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Nashville Pro Wrestling logo 1Two of the most innovative personalities in the wrestling industry have been added to the lineup for Nashville Pro Wrestling’s debut event Saturday, Feb. 23.

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) founder Jerry Jarrett and longtime wrestler and author Dutch Mantell will sign autographs and chat with fans as part of an all-day sports festival at the Nashville Convention Center.  The event — the 104-5 The Zone SportsFest — is an annual fan-focused exhibition that includes Nashville Pro Wrestling action, along with nationally known sports celebrities, coaches, guest speakers, vendors, giveaways and more.

Jarrett is a pioneer in the wrestling industry, and as a promoter and owner of two Memphis-based wrestling groups helped establish Memphis and Nashville as epicenters of pro wrestling throughout the 1970s and ’80s. In 2002, he founded TNA, which has established itself as one of the most-watched wrestling companies worldwide.

Mantell, memorable for his in-ring rivalries with Jerry Lawler throughout the 1970s and ’80s, has been intrumental in talent development with some of today’s top stars in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He’s also the author of two successful books, “The World According to Dutch” (2009) and “Tales From a Dirt Road” (2010).

Jarrett and Mantell will be joined by Warren “Wolfie D” Wolfe, who along with Jamie Dundee helped establish PG-13 as a successful tag team in Memphis and later in WWE and other companies.

In-ring action also will be featured as part of the Nashville Pro Wrestling debut event. The lineup of top independent wrestling talent from across the Midwest and Southern U.S. will include Matt Cage, Elements of Wrestling, Brandon Espinosa, Dyron Flynn, Ace Hawkins, The Hollistars, Christian Rose, Matt Yaden and more. Matchups and exact times will be announced soon.

All advance SportsFest tickets are just $5 and include access to the entire event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Adult tickets the day of the event are $10. Find more ticket information and the latest event updates at www.nashvilleprowrestling.com or at Facebook.com/nashvilleprowrestling.

Nashville Pro Wrestling is a locally owned company founded in 2011 with an emphasis on a highly athletic, contemporary style of professional wrestling. Visit www.nashvilleprowrestling.com for company information, wrestler bios, photos and more.