Posted on 12/04/117 by Bob Magee
It’s three years tomorrow this that my Mom died…from
cancer…in a hospice in Mt. Holly, NJ after a three month
final illness. My brother and I were there with her as she
died peacefully in her sleep. It might be three years, but
there is still a loneliness you can’t describe unless you
feel it yourself. During this season, doing good in her
memory is more meaningful to me than ever.
So this weekend, on Friday, I’ll be at HardCore Hustle
Organization for “HOSS”, a one night/ 16 Man Tournament on
December 8 at the Old Time Wrestling Arena (Monroe Business
Center), 1041 Glassboro Road Building C/Suite 1,
Williamstown, NJ. * KTB vs. Steve Mack vs. TBD vs T.J
Marconi. Matches include Ace Romero vs. Bull James vs.
Maria Manic vs. Joe Gacy , Stockade vs. Nate Carter vs. Dave
McCall vs. DJ Hyde, and Brute Van Slyke vs. Bill Carr vs.
Greg Excellent vs. Rex Lawless, with winners compete in a 4
way final; plus the Doors of Death match with Jeff
Cannonball defends the #H20 Championship vs Dan O’Hare, and
the #H20 HYBRID Championship with #1 Contender Mike Del
taking on Champion Blackwater Tickets are General Admission
$20. Reserve/purchase tickets by contacting Matt Tremont at
Bulldozer’s Collectibles at Berlin Farmers Market in Berlin,
Then, this Saturday, Combat Zone Wrestling returns to
Rastelli’s Kids Complex on December 9 for its annual Cage of
Death event, which also features the 12th annual Toys for
Tots collection. This collection typically takes in hundreds
of toys for Toys for Tots, which have in the past gone to
such places as the local Ronald McDonald House at Cooper
Matches announced for Cage of Death: CZW World Heavyweight
Champion Rickey Shane Page vs. Joe Gacy vs. Shane Strickland
in the Cage of Death for the CZW Heavyweight Title; Jimmy
Lloyd vs. Matt Tremont in a pit of 10,000 Thumbtacks, Jimmy
Havoc vs. “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs, Joey Janela
vs. MJF for the CZW Wired Championship; Scarlet & Graves
(Zachary Wentz/Dezmond Xavier) vs. The REP (Nate Carter &
Dave McCall) vs. Jake/Dave Crist (aka oVe) vs. Matt
Palmer/Alex Reynolds in a four way for the CZW Tag Team
Titles; plus “The Product” David Starr vs. Ethan Page, Alex
Colon vs. Mr. Claxton, Ace Romero vs. Greg Excellent and
Chrissy Rivera, and a 7:30 pm match with an open invite for
the Ultimate Opportunity Coin (for a match of the winner’s
Other independent wrestling promotions of various sizes and
types throughout the United States and Canada run such
events helping communities with Toys for Tots collections,
canned and non-perishable food collections, warn coat and
clothing collections, and other charitable efforts. Such
promotions get get a rap from some fans who don’t know
better. They’re dismissed as “not WWE”, “too boring”, “all
blood and guts”, “not professional”, and a hundred other
things. Even a noted wrestling website decided independent
events that help their communities weren’t important enough
These promotions provide live entertainment for their
communities, and at this time of year, they serve the
communities they run shows in…and provide help that no one
else does to those in need.
64 such events have been announced for the Holidays or
* 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 who died from a rare form of cancer
in November 2015.
* Smash Wrestling held a show in Cobourg, ON 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 presented its annual Headlock for
Hunger on November 11 at The Wex in Cadillac, MI. Just over
200 pounds of canned and non-perishable food was collected
for Shepard’s Table.
* Fighting for Autism partnered with Dynamo Pro
Wrestling in a benefit show on November 11 in St. Charles,
* Northern Tier Wrestling presented Fight for the Cure
on November 12th in Towanda, PA and raised $320 for the
Janet Weis Children’s Hospital helping children with
* Tommy Wildfire Rich’s Wrestling School in Myrtle
Beach, BC did a food drive from November 6-14. Numerous
boxes of non-perishable and canned food were donated to
local charities along with fresh chickens from a local
merchant, Fieldale Farms.
* Primal Conflict Wrestling held it annual food drive at
its November 18 Harper’s Ferry, WV event and collected 113
pounds of food for Jefferson County Community Ministries.
* IWA Vintage Pro Wrestling and DAWG held a benefit
event on November 18 at The Alms Center in Bridgeton, NJ for
CASA. Nearly $100 was raised that will help the organization
that advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children
who are struggling in foster care.
* All Pro Wrestling and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada
again held Headlock on Hunger on November 18 at the Edward C
Reed High School, Sparks, NV. They EXCEEDED their goal of
enough collected for TEN THOUSAND MEALS.
* NOVA Pro Wrestling again helped 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. 300 toys were donated.
* Appalachian Mountain Wrestling presented “Thanksgiving
Turmoil 2” on November 23 in Hazard, KY at AB Combs
Elementary School, AND presented “Blue & Black Friday” on
November 24 in Jackson, KY at Breathitt County High School,
collecting toys for their annual Toy Drive. At least 500
toys and $500 were collected.
* 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
collected 3 huge canned and non-perishable bins of food for
the local Loaves and Fishes food bank.
* All Star Wrestling/West Virginia returned to Madison,
WV on Black Friday (November 24th). Santa again collected
numerous bags of toys and $100 for The Nice List.
To add to what was raised, “Santa” actively participated on
Black Friday, as he carried “The List of Santa” which had
papers on it that were divided in half for the Nice List and
the Naughty List. As kids, approached Santa asked them for
their name and put them on the Nice List. On the Naughty
List were most of the heels of the show (faces on the Nice
List). During some of the matches, Santa walked up towards
the entrance ramp and would “take notes”. It led to heel
Rocky Rage making a crotch chop at Santa and the crowd
chanting “Rocky’s on the naughty list” At the end of the
show, Rocky and his faction #SRO was presented with some
coal for being on the naughty list.
* Classic Championship Wrestling returned to Lebanon, PA
on November 24 for Blood, Sweat, and Chairs, collecting toys
for Toys for Tots.
* Pro Wrestling Eclipse presented November Bash on
November 26 at the Oshawa Legion Branch 43, Oshawa, ON. This
year’s November Bash supported Feed The Street and Cold Foot
Canada, with non perishable goods and clothing collected at
the show. The effort will continue in January as well.
* Delmarva Wrestling Digest and Kentucky Fried Chicken of
Seaford, DE presented their third annual Toys for Tots Toy
Drive featuring Ring of Honor Superstars “Dem Boys” Jay &
Mark Briscoe and some of Delmarva’s top independent on
Wednesday, November 29 which produced nine industrial
size trash bags full of toys…and counting.
* Christian Wrestling Association International and Cody
Hawk Pro Wrestling Training Camp presented Warehouse Wars on
Friday, December 1 at 1930 Fairgrove Ave, Hamilton, OH. 25
to 30 cases of food were collected. The promotion will do
another collection in December, and hopes to collect 100
cases by the end of December. The event featured live pro
wrestling with the stars of the CWAI & the students of Cody
Hawk’s Pro Wrestling Training Camp.
* Eastern Panhandle Pro Wrestling presented HARDCORE
Christmas in Kearneysville, WV. in cooperation with
Ghostbusters Tri-State Division, as part of a Christmas Toy
Drive for Community Children.
* Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling returned to Pitt
Meadows, BC on December 1 with proceeds benefiting Diabetes
* MCW Pro Wrestling presented “Season’s Beatings”, its
annual Toys for Tots show in December 1 in Joppa, MD, and
collected several shopping carts full of toys and games.
* Harley Race’s World League Wrestling presented Christmas
Bash 2017 on December 2 in Troy. MO, raising both monetary
and food donations for the local community food pantry The
Bread For Life Food Pantry.
* Hoosier Pro Wrestling did its final Firemen’s Cheer
Fund Toys for Tots show (of three shows yearly) in Columbus,
IN on December 2. Despite the Columbus Festival of Lights
which drew around 10,000 people, $400 cash, $600 in toys was
collected with more from a local sponsor who collected at
their business. For the year as a whole (3 shows), Hoosier
Pro Wrestling collected over $3000 in toys and cash.
* Crossfire Wrestling returned to St. Catharines, ON on
December 2 for Jingle Bell Brawl, $1740 was raised for the
Niagara Peninsula Children’s Foundation.
* Wrestling for Charity presented “Fight for Daniel” on
December 2 at the Claremore Community Center, Claremore, OK
to benefit the families of children fighting childhood
* Monster Factory Pro Wrestling returned on December 2
to the Monster Factory in Paulsboro, NJ, and got at least a
box of toys for the Toys for Tots collection at the show.
* United Wrestling Coalition of Wrightstown, NJ, held
its annual Toys for Tots event on December 2. 12 dozen full
boxes of toys and 9 bikes were collected, as well as 30
stockings for the people of the Houston and Puerto Rico
regions. The promotion also began a clothing drive to help
* The Delaware/South Jersey based ECWA held its annual
Toys for Tots show on December 2 in Woodbury Heights, NJ.
Two Toys for Tots boxes, plus one big bag were collected.
* Chinlock Wrestling returned to Kingston, ON on
December 2 for its annual holiday charity show to benefit
Youth Diversion and Family and Children’s Services’ Tree of
Hope campaign, raising what was estimated by the promotion
as “thousands”. The event featured Ricky “The Dragon”
* Ring Wars Carolina returned to Lumberton, NC on
December 2, collecting donations of gift cards were accepted
as admission, and donated to area flood victims.
* Keystone State Wrestling Alliance presented Fan
Fest/Toy Drive 2017 on December 2 in Pittsburgh, PA.
* American Premier Wrestling presented BRAWL 30 – Toys
for Tots on December 2 at the APW Slam Center , Statesboro,
GA, collecting over 300 toys.
* 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
* California’s Big Time Wrestling returns for “Rock The
Bells”, their annual holiday toy drive in Newark, CA on
* Adrenaline Championship Wrestling returns to Denton, MD
on December 8 for their annual Toys for Tots show.
* 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.
* Nueva Revelacion de Lucha Libre returns to Be A Sport Gym,
320 Etta Lane, Thomasville, NC on December 9 as Nueva
Revelacion de Lucha Libre’s presents the fourth annual Lucha
4 a Toy show.
* Grand Slam Wrestling returns to the GSW Arena, Old
Forge, PA for Jingle Brawl on December 9. A Toys for Tots
collection takes place at the show.
* 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 Pro Wrestling 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. Matches announced: In the Cage of Death… CZW World
Heavyweight Champion Rickey Shane Page vs. Joe Gacy vs.
Shane Strickland, and Jimmy Lloyd vs. Matt Tremont Pit of
10,000 thumbtacks match
* 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.
* Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling returns to Warren,
MI and the Hot Rock Sports Bar and Cafe on December 10 for
Hardcore With A Heart with a 5:30 pm bell time. Help XICW
bodyslam hunger this holiday season. We’re hosting a canned
goods drive to help feed the homeless of Detroit. If you
donate 5 canned goods at the door, you receive a free GA
ticket to the show. We have also reduced prices for advance
front row tickets and all VIP booths.
* 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 Vettix.org, which
gives away free tickets to active duty military personnel
* Championship Wrestling from Ontario presents “T’was The
Fight Before Christmas” on December 10 at The Rockpile in
Toronto, ON. Non-perishable foods are being collected for
Toronto’s Daily Bread Food bank.
* Pro Wrestling All Stars presents Christmas Classic on
Friday night December 15th from The Play Atlantis in
Melvindale, MI featuring former WWE star Adam Rose. This is
the promotion’s annual Toys for Tots show. Please bring a
new, unwrapped toy to the event. Every child deserves a
* Christian Wrestling Association International and Cody
Hawk Pro Wrestling Training Camp presented Warehouse Wars on
Friday, December 15 at 1930 Fairgrove Ave, Hamilton, OH.
The promotion will do a collection of canned and non-
perishable food, and hopes to collect a total 100 cases by
the end of December. The event featured live pro wrestling
with the stars of the CWAI & the students of Cody Hawk’s Pro
Wrestling Training Camp.
* Tommy Wildfire Rich School Of Wrestling presents “‘Twas
The Fight Before Christmas” to benefit Toys for Tots on
December 16 at the X Gym Sports Mall, 568 George Bishop
Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC. The event features a One Night
Tournament with 7 great matches featuring Tommy “Wildfire”
Rich and Dangerous Doug Gilbert in a big tag team grudge
match; plus Renee Michele, Papa Stro, Tim Zbyszko, and more.
Donate a toy to Toys for Tots and get $2 off your ticket.
* Crossfire Wrestling comes to Lincoln Alexander Centre,
160 King Street East, Hamilton, ON on December 16 with an
8:00 pm bell time 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)
* NWL/HoPWF Wrestling returns to Martinsburg, WV on December
16, at The Wherehouse, Martinsburg, WV with a 7:30 pm bell
time. The Holiday Season Toy Drive for Children In Need,
Inc. collection takes place.
* Georgia Wrestling Extreme presents its first Annual
Holiday Throwdown and Toy Drive on December 16 in Albany,
GA. Tickets are only $10, ($7 with any unwrapped Toy) kids 5
and under are free. Special appearances by Scott Hudson and
Jimmy Rave .
* 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
* H20: HardCore Hustle Organization returns to action
on December 22 for HOSS, for ” A Christmas Classic 2″ at
the Monroe Business Center, 1041 Glassboro Road/Building
C/Suite 1 in Williamstown, NJ. The show will feature a Toys
for Toys collection.
* 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.
* Great Canadian Wrestling returns to Oshawa, ON on December
27 for “Season’s Beatings”, to benefit Simcoe Hall
Settlement House with a 6:00 pm bell time. Tickets are $10
in advance and $20 at the door. Bring cans of food and get
one raffle ticket for each can you bring.
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….hurry up. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Until next time….
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