BARRY COURTER: Lisa, how about a smackdown?
LISA DENTON: Well, you can try, but you don't want to mess with a master of Soddy karate. It's little-known but lethal.
If you're talking about World Wrestling Entertainment's Friday show at McKenzie Arena, though, I'm right there with you. I've never seen Hornswoggle wrestle, but how can you not root for a wrestler named Hornswoggle?
BARRY: I don't want any part of your Soddy karate. I have visions of Granny from "The Beverly Hillbillies" spinning me around like the Boston Strong Girl.
WWE is also bringing Captain Charisma and The Apex Predator, though the card can always change at these events.
There is, of course, another Main event -- did you see what I did there? -- on the bill this weekend.
LISA: Oh, you are too clever. Something of a card yourself. Did you see what I did there?
The other Main event is, of course, Mainx24, the big, 24-hour block party on Main Street and its Southside intersections. There's art and music, a lot of good eats and even a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.
BARRY: Mainx24 by itself offers a lot of fun things. The shops and businesses on the Southside do all they can to entertain themselves and their guests around the clock. One thing not to overlook is that the annual Chattanooga Market two-day Holiday Market at First Tennessee Pavilion is next weekend as well. The folks who run the market tell me they are bursting at the seams with vendors. This is a good weekend to do some Christmas shopping. Your giftee will get something good and you help support local people.
LISA: Speaking of supporting local people, don't forget that country singer Lorrie Morgan is coming to Memorial Auditorium on Friday. She'll be joined by The Wright Kids, a bluegrass band you might have seen on "America's Got Talent." The concert is one of two benefits the Chattanooga Firefighters Association holds every year to raise funds for local charities.
BARRY: Local is better.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...
Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.