Wrestling coming to Porterdale for St. Pat's

PORTERDALE -- There's going to be a massacre in Porterdale on St. Patrick's Day.

But don't fret. It'll be carried out by professionals and all you have to do is watch from outside the ring. The city is hosting two Platinum Championship Wrestling matches as part of its first St. Patrick's Day celebration, on Saturday, March 17.

It'll be a throwback to the days when Porterdale was a regular stop on the WWE tour, said City Councilman Tim Savage, who is coordinating the event.

"This is a group of wrestlers with old-school style, similar to the wrestling of Dusty Rhodes in the Road Warriors days," Savage said. "They travel the Southeast and have a show in Avondale Estates and at Masquerade in Atlanta. I thought it might be nice to bring wrestling back to Porterdale."

On the roster is Aisha Sunshine versus Pandora; Shane Marx, billed as the most hated man in the PCW, versus Supernatural; Mason versus Marco Polo and tag team The Washington Bullets versus Avant Guard.

The PCW stars will battle it out at 2001 Main St., in the location where Smiley's Restaurant was formerly located. Savage owns the building and said he hopes to bring more wrestling and other events there in the future.

Savage said wrestling will get under way at about 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.

There are plenty of other activities to do that day in downtown Porterdale, including a St. Patrick's Day parade starting at Porterdale Baptist Church and ending at Hemlock Street. Everyone is invited to join in the revelry and be part of the parade.

"The more the merrier, the greener the better," Savage said.

Several bands will provide live entertainment throughout the day. The Reminiscents, a girl group covering standards from the 1940s to 1980s, will kick things off from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Bluesheart, a blues and rock group, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Rio Diamond Band from 7 p.m. until the party shuts down.

There will also be kids' activities, including moonwalks, face painting and a spider bungee jump.

There is no admission fee for the wrestling or entertainment, but there will be a charge for kids' activities.

For more information on the event, call Porterdale City Hall at 770-786-2217.