A benefit event has been set in Rossville for former well-known wrestler "Gypsy Joe."
Rev. Dan Wilson, pro wrestling manager and TV announcer since 1999, said, "To any who may remember the old Nick Gulas/Harry Thornton days of Chattanooga wrestling on WDEF, one of the headliners from the 60's and 70's and former tag team partner of the late Tojo Yamamoto as The "No Pain Train", Gypsy Joe (real name Gilberto Melendez) is in poor health. He is currently in rehab in a Nashville area care facility after having his foot amputated amidst a myriad of other health issues and costs are mounting for his care.
"Joe turns 80 this December.
As Joe was a mentor and hero to me, and also was at one time my great uncle by marriage, I have gathered the local pro wrestling community together to hold a fundraiser to assist with Joe's mounting medical expenses.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds for this fundraiser will go to Joe's immediate family towards the cost of his medical care."
The event is Aug. 10 at Empire Arena, 22 Austin Ave. in Rossville. Tickets are only $5.
There will be an appearance by Pat Rose, family-friendly wrestling action, and a special memorabilia auction featuring rare items donated from Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling on Spike TV, renowned pro wrestling agent Bill Behrens, and more.
Bell time is 8 p.m.