Business had been slow through the winter.
To bring customers in to TNT Wings & Pizza in York Township, manager Jim Shelton thought it might be a good idea to air a World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view at the restaurant.
Shelton bugged TNT owner, Dean Lake, about airing a WWE pay-per-view for two months.
"He (Lake) finally said 'You think it's really worth it?' I said 'We do it one time, if it's successful, then we keep doing it,'" Shelton said.
TNT first tried it in April, airing WWE's Wrestlemania 29 at the restaurant.
"We brought in over 100 people," Shelton said.
The idea came at a good time, shortly after the Hooters restaurant at 703 Loucks Road in York City closed in March. Shelton had taken his 14-year-old son to Hooters to watch WWE pay-per-views and saw firsthand the large crowds they drew.
With Hooters now closed, Shelton said TNT and the nearby Aroogas restaurant in Springettsbury Township are believed to be among the few destinations in York County where pro wrestling fans can go to watch pay-per-views. TNT has continued to air WWE's monthly pay-per-views ever since.
With the good turnout they've received as a result of providing the pay-per-views, TNT is now taking another pro wrestling-related step to stir up business. This Sunday, the restaurant will host an autograph session with former WWE star Matt Hardy beginning at 8 p.m.
Hardy will actually be in town to compete earlier in the day Sunday as part of an independent pro wrestling show at the Wisehaven Banquet & Expo Center, located less than a mile down East Prospect Road from TNT in neighboring Windsor Township.
Hardy competed in the WWE for more than a decade before leaving the company in 2010. He is best known for his work as a tag-team partner with his brother, Jeff. Together as the Hardy Boyz, the duo won WWE's tag-team titles seven times from 1999 to 2008, according to Matt Hardy's website, matthardybrand.com.
Tickets: Tickets for this Sunday's show can be purchased at TNT. General admission is $15 and front-row seats are $20. The autograph session with Hardy at TNT is free and open to the public. For information, contact Shelton at 840-7777.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.