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Prairie Wrestling Alliance going to the mat for Tsunami relief
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling


EDMONTON - On Saturday, January 22nd the stars of the Prairie Wrestling Alliance will invade the Extreme Zone, facing off not to settle feuds but to raise money for the Red Cross in support of their efforts to help those affected by the recent Tsunami in Asia.

"I've been watching the news and reading the paper a lot since the tragedy and was trying to think of what we could do. We were planning another January show and are back at the Zone, I thought it would be a good way to get more people out to the show and do something good," promoter Kurt Sorochan told SLAM! Wrestling. "We've done fundraising with different clubs in the past but I wanted to kick something off this year and get into the cycle of working with different charities. I felt since this one is fresh in peoples mind, its not a hard sell. Everyone is donating their time, the building is donated, and we should be able to raise some good funds."

Every single cent generated from the show will go to the Red Cross. The building and program printing costs have been donated and the wrestlers will be working for free.

"With a $5 minimum donation, you get in. We aren't trying to get money off of it, it's entirely going to the Red Cross. PWA is a family and a lot of the wrestlers, trainees and volunteers will be donating money as well. We will be raising money internally as a company as well as through people coming to the show."

Phoenix Taylor, one half of the new PWA Tag Team Champions is excited about the show and feels that it will be a must-see event. "It should be a really good show all the boys are going to give it their all for a really good cause and our great fans."

For those who have heard the buzz about the company but not yet checked out a show, this is a great opportunity to see what Edmonton wrestling fans are talking about while supporting a good cause.

"A lot of people don't understand what Independent wrestling is all about. We have an excellent blend of athleticism, comedy and pure entertainment. There are so many people supporting this show that we can build it with everyone, not built around just one person. We are a bit more family orientated than WWE, but our product appeals to a broad amount of people. A lot of people come down, see PWA for the first time and are surprised by how good it is and how much fun they have," said Sorochan.

The show is expected to feature Taylor and partner Marky Mark defending the tag belts, as well as Ricky Rage defending the cruiserweight title against JD Michaels, who pinned him at the last show in a non-title match. The show may also feature a Battle Royal and a women's match.

"We want to sell the show more than any one match. People are just going to be happy to come down and see the event. We will be solidifying the card in the next few days, we are still talking to a lot of talent. We have been getting phone calls steadily from guys who we haven't used before, haven't seen in awhile or regulars from Calgary. Everyone is interested in being part of the show and I really appreciate that," Sorochan concluded.

PWA WRESTLING PRESENTS: TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND BENEFIT SHOW
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2005 AT THE XTREME ZONE (145 AVE & CASTLE DOWNS RD)
EDMONTON, ALBERTA
BELL TIME 8:00PM
$5.00 MINIMUM DONATION
ALL PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO CANADIAN RED CROSS
www.pwawrestling.ca


RELATED LINKS

  • Full cover of the Tsunami Disaster in CNEWS