Professional wrestling event to benefit tornado victims


STREATOR – “Wrestle Wars 2” will be presented on Saturday, June 3 at the Streator Family YMCA, 710 Oakley Ave. In a nod to the classic days of Georgia Championship Wrestling, doors will open at 5:05 p.m. with action scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. Wrestle Wars is a combined effort of the Rebellious Wrestling Federation and Wrestling Past-Present-Future promotions.

Streator area fans will be treated to two legendary stars of the sport coming to the event. Cowboy Bob Orton is a long time Streator favorite, having appeared with several promotions in the Illinois Valley area with his last appearance in the area being in 2003. Orton is a second-generation competitor, his father, Bob Orton Sr. started the family tradition. Bob was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005 and the family tradition continues with Bob’s son Randy, who is a member of the SmackDown Live roster and is also a 13-time WWE Champion.

Tracy Smothers is making his first trip to the Illinois Valley area. Smothers was part of one of the top tag teams in the 1980s and 90s with partner Steve Armstrong, competing under the monikers of The Wild Eyed Southern Boys, The Southern Boys and The Young Pistols in World Championship Wrestling. He later went on to have a successful solo and tag team career outside of WCW, first in Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling and then in Paul Heyman’s ECW, where he lead the team ironically known as The Full Blooded Italians.

The event is very personal for Wrestle Wars heads Sean Hubbard and Steve Cain, both of who were involved in promotions during the Utica tornado of 2004, but most affected is Streator resident and Y board member Tyler Marschang, who wrestles under the name Tyler Bodine. Marschang’s fiancee is related to the two fatalities of the Ottawa/Naplate tragedy. Wrestle Wars chose to turn the event into a benefit for United Way Of Eastern LaSalle County when reports came out that there was not enough damage for the area to qualify for Federal or State aid funds.

For those who wish to see if they might want to pursue wrestling, a seminar will be held by former WWE Tough Enough and TNA Wrestling Gut Check competitor and current Ohio Valley Wrestling star Diamond Steele. Cost will be $30 and is a separate admission than the event. Students must be at least 16 with parental permission to participate.

In addition to the wrestling there will be two area bands, Left of Reason and Oblivion Zero who will perform prior to the event. There will also be raffles with proceeds benefiting United Way.

General Admission tickets are still available. Prices are $8 for an individual, $5 for kids under 12, seniors over 65 and active military with ID. Fans can also purchase a Family 4 Pack for $25. In addition, there will be package deals for photos and autographs from both Orton and Smothers.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Trainor Floor Covering in Streator and Cams Scottish Pub, where there will be a free party after the event featuring the wrestlers and both bands. Further information is available at facebook.com/rwfpro.