Deaf Wrestlefest 2010 - Press Release

April 22, 2010

Historic Wrestling Show to Raise Funds For Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Mick Foley, David Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko Highlight All-Star Card

EDGEWOOD, Pa. Professional wrestling has a rich history and deep roots in the Pittsburgh area. Next month, one of the most bitter family feuds in the history of not just Pittsburgh but all of professional wrestling will be renewed, only now the participants will put their differences aside and battle for a worthy cause.

Deaf WrestleFest 2010 a professional wrestling extravaganza and fundraiser for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, located at 300 East Swissvale Ave., in the Edgewood area of Pittsburgh returns on Sunday, May 2, at 6 p.m. for an evening wrestling excitement.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pittsburgh area native Larry Zbyszko was the protégé, and ultimately arch nemesis of local icon Bruno Sammartino. However, at Deaf WrestleFest, Zbyszko will team with David Sammartino, Brunos son, and take on Lou Marconi and Frank Stalleto, the Steel City Tag Team Champions.

Zbyszko is a former world champion and star in the NWA, AWA, WWF and WCW, and David Sammartino is a former WWF superstar himself, appearing in the very first WrestleMania. When the two grapplers join forces, they will form one of the most dynamic and historic tag teams in the area has ever seen.

Another highlight will be a special appearance by Mick Foley (aka Cactus Jack and Mankind), a former WWE World Champion, best-selling author and current star of TNA Wrestling. Alongside another current superstar, Shane Douglas, Foley trained to be a pro wrestler in Beaver County under the eye of the legendary Domenic DeNucci. Foley, Douglas and DeNucci will reunite at DeafWrestlefest!

In another match of significant local interest, two Pittsburgh radio personalities will clash when Bubba the Bulldog (of Star 100.7 FM) battles Jon Burton (of The Fan 93.7 FM).

The Blue Meanie, Dynamite Dean, Shawn Blanchard, Lou Martin, Anthony Alexander and lady wrestlers round out an all-star card.

Organized by longtime professional wrestler Ken Jugan (aka Lord Zoltan) the father of two deaf sons Deaf WrestleFest is a Western Pennsylvania tradition. Started in 1994, Deaf WrestleFest has featured some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, ranging from Brutus Beefcake to Superfly Jimmy Snuka to the Honky Tonk Man. The event is sponsored by the WPSD Parent-Staff Organization and is a key fund-raiser for the school.

Deaf WrestleFest will be held in the WPSD gymnasium, located at 300 East Swissvale Ave. in Edgewood; bell time is 6 p.m.

General Admission tickets are $15 in advance (through April 23rd) and $20 at the door. Limited front row seats are available for $25. Due to limited seating capacity at the gymnasium, tickets for this historic night may sell out.

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