Friday, July 15, 2011

Press Covers Randy 'Macho Man' Savage Benefit Show-Called a 'Blemish On The Name Of Wrestling'

Credit:www.tampabay.com

NEW PORT RICHEY — The show hadn't even reached the tag team matches when the fracas erupted. The band demanded to be paid. The undercard wrestlers wanted their money, too. Facing an angry backstage crowd, veteran wrestling promoter Dino Puglia announced he was having a cardiac emergency — and took off.

A Saturday night tribute show to Randy "Macho Man" Savage at New Port Richey's All Sports Arena had enough behind-the-scenes drama to rival any wrestling story line, except the backstabbing was real.

"I've stopped answering (Puglia's) calls, and I don't want to have anything to do with him," said Savage's brother "the Genius" Lanny Poffo, who had given his blessing for the event. "I thought it would be a good thing for my brother's name, but I regret the outcome and would prefer to distance myself from the stench."

Among the problems:

• It was billed as a fundraiser for All Children's Hospital and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital — without either hospital's approval. Puglia now says he didn't raise enough money to cut a check to either charity.

• Of the eight star names used to promote the event, only half showed up. At least two — Poffo and the Honky Tonk Man, whose real name is Roy Wayne Farris — say they never agreed to attend.

Poffo said he told Puglia up front he would be in Niagara Falls that weekend. "I shouldn't have been mentioned in any advertising," Poffo said. "It makes me look bad to not show up."

Farris, who learned of the event Friday, posted a 15-minute clip on YouTube of a phone call in which he angrily confronts Puglia about "fraud" and "false advertising." Puglia blamed the errors on another organizer who made the posters.

• The local band Hollow Heroes and some of the wrestlers say they were never paid.

The Outlaw Ron Bass and Bugsy McGraw got their money, Puglia said, while "the Legend" Ox Baker only wanted to be reimbursed for his plane ticket from Connecticut. Puglia said he will repay Baker when he can.

Puglia said he gave money to fellow promoter Bob Hamill to pay the undercard wrestlers. Hamill declined to comment for this story. But the man who owns All Sports Arena, Matt Garry, said Hamill dug into his own pocket to pay some people.

And the band?

"I never promised them anything," Puglia said. "They volunteered their time, and suddenly after the show they try to hold me up for money."

The event drew about 150 people who paid between $5 and $10 for admission. But Puglia said the event didn't net enough money to donate to All Children's Hospital or St. Jude's, as the promotions promised.

In fact, neither hospital agreed to be associated with the event. St. Jude's knew nothing about it, a representative said, and All Children's didn't learn about it until they saw the promotions claiming the event was a fundraiser for the hospital.

"Our people then got in touch with Puglia to inform him that he would need to fill out paperwork for the event," said All Children's media coordinator Anne Miller. "When we looked at it, we decided that we didn't want our logo used and that he would need to provide copies of various types of event insurance and licenses, but he never did that. He went ahead and did the event using our name without our consenting to the event."

Others who supported the event, believing it was a bona fide fundraiser, were disappointed. Garry, the arena owner, said he will send his own donation to All Children's.

"It's really sad that All Children's Hospital gets nothing out of this," said Big Vito LoGrasso, a wrestler who lined up the ring and referees for the event and was also on the card. "This event and the way it was handled is a blemish on the name of wrestling. We do a lot of good charity work in this business, but (Puglia) didn't even have the consent of All Children's to do this. Normally, you'd have someone there from the hospital that you'd present a check to, but he didn't even have people collecting money for All Children's."

LoGrasso called the show "a rinky-dink operation." There was no sound system, no bell to ring. In honor of the Macho Man, Puglia held marginally observed moments of silence, repeating "ding" into the microphone.

LoGrasso helped organize the event until he and Puglia had a falling out. Puglia blamed LoGrasso for many of the event's problems, including the misleading promotions — which LoGrasso flatly denies. Puglia banned LoGrasso from the event, threatening to have him arrested if he showed up.

"He even deleted me from his friends on Facebook," LoGrasso said.

Puglia repeatedly insisted that he is not the bad guy and that he intended to do something great for All Children's and the Macho Man's memory. But none of this turned out to be the tribute Poffo envisioned for his late brother, who died in May of heart disease.

"I know Dino, and when he said he wanted to do the event, I said 'go ahead,' " Poffo said. "This was the first time he's ever asked me to work for him, and I can tell you this is the end of the relationship. He used my brother's name to promote an event and then he turns it into a disgrace. I'm sorry Randy's name was involved, but I know that it won't tarnish his legacy."
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CZW 7.15: Tremont-Mondo; Ambassador Gulak‏










AMBASSADOR GULAK’S CAMPAIGN CONTINUES AND RECRUITING NEW TALENT

Drew Gulak continues to serve as the CZW Ambassador to Europe,
recently competing against Jon Ryan at wXw's 'Dead End XI' in Germany
and Joel Redman at IPW: UK's 'Summer Sizzler'. Gulak's words stand
very true, "Everywhere we go, people react to the letters CZW."

On August 13 at 'Tangled Web 4', the second Gulak Invitational will
take place, administered by “Full Price” Dewey Donovan and Mr.
Tofiga, who attempted to destroy the entrants at ‘New Heights’.
Wrestlers interested in submitting their materials as new talent for
the ‘Gulak Campaign For a Better CZW’ may submit materials
(resume, match links, promo pics) to drew.gulak@gmail.com

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Hear more from Gulak himself at DGulak.Blogspot.com

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TANGLED WEB 4 ON iPPV – SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

CZWrestling.com
– On Saturday, August 13, ‘Tangled Web 4’ airs on iPPV
(courtesy of HybridEnt.TV
) from The Asylum Arena, 7 W. Ritner ST in Philadelphia, PA at 7:30
pm.

With the configuration of the rings at ‘Tangled Web 4’, ADDITIONAL
Front Row tickets will available first come-first serve on August 13!

To clarify, CZW Owner DJ Hyde has not only announced Matt Tremont in
an Ultraviolent Table Match, but that Tremont will face Little Mondo
at ‘Tangled Web 4’!

* 2 Ring Psycho Circus Death Match: “The Golden Boy” Drake Younger
vs. Scotty Vortekz.

(See what Scotty Vortekz
and Drake Younger
have to say to one another!)

* CZW World Heavyweight Title, Lumberjack Strap Match: champion Devon
Moore vs. BLK JEEZ (Fans can buy a raffle ticket for the chance to
join in on the match!)

* Ultraviolent Table Match: Matt Tremont vs. Little Mondo

* Greg Excellent vs. a DJ Hyde mystery opponent

* Sami Callihan vs. BJ Whitmer

* A Drew Gulak Wired Invitational Match

* More to be announced soon!

All the action for ‘Tangled Web 4’ will air LIVE on iPPV at
HybridEnt.tv
! Download the flyer for Tangled Web 4!


Show your support at the ‘Tangled Web 4’ Facebook Event Site


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WIRED TV TAPING – SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 – PARKWOOD YOUTH ORGANIZATION,
PHILADELPHIA, PA

CZWrestling.com
– On Sunday, August 28, a very special Wired TV taping will take
place at the Parkwood Youth Organization, 3301 Mechanicsville Road in
Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

Admission is free with a minimum $10 donation benefiting the J.T.
Roberts memorial and will featuring DJ Hyde, Maven Bentley, Greg
Excellent, Core, Fredo Major, and more.

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For the latest news and to sign up for Combat Zone Wrestling’s text
service and e-mail newsletter, visit CZWrestling.com

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CZW DVDs and streaming videos are available on HybridENT.tv

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Visit our official DVD affiliates at SmartMarkVideo.com

, RFvideo.com
, and HighSpots.com
.

For overseas fans, CZW DVDs are available at The wXw Shop

and BigJapanShop.com
.

Follow CZW on ALL major Social Network Sites at
YouTube.com/user/CZWNews
, Twitter.com/CombatZone
, andFacebook.com/CombatZoneWrestling
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Vintage Collection Summary: All About The Money‏

WWE Vintage Collection on July 15th, 2011 featured these matches & segments:

The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon
WWF Monday Night Raw
May 17th, 1993

Razor Ramon's quest to get a rematch with The 1-2-3 Kid
WWF Monday Night Raw & WWF Superstars
May & June 1993

Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Million Dollar Man
WWF Prime Time Wrestling
December 17th, 1990

22-Man Battle Royal for $50,000
WWF House Show
Madison Square Garden
July 1986

Todd Pettengill's interview with Lex Luger & Tatanka
WWF Summerslam 1994

Lex Luger vs. Tatanka
WWF Summerslam 1994

Running The Gauntlet - $15,000 Challenge
Arn Anderson vs. Scott Steiner
WCW Main Event
September 23rd, 1990

$10,000 Challenge
The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon
WWF Monday Night Raw
June 21st, 1993

Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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The Shockmaster To Make Rare Appearance This Sunday In Florida‏

Fred Ottman (AKA Tugboat, Typhoon and The Shockmaster) will be appearing at the DWI Wrestling show in Riverview, Florida on July 17th, 2011. Go to http://dwiprowrestling.com for full info about the show and http://wherewrestlinghappens.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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CM Punk Comments On Possibly Wrestling Stone Cold Steve Austin

Credit: http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201107/cm-punk-wwe-wrestling-interview#ixzz1SCXL2z3C

GQ: Is that parallel to Austin why you wore a Stone Cold Steve Austin T-shirt when you were delivering that promo?

C.M. Punk: I do a lot of weird little things like that because people talk about it. I don't think it's any secret; I think the biggest match any wrestling company can do right now is C.M. Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. I've thought that since I was 15. I'm straight edge. I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I don't smoke. And that is the perfect protagonist or antagonist to Stone Cold Steve Austin, depending on how you want to spin it. It writes itself. You would have to try really, really hard to fuck that one up. The idea of being on television is to wear your T-shirt so people see it and maybe buy it. I had gone out previously in the night and wrestled. You throw your T-shirt on the ground, and I don't know what the hell happens to it after that. I came to the back, and I was looking for another T-shirt. I sent somebody to go and get one, and they came back with a XXL. I was like, "I'm going to be swimming in this thing." And it's always creepy when you're wearing wrestling trunks with a shirt because it doesn't look like you're wearing any pants. I had a Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt in my bag, and it fit me. I chuckled to myself and put it on. Am I planting seeds? I don't know. I can't guarantee to anybody that that match is going to happen. Do I want it to happen? Absolutely.
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Report: CM Punk Wants Stone Cold Steve Austin At WrestleMania 28

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,CM Punk wants to face Steve Austin at WrestleMania 28 in Miami next year. While Punk dropped a hint on last Monday's RAW that he wanted the main event at WrestleMania 28, it's said that the chances of Punk vs. Austin happening next year are slim to none.
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WWE Looking For Soap Opera Writers

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, As part of WWE restructuring their creative team, the company has been hiring more writers with soap opera experience.
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CM Punk Appears On Colt Cabana's PodCast

During a recent episode of Colt Cabana's "Art of Wrestling" Podcast, CM Punk made an intemperance to talk his match this Sunday at Money In The Bank against John Cena. The show, which features an interview with ROH's Chris Hero, can be heard at http://www.welovecolt.com .

Speaking Of Money In The Bank,the Allstate Arena in Chicago opened up more seating yesterday so more tickets are available.
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HOFer To Appear At WWE House Show In Springfield‏

Harley Race will be appearing at the WWE house show in Springfield, Missouri on August 28th, according to the venue's website. Go to http://jqharena.missouristate.edu for full info about the event and http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwid
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CHIKARA: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Mike Quackenbush on July 30th in Reading, PA

It's guest stars galore when we present "Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel" in Reading and Philadelphia, PA later this month! In addition to the likes of British mat masters Johnny Saint and Johnny Kidd, we have up-and-coming stars Makoto and Tsukasa Fujimoto, and a bonafide legend of joshi, Mima Shimoda! If that's not enough to pique your interest, we've also got returning pals El Generico, the inimitable Colt Cabana (appearing on July 31st) and Portia Perez (appearing on July 30th)!
Have a look at what's already announced for Saturday, July 30th:

~6 ROUNDS OF 5 MINUTES EACH!~
Johnny Saint vs. Johnny Kidd

~12 LARGE:SUMMIT TOURNAMENT MATCH!~
Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli

~12 LARGE:SUMMIT ROUND ROBIN MATCH!~
Fire Ant vs. Jigsaw

~SIX MAN TAG ACTION!~
El Generico/Scott Parker/Shane Matthews vs. Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano

~SOMEONE HAS TO STOP HIM!~
Green Ant vs. Tursas

~LADIES TRIOS BOUT!~
Mima Shimoda/Portia Perez/Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Sara Del Rey/Daizee Haze/Makoto

~JUST SIGNED!~
Eddie Kingston vs. Adam Cole

For more info or advance tickets to the show: http://www.chikarapro.com/events.php

Come see us live:

"Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel - Night 1"
Saturday evening - 7.30.2011
Live @ The Goodwill Beneficial Assoc.
100 Madison Avenue
in Reading, PA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm, Doors open @ 6:30 pm!

"Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel - Night 2"
Sunday afternoon - 7.31.2011
Live @ Asylum Arena (former ECW Arena)
7 W. Ritner Street
in Philadelphia, PA!
The action starts @ 4:00 pm, Doors open @ 3:30 pm!

Our homebase: www.chikarapro.com - Updated daily!
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TNA Xplosion Gets New Time Slot In UK

The following was posted on Impact Wrestling's facebook page:

Breaking news from Challenge TV - "From next week (July 20th) TNA Xplosion is moving to Wednesday nights at 10pm. Unless there is a PPV event on the Wednesday in which case it will revert back to the Tuesday night after IMPACT WRESTLING.
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