Welcome to the next installment of our Bi-Weekly Indy Round-Up. We are nearing the end of 2015, which by many accounts has been quite the golden age for indy wrestling on the business side. A number of big end of the year shows are upcoming with a number already having taken place.
PWG held All Star Weekend 11 this past weekend, and by all images and accounts that I’ve been able to gather it was a phenomenal weekend. Roderick Strong and the Bucks both retained their titles on night 1, which was billed as a night of returns with matches from Michael Elgin, The American Wolves, Sami Callihan, and the shock return of Adam Cole (Bay Bay)! Super Dragon was out injured so Mount Rushmore 2.0 turned to an original member to help fill the void for night 2’s Guerilla Warfare match. Night 2 was said to have the best match quality, highlighted by Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega & Trevor Lee vs. Matt Sydal. Night 2 concluded with another shock returned as Kyle O’Reilly attacked his old nemesis Adam Cole.
PWG announced matches for their January 2nd show; the event is yet to be named.
• Angelico vs. Brain Cage
• Timothy Thatcher vs. Drew Gulak
• Sami Callihan vs. Trevor Lee
• Jack Evens vs. Drew Galloway
• Mike Bailey vs. Adam Cole
• Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Akira Tozawa
• PWG World Title Match: Roderick Strong © vs. Chris Hero
ROH will be holding their biggest event of the year this Friday when they head to the 2300 Arena for Final Battle. As someone who will be attending the show live, the card looks absolutely stacked.
• Grudge Match: Cheeseburger vs. Bob Evans (Youtube Preshow)
• The Addiction & Chris Sabin vs. ACH, Matt Sydal, & Alex Shelly
• Moose vs. Michael Elgin
• Tag Team Number 1 Contenders Match: The Briscoes vs. The All Night Express vs. The Young Bucks
• Silas Young vs. Dalton Castle
• Grudge Match: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole
• TV Title Match: Roderick Strong © vs. Bobby Fish
• Tag Team Title Match: The Kingdom © vs. War Machine
• ROH World Title Match: Jay Lethal © vs. AJ Styles
At this time AJ Styles is still set to face Jay Lethal at Final Battle. In the event he is not able to compete due to his herniated disc, ROH will convert the title match in to a Triple Threat Match with Jay Lethal defending against Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly.
As mentioned before, Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly made shock returns to Pro Wrestling Guerilla. ROH later announced on their website a new agreement with PWG that allows for ROH talent to wrestle for them. This arrangement is very significant given that it allows for ROH talent to collect another paycheck to supplement their ROH pay, likely helping keep them away from NXT.
Lucha Underground filmed three more episodes last weekend. The big story coming out of those tapings and subsequent trailer was the signing of Rey Mysterio who wrestled on those shows. That same weekend Matanza Cueto made his debut for the promotion, playing the role of Dario Cueto’s beastly brother season 1 had been alluding to. Not to spoil too much, let’s just say he immediately made an impact on the shows.
Chikara Pro held it’s biggest event of the year last weekend with Top Banana. The big news from the event was Princess Kimber Lee capturing the Grand Championship by cashing in her Golden Opportunity following the Triple Threat Main Event that saw Hallowicked defeat Eddie Kingston and Icarus. Earlier in the night she earned that Grand Opportunity when she, Jervis Cottonbelly, and Los Ice Creams defeated The Wrecking Crew in the final match of the Immortals Tournament. This marks the first time in the history of Chikara that a woman has held its primary title.
AIW held its No Sleep Til Brooklyn show that same weekend. All-Ego Ethan Page successfully defended the AIW Heavyweight Title against Candice LaRae. The main event saw Grado defeat Tracy Smothers, and earlier in the night Kikutaro lost to Colt Cabana in a match that was apparently as over the top as one would expect.
CZW also held its biggest event of the year over the weekend with Cage of Death. The show was highlighted by the return of Sami Callihan to the promotion that made him a star. Lio Rush captured the Wired Championship from Joey Janela while TV Ready captured the CZW Tag Titles. Matt Tremont retained his CZW World Title in an absolutely crazy Cage of Death match. The videos I’ve seen really made me squirm. I’m not a fan of CZW, but to see what those guys do to their bodies is something you have to tip your cap to.
CZW returns on January 16th with a joint show with Smash Wrestling. Only two matches have been announced thus far (Super Smash Bros. vs. Well Oiled Machine & Johnny Gargano vs. Sami Callihan).
EVOLVE announced they would be returning to Queens, NY for a show in March. Tickets are already on sale.
AAW put out a preliminary card for their final show of the year, Unstoppable, which will be held on December 26th in Merrionette Park, IL
• Heritage Championship Match: Louis Lyndon © vs. Davey Vega
• Tag Team Championship Match: The Hooligans © vs. Markus Crane & Shane Hollister
• Kongo Kong vs. Russ Jones
• Davey Richards vs. Chris Hero
• Heavyweight Title Match: Eddie Kingston © vs. Sami Callihan (Expected to be announced)
• Tommaso Ciampa, Michael Elgin, & Ethan Page (Booked to appear, no matches signed)
SHINE 31 took place this past Friday, with a full review available HERE Shine crowned new Tag Team Champions as B.T.Y. (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) won their tag team tournament following Kimber Bombs being stripped of the titles due to Cherry Bombs injury. Taylor Made won a Number 1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way earlier in the night and went on to defeat Santana for the Shine Championship. All Shine titles are now held by the faction Val-Kyrie.