By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
In arenas and gymnasiums all across the country, Saturday nights are about one thing, wrestling.
That theme will be no different in Corbin today and every first Saturday of the month from this point on, when Pro Wrestling Freedom holds its debut event at the Corbin Civic Center.
PWF’s founder and London resident, John Bullard said he is excited about this weekend’s event and said he thinks wrestling fans will enjoy the show his company is going to put on for several reasons.
“I’ve been around wrestling ever since I was a teenager and I started out ring announcing, so I've got a lot of experience in the business,” Bullard said. “The reason behind the name PWF is to offer the fans the freedom to choose an alternative to what they’ve been seeing in the regions in Kentucky and Tennessee.
“We’re going to bring them a fancy show with all the gizmos and fancy lighting and we're not just featuring wrestlers from the area, we’ve got guys from all across the country taking part in this show,” he added. “We really feel like this will be one of the best shows that not only older fans and teenagers can enjoy, but the whole family.”
The main event draw for this show is wrestling legend, Big Van Vader, who is an eight-time world champion, most notably a three-time title holder in the now defunct World Championship Wrestling organization. Bullard said Vader will be bringing with him one of his legendary masks to showcase to fans.
“Vader will be featuring the legendary mastodon mask, which he wore in Japan only and that has never been seen on an independent program before,” Bullard said. “This is the mask that he wore that shoots smoke out of it, so it’s very significant for him to bring this mask back to the United States and showcase it for our fans.”
In addition to the event card, PWF will hold what they're calling FanFest prior to the show. Bullard said anyone who buys a ticket can come to the pre-show where they'll have fun and games to get everyone primed and ready for the show. There will be an opportunity to have their picture taken in the ring with Vader while wearing the legendary mask he's bringing with him. There will also be live music by well-known regional bands Devastation Device and King Tank.
FanFest is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and bell time for the first match is scheduled for 8 p.m.