A group of wrestling legends including Jerry Saggs, left, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Hart, Road Warrior Animal and Brian Knobbs perform during a past Legends of Wrestling show. The next show takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Fraser Hockeyland.

A group of wrestling legends including Jerry Saggs, left, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Hart, Road Warrior Animal and Brian Knobbs perform during a past Legends of Wrestling show. The next show takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Fraser Hockeyland.

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Group of wrestling legends to converge on Fraser Hockeyland

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 15, 2019

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FRASER — Fans of the action in the squared circle will be in for a treat when a group of wrestling dignitaries, including a few Hall of Famers, bring their grappling skills to the area.

For the second straight year, the Legends of Wrestling will interact with fans and put on a show in the area. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Fraser Hockeyland, located at 34400 Utica Road in Fraser. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show includes live wrestling matches.

The list of pro wrestlers participating in the event is a star-studded one and comprises Ric Flair, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Booker T, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Rikishi Fatu, the Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Saggs), Tito Santana, Mr. Anderson, Al Snow, David Arquette and James Storm. The group includes several world champions. There will also be some surprises in store.

Hart is a two-time Hall of Famer, going in solo in 2006 and in 2019 as a member of the Hart Foundation; Santana earned Hall of Fame status in 2004; Flair and Booker T are two-time Hall of Famers as well; and Duggan went in the Hall of Fame in 2011.

Knobbs, a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is credited with starting the show in Tampa Bay in 2007. He said the fan response ensured the event would return.

“There was nothing bad said about the show,” said Knobbs, who won the then-WWF tag team championship with Saggs at Wrestlemania 7. “The best fans in the world are from Detroit. The people there are so knowledgeable and crazy for the sport.

“We’re old school. We just want to go out and put on a good show. If you miss this year’s show, you’re really missing out. It’s going to be bigger, better and crazier than ever.”

Knobbs, a 34-year veteran of the ring, is able to get the group together for each event due to sustained friendships. He recognizes that he’s spent a lot of time with all of the performers.

“We all have families, but we know we’ve spent just as much, if not more, time with these guys than we have with our families,” Knobbs said. “These guys are like my family. We like to get together, so this just works.”

Along with the in-ring action, some fans will get the chance to mingle with the legends in a VIP meet-and-greet. The experience includes autographs with each of the in-ring standouts, along with the opportunity to take photos and participates in a ringside, catered Q & A session. The VIP meet-and-greet begins at 3 p.m. April 20.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.LOWDetroit.com. A family four-pack of tickets is available for $80.

“We come out and give you a good show done the way it used to be,” Knobbs said. “We’ve got the best of the best coming in. I told the guys, ‘Go out and have fun as a way to show appreciation to the fans, because we wouldn’t be where we are without them.’”

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