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Empire State Wrestling returns to Buffalo

Tickets for the upcoming Empire State Wrestling (ESW) bout are selling fast, with first and second row seating already sold out.

Wrestling is back in Buffalo, and Buffalo Riverworks is the place to be on Saturday, July 31 for the big ticket event known as “Brawlfest” (general admission tickets are still available).

In recent years, Buffalo Riverworks has become known as the home of big league wrestling matches, drawing fans (and wrestlers) from miles around. In fact, 50 percent of the pro wrestling talent hails from WNY.

Brawlfest is the first ESW-branded event in the City of Buffalo in 16 years.

Buffalo was once known for its avid wrestling scene. Now, thanks to promoters and organizers such as Brett Stymus, who in now running ESW (founded in 2002), it is not uncommon to pack these shows that draw up to 400 fans (the annual “super show” attracts upwards of 1,000 people). 

2021 Brawlfest will feature:

  • Former ESW Heavyweight Champions “The Remix” Kevin Bennett, “Big Time” Bill Collier and”The Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling” Brandon Thurston.
  • ESW Interstate Champion Frankie Feathers, “None of a Kind” Anthony Gaines, “Invincible” Vince Valor and To Infinity & Beyond (ex-WWE star Colin Delaney and ex-ROH star Cheech) will be in action.
  • Several of the top independent wrestling stars from around the Northeast US

World Wrestling Entertainment stars (past and present) that have wrestled in ESW’s ring include Kevin Owens, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Cedric Alexander, Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Bobby Fish, Damian Priest, Candice LeRae, Joaquin Wilde, Oney Lorcan, Robert Stone, Joe Gacy, Nash Carter, Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Dustin Rhodes, MJF, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Colt Cabana, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, The Butcher and The Blade, Allie, Matt Sydal, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Private Party, Shawn Spears, Bear Country, and Mark Sterling.

Countless other pro wrestling legends have made special appearances at ESW matches over the years.

General Admission tickets are $20 and are available on ESW’s website ( First and second row tickets are sold out. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a bell-time of 7:00 p.m.

Prior to the start of the event, ESW will host its second ever tailgate party. For $10, fans can get 10 dunk tank throws, which will feature several of ESW’s top villains, plus 25 percent off all other Buffalo RiverWorks attractions that day such as the ropes course, kayaks, silo climbing and the zip line.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Buffalo Riverworks | 359 Ganson Street | Buffalo, NY

Doors: 5:30pm | Bell: 7pm

General Admission – $20.00

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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