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Though it might not seem like it from the surface, Greater Boston is home to thousands of pro wrestling fans. In fact, pro wrestling mega star, John Cena, hails from the Massachusetts town of West Newbury! This popular, but still under the radar, community of wrestling fans is a high energy crowd of all ages that love to see their heroes in action live. Luckily, there are lots of upcoming matches happening across the region in the months to come. These events span all scales and price range so it is easy to find a pro wrestling show that appeals to you and your fellow fans.

WWE Smackdown
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 063820
(888) 226-7711
mohegansun.com

Date: August 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

After a long, three year hiatus, the WWE Smackdown is coming back to Connecticut. Mohegan Sun is slated to host this epic event which features some of the most famous names in professional wrestling including Massachusetts native John Cena. Some other headliners of the event include Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns,  Seth Rollins, AJ Styles and Bray Wyatt. Other superstars that will appear in the show are Randy Orton (“The Miz”), Maryse Dolphe Ziggler, Demon Kane, Alberto Del Rio and Becky Lynch.  With so many epic names, this is by far the most high profile pro wrestling event coming to New England in the next few months.

ROH All-Star Extravaganza VIII
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 E Merrimack St.
Lowell, MA 01852
(866) 722-8881
www.rohwrestling.com

Date: September 30, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. and October 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (two-day passes are available). (Feb., June, July, Dec.) Date, Year at 0 a.m./p.m. (Example Jan. 3, 2013 at 10 a.m.)

For a lower profile and more affordable but still fun way to enjoy pro wrestling, check out Ring of Honor wrestling. Ring of Honor wrestling features a different style of fighting than WWE. Ring of Honor is known for focus on athleticism and sport rather than show. Instead of over the top glitz and glamour, Ring of Honor highlights a fusion of mixed martial arts and traditional wrestling. According to the organization, “Ring of Honor has brought back the meaning of the word wrestling in pro-wrestling and provides the dedicated fan-base with an exciting and electric show, full of athleticism, intensity and passion.” The All-Star Extravaganza of Ring of Honor will take place over two days in Lowell in late September and early October. The show is not to be missed by fight fans!

WWE Live Holiday Tour
Dunkin Donuts Center
1 La Salle Square
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 331-0700
www.dunkindonutscenter.com

Date: November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

For pro wrestling fans that are unable to attend the WWE Smackdown at Mohegan Sun in late August, there will be another chance to see some of WWE’s best names. The WWE Live Holiday tour is making a stop in Providence, Rhode Island, which is just an hour train ride from downtown Boston. This show, taking place at the Dunkin Donuts Center, is conveniently timed on the Saturday of Thanksgiving break, which means this is a great opportunity to plan a family outing or get a big high school group back together to go watch the show. Thanksgiving is always about reuniting with people from home and celebrating, and now there is something to do that weekend besides shop!

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A Night of Grand Slams
Edward A. LeLacheur Park
450 Aiken St.
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 459-2255
chaoticwrestling.com

Date: September 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

This is the perfect event for young pro wrestling fans. Edward A. LeLacheur Park, best known as the home of the Lowell Spinners baseball team, has great programming for kids and ‘A Night of Grand Slams’ is no exception. The headlining match ups of the evening will include: “The Firebrand” Brian Fury vs. Cody Rhodes and Brick Mastone & Rhyno vs. Cam Zagami & Robbie E. But that isn’t all, more match ups for ‘A Night of Grand Slams’ are yet to be announced. To see who else will be fighting, make sure to check out the Chaotic Wrestling website and social media feeds.

Chaotic Wrestling Live!
Woburn Elks #908
295 Washington St.
Woburn, MA 01801
(781) 935-3535
chaoticwrestling.com

Date: August 26, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.

Can’t wait until mid September to see Chaotic Wresting at Edward A. LeLecheur Park? Luckily there is a show in August! Head to the Woburn Elks #908 to see this low key but incredibly fun wrestling show. This semi-pro wrestling event is part of Chaotic Wreslting’s ongoing “Summer Chaos” event series. Match ups for the Woburn event have not been announced, so stay tuned to their website for updated information and to buy tickets.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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