This year the show actually starts on Thursday night instead of the usual Friday with a reception for the folks that splurged on the all access pass and the inductees. It is a chance to get up close and personal with inductees, see a new Rob Schamberger painting unveiled and hear a new audio tour voiced by Jim Ross.
The next day starts with an open tour for pass holders, a wrestling evaluation put on by IPW with Jim Ross and Gerald Brisco in attendance and a reception for Kurt Angle's arrival. (Angle famously missed the event during his induction a couple years back.)
Friday is capped off with an Impact Pro Wrestling event (an Iowa based promotion) that features some interesting guests. Here's the list of announced matches:
- In a very interesting and first time ever main event, Colt Cabana returns to the Hall of Fame show to take on former WWE star Bob Holly.
- New Hall of Famer B. Brian Blair joins forces with James Jeffries and UGLY to take on Aaron Von Baron and the IPW Tag Team Champions Matty Star and Sparrow.
- With his dad in attendance, former Aces & Eights member Wes Brisco takes on local favorite AJ Smooth in the Third Annual Legends Lumberjack match.
- Plus the sixth annual Legends Battle Royal takes place which always features a surprise or two.
The weekend seems to be shaping up to be a great one. If you're in the Iowa area the weekend of July 9th through the 11th, go check it out.
All access passes are available for $100 by contacting the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.