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April 8, 2014 > Unforgettable Xperience

Unforgettable Xperience

By Jesse Peters

The lights drop as music electrifies the crowd. Anticipation rises with each beat as their attention is fixed on the massive figures entering the ring. The rounds are filled with an energy that soars like wrestlers off the ropes. Each punch, kick, body slam, and throw is reveled by crowd and wrestler alike. Prepare to stiff arm your Saturday night by attending KnokxperienceÕs Live Pro Wrestling!

The Vampire Warrior Gangrel takes on Rikishi in a fight guaranteed to entertain wrestling fans of all ages. On Saturday, April 12 the attitude era World Wrestling Entertainment stars join hometown wrestlers TMD, Jacob Fatu, and others in Union City.

Ask any fan of World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/WWE) and they know who Gangrel and Rikishi are. Gangrel debuted in the WWF, where his entrance into the ring was marked by spraying blood he drank from a glass, and showing the vampiric fangs that gave him the title of the Vampire Warrior. Rikishi also debuted in WWF/WWE, a massive Samoan wrestler known for his signature move, the stinkface. These wrestlers have fought with or alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Kane, The Rock, Edge, Christian, and countless others.

Knok X Pro Academy brings the world of professional wrestling to Union City for a one night only spectacular. The event will take place at James Logan High School and benefit Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School, a dance troupe that performs Mexican dances locally and statewide. James Logan alumni and professional actor/wrestler Joey Gaytan saw an opportunity to help his home town of Union City. ÒThe shows they do are very expensive,Ó remarks Gaytan. ÒKnoxpro does this with other schools and fundraisers. I wanted to come back to my hometown and perform to help raise money for this club.Ó

To further support the event, Hernandez Martial Arts will give the first 100 kids a one month free trial membership. There will also be an opportunity at the intermission to get autographs and photos.

Started in 2009, the Knok X Pro Academy, located in Sun Valley, California, is the place to be for aspiring professional wrestlers. ÒThere are a lot of things you need to do before you lace up your boots. You want to learn from the best, the people who have been there and done it,Ó says Gaytan. ÒKnoxpro is the Harvard of wrestling schools.Ó With over 60 years of professional wrestling experience Knok X Pro Academy teaches the foundations both technical and psychological. If you are financially unable to attend the academy they offer the Parker Greaves Scholarship. Four of their wrestlers have been signed to the WWE, and many more perform with local wrestling teams. Who knows, could it be you in the ring next year?

Tickets are $15 ringside, $12 general admission, $8 for kids 6 to 12, with ages six and under free. Purchase online at or at Music Depot, 944 B Street, in Hayward.

Knokxperience Live Wrestling
Saturday, Apr 12
7 p.m.
James Logan High School
1800 H St, Union City
Tickets: $8- $15, Free for 6 and under

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