Big Time Wrestling
returns to Toledo, Aug. 9
By Federico Martínez, Special to La Prensa
For the first time in
almost 40 years the family that once brought professional
wrestling legends like the Sheik, Bobo Brazil, Luis Martínez,
and “Killer” Tim Brooks to Toledo every two weeks is
returning with a new generation of up-and-coming superstars.
AWWL Pro Big Time Wrestling
will arrive at 7:45 p.m., Saturday,
August 9, 2014 at Toledo’s Japan Karate Academy, 444
Laskey Road. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, will
cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under ten.
The show’s line-up will
include world champion Rastakhan defending his belt
against Super Loverman, former Intercontinental Champion
“Tongo” Torres verses Lou Crank and Dick the
Bruiser Jr. in action. Hometown anti-hero Big Ryan Cool
Jacobs is also returning to the ring with a new faction of
the CIA –the Chronic Invasion Association.
“We are returning with a
new generation and we’re very strict about what and how we do
things,” said AWWL promoter Eddie Farhat Jr., the son of
the original Sheik. “We treat the business like you used to; my
father believed in giving the people their money’s worth and so
During the 1960s and 1970s
Big Time Wrestling was owned by the Sheik, whose real
name was Edward Farhat. The wrestling promotion, which was
televised, was popular in the Midwest, especially in Detroit and
Toledo, where shows were held on alternate weeks. Edward Farhat
died in 2003 at the age of 78 due to heart failure.
His sons, Eddie Jr. and
Thomas, began helping their father promote the wrestling company
in the late1960s and early 1970s.The family decided to shut-down
the company in the mid-‘90s, but decided to begin anew in 2003,
said Eddie Farhat Jr. For the past decade the Farhat’s have been
making a slow, quiet comeback, hosting small shows primarily in
the Lansing and Kalamazoo Michigan area.