Summer pro-wrestling returns to Southern Crescent

For those who missed the action last fall, professional wrestling is returning to the Southern Crescent.

Universal Championship Wrestling (UCW), Inc., is back on July 30, with a new lineup of more than 20 up-and-coming professional wrestling stars and legends. UCW's "The Great American Bash Tribute" begins at 7:30 p.m., at the Jason T. Harper Events Center Outdoor Arena at Heritage Park, 95 Lake Dow Road in McDonough.

"Fans will have more of that same great action that we loved to see on WTBS on Saturday nights when WCW [World Championship Wrestling] was around," said Ron Gossett, promoter and president of UCW. "UCW has brought back the excitement, family fun, and tradition we all love."

Gossett said the wrestling company, which has offices in Atlanta and Miami, Fla., is continuing its efforts to bring wrestling back to the grass roots level.

Organizers reported last year's UCW "Fall Brawl" event succeeded in drawing 1,939 professional wrestling fans of all ages from across the Southern Crescent.

"This is a family-friendly show," said Gossett. "It's definitely an American celebration."

Scheduled to appear in the ring is McDonough native T.K. Parker, who was featured in the Fall Brawl event last year.

"The Prodigy" Reid Flair, too, made an appearance at last year's event, according to Gossett. The second-generation superstar and son of professional wrestling legend Rick Flair will return to action this month at The Great American Bash Tribute.

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner is slated to make a featured appearance at the July 30 battle. He is scheduled to join others including El Hijo de Rey Misterio, Diamond Dallas Page, The Barbarian, Brodie Chase, The Shooter, and Jazz.

While the card is subject to change, Gossett said, all the stars in attendance will be available to sign autographs before the event and during intermission.

Gossett said the promotion will offer a "VIP Super Pass" for $45, which includes front row, ringside seating and back-stage access. He said advance ringside tickets are $20, and $25 the day of the show. Advance adult general admission is $12, and $15 the day of the show.

General admission for children ages 6, to 12 is $5, and free for children under 6. He said all military and Henry County employees will receive a $3 discount on adult tickets.

Gossett said the event will include inflatable games and live, local music entertainment.

Tickets for The Great American Bash Tribute are available now at the following Boost Mobile locations: 926 Ga. Highway 81 in McDonough; 5394 North Henry Blvd., in Stockbridge; and 4185 Jonesboro Road, Suite D, in Forest Park.

The promoter noted tickets are also available at Henry County's Heritage Park Recreation Office, located at 101 Lake Dow Rd. in McDonough, or online at www.UCWTV.com. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Bell time is set for 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, call (770) 656-8299 (UCW9).