"Here comes the money....money money money...." begins to fill the room as a promise kept is fulfilled. Wrestlethon 2 has come to a close and we have beat our total from the first year. Jake W, the founder of Wrestlethon has promised to do the Shane O Mac dance if that happens. It happened. Over $1,000 raised for Child's Play Charity once again.
Fast forward four months and the trek towards the next Wrestlethon began.
Preparation for this year's event slowly started at the end of August 2015 when we acquired the domain wrestlethon.com and started brainstorming how we could make the event bigger and better. After a few months went by and additional meetings between myself and Jake, we had a pretty good idea of how Wrestlethon 3! would go.
Though we did change the format of the event a few times and have made multiple tweaks to different things, we know this will be a fantastic event for all.
The main thing we learned from the first two events is the event needs to be more engaging for our viewers. We appreciate everyone who takes the time to view our event and especially those who donate. We want to give those who donate a reason to stick around, enjoy the stream and most of all, we wanted to improve on our raffle items to draw a much larger crowd.
In 2014, the first Wrestlethon was a great success, but it was our rookie year and there were more speed bumps than anticipated. Jake knew what he was getting into and much was learned from the first year.
As WT3 approached, he asked me if I would be willing to help. I obliged and we started off on our journey.
His focus would be on social media, marketing, reaching out to prospective supporters and overall event coordination. My focus would be some of our other marketing tools (website, flyers, business cards), plus helping reach out to prospective supporters. We worked together on formulating the event format.
A lot of our success this year is also thanks to Bryan B with WCWWorldwide.com. His attendance at this year's event and inclusion of additional games and systems will being a whole new audience to our event. Plus, his established following on social media creates a wealth of opportunity to reach a like-minded population who love wrestling and video games.
At the end of the day, this is all for Child's Play Charity. We are so fortunate to have the support of WWE 2k Games, Jerky XP, Wrestlecrate, Wicked Cool Toys, Funko Pop!, Game Over Video Games, Whatamaneuver.net and WWE artist Rob Schamberger; but none of this would be possible without the ambition, dedication and passion shown by our team of volunteers.
We hope you tune in to Wrestlethon 3 on April 22-24, it has been a fun journey to get to this point and know that with a little help, Wrestlethon will return again in 2017.
This event will surely blow you away with our raffles and our grand prize. We have gone above and beyond to reward those who donate to Child's Play.
Thank you again and please continue to support Child's Play Charity. Wrestlethon wouldn't exist if not for an amazing organization like them. It's for the kids.