Hundreds Turn Out For JCC Wrestling Fundraiser
The Jamestown Community College physical education complex was filled with wrestling fans Friday evening for Randy Grey’s Pro Wrestling Rampage.
The event, which featured pro wrestlers Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, served as a fundraiser for the JCC wrestling team. The event also featured local wrestlers from Pro Wrestling Rampage, an independent company based in Erie, Pa.
According to Grey, event organizer, more than 585 people attended the wrestling match, which means good things for both JCC’s wrestling team and the future of wrestling events in Jamestown.
“I’m ecstatic that the Jamestown community came out to not only support PWR Wrestling, Brutus and Greg, but also for getting the JCC wrestling program on the map,” said Grey. “The money is going to help with recruiting and sending guys to tournaments.”
The event began with up-and-comers from Pro Wrestling Rampage who duked it out for various championship belts. The first match, for the Lake Erie Championship, featured defending champ Brandon Thurston and Shane Taylor, who was disqualified, leaving Thurston as the reigning champ. The second match, a triple threat, featured Frankie Feathers against “The DeVille Agency,” Kevin Bennet and Brett Mednick, which Feathers won.
The third match featured a tag team championship between Criminal Justice, “Luscious” Rocky Reynolds and “Black Sheep” Benett Cole against Aces High, “Spotlight” Marcus Knight and Andre Kanan Alexander, which Reynolds and Cole won. The fourth match featured a PWR Heavyweight championship battle between Asylum and “Fabulous” John ‘Big League’ McChesney, which resulted in a double count out because the two left the ring.
“Big Time” Bill Collier then took on the Lumberjack Leroux in match five, which Collier won. The sixth match pitted “The Superstar” Robbie Reckless against the “Stupendous” James Santel, of Jamestown, who won.
For the seventh match, Beefcake brought his former tag team partner and WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Valentine. The duo were known as tag team champions “The Dream Team.” Beefcake’s wrestling career has spanned over the course of 36 years, while Valentine’s is more than 40 years. The tag teamers faced off against the “T-Rex Express” featuring Troy “The Boy” Buchannan and “Handsome” Rex Atkins. After Beefcake and Valentine finished stomping on Buchannan and Atkins, the tag teamers grabbed the losers’ manager, “Trending” Tony Manzetti, and gave him a haircut, “Beefcake style.”
The event was presented in conjunction with Buffalo Pro Wrestling and Entertainment Group, and featured the group’s founder, Buchannan.
Tom Filsinger, founder of Filsinger Games, was also in attendance as his alter ego, the “Dark Menace.”
“This was the perfect facility, the crowd was fantastic and the wrestlers love it because it’s way better than what they are used to – so they can’t wait to come back again,” said Filsinger. “The ‘Dark Menace’ is the manager of champions. The ‘Dark Menace’ manages nothing but champions in his stint as a wrestling manager. We won again to keep the tag team belt for Criminal Justice. I’ve managed Benett Cole before, and we don’t lose – nobody who trains with me loses.”
Following the show, an after party and all ages meet and greet was held at The Roadhouse, 1250 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
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