We love Lane.

More than two years ago I got involved with Stride Pro Wrestling. One of the first people I met on that first show in March 2016 was Lane Austin. He was one of the referees that night (I think we actually had more than one that evening.) We became fast friends and have made it a tradition to hang out after shows and grab a bite to eat at Applebee’s or Steak ‘n Shake.

Lane is a great referee, but more importantly a great friend. He’s been battling diabetes most of his life and was recently hospitalized as a result of the disease. Now the guy who gives of himself so willingly is going to be the one we’re giving back to. On Saturday, April 7 Stride Pro Wrestling is putting together a big fundraiser in Lane’s honor.

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I talked with Heath Hatton who is the man with the plan for Stride Pro Wrestling and one of Lane’s oldest friends. The benefit show is happening at 7 p.m. at the Carterville Community Center. You can get directions here. We’ll also have auctions, concessions and autographed pictures of Stride stars to raise money for our friend.

We know for sure Jay Spade will defend the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship against Tony Flood. Sam Hunter will be the guest on Striking Your Fancy and we’ll find out what’s next for Roger Matheus. Also, I know of at least one former Stride star returning (look close at the poster and you’ll figure it out too). It’s going to be a great night for a great guy. Simply put, we love you Lane. So please come out and support this show.