Ready to ‘Rumble in Rockford?’

Hey, Rockford, are you ready to rumble?

Let’s hope so, because on Saturday, Aug. 4, the earth under the Rockford Community Center is going to move.

Billy Gunn headlines “Rumble in Rockford.” A professional wrestler for more than two decades, he’s ready for the Aug. 4 match.

Billy Gunn headlines “Rumble in Rockford.” A professional wrestler for more than two decades, he’s ready for the Aug. 4 match.

A wrestling match, the likes of which the area hasn’t experienced in nearly five decades, is going to explode as AWF professional wrestlers take the ring for two and a half hours of heated matches.

Wrestling matches were once a downtown entertainment staple in Rockford; the local federation made regular stops and drew hundreds in attendance. That was before the big flood of 1965 destroyed the venue they were showcased in.

There will be holds and throws, drops and slams. There will be nail biting and cheering sections. It’s good, fast paced family entertainment that will not only delight attendees (who doesn’t, on some level, love pro-wrestling?), but will help fund the area’s volunteer fire department.

Bill Decker (left), the event’s coordinator, recently received “Volunteer of the Year” on behalf of the City of Rockford by Mayor Mike Beyer. (Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)

Bill Decker (left), the event’s coordinator, recently received “Volunteer of the Year” on behalf of the City of Rockford by Mayor Mike Beyer. (Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)

This event is the brainchild of Rockford Volunteer Firefighter Bill Decker. He’s personally connected to the event’s promoter. This is a traveling show that has helped several Minnesota schools fundraise. Decker, who has been involved in many local volunteer efforts, and who was recently awarded Rockford’s “Volunteer of the Year” award, thought that this just might be the way raise funds for the Rockford Fire Department, which serves the cities of Rockford, Greenfield and Rockford Township, along with supplying mutual aid to surrounding departments.

Legendary Billy Gunn is a featured wrestler in this event. It’s sure to be an evening to remember in Rockford.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with matches beginning at 7. The cost is $10 a head, with a family cap of $20. Refreshments, including pizza, will be available.

Rockford, prepare to be “rumbled.” And, for a very good cause.

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