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Albany fans ready for WWE tour

August 14, 2007

Albany--Die-hard wrestling fans get ready. The WWE Smackdown tour is about to head to the Albany Civic Center this Saturday. It's one of the most successful events to ever come to the "Good Life City."

It's not even been quite a year since the last WWE tour last came to Albany.  But because the event did so well in 2006, the tour is back again, featuring plenty of your favorite wrestlers that fans can't wait to see.

"It's good entertainment. People like to see people get in the ring and fight," says wrestling fan, Paul Bivins.

Bivins is among the thousands of south Georgians fans who's counting down the days until the WWE comes to the Albany Civic Center.

"I'm looking forward to it. I watch Smackdown every Monday night, then I watch ECW on Tuesday nights, and I got a buddy that lives with me, and me and him fight over the TV control," says Bivins.

"It's a national touring event. They go not only in Albany, Georgia but to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and all around the world," says Albany Civic Center director, John Mazzola.

According to Mazzola, advance ticket sales have been going strong.

"Traditionally for our market, we buy tickets very late. For World Wrestling Entertainment, we had people camped out overnight in front of the ticket booth," says Mazzola.

At least ten Smackdown and ECW wresting stars will take to the ring on Saturday.

"We're going to have Batista, Matt Hardy, MVP will be with us, CM Punk, the Great Khali, Kane, and the smackdown divas and other touring wrestlers," says Mazzola.

"They get in there, and put on a little show. And they got female wrestlers now, and I think that brings a lot of men to the sport," says Bivins.

Mazzolla expects about five-thousand die hard wrestling fans will come out to see the show.

"It's one of those events where people just enjoy the activity and the action," says Mazzola.

Including Bivins--who's hoping to get as close to the ring as possible when his favorite wrestlers come to town.

"It ain't real, but I love it. Everybody that likes wrestling will be there Saturday night," says Bivins.

If you plan to attend Saturday's WWE event, the Civic Center is strongly suggesting fans purchase their tickets in advance to guarantee you'll have a good seat as well as entrance into the event.

Tickets for the event range from anywhere from $22 right on up to $52.   You can purchase your tickets at WWW.TICKETMASTER.COM or at the Publix on Dawson Road and the Albany Civic Center box office.

WRESTLERS APPEARING ON THE TOUR:

--Batista                                    --The Great Khali

--MVP                                        --Matt Hardy

--CM Punk                                 --John Morrison

--Kane                                       --Finlay

--Tommy Dreamer                    --Elijah Burke

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