Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Upcoming IWA-Mid South events

Full list of upcoming events and matches...

***THIS FRIDAY! 3/2 - Plainfield, IN
Capital Sports Center
1915 Gladden Road
-Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli - Much-anticipated TPI rematch
-The Iron Saints vs. The Basham Brothers
-Drake Younger vs. Insane Lane - IWA Deathmatch Championship
-Josh Abercrombie vs. Brandon Thomaselli - IWA World Lightheavyweight Title
-Ian Rotten vs. Freak Show - Stips TBA
-Jack Thriller vs. Tarek the Great - Grudge Match
-Tony Kozina vs. Billy Roc 2 more matches!

***3/31 - Midlothian, IL
Don Preston Rec Center
14500 Kostner Avenue
-CJ Otis vs. Drake Younger - Last Man Standing

***4/14 - Shelbyville, IN - *Fundraiser show*
Southwestern Consolidated Schools
3406 West 600 S - fundraiser for the senior class
-Demolition Ax vs. Bull Pain
-Honky Tonk Man vs. Mitch Ryder
-Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs. Ian Rotten

***4/22 - San Antonio, TX - "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
800 Lexington Ave
-Necro Butcher vs. Homicide
-Low Ki vs. Hotstuff Hernandez
-Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong

***4/28 afternoon - Midlothian, IL
Don Preston Rec Center
14500 Kostner Avenue
-Ian Rotten vs. Steve Corino - stips TBD

***5/25 & 5/26 - Midlothian, IL - Candido Cup Tag-Team Tournament
Don Preston Rec Center
14500 Kostner Avenue
*2 night, 16 team tournament for the vacant IWA Tag-Team Championship*
-Ian Rotten & Mickie Knuckles
-The Iron Saints (Vito & Sal Thomaselli)
-North Star Express (Ryan Cruz & Darin Corbin)
-Tracy Smothers & Ricky Morton
-Backseat Boyz (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere)
-SATs (Joel & Jose Maximo)
-All Money is Legal
-Chris Bosh & Scott Lost
-2.0 (Jagged & Shane Matthews)
-BLK OUT (Joker & Sabian)
-BJ Whitmer & Davey Richards 4 more teams to be announced.

***6/22 & 6/23 - "2007 King of the Death Matches" - Plainfield, IN
Capital Sports Center
1915 Gladden Road
Announcements coming soon!

***6/30 - Philadelphia, PA - New Alhambra (ECW Arena)
Corner of Swanson & Ritner
-Drake Younger vs. Hotstuff Hernandez
-Davey Richards vs. Chris Hero

***9/28 & 9/29 - "2007 Ted Petty Invitational"

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"Test" comments, MMA legal in PA, Mistico tryout, Pain reliever sponsors Mania, Smackdown spoilers, The Battle for PPV supremacy, more

By Art Shimko

-- The former Test aka Andrew Martin left some interesting comments on his Myspace page regarding his recent release: Just want to thank you fans for the last year...I love to hear you boo me. I always said I would get out of wrestling when it wasn't fun anymore....and that's what i did. Don't get me wrong I still love wrestling, I always will but right now the WWE is not for me but no sour grapes I had some fun up until a month ago when the politics kicked in like they always do and at first ECW was so much fun, I can only imagine it when it was the real ecw but when Paul Heyman left ecw left with him..what was left of it. Sorry if I let any of you fans down but I needed to leave there for to all the fans thanks again- what's funny about that message is that Test was fired according to and other online reports, and his headline reads free at last! I just asked for my release from wwe and got it! so who knows what the fuck's going on, it could be a case of he-said-they-said bullshit but it was reported in this week's Figure 4 Weekly newsletter [] that Test had failed more than one drug test thus violating the company's Wellness program, he also pissed Vince McMahon off following his ECW TV match against RVD and Lashley and felt Test didn't do much for WWE, certainly he wasn't the only one who felt that way. I'm going with the notion that Test got his dumb ass fired.

-- Saw this on Casey's Old Country Times blog, news that I'm certainly psyched for... reports that MMA has been legalized in Pennsylvania after a meeting with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission to remove the ban and begin writing the regulations. An online petition with 950 electronic signatures was submitted to the PSAC thus holding the meeting to hold MMA-style events eventually using the unified rules adopted by other athletic commissions throughout the U.S. There are already amateur muay thai events at the New Alhambra Arena in South Philadelphia so Philadelphia, along with Pittsburgh would be top markets for UFC to hit in the future.

-- As reported by Mistico arrived in San Jose last night for the Smackdown tapings in San Jose but did not do a dark match, rather he did a tryout match backstage for the agents.

-- Smackdown spoilers from San Jose

-- Over-the-counter pain reliever 360 OTC is sponsoring Wrestlemania this year, you could find other better pain killers... er, pain relievers to sponsor a wrestling show. As a part of the deal WWE's logo will be on NASCAR racer Jeremy Mayfield’s No. 36 Toyota Camry in the upcoming 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

-- Wrestlers to square off in Xbox 360 battle

-- The Detroit Free Press has an interview with Robert Remus AKA Sgt. Slaughter talking about his job as a road agent, discusses his Wrestlemania memories and if he could he'd love to wrestle The Rock and Vince McMahon.

-- Jay & Mark Briscoe MAN UP~!!!

-- Euan Taylor reviews Pride 33.

-- Extreme Fight on for Pay-Per-View Crown

-- Jason MacDonald and Rich Franklin need one win for a title shot

-- Wrestling Takes Top Cable Spot

-- Un-retired and facing a 'giant'

-- Henderson secures second Pride title
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Oliver Newman interviews ROH Ring Announcer Bobby Cruise

My interview with ROH Ring Announcer Bobby Cruise By Oliver Newman

ON: Me

BC: Bobby Cruise

ON: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview Bobby

BC: No problem at all Oliver

ON: For the readers who are unaware of who Bobby Cruise is and what he is about, could you give them a little background information?

BC: Well, I have been an announcer in the wrestling business since the spring of 1994. In "real life", I am a sales representative for a beer wholesaler. I grew up in a really small town in south eastern Massachusetts, so small that the high school covered two other towns as well.

ON: Were you a Wrestling fan growing up? If so who was your favourite Wrestler/s?

BC: I was a fan growing up, the UHF station out of Boston had the WWF on every Saturday morning and I was always watching. My favourite wrestler when I first started watching was Rocky Johnson, he was great.

ON: Who was your favourite announcer/s?

BC: There is no doubt that as far as ring announcers went, it was Howard Finkel. He is the ultimate pro wrestling ring announcer. For play-by-play and colour commentary, I grew up with Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, they were incredible together.

ON: Was their a defining moment, growing up when you thought I want to be in the Wrestling Business as an Announcer?

BC: I'm not sure there was one actual moment. I do know that as I became a teenager, I wanted to be a ring announcer. Even then, I focused a lot on what the ring announcer's were doing and the job they did. I always had a big interest in the actual production of the shows.

ON: How did you go about becoming an Announcer, when you were trying to break into the business?

BC: In high school, I played basketball my first three years, but baseball was really my thing and something I excelled at. I had done a bit of play-by-play work for the local cable access station and then during my senior year, the girl's basketball coach asked me if I was interested in doing the public address announcing for the girls games that year. I did it and I really enjoyed it.

Even after graduating, I came back to announce the games during the basketball season. Right around when I turned 21, I decided to send letters to the local New England independent promotions about doing some ring announcing for them. I figured that since I was a wrestling fan, and I enjoyed doing the public address work, I would try and combine the two.

ON: Can you explain to the readers the trials and tribulations of trying to break into the Wrestling Business as a Ring Announcer?

BC: I was actually very lucky. A couple of the promotions got back to me, and one of them was based less than a half hour from where I lived. They invited me to come down and announce a couple of matches as an audition. The good thing for me was that they needed a ring announcer. A wrestler who was injured at the time had been doing it.

I did a couple of matches on that first event and they called me a few days later and offered me the spot. Like I said, I was lucky and it must be tough for some people as there is only one ring announcer on a particular event so the odds are not good. Unless someone has a contact or the timing is perfect, it can be tough.

ON: Who was the 1st promotion you announced for and your personal thoughts on both the promotion and your announcing?

BC: The first promotion was called New England Wrestling at the time. They later went on to be called Yankee Pro Wrestling, and today they are Top Rope Promotions, out of Fall River, MA. I remember that I quickly realized this was really different than what was on television.

I had never been to an independent show before I announced my first one. I had to basically teach myself and learn on the run and I think that sometimes that is the best way to learn. Back then, I probably acted like Howard Finkel and sounded like a cheap rip off.

ON: How was the transition from Announcer to Commentator in N.E.W.? Can you tell the readers about the similarities/differences you dealt with?

BC: I actually did both some of the time with New England Wrestling. I really enjoyed doing the play by-play as well. I would do the ring announcing and just hop out and head to the table to do the play-by-play. Back then, I worked with a colour commentator who went by the name Sky King, he also wrestled. I had a blast doing commentary with him and I think we made a good team.

ON: Thoughts on Sky King the Wrestler, Announcer and as a Person?

BC: He reminded me of a mix of Rick Martel and Shawn Michaels. He was cocky as hell but he could get the crowd hating him after about three words. He was the king of the fifteen minute promo, he would not stop. As a commentator, he was great because he knew what he was talking about, and he also added his ring persona to his commentary. I am still friends with him to this day as we are in some fantasy baseball and football leagues together.

ON: Which other promotions were you involved in during the early days of your career?

BC: Beside New England Wrestling, I did some work for a promotion called the AWF in Massachusetts. A few years later I announced for the EWA out of Maine as well as Steve Corino's PWF in Pennsylvania.

ON: Thoughts on N.E.W. as a Wrestling Promotion?

BC: New England Wrestling has now been in business for over twenty years, that's not common on the independents. I met a lot of great people through the company. The promotion itself had a reputation of not having the best wrestlers or the best shows and some of that was valid.

A new owner took over the company over the past couple of years and I think they are starting to get noticed as a legit company. I actually just went to one of their events recently to check things out and hang out with some old friends.

ON: Thoughts on that event, what has changed and what has stayed the same?

BC: The quality of the product in the ring is better than what it used to be. Morale also seemed to be pretty good and that is always important. As far as what has stayed the same, there were still a couple of guys from the first show I announced for them around which is good for the younger guys.

ON: How did you get your start is Atlantic Wrestling Federation?

BC: The person who was the booker for New England Wrestling was no longer a part of the company and he went to join up with the AWF, which was running events every so often. He asked me to go ring announce the events and I probably announced less than ten events for them total.

ON: Thoughts on AWF as a promotion, and thoughts on your time there?

BC: It was a good company with a lot of experience and some talent connections behind it. I enjoyed announcing the shows overall.

ON: You then started working Eastern Wrestling Alliance how did this come about?

BC: Well, Sky King had left New England Wrestling and he joined up with the Eastern Wrestling Alliance in Maine. I ran into him one day and he asked me if I would go up there once a month and do the ring announcing as well as the play-by-play. It was great, a good bunch of people and King and I got reunited as a commentary duo.

ON: As some readers will know you became Steve Corino's personal ring announcer in Ring of Honor, how did you two meet, and your immediate thoughts after meeting Steve Corino for the 1st time?

BC: Right around the time ECW almost stopped, I was doing the booking for Yankee Pro Wrestling. YPW did a lot of shows at school as fundraisers and we were looking at bringing in some different talent. I booked Steve for some events and that is how we first met.

He was easy to deal with and he worked hard every time we brought him in. After a few months, he asked me to go down to Pennsylvania where he was running Premier Wrestling Federation events and I did.

ON: How did you become booker of Yankee Pro Wrestling?

BC: I was there as the ring announcer, as New England Wrestling changed it's name to Yankee Pro Wrestling. The booking spot opened up and the owner asked me if I would do it. So for a while, I did the ring announcing and booking.

ON: Considering the amount of criticism that is aimed at the bookers nowadays, can you explain to the readers your experience as a booker of a Wrestling promotion?

BC: For me it was tough. As a ring announcer or any other member of the talent roster, you show up to events and do your job and that's it. As the booker, you suddenly can't be everyone's buddy and that is a change because you are now in a position where there has to be some sort of discipline within the roster. It's not as easy as establishing a roster and writing stories with angles. There is a lot more that goes into it and it can be tough.

ON: Your thoughts prior to working P.W.F.? (As a Wrestling Promotion)

BC:I could only go by what I had heard. Gino Giovanni, one of the top bad guy personas in New England actually went down there to work for Steve. Corino had taken a liking to him after he saw him at the YPW events. The PWF used some independent talent from the East Coast, as well as some former ECW guys like Corino, CW Anderson, Jack Victory and Justin Credible.

ON: Then you started working for PWF, what were your thoughts on Steve Corino as an owner?

BC: Steve was having a tough time since he was in Japan so often back then. At times, he would actually miss PWF events while being overseas so no matter how hard he tried, it was never easy for him. We had a great locker room though, and Steve knew what directions he wanted to go with storylines etc.

ON: Thoughts on your time in the PWF?

BC: I loved it. The only bad part was that the events were always on Sunday nights and the PWF ran events in Pottstown, PA which was over five hours from where I lived. So I would head down there and announce the shows, get back at sunrise sometimes and then head to my real job. There were a lot of times I did not want to do it just for that reason, but Steve had always been so good to me, so I felt I needed to do it.

ON: Was there any Wrestler/s that you watched in PWF that you thought had the skills to become a huge star one day?

BC: Excluding the already established guys from ECW, I always thought Josh Daniels was excellent. He has done very well since on the East Coast indies and he has done some work with Zero-One in Japan as well.

ON: While announcing at PWF you were spotted by Zero One's General Manager Yoshiuki Nakamura. Your personal thoughts on Nakamura, and your meeting with him?

BC: It was an honour. The PWF had an event called "Vast Energy" when Masato Tanaka and Shinjiro Ohtani came over. At the time Z-1 was looking to run a Pay-per-View in the U.S. and send it back to Japan. They had already booked a ring announcer but Mr. Nakamura liked my work so he had Steve ask me if I would do the backstage interviews in English on the PPV. The show never ended up happening, but Mr. Nakamura did not forget about me a couple of months later.

ON: Indeed in January of 2003 you made your Ring Announcing debut in Z-1. Thoughts on the promotion and your debut show?

BC: What an experience. On Thanksgiving 2002, I got an Instant Message from Steve Corino saying that Zero-One was going to run two USA themed events in Tokyo and they asked for me to be the ring announcer. Both events were at the legendary Korauken Hall. The Z-1 crew from the office to the wrestlers and staff were all great to deal with. On the first night we did a PPV, and then on the next night we did a taping for Samurai TV. Ring announcing in Japan is something I never thought I would do.

ON: Thoughts on the two shows, from a Ring Announcers view? Any stand out matches, you can remember.

BC: Until you actually experience a wrestling event live in Japan, you cannot even grasp the atmosphere and overall feeling. The crowds in Japan are different, very quiet at times but very loud at the right times. On the PPV we did, the match between AJ Styles and Low Ki was one of the best matches I had seen live.

ON: After interviewing Steve Corino recently, I found out he came up with the Infamous ROH introductions. How did you become a part of that, and what were your thoughts on the idea?

BC: He emailed me one night and ran the premise by me. I had never been to or seen an ROH event. Steve told me what he was looking to do as he wanted to return to ROH with something that was so out of the ordinary, the fans would hate him. I had never done an introduction like that before but it was great fun.

ON: My favourite ring introduction was the duelling one with CM Punk, which was genius! Do you have a favourite long ROH introduction?

BC: The first one we did at "Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies" will always be a special one to me. We listed off all of the titles that Steve had won. The one with Punk in New York was a lot of fun too. We did not have any idea that Punk was going to have a rebuttal introduction. The match was a 20 minute draw and I think both intros were just as long!!

Interesting side note: If you watch Steve's walk to the ring for the Punk match, you will see now Senior ROH official Todd Sinclair as one of his young boys.

ON: As a Ring Announcer and at this point a friend of Steve Corino, what were your thoughts on his ROH feud with Homicide?

BC: Brutal. That match at "Bitter Friends" was a great match. Steve lost the hearing in his left ear in that match and I knew right away something was wrong. The realism of the hatred between the two was unmatched. Then they had the Barbed Wire match and it was really tough for me to be out there at ringside and seeing what they were doing to each other. The feud itself was one of ROH's best and I think it will always be remembered that way.

ON: One of my favourite feuds from 2003 was Xavier v John Walters, do you have a personal opinion on this feud?

BC: I did not see a lot of it at due to the fact I came in with Corino in August 2003. Both of those guys are tremendous in the ring. I have known John for several years. I think he told me I announced his second or third match when he was starting out way back when.

ON: Was there anyone in ROH when you started, that you felt could be a huge star/s one day?

BC: The writing was already on the wall for Punk. He was going through a feud with Raven at the time and you could just tell that he had "it." Samoa Joe was just becoming the Samoa Joe that ROH fans love and we all know that he has done pretty well for himself.

ON: You started working for the Z-1/PWF promotion, Pro Wrestling World 1 in Feb 2004, how did that come about?

BC: Steve Corino stopped running the PWF due to his wrestling schedule. After a while, he started Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 and he asked me to come on board.

ON: Thoughts on the merger between the two?

BC: It was seamless, it did not feel like a merger. The PWF titles were kept around in WORLD-1. Steve had an ownership stake in both companies.

ON: Thoughts on PWW-1 as a Promotion and differences between it and PWF?

BC: A lot of the talent was the same. There were some rule differences such as the old NWA rule about getting disqualified if you threw someone over the top rope. There was a twenty count on the floor and referees could give out yellow and red cards for rule breaking.

ON: The Wrestling Channel launched in March 2004, and you are the Host of the ROH Show, how did this come about?

BC: ROH came to me and told me about the show and asked me to host it and I have done it ever since. Hosting the show has been a blast and man, is there some funny stuff on the raw footage due to my screw ups!!

ON: What are your personal thoughts on the Wrestling Channel?

BC: I think it's a great thing. TWC Fight as I believe they are now known seems to offer something for everyone and I hope it is successful.

Bobby Cruise's perspective on ROH part one:

ON: Thoughts on Ricky Steamboat's feud with CM Punk in ROH?

BC: I think I caught the tail end of it. One thing I do remember was one of the Boston shows I announced where he hit Punk with the Steamboat press from the top, which brought back some memories.

ON: Thoughts on matches that made ROH (Some say), the trilogy between CM Punk v Samoa Joe?

BC: I would agree there, at least the matches I saw when I started with the company. There have been so many great matches in the company's history that it is very tough to pick a few. Joe v Kenta Kobashi is another one though as it gained ROH international recognition.

ON: In 2004 the rise of Austin Aries to the top started, it also culminated at Final Battle 2004. Your thoughts on Aries pre and post ROH Champ (As a person and a Wrestler)?

BC: I can still hear the crowd reaction when Aries pinned Joe in Philadelphia. I was not around for the beginning of "Generation Next", but looking back it was a great concept. Aries stepped up as the leader of the group and eventually became ROH World Champion. I think Austin was in a very tough spot as anyone who followed Joe as the champion was going to be, it was inevitable.

I would definitely say that Aries' title reign was successful overall. For a while, he was the trainer for the ROH Wrestling School and he was always watching his students in the ring during pre-show matches. He really seemed to care about their progress. He's a good guy with a ton of talent, and he's still young.

ON: Thoughts on Samoa Joe's historic 21 month run as ROH World Champion?

BC: Incredible. Once again, I was not there from the beginning but the part I saw was unreal. This was not the same guy I saw in 2001 in the PWF, he had improved so much on all levels. Joe worked his ass off each night and the fans knew it. Samoa Joe made the ROH World Title into what it became and I cannot say enough good things about him.

ON: Thoughts on Mick Foley's impact on ROH?

BC: Mick had a big impact on ROH. Mick said what he wanted to say, and when he took the microphone at an ROH event and put over the wrestlers and the matches he saw, he meant it. He added credibility to the ROH product.

ON: Thoughts on returning home to Mass as ROH Ring Announcer?

BC: It was a big thrill. At that point, I was not doing much announcing at all, by my choice. I wanted to cut my schedule way back when my second daughter was born. When ROH contacted me because they needed someone to fill in for a Boston area show, I took it.

ON: Thoughts on the ROH shows held there?

BC: The ROH shows were loaded with talent and the shows had unmatched arena production for an independent. The lighting and personalized canvas and guardrails were things that stuck out to me right away.

ON: Personal thoughts on fans favourite ROH show 'Manhattan Mayhem' was it as good as they say?

BC: Yes I think so. It was ROH's first event in the New Yorker so it was special. Jay Lethal v Joe for the ROH Pure title, the CM Punk/Jimmy Rave feud and the main event tag with The Rottwiellers vs. Joe & Lethal were all great on that show.

ON: Thoughts on CM Punk winning the ROH World Title on his 'last' night with the Company?

BC: Totally fooled. That whole thing was a stroke of genius. The reaction when he won the title was only surpassed during his post-match promo when he delivered his cryptic message. That night through his real last night with the company in Chicago was some of the best stuff I've seen in ROH.

ON: Thoughts on CM Punk's run with the ROH World Title?

BC: It was unpredictable. Since he won it on the night everyone thought he was leaving, every time he defended it could have been the match where he lost it. People were unsure about the whole deal and he and the company did a great job keeping this quiet.

ON: Thoughts on CM Punk's impact on Ring of Honor?

BC: It was huge. I think Punk had just as big of an impact on ROH as ROH had on his career. Punk and Gabe worked some magic together and it was truly good. Punk is old school in that he has great psychology, but he is also innovative in the ring. A great mind for the business and hopefully a very bright future in it.

I think he has done really well. He was a part of a main event level match at Survivor Series and I saw that he went for about a half hour in the recent Royal Rumble. Hopefully things will go well for him, he deserves it. He certainly seems to be quite the favourite with the ECW fans.

ON: Thoughts on James Gibson's impact on ROH?

BC: I think he had a great impact on ROH. He came in, basically looking to get his career going again and he won the fans over right away with his effort and grit. When he won the ROH World Title, he was genuinely touched by it and it showed.

ON: Thoughts on James Gibson's ROH World Title run?

BC: It was short but productive. His title matches were all very good and as I said, the crowd took to him right away so that helped. He worked hard every night.

ON: Thoughts on Bryan Danielson's run as ROH World Champion?

BC: I did not think I would see another run like Joe's again but Bryan did it. He had so many memorable title defences and what he did after suffering that shoulder injury is totally remarkable. He is no doubt one of the best around and fans worldwide know it.

ON: Thoughts on the historic Samoa Joe v Kenta Kobashi match?

BC: Easily one of the best atmospheres I have ever been a part of. The New Yorker ballroom was jammed with people and it was great. The match itself was awesome! They beat the hell out of each other and they were both spent after the match. As far as I know, it is still ROH's all-time top selling DVD and that is saying something.

ON: Thoughts on Dragon Gate stars showing up in ROH for the Wrestlemania Triple Shot, and thoughts on the whole weekend?

BC: The Dragon Gate guys are awesome, the whole crew. The six-man match they had in Chicago is still talked about today and it was a highlight in 2006 overall. The guys are coming back over for the ROH events in Detroit at the end of March and I am looking forward to it.

ON: How did the invitation to Dragon Gate come about?

BC: ROH had some of the stars of Dragon Gate in for the big triple shot last March. Before the last night in Chicago, Mr. OJI from the Dragon Gate office came up to me and told me that they liked my announcing and that they wanted me to go to Japan to announce for them. I was really honoured.

ON: What was it like announcing for Dragon Gate, how was it different then Z-1?

BC: There actually was not a big difference. Much like Z-1, Dragon Gate had me ring announce the shows solo as they wanted a different look from their normal events. We did five WrestleJAM events in and around Tokyo in five days so we were busy. The Dragon Gate ring announcer, Mr. Kikuchi announced with me as far as public address announcements and welcoming the fans each night. After that, it was just me for the ring intros.

ON: What were your thoughts on the WrestleJam premise? Can you explain what it was to the readers….

BC: Dragon Gate wanted to combine the talents of Japanese, American and Mexican wrestlers and the different styles. That's where the JAM came in. I thought it was a great idea as it gave them something different than their normal events. Last I heard, JAM is supposed to be a yearly event.

ON: Thoughts on the shows?

BC: They were all very entertaining. Dragon Gate did a really good job of matching guys up and there were some dream matches that took place as well. Aries and Strong defended the ROH tag titles twice during the five days, thus making them World tag titles.

Bobby Cruise's perspective on ROH part two::

ON: ROH made great strides in 2006, the highlight for me was the ROH UK shows, I was there live at the Liverpool show. When was it decided to come to England, and what were your immediate thoughts?

BC: I remember being at a New York City television studio on a very cold February morning last year and Cary Silkin came up to me and told me we were close to running in the UK. It was a huge step for the company. It was a great experience and it was a great trip for the company as a whole.

To be able to announce return dates right away which was huge and I think the acceptance of ROH by the UK fans has been awesome. I am really looking forward to heading back to the UK and doing the two events in the Liverpool Olympia. I am actually flying over the day after my birthday so I'll have to have a UK version birthday party.

ON: Thoughts on ROH Liverpool (August's) Fan Slam?

BC: I thought it went very well. It was a great opportunity for the UK fans to meet the ROH wrestlers and staff. The Q & A's seemed to go well for the most part and it had a great turnout.

ON: With that show came a consistent Wrestling show with two tremendous matches, Austin Aries/Roderick Strong v The Briscoe's and Bryan Danielson v Nigel McGuiness. Your thoughts on these matches and the card?

BC: Aries & Strong made the ROH tag titles into World tag titles, and the Briscoe's returned in 2006 in a big way. Their match that night was incredible and all four guys gave it their all. Aries suffered an injury during the match and who would have really known.

As for the title for title match between Danielson and McGuiness, all I can say is that Nigel stepped up huge in that match. The atmosphere was awesome for his entrance and everything that followed. Nigel proved that night, if he had not done so already, that he is a big time player in ROH and one of the best. As for Danielson, I don't know what I can say that has not already been said. The guy is amazing and just do damn good.

ON: How did your tryout in World Wrestling Entertainment come about?

BC: I got a call in early September asking me to go out to Oklahoma for a set of tapings later that month.

ON: What were your immediate thoughts after the phone call?

BC: It was good to get the call, no question. Working for the WWE is basically the only thing I had not done yet in my announcing career. I was a little torn right away because I knew if it worked out, my time with ROH would end and with as good as ROH has been to me, I felt kind of bad about it. But, I owed it to myself and my girls to look into it and I am glad I followed through with it.

ON: Another fans favourite show is ROH Glory By Honor 5 Night 2, you were there live, did it live up to hype?

BC: Oh ya, the debut show for ROH at the Manhattan Centre. That show may very well have been the best top to bottom ROH show I have seen. The action in the ring was incredible, and then you add the Bruno Sammartino appearance and the altercation between Joe and Morishima. The event was excellent!!

ON: Thoughts on your tryout on WWE Heat (September 29th 2006)?

BC: I thought it went well. The first one was in Oklahoma City. I did some prep work during the afternoon, making sure I saw everyone I needed to see and making sure I had all the right info on guys etc.... Obviously, they have state of the art sound there so I thought I came across as a little too loud at first so I wanted to tone it down a bit.

ON: So they must have had interest because you were invited back again, thoughts on your 2nd appearance?

BC: Ya, I got a call a couple of days after I got back from Oklahoma. They asked me how I thought things went and they agreed so they asked me to go out a month later to Chicago & St. Louis. I would change things if I could from the HEAT in Chicago. After feeling I was too loud in Oklahoma, I pulled back too much in Chicago and aside from the first match, I did not like the rest of the announcing I did that night.

ON: Thoughts on your experience on the whole with the WWE?

BC: I really enjoyed it overall. The people I dealt with in the office treated me great, as did the people I dealt with at the arenas. The three ring announcers there were also great with me and helpful along the way. Their arena production and television production are unmatched in the industry. They know where to find me if they need someone and hopefully I will be able to do some fill-in work for them down the road. I would welcome to opportunity to work with the people I worked with there once again.

Bobby Cruise's perspective on ROH part three:

ON: Thoughts on Homicide finally reaching the ROH pinnacle?

BC: It was certainly well deserved. I wrote a column for the ROH site after Punk left that ROH had three icons: Punk, Joe and Homicide. The scene at the Manhattan Centre when and after he won the title was awesome. You could just see how happy the locker room was for him and how much it meant to him.

ON: Samoa Joe leaving ROH! Really Unfortunate. But a legacy that no one will ever match. Immediate thoughts when you heard the announcement?

BC: This is a tough one. I was not surprised when the announcement was made because there have been rumours for a while. Joe has meant so much to ROH, there is no way to measure it.

Did this have to happen? I think arguments can be made both ways so there is no point in getting into that. I hope the ROH fans don't treat these last shows for Joe as just farewell shows, I'd rather see them viewed as a celebration of his ROH career and all that he did in it.

ON: The Samoa Joe farewell tour was announced, it will end in Liverpool and begins next weekend v Takeshi Morishima! Thoughts on this huge match!?

BC: Huge is the word. They had a confrontation at the Manhattan Centre before and now it will explode in the ring. I think the ROH fans are really, really looking forward to this match. Joe loves to fight and he will have his hands full and them some with Morishima.

ON: The next match of the tour is against one of the top up and comers in Pro Wrestling in 2007 Davey Richards, could you share your personal thoughts on Davey and the match?

BC: Davey has certainly made a splash since landing in ROH. One of the stiffest kickers I have seen. It remains to be seen how big of a 2007 Davey Richards will have but I think he will be given every opportunity to succeed. That match will be one of the hardest hitting matches in a while. Davey's got a huge chance here to get one over on an ROH icon and jump into main event status just like that. Joe is a man filled with pride and he knows exactly what Davey will be looking to do, I don't expect Joe to be one-upped.

ON: Thoughts on WWE as we stand in Feb 2007?

BC: Obviously, the WWE is number one in this business and they have been for a long time. I know some fans get frustrated by the WWE at times but I think they try and offer something for everyone and that is very hard to do. I can say that after spending four days with them at tapings, there is no lack of effort by any member of their team.

The people there work tirelessly to try and put out the best product they can and like anything else, not everything works. There is not a baseball team that goes 162-0, or a basketball team that goes 82-0. Perfection is not realistic, although they certainly try. Like I mentioned earlier, their production cannot be matched.

ON: Thoughts on TNA?

BC: Tough one here as I don't actually see a lot of it. They are still here and they are on national television so they have to be doing something right. There is a lot of talent down there, no doubt. It will be interesting to see what their next step is whether it is going to a two-hour show as has been rumoured, or getting out on the road with house shows. This should be an interesting year for them.

ON: Thoughts on ROH as we stand in 2007?

BC: It's a very interesting and at the same time, exciting time for ROH. Last year was a huge year for the company with the March triple shot, debuting internationally and debuting at the Manhattan Centre as some highlights. It will be tough to top 2006, but that is what I was thinking after 2005, and it got topped. It will be interesting to see who steps up on the roster if some slots higher up on the card open up. Of course, we have the UK return coming up and the Japan debut announced and those are both huge. I think 2007 is a critical year for the company and I think everyone is ready for the challenge.

ON: Joe's last match takes place in Liverpool, England come March 4th, with a To Be Announced opponent, who do you think it will be and who do you want it to be?

BC: I have no idea who it will be, not even a guess. It will be interesting to see if we find out before March 4th or if we a find out at the Liverpool Olympia that night. No matter who it is, I am sure it will be an emotional night, just like Joe's last U.S. shows for ROH will be.

ON: Your personal thoughts going into ROH's return to the UK?

BC: I am really looking forward to it. I enjoyed my first UK tour last summer. For the company, I hope everything goes as well as the first tour and we can come back later this year. Having two events back-to-back in the same building is going to be great as it's an awesome building and talent and fans alike can get into the area and not have to worry about travelling in between shows. Hopefully, the ROH FanSlam on Saturday will be a big hit again.

ON: Word Association?

BC: Sure.

ON: Ring Announcers first,

ON: Lilian Garcia?

BC: Lilian was awesome to deal with when I did the WWE work. She was so helpful and so easy to talk to about things and any questions I had. I have a lot of respect for her as she has turned herself into a heck of a ring announcer, besides her obvious singing skills. Also, her interaction with the fans is awesome. She really loves doing what she does.

ON: Howard Finkel?

BC: He is the best ring announcer I have seen. I grew up watching him and he was the epitome of professionalism. I learned so much just from watching him. He's a legend who I am sure will be a Hall of Famer sooner rather than later.

ON: Steven De Angelis?

BC: Like a lot of people, I first saw Steven while watching ECW. He was always good to deal with when I was doing the "Corino intros" and I was happy to see that he was able to announce the "ECW One Night Stand" PPV's.

ON: Tony Chimel?

BC: I think Tony is awesome. He has been with the WWE for years and he was also great to deal with. I think he is an excellent ring announcer and he still has a lot of fun doing his job. One of the funniest people I met last fall.

ON: Justin Roberts?

BC: Justin is doing very well for himself. I met him for the first time last fall and he seemed like a really good guy. I was happy to see he got his "own show" last year when the company put him on ECW.

ON:'Mean' Gene Okerlund?

BC: Another legend. I grew up watching him do all of the interviews about upcoming events in the area. He was very smooth and always entertaining.

ON: Now onto Wrestlers.

ON: Paul London?

BC: I first met Paul during my first tour with Z-1 in Tokyo. One of the nicest guys you could meet, and of course very talented. I am really happy to see him doing so well now.

ON: AJ Styles?

BC: Another guy I met for the first time on the Z-1 tour. He is obviously extremely talented in the ring. AJ can bring an intensity that you don't see everyday and it's impressive. He's a big star where he is and he is still young.

ON: Chris Daniels?

BC: A total professional. He is so respected by everyone. One of the top guys for two companies which says something. He is a hell of a wrestler, but he can also be a great entertainer as well if the moment calls for it.

ON: Kurt Angle?

BC: Obviously, he is one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation. I have never met him so I can just go by what I have seen of him in the ring but he is a machine. Still, one of my favourite things about him is how he won a gold medal with a broken neck. I am not a big amateur wrestling fan at all, but to just think about what that takes, in the Olympics of all places is just awesome!

ON: Bret Hart?

ON: Mick Foley?

BC: Mick Foley is awesome. His story is part of what is good about the wrestling business. He grew up wanting to be a wrestler, and in the end he did very well for himself. Mick is one of the nicest guys I have met in the business. He helped me out big time a few years ago when I ran a benefit show for a young boy with cancer. Mick drove up from Long Island to appear at the event and helped us raise over $9,000 to help the boy's family with medical bills. A true class act!

ON: Chris Benoit?

BC: Another one of the great technicians of our time. I was happy to see him get his chance to shine and did he ever take advantage of it. His match with Angle in 2003 was incredible and it's great to see him back in action.

ON: Ricky Steamboat?

BC: Another legend that was an asset to ROH. He took the time to talk to wrestlers on a one-on-one basis or together as a group when he appeared at ROH events. He was very easy to talk to and he just knows so much. When I saw him last fall, he took the time to ask how things were going in ROH and how everyone was doing.

ON: Chris Sabin?

BC: I only dealt with him in person a couple of times when he came in for ROH but he seemed like a really good guy, easy going. He's got a ton of talent and he is another guy that is still young so his future is bright.

ON: Shelton Benjamin?

BC: A world of talent and of course, a great amateur background. It seems like his reuniting with Charlie Haas has gotten great reviews so hopefully they can recapture some of the magic they had as a team before.

ON: Charlie Haas?

BC: See above basically. He's a well respected guy who hopefully can reach the level that a lot of people think he can.

ON: Low Ki?

BC: Intense. I could stop there. Ki has done some things I never thought I would see in a ring. He's innovative, athletic, aggressive and demanding of himself. He is one of the best in the world.

ON: Naomichi Marufuji?

BC: I enjoyed when he came over and competed in ROH. It seems like he is becoming a bigger star in Japan every day and by all accounts, he deserves it.


BC: He reminds me of Ki in so many ways. Those kicks are nasty and "Go To Sleep" is gross. I think as time went on, he became more and more comfortable in ROH and I for one, hope he returns sometime this year.


BC: I will be seeing Pac for the first time in Liverpool, although I have heard nothing but rave reviews about him.

ON: Jonny Storm?

BC: I did my second tour of Z-1 with Johnny. He's a great guy that is very entertaining. It was really good seeing him again last August in the UK.

ON: Doug Williams?

BC: A former ROH Pure Champion, I have always enjoyed seeing Doug compete. He will be returning to ROH in April and the fans are happy about it.

ON: Spud?

BC: You got to love that little guy. He flies around, has fun doing it and he is one of the funniest people I've met in the business.

ON: The Briscoe's?

BC: They had a huge 2006 with their ROH return and they did not disappoint. I think 2007 will be there year if they can stay healthy.

ON: Vince McMahon?

BC: There is really nothing I can say that has not been said. A mastermind for sure and a main reason why we are talking about wrestling right now. As for me, I talked to him briefly when I was there last fall and he was great with some good feedback I happened to agree with.

ON: Best ROH match thus far according to Bobby Cruise?

BC: Yikes, that's not easy. I guess I'd have to go with Joe vs. Kobashi for several reasons. First, it was a great match. The atmosphere was incredible and it meant so much to ROH as a company as it seemed to really get things going with Pro Wrestling NOAH.

ON: Advice for aspiring Ring Announcers, who may be reading?

BC: I would say first of all observe the good ones. You can't go wrong by going to a WWE taping and watching any of their three ring announcers. If you find a good one on the indies, do the same. Then try and network with people and find an opportunity, timing is key.

Once you have a spot somewhere, just realize what the role of a ring announcer is. An event is about the guys in the ring, not a ring announcer so just do your job while staying out of the limelight.

Bobby Cruise's perspective on ROH part four (final part):

ON: Thoughts on Samoa Joe v Morishima live, did it live up to the hype in your opinion?

BC: I had never seen Morishima so I was not quite sure what to expect. I think the matched definitely lived up to the hype as the NYC fans seemed to eat it up.

ON: ROH has a new World Champion in Takeshi Morishima! What were your immediate thoughts after watching him defeat Homicide?

BC: My first thought was: WOW. Morishima was unstoppable in that match and he really made a statement. I think what he did following the match was somewhat uncalled for as he basically blew off anyone that wanted to congratulate him.

ON: Thoughts on Davey Richard's biggest ROH match to date v Joe live?

BC: Two of the hardest kickers I have seen and they certainly unloaded on each other. Davey has a big chance right now in ROH and his match with Joe was a good step for him.

ON: ROH also has New World Tag Team Champions in The Briscoe's, what were your thoughts on the match they contested against Matt Sydal & Chris Daniels?

BC: The Briscoe's had a huge 2006 as I mentioned earlier and I expect them to have a bigger 2007. They got a huge win in Chicago when they defeated Sydal & Daniels. The Briscoe's have wanted the ROH World tag titles since they came back to ROH and it will be interesting to see who can step up and challenge them.

ON: Homicide's impact as ROH Champion?

BC: I think just Homicide holding the title, as brief as reign as it was, was something that was he was totally deserving of. He is an ROH original and one of the most respected and well-liked guys we have.

ON: Sydal & Daniels impact as ROH Tag Champs?

BC: This was interesting as their alliance came out of mutual respect they gained for each other after facing off in a series of matches. I think they did well with the ROH World tag titles.

ON: Thoughts on Takeshi Morishima & Nigel McGuiness v Samoa Joe & Homicide live?

BC: The atmosphere was awesome and the response Joe received from the fans was great. The match itself was very good with Joe and Morishima facing off once again, Homicide wanting some sort of revenge on Morishima and Nigel once again showing why he is a top guy.

ON: Joe v Homicide is the last match of Samoa Joe's ROH Career!! Joe and Homicide have had a well documented storied past it culminates this Sunday Night! Thoughts on the ROH Icon v ROH MVP?

BC: This match is one of those special things. I have referred to these guys as two of ROH's three original icons (Punk was the other), and now they are facing off in Joe's last match as an ROH regular. I can't wait for this match, I can't wait to see and hear the fans in Liverpool for this match and I can't wait to see the show that Homicide and Joe will put on.

ON: Any websites, you care to mention where fans can keep up with Bobby Cruise happenings and find out more about you?

BC: For ROH, check out & . For me, all my info is at

ON: Any final words for the readers?

BC: Just a big thank you. Without wrestling fans there is no need for wrestling or wrestling ring announcers. We are very lucky at ROH to have some of the most passionate wrestling fans around the world.

ON: Thanks once again Bobby for taking the time out for this interview,

BC: My pleasure Oliver, thank you.

BC: Final Thoughts: All fans attending an ROH Fifth Year Festival events: Get READY!

ON: Final Thoughts: Bobby Cruise is the Marathon man! This whole interview was completed in one sitting. Bobby was a different kind of interview as I have never interviewed a Ring Announcer before. His insight into Professional Wrestling and especially ROH was superb!

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ACW 2/27: Jakes/ Mosca In a Barbwire Match. 1st Time in ACW History!!

Please credit Alan J. Wojcik of if used, thanks.

Tuesday February 27, 2007 Legends of Wrestling presented American Combat Wrestling at Bourbon Street Night Club, 4331 US 19N in New Port Richey.

(1) In a scramble match, Jaison Moore defeated Nick Fame, Shayne Swift and Dany Only of Dogmatika.

What should have been one on one on one on one, quickly turned into everyone beating up Fame. Only followed Fame to the floor where the violence continued as Swift and Moore wrestled. Only and Fame came back to the ring as the fans chanted, “Nick is gay.” Swift tagged in and picked up where Only left off, kicking Fame’s ass all around the ring. Moore followed suit with a T-Bone suplex as Fame couldn’t tag out. Fame got Moore with a superkick and finally tagged out to Only. That didn’t work well for Only as Moore hit Rolling Thunder to the corner and Fame tagged in to deliver a running boot. The action went to the floor where Swift hit his opponents with a springboard plancha. Only got in the ring and then hit his opponents with a baseball slide dropkick. The match came back to the ring where it did become everyone for themselves as they hit each other with high impact moves. Only hit Fame with a Rock Bottom but before he could get the cover Moore dumped Only to the floor. Moore seized this chance to get Fame in the crossface submission.

(2) “The Marquee” Bruce Santee defeated “Mourning Star” Marcus Hall.

Early on this match was about Santee’s strength and Hall doing everything he could to try and avoid it. Hall went to the ring apron after a series of power moves left him gasping for air. Santee went to the ropes to get Hall and that backfired as Hall grabbed Santee’s arm and dropped to the floor. Hall dragged Santee to the floor where he drove Santee’s shoulder and arm into the ringpost. After Hall got Santee in the ring it was an all out assault on the left arm and shoulder. Santee fought out of an armbar submission and hit a flapjack like move. Santee fought back with right hand punches and got the pinfall victory via the deadly Big Dump.

(3) ACW Tag Team champions Sedrick Strong & “Canadian Dream” Joshua Masters (w/Fetish) defeated State Line (ACW Heavyweight champion “Raging Bull” Eddie Taurus & Damien Angel)

Never at a loss for words Strong took the house mic and proclaimed his team the best team to ever wrestle. He took some time to insult the fans and their opponents who are former tag team champions. Angel and Masters were ready to start when Masters demanded Taurus enter the ring. Both men traded armdrags but it was Taurus who took control with a wristlock. Masters countered out into a takeover of his own and focused on Taurus’ wrist. Taurus escaped and hit a series of moves which sent Masters backing to his corner to tag in Strong. Angel tagged in as well and we were at square one. Angel focused on Strong’s arm while Strong focused on getting to the ropes. Strong caught Angel in a side headlock and took it over to the mat. Angel fired back as he got to his feet and hit a spinning head scissor. Taurus and Angel began to gel once more as they worked on Strong’s arm. Their offense ended as Angel went to the ropes and Masters kicked him right in the back. Playing on Taurus’ temper, Masters and Strong kept spitting and shouting insults to bait him in the ring. When this occurred Fetish, Strong and Masters went to work with their illegal maneuvers. Despite their effort Angel refused to be pinned or would he submit. After what seemed like an hour Angel tagged out to Taurus who went on the offensive. State Line was getting ready for a double team move when Fetish shoved Taurus off the top rope. After getting rid of Angel, Masters and Strong hit Taurus with a double team chokeslam to get the pinfall. Taurus needed assistance to the locker room after that move.

(4) In a return match, “Modern Revolution” Steve Madison defeated Shan Hill of the Syndicate via DQ.

Before the bell Hill charged the ring and took it right to Madison with high powered moves that sent Madison to the floor. But Hill quickly went out and brought Madison back into the ring. But the offense stopped when Madison dumped Hill over the ropes and made Hill’s tailbone crash on the ring apron. Madison got on the attack and broke every rule that existed while he worked over Hill’s back. Hill got a sunset flip for two but Madison quickly hit him with a closed punch to the jaw. Madison locked in a rear chinlock but Hill got to his feet and hit a flying forearm. Hill followed with a DVD but his pin attempt never happened as Bruce Santee hit the ring and Madison in retaliation for last week’s screw in the main event. Hill and Santee exchange heated words as Santee tried to get to Madison. After Hill left the ring Santee took the house mic to tell Madison if he wanted to get to the top of ACW he would have to get past “the Marquee.” Madison said he would be ready for a match, but not tonight.

(5) In the 1st ever BarbWire Weapons match in ACW, Dim Bala (formerly LaDuke Jakes) and “Rough House” Ralph Mosca of the Syndicate fought to a no contest.

I quote jigsaw, “Oh yes there will be blood” and there was plenty to be spilled. Dim Bala backed Mosca into a corner and drove the wire right into the back. Dim Bala kept on the attack dragging Mosca’s forehead across the ropes. That opened up a huge gash and Bala kept digging into the wound. The problem was each punch gave Mosca an adrenaline rush which led to a bodyslam and an elbow drop for two. Mosca grabbed his 2x4 (which was wrapped in wire) and cut Bala’s face open. Mosca followed with kendo stick shots to the back and forehead. Mosca got Bala to his feet and backed him into the wire but Bala raked Mosca’s eyes. Bala got Mosca to his feet only to drive the Asiatic Spike into the throat. Mosca fought back with punches and a DVD for two. I think Mosca actually bit a chunk of Bala’s forehead and spit it to the floor. Bala fought back with a chinlock that looked more like a straight out choke. Mosca escaped and went up top hitting a cross body block for two. Bala once again got the choke on but this time Mosca couldn’t fight out of the hold. For some unknown reason referee Billy Dalton ruled the match a no contest. That didn’t stop Dim Bala who performed some sort of voodoo ritual on Mosca unconscious body.

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Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow Memorial Biker Run

Police Escorted Run Led by Scott’s Brother Todd Bigelow

Sunday March 18, 2007

Proceeds will go to Diabetes research

Run begins @ Abigor Choppers

16426 US 19 in Hudson (727) 868-9209 or 247-7473

Bikers will meet @ 10am

Stands up @ 11am heading north to The Ramble Inn

18139 US 19 in Brooksville (352) 597-0052 or (727) 919-1068

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Tickets can be purchased at both locations listed above

There will be complimentary lunch for all those on the run

American Combat Wrestling will hold a show from 130-430pm

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KING OF THE CAGE "Caged Chaos" 3/10

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FIGHTER follows Couture to C-Bus

MMACLASSICS.COM invites fans of all ages to join us along with invited guests on Friday, March 2 @ 7 PM in Columbus, OH at the Drexel Gateway Theater for the Ohio premiere of 'FIGHTER, a documentary' featuring Randy "The Natural" Couture.

Join the UFC Hall of Famer along with a plethora of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters & celebrities as they gather on the eve of his UFC title fight to screen this award winning film.

'FIGHTER, a documentary', looks back to capture a slice of sports history as Randy "The Natural" Couture chases his first Ultimate Fighting World Championship™ Belt. The film documents the early stages of mma in the U.S. with some scenes dating as far back as the early 90's and "takes you deep into the world of Couture… a man who is now considered the personification of everything good about this sport"

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Red Devil Faces Elimination on BodogFight: St. Petersburg

Russian Red Devil Faces Elimination on Episode 3 of BodogFight: St. Petersburg

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2007

The cold war may be over, but the fighting continues in Russia thanks to the hit mixed martial arts TV series BodogFight: St. Petersburg. This week's episode, airing February 27th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television, features two more brutal elimination bouts.

In the first of two heavyweight tilts, hometown hero Roman Zentsov squares off against fearsome Frenchman Kristof Midoux.

The experienced Zentsov will be tougher to bring down than the Berlin Wall, with 70 professional fights under his belt and a strong MMA pedigree. As a member of Russia's famed Red Devil Sport Club, Zentsov trains alongside the likes of undisputed heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

The colorful Midoux, whose motto is "force and honor", will be no pushover. He earned a brown belt in judo at age eight, before going on to become a "4th Dan" Black Belt in Karate Kai Kyokushin. Midoux is also well schooled in Greco Roman wrestling, and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Royce Gracie.

There is no slowing down for the second bout as Oklahoma's Jeremiah "Good Ol' Boy" Constant, who is 4-0 with each win coming via first-round submission, puts his unbeaten record on the line against Arizona's Cain Velasquez. A former bouncer, Velasquez is new to MMA with a 1-0 record, and faces a tough customer in Constant, who trains with Team Quest under top-ranked middleweight Matt Lindland. Find out whether or not Cain is able as these two huge heavyweights trade leather in the ring.

All four fighters vow to leave it all on the mat, with the winners earning the right to compete at BodogFight's April 14th pay-per-view spectacular. "BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, Clash of the Nations" takes place at the ICE Palace in St. Petersburg. Visit for more information.

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Pro Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts news and notes: Late Edition 2/27/07

By Art Shimko

-- In case you haven't seen it on the front page Test was released from WWE today, he hadn't been around for a while as it was reported on several internet sites that Test (Andrew Martin) was suspended for violating the drug policy aka The Wellness Program. If this indeed true then the evidence showed because Test looked (as always) like an inflated veiny jack-off, and if Kelly Kelly hasn't dumped him yet that should be happening at some point unless she's as stupid as her TV character (and honestly, is there REALLY a difference?).

-- Speaking of ECW, tonight's main event is Lashley vs Holly for the ECW title (for the umpteenth time) in a steel cage and you know it doesn't get more "extreme" than a steel cage... also, Vince McMahon shows up, tonight at 10PM EST on SciFi.

-- Chris Benoit will be appearing at an Edmonton Rush lacrosse game on Friday night at the Rexall Place 7PM.

-- WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 was the number 10 top video game rental in Canada last week.

-- Suzanne Grosser-Lauder, mother of former indy wrestler Kurt Lauder, pleaded guilty as an accessory to her son in the 2005 murder of 16-year-old Shanna Poissant on Monday. Lauder, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for second-degree murder last year, had bludgeoned Poissant to death with a weightlifting bar and his mother later helped with cleaning up and destroying evidence of the murder. Suzanne Grosser-Lauder faces life in prison for her role and will be sentenced on 6/22.

-- Big Vision Entertainment will be doing another Ultimate Insiders shoot interview with New Jack hosted by Dr. Keith Lipinski and you can submit questions to by this Friday (3/2) at 3PM EST/12PM PST.

-- Another wrestling attack caught on tape

-- SLAM! Wrestling has an article on the St. Louis Wrestling Hall Of Fame which opened on Saturday to the public at Nick Ridenour's Pro Wrestling Shirt Shop at the South County Mall, inductees on hand included veteran TV ring announcer and color commentator Mickey Garagiola and Larry Matysik, Sam Muchnick's right-hand man and a long-time fixture in the St. Louis wrestling scene, Muchnick, Lou Thesz and Pat )' Conner also were inducted.

-- Kurt Angle was in St. Louis promoting TNA's upcoming Lockdown pay-per-view which takes place on 4/15, during his promotional tour he was practicing in the batting cage with Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

-- Southern wrestling legends like performing in small venues

-- Add Vortekz and Grim Reefer in an ultraviolent TLC match to CZW's 3/10 show.

-- Danny Havoc's latest online wackiness~!

-- There's a report of a wrestling show that took place in Preston (a town in North West England) I assume over the weekend and claimed the show featured "Sgt Slaughter and The Undertaker wrestling in the ring" during a top-rope-real rumble (battle royal/Royal Rumble-type deal??) and that the show was the biggest and best American Wrestling Spectacular ever. First off, Slaughter and the Undertaker?? If you glance at slide presentation of this show you will see someone WHO TRIES TO LOOK like Taker and no sign of Sgt Slaughter... so those obviously were fakes, and that last line about the American Wrestling Spectacular ever? WWE would dispute the promotion's both claims, and yell about copyright infringement, and rightfully so.

-- -- What happened to Cowboy Lang?

-- PWG results from this past Saturday []: Joey Ryan defeated Topgun Talwar; Ronin defeated Ricky Reyes; Karl Anderson defeated Frankie Kazarian; Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley defeated Chris Bosh & Scott Lost; Disco Machine defeated Bino Gambino in a 2/3 falls match; Pac defeated Kevin Steen; El Generico defeated The Human Tornado to become the new PWG World Champion

-- Forget New Jack, Ask Don Frye a question!

-- Mixed martial arts knocks out boxing

-- Liddell-Silva matchup no longer on the cards, UFC rues lost opportunity

-- The Iceman cometh
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Funk's Corner - Gail Kim and The Claw vs The Pop Tarts - Special Referee, Scott D'Amore Now on !BANG! TV

Funk's Corner - Gail Kim and The Claw vs The Pop Tarts - Special Referee, Scott D'Amore Now on !BANG! TV

One of the most exciting wrestling matches produced by !BANG! TV, a Four Girl Tag Team Championship match between Gail Kim and The Claw and The Pop Tarts, Miss Vicki and Lady Kimberly, officiated by TNA's Head Agent, Scott D'Amore is now up on our website at

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The "Pop Tarts have their troubles with Women's Champion, "The Claw," Claudia Reiff and TNA knockout Gail Kim until an astonishing double-cross by Gail Kim on "The Claw" leading to wild finish and an emotional challenge by The Claw to Gail Kim and official referee, Scott D'Amore.

As is the case with all new talent in training at the Funking Conservatory, The "Pop Tarts" are moving in experienced company.

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Wandering Euan's EuTube Extravaganza 27th February 2007: The Best of Puro Wackiness~!

By Euan Taylor

-- Here is the link to this week's WEEE. Let me know what you think.

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By Art Shimko

-- reports that Test has been released and I'm glad because that guy was a waste of time... good riddance to that piece of shit.

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SHOW # 52




NWA Wildside presents Metal Mayhem! Take a trip down memory lane as NWA Wildside brings you some of their most historic and brutal cage matches from their yearly Freedom Fight mega-events! Featuring...

War Games 2001: AJ Styles, Onyx, Air Paris & Mystery Partner vs. Jason Cross, John Phoenix, Adam Jacobs, & Justice managed Jeff G Bailey

Steel Cage Gauntlet for Wildside Heavyweight Title 2002: Adam Jacobs vs. AJ Styles vs. Rick Michaels vs. Rainman vs. David Young vs. Iceberg vs. Scottie Wrenn

War Games 2003: Jeremy V, Jimmy Rave, Onyx, & Hotstuff Hernandez vs. Rainman, Jason Cross, Iceberg, & Justice managed Jeff G Bailey

War Games for the Wildside Tag-Team Titles 2004: Murder 1, Slim J Gabriel, &Altar Boy Luke vs. Todd Sexton, Masada , Rainman, & Azrael managed Jeff G Bailey and a special APPEARANCE by DUSTY RHODES

Approx. Run Time: 2 hours 40 minutes, Format: Windows Media, Screen Size: 480x360


Only $15 for a 30 day pass.....................





SETH DELAY wants a match against PATRICK BENTLEY, and plan to challenge him from the ring on 3/3



And more!!!!!!!!!!

NWA Anarchy TV Report: Episode 52

By: Ca$hflow X

NWA Anarchy TV Report
Episode 52
February 26, 2007

I’d like to pass on a special note to all professional wrestling fans that plan to visit the Nags Head/Kill Devil’s Hill or northeastern corridor of North Carolina , make sure you check out NWA Southern Pro Wrestling, which runs at Ahoskie National Guard Armory. They run on the fourth Saturday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September and November). If you enjoy quality wrestling with a great fan base, this is the place to check out. NWA SPW features a combination of NWA VA , Richmond Lucha Libre, Vanguard Championship Wrestling, AWA CWF Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Wrestling’s best talent. The main event is Sean Denny vs. Joey Silvia, which is a guaranteed four star match (that’s if you’re into match ratings). Also, NWA Virginia is running on March 31 at King & Queen County Elementary School . The card looks incredible from a fan’s point of view, including a two potential match of the year candidates (Sean Denny vs. Masked Superstar II vs. Pharaoh and Damien Wayne vs. Frank “the Tank” Parker.) Grail also faces Mike Booth, who wrestled Preston Quinn on a Wildside show a long time ago.) So if you happen to be traveling up to the Commonwealth, check out that show. I’m headed down to Anarchy on April 7 and possibly June 2.

WRESTLING: (n.) \’res-ling\ A sport of contest in which two individuals face off in unarmed combat.
ANARCHY: (n.) \an-ar-key\ (1) A state of lawlessness due to absence of authority. (2) A complete lack of order.
What happens when you mix the two together? NWA-Anarchy!

- CORRECTION: The 15 man mega rumble was actually a 14 man mega rumble, so there wasn’t anything wrong with the match play by play itself.

- Alright, ladies and gentlemen, this is the last episode of NWA Anarchy heading into Season’s Beatings. We begin the show with a replay of ending to the 14 man Mega Rumble and Jerry Palmer offering Chad Parham a shot the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title if he takes a match with Todd Sexton.

- Greg Hunter is joined by Steven Prazak, who is replacing out favorite heel color commentator John Johnson. They recap Jeremy Vain winning the right to face AJ Styles and Chad Parham accepting a match with Todd Sexton. On this week’s episode, Ace Rockwell defends the TV Title against Truitt Fields and Mikki Free vs. TBA member of UAS.

- NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion has a message for “Where’s my pizza” Sal Rinauro: it’s on. And then all of a sudden, after a commercial break, Rinauro appears on the wide screen from an undisclosed weight room. Rinauro says he can’t blame Slim J for being mad at him. Sal Rinauro claims that it’s not personal, but I have my doubts here folks. Rinauro takes us back to when NWA Wildside closed its doors and talks about the only man who cared about the Church of Southern Wrestling shutting down. Rinauro proclaims to have saved and named NWA Anarchy. Yep. And it was all Rinauro, according to himself, who picked up Jerry Palmer and saved NWA Anarchy. But, uh oh, Rinauro goes on a rant and gets pissed off. He’s beginning to sound like Roddy Piper while giving a Rob Van Dam speech. That’s right, Sal Rinauro, even though he was forced to sit out Fright Night ’06, duns himself the Whole Show. He credits himself for Anarchy’s success and promises to show why he deserves respect. And remember, as Jermaine Jackson proclaimed, it’s not personal. Slim J wonders aloud where Rinauro is. A fan yells Ring of Honor. Slim J knows that is the number one answer. (And I was in Edison , NJ the night Roderick Strong & Austin Aries beat Sal Rinauro & Tony Mamaluke, for those titles and at Anarchy when they lost to Delay & Bentley two weeks later in Anarchy. Two big matches, two major loses. MMMMHAHAHAHAHA~!) Slim J knows that Sal is not here tonight because he is jealous and would have gotten his ass kicked. Slim J reminds Rinauro that he has followed him everywhere he has succeeded, including ROH. Slim threatens to break Rinauro because it was very personal what he did. He announces that Rinauro has committed career suicide.

1. NWA Anarchy TV Title: Ace Rockwell (ch.) vs. Truitt Fields
THE MATCH: Rockwell begins the match by outquicking Fields and attacks the arm. Prazak notes that Rockwell didn’t win the belt by sleeping with the owner’s daughter like a certain WWE superstar did. LOL! Rockwell clotheslines Fields to the floor and dropkicks him between the ropes. Fields gains revenge by assaulting Rockwell with a knee to the gut, a pair of clotheslines and an overhead release belly to belly suplex. Fields makes the cover, but Rockwell kicks out at two. Fields ties him to the Tree of Woe and proceeds to perform a virtual mugging. I was looking for one those devious baseball slides, but I guess we won’t get one here. After a suplex, Fields applies a modified chokehold. Fields releases and connects with a suplex for a two count. The crowd rallies behind Rockwell and responds with a series of punches, but Fields stops him with a short arm shoulderblock. Fields makes the cover for a two count. Field turnbuckle whips him and lands a nice sit out dropkick. Fields plays around and heads to the floor where he attacks the throat. Prazak notes that Rockwell has spilt more blood from his skull than any other wrestler in Anarchy. Hunter says he can buy into that little tidbit of information. Fields slams and legdrops Rockwell. He applies a rear naked choke variation, which prompts the crowd to chant for Ace. The referee checks on Rockwell and he responds by turning sideways, but finds himself on the wrong end of an inverted neckbreaker for several two counts. Fields turnbuckle whips and splashes Rockwell. Fields applies another chinlock. Rockwell fights to his feet and escapes a vertical suplex. They rebound off the ropes and catch each other with simultaneous cross bodyblocks. They rise to their feet and duke it out. Rockwell makes a big comeback with a backdrop and shoulderblock. Rockwell turnbuckle whips Fields, but misses a splash. Fields takes advantage with an exploder for a near fall. Fields fumes in frustration because he can’t put the champ away. Fields sits Rockwell on top, but he fights back. Fields ducks Rockwell leaping off the top rope, but finds himself on the wrong end of the Ace’s High.
POSTMATCH: Eddie Rich announces Rockwell will defend against Jimmy Rave at Season’s Beatings.
WINNER: Rockwell retains.
COMMENTS: Fields took advantage of a great opportunity by showing his stuff to the Anarchy fans. Hopefully, his tag team will get to play some good old fashioned cocky heels because they look the part. Rockwell continues to put forth amazing performances and why he deserves to hold gold. Ever since the Pomp Circumstance, Rockwell’s career has skyrocketed towards the stars.

- Rockwell talks about getting his show at gold and promises to have one hell of a match with Jimmy Rave. Rockwell kindly advises Rave to be fully prepared at Season’s Beatings.

2. Mikki Free of Justice Served vs. Shadow Jackson of the Urban Assault Squad.
THE MATCH: They both struggle to gain the advantage on several occasions until Free lands a cheap shot to the mug. Free ducks a clothesline and connects with a toss slam. Jackson takes exception and responds with a powerslam for a two count. Jackson goes for the arm, but Free clotheslines him. Jackson eludes an elbow drop and takes over with a series of elbows that sends Free fleeing. Jackson heads to the floor to confront Free, but gets his back rammed onto the ring apron. Back in the ring, they continue to brawl until Free lands a stiff clothesline. Jackson jumps up and lands a series of double thrusts. He goes for a suplex, but Free blocks it and executes a driving suplex slam. Free applies a bearhug. Jackson escapes and gets caught again in a bearhug. Jackson escapes, but Free runs over him. They duke it out until Jackson lands a desperation spinebuster. The camera switches and a bloody Nemesis collapses at the entranceway. This distracts the referee and Free knocks out Jackson with the chain for the victory.
POSTMATCH: After a commercial break, Jackson wonders what the hell just happened. He wanted to settle their differences, but obviously Scotty Wrenn was here and somebody hit him with a chain. Jackson doesn’t mind a little blood and wants Justice Served in Helen. Jerry Palmer heads into the ring as Nemesis proclaims that they have tested his G. Jackson says the people wanted to see the fight and tells Palmer to let him know they want a fight, too. Nemesis yells that they can’t be held back. Palmer admits Justice Served got him, too. As he continues to talk, UAS begin to beat the living piss out of each other. Palmer doesn’t like the trash that was pulled tonight. To tell you the truth, I don’t either. Palmer goes on to say that there is no referee in Anarchy big enough to handle a match with these big men. Several fans volunteer their services (some even yell AJ Styles), but Palmer refuses and dubs himself special guest referee for the big tag title match at Season’s Beatings. As their intro music plays, the pummel each other.
COMMENTS: This was a very fast paced match between two powerhouses. There wasn’t too much selling until after the match. Free didn’t do too bad wrestling singles since had strictly wrestled tag matches. They did a nice job setting up for Season’s Beatings.

- Well, this is the segment that everyone has been looking forward to: Jeff G Bailey and the NWA Elite. Bailey calls Dan Wilson a parasitic punk. He admits that Wilson embarrassed them, but they will gain revenge on the shaved apes. Bailey dares Wilson to try another silly attack. The lights go out and the Reject’s music plays. Wilson shows up with the Staff of Righteousness. Tempers & Azreal launch a premeditated attack as Tank heads to destroy the Elite. They pummel the Elite until the lights go out a second time and a picture of a graveyard appears on the big screen. Damn, is someone in Anarchy not paying the electric bill? After a quick video, the man formerly known as the “One Man Mafia” Mikael Adryan, Mikael Judas heads out to clean house. Judas delivers a huge chokeslam to Tempers and headbutts Azreal. Bailey proudly boasts that Judas can wipe out any puny Rejects that Wilson can scrape up. Judas delivers the Crucifijo to Azreal. Tank heads in and the Elite tear him up. Judas pulls out an implement and repeatedly stabs Tank with it. Bailey orders the Elite to take out the garbage. He asks who the hell Wilson thinks he is to put his hands on him. He promises to make them pay. Judas delivers a pair of massive chair shots to Azreal and Tempers. Judas prepares to chair Tank, but Bailey stops him and calls for Wilson . Judas goes for the chair shot, but Bailey spares Wilson ’s life. Bailey stares into Wilson ’s face and asks him, “WHO IS YOUR GOD NOW~? I JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE~!” All Wilson did was make Bailey mad. He commands Wilson to bring his scum sucking Rejects to Helen , GA at the Remember When Theater at Season’s Beatings. Bailey believes it’s so beautiful for Tank to bleed. Judas closes matters by giving Tempers the Crucifijo. Boy, does it suck to be a Reject tonight. It surely is a 1-8-7 on an undercover Reject tonight.

- OVERALL: This week’s episode did a fantastic job of preparing the viewer for Season’s Beatings. It featured a good match and several impassioned speeches heading into Season’s Beatings. It’s just incredible how well spoken everyone was on today’s show, especially the final segment involving Jeff G Bailey destroying the Rejects. It just makes you wonder what trick Wilson has up his sleeve for Elite/Rejects 8 man tag. This was a great show and well with your time to watch the entire episode.
- SEASON’S BEATINGS: If you weren’t in attendance at the Remember When Theater in Helen , GA , you owe it to yourself to purchase this DVD. Out of the 83 shows that I attended last year, this was the best overall. This includes two ROH shows (Danielson/Joe 60 minute draw and Homicide & Joe vs. Briscoes) and the incredible ***** 60 minute Ironman match between Sean Denny and Damien Wayne. Have a great week and remember to support your local independent superstars!

NWA Pro East to debut in 10 Days

Lodi, N.J. (February 21, 2007) - NWA Pro East will
present its very first show on Saturday night March
3rd at the Lodi Knights of Columbus. Bell time is 7:30
pm and this event features many of the upcoming stars
of NWA Pro East with a showcase theme.

“March 3rd is all about giving the young guys a chance
to show what they can do and try to solidify a roster
spot on future NWA Pro East shows and appear on our
television program,” said NWA Pro East promoter Ricky
Otazu. The show will not be without some veteran
talent, as some of the names scheduled to appear
include former WCW hardcore champion Crowbar, Dirty
Don Montoya and Judas Young.

Also on the bill making their first NWA Pro East
appearances will be Joe “So” Delicious, a standout
from Johnny Rodz’s New York promotion, as well as
several stars from the B.W.O. (Bodyslam Wrestling

Tag Teams will definitely be represented as local fan
favorites and BWO stars The Off Brothers will be in
action, plus the return of “The Drunkin’ Party
Lizards” Los Geikos Locos and the debut of The Playa’s

Don’t miss all the action in just 10 days. All tickets
are only $10 and can be purchased at We hope to see you there!!

Courtesy of NWA Pro

Results :
Shane Haste defeated Nate Dooley

6-Man Scramble
James Street defeated Mikey Nicholls, Ferguson Block,
Kiel E Lectrifying

Grudge Match
Jose' Del Santo defeated Brad West

Strap Match
Chris Vice defeated AZ Vegara

EPW Tag Team Championship Match
Jag Hartley Jackson & Davis Storm defeated FN Carnage

Jamie Jurah defeated Marcius Pitsonopolous

Main Event
EPW Championship Match
Jimmy Payne defeated Devlin Reeves


Alternative Wrestling Show ran at the AWS Shop in the
City Of Industry on Sunday afternoon. Bobby Jo
Marshall & Peter Goodman defeated The Human Tornado &
Tommy Wilson in the main event. Also on the show, The
Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) won a 4-Way Tag Team
match to become the new NWA Pro Tag Team Champions.
For complete results, click below.

AWS Shop
City Of Industry, CA
Black Metal defeated Guerrero de Sangre

Markus Riot defeated Ray Murillo

Disco Machine defeated Lil' Cholo to retain the LA
Lightheavyweight Championship

Phoenix Star defeated Steve Pain

Karl Anderson defeated Steve Pain

The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) defeated
Bump-N-Grind (Bo Cooper & Sexy Chino), Los Chivos
(Kayam & Enigma de Oro) & Team Australia (Cameron
Wallis & Damian Slater) to become the new NWA Pro Tag
Team Champions

Bobby Jo Marshall & Peter Goodman defeated The Human
Tornado & Tommy Wilson

Courtesy of the AWS Website.

AWS/NWA Pro Presents:

Sunday, March 11th, 2007
Bell Time 1:00pm
: : :This is an outdoor event : : :

Main Event:
SoCal World War III
(A 60 Man Battle Royal / 3 Wrestling Rings)

Disco Machine
(Lightweight Champ)

The Young Bucks
(New Tag Team Champs)
Joey Ryan & Karl "The Machine Gun" Anderson

(w/ C.E. Vanderpyle)
Markus Riot

Los Chivos & Octagoncito
Piratita Morgan & ? ? ?

Plus: The Human Tornado, Pete Goodman,
Bo Cooper, Sexy Chino , Steve Pain, Phoenix Star,


Courtesy of Jay Cal's posting on the NWA Message

I arrived at the Orleans arena not sure what to think.
I was definately impressed by the venue and the
talent. It was an obviously Lucha Libre biased crowd
and my estimations (which I'm not really good at)
seemed like at least 900-1000 people.

No Advertised James Gang (TNA's Voodoo Kin Mafia.)
Really wasn't a big loss to me.

The Opener was the 4 Corners Tag Team match, which
kind of seemed more like a 8-man tag, was a great way
to get the crowd fired up. It was my first time seeing
the Young Bucks and I was impressed. EGO had a classic
heel style to it. Midnight Dynamite was pretty good as
always, when did Mercury turn into Konan? I always
enjoy myself a Tommy match. He puts on a hell of a
show. But Young Bucks stole the crowd and pulled off
the win.

Kafu v. Peter Goodman was an okay match. It was
clearly a case of David v. Goliath, but this Goliath
was the face. It started off as Peter Goodman playing
a chickenshit heel. Kafu had the crowd eating out of
his hand. I thought this match should have just been a
blow out squash. However Goodman found an opening and
worked the leg. I thought for sure Goodman was going
to pull out the W, but Kafu one win.

Next was Colt Cabana and Sexy Sonny Samson took on
Ricky Reyes and Bobby Joe Marshall. I was glad to see
Reyes. And with Cabana in this match, I realized that
there wasn't going to be a Super Porky. The tag team
of Cabana and Samson actually looked pretty good.
Reyes and Marshall weren't bad either. The match was
going pretty well back and forth. Cabana easily got
the crowd into it. Samson and Colt go over.

(So Far all the Faces are going over)

The next match was for the NWA Heritage Title Match
Adam Pearce v. Nelson Creed. Never heard of Creed
before, but I think he might be Canadian. I hope the
hell he is. (Living Legend and announced WWE Hall of
Famer Inductee) Nick Bockwinkle makes an appearance
and shakes the hand of Nelson Creed and offers to
shake the hand of Pearce. In classic heel fashion
Pearce refuses. Pearce definately works the crowd and
really heels it up. The finish of the match sees
Vanderpyle come out, throws a chain to Pearce. Pearce
nails Creed. Creed kicks out on 2. Referee bump. Creed
uses chain on Pearce. New ref comes out. Counts the 3,
original ref says Creed is DQ. Pearce Retains.

25 Man "King of the Summit " Battle Royal was pretty
entertaining. It used the Rumble Style of rules.
Highlights saw a reunification of the X-Foundation for
all of about 5 minutes. Tommy and Scott worked very
well together, even pulling off some of their old
moves. Then Scott tosses Tommy after an "accidental
side kick." Chino the MVP of this match hung in as
number one and outlasted all others. The fans were
into Chino .

The next match was the WSX Challenge, complete with a
Rick Knox uniform change. Los Pochos Guapos vs. Matt
Classic and Human Tornado. Matt Classic had the
sickest dive of the night litterally falling
centimeters off the apron on to Joey Kaos and Aaron
Aguillera. If you have been folowing WSX, typical
stuff from Los Pochos Guapos. Aaron telling Kaos what
to do, which ends up with Kaos getting screwed. The
finish ends with Aaron walking out on Kaos and Classic
putting Kaos in a figure four and Tornado doing a dive
on to Kaos. Aaron and Kaos tease a break up, but hug
it out after the match.

Next was the most intense match of the night. USA v.
Mexico , which was clearly a hostile environmnet for
fans of Joey Ryan and Karl Anderson. Team USA cut a
heel promo to start the show off in the early parts of
the night, which basically appoligizing for their
antics at the previous show. "It is not your fault you
are Mexican. We all know you'd be white if you could
be" Tons of tension. Los Luchas were over with the
Latin crowd. a Joey Ryan taunt temped a fan to remove
his shirt to the glee of the crowd. Not really he was
an old mexican dude who thought he was a tuff guy.
American Dragon was sitting at a table ring side and I
prayed that he'd challenge the old dude into the ring.
The match was really strong back and forth. Los Luchas
was typical Los Luchas and TEAM USA really worked the
crowd. (The entire match I was having Flash Backs to
Tully and Arn, when I looked at Joey and Karl.)
Vanderpyle again got involved in the match. Distracted
the referee long enough for Adam Pearce to run in the
ring and hit both members of Los Luchas with the
Mexican Flag. Allowing Team USA to score the win.
Causing the crowd to near riot. The ring was littered
with the disgust of the Lucha fans. Sodas, Popcorn,
Empty Beer Bottles, Full Beer Bottles, whized past my
head and into the ring. Nelson Creed runs out. Chases
the heels out of the ring. Breaks the American Flag in
half. (WTF?) NWA Directors book a match for the next
show; "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce, Karl "Machine Gun"
Anderson, and Joey "Magnum" Ryan w/ C. Edward
Vanderpyle v. Nelson Creed and Los Luchas (Zokre &
Phoenix Star), in a 15 foot high STEEL CAGE!!!

The Special Attraction Main Event features El Hijo del
Santo y Billy Kidman vs. Super Parka y Psicosis. First
thoughts... Billy Kidman has put on some weight... and
I mean that in a good way. Kidman looked like he could
easily compete in the heavyweight division. Kidman
looks real good and was clearly the MVP of this match.
There was a lot of discussion in spanish between Super
Parka & Psicosis and Hijo del Santo. Hijo de Santo did
a lot of his traditional spots, Parka and Psicosis
really heeled it up. HdS ripped the mask off of Super
Parka, and later the team of Kidman and HdS scored the
victory. Post match saw Los Luchas enter the ring to
back up Kidman and HdS. I think there will be another
confrontation between HdS and Psicosis & Super Parka.

The show was surely worth the drive. $25 for this show
wasn't bad at all. The Orleans Arena is a great venue.
Nobody mailed in their performances last night. The
show was great and I hope to make it out for another
show in the future.

Here are the results from Friday evening's NWA/ECCW show in North Vancouver , BC in front of roughly 150 fans:

Johnny Obsession over Deuce Savage

Ice over Mikey DaSheezits and Azeem

- Ice remains NWA Canadian Jr Heavyweight Champion

Nikki Matthews over Veronika Vice

- Nikki remains SuperGirls Champion

Models Inc. over El Phantasmo & Amazing Halo by DQ

Nelson Creed vs Aaron Idol was No Contest

Kurt Sterling & Aaron Idol over "Rocket" Randy Tyler & Nelson Creed

Mikey DaSheezits wins the Battle Royale and will face "Rocket" Randy Tyler in Surrey , BC on March 2nd for the NWA/ECCW Championship.

"Fast" Freddy Funk over Seth Knight

- Funk remains NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion in this chain match

Next shows:

Friday, March 2, 2007 - Bridgeview Hall, Surrey , BC

Saturday, March 3, 2007 - Russian Community Centre, Vancouver , BC

- both shows featuring the return of the AMERICAN DRAGON BRYAN DANIELSON

Friday, March 9, 2007 - Comox Band Hall, Comox , BC

Friday, March 30, 2007 - Bridgeview Hall, Surrey , BC

Visit for more info.

NWA ECCW Website,

For almost two years, Mikey Dasheezits has been under
the wing of NWA/ECCW Champion "Rocket" Randy Tyler,
sticking with the champion through thick and thin,
even though the feeling hasn't always seemed mutual,
with Tyler frequently leaving Dasheezits to pummelings
intended for him to take. Still, throughout it all,
Dasheezits' hero worship has continued.

Not anymore.

Even after Tyler 's interference in North Vancouver
caused Dasheezits to lose his chance at the NWA
Canadian junior heavyweight championship, as he was
pinned by titleholder Ice, Dasheezits still seemed to
be in line after Tyler 's browbeating squashed any
rebellious intent he had. But when Tyler found himself
in Aaron Idol's rear naked choke later in the show,
Dasheezits finally left his mentor to the wolves,
ending their relationship once and for all!

To make the split even more intriguing, Dasheezits now
has an opportunity to take Tyler 's NWA/ECCW
Championship on March 2nd in Surrey , as he outlasted
all other competitors to win a battle royal to earn a
championship opportunity, last eliminating Nelson
Creed to win the event after Idol's interference in
the matchup! It will be student vs. teacher on March
2nd, as Dasheezits intends to take the very title from
Tyler that he's helped save for Tyler on so many
occasions.. but the champion will have several tricks
up his sleeve that he didn't teach to his estranged

Aaron Idol had waited and waited for his chance for
revenge against Nelson Creed in North Vancouver .. and
once again, he was screwed out of his chances at
redemption by "Rocket" Randy Tyler, who blitzed Idol
before his match with Creed, taking him down with a
steel chair and giving Creed an easy victory! Kurt
Sterling made the save from a two-on-one attack, but
immediatley paid dearly for it, as ECCW General
Manager Ladies Choice punished Sterling by stripping
him of his number one contenders spot, and started a
tag team match with Idol and Sterling taking on Creed
and Tyler ! The match ended with Idol getting a measure
of revenge, forcing the NWA/ECCW Champion to submit to
his rear naked choke.. only for Mikey Dasheezits to
leave Tyler to the wolves! Idol will get another
chance at Creed on March 2nd in Surrey , as he'll face
him one on one.. and this time, "American Dragon"
Bryan Danielson will be the special guest referee to
ensure the match goes as planned with no interference!

The war between Models Inc. and El Phantasmo & Amazing
Halo took another turn, as the crafty Models stole a
victory over the masked marauders with shenanigans
with a steel chair! With referee Beautiful Bruce on
the floor, MR2 slammed a chair down in the ring.. then
threw it to Phantasmo and fell to the mat, feigning
the effects of a chairshot! Memphis picked up Bruce
and showed him the results in the ring, and Bruce,
seeing Phantasmo with the chair and MR2 down and
apparently out, had no choice but to disqualify
Phantasmo and Halo! Phantasmo attempted to get revenge
with a chairshot on Memphis , and then dragged MR2 to
the stage.. where he and Halo produced a ladder and a
table! Halo climbed the ladder to soar through MR2 and
the table, but Memphis saved his brother, and in the
coup de grace, powerbombed Halo off the ladder and the
stage, through both a prone Phantasmo and the table!
Models Inc were victorious tonight, but they'll have
to deal with El Phantasmo and Amazing Halo again on
March 3rd in Vancouver .. but this time, in a Tables,
Ladders and Chairs Match!

Other results from an exciting night in North

Johnny Obsession scored the win over Deuce Savage
(with Marty Sugar in his corner)

Nikki Matthews retained the SuperGirls championship by
pinning Veronika Vice

ECCW returns to the Bridgeview Hall in Surrey on March
2nd, and follows it up the next night at the Russian
Community Centre in Vancouver! Order your tickets now

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Main Event - Return Match
MAW World Title Match
"Roughneck" JAY RYAN (c) vs SKULLKRUSHER

PLUS! A One Night Tourney for both the MAW Tag Team
Titles and the NWA Wi Tag
Team Titles. Thus far two teams have signed -



More to be announced in the days leading up to the

Plus much much more!

That's Friday Night March 9th, 2007 8pm at The Sports
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*NWA Universal Championship Wrestling returns to Tahlequah, OK next Saturday, March 3rd for another big show! See all of your favorite NWA-UCW stars in action. Kick off the 2007 NWAU schedule, as this show is the makeup date for the January 20th show, which was cancelled due to the ice and snow! These matches have been signed since January and the superstars are ready to hit the ring….
-THIS IS A TV TAPING for the return of “INTENSE TV” set for April 2007!
-TABLES, LADDERS and CHAIRS-NWA UNIVERSAL TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP…Champions MASS DESTRUCTION (The Spoiler 2000 & Bash) defend the titles against THE DEVILS REJECTS! Their last clash for the crowning of champions took place at last years Goblins, Ghouls and Gold and no other match has received such high reviews as that TLC match including TEXAS, INC. This one is going to be a barnburner for sure…this could be the match of 2007!!!!!!!!
-It's finally time, Brent Albright must decide his role in NWA Universal Championship Wrestling, as he will face HATE's CEO Christopher Fox for the first time to either sign the contract to join his cousin Rocco Valentino, Charming Charles, Slam Shady and Mason Hunter, otherwise known as HATE, INC. Fox has stated, “Albright either signs with us and reaps the rewards of being a part of the most elite group of sports entertainment athletes in the Midwest , or face the fate of saying no! The choice and your future lie within your choice”.
-HATE's Slam Shady will face one on one the NWA Universal X Champion “The Broken Arrow Bad Boy” Justin Lee and Slam promises Lee will go down for the third time in a row!
-Lily McKenzie and Jessi Jersey return to finish what the started in December.
-Awol debuts his new gimmick
-HATE INC promises an announcement that will change the look and plans within the
group, this one will be interesting, be there…

Tickets now available at…

TULSA , OK -Starship Records and Tapes, located at 12th & S. Lewis. Telephone is

TAHLEQUAH, OK-RPM Paintball, located at 208 S. Muskogee . Telephone is

MUSKOGEE , OK -Gametraders, located at 300A W. Shawnee . Telephone is

Ticket prices for the March 3rd event:

General Admission-$7.00
Kids 12 & Under GA-$3.00
College Students/Seniors GA Day Of Show-$4.00

March 3rd-NWA Universal Championship Wrestling, Tahlequah, OK
Community Center Ag Building, 908 College Street
Doors open at 6:00pm with Belltime at 7:00pm

*MEET NWA UNIVERSAL personalities LIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd in Tahlequah at the NSU University Center on campus of Northeastern State University from 11:30am-1:30pm. Discount tickets for students and seniors with ID will be available as well ringside tickets. Also register to win 2 ringside tickets with a VIP meet & greet during this time. NWA Universal merchandise will be available and other door prizes will be available……COME JOIN US MARCH 2ND AT NSU!!!!!!

*NWA Universal's “INTENSE TV” is returning April 2007. Expect an announcement by the March 3rd show regarding stations, dates and times.

*NWA Universal debuts in WAGONER, OK at the Civic Center on Saturday, April 14th.
Information for this show will be released next week. One match that has been promised will crown the vacant NWA Oklahoma Hvwt. Championship!

*NWA Universal is expected to announce a new show location in Tulsa within the next couple of weeks.

Universal Championship Wrestling is looking to add street team members!
Locations include:

Tulsa , OK
Wagoner, OK
Muskogee , OK
McAlester , OK

What we need from you:
-Distribution of posters, flyer's and other advertising materials
-Promote NWA Universal Championship Wrestling!

What you get from UCW:
-Discounts on tickets to live events!
- Free tickets to select live events!
-Discounts on UCW merchandise
-Official Street Team membership card
-Private meet and greets with UCW talent
-Use this on your resume as a part of being a UCW promotional team member!

Send the following information to subject: street team
-City, State, Zip
-Date of Birth
-Shirt Size
-Phone Number

or mail to:

Universal Championship Wrestling, LLC
2608 West Kenosha PMB#250
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Be a part of the winning team with ATTITUDE! NWA Universal Championship Wrestling!

NWA Universal Championship Wrestling
“Attitude IS Everything”

Courtesy of the NWA Empire Mailing List.

The card for NWA Empire's March Meltdown is really
starting to take shape. Two additional matches have
been announced for March Meltdown, which takes place
on March 10, 2007 at St. Johnsburg Firehall in North
Tonawanda, NY. These two matches are in addition to
the the five matches announced previously.

In one of the recently announced matches, fresh off
their victory over Tommy Mandrake & "Inferno" Johnny
Adams at January's VIVA LA Revolution, WNY hardcore
legend Ian Decay and Troy "The Boy" Buchanan have been
signed for March Meltdown, also. Their opponents will
be Frank the Tank & "The Tennessee Strangler" Buddy
Delmar,collectively known as Rhythm & Booze.

In a match that NWA Empire fans have been clamoring
for since November when Tommy Mandrake came to the
ring at Pilgrims & Piledrivers to confront his brother
Marc, the Mandrake brothers will finally square off
one-one-one in an NWA Empire ring.

Here is the info and matches for NWA Empire's March
Meltdown as it stands now (February 19, 2007):

NWA Empire presents:
March Meltdown 2007

Date: Saturday March 10th, 2007
Place: St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, North
Tonawanda, NY
Time: Doors Open: 5:30 PM Pre-Show 6:00PM
Main-show: 6:30 PM
Ticket Prices: Pre-sale $10 Adults, day of the
show $12 Kids (9 and under) $5
For ticket information, call 585-621-4293


Hellcat & former NWA Upstate Champion Brodie Lee vs
Jonny Puma & current NWA Upstate Champion Jimmy Olsen


"The Mastiff" Will Christianson (c) vs Ron Falco vs
"The Dark Pony" JP Black

Brandon Thurston vs Chris Cooper

The Roadies ("I Can't Drive 55" Sammy Dunn & "Diamond"
Dave Marcos vs The Killer Steves (Steve Kruz &
"Studley" Steve McKenzie)

"Fabulous" John McChesney vs Pepper Parks

Gabe Saint vs "The Exceptional Icon" Eric Everlast

Rhythm & Booze (Frank the Tank & "The Tennessee
Strangler" Buddy Delmar vs Ian Decay & Troy "The
Boy" Buchannan

Marc Mandrake vs Tommy Mandrake

More matches will to be signed within the coming
weeks! Keep checking the official NWA Empire website
( for more matches as they are

Courtesy of the NWA Midwest website,

NWA Indiana comes to Goodland, Indiana at the Goodland
Community Center on Saturday March 3rd

Doors open: 5:00
Bell Time: 6:00
(Note Goodland is an hour behind Lafayette, so we will
be starting at 7:00 Lafayette time which would be 6:00
Goodland time)

Here are some of the matches already signed:

"The Big Texan" Marc Houston vs Luis Rojas

Former Partners Collide
Matt Valor vs "Zombie" Rob Ramer

Billy Bart vs Johnny Rich

Devon Fury vs Tommy Gage

The main event that night will be Shawn Cook vs NWA
TNA Superstar- "Wildcat" Chris Harris

You will also see PT Hussla, Kenny Courageous, Jeremy
Hadley and more

Log onto for more info

Courtesy of the NWA Midwesy website,

NWA Indiana will return to Lafayette, Indiana on
Sunday March 4th at the Riehle Brothers Sports

Doors Open: 5:00
Bell Time: 6:00

Here are the matches that have already been signed:

Billy Bart vs Martin Fernandez

Kenny Courageous vs Marc Houston

Mixed Tag Team Match
Devon Fury & Cameron Star vs Guy Lombardo & Scarlett

NWA Indiana Tag Team Titles
Champions- Scotty Murray & Chase Richards vs Indiana
Kidd & Hillbilly Jed

"Zombie" Rob Ramer vs "The Beast" Brian Roberts

"Bodacious" Dustin Lillard vs "Pure Dynamite" Billy

NWA TNA Superstar "Wildcat" Chris Harris has issued an
open challenge to any NWA Indiana superstar

You will also see Shawn Cook, PT Hussla, Jeremy
Hadley, Luis Rojas and more...

Chad Collyer will not be at the weekend shows as he
will be on a tour a Mexico representing the NWA. NWA
officials have signed a match for March 10th in
Frankfort , Indiana and it will be for the vacant NWA
Indiana title, it will be "International Superstar"
Chad Collyer vs "Pure Dynamite" Billy Roc

NWA Hawaii General Manager Rich Miyamoto announced
that our next show will be "Superbash: Get wild in
Waianae", Saturday March 10th at the Waianae
Community Center . 2 matches have been scheduled so

NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship: Kapu[c] vs.

NWA Hawaii Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Bushido X vs.
El Guapo

Both these matches were set to take place during the
Valentine's Day Massacre show, which was cancelled due
to the weather. More matches to be announced as they
are signed.

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Friday, March 2nd- 7:30 pm
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The stars of the National Wrestling Alliance return to action on Friday, March 2nd at Renzie Park ’s Jacob Woll Pavilion in McKeesport , PA at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $12 for ringside, and $10 general admission. Kids age 12 and under are only $6.


Crusher Hansen will defend the AWC Heavyweight Title
New AWC Champion Crusher Hansen has confirmed that he will defend the title on March 2nd, but it will not be against Scott Venom who has been suspended for invoking his rematch clause to meet Crusher again for the title.

BC Steele had placed a stipulation that stated Scott Venom would get a rematch, but not until April 7th against whoever the champion is in whatever match Venom wishes, but when Venom declared that he wanted the rematch, he would be suspended for a period of 30 days. Venom has protested the move, but the suspension has been upheld by the AWC(Paul Atlas and Curtis Stevenson) which really is not a surprise at all.

However, it has been revealed that Crusher's opponent is someone that is a former PWX Heavyweight and Three Rivers Champion and rumors are swirling that Scott Venom has something to do with this.

This means that there are only 11 possibilities for an opponent for Crusher Hansen. They are: Devin Devine, Dirk Ciglar, Mad Mike, Paul Atlas, Quinn Magnum, Justin Idol, Scottie Gash, Daron Smythe, Chris Taylor, Nikita Allanov, or Guido Corleone.

Benjamin C. Steele has said that he and Crusher are not worried about any of the above men because they fully believe that Scott Venom is just trying to play mind games with them and that he probably will only produce something pathetic like himself under a masked identity.

It shall be interesting to see if Venom really did get someone and if so then who??


Brandon K


These two men have been after one another for the last 2 months screwing each other out of the AWC Heavyweight Title, other matches, and literally fighting one another out of the building on more than one occasion.

Bigg and Brandon K are certainly not strangers to each other's style of wrestling as these two men have feuded off and on for the last 6 years. This time, however, all respect the two men have always held towards each other seems to be thrown out the window as both K and Bigg want to deliver extreme physical harm to the other man.

After two months of attacking and costing each other matches, these two men will meet in the ring in what promises to be a powder keg ready to explode!!!

Brass Knuckles Title Match.... Finally?? AWC Says No Way !!

Dash Bennett meets Apollyon

Dash Bennett is still stuck in the AWC and he still claims that he will defend his Brass Knuckles Title on March 2nd at the AWC event even though he has been told that the AWC does not recognize his title.

Dash has signed the contract to face the youngster Apollyon, who is coming off of a big 'Young Lions Match' victory over Dan Miles. Apollyon showed a very aggressive side of his self that has not been seen as of yet in picking up this big victory and the fans showed their displeasure in the process. Apollyon is now looking at what has to be his biggest match to date as he will face a man that does carry the Brass Knuckles Title blet and the title is recognized by PWX still.

Now this brings about several questions. If Apollyon defeats Dash Bennett will he become the new Brass Knuckles Champion? Or will the win not even count? Will Paul Atlas intervene in Dash's rampage again? Or will Dash finally get his wish? Or maybe Dash will just refuse to wrestle again......

AWC Owner Has Big Announcement

AWC owner Paul Atlas is saying that he has a big announcement to make at the Friday March 2nd event. Atlas claims that this announcement will make AWC even stronger than what it currently is and that in trhe process he will strike yet another major blow to Jim Miller and his beloved PWX promotion.

Atlas has been a thorn in Jim Miller and PWX's side for the last 9+ months and will stop at nothing to bring Miller and PWX to it's knees. Atlas has come closer than anyone ever has to achieving this goal and perhaps this time he will deliver the final nail in the coffin. That will be determined on Friday, March 2nd.....



Chris Taylor versus ??? with Krystal Frost
Krystal Frost has come very close on two occasions to accomplishing her revenge on Chris Taylor, but Taylor has emerged victorious and with his PWX Heavyweight Title around his waist still.

Will the third time be the charm for Miss Frost? When asked who she has come up with this time, she has been very uncharacteristically quiet simply saying that it is someone that Chris will never see coming.

Chris Taylor has responded by saying that he has said that he wishes to be a true fighting champion and it doesnt matter who she manages to come up with on March 2nd because he will take that person down just like everyone else that has stepped up to meet him.

Who could Krystal have come up with this time?? Can Taylor survive yet another barrage as it has become increasingly more difficult to escape with the title and his health intact? Is Krystal Frost actually making Chris Taylor one of the best heavyweight champions in recent memory??

PWX Three Rivers Title On The Line:

Devil Bhudakahn defends the Three Rivers Title against the monster ELITE
Devil Bhudakahn has been on quite a roll as of recent having gone from tag-team champions right into becoming the Three Rivers Champion. Devil has proclaimed that he will face anyone from anywhere for the title and this time he will take on a relative newcomer to PWX in the 6'7 270lbs ELITE.

ELITE owns more than half-a-foot and 50+ pound advantage over Devil as he has looked very promising in his limited PWX action. Devil says that this will show exactly what he can do against men with alot more size than him and will be another notch in his quest for prestige for both himself and his title.

Can Devil really keep the big man's shoulders pinned to the mat for a 3 count? Or does Devil have something up his sleeve and ELITE is walking right into a trap? Can ELITE win the title on his first try at any title in PWX and begin a reign of domination? Or will the monster just be out to hurt someone and begin a path of destruction?


Blue Dragon versus Chris LeRusso
Blue Dragon will put his 8 month long win streak on the line again against Chris LeRusso. This could prove to be one of Dragon's stiffest tests yet as LeRusso will have Krystal Frost at his side and it was just a few short weeks ago that LeRusso went toe to toe with PWX Heavyweight Champion Chris Taylor.

Dragon has been very impressive in his run and he will have to be at the top of his game to pick up the win against LeRusso, but a win here would propel Dragon right into serious title contention.

Chris LeRusso has something to prove and has said that is the reason he signed to face Blue Dragon as he wishes to end Dragon's streak and cement his status within PWX. LeRusso also has said that he will be all too happy to show what a fraud Dragon really is and at the same time make an example of him and that should make Chris Taylor stand up and take notice....

Tag-Team Mayhem!!

Nick Paradise & Sean Dahmer will battle Amir Al Jahari & The Mantis

This is certainly an unusual pairing of four men as each man will be looking to establish himself within this match.

Nick Paradise made his redebut in PWX, after making a couple appearences several years ago, and nearly took the Three Rivers Title off of Devil Bhudakahn. Paradise came up just short in his bid, but impressed alot of people in the process. Now he will have a chance to come out on top and establish firm footing within PWX.

Paradise 's success will depend greatly upon his highly unpredictable partner Sean Dahmer. Dahmer continues to become more and more uncontrollable and this has officials at PWX worried that this man will totally lose it very soon. Dahmer was on the winning side of a tag-team match at the last PWX event and now finds himself with the chance of gaining momentum while working his way up the contender's list. But, does Dahmer even realize that?

Amir Al Jahari has been solid since his debut in PWX in January, but has yet to gain a victory. This does not appear to bother Jahari at all as he just seems pleased to inflict pain on his opponents with his constant cheating tactics and angering the fans in the process. Jahari is certainly looking like someone that can make some noise in the very near future.

The Mantis has only been seen in a PWX ring 1 time in the last few months as that was against Brandon K. Mantis did make a good showing for himself in that match and has been making quite the impact in the local area with his emerging wrestling promise. Mantis was considered one of the best young lions in the promotion just a little while back and now says that he will make good on that promise as he returns to PWX on a fulltime basis once again....



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