Don't tell Terry England that wrestling is fake. He prefers to compare it to Shakespearean theater.
"Shakespearean theater was physical. It was rough. People got bruised and banged around," said England, owner of Ultimate Championship Wrestling, of the actors who long ago performed on stage.
Contemporary professional wrestling matches are a mix of athleticism and entertainment, he continued, adding that there's definitely a physical toll taken on the wrestlers.
"Is he going to burn your house down? No. But he's really picking you up and slamming you," England said.
On Feb 10, UCW Wrestling is teaming up with two other southcentral Kentucky outfits to sponsor the 19th Caverna Supershow in Caverna High School gymnasium in Horse Cave.
The event — held for 19 of the last 21 years — serves as a fundraiser for Caverna athletics. England is a Caverna graduate and his daughter is in the eighth grade at Caverna Middle School. He said it's one way he can give back to the school.
"The state's always cutting funding and you hear stories about kids needing help, and you want to help," England said Thursday, adding that the event also helps his wrestling company get some exposure.
England and UCW have brought notable wresters to Horse Cave over the past two decades, and this year will be no different.
Swoggle, who wrestled as Hornswoggle while in the WWE over the past decade, is one of the headliners of the event. He will be joined by a man who needs no introduction in southcentral Kentucky — Hillbilly Jim.
Hillbilly Jim first appeared in the WWF in 1984, and competed in numerous Wrestlemania events. The Monroe County native has wrestled some of the biggest names in the world including Hulk Hogan, Randy "The Macho Man" Savage and Andre the Giant.
Hillbilly Jim won't be wrestling during the Caverna Supershow, but he will be available for autographs and to meet with fans as part of a special Golden Circle meet and greet. The Golden Circle tickets are limited to 120, and can be purchased for $15. The price includes the cost for admission to the Supershow.
There will also be plenty of regional and local talent at the event.
One of the most notable additions to this year's lineup is the steel cage match, which will feature Jeff Crowe against Vic "The Bruiser".
There will also be a ladies battle between Rebecca Reece and Stormie Lee, and the AWA New South Championship Title Match between John Irons and Ronnie Roberts. And if those aren't enough, there will be a Squared Circle Rumble featuring multiple wrestlers grappling for $1,000, a future title shot and a trophy.
"They're going to get about two-and-a-half hours of entertainment that's really unique," England said of what spectators can expect from the show. "I really think it's one of the stronger cards we've had there in a long time."
Advance general admission tickets(that don't include the Hillbilly Jim meet and greet) are $10, and $7 for Caverna students and staff. Tickets at the door will be $12.
Call 606-813-0235 for ticket information, and visit www.ucwwrestlingnow.com for more about the event.