AS I SEE IT 12/8: More ways to make Christmas happy...

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

We're in the middle of the holiday season, so more Toys for Tots wrestling news...

New England Championship Wrestling presents its final live event of 2008 and perhaps its most important on Saturday night, December 13 at 7 PM at the Billerica Memorial High School, 35 River Street, Billerica, MA. THE POWER OF LOVE is a benefit event for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. 100% of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. Admission to the event is the donation of a new unwrapped toy, or a $10 contribution per adult, $5 per child.

NECW's THE POWER OF LOVE will be capped by a huge double main event! NECW Triple Crown Champion, “The Mohawked Enforcer” Max Bauer will defend his title against the current NECW Television Champion, Handsome Johnny. Only the Triple Crown will be on the line, as “The Handsome One” gets the chance to cement his place at the pinnacle of NECW.

The second half of our double main event is an NECW Tag Team Championship Dream Match! The current NECW Tag Team Champions, PRIDE (Dan Freitas & Brian Nunes) after their victory in a five team gauntlet match, are claiming to be the greatest tag team in NECW history.

Saturday night in Quincy, PRIDE were confronted by D.C. Dillinger, claiming that he and “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards, Sabotage, are the greatest tag team in NECW history. PRIDE are 3 time champions. Sabotage are 4 time former champions. Which team is the greatest in NECW history? The two most storied teams in the annals of NECW will collide on Saturday night, December 13 to decide that very question! In addition, #1 contender “The Golden Greek” Alex Arion squares off against “The Real Deal” Brandon Locke. World Women’s Wrestling Champion, “The Portuguese Princess” Ariel, managed by Brendan Michael Thomas battles Taeler Hendrix in a non-title grudge match, “The Human Nightmare” Evan Siks of Team Nightmare faces Darling Damon of The Crown Jewels, “The Talent” T.J. Richter with his new bodyguard “The Bulldozer” John Munroe goes up against Makoto in a return grudge match, plus “Superstar” Ryan Matthews faces the high-flying Nick Westgate.

We hope to get at least 500 toys donated on this night. Please join us in championing the cause of children in need.

This holiday season, and for the second year for what is fast becoming a local holiday tradition, WWE and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program have teamed up again to provide toys for needy children throughout the Connecticut area.

On Tuesday, December 9, ECW Champion Matt Hardy, WWE Superstar Jeff Hardy, WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito and Primo, and WWE Diva Maria will be at Tommy K Vitamins, 54 Research Drive, Stamford Conn., from noon to 2 p.m., helping the U.S. Marines with their Toys for Tots campaign.

For a minimum $15 new, unwrapped toy donation, you can get an autograph and meet the WWE Superstars. In addition to the all star appearances and autograph session, Tommy K will be hosting an open house during the event with free refreshments and giveaways. Tommy K will donate ten percent of the proceeds from sales on the day of the event to the Toys for Tots program.

“The vision of seeing a child smiling after receiving a new toy means the world to me,” said Matt Hardy. “It’s very important, and a great feeling and I hope the fans turnout as they did last year to support this great event.” . Last year, more than 500 WWE fans lined the streets outside Tommy K’s Vitamins in Stamford, Conn., to meet WWE Superstars Jeff Hardy and Cody Rhodes, along with WWE Diva Mickey James, who made their arrival in grand fashion — riding in United States Marines vehicles completely filled with toys. But the day wasn’t just about autographs or photo-ops; it was about coming out for a great cause and collected almost 1500 toys for the drive.

TNA Wrestling and the U.S. Marines are collecting Toys For Tots drive donations at TNA IMPACT tapings and the . Final Resolution pay-per-view on December 7, which includes the December 7 PPV, and tapings on December 8, 9, 15, and 16. For more information, go to

Three events held at the New Alhambra (ECW) Arena in December will hold Toys for Toys collections.

On Saturday, December 13, Combat Zone Wrestling presents its tenth annual Cage Of Death, featuring the Cage of Death match with CZW World Champion Drake Younger, CZW Iron Man Champion Brain Damage, CZW Tournament of Death and UVU Champion Danny Havoc, Devon Moore, and Sami Callahan. Other matches announced thus far include the H8 Club (Nick Gage and Nate Hatred) takes on BLK OUT (Ruckus and Sabian), and in a ladder match vacated for the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship, Pinkie Sanchez, and Ryan McBride. For information on that show, go to

The next day, CHIKARA Pro Wrestling comes to the Arena on Sunday, December 14. Matches to be announced. For information on that show, go to

Velocity Pro Wrestling on Saturday, December 20 features Jerry Lynn vs. Kenny Omega, WWE/ECW's Stevie Richards, and Pro Wrestling NOAH's Bobby Fish. For information on that show, go to Velocity Pro

Finally, Ring of Honor returns to the ECW Arena on Friday, December 26 with former ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima, Global Honored Crown Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki, All Japan Pro Wrestling World Jr. Champion Naomichi Marufuji, and Katsuhiko Nakajima already signed for this show.For information on that show, go to

Wolverine Pro Wrestling will hold a Toys for Tots show on December 14 in Westland, MI at Skateland West on behalf of children of Michigan military families.

Until next time...

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