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Coming to First Avenue: David Arquette in a wrestling ring

F1rst Wrestling has announced the special guest for its January show.
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Hollywood actor David Arquette will make his Minnesota wrestling debut when he takes to the ring for the second of F1rst Wrestling's two January "Wrestlepalooza" shows at First Avenue.

The "Scream" actor has a history with wrestling, having famously won the WCW championship in 2000 in a move widely cited as one of the main reasons for the WCW's demise (though he himself argued against becoming champion).

Earlier this year he made a return to the ring on the independent circuit, seeking to redeem himself in the eyes of wrestling fans everywhere following his ill-fated WCW run.

If you want to know how seriously he's taking it, he made headlines last month after he appeared in a "Death Match" in California, during which he suffered a serious-looking wound to his neck after he was hit by a fluorescent light.

That brings him to Minneapolis, when he'll appear in the second of F1rst Wrestling's two shows on the weekend of January 5-6.

The first show, on the Saturday night, is a sellout, but Arquette will be appearing on the Sunday, for which there are still tickets left and at which the Dillinger Four will be performing.

Tickets cost $27 in advance or $35 on the door. You can order them here.

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How did this all come about?

F1rst Wrestling's Wrestlepalooza has become a hugely popular event in recent years, growing from its humble beginnings in front of a few hundred people at the famous venue to regularly selling out.

F1rst Wrestling creator, Minnesota wrestler Arik Cannon, told BMTN that both Wrestlepalooza shows will be "bonkers." This is the first time his promotion has run shows on consecutive nights at First Avenue.

"The lineups are stacked. However, the addition of David Arquette to Night 2 may tip the scales a bit, in favor of Sunday.

"David's love for the wacky world of professional wrestling is infectious, and I think all fans are in for a real treat. It's not a publicity stunt. David Arquette is a legitimate professional wrestler, and he's going to prove it at First Avenue."

Cannon says that he got in contact with Arquette through mutual friends, "a 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of thing."

"I'm stoked that his schedule is allowing this to happen. Honestly, I'm not sure if his schedule really allows it ... he's making the time for it!"

While Arquette's opponent hasn't been revealed yet, Cannon has assured BMTN there will be no repeat of his Californian Death Match.

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