Welcome to the first installment of our Bi-Weekly Indy Roundup. The independent scene in wrestling is experiencing what many would like to call a golden age. With so many promotions of various sizes in the US it can be rather difficult for fans to keep track of all the happenings. After a busy weekend in in Pro-Wrestling lets dive right in.
AAW held one the most anticipated shows of the weekend (Windy City Classic XI) with a star studded event that featured a must see match between Chris Hero and Pentagon Jr. But with names Tommaso Ciampa, Fenix, ACH, Ethan Page, Eddie Kingston, and Trevor Lee on the card, this show was more than just about one match. The main event saw Eddie Kingston capture the AAW title following a brutal triple threat match. The moment of the night however was reserved for the surprise return of the Callihan Death Machine, as Sami Callihan made his way to the ring post match and attacked Kingston. The building went nuts as Callihan, who left WWE about a week ago, has stepped up to be Kingston’s first opponent.
AAW’s next show will take place on December 26th in Merrionette Park, IL. And so far it looks to be another stacked card with Eddie Kingston, Sami Callihan, Chris Hero, Michael Elgin, Tommaso Ciampa, Ethan Page, and Colt Cabana all confirmed to appear.
EVOLVE wrestling announced they will be holding a tag team tournament across 3 shows in Florida this January (22nd, 23rd, 24th) in order to crown the inaugural Evolve Tag Team Champions. The teams to be competing are as follows:
• Drew Gulak & TJ Perkins (The New Catch Point)
• Team Tremendous (Dan Barry & Bill Carr)
• Timothy Thatcher & Zack Sabre Jr.
• Roppongi Vice (Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero)
• Chris Hero & Tommy End
• The Premier Athlete Brand (Caleb Konley & Anthony Nese
• Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway
• The Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot)
During an interview with Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Radio, Gabe Sapolsky remained rather vague on the current relationship between EVOLVE & WWE. The best we can deduce from it is there is nothing in writing and it seems to be somewhat of an unofficial “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” (unless there is more to it than Gabe is letting on).
Beyond Wrestling Sticking to the theme of tournament wrestling, Beyond Wrestling held a singles and a tag team tournament over the weekend across two shows. The TFT4 tournaments each consisted of 4 blocks of wrestlers/teams competing in a four-way match. The winners of each of the four-ways went in a final four-way match. Dan Maf & Monsta Mack (Da Hit Squad) would win the tag tournament while Brain Fury won the singles tournament. The weekend was said to be a big one for Donovan Dijak who scored major victories over JT Dunn and Chris Hero in great matches. Lio Rush and Matt Riddle made their Beyond debuts in solid outings, while Joey Janela made a shock return to the promotion (so the heat between he and the promoter was all a work).
Beyond Wrestling’s next show will be their last held at Fete Music in Providence, RI as the promotion will be temporarily moving to The Armory in Somerville, MA until they can find a permanent home elsewhere in RI.
As always, tickets sold out in minutes for the next set of PWG shows (All Star Weekend 11 on December 11th & 12th). Below are the cards for each show:
• All Star Weekend 11 – Night 1
o Mark Andrews vs. Chuck Taylor
o Ricochet vs. Marty Scurll
o Unbreakable F’N Machines (Michael Elgin & Brian Cage) vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
o Will Ospreay vs. Trevor Lee
o Kenny Omega vs. Mike Bailey
o PWG Tag Team Title Match – The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
o PWG Title Match – Roderick Strong vs. Matt Sydal
• All Star Weekend 11 – Night 2
o Kikutaro vs. Chuck Taylor
o Mark Andrews vs. Ricochet
o Marty Scurll vs. Trevor Lee
o Unbreakable F’N Machines (Michael Elgin & Brain Cage) vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa (Possible Tag Team Title Match)
o Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay
o Matt Sydal vs. Trevor Lee (Possible PWG title Match)
o Mount Rushmore 2.0 (Roderick Strong, Super Dragon, Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Chris Hero, Mike Bailey, Joey Ryan, and Candice LeRae in a Guerilla Warfare match
Ring of Honor traveled to the UK this past weekend and held 4 shows with Preston City Wrestling for Super Show of Honor. Every show sold out, which is quite remarkable when considering the events were all held at the venue 3 days in a row. From what I’ve been able to gather the crowds every night were hot, with match quality never really suffering. The big news of the shows was Adam Cole walking away the PCW Cruiserweight title, defeating El Ligero & Bubblegum in a triple-threat elimination match during the first show. That same night Dave Mastiff defeated Roderick Strong as Mastiff retained the PCW Heavyweight title in an upset. Show number 2 saw champions retain their titles. During the 3rd show Cole and Mastiff would battle to a 3-3 draw over the PCW Heavyweight title; Drew Galloway made a surprise appearance that night wrestling Noam Dar. The tour closed with Bubblegum failing to defeat Adam Cole for the Cruiserweight title and Roderick Strong beating Jay Lethal in a non-title match (Lethal had won all of his matches prior to the 4th event).
ROH will now be focusing on its build for Final Battle in Philly (December 18th) while PCW will be on break until their Road to Glory shows in February.
Over in Voorhees, NJ CZW will be holding Cage of Death XVII on December 12th. Most of the card for the event has been set, with matches listed below:
• The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. The Amazing Gulaks (Drew & Rory Gulak)
• Anthony Nese vs. Greg Excellent
• I Quit Match – Joey Gacy vs. Tim Donst
• CZW Tag Team Title Match – Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry) vs. TV Ready (Pepper Parks & BLK Jeez)
• CZW Wired Championship Match – Joey Janela vs. Lio Rush
• CZW World Title Match (Cage of Death Match) – Matt Tremont vs. Masada vs. AR Fox vs. Devon Moore
Cleveland, OH was the site of the latest installment of Absolute Intense Wrestling with Hell on Earth XI. Because of it’s vicinity to IL a number of wrestlers who were on the AAW show appeared here as well, including Chris Hero and Ethan Page. But this show had its own feel and other well-known wrestlers such as Candice LaRae, Johnny Gargano, Alex Shelly, Zema Ion. From the notes I’ve read Candice was far an away the highlight of the show, which at this point shouldn’t shock fans anymore. Ethan Page captured the AIW title in the main event, defeating champion Shane Page. Gregory Iron retained his Intense title against Davey Vega, while To Infinity And Beyond retained their Tag titles against Hot Sauce Entertainment and the team of Flip Kendrick & Eric Ryan.
On December 5th AIW will heading to Brooklyn, OH for No Sleep Till Brooklyn. The card for the event is listed below:
• Tracy Smothers vs. Grado
• Cliff Compton vs. Frankie Flynn
• Kaplan vs. Brian Carson
• Weird World vs. Joshua Singh & Dr. Daniel Rockingham
• Matt Cross vs. Alex Daniels
• Colt Cabana vs. Kikutaro
That does it for now. I hope readers will check out some of these shows and others that are upcoming as we close out a crazy 2015 in indy wrestling.