Keeper of the Plans

Wrestling star, idol of ’90s kids, making appearances in Wichita

Brian Knobbs, of The Nasty Boys, will be in town this weekend.
Brian Knobbs, of The Nasty Boys, will be in town this weekend. Courtesy photo

Anyone who watched professional wrestling in the 1990s was at least aware of The Nasty Boys.

The duo, made up of Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, was notorious for its rough-and-tough approach to wrestling – punching, biting, kicking and wrestling in otherwise unorthodox ways.

Then they fell off the face of the earth in the mid-90s.

Knobbs, who is frequently seen associating with Hulk Hogan these days, is coming back to make public appearances, banking off of his popularity with The Nasty Boys.

And what better time and place to do that but in Wichita, during the WWE Live event at Intrust Bank Arena on Friday?

Timed to coincide with the WWE event – though unrelated to it – Knobbs will make a series of public appearances in Wichita this weekend, sponsored by Mid-West Entertainment Wrestling, an independent wrestling company based out of Mount Hope.

“He loves Wichita and we’re just trying to get him out and about,” said Lance Chaffin, owner of Mid-West Entertainment Wrestling (and a student of Knobbs’). “He is a WWE legend. ... We have a WWE superstar around Wichita to mingle with people.”

Knobbs is currently under contract with WWE, though he is not scheduled to make an appearance at the WWE Live event on Friday.

Knobbs has titles under his belt, such as WrestleMania 7’s Tag Team Champion, WWF World Tag Team Champion, WCW World Tag Team, Hardcore and U.S. Champion, FCW Tag Team Champion and more. He’s also starred in the “Hogan Knows Best” and “Brooke Knows Best” reality TV shows.

Want to meet him in person?

Check out where he’s going to be this weekend:

▪ 5:30-7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. – Steel Bar, 221 N. St. Francis

Knobbs is scheduled to hang out at Steel Bar on Friday night, both before the WWE Live event and afterward. He will be available for pictures and autographs.

▪ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Mid-West Wrestling Entertainment, 322 E. K-96 Northeast, Mount Hope

Knobbs, along with Mid-West Wrestling Entertainment, is hosting a pro wrestling seminar for anyone interested in doing professional wrestling. $50 per person, for ages 15 and up with parental consent.

▪ 5-7 p.m. Sat., Oliver’s Beef & Brew, 925 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson

Sponsored by Babs Bail Bonds of Hutchinson, Knobbs will be available for autographs and pictures in Hutchinson from 5-6 p.m. At 6 p.m., a limited amount of people who purchase $50 tickets can eat a KC Strip Steak Dinner with baked potato, vegetables and salad with Knobbs.

▪ 5 p.m. Sun., Mid-West Entertainment Wrestling, 322 E. K-96 Northeast, Mount Hope

A live pro wrestling show featuring Knobbs and Chaffin of Mid-West Wrestling Entertainment. Drinks available from Shaken or Stirred Bartending. After the show, people can get in the ring with Knobbs for a picture and an autograph. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets $10 for adults, $7 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

WWE Live

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1; doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman.

Tickets: $20-$100. Available at www.selectaseat.com, 855-755-7328 or the arena box office.

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