One man’s love for comics, wrestling and all things kickass has delivered annual fights under bridges.
Brawl Under the Bridge 4 is a kid-friendly, solar-powered event intended to bring families, the craft brew scene and professional wrestling fans together to watch a bunch of dudes gracefully enter a ring and rip each other to shreds.
“We thought it would be something really fun to do in Homestead,” says Frank Cunniff, an event organizer with Blue Dust. “I mean, we love pro wrestling, we’re really into solar power and this is a great community and town.”
This Brawl is expected to attract up to 1,000 people, and the wide range of audience members doesn’t surprise Cunniff. It takes place under the Homestead Grays Bridge, and attendees can expect entertainment that requires parental guidance and snacking options from food trucks and brewers.
“It’s a really great cross-section of people,” says Cunniff. “One reason [we] really spend a lot of time … getting sponsors for the event, is so we can keep the ticket price at $5.”
Adding to the Brawl's authenticity is the existence of the event's title belt — awarded yearly to a champion who brings it the next summer.
Last year’s champion, Bill Eadie (a professional wrestler who rose to fame in the 1980s as “Ax” in the Demolition tag team) was looking for a final singles match to start his retirement. He chose Brawl as his last stand. Soon after being crowned, Ax retired as planned and the title was vacated.
To close out this year, the event is going extreme-rules with a nine-man ladder match. Which is exactly what it sounds like: nine wrestlers, one steel ladder and what will be a lot of gasping from the audience.
“It’s pretty dangerous,” says Cunniff. “Kinda adds an extra element of high-flying action, so we’re excited — it’s going to get pretty crazy with nine guys and a ladder all in the ring.”
Outside the ring area will be lawn chairs for up-close viewing. Otherwise, the event is mostly of a standing-room-only variety — save for the BYOLC (that’s Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) crowd.
“It’s pretty funny, a lot of action, nothing super offensive, it’s not ultra-violent,” says Cunniff. “It’s definitely an environment you can bring your family to, for sure. That’s actually what we encourage.”
Brawl Under The Bridge 7 p.m., Sat., July 21. Homestead Grays Bridge, 599 W Main St., Homestead. $5. Facebook search “Brawl Under the Bridge 4”