Josh Prohibition, cruiserweight champion of Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, has a prediction for his first meeting with Alex Shelley, visiting star of Total Nonstop Action-National Wrestling Alliance at Sunday's St. Valentine's Mat Massacre: deep hurting. "I will retain the title," boasts Prohibition, a 6-foot 200-pounder (pictured). "I guarantee it. I'll dump him on his neck, and he'll feel pain like he's never felt before."
When he doesn't inhabit the abrasive persona of Prohibition, the aggressively eloquent Josh Piscura attends Kent State University, studying organizational communication -- just in case his time on the mat doesn't take him to the top. But his four years in the game have been promising: He's wrestled across the country and visited Japan. Running his mouth and bruising his body, he's featured in the new Passion for Pain DVD, which follows his rise from backyard bleeder to top-of-the-card grappler to star of his own video-game series.
Sunday's outing will also pit Cleveland heels the Dynasty against portly fan favorites Da Munchies in a steel cage, battling for tag-team belts that have changed hands twice in the five-month feud. Show time is 3 p.m. at Turner's Hall, 7326 Guthrie Road. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids. Call 440-734-3034 for more information. -- D.X. Ferris
The bruisers next door put on the gloves.
Despite the fact that both embrace the objective of pounding an opponent, there are differences between the amateur Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Original Toughman Contest, the latter of which comes to Canton this weekend. For one thing, Toughmen adhere to professional boxing rules, so that brawlers get knocked out, but hopefully nothing worse. It even has its origins in the ring. "I was promoting boxing matches in the late '70s," says Toughman founder Art Dore. "After the fights, people would always come up to me and say they could beat that guy. Finally, I said, 'All right, put some gloves on and go in there.'" Voilà! Folks have been beating each other senseless ever since. Says Dore: "People love to see people -- often people they know -- get their ass kicked." Beat-downs start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Canton Civic Center, 1101 Market Avenue in Canton. Tickets are $16, $11 in advance; call 330-945-9400. -- Steve Albanese
Stars on Ice brings together a bunch of medal winners.
Figure skater Sarah Hughes (pictured) plans to return to Yale someday for her sophomore year. Until then, the 19-year-old Olympic champ headlines the Smucker's Stars on Ice tour, which brings together seven Olympic gold medalists -- including Alexei Yagudin of Russia and the Canadian pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. But all eyes will be on Hughes, who won the gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where she nailed two triple-jump combinations. Practice helps, she says, but some of the credit goes to her good-luck charm: a stuffed teddy bear she takes to every competition. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gund Arena, 1 Gateway Plaza. Tickets are $27 to $97; call 216-421-2121. -- Cris Glaser
Return to Sender
Think of Sunday's Boomerang Construction Workshop as a prelude to next month's how-to-throw-the-damn-thing class. Cleveland Boomerang School founder Dave Boehm will show you "how to make a boomerang that'll last forever." But that doesn't mean you'll own it forever; one errant throw, and it's gone. After all, says Boehm, making a swimsuit "doesn't make you a swimmer." Construct from 2 to 4 p.m. at Happy Days Visitor Center, 500 West Streetsboro Road in Peninsula. Fee is $10; call 800-257-9477. -- Lucy McKernan
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