MATTOON -- Two professional wrestling companies will team up on Sunday to hold matches that will raise funds to help a quadriplegic Mattoon man.
Proving Ground Pro (PGP) and Zero1 USA professional wrestling plan to present "Christmas Chaos" at 5 p.m. at Burgess-Osborne Memorial Auditorium, 1701 Wabash Ave. This benefit will help Chris Cunningham, who suffers from quadriplegia as a result of a Christmas 2006 motor vehicle crash. He is a pro wrestling fan and helps with Zero1 USA.
Zero1 USA reported that Cunningham lives on his own with the help of caregivers, but that independence has been placed in jeopardy due to mechanical problems with his handicap accessible vehicle. He relies upon this vehicle so that he can attend medical appointments, including biweekly blood draws to maintain his diabetic and blood thinner levels.
Cunningham said his van has a rear loading hydraulic lift, but it has been plagued with failing systems for the last couple of years that he has only been able to have repaired here and there as his limited income finances allow.
"Zero1 USA and Proving Ground Pro have come together with some of the most talented names on the independent scene today to raise money to get Chris back on the road so that he can maintain his independent lifestyle," Zero1 USA reported.
Scheduled matches include Chainsaw King vs. "Zombie Princess" Jimmy Jacobs, "Dirdy" Jake Dirden vs. Mike Outlaw for the PGP cutting-edge title, "The Lowlifes" Jordan and Joey versus "The Highflying Speed Machine" Jake Lander, and Alpha Omega defending its PGP tag team titles against Savage Dragon.
The event also will feature a six-man tag team match consisting of KLD, Danny Adams and Barackus vs. Jiza, Brubaker and Gyasi. In addition, Oliver Cain will team with Frank Wyatt vs. "Them" Shank and Cardini for a spot in the Jan. 26 world title match. Cooter Daniels, "Handsome" Dan Liplock, and Steve Mander will wrestle Sunday, too.
Santa Claus will at the event for photos with children. Front row tickets are $15. General admission will be $12 when the doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, or $10 in advance at http://www.zero1usa.com/christmas-chaos.html. Admission for children under the age of 5 will be free.