Hoosier Pro Wrestling will start their 16th year of entertaining fans by offering them a casket match in the main event of a show that also features the return of “Diceman” Ronnie Vegas. “The Zombie” Rob Ramer will do battle, what may be his final battle, with Joey “Kidd” Owens for the HPW Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, February 2, 2014 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds in Columbus, Indiana.
Ramer and Owens have waged war on one another, one that has seen each man battered and bloody more than once since last fall. Their feud has been one of the most brutal HPW has seen in some time with the violence escalating almost to the point that Ramer and Flash Flanagan saw during their feud early in 2013. Flanagan still feels the effects of his battle with Ramer saying, “Rob Ramer is one tough SOB and I still can feel the pain. I have nightmares from those matches.”
Fans remember the series of matches between Flanagan and Ramer well and are divided on who actually came out ahead but longtime fan said it best when she stated, “as badly as those boys hurt each other, there was no true winner, they both just survived.”
As a Columbus mainstay and one of the most successful independent promotions not only in the Mid-West but across the nation, HPW continues to ward off challenges. A number of other “promotions” have tried to piggyback off the success of HPW and promoter Jerry Wilson (considered one of the best wrestling photographers in the business) but have failed including a nationally known California based promotion whose tour in Indiana was wrought with failure, false advertising and was a money abyss.
“We give the fans what they want,” Wilson said. “You treat the fans right by giving them a good show month after month and they will keep coming back. HPW has the most loyal fans in wrestling in my eyes and I am thankful for everyone of them.”
“Diceman” Ronnie Vegas, who has been out of action for months after having surgery will make his return to HPW and though not officially signed to wrestle he will certainly make his presence known.
Popular local performer Donny Idol will be on the show in a Columbus Street Fight against “Too Cruel” TJ Kemp and the match promises to be a “slobber knocker.”
HPW Tri-State Champion Troy Van Zant will defend his title against Nick Cutler while the 8 Bit Punks will challenge for the HPW Tag Team Championship when they step into the ring against champions the Bad Azz Dudes.
Over the course of the last 16 years HPW has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, food banks and the Columbus Fireman’s Cheer Fund, which provides toys at Christmas for families who are less fortunate.
“This is going to be an exciting year for HPW,” Wilson stated. “We have a lot of surprises in store for the fans this year.”
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