Posted: April 21, 2019
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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.

WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana vs. Roman Zachary



22nd Annual LOUD & PROUD to Benefit American Cancer Society!

Tickets On-Sale Now as WWE Legends & IWF Stars Unite for Charity!


Updated: April 11, 2019


NUTLEY, NJ – Four of the most recognizable professional wrestling legends join the adrenaline-charged excitement as IWF presents a family-friendly Live Event on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 pm to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.  It happens at Parks and Rec Center, 44 Park Avenue, Nutley.

“Relay For Life of Nutley is having LOUD & PROUD once again with IWF, who have done more for Relay than just about anyone,” said Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci, Director of Parks and Recreation.  “It’s a wonderful night full of excitement and cheering, and for what better cause than to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.” 

Headlining IWF’s star-studded 22nd Annual LOUD & PROUD extravaganza are WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana, Tag Team Legend B. Brian Blair of The Killer Bee’s, Former WWE Light-Heavyweight Champion Gillberg, and Legendary WWE and WCW Ring Announcer Gary Michael Cappetta.

“I am so honored to be back in the place that made myself and The Killer Bees so famous,” said Brian Blair.  “Hey Jersey and my New guys are always buzzing and together we’ll sting the evil of cancer!” 

Santana and Blair are international WrestleMania megastars from the 1980’s and 90’s, with Blair making his first area appearance in five years.  Gillberg made his mark nationally in the 1990’s and 2000’s on Monday Night RAW.  Cappetta, from Kearny, traveled worldwide providing introductions for Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant.

“I'm psyched to return to my home base of North Jersey to join IWF for a super event to benefit American Cancer Society,” said Gary Cappetta.  “Looking forward to reuniting with B. Brian Blair and Tito Santana to bring you a fun night of pro wrestling.” 

Nutley's Master of Chaos Kevin Knight is slated for action.  Knight, recipient of Jaycees 2018 Distinguished Service Award, wrestled for WWE in Madison Square Garden and was featured on CBS News, NBC News, FOX 5 Good Day New York, ABC News, WOR 9 News, PIX 11 News, MTV, TMZ and MSG Network.

Also scheduled are Fifth Element Roman Zachary, Outlaw Shane O'Brien, First-Class Justin Adams, Southside Slugger Tony Graves, Dark Dragon Kareem West, The Atkins Brothers, Heartless Hellraiser Dracko, Dark Oracle Sage, Eloy Fiesta, Mr. Mike Winner, Mad Dawg Jenkins, Barry Delaney, The Weasel and Victor Celi.

Witness unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable moments as the best of sports and entertainment collide to create a memorable family event.  Fans of all ages will enjoy the hard-hitting, high-flying energy.

Special guests include East Side Dave McDonald from Compound Media and 95.9 WRAT-FM, and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Bert Baron from Jersey Central on 1450 WCTC-AM.

“WCTC is honored to take part in LOUD & PROUD once again in 2019,” said Bert Baron.  “This is a special community event that positively impacts the lives of so many people, and we’re excited to partner with the organizers, sponsors, and of course the wrestlers.” 

Pre-Event FanFest, included with event ticket, begins when doors open at 6:30 pm.  Supporting the event are Nutley Recreation Department, and Ocean Beach Sales and Rentals of Lavallette.

This experience delivers edge-of-your-seat thrills and is affordable for the entire family.  The jaw-dropping displays of power and gravity-defying feats promise to be long-remembered.

Tickets on-sale now at, at Nutley Parks and Rec Office (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, cash or check payable to American Cancer Society), or at the door beginning 6:30 pm (cash only).  VIP Experience Package also available online.

“While it’s only been eight years for IWF with Relay, it’s been 22 years IWF is raising funds for local charities – that’s quite an accomplishment,” Tucci added.  “We couldn’t be prouder of Kevin Knight and the wrestlers – we will be eternally grateful.” 

Each spring, IWF’s anniversary event supports a charity, with American Cancer Society being the beneficiary over the past seven years.  Prior to 2012, events benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Twin Towers Orphan Fund, American Red Cross, United Way, and Nutley Policemen and Firefighters’ Benevolent Associations.

Established in 1998, award-winning IWF produced 705 Live Events in 29 cities throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School, based in Woodland Park and Nutley, saw 50 graduates receive WWE tryouts with 11 employed.

For information, find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @WrestlingIWF or #IWFNutley.

13th Annual Relay for Life of Nutley, the signature event for American Cancer Society, is Friday, May 17, 2019, 6 pm at DeMuro Park.  For information, visit, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NutleyRelay or #NutleyRelay.  The American Cancer Society is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.