Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski is known as “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous.” Over the course of his 40-year professional wrestling career, the South Milwaukee native and World War II vet was the pride of a region, an influence to untold numbers of aspiring wrestlers, and a WCW Hall of Famer with a heft of title belts to his name.
“Da Crusher” died in 2005, but his legacy will live on when a full-sized bronze statue of his likeness is unveiled this summer on the corner of 11th and Milwaukee in South Milwaukee. The statue is the result of a crowdfunding campaign (launched by Chris Smith) that eventually raised a whopping $40,000. Will the statue site be shaped like a wrestling ring? Yes. Will it have granite turnbuckles? Yes. Will it come complete with a two-day “CrusherFest”? You bet it will.
Here’s the schedule. Beer, food, polka, wrestling. What more do you want?
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
11 a.m. – Festival Grounds Open
11:30 a.m. – Steve Meisner Polka Band
3 p.m. – Crusher Statue Unveiling
4 p.m. – The Squeezettes
6:30 p.m. – Pro Wrestling Show
8 p.m. – The November Criminals
9 p.m. – Festival Closes
Legends of Wrestling Appearances
Wrestling Memorabilia Booths
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
10:30 a.m. – Festival Grounds Open
11 a.m. – Polka Mass
12 p.m. – Jeff Winard Polka Band
1 p.m. – The Downtowners
4 p.m. – Blues Addiction
5 p.m. – Festival Closes
13th Mr. Saloon Competition
Screening of Classic Crusher Matches
Badger Heritage Antique Motorcycle Show