AS I SEE IT September 19: Helping for the Holidays


Posted on 9/19/122 by Bob Magee



AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com



It was a yearly tradition on this blog that... in keeping
with the season of light and the season of the Christchild,
AS I SEE IT would discuss how the independent wrestling
community reached out to those in need.

Independent promotions held a wide variety of events to
benefit various food pantries, fundraisers for homeless or
domestic violence shelters, and that provided funds to
efforts benefiting those suffering from cancer, heart
disease, natural disasters, veteran's charities, local
natural disaster cleanup/relief, other community
efforts...and lots and lots of Toys for Tots drives.

Then COVID happened....

It put a stop to those events in 2020. Many communities
suffered as a result.

The last pre-pandemic year, 2019, saw independent
professional wrestling helping the hundreds of communities
in which it runs events during the Holiday season. There
were 130 such events listed below that did the following:

* Raised at least $140,348 in cash donations for
community-based organizations helping those suffering
homelessness or domestic violence, suffering from cancer,
heart disease, the effects of accidents, for veteran's
charities, and many other community efforts.

* Collected 6,037 pounds (that's over THREE
TONS
) of canned and non-perishable foods for area food
banks, community organizations, plus an additional 700
pounds of dog and cat food for local shelters.

* Gathered 110 winter coats, five plus bags of clothes, 100
sets of socks, winter gloves, scarves and hand warmers.

* Gathered 7,910 toys for Toys for Tots, Salvation
Army, and other similar local and regional programs.

In addition to those numbers, Master P, owner of House of
Glory Wrestling, donated what was shown by members of New
York's Toys for Tots campaign to be a A COMMERCIAL SIZED
TRUCK full of toys
to the New York Toys for Tots
campaign. The video, also posted on House of Glory's social
media on December 17, 2019, showed the boxes and boxes of
toys that were donated.

Then COVID happened. The world as we knew it stopped
beginning in March 2020.

Over 1 million people died in the United States alone, and
an estimated 6.5 million people worldwide.

A handful of independent promotions ran holiday charity
events in 2020 and 2021, but at best only a small fraction
of the number that did so before the pandemic.

Three years later, the independent promotions that survived
the worst of the pandemic are starting to get up and running
again.

So it's time to ask if those reading this blog can send me
any information on holiday themed charity shows scheduled
from now through the New Year at my bobmagee1@hotmail.com
account or to message me through my Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/bob.magee.180

I'll post the events here weekly, as well as how they are
able to help their communities.

If your local independent isn't holding such an event, ask
why not, and if not...offer to help them organize such an
event with a local charity. Don't worry that such an event
may not collect a lot of canned food, toys, or raise a lot
of money.

Some independent promotions are bigger than others and have
fan bases larger than others. But there's a Jewish proverb
out of the Talmud: if you save one life... it as is if you
saved the world. So using the logic of that teaching...if
you feed one family, make one kid happy...give one person a
warm coat....you've done so it for everyone. In an
interesting side note: the same proverb is cited in the
Koran. Not to mention that Jesus also said if you did for
one of the least of mine, you did it for me....proving that
in all the great Western traditions, that EVERY effort to do
good as is important as the other.
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To begin.....here are events helping during the Holidays
(and before):

* Tri City Wrestling presents the fourth annual Cassidy
Christie Memorial Cup event on October 1 in Bay City, MI.
All proceeds will benefit the Cassidy Christie Memorial
Scholarship Fund. Tickets are now on sale $12 in advance and
$15 at the door. Advance tickets at Cashman’s Comics 1018 S
Madison Ave in Bay City, MI.

* GCW Charity Wrestling takes place on Sunday October 2nd
from 6:30pm at The Venue, 286 George St N., Peterborough,
ON.

Please bring canned food for the Kawartha Food Share and
enter to win fantastic prizes! One RAFFLE ticket will be
given for each can of food.

* As they have done for 26 years, United Wrestling
Coalition, presents a night of FREE Pro Wrestling for fans
who bring new unwrapped toys on November 26 in Bordentown,
NJ. Through generous sponsorship donations, door prize
donations and most importantly fans bringing new unwrapped
toys, UWC has managed to collect THOUSANDS OF TOYS, and more
importantly placed smiles on the faces of THOUSANDS of
children through this annual event!

Fans and wrestlers and sponsors and members of various
motorcycle groups, firehouses, people from all walks of life
- came together to make a difference. They are proud to have
spearheaded this effort and we hope you will join.





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Other upcoming shows;


THE KING OF ISPW TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT IN
TOTOWA, NJ

Event: The King of ISPW Tournament
Location: ISPW Arena (Totowa PAL)
Address: 150 Chamberlain Ave, Totowa, NJ
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2022
Time: 7:30PM Bell/6:30 Doors

First Round Matches:
LSG vs. Rick Recon

"The Samoan Storm" Afa Jr vs. Michael Mars

"The Superstar" Danny Morrison vs. Bull
James

Shawn Donavan vs. Traxx

BULL JAMES

Years Pro: 17
Weight: 320lbs.
Height: 6’2”

Finishing Move: Bombs Away

Trained By: Matt Borne, TAZ, Dusty Rhodes,
Billy Gunn, Bill DeMott, William Regal,
Robby Brookside, Norman Smiley, Nick
Dinsmore, Sara Del Ray, Adam Pearce, Danny
Morrison, Danny Inferno, Judas Young

Titles Held: ISPW Heavyweight Title, ECPW
Showcase Title, NYWC Heavyweight Title (2x),
NYWC Fusion Title, NYWC Tag Team Titles, ACE
Tag Team Titles (2x)

"THE SUPERSTAR" DANNY MORRISON

Years Pro: 26
Weight: 229lbs.
Height: 5'11
Finishing Move: Danaconda Clutch

Trained By: Taz, Perry Saturn

Titles Held: ECW Tag Team Title, ISPW
Heavyweight Title. Wrestle Pro Tag Team
Titles, MCW Heavyweight Title, NWA Florida
Heavyweight Title (2x), MEWF Heavyweight
Title, NWA Force One Heavyweight Title (2x),
MCW Tag Team Title, XPW TV Title, SCW
Heavyweight Title

"THE SAMOAN STORM" AFA JR

Years Pro: 24
Years Pro: 21
Weight: 301lbs.
Height: 6’2”

Finishing Move: Air Samoa

Trained By: Afa the Wild Samoan, Dr Tom
Pritchard, Bill Demott

Titles Held: WWC Tag Team Champion (3x), PPW
Heavyweight Title, WXW Heavyweight Title,
JCW Television Title, ISPW Light Heavyweight
Title, FCW Southern Title, DPW Heavyweight
Title, WXW Hardcore Title, WXW Television
Title, BWS Heavyweight Title

LSG
Years Pro: 11
Weight: 201lbs.
Height: 5'10"
Finishing Move: The Launch Code
Trained By: Monster Factory, Ring of Honor
Dojo

Titles Held: Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
Heavyweight Title, WrestlePro Silver Title,
Xcite Wrestling International Title

TRAXX

Years Pro: 14
Weight: 235lbs.
Height: 6’0”
Finishing Move: The Derailer

Trained By: Nick Dinsmore, Rip Rogers, Bill
DeMott

Titles Held: IWWS Mid-West Title, IWWS Tag
Team Title, VFW National Title, PPW TV Title

MICHAEL MARS

Years Pro: 30
Weight: 228lbs.
Height: 5'11"
Finishing Move: Mars Landing

Trained By: Iron Mike Sharpe

Titles Held: NWA NY Tag Titles, CZW Tag Team
Titles, 3WA Heavyweight Title, 3WA
Heavyweight Title, 3WA Lightweight Title,
3WA Tag Team Title, WWC Heavyweight Title,
WWC Tag Team Title, RCW Heavyweight Title

SHAWN DONAVAN

Weight: 235lbs.
Height: 6’1”

Finishing Move: Knee Trigger

Trained By: Dr. Tom Prichard, Chris Candido,
Kevin Knight

Titles Held: ISPW Tri-State Title, IWF
Heavyweight Title, IWF American Title, IWF
Tag Team Title, WrestlePro Silver Title,
Stand Alone Wrestling Heavyweight Title,
Spartan Championship Wrestling Heavyweight
Title, PPW Tag Team Title, WXWC4 Tag Team
Title, SuperKrazee Tag Team Title, USA Pro
Tag Team Title

RICK RECON
Years Pro: 7
Weight: 220lbs
Height: 6''0

Finishing Move: The Encore

Trained By: Bob Evans

Titles: ICW Northeast Title, BWF US Title, BWF 5 Boroughs
Title, TCW Middleweight Title, IWF American Title (2x)

Former WWE/WCW Superstar BILL DEMOTT will be on hand to
crown the winner of the tournament.

There will also be two non-tournament
matches:

ISPW World Heavyweight Title Match
Justin Corino w/ Maven (Champion) vs. HC Loc
w/TJ Epixx

Tornado Tag Team Match
The Now vs. The Birds of The Sun

ALSO APPEARING: Host of Busted Open Radio Dave LaGreca, Miss
Deville, and "Agent To The Stars" Nicky Benz.

FOLLOW ISPW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @ISPWWrestling
Instagram: @ISPWWrestling
Facebook: @ISPW Wrestling

-
World's Finest Wrestling returns to Connersville, IN on
September 24 as we present Homecoming at the Historic
National Guard Armory featuring:

Azreal Phoenix vs Aaron Atlas

Viktor Petrov & Malachai vs The 8-Bit Punks

Prince Crush vs Leon Lux

Logan Vatour vs Sofia Sombra

Devin Quinn vs Fenrir Ragnarok

So Icy Boyz (Avery Hurtz and TY Ice) vs Black Cube Society
(Angelo Gallareto and Kevin Noire)

TJ Kemp vs Jordan Dye

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through PayPal at
sooverblown@mail.com cashapp to $SSKPMiller or $FezDeReaper
Chime to $Keith-Miller-43 or Facebook Pay to Keith P Miller
or Tevin Harv.

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Blackwood versus Bennett for ESW Gold

Two friends turned foes will fight for ESW Heavyweight
Championship

After celebrating its 20th anniversary in August, Empire
State Wrestling returns to Buffalo RiverWorks for
“Overdrive” on October 8. Overdrive will feature one of the
most anticipated matches in ESW this year when ESW
Heavyweight Champion “The Aesthetic Crippler” Kevin
Blackwood puts the title on the line against “The Remix”
Kevin Bennett.

The Blackwood-Bennett match was originally scheduled to
occur in March. However, Bennett pulled out of the match due
to a training injury. Throughout the year, Bennett clamored
for the title opportunity he previously earned after
returning from his injury. Blackwood granted his request at
the conclusion of August’s show, thus setting the stage for
Overdrive’s main event.

Scheduled to appear at Overdrive include:

Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup winner “Invincible” Vince Valor
and Frankie Feathers will team up against American Strong
Style

New ESW Interstate Champion “The Prize” Alec Price

ESW Tag Team Champions High Seas

The debut of Beyond Wrestling tag team Waves and Curls

To Infinity & Beyond (ex-World Wrestling Entertainment star
Colin Delaney and ex-Ring of Honor star Cheech)

“Courageous” Christina Marie

The return of “Blue Thunder” Jay Freddie
Former ESW Tag Team Champion Gregory Iron

Stay tuned to ESW’s social media platforms for more match
and appearance announcements
Tickets will soon be available for purchase at ESWTix.com
starting at $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. The opening bell is
set for 7 p.m.

You can connect with ESW on the following platforms:

Website: http://eswwrestling.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESWwrestling/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eswwrestling/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eswwrestling
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmpireStateWrestling
Pivotshare: https://eswwrestling.pivotshare.com
Independent Wrestling.TV:
https://independentwrestling.tv/promotion/empire-state
Over-The-Air TV: Throwback TV - WBXZ - Channel 56.4
(Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Fridays at 10 p.m.)

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Thu, October 20, 2022

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
The Parkdale Hall
1605 Queen Street West

Luchadors from Japan, Mexico, US and Canada come to Parkdale
Hall for an unforgettable night of Lucha Libre action!

Toronto, ON M6R 1A9

Demand Lucha "Boom Shaka Lucha!" is coming

to the Parkdale Hall in Toronto.

Starring...

Former WWE (Lucha House Party) star: Lince
Dorado
Arez
Komander
Level X
ASF
Gringo Loco
Hype-Up Party: 7pm

Lucha Time: 8pm
Tickets at the door: $40

Front Row Tickets are reserved seating.

Until next time...

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