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Hogan to headline Brantford indy show in May
Charities to benefit from wrestling show
By ED O'LEARY - Brantford Expositor


Robbie McAllister (right) of the Highlanders speaks at a press conference Wednesday morning, March 30, 2011 at Jackhammer's Nightclub in Brantford, Ontario. Other officials in the photo are (from left) CWI president Nick Wyman, Carol Ford of sponsor Max International, Jeff Ross of Ohsweken Speedway, and wrestler Outlaw Scott Chase. Photo by Brian Thompson, Brantford Expositor

Miles To Go, a Six Nations-based charity dedicated to helping those affected by cancer, and the Brantford Food Bank will be the main beneficiaries of Brawl At The Bush II at the Brantford Civic Centre May 14.

"Charity is our main goal," Nick (Nitro) Wyman, president and founder of Championship Wrestling International, said at a news conference at Jackhammers Nightclub on Wednesday morning to promote the event, which will feature professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan.

"We're very charity driven."

Brawl At The Bush II is being sponsored The Expositor, Ohsweken Speedway and MAX International, which produces an energy drink.

Wyman also announced that Hulk's daughter, Brooke Hogan, has signed to be the show's "halftime entertainment" and she also will be the featured entertainer for an exclusive CWI after party at Jackhammers.

Only fans with ringside seats will be allowed to attend the party.

Wyman, a former pro wrestler, said he finds it easy to support Miles To Go because his mother, Rosanne, worked with the organization before she died in December 2008.

She was a two-time cancer survivor but died of complications caused by cancer.

Wyman was able to raise $6,210 for Miles To Go from Brawl At The Bush last April 26, a show which drew about 1,000 fans to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

"Our goal (for Brawl At The Bush II) is to reach $10,000," said Wyman. "I see no reason why we can't reach that number with the most legendary figure (in pro wrestling) leading the way.

"We're going to do everything we can to eradicate cancer, eliminate this horrible disease."

Aside from Hogan, the card will also feature several other former WWF and WWE superstars such as Brutus Beefcake, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Doink The Clown and the Nasty Boys.

Brantford's Outlaw Scott Chase also will be featured.

Wyman was asked if Hogan would actually wrestle on the card.

"I guarantee he will participate," Wyman said. "I guarantee everyone will be happy."

Wyman said he hopes to draw upwards of 4,000 fans to the show. Organizers will collect donations of non-perishable food items.

"I'd like to have 2,000 pounds of food by the time we're done," he said. "That's only a half a pound per person to bring."


Nick (Nitro) Wyman
Wyman, who resided in the Tampa, Fla., area from 2002 until 2006, knows many of the wrestlers on the card, including Hogan.

He admitted that he used his friendships to attract wrestlers to Brantford.

"All of my wrestlers are coming in for fees much less than they would for anybody else," said Wyman, adding that the wrestlers are reducing their rates because of the charities involved.

"I'm honoured and privileged to be on a show like this," said Chase.

NOTE: Tickets for Brawl at the Bush II on May 14 went on sale Friday, April 1st and will be available at www.cwiwrestling.com or at the civic centre box office. More than 10 matches are scheduled to take place, including a CWI heavyweight title match between champion Steiner and Nash. There also will be a Legends Survivor Series contest.

RELATED LINKS

  • CWIwrestling.com

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally appeared in the Brantford Expositor on Thursday, March 31, 2011.