ElkMania IV Saturday Night in Beverly, MA USA

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30-MAN NORTH SHORE RUMBLE HEADLINES ELKMANIA 4

– BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 – There’s a Rumble coming to Beverly this Saturday night. Thirty of the best wrestlers in New England will vie for the vacant Bay State Championship as the North Shore Rumble will headline ElkMania 4, which emanates from the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Bow Street. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Bell time is at 7:00 PM. Tickets cost $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the East India Square Mall, Salem, MA.

There are several favorites in this talented field of thirty, including some local flavor. Salem’s Derek Simonetti vanquished his arch nemesis at last year’s extravaganza and now has his sights set on Bay State gold. “Tough Talk” Tony Spencer might be the most hated person in his hometown of Danvers as his nefarious tactics could lead him to a championship victory.

“The Viking” Jon Wilson is a lifelong Salem resident who uses his size and strength to dominate the competition. As a recent graduate of Salem State University’ prestigious Nursing program, this could be Wilson’s last match as he embarks on a new career path. “The Unequaled One” Todd Sople is a villainous staple of Peabody’s Liberty States Wrestling promotion and plans on doing whatever it takes to become the Bay State Champion.

Adding to the evening’s events will be a battle for the All-Star Championship. Joey Warner looks to defend his title against the man who gave him the most haunting loss of his career, Beverly’s own “The Wrestling Machine” Tommy Corbin.

Also signed to appear: NCW Heavyweight Champion Lumberjake, “The Gentleman” Burke Beckett, “Insane” Dick Lane, Delilah Hayden, Gloucester’s Mr. Chad Epik, “The Showoff” Mike Paiva, “The International Male” Aaron Amadeus, The Best Around” TK O’Ryan, “The Dan Ram” Danny Ramirez and more!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest wrestling match to ever hit the North Shore at Elkmania 4 this Saturday night. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Elks National Foundation, which supports youth programs, veteran services, and scholarship initiatives. To learn more about the Elks National Foundation, visit http://www.elks.org/enf
ElkMania is a production of ElkMania Promotions. Its operations are based in Beverly and Salem Massachusetts. ElkMania is dedicated to providing quality family entertainment for a good cause. Please support our generous sponsors, Marblehead Bank, Townsend Energy, ChrisPy’s Liquors & Lottery, Unleashed by Petco, Danvers Fresh Marketplace, and Gio’s Pizza in Danvers. Unfortunately, the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge is not handicapped accessible.

ElkMania 4

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beverly/Salem Lodge of Elks

39 Bow Street, Beverly, MA.

Doors will open at 6:00pm with a 7:00 pm bell time.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside the Museum Place Mall in Salem, MA. (1 Church Street, Salem, MA)

30-Man North Shore Rumble for the vacant Bay State Championship featuring: Derek Simonetti, “Tough Talk” Tony Spencer, NCW Heavyweight Championship Lumberjake, “The Hired Gun” Derrick Conway, “The Viking” Jon Wilson, “The International Male” Aaron Amadeus, “The Original Showoff” Mike Paiva, “The Gentleman” Burke Beckett, The Middlesex Express (Steven Lust & Steven Broad) The Kool People (DJ AC & Sammy Deleon) “The Dan Ram” Danny Ramirez, “Insane” Dick Lane, Billy Avery, “Old School Cool” Corey Michael and more.

-All-Star Championship:

Joey Warner (c) vs. “The Wrestling Machine” Tommy Corbin 

-Tag Team Grudge Match:

The Firebirds w/ Mr. Chad Epik vs. The Black Gate Mercenaries w/ Delilah Hayden 

-Liberty States Wrestling showcase:

“The Unequaled One” Todd Sople vs. “The Best Around” TK O’Ryan

-Winning Team Earns the Final Spots in the Rumble:

The Closers (Brad Hollister & Hammer Tunis) vs. “Dynamite” Doug Summers & “The Native American Warrior” Tomahawk

All proceeds from the event go towards the Elks National Foundation, which supports youth programs, veteran services, and scholarship initiatives.

 

 

 

The Incredible Nikki Valentine

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Update 14 September:  We have been in Europe too long and missed the announcement on Sept. 11 that Ms. Valentine is retiring from professional wrestling. We are sad to see her exit the stage but are grateful for the great times she has provided to all of us with her work. Talk about going out on top.  Congratulations and best wishes for the future Nikki Valentine!

Nikki Valentine has had a great last few years. She’s held the Lucky Pro and WWW Championships, and has dominated all over New England.

Women’s wrestling in New England is on top with a full complement of local and international talent working here. For a period of time there was a dearth of female talent and Nikki Valentine was one of the stalwarts who kept the fires burning while new people were being developed. She’s given a lot to this sport and we appreciate her work every time we get to see her in action.

Nikki Valentine at New England Fan Fest 2015 with her Lucky Pro Belt. Image: Christine Coons

Nikki Valentine at New England Fan Fest 2015 with her Lucky Pro Belt. Image: Christine Coons

She Can Hurt You. Image: Gerweck.net

She Can Hurt You. Image: Gerweck.net

Nikki Valentine. Image by: Nikki Valentine. From The Professor's Private Collection

Image: Nikki Valentine. From The Professor’s Private Collection

Nikki finishes off Rich. Image: The Professor

Nikki finishes off Richie Rich at SPW. Image: The Professor

Wrestling History in Maryland

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Hach is one of our correspondents and a person whose WordPress site we follow. He’s a wrestling fan from Albany. He recently posted this picture on a trip to Baltimore. Wresting has such a long and storied history in the United States.

#Wrestling is everywhere

A photo posted by Sean Hachey (@thehachland) on

Professor on The Road – Paris

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The Professor is in France and Belgium rounding out his summer on the road for the next couple of weeks. Posts will continue regardless. The next show we have scheduled is the SPW event in Raynham, MA on Sept. 18. Hope to see you there.

SPW
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Bell Time: 1:00 pm
Raynham Borden Colony Park
2254 King Philip Street
Raynham Pride Day
Raynham, MA

We are sorry to miss the NECW anniversary event Bash 16 Sept. 10 in Wakefield, MA. Paul London is making a special appearance.

Institute de France and Pont des Arts Paris. Image: The Wrestling Professor

Institute de France and Pont des Arts Paris. Image: The Wrestling Professor

Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day to all of our friends lucky enough to still have jobs and to those 94 million Americans locked out of the workforce. Let’s hope that we come to our senses and re-industrialize America starting in 2017. The last 30 years have been brutal on workers. Consider the wrestling business where once there were hundreds of livings and now perhaps fewer than 100 people (out of an estimated 8000 Pros in the US) can wrestle for a living without having another job. Same for the rest of us. God Bless the American Worker.

Labor Day Summary: Wage Earners Have Taken a Beating

WWE exploits uninsured, under-compensated wrestlers for big bucks

 

Source: CNBC

Source: CNBC

R.I.P. Mr. Fuji

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We received a call in Mexico City today from The Co-Conspirator giving us the sad news of the passing of the legendary Mr. Fuji.  He had a great, long life. The entire Wrestling Professor family sends our condolences to the Fuji Family.

We can only wonder what the impact of his death will be on the economy of Japan, he was that prolific.

Daily Mail coverage

We’ve run this post every year on Mr. Fuji’s Birthday. Here it is one last time:

Mr. Fuji was born on May 4, 1935.  He was active in the Wrestling Business from 1964 until his retirement in 1997.  Mr. Fuji wrestled in the WWWF, Georgia Championship Wrestling, WWF, The Territories, and all over the world. He teamed with Haystacks Calhoun, Mr. Saito, and Professor Tanaka.  He managed such notables as Yokozuna and Don Muraco.  When the Professor was a kid he loved to watch Mr. Fuji throw salt into his opponents’ eyes.

The Famous Mr. Fuji. Image: pwpix

Mr. Fuji’s business interests and influence go far beyond Wrestling.  He was, and still is, a major player in both the U.S. and Japan.  Did you know..

Mr. Fuji was an accomplished Horticulturist, developing his own variety of Apple 

Fuji Apples. Image © The Wrestling Professor

Fuji Apples. Image © The Wrestling Professor

Mr. Fuji’s Personal Airship from one of his many companies, Fuji Film

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Mt. Fuji in Japan was named after Mr. Fuji. (This is unconfirmed)

Mt. Fuji. Image: static.panoramio.com