AS I SEE IT – The Holiday Season is Almost Here

AS I SEE IT – The Holiday Season is Almost Here
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

I’m putting this column out early given the real possibility of Hurricane Sandy causing no power, and as a result, no Internet.

Not to mention the fact it’ll allow me to briefly go over what actually might be an historic moment tonight…as Vince McMahon gets a rare opportunity to make a star. The injury to and subsequent surgery of John Cena, has given WWE an opportunity to make a new star out of Ryan “Ryback” Reeves tonight, as he faces WWE champion C.M. Punk in a Hell in a Cell match.

No guess as to how this one will go. Conventional wisdom suggests Ryback wins tonight, then have Punk regain the title; as the eventual CM Punk-Rock match at Royal Rumble 2013 seems to have already been pencilled in.

Other matches include:

World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defends against Big Show. Would almost expect to see a title change here.

WWE tag champions Daniel Bryan and Kane defend against the “Rhodes Scholars” of Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Bryan and Kane retain, since their characters are getting pushed so much.

Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio. No particular feeling here.

IC champion Kofi Kingston defends against The Miz for the Intercontinental Title. My guess is that The Miz gets the belt back, and that the title change was to interest people in the new ION Network “Main Event’ show

Divas champion Eve defends against Kaitlyn and Layla in a three-way match for the Divas Title. Probably a good time for those of us in the Northeast to check our gutters and make sure our windows are right.

Moving along, Halloween is coming Wednesday, with November starting the following day…and the Holiday season isn’t far away.

In keeping with the actual spirit of the season, the wrestling community will reach out to those in need. Independent promotions hold a wide variety of events to benefit various food pantries, shelters, “Toys for Tots” drives. Over the years, promotions ranging from the family-friendly United Wrestling Coalition to the hardcore themed Combat Zone Wrestling to indies of various sizes and types trough the United States and Canada. Even if you don’t have one in your own area this Holiday season, please take time to contribute to or volunteer with such organizations.

Next is the November 3 show of Hoosier Pro Wrestling, Former NWA World Champion, Tommy “Wildfire” Rich, Dangerous” Doug Gilbert from the legendary Gilbert Family, at 7:30pm in Columbus, IN for the 14 Year Anniversary/Fireman’s Cheer Fund Fundraiser to help kids at Christmas. The show is brought to you by JD Byrider, Aaron’s and Hoosier Sporting Goods. Fans are asked to bring a new toy for the Cheer Fund Toy Drive for kids in need at Christmas. 4-H Fairgrounds. The show takes place at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbus, IN  with a 7:30pm bell/doors open 6:45pm . Tickets $15 kids 4 & under Free $1 out of each adult ticket goes to the Cheer Fund.

Matches scheduled:

Main Event HPW Tag Title Match

Tommy “Wildfire” Rich/”Dangerous” Doug Gilbert vs the High Rollers “Diceman” Ronnie Vegas/TJ Powers

Doink The Clown/Flash Flanagan vs Sexy Shawn Cook/The Zombie Rob Ramer

Donny Idol vs Bobby Black for HPW Tri-State Belt

Ricky Ruckus Defends the HPW Heavyweight Title vs Tom Van Zant

JD Marioni & Niki vs Damien Cole & Camron Star

TJ Kemp vs JKO Joey Owens

Cousin Cooter/Stompin Steve/Fireman vs Sabatoge Styles/Aaron Anarchy/Fast Eddie

River City Wrestling is also supporting the San Antonio Food Bank at their November 10 “Return to Glory 5” event. The San Antonio Food bank has a goal of raising one million pounds of food for needy families for the holidays and everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the show. RCW will also donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to SA Food Bank.

Combat Zone Wrestling, for the eighth consecutive year, will be holding a ““Toys for Tots”” collection at Cage of Death 14 on December 8. The Cage of Death event, CZW’s annual mega-show will again be part of a “deadly doubleheader”, this year with EVOLVE hosting the matinee show…all taking place at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.

Chicago Style Wrestling holds its annual “Toys for Tots” show on November 23 in Addison, IL at the Pyramid Club.

Des Moines’s 3Xwrestling collects “Toys for Tots” donations as part of their annual November event in Des Moines on Black Friday, November 23 (day after Thanksgiving).

Chaotic Wrestling will do a show benefitting “Toys for Tots” on Fan Appreciation night, which takes place December 14th in Lowell, MA.

ECWA will do a “Toys for Tots” show on December 1.

Chicago Style Wrestling will also hold their show benefitting “Toys for Tots” on November 23 in Addison, IL

USCW Pro Wrestling will hold their own “Toys for Tots” at the Baker County Fair Grounds in Macclenny, FL. Go to Cost: $10.00 at the Door or Bring a NEW Unopened Toy & get in Free, all toys brought will be given to the “Toys for Tots”.

Incidentally, “Toys for Tots” collections have already begin in other parts of the United States. If you need information on the charity, go to “Toys for Tots”.com.

Additionally, Brew City Wrestling will hold another event on December 9, they return to their home base of Knights of Columbus, West Allis, WI. with a benefit Food for Families of Greater Milwaukee

As a reminder promotions (or their fans) can send information on scheduled Holiday charitable-themed (fund-raisers for clothes, food pantries or Toys for Toys, etc.) wrestling or MMA events to [email protected].

Until next time….

— Bob Magee

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