• CZW issued the following statement on the death of Trent Acid:

    Rest in Peace - Mike "Trent Acid" Verdi
    11/12/1980 - 6/18/2010

    It is with deep regret that CZW management has the unfortunate duty to report on the passing of one of it's own. Early this morning, Michael "Trent Acid" Verdi passed away in his home in South Philadelphia at the age of 29, just blocks away from the building where he helped revolutionize the business he so deeply loved. The entire extended CZW family is in mourning over the loss of one its true homegrown stars, and a man who was a friend to so many, both inside the business and out. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends as they grieve for his loss.

    Trent Acid lived to wrestle. From the time he first stepped thru the curtain at the world famous "ECW Arena", it was clear that he was no ordinary wrestler. This kid from the streets of South Philly was born to entertain, and for more than a decade, he did all that and more. In his storied career, Trent Acid won titles all over the world, but the ones that meant the most to him were those that came in his own neighborhood. In 2002, Trent acheived what many would consider to be the highlight of his career when he defeated Jody Fleisch in front of a capacity crowd at the Arena to become CZW's second ever "Best of the Best" Champion. Trent was also a gifted tag-team wrestler, tagging with longtime friend and partner Johnny Kashmere to form the "Backseat Boyz", together changing the tag-team game as we knew it, while taking their act all over the world in the process. In addition to his contributions in the ring, Trent gave back to the business outside the ring. As a trainer, he helped mold the careers of many of the next generation of professional wrestlers. His advice was priceless, and it was sought by many who wanted to be the very best at their craft.

    For over a decade, we watched as he grew from the flashy, energetic youngster with the infectious smile, to becoming a certifiable International Superstar. Now, for many years to follow, we will remember him as one of the greatest independent wrestlers of all time, and his memory will never die.

    On the afternoon of Saturday, July 10th at 230pm, The Arena in South Philly, along with CZW and Trent's friends and family will come together to present a very special tribute show to honor his life, and memory. Admission to the event will be free, with a suggested $10 dollar donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to Trent's family, many of whom will be on hand for what should be a very emotional afternoon. Stay tuned to CZWrestling.com, and the usual media outlets for more on this event.

  • Johnny Kashmere (former tag-team partner with the Backseat Boyz) issued the following, announcing a Tribute Show next month to help the family offset the cost of the funeral:

    To Donate to the Acid Memorial fund via paypal please use the following link: [email protected] The Money will be withdrawn and added to the money we give to Trent's Family at The Acid-Fest.

    I just got off the Phone with the new CZW Owner DJ Hyde and we have come to a joint agreement to hold "Acid-Fest: A Tribute to Trent Acid" at the former ECW Arena on Saturday afternoon July 10th with a 2:30pm belltime. Admission will be FREE with a $10 Donation to the Trent Acid Memorial Fund to help his family pay his funeral costs. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis, there will be no GA or Front Row seats. The event will consist of SIX wrestling matches featuring all of Trent's best friends. One of the matches will be the Trent Acid Battle Royal!

    Already guaranteed to be there include: (in no particular order)

    Johnny Kashmere
    Nick Berk
    Brian Logan
    The Rockin' Rebel
    Billy Reil
    Don Montoya
    Flash Wheeler
    Mike Kehner
    Matt Walsh
    Big Mac Smack
    Doomsday Danny Rose
    Ian Knoxx
    Stephen DeAngelis
    Ron Starr
    The Messiah
    Nate Hatred
    John Dahmer
    DJ Hyde
    Adam Flash
    John House
    Joe Ettell
    Nick Gage
    and many more TBA as they confirm their attendance. Also all of The PWU Students of Trents are invited to attend this to pay their tribute to Trent.

    Please help us spread the word and remember to thank DJ HYDE of CZW and of course ROGER of THE ARENA for helping make this all possible. Very selfless of them, and I really wish them the best always. This will be a great afternoont to honor Trent Acid. We will all wrestle as if Trent was watching from the balcony and our goal is to make him laugh. Trent really had a huge personality and an amazing sense of humour, and we will honor those qualities on July 10th at the Arena.

    *I am also contacting Trent's Family about attending so they can accept the donation live in person. Also we are going to induct a very special honorary member to The BackSeat Boyz on this special afternoon.

    It really would mean the world to Trent if you showed up and supported this event. God Bless and please repost this and help us spread the word all over the place!