Buffalo RiverWorks is proving to be a driving force behind the resurgence of local wrestling in WNY. Help lead the way is a 35-year-old referee, promoter and wrestler David Jarka. Jarka noted that Brett Stymus is currently promoting Empire State Struggle‘s (ESW) returns to RiverWorks, after a very successful first edition in July, with Brawlfest. I asked Jarka what he thought of the buzz generated by the local wrestling scene.
“Since covid regulations were relaxed significantly over the summer, the wrestling scene in Buffalo has seen a lot of buzz,” Jarka said. “There had been no local wrestling for about 18 months and fans across the region were eager to rekindle the magic you can only experience at a live independent wrestling event.”
As for the resurgence of wrestling in Buffalo and the birth of ESW, Jarka said, “ESW started in the Tonawanda area and was traditionally concentrated in Niagara County. The product presented by ESW at its events has always been solid. But a few years ago, there was an added focus on building local talent with notable out-of-state wrestlers and wrestling legends, as well as an extra effort to raise awareness of the events. . After doing these things, we saw a significant increase in fan support which brought us to a new level locally that no other promotion in the region has been able to reach. It also led ESW to outgrow some of its traditional venues and take place in larger venues such as RiverWorks. And the response we got while running there in July was tremendous. I think focusing more on a central location like RiverWorks makes it easier for fans to attend ESW events and will allow us to grow even more.
The latest wrestling review is billed as “4th and Gold,” which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021. General admission tickets are on sale now, although first and second row tickets are sold out.
ESW is the first independent wrestling promotion in western New York State.
Not only will the show feature top independent talent from the region, there will also be a number of wrestlers from the national circuit, including “a renowned match featuring two of the ring’s top talent in today’s independent wrestling scene. “
Matches that take place at “4th and Gold” include:
- Two major comebacks will occur in one match: 1) Newly featured in All-Elite Wrestling, ESW “Red Death” heavyweight champion Daniel Garcia will defend the title against former Impact Wrestling star Davey Richards 2) Former ESW “Big Time” Heavyweight Champion Bill Collier Against Return Of Impact Wrestling Star Ace Romero
- In tag team action, premier Maine State Posse (Aiden Aggro and DangerKid) will face off against staples ESW To Infinity & Beyond (ex-Ring of Honor Cheech star and former World Wrestling Entertainment star Colin Delaney)
- Another tag team will make their ESW debut when The Mane Event (Duke Davis and Ganon Jones Jr.) takes on ESW regulars High Seas (former Ring of Honor star Cloudy and “Your Captain” Nick Ando)
- A special interpromotion match showcasing the talent of the New Jersey-based Northern Federation of Wrestling, when TJ Crawford makes his ESW Buffalo debut against St. Louis, Mo.-based Everett Connors.
- First-ever “Buffalo Tables Match” to feature “Invincible” Vince Valor vs. Syracuse, New York’s “The Moonlight Son” Mike Skyros
- A “12th Man Battle Royale” where the winner will take a title against ESW Interstate champion Frankie Feathers later in the night
Check out ESW’s social media for additional match announcements ahead of the day of the event. General admission tickets are $ 20. Tickets can be purchased at ESWtix.com. The start time for “4th and Gold” will be earlier than typical ESW events, as it will lead to the Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs game later in the evening. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with a bell at 3:00 p.m.