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Ex-WWE star coming to Buffalo

Former WWE 24/7 Champion Elias will make ESW debut 

Empire State Wrestling will hold Brawlfest 2024, one of its “super show” events, on Saturday, May 18 at Buffalo RiverWorks. Elijah, formerly known as World Wrestling Entertainment’s Elias, will compete at Brawlfest alongside many of the top independent talents from across the U.S. and Western New York.

Elijah will face “Big League” John McChesney at Brawlfest. McChesney made a surprise appearance at Spring Smash in April and called out Elijah to face him at Brawlfest, as the two wrestled each other on several occasions in Pittsburgh prior to Elias joining WWE. McChesney last wrestled for ESW two years ago against “Invincible” Vince Valor.

Already announced for Brawlfest:

*Inaugural ESW Women’s Championship Scramble Match: “Courageous” Christina Marie vs. “Queen of the Silver Screen” Katie Arquette vs. Buffalo’s own Haley Dylan vs. “The Violent Vixen” Adena Steele

*GCW star Jordan Oliver will return to ESW

*Self-Proclaimed ESW Heavyweight Champion Bill Collier vs. “The White Bronco” Channing Decker

*“Red Hot” Vinnie Moon & Will Calrissian vs. “His Royal Freshness” Frank Feathers & Randy P

*Check ESW’s social media platforms for further match revelations

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available for Brawlfest. Anyone interested can email for more details.

The official Brawlfest after party will be held at Cook’s Bar & Grill on Katherine Street in Buffalo.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with bell-time set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at where service fees apply. Premium seats are sold out but General Admission tickets are still available. Ticket prices rise by $5 at the door.


As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends. 

Many current All-Elite Wrestling stars wrestled for ESW including MJF, Buffalo’s Daniel Garcia plus The Butcher & the BladeMatt Hardy, Dustin Rhodes, Adam Cole, Matt Sydal, Ruby Soho, Billy Gunn, Colt Cabana, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, Orange Cassidy, Danhausen, Jay Lethal, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Lucha Bros, Ethan Page, Tony Nese, Private Party, Brody King, Mark Sterling, AR Fox and Iron Savages.

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin OwensJohnny Gargano, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Candice LeRae, Tommaso Ciampa, Cedric Alexander,  Damian Priest, Joaquin Wilde, Joe Gacy, Darryl Sharma, Robert Stone, Josh Briggs and Lexis King all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, X-Pac, The Hurricane, D-Von Dudley, Al Snow, The Honky Tonk Man, Sgt. Slaughter, Raven, Brutus Beefcake, Demolition, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, The Sandman and Bob Holly appeared at previous ESW events.

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. ESW runs regular shows throughout the year that draw several hundred fans, with some events being attended by up to 1,000 people. For more information, to schedule an interview or request media credentials for an event, please contact David Jarka at or (716) 348-4598. All cards are subject to change.

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