto, Ontario’s R.J. City, who can now cash in the trophy for a shot at the ESW Heavyweight
Championship whenever City chooses.
Dunn is one of the biggest names on the independent wrestling scene, having wrestled for
numerous independent organizations such as Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Beyond Wrestling and Full
Impact Pro (FIP). He also teamed with fellow independent star Chuck Taylor while competing in TNA last
summer. Dunn is set to face North Tonawanda native Kevin Bennett.
The event will also showcase several of Western New York’s top independent wrestlers.
Rochester, New York’s Coconut Jones will defend the ESW Interstate Championship in a triple threat
match versus former ROH star Cloudy and young upstart Anthony Gaines from Cheektowaga, New York.
The Oliver Street Express will face the Rochester Wrecking Crew in a rematch from last show.
The Oliver Street Express won the prior match by disqualification, but was unable to secure the tag team
titles from the Rochester Wrecking Crew due to a technicality.
Rounding out the card, after months of feuding, Ron Falco will finally get to face Big Cat Lemmer
in a singles match as Falco seeks revenge on Big Cat for turning his own son against him. ESW
Heavyweight champion Bill Collier is also scheduled to be in action.
ESW will also be working in conjunction with professional wrestling school Grapplers
Anonymous (GA) to provide a trial for people interested in training to become a pro wrestler. The trial
will be held at St. Johnsburg Fire Hall on the same day of the event at 12:00 p.m. and costs $25.
Participants that pass the trial will be permitted to train at GA’s facility in Lackawanna, New York.
ESW promotes eight shows a year, primarily held at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North
Tonawanda, N.Y., boasting crowds of over 400 wrestling fans, who come to cheer the good guys and boo
the bad guys of the sport. Twice a year, larger “super show” events are held at the Kenan Center in
Lockport, N.Y. and the Frontier Fire Hall in Niagara Falls, N.Y., drawing crowds of up to 1,000.