Pro wrestling event a benefit for Bakken family
by Anna Oakes
Some 20 pro wrestlers will hit the ring to battle it out for 11-year-old Brady Bakken of Valle Crucis, who was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in January 2012.
Premiere Wrestling Experience presents "Brady Bakken's Battle on the Mountain Top" this Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Watauga High School. Tickets are $15 for ringside seats, which includes an event poster and early admission to meet and greet, and $10 for general admission seats.
Bakken has undergone cancer treatment, including multiple rounds of chemotherapy, at Wake Forest Brenners Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem.
"He's a huge wrestling fan," said April Smith, an assistant track coach at Appalachian State University. Smith's husband, a former ASU athlete, recently began pro wrestling, and his promoter helped the Smiths organize the benefit, she said.
Headlining the event is Boone's own Brad Attitude, who will face off against Ring of Honor's Roderick Strong.
"This will be a homecoming for Attitude, and no doubt the brash and obnoxious Strong is looking to spoil it. These two have met many times in the past, but never in Attitude's hometown," reads a description of the event.
Caleb Konley will face ROH World Television Champion Adam Cole for the PWX Championship. For the PWX Tag-Team Championship, Corey Hollis and Chip Day will face Jake Manning and Grizzly Redwood in a long-running feud.
Cedric Alexander is scheduled to square off with former WWE star and Wrestle Mania 23 headliner Bobby Lashley. And in a women's match, Amy Love combats Amber O'Neal.
Several more matches are planned.
"This is a star-studded once in a lifetime event and we are all so proud of the amazing world-renowned pro wrestling superstars who have stepped up to help Brady Bakken and the Bakken family," the event description said.