NORWICH – With names such as Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, “The Monster” Abyss, Mickie James and the “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe on its roster, it’s no surprise Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is one of the biggest names in the professional wrestling industry. On Friday, the Chenango County Fair will play host to the television franchise, as its Impact Wrestling World Tour takes to the ring at 7:30 p.m. at the fairground’s grandstand.
While Hogan – one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the sport – will not be on hand for Friday’s event, Olympic gold medalist Angle, Abyss, James and Samoa Joe will be, joined by a supporting cast that also includes Mr. Anderson, Beer Money, Inc., “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, Billy Ray, Devon, Brian Kendrick, Angelina Love & Winter, Mexican America and more.
According to Chenango County Agricultural Society President Mary Weidman, securing the Impact Wrestling Tour for this year’s fair was a conscious decision to shake things up a bit and offer fair-goers something new.
“Tickets are still available,” stated Weidman. “We wanted to offer something different this year and it’s very popular on television. We know there are a lot of people locally who really enjoy professional wrestling.”