DRINKING GAMES: THE GREAT BEER CHALLENGE
Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a stein holding competition and even shuffleboard to honor the location for the inaugural event. Winners will be crowned at 5 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Participant tickets include full access to the beer games, beer swag and craft SweetWater beer. Advance tickets are $30 per participant, $110 for team of four and spectators $20 at greatbeerchallenge.com. Tickets are $50 at the door per person, if available. 12:30-5 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2083.
RING LEADERS: WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW
World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest program, WWE Monday Night Raw, returns to Tampa for the first time in two years. And the WWE is riding high, having snagged Jon Stewart in his first post-Daily Show gig as host of WWE's SummerSlam last weekend. That automatically expanded its viewership to people willing to put up with wrestling because they figure if Stewart is a fan, there must be something to it, no? John Cena lost the Heavyweight title to Seth Rollins (thanks to an assist from Jon Stewart and an office chair to the gut). The two will face each other again in the main event at Tampa's Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Monday for a live broadcast on the USA Network. Other highlights include Roman Reigns and the WWE Divas including the Bella Twins, Paige and Natalya. Almost every match has its own individual moments that stand out, so Tampa wrestling fans have been looking forward to this. Tickets are $20-$115 at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
ROUNDUP: Rodeo Fest at the fairgrounds
The Gus Trent Rodeo Fest returns at 6 p.m. Saturday to the Florida State Fairgrounds, where fans will be treated to exhibitions in barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, mounted shooting, steer wrestling and bull riding. Trent, who hosts the annual festival, owns a horse ranch in Plant City where he offers boarding and horse training and conducts trail rides. The rodeo gives his riders a chance to show off their skill with horses. Admission is $10 at the fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (412) 592-6916. floridastatefair.com.