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Around The Indys – IWC Reloaded,PWM Looks Like We Made It,C4 Fire Walk With Me

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So, I partook in a month’s hiatus but, hey? It’s time to get back on my high horse and ride off into the new year with a new vigor, a new motivation and a new lease on life. Starting my first full year of being the writer of Around the Indy’s I have an obligation to show you The. Very. Best. professional wrestling that you may or may not have heard of. I mean, here you are…sitting there…waiting for me to show some flippy moves and some names that you don’t know so that you know and here I am just waiting for you. WAITING TO SHOW YOU THE GREATEST THAT WRESTLING HAS TO OFFER FOR THE WEEK!

…But first, I partook in a live event last Saturday night and, well, saw a grown man defend his International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) championship against a random opponent and was entertained to the brink when it turned out to be….T-Rex.

“Now, who the hell is T-Rex? Why the hell are you telling me this? I never heard of T-Rex, he seems like a douchebag.” Well, first off…I agree. I mean, the poor bastard didn’t even come out afterwards for an autograph signing or anything. Secondly, he was an actual T-Rex.

I friggin’ love wrestling.

Anyways, the first stop on my neverending trip is to the northern border (and, probably, not one that will be covered by a jumbo wall that we’re going to pay for) and to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in C4’s Twin Peaks inspired “Fire Walk With Me”.

This card was headlined by FOUR championship matches, FOUR!

Due to an injury to Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett had to pick a new partner and chose Lucha Underground’s own Jack Evans to defend their C4 Tag Team Championships against High ‘n Mighty (Johnathan Rukin and Velvet Jones). Honestly, I would love to see more of an Everett/Evans tag team…because those men have created a name for themselves of doing totally insane stuff in that ring.

C4 Wrestling’s Fire Walk With Me January 21st, 2017 EVIL UNO vs. VIKING #c4wrestling @c4wrestling

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And as you can see, Evil Uno walked away with the C4 Underground Championship in a bloody battle! I’ve always loved Super Smash Bros. and really enjoy the heel that Evil Uno has become and would really love to seem him in other places around the United States, because that’s a talent that we need more of. Especially this new…Evil…side of Uno.

 

In C4, the wXw Shotgun Championship was successfully defended by David Starr against Tyson Dux (two of the rising stars of 2017 and names that you should/will know) and, also, in the main event featured Mathieu St. Jacques and Joey Janela fight over the C4 championship, with MSJ coming out on top.

 

Side note: One of my resolutions is to get a passport JUST SO I CAN SEE CANADIAN WRESTLING. Is that wrong? That’s wrong, right? That’s wrong.

Anyways, let us go to the states! The good U.S. of A! Ol’ Glory n’ such! Oh shit, we’re going to New Jersey, aren’t we? You bet we are! Pro Wrestling Magic looked like it was magic as heck with their very musical Looks Like We Made It show (and they did, if they’re on Around the Indy’s).

 

 

One of the weirdest title names I’ve seen in wrestling, The Dark Arts Championship was successfully defended by Everett Cross in a Four Way which featured Sean Maluta, Pinkie Sanchez and (another name that you all should know) Lio Rush.

 

Also, the PMW Women’s championship was successfully defended by Sonya Strong against the equally-talented Thunder Rosa!

 

IT ALSO HAD A TITLE CHANGE! WOO! The PMW’s Championship changed hands from Ricky Martinez to EC Negro! It was so good that it helped EC Negro become Indy Power Ranking’s People’s Champion. So congrats FOR UNLOCKING THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM! (No, seriously, he unlocked a box and became champion. Cool things are happening there).

 

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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 (10/2/16) – One Word Mania!

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Come one, come all! It’s time to strap in tight and take a trip around the Indys. I am your tour guide, Rizz, and our first stop will be in LaSalle, Illinois and at DREAMWAVE Wrestling, where they had their 99th show EVER, Hardcore Halloween.

And the main event of the evening had DREAMWAVE Champion, Prince Mustafa Ali defending his title against Mr. 450. Cody Rhodes defeated the highly talented AR Fox (I would love to see that match, by the way. Big fan of both guys and am kind of jealous). Also, ECW Legend Little Guido defeated, in a slight upset, Joey Ryan. Ariya Daivari defeated Arik Cannon.

Let’s continue in one word federations and go to BELIEVE! In the main event, Rhett Giddins successfully defended his SCW Florida Heavyweight Championship against both Josh Hess and Mike Reed in a three way match. Thea Trinidad was there and successfully took on Raquel, as well. Then Teddy Sigma defeated Li Bryan.

 

What? You want ANOTHER ONE WORD WRESTLING COMPANY?! WELL, HERE YOU GO! IT’S BEYOND WRESTLING! I just realized that there are a lot of one word wrestling promotions…and they ALL were on this weekend.

Beyond Wrestling had two events in one night, the first one was called Midas Touch and featured a main event that featured John Silver defeating Michael Elgin in a one-on-one match. Then, Joey Janela and Jonathan Gresham made ME wish I was in Somerville, Massachusetts because, well, that match alone looked like a main event.

 

 

OR! How about the ending to the Deonna Purrazzo and Sonya Strong match?! OR HOW ABOUT TESSA BLANCHARD DEFEATING RICOCHET?!  ROH’S WAR MACHINE DEFEATING DA HIT SQUAD! This is a stacked card! Stacked! And there was another show on after that!

The American Destroyers (Donovan Dijak and Mikey Webb) defeated Heidi Lovelace and Kimber Lee (which are an amazing pair, by the way and I would love to see more of that team). Also, Jordynne Grace defeated Nevaeh and in the main event Keith Lee defeated Brian Milonas.

Also, Beyond Wrestling needs saved (again). They have started a GoFundMe page. I’ve personally watched many YouTube videos sitting in Pittsburgh, PA thinking to myself that Beyond Wrestling looks like a unique wrestling venue and The Armory  looks like it was made to be for Beyond Wrestling. That place is always filled to the gills and now thanks to Donovan Dijak, we won’t be able to hear!

Right now, they have $895 of their $1,900 goal on the first day and still need your help in getting a new soundboard and, well, it’s Dijak’s fault…but you’re going to help him pay for an expensive cup of water so he can throw it at another sound board. And we will see YOU right back here going around the Indys!

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Around The Indys (6/6/16)

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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”.

Game Changer Wrestling held its “Tournament Of Survival” event Sunday in Howell, New Jersey, and this happened.

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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 (4/11/16)

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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 (3/28/16)

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Combat Zone Wrestling held its “Dojo Wars Mega Event 2″ Friday in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. In the main event, Brittany Blake defended the CZW Medal Of Valor Title against YUTA in a Best Two Out Of Three Falls Match. Also, Drew Gulak defeated The Preacher.

Saturday, Combat Zone Wrestling held its “Proving Ground” event. In the main event, Matt Tremont defended the CZW World Heavyweight Title against Devon Moore in a Barbed Wire Boards & Taipei Death Match.

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Around The Indys (2/29/16)

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OMEGA and Big Time Wrestling co-promoted an event Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the main event, Matt Hardy defended the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Ethan Carter III in a Steel Cage Match. Also, Jeff Hardy & Shane Helms defeated CW Anderson & Danny Miles, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated The Powers Of Pain (The Barbarian & The Warlord) in a Tornado Tag Team Steel Cage Match, Scott Steiner defeated BTW Heavyweight Champion Flex Armstrong and Trevor Lee defended the TNA X-Division Title against Caleb Konley. Continue reading Around The Indys (2/29/16)

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Around The Indys (2/15/16)

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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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Around The Indys (1/4/16)

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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla helds its “Lemmy” event Saturday in Reseda, California. In the main event, Roderick Strong defend the PWG World Title against Chris Hero. Also, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Akira Tozawa and Adam Cole defeated Mike Bailey.

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