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The CWF (Championship Wrestling Federation) is returning to the area to present the "Ridgway Rumble" Saturday night, with bell-time slated for 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
"I'm so excited for the show to take place," Bill "Powerhouse" Hughes said. "The Elk County region is our home away from home. We're hoping to get up there more often."
The show is a benefit for James Bodien and his family. He was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away or degenerate.
"Jim has been a loyal CWF fan ever since our first show in the area," Hughes said. "Several of us have gotten to know him, he's a good guy. We want to help him out, help his family out."
CWF has done shows at Pitt-Bradford, Port Allegany and Johnsonburg in past years, and visits Ridgway this Saturday.
Hughes is excited about the quality of the wrestlers who will be performing. "The Solution" Scott Fowler faces Brock Singleton for the CWF Heavyweight Championship. Fowler is coming up from Hagerstown, Md. and has worked with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the past, appearing on "WWE Velocity," "WWE Heat" and "WWE Smackdown," where he wrestled Vito.
"It should be an exciting night for everybody all around," Fowler said. "There's a lot of good talent on the show."
Hughes said Fowler is a strong part of the talent and wouldn't be surprised to see him get an offer from WWE soon.
"Scott is phenomenal, he is absolutely phenomenal," Hughes said. "He is the best wrestler in CWF history that has yet to hold the CWF Heavyweight Championship."
Both wrestlers have much respect for one another and together create high-quality wrestling matches. Both Fowler and Hughes cited an example of that with the same match. In November 2007, the two wrestled each other in a Last Man Standing match in Altoona and both called it the best match of their careers.
"I appreciate Powerhouse saying that, actually," Fowler said. "He and I have a pretty storied history. He probably was in the best match I ever had. We wore each other out in that one. The crowd was electric."
"The match was 26-27 minutes long," Hughes said. "When the match ended, we literally got a standing ovation for several minutes. You had to be there to feel it, believe it. It was something that I'll never forget. It was an amazing match. The crowd was standing on their feet."
Hughes said the show is not just something the fans want to be a part of. He said wrestlers interested in performing here had to be turned away.
"People are paying their hard-earned money to watch the show and be entertained," Hughes said. "It's our duty and our obligation to entertain the people. Everybody gets amped up for the show. We haven't been to the Elk County area since last March, 16 months ago. I told the guys we were going back up. Everybody was so, so happy. We literally had to turn wrestlers away because they wanted to be a part of it, they know how special it is up there. I can't say enough, we love it there."