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By Mike Johnson on 11/15/2021 7:30 AM

Garcia versus Blackwood for ESW Heavyweight Title

Best friends squaring off headlines a star studded indie wrestling event in Niagara Falls


Empire State Wrestling comes back to its old stomping grounds in Niagara County and brings back its traditional Thanksgiving Weekend super event with "Wrestlebash" on Saturday, November 27 at the Frontier Fire Hall at 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, N.Y. This is the first Empire State Wrestling (ESW) event in Niagara County in two years and is the first ESW event at the Frontier Fire Hall in three years.


Wrestlebash comes on the heels of two highly acclaimed events held at Buffalo RiverWorks. Western New York's top independent wrestling promotion looks to build off these successful events with a super show stacked with star power. Among the matches already scheduled for Wrestlebash included a battle between two best friends for the ESW Heavyweight Championship.


The matches taking place at Wrestlebash include:

  • 2019 Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup winner Kevin Blackwood cashs in his title shot versus ESW Heavyweight Champion and All-Elite Wrestling star "Red Death" Daniel Garcia
  • 2021 Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup match featuring: Impact wrestling stars Matthew Rehwoldt (formerly known as Aiden English) and Josh Alexander, Niagara Falls, N.Y. native "Invincible" Vince Valor, Ohio Valley Wrestling star Facade, Game Changer Wrestling star KTB plus former ESW Heavyweight Champion "Big Time" Bill Collier
  • ESW Interstate Champion Frankie Feathers will defend his title against up-and-comer Jeremiah Richter
  • Ring of Honor star Tony Deppen will face "Blue Thunder" Jay Freddie
  • Two ESW debuts will occur in a women's bout when Albany, N.Y.'s Christina Marie takes on Ohio Valley Wrestling star Dani Mo
  • In tag team action, High Seas (former Ring of Honor star Cloudy and Nick Ando) will face Philly Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia and Philly Collins) - a Cleveland, Ohio-based team that will be making its ESW debut
  • North Tonawanda, N.Y.'s Vinnie Moon will look for revenge against "The Remix" Kevin Bennett (accompanied by Roscoe)
  • Several ESW regulars are scheduled to appear including"The Big Bang" Jerk Cockins, "A Cut Above the Rest" Gavin Glass, James Sayga and Keenan Moore. Stay tuned to ESW's social media pages for further match announcements leading up to the event

First and second row tickets are sold out. General admission tickets are still available for $20 and can be purchased at Doors open at 5 p.m. with a bell-time set for 6 p.m.


As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. 

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Cedric Alexander, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Damian Priest, Candice LeRae, Joaquin Wilde, Oney Lorcan, Robert Stone, Joe Gacy and Nash Carter all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Several current All-Elite Wrestling stars also wrestled for ESW including Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Dustin Rhodes, MJF, Adam Cole, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Ruby Soho, Colt Cabana, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, The Butcher and The Blade, Daniel Garcia, Brian Pillman, Jr., Allie, Matt Sydal, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Private Party, Shawn Spears, Bear Country, Bobby Fish and Mark Sterling.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Sgt. Slaughter, X-Pac, The Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, Demolition, D-Von Dudley, Raven, The Sandman, and several others appeared at previous ESW events.

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. ESW runs regular shows throughout the year that draw up to 400 fans and an annual "super show" that boasts crowds of up to 1,000 people. For more information, to schedule an interview or request media credentials for an event, please contact David Jarka at or (716) 348-4598. All cards are subject to change.

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