Thrill Basin! Wrestlers crash American Legion hall

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The champ: Lamar Burch, aka Rodney Banks, holds up the New Generation Wrestling Heavyweight Title Belt after a lengthy match with JT Scott.
Out-of-towners: Wrestlers Tony Myers and Timothy Theory representing Japan and Canada, respectively.
Hometown boys: Locals Tony Biella and Bobby C. Dinero threw down for Brooklyn.
From the top ropes!: Tony Biella slams a Canadian Outlaw in a tag-team match.
Terror from the north: Ken Canada puts Tony Biella in a headlock.
Rough time: Timothy Theory attacks the Great White Buffalo with a Canadian flag.
Unforgettable: Stephanie Faillace and son Anthony Faillace showing off some souveniers he picked up at the East Coast Pro Wrestling Event at the American Legion Post 1060 on March 4.
Family Feud!: The bout was John Duval and his daughter Sophie’s third East Coast Pro Wrestling Match — they came out to support friend and Bay Ridge kickboxing coach Ben Bongiorno, pictured left.

Call it the Thrill-a in the Mill-a!

Grapplers with East Coast Pro Wrestling duked it out to the delight of a captivated crowd at American Legion Post 1060 in Mill Basin on March 4. The high-flying action and wrestlers’ over-the-top egos made it one entertaining night, said a Midwood father who came out with his daughter to support their friend the Great White Buffalo, who wrestled that night.

“This is our third or fourth night we’ve come and we’ve had a great time — its a father–daughter bonding thing and she’s really gotten into it,” John Duval said, sitting next to his daughter Sophie, who looked on entranced as wrestlers slammed each other into the canvas.

World Wrestling Entertainment alums The Nasty Boys, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine were all on the bill, and the seasoned pros elicited rousing reactions from fans who packed into the American Legion hall. Many remembered them from their days at the top of the wrestling world, one longtime fan said.

“It was great to see them out in action,” Rosanna Gurgens said. “Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine — we remember him from several years ago when he was in the WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainm­ent).”

The Nasty Boys — former World Wrestling Entertainment World Tag Team Champions — faced off against the Disrespectfuls in the night’s main event, and both duos certainly lived up to their names.

The pair tossed their opponents out over the guardrails and into foldable chairs and tables set up for the crowd, using every inch of the American Legion hall to pummel their opponents into submission. They even slammed them into the merchandise and collectable tables set up near the hall entrance.

Other highlights included a ladder match for the “New Generation Wrestling” Heavyweight Championship, which Rodney Banks won after a drawn out battle with JT Scott.

The New Jersey-based independent wrestling outfit returns to the Borough of Kings for the Battle of Bensonhurst on April 9.

East Coast Professional Wrestling at Our Lady of Guadalupe (1514 72nd St. at 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst, April 9 at 7:30 pm. $25.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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