Wrestling lovers can get their body-slamming fix and give money to a good cause Saturday evening at the Remix Pro Wrestling Supernatural Saturday fundraiser.
Adam Johnson, manager of We Luv Pets, said the event, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ewing School, is to help Zac Vincent, a Remix Pro wrestler.
"A few months ago he had some dizziness and went to the hospital," Johnson said. "He found out he had a brain tumor."
Vincent said his diagnosis occurred around mid-July and he's been on hiatus from wrestling ever since.
Johnson said the tumor wasn't cancerous and shrunk with medication and soon was able to be surgically removed.
Vincent's surgery took place in October and before the allotted three month period post-op, Vincent said he'd fully healed. He said before he knew it he'd started light training exercises, like yoga. He said he's more than ready to get back to wrestling.
If you go
What: Remix Pro Wrestling Supernatural Saturday.
Where: Ewing School, 1701 Colegate Drive.
When: Saturday; Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting around 7 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at We Luv Pets, at 450 Pike St., or at the door.
"It's a matter of getting back in shape and getting back in the ring," he said. "It's been rough."
"He's on his way to a great recovery," Johnson said. "We're just trying to help him out with his medical bills."
In fact, all of the proceeds will go to help Vincent with his medical bills.
Vincent said getting so much support was incredible.
"I was actually taken aback when I realized how many people were behind me," Vincent said. "It gave me a much better outlook on life...It's an amazing feeling; It's hard to put into words."
Johnson said the $10 tickets for the event are going quickly; less than 40 were left Friday out of about 200.
Among special guests are Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestler Shark Boy, Remix Pro Heavyweight Champion Chance Prophet and Remix Pro Riot Champion Cole Cash.
Johnson is also responsible for putting on the Throwdown for the Pound twice a year, which benefits the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. He said generally there are four events a year, two of which are non-fundraising events, but there's leeway to take on other events.
"If there's a cause we can help out with in the meantime, we do," he said.
Since April 2010, Remix has raised more than $38,000 for the humane society.
All fundraising events are volunteer work for the Remix wrestlers. The money raised from the two events per year that aren't considered fundraising events goes back into Remix.
"(The money) is put back into the promotion for upgrades and making the shows better quality," Johnson said, adding that wrestling was "basically a hobby" for those involved.
Vincent said he's grateful for all the help, especially from Johnson putting the wrestling event together.
"I want to thank the people who have been behind me this whole time...especially Adam for putting this on. I never thought someone would go out of their way to help me so much," he said. "(The help) means so much to me. It changed my whole outlook on life and has made me a better person. It definitely made my life better."