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AS I SEE IT 10/16: Pettiness from Stamford

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

In the latest WWE soap opera, a new chapter of “some are
more equal than others” unfolded within WWE, writer Jimmy
Jacobs was fired by WWE after taking an picture on Instagram
with ROH/New Japan’s Bullet Club.

This is the latest installment in WWE’s petty war with The
Young Bucks and their friends, which included cease and
desist orders sent to The Young Bucks for the use of the
“Too Sweet” hand signal (better known outside wrestling,
especially by North Carolina fans as the “Wolf Kiss”), and
their “Too Sweet” slogan.

The shit started hitting the fan after Cody and Brandi
Rhodes, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page and The Young Bucksdid a
mock “invasion” at the September WWE’s No Mercy PPV. They’d
had an appearance at a Hot Topic store (which sells Bullet
Club merchandise) earlier that day, and decided to go have
some fun; which apparently included some talk about WWE
papering shows, and making a crack at Jinder Mahal.

The cease and desist followed.

Well, It seems as though some are more equal than others in
WWE, given the fact that Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and AJ
Styles made background appearances throughout an episode of
The Young Bucks “Being The Elite” You Tube series, with The
Young Bucks speaking camera. Needless to say, nothing
negative has happened to any of them. Nor should it.

Jacobs was widely regarded as a talented, creative, and hard
working team player. A former supervisor said the following:
“….this guy can do it all. Book shows. Write a hell of a
seg. Direct back stages. Produce in-ring promos. No learning
curve. He NAILS it…“You put the ‘it’ in idiot & the
festival in friendship. You shared more of that brilliant
mind with the WWE Universe than they’ll ever know.”

So spite and stupidity by WWE at a time when they badly need
creativity and a hike in ratings as they go through the
challenging time that is NFL season, and the MLB playoffs to
boot. But their solution to someone satirizing them, rather
than just ignoring them…was to fire a talented employee.

Jacobs didn’t lose any time. He was “in the front row” at
this weekend’s Ring of Honor Global Wars PPV. The Bullet
Club “went to the crowd to find someone to take a group
photo”, and lo and behold who was sitting front row, but
Jimmy Jacobs, who happily took a group selfie. It’s a safe
bet this isn’t the last fans will see of him there.

Moving on, autumn is here, it’s pumpkin spice everything,
the leaves are turning (and having to be raked) too
quickly… and the last months of 2017 are here.

Christmas trees are up in some local stores (those not
selling Halloween gear first). QVC is selling for
Christmas, and Hallmark Channel is already plugging their
Christmas mega-movie marathons. Amazon, eBay, and elsewhere
in the retail cyber-universe are following. Pretty soon,
people will maul each other at stores, stand in line to get
the new iPhone… or even get something for their kids.

In keeping with the actual spirit of the seasons… the
season of light and the season of the Christchild, the
wrestling community will reach out to those in need.
Independent promotions hold a wide variety of events to
benefit various food pantries, fundraisers for homeless or
domestic violence shelters…and Toys for Tots drives.

Over the years, promotions in my Philadelphia/South Jersey
area ranging from the family-friendly United Wrestling
Coalition (for over 20 years) to the hardcore themed Combat
Zone Wrestling (for 12 years) to indies of various sizes and
types throughout the United States and Canada run such
events from October to the Holidays and beyond.

21 such events have been announced:

November

* Hoosier Pro Wrestling does THREE annual Firemen’s Cheer
Fund Toys for Tots shows in Columbus, IN on November 4 and
December 2. They collected toys at their October 7 show.

* UWE Pro Wrestling presents its annual Headlock for Hunger
on November 11 at The Wex in Cadillac, MI. The event
benefits Shepard’s Table.

* Fighting for Autism will partner with Dynamo Pro Wrestling
in a benefit show on November 11 in St.Charles, MO. Tickets
start at only $15/$20 reserved/$30 ring side seats. For
tickets, call Brian Higginbotham at 636-466-3376.

* Primal Conflict Wrestling has scheduled its annual food
drive at its November 18 Harper’s Ferry, WV event. Fans that
bring 2 canned or nonperishable food items will receive a $5
off coupon for Primal Conflict Wrestling merchandise. All
donations will go to Jefferson County Community Ministries.

* All Pro Wrestling and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada are
again holding Headlock on Hunger on November 18 at the
Edward C Reed High School, Sparks, NV

* NOVA Pro Wrestling will again help the Jewish Community
Center of Fairfax, VA on November 24 with its FACETS Toy
Collection at its “11th Dimension” show at the JCC in
Fairfax, VA.

* Classic Championship Wrestling returns to Lebanon, PA on
November 24 for Blood, Sweat, and Beers, benefiting Toys for
Tots. Please bring a new, unopened toy and get $5 off your
ticket.

December

* United Wrestling Coalition of Wrightstown, NJ, will hold
their annual Toys for Tots event on December 2; with a
special emphasis this year on behalf of the victims of
Harvey, asking for a small donation or note of encouragement
to this year’s hurricane victims in Houston and Puerto Rico.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/UWCFanCave for further
information.

* The Delaware/South Jersey based ECWA runs its annual Toys
for Tots show on December 2 in Woodbury Heights, NJ.

* MCW Pro Wrestling has “Season’s Beatings”, its annual Toys
for Tots show scheduled for December 2 in Joppa, MD.

* American Premier Wrestling presents BRAWL 30 – Toys for
Tots on December 2 at the APW Slam Center , Statesboro, GA.
– Doors Open, 4:30 pm. Emerald Match, 4:45 pm. Bell Time,
5:00 pm. $7 Adults/Kids, $3.

* Brew City Wrestling has scheduled its annual Headlock for
Hunger food collection at its December 8 show in West Allis,
WI.

* California’s Big Time Wrestling returns for “Rock The
Bells”, their annual holiday toy drive in Newark, CA on
December 8.

* 3Count ProWrestling returns to Liberty High 124 Red Devil
Dr, Liberty, SC on December 9 for Country Santa Clash 5 as
they raise money and collect toys for Country Santa. WWE
Hall of Famer Arn Anderson will be there for a VIP meet and
greet at 5:30 pm

* Combat Zone Wrestling and DJ Hyde have agreed again to do
the annual Toys for Tots collection (in conjunction with the
Marine Corps Reserve) for the thirteenth year in a row at
Combat Zone Wrestling’s Cage of Death 19 on December 9 at
the Rastelli Kids Complex, 1855 Hurffville Rd, Sewell, NJ.
Details to come.

* DCW Pro Wrestling presents Rumble for Glory on December 9
at the Milford Community Center, 105 NE Front St. Milford,
DE to be benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

* Imperial Wrestling Revolution will do a Toys for Tots show
at its December 10 show in Ardmore, OK. They are also
working on starting a partnership with Vettix.org, which
gives away free tickets to active duty military personnel
and veterans.

* Crossfire Wrestling comes to Lincoln Alexander Centre, 160
King Street East, Hamilton, ON on December 16 with an 8:00
pm belltime in a benefit for Mission Services Men’s Shelter
and Addiction Services.

* Keystone Championship Wrestling presents “Slay Bells
Ring”, a Toys for Tots show, on December 23 at the Darby
Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Avenue, Darby, PA.

For those of you readers who see giving a toy, a can of
food, or a warm coat as just one small thing, please
understand this: a can of soup means that gets a meal for a
day, a box of rice means that a family is fed for a week or
more, a warm coat meant a child won’t shiver uncontrollably
when they walk to school, or a toy meant that a child is
allowed a moment of innocence and joy, often after they’ve
gone through fear and deprivation for far too long. Just
like the people did and are doing for those in need in
Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida…now it’s your turn to do
that one small thing.

So… if you’re a independent wrestling promotion, and you
HAVEN’T thought of doing a charity-themed holiday show to
give back to your community….time to start planning. If
you’re an indy fan, and your promotion isn’t named…ask
them if they plan to do something this year.

As always, I’ll plug these events here to the point you can
recite them in your sleep; no matter what else I may discuss
in this blog. Please send them to me ASAP at
bobmagee1@hotmail.com or bobmagee856@gmail.com.

Until next time….

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