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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: 9/18/16

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Normally, I come out here and show you tweets and facebook posts about what happened this week in the world of independent wrestling, however I would like to delve into the world that social media has on the world of independent professional wrestling.


Through the awesomeness of some wrestling sites posting awesome shots from shows to slow mo camera gifs, we live in a world where everything should be accessible through some sort of medium and whether it’s pictures, moving pictures or just straight videos, that’s the best way to find what appeals to you.



Remember when they were just testing out live free iPPVs? Remember how many weeks of promotion was put into a promotion, like a ROH or a AIW or other federations that put their best card on free iPPV because they wanted more eyes on their product? It was always “DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW (indy federation) FOR ALL THE NEWS REGARDING OUR IPPV THAT WILL BE FREE! TO YOU!” and what happened when the iPPV decided to start? More than likely, it was clustered with hiccups, stalls, and bad audio/visuals and it wasn’t always the best look of that promotion.



However, last Saturday Chikara did something unexpected, unannounced and promoted only on the day of the event…they posted their entire Black Goodbye LIVE ON FACEBOOK LIVE to promote on why you should pick up Chikaratopia and I got to say, there was absolutely zero negative comments coming from my end. The stream ran smooth, Vlad was Vlad-like and, of course, the wrestling was amazing.


The main event of the evening was for the Grand Champion, as two former Wrestle Factory trainees,  Hallowicked and Drew Gulak, were technically sound in their match and tore the roof down (with Hallowicked retaining his Grand Champion crown).



I’m all for using Periscope for a match or two. Do your thing, indy wrestling…but Chikara took it to another level with streaming their entire event. I’m even better knowing that a promotion, such as Chikara, is just crazy enough to make sure that the fans get to see these matches the same way you will see them via their streaming service. So, good on Chikara for being on their game and using social media to their advantage.

In Ontario, Canada, Alpha-1 had their second MatRats event and it featured a main event that was for the A1 Alpha Male Title, where Heidi Lovelace defended her title against Kobe Durst in a Last Man Standing match and, yeah, it featured Kobe Durst taking out Heidi with a piledriver from the top of a damn ladder!

Kobe Durst wound up victorious and taking the A1 Alpha Male Title from Heidi Lovelace.

Also, The Theory of Evolution (Jim Nye and Space Monkey) successfully defended their tag team titles from Team IOU (Kerry Awful and Nick Iggy). And for the Zero Gravity championship, Alessandro Del Bruno defended his title against Shane Sabre.

But the star power didn’t end with the title matches, oh no. Dick Justice and Swoggle teamed up to defeat The Black Spades (Justin Sane and Lionel Knight), and Scotty O’Shea wrestled in a 2-on-1 handicap match and successfully defeated Joey Kings and Josh Alexander.

If you have a federation that you would like to see us go around in this section, e-mail [email protected] and we’ll see YOU around the indys.

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Around The Indys (2/15/16)


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”.

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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