#FightingBack5 – THANK YOU! Updated total!

Wow… Where to even begin?

Fighting Back 5 is in the history books (and results will eventually be released, sorry about that), and I think everybody involved is still riding high.

Once again, a worldwide community came together once again, to celebrate Phrank Morin, and other loved ones who have battled Cancer.

Once again, talent from around the world came to Ottawa, to partake in our annual event, and give their all for some of the best fans around.

Once again, tears of joy filled the eyes of many people when another record setting total of donations were announced at the end of the night.

To try and thank everybody who made this year’s Fighting Back the biggest one yet would be impossible. So briefly, let me just touch on a few groups of people who made this event possible.

If you’re a wrestling fan who supported any one of the promotions involved in #FightingBack5 in the last year, and donated in one way or another to this year’s event costs, THANK YOU. The giving that you all did, once again allowed for Fighting Back to take place, in the 100% for charity manner that it does.

If you watched, donated, or participated in anyway with newLEGACYinc’s insanity-filled 24-hours stream that started on August 14th, THANK YOU.   Additional thanks to GameBox and friends, and those who participated in their kick-off streaming session on August 13th.

The community that makes up newLEGACYinc is truly a partner in Fighting Back, and we look forward to hopefully working together in the future, and continuing to shatter records and expectations. We’ve got big goals for 2016 already, and with your partnership, anything is possible!

Finally, if you participated in #FightingBack5, and gave your time and energy to help make this event happen, whether in the ring, or behind the scenes, THANK YOU.   We couldn’t have done this without you. We couldn’t have done this without all of you. Thanks to the promotions that helped raise money throughout the year, all of them. Thanks to the staff who collected funds. Thanks to the donations collected and auctioned off. Thank you all!

Without further ado, we are pleased to announce #FightingBack5’s grand total…

Once every dollar tallied, and final coin counted, we are pleased to announce that we have raised $24, 735!

Nearly $85,000 total raised since 2011!  Truly mind-blowing.  Just amazing.  You are all amazing.  Thank you all so much.

 

Fighting Back

 

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#FIGHTINGBACK5 – TOMORROW NIGHT! Fighting Back Invitational Full list of participants and details! Pre-Show Bonus Action!

We are just over 24 hours away from the fifth annual Fighting Back: Wrestling with Cancer event!

In 2011, when this event first started, none of us involved could have ever imagined that in four years, we would be looking at a standing total of $60,000, and a worldwide enthusiasm and support. On Saturday night, we are excited to celebrate #FIGHTINGBACK5, and once again raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, in memory of Phrank Morin.

This being the fifth annual event, is the most staked one yet. Right now we are going to overstuff things, and give some final notes to round out the card!

As announced earlier this week, we released 15 names for the 2015 edition of the “Fighting Back Invitational”. We incorrectly announced that those names were the complete list of participants! We made an error…

In addition to those 15 men and women competing in this year’s FBI, we can add one more. Making his Fighting Back debut, the “Bad Boy”, Joey Janela will be competing!

At this time we will explain the format of the 2015 FBI…

This year will see an opening round consisting of two (2) opening round matches, which will each be a four (4) corner tag team match, featuring teams made-up of randomly selected partners. So, four teams, in each opening round match, will compete in a single-fall, scramble.

The winning pairs from the first two matches will go into a sudden-death, four-corner, singles, scramble. The person to score the first fall in the finals will be the 2015 FBI Champion!

Fighting Back Invitational
Participants:

Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
“Bad Boy” Joey Janela
Angie Skye
Mr. Jonathan Rukin
Gabriel Fuerza
“The Neon Ninja” Façade
“The Over-dog” Sebastian Suave
Evan Adams
Vanessa Kraven
Beef Wellington
Space Monkey
“The Pink Flash” Kira
Alex Vega
Vaughn Vertigo
“The Incredible Hunk” Deeno Benjamin

In addition to all of this announced on Saturday night… make sure you’re in your seats early, as we’ll be hosting a very special BATTLE ROYAL!

Here is just a partial listing of all the participants…

Special Pre-Show Battle Royal
Featuring:

The Brotherhood
The Barbarians
Payne
“Shitty” Dash Bison
Ray Steele
El Hijo Del Bamboo
Shooter Storm
Magic Mario
Jeff Fury
Marc Mercer
HC Ryder
Jason Gory
And many more!

Don’t miss all of this, and so much more!

We will be hosting a big silent auction throughout the night, which will have all proceeds joining our total. Without spoiling any of the surprises, we need to tell you all, BRING EXTRA MONEY! You do not want to miss out on some of the great prizes that will be up for grabs!

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
Saturday August 15th, 2015
“FIGHTING BACK 5: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Vanier Columbus Club
260 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
GENERAL ADMISSION – $20

VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** VIP tickets exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa) All ticket levels available – First Come, first served – on sale NOW until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

***GA Tickets to be on sale in advance at the VCC**

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

Main Event #1
Trios Match

Ultimo Dragon
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
&
Vs.
Pinkie Sanchez
&
EYFBO
(Mike Draztik& Angel Ortiz)

Main Event #2
Special Challenge
C*4 Champion

“Dirty” Buxx Belmar
Vs.
Roderick Strong

First Time Ever
2 Cold Scorpio
Vs.
“MVP” Michael Von Payton

Inter-Species Wrestling Championship
ISW Champion

Izzie Deadyet
Vs.
ISW Tag Team Champion & CZW Tag Team Champion
Dan Barry

Special Challenge
“The Curse” Cecil Nyx
Vs.
Addy Starr

Fighting Back Invitational
Participants:

Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
“Bad Boy” Joey Janela
Angie Skye
Mr. Jonathan Rukin
Gabriel Fuerza
“The Neon Ninja” Façade
“The Over-dog” Sebastian Suave
Evan Adams
Vanessa Kraven
Beef Wellington
Space Monkey
“The Pink Flash” Kira
Alex Vega
Vaughn Vertigo
“The Incredible Hunk” Deeno Benjamin

Special Challenge
CZW Academy Graduate

George Gatton
Vs.
IWS Owner
PCP Crazy F’n Manny

PLUS:
Special Pre-Show Battle Royal
Featuring:

The Brotherhood
The Barbarians
Payne
“Shitty” Dash Bison
Ray Steele
El Hijo Del Bamboo
Shooter Storm
Magic Mario
Jeff Fury
Marc Mercer
HC Ryder
Jason Gory
And many more!

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#FIGHTINGBACK5 – This Saturday night! Complete Invitational participants announced! And more!

We are days away from the most important event of the year for the Canadian independent professional wrestling scene!  #FIGHTINGBACK5 is quickly approaching, and this STACKED event is set to be a memorable night for all involved.

International superstar, and junior-heavyweight legend, ULTIMO DRAGON will be in action, making his historic debut in the nation’s capital, and a very rare Canadian appearance.

Former WWE, WCW, and ECW superstar, and high-flying innovator, 2 COLD SCORPIO returns to Ottawa for the first time in nearly two decades!

Current Ring of Honor superstar, PWG Champion, and the person many people are calling the best independent talent in the world today, RODERICK STRONG makes his Ottawa debut!

All this, plus countless Ottawa favourites, all coming together to help raise as much money as possible for the Canadian Cancer Society, in memory of Phrank Morin!

Right now, we have the final list of names to announce concerning the massive 2015 edition of the FIGHTING BACK INVITATIONAL tournament!

Below you’ll find a list of names including a beloved fan favourite, stepping out of retirement for the cause.  As well as a much hated, co-holder of the C*4 Tag Team Championship,  joining the fray.

In addition to them, we have several popular up and comers, male and female, all joining the action, looking to step away on top of the 2015 FBI!

Fighting Back Invitational
Featuring:

Beef Wellington
Space Monkey
“The Pink Flash” Kira
Alex Vega
Vaughn Vertigo
“The Incredible Hunk” Deeno Benjamin


The rules for this year’s FBI will be released later this week.   Please keep an eye open for updates!

Lastly, we would like to point you to various fundraising events happening this week, which will be raising money to our final donation. Our friends at newLEGACYincare hosting their second annual 24 hour gaming marathon in support of Fighting Back 5!   Last year they helped raised over $10 000 to add to our final donation, and this year we hope to top that!

You can watch and participate in the stream starting Friday, August 15th, at 3:30pm, right here:http://www.hitbox.tv/FightingBack

In addition to that, starting on Thursday, a 12-hour pre-show will be held, organized by Gamebox and friends.   So, as a lead-in, 36 hours of online donating will occur in support of #FightingBack5!

We once again are excited to have a global support network for this huge event! 

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
Saturday August 15th, 2015
“FIGHTING BACK 5: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Vanier Columbus Club
260 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
GENERAL ADMISSION – $20 

VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** VIP tickets exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa) All ticket levels available – First Come, first served – on sale NOW until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

***GA Tickets to be on sale in advance at the VCC**

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

Main Event #1
Trios Match

Ultimo Dragon
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
&
Vs.
Pinkie Sanchez
&
EYFBO
(Mike Draztik& Angel Ortiz)

Main Event #2
Special Challenge
C*4 Champion

“Dirty” Buxx Belmar
Vs.
Roderick Strong

First Time Ever
2 Cold Scorpio
Vs.
“MVP” Michael Von Payton

Inter-Species Wrestling Championship
ISW Champion

IzzieDeadyet
Vs.
ISW Tag Team Champion & CZW Tag Team Champion
Dan Barry

Special Challenge
“The Curse” Cecil Nyx
Vs.
Addy Starr

Fighting Back Invitational
Announced Participants

Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
Angie Skye
Mr. Jonathan Rukin
Gabriel Fuerza
“The Neon Ninja” Façade
“The Over-dog” Sebastian Suave
Evan Adams
Vanessa Kraven
Beef Wellington
Space Monkey
“The Pink Flash” Kira
Alex Vega
Vaughn Vertigo
“The Incredible Hunk” Deeno Benjamin

Special Challenge
CZW Academy Graduate

George Gatton
Vs.
IWS Owner
PCP Crazy F’n Manny

PLUS:
Special Pre-Show Battle Royal

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#FIGHTINGBACK5 More news! 2 Cold Scorpio in action! InterSpecies Wrestling Championship match! Intergender Special Challenge! More names for FBI 2015!

We’re quickly heading towards August 15th’s huge #FIGHTINGBACK5 event!  At this moment, we have a whole slew of announcements to make concerning this very important card…

As previously announced, we are excited to welcome 2 COLD SCORPIO to Ottawa in a few short weeks, as one of our headliners for this event.

At this time, we can announce who Scorpio will be in action against…  His opponent is a man who should not be taken lightly.  A man who has gone toe to toe with countless of international superstars, and has backed down from none…

Singles Showdown!
2 Cold Scorpio
Vs.
“MVP” Michael Von Payton


Next up, a match which was announced earlier this week, featuring two men, three championship, and one prize on the line…

Since the very first “Fighting Back” event, InterSpecies Wrestling has been a welcomed addition to each card.  This year will be no different.   

We are excited to host a first time ever encounter… On one side of the ring, the ISW Champion, the unusual, unorthodox, and undead, Izzie Deadyet!

His opponent, one half of Tremendous Investigations Inc, as well as a holder of the ISW Tag Team Championships, as well as the Combat Zone Wrestling Tag team Championships, Dan Barry!

Champion vs. Champion, on August 15th, at #FIGHTINGBACK5!

Inter-Species Wrestling Championship
ISW Champion

Izzie Deadyet
Vs.
ISW Tag Team Champion & CZW Tag Team Champion
Dan Barry


Up next, we have a special challenge match, featuring two very hungry competitors.  A match that features two talents who specifically requested the match-up, looking to settle personal competitive issues between one another…

We’re very pleased to welcome back to “Fighting Back”, and back to Ottawa, the one and only, ADDY STARR!

Her opponent, one of the most hated men to compete in Ottawa ever, “The Curse” Cecil Nyx…

Inter-gender Special Challenge
“The Curse” Cecil Nyx
Vs.
Addy Starr


Finally for today, we have four more big names to announce for the 2015 edition of the FIGHTING BACK INVITATIONAL…

The names included will feature the Ottawa debut of a high-flying “Neon Ninja”, a big 
spotlight for a new face in the region, a chance to shine for an “Over Dog”, and a big opportunity for a deadly female

Fighting Back Invitational
Additional Announced Participants

“The Neon Ninja” Façade
“The Over-Dog” Sebastian Suave
Evan Adams
Vanessa Kraven

 

ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE!!!

 

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
Saturday August 15th, 2015
“FIGHTING BACK 5: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Vanier Columbus Club
260 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
GENERAL ADMISSION – $20 

VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** VIP tickets exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa) All ticket levels available – First Come, first served – on sale NOW until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

***GA Tickets to be on sale in advance at the VCC**

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

Main Event #1
Trios Match

Ultimo Dragon
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
&
Vs.
Pinkie Sanchez
&
EYFBO
(Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz)

Main Event #2
Special Challenge
C*4 Champion

“Dirty” Buxx Belmar
Vs.
Roderick Strong

First Time Ever
2 Cold Scorpio
Vs.
“MVP” Michael Von Payton

Inter-Species Wrestling Championship
ISW Champion

Izzie Deadyet
Vs.
ISW Tag Team Champion & CZW Tag Team Champion
Dan Barry

Special Challenge
“The Curse” Cecil Nyx
Vs.
Addy Starr

Fighting Back Invitational
Announced Participants

Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
Angie Skye
Mr. Jonathan Rukin
Gabriel Fuerza
“The Neon Ninja” Façade
“The Over-dog” Sebastian Suave
Evan Adams
Vanessa Kraven

Special Challenge
CZW Academy Graduate

George Gatton
Vs.
IWS Owner

PCP Crazy F’n Manny

AND MORE!

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#FIGHTINGBACK5 Main Event news and more!

#FIGHTINGBACK5 Main Event news and more!  
Over the last month, several major headlining names have been announced for the fifth annual “Fighting Back: Wrestling with Cancer” event.  

As we approach this event, we are now able to announce several huge main event matches, and more!

On August 15th, one of the most decorated and internationally renowned professional wrestling stars in history comes to Ottawa.   The legendary ULTIMO DRAGON come to #FIGHTING BACK5!  Aside from being an absolute legend in Japan and Mexico, Dragon was of the most important WCW Cruiserweights in one of the most influential divisions to North American professional wrestling of the last several generations of the sport.

What will Ultimo be doing on August 15th?
We’ve got his STACKED match to announce…

Main Event #1
Trios Match

Ultimo Dragon
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)

&
Vs.
Pinkie Sanchez
&
EYFBO
(Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz)


Another internationally renowned and respected talent comes to #FightingBack5 on Saturday, August 15th… One of the best in the world today, a man best known for his time in ROH and PWG, we welcome RODERICK STRONG!

Over the last two decade, Strong has demonstrated his unique and innovative style that has helped him gain a reputation as one of the best in the world today, period.

On August 15th, another very innovative and unique talent will square off with Roderick…

Main Event #2
Special Challenge
C*4 Champion

“Dirty” Buxx Belmar
Vs.
Roderick Strong


Next up, as per annual tradition, we will be hosting our annual FIGHTING BACK INVITATIONAL.

As it is every year, the format will be announced in the coming weeks.  We can however announce that this year’s field will be a 16 person field, all competing in a multi-round tournament situation, to crown the 2015 FBI Champion! 

Our first entrants…

Fighting Back Invitational 2015
Announced Participants
Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)

Angie Skye

Mr. Jonathan Rukin

Gabriel Fuerza


Finally for today, we can announce one last match that since its unofficial announcement has been burning up social media…  On one side of the ring, young talent looking to make a big impact on August 15th, 2015, a graduate of the famous CZW Academy – George Gatton. 

Gatton made it clear to Fighting Back matchmakers that he was ready for any opponent.
Unbeknownst to Gatton, at the same time, another one was talking to matchmakers looking for an opponent as well.

On August 15th, the owner and creator of Montreal’s legendary home for hardcore, the International Wrestling Syndicate, (IWS), comes to Ottawa, as PCP Crazy F’n Manny arrives at #FIGHTINGBACK5 and faces George Gatton.

Special Challenge
CZW Academy Graduate

George Gatton
Vs.
IWS Owner
PCP Crazy F’n Manny


Stay tuned in the coming weeks for lots more announcements concerning this HUGE show!  Don’t miss out, advance tickets are available now!

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
Saturday August 15th, 2015
“FIGHTING BACK 5: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Vanier Columbus Club
260 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
GENERAL ADMISSION – $20 

VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** VIP tickets exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa) All ticket levels available – First Come, first served – on sale NOW until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

***GA Tickets to be on sale in advance at the VCC**

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

Main Event #1
Trios Match

Ultimo Dragon
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
&
Vs.
Pinkie Sanchez
&
EYFBO
(Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz)

Main Event #2
Special Challenge
C*4 Champion

“Dirty” Buxx Belmar
Vs.
Roderick Strong

Fighting Back Invitational
Announced Participants

Tabarnak De Team
(Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
Angie Skye
Mr. Jonathan Rukin
Gabriel Fuerza

Special Challenge
CZW Academy Graduate
George Gatton
Vs.
IWS Owner
PCP Crazy F’n Manny

AND MORE!

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#FIGHTINGBACK5 – Official Poster and event news!

rsz_fightingback5-ultimo

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
Saturday August 15th, 2015
“FIGHTING BACK 5: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Vanier Columbus Club
260 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
GENERAL ADMISSION – $20

VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** VIP tickets exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa) All ticket levels available – First Come, first served – on sale JULY 6 until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

***GA Tickets to be on sale in advance at the VCC**

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

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#FightingBack4 – THANK YOU + UPDATED 2014 TALLY

I’ve said it so many times since Friday night that I probably sound like a broken record, but THANK YOU.    All of you, whether it be a ticket bought in person, a donation on-line, spreading the word via social media,  or any other way of showing support,  you are responsible for something incredible.    To really understand how genuine my appreciation is,   I need to go back a little bit.

This is a little long, but hopefully you’ll all stick it out until the end and give it a read.

Where to start?

Well, first let me preface all of this with an apology.   I have never wanted it to look like, or to be accused of using “Fighting Back” to get myself or C*4 “over” in any way.   I’ve stayed quiet publicly, and really haven’t wanted to publicly attach myself to the event and fundraising due to that.   However for the context of this letter, I felt the need to personally address all of you and by doing so will be identifying my role in “Fighting Back: Wrestling with Cancer” – and for that I apologize.   The face that I personally feel that should be attached to the Fighting Back community is Phrank Morin.   As we grow larger, I understand many of you will and have attached others, loved ones, family members and friends.   They are the ones Fighting Back belong to, and are dedicated to.  

So again, where to start?

Back in January 2011, when Phrank’s illness was deemed terminal, the wheels were put in motion to put on the first FB event.   The idea at that point was to put together a show in his honour, where he would be able to attend personally, and see for himself, how much he meant to people.     When he passed away much earlier than expected, in April of that year, the question arose whether if the show would go on.    With the blessing of Phrank’s family and friends, the decision was made to move forward with the event.

Fundraising took place for six months leading up to the event, to cover costs associated with the show, to help ensure that 100% of the ticket sales from the event would be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

In August 2011, the first FB event took place – and we surpassed all expectations.  An emotional night saw the Ottawa wrestling community come together, and raise over $10K in Phrank’s memory.    The decision to make it an annual event was made.  Plans and fundraising efforts for 2012 began nearly right away.

In August of 2012, at Fighting Back 2, over $14K was raised, in a truly mind blowing showing of community action.  

Heading into 2013, fundraising efforts certainly were not what they had been in previous years – and concern arose as to whether or not the community support was still there.  The thinking in my mind personally began to be that 2013 would be the final “Fighting Back” event.  Three huge shows, with the goal of hopefully hitting $35 000… more than anybody could have ever imagined, and the memory of our friend truly honoured.

At the end of the night last year however, my concern over lack of support vanished, as we hit nearly $12K.   The idea of “three years and done” disappeared.   The “movement” wouldn’t stop… because it could not stop.   We had raised over $37 000 in Phrank’s memory.  

That now brings us to 2014.

Over the last 12 months, we did our traditional fundraising efforts to cover the costs.   Financially, it was more of an uphill battle than ever before.   Fundraising was slower than expected – but one cannot fault anybody for that – as in three years, together, we had raised so much out of our community.   Giving isn’t always as easy as it sounds.  Money is tight, and times can be tough.     

Heading into this year’s event, the number of $50 000 had been mentioned as a goal.   A three-year, four-event grand total of $50K…  On one hand, it seemed within reach.  The amount needed was comparable to previous year’s totals.  However on the other hand, it certainly was reasonable to think that a “giving fatigue” might have sunk in to the community we continually turned to – and pulling out another huge number was impossible.   Well, we know how this all turned out.

Over the last week, internationally, and locally, fans supported the Fighting Back Movement.   Like I said above, it wouldn’t stop, because it cannot stop.   

At the end of the night on Friday night, we announced a total of over $15 000, allowing us to surpass our $50K goal.   That number was a combination of ticket sales and other donations, in person at the event, with additional fundraising taking place literally around the world.

The generosity showed truly shocked all involved.   Goals were not only hit, they were shattered.  And once the number was announced, donations continued throughout the night and well into the next day.   An updated tally has been counted, and I’ll be announcing that soon… for now, please keep reading.

Before I continue, I would like to acknowledge many of the groups and people who helped make this number happen.

Locally, the Ottawa wrestling fan base.  Month after month, C*4 fans donated, and gave generously.  That core fundraising allowed for the event to take place, period.  Without you, Fighting Back would not exist, or continue.   Your giving makes this happen.    Thank you.    

To the volunteers locally who bake show after show and help us raise funds, thank you.  To those Ottawa fans that raise awareness, donate selflessly, and spread the word.   I thank you, we all thank you.  Thank you to our crew who made Friday’s show happen, who are there the rest of the year helping out, and keep everything alive.
 
To all of the participants on Friday’s show – without you, this couldn’t have happened.   For the last three years you’ve all given your time to honour a friend and co-worker.  Thank you for giving it all in the ring, to entertain and pay tribute.

To Acclaim Pro Wrestling, a company that in all honesty, probably shouldn’t be donating any of their door money away – thank your for your generosity with you donation in July.   Your kindness will always be remembered.

To the participants in TNAid II, from the “Card Subject to Change” podcast network (http://cstcnetwork.com/) and InterSpecies Wrestling, for their fundraising efforts last week.   We’re grateful that you were willing to donate your money earmarked for buying TNA, to help with our cause.   Thank you to all of your listeners who tuned in and donated.  Thank you to all of the ISW staff for participating and spreading the word.   Thank you to those who stayed up well into the night on Tuesday with “It’s Raining Meng” ( www.twitch.tv/itsrainingmeng ), and all the donations you helped bring in.

Finally, a huge thank you to everybody to took part in newLEGACYinc’s incredible 24-hour stream-a-thon (www.youtube.com/user/newLEGACYinc and www.twitter.com/newLEGACYinc) over the weekend.  Your participation helped shatter our goal for this year’s event.   Thank you to the over 2000 people who watched on and helped raise awareness for our event.    Thank you to one of the potential (and unexpected) MVP’s of FB 2014, Vince Russo, who participated with the newLEGACYinc crew to help get attention and financial donations.    


I cannot state it enough… If you bought a ticket, donated, spread the word, retweeted, watched… heck, even sent us positive vibes over the weekend, THANK YOU.

I hope I haven’t left anybody out – and I apologize if I have.

Without you, the impossible goals would have remained that.  Without the community we have built, it likely would have been “three years, and $35 000”.    Without all of you, I would not be looking forward to August 2015, with high hopes.

Without all of you, I would not be announcing the updated tally of $21 850, and a running 3-year/4 event total of over $58 000!

You did this.  WE ALL did this.   

One more time – and please take it with everything written above.  From the bottom of my over-stressed heart heading into Friday’s show, turned filled with celebratory joy over the weekend, and from everybody behind the curtain who wanted to honour their friend Phrank….. THANK YOU.

See you in 2015!

–   Mark Pollesel
Organizer and Promoter– “Fighting Back: Wrestling with Cancer”

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Fighting Back 4: Wrestling with Cancer – Official Results

Fighting Back 4: Wrestling with Cancer – Official Results
Friday August 15, 2014
Vanier Columbus Club, Ottawa, Ontario
Attendance:  300+
Announcer: The Voice
Commentators: Adam B, Mike Rotch, Ben Gordon, Rahim Ali
Referees:  Bakais, Bryce Remsberg, Serge St. Denis, Alex Hetfield

VIP Battle Royal
El Hijo Del Bamboo won a battle royal, outlasting 15 other competitors.

1.)   FBI Invitational Round #1 Scramble: Pinkie Sanchez pinned Addy Starr, to claim victory, in a match that also included Chaz Lovely, Cecil Nyx, Ashley Sixx, and Juan Francisco de Coronado.

2.)   FBI Invitational Round #1 Scramble:  Mathieu St. Jacques overcame Sebastian Suave, John Greed, Jaka, Eddy ErDogan, and Jae Rukin.

3.)   Angie Skye defeated Eve and “The Pink Flash” Kira, in a three-way women’s match.

4.)   InterSpecies Wrestling Match: The Food Fighters (Pasquale & Bastian Snow) retained the ISW Tag Team Championships over Mad Cow Disease (Moostafa & Moohammed).

5.)   Chikara Match: The Osirian Portal (Amasis & Ophidian) & Worker Ant defeated Missle Assault Ant, Qefka the Quiet, & Nokken in a trios match.

6.)   C*4 Champion, Twiggy, “MVP” Michael Von Payton, Vanessa Kraven, & Giant Tiger, defeated “Superstar” Shayne Hawke, Beef Wellington, and 3.O (Shane Matthews & Scott “Jagged” Parker), in a wild 8-man tag.  Twiggy got the pin after he blinded Hawke with a handful of baby-powder.

7.)   FBI Invitational Finals:  Mathieu St. Jacques forced Pinkie Sanchez to submit, after a hard fought 15+ minute battle, to become the 2014 Fighting Back Champion.

8.)   In an outstanding, must-see, six-man tag team match, The Super Smash Brothers and “Speedball” Mike Bailey narrowly overcame The Young Bucks and “Dirty” Buxx Belmar.   

An insane and competitive contest!  

Following the match, the (at that time) tally for Fighting Back was announced at over $15 000!  Stay tuned for details on an updated tally

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#FightingBack4 – many ways to support the cause! Full event details and more!

If you’re planning to attend #FightingBack4, then THANK YOU!   Just by purchasing a ticket, you’re helping raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, in memory of Phrank Morin.  100% of ticket sales are being donated to the CCS.

If you are able to support and donate further, we will be once again accepting donations by CASH or CHEQUE.  Donations over $25 will be eligible for a tax donation from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Additionally, for sale, we will be selling the 2014 Fighting Back official T-Shirt for $20.

As well, cupcakes, cookies and other sweets will be for sale, with all money going to our donation.

Lastly, we will have an evening long silent auction, including some cool wrestling related items, as well as other great prizes up for grabs!

If you cannot attend… there are several ways to support!

First up – via PayPal – you can donate, and include your mailing address for a CCS tax receipt for donations over $25.   By PayPal, send donations to fighting-back@hotmail.com.

Next-up, you can visit GoFundMe.com/FightingBack4Phrank and donate.  Donations will be rewarded with various gifts, including MP4’s of previous Fighting Back events!

Finally, you can donate by supporting us through crowdrise.com/tnaid2014 – and our friends at newLegacy, the CSTC Network, InterSpecies Wrestling, and It’s Raining Meng.    Starting on Friday afternoon at 3pm athttp://twitch.tv/newlegacyinc, our friends at newLegacy will be presenting a 24-hour videogame streamathon!  So far TNAid 2014 has helped raise a considerable amount in support of this year’s Fighting Back, and we appreciate it immensely.   Please support them all!

Finally, InterSpecies Wrestling has created a very special fundraising shirt, as part of their T-Shirt of the month club.   Check it out here:  teespring.com/ISWAugust – all profits are being donated to the CCS!

So that’s that!   We have our goals set for tomorrow night, and we hope that we can meet them.   Thanks to all of your generosity and support we are able to honour our friend, Phrank Morin.   In exchange, we will give you a night of memories and enjoyment that you won’t soon forget!   

See you all at #FightingBack4!

EVENT INFO:

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
AUGUST 15th, 2014
“FIGHTING BACK 4: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Knights of Columbus Hall
260 McArthur Road,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** Ticket’s exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa)  All ticket levels available – First Come, first served  – on sale NOW until August 14th – after that, only at the doors***

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

 

Main Event
Six Man Tag Team Match

“Speedball” Mike Bailey
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
Vs.
The Young Bucks
(Nick & Matt Jackson)
&
“Dirty” Buxx Belmar

Eight Man Tag Team Match
C*4 Champion
Twiggy,
“MVP” Michael Von Payton,
Vanessa Kraven,
&,
Giant Tiger
Vs.
Beef Wellington,
“Superstar” Shayne Hawke,
&,
3. O
(Shane Matthews and Scott “Jagged” Parker)

CHIKARA Trios Match
The Osirian Portal
(Amasis & Ophidian)
&
Worker Ant
Vs.
Missle Assault Ant,
Nøkken,
&
Qefka the Quiet

InterSpecies Wrestling Showcase
ISW Tag Team Champions

The Food Fighters
(Pasquale & Bastian Snow)
Vs.
Mad Cow Disease
(Moohammed & Moostafa)

Fighting Back Invitational 2014
(Round 1 – two randomly drawn Six-Person Scrambles)
(Round 2 – final one-on-one match)

Featuring:
Mathieu St. Jacques
Jae Rukin
Sebastian Sauve
Cecil Nyx
Ashley Sixx
Chaz Lovely
John Greed
JAKA
Pinkie Sanchez
Addy Starr
Juan Francisco de Coronado
And More!

Three-Way Women’s Match
Angie Skye
Vs.
Eve
Vs.
“The Pink Flash” Kira

***** VIP Battle Royal! *****
A Battle Royal exclusively for VIP Gold and Silver ticketholders!

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THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! Huge update! More news to come this week!

#FightingBack4 – THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! New C*4 Champion’s first appearance!  An annual rivalry renewed!  Women’s Action!  More names for the FBI 2014!
We’re days away from the biggest and most important night of the year in Ottawa wrestling.  

Over the last three years, we have raised over $37000 for the Canadian Cancer Society in the memory and name of Phrank Morin.   This Friday, we hope to add a considerable amount to that total.   Through a variety of fundraising this week, we look to honour our friend, and help in our local community with his name.

Later this week we will be announcing various ways in which you can contribute, whether you are attending or if you aren’t.

Today, we have several more announcements to make concerning this Friday’s HUGE event…

First up, a sure to be exciting, and entertaining contest – featuring the first Ottawa appearance of the new C*4 Champion!

On one side of the ring, you will see the demented family, led by Twiggy, featuring “MVP” Michael Von Payton, Giant Tiger, and his latest follower, Vanessa Kraven.

On the other side, a man whose rivalry with Twiggy has spanned the last several Fighting Back events… Leading the charge, making his return to Ottawa, the one and only, BEEF WELLINGTON!

Fighting alongside Beef will the always popular, “Superstar” Shayne Hawke, and 3.O!

This is one that you won’t want to miss!

Eight Person Tag Team Match
C*4 Champion

Twiggy,
“MVP” Michael Von Payton,
Vanessa Kraven,
&,
Giant Tiger
Vs.
Beef Wellington,
“Superstar” Shayne Hawke,
&,
3. O
(Shane Matthews and Scott “Jagged” Parker)


We are excited once again to feature a Women’s showcase match at Fighting Back!   This year you will see three very talented Quebec-based females, looking to make an impact, including a familiar face, and two newer, but equally skilled ones!

Three-Way Women’s Match
Angie Skye
Vs.
Eve
Vs.
“The Pink Flash” Kira


And finally, rounding out the announcements of talents appearing in the 2014 edition of the “Fighting Back Invitational”

In her first Ottawa appearance since last summer’s Fighting Back – we are excited to welcome back ADDY STARR!

Next up, a face very familiar to Ottawa fans, the one and only, “Sexual Spider-Monkey”, Pinkie Sanchez!

Making his Ottawa return, a man well-known for his matches in InterSpecies Wrestling, Chikara, C*4 and more –JAKA!

Finally, making his Ottawa debut, Chikara’s Juan Francisco de Coronado!

How will this year’s FBI work?

The rules – the first round will feature TWO, Six-Person Scrambles, featuring randomly selected participants drawn from the 12 person pool.

Both scrambles will be single fall matches.  The winner of each match will go on and compete in a one-on-one match to determine the 2014 Fighting Back Champion!  

Fighting Back Invitational 2014
Featuring:

Mathieu St. Jacques
Jae Rukin
Sebastian Sauve
Cecil Nyx
Ashley Sixx
Chaz Lovely
John Greed
JAKA
Pinkie Sanchez
Addy Starr
Juan Francisco de Coronado
And More!


THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

-LIVE PRO WRESTLING!-
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
AUGUST 15th, 2014
“FIGHTING BACK 4: WRESTLING WITH CANCER”
@
Knights of Columbus Hall
260 McArthur Road,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

VIP GOLD (Front Row Reserved & access to Meet & Greet) – $30
VIP SILVER (Second or Third Row & access to Meet & Greet) – $25
VIP Doors at 6:30 pm
General Admission Tickets $20
GA Doors at 7:30pm

*** Ticket’s exclusively available for sale at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa)  All ticket levels available – First Come, first served  – on sale NOW!***

*** 100% of ticket sales are going to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin ***

Show starts at 8:00pm
Event is all ages – Alcohol sales with valid ID.

 

Main Event
Six Man Tag Team Match

“Speedball” Mike Bailey
&
The Super Smash Brothers
(Player Uno & Stu Grayson)
Vs.
The Young Bucks
(Nick & Matt Jackson)
&
“Dirty” Buxx Belmar

Eight Man Tag Team Match
C*4 Champion

Twiggy,
“MVP” Michael Von Payton,
Vanessa Kraven,
&,
Giant Tiger
Vs.
Beef Wellington,
“Superstar” Shayne Hawke,
&,
3. O
(Shane Matthews and Scott “Jagged” Parker)

CHIKARA Trios Match
The Osirian Portal
(Amasis & Ophidian)
&
Worker Ant
Vs.
Missle Assault Ant,
Nøkken,
&
Qefka the Quiet

InterSpecies Wrestling Showcase
ISW Tag Team Champions

The Food Fighters
(Pasquale & Bastian Snow)
Vs.
Mad Cow Disease
(Moohammed & Moostafa)

Fighting Back Invitational 2014
(Round 1 – two randomly drawn Six-Person Scrambles)
(Round 2 – final one-on-one match)

Featuring:
Mathieu St. Jacques
Jae Rukin
Sebastian Sauve
Cecil Nyx
Ashley Sixx
Chaz Lovely
John Greed
JAKA
Pinkie Sanchez
Addy Starr
Juan Francisco de Coronado
And More!

Three-Way Women’s Match
Angie Skye
Vs.
Eve
Vs.
“The Pink Flash” Kira

***** VIP Battle Royal! *****
A Battle Royal exclusively for VIP Gold and Silver ticketholders!

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