Wrestling icon Jimmy Valiant coming to Elkin

Matthew GorrySports Writer

May 4, 2012

ELKIN - Wrestling superstar Jimmy Valiant will make his second stop to Elkin this weekend for the 12th annual Jimmy Valiant Memorial Cup at the Elkin National Guard Armory.

Valiant, a four-time World Wrestling Federation Hall of Famer, will team up with local professional wrestler Jody “Major Havoc” Rushbrook for the Empire Wrestling Alliance (EWA) event Saturday evening.

The show will include a 30-man battle royale for the cup, with EWA Heavyweight Champion Sebastian “Big Daddy” Kane and Frank “The Tank” Parker headlined as the main event.

Rushbrook, a 19-year wrestling veteran and owner of Elkin Castrol Premium Lube Express, will battle Chapel, another local wrestler, in a dog collar match as the semi main event.

Rushbrook says having a wrestling icon like Valiant in Elkin is a “great honor.”

“I’ve known Jimmy for years and it is a great honor to have him choose Elkin to wrestle,” he explained. “He really liked our promotions here and he’s a close friend to me and my wife. He could have chosen anywhere on the East Coast, and he picked Elkin. So it’s a big deal.”

Rushbrook started EWA seven years ago to keep the younger generation interested in wrestling, and he said having someone as big as Valiant coming here will help “pass the torch.”

“I keep doing this because I love it and I want to keep it going forever,” he said. “We want to pass the torch to the younger generation, because if they don’t get involved, it dies. We want to keep the tradition going.

“Jimmy is like a father-figure to me and we have a father-son relationship. I am one of ‘Boogie’s’ illegitimate children,” Rushbrook continued, laughing.

The event is a family-orientated show for kids of all ages. Rushbrook emphasized the importance of the shows being appropriate for children because they are the future of the sport.

“We want parents to know that it is a family-oriented show,” he explained. “This is all about the kids and the community. I’m trying to give back; trying to use my talents to give back to the community. And I love it.”

The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7.

Empire Wrestling Alliance will be hosting another event on June 16 to help raise money for injured Starmount senior Christian Hurt at the National Guard Armory.

Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@heartlandpublications.com.