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Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

For the twelfth straight year, South Jersey independent wrestling promotion United Wrestling Coalition will hold its annual Toys For Tots show at Burlington County College in Pemberton, NJ. All UWC wrestlers donate their time for the evening as well, with this year’s main event a match between UWC Champion Reckless Youth vs. Raven, and at least six other matches, with door prizes already contributed by the WWE, the Wrestling Observer, the DOI, the Wrestling Clothesline, the Torch, and others.

As with other Toys for Tots events, no admission is charged. Fans are asked to bring an unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 as “admission”. UWC fans, along with local donations, and scout drives, usually lead to 1,000 toys being collected yearly, with over 11,000 toys collected since the event’s inception. Toys for Tots has indicated that UWC’s efforts make them the single largest collector in Burlington County.

UWC still needs assistance with wrestling (or other) door prizes to have available as a raffle which traditionally takes place throughout the show we have during the show. UWC typically has about 50 door prizes during the show, with each fan receiving 3 raffle tickets upon entering the gym, with additional tickets available for purchase as well.

What I’d like to see happen is for wrestling promotions and individuals with items that can be donated toward UWC’s work. If there are any wrestling promotions or interested others on the East Coast who’d like to help UWC put together their items for raffle; please e-mail me at the e-mail address, or e-mail Jeff Bradley at [email protected]. You can also go to UWC’s My Space page for more information.

Other promotions organizing Toys for Tots collections include:

Collections will be held at every event held at the ECW (New Alhambra) Arena during the holiday season, including:

  • Philly Super Show collectibles event: Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25
  • The November 30 Evolved Fighting (MMA) Muay Thai event
  • Concert: December 1
  • CZW Cage of Death: December 8On the same night that UWC holds its annual event, CZW will hold its own third annual Toys for Tots collection at its year-ending Cage of Death show at the ECW Arena on December 8. For information, go to CZW’s website.The Baltimore-based Eastern Wrestling Alliance will do a Toys for Tots collection at its Cold Fury show on December 2, 2007 at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Hall, 5200 Southwestern Blvd., Arbutus, MD. For information, go to EWA’s website.

    The Virginia-based Vanguard Championship Wrestling will hold their annual Toys for Tots event on December 22 at 7:30 pm at Pembroke Bingo Hall, Virginia Beach, VA. For information go to the promotion’s website.

    New England Championship Wrestling and World Women’s Wrestling will hold their Toys for Tots event on November 25 from 12:00 noon-2:00 pm at West Real Estate, 386 Main Street, Wilmington, MA.

    North Carolina’s ACPW Pro Wrestling will hold their event on Friday, December 8th in Clinton, NC at Clinton Pawn Shop. For information go to the promotion’s website.

    Four Memphis-based independents; TLCW, LAW, MAW and Memphis Wrestling will get together for “Thanksgiving Throwdown”, a series of shows over Thanksgiving weekend to benefit Toys for Tots. Collections will take place at each show. The shows are:

    Thursday, November 22 – TLCW National Guard Armory, Dyersburg, TN
    Friday, November 23 – $10,000 Battle Royal – LAW, Rector, AR
    Saturday, November 24 – TLCW – 207 Washington Street, Ripley, TN Jerry Lawler vs Derrick King, Flash Flanagan vs “TGB” Greg Anthony, Jon Michael vs Dustin Starr.
    Sunday, November 25 – MAW – New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, TN

    Florida’s D1PW holds their Toys for Tots event event on December 8 in Davie, FL at the PAL Gym. Tickets are $6 if you bring an unwrapped toy.

    WWE will again team with Toys for Tots campaign, with this year’s special effort made in WWE’s home, Connecticut. On December.10, Jeff Hardy will be at Tommy K Vitamins, 54 Research Drive, in Stamford, CT, from 12 noon to 2:00 pm, helping the U.S. Marines with their Toys for Tots campaign. For a minimum $15 new, unwrapped toy donation, you can get a Jeff Hardy autograph.

    Until next time…

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