HEIGHTS — Financial problems that threaten a VFW post here are a call to action of sorts for national wrestling superstar Rhino, and will be a homecoming for him as well, at a pro wrestling exhibition Dec. 8 at O.W. Best Middle School, 22201 Powers.
Rhino attended Best while growing up in Dearborn Heights as Terry Gerin. He will headline the wrestling show there, with proceeds to benefit Donovan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 78, 25620 Van Born Road.
Donovan, the state’s oldest VFW post, has been in financial distress since a burglary last year at the post took all of the post’s cash. Problems were compounded when power was turned off there for lack of payment, forcing the cancelation of events at the hall that could bring in revenue.
The matches begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
“I’m proud to participate in an event that will help our veterans,” said Rhino, who has performed for U.S. military at a special World Wrestling Entertainment event in Iraq.
Rhino will be part of a tag team main event at the event at Best, teaming with the DBA, who is billed as the most dangerous wrestler in Michigan, to take on the area’s leading tag team, the Scarboni Brothers. The Scarbonis will be accompanied by nationally known ringside manager Truth Martini and Frankie “The Arms.”
Other bouts will feature Zach Gowen, known as the one-legged wonder, John E. Bravo, and the massive Papa Dingo, who is managed at ringside by Dearborn resident John McFarlin, better known in wrestling as Handsome Johnny Bradford.
Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak will be the special guest commissioner for the matches.
Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at Dearborn Heights City Hall, 6045 Fenton, and at VFW Post 78.