Championship International Wrestling returns to Waldron Area Schools Saturday with Wrestle-Rama.
The event — to benefit the Class of 2024 — will feature Waldron School’s own Athletic Director Mike “Hot Bod” Granger who is partnering up with 16-year-old Kaiden “Big Bam” Monahan for a tag-team matchup against FIA and The Ripper.
Long-time wrestler and Kaiden’s father, Phil “Nitro” Monahan of Waldron, will not be stepping into the ring again as he is still suffering from long-term effects of a COVID-19 battle last year.
Monahan has assumed a role in promoting CIW wrestling events and mentoring his 6’1″, 350-pound son who is now following in his father’s footsteps.
“Kaiden is taking wrestling very seriously,” Monahan said. “I’m helping him to pursue his own career and he loves it.”
The main event features two West Virginia wrestlers — J-Sin and Sledge Gibson — who will battle it out for the new National Heavyweight Championship.
“I think a lot of locals will be interested in seeing Waldron’s athletic director getting in the ring to wrestle with Kaiden as the Spartan Express,” Monahan said. “FIA is a bad guy who does a play off the family independence agency and he usually berates the crowd about living off the government, bridge cards, etc. It’s pretty hilarious and depending what city we’re in he’s either pro-Trump or Biden.”
The event Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. at Waldron Area Schools, Monahan said, and advance tickets can be purchased at Checker Records or at Northside Carryout in Waldron. Tickets at the door are $15.