“Hitman” Tony Stetson is a product of Larry Sharpe’s original famed MONSTER FACTORY in South New Jersey. Stetson debuted 26 years ago on WWF TV Poughkeepsie, NY against a fellow MONSTER FACTORY alumnus, the late WWE legend Bam Bam Bigelow.
Stetson actually played a very important part in the evolution of pro wrestling in the Northeast as he, along with rival Johnny Hot Body and Larry Winters and DC Drake brought blood and brawls to Philadelphia in Joel Goodhart’s original Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) in 1990. Stetson was hardcore before hardcore was a term used. After TWA closed, Stetson helped lay the groundwork in Eastern/Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) which led to the Attitude Era in WWF. Ironically, being one of the founding fathers of hardcore is what kept Stetson from appearing in ECWA back in that time, as hardcore was not the ECWA style.
After years of injuries, Stetson retired for several years only to resurface at the TWA REUNION SHOW in Oct 2009 and he has been going strong since. Stetson became embroiled in a BRUTAL feud w/ former ECWA Heavyweight Champion “The Beast” Glen Osbourne in the TWA, as Stetson was one of Osbourne original trainers in 1990. Osbourne turned on Stetson in April of 2010 costing him the TWA Heavyweight Championship, which led to chain matches, NO-DQ matches, last man standing matches and ultimately a cage match which saw Stetson victorous and caused injury to Osbourne that he is still feeling the effects of today.
Still feeling the effects of the Osbourne feud, Stetson found himself in the middle of another rivalary with Osbourne REVOLUTION team mate, another former ECWA Heavyweight Champion, JJ the Crew Guy. Stetson and JJ had a brutal Pins Count Anywhere on the Ballfield Match at TWA in Sewell, NJ on April 9th. Their paths crossed again at the Super 8 ECWA/TWA Battle Royal in Voorhees, NJ on April 30th. Most recently, it was at the ECWA in Newark, DE on May 7th, when Stetson was visiting and watching the matches in the crowd with friends the Saffer and Greenberg families when Stetson got into a verbal confrontation with JJ following his elimination in the ECWA Rumble for a Mid-Atlantic Title Shot. The confrontation got physical quick and saw the two brawl ringside to the backstage area.
Be there as a TWA Original takes on an ECWA Original in a match that is sure to get WILD!
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