FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
** FCW Wrestling Returns to Punta Gorda for Christmas Chaos**
Punta Gorda, Fl ? November 30, 2009
The stars of Florida Championship Wrestling are gearing up for a huge return to Punta Gorda on Friday night December 4, 2009 for its Christmas Chaos super show at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. FCW is the exclusive training organization of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
FCW Wrestling has teamed up with Buddy’s Home Furnishing to offer a special Buy-One Ticket and Get One Free ?Buddy Ticket? for this event. These Buddy’s tickets are only available at the Buddy’s Home Furnishings in Port Charlotte and N. Ft. Myers locations, the Charlotte Harbor Event Center Office and Eli’s Western wear in Arcadia.
The action packed wrestling card will feature 8 matches including a Florida Heavyweight Title Match, a Florida Tag Team Title match, Divas in action and other favorite Superstars from FCW, RAW, Smackdown and ECW.
In addition, fans can take a photograph with Santa Claus and the FCW Divas and receive a free 4×6 picture. There will be a special autograph session from 6:30 ? 7:30 pm with WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat and FCW Heavyweight Champion Justin Angel.
FCW Superstar Darren young will be accepting toy donations in the lobby prior to the show for the FCW toy drive. All fans donating a toy will a free FCW gift.
Doors open at 6pm with bell time at 7:30pm. Tickets in advance, are $10 for Kids and $17 for Adults. A limited number of Gold Circle Ringside tickets are available for $25 and include, reserved ringside seat in rows 1-2, autograph session with Florida Heavyweight Champion Justin Angel and a free 2010 FCW Calendar. Tickets are available online at www.fcwwrestling.com and at Buddy’s Home Furnishings locations in Port Charlotte and North Ft. Myers, Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center and Eli’s Western Wear in Arcadia.
ABOUT RICKY STEAMBOAT:
He was arguably one of the greatest talents ever to step inside the squared circle. Few, if any, have been as consistent across the board from a standpoint of in-ring workmanship, fan acceptance and overall positive credibility as a ring performer. And it is those attributes which have garnered Ricky ?The Dragon? Steamboat a slot in WWE’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2009.
Making his debut as part of the AWA in 1976, Steamboat continued to ply his craft that year with stops in Florida and Georgia. But it was the following year in the Mid-Atlantic area where the Hawaiian began gaining considerable notice. Outside the ring, Steamboat was modest and soft-spoken; yet once battle was underway, he exuded unrivaled fire and energy, endearing him to that area’s fans.
During his nearly eight-year Mid-Atlantic tenure, Steamboat would hold great success in tag team action, forming a dynamic and highly successful tandem with Jay Youngblood. In singles action, his most memorable confrontations took place against the ?Nature Boy,? Ric Flair ? an unforgettable rivalry that would re-ignite at WCW in 1989, and saw Steamboat gain the NWA World Championship from the Nature Boy.
Through the years, many of the Steamboat-Flair match-ups rank among the best one-on-one contests ever held, so much so that even the Nature Boy credits his long-time adversary as one of his greatest opponents ever. ?Steamboat had everything ? charisma, work rate, intensity and one of the best bodies in our business,? he wrote in his New York Times bestseller To Be The Man. ?He was just amazing.?
Earning an opportunity to join WWE in 1985, Steamboat decided to develop a persona that was to be known as ?The Dragon.? He immediately gained the adoration of WWE fans with his classic encounters against such individuals as The Magnificent Don Muraco and Jake ?The Snake? Roberts. However, the match that WWE enthusiasts instantly remember Steamboat by remains WrestleMania III in 1987, when he defeated ?Macho Man? Randy Savage to win the Intercontinental Championship in front of more than 93,000 fans. Two impressive gladiators collided in a match that has since been deemed as an absolute classic, but in the end, it was Steamboat who prevailed.
Today, ?The Dragon? is a producer for WWE, applying his vast knowledge, savvy and psychology of his years of in-ring competition to WWE’s current crop of Superstars. Ricky Steamboat’s entry into WWE’s Hall of Fame speaks volumes about truly one of the most admired and respected individuals that the wrestling industry has even seen.
TELEVISION: Florida Championship Wrestling airs every Sunday on Brighthouse channel 47 from 6-7 p.m.
ABOUT FCW: For nearly half a century, Florida Championship Wrestling has been the Sunshine State’s primary wrestling promotion. Now officially sanctioned and recently reorganized by WWE, FCW has also become the training ground for future WWE Superstars.
Under the tutelage and leadership of Florida wrestling legend Steve Keirn, FCW’s goal for the fans is simple: To give them a glimpse at the potential Superstars of tomorrow, while providing exciting ring action that leaves the entire family with smiles on their faces.
The key objective within Florida Championship Wrestling is to train the next generation of WWE Superstars. FCW takes enormous pride in its live events all over the southeast, and in promoting tryouts at the organization’s Tampa location to showcase young men and women interested in a career as a sports-entertainer.
Current WWE Superstars that have come from the FCW include Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston Ted DiBiase, Primo Colon, David Hart Smith, Ezekiel Jackson, The Bella Twins, Evan Bourne, Tiffany, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre Tyler Reks, Abraham Washington, Vance Archer, Yoshi-Tatsu, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes and many more.
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