AMORY – The list of wrestlers committed to a benefit show May 31 for one of their own is steadily growing as the Outlaw Wrestling Organization will help Tony Dabbs, a Smithville native who has wrestled for the past 20 years.
He is going through health issues, and all of the proceeds will go towards his medical treatments.
“One thing about Tony, if there’s been a benefit in the past 10 or 15 years around here, Tony either promoted it or wrestled in it,” said OWO Commissioner Terrell Moore.
Moore recalled getting a group text from Dabbs a while back stating he was quitting due to pains shortly before he posted on Facebook he was retiring from wrestling.
“Tony and I have been tight for 12 years. He trained me and became one of my closest friends,” said Moore, who described organizing this benefit as special. “I want to say thanks in advance to everyone who donated and will support this. You can’t help a better person than Tony.”
As of last Wednesday, Bonecrusher, Parental Advisory, Neil Taylor, Dakota Riley, Max Mayhem, Pink Flamingos, New Breed, JD McKay, Curly Moe, Gene Jackson and J Web were on the card to wrestle.
“I’ve had a lot of old local guys calling to see if they could wrestle too. People who used to wrestle with Tony will be there. I get texts every day from people wanting to help,” Moore said.
The last show the OWO hosted in Amory was on Black Friday last year.
Friday’s benefit show will be at East Amory Community Center, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be an ongoing bake sale featuring items such as pecan and pumpkin pies and red velvet cake throughout the event.
An auction featuring items such as candles, picture frames, books and Legos will begin at 7:30 p.m., and bell time is at 8 p.m.
Admission to the benefit is $6, and children 4 and younger get in for free.