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PHOTOS: A Giant Tribute: Wrestling promotions join to honor Andre the Giant

Cruz Bittle suplexes Nathan Cross during the opening triple-threat match. See more photos below the story. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ELLERBE — Dozens of professional wrestlers faced off inside the squared circle Saturday at an event to honor one of the sport’s biggest stars — the late Andre the Giant.

Titan Championship Wrestling, based in New Jersey, tag-teamed with several other promotions — Atlantic Coast Wrestling, World Class Elite Wrestling, AML Wrestling, Goddesses of War Wrestling and Funhouse Wrestling — to put on a full-card show in the middle of the intersection of Church and Second streets.

The card featured several title matches and the Andre the Giant Tribute Battle Royal, with the 6-foot, 6-inch T.J. Marconi getting the win in the latter.

T.J. Marconi kicks Cyrus the Destroyer off the ring apron to win the Andre the Giant Tribute Battle Royal.

The event featured several local talents, including: Cruz Bittle in a triple-threat match against The Renegade Outlaw Joe Locklear and Nathan Cross, with Cross retaining his championship belt; and Rockingham’s New Breed (Trip Stewart and Trey McKenzie) losing their tag-team titles to Team Pitbull.


There were also several established wrestlers on the card, with Impact’s Rosemary losing a title bout against Marie Valdomina, and the NWA’s Colby Corino — son of former ECW champ Steve Corino — getting pinned in a match against P.J. Savage.

Sean Studd — son of Andre’s biggest in-ring rival Big John Studd — made an appearance in the ring following a three-man tag match, chokeslamming members of Deadly Sins.

See photos from the matches below.

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