It starts with state-of-the-art sound for ring entrances. Then there are the multiple big screens that will be used to highlight the superstars who will bring New Year’s Chaos to life. A steel-cage match here, a possible world-title change there, and you can get a sense of what Marvin Ward, the general manager of Top Rope Pro Wrestling, is trying to do.
“I want people thinking they just attended a show that’s as good as anything that WWE puts on,” said Ward, whose list of credits in the wrestling business include his stint as executive producer of the 2011 AWE “Night of Legends” pay-per-view television event.
Tickets to the Saturday, Jan. 5 New Year’s Chaos, at the 5,000-seat Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., are available online at www.TopRopeProWrestling.com. Tickets are also available at Aaron’s locations in Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, and will be available at the door at the Virginia Horse Center.
It’s a short, short list of people who have put on live pay-per-view wrestling shows. Ward and Top Rope President and CEO Chris Graham are pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Chaos – including loading the card with big names, like Goldust, “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters, Daivari, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Angelina Love, to an audio-visual setup that Ward and Graham feel rivals what WWE takes on the road.
“Wrestling fans have gotten used to a high level of sports entertainment with what WWE produces,” said Graham, a member of the creative team that put together the “Night of Legends” pay-per-view for AWE.
“I don’t have a problem saying that I think WWE is the gold standard in our industry,” Graham said. “They’ve made it so that fans expect the top of the line in terms of production values when they go out to a live show. We want to deliver the top of the line with what we do at Top Rope.”