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Pro wrestling on tap tonight at fairgrounds

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Professional wrestling returns to the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds at 8 tonight as Ricky Ruckus, Hoosier Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion, faces off against The Zombie Rob Ramer in the evening’s feature event.

“We’ve been building to this match,” promoter Jerry Wilson said. “This is a match that will catch people’s eyes.”

Admission is $12 and free for children 4 and younger. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The card also features a bout between Sexy Shawn Cook and Flash Flanagan. Shelbyville’s Bobby Black will meet Columbus native Donny Idol in a middleweight bout.

Wilson said local interest in professional wrestling has been on the rise and he already has booked his 2013 schedule on the first Saturday of each month.

“People just want to see good action,” Wilson said. “Most of them are believers. There is a good guy and a bad guy, and most of the fans want to take out their frustrations on the bad guy. They will be yelling, screaming and pointing fingers.”

Wilson, 60, went to his first professional match in 1958.

“It was at the fairgrounds, where the Fair Oaks Mall is now,” he said. “My mom took me. We saw guys like Dick the Bruiser and Cowboy Bob Ellis and Mr. Moto. It was the WWA. They had all the big stars.”

Wilson said he once attended a match in Indianapolis in the winter with his mother.

“My mom threw her shoes into the ring,” he said. “She walked out of that building in her bare feet.”

Toy donations will be accepted at the front gate for the local cheer fund.

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