AS I SEE IT - 9/15/2001:
The Wrestling Community Responds

by: Bob Magee

"Harry got up.... Dressed all in black
Went down to the station....And he never came back
They found his clothing....Scattered somewhere down the track
And he won't be down on Wall Street in the morning

He had a home....The love of a girl
But men get lost sometimes....As years unfurl
One day he crossed some line....And he was too much in this world
But I guess it doesn't matter anymore

In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute...Things can get pretty strange
In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute

Lying here in the darkness...I hear the sirens wail
Somebody going to emergency...Somebody's going to jail
If you find somebody to love in this world...
You better hang on tooth and nail...The wolf is always at the door

In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute...Things can get a little strange
In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute

And in these days...when darkness falls early
And people rush home to the ones they love
You better take a fool's advice, And take care of your own
One day they're here; Next day they're gone

I pulled my coat around my shoulders
And took a walk down through the park
The leaves were falling around me
The groaning city in the gathering dark
On some solitary rock, a desperate lover left his mark..."Baby, I've changed. Please come back."

What the head makes cloudy...The heart makes very clear
The days were so much brighter...In the time when she was here
But I know there's somebody somewhere
Make these dark clouds disappear
Until that day, I have to believe...I believe, I believe

In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute...You can get out of the rain
In a New York minute...Everything can change
In a New York minute"

Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar & Jai Winding, "New York Minute", Hell Freezes Over, 1994

Indeed, on 8:45 am ET on September 11, 2001, our world changed in "a New York minute".

The wrestling community is responding accordingly. Here are promotions and wrestling-related companies that are contributing to the relief efforts in New York City:

Liberty All-Star Wrestling
Starting this weekend, Liberty All-Star Wrestling is doing the Liberty For All Drive. The promotion's stars will do appearances each week at LAW's different ticket locations across the Delaware Valley. In these locations, they be accept donations for 2 relief funds; the September 11th fund, and the World Trade Center Relief Fund.

The drive begins this weekend at the following locations:

Saturday, September 15th - 1:00-3:00 pm
Ontario Street Comics
2235 Ontario Street, Philadelphia
(215) 288-7338

Sunday, September 16th - 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Hotrod Hoedown Car Show
Airport Ramada Inn
Rt 29, Lester, Pennsylvania

L.A.W. will have more locations for next weekend, so please spread the word, and come out and support in this fight to raise the much needed funds for this horrible tragedy.

Premier Wrestling Federation

Steve Corino's Pennslyvania-based Premier Wrestling Federation is asking that all fans bring with them some sort of canned food, clothing, blankets, bottled water...anything to help America's volunteers to their Back To School Brawl on Wednesday night September 19th at the Sunnybrook Ballroom with a 7:30 bell time.

Jersey All Pro Wrestling

Jersey All Pro Wrestling's previously scheduled September 21st show at the Charity Hall in Bayonne, NJ will now be a fund raiser for the American Red Cross.

All proceeds from the show will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the relief efforts in New York City. All wrestlers and workers will be donating their time to help the cause.

Admission is $12, and the Charity Hall has a small capacity, so fans looking to reserve tickets should call 1-888-478-0667 or email promoter Frank Iadevaia at

Jersey All Pro Wrestling is attempting to secure a larger building in Bayonne, but at this time the show is scheduled for Charity Hall. Wrestlers on the show will be announced this weekend.

Any wrestlers who would like to donate their time and take part in the show can also contact Frank Iadevaia at or Buck Woodward at

This includes actually wrestling, or just taking part in an autograph session to raise additional money for the American Red Cross.

Directions to the show:

The Charity Hall is located at 820 Broadway in Bayonne, NJ between 36th and 37th Streets.

From New Jersey Turnpike:
Take NJ Turnpike to Exit 14A. After exiting the NJ Turnpike, continue straight on to Avenue E (Do not go on to the Bridge). Continue straight ahead on Avenue E till you reach 37th Street, make a right turn on 37th Street continue down to the light at Broadway. Make a left at traffic light onto Broadway. The Charity Hall will be on your left side, between 36th and 37th Streets, next to the Quick Check.

From Staten Island and Brooklyn:
Take the Bayonne Bridge into New Jersey. Follow the numbered cross streets to 37th and 38th Streets.

From Jersey City, North Bergen and Union City:
Take the Number 10 Bus at Journal Square Get off at 37th Street and Kennedy Blvd. Cross over the street and walk four blocks to Broadway.

Independent Wrestling Federation/New Jersey

Independent Wrestling Federation live events set for this weekend at the IWF Centre, 32 Willow Way, West Paterson, New Jersey are on as scheduled. Events take place Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, September 16, 3:30 pm.

The IWF asks its students, family members, friends and fans attending the events to please bring a canned or non-perishable food item, and/or a clothing item to be donated to the American Red Cross. Food and clothing will be collected at the IWF Centre over the weekend and donated to the local Red Cross Headquarters across Northern New Jersey to help assist in the relief efforts.

Assault Championship Wrestling

Assault Championship Wrestling of Connecticut's show scheduled for this Saturday night is STILL taking place at the Meriden Independent Club at 66 Crown Street, in Meriden, Connecticut.

Doors will now open not at 6, but at 5:00 pm At least one can of food is REQUIRED for admittance to the event. Photos, t-shirts, etc. will be on sale at heavily discounted prices, with the Assault crew and the fans making donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

We are asking, in exchange for dropping our prices at various points of purchase, that all of our loyal fans please bring canned goods, clothing (specifically brand new XL t-shirts, new towels and white socks), water, and all other items that your local charities have asked for at this time.

Tickets are available IN ADVANCE at these locations:

*Meriden Independent Club, 66 Crown St., Meriden, CT
*Perfect Body, Meriden, CT (complete address/phone # at Assault website)
*House of Pain Pro Wrestling Dojo, 1806 E. Main St., Waterbury, CT

More information: e-mail, or call (203) 757-8831.

Combat Zone Wrestling

CZW will run its show originally scheduled for September weekend in Smyrna, Delaware on 9/22 at the Break Away Tavern with business as usual. All matches will take place that were scheduled for the 15th, including the much anticipated main event.

Combat Zone Wrestling would ask that you take the time you would have spent with us on the 15th, and take a moment of silence on that day for the friends of families from Tuesday's tragedy. CZW will also hold a raffle at the show for two tickets for the 29th, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Minimum donations begin at $1, but feel free to contribute as much as you would like. The show will begin at 3:00 pm promptly.

Smart Mark Video

For the month of September, $1.00 from every tape that Smart Mark Video has sold will be donated to the American Red Cross Relief Fund. This comes after the terrible bombings that terrorized the entire nation on Tuesday.

We send our condolences to the entire nation, and of course to the friends and family of the victims.

Special Events Promotions of North Carolina

Special Events Promotions is offering a special tape, which will be titled "Ring Angels," will be available for sale only for a limited period. "We'll only be offering it for a brief time, We want the Red Cross to receive this money as soon as possible, so fans will have to take advantage of this opportunity quickly," Special Events declared.

This tape will consist of a never-before-seen match between two of today's most popular female wrestlers, Sweet Destiny and Brandi Collins. "Babydoll" Collins was the PGWA's 'Rookie of the Year' for 1997, and Destiny earned that honor in '99. Both women have gone on to prove themselves worthy of that distinction in the years since.

This special tape will sell for $30.00. Fans may be assured that the majority of that sum will be donated to the Red Cross; a small portion will be kept by Special Events only to cover postage and handling.

The tape will be available for sale via the company's official website at, as well as by writing to Special Events, PO Box 453 Wilkesboro, NC USA 28697. For further information on this video, please contact Special Events via either method.

IWA Mid-South Championship Wrestling

IWA Mid-South will be donating $3 off every $8 ticket bought on Saturday night to the American Red Cross to help fund the relief and rescue groups in New York City and Washington D.C.

The entire amount spent on raffle tickets will also be donated. The raffle will be for 1 ticket to every IWA show for the rest of this year, including the big shows.

If you are an out of town fan or can't make the show, you can send donations to your local Red Cross chapter or send donations to:

Red Cross Disaster Relief
510 East Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202

We may not be able to take off from work and go to New York to help but this is the way that IWA fans can show that we care and want to help. We hope you help us help those that had their lives ruined.

Virginia Championship Wrestling

The Virginia Championship Wrestling show at Mitty's Nightclub on September 23 will now benefit the relief fund for the tragedy in New York. VCW will not make one cent from the event; all money received goes to the fund.

Tickets for the show are a $5 donation to the fund. Fans will not only get to see 90 minutes of VCW action, but will also get to see WWF Unforgiven on the big screen absolutely free. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the wrestling starting at 6:15. The show is 18 and up, but those ages 16 to 18 will be allowed in with a parent or a guardian.

If your promotion or wrestling-related organization has similar events scheduled to benefit the New York relief effort, please forward the information to me through this link.

Until next time...


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