Old-school professional wrestling is coming to Farmington in a big way.
Tickets are available the “Farmington Feud” presented by the American Wrestling Federation on March 19 at Farmington High School where people might see such classic moves as the sleeper hold, the body slam or a suplex.
All of the money raised from the concession and ticket sales will go to the Tiger Fan Club.
American Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Federation star and AWF founder Tony DeNucci promises this will be a family-friendly show.
“First and foremost, I’m a Christian and that’s the way I run my show,” DeNucci said. “It’s an all-ages, family show. You won’t hear a swear. It’s a rated-G movie. It will remind you of the old days wrestling matches. … People will be coming together and boo and cheer, and be part of a television show. It’s all fun.”
DeNucci has been promoting AWF for about 10 years all over the Midwest in churches, community festivals, St. Paul Saints baseball games, casinos, schools and beyond. The wrestling performances are broadcast on CW Channel 23 at 11:30 a.m. Sundays.
This will be a bit of homecoming for DeNucci, who grew up in Eagan and he’s a Rosemount High School graduate.
The seven-bout match will feature many AWF favorites, including possible appearances from local personalities.
The headlining match will be between the current AWF champion Ariya Daivari and Black Stallion.
“The good guys play by the rules and the bad guys, they might break the rules,” DeNucci said. “I want my wrestling show to exemplify how it should be in real life. I don’t ever want to glorify the bad guy.”
Other wrestlers scheduled to appear include Orin Veidt, Sepio Saunders and Jacob Savage.
Attendees will also have the chance to meet with all the wrestlers during a 30-minute intermission.
DeNucci himself may wrestle but he’s currently dealing with some injuries.
“I’ve been doing this for 28 years,” DeNucci said. “I’m currently healing from a broken nose from a chair last weekend. When I went the doctor, and he said my hip is bad. I have arthritis. Putting on my right shoe is a carnival act.”
He said all those body slams and falls catch up.
“Hip replacement is a normal thing for wrestlers,” DeNucci said.
There are a limited number of VIP tickets for $15, which includes a seat, private concessions and separate entrance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bouts begin at 7 p.m.
General admission is $10 and tickets are $7 for students/seniors. Children younger than five are admitted free.
The gym has capacity for about 2,300 people, so there are plenty of tickets left, said Sue Dentinger, Tiger Fan Club president.
Those interested can purchase tickets at the athletic office at the high school, online at the Tiger Fan Club website or from any booster club member.
There is also a contest between Mayor Todd Larson, School Board Member Jake Cordes, Athletic Director Bill Tschida and Assistant Principal Dan Pickens. The one who sells the most tickets will be the guest announcer, Dentinger said.
About 10 months ago the Tiger Fan Club reorganized to become the umbrella for all the booster clubs in Farmington.
“One reason is that we’re playing with the big boys in the South Suburban Conference now and everyone has that kind of program,” Dentinger said. “We’re a little late. This brings everyone together.”
Each activity has its own set of needs from new starting blocks for the swim team, new marching band uniforms and assistant coaches.
“Boosters can help augment (what the district doesn’t cover) by administrating another fundraisers and rallying parents,” Dentinger said.
It’s not limited to just athletics — it’s for any groups that start a booster club from football to drama club.
This is the club’s first big fundraiser.
The Tiger Fan Club is planing an annual formal banquet around homecoming, which would recognize coaches and volunteers. They’re also planning on reinstating the Farmington Hall of Fame.
“We have so many people that do so many great things,” Dentinger said.
They hope “Farmington Feud” is just the beginning.