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It’s no secret that the city of Louisville has a long and storied history with the ballet of professional wrestling. While Swan Lake might be ever present in so called, “classy” theater I prefer dance that concludes with some guy getting clobbered with a steel chair.


And, while it might not be for everybody when one looks at the history of the sport that made names out of the likes of Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Ric Flair the city of Louisville is a major town in its development, along with areas like Memphis, Tampa Bay, and Calgary, Canada. 

With that in mind the world’s preeminent professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, is coming yet again to the Derby City, this time to the KFC Yum Center for their Smackdown World Tour on July 30.

Tickets can be picked up at the Yum Center’s box office or Ticketmaster and range in price from 16 to 63 dollars, and the event is set to commence at 7:30 that evening. 

Ironically this will be a homecoming of sorts for several of the wrestlers that will be competing as the likes of Randy Orton, Kane, and Mark Henry among others spent time with Louisville’s Ohio Valley Wrestling, which has and continues to produce much of the talent that makes their way to the “big time” so to speak.

According to WLKY the main event will see a championship bout between Orton and Christian, two major stars in today’s world of professional wrestling.  Other match-ups are set to include appearances by Stephen Farrelly “Sheamus”, Glenn Jacobs “Kane”, Bryan Danielson “Daniel Bryan”, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes (known as Cody Runnels in OVW), and a number of other competitors.    
 

Individual wrestler information from Wikipedia

Take a look at some of today's WWE stars in their OVW days

Image courtesy of: World Wrestling Entertainment

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Recently, I completed a Masters degree in Education and have been writing for Louisville.com for over a year now, prior to that I published a humor book for young adults titled Wearing Socks with Sandals, a book about getting through high school, college, and all of the requisite problems that present themselves during that time. Currently, I spend much of my time in classroom settings as well as writing in various areas. Of course, I’m a big sports fan and love music and film, and love finding new stuff around Louisville.

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