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Tuesday, August 31st, 2004.

The summer comes to an end soon, and what a great summer we had. I sure have enjoyed it. I hope everyone else has too.

This month was all about New England Championship Wrestling which had three events, in one month. First one was in Rochester, New Hampshire. The Rochester Opera House is one nice place. I never seen a floor that can adjust from flat to slanted, definitely making it a unique venue. The only complaint I could have is the heat with no air conditioning. The highlight of this night? Frankie Arion successfully defending his championship against Justin Powers of course!

The day after that event I went with my friend Chris to check out the Pawtucket Red Sox game in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This was a good deal as they had to finish off a game that got rained out from the night before, plus one more game a few minutes after that. I enjoyed my time there, with the great ball park food.

The next event was in two parts, the NECW 4th Birthday Bash! First night the 21st was in Framingham, Massachusetts. Man was I pressed for time that day! I’ll get into that a little later though. If anyone hasn’t seen “Anarchist” Doug Williams, go check him out when you see his name on a card in your hometown (or near it). Doug had an amazing match defeating Brian Fury and advancing to the Iron 8 Finals. This was probably the best match I have refereed so far.

On the 22cd NECW was in Somerville, MA, at the Good Time Empordium. ( I arrived a bit early, so I grabbed some pizza and played a little bit of Keno. I even took a walk around the arcade and checked out the games they had. They actually have some cool stuff, like a sports bar area with many TV sets watching different sports stuff going on. Other things I saw that I liked was a bowling alley, carnival shooting games, and even slot machines…that give out tickets to trade in for prizes.

On with the event… “Strangler” Steve King d. “Egomaniac” Johnny Idol in a “Kiss my Foot match”. Michael Sain regained the NECW Heavyweight Championship d. Frankie Arion, and “Revolution” Chris Venom won the first ever Iron 8 championship in an exciting 52 minute match up with Doug Williams, Bob Evans, and Alex Arion. I for one look forward to this event coming out on DVD and VHS.

I’d like to send out a congratulations to my long time good friend Jennie and Ben (who I just met), who got married on the 21st. Congratulations you two, and best wishes on your new life together.

Well, I'm taking off here,

-Dan Tanaka

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