We end 2015 with another installment of the Bi-Weekly Indy Roundup. This edition is fairly light because every promotion seems to have concluded their business for the year, with talent now enjoying a festive holiday break.
ROH held its biggest event of the year two weeks ago with Final Battle. A full review of the show can be found on HERE The main event saw Jay Lethal retain the ROH World Title from AJ Styles in a great match, with Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly being the other nugget of the night. War Machine defeated The Kingdom to win their first ever ROH Tag Team Titles, while Roderick Strong held on to the ROH TV Title following a match with Bobby Fish.
Rather than sit on their laurels, ROH will be further utilizing their partnership with NJPW by bringing in a number of wrestlers for their 14th Anniversary to be held in February. Gedo, Kushida, and Shinsuke Nakamura have all been confirmed for the event. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, and Tomohiro Ishii are also expected to appear (but have yet to be confirmed).
AAW continued its rise prominence as it held its Unstoppable show this past weekend in Merrionette Park, IL. Davey Vega was crowned the new Heritage Champion, while Tag Team Champions The Hooligans & World Champion Eddie Kingston both retained their titles. Elsewhere on the card TommasoCiampa (who was sporting an elf costume) defeated Michael Elgin in a very physical match, while Chris Hero defeated Colt Cabana (Cabana was filling in for Davey Richards who could not make the event). Sami Callihan made his in-ring return to AAW, defeating AR Fox (who I am still surprised can walk after Cage of Death) and later on in the night had a post match stare down with AAW Champion Eddie Kingston. At some point those two will have a match, just a matter of when.
On January 15th AAW will be holding their next show, Chas Theory, with Eddie Kingston, Trevor Lee, Chris Hero, Sami Callihan, and Abyss all confirmed for the event.
2CW announced a while back that they would be folding at the close of the year, and this weekend they held their last showbefore the promotion closed its doors forever. 2CW put on some of the most memorable matches in the promotion’s history, featuring some of the best wrestlers on the planet. Talent included Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (making their final indy appearance for the next year due to their new ROH exclusive contracts), Sami Callihan, Johnny Gargano, Dalton Castle, Matt Cross, Candice LeRae, Jessica Havok, Michael Elgin, and AJ Styles. The show had sold out and was free to watch on a live Internet stream.
Beyond Wrestling held its final show in its Fete Music Center home, appropriately titled Fete Finale. The main event saw Kimber Lee defeat Chris Dickenson in a match where Kimberjumped off the balcony for dive! Donovan Dijak defeated Tomasso Ciampa, Low Ki & Homicide defeated Da Hit Squad, Sami Callihan defeated Joey Janela, Chris Hero defeated JT Dunn, and in a surprise appearance Drew Gulak and Matt Riddle defeated Cold Steel.
Beyond’s next show will be on January 31st in their temporary home in Somerville, MA. Zack Sabre Jr. will be making his Beyond Wrestling debut at the event