CZW Best Of The Best XI will stream live at IWE!
I’m very pleased to announce that Indy Wrestling Express will be one of the websites hosting CZW: Best Of The Best XI, as it airs live on IPPV this Saturday! At 7:30 PM EST, the free half hour pre show will begin, then the main show will begin at 8. The main show will cost $15, which you can pay without even leaving this site!
Here’s the full line up:
Best Of The Best Tournament:
Bracket #1: Sami Callihan vs Drake Younger vs MK McKinnan vs Trent 7
Bracket #2: Chuck Taylor vs Johnny Gargano vs Samuray Del Sol
Bracket #3: ACH vs Lince Dorado vs A.R Fox
Bracket #4: Alex Colon vs Willie Mack vs Greg Excellent
Non tournament matches:
CZW Wired TV Championship: Jake Crist (c) vs Dave Crist
Ultraviolent Encounter: “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont vs D.J. Hyde
There will also be a contract signing between Drew Gulak and Danny Havoc.
Thoughts: This is a great move by CZW, and I’d like to thank them very much for giving us this opportunity. This is set to be a great wrestling show, that should showcase how there is so much more to CZW than violence in 2012.
Even if you don’t want to fork out the money for the pay per view, be sure to stop buy for the free pre show, that should give you a good taste of the current CZW product. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on on Twitter @IWEnews, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CZW: Best Of The Best XI updates
The following is taken from the latest CZW press release:
Updated line up for PWG: DDT4
Super Dragon is still out of action due to his recent heel injury, so he and Steen won’t be in the tag tournament, and the championship won’t be on the line either).
Here’s the line up so far:
PWG Championship: Kevin Steen will issue an open challenge
DDT4 First Round Match:Sami Callihan & Roderick Strong vs El Generico & Willie Mack
DDT4 First Round Match:Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Dynasty (Scorpio Sky & Joey Ryan)
DDT4 First Round Match:RockNES Monsters (Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) vs Fightin’ Taylor Boys
DDT4 First Round Match:The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs Super Smash Bros (Player Uno & Player Dos)
The show will take place on April the 21st, at American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, California.
Thoughts: Looks good. The new tandem of El Generico and Willie Mack is an interesting one. We should have a review up as usual, courtesy of Chad.
Review - PWG: World’s Finest
Thanks very much to Chad for another excellent PWG review! Here it is:
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla “World’s Finest”
17th of March 2012 at American Legion Post #308, Reseda, CA
By Chad Simplicio
Despite the rain, the wind, & the cold, another great crowd gathered for PWG’s 2012 “Reseda Season Opener”. With Super Dragon’s injury during training, the card was redone, but most of the scheduled matches more or less were kept as is.
8 matches, 3 hours
Referees: Rick Knox & Patrick Hernandez
Excalibur’s guests at the commentary table: Rick Knox, Kevin Steen, & Joey Ryan
* Kevin Steen comes out after Excalibur’s introductory speech, mentioning Super Dragon’s injury, and then called out anyone in the back to challenge him. Running in to challenge him? PPA - Pretty Peter Avalon.
1 - Kevin Steen p. Peter Avalon w/ the Package Piledriver. Peter fought on as long as he could, as best as he could, despite taking a tremendous beating, including a series of hard chops to the chest that left their mark on his frame. Fortunately for PPA, he earned the respect of “Mr. Wrestling”.
2 - Brian Cage-Taylor p. Ray (Rrrrrrrrrr)Rosas w/ the big Lariat/Clothesline to the shoulder area in a surprisingly strong match. I wasn’t able to get out of their way quickly enough when I didn’t anticipate Rosas’ lucha-style crossbody from the top rope to the floor. Save for some sore shins, I’m fine. Such is the hazard when you’re sitting in the front row at this place for this kind of show, and I wouldn’t be the only ones that got “incidentally collected” during matches.
* Joey Ryan comes out to cut a promo about women’s grooming, then berated his opponent, Candice LeRae, who jumped him shortly afterwards.
3 - Candice LeRae rolled up & pinned Joey Ryan, countering the Boobplex attempt.
4 - Scorpio Sky made T.J. Perkins tapout to a Rear Naked Choke in a match that featured a great mix of wrestling & MMA-style action.
5 - Triple Threat Tag Team Action—essentially what’s left in the wake of Super Dragon’s injury. The Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Stupefied) def. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) when they scored the pin on one of the Jacksons w/ the Fatality. 2nd best match of the night, and the win should give SSB a boost of confidence going into next month’s DDT4.
6 - After intermission, Kyle O’Reilly made Alex Koslov tapout to the Guillontine Choke, and it was quite the long one despite Koslov’s attempts to break out of it, complete w/ a DDT from Kyle. Nice reception from the PWG faithful.
SM - Willie Mack p. Roderick Strong w/ the Piledriver, despite eating the Death by Roderick & Sick Kick combination earlier. Looks like this regional star is getting quite the push, and a title shot should be coming his way soon.
M - As the PWG World Heavyweight Championship match between El Generico & Eddie Edwards got underway, Kevin Steen came out to exercise his rematch clause w/ the approval of the PWG Board of Directors. Crazy Triple Threat match ensued, and in the end, it was Kevin Steen who bided his time when El Generico hit the Top Turnbuckle Brainbuster on Eddie Edwards, grabbing “The Generic Luchador” by the feet, and powerslammed him to the edge of the apron. One cover on “Die Hard” later, Kevin Steen joined an elite club in PWG. The new 2-time PWG Champion now holds both the singles title & the tag team title. “What you can do,” Kevin Steen told El Generico at the end of the show, “I CAN DO BETTER, B****!”
We’ll have to wait and see what Super Dragon’s condition is between now and 4/21, when the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA becomes the center of the 2012 PWG DDT4 Tournament. Where they go from here in regards to the singles title, is anyone’s guess, but in my opinion, neither of Kevin Steen’s PWG titles are that safe, especially when he still has to contend with El Generico, and any of the tag teams that challenge him & Super Dragon next month in the tourney. Don’t forget about Willie Mack either. He’s continuing his strong push up the singles ladder, and could be a serious threat to the singles title.
Live report from PWG: Kurt RussellReunion 3
Thanks to our regular PWG correspondent Chad Simplicio for this report from last Sunday’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show:
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla “Kurt RussellReunion 3” on 2012 Royal Rumble Sunday
By Chad Simplicio
This was the only event on the WrestleReunion 6 schedule, other than the Breakfast with Champions event. A large Sunday crowd, as well as a few legends who stayed for the show (i.e. Virgil & Fifi the Maid) was on hand for the final show of WrestleReunion 6 weekend, which was also a global affair, w/ the Mexican Minis returning from their Pro Wrestling Superstars encounter, and some of the Dragon Gate stars. Those who had purchased seats on the first 2 rows received a free PWG Classic DVD. 2nd Row ticketholders received an unsigned poster of the event, while front row ticketholders got their own event posters signed.
Referees: Rick Knox & Patrick Hernandez
Excalibur’s guest at the commentary table: Colt Cabana
1 - The Fightin’ Taylor Boys def. Famous B & Chris Kadillak when Ryan Taylor p. Famous B off of the team’s Canadian Destroyer. Strong opener that saw the high spots come late.
2 - Blood Warriors v. Junction III, PWG Style. Junction III member Jimmy Susumu (Yokosuka) p. Blood Warriors member BxB Hulk w/ the Mugen, a Double-Underhook Lift into a Piledriver. Personally, I was wondering how the heck could Jimmy keep on fighting without a concussion after getting kicked or stomped in the head so many times by BxB Hulk. Great match, BTW.
* Davey Richards hit the ring for the next match. As it was, fellow American Wolves partner Eddie Edwards missed his flight to L.A., but Davey did find a replacement partner in Harry Smith (f.k.a. David Hart Smith). Obviously, newfound respect after their Pro Wrestling Superstars encounter.
3 - The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. Davey Richards & Harry Smith when Nick p. Davey w/ More Bang For Your Buck. Great team action, complete w/ Harry Smith showing moves that I don’t recall seeing him do as part of The Hart Dynasty in WWE. The former WWE Superstar got the “Please come back!” treatment—I personally hope he does come back to do a Reseda show.
4 - Willie Mack p. Naruki Doi w/ the Chocolate Thunderbomb in another great see-saw match.
5 - 8-wrestler tag team action. Candice LeRae, B-Boy, Cedric Alexander, & Mascarita Dorada def. Joey Ryan, Peter Avalon, Ray Rosas, & Demus 316. Great mix of comedy & wrestling action, w/ the minis picking up where they had left off in their PWS encounter. Candice LeRae tipped the scales in her team’s favor after hitting a Reverse Huracanrana on Joey Ryan, who then ate a B-Boy Shining Wizard, leaving him stunned for Candice’s Moonsault for the winning pin.
6 - After intermission, The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) def. The Spiked Mohicans (CIMA & Ricochet). Great see-saw action ended when The RockNES Monsters hit their team Death Valley Driver from the middle rope onto Ricochet.
SM - Masaaki Mochizuki p. Roderick Strong w/ a series of kicks to the head, capping it w/ the Sankegugeri(?).
M - The 2nd “Never in your Wildest Dreams” match. PWG Champion El Generico, PAC, & Masato Yoshino def. Akira Tozawa & PWG Tag Team Champions Super Dragon & Kevin Steen (who had actually won the titles in last December’s Guerrilla Warfare match, though it didn’t look that way at the time). This was total madness from the get-go, complete w/ all 6 men fighting all over the place, and plenty of grudges involving El Generico & Akira Tozawa. Match full of high spots ended w/ El Generico hitting the Hallula Kick on Akira Tozawa, followed by the Ground Brainbuster, leaving things open for PAC to hit the Corkscrew SSP for the winning pin. Crowd was just totally hot for this, and that makes this match…..the match of the weekend.
Plenty of intrigue going into the March 17 “Reseda Season Opener”, especially when both PWG titles are held by wrestlers who have a grudge against one another. Jimmy Susumu & Masaaki Mochizuki could be a great draw for a future PWG show, especially this year’s DDT4. Speaking of tag teams, I think The Fightin’ Taylor Boys & The RockNES Monsters could be on another collision course with their winning streaks.
Live report/review from PWG: Fear
Thanks very much to our regular PWG correspondent, Chad Simplicio, for this great report/review from last night’s show, Fear.
12/10/11 PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA’S “FEAR” RECAP @ AMERICAN LEGION POST #308, RESEDA, CA
By Chad Simplicio
If there ever was an ultimate Christmas present for fans of indie wrestling in the American West Coast, this would be it. A capacity crowd crammed into American Legion Post #308 for the PWG season finale, and despite difficulties with the sound system, everyone got their money’s worth. In fact, Excalibur tried to whip the sound crew into shape, making sure they got the entrance music right.
8 matches, approx. 4 hrs.
Ring announcer: Angelo Trinidad
Referees: Rick Knox, Sparky Ballard, & Justin Borden
Excalibur’s guests at the commentary table: Kevin Steen, Joey Ryan, & Chris Hero
1 - T.J. Perkins v. “The Pretty Boy Pitbull” Kenny King never really got off the ground because Ryan Taylor & Brian Cage-Taylor of The Fightin’ Taylor Boys interrupted the match in the wake of Los Luchas not making it to the show because of a family emergency, then went on to put a beat down on T.J. & Kenny.
1A - The Fightin’ Taylor Boys def. T.J. Perkins & Kenny King. Hard-hitting opener ended when Brian Cage-Taylor “finished getting his stuff in” by pinning Kenny King w/ a team Canadian Destroyer. That is, Brian Cage-Taylor provided the leverage for Ryan Taylor to hit the Canadian Destroyer.
2 - Roderick Strong p. Amazing Red w/ a powerbomb. Amazing Red was able to get in his classic high-flying moves, including the Running Moonsault, but was outdone by Roddy’s chops and backbreaking moves.
3 - 8-wrestler tag team action—“Team Sleaze” (Dynasty duo of Joey Ryan & Scorpio Sky, “Pretty” Peter Avalon, & Ray Rosas—as all wore classic Joey Ryan trunks) vs. Candice LeRae, Chris Kadillak, Famous B, & B-Boy. Wild mix of comedy, crazy wrestling action, & a dash of “mature” content ended w/ The Dynasty getting the win by pinning Candice LeRae w/ their “End Stage” Superkick / Ace of Spades finisher combo.
4 - Willie Mack p. Chris Hero … clean w/ a version of the Tombstone Piledriver. Great, hard-hitting match that saw Hero mic up about not be sure if he would be able to come back or not, mentioning at least his mother that live in Dayton, OH.
5 - The RockNES Monsters (“Rock & Roll Rebel Soul” Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) def. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly). Johnny Goodtime p. Adam Cole w/ the Frog splash, off of Yuma’s “Sex Factor” DDT w/ the feet. Good match, but it may’ve been the weakest match on the card in the eyes of many.
6 - After intermission, The American Wolves (ROH Champion Davey Richards & his “Final Battle 2011” opponent, Eddie Edwards) def. The Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Player Dos/Stupefied). Hard-hitting, see-saw action ended w/ Eddie Edwards making Player Uno tapout to his Modified Boston Crab submission with his right foot stomping his masked head in.. DR & EE may’ve put the duo over, but as their expression & talk showed as they went to the back, things are likely to get serious come ROH “Final Battle 2011”, when the two square off for the ROH World Championship.
SM - Non-title dream match. PWG World Heavyweight Champion El Generico p. Dick Togo w/ the Top Turnbuckle Brainbuster. High-octane action that saw dueling chants from the capacity crowd, complete w/ “We love them both!” chants in between.
M - Non-title Guerrilla Warfare Match between Super Dragon & “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen, & PWG World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson). 2 tables, 1 trash can, and a bunch of steel & plastic chairs were used in the high-octane, see-saw match that went all over the venue. Super Dragon hit his vintage Curb Stomp on one of the Jackson’s, smashing his head onto the crotch of his brother. Nick Jackson hit a Top Rope Splash to put Super Dragon through 1 of the tables on the floor midway through the match, but it was both Jacksons who took the worst of the highest spots of the match. While Kevin Steen kept Nick Jackson occupied in the ring, it was Super Dragon who put Matt Jackson through the 2nd table on the floor…WITH A PSYCHO DRIVER! With 1 chair used to prop Nick Jackon’s head on it, Super Dragon hit a Top Rope Double-Stomp on the said head, then it was capped with another Top Rope Double-Stomp to amplify the devastating Package Piledriver from Kevin Steen on Nick Jackson. With Kevin Steen getting the winning pinfall on Nick Jackson, that was how my match of the year, & show of the year, ended, at approximately 12:30am PST Sunday Morning.
PWG: Steen Wolf tonight!
Urban Wrestling Federation PPV preview (video)
Here is the free video preview of the UWF: Street King pay per view. The show will air on November the sixth.
This is the new promotion that mixes hip hop with wrestling. The production looks great. The roster includes Scorpio Sky, Homicide and Willie Mack. Check out their website for more details.
Full line up for PWG: Steen Wolf
Line up for PWG: The Perils Of Rock N’ Roll Decadence
The show will take place on September the 10th, at the usual American Legion post in Reseda, California.
PWG World Championship match: Kevin Steen (c) vs Davey Richards
PWG World Tag Team Championship match: The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson - champions) vs the Dynasty (Joey Ryan and Scorpio Sky)
El Generico vs Rocky Romero
RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma) vs Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Player Dos)
Eddie Edwards vs TJP
Willie Mack vs Ryan Taylor
Peter Avalon vs Brian Cage-Taylor
Thoughts: Yet another awesome PWG line up! Ironic that Davey will be in a world title match for PWG, but not ROH in September.