Knobbs, 49, lives in the Tampa area, and he still loves baseball. He is very familiar with the Tampa Bay Rays.
“In 2006-07, a couple of guys in the office from the Rays organization asked me if I wanted to be their 10th man,” Knobbs said, “because when the Red Sox and the Yankees came to town, it wasn’t like a home game. It was like an away game, because we have so many Red Sox and Yankees fans down here. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll come down there and help. I used to do these little vignettes on the Rays giant video scoreboard to get the fans up, ‘Let’s go Rays.’
“From that, it turned into, ‘Hey, how about let’s do a wrestling night.’ Bring some of the guys in, sign some autographs and after the baseball game, do a couple of wrestling matches. I said, ‘Fine.’ So we did that a couple of years, and it went great. This year Matt [Britton] from the Miami Marlins called me up and said, ‘Knobbs, you want to do something down here at Marlins Park?’ I said, ‘Oh my God. I’d love to do something with the Marlins.’ So we got together, and we’re doing a Legends of Wrestling Night.”
Along with The Nasty Boys and The Hart Foundation, the event also features Goldberg, Greg The Hammer Valentine, Koko B. Ware, Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Bushwhacker Luke, The Genius (Lanny Poffo), Mr. Anderson (Mr. Kennedy), Chavo Guerrero Jr., Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and more.
“I’ve been in the wrestling business now 27 years, and some of these guys are personal friends of mine,” Knobbs said. “We drove up and down the highways together. Like baseball players, football players, basketball players, with wrestlers, it’s like a fraternity of brothers. I called them and said, ‘Hey man, I’m getting a show together, calling it the Legends of Wrestling Night. I’d love for you to be involved.’ Nobody batted an eye. They said, ‘Oh man, definitely, can I get on it?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Thank you for asking me.’ I got nothing but thank yous for calling them and asking them to be on a show in Miami.
“So we’re bringing all the top stars. legendary Hall of Famers, world champions and even up-n-coming stars.”
Davey Boy Smith Jr. is the son of the late, great British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith. Garett Bischoff is the son of former WCW mastermind Eric Bischoff, and Wes Brisco is the son of WWE Hall of Famer and Championship Wrestling from Florida legend Jerry Brisco.
Goldberg will throw out the first pitch.
There will be an autograph session on the Promenade Level during the game.
Three to four wrestling matches will follow the game on the West Plaza.
“The fans can expect excitement,” Knobbs said. “If you’re a wrestling fan, you definitely want to be there. We got WWE Hall of Famers like Bret The Hitman Hart. Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart, Koko B. Ware and Greg The Hammer Valentine. The guy who rarely does autograph sessions and has his own reality show on the Speed channel and has been in a couple of movies [The Longest Yard, Universal Soldier: The Return] Bill Goldberg will be there. He’s one of the toughest wrestlers I’d ever met. I had the fortune and privilege to actually wrestle him on a WCW Monday Nitro where he almost broke my ribs. You got Brutus the Barber Beefcake, The Genuis, Bushwhacker Luke and TNA wrestlers Mr. Anderson, Wes Brisco, Garett Bischoff and Chavo Guerrero signing autographs and wrestling.