Updated: Oct 30
NUTLEY, NJ – Nearly 500 wrestling fans from seven states converged upon the Nutley Parks and Recreation Center on Saturday, April 13 as IWF presented their star-studded 22nd Annual LOUD & PROUD extravaganza to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
Headlining the event was WWE Hall of Famer and WrestleMania Legend Tito Santana, managed by Eloy Fiesta, who defeated IWF Hall of Famer Fifth Element Roman Zachary, managed by Mr. Mike Winner. The Legendary Gary Michael Cappetta, of Kearny, served as Guest Ring Announcer. IWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Weasel served as Guest Referee.
In another featured attraction, WWE Tag Team Legend B. Brian Blair of The Killer Bees turned away the challenge of Southside Slugger Tony Graves.
Former WWE Light-Heavyweight Champion Gillberg defeated comedian and radio host East Side Dave from Compound Media and 95.9 WRAT-FM, with his manager Roy Harter.
Nutley’s Master of Chaos Kevin Knight defeated IWF American Champion First-Class Justin Adams in a wild non-title No Disqualification Match.
IWF Tag Team Champions The Atkins Brothers defeated IWF Heavyweight Champion Heartless Hellraiser Dracko and Dark Dragon Kareem West to retain the titles.
In other action, Dark Oracle Sage and E.N. Bush defeated Outlaw Shane O'Brien and Tyler Ash in a Tag Team Match, while Tony Graves wrestled Bloomfield’s Victor Celi to a no contest in an Amateur Wrestling Challenge.
The First Lady of IWF, Alicia, was Host and Ring Announcer for the sold-out, standing room only event Referees were Barry Delaney and Wolfman Daniel Jordan, and ringside official was Mike Leotis.
Kareem West, Eloy Fiesta and Mike Winner were also inducted into IWF Hall of Fame Class of 2019 by Alicia at the conclusion of the family-friendly event.
Approximately $4,000 was raised for Relay For Life, including sales from food concessions organized by Nutley Girls Soccer. Fans of all ages enjoyed the hard-hitting, high-flying energy that will be long remembered.
A pre-event FanFest took place where fans were able to mingle with the Legends. Supporting the event were Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci, Nutley Recreation Department, and Ocean Beach Sales and Rentals of Lavallette.