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Around The Indys – Wrestling Circuses, Houses and Chaotic Christmases

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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: IWC Women’s Champion, Chopped In Half, Joey Janela and WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING ETHAN PAGE?

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Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome back to the greatest thing to ever happen to me this week! It’s time to hit on a few interesting spots AROUND The Indys!

 

First let us say something that none of us has actually said out loud in public: Let’s begin in New Jersey, shall we? Pro Wrestling Explosion had their 2016 Will Be Chopped In Half event featured the young and talented stars of Chikara and featured two of the most talented and dedicated athletes that I’ve seen come out of the indy circuit, as Delirious defeated Sonjay Dutt.

Also in a pretty awesome sounding match, we had the Ecuadorian Aristocrat (And one of the brightest stars in the future of professional wrestling that you probably have heard me talk about on numerous occasions) Juan Francisco de Coranado defeat The King of Dong Style himself, Joey Ryan.

And speaking of getting “Chopped Up”, CZW CAGE OF DEATH 18 (Wow, they had 18 Cage of Deaths already? Damn).

In CZW’s biggest event of the year there were a total of THREE title changes all in one night. Holy balls! That’s insane by itself and should be an amazing show just by the title changes alone. Add the fact that there was a Cage of Death match and, by golly, you have yourself an amazing match.

The Tag Titles changed TWICE as Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz) defeated EYFBO (Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik) who the match before defeated Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff and Monsta Mack) confused yet? Me neither. It sounds awesome. All six men are amazing talents, that’s for sure.

And also, the CZW Heavyweight Champion, Jonathan Gresham, lost his title in a match against Joe Gacy. Also, the main event was the before mentioned Cage of Death 8-Man Tag Match which featured Dale Patricks, Devon Moore, Drew Blood (Which sounds like a name that belongs in CZW) and Josh Crane defeating Conor Claxton, Jeff Cannonball, Matt Tremont and Joey Janela.

And it seems like Joey Janela took the brunt of EVERYTHING that came with the Cage of Death. After the match, he had to have emergency surgery the next day and missed an indy booking. But it does look like he’s getting somewhat better, as he IS wrestling his ass off wherever the heck he goes.

On the same night, EVOLVE taped a show on FloSlam and it featured a card that any promotion (indy or big show) would die for. Honestly, EVOLVE has one of the best lineups and rosters in all of indy wrestling. Period. End of story. For instance, Drew Galak defeated Jaka in Drew’s swan song to the EVOLVE faithful. DUSTIN! (not to be confused with Chuck Taylor(TM)) defeated Chris Dickinson, Cody (I guess we’re just going to call Cody Rhodes Cody from now on because, hey, first name things are all the rage…I guess…right?) defeated Ethan Page (someone who if you haven’t seen wrestle, let me be the first to say GO SEE THIS DUDE WRESTLE! FIND HIM! HE’S CANADIAN! HE’S NOT THAT HARD TO FIND! DO IT!…he’s also pretty good on Twitter…I guess?).

 

And in the main event for the first FloSlam televised (?) event, Dick Togo and Chris Hero just beat the hell out of each other for a long, long, long time…As it should be. I heard Togo made Hero blow chunks numerous times and I saw a gif of this amazing thing that happened and was immediately drawn to both competitors and want to watch this match from beginning to end.

Speaking of the end, Dick Togo beat Chris Hero ending the first ever Evolve show for FloSlam.

FINALLY! Let’s go local, shall we?

The International Wrestling Cartel held their Winner Take All event last Saturday night and, of course, it was a star-studded event for the IWC’s last show of 2016.

I’m sure you’ve heard they hired a new ring announcer.

In that very same match, Chris LeRusso successfully defended his IWC Super Indy Championship against Sam Adonis.

Also, the IWC World Heavyweight Championship was vacated by former champion DJZ and, thus, a new champion had to be crowned (it WAS called “Winner Takes All”, anyways) so it was Wardlow (after, also, defeating Jimmy Vega$ earlier in the night), taking the title away from RJ City (ask him about 1980s spin-off shows).

AND HISTORY WAS MADE IN IWC…I, for one, am happier than a clam to see women’s wrestling begin to flourish in Pittsburgh. I was a fan of IWC from 2006, and saw Sumie Sakai and Daizee Haze wrestle in one of the very first matches in my IWC (and Indy) watching career so to see the IWC create the IWC Women’s Championship in honor of all of those women who wrestled and who will wrestle in IWC really was a sight to see and to have Brit Baker be the inaugural champion was pretty damn sweet, too.

 

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Around The Indies: Road Trip!

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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 (9/4/16)

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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 her.

And…wow! How hard did this guy hit him?

Wait….IS THAT A BABY?!

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Around The Indys (6/27/16)

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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”.

SHIMMER held five events over the weekend. SHIMMER Volume 81 was held Friday in Chicago. In the main event, Madison Eagles defended the SHIMMER Title against Courtney Rush. Also, The Kimber Bombs (Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee) defended the SHIMMER Tag Team Title against Team Slap Happy (Evie & Heidi Lovelace) and Nicole Savoy defended the Heart Of SHIMMER Title against Crazy Mary Dobson. Continue reading Around The Indys (6/27/16)

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Around The Indys (5/23/16)

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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”.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held its “Prince” event Friday in Reseda, California. In the main event, Roderick Strong defeated Sami Callihan. Also, Chris Hero defeated Jeff Cobb and Adam Cole defeated Dalton Castle.

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Around The Indys (5/9/16)

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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 61” event Saturday in Woodside, New York. In the main event, Johnny Gargano defeated Drew Galloway via disqualification.

Also, TJP defeated Fred Yehi and Drew Gulak defeated Tracy Williams to qualify for WWE NXT’s Global Cruiserweight Tournament. Continue reading Around The Indys (5/9/16)

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Around The Indys (4/11/16)

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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 “Epic” 12 year anniversary event Saturday in Chicago. In the main event, Tommasso Ciampa defeated Zack Sabre Jr.

In other action, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett defeated The Hooligans (Devin Cutter & Mason Cutter) to win the AAW Tag Team Title. Continue reading Around The Indys (4/11/16)

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Around The Indys (2/22/16)

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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 “Art Of War” event Friday night in Merrionette Park, Illinois. In the main event, Sami Callihan defeated Eddie Kingston to win the AAW Heavyweight Title.

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Around The Indys (2/15/16)

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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”.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held its “Bowie” event Friday night in Reseda, California. In the main event, Roderick Strong defended the PWG World Title against Drew Galloway. Also, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Trevor Lee, Jack Evans defeated Sami Callihan and Chuck Taylor defeated Dalton Castle.

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