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AS I SEE IT 9/18: Thoughts on the loss of one of wrestling’s best

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

Wrestling lost one of its best yesterday.

Bobby Heenan died after a 15 year battle with throat cancer,
and numerous other health issues, including a reconstructive
jaw surgery 10 years ago that largely, then entirely took
away his legendary mouth. But never his mind. Almost
everyone who met him at fan events reported that his head
was still going at 100 miles an hour, and was still trying
to entertain fans of the business he loved…only weeks
before his passing.

For those of you who never got the chance to really hear
Heenan at his best…as manager and as a
commentator… has posted a lot of his best moments.
Your favorite social media app no doubt has as many or more.
Take the time today to check them out.

I have no doubt that his former partner from years of WWF TV
was waiting for him at the Gorilla position, before St.
Peter ever got a chance to do the paperwork. Imagine the
calls of the wrestling matches in Heaven right now.

With the pages of the calendar turning toward Fall (only
days away), leaves are turning too quickly, and the last
months of 2017, are approaching.

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, probably as I’m
typing this. 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.

The first event announced, was United Wrestling Coalition of
Wrightstown, NJ, which 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 Harvey victims. Go to for further details.

Eight other such events have been announced:

* Hoosier Pro Wrestling does TWO annual Firemen’s Cheer Fund
Toys for Tots shows in Columbus, IN, on November 4 and
December 2

* 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.

* Primal Conflict Wrestling has scheduled its annual food
drive at its November 18 Harpers 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.

* 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.

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

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

As I said a couple of weeks back, the United States has been
through a period of time where we have seen the best of
America in the responses to Harvey and Irma, and the worst
in Charlottesville. VA. But it isn’t Presidents or
governments who make the difference, it’s the individual who
decides they will do something, no matter how small.

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 for those in need in Texas and
Florida…that one small thing, now it’s your turn.

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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