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September 15, 2009

Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) RETURNS!!

On October 24, 2009, the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) will make its return to the Philadelphia-New Jersey area independent wrestling scene.

The TWA was founded by Joel Goodhart in 1989 and produced live events for several years in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area. In addition to smaller shows, the TWA ran large venues like TEMPLE University and the Pennsylvania Hall at the Philadelphia Civic Center.

The TWA combined some big name talent such as Cactus Jack, Eddie Gilbert, Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler, Abdullah the Butcher, Manny Fernandez, Buddy Landel, and the Original Sheik with local talent like Tony Stetson, Larry Winters, Johnny Hot Body, JT Smith, Glen Osbourne, Michael Bruno, Jimmy Jannetty, Rockin’ Rebel, D.C. Drake, Crybaby Waldo, and Don E Allen. The TWA also saw Mick Foley as Cactus Jack really hit a stride in his career in his matches with Eddie Gilbert and Sabu had some of his early matches there as well.

The TWA brought an alternative style of professional wrestling into the Philadelphia area, which the fans welcomed with open arms and support. When the TWA ended in January 1992, it led to the formation of Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) and later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It was the TWA style with such memorable feuds as Cactus Jack-Eddie Gilbert, Abdullah-Sheik, Tony Stetson-Johnny Hot Body, and Larry Winters-D.C. Drake that laid the groundwork for a new genesis in pro wrestling. TWA is truly the “Granddaddy of Philly Wrestling.”

Fast forward to 2009. TWA: The Reunion- “WE WRESTLE! WE BRAWL! WE DO IT ALL!” has emerged. Many of the original members of the TWA, along with some new faces, are looking to make an impact.

The TWA’s goal is simple, to present an AFFORDABLE, FAMILY and FAN FRIENDLY night of pro wrestling action. We want adults to be able to bring their children to the show, enjoy the night, and not be embarrassed at what is being presented in the ring.

The Reunion Show will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Flyers Skate Zone located on 601 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees, NJ. Their phone number is (856) 309-4400. The doors open at 6:30 PM and bell time is 7:30 PM. For directions, please visit the Flyer Skate Zone web page at

We have some fun things planned and hopefully some surprises.

Please, if you love pro wrestling like we do, or if you did, but lost that interest and passion, you owe it to yourself to check out the TWA.

Line-up of matches is as follows*…


– Al Snow w/ Head vs. “King of Old School” Steve Corino

– “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel vs. “Beast” Glen Osbourne

– “Living Legend” Larry Winters w/ DC Drake vs. Jimmy Jannetty

– “Hitman” Tony Stetson vs. Breaker Morant

– “Hitman” Michael Bruno vs. Johnny Calzone

– Don E Allen vs. Rick Perez

– plus the Blue Meanie, Kid America, Cueball Carmichael, Max Thrasher, referees John Finegan & Jim Molineaux, and ring announcer Bob Artese

*Card subject to change.

Also, a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which does research and promotes awareness for children’s cancer. We will have a lemonade stand at the event collecting donations. Even if you cannot attend the event, you can contribute to this worthy cause on-line at

Just click the lemon donate icon on the right hand side of the page, mid-page, to donate and have it be attributed to our event.

Please stay tuned to and the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) Facebook Page for news, ticket, and event information.

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