AS I SEE IT
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
In an emotional afternoon at the ECW Arena,”Acid-Fest” took place yesterday afternoon, before an estimated crowd of 750 honoring the late Michael “Trent Acid” Verdi. The Verdi family did attend, and were seated ringside with neighborhood friends up in one of the Arena boxes.
The afternoon started with a video of some of Acid’s best stuff; then in a surprise, Trent Acid was inducted into the ECW Arena Hardcore Hall of Fame by the ECW Arena during the opening ceremonies of the “Acid-Fest” Memorial show in Philadelphia, PA. His induction was done by CZW owner DJ Hyde, where Hyde talked about how much Acid loved wrestling and how much Acid appreciated his fans.
To open the show, Helter Skelter (with Missy Hyatt) won the Trent Acid Memorial Rumble. A VERY partial list of participants in the Rumble includes Balls Mahoney (replacing Axl Rotten), The Messiah, Matt Walsh, Kwame, Ron Starr, Earl Cooter, Nate Stein, Eddie Valentine, John Dahmer, Lil’ Greatness, Slayer, Deranged, Billy Angus, Danny Angus, The Rockin’ Rebel, Greg Matthews, Kid America, Flash Wheeler, Aramis, Cory Kastle, and “Dirty Deeds” Darren Wyse
Nick Berk/Z-Barr defeated Don Montoya/Robbie Mireno (with Reckless Youth). Both Mireno and Z-Barr were visibly breaking up at the beginning of the match.
Acid’s Angels (Missy Sampson/Annie Social/Amy Lee Murray) defeated Alere Little Feather/Roxie Cotton/Detox
In the Scramble Tag Match, the S.A.T. defeated Carnage Crew, H8 Club and Da Hit Squad. The shocker of the entire day was seeing Justice Pain coming out with real-life brother Nick Gage and Nate Hatred. The finish saw a killer Spanish Fly by the SAT on Monsta Mack
Homicide/B-Boy defeated Sonjay Dutt/Ruckus
In the main event, Johnny Kashmere defeated Devon Moore. Both were clearly having a hard time emotionally in the ring.
After the main event, all the afternoon’s participants assembled back in the ring, with gave Acid’s mother a check of $7.500 they raised at the show. This included the proceeds from the auction of a “spinner” watch personally donated by WWE´s John Cena.
This afternoon came off very well, and clearly honored Michael Verdi in a heartfelt, emotional way. The politics and personal bullshit that can all too often be a part of wrestling were left aside for at least one day by a number of people who have had long-lasting personal issues, ranging from family issues to professional ones.
I mentioned about something that happened back at CZW’s Tournament of Death only days after Acid’s passing where a ten bell salute for Trent Acid with Devon Moore and DJ Hyde (who was having a tough time getting through talking about Acid) in the ring. In a truly eerie moment for those of us sitting on one side of the area set up for the show (the one side where there were large trees providing some shade)…. as the ten bell sounded, the one cool breeze of the entire day came through our side of the seating (near a grove of trees) and stopped as the ten-bell ended.
When I looked at the family (one associated with CZW), they looked at me and said “Did you feel that too?”. There wasn’t a one of us who had a thought that it was anything but Trent Acid sending us a shout-out. Days later, I mentioned that via e-mail to CZW owner DJ Hyde who responded “I thought Devon and I were the only one who noticed that”.
CZW, Johnny Kashmere and all those responsible for “Acid-Fest” should be proud of what they did yesterday afternoon….they did it well. I suspect Trent was somewhere around watching and enjoying it all.
Until next time…
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