AS I SEE IT 12/2: Remembering a year ago
Dec 2, 2013 - by Bob Magee
AS I SEE IT
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
Nearly a year ago…it was a crisp, sunny December Friday morning. A morning like any other. Children were excitedly looking forward to Christmas or were already celebrating Hanukkah. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives kissed each other goodbye and wished each other a good day.
Then they went into Sandy Hook Elementary, and into a horror beyond all imagination…and then into eternity.
Charlotte Bacon, 6…Daniel Barden, 7….Rachel Davino, 29….Olivia Engel, 6….Josephine Gay, 7….Ana Marquez-Greene, 6….Dylan Hockley, 6….Dawn Hocksprung, 47….Madeline Hsu, 6…Catherine Hubbard, 6…Chase Kowalski, 7….Jesse Lewis, 6….James Mattioli, 6….Grace McDonnell, 7….Anne Marie Murphy, 52….Emilie Parker, 6…Jack Pinto, 6…Noah Pozner, 6….Caroline Previdi, 6….Jessica Rekos, 6…Avielle Richman, 6….Lauren Rousseau, 30….Mary Sherlach, 56…Victoria Soto, 27…Benjamin Wheeler, 6…Allison Wyatt, 6
One of them was going to portray an angel in a Christmas play that Saturday, Instead, she became one.
Children whose biggest life trauma should be learning Santa Claus is really their mom or dad, are now dealing with the deaths of their friend, their teacher, their principal, their brother or their sister.
The facts are part of history. What we seem to lack are the reasons why, and how to feel and react. The reason why may take a long time to figure out.
The Congress lacked the will this year to do what needed to be done, because of extremists obsessed with their guns, as if the right to possess one was more important that the lives of children.
As a nation, we have to demand that President Obama and the US Congress enact gun control legislation. Mr. President, no more press statements, no more visits in front of a grieving town.
Here. Now. Today.
For those of you who will scream about the Second Amendment, their right to own a gun, and who want to obstruct gun control legislation: I say this to you: you are as guilty as those who murder our children, our parents, our friends, our sons and our daughters. You are part of the problem, not the solution. You will be judged at the end of your days in the judgment we all face for what you have done and what you have failed to do.
No one wants to take away the rights of legitimate, law abiding citizens to possess a handgun or rifle for legitimate law abiding purposes. But no civilian needs to own an semi-automatic weapon or assault rifle. Period.
There is no reason to prevent mental health checks before the purchase of a rifle or handgun. There is no reason to prevent a criminal background check before the purchase of a rifle or handgun. There is no reason to prevent a 24 hour waiting period prior to the purchase of a rifle or a handgun or rifle. There is no reason to prevent the completion of a mandatory safety course before the purchase of a rifle or handgun. There is no reason not to reinstate the assault weapons ban the United States once had in place, and failed to renew.
We need to demand that President Obama and the US Congress introduce legislation to enact laws dealing with these issues. Today.
If the Senate or House won’t, they forfeit the right to our vote; no matter what our feelings are about any other political issues or what political party we vote for.
There were religious extremists who again said that the Newtown murders were somehow “God’s will”, and that God is somehow punishing us for “taking God out of the schools” or supporting marriage equality, or voting for some other issue. For anyone who says that, may God have mercy on your souls. You will need it badly.
Well, I was always taught that God helps those who help themselves. Give your children one present by taking action to make them safer. Then take some time to help the children of others at a wrestling show in upcoming weeks.
The holidays are here. Your friendly not-so-local retail mega-store has been killing trees to print ads to sell us iPads, IPhones, iSomethings, or XBox Ones along with the latest game killing bad guys, zombies, or whatever, for our kids or ourselves. Commercials have been all over the airwaves (and if I hear Michael Bolton screech one more time, I’ll put an icepick through my ears).
Back to the real spirit of the season…. the wrestling community is reaching out to those in need. Independent promotions hold a wide variety of events to benefit various food pantries, shelters, Toys for Tots drives. Even if you don’t have one in your own area this Holiday season, please take time to contribute to or volunteer with such organizations.
The following promotions have agreed so far to do Toys for Tots and charitable-themed shows during the Holidays:
ECWA will be doing its second annual Toys for Tots show on Saturday, December 7 with Toys for Tots II in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt 40 & #1, Positive Place Newark, DE.
PLEASE join us and the United States Marine Corps as we collect unwrapped, new toys for our annual Toys for Tots toy drive. PLEASE BRING A TOY!
Triple Threat for the ECWA Tag Team Championship
D-Line(c ) vs. Breaker Morant/Apollyon vs. Legion of Destruction
Title vs. Career
*If Wylde loses he has to leave the ECWA forever!
Ricky ‘The Model’ Martinez(c ) w/Renee Michelle vs. ‘Heartkiller’ Chris Wylde w/ WWE Hall of Famer and former leader of the 4 Horsemen JJ Dillon
Kai Katana returns!.
Professional wrestling returns to Newark as RightCoastPro wraps up their wildly successful inaugural year with the December 7th event “Infamy”! Working with local business – 1614 Fitness – RCP is championing a food drive benefitting local community shelters and food banks. Bring non-perishable food items to the show for a discounted ticket price!
Preliminary match-ups and performers that have been announced are:
• Heavyweight Championship contest between champ King Mega and #1 Contender “Mr Upgrade” Mike Reed in a “Bodyslam Challenge” orchestrated by Reed’s Talent Representative Clarke Kelly.
• Resident heel, Billy Bax has challenged high-flying Courageous Cruz to an “Altitude
vs Attitude” match.
• Returning crowd favorite, Chris “The Show” Steeler takes on “The Adrenaline” Ryan Rush in a “Last Man Standing” match.
• Sensational RCP developmental students Joey Silver & Colton Quest (that faced each other last month) find themselves teaming together to take on the envious team of “Self-Made” Michael Blake and Harry M. Baldwin.
• “Mexican Hardcore Champ” Pedro Duro will be facing “The Legendary Chick Magnet” Mozart Fontaine in a “yet to be divulged” stipulation match.
• “Prince of Aesthetics” Damian Gibbs (winner of last month’s Bunkhouse Battle
Royal) takes on “The Heavyweight” Sean Royal.
• Special appearance by local wrestling icon The Cheetah Master, Santa Claus and Coastee the Mascot! All of your favorite RCP Elite Pros will be appearing as well as a live performance of the National Anthem!
The December 7th event is a don’t miss high-impact, professionally produced show that is up close and action-packed featuring Elite Pros from up and down the Right Coast and Coastee the mascot! Our shows are family friendly in a comfortable and clean environment with plenty of parking, full concessions and close to home. Family/group discount ticket packages are available! Check our website www.rightcoastpro.com or email to lisa @ rightcoastpro.com for show details, buy tickets or information on competitors and full card.
December 7, 2013 at the Life Community Church, 750 Otts Chapel Rd in Newark, Delaware. Doors open at 6:15pm, belltime 7pm.
$15 Adults/$8 Children 12 and under/Military Discount on December 7th!
Pure Wrestling Association presents: “Spirit of the Season” Live Pro Wrestling on December 7th, 2013 at the Alpine Club, 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario
Doors Open at 7pm/Bell Time at 8pm/ VIP Doors Open at 6:30pm.
Tickets will be on sale at Combination Sports – 306 King St W in Kitchener, Queen of Hearts – 91 King St N in Waterloo, or by calling 519-998-8799 today
Tickets Cost: $20 Front Row $15 General $10 Youth +$5 for VIP Call for VIP/Front Row as it is Limited Seating Kids 5 and Under are FREE
Bring an unwrapped toy and we will donate it to a Kid who could use a gift for Christmas with one of the local Tree’s. You will get 3 FREE colour 8×10′s for your donation as a Thank You
Pure Violence Championship
89lbs Midget Wrestler Little Bruce vs. 389lbs HardKore Hick(c)
Lenny Lilac vs. Jimmy King w/ Michelle
Golden Ticket Rumble
Elite Womens Championship
Jasmin vs. Beautiful Beaa (c) Tyler Thomas vs. Joey Allen
Plus: Pure Wrestling Champion “EZE” Eric Cairnie, Ontario Champion Ruffy Silverstein, “Big Ticket” Reggie Marley, Paul Wright, Derek Platinum and many many more
The original promotion in the Philadelphia area (to my knowledge) to do Toys for Tots style collections with United Wrestling Coalition holds their 17th annual show, (this year, as an Operation Santa Toys show) on December 7. At the December Toy drive show, the only reserved seating will go to those pledging a new bicycle donation. One new bicycle will get you five reserved seats – front and center for a night of the absolute finest pro wrestling action and community involvement – all designed to place toys in the arms and smiles in the hearts of very well deserving children. The December 7 show will also feature many door prize/raffle items – a family tradition that UWC has been carrying out for 17 years! For more information, contact UWC at 609-792-9328 or friend us on Facebook – we are Real UWC NJ.
Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling returns to Port Coquitlam. BC on December 13 at the Elks Hall #49, 2272 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam 8pm Bell Time – Doors Open at 7:30pm
Tickets Front Row $18/General Admission $15
G.O.D.S. [Bishop & Sid Sylum w/ The Natural] vs. Scotty Mac & “Ravenous” Randy Myers
ECCW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
Nicole Matthews (Champion) vs. Bambi Hall (Challenger)
Jamie Diaz vs. Artemis Spencer
Daniel Adonis vs. Tony Baroni
Mantasia vs. Hellion Reaper w/ Rigor Von Slasher
Bring donations of food, toys or cash (no stuffed animals) for a chance to win prizes!
Dynamite Championship Wrestling returns to Milford, DE on December 14 in a Toys for Tots show
EVENT BENEFITS THE KENT/SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS FOUNDATION. ALL TOY DONATIONS MUST BE BRAND NEW & UNWRAPPED.
~INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP~
“3RD GENERATION SUPERSTAR” LANCE ANOA’I (vs) (C) “THE NEW STANDARD” CORY KASTLE
“Lance is returning for the first time since his injury at the Honor Cup suffered at the hands of Kao Storm & Cory Kastle. Lance has vowed to extract revenge on Kastle and to win his first Championship in DCW, the Undisputed Championship!”
(C) “A+” AKEN PEMBROOKE (vs) “2013 KING OF MARYLAND” SKULL
“Skull was originally scheduled to compete in the 2013 Honor Cup but was unable to due to a death in his family. Seven months later, Skull finally gets his chance to wrestle in front of the DCW & PPW fans; this time with that chance being for the PPW Championship!”
~1ST EVER HARRO ATHLETICS BATTLE FOR THE BAND!~
Harro Athletics Sensei (Head Trainer) & DCW Tag Team Champion “XTC’S” MARK “THE DRAGONFLY HARRO (vs) “2012 HONOR CUP CHAMPION” JJ CRUZ
“Harro Athletics takes the main stage in this monumental match-up. Despite being a former Honor Cup Winner, Tag Team, & No Limit Champion, fan favorite JJ Cruz must Battle DCW Grand Slam Winner & friend, Mark Harro to determine Cruz’s Graduation of Harro Athletics!”
~DCW NO LIMIT CHAMPIONSHIP/~4-WAY DANCE~
(C) “THE MAPLELEAF MACHINE” KAO STORM (vs) SHAWN SCOTT (vs)
ANDREW STEELE (vs)”THE REDNECK CONSPIRACIST” BIG COUNTRY
~PPW TRI-STATE CHAMPIONSHIP/~20-MAN OVER THE TOP ROPE BATTLE ROYAL~
(C) DCW Tag Team Champion: “Dirty” Sonny Deeds defends the Tri-State Title against a cavalcade of superstars from both PPW & DCW!
~PPW TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP~
(C) PRETTY UGLY (vs) “WBDC” FAT DADDY MAC WILLIAMS & DOYLE DAY
~PPW ONE-ON-ONE MATCH~
PAT ANTHONY (vs) ERIC CHAPEL
MORE MATCHES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
~CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE!~
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH, 2013
CARLISLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
615 NW FRONT ST. Milford, DE 19963
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM
BELLTIME AT 7PM!
TICKETS ON-SALE NOW!
CALL 302-331-5408, 302-233-8071, OR 302-381-0734
FOR YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS TODAY!
EVENT TICKET PRICES
GENERAL ADMISSION IN ADVANCE= $10.00
GENERAL ADMISSION AT THE DOOR= $12.00
CHILDREN 4 & UNDER FREE W/ADULT
“No video to be taken without written permission of 3D Productions, Dynamite Championship Wrestling, Power Pro Wrestling or the Carlisle Fire Department.
This event is Approved by “The Delaware Department of Regulations #219″
DJ Hyde and Combat Zone Wrestling have agreed and plans are underway for the annual Toys for Tots collection (in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve) to take place for the ninth year in a row to have Combat Zone Wrestling and the 15th annual Cage of Death on December 14 at The Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ with a 7:30 pm bell time. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online.
For those who purchase their tickets online, will gain early access at 4 pm for a FREE CZW Q&A!
Matches announced so far::
– In the Cage of Death: The Nation of Intoxication’s Danny Havoc, Devon Moore, & Lucky tHURTeen vs. Drew Blood, Ron Mathis, Rory Mondo, & Matt Tremont
* In the Cage of Death: The Nation of Intoxication’s Danny Havoc, Devon Moore, & Lucky tHURTeen vs. Drew Blood, Ron Mathis, Rory Mondo, & Matt Tremont
* CZW World Heavyweight champion Drew Gulak vs. CZW’s Savior Chris Hero
* CZW Wired TV champion Alex Colon vs. Shane Strickland
* CZW World Tag champions BLK Out (BLK Jeez & Ruckus w/ Robbie Mireno) vs. The Juicy Product (David Starr & JT Dunn)
* CZW owner DJ Hyde has promised to finally take care of Ohio Is 4 Killers. On Dec 14 it will be DJ Hyde, Sozio, & Biff Busick vs. Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh.
* To name a #1 World Tag Title contender, The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & Johnny Silver) face Murderers Row (Azrieal & Bandido, Jr. w/ Chrissy Rivera)
* CZW Officials have recently confirmed a Scramble Match for December 14th’s Cage of Death CZWiPPV.com from the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.The participants for this showcase match are AR Fox, Andrew Everett, Caleb Konley, Latin Dragon, Chris Dickinson, and Chuck Taylor.
* Christina von Eerie vs. The Campaign for a Better Combat Zone’s Kimber Lee
Brew City Wrestling returns to the Knights of Columbus, 1800 S. 92 St in West Allis, WI. on Friday, December 13 for “Headlock for Hunger”.
Bell time is 7:30pm, doors open at 6:45pm and tickets are $15 the night of the show or $10 using Pay Pal on the BCW website, www.brewcitywrestling1.com.
We are doing our annual food drive for the people in need during the Holidays. Anyone bring 2 non-perishable food items will receive a ticket for $1 off food or drinks.
2 HUGE MAIN EVENTS
Pick Your Poison Matches!/Dysfunction picks Sadists’s Opponent!
“Best in the Midwest” Sadist -vs- ??????
Sadist picks Dysfunctions’s Opponent!
Dysfunction -vs- ?????
More FAN-damonium matches announced soon!
Follow us on Twitter @bcw1
Devil Mountain Wrestling presents Nightmare Before X-mas is just is coming up on us pretty quickly so today we’d like to announce a new match for the show!
On the November 9th show, the show opened up with Big Benjamin Johnson Vs. Leon Ikusa Vs. Che Cabrera in a Triple Threat Match. In that match, Che Cabrera picked up the win but after the match, Big Benjamin Johnson unexpectedly attacked Leon Ikusa and left Leon laid out in the ring.
Leon Ikusa has told Commissioner A.C. that Leon wants to wrestle Big Benjamin Johnson at Nightmare Before X-mas on Saturday December 14th and the Commissioner has decided to make the match!
On Saturday, December 14th at the Martinez Boys and Girls Club at 1301 Alhambra Ave in Martinez California, Big Benjamin Johnson will wrestle Leon Ikusa in a singles match!
Here is now the updated card for Devil Mountain Wrestling presents Nightmare Before X-mas on Saturday, December 14th!
For the Devil Mountain Wrestling Championship,
#1 Contender, Robby Phoenix Vs. DMW Champion, The Riv
“Ultra Girl” Brittany Wonder Vs. Former WWE Diva and former TNA Knockout, Shelly Martinez
Tag Team Match
Che Cabrera and a mystery partner Vs. Maynard Skynard and Jesus Kruze
and now just added, Big Benjamin Johnson Vs. Leon Ikusa in a singles match!
Even though Nighmare Before X-mas is weeks away, the card is already looking stacked, however we’re not done yet as we have more matches to announce and will announce these matches very soon!
Don’t miss Devil Mountain Wrestling presents Nightmare Before X-mas on Saturday, December 14th at the Martinez Boys and Girls Club at 1301 Alhambra Ave in Martinez Calfornia at 7:00 PM! (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Admission is $10.00 per person but there’s two ways you can discount off your ticket.
1. Bring 2 cans of food to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and you’ll get a discount off your ticket price.
2. Every time we Devil Mountain Wrestlng does Nightmare Before X-mas, DMW partners up with Toys for Tots and this year is no different, so if you bring a brand new toy to donate for Toys for Tots, you’ll get a discount off your ticket price as well!
Kids 12 and under are just $5.00!
See you at Nightmare Before X-mas on Saturday December 14th at the Martinez Boys and Girls Club!
North American Pro Wrestling will hold a “Toys for Tots Fundraiser” on Saturday, December 14 at the Hickory Grove Banquet Center, located at 1127 N. 7th Street Rochelle, IL.
Doors Open 6:30pm Bell Time 7:30pm. It’s an all ages event, with alcohol available to those 21+. Tickets just $10 or 1 new unwrapped/un-opened toy
NAPW Heavyweight Championship for the vacant title:
Grin VS Anthony Antonelli w/KaDance Kelli
Plus: The NAPW return of the Midnight Express Reboot, former NAPW Champion Pauly Thomaselli, Machine, Jack Carpenter, The Chi-Town Hitman Frankie, Mike Anthony, and Dereck St Holmes and more! .
So as I ask promotions and readers each year, please e-mail any announcements about scheduled Holiday charitable-themed (fund-raisers for clothes, food pantries or Toys for Toys, etc.) wrestling or MMA events to email@example.com.
Until next time…
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