By JOSH FRYE
News Sports Writer
Atmore’s Main Event elbow-dropped wrestling back into the area on Saturday night, March 2, hosted its first show to a sold-out audience at the Atmore Pepsi Arena located on Church Street in Atmore.
With over 200 wrestling fans in the seats or on their feet, the lights and sounds of a wrestling venue were a welcome sight for the community.
“We are very excited to have our first show in the books,” owner and wrestler Danny Rolin said. “To have a sold-out show as your first breath of performance in the area is a true blessing.”
The show kicked off with Alister Crowe taking on Jordan Kingsley.
Crowe came to the ring in his traditional spooky fashion, sporting a crow mask and unusual walk.
As the match kicked off, so did the intensity of the crowd, which was treated early to a disqualification that set the stage for the rest of the night.
Along with Crowe and Kingsley, more than 10 other wrestlers from around the country saw action in the squared circle, including two Atmore natives.
AME student and Atmore native, Cleveland Biggs Jr., saw his first action as a pro-wrestler in the 10-man Battle Royal main event.
“I am so grateful for being able to finally make my debut,” said Biggs “It was one of the coolest feelings in the world, and I am excited to be able to make my debut in front of family and friends.”
Biggs, who has been training with Rolin for over the past six months in anticipation of the night, had an early out as he was tossed over the top rope during his “introductory beating.”
As the main event drew to a close, two masked men — part of the show — invaded the ring and began to cause destruction. Rolin ran into the ring to stop the two men but had the tables turned on him.
It was at this point that another Atmore native, Cameron Murphy, made his in-ring debut.
Murphy was named the guest bell ringer for the main event but clotheslined his way into the action and he and Rolin put one of the masked wrestlers through a table to end the show to wild applause.
“That was an awesome experience and something that I have dreamed of doing for so long,” Murphy said.
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Robert Gibson is scheduled to appear at AME’s next show, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.