The wrestling world was shocked -- shocked! -- to hear that a dude named Monster Abyss left the TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling league in January. Fans speculated that he was defecting for the big leagues of the WWE. "He's the crazy/dark, sitting-in-the-rafters-type character," one fan said. "The WWE is lacking such a persona." But next thing you know, Mr. Abyss said he was not leaving the TNA after all. Did the organization offer him big bucks to stay? Or was the whole story concocted just to create a buzz?
Who knows? And more important, who cares? Fans know that there's more drama in one single night of wrestling than inside RuPaul's dressing room all year. And they're psyched to know that Abyss is making a special appearance at the NWA's (National Wrestling Alliance) "March Mayhem" showdown at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds (4271 Davie Rd., Davie) on Saturday. The slew of matches includes a Southern heavyweight title match between Abyss and current champion Lex Lovett, a "Tag Team War," and an "Intergender Challenge Match" between poor Amy Love (who always gets beat down by the guys) and Chasyn Rance, who apparently didn't get the message from his mama not to pick on girls. The death grips and homicide flips start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $9 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 954-441-7119, or visit www.nwaflorida.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Serving Up Stars
ATP Tourney graces Broward County
In the mood for some world-class tennis? The Pro Tennis World Open kicks off Sunday, running through March 20 at the Sunrise Tennis Club (9605 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise). The Pro is the only Association of Tennis Professionals men's tour event in Broward, boasting eight top-50 players in the main draw, including Luis Horna, Igor Andreev, Karol Beck, Tomas Berdych, Filippo Vilandri, and Florian Mayer. Americans Robby Ginepri and JanMichael Gambill are also scheduled to compete, along with tour veteran Thomas Enqvist. Tickets cost $10 to $25. March 15 is USTA day, with members getting 20 percent off admission. Call 954-572-2286. -- Russ Evans