[Indy Wrestling News] ‘WrestleCon’ Announced for Wrestlemania Weekend; DGUSA, CZW, and Others Involved
Wrestlemania weekend is not only a big event for the WWE, but it’s also a big event for the American independent wrestling scene. With so many eyes on the wrestling world for those three days, many companies put on shows and hope to draw new eyes toward their product; a “Wrestlemania Run-off” if you will.
And next year things get even bigger. WWNLive and Highspots are teaming up to present WrestleCon, a three day event taking place April 5-7th in Secaucus, New Jersey. Hit the jump to read the press release in its entirety, which includes a tentative schedule of events and other information.
Highspots and WWNLive.com will present the first annual WrestleCon on April 5th-7th, 2013 at the Meadowlands Expo Center on 355 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, New Jersey. This convention will feature legendary guests, vendors, $5 Wrestling and more. It will be the biggest weekend in independent wrestling history with six live shows from five uniquely different promotions. We will unveil the full schedule now.
We are proud to announce that Dragon Gate USA, CHIKARA, SHIMMER, Combat Zone Wrestling and EVOLVE will all present live events throughout the weekend. This makes WrestleCon the destination location of the year with the opportunity to see five distinct brands.
“This shows how strong and exciting independent wrestling can be,” Sal Hamaoui of WWNLive, DGUSA and EVOLVE said. “It’s something to see all these companies coming together. While we are all working together to make WrestleCon happen, there will be a lot of competition and pride on the line. Every promotion wants to put on the best show. This is going to make every event must see as everyone will put their best foot forward.”The schedule for WrestleCon is:Friday, April 5th4:00pm – EVOLVE8:00pm – Combat Zone WrestlingSaturday, April 6th9am-5pm – WrestlExpo12:00pm – SHIMMER4:00pm – CHIKARA8:00pm – Dragon Gate USASunday, April 7th9am-2pm – WrestlExpo1pm – Dragon Gate USAStay tuned for an incredible list of guest and talent announcements. Tickets for all these events will go on sale on September 5th. More info on tickets will be released at www.WrestleCon.com soon.Dragon Gate USA has been a focal point of this huge weekend since 2009. Dragon Gate wrestlers played an integral part in building this weekend for independent wrestling since 2006. The tradition will continue at WrestleCon. Meanwhile, DGUSA’s sister promotion EVOLVE will hold it’s first ever live card on Wrestlemania weekend.“The Dragon Gate six man tag has been a cornerstone of this weekend since 2006,” Gabe Sapolsky of DGUSA and EVOLVE said. “We will continue that standard in 2013. Having EVOLVE be a part of the weekend is a huge deal. We will make this the biggest EVOLVE card ever. I really can’t wait to see what every promotion involved with WrestleCon brings to the table. This is an unprecedented weekend.”Combat Zone Wrestling is one of the longest running promotions on the East Coast. It has earned a worldwide following for its brand of ultraviolent action. CZW features it all from hard-hitters to high-flyers and the most insane death matches.“Combat Zone Wrestling is pleased to be a part of WrestleCon,” CZW Owner DJ Hyde said. “As one of the top wrestling companies in the world, we are looking forward to bringing wrestling fans our hybrid brand of wrestling. A show where fans can see it all from high-flying to ultraviolence . We are also looking forward to working with the other top promotions in the world as this will truly be an experience that no one will want to miss. WrestleCon, get ready, CZW is coming and bringing you Wrestling Like Nothing Else.”SHIMMER is an all women’s promotion that has a rabid following. It presents the most athletic, serious women’s wrestling ever seen in the United States. SHIMMER has gained it’s popularity through a strong DVD series, but it has never ventured to the East Coast.“Though SHIMMER has been primarily a non-touring, Chicago based DVD series during our first seven years of operation, we are pleased to make a rare exception to that rule come April in order to be a part of the WrestleCon festivities,” SHIMMER President Dave Prazak said. “SHIMMER’s participation in that weekend’s events will give the dedicated wrestling fans who will be in area a fantastic opportunity to witness SHIMMER 53 live and in person. We are excited to join the other top wrestling companies which will be a part of WrestleCon to provide the fans with something different that weekend, a live all female card featuring the very best women athletes in professional wrestling today, SHIMMER style!”CHIKARA makes wrestling fun with a one-of-a-kind style featuring great characters and tremendous action. CHIKARA has built it’s unique brand for over 10 years to become very popular all over the world. WrestleCon is thrilled to add CHIKARA to this huge weekend.“We couldn’t be more excited about the role CHIKARA will play in this super-team-up for WrestleMania weekend!” Wink Vavasseur, CHIKARA Director of Fun, said. “There will be something for everyone at this multi-day mega-event, and you can be sure every player that sets foot in the ring will bring their A-Game.”The Meadowlands Expo Center is a first class facility, just three miles from the location of Wrestlemania, five miles from Manhattan and minutes from the Newark Airport. It is easily accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Expressway and New York/New Jersey transit.This is just the start of what we have in store for you at WrestleCon. Keep checkingwww.WrestleCon.com and the individual promotion sites for the latest news, talent announcements and schedule. We hope to see you for the biggest wrestling convention ever!
Thoughts: WrestleCon sounds like a wrestling fan’s wet dream and perfect counterprogramming to the WWE’s product. Part of me can’t wait but the other part of me knows I won’t be able to go; hopefully they make all the wrestling events available on iPPV. Maybe as a packaged deal or something. A man can dream right? Either way, good on Gabe Sapolsky for organizing this. It’s rare that any wrestling companies are able to get along with each other, let alone for three days. I will definitely keep you updated to the goings on surrounding WrestleCon.