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80s Wrestling Con and WrestleCade Announce Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

July 9, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– 80s Wrestling Con and Wrestlecade have released statements announcing that this year’s conventions have now been cancelled due to the currently ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 80s Wrestling Con was previously scheduled for September 26 in Freehold, New Jersey. You can read the announcement on 80s Wrestling Con from promoter Tommy Fierro below:

Many people have been asking me for updates on 80’s Wrestling Con scheduled for September 26th in Freehold, NJ. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to provide any. I have been holding off as long as I possibly could in hopes things would improve and get somewhat back to normal, but here we are in July now and no sign of when indoor functions will be able to take place again. With that being said, it’s impossible at this point for me to continue to move forward with 80’s Wrestling Con for the September date. Trust me, there’s nothing more I want to do then to get back to promoting events again. Nothing.

Now with travel restrictions coming into this area from other states, it makes it even harder to pull the event off. There could be a chance talent would have to stay in NJ for two weeks prior to the Con. No one is going to do that and I certainly can’t afford to put talent up in a hotel for two weeks. It’s just a really horrible situation. Not just for me, for every promoter that promotes live events.

I was so excited for this Con, the line-up was insane and I worked very hard to make sure I topped the one from April that I had to postpone to the September date. I promise you I will work even harder to make sure the new line-up is the same if not better when we announce a new date.

The next question is when is the new date? I’m not sure yet. When it was March and I reschedule for September, I thought that would be plenty of time. Obviously not. At the end of the summer, iPlay America and myself will sit down and see where everything stands and what the laws are. Hopefully by Labor Day, we can have a clearer picture what shape New Jersey (and the world for that matter) is in and determine a new date. To pick a new date now would just not make any sense.

Anyone that has already purchased tickets or vendor tables, everything will still carry over to the new date. I appreciate everyone being so understanding and easy going about this. I think it makes it easier that we are all going through this together.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given me throughout the past 27 years of promoting professional wrestling events. I promise you, the best is yet to come.

Love you guys!


– Meanwhile, WrestleCade owners and promoters Tracy Myers and Brian Hawks released a joint statement via Twitter on the cancellation for WrestleCade Weekend 2020 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They noted that refunds have been processed for all guests and vendors. You can read the full statement below:

Due to continuing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel WrestleCade Weekend 2020.

We have been hopeful that the situation would improve so that our event could continue as planned. However, health officials have made it clear that they have no idea what the situation will be in November. In addition, Governor Roy Cooper has not given us any insight on what a mass gathering for 7k+ people traveling into Winston-Salem, North Carolina from around the world would look like in November. To be fair, he doesn’t know but the risks currently seem greater than the rewards.

For the past 8 years, we have worked tirelessly to bring you 3 days of wrestling memories. We’ll miss spending time with you and we’ll miss seeing those big smiles on your faces but we want to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

As an important side note worth mentioning right now is the approximately $30k/year that we raise for charity with this event which obviously won’t happen now. Knowing that there are children and families that won’t be able to celebrate Christmas together because of this cancellation guts us more than anything. Please pray for these families.

We hope to return next year for WrestleCade Weekend 2021 and we hope to see all of you there.

Tracy Myers & Brian Hawks
Owners/WrestleCade Entertainment

PS: Refunds have been processed for all guests and all vendors. If you have questions or concerns, please message us here or email [email protected]