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AS I SEE IT 11/6: How to build a big match, and indies helping for the holidays

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

Want to see how to build a wrestling match…using nothing
but social media? Ask Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.

If you were in radio silence on Sunday, maybe because you
were going to church services or tailgating for
football…you missed the payoff (for what most fans didn’t
realize was a buildup to begin with) for a match at New
Japan Pro Wrestling’s major yearly show WrestleKingdom.

Chris Jericho has been going back and forth on Twitter for
weeks with Kenny Omega with various insults, quips and so
on. Omega and Jericho being who they are…it wouldn’t have
been a shock to find out we were all getting worked as they
two were having fun.

“Twitter angles are fun, but it’s just a lot of talk with
absolutely no pay off. You’re there, I’m here. No more free
publicity. Case closed,” Omega wrote as a reply to one of
Jericho’s final insults. Most dismissed it as the two having
fun, and winding it up.

At Sunday’s NJPW Power Struggle, Omega was about to close
the show with his customary “Goodbye and good night” salute
to the crowd after a successful
NJPW US Title defense against Trent Barreta. Suddenly, the
arena went dark, a video aired on the big screen, and
suddenly Chris Jericho appeared. Jericho held up a photo of
Omega, tore it half. Jericho then said unlike those in the
past who said they were the best in the world…but he is;
then challenged Omega for a one- on-one encounter at Wrestle
Kingdom 12.

It turns out that Jericho has been working on setting up
this match since August. But somehow it had been kept quiet.
Not even a rumor or hint of one. That’s why the reaction to
this on social media was one of shock and lots of pleased

WrestleKingdom as NJPW’s “Wrestlemania” will always draw a
big house of Japanese fans and some touring Americans.

But it may serve to get a bunch of US sign-ups to NJPW
World, New Japan’s equivalent to WWE Network. For anyone
wants to see the match, you can go to
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New Japan’s NJPW World English language site. The service is
available for 999 yen, about $8.75 US. It will also likely
be aired on a delay eventually in the US on AXS TV.

Finally…over the years, promotions in my
Philadelphia/South Jersey area have provided that help as
part of their year-end shows, promotions 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.

39 such events have been announced or held:


* Hoosier Pro Wrestling raised $775 cash, 10 new bikes
valued at $800 and $500+ in toys (total donation of over
$2000) at the November 4 19th anniversary show (as well as
collected toys at the October 7 show)

* Cassidy Christie Memorial Show raised $2,300 for the
Cassidy Christie Memorial College Scholarship Fund. Cassidy
Christie is the 11 year old daughter of longtime Michigan
wrestler Pete Christie and she died from a rare form of
cancer in November 2015.

* Tommy Wildfire Rich’s Wrestling School in Myrtle Beach, BC
is doing a food drive from November 6-14 with drop off
locations at the X Gym Sports Mall and the Lowe’s Foods in
Murrell’s Inlet will be one. They are also working through
Food Lion’s corporate offices to make local Food Lions
dropoff locations.

* Smash Wrestling comes to Cobourg, in support of Fighting
the Truth on November 10. Fighting the Truth is a non-profit
organization which raises awareness for mental illness and
alcohol and substance abuse in sports.

* 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.

* Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling presents “Headlocks for
Hunger” on November 25 for the fourth consecutive year at
the Departure Bay Activity Center in Nanaimo, BC, VIPW will
be collecting for the local Loaves and Fishes food bank.
Fans get one raffle ticket for each food item for some
awesome prizes.

* All Star Wrestling/West Virginia returns to Madison, WV on
Black Friday (November 24th). Santa will for the second
straight year, be collecting bags of toys and cash
donations for The Nice List.

* Pro Wrestling Eclipse presents November Bash on November
26 at the Oshawa Legion Branch 43, Oshawa, ON. This year’s
November Bash will be a fundraiser for two good causes: Feed
The Street and Cold Foot Canada. Non perishable goods and
clothing will be collected at the show.

* 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


* Hoosier Pro Wrestling does its Firemen’s Cheer Fund Toys
for Tots show (of three shows yearly) in Columbus, IN on
December 2.

* Wrestling for Charity presents “Fight for Daniel” on
December 2 at the Claremore Community Center, Claremore, OK
to benefit the families of children fighting childhood

* Tommy Wildfire Rich’s Wrestling School in Myrtle Beach, BC
will be doing a Toys For Tots drive during December, with
the X Gym the first drop off location

* 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 for further

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

* Keystone State Wrestling Alliance presents: Fan Fest/Toy
Drive 2017 on December 2 at the Spirit Hall (old
Lawrenceville Moose) , 242 51st Street, Pittsburgh, PA

* 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.

* Aspire Pro Wrestling returns to action on December 3 at
the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Association, 3501 Elm Avenue,
Pennsauken with a 2:00 pm belltime. Donations of canned
goods and non-perishables will be collected for the South
Jersey Food Bank.

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

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

* H20: HardCore Hustle Organization returns on December 8
for HOSS, a 16 person tournament at the Monroe Business
Center, 1041 Glassboro Road/ Building C/Suite 1 in
Williamstown, NJ. The show will feature a Toys for Toys

* United Pro Wrestling teams up with Ultimate Championship
Wrestling on December 9 for a Toys for Tots Toy Drive at the
National Guard Armory in Bowling Green, KY.

* Northeast Wrestling returns to the NEW Arena, 40 Peck
Road, Bethany, CT on Saturday, December 9 for King of
Bethany. This is Northeast Wrestling’s annual holiday
spectacular and a Toys for Tots – Fundraising event. The
Marines will be in attendance that day. The promotion asks
all of its fans to help those in need to bring an unwrapped
toy and support Toys for Tots this holiday season.

* All State Championship Wrestling returns to New Egypt, NJ
on December 9 at New Egypt High School with a 7:00 pm bell
time to benefit Toys for Tots. $5 off your ticket with a
new, unwrapped toy.

* 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 benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

* Golden Corner Wrestling presents Christmas Corner in
Seneca, SC on December 10 at the Bounty Land Baptist Church,
1926 Blue Ridge Blvd, Seneca, SC. The event will raise money
for a local fan’s medical bills, plus acts as a Toys for
Tots show (bring an unwrapped toy and receive 1 free student
ticket with 1 paid adult ticket) .

* Ontario’s Smash Wrestling presents SMASH!STIGMA! together
with Wrestling With Stigma to benefit the The Peterborough
AIDS Resource Network on December 10 at The Venue,
Peterborough, ON. SMASH!STIGMA! will feature top local,
Canadian and International wrestling personalities such as
Petey Williams “The Canadian Destroyer” TNA Wrestling Star,
Tyson Dux.

* 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, 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.

* Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling presents its annual
Wrestling For Hunger show in New Westminster, BC on December
16. 7:30 pm bell time (doors open at 7:00 pm)

* Miracle in Greektown takes place December 17 in Toronto,
ON to benefit the John Howard Society of Toronto, which
provides addiction/harm reduction services, domestic
violence services and more

* 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 or

Until next time….


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