WARNING: mindless entertainment + ass shot
What was commonly and simply known, within the wrestling community, as the ECW Arena has apparently closed its doors.
I remember the first time we (Kevin Steen, Generico and I) drove down to south Philly for the first time and saw “the arena”… It was a scary ghetto sight. But you’d walk in and there would be this incredible vibe you just could not deny.
The above video is of the only live event I participated in as a performer (and not a merch girl for Chikara lol), CZW’s Cage of Death 6… The place was packed and I got a good old “crack whore” chant. I felt like a sluttier french version of Francine walking to the ring. I HAD MADE IT! (jk)
Throughout the years this place would turn out to be like a second home as this became the training facility for Chikara as well as it’s Sunday events venue.
I broke my foot doing a springboard backflip off the CZW ropes. I witnessed some insane legitimate brawls and got to see some of the most fantastic wrestlers the indies have to offer, from Cali to Japan. Some of which, including best of friends, ended up succeeding in the business.
Wrestling has left a bitter taste in my mouth but it also made me who I am today. And by that I mean, I can take a lot of shit and I work my ass off. Training at this facility, with the people I was lucky enough to work with, has sincerely changed my life.
It’s also where I met one of my best of friends.
I’ll miss it. I miss Philly.