Kalkaska’s Kaliseum might never be the same again. Battleground VI is coming to town May 3, bringing with it 14 brawny professionals and one of wrestling’s superstars: Scott Hall, better known as Razor Ramon.
“There will be wrestlers from all over the Midwest,” said Kalkaska native and wrestler Mikey Zeroe. “It’s the biggest show we’ve ever done there.”
In the show, wrestlers compete in one-on-one matches as well as a tag-team match, in which the audience gets a hand in selecting the teams.
Zeroe said the allure of wrestling lies in its storylines combined with non-stop action.
“It’s like a live action movie, happening right in front of you,” he said. “[Except] you only get one take.”
Zeroe is not generally viewed as wearing the white hat. In fact, he revels in being one of the bad guys.
“I’m the most hated man in Northern Michigan,” he said.
Produced and promoted by Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling, Battleground VI is not exactly the spectacle of a huge-scale World Wrestling Entertainment production. But Zeroe said the upside is the audience can get up close and personal with the action.
“There will be between 200 and 500 people. It’s an intimate setting,” he said. “Anything you yell, [the wrestlers] can hear you.”
Hall, a star from the 1990s, will not be in the ring, but will be hosting a meet and greet before the matches, signing autographs and taking pictures. He will also be hosting a special segment of his show “Last Call with Scott Hall.”
Hall was one of the biggest names in wrestling in the 1990s, alongside people like Sting, Lex Luger, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
“He was a superstar in the 90s boom period,” Zeroe said. Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon earlier this month. But that didn’t stop Zeroe from issuing a personal challenge.
“Yeah, I called Scott Hall out,” said Zeroe.
Zeroe says he plans on confronting him during the live “Last Call with Scott Hall” segment at Battleground VI.
The show starts at 7:30pm with a meet and greet with Hall. Ringside VIP tickets are $25 and include a meet and greet with Hall at 7pm.
General admission tickets are $15. Tickets are available at the Kaliseum Recreation Complex in Kalkaska, Front St. Tattoo in Traverse City, J&M’s Country Corners in Mancelona, or at mcpwonline.com.