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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 (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 (9/4/16)

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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”.

 

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 (8/8/16)

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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”.

House Of Hardcore held its “HOH XVI” event Saturday in Pasadena, Texas. In the main event, Mickie James & Tommy Dreamer defeated Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks in a Mixed Death Tag Team Match. Also, Billy Gunn defeated Lance Hoyt; and MVP defeated Moose. Continue reading Around The Indys (8/8/16)

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Around The Indys (6/13/16)

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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 62″ event Friday in Ybor City, Florida. In the main event, Drew Galloway & Ethan Carter III defeated Johnny Gargano & TJP in a Tag Team Street Fight. Also, Timothy Thatcher defended the EVOLVE Title against Chris Hero and Matthew Riddle defeated Cedric Alexander. Continue reading Around The Indys (6/13/16)