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Arda Ocal to serve as master of ceremonies for Pro Hall of Fame banquet

WATERLOO, Iowa—For the second consecutive year the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will have a special master of ceremonies for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet. Last year it was Mick Foley; this year it’s Arda Ocal.

The Hall of Fame banquet will take place at 5 p.m. at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Tickets are $50.

Ocal is currently an on air personality with theScore Television Network, which airs WWE RAW and Smackdown in Canada. Ocal hosts “Aftermath”, a WWE post-game show airing Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as the award winning “Aftermath Radio” on Monday nights. He is also a columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspaper and a Sports Reporter for Global News.

“I am delighted to host the Hall of Fame banquet this year,” said Ocal. “I have such a deep respect for all the honorees. I look forward to playing a small part in such a respected event”

Weekend activities include a professional wrestling tryout with Gerry Brisco and Jim Ross, a professional wrestling show hosted by Impact Pro wrestling, a Mixed Martial Arts seminar with Dan Severn, Fan Fest at the Dan Gable Museum, autograph signings, and the Hall of Fame induction banquet.

Former ECW/WCW/WWE star Perry Saturn and Colt Cabana will headline the Impact Pro Wrestling Show.

Road Warrior Animal, JBL, Dan Severn, Bill Apter, Baron Von Raschke, Jim Ross, Gerry Brisco, Danny Hodge, Larry Hennig, Bob Roop, Mad Dog Vachon, and Dan Gable are scheduled to appear during weekend activities.

Advance tickets for the Impact Pro Wrestling Show are $15 for ringside and $10 for general admission. Tickets to the Hall of Fame banquet are $50, which includes a reception and induction ceremony.

Contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org to order tickets.

Contact Troy Peterson of Impact Pro Wrestling at wresshow@yahoo.com for more information about the professional wrestling tryout with Gerry Brisco. The tryout is open to spectators for $10 beginning at 1 p.m.

Schedule of events

Friday, July 13

1 p.m. – Professional wrestling tryout with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

5:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public for Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Autograph signing begins.

7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show featuring former WWE and ECW star Perry Saturn and Colt Cabana.

Saturday, July 14

9 a.m. – Special live broadcast of Takedown Wrestling Radio with Scott Casber from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

Noon—Mixed Martial Arts seminar with Dan Severn in the Dan Gable Teaching Center inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

1 p.m.—Fan Fest at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. Fan Fest includes a tribute to the career of Danny Hodge, historic wrestling matches playing in the theater, and Q & A with Bill Apter and professional wrestling legends.

2:30—Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the Hall of Fame.

5 p.m.—Hall of Fame reception at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

6 p.m.—Induction banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

7 p.m.—Induction ceremony at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to preserve history, recognize excellence, and inspire future generations.