ElkMania 5: Romano vs. Simonetti -Tomorrow Night in Beverly, MA

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Romano vs. Simonetti “I Quit” Match headlines ElkMania 5 this Saturday night!


BEVERLY, MA, September 23, 2017 – Professional wrestling returns to the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge on tomorrow night on Saturday, September 23 for the fifth installment of our preeminent event, ELKMANIA 5. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Special bell time is at 6:35 PM.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the Museum Place Mall, Salem, MA. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00. Creative Salem members will get two dollars off their admission at the door.

The main event will feature Salem’s own Derek Simonetti challenging “Bitter” Buddy Romano for the Bay State Championship in an “I Quit” Match. One year ago, Buddy Romano announced his retirement from wrestling and surrendered the championship, after he was ordered to defend the belt against Derek Simonetti. Continue reading

My Next Wrestling Endeavor is called ‘Champions Carnival’

I’m putting my promoters’ hat on once again and putting on an independent wrestling event on April 29th called ‘Champions Carnival. ElkMania Promotions has grown over the last four years to the point where we’ve expanded beyond putting on one show a year.

This event is a fundraiser for the Beverly/Salem Elks Tools for Schools (TFS) Program. Established in 2015, TFS has served students in the Salem, Massachusetts Public School system by providing those in need with school supplies. This past August, TFS was able to give away approximately 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Salem students in all grade levels.

Champions Carnival will emanate from Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Bow Street, Beverly, MA. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Bell time is at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the East India Square Mall, Salem, MA. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00.

There will be seven championship matches including a four-team tournament to crown our inaugural New England Tag Team Champions.

Champions Carnival

Bay State Championship: Derek Simonetti (c) vs. “Tough Talk” Tony Spencer

All-Star Championship: “The Maniacal” Jack Krueger (c) vs. JT Dunn (PWG & Impact Wrestling)

Liberty States Championship: Christian Casanova (c) vs. “The Unequaled One” Todd Sople

New England Tag Team Title Tournament: The Middlesex Express vs. The Heavy Hitters

New England Tag Team Title Tournament: Black Gate Mercenaries vs. The Epidemic

New England Tag Team Title Tournament Finals: ????? vs. ?????

Also appearing on the card will be the meta-human super-villain Insane Dick Lane along with so much more. If you’re in the area, come check out the show and say hello. It will be a great night of Pro Wrestling action for a great cause.

Looking Back at ElkMania 4


(ElkMania is an annual professional wrestling show that I produce and promote.) 

September 2016 has not been kind to me. If I’m not sick, I’m injured, and if I’m not injured, I’m sick. Then there have been days where both have occurred simultaneously. I normally despise taking time off from work or reneging on any of my responsibilities or commitments, however, this time, I was unable to shake it off and work through the discomfort.

With all of that said…

To say that ElkMania 4 was an amazing success would be an understatement. Each year, the show has gotten bigger, better and increased in popularity to the point where unfortunately, we had to turn people away after filling our near three hundred seat venue, which included standing room only accommodations.

The increasing success of ElkMania Promotions is due to the talented and hard-working wrestlers who put on a great show that keep the fans coming back for more.

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A Night Out with Eastern Pro Wrestling


“Brutal” Bob Evans lifting up TK O’Ryan – Photography by Zeke Dane

They say that you can never go home again. Well, in a small way, I was able to last Friday when attending an Eastern Pro Wrestling (EPW) event. While the attractions on the marquee boasted Ring of Honor and TNA: Impact Wrestling stars, my reason for journeying to the Maynard Rod & Gun Club was to visit with an old mentor and friends.  Continue reading

After the Bell: Looking Back at ElkMania 3


I’ve been promoting wrestling shows off and on since 2006, and no matter how staunch I’am with my preparation, problems always occur. The road to ElkMania 3, held ten days ago, was littered with obstacles. That in itself is par for the course when it comes to independent wrestling, however, political pressure reared its ugly head.

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Krueger vs. Simonetti 2 Headlines ElkMania 3 on September 26th


*** (This is a press release for a charity wrestling event I’m putting on) ***


Elkmania 3: Krueger vs. Simonetti Part 2

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beverly/Salem Lodge of Elks – Beverly, Massachusetts

– BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS – Professional wrestling returns to the North Shore as ELKMANIA 3 emanates from the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Bow Street, Beverly, MA on Saturday September 26th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Bell time is at 7:00 PM. Tickets cost $10.00 and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the East India Square Mall, Salem, MA. Tickets will be available at the door, but purchase in advance is highly recommended!

“The Maniacal” Jack Krueger emerged victorious in last year’s Elkmania tournament as he used deplorable tactics to defeat Salem’s Derek Simonetti. After months of negotiations, Krueger agreed to the rematch, but only on his terms. These terms dictates that the match had to take place at Elkmania 3, signifying the one year anniversary of the humiliation he inflicted on Simonetti, and that the match be a no-rules street fight. Simonetti accepted the terms without a moment’s hesitation as he looks to settle the score on September 26th.   Continue reading

Reflections of ElkMania 2

Poster by Mark Marianelli of Six AM Comics

Poster by Mark Marianelli of Six AM Comics

This past Saturday night, I put my wrestling promoter’s hat on, again, for our second annual pro wrestling charity event, ElkMania 2. Last year’s show was a huge success as we raised $1400. 00 for the Elks National Foundation which funds youth programs, college scholarships, and veteran services. My colleagues and I put together a fantastic show with the goal of exceeding its predecessor in every way and we had a former WWE Superstar to help us out. Continue reading

Channeling My Inner Vince McMahon with an Independent Show.


I’m dusting off my wrestling promoters hat and putting on a wrestling show on November 2nd at the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge in Beverly, MA. This will be a charity event where all of proceeds will go towards the Elks National Foundation which supports military families, youth programs, scholarships and a whole host of other charitable endeavors. Since the show is taking place at the Elks and it’s for the Elks, I found it fitting to name the event, ELKMANIA. Yep, you read that right.

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So, you wanna be an Independent Wrestling Promoter? Part 2

(Blog I wrote for gerweck.net)

In part one of my blog; we established that putting on a wrestling show is an expensive and time consuming hobby. Sure, it’s fun to play arm chair booker and believe that you have that one breakthrough idea that is going to draw a lot of money. However, there are a lot of working components that need to come together in order for your show to go off without a hitch. So far we touched on seeking advice, obtaining insurance and securing a building for your event. Here are the next steps:

Some promotions own their own ring while others rent one. If you decide to rent a wrestling ring, rental fees can range anywhere from $500 – $1,000 a night and should come with a ring crew to set up and tear down the ring. Some renters will provide extras such as ring side barricades and steel steps at no additional cost while others will charge extra. Make sure you properly communicate to the person in charge what time you need the ring at the building by. If $500 – $1,000 seems a little high, then ask the owner of the ring if they have any trainees looking for work. If so, offering to give them a match on the show usually drives the price down and is a good way of building a strong professional relationship.

Owning a wrestling ring is a large and immediate expense. Also, storing and transporting the ring is another issue. If you don’t have access to a big enough basement or garage, renting a locker from a storage facility is practical and efficient. Most times this requires renting a moving truck. Most rental companies require some advance notice. Make the reservation as soon as you can, because most shows are on the weekend and that is a popular time for people to move. This all may seem like some unnecessary headaches just to own a ring, but trust me, it is worth it in the long run and should eventually end up paying for itself.

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So, you wanna be an Independent Wrestling Promoter?

(Blog I wrote for Gerweck.net)

Running an independent wrestling show is like anything else in life worth doing. It takes a lot of hard work. If you have aspirations of starting your own promotion then you need to accept the fact that financially, you’re going to be in the red for at least the first two years and maybe even during your entire run. This is an endeavor you partake in because you love the wrestling business, not because you want to become rich and famous.


I want to preface this by saying this is not meant to be “Promoting for Dummies”. I’m not here to criticize others or claim to have all the answers. Everyone has their own vision of how they feel a professional wrestling show should look and feel. Different markets, different parts of the country and different demographics will influence the decisions you make along the way. Consider this some free advice in case you decide to take your fantasy booking to the next level. Of course, it’s only fair to divulge in my own personal experience.


I started a promotion called North Shore Wrestling and we ran shows from 2006-2009. During and since that time I’ve assisted other promotions in New England with booking, promoting and consulting duties. My desire to start promoting stemmed from an absence of local shows in my area. Massachusetts is a hot bed for wrestling with some tremendous talent to boot. I grew up on the North Shore and know the area better than most, so it seemed like a natural transition. My goal was to produce a quality family wrestling show in my area.


I like to pretend that we still live in a Kayfabe world so details of how and why the matches are booked will be absent from this blog. I know, I know. What’s the big deal you say? Everyone knows it’s a work, right? Well, some of us still believe in the magic that pro wrestling can deliver. However, there are those who think it is easy to run an “indy fed” while others know the amount of time you have to put in to make it all work. Let’s go over the things you need to obtain in order to get your promotion off the ground.

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