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Windy City Pro Wrestling books its biggest show

by Ian C Douglass
May 10, 2005

Windy City Pro Wrestling has outgrown some of the Chicagoland venues where it usually runs its most important shows.

The Chicago-based independent wrestling promotion has booked its biggest show of the year, "Battle of the Belts 17," on May 17 at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Ind.

Windy City Pro Wrestling held "Battle of the Belts 16" at Morton College in Cicero last year and sold out all 1,000 seats at the venue, grossing more than $15,000 from ticket sales. The early indication is that "Battle of the Belts 17" will easily top 2,000 tickets sold, said Rob Brennan, staff member and wrestler for Windy City Pro Wrestling.

"We've done Hammond a few times in the past," Brennan said. "Because of the size we expect this year we needed a bigger venue."

The company's televised wrestling events are taped in a studio in the Southeast Side of Chicago, so wrestling fans in northern Indiana are familiar with Windy City Pro Wrestling, Brennan said.

The Hammond Civic Center seats 5,500 people, but Brennan doubts that attendance will approach that number. Windy City Pro Wrestling drew 2,500 fans at the Hammond Civic Center in 2001for the last Independent Circuit match of superstar wrestler Rob Van Dam before he signed with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

Tickets for "Battle of the Belts 17" are available through the Windy City Pro Wrestling Hotline at (773) 978-7317 or through the Hammond Civic Center box office at (219) 853-6378.

Windy City Pro Wrestling will also be producing a DVD of the event within the next few months which will sell on its Website www.windycityprowrestling .com. The DVD will cost between $15 and $20 and will be the first DVD ever released by the promotion.