WAXAHACHIE — Though he has never scaled a turnbuckle or body slammed an opponent through a folding table, a Waxahachie icon has remained connected to a local group of wrestlers. That relationship led Jonathan McNutt, president of the North American Wrestling Allegiance, to plan a benefit show for longtime photojournalist Scott Dorsett.
A vehicle struck Dorsett in August 2016. He subsequently spent several months in intensive care and, most recently, a rehabilitation center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dorsett family and their mounting medical expenses.
Dorsett's ties to Waxahachie combined with the fact the North American Wrestling Allegiance (NAWA) was established in the city in the 1990s made McNutt's decision to support the community staple an easy one.
"Scott is a staple in the Waxahachie community," McNutt said. "He has spent countless hours providing lasting memories for athletes and their families. To say Scott went above and beyond would be a tremendous understatement. All of this is why we felt the need to give back to Scott and his family, because, without a doubt, he would do the same for us."
The performance, dubbed NAWA: Cease and Desist, is Saturday, Oct. 14 in the gymnasium at Waxahachie Global High School.
Featured wrestlers included international stars Magnus, Taya Valkyrie, Chris Masters and Rickey Reyes. Killer Tim Brooks — a World Class Championship Wrestling champion and Waxahachie native — will also be in attendance. Brooks is the only wrestler to ever defeat all three Von Erich brothers.
Valkyrie will square off against three other women — Simply Luscious, Christi Jaynes and Machiko — to crown the first-ever NAWA Queen of the Underground. The first-ever NAWA Triple Threat Tag Team champions will also be crowned.
Tickets, which range from $99 for all access to $15 for general admission and $7 for kids ages 6-12, can be purchased at nawadallas.com and are good for both shows. The first is from 3-5 p.m. and second from 7-10 p.m.
Business or individuals that wish to sponsor the event can reach McNutt at (903) 245-1362. NAWA is hoping to cover all costs associated with the event — around $4,000 — so that all sales can go directly to the Dorsett family.
Sponsorships include a $1,000 "ringside" package, as well as $500 and $200 gold or silver packages. McNutt said custom packages could be discussed, as well. All sponsorship packages include tickets to the event, as well as banners visibly during the evening.
"We know that with your help, we will be able to reach this goal," McNutt explained. "While we understand you may not be able to provide the full amount required for the event, we know that if everyone comes together, we can achieve our goal and give something back to a community member that has given so much to us all."
McNutt added, "We view Scott as a warrior, as he continues to fight every day. We may compete in the ring and fight for trophies, championships, and pride, but Scott fought for his life and he won. That makes Scott a champion in our eyes."