- Florida Championship Wrestling issued the following press release today:
FCW WRESTLING DEBUTS IN GAINESVILLE, FL
WWE SUPERSTAR SHEAMUS TO APPEAR & MORE
Gainesville, Fl September 29, 2010
Florida Championship Wrestling debuts in Gainesville, FL on Friday, October 29th at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. And what a debut it will be, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstar Sheamus will be on hand to meet and sign autographs for fans in attendance prior to the show.
Sheamus, who got his start in Florida Championship Wrestling and has since gone on to become a 2-time WWE Champion, Sheamusâ€™ meteoric rise to success has earned him the distinction of also becoming WWE’s first Irish born Heavyweight Champion. He can be seen every Monday Night on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” Television Show on the USA Network.
In addition to Sheamus, University of Florida Graduates Titus O’Neal and Byron Saxton will also be in action. O’Neal graduated from UF in 2000 where he served as an integral part of the Gator Football team having played in 44 regular season games. O’Neal was elected UF Student Body Vice President in 2000 and has since been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Since joining Florida Championship Wrestling, he has been seen on WWE’s hybrid reality show–NXT on the SyFy Network. Byron Saxton graduated from UF in 2003 where he served as a News Anchor/Producer for WRUF AM 850 as well as a Sports Anchor/Producer for WUFT News 5. Following graduation, Saxton went on to become a News/Sports & Traffic Anchor at WJXT Channel 4 in Jacksonville. Since joining Florida Championship Wrestling, he has been seen on World Wrestling Entertainment’s now defunct ECW show where he served as a color commentator.
Eight big matches are scheduled for FCW’s Gainesville debut which will feature stars from WWE’s NXT Seasons 2 and 3, the FCW Divas and Heavyweight Champion Mason Ryan. The Main Event of the evening will be contested in a Ladders and Chairs Match. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to compete in FCW’s annual Halloween Costume Contest in which prizes will be awarded.
For nearly half a century, Florida Championship Wrestling has been the Sunshine State’s primary wrestling promotion providing a home for such wrestling legends as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, The Brisco Brothers and Gordon Solie. Officially sanctioned and reorganized by the WWE during the summer of 2007, FCW has also become the training ground for future WWE Superstars. According to the promotion’s written objective, it seeks to give fans a glimpse at the potential Superstars of tomorrow while providing exciting ring action that leaves the entire family with smiles on their faces. To date, over fifty men and women have gone on to WWE’s Raw, Smackdown or NXT Television brands. Names that have come from FCW include Sheamus, Smackdown Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, The Nexus, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase, The Usos, Primo Colon, Ezekiel Jackson, The Bella Twins, Evan Bourne, Tiffany, Alicia Fox, Trent Berretta, Caylen Croft, Yoshi-Tatsu and many more. The company holds weekly shows at their home location dubbed the “FCW Arena” in Tampa, FL every Thursday night along with tapings for their weekly television show. Nearly every weekend, the group travels to such cities as Gainesville providing live events for fans that can’t make it to the arena on Thursday nights.
FCW’s first Gainesville show will take place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall located at 2900 N.E. 39th Street. Gold Circle ticket holders will be admitted to the autograph session featuring Sheamus from 6-7pm and will receive a free 4×6 picture with Sheamus with a 2-item autograph limit per person. General Admission Ticket Holders will be admitted from 7-8pm with a 1-item autograph limit per person. Bell Time for the show is 8pm. Tickets start at $15 for kids and $20 for adults in the general admission sections. Limited number of Reserved Seats $25 and Gold Circle Seats $35 are available at Buddy’s Home Furnishings in Gainesville and Ocala. Tickets are also available online at www.FCWWrestling.com.
FCW is the only Official Developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment.