I’ve been to a number of live wrestling shows over the last several years, but until this past summer, the shows I’d seen had been exclusively WWE events. In June my friend Jake and I hit the road for a couple independent shows around the state, and they were refreshingly (pardon the wrestling pun) raw. It was wrestling without the corporate sheen.

Don’t get me wrong, I love big time wrestling, but seeing a show in a packed event hall is its own unique experience, where the superstars of yesterday, the journeymen wrestlers who travel the circuits, and the up and comers clash inside the ring. One such event, Heroes and Legends VII, will be bodyslamming its way into the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on October 22, 2016.​

Heroes and Legends, formally an annual event, is moving to a two-shows-a-year schedule; the line-up for this show includes The Big Guy (formally known as Ryback) and Damien Sandow (now wrestling as Aron Rex for Impact Wrestling), both of whom were recently released from WWE. And that’s not a reflection of their talent. Sandow especially just never quite found his place on the roster, and creative didn’t really know what to do with him.

The biggest name appearing is probably Lex Luger, a wrestler I think even non-wrestling fans have heard of. Also appearing are a couple of my favorites, Carlito and Raven. There should be some great matches throughout the night. And before the show, come out for the Heroes and Legends Fanfest, where you can meet and interact with the wrestlers.

If you’re a wrestling fan, this is a can’t-miss show. If you’ve never been to an indie wrestling event, you’re in for a treat. 

Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Fanfest runs from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. bell.

Tickets range from $15 to $55 (additional charges may apply). Please note that autographs and photo ops generally cost extra and vary from wrestler to wrestler.

For more information on the card and the Heroes and Legends VIP Experience, please visit www.heroesandlegendswrestling.com.