NUTLEY, NJ – Nearly 500 wrestling fans from seven states converged upon the Nutley Parks and Recreation Center on Saturday, April 13 as IWF presented their star-studded 22nd Annual LOUD & PROUD extravaganza to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
Headlining the event was WWE Hall of Famer and WrestleMania Legend Tito Santana, managed by Eloy Fiesta, who defeated IWF Hall of Famer Fifth Element Roman Zachary, managed by Mr. Mike Winner. The Legendary Gary Michael Cappetta, of Kearny, served as Guest Ring Announcer. IWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Weasel served as Guest Referee.
In another featured attraction, WWE Tag Team Legend B. Brian Blair of The Killer Bees turned away the challenge of Southside Slugger Tony Graves.
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Former WWE Light-Heavyweight Champion Gillberg defeated comedian and radio host East Side Dave from Compound Media and 95.9 WRAT-FM, with his manager Roy Harter.
Nutley’s Master of Chaos Kevin Knight defeated IWF American Champion First-Class Justin Adams in a wild non-title No Disqualification Match.
IWF Tag Team Champions The Atkins Brothers defeated IWF Heavyweight Champion Heartless Hellraiser Dracko and Dark Dragon Kareem West to retain the titles.
In other action, Dark Oracle Sage and E.N. Bush defeated Outlaw Shane O'Brien and Tyler Ash in a Tag Team Match, while Tony Graves wrestled Bloomfield’s Victor Celi to a no contest in an Amateur Wrestling Challenge.
The First Lady of IWF, Alicia, was Host and Ring Announcer for the sold-out, standing room only event Referees were Barry Delaney and Wolfman Daniel Jordan, and ringside official was Mike Leotis.
Kareem West, Eloy Fiesta and Mike Winner were also inducted into IWF Hall of Fame Class of 2019 by Alicia at the conclusion of the family-friendly event.
Approximately $4,000 was raised for Relay For Life, including sales from food concessions organized by Nutley Girls Soccer. Fans of all ages enjoyed the hard-hitting, high-flying energy that will be long remembered.
A pre-event FanFest took place where fans were able to mingle with the Legends. Supporting the event were Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci, Nutley Recreation Department, and Ocean Beach Sales and Rentals of Lavallette.
“While it’s only been eight years for IWF with Relay, it’s been 22 years IWF is raising funds for local charities – that’s quite an accomplishment,” said Commissioner Tucci. “We couldn’t be prouder of Kevin Knight and the wrestlers – we will be eternally grateful.”
Each spring, IWF’s anniversary event supports a charity, with American Cancer Society being the beneficiary over the past eight years. Prior to 2012, events benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Twin Towers Orphan Fund, American Red Cross, United Way, and Nutley Policemen and Firefighters’ Benevolent Associations.
Established in 1998, award-winning IWF produced 705 Live Events in 29 cities throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School, based in Woodland Park and Nutley, saw 50 graduates receive WWE tryouts with 11 employed.
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13th Annual Relay for Life of Nutley, the signature event for American Cancer Society, is Friday, May 17, 6 pm at DeMuro Park. For information, visit RelayForLife.org/NutleyNJ, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NutleyRelay.