AS I SEE IT 11/16

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

In a great plug for indy wrestling in general and Philly indies in particular... Philadelphia City Paper, one of the two major free weekly papers in Philadelphia ran a cover story on Philly Indy wrestling called "Invasion of the Body Slammers... How South Philadelphia became the center of the alt-wrestling universe". It features CZW, ROH. CHIKARA and Dragon Gate, along with plug for each of their shows coming up in November as well as CZW's Cage of Death this December.

It's a fairly sizable article and explains to someone who hasn't gone to indies what each promotion style is...and takes a none too subtle rip at the Tuesday night WWECW show, suggesting the indies are truer to the tradition of the promotion that the building is named after. The article is at this link. It's worth a read.

This week, more news on Holiday related charity events. If you have other news on holiday collections of canned food, Toys for Tots toy collections or other charity benefits, send them to me at this address.

Scheduled events with Toys for Tots colections/holiday benefits are:

Ontario independents are holding "Wrestling for Tina", a one time charity show with all proceeds going to cancer research on December 5 at 16 McKinstry Street, Hamilton, ON with a 7:00 pm belltime. Tickets are $5. Donations will also be accepted.

Matches scheduled:

  • Ethan Page with Mr. Melo vs Alex York

  • Joey Kings with Mr. Melo vs Scotty O'Shea

  • Big Daddy Hammer Vs Moondgo Buddy

  • Sudden Impact Vs Team Shake And Bake

  • Sabrina Kyle vs Lou Crank

  • Shipwreck vs Homeless Bob

  • Main Event
    Ashley Sixx vs Michael Elgin

    Great Canadian Wrestling will hold their fourth annual SickKids charity event, GCW Seasons Beatings on
    Monday, December 28, 2009.

    Frontier Elite Wrestling will hold its Toys for Tots benefit on Thanksgiving night, November 26, at the German American Klub, 8602 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN with a 7:00 pm belltime (doors open at 6:00 pm). General Admission $8/VIP $10. Seating is limited to 300 seats so get there early. The first 25 toy donations that are presented at the door will receive a goodie bag full of gift cards and coupons and other free items from sponsors Domino’s Pizza, The Incredible Pizza Co., SportsClips Haircuts, Family Video, Vitamin World, Lifestyle Family Fitness and others.

    Appearing are Jake “The Snake” Roberts, "Sexy" Sean Casey with Samantha, "The Black Superman" Onyx, Flash Flanagan , Bo Bo Brazil Jr., Tommy Gage with Ally Valentine, "Hollywood Heartthrob" Skip Raddison, Joey "Kidd" Owens, PT Hussla; and a main event battle royal.

    For more info call The Wrestling Showcase at (317) 335-4250.

    The ECW Arena, as it does every year, will feature Toys for Tots collections at tenshows taking place at the "World's Most Famous Bingo Hall" each Holiday season.

    Dragon Gate USA will hold a Toys for Tots collection at its November 28th ECW Arena show, which features Dragon Kid/Shingo vs. Masato Yoshino/Naruki Doi, and a tournament to determine the first Dragon Gate USA "Open The Freedom Gate" Champion.

    The four tournament qualifying matches include:

  • CIMA vs. Mike Quackenbush vs. Super Crazy vs. Jorge "Skayde" Rivera

  • Brian Kendrick vs. BxB Hulk

  • YAMATO vs. Davey Richards

  • Nick Jackson vs. Matt Jackson vs. Jigsaw vs. Gran Akuma vs. Lince Dorado vs. Johnny Gargano

  • Tournament Finals/Elimination Match style with the four winners of qualifying matches

    CZW will hold a Toys for Tots collection at its annual Cage of Death ECW Arena show on December 12, featuring (so far):

  • Nick Gage vs. Thumbtack Jack

  • CAGE OF DEATH match:
    Sami Callihan vs. Danny Havoc

  • CZW Heavyweight Title match
    Drake Younger vs. Devon Moore

  • CZW Junior Heavyweight title match
    Drew Blood vs. Greg Excellent

  • CZW Wired TV tournament finals
    Tyler Veritas vs. Adam Cole

    Next, the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance returns to action with its Toys for Tots Holiday Show on December 5 at Saint Matthew's Baptist Church, Route 322/Glassboro Road in Williamstown, NJ. The show will be collecting toys for the Gloucester County (NJ) chapter of Toys for Tots. Those making a donation will receive raffle tickets for a prize drawing later in the evening.

    In addition to collecting toys for Toys for Tots, "Wiseguy" Jimmy Cicero will be bodyslamming Autism on December 5th. Cicero has been entered into the Number one contenders battle royal, but he will also be the guest of "Late Night" with your host "The Midnight Idol" Nicky Benz! Jimmy Cicero will be telling everyone about his campaign well as a future venture with the TWA! Cicero has a web page to support BODYSLAMMING AUTISM at Jimmy is selling T-Shirts there to help promote Autism Awareness and the proceeds go to help Autism education and research.

    Matches scheduled:

  • An over the top rope Battle Royal, with the winner earning a title shot at the NEW TWA Heavyweight Champion, Glen Osbourne later in the evening with Chad Diety, "Hitmen" Tony Stetson and Michael Bruno; Ryan Rancid, "Mr. Wrestling" Steve Corino with Rob Dimension, the Blue Meanie, Kid America, Jimmy Jannetty, Don E Allen, "Living Legend" Larry Winters, Breaker Morant, Johnny Calzone, "Wiseguy" Jimmy Cicero, and more

  • Tag-Team Grudge Match
    The Hitmen (Michael Bruno & Tony Stetson) vs. Breaker Morant & Johnny Calzone

  • "Living Legend" Larry Winters has issued an open challenge to anyone in the TWA lockerroom

  • Red, White & BLUE Express, (Kid America and the Blue Meanie, with Mini-America) vs. Jimmy Jannetty and Don E Allen

  • "Living Legend" Larry Winters vs. King Kaluha

  • "Mr. Wrestling" Steve Corino w/ Rob Dimension vs. Shane Harris

  • VH-1 Reality TV Star, "Mr. 5.5" Matt Riviera vs. Wes Robinson

  • Ryu Lee vs. White Lotus

    Plus a special appearance by "Mad Dog" D.C. Drake on "Late Night....with your host The Midnight Idol Nicky Benz and his special guest "Wiseguy" Jimmy Cicero as Cicero talks about his BODYSLAMMING AUTISM campaign!

    Milwaukee area independent Brew City Wrestling will hold a holiday themed fundraiser on their December 11 show, "A Reason For The Season" to benefit a local boy was severely burned in a car fire in July.

    Hoosier Pro Wrestling returns to the 4-H Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 22nd at 5PM for a fundraiser for the Columbus, IN Firemans Cheer Fund, one of the biggest groups in Columbus that raises money every year to supply toys, clothes and food for the kids who need help. Hoosier Pro Wrestling is pleased to be able to help this cause. All gate money will go to the Cheer Fund and fans are asked to bring a new or used toy to help out and help a great cause. All tickets for this show are $5 with a Main Event of Diceman Ronnie Vegas vs. Donny Idol.

    Insanity Pro Wrestling is doing its yearly Salvation Army benefit on November 21 at the The Fountain Square Salvation Army Corps, 1337 South Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN. Doors open at 6:00 pm/7:00 pm belltime. Admission $7. Fans are asked to bring in 3 non perishable food Items or a new unopened toy and get in for only $5.

    Dynamite Championship Wrestling is doing its yearly Toys For Tots show on December 12th at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, DE.

    United Wrestling Coalition will do its annual Toys for Tots show on December 5 at Burlington County College's Pemberton, NJ campus. Toys for Tots Pro Wrestling Toy Drive is slated for Saturday December 5th at Burlington County College's Pemberton Campus (snow date is December 12th). The doors will open at 6:30 PM with Bell Time slated for 7:00 PM.

    Many UWC originals from 15 years ago have been invited for a reunion match, Twiggy Ramirez, Don Montoya, Cell Block Four, Joe Rules and Section 8 are all confirmed.

    There will be 8 matches (as in years past) and there is a Toy Drive Competition taking place, where ANY community group (scouts, sports groups, youth groups, church groups) can compete to win prizes/cash for their efforts! If you need information, give UWC a call at (609) 792-9328.

    If you'd like to make a direct donation to the Marine Toys for Tots foundation, you can go to this link.

    Until next time....

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