NCW back at the Blue Wave Center Saturday

FOLLANSBEE — The past 15 months or so have been rough, but things are starting to heat up in the world of professional wrestling.

Another action-packed show is on the horizon as National Championship Wrestling returns to the Bluewave Center Saturday for its “Temperature Rising” event. The doors open at 6 p.m., and first bell is at 7.

This is the third straight month NCW has done a show in Follansbee.

“Yeah, I think the reaction to the show was great,” NCW’s owner and promoter Joe Rogers said about the show in May. “The fans were into the whole show, and that tells us we are doing our job. As far as the draw went, it was very close to the same as the first show. We are hoping to keep growing as more shows keep happening.”

National Championship Wrestling is a growing company, and interest in the company is spreading beyond the local area.

“Well, social media has been huge for us,” Rogers said. “In today’s world, everyone has some type of social media account, and we have been focusing on advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, we have been pounding the ground the old school way and hanging up posters all over the area. The biggest key for us is to make sure the fans are entertained and see the best possible show we can put on, so they can go home and tell their family and friends about the show and they will all come to the next show.”

Eight matches are on the card, including three Golden Ticket Ladder Qualifying Matches.

“Golden ticket ladder qualifying matches are for the golden ticket ladder match that is happening in August,” Rogers said. “There are three qualifying matches this Saturday and there will be three in July. Basically, the six competitors will meet in August in one match and they will have to climb the ladder to get the golden ticket to win the match. Now you have to imagine that it is tougher than it sounds. You have six competitors all trying to climb this ladder to get the golden ticket because whoever gets the golden ticket will have an NCW heavyweight title shot any place, any time. That means if the golden ticket sees the champion at Walmart and he had a ref with him he could actually challenge the champion right then and there. Wild ain’t it?”

Also, for the first time there will be a women’s match on the card.

“No, there were not any females on the first two shows, but we always planned to have a women division,” Rogers said. “Women’s wrestling has evolved so much. I am so proud of these ladies. They are not being looked at as sex objects, they are being look at talented performers, and as a father of three daughters myself that just makes me really happy for them. On this card we got Ray Lyn vs Zoey Skye, and they are two of the best in pro wrestling today.”

Rogers hopes to one day have a pay-per-view at the Bluewave Center.

“We have been using Fite TV to help reach fans worldwide,” he said. “We have been pre-taping and then airing a couple weeks later on Fite TV. We would like to do a live PPV, but the Bluewave Center does not have internet in the building yet. I think we did OK with the pretape, but we need to go live with this because what fans want is the live experience.”

National Championship Wrestling is planning on holding a big show next month.

“Yes, we have a super show book for July 31 with ex-WWE stars headlining the show featuring Matt Cardona FKA Zack Ryder, Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family and The Ascension,” Rogers said. “Tickets for the July 31st show will go on sale Saturday, so I advise the fans to come down this Saturday to get your tickets for July 31 because I’m sure it will be sold out for July 31.”

Rogers has big plans for NCW, but he has committed to keep running shows in the area.

“Yeah, we are looking to expand to more areas, but we always want to keep Follansbee/Weirton on the calendar too,” Rogers said.

Rogers added he is thankful for all of the people who have come out to the first two shows and who have supported his company.

“I just want the fans to know that NCW appreciates all the support they have given us so far,” he said. “We are looking forward to seeing them this Saturday and beyond!”

The cost for tickets is $20 for front row, $15 for general admission and $12 for children under 12.

“As far as the ticket prices go, front row $20, general admission $15 and kids under 12 $10 are our normal tickets prices,” Rogers said. “With all the restrictions and all the social distancing, we had to do, it was very hard to charge those prices at the time, so we just sold general admission seats in hope to keep the company going til we were able to have restrictions lifted.”

The card:

Main Event NCW Heavyweight title Match

(C) Sless Taylor vs Santana Diamondz

Golden Ticket Ladder Qualifying Match

Chris Slade vs Diego Hill

Golden Ticket Ladder Qualifying Match

Michael Walker vs Prince Noah

Golden Ticket Ladder Qualifying Match

Clay vs Beaux Keller

Tag Team Match

The Philly & Marino Experience vs Alpha Sigma Sigma

Tag Team Match

Abraham Khan & Zakar Shah vs Alpha Inc

Women’s Match

Ray Lyn vs Zoey Skye

Single’s Match

Griffin McCoy vs Rayo

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