Fundraising wrestling show

Cadillac Cowboy Steven Burns (right) holds TKO to the mat during the second annual Shop with a Cop Fundraising Wrestling Show held Saturday at Alcoa Middle School. View and buy photos at bit.ly/shop-wrestle.

A local wrestling federation crowned a new champion, a noted heel got his comeuppance, and area police raised funds for a good cause Saturday at the second annual Shop with a Cop Fundraising Wrestling Show.

In all, the fundraiser sponsored by the Bud Allison Fraternal Order of Police Lodge raised around $2,300 for the local Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop is a charitable effort whereby police escort area children to Walmart for a Christmas shopping trip in early December.

“The total was a little down from last year, because there were about 100 fewer people this time out,” said Alcoa Police patrolman Roger Rex of the fundraiser, held at Alcoa Middle School. “I think the combination of the UT-Kentucky football game, and the cold weather probably played a big role in that.”

Nonetheless, Rex said a good time was had by all as local wrestling aficionados took in seven matches involving grapplers from East Tennessee Championship Wrestling (ETCW), a local federation founded by Rex and Greg Muse.

The action included a championship match that saw the anointing of a new ETCW champion, as Mick O’Malley won the belt in a three-man wrestle-off with Funkmaster V and Forces of Evil team member Pain. Also noteworthy in Saturday night’s action was the disqualification of masked villain The Enforcer.

The Enforcer — who is often mistaken for patrolman Rex — was ejected from his match with the So-Cal Kid when he used scurrilous tactics to gain an advantage over the crowd-favorite Kid, striking him with a heavy chain he had hidden in his corner.

Rex said fans will have a chance to watch a rematch between The Enforcer and the So-Cal Kid on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Alcoa Middle School. The stakes are high: should he lose the match, The Enforcer has agreed to remove his mask in front of the crowd. Should the So-Cal Kid lose, he has agreed to leave ETCW for good.

That match will be a fundraiser for the Alcoa Youth Basketball League. Rex said there is yet another ETCW fundraiser on tap for the month, as Charlie Long of the Heartaches will hold an evening of matches for Toys for Tots at the Alan Wick Community Center, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. Admission is an unopened, unwrapped toy.

Children ages 6 to 10 can sign up for Shop with a Cop at local police departments.

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