Who the real King of Hardcore is will be decided October 15 when ageless Hall of Famer Terry Funk takes on the heart-and-soul of ECW, Tommy Dreamer, for bragging rights in the explosive "AWE Wrestling: Night Of The Legends"Pay-Per-View event, live from Augusta Expo in Fishersville, Virginia.
The featured match pits former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Nash, and his mystery tag-team partner against the former three-time NWA Tag Team Champions, The Rock-n-Roll Express, Ricky Morton, and Robert Gibson. The 7' 1", 300-plus pound Nash and the small but wily Morton have had a bitter, blood-letting feud dating back a decade. That grudge match will finally be settled once and for all on Oct. 15 in front of a live national television/Internet audience and a packed live house in Virginia.
The Awesome Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) extravaganza will be available for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, AT & T and Verizon in the United States, as well as Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The broadcast will also be available live on an Internet pay-per-view basis at AWEonPPV.com and GFL.TV.
Funk vs. Dreamer is drawing as much fan attention as the featured match. This one is mentor vs. protégé, teacher against student, plus an overabundance of mutual respect between the two combatants. The inspirational Funk, a two-time heavyweight champion in the ECW and NWA, has taught Dreamer, a 14-time WWF/WWE Hardcore Champion and two-time ECW world title-holder, most of what he knows about wrestling.
"Someday," Funk explains, "you have to pass the hat. But, I'm not ready for that, not yet. If I had to pass it, the guy I'd pass it to is Tommy Dreamer. He has a lot of guts and ability, and I've always felt that way. He's a very sharp guy in the world of professional wrestling, and he came-up through the school of hard knocks. I certainly don't want to pass the hat, but Dreamer has paid his dues. It's certainly going to be an interesting match.
"I am his mentor and have been since he was a young man. I'm his mentor…but he still wants to kick the crap out of me. I guess we all feel that way. I'm really looking forward to fighting Tommy Dreamer. I can't beat him but I can out-smart him."
Other wrestling icons among the 30 all-stars being showcased at the AWE Legends event include Diamond Dallas Page ("DDP"), "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Fit Finlay, Amy "Lita" Dumas, Perry Saturn, and many more.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan continues his fan-supported patriotic theme, waving an American flag as he enters the ring, and then using his trademark 2 X 4 on the hated Arab-American oil magnate Mohammad Akbar.
After a nine-year absence, past WCW and WWE star Perry Saturn makes the biggest comeback in wrestling history, against feared enforcer CW Anderson.
Also scheduled to be in action are former WWE and WCW title-holder Fit Finlay versus 21-year-old rising-star and hot AWE World Heavyweight prospect, "Loose Cannon" Alex Silva, who will be aided in his corner by "Nature Boy"Buddy Landel.
Included in the non-stop action Awesome Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) card is former three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page ("DDP"), as well as Amy "Lita" Dumas, former World Tag TeamChampion and member of the "Four Horsemen," Tully Blanchard and Babydoll, in addition to Midnight Express, Ivan Koloff, Tommy "Wildfire" Rich and Sonjay Dutt tangles with Jamin Olivencia.
All wrestlers and matches are subject to change.
Ringside tickets are already sold-out but $20.00 general admission tickets are available to purchase at The Augusta Expo (540.337.2552), Crossroads Music in Staunton (540.885.3612 and Waynesboro(540.943.3613), or order on line at www.awesomewrestlingentertainment.com.
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