The North American Wrestling Alliance will host its fourth Tradition event since its triumphant return to Ellis County.
The NAWA will induct “Killer” Tim Brooks, M. Reid “Bullman” Downs and referee Bump Caldwell into its Hall of Fame and hold three championship matches and a 30-man battle royal at 6 p.m. April 2 at the House of Hope Gym at 701 West Highway 287 in Waxahachie.
The county’s premier wrestling school and organization, which relocated after Brooks, the founder, retired from wrestling in 2014, returned in January.
“It’s always an honor to go in any Hall of Fame,” Brooks said. “I started the company in 1985 and sold it Jon (McNutt) and now he’s bringing it back. It’s great for Ellis County because it’s family owned and features wrestlers from nearly every city. It’s also a great source of live entertainment for the county.”
He said he’ll never forget his favorite match, the 2007 “Businessman’s Rumble,” that featured former Waxahachie mayor Chuck Beatty, Daily Light Editor-and-Chief Neal White and local chiropractor Dr. Ben Skelton raised a few thousand dollars for the Boys and Girls Club in Waxahachie.
Brooks, who spent 45 years in the sport and was trained by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer and Extreme Championship Wrestling legend Edward “The Sheik” Farhat, collected 28 championship belts in 12 different wrestling organizations on more than two continents.
At the April 2 event, “Cowboy” Adam Pryor and Joey Garcia will battle for the Cruiserweight Championship, Randy “The Outlaw” Wayne and Guy Atticus will fight, the tag teams Oklahoma Famous and Steele Money will vie for the tag-team titles and Nobe “The Real Deal” Bryant and Houston “The Texas Lion” Carson will rumble for the organization’s top prize, the coveted NAWA heavyweight championship.
“We brought it back to Waxahachie because after Killer retired, we began wrestling in Lindale and after a year there we felt it was time to come home,” McNutt said. “We love Waxahachie and can’t think of anywhere better to be.”
McNutt, better known by his in-ring name of Big John Famous and one-half of Oklahoma Famous, said though the NAWA’s finest will clash on April 2, there could be a special appearance or two by local wrestlers at Wrestlemania a day later at AT&T Stadium.
“Fans will have to find out for themselves,” he said cryptically. “With so many big events, you never know who is going to show up where.”
Tickets are $10 for front row seats and $8 for general admission.
McNutt said the NAWA Waxahachie will donate all proceeds of the Tradition event to the Wrestlers for Autism and Food Allergy Awareness group. Fans who purchase pre-sale ticket at www.nawadallas.com will be entered into a drawing to win a free flat screen TV.