The Whaling City Festival in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is set to include a pro wrestling show this year, which will feature a Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal to honor the late wrestling legend Derek Nalle.
A Tribute to a Legend
Derek Nalle, known by his ring names Bladerunner and Reverend Redemption, was a wrestling icon in New England, known for his eerie entrance to the theme from the movie Halloween. Nalle was laid to rest on May 6, 2023, after he died unexpectedly at the age of 55.
The New England Ring Gladiators (NRG), a local wrestling organization, will participate in the Whaling City Festival for the first time. To pay tribute to Nalle, NRG announced on its Facebook page that it will hold a Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal as part of the weekends festivities.
The Battle Royal
A battle royal is a match where a specific number of wrestlers start the match at the same time in the ring, and are each eliminated by going over the top rope until only one person remains in the ring and is declared the winner. Considering how many wrestlers in the area want to honor Nalle’s legacy, the ring is expected to be packed.
The Whaling City Festival
The Whaling City Festival is an annual event that takes place in Buttonwood Park in New Bedford during the summer. It draws people from all over the SouthCoast to enjoy the festivities, which include a variety of activities and events. The pro wrestling show has been a staple of the festival and has featured legendary New England wrestling talent throughout the years.
This year’s festival will take place on July 6, 7, 8, and 9, and will mark the return of the pro wrestling show. NRG’s Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal will be a new addition to the festival, and it promises to be a fitting tribute to Nalle’s contributions to the world of wrestling.
The Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal is set to be a highlight of the Whaling City Festival this year, as it pays homage to a New England wrestling legend who left an indelible mark on the industry. With the participation of NRG and many other local wrestlers, the battle royal promises to be an exciting and emotional event that fans of wrestling won’t want to miss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who was Derek Nalle and what was his legacy in wrestling?Derek Nalle, also known as Bladerunner and Reverend Redemption, was a professional wrestler born in New Bedford. He was widely regarded as one of the best wrestlers in New England and was inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015. His signature silent and stealthy walk to the ring to the theme from the movie Halloween was infamous, and he was known for providing wisdom, guidance, and good-natured pranks (“ribs”) to other wrestlers.
What is the Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park?The Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park is an annual summer event in New Bedford that attracts people from all over the SouthCoast. The festival features various festivities, including a pro wrestling show that has historically featured legendary New England wrestling talent. This year, the festival will include a Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal in honor of the late Derek Nalle.
What is a battle royal in wrestling?A battle royal is a type of wrestling match where a specific number of wrestlers (usually 10, 15, 20 or more) start the match in the ring at the same time, and are each eliminated by being thrown over the top rope until only one wrestler remains in the ring and is declared the winner.
What is the New England Ring Gladiators?The New England Ring Gladiators is a local wrestling organization that started in August 2021. They will be joining the Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park for the first time this year and will be participating in the pro wrestling show, including the Reverend Redemption Memorial Battle Royal in honor of Derek Nalle.