MCW

For the first time ever, MCW Pro Wrestling is coming to Culpeper County for a live event.

MCW, which is widely regarded as one of the top independent pro wrestling companies in the U.S., will invade the Eastern View High School gymnasium with a star-studded lineup tomorrow night.

In addition to local talent such as Harrisonburg's Brandon Scott, who is a 13-year veteran of the industry, MCW is bringing a trio of former WWE superstars to town.

Kip Sopp, better known as Billy Gunn during his time in WWE, will headline the card with a match against Dante Caballero.  While in WWE, Sopp was a member of the wildly-popular faction D-Generation X, which was often at the forefront of the company's weekly television shows RAW is WAR and SmackDown during wrestling's famous "Attitude Era," which stretched from the late 1990's into the early 2000's.  

Sopp is enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame, and he's an 11-time WWE Tag Team champion, as well as a former WWE Intercontinental champion and WWE King of the Ring winner. 

Sopp has also enjoyed tenures with Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling during his career, which began in 1985.

Another former WWE standout who'll be in action tomorrow night is Melina, who first rose to fame in 2005 as a manager for WWE tag team MNM.  After the team disbanded in 2006, she went on to become a three-time WWE Women's champion and a two-time WWE Divas champion.

Melina will be squaring off with Aria Palmer in a match that will be officiated by a third ex-WWE performer: Hornswoggle.

Hornswoggle debuted in WWE in 2006, making various appearances for the company off and on since then.  He is a former WWE Cruiserweight champion.

Tomorrow evening's event, billed as "Chaos in Culpeper," begins at 7 p.m.  Doors will open at 5, with fans having the opportunity to meet and greet a handful of the wrestlers starting at 5:30. 

Tickets start as low as $20 each and are available at the Eastern View High School main office or any EVHS athletic event, Knakal's Bakery on Davis Street, Xpress Copy and Graphics on James Madison Highway or A Cut Above on Cherry Street.  They can also be purchased at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Proceeds from the event will go to the EVHS Boosters Scholarship Fund.

Dennis Wipprecht, who co-founded MCW in 1998 along with Dan McDevitt, said he's hopeful for a large turnout from the Culpeper community.

"We are hopeful that local wrestling fans will come out for a great night of entertainment and to support a good cause," he said.  "If the interest is there from the community, there's definitely the possibility that we'll return for future shows."

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