Ring Of Honor is doing its part to help the people of Puerto Rico rebuild following the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
To some, wrestling and philanthropy aren’t words that necessarily go together, but in reality, they do. Whether it’s for Make A Wish, Starlight, or a number of other charities, non-wrestling fans might be surprised how charitable the industry is. That giving nature is what’s prompting Ring of Honor (ROH), the second largest wrestling promotion in the USA, to use their reach to help the people of Puerto Rico who are still rebuilding after being hit by two hurricanes.
That’s why ROH lead announcer Ian Riccaboni started speaking to color commentator, veteran wrestler, podcaster, and author of the children’s book Wrestling Dreams, Colt Cabana about what they could do to help the situation. So they turned to ROH’s intensely loyal fan base to help raise some money.
While most hardcore wrestling fans would probably want to see a Ring of Honor show regardless, those thinking of attending the Ft. Lauderdale and Lakeland shows on Nov. 11, 2017, at the War Memorial Auditorium and Nov. 12, 2017, at RP Funding Center can pay $20 to meet the announce team with all proceeds going to Unidos Por Puerto Rico, a charity that uses 100 percent of its donations for relief efforts.
The events start at 4:45 p.m. and end at 6:15 p.m. on the Saturday (bell time is 7:00 p.m.), while the Sunday meet and greet is a little earlier starting at 3:45 and ending at 5:15 p.m. (bell time is 6:00 p.m.).
“It’s super easy for me to take a picture, it’s super easy for me to sign an autograph,” says Cabana. “Through that, we can make fans happy, and through that, we can save some lives and make a difference somehow in Puerto Rico.”
Recently, reports of leptospirosis—a viral disease that can be found in rivers— rose in the area. It’s being attributed to a lack of running water, which has caused citizens stuck on the island to drink unclean water. As the federal disaster heads into its eighth week, the rate of death has risen from 82 a day before the storm to closer to 117 after. Though many charities are trying to help, funds are scarce.
With nearly 70 percent of Puerto Rico without electricity or running water, any bit helps, and for fans looking to attend those Florida shows, the chance to meet the voices of ROH will be a worthwhile experience.
If you want to help, but can’t make the event, check out Unidos Por Puerto Rico’s official site.