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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 Indys: Double Dare!

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Ladies and gentlemen!

 

Welcome to another fantastic edition of another fantastic week of fantastic independent professional wrestling. It is time to take the sweet, sweet trip around Bobby Fishland to The Big Guy Hotel crossing RJ City and right into Around the Indys!

 

First, let’s hit Ohio, shall we? No, not physically. However, Absolute Intense Wrestling had their 2-Day Star-Studded Tag Team Tournament last Saturday with a Who’s Who list of individuals. To Infinity And Beyond (Cheech and Colin Delaney), The Jolleyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers and T-Money), Twrrk Team (Marti Belle and Ray Lyn), Weird World (Alex Kellar and Evan Adams), Massage NV (Dorian Graves and VSK), Matt Riddle and Tracy Williams, EYFBO (Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik), Brian Carson and Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham, Team IOU (Kerry Awful and Nick Iggy), Ninja Elite Squad (Facade and Flip Kendrick), Gringo Loco and Steve Pain, The Headhunters, Eric Ryan and Lucky 13, The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido and Tracy Smothers), and FRIGGIN’ CRYME TYME! WOW! That’s a lot and that’s a lot to fit into two days of action, and they did.

The Winners of Double Dare became the holders of the Vacant AIW Tag Team titles and it came down to Gringo Loco and Steve Pain v. The Jollyville Fuck-Its with Loco and Pain taking the Double Dare crown AND the AIW Tag Team championship.

Let’s go east into Clearfield, PA where the International Wrestling Cartel had their annual Clearfield Carnage (Kinda glad it’s not called Cataclysm anymore) and it featured a main event for the IWC Super Indy title as Chris LeRusso successfully defended his title against IWC mainstay Gory.

 

Also, three Pittsburgh-area giants in IWC took home wins as Wardlow defeated Santana Diamonds, Bulk Nasty beat Matt Conard and Jimmy Vegas bested another pretty damn good young brawler, Shane InYaFace.

 

For ALL of your IWC needs, be sure to check out the entire section right here at IndyWrestling.US. Here you can find Clearfield Carnage, Clearfield Cataclysm, Caged Fury, Super Indy and EVERYTHING ELSE.

FURTHER EAST?! SURE!

 

Let’s hit Chikara, shall we?! We shall! I love Chikara because, well, it’s an amazing company that EMBRACES social media (see: surprisingly putting their entire show on Facebook Live for everyone to see and Free Match Mondays) and on the 5th of November, Chikara had TWO events in ONE NIGHT! They’re insane over there at Chikara, I must say. Fighting ants, ,frogs, toilet demons, Nazmaldun, Chuck Taylor and Chuck Taylor…it’s crazy.

 

The day started off with Counting Backwards (which was live-streamed on Chikaratopia) and the main event that would sell out any indy arena, as Juan Francisco de Coronado upsetting the world against world traveler, Zach Sabre Jr with the Coronado Clutch in a 22-minute masterpiece. It made Joey Styles, someone who has been in this business even longer than I have, say THIS:

Also, Chuck Taylor and DUSTIN! (FNA Chuck Taylor) defeated The Closers (Caprice and Roland), the Sea Stars (Exo and Vox) and N_R_G (Jaxon and Rockwell) to gain THREE POINTS to challenge for the Championes de Parejas.

 

Hermit Crab came up a little bit short to gain the Young Lion’s Cup from the Estonian Thunderfrog and Drew Gulak defeated Lucas Calhoun only to have Gulak, The Legal Eagle himself, giving Calhoun one more chance, only to lose in 2 minutes to That Ol’ Juke Joint.

 

Then the very same night, another show happened in the same location. “Like Phantoms, Forever” took place and featured the Grand Champion of Chikara, Hallowicked, successfully defending his championship against Ophidian.

 

And Wani, one of my new favorite wrestlers, defeated Oleg The Usurper, The Ants and HeXed Men ended abruptly in a double DQ when Soldier Ant’s antenna and Frightmare’s mask ripped.

 

Also, Princess Kimber Lee defeated Max Smashmaster after a Superplex off the second rope and pins him with the Alligator clutch.

WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME RIGHT HERE! ARROOOOOUND THE INDYS!

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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: 9/18/16

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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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Chikara King of Trios 2016 Recap

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Sorg and Rizz went on a road trip to Chikara King of Trios 2016.  We talk about the wrestlers, the awesome girls of Team JWP and Team Sendai Girls, the WWE Cruiserweight Classic participants of Drew Gulak, Johnny Gargano, Cedric Alexander and Anthony Nese,  D-Generation X’s X-Pac and Billy Gunn surprise appearances, Lucha Underground’s Aerostar, the WWE Divas Mickie James, Victoria, and Jazz, and so much more!

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Around The Indys (8/28/2016)

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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”.

Welcome back to the show that never ends! It’s time to travel all around those Indys! Let’s begin, shall we?

In North East Wrestling (NEW), they continued their Wrestling Under the Stars tour in Pittsfield, Mass. Jushin Thunder Liger and Mandy Leon were also teamed up (not sure who they fought, if you have any idea please leave a comment below or on Twitter). It also saw #BROKEN Matt Hardy defeat the Vinny Marseglia, Cody Rhodes defeating Mike Bennett, Jeff Hardy defeating Brian Anthony, and Jerry Lawler taking out “The Man Scout” Jake Manning.

In other NEW news, they had another Wrestling Under The Stars night and this time it happened in Wappingers Falls, New York the very next night. Featured a couple of dream matches that lived up to the hype with Matt Hardy (with Senor Benjamin and Reby Sky) defeating Sami Callihan, Jerry Lawler defeating The Brooklyn Brawler, and Jeff Hardy defeating Jushin Thunder Liger. And was main evented, MAIN EVENTED, by Cody Rhodes defeating Kurt Angle.

 

Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW)  had their Against The World event in Cleveland, OH and had Raymond Rowe defeating Tommy End in an all out war. Sadly, Facade v. Teddy Hart ended tragically when Teddy suffered what is being called a broken ankle during the match. We wish him a speedy recovery.

It also featured a star-studded lineup, a who’s who of stars. Louis Lyndon defeating Shawn Shultz, Brittsburgh’s own Britt Baker defeating Crazy Mary Dobson, Eddie Kingston defeating Shigehiro Irie, BJ Whitmer over Jimmy Wang Yang (which I’m saddened to know that the Jimmy Wang Yang Party Bus was a state away and I wasn’t aware of it). Finally there were two successful title defenses as Alex Daniels defeated Laredo Kid, Matt Cross and Triton to defend his Intense Title and Josh Prohibition defeated Nate Webb to defend his AIW Absolute championship.

Beyond Wrestling (which, by the way, has an amazing name for a website) had one of the best names for an independent show in their “Battle of Who Could Care Less” which featured CWC’s own Drew Gulak opening up picking up a victory against Dave Cole.

In other matches, David Starr defeated Eddie Edwards, LuFisto defeated Alexxis, Jordynne Grace and Veda Scott. Jonathan Gresham defeated Tracy Wiliams and Donovan Dijak defeated Tommy End.

Finally, Renegade Wrestling Alliance had their Aggression show at West Newton, PA on Saturday and was amazing. It featured and amazing main event match between Sonjay Dutt and RWA World Champion Shane Andrews and was a fast-paced, action-packed main event that you would come to expect when it comes from those two. Also, Super Hentai and Bobby Shields defeated Generation Dead (G-Raver and Gory). Expect that to come out on Sorgatron Media’s Digital Download soon.

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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]ingmayhemshow.com, 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 (3/21/16)

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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 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 (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 (11/9/15)

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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 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.

Continue reading Around The Indys (11/9/15)