Independent wrestling helping for the holidays

Posted on 12/07/117 by Bob Magee

Christmas trees and decorations are up everywhere. Hallmark
Channel is in the middle of its Christmas mega-movie
marathons. The retail cyber-universe is busy. The party
season has started in full effect.

As we go to have fun at holiday parties, or at our
wrestling shows in the coming weeks, there is often one
small thing we can do while having our fun. One small thing
that, to you, "wasn't any big deal"....was just "one small

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. They 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 major
wrestling website (note: not Dave Meltzer, who had been very
helpful over the years with posting events) decided
independent events that help their communities weren't
important to be on his site.

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
already 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 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
pediatric cancer.

* 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
hundreds of new toys and games.

* Harley Races 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 homeless.

* 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.
Hundreds of toys were collected.

* 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 returned to action on December 3
at the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Association, Pennsauken,
NJ. Donations of canned goods and non-perishables were
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, WI. Featured matches: Champion Evil Sierra vs.
"Golden Goddess" Lina De' Oro vs. "Midwest Slayer" Stacy
Shadows vs. "Blue Phoenix" Vanessa Azure', and Beer City
Bruiser (with "Mouth of the Midwest" JP) -vs- Brandon Blaze

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

* 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

* 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.

* DWI Wrestling returns to Riverview, FL on December 16 for
a Toys 4 Tots show with a 2:00 pm bell time at the
Rivercrest Club House, 11560 Ramble Creek Dr, Riverview, FL
as it brings you the fifth Toys For Tots show. Admission is
an unwrapped toy or new stuffed animal for a girl or boy.

* Imperial Wrestling Revolution will do a Toys for Tots
show at its December 16 show in Admore, 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 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 it's your turn to do
that one small thing.

As always, I'll plug and report on these events here to the
point you can recite them in your sleep. Please send them to
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