AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the SheetsPWBTS.com

As I’ve said, I’ll shill charity shows concerning cancer and other causes whenever possible here.

Here are two:

Pro Wrestling Benefit for Special Olympics of Haralson County, 06/23/12, in Buchanan, GA

Team WILLpower’s Brandon McClure has been hard at work putting together a great show in support of a great cause. Please make plans to join us on June 23rd for an exciting night of professional wrestling and help support the Special Olympics of Haralson County. Brandon is just one of the many athletes that will benefit from your support!

Advance tickets are only $5!! Tickets at the door will $8 with kids 5 and under FREE! Call the number above for tickets or contact Brandon McClure directly.

Team WILLpower presents a Pro Wrestling Benefit for Special Olympics of Haralson County

All proceeds go directly to Special Olympics of Haralason County.

When: June 23rd – Doors Open at 6:30pm, Bell time is 7:30pm.

Where: Haralson County Recreation Center Center, 25 Recreation Lane, Buchanan, GA 30113

The following matches have been confirmed:

Eli Daniels vs Stupid (w/Tweety);

Kaiden Knight & Playboy vs Best Friends Forever (Adorable Anthony Andrews & Marvelous Michael Stevens);

The Georgia Cowboy vs Brian Alexander;

Drew Adler vs Bobby Hayes;

Family First (Frankie Valentine, Josh Storm, Kody Jack & Stanley Robinson) vs The Immoral Minority (Billy Knight, Billy Jack, “The Rocker” Terry Lawler & Peanut) in a Survival of the Fittest Lumberjack Match;

As members of each team are eliminated they must leave the ring area.

Haralson County Sheriff Department officers will be surrounding the ring and will ensure that the action stay in the ring.

The UK’s Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows) presents “Rise Above The Rest” , with all profits going to the Teenage Cancer Trust on Friday, 29th June 2012 at The Hightown Club, Oxon Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 ODZ. Tickets only £5 each. Reserve by calling 07590 109866! Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm.

MATCHES ANNOUNCED SO FAR :

Winner gets a CAWS Wildcard Title shot vs ‘Perfect’ P.T. Player –
‘The Future’ CJ Gunner VS ‘The Earl Of Excellence’ Robert Rochester Rose!

‘The Renegade’ Marcus Phayer VS ‘Bad Boy’ Joey Naylor!

Cabbie Klowaski & Vulture VS Fracture The Clown & Rabbit!

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CAWS WRESTLING STARS CONFIRMED TO APPEAR SO FAR :

* Former TNA & ROH, and one of British Wrestling’s biggest stars, ‘Wonderkid’ Jonny Storm
* CAWS Wildcard Champion ‘Perfect’ P.T. Player w/’The Perfect Princess’ Kherington Steele, & ‘The Teenage Dream’ Drewy Staniforth
* Kevin Carter
* ‘Teetotal’ Thomas Stevens
* Chris Sharpe
* ‘The Blackheart’ Rudi
* Chris Hawk

And some big names, and surprises to be announced over the upcoming days and weeks. Visit www.cawswrestling.com for constant updates, as well as this event wall! #SupportTheCAWS!

For more informaiton, go to http://www.cawswrestling.com; http://www.facebook.com/CharityAppealWrestlingShows; or http://www.twitter.com/cawswrestling

Also coming up, Combat Zone Wrestling presents: Tournament of Death 11 on Saturday, June 23 at The Ultraviolent Underground, located at 139 Ebenezer Church Road, Townsend, DE with a 2:30 pm belltime.

First round matchups…

NOI Drunken Scaffold Match
DEVON MOORE vs. LUCKY tHURTeen vs. DANNY HAVOC

Ultraviolent Ladders Match (Dedicated to the memory of JC Bailey)
DRAKE YOUNGER vs. RORY MONDO

Pains in the Glass Match
CZW World and Ultraviolent Underground Champion MASADA vs. SCOT SUMMERS

Ultraviolent Bats Match
‘BULLDOZER’ MATT TREMONT vs the returning ABDULLAH KOBAYASHI

A non-tournament action already scheduled:

Former Partners Get Ultraviolent – Fans Bring the Weapons
‘CHAINSAW’ JOE GACY vs. RYAN SLATER

Tickets are priced at $35 for 1st row, $30 for 2nd row, and $25 for general admission. Click here to purchase CZW tickets online, or buy them at the door before the show. Doors open at 2:00PM.

For directions to the Ultraviolent Underground, go to this link on Google Maps, or enter 139 Ebenezer Church Road, Townsend, DE into your car’s GPS device.

For media requests, vendor space and sponsorship opportunities contact djhyde@czwrestling.com.

Upodated information can be fopund on CZW’s Tournament of Death XI Facebook Fanpage.

It’ll be 2 years soon since Michael “Trent Acid” Verdi was found dead by his mother at only age 29. He was best known as half of The Backseat Boyz with friend and partner Johnny Kashmere, as well as working in many notable singles programs in Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Jersey All Pro Wrestling.

Verdi was three times Combat Zone Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Champion, four times co-CZW Tag Team Champion (with Johnny Kashmere), once CZW Best of The Best tournament winner; once co-ROH Tag Team Champion (with Kashmere), twice Jersey All-Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champion (with Kashmere), once co-East Coast Wrestling Association Tag Team Champion (with Kashmere), three times once co-Hardway Wrestling Tag Team Championship (with Kashmere) once co-National Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champion (with Kashmere), once Phoenix Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champion (with Johnny Kashmere), once United States Xtreme Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, once UXW Xtreme Championship, once UXW United States Championship, once UXW Tag Team Championship (with Mike Tobin), twice Urban Wrestling Alliance Light Heavyweight Championship and once UWA Tag Team Champion (with Billy Reil). Singles titles included once Pro Wrestling Unplugged Heavyweight Champion, once Big Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Championship; and once Juggalo Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.

But with all his achivements, Verdi had his demons, with multiple arrests for drug possession, including heroin and pills, and did jail time and rehab in 2010, including doing time after a 2008 incident with friend Billy Reil, which resulted in seven months in jail. During Verdi’s periods of being clean and sober, he talked about not wanting to walk down the path of family members with similar problems, and to get back fulltime into the wrestling business. Verdi was awaiting trial for a charge of possessing five Xanax pills without a prescription dating from a October 2009 arrest. His most recent arrest was the result of a probation violation for attempting to take dates with Big Japan Wrestling (out of the United States).

I got a call on my cellphone while at work back on that day and remembering being shocked, but not entirely surprised, given what I’ve just mentioned, while at the same time remembering a very young Trent Acid doing moonsaults off the old bleachers at the ECW Arena. I remember an incredibly talented wrestler who could make magic in the ring….and a guy with a great sense of humor.

In a truly eerie moment only days later in 2010 at CZW’s Tournament of Death 2010, a number of us who were on one side of the area set up for the show (the one side where there were large trees providing some shade on a really hot day) felt (at exactly the same moment that a ten bell sounded) the one cool breeze of the entire day came through our side of the seating, and stopped as the ten-bell ended. I looked at those others I was sitting with, and they asked me and said “Did you feel that too?”. Mind you, I had never had one of those kinds of moments (and only ever read about others who did), but we all felt it was Trent Acid sending us a shout-out. Days later, the same comment came via e-mail from CZW’s DJ Hyde who said, no it wasn’t just us….

Realizing it’ll soon be 2 years ago that this happened still makes me feel older and sadder. But his sending a shout out on that day will always make me link him and TOD, even though he never worked the hardcore matches in those shows.

Until next time…

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