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Highlander leads Border City Wrestling to Woodstock
By CORY SMITH - Woodstock Sentinel-Review


Border City Wrestling is entering new territory when it returns to Woodstock later this month.

The independent wrestling promotion will hold its June 28 show at the Community Complex's Southwood Arena, hoping to capitalize on the momentum its last show generated in March.

It was less than three months ago when BCW filled Goff Hall with 450 fans and was forced to turn another 75 away at the door.

"We wanted to accommodate all the fans," said Woodstock's Derek Couch.

Even Couch -- who wrestles as Robbie McAllister of The Highlanders tag team -- was surprised by the success of March Breakdown.

He was disappointed to have to turn fans away.

"I thought at most I'd maybe sell out, but not turn anyone away," he said. "Last time I only promoted it enough to get that many (fans) but of course I got more."

The goal June 28 is to get at least 800 fans into Southwood and create a more exciting atmosphere. If Couch gets his way, there will be lights illuminating only the ring, not to mention better sound to create a similar environment fans get when attending professional wrestling house shows.

"It feels like a bigger show," he said.

Couch made sure at least one section of the arena would have a rowdy group of fans when he recently donated 20 tickets to Woodstock District Developmental Services.

"I just think it's good for the community," he said.

"Those people really enjoy the event. The last time I did the Sports Celebrity Dinner their faces lit up and they had a great time. Hopefully they come and check it out.

"They help the event out a lot I think." The card will feature Couch, former TNA X-Division champ Petey Williams, BCW heavyweight champ Tyson Dux, TNA's Taylor Wilde and Woodstock's Tyler Tirva, plus many more.

Couch said his goal is to build a steady following of fans to each show and return later this year, possibly at the Oxford Auditorium.

"This is a bit early to come back but I lined up shows in Mount Forest and Windsor," before ending the weekend in Woodstock, he said.

Tickets are available for the 3 p.m. show. The first two VIP rows are sold out but third-row VIP seats are available for $20 by calling 519-520-9194.

General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased in Woodstock at Lady Godivas, Spellbinders, EndZone Sports Exchange and Nutty's Bar and Billiards.

RELATED LINKS

  • March 2, 2009: The Highlanders answer fan questions
  • Border City Wrestling website