Smackdown on Jefferson

For Valley pro-wrestling fanatics, March 28 can’t get here quick enough. That red-letter date is when next year’s WrestleMania XVII comes to town, and the pay-per-view extravaganza (dubbed the “Super Bowl of wrestling”) promises to be one hell of a party. For grappling groupies, it’ll be like Woodstock, Christmas, and the only time they’ve gotten laid all rolled into one.

If you’re one of those types who’s counting the seconds until that magical day, considering tiding yourself over with an evening of power slams and punches when World Wrestling Entertainment tapes its Friday Night Smackdown and ECW programs. Such WWE superstars as the pompously straight-edge C.M. Punk (think Fugazi’s Ian Mackaye, only with much more muscles and sanctimony), the extreme Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and even Phoenix’s own Mike Knox will compete.

(Pictured: Matt and Jeff Hardy; (c) 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Tue., Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2009
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