On March 18th, 2006, UCBW had their first PPV entitled WrestleSlamMania. The first UCBW referee Pat Baer, now retired to Blowjob Island, recounts the night for UCBW.info
They said it couldn’t, and shouldn’t be done. We were only supposed to host cagematch. A promo here, a match there, that was all anyone expected of us. But we proved to everyone we could be more. When Chuck McMahon bought cagematch from Kevin Mullaney, he had a vision to create a comedic wrestling promotion that could be more than just hosts and distractions. He envisioned WrestleSlamMania. Nine matches. Five titles on the line. UCB Theatre Celebrities. All for only $8. It seemed crazy. And it was.
I started referring in Smokey Mountain Wrestling, never thinking I would someday get the call to be a ref for a comedy promotion in New York City. Blocks away from Madison Square Garden, the UCBW arena quickly became a mecca for the best comedy wrestlers in the world. International superstars like Binary Code, Big Island, and Foreign Menace traveled great distances to be apart of history. Upstart youngsters like Doctor Money Bags, Cakeface, Coach Johnson, Cha Cha Tango, and Ma Jessa came with me from Smokey Mountain. Lezzie Steele, the best female wrestler in the world, came out of retirement. Celebrities like GI Joe, Orion Pax, Charlie Brown, and Hulk Hogan’s brother Frank Bollea were calling us to be a part of the historic night. Sean Hart and Ken Keech, performers at the UCB Theatre, knew we were taking a huge risk and came on board to appeal to the traditional comedy fans. They were outsiders in our industry, but they respected it. It was a pleasure to ref their ladder match over who had to pay rent on the apartment they shared.
The legendary announce team of Pee Pee Jackson and Sky Goldfarb were set in place to call all the action. That would have been more than enough, until at the last moment a deal was stuck to bring in the best interviewer in all of comedy wrestling. The legendary TT Billingsworth would be stationed just outside the locker rooms, bringing the hard hitting questions directly to the UCBW Megastars.
Chuck McMahon even stepped from behind the scenes into the limelight, as he declared himself the special guest referee for the main event. And what a main event! Pu Kang Kang, our first champion, was already an accomplished performer. Thrown into the mix was Marz the Black Planet. An unknown in the industry handpicked by Chuck McMahon, Marz had everything going for him.
Titles changed hands, laughs were had, and in the end we knew we had all accomplished something special. I know that my life changed, for the better. I will always love UCBW, and I will never forget that amazing night 8 years ago.
~Retired Senior Referee Pat Baer
In April, WrestleSlamMania 9 will be another instant classic. Stay tuned for more info.
(all photos by Chuck McMahon’s personal ring photographer)