Fortunebaynia2 set to entertain fans young and old

Sammy Richter didn’t know what to expect when he broached the subject of bringing professional wrestling to Fortune Bay Resort Casino.
After all, Fortune Bay was synonymous with bringing outdoor concerts to the area and professional wrestling was never really considered.
However, that all changed in the summer of 2018 when Richter got the approval to bring Fortunebaynia to the big stage. The success of that inaugural event has led to Fortunebaynia2, which Richter promises to be even better than the original.
Some of the star power signed on to play a part in the festivities is Sting, Booker T, Ultimo Dragon, Super Crazy, Honky Tonk Man, Demolition, Air Wolf and King Leonidas. Everyone’s favorite villain Jimmy “The Mouth from the South” Hart will also be part of the show as will Minnesota’s very own, Madusa. There will be many top-notch wrestlers from the Midwest taking the ring once the bell is rung Sunday, July 28th at 5 p.m.
“Ticket sales have been going very well,” said Richter, who is the entertainment and promotions manager for Fortune Bay. “We sold out the first two rows in four minutes and all of the main floor seating within a couple of days.”
To date, Richter said just over 600 tickets have been sold for the outdoor show, which will be held rain or shine.
“I’d like to get to 800 tickets with 1,000 being the ceiling,” said Richter, who added that all ticket sales are final. “We will have bleachers set up for general admission, but a general admission ticket does not guarantee you a seat.”
In other words, if you are a general admission ticket holder, make sure to get there when the gates open at 4:30 pm. There will be plenty of food and beverage available for purchase so please leave your coolers home.
“A new twist this year will be a Q and A session in The Woodlands Ballroom the night prior to the event,” said Richter. “Guests who bought a seat in the front two rows will get in free and all others can get in for $10 at the door.”
Richter said the Q and A will last for two hours and he anticipates many great wrestling stories to be told during the session.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of smack talk so that is going to be entertaining,” said Richter, an admitted wrestling fanatic. “There will be some fan participation too as far as asking questions of their idols from years gone by.”
If fans can’t get out for Saturday night’s event, there will be a Meet and Greet with the wrestlers Sunday at noon in The Woodlands Ballroom.
“They can go to heavyonwrestling.com for more information on that,” said Richter. “Gates will then open at 4:30 p.m. and the first match will begin at 5 p.m.”
Sting will be giving away an autographed bat during Saturday’s Belts, Bats and Bucks promotion. He gained worldwide fame by carrying the bat into the ring when he wrestled for World Championship Wrestling during its heyday in the 1990s. Some lucky kid will also get a title belt and autographed Sting bat during Sunday’s event.
Richter said he is hopeful many of the legends on hand will take an active part once the action gets underway.
“We’re hoping for a lot of involvement from them aside from the Meet and Greet,” said Richter of the legends. “I’ve talked to many fans already and they are pumped about Fortunebaynia2. The thing I love about this event is how family-friendly this will be. You don’t get that with MMA or boxing. It’s going to be a great show, so if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, go to fortunebay.com and get it today!”