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Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Buff Bagwell to appear at ESW’s Batavia debut

Empire State Wrestling will hold its first ever event in Batavia, N.Y. on Sunday, July 16 with Mayhem at the McCarthy. The event will be at the McCarthy Ice Arena and feature a meet & greet with two pro wrestling legends: Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell

A household wrestling name who gained fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s during his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation, Roberts is well-known for beating his opponents with the DDT and placing his snake, Damien, across their bodies. Roberts was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2020.

He now works as a manager with All-Elite Wrestling and serves as a special advisor in its community outreach program.

Bagwell was a longtime member of World Championship Wrestling’s roster. He worked for the promotion from 1991 to 2001. During that span, he was a five-time WCW Tag Team Champion and a member of the New World Order. His recent career activity includes regular appearances at independent wrestling events and wrestling conventions across the U.S.

Matches for Mayhem at the McCarthy will be announced on ESW’s social media platforms over the weeks leading up to the event.

A variety of ticket and vendor booth options are available at ESWTIX.COM.


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 current AEW World Champion MJF, Buffalo’s own Daniel Garcia plus The Butcher & the Blade and the BunnyMatt Hardy, Dustin Rhodes, Adam Cole, Matt Sydal, Ruby Soho, Billy Gunn, Colt Cabana, Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, Danhausen, Jay Lethal, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Lucha Bros, Ethan Page, Brian Pillman, Jr., 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 and Josh Briggs 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 Hollyappeared 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.

You can connect with ESW on the following platforms:






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Over-The-Air TV: Throwback TV – WBXZ – Channel 56.4 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Fridays at 10 p.m.)

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