AS I SEE IT - 3/25/2003:
Looking for a wrestling alternative?

by: Bob Magee

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts on last week's column on the ECW Arena and its history. I've heard word that CZW would like to do "something" around the ECW Arena's tenth anniversary for their May 10th show, which is a good sign.

For those of you who'd like to further encourage the Philadelphia independent promotions to do something on May 10th honoring the date, here are their public e-mail addresses, if you'd like to send them an e-mail.


The upcoming weeks will present a ton of great wrestling action for wrestling fans in the Northeast.

For those of you who fill message boards complaining about WWE, their storylines (or lack thereof), who WWE hires and fires, and about who WWE pushes and why... if you live within driving distance of the Northeast, here are several alternatives for you over the next three weeks.

First, 3PW returns to the historic Philadelphia rock venue The Electric Factory (421 North 7th Street) this Saturday, March 29, with an 8:00 pm belltime.

For those of you who don't know about this classic venue, it has hosted an eclectic list of acts since the 1960s including ranging from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bruce Springsteen, and Cypress Hill to Papa Roach, The Black Crowes, Hole, Foo Fighters, Everclear, Garbage, No Doubt, and The Roots.

Legendary rock venue though it may be, it's also a unique venue to watch a wrestling show (if you're over 21, come early, go upstairs,and sit at the bar level for some great sight lines).

The matches include:

Tickets are available NOW at all Ticketmaster outlets. To find a Ticketmaster location near you, click on this link.

Tickets will be $30 first row ringside, $25 general ringside and $17 general admission. You can receive $2 off at the door on the day of the event if you present your CZW ticket stub.

You can purchase tickets the day of the event or pay online at via this direct link.

Fans from New York can travel to this show by bus, which will do pickups at:

Costs for the New York trip are:

Then, on April 5th, the seventh annual Super 8 tournament, sponsored by Jim Kettner's East Coast wrestling Association, takes place at St. Matthew's Parish Center in Wilmington, DE with a 7:00 pm belltime.

Announced for this year's tournament:

Despite his recent injury that has caused him to miss dates with Ring of Honor and NWA-TNA, Paul London is scheduled to return for the Super 8 Tournament.

Tickets are $14.00 each and are available at the door, as well as at Mike Womer's 1614 Fitness Center, Fox Run Shopping Center, Bear, DE and at Alpha Pizza, 1402 E. Newport Pike, Newport, DE (about a mile from St. Matthew's Parish Center).
For more information call: (302) 325-1592 or go to the ECWA website.

New York fans can attend the event via a bus trip emanating from Queens, New York to the event. The trip will leave at 1:30 pm from the Modells behind the Queens Center Mall and will be $45 per person. The trip includes your transportation back and forth to Delaware on our luxury bus, your ticket to the show. For reservations and information, email

Boston area fans can travel to both the ECWA Super 8 and a Baltimore Orioles game on April 4th and 5th via Pro Wrestling Tours. For information, contact

On April 12th, Philadelphia fans get a independent super-doubleheader with a Ring of Honor matinee show and CZW's third annual Best of the Best junior heavyweight tournament.

First, at 5:00 pm, Ring of Honor returns to the Murphy Recreation Center with Low Ki taking on Paul London, CM Punk-BJ Whitmer, Homicide-Colt Cabana-Reckless Youth-Matt Stryker, Samoa Joe defending his newly won Ring of Honor Heavyweight Title, and Christopher Daniels, the Briscoe Brothers, and Da Hit Squad appearing.

Tickets are front row $30/2nd and 3rd row reserved $20/General Admission $15. Tickets are available online via the ROH online ticket reservations site, or by calling (215) 891-9404 (credit card orders only).

Then, immediately following Ring of Honor's matinee show, at approximately 8:30 pm, CZW returns to the ECW Arena for the third annual Best of the Best junior heavyweight tournament.

The lineup for Best of the Best 3 so far:

Tickets for Best Of the Best 3 are now available, and may be reserved by calling (856) 742-7061, by emailing or by using the CZW Online Ticket Reservations System at First and second row tickets are already sold out.

(NOTE: All online or phone orders/reservations for tickets to LIVE CZW events must be paid in full prior to the night of the event for which the ticket was purchased. Payment is accepted in the form of cash or money orders ONLY!)

General admission tickets are available at these ticket locations:

There will be bus trips to the show (and to the April 12th Ring of Honor matinee show that precedes it) from Boston and New York City:


Pro Wrestling Tours is proud to announce a planned bus trip from the Boston area to Philadelphia, PA for the BIG Ring of Honor & CZW "Best of the Best 3" Tournament DOUBLEHEADER. After leaving Boston the bus will arrive in South Philly at the Murphy Recreation Center for the Ring of Honor event with a special start time of 5:00 PM.

At the conclusion of the Ring of Honor show, fans will board the bus and head over to the ECW Arena for the CZW Best of the Best 3 Tournament. At the conclusion of the CZW event, the bus will head back to Boston.

New York

One of A Kind Tours will be running a NYC bus trip to Ring of Honor and Combat Zone Wrestling's doubleheader in Philadelphia on April 12th. The trip will leave from the Modells behind the Queens Center Mall at Noon. The trip will be $65 which includes tickets to ROH at 5 PM and CZW's Best of the Best 3 at 9 PM. For reservations and information, email

Until next time...


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