Several of the wrestlers who made legends of themselves in the World Wrestling Entertainment ring are coming to Jamestown for a “Legends Of Wrestling” event.
The show, which is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, will feature WWE Hall of Famers Rowdy Roddy Piper and “The Mouth From The South” Jimmy Hart in the infamous Piper’s Pit. Other legends such as Tatanka, X-Pac, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Bushwhacker Luke, Marty Jannetty and special guests will also take the ring.
According to Kurt Silcott, chief executive officer for the JSBA, it is very exciting to be able to bring such a unique event to Jamestown.
“These Legends of Wrestling stars have entertained wrestling fans for years, and this show will bring all that hoopla downtown to the JSBA,” Silcott said in a press release. “Piper’s Pit is a great addition to the show that will surely have fans on the edge of their seats. The opportunity to see a legend like Rowdy Roddy Piper in the close confines of the JSBA is something not to be missed.”
One of the main features of the event is Piper’s Pit, which is a comeback of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s classic bagpipe breakdown he’d do during the middle of his matches.
“You’d hear the bagpipe music, and out would come Rowdy Roddy Piper,” Hart said. “He’d always have a special guest with him each week, and it might be Jimmy Snuka or Hulk Hogan. But, I’ll always remember one of them, it was Jimmy Hart, and I guess I opened my mouth too much because he stuck a big sock down my throat. I’ll be special guest in the pit this year – we’ve returned to the scene of the crime.”
Hart, who has had a successful career with the WWE and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, loves the idea of bringing together the legends who made a name for themselves in the ring.
“The past is still kind of the future – it’s hard to kill a memory,” Hart said. “A lot of people who are getting older now that grew up with us, and their kids too, love to come out and get the chance to get an autograph and see us back in the ring again. I’ve always kept my weight down, my hair the same, and still wear the crazy outfits and carry the megaphone – I think if I didn’t do that it would probably disappoint the people because they really loved the character.”
Hart, who considers himself incredibly lucky to have been a part of “WrestleMania I,” feels as if the program was the most important one of his era. It set the stage for a future of success for WWE, and the many wrestlers who became legends as a result, he said.
“People ask me now what was the most important part of your era, was it ‘WrestleMania III’ with 93,000 people or the Hall of Fame, and I still say ‘WrestleMania I’ because if it hadn’t been so successful we wouldn’t be doing ‘WrestleMania XXX’ in New Orleans on April 6,” Hart said.
Not only is “Legends of Wrestling” an opportunity for fans to see some of their favorite wrestlers back in the ring, but also a chance to meet them. In addition to regular seating for the event, the JSBA is also offering 200 VIP ringside seats for $70 a ticket. Each ticket includes a pre-show meet and greet with the Legends of Wrestling.
“It gives the fans a chance to come down and talk to us, take pictures, bring action figures or programs they have saved through the years – it’s so cool,” Hart said.
Tickets, which start at $15, are currently on sale at JSBA’s box office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, by calling 484-2624 or by visiting www.jamestownarena.com.