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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.



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.


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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: 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 (8/15/16)


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”.

Combat Zone Wrestling held its “The Boss Is Back” event Saturday in Vorhees, New Jersey. In the main event, Alex Colon & Tim Donst defeated Danny Havoc & Rickey Shane Page. Also, Matt Tremont defended the CZW World Heavyweight Title against Joe Gacy; and Lio Rush defended the CZW Wired Title against John Silver. Continue reading Around The Indys (8/15/16)

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Around The Indys (5/16/16)


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Maryland Championship Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling co-promoted the “Collision Course” event Friday in Joppa, Maryland. In the main event, Jeff Jarrett & The Punk Rock All Stars (Drake Carter & Shaun Cannon) defeated Ken Dixon & The Ecktourage (Dirty Money & Eric Chapel) in a Six Man Tag Team Match.

Also, Nick Aldis defended the GFW Global Title against Brian Myers and Sonjay Dutt defended the GFW NEXGEN Title in a Three Way Match against DJ Z and Lio Rush. Continue reading Around The Indys (5/16/16)

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Around The Indys (12/7/15)


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 Season 15 finale, entitled “Top Banana”, Saturday in Philadelphia. The night ended with Kimber Lee defeating Hallowicked to win the CHIKARA Grand Title.

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Around The Indys (11/23/15)


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Pro Wrestling Syndicate held its “Wrestle Bowl” event Friday in Sayreville, New Jersey. Justin Credible wrestled the final match of his career, facing Tommy Dreamer in a Hardcore Match.

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Around The Indys (10/26/15)


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”.

USA Championship Wrestling promoted an “All-Star Tribute to Lance Russell” Saturday in Jackson, Tennessee. In the main event, Jerry Lawler defeated 71-year-old Terry Funk via disqualification. There was fire.

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Around The Indys (9/14/15)


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”.

Women Superstars Uncensored presented its “Excellence” event in Vorhees, New Jersey Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, the biggest news to come out of this event was an injury. Cherry Bomb suffered a broken collarbone during a match against Candice LeRae, which Cherry Bomb won to retain her WSU World Title. Continue reading Around The Indys (9/14/15)