AS I SEE IT
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
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Now, more on last week’s topics.
A bill that would revamp the section of the Georgia code related to pro wrestling was introduced in the Georgia Senate on February 6. The legislative action comes only days before the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission meets to reconsider the controversial wrestling regulations proposed in November, which has resulted in statements from numerous independent promoters that they would close their doors in Georgia.
Additionally, WWE has stated that if the regulations are enacted they will not run shows in Georgia; potentially costing the state of Georgia almost $2 million in tax revenue (WWE figures from 2007 shows).
Senate Bill 413, sponsored by Eric Johnson, President Pro Tem of the Senate, appears to be daring WWE to do just that, as the bill specifically removes the provision in current regulations that exempts World Wrestling Entertainment.
Johnson’s legislation would specifically give the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Committee authority under the Georgia code to impose regulations including the following:
CHIKARA Pro Wrestling presents a weekend of trios madness beginning Friday night, February 29th, and continuing on both Saturday, March 1st, and Sunday afternoon, March 2nd. Half of the participating teams will wrestle on Night 1, the other half on Night 2, and the survivors will clash on Night 3. All three days of the tournament will be hosted at the New Alhambra (the former ECW Arena) in South Philadelphia.
Here’s an updated list of participants:
From Elite Professional Wrestling:
Well, if you want an alternative to WWE or TNA, its time to put your time and your money where your mouth is. In Georgia, you soon may not even have THAT option. If you don’t put your time and your money where your mouth is, more independent promotions will disappear…even your favorite ones. Hell, even Ring of Honor has had to make cutbacks in talent fly-ins for the coming year. If that doesn’t drive the point home to you, I don’t know what will.
When a State Athletic Commission tries to implement regulations that will shut the doors of promotions, do something about it. E-mail, call, and raise hell.
Think it doesn’t help? When enough people bitched to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and the Pennsylvania Governor’s office two years ago about the blatant hypocrisy of allowing Vince McMahon to advertise a No Way Out barbed wire match (at that time illegal in Pennsylvania), but banning CZW and others from running the same matches, something was done about it.
When CHIKARA puts on a weekend in Philadelphia like King of Trios, get your ass in a car, your friend’s car, or carpool with someone you don’t know except for a message board (CHIKARA’s message board to start asking around is at CHIKARAFans.com). Save a few bucks and fly in (Southwest Airlines and other low-cost airlines fly to Philadelphia), take a Greyhound bus, ride a bicycle, or use whatever means you have to, in order to get to the ECW/New Alhambra Arena on February 29.
Don’t tell me ‘you’re busy’. Don’t tell me it’s ‘not your type of promotion’. Save your money far enough in advance to get to at least one of the weekend’s shows. If you don’t come to one or more shows at a weekend like this and make this King of Trios tournament profitable for CHIKARA, such a weekend won’t happen again.
Until next time…
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