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Around The Indys – Wrestling Circuses, Houses and Chaotic Christmases


Merry Christmas!


Happy Hanukkah!


Happy Holidays!


Today, boys and girls, is a fun night because all of you are tucked in your beds all nice and tightly waiting for Ol’ Saint Nick to drop in and give you all whatever you wanted…unless you’re a heel, then you get coal…no, like lots of it. A whole bunch of coal…too much coal…WHERE DID SANTA EVER GET SO MUCH COAL!?


But before we tuck you in to bed, let’s tell you a few stories from Papa Rizz and tell you three stories FROM AROUND THE INDYS!


Let’s start in the House of Hardcore, shall we? They were in Joppa, MD last Saturday and put on, as they always do, one hell of a show. One pretty sweet moment was, what I can only imagine, an ECW beatdown as originals Sandman and Tommy Dreamer defeated THE SPIRIT SQUAD, Kenny and Mikey!


Also, the main event was a Lucha Underground’s wet dream (that’s what I’m calling it because…well…) which featured Fenix defeating Johnny Mundo and it was as Lucha-ey as you think it was going to be.


Like, REALLY Lucha-ey!

And this also featured two hosses going at each other as in a ROH v. Lucha Underground match, Moose defeated The Machine Cage!

If you want to see more of HOH 23 or House of Hardcore 22, which featured Matt Hardy v. Tommy Dreamer in a cage match, FloSlam has them ready for your streaming pleasure. Dan Barry, Sonjay Dutt, Matt Striker, Kikutaro, Eddie Kingston and Jessica Havok all took part in this show and sounds amazing.

Now that we got the quiet house out of the way, let us turn this place into a straight up Circus! A WRESTLE CIRCUS (See what I did there? I made a joke about your house being a circus and comparing it to wres- you know what? Nevermind.)!


And, just like House of Hardcore, this one has a plethora of amazing talent from all across the independents past, present and future all focused on Austin, Texas.


It was headlined by an Impact Wrestling v. Lucha Underground dream match featuring the “Ringmaster” Ethan Carter the 3rd retaining his Ringmaster Title in a No DQ match against Pentagon Jr.

And a cool thing WrestleCircus is doing is they’re putting up TWO of their matches from last week’s show ON YOUTUBE! The entire matches, so I’m not going to spoil anything for you. However, they’re two matches I’m sure you do NOT want to miss.


Chris Hero and ACH. I just want to say those two names again, Chris Hero and ACH. Two different ends of a completely different spectrum. One a high-flying superstar who SHOULD be on everyone’s watch list in the new year (WWE and TNA included) and the other one is even more vicious than he has ever been in any year and will knock my ass out if I say anything bad about him, because I’m a very tiny human being and he is a very tall human who can decapitate me with his elbow.


The other free match is equally as entertaining, because it shows off ANOTHER match where both competitors are different. Colt Cabana vs. Sammy Guevara, both guys are amazing in their own special ways and they are just damn entertaining. So if you’re bored, curl up by the fire…sip some red wine and watch these two amazing matches FOR FREE! FREEEEEEEE!

But, of course, watch the rest of the show as it featured Michael Elgin, Jeff Cobb, Donovan Dijak, War Machine, Best Friends, Keith Lee and Shane Taylor,  Jervis Cottonbelly, Dick Justice, Scorpio Sky, I’m only getting started! You’re still seeing this? GO! WATCH IT! I’ll be here waiting for you!

Now, I like both promotions and they have stars from the past, present and future to entertain anything but, of course, the best place to see where wrestling is going is to see where they all start and, honestly, one of the best ways to do that is go to California for the EPBW’s Chaotic Christmas where the main event featured a successful EBPW Title defense as Tony Vargas defeated Marcus Lewis.


Also, it featured two amazing stars as Shotzi Blackheart defended her Women’s Title in No DQ match against Kikyo, who was an amazing interview on the Indy Mayhem Show a few weeks ago *cough* cheap plug *cough*.


But instead of that cheap plug, let’s be real Shotzi and Kikyo are going to go places in the next few years and you all should take note.

Now, it’s time for bed. Don’t worry, next week will be a very special episode. Trust me. Also, if you’re an indy promotion and you have a show this weekend, you’re strange and should be ashamed. BUT if you’re a wrestler performing this weekend, I will always support you and hope all goes well.


Until next time, we’ll see YOU around the Indys.

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Around The Indys! – The Final 3 Count


Have good turkey? Want to talk about turkey? Want to talk about wrestling while talking about turkey? Well, you came to the right place! It’s now time for EVERYONE to go Around The Indys!


Let’s begin at our (well, if you live in Pennsylvania) friendly neighborhood federation, Absolute Intense Wrestling is first up with their Hell on Earth! The lineup alone had a list of great superstars of the the present and future of this company going toe-to-toe (as they always do). Mike Tolar started off the night defeating Hot Young Briley, while Louis Lyndon was successful in a 4-way that featured PB Smooth, Eric Ryan and Eddie Kingston! Ethan Page shocked the World (unless you’re in Ethan Page’s world) as he took on AND BEAT “The Machine” Brian Cage!


Oh, and some guy named “Zack Sabre Jr.” defeated Dominic Garrini. He’s going to be good some day.


As for the title matches, the referee stopped the match and declared Shayna Baszler the winner against Heidi Lovelace and successfully defended her AIW Women’s Title.


The AIW Tag Team titles were successfully defended as Crazy Pain defeated the former champs The Jolleyville Fuck-Its. Also, Alex Daniels successfully defended his AIW Intense championship against Laredo Kid with…some..uh…help(?) from Gregory Iron.

And in an epic match, Josh Prohibition defeated the equally talented Tim Donst to retain his AIW Absolute Title.



A fantastic weekend at Winston-Salem, North Carolina came to an end as the Queens of Combat took center stage.


In a huge upset, Taelor Hendrix LOST her Queen of Combat championship to the highly talented Su Yung and, let’s be honest, we’re going to see a lot more from those two talented wrestlers in the upcoming months, if not years.

Leva Bates and Solo Darling also had an amazing win against The Sexy Young Caramels (which is an amazing tag team name for the team of Devyn Nicole and Savannah Evans) and another great tag team Deoanna Purrazzo and Kelly Klein defeated ANOTHER pretty awesome tag team name AND partners, The D and D Muscle Factory (D’Arcy Dixon and Miss Diss Lexia).


It’s so amazing to see these amazing ladies do amazing things in front of an absolute packed house waiting to see THEM and wanting to see what they are going to do as professional wrestlers.


I thank ladies like Deonna, D’Arcy, Jade, Thunderkitty, Leva Bates, Su Yung, Taeler Hendrix and other ladies to show that it’s not a publicity stunt when people say “Women’s Revolution” because, well, it starts here…with independent wrestling to get to the point where they’re treated with respect.

And finally, we need to look at WrestleCade one more time. For, you see, they had their last show last weekend and, well, they went out with a bang. They ended WrestleCade with The Final 3 Count. CW Anderson, Steve Corino, Crazzy Steve, Eddie Edwards, Tessa Blanchard, Rachael Ellering, Veda Scott, Gunner, Drew Galloway, PJ Black, Gangrel, Jimmy Valiant, Lodi, Mr. Hughes, Ricky Morton, Rockstar Spud, Shane Douglas, The Blue Meanie, Jeff Jarrett, Luke Hawx, BJ Whitmer, Matt Cross, Ricochet, Shane Strickland, Juventud Guerrera, Sonjay Dutt, SONNY FRIGGIN’ ONOO and GEORGE SOUTH! That’s a stacked card already and I haven’t even told you about the main event.

WrestleCade’s Final 3 Count in the Final 3 Count featured WrestleCade’s champion successfully defended his title against…”THE BIG GUY” Ryback!

They legit tore the roof off the place. Like, seriously. I mean, the names I just named are the top names in wrestling’s past, present and future and they all came one more time to WrestleCade and didn’t disappoint.

George South won his own damn battle royal! That’s amazing! Matt Cross, Ricochet and Shane Strickland beat a team that had Juvi, Caleb Konley and Sonjay Dutt (WHICH WAS MANAGED BY SONNY ONOO!), NICK PATRICK WAS THERE TO REF THE CARLITO v. JEFF JARRETT MATCH! Just amazing moments!

So from everyone here at IndyWrestling.US, thank you WrestleCade for bringing amazing matches and amazing moments to the amazing fans that came out to see you last week, last month and last year and best wishes to everyone who put WrestleCade together.


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Around The Indies: Road Trip!


Welcome boys and girls! I’m glad you can come along on this journey around the weekend of fun and memories that happened last week in THIS WEEK Around the Indies. So, today we’re going to do something different. I like themes. Themes keeps me on the right track and, well, tonight is no different. We are going to start on the east coast and end right over on the west coast, strap in tight, grab some snacks and hopefully you’ve gone before we start because there’s no stopping until we’re done with our indy wrestling road trip, this week on AROUND THE INDYS!


Let’s start in Haverville, Massachusetts where Chikara had one day filled with TWO, count ’em TWOOOOO, fun filled events. The matinee was called Cruise Control and featured a main event that, let’s be real here…is all awesome. I mean, when you have the Batiri going up against The Osirian Portal and that match, in a matinee show, AND IT WENT TWENTY FOUR MINUTES you know that the show is going to be good. In that match, Amasis and Ophidian defeated the duo of Nazmaldun, Kodama and Obariyon, in the main event. The Osirian Portal is, by far, one of my favorite tag teams and it’s a shame that those two guys don’t get more looks, but honestly…they don’t need looks, it looks like they’re still having a darn good time doing it.


In other matches during Cruise Control, the night started off grand for Nazmaldun as both Jigsaw (Missile Assault Man) and Icarus (Silver Ant) picked up wins. Los Ice Creams defeated Rick Roland and Sloan Caprice in an entertaining bout, as well. I mean, if it was anything like this promo hyping the match, it was really interesting.

After that, a couple hours passed and, well, they were BACK in Haverhill, Mass for Judgement Day and the best Chikara Grand Champion in history (he is the only two-time winner of the title, so obviously he is) Hallowicked successfully defended his Grand Championship against the highly talented Heidi Lovelace. After KOT, I’ve grown soooo much on both of these two competitors and, honestly, why wouldn’t I? Hallowicked is, by far, hitting his prime and Heidi is skyrocketing and she’s getting the recognition that she deserves at not only one of the top Chikara talents or women talents, but one of the best talents anywhere in any federation, big or small.

#WaniWrestling returned as he opened Judgement Day defeating Officer Warren Barksdale. Mark Angelosetti (one of the top young talents in Chikara) pulled off a HUGE upset against Fire Ant and The Big Deal (formerly known as Hornswoggle) defeated Chuck Taylor (TM) (I’m still waiting for my copy of Dinner For You, Chucky T. I know you can hear me!).

Let’s go from Massachusetts to Merrionette Park and Berwyn, Illinois as AAW kicked off their 16-Wrestler Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament which featured a plethora of talent from throughout the world of Indy wrestling. Chuck Taylor (not to be confused with Chuck Taylor TM), Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, Silas Young, ACH, Brian Cage, Zack Sabre Jr., Colt Cabana, Prince Mustafa Ali, Ethan Page, Jeff Cobb, Drew Gulak, Fenix, AR Fox, Chris Hero and Kongo Kong! That’s amazing talent all in one place all for one goal.


And Chris Hero took the crown as he defeated Kongo Kong, Mat Fitchett, Prince Mustafa Ali AND Zack Sabre Jr. (Who defeated ACH in the Semis…I want to watch that match just so I can watch that match because I want to watch that match because…that match!) to take the crown in Night #2.


In a weird match, the AAW Title was put on the line in a Tag Team Match on Night #2, as Pentagon Jr. and Fenix (Let that sink in for a minute) put up Pentagon Jr’s title and Fenix’s mask against Jake Crist’s career and Sami Callihan’s hair. Sami, however, pulled off the upset by pinning Fenix to win the AAW Championship for the second time.


And finally, let’s end this in Cali. Covina, California, to be exact. And this was sent in by one of our fans Trey Garcia. This is Sabotage Wrestling and the main event featured a AAA Reina de Reinas title defense as Taya Valkyrie successfully defended her championship against Thunder Rosa. Kairi Hojo and Yoko Bito defeated Kaitlin Diamond and Kat Von Haez, The Twisted Sisters (Holidead and Thunder Rosa) defended their Vendetta Pro Tag Title against El Mariachi Loco and Lil Cholo. Sage Sin defeated Keneisha Moon and Ray Lynn in a 3-Way Match, Delilah Doom defeated Desi De Rata, and Raze & Shotzi Blackheart defeated Christi Jayne and Safari Reign.


OH! And before I go, I might as well reiterate what everyone and their mother (if their mother watches indy wrestling). SOMEONE! ANYONE! SIGN JOSH ALEXANDER! SERIOUSLY! Are you out of your mind? WWE, this guy fits BOTH of the minds that control WWE creative! Vince loves big brawler guys that, well, is big, looks good. Also, it fits Triple H’s profile as a big name, top young talent from the Independents. Just sign him already! Please!


If you or your mother was at an indy show and would like me to cover whatever happens there, please e-mail me at [email protected] with the title “Rizz, Talk About This Indy Show!” and who knows? I just might. Until next time…

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Around The Indys (7/25/16)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

AAW held its “United We Stand” event Saturday in Merrionette Park, Illinois. In the main event, Pentagon Jr. defeated Sami Callihan to win the AAW Heavyweight Title. Continue reading Around The Indys (7/25/16)

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Around The Indys (3/21/16)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

EVOLVE held its “EVOLVE 56” event Saturday in New York City. In the main event, Timothy Thatcher defended the EVOLVE Title against Matt Riddle.

Also, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Johnny Gargano and TJ Perkins defeated Sami Callihan. Continue reading Around The Indys (3/21/16)

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Around The Indys (11/9/15)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”

EVOLVE held two events over the weekend. “EVOLVE 51″ was Friday in Ybor City, Florida. In the main event, Timothy Thatcher defended the EVOLVE Title against Johnny Gargano. Also, T.J. Perkins defeated Anthony Nese, Matt Riddle defeated Drew Gulak and Drew Galloway defeated Caleb Konley.

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Around The Indys (11/2/15)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

Xtreme Wrestling Alliance held its “Wrestlution 15″ event Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island. In the main event, Antonio Atama won the XWA Heavyweight Title from Hanson.

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Around The Indys (10/19/15)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

EVOLVE held two events over the weekend. In the main event at “EVOLVE 49″ Saturday night, Johnny Gargano defeated Ethan Page in an “I Quit” Match where Gargano’s career in WWN was on the line. Page may have lost, but he made one hell of an entrance. Continue reading Around The Indys (10/19/15)

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Around The Indys (10/12/15)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

AAW Pro Wrestling held its “Jawbreaker” event Friday night in Berwyn, Illlinois. In the main event, Ethan Page defended the AAW Heavyweight Title against Johnny Gargano in a Two Out Of Three Falls Match. Also, Trevor Lee defeated Ring Of Honor’s Silas Young, OI4K (Dave Crist & Jake Crist) defeated Ricochet & ROH’s ACH and Candice LeRae & Heidi Lovelace defeated Jessicka Havok & Tessa Blanchard. Continue reading Around The Indys (10/12/15)

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Around The Indys (9/7/15)


A round-up of what’s happening in independent professional wrestling. We want to know about your favorite local promotion. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line “Around The Indys”.

CHIKARA held its 3-night “King Of Trios” event in Easton, Pennsylvania over the weekend. Team AAA (Aero Star, Drago & Fenix) defeated BULLET CLUB (AJ Styles & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)) in the final match on Sunday. Continue reading Around The Indys (9/7/15)