ManiaCrawl and Wrestling Travel teamed together to bring you ‘Virtual ManiaCrawl’ this past weekend, prior to night one of WrestleMania 36.
‘Virtual ManiaCrawl’ took place LIVE via Twitch on Saturday, with wrestling fans and wrestling personalities from around the world joining in to participate in competitions and games, raising money for all those affected by Covid-19.
ManiaCrawl have announced that ‘Virtual ManiaCrawl’ raised a total of $3,260 for the American Red Cross.
Many wrestling personalities got involved with ‘Virtual ManiaCrawl’ from all over the globe, including; WWE Hall of Famer, Mick Foley, nZo (formerly Enzo Amore), WWE’s Scott Stanford & Lio Rush, Ring of Honor‘s PCO, IMPACT Wrestling‘s Joey Ryan, TNT Extreme World Champion David Starr, Actor & Comedian Paul Walter Hauser & Tranmere Rovers Associate Director Martyn Best, amongst many more.
Each year, donations from ManiaCrawl usually go towards Connor’s Cure, but given the circumstances this year, a change of direction for donations was agreed, due to the ongoing pandemic.
ManiaCrawl chief Jaime Mazauskas said “I created ManiaCrawl in 2014, never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be around 7 years later, nor would I have imagined a time where we launched a virtual ManiaCrawl!”
ManiaCrawl has been a huge hit over WrestleMania weekends gone by, with hundreds attending the event in cities like New Orleans, New York City and Dallas, joining in the wild fun and games.
Jaime went on to say just how proud he was of Virtual ManiaCrawl this year “The support of the wrestling community was overwhelming. This idea came together in under 72 hours, with little sleep and a lot work. I hope we were able to distract those who attended from these troubling times even if it was just for a few hours.”
Along with the fans, Wrestling Travel and ManiaCrawl reached out to many wrestling personalities around the world, to help take part in the event, to which many obliged. Including Pennsylvania’s own Pennsylvannia Premiere Wrestling, where a lot of the talent from their roster sent in videos in gimmick, to promote and help with donations.
“We raised $3,260 for the American Red Cross which is an incredible accomplishment. I want to thank Wrestling Travel, all the wrestlers and talent who sent in videos, and everyone who donated, supported and tuned in.” Jaime concluded.
Along with reaching this incredible amount, ManiaCrawl chief Jaime vowed if the donations reached a certain amount, he would dye his hair purple, to which he did.
Justin Clapper, WT’s lead representative in the United States added “Wrestling Travel were proud to be apart of such an amazing event. As we started to putting this together, this became a bright spot in amongst the dark days we’ve had recently.”
Clapper continued “Seeing Pro-Wresting, Pro-Wrestlers and people from the entertainment business come together for such a great cause really made me feel proud. Prouder than I’ve been about something in the business since 1997. To be apart of something so special, and seeing the wrestling community as a whole unite for an incredible cause, it really shows the power of this great industry.”
Wrestling Travel would like to thank ManiaCrawl for having us present and be involved in such an historic event this year.
WT Founder, Lee McAteer, echoed this sentiment: “I’m super proud of the WT team and ManiaCrawl, for the amazing work they’ve done with Virtual ‘ManiaCrawl’. We are extremely proud to be involved with such a wonderful event, raising money to help those affected right now.”
We hope everyone stays safe and stays healthy, and hope the donations raised will help those affected by Covid-19 moving forward.