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Pro-wrestlers tout anti-bullying message to Marshall students

Feb. 17, 2017 at 4 a.m.

"Flawless" Jerome Daniels, left, and "Action Jackson" Jon Holt talk about bullying with a David Crockett Elementary School  student Wednesday at the school.

A troupe of pro-wrestlers descended on Marshall this week to spread an anti-bullying message to local students.

"I think we taught a good lesson," said Byron Wilcott, sometimes better known by his stage name "Big Daddy Yum Yum." "(We taught) what to do if (someone is) bullying, how to report bullying, to not let the bully keep bullying their friends, not taking matters in their own hands and retaliating, but to tell the teacher."

Wilcott and a number of other wrestlers from Main Event Pro-Wrestling, of Shreveport, visited Marshall ISD elementary and middle schools not only to educate students about bullying but also to get them excited for a four-way tag team match set Saturday at the Marshall Convention Center.

"There are four different teams of two wrestlers on each team," he said. "There will be eight people wrestling in the ring. We have a ladies match with two ladies from Houston, Texas. They were both trained by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. That'll be a really good treat. A lot of shows don't have ladies shows on them and these ladies wrestle just as good as the guys."

Bell time on Saturday is 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Patterson Toyota of Marshall, which is the event's title sponsor.

"We definitely want to thank Patterson Toyota and Patterson Chrysler Jeep Ram for sponsoring; we couldn't have done it without them," Wilcott said.

"It's one of our favorite events of the year because we believe in what Byron promotes with anti-bullying and supporting (East Texas) Open Door," said Richard Traweek, general manager at Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Patterson Toyota Scion in Marshall.

A portion of the proceeds from Saturday's main event will benefit East Texas Open Door, a residential youth service facility in Marshall.

"All proceeds from concessions go to them 100 percent," Wilcott said. "ETOD is selling (advance) tickets and 20 percent of those go to them."

Before Saturday night's main show, the group has set a press conference for noon that day at Patterson Toyota that residents can attend free of charge.

"Even if you can't come to the show, come to the press conference, it's totally free," Wilcott said. "We want everyone to be able to come and have a good time.

"The wrestlers will come out (to the press conference), you're gonna find out who's wrestling who; there will be some smack talk and then we'll give the microphone to the kids and they get to ask questions," he said. "(It's a) chance for parents to take photos of their kids in front of the wrestlers. (There will be) free pizza and hot dogs."

"It's a good time and it's free," Traweek said. "It's a fun deal."

Wilcott said the show isn't to be missed.

"'Action Jackson' (Jon Holt) just came off a tour with WWE. (He's) involved with a WWE affiliated show, NXT. He was extra talent on the Royal Rumble and SmackDown Live," Wilcott said, naming a few events Holt has been a part of.

A new wrestler is also making his debut with Main Event on Saturday.

"We have 'Flawless' (Jerome Daniels) making his Main Event wrestling debut," he said, noting Daniels was among the wrestlers who visited MISD this week.

"I'm super stoked," Daniels said. "It's a new opportunity. Some of the best performers perform with (this group) and I want to test myself. I got to be here all week and work with the anti-bullying rallies; there's so much to it besides the wrestling and you get to cap it all off on Saturday. It's been a learning experience. It's been pretty fun."

For information, visit www.maineventprowrestling.com or call (318) 617-0921.

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