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NO TIME TO WASTE! There is some wrestling that happened this weekend and we’re about to cover it! Let’s go all over the Independent wrestling scene!
SHINE 37 took place in Ybor City, Florida on September 2nd, 2016 and, well, it looked bonkers. It was main evented by an amazing battle between Ivelisse successfully defending her SHINE title against LuFisto.
In other SHINE matches, Amber Gallows defeated Kennadi Brink, Leva and Tracy Taylor in a four way match. Also in tag team action, BTY (Jayme Jameson and Marti Belle) defeated two teammates that were opponents at the beginning of the night, Dominique Fabiano and Priscilla Kelly. Andrea and Mercedes Martinez battled to a No Contest, Raquel defeated Santana, and in an I Quit Match Thunderkitty defeated Malia Hosaka.
DREAMWAVE Wrestling had their Good as Gold event, which was main evented by the Good as Gold over the top rope battle royal, which was won by Alexander Hammerstone. Also, AR Fox‘s long Alternative title reign came to a shocking end, as JT Dunn pulled off the upset in a Fatal Four Way match for the title.
Another title match took place that night, but with different results. The special guest referee was none other than Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle. As TNA’s Abyss came up short in collecting the DREAMWAVE World championship when Prince Mustafa Ali defeated him and successfully defended his championship. And in non-title action, Matt Cross defeated Donovan Dijak.
AAW had their Cero Miedo event and the AAW World Heavyweight championship was successfully defended by Pentagon Jr. as he ousted his nemesis one last time, Tommaso Ciampa.
And in a shocking turn of events, Sami Callihan did something that no wrestler should ever do…
…He ripped Fenix‘s masked off. Not before this awesome move by Fenix, though.
In other AAW action, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Silas Young, Dave Crist defeated DJ Z, Chris Hero defeated Drew Galloway, Michael Elgin got a win over Cedric Alexander and Colt Cabana defeated Shigehiro Irie doing Colt Cabana things.
Finally, let’s talk about the weekend that was two very important shows for two very great promotions. Let’s start in Reseda and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles. This is a three day tournament to determine who is the true king of Reseda, CA and “The Villain” Marty Scurll defeated Pentagon Jr. in the first round on the first night. Then on night three, he defeated Cody Rhodes in the Quarter Finals, Mark Haskins in the Semis and defeated both Trevor Lee and Will Ospreay to walk away with the Battle of Los Angeles crown.
In non-BOLA matches, The Young Bucks are awesome. They not only won the 6-man tag match (part of Mt. Rushmore 2.0) during Night 1, they have Meltzer Tights…while Meltzer was there watching live. They also competed in Night 2’s Main Event but on a losing effort v. the team of Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Will Ospreay. AND NOT ONLY THAT! They defended their PWG tag team championships against the team of Fenix and Pentagon Jr.!
In another weekend wrestling fest, Chikara’s King of Trios took place in Easton, PA (which, I found out, is very close to the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border…you learn something new every day). But this year was unlike any other year, as this year Chikara crowned QUEEN of Trios, as Sendai Girls (Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako and Cassandra Miyagi) defeated Heidi Lovelace and N_R_G in round one, upsets The Colony in Round Two, Warriors Three (Oleg The Ursurper, Princess Kimber Lee and the Estonian ThunderFrog) in the Semi-Finals and Team JWP ( Command Bolshoi, Hanako Nakamori and Manami Katsu) to take that crown.
Also, they crowned a new Rey de Voladores for 2016, as it was scheduled to be Aero Star (after defeating Amasis, Johnny Gargano and Wani) versus Frightmare (after defeating Candice LeRae, Space Monkey and Tony Nese) but due to an injury to Frightmare, he had to be replaced by the runner-up Tony Nese.
In the beginning of the match, Tony Nese got busted open and continued to compete at 100% and gave Aero Star everything he had. Nese and Aero Star gave everything they got and more, but in the end Aero Star won Rey de Voladores 2016.
Also, on Night 3, they had their annual Tag Team Gauntlet match which was won by D-Generation X (Billy Gunn and X-Pac), after picking up the last victory over The Proletariat Boar of Moldova and Prakash Sabar.
However, X-Pac really had to reel back Billy Gunn as he told Prakash Sabar and the Boar to suck it multiple times, as Chikara is one of the only few places where telling someone to “Suck it” in professional wrestling is a heel move.
He said he’s sorry.
In a highly entertaining non-tournament/gauntlet match, “That Ol’ Juke Joint” Lucas Calhoun defeated Chuck Taylor (TM) with a little help from this guy.
And this guy.
And…wow! How hard did this guy hit him?
Wait….IS THAT A BABY?!