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By Mike Johnson on 2/28/2023 7:02 AM

"Speedball" Mike Bailey coming to ESW 

IMPACT's Bailey to challenge for ESW Heavyweight Title


Empire State Wrestling will hold its first event at Buffalo RiverWorks this year in impressive fashion. Tough Luck will take place on Saturday, March 18 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, N.Y.). The main event will feature the ESW debut of IMPACT Wrestling's "Speedball" Mike Bailey, a bevy of top U.S. independent wrestling stars and many of Western New York's best wrestlers. Bailey is set to face ESW Heavyweight Champion "The Remix" Kevin Bennett for the title.


The scheduled card for Tough Luck also includes the following:

  • ESW Tag Team Champions High Seas ("Your Captain" Nick Ando and Cloudy) against the Nu BackSeatz (J.P. Grayson and Tommy Grayson with Johnny Kashmere)
  • A 6-way scramble featuring: the ESW debuts of deathmatch wrestling star Jimmy Lloyd and "The Young Prodigy" Marcus Mathers, "The Scramble God" Chase Oliver, plus ESW regulars "The Holy Hand Grenade" James Sayga, Chael Connors and Mattick
  • Former GCW Tag Team Champions Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner and Matthew Justice) versus To Infinity & Beyond (Colin Delaney and Cheech)
  • "Raddy Daddy" Cole Radrick will face "Blue Thunder" Jay Freddie
  • Two-time former ESW Heavyweight Champion "Big Time" Bill Collier versus the debuting "Intense Icon" Joshua Bishop from Cleveland, Ohio
  • "Invincible" Vince Valor will face Frank Feathers
  • Veda Scott will debut against "Coureageous" Christina Marie
  • Jeremiah Richter will square off versus Vinnie Moon with ESW legend Will Calrissian
  • "The Big Bang" Jerk Cockins will take on T.J. Epixx


Front row tickets are sold out. An extremely limited amount of second row tickets are available for $25. General Admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket prices increase by $5 on event day. Doors open at 6 p.m. The opening bell is set for 7 p.m.


As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. 

Many current All-Elite Wrestling stars wrestled for ESW including current AEW World Champion MJF, Buffalo's own Daniel Garcia plus The Butcher & the Blade and the Bunny, Matt Hardy, Dustin Rhodes, Adam Cole, Matt Sydal, Ruby Soho, Billy Gunn, Colt Cabana, Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, Danhausen, Jay Lethal, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Lucha Bros, Ethan Page, Brian Pillman, Jr., Tony Nese, Private Party, Brody King, Mark Sterling, AR Fox and Iron Savages.

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, Johnny Gargano, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Candice LeRae, Tommaso Ciampa, Cedric Alexander,  Damian Priest, Joaquin Wilde, Joe Gacy, Darryl Sharma, Robert Stone and Josh Briggs all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, X-Pac, The Hurricane, D-Von Dudley, Al Snow, The Honky Tonk Man, Sgt. Slaughter, Raven, Brutus Beefcake, Demolition, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, The Sandman and Bob Holly appeared at previous ESW events

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. ESW runs regular shows throughout the year that draw several hundred fans, with some events being attended by up to 1,000 people. For more information, to schedule an interview or request media credentials for an event, please contact David Jarka at or (716) 348-4598. All cards are subject to change.

You can connect with ESW on the following platforms:






Independent Wrestling.TV

Over-The-Air TV: Throwback TV - WBXZ - Channel 56.4 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Fridays at 10 p.m.)