For those who like to wrestle up their dinner, the newest dinner show attraction features wrestling and pizza
By Peter Covino
We have had horses and knights, gladiators and gangsters, pirates and murder mysteries and even a big Italian wedding.
Now the latest dinner show to hit Central Florida, and Osceola County, involves some Spandex and a burning desire to be the lord of the ring.
Professional wrestling with a thematic story and pizza has arrived at Osceola Heritage Park.
The new dinner theater attraction, Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater, had its debut recently, and after two dinner shows, could become a regular attraction at the home of the Silver Spurs Arena, said Jason Refermat, marketing manager for Osceola Heritage Park.
“They have done it twice,” Refermat said of the wrestling show, which pits good versus bad wrestlers. And while the opening show in December only had about 30 guests, he said, the second show held in March was a sell-out at OHP’s Exhibition Hall.
The wrestling show is the creation of former professional wrestler Bryan Smith, who is the founder and owner of the wrestling dinner theater. The wrestling dinner show has turned up at a few locations in the area over the past year, but according to the Manor theater website, Manorprowrestling.com, Exhibition Hall at OHP will be its home, at least through December, with five shows scheduled.
While Refermat wasn’t able to see either show at OHP, it should appeal to youngsters, he said.
Pizza, from Papa John’s, one of the wrestling theater sponsors, seems to be a regular fixture on the dinner menu. While the menu has varied from dinner show to dinner show, the March dinner featured a pizza buffet, with four types of pizza, barbecue wings, hot wings, dessert and a beverage selection of iced tea, lemonade or coffee.
Regular price admission to the show is $60 for youngsters and $89 for adults, but if you order in advance on line, dinner admission for a family of four is $130 for the next dinner show, April 18 at Osceola Heritage Park. Single tickets online for adults are $35 online and $25 for children. Children 3 and under are admitted free. The website also features Manor Wrestling Dinner Theater T-shirts for $10.
The “show” part of a dinner theater can get needlessly complex. For a wrestling show, it is first and foremost about wrestling. The performers certainly look imaginative judging by the website and include everything from a wizard and a rock star for Chiva the Soccer Playing Goat (no, it is not a real goat) to Oso Panda (no, he’s not a real panda either).
The back story, for the wrestling, via the website, involves the usual fair maiden (Lady Golden Eyes) who has always used the Manor to entertain the people of the village with shows from around the world. But there always is darkness near every village and here he is called, not coincidentally, Lord Darkness. Darkness casts a spell on the village turning half of the performers evil, setting up the inevitable battle between good and evil. Let the wrestling begin.
You will have to wait until April 18 to see who wins.
The show also features a house band, Anyone’s Guess.