Nov. 9, 2008
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By Matt Suoja
Duluth native Dave Sabick is not your typical
This 23-year-old owns the company — a unique
one at that — Heavy on Wrestling.
HOW’s next event, “Have a Funkin’
Nice Day” will begin at 6 p.m. (autograph session with wrestlers
begins at 5 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 15 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s
Mertz Mortorelli Gym. (It could begin at 6:30 p.m. depending on
how long the autograph and photo session lasts.)
Some of the funds from the event will be donated
to the Valley Youth Center in West Duluth.
Sabick, a wrestling fan since ’90s, said
he was influenced by a wrestling event fund-raiser a few years ago.
Fast forward to now: He’s a very busy man.
“I started it from the ground up,”
he said. “I still do most of the work myself. I don’t
hire out for office people. I do graphic design; I do stage set
design; I do booking ... I do accounting; I do all that myself.”
Sabick said during the ’70s and ’80s
the American Wrestling Association, that featured some huge names
in the wrestling world, was a big draw in the area.
“There were huge stars that were part of
that company (AWA), including Baron von Raschke, “Mad Dog”
Vachon, The Crusher, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Curt
Hennig, Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair
— they all were a part of this area at one time,” Sabick
After the AWA folded, Sabick said a void was left
in the area.
“World Wrestling Entertainment runs (through)
this area every two to four years, but that’s about it,”
he said. “We are happy to bring some great names that have
appeared on WWE and World Championship Wrestling.”
Sabick will be wearing one more hat this weekend:
he will be part of a tag team.
Heavy D (Sabick) and Cherry, a former WWE Smackdown
Diva, will take on Aaron Corbin and Ann Brookstone.
In the main event, Arik “The Anarchist”
Cannon will take on Ben “The Professional” Sailer for
the heavyweight championship, with special guest referee Mick Foley
(also known as Cactus Jack) and special guest enforcer Terry Funk
— both of whom are wrestling legends.
Cannon, said he was a fan of Foley and Funk’s
growing up, but he doesn’t trust them.
“It’s definitely going to be something
special,” Cannon said about Foley and Funk’s appearance.
“Truth be told, Mick Foley and Terry Funk were among my favorite
wrestlers growing up. But I’m not a kid anymore, and these
two geriatrics better stay out of my way. If either of them get
in my face, it’s not going to be pretty. I respect my elders,
but I will not hesitate to punch either of them in the face.”
So are Cannon and Sailer really friends outside
the ring or is it all fluff for the audience? You decide.
“After I’ve had my hand raised in
victory, and they put that belt around my waist, everyone will want
to be my friend,” Cannon said. “Benjamin Sailer included.
People are pathetic like that. Especially the small-minded fools
in the Duluth/Superior area!”