AS I SEE IT - 4/08/2003:
Overage divas, online fiascos, and... oh yeah, wrestling

by: Bob Magee

Are you dreading seeing more of Rena Mero, the very same born again Christian who sued the WWF for $110 million, in some sort of bizarre quasi-lesbian angle with Torrie Wilson?
Is your mind boggled by the prospect of a weekly interview segment from Roddy Piper, the man who said Vince McMahon would morally corrupt his son, who swore he'd never come back to the WWF...who is doing exactly that?

The Piper story took a life of its own this weekend when, in a stranger than fiction moment, Piper attacked "certain other wrestlers who NEVER drew any money, plus punks who live vicariously through the wrestlers" for pointing out what they view as his hypocrisy. Then, just a day later, his management made an almost comical attempt to withdraw the remarks and blame "a mystery man from Norway who hacked their e-mail account" when WWE complained about the remarks.

Unfortunately for those attempting to withdraw the remarks, Dave Meltzer came out just hours later on Wrestling Classics and stated:

"Roddy's people, after WWE freaked out about the e-mail which just so happened to have the dates he agreed upon to work...write back to all the same people that their site was hacked (not to mention all the e-mails to all the people they send e-mails to in the exact order that they send
e-mails to them in the past) by a mysterious man from Norway".

I will note that Piper's spokesperson David Penzer e-mailed me and insists this is all legitimate, so you can make your own decisions, I suppose.

In any event, if you're tired of overage divas and online fiascos... and you live in the Philadelphia area, or can get to the Philadelphia area, you have a major weekend of quality wrestling (remember what that is?) in store for you.

First, on Saturday, April 12, Ring Of Honor kicks the weekend off at the Murphy Recreation Center with a 5:00 pm belltime.

Matches scheduled:

Others scheduled include: Carnage Crew, Mikey Whipwreck and Special K, Alexis Laree, Dunn and Marcos.

Tickets are front row $30 (Note front row tickets are almost all sold out, so order now); 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, approximately 30 minutes after the end of the Ring of Honor show, 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 is:

In two non-tournament matches:

Tickets for Best Of the Best 3 are available, by calling (856) 742-7061, by emailing or by using the CZW Online Ticket Reservations System at

First through fifth row tickets are SOLD OUT. Only General Admission tickets remain.

General admission tickets are also available at these remote ticket locations:

Pennsylvania outlets

New Jersey outlets

There will be bus trips from Boston and Philadelphia for both April 12th shows:


Pro Wrestling Tours will run a bus from the Boston area. 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 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 trip will head back to Boston.

For reservations and information regarding the Boston trip, email

New York

One of A Kind Tours will be running a New York City bus trip, leaving from the Modell's behind the Queens Center Mall at Noon. The cost of the trip will be $65, which includes transportation and tickets to both shows.

For reservations and information regarding the New York trip, email

Then, after you get some sleep following what will likely be a marathon April 12th...

PWF will return to action on Sunday at Pottstown's Academy Hall for"Destiny".  Doors will open at 6:30 pm with a 7:30 pm belltime.

Matches scheduled:

Teams announced to date: The S.A.T., Josh Daniels/Matt Striker, Da Hit Squad, Rapid Fire Maldonado/Chi Chi Cruz, Joey Matthews/Chris Hamrick, The Solution, Rockin Rebel and a partner to be announced.

Tickets: Ringside (Row 1 SOLD OUT) Row 2 available $15/General Admission $12/Kids under 12 $6. Tickets are available by calling (215)793-6823, emailing Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.

Until next time...


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