Since its founding in 2002, Empire State Wrestling has been promoting professional wrestling events featuring local talent around Western New York. Though the spectacle is typically associated with mega-stars and national stadium tours, pro wrestling has a long history of regional promotions that develop tomorrow's top talent in front of crowds of die-hard fans. Many ESW alumni have gone on to compete on the national stage. The upcoming show, held at Fairport's Village Sports complex, features a headline matchup that pits AEW wrestler Orange Cassidy in a bout against Rochester's own Nick Ando. Keep an eye out for comedian Vinnie Paulino, a CITY Best of Rochester readers' choice winner, in the corner for Bear Country during the tag team match.
Saturday, February 22, at 5 p.m. Village Sports, 2830 Baird Road, Fairport. Presale tickets $15-$25. eswwrestling.com.