PLATTSBURGH - When TNA Wrestling came to town recently, the crowd went wild. And, when professional wrestler Robbie E. came to town, he had the chance to meet a group of ladies who he couldn't resist seeing again.
John LaHart, who promotes TNA Wrestling events locally with partner Gary Hathaway, said Robert "Robbie E." Strauss had the chance to meet with Aeropstale's Angels, one of several teams signed up to participate in the upcoming Relay for Life at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville.
"We talked at the event about Robbie coming back up to help the girls raise money for Relay for Life and he was all for it. He just wanted to confirm that he could come back and when he found out he could, he was more than happy to," said LaHart.
"It means a lot to me, bro," said Robbie E. "Helping out with something like this is one of the great things I get to do with my profession, man."
Though Robbie E. said he has never had anyone in his life directly affected by cancer, helping those who have is important to him.
"I do though feel for anyone that has to go through something like this and praise how strong and positive they are," he said, adding he's looking forward to his return to the area for the event that benefits the AmericanCancer Society. "This is part of why I love what I do ... Getting the chance to help out with things like this. It's an honor."
Robbie E. will return Friday, Sept. 17, to help man a Relay for Life booth for the Aeropostale Angels, a team consisting of employees of the Champlain Centre store and their friends.
Rachel Guyton, one of the team's members, was excited to learn Robbie E. was coming back.
"We knew John was working on getting a wrestler to come back for [Relay for Life], but we weren't sure who. We would've been happy with anyone from TNA, but we were really happy to find out it was Robbie E. We all liked him," said Guyton.
The TNA personality will be on hand at the overnight event and will even stick around for a few appearances on Saturday, June 18. Robbie E. will sign autographs at the FYE store in Champlain Centre starting at 11 a.m. and be there until he heads over to Therapy Nightclub and Sports Lounge on downtown Margaret Street as part of the business's one-year anniversary celebration sponsored by Therapy and Y106.3 FM.
"We're excited Robbie was kind enough to donate his time to do an autograph signing and be part of our anniversary celebration," said club co-owner Jimmy Taber. "We're going to have a lot going on, creating a bit of an expo with all the vendors that work with us and unveiling our new menu."
"I think it's pretty incredible Robbie will be here," Taber added. "TNA is an awesome organization."
Making appearances like these are what TNA Wrestling is all about, said LaHart.
"TNA Wrestling cares about the places they visit. It's very important to them to get involved in the communities they stop in so they can show their appreciation for the fans that support them," said LaHart.
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