Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Maritime wrestling legends booklet available at meet-and-greet, show in Berwick

by Kirk Starratt/The Advertiser

Article online since June 23rd 2009

Maritime wrestling legends booklet available at meet-and-greet, show in Berwick

Fans will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some Maritime professional wrestling legends prior to the Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) show in Berwick this weekend.

Linda Pinch of Waterville, who has been helping UCW president, promoter and CEO Chuck Martin promote the Berwick event by distributing posters, says there will be a meet-and-greet with several wrestling legends at the Side Track in Berwick on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. The show takes place at the arena, with the doors opening around 7 p.m. and the opening bell expected around 8 p.m. Admission is payable at the door and advance tickets are available at the Side Track.

Several long-time Maritime wrestling favourites are expected to take part in the UCW legends tribute tour, including the legendary Leo Burke, Bobby Kay, Hubert Gallant, the original Cuban Assassin, Leaping Lanny Poffo and more. Some of the best up-and-coming stars of Maritime wrestling will be part of the tour as well.

Pinch said she wanted to do something special for the legends, so she went to work and developed a booklet in honour of the wrestling stars. The booklet is a trip down memory lane for long-time Maritime wrestling fans. Pinch, now 25 years old, has been watching live wrestling since she was a little girl three of four years old. Her father used to take her to see the shows.

“My favourite was Leo Burke,” she said. “I still have a dollar bill he signed for me years ago.”

The booklet, which will be available at the meet-and-greet and the live show, features a treasure trove of historic photos, a list of legendary Maritime wrestlers and the dates of their respective debuts and space for autographs. Pinch thanks long-time promoter Emile Dupre for his assistance with the book, as well as

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