This Thursday is Thanksgiving. As I ask each year, please e-mail any announcements about scheduled Holiday charitable-themed (fund-raisers for clothes, food pantries or Toys for Toys) wrestling or MMA events to firstname.lastname@example.org
More on that in a moment...
First up, wrestling fans watched Matt Hardy
continue his self-destructive behavior last week, as he was taken to jail, and is being held in the Moore County Detention Center on $1,000,000 bail after he was kicked out of a WWE-sponsored rehab facility as the result of failing a Breathalyzer test.
This was just another in the series of chapters in the endless lunatic newsreel that Hardy's addictive behavior has caused, including an August 2011 DWI arrest, and subsequent release by TNA. Four days later, Hardy was rushed to an emergency room, after "falling down in his home" Just days later, on August 30, Hardy posted a video on YouTube with the following: "Goodbye, World... My time here is almost complete... I only have a few hours and minutes... I loved you all... Regardless of how you felt about me... I'll miss you all... September 23, 1974 - August 31, 2011." After police were called to his house by people fearing the worst, Hardy later claimed it was an "attention-grabbing stunt and was never intended as a suicide note.
Two weeks later, Hardy was arrested on another DWI charge. He was then was arrested again on September 14, when his girlfriend called 911, claiming that he was "strung out on pills and needed help" (but later denied she made such a call). Steroids, Ecstasy, drug paraphernalia were found and Hardy was charged of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On September 19, Hardy announced that he was going to check himself into a WWE-sponsored rehabilitation center for the next three months (which he had to do as a condition of release from custody). He remains in jail as of this writing. His girlfriend Reby Sky has publicly refused to bail him out.
At this point, nothing less than time in jail and a mandatory drug treatment program while inside is going to stop Hardy from this self-destructive behavior. Hardy clearly is unable and unwilling to control his addictions, and he has far too many people in his life who are willing to enable him to do so.
There was a very sadly ironic event that occurred the same day Hardy tested positive. As part of my job, I occasionally assist Admissions staff with on-campus and off-campus events. Last week, I went to a local youth facility operated by the Philadelphia Prison System for a Career Day. Almost at the same time that Hardy was testing positive, I watched as a young woman, probably no older than 16 walked up toward my school's table with clear evidence on her arm of having shot up... and fairly recently at that. Hopefully, she is young to learn, is within a system that will force her to at least get lessons on her addiction, and won't have the same enablers in her life as Matt Hardy has in his.
Now, to something far more positive...the holidays and independent wrestling's observations of the holiday spirit.
The Des Moines, IA based 3XWrestling proudly presents its annual November supershow, November Knockout 3: Black Friday, on November 25 at the Barratta's@Forte Grand Ballroom in downtown Des Moines. The stacked card of Midwest all-stars includes two major championship matches and two massive multi-man elimination tag team matches, a November tradition in 3XWrestling.
3XW's October event, Halloween Horror 4, saw the introduction of dramatic live production changes, including an enhanced sound system, specialized lighting displays and the use of video projection equipment throughout the event. Look for even more exciting additions to the live event experience at November Knockout 3: Black Friday! 3XW is also assisting the annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation campaign. If able, 3XW asks that fans bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event to donate and help a child in need over the winter holidays.
The first independent or mainstream wrestling promotion in the Delaware Valley to do Toys for Tots collections was United Wrestling Coalition, which has been performing family style independent professional wrestling events for 15 years. They have become known for their annual Toys for Tots Pro Wrestling Toy Drive, held annually at Burlington County College. In fact, December 3rd will feature their 15th annual event! The December 3rd Toys for Tots event is FREE, when fans bring and donate a new unwrapped toy. For more information, contact Lois Thomas at 609-792-9328
W.A.R. WRESTLING presents…"FANSGIVING" on Saturday, November 26th, at the UAW Hall 1440 Bellefontaine Ave. in Lima, OH. Doors open at 6 pm, Bell time at 7 pm. $5 Donation for General Admission /$10 Donation for Reserved Front Row Seating
W.A.R. Wrestling has teamed up with Unleashed Youth Ministries, the West Ohio Food Bank, and its fans for aFOOD DRIVE & FUNDRAISING event to benefit the West Ohio Food Bank.
A $10 donation will score you reserved ringside seating and a $5 donation will get you general admission seating for this amazing event. You can also attend this event for 3 canned goods donation. Advance Tickets at Rigali's Pizza Village and Groamy's CD's & Tapes in Lima, OH starting on Sunday November 6th. Canned goods WILL NOT be accepted at advance ticket outlets, they will ONLY be accepted at the door.
W.A.R. Wrestling is also looking for local sponsors for this event to help maximize the donation to the food bank. Anyone wanting more information on how to support this amazing event and cause to fight hunger in the Lima, Ohio area please contact us at facebook.com/WARWrestling
The food bank supplies 170 soup kitchens in an 11 county area in the state of Ohio. In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the food bank served close to 5 million meals!!! A $5 donation to the food bank buys 125lbs worth of food and can feed 2 families of 4 for 3 days!!! W.A.R. Wrestling knows the needs, especially during the holiday season, and wants to help end hunger in the area.
Already signed for this huge and historic event…
Steel Cage Match for the W.A.R. Wrestling Championship:
W.A.R. Wrestling Champion - "Poison" Appollo Starr defends against Kaden Assad
W.A.R. Wrestling Tag Team Title Tournament Semi-Finals & Finals:
6 teams will face off in the semi-finals in 2 Triple-Threat Tag Team Matches.
The Scarbonis vs. The Painkillers vs.. Team VD
Badd Company vs. Old School Empire vs. The Dillingers
Winners will face each other in the finals to crown the new W.A.R. Wrestling Tag Team Champions!