Wrestlers will duel to benefit Humane Society

The battle to help local animals continues this Saturday as Remix Pro Wrestling presents its seventh fundraising event for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in the Marietta Middle School gymnasium.

Throwdown for the Pound 7 will feature former WWE superstars The Hurricane and Mighty Molly, said Adam Johnson, manager of the We Lov Pets shop in Marietta, and promoter for the events.

“Seeing the two of them wrestling together is really rare,” Johnson said of the super-hero duo who wrestled together in the WWE about a decade ago.

Johnson, along with a couple of friends, came up with the idea for the wrestling event a few years ago when they were brainstorming ways to help fundraise for the humane society, he said.

“There’s not really anywhere around here to watch a live wrestling show, and we wanted to give a good quality wrestling show,” said Johnson.

So Remix Pro Wrestling was formed.

To date, the support has been overwhelming, raising more than $30,000 for the humane society, said HSOV manager Steve Herron.

“We literally fill the middle school gym completely full every show. These events obviously still keep bringing in the fan base that want to watch the wrestling and support the shelter,” he said.

But all that support will come to a grinding halt if malicious wrestler Chance Prophet has anything to say about it.

“I hate puppies,” said Prophet.

The 33-year-old Point Pleasant wrestler is a member of the Anti-Heroes, a group of mean-spirited wrestlers that are trying to take over Remix Pro Wrestling and foil their attempts to raise funds for the shelter animals.

“If you come out Saturday, you can see the Anti-Heroes completely ruin any opportunity We Love Pets and Marietta has to win money for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley,” said Prophet, who currently holds the Remix Pro Wrestling Heavy Weight Championship.

The Anti-Heroes have a lot on the line this event, said Johnson. If they lose their match against The Hurricane, Mighty Molly and crowd favorite Facade, the villainous group will be forced to disband, said Johnson. However, if they win, Pittsburgh wrestler Facade will be forced to leave Remix Pro Wrestling forever, he said.

“It’s kind of like a movie and a sporting event all rolled up into one,” said Johnson of the event.

Even those who are not fans of wrestling will enjoy the show, added Herron.

“If you haven’t come out to see one of these yet, take a chance and come out. You won’t be disappointed,” he said.

The events cost the humane society nothing, so all of the profits directly support the shelter and the animals there, he added.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday with the first match starting at 7 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to meet with wrestlers and get autographs and merchandise before the first event, he added.

General admission tickets are still available. They are $10 in advance at We Lov Pets in the Lafayette Center on Pike Street in Marietta, and $12 at the door. Front row tickets and ringside seats are sold out.