Throughout his career, Tiger Jeet Singh and his son, former WWE Superstar Tiger Ali Singh, faced off against a number of hard opponents. On Saturday, June 4th, they faced one of their toughest yet, in the form of Mother Nature. With help from a number of tag team partners, one of them including their close friend Troy Newton, they were able to come up with another victory, ensuring that Tiger Fest 2011, their annual wrestling fundraiser show, was a major success in raising over $45,000 for the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation in support of local charities.
A formal cheque presentation of $15,000 was made Wednesday, June 29 to Milton District High School towards the purchase of fitness equipment. In addition, over $10,000 has been donated already towards the purchase of food for the Salvation Army and other local charities.
The wrestling show was scheduled to be held at an open air venue in downtown Milton, Ontario. The lot had been converted into a makeshift arena, with bleachers set up around the ring where the evening’s event was going to take place. Unfortunately, rain had been falling all afternoon, and the rumblings of thunder and high winds put the show in jeopardy. Not only would it be unlikely that fans would want to brave the elements, but even if they could, it would pose too much of a risk for the wrestlers to perform. Consequently, with less than two hours to bell time, Tiger Jr. made the call to move the show indoors.
“We thought it was over when the Town shut down the Milton Street Festival” said a visibly distraught Tiger Jr, “but thanks to my dear friends George and Andrea Savard, owners of Milton’s FirePower CrossFit and the rest of the team down there, we were able to change venues almost immediately to their indoor facility.”
Led by head trainer Rob Fuego, the roster of Squared Circle Wrestling tore down the ring, transported it down the road to the FirePower CrossFit training facility, and set it up again, all in record time. In the meantime, the organizers started the mass communication efforts to inform fans that the show was still on, albeit in a different venue than originally planned. Judging from the approximately 1,500 in attendance, the message was clearly received. And it’s a good thing, because those in attendance were really treated to a great event.
“We really didn’t have any other option but to proceed”, said Tiger Jr, “I mean we had promised to pay all of the wrestlers, some of which had flown in from the United States, we had hundreds of fans already converging into Town well in advance of the scheduled bell time, there were representatives from all three levels of government, including newly appointed Sports Minister of Canada, who had flown in from Ottawa that same morning, plus the Consul-General of India. However, even more pressing, was the fact that for the first time we were promoting a high school fitness competition, which the students had been preparing for the past several weeks. I just wouldn’t have had the heart”, says Tiger Jr, “to tell them all their efforts were for not.”
After the wrestling matches, every fan was able to get an autograph and picture with each of the wrestlers on the show, as well as The Destroyer, who was in attendance, Tiger Ali Singh and Tiger Jeet Singh.
“Because this is a free event”, Tiger Jr says, “we are extremely grateful to our wonderful sponsors, which include Presenting Sponsor Scotiabank, Platinum Sponsors Gunding & Hans LLP, Desi Wear, Entripy, Rob Hans of Century 21, Gold Sponsors Best Western Plus – Milton Inn, Decks by Dave, Royal Park Homes, Andrin Homes and Orbit Studios.”