Pro wrestling fundraiser to benefit Geibel
A professional wrestling fundraiser, sponsored by the Championship Wrestling Federation, will be held March 9 at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School.
CWF's kid-friendly, family-oriented event will benefit the school.
The card will be finalized the week of the event, organizers said. Ideas being tossed around include having a battle royal and / or a tournament.
The scheduled main event is between Powerhouse (Bill) Hughes, a school guidance counselor at Geibel, and “The Solution” Scott Fowler.
Rivals for years, the pair have wrestled in all types of matches including Iron Man matches, elimination matches, and their renowned Last Man Standing match held on Nov. 24, 2007. That bout, won by Fowler, received national recognition as one of the top matches that year. The match received more votes in the poll than any non-WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) or non-TNA (Total Nonstop Action) match in the United States. At the conclusion of the match, Fowler and Hughes received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. Both men consider this their greatest match and their bout on March 9 will be their last. Fowler will retire later this year.
Also on the card are three scheduled title bouts: a CWF heavyweight championship match, a Mon Valley title match, and a CWF Tag Team title bout.
The undefeated Kato is on the card.
Ever since his CWF debut in 2006, Kato has won 51 matches with no losses and two draws. He has held both CWF heavyweight champion and the Mon Valley title. He did not lose either title.
“There are eight matches scheduled, but I anticipate a surprise or two,” Hughes said.
The CWF ran its first show on Feb. 19, 2000, and has run almost 150 shows since.
“We specialize in fundraiser events and fair shows. We have done over 30 fundraisers and each has been successful for the respective organizations,” Hughes said. “We have held several shows at The Ice Mine in the past; this is the first show in the Connellsville area in five years. The proceeds will benefit Geibel Catholic High School.
“We have a contest going on at the school where the student who sells the most tickets in advance will be my manager for my match,” Hughes added.
Geibel students have helped create the design for Hughes' new shirt, which will debut at the event.
“The show came about with me working at the school a few days a week. I am a school counselor with Intermediate Unit 1 out of Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. I work with the nonpublic school division and Geibel is one of my schools as is Conn-Area Catholic. So, when I was going around at the beginning of the year introducing myself to the classes, one of the kids recognized me as Powerhouse and it took off from there,” Hughes said.
Geibel principal Don Favero and Shawn Holup, a teacher and athletic director, got things moving to make the show happen.
“The entire staff has been a huge help and I am excited for the students to see a different side of me,” Hughes said.
The event will be held in the Geibel gymnasium. Wrestlers signed on to appear in addition to Fowler, Hughes and Kato include current CWF heavyweight champion “Big Time” Bill Collier, Mon Valley champion “Hot Stuff” Chris Marx, CWF Tag Team champions the Mercenaries (Sniper and Nasty Nick), Party Gras (Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane), Thunder, Brock Singleton, “King of Karaoke” Steve Flash, the Freak, plus more to be added.
Several of the wrestlers have appeared on television for WWE and TNA, including Collier, Hughes, Fowler, Lord Zoltan, Sniper and Thunder.
Ticket prices are $15 for floor seats, $10 for general admission bleacher seats, $5 for kids age 7 and younger if accompanied by two paying adults. To obtain tickets, call Geibel during school hours at 724-628-5600. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bell time is 7.
Read more about CWF at www.cwf-online.com.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.