ESW to Host Tailgate Event and International Wrestling Stars

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Thanks for taking a moment to read this press release in regards to Empire State Wrestling’s first event wrestling and tailgate event and international wrestling stars. The event will be held at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, N.Y. on Saturday, August 25, featuring numerous independent wrestling stars.
For more event details, please see the the press release below. If you would like a copy of the event poster, stock photos of any of our wrestlers or were interested in sending a photographer and/or reporter to the event, feel free to contact me at or 716-348-4598.

ESW hosting top international wrestlers, tailgate party in North Tonawanda

International wrestling stars appearing alongside Western New York’s top talent

Empire State Wrestling (ESW) will return to the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, at 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY on Saturday, August 25 for “4th and Gold”. This event will be preceded by ESW’s first ever tailgate party in the St. Johnsburg’s parking lot from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the tailgate is free of charge. Food and drink proceeds will go toward St. Johnsburg Fire Company. It will also feature games, a dunk tank, plus wrestler appearances and autographs. Front row and second row tickets are sold out for the wrestling portion of the event. General admission tickets are still available. Tickets can be ordered at before the day of the event for $15 and save $3 off the door price of $18. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the action starts at 6:00 p.m.

The following wrestlers are scheduled to appear at “4th and Gold”:

  • ESW Heavyweight Champion Pepper Parks will defend his title against the former champion Kevin Bennett
  • Space Monkey will make his ESW return and compete in a triple threat match against Japanese wrestling star Kikutaro and Buffalo, N.Y.’s Puf
  • Major League Wrestling’s Brody King will face ESW fan favorite Bill Collier
  • Buffalo, N.Y. native Brandon Thurston will square off against Albion, N.Y.’s Kevin Blackwood
  • Western New York viral sensation Anthony Gaines will put his ESW Interstate Championship on the line versus ESW regular Frankie Feathers
  • Also in action will be former Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Sienna, the return of Combat Zone Wrestling star Ace Romero, ESW Tag Team Champions Game Over, and many more.

ESW promotes eight shows a year, primarily held at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, N.Y., boasting crowds of over 400 fans. Larger “super show” events have been held at the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y. and the Frontier Fire Hall in Niagara Falls, N.Y., drawing crowds up to 1,000.

As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years has hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, Luke Harper, Matt Hardy, Goldust, Rhyno, Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins, Cedric Alexander, Ruby Riott, Tye Dillinger and Tony Nese have appeared in ESW’s ring. Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Billy Gunn, X-Pac, The Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Demolition, Raven, The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer and several others have appeared at ESW events.

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. For more information, or to schedule an interview or request media credentials for an event, please contact David Jarka at or (716) 348-4598. All cards are subject to change.