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Two former WWE performers to headline event at Valencia High; uncle of ‘The Rock’ also to wrestle

Pro wrestling coming to SCV

Posted: March 25, 2013 11:15 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2013 11:15 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley wrestling fans, get ready for some body slams, suplexes and high-flying moves off the top rope.

That’s right, professional wrestling is coming to town.

Knokx Pro Entertainment is putting on a Knokxperience wrestling show at on Friday at Valencia High School beginning at 7 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, which costs $10 to attend, will benefit the Valencia sports medicine program.

The event will be headlined by a match between Rikishi and Gangrel, a pair of former World Wresling Entertainment performers.

“It’s kind of, I don’t want to say it’s a dummied down version of WWE, but it’s going to be a bigger even than probably you’re used to seeing (in the Los Angeles area),” said Peter Maivia Jr., a representative for Knokx pro who is helping promote the event.

Maivia, 47, has spent the better part of his life in the pro wrestling business where he comes from a long line of big names.

Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Maivia’s nephew.

The Rock’s success and fame helped put Maivia’s family on the map.

Maivia father, Peter Maivia Sr., wrestled professionally in the 1950s and 1960s and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

He died in 1982, but left a strong legacy of success in pro wrestling.

His son joined the business and wrestled professionally himself during the 1980s and 1990s, though he said he hasn’t been in the ring for more than 10 years.

Maivia plans to come out of retirement and wrestle on Friday.

“It’s in my blood,” he said.

He’ll take part in one of the eight scheduled matches in Friday’s event, which promises to provide plenty of action and likely a few surprises.

“This has not been done out here in the Santa Clarita Valley that I know of, and I was born and raised here,” said Joe Monteleone, head of Valencia High sports medicine.

The event will seat as many as 1,500 people, Monteleone said, and there are still plenty of tickets available.

Valencia High Associated Student Body director Jeff Albert is scheduled to be involved in the entertainment in some capacity.

“That in itself should be worth the ticket of admission,” said Joe Monteleone, head of Valencia sports medicine. “Jeff’s a great guy and the fact that he’s willing to do that is going to be pretty cool.”

Maivia said the event will be “rated PG” and appropriate for children.

“We’re just hoping to bring in the community and we’re hoping to bring a family, friendly show, even though it is wrestling,” Maivia said.

The other wrestlers involved are all part of Knokx Pro, which is a pro wrestling developmental academy based in Sun Valley.

Maivia said the company is making an effort to perform in schools to help them raise money.

The idea of Valencia High came about because Maivia, who lives in Valencia, brought the idea up Monteleone.

Knokx Pro has held only a handful of shows in high schools, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.knokxpro.com or by phone at Valencia High’s main line, 661-294-1188.

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