By Jerry Del Priore
If you’re a professional wrestling fan and enjoy meeting the stars that make up the carnival-like industry, July and August in the New York City/New Jersey area will be a fun fest time for you.
I have comprised a list of meet-and-greet events with your favorite grapplers, perhaps even snap a selfie or two with them. But make sure to smile.
Kayla Braxton & Marty Scurll
WWE correspondent Kayla Braxton and independent wrestling sensation Marty Scurll will be appearing at Ultimate Fitness (26-50 Brooklyn Queens Expy W.) in Woodside, Queens, on Saturday, July 27 between 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
More than just a pretty face, Braxton, a graduate of Belmont University’s broadcast journalism program, hosts NXT live events and can be seen on SmackDown Live on the USA Network every Tuesday night.
Additionally, Braxton will be at Fun Station USA in Staten Island, New York, (3555 Victory Blvd.) from noon to 2:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to www.thewrestlinguniverse.com.
Scurll is currently signed to Ring of Honor, where he currently holds the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship as a member of Villain Enterprises with Brody King and PCO.
The English pro wrestler is also a one-time ROH World Television Champion.
On Friday, August 2, WWE superstar Bray Wyatt will be heading over to the Adventureland Store in the Gloucester Premium Outlets (100 Premium Outlets Dr. Suite 840) in Blackwood, New Jersey, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For tickets and more info call 856-772-5900 or go to https://www.adventurelandstore.com/collections/wwe-superstar-in-store-experiences.
WWE Publishing and Bookends (211 East Ridgewood Ave.) in Ridgewood, New Jersey, present a meet and photo opportunity with WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 p. m.
O’Neil will sign his new book: There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid.
Each person must purchase a book for entry. If you plan on attending the event, it’s recommended that you pre-order a book @ http://www.mkt.com/bookends.
If you cannot make the signing, you can purchase the book at There’s No Such Thing As a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype.
Young Bucks, Scott Hall & Tito Santana
On Friday, August 9, meet the Young Bucks, and former WWE Superstars Scott Hall and Tito Santana and other indie talents at the House of Glory (HOG) High-Intensity 8 event at NYC Arena at 9112 144th Place in Jamaica, New York.
For tickets and more information go to https://www.hogwrestling.net/tickets.
Matt and Nick Jackson, known collectively at the Young Bucks, are one of pro wrestling’s hottest tag teams going today. In addition, the duo is executive vice presidents of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where they also serve as in-ring talents.
The Young Bucks made a name for themselves in promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling and ROH.
Hall of Famer Hall, formerly known as Razor Ramon in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), was also part of the widely popular pro wrestling faction known as the New World Order (NWO) with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under his real name.
Santana, another HOFamer, has enjoyed a storied pro wrestling career, entering the ring with the WWF from 1979 to 1993 — with a break from 1980 to 1983 — in which he twice captured the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and twice held the WWF Tag Team Championship.
Meet The IIconics on Friday, August 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at iPlay America, located at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champs on its SmackDown brand.
For tickets and more info call 732-577-8200 or go to https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/iiconics/.
Come meet pro wrestling great Bret Hart on Sunday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wrestling Universe (34-29 Francis Lewis Blvd.) in Flushing, Queens.
One of the biggest names in the business, ever, Hart won multiple heavyweight and tag team titles over his long, illustrious career.
For more info call 718-460-2777 or go to www.thewrestlinguniverse.com.