To all wrestlers, promoters and most importantly fans of indy/pro wrestling, I’d like to use this post to thank each and every person that I have had the privilege of working with over the past 12 years in the wacky world of wrestling! I have been given the opportunity to live out a dream in a way that most aren’t blessed with, and will forever and ever be thankful to have had the chance to do something I loved more than anything in the world and entertain fans of the amazing sport of pro wrestling.The art of pro wrestling in short, is to blur the line between fantasy and reality. The calamity in this statement is that wrestling is far more real that most tend to believe. Through my time within the sport I, like most have had the bumps and bruises that come along with the show, some bumps being rougher than others. Health concerns always being an issue, I frequently seek doctors advice on anything related to my personal well being. Most recently it was discovered that I have 2 herniated discs in my neck at my C2 and C3 vertebrae. Due to the severity of the situation, difficulties from past injuries and risk of future complications to my health, I have been advised by multiple doctors to retire from professional wrestling. After careful thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to side with the medical suggestions and step away from the sport.
It’s my hope to always be involved with pro wrestling in some capacity and be able to share any knowledge, whatever it may be worth to those interested. I personally owe everything I am to professional wrestling. The people in it and the experiences have molded me from a shy teenager with no sense about him, into what I hope to be viewed as.. a respectful, appreciative adult. There are so many important things I will take away from my time in the squared circle, probably the most valuable being the lifelong friendships and in some instances even family-strong brotherhoods that have developed with so many over the years, that I hope to maintain well into the future.
My plan currently is to continue working into the summer of 2013 and have my final match in July. As a tag team champion currently in both the ECWA and NWA Fusion, I will continue to defend those titles in the hopes of finishing my time as a professional wrestler as a champion with my 2 amazing tag partners, Brandon Day and Kekoa.
I will hold my entire time as a pro wrestler as close to my heart as I imagine I would a son or daughter. I cannot thank all of the fans of every promotion I’ve ever has the chance to work with enough, you are all the heart, soul and lifeblood of the sport and most importantly without you, I wouldn’t have any of the above spoken moments to embrace. So I must say, THANK YOU SO MUCH to every single fan of pro wrestling past, present and future!
These last few months will be a hell of a ride and likely very emotional, I will continue to hold nothing back and give 100% of my being to anyone I am in the ring with, or any fans in attendance. Let’s have some serious FUN before its time to say goodbye!!
Some of the best and most loyal ECWA fans are also athletes in the Special Olympics of Delaware (SODE). Every year ECWA has been invited to attend the SODE Summer Games and has been happy to do so. This year Joel Blackheart, MONSTER AHTU, Breaker Morant, Jessie Kaye, Mr. Ooh La La, the BOSS, Keri and many of the ECWA staff and crew attended to support our friends in the Special Olympics games. We want to congratulate all who participated in the games, as you are all winners and champions in our eyes!
ECWA at the SODE Summer Olympics!
The BOSS challenges Kid USA’s flag bearer Jon Stoklosa to an arm wrestling match!
Saturday night, June 1, 2013, ECWA held its second annual Raising the Bar event at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Delaware. Other than presenting some of the best pro wrestling action on the East Coast, ECWA also used this event as an opportunity to raise funds for a good cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Fight Against Childhood Cancer.
Through on-line donations and live event donations, including donations for lemonade and raffle tickets for some great prizes, the ECWA and its fans raised over a $1,000.00!!!*
Thanks to everyone who contributed, donated money, donated prizes for the raffle and our special guests, the local live band Fading Fear and 2012 Miss Delaware Alyssa Murray, who were all one hand to help.
Also thanks to Greg DeMarco & Patrick O’Dowd from the Greg DeMarco Show and Stacey Podelski & Brandon Lewis from 1495 Sports for covering the event and as always our ECWA event photographer Hank Stoklosa for documenting the event.
*On-line site only currently reflects on-line donations, live event donations have not been updated yet.
ECWA RAISING THE BAR II GREATER NEWARK BOYS & GIRLS CLUB NEWARK, DELAWARE
SAT, JUNE 1, 2013
QUICK RESULTS by Greg DeMarco
1-Kekoa “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” beat Matt Saigon w/ Joel Blackhart, Bobby Shields and Napalm Bomb in a 4-way match via pinfall over Saigon
2-Veda Scott w/ “The Boss” Mike Tartaglia pinned Jessie Kaye
3-Aden Chambers pinned Shawn Patrick
*Chambers final match will be in ECWA on July 13 against tag team partner Kekoa “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”
4-ECWA Mid-Atlantic ChampionRicky “The Model” Martinez w/ Keri fought “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde w/ Lady in Red to a double-disqualification when Keri & The Lady in Red interfered in the match
5-Mr. Ooh La La, Kid USA, Jon Stoklosa & “Hitman” Tony Stetson beat “The Boss” Mike Tartaglia, Little Mikey, “The All Natural – Fitness Guru” Scott Wright & Gus Grand with Jessie Kaye as the special referee *ECWA booker Joe Zanolle matchmaker Jessie Kaye vs. ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia for July 13 in a “Toss The Boss” Fans Lumberjack Match
6-ECWA Unified Tag Team ChampionsBreaker Morant & “The Monster” AHTU beat D-Line in a No-Disqualification Match *This was a double pin, but Morant & AHTU were announced as the winners
7-“Greek God” Papadon pinned Apollyon w/ Joel Blackhart after five masked men and a video on the giant ECWAtron screen of “The Clown” distracted Apollyon *Apollyon’s manager Joel Blackheart announced Papadon vs. Apollyon in a Last Man Standing Match for July 13
8-ECWA Unified Heavyweight ChampionVSK (c) beat Tommaso Ciampa and Josh Daniels in a 3-Way Match via pinfall on Ciampa.
*Daniels attacked VSK after the match, and VSK’s trainer Ricky Reyes made the save. Reyes then attacked VSK himself, promising to make his protégé’s life hell and end his reign.