Pro wrestling show honors child cancer victim

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — When dozens of pro wrestlers grapple inside the Zembo Shrine this weekend, they’ll be honoring a local family that’s already familiar with a fight.

Pro Wrestling Empire, a Harrisburg sports entertainment promotion, will host its Clash of the Titans event this Saturday. Among the matches scheduled is a battle royal, pitting 30 contestants against each other at once. Wrestlers are eliminated only by being thrown over the top rope, and the last person in the ring wins.

“We’re all winners this time,” said Colin Bright, PWE owner.

According to Bright, the match branded ‘Gladiator Games’ for this event, is dedicated to the memory of Chase Armstrong. The 12-year-old boy from Manheim, Lancaster County died in February after a lengthy battle with a rare form of pediatric cancer. The youngster was a wrestling fan, and frequently attended PWE and other local wrestling shows.

“He was a big fan of ours, and a lot of the wrestlers grew to love him as well,” said Bright. “We wanted to take the opportunity with this event, knowing that it was our biggest show of the year, to go ahead and dedicate our battle royal in the name of Chase. So, this is the Chase Armstrong Memorial Battle Royal.”

Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the event will be given to the Armstrong family to assist with medical bills that accumulated during Chase’s fight with the disease.

The event will also feature an autograph signing with wrestling industry icon Ric Flair, who earned a record 16 World Championships with national promotions including WWE and WCW. Hundreds of VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with Flair have sold out, but general admission tickets are still available at the door, according to Bright. Other matches include a Chamber of Hell match, held inside a fully enclosed steel cage. PWE will also award several titles, including its World Heavyweight Championship.

Prices are $15 for adults, and $5 for children age 12 and under. Wrestling begins with an in-ring introduction by Ric Flair at 7pm.


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