Lucha Xtreme Wrestling stars headed to Merced

Merced audiences will have the opportunity to see a rising star that might soon be featured on World Wrestling Entertainment.

Brian Reid, who uses the ring name “INS Legacy” Brian Tannen, is one of several wrestlers stepping into the ring Saturday at Lucha Xtreme Wrestling in Merced. Tannen signed a developmental deal with WWE in October, sending him to the organization’s training facility in Florida, according to Lance Cardoza, president and chief operating officer of Lucha Xtreme Wrestling Entertainment.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 83, 939 W. Main St. in Merced. It will air two hours later, at 9 p.m. Saturday, on the “Lucha Xtreme” show broadcast on Fresno’s KAIL-TV MyNetwork Digital 7.1.

“It will be a star-studded event and about 30 of the wrestlers will be on hand,” Cardoza said. “It’s a very professional and family-friendly show where people can come out and have a great time.”

A press conference will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday to announce a live pay-per-view Internet wrestling event to be held in Merced on March 16.

Lucha Xtreme Wrestling Entertainment mixes the flair and high-flying action of Lucha Libre wrestling with the showmanship of American professional wrestling, according to a news release.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP, which includes a meet-and-greet with the wrestlers. Tickets can be purchased at the American Legion, the El Bajio supermarket or at