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Beyond the Mat 

Wrestling takes a dive, but Lightning strikes back.

Josh Prohibition prepares to spend a Hot Summer - Night delivering some whupass.
  • Josh Prohibition prepares to spend a Hot Summer Night delivering some whupass.
SUN 6/5

J.T. Lightning laments the day that wrestling became a passing fad. Since World Wrestling Entertainment still hasn't found anyone to fill "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's mudhole-stompin' boots, the Hot Summer Night 2005 promoter hopes to spark some life into sports entertainment. "When the WWE did shows at the Gund, they used to sell out," notes Lightning. "Now they're only averaging 3,000 people. That's pretty bad." Lightning's latest main event features a "fatal four-way" between Detroit's Chris Sabin, Ontario's Petey Williams, and Brecksville's Josh Prohibition and M-Dogg 20. Lightning himself will get into the ring with his partner Sterling James Keenan to take on two 320-pounders from Pittsburgh called the Tri-Chi Fraternity. "They got this Animal House theme," Lightning says. "They got symbols on their outfits. They got this cheerleader girl named Trish the Dish. It's pretty funny stuff." Hot Summer Night 2005 starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Turner's Hall, 7325 Guthrie Avenue. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance, and $7, $5 in advance for kids; call 440-734-3034. -- Cris Glaser

Off the Hook

SAT 6/4

At Saturday's Kids' Fishing Derby in Painesville, up to 200 junior rod-and-reelers will cast their lines into the waters of Recreation Park in search of some really big fish. "It's survival of the fittest," says recreation coordinator Dave Whittaker. The annual competition is for three age groups: 7 and under, 8 to 11, and 12 to 15. In addition to the derby itself -- where kids catch catfish, bass, and bluegill, then toss 'em back -- there are also casting contests. (Participants must bring their own rods, reels, hooks, floats, and bait.) All contestants receive complimentary gift bags stuffed with goodies, and there are raffle drawings every half-hour, with fishing gear and bikes up for grabs. "We encourage the kids to bring it on," says Whittaker. Angling happens from 8 a.m. to noon at Recreation Park, 33 Mill Street in Painesville. Admission is free. For more information, call 440-392-5912. -- Chad Felton

Pump You Up

SAT 6/4

Saturday's Peter E. Lanzi Memorial Bench Press & Deadlift Tournament is named in honor of a 19-year-old powerlifter who died of a brain aneurysm in 2001. At the third annual outing, guys and gals with bulging muscles compete in a number of divisions: three teen categories, juniors, collegiate, masters, novices, grandmasters (for older folks), and great-grandmasters (for really old folks). "Peter was very dedicated," recalls founder (and Peter's father) John Lanzi. "And powerlifting is something you have to be dedicated to." It starts at 9 a.m. at UXL Sports & Fitness, 1057 Pearl Road in Brunswick. Admission is $5. Call 330-273-4848 for more information. -- Lucy McKernan

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