PWF Northeast Wrestling, former home to WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Fandango, has resurrected for one-night this Friday in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Titled “The Lost Episode,” the event will be a reunion of many local talents, including Kenny Doane of The Sprit Squad, as the promotion picks up where it left off in 2013. “We’re not really sure if we’re going to do more,” says company co-founder Matt West. “Is it a viable regular attraction, maybe on a quarterly basis? We’re seeing what we got.”
PWF Northeast shut down due to professional and personal conflicts, West says. His friend Caleb Seltzer, who joined the promotion at age 15, working his way up the company ladder by setting up rings and handling video production, wasn’t satisfied with how things ended four years ago. Now the owner of Worked Shoot Productions and producer of Chaotic Wrestling, he has enough knowledge and experience to give a proper send-off to his first love.
“It’s like when George Lucas decided he didn’t want to make Star Wars movies anymore and J.J. Abrams said he was a big fan and wanted an opportunity to do his own interpretation,” Seltzer says. “It’s very much me paying tribute to my past.”
Recruiting West as his “technical advisor,” Seltzer has assembled a lineup featuring local favorites and talent from outside New England. It’s a chance for Ring of Honor stars like Coast 2 Coast to face former PWF Tag Team Champions Da Hoodz in a first-time encounter. It’s also a chance for some fun 90s nostalgia as Teddy Goodz teams up with ROH regular Cheeseburger to form Goodz Burger. “Teddy Goods is the quintessential local wrestler here in New England,” Seltzer says. “He is so beloved and just so damn good. It’s a goddamn shame this guy doesn’t have a contract.”
The Kenan & Kel tribute will face Tough Guy Inc., “Brutal” Bob Evans and his protégé “Tough” Tim Hughes, in the opening match.
Representing the promotion’s history of quality women’s wrestling, New England veteran Luscious Latasha will take on Gabby Ortiz. “This won’t be a popcorn match,” Seltzer says. “You’ll be engaged because these two girls are very fiery and have never met before.”
JT Dunn was scheduled to face arch rival “The OG” Triplelicious in a 2/3 falls bout, but Dunn suffered a hamstring injury two weeks ago and the match has been scrapped. Instead, PWF Northeast Heavyweight Champion Jason Blade will defend against a mystery opponent, “The Greek Freak” Elia Markopouloswill square off with “Pure Talent” Chris Escobar, and there will be a Lightning Cup Championship Scramble match between “All Good” Anthony Greene, Nick Westgate, “Dynamite” Danny Miles, Christian Casanova and Dan Terry.
Although Seltzer and West hope the diehards come back to support the promotion, they realize the success of this endeavor lies upon attracting new fans. “We really couldn’t base ourselves on our previous reputation to draw the old crowd back,” West says. “We’ve created this event for casual wrestling fans or fans that have never been to a wrestling show.”
PWF Northeast Wrestling takes place Dec. 1 at the Mansfield SportsPlex in Mansfield, MA.
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Fans who bring canned goods to the event will receive $2 off general admission tickets.