Officers from the North Bergen Police Department beat their opponents after a grueling match in the professional wrestling ring on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The spectacular blowout event was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, sponsored by the Township of North Bergen with the support of the police.
Despite a pop-up blizzard outside, seats were filled and about $2,600 was raised for the charity. Det. Frank “Mr. North Bergen” Mena, who organized the event, participated in the main bout, along with School Resource Officer “Dangerous Danny” Brown, and Mike Zerner, a wrestler for the ECPW (East Coast Professional Wrestling). They faced off against the Maple Leaf Machine Guns, who offered a brutal resistance and had the home team on the ropes – until Police Officer George Somarriba, working as a security guard at the event, leapt into the ring and helped NB mop up the floor with their opponents.
Many stars of the ECPW faced off against one another in the evening’s other bouts, including ECPW Television Champion Kenny Bengal vs. Junior Flow the Zombie King, and The Heavy Metal Maniac vs Hawaii Allen. Other wrestlers included Crazy Ivan, Bad News Cory Dillinger, Orlok the Lost Boy, and Frankie Flow the Puerto Rican Beast.
This was the fourth time the police have brought pro wrestling to North Bergen to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Police Chief Robert Dowd were among the residents rooting for the home team at the event, while kids shouted excitedly at the villains and cheered their heroes.