Two numbers stand out from the first-annual “Smackdown for the Cure” wrestling show on Thursday, April 16 — 500 and 1,000.
The first number was the expected attendance of the co-sponsored show from the Reno Wrestle Factory and the Nevada Professional Wrestling Club.
The latter was the estimated number of dollars raised for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The jam-packed show thrilled fans with three hours of nonstop wrestling action.
From carnies to disco-dancers, there was no shortage of gimmicks.
All Pro Wrestling based out of Sacramento, California brought a wealth of talent, including APW Universal Heavyweight Champion JR Kratos. The chiseled Kratos defeated three other wrestlers in a four-way elimination to retain his championship gold.
The main event featured a Wolf Pack Battle Royal with a number of University of Nevada, Reno students making their wrestling debut — including Zack Zolowicz, Geoffrey Alcaraz, Spencer Wyman and Karl Fredericks.
Fredericks outlasted 15 other competitors, throwing out RWF trainer Steve Pienkoski, better known by his ring name Paul “The Wrecking Ball” Isadora. With the win, Fredericks earned a contract with the RWF.
After the victory, Frederick celebrated outside the ring with his four-year-old nephew, who is in remission from leukemia.
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