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  • Scott Campione ready to return to the ring on May 18

  • East Coast Pro Wrestling will host a wrestling show at Broadalbin-Perth High School on Friday, May 18, as part of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2012 Induction Weekend.

    The card will include a mixture of former Total Nonstop Action and World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and independent wrestlers like Little Falls native and Frankfort resident Scott Campione.

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  • East Coast Pro Wrestling will host a wrestling show at Broadalbin-Perth High School on Friday, May 18, as part of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2012 Induction Weekend.
    The card will include a mixture of former Total Nonstop Action and World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and independent wrestlers like Little Falls native and Frankfort resident Scott Campione.
    Campione, who last wrestled in the Hall of Fame show in 2010, will put his Northeast Championship title belt on the line when the curtains are raised for his match with Tony Atlas.
    “I’m definitely looking forward to the match,” said Campione, who stands 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs 285 pounds. “It’s always great to wrestle in front of my family and friends. I love entertaining them.”
    Having wrestled for years in arenas in the American South, including a stint in the now defunct World Championship Wrestling, Campione said performing in front of familiar faces is what drives him now.
    “I went years without wrestling in front of people I know, but that’s the nature of the industry,” he said. “I can’t complain, because my time in wrestling opened a lot of doors for me. Wrestling took me to places I never would have traveled to and introduced me to a lot of great people I never would have met. Wrestling has been very, very good to me. That’s why I give back to the industry.”
    Campione said he has been training hard for his match with Atlas, a bodybuilder, powerlifter and professional wrestler who has held multiple titles and championships in each sport.
    “Tony is a legend. He and Rocky Johnson were the first African-American team to win the WWF tag team championship,” said Campione. “He’s also a big, big man. He’s every bit as tall as me and every bit as muscular as I am. It’s going to be a challenge for sure. Win or lose, I’m looking forward to it.”
    With the Hall of Fame’s induction dinner and meet and greet sold out, the May 18 show will be the only opportunity for fans to meet such legends as Dominic Denucci, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jim Cornette, Wendi Richter, Nikolai Volkoff, George “The Animal” Steele and Bruno Sammartino.
    “Bruno was the Hulk Hogan of his day and hasn’t had much to do with professional wrestling in the years since he retired, so to have him attend the show and the induction is a treat,” said Campione. “It’s crazy. I grew up watching guys like Bruno Sammartino, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, George “The Animal Steele” and Tony Atlas. These are the guys who I emulated and now here I am sitting down to dinner with them or in Tony’s case, sharing the ring with him. There are times I can’t believe it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - That said, the champion who is coming off wins over Demolition Ax and The Barbarian said he will not be awestruck when he takes to the mat against Mark Henry’s former manager.
    “I want to beat Tony. I want to retain my championship,” said Campione. “With the amount of hard work and training I’ve put in for this match, he’s definitely going to know he was in the ring with me.”

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