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Old 07-22-2016, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Attending Indy Wrestling Shows

Just curious to see who here does/has ever attended local Indy shows? I'll be going to two over the coming months and I'm super excited about them. The ones I'm going to aren't some hokey local Indy fed headlined by a 90s WWF mid-carder being held in a bingo hall but more so with young up-and-coming/established Indy guys. The two shows I'm going to are listed below:

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Beyond Wrestling-Americanrana '16 (7/31/16)

*To Determine The Ace Of Beyond Wrestling*
Chris Dickinson vs. Donovan Dijak vs. JT Dunn

*The Skillogy: Part III*
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jonathan Gresham

*First Time Ever*
Chris Hero vs. Kimber Lee

*Six Man Tag Team Match*
Catch Point (TJ Perkins, Drew Gulak, Tracy Williams) vs. Team Pazuzu (Jaka, Mike Draztik, Angel Ortiz)

*Battle Of New England*
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Brian Fury

*One Year In The Making*
Johnny Gargano vs. David Starr

*HOSS FIGHT~!*
Brian Cage vs. Keith Lee

*Please Come Back*
AR Fox vs. Matt Tremont

*Breakout Stars Showdown*
Matthew Riddle vs. John Silver

*Ten Man Tag Team Match*
Strong Style Squad (Danny “Mafia” Maff, Steve “Monsta” Mack, Homicide, Eddie Kingston, B-Boy) vs. Crusade For Change (Darius Carter, TJ Marconi, Anthony Gangone, Devin Blaze, Tommy Trainwreck)
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XWA-Cross Rhodes (9/18/16)

Former WWE Star Cody Rhodes makes his debut and will face current NXT star Tommaso Ciampa!

XWA Championship Match as TK O'Ryan gets his long awaited rematch with the current champion, The Man Beast Rhyno!

The US meets the UK as JT Dunn faces Chris Ridgeway!

"Feast your eyes" on "The Miracle"! TNA star Mike Bennett faces Dijak!

International star and current WWE Cruiserweight Classic participant, Lince Dorado, tags with Travis Gordon as they take on the high flying, red hot, Scarlet & Graves!


Both Warbeard Hanson and Rude Boy Riley were never officially eliminated from the Xtreme Rumble and that has continued to irk them. While it will not change the outcome of the Rumble, these two are fighting for bragging rights!

David Starr goes 1 on 1 for the 1st time against Vinny Marseglia!
I'm pretty excited for both. Who here has gone to any Indy (I guess non-WWE) shows? ROH, TNA, NJPW, EVOLVE, etc.
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hokey local Indy fed headlined by a 90s WWF mid-carder being held in a bingo hall
I've been to quite a few indy shows but sadly most of them fall under that category. The only legit indy shows I've seen were by this company called WFX. They had a TV deal and they did all of their tapings in my city so I went to quite a few of those and they were pretty legit but sadly they only lasted a year or two.

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Americanrana '16 is today and I. AM. PUMPED!

Doors are at 5pm but I'm getting there about 2 hours early to try and get a decent spot for the show. The card is totally loaded and should certainly be one hell of a show.

I'll be sure to post my thoughts later tonight or at some point tomorrow.
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Made it back after a LONG night of wrestling.

-Cool venue in a very sketchy part of the city. Paid for the valet parking which was affordable and convenient. Had to run back to my car and when I did a car parked next to me and it was AR Fox and his boys. Pretty neat.

-The first match was Brian Cage vs. Keith Lee and was possibly MOTY for me. Holy hell are these two men incredibly large human beings and holy hell can these guys work. They were super fluid and smooth in the rings and were doing things I didn't even know were possible for men of that size. Keith Lee went over, but Cage was given the curtain call by Lee who left the ring and allowed him to soak up the cheers.

-Next was AR Fox and Matt Tremont. Pretty cool match that had a cool spot where Fox set Tremont up on the ropes and went for a hurricanrana but as he went up in the air, Tremont reversed it into a powerbomb off the top rope. The spot of the match (and night) came with Fox pointed up towards the balcony and ran out of the rings and up some stairs. The ring sat under a balcony and next thing you know, Fox is seem running towards a ledge that looked a bit dodgy. He hopped up, balanced and BOOM...swanton bomb off the ledge and into the ring earning the 1-2-3. I'll post the video of it later on.

-Chris Hero vs. Kimber Lee was an absolute joke of all jokes. It was dull and didn't serve a purpose. The highlight of this match for me was watching Ciampa watch it, and you could certainly tell he was not thrilled about it. The best part other than that was Hero cut a pretty dope promo afterwards which served as a nice segway to the next match.

-JT Dunn vs. Donovan Dijak vs. Chris Dickinson was one the crowd was buzzing for. Dunn has amazing charisma and something about him you can't help but cheer (or boo) for. Dijak and Dickinson both have that "big time" promotion look to them and it wouldn't surprise me to see them getting at least looked at down the road. The match was booked sorta screwy and saw the three men brawling around the venue and out of the line of site for many. Had this been on TV, it would've been fine but when you can't see half of what's going on, it sucks. There was some ref shennanigans where Dunn got physical with one ref and hit him with his signature elbow. Later in the match, after some venue wide brawling, Dunn dropped Dijak and went for the 1-2-....no 3. The ref stands up and flips Dunn the bird and hits him with an elbow of his own. At this point it was clear this specific ref was a worker because he took good bumps and threw some good shots. It was pretty cool to see it play out. Long story short, Dijak got the win and the match really came across well once it settled down in the ring.

-The ten man tag match was a total car crash. All the guys were brawling all over the place and you had to keep your head on a swivel or else you could get clocked. It was nuts. It was mad. It was entertaining. Afterwards Homicide took to the mic and did a quick shoot on the booker because something happened where one of his guys couldn't work and he voiced his strong displeasure.

-I'll post about the Joey Ryan stuff tomorrow. Too crazy (yet very, very entertaining) to get into now.

-After intermission was the Riddle/Silver match. Started slow but really picked up with both guys landing some stiff kicks. Riddle went over and it became clear that this promotion is building him up as a big time star for them.

-The 6-man tag match was fun and I must say TJ Perkins is one fun guy to watch. He carries himself with a very calm demeanor and it translates well in the ring as someone who is certainly confident--if not cocky--in his abilities.

-Gargano vs. Starr was wonderful. Last year Starr mad Gargano tap and that was the story behind this match: "One year in the making." It was great and the place was buzzing with this being Gargano's last match there before going NXT full-time. At one point there was a ref bump and Gargano had Dunn tapping but there was no ref. Starr then pulled a foreign object out of his tights to use, but Gargano turned the tides and used it on Starr. He re-applied the hold on a limp Starr as the ref came to. He dropped Starrs hand once...twice...but not a third time as Starr fought back. Gargano hit a low blow and talked trashed telling Starr "this is why I'm going to WWE and you're stuck in this sh*tty indy promotion" which drew HUGE heat. With the double-turn complete, Starr fought back and got the submission victory. After the match both spoke their piece with Starr thanking Gargano because last year when they met, it put Starr on the map and without Gargano there is no David Starr. Gargano then broke kayfabe and said he obviously didn't mean the comment he made and how he has nothing but love for the promotion, fans, etc. It was a really cool moment and Gargano proceeded to put David Starr and JT Dunn over in his promo. Really cool moment.

-Ciampa/Fury was next. By this point I was exhausted and didn't see much. Fury won via. submission.

-Lastly was ZSJ vs. Jonathan Greshman. Started suuuuuuper slow with both guys basically doing the same sequence, but after the first fall (scored by BOTH guys) the match picked up. It really showed how good ZSJ really is and how methodical he can be when he's in the ring. Greshman had a lot of cool spots and for a small guy, he really came across as a legit badass. They had some great chemistry, and ultimately Greshman went over on ZSJ. This was a really good match.


All in all, it was a good night. It was very long (about five hours) and could've gone with the 10 man, 6 man and Hero/Lee matches. MOTY was Cage/Keith Lee and the spot of the night was by far AR Fox. The Gargano/Starr match probably had the best story telling of then night, while the Greshman/ZSJ match had the best psychology. Below is the AR Fox spot I talked about (not my video/tweet.)

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About to head out to see Ciampa bid farewell to the indie scene by taking on Cody Rhodes. Also in action is JT Dunn, David Starr, Mike Bennett, Donovan Dijak, Rhyno and a few others. Pretty excited for this one.
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Alright, so here's my review of the show last night. Pardon any typos or oversights, I'm typing this as my first period class is working on an assignment so I'm trying to stay low key:

-It was held in a local rec center, about 300ish people were in attendance. Solid crowd. The show opened with a dark match of sorts, a tag match featuring some of the students from their training center. It was a super-indy match, and the two teams featured one team made up of a pan handler and a legit badass type guy. The other team? Well, a flabby guy with the WORST tattoos possible and the scrawniest guy in the building and his name was "Too Buff" and he was fantastic. They both had managers with them, one was a wizard of sorts and the other was a stereotypical wrestling coach carrying creatine with him. The finish was one manager threw creatine in the eyes of the face and the heels pick up the win. Super duper hokey match, but it was very fun and it got plenty of laughs.

-The first match of the main card was Lio Rush vs. Brian Fury. Fury is super over in the New England area and the fans love him, he's a mainstay here. Rush was fun but seemed to be working a bit hurt. It was a good match that had people popping. Eventually Fury went over for the win to a big ovation.

-Next was local worker, Vinny Marseglia taking on The King of Taunts, Your Favorite Wrestlers Favorite Wrestler, The Human Embodiment of Charisma, The 106 Minute Man, Davey Wrestling...David f'ing Starr! This was my second time seeing Starr and I was already a huge fan. He and Marseglia had a great back and forth before the match started where no one was chanting for Starr (he was heel) so he sat on the mat and refused to wrestle till he got chants. Eventually there were "Davey Wrestling!" chants, a nickname he gave himself after beating Johnny Gargano at the other show I attended. It was a fun match with great back-and-forth and psychology. Marseglia began targeting Starr's knee and Starr sold perfectly. At one point, Starr had Marseglia outside of the ring in front of the crowd. My buddies and I were front row and Starr urged everyone ringside to move urgently as he grabbed Marseglia and was going to dump him over the railing. We all book it. Then Starr goes to throw him only to turn around and throws him back in the ring. It was awesome, and I laughed hysterically. Later in the match Starr dropped and was screaming in pain and clinched his knee. Everything stopped and we didn't know what was going on. Even people from the back were opening the curtains to watch. We waited for the bell when Marseglia began attacking Starr and targeting the knee. Boom, double turn. The match went on a little more with Starr doing an excellent job of selling the knee and Marseglia playing the heel nicely despite the hometown crowd loving him. The end came when Vinny lost it and attacked the ref who tried treating Starr's knee. Bell rings, Davey wins via DQ. After the match the refs tended to Starr who was kneeling on the mat talking trash to Vinny begging for him to hit him and pleading for him to do it which he did. Overall, it was a fun match and further cemented why Davey Wrestling is one of my favorite workers out right now. The most intriguing part of the match was about halfway through, before the double turn, Starr was working Vinny over when music and video hit the screen. It was a video package for...ADAM COLE. Starr stopped and watched and said "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!?" The crowd seemed legit confused because during the Fury/Rush match, they accidentally hit Fury's music mid-match. However, they played the ENTIRE Cole video so how could that be a mistake? If they're hinting at a future Cole/Starr feud for their fed, I'm 100% in.

-Next was Donovan Dijak (local worker, also with ROH) against The Miracle Mike Bennett. This could easily be a WWE match based on looks alone. We all probably know how great Bennett is, but Dijak is one to watch as well. I saw him at Beyond Wrestling before, and he's very impressive. The two had a great match and had the crowd pretty split. Eventually Bennett went over in what was a very fun, competitive match. After the match Bennett cut a promo about XWA, their academy (they he helps run) and TNA. He said TNA isn't going to suffer the fate of 'DELETE, DELETE, DELETE!' and that he will single handily save the company to a huge pop.

-JT Dunn vs. Sami Callihan (formerly Solomon Crowe) time! I had my Dunn shirt on and was in mark mode. It was a 'Relaxed Rules Match' aka no DQ match. This one was intense and had some tough spots. At one point, Callihan pulled a table out and teased a spot. Eventually he sent Dunn through it and onto some less-than-forgiving padding. Overall there was some stiff shots, and at point Dunn tossed Sami over the railing and into the crowd only to sprint and dive over the top and right onto him. Dunn even took a piledriver onto the apron (WHICH IS THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING, MAGGLE!) Eventually Dunn tapped to a submission hold and I was bummed, but the crowd gave him a huge ovation afterwards.

-They made an announcement that Rhyno wasn't going to be showing tonight due to a new extended deal with WWE that prevents him from working indie shows. He is their champion so his match and running feud with local worker TK O'Ryan was in jeopardy. They announced the match would still be held and they would give Rhyno the 10 second count out. They then had a serviceable match with two of their students before the intermission.

-During the break I bought a shirt off of David Starr and told him how great he was at working the crowd. I went over to JT Dunn to shake his hand and tell him how impressive his match was, and you could clearly tell he was miserable and the bumps had really taken their tole on him. He is normally a very approachable guy and interactive, but he was short on words last night and for good reason.

-We then had a tag match between Scarlett & Graves vs. Lince Dorado & Travis 'Flip' Gordon. Spot fest with some confusing psychology (no real tag rules, it seemed like a Tornado Tag if anything) but definitely entertaining. A few minutes into the march, Dorado got tossed outside the ring and right in front of me and my buddies. Casually he turns and looks at me and goes "These guys are terrible. So how's it going fellas?" So calm and cool, that right there won me over. The cool spot of the match saw Scarlet & Graves sent into the crowd by the railing. Flip Gordon ran off the turnbuckle and did a dive onto them. He then propped them up as Lince positioned himself on the apron and landed a great moonsault over the railing and onto all three men. Possibly spot of the night and the place lost it. Long story short, Lince & Flip went over and the crowd loved it. Definitely will be cheering for Lince now that he's headed to Raw.

-Rude Boy Riley vs. Warbeard Hansen. This match was apart of a running feud these two have had for a while and I wasn't really too versed on the story but the match wasn't bad and both moved pretty well for bigger guys.

-XWA title time. TK O'Ryan comes out and cuts a promo on Rhyno and demands the ref begin the count. 1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...out comes the booker for XWA. He says that O'Ryan won't win the belt this way and that even though Rhyno had to back out, they were able to find a replacement. Out comes one half of The Wolves, Eddie Edwards! Big pop. This match was a chop fest if I've ever seen one. Edwards even paraded O'Ryan along the railing at one point and had the fans hold his arms while he chopped away at him. Both men looked great, and if O'Ryan added muscle to his frame he could be one to watch (he's only 22 or 23 years old I believe.) Towards the end of the match there was the dreaded ref bump DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN. Suddenly, music hits and out comes former XWA champ, Atima. I can't remember his first name, but the die hard XWA fans began chanting "A-time suuuuucks" in the same pitch as the "John Cena suuuucks" chants. There is history between Atima and O'Ryan. I guess Atima got hurt or robbed of his belt that O'Ryan got a hold of then he lost it to Rhyno and Atmia just vanished. He came back and O'Ryan was heeling it up and got ready to leave after he failed to hit Atima with the belt. Atima was in the ring hold the title taunting O'Ryan, then turned and blasted Edwards with the belt, laid the belt down, and left. O'Ryan had the "WTF?!?!" face, crawled in and got the pinfall victory and the title. Clearly they'll build off of this that Atima wanted to get back what was rightfully his and wanted to beat his rival for it, not Edwards.

-MAIN EVENT TIME!!!! 'Psycho Killer' hit and the promo video for Ciampa played and not a single set was sat upon at this moment. This was it, we were sending Ciampa off to Raw and he was going to have everyone's attention. As is customary on the indie scene, everyone began clapping along to his theme and sang along. Then we all remembered 'Holy hell, Cody Rhodes is here too!' Out came Cody to a massive pop. The two had instant chemistry and it was evident people were pro-Ciampa but also loved Cody. Rhodes gave great respect to Ciampa and left the ring for a spell to allow the crowd to shower Ciampa with cheers and respect. The match itself was fun and I won't go into detail, as I hope they share some of it online, but Cody eventually went over. He then cut a wonderful promo on behalf of Ciampa, then left. They brought out Ciampa's family and then all of the workers surrounded the ring. Ciampa talked for about five minutes, hugged his family, shook the hands of all the boys then made his way around ringside for the fans. It was a great moment to witness. He is beloved by indie fans and the sendoff was great, it felt special being there in front of a smaller crowd. The Psycho Killer will always be loved!

All in all, it was a very fun night. In comparison to the Beyond show, it was much more family friendly. The best matches last night (Ciampa/Cody, Dijak/Bennett, Starr/Vinny) didn't outshine the best matches from Beyond (Gargano/Starr, Cage/Lee, Dunn/Dickinson/Dijak) but that didn't mean much. I laughed, I boo'd, I cheered, I interacted with guys like Lince Dorado, Mike Bennett, JT Dunn and David Starr. It was great. I plan on attending their next show and seeing what they have on deck (especially if they're teasing David Starr vs. Adam Cole.)
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Alright, so here's my review of the show last night. Pardon any typos or oversights, I'm typing this as my first period class is working on an assignment so I'm trying to stay low key:

-It was held in a local rec center, about 300ish people were in attendance. Solid crowd. The show opened with a dark match of sorts, a tag match featuring some of the students from their training center. It was a super-indy match, and the two teams featured one team made up of a pan handler and a legit badass type guy. The other team? Well, a flabby guy with the WORST tattoos possible and the scrawniest guy in the building and his name was "Too Buff" and he was fantastic. They both had managers with them, one was a wizard of sorts and the other was a stereotypical wrestling coach carrying creatine with him. The finish was one manager threw creatine in the eyes of the face and the heels pick up the win. Super duper hokey match, but it was very fun and it got plenty of laughs.

-The first match of the main card was Lio Rush vs. Brian Fury. Fury is super over in the New England area and the fans love him, he's a mainstay here. Rush was fun but seemed to be working a bit hurt. It was a good match that had people popping. Eventually Fury went over for the win to a big ovation.

-Next was local worker, Vinny Marseglia taking on The King of Taunts, Your Favorite Wrestlers Favorite Wrestler, The Human Embodiment of Charisma, The 106 Minute Man, Davey Wrestling...David f'ing Starr! This was my second time seeing Starr and I was already a huge fan. He and Marseglia had a great back and forth before the match started where no one was chanting for Starr (he was heel) so he sat on the mat and refused to wrestle till he got chants. Eventually there were "Davey Wrestling!" chants, a nickname he gave himself after beating Johnny Gargano at the other show I attended. It was a fun match with great back-and-forth and psychology. Marseglia began targeting Starr's knee and Starr sold perfectly. At one point, Starr had Marseglia outside of the ring in front of the crowd. My buddies and I were front row and Starr urged everyone ringside to move urgently as he grabbed Marseglia and was going to dump him over the railing. We all book it. Then Starr goes to throw him only to turn around and throws him back in the ring. It was awesome, and I laughed hysterically. Later in the match Starr dropped and was screaming in pain and clinched his knee. Everything stopped and we didn't know what was going on. Even people from the back were opening the curtains to watch. We waited for the bell when Marseglia began attacking Starr and targeting the knee. Boom, double turn. The match went on a little more with Starr doing an excellent job of selling the knee and Marseglia playing the heel nicely despite the hometown crowd loving him. The end came when Vinny lost it and attacked the ref who tried treating Starr's knee. Bell rings, Davey wins via DQ. After the match the refs tended to Starr who was kneeling on the mat talking trash to Vinny begging for him to hit him and pleading for him to do it which he did. Overall, it was a fun match and further cemented why Davey Wrestling is one of my favorite workers out right now. The most intriguing part of the match was about halfway through, before the double turn, Starr was working Vinny over when music and video hit the screen. It was a video package for...ADAM COLE. Starr stopped and watched and said "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!?" The crowd seemed legit confused because during the Fury/Rush match, they accidentally hit Fury's music mid-match. However, they played the ENTIRE Cole video so how could that be a mistake? If they're hinting at a future Cole/Starr feud for their fed, I'm 100% in.

-Next was Donovan Dijak (local worker, also with ROH) against The Miracle Mike Bennett. This could easily be a WWE match based on looks alone. We all probably know how great Bennett is, but Dijak is one to watch as well. I saw him at Beyond Wrestling before, and he's very impressive. The two had a great match and had the crowd pretty split. Eventually Bennett went over in what was a very fun, competitive match. After the match Bennett cut a promo about XWA, their academy (they he helps run) and TNA. He said TNA isn't going to suffer the fate of 'DELETE, DELETE, DELETE!' and that he will single handily save the company to a huge pop.

-JT Dunn vs. Sami Callihan (formerly Solomon Crowe) time! I had my Dunn shirt on and was in mark mode. It was a 'Relaxed Rules Match' aka no DQ match. This one was intense and had some tough spots. At one point, Callihan pulled a table out and teased a spot. Eventually he sent Dunn through it and onto some less-than-forgiving padding. Overall there was some stiff shots, and at point Dunn tossed Sami over the railing and into the crowd only to sprint and dive over the top and right onto him. Dunn even took a piledriver onto the apron (WHICH IS THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING, MAGGLE!) Eventually Dunn tapped to a submission hold and I was bummed, but the crowd gave him a huge ovation afterwards.

-They made an announcement that Rhyno wasn't going to be showing tonight due to a new extended deal with WWE that prevents him from working indie shows. He is their champion so his match and running feud with local worker TK O'Ryan was in jeopardy. They announced the match would still be held and they would give Rhyno the 10 second count out. They then had a serviceable match with two of their students before the intermission.

-During the break I bought a shirt off of David Starr and told him how great he was at working the crowd. I went over to JT Dunn to shake his hand and tell him how impressive his match was, and you could clearly tell he was miserable and the bumps had really taken their tole on him. He is normally a very approachable guy and interactive, but he was short on words last night and for good reason.

-We then had a tag match between Scarlett & Graves vs. Lince Dorado & Travis 'Flip' Gordon. Spot fest with some confusing psychology (no real tag rules, it seemed like a Tornado Tag if anything) but definitely entertaining. A few minutes into the march, Dorado got tossed outside the ring and right in front of me and my buddies. Casually he turns and looks at me and goes "These guys are terrible. So how's it going fellas?" So calm and cool, that right there won me over. The cool spot of the match saw Scarlet & Graves sent into the crowd by the railing. Flip Gordon ran off the turnbuckle and did a dive onto them. He then propped them up as Lince positioned himself on the apron and landed a great moonsault over the railing and onto all three men. Possibly spot of the night and the place lost it. Long story short, Lince & Flip went over and the crowd loved it. Definitely will be cheering for Lince now that he's headed to Raw.

-Rude Boy Riley vs. Warbeard Hansen. This match was apart of a running feud these two have had for a while and I wasn't really too versed on the story but the match wasn't bad and both moved pretty well for bigger guys.

-XWA title time. TK O'Ryan comes out and cuts a promo on Rhyno and demands the ref begin the count. 1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...out comes the booker for XWA. He says that O'Ryan won't win the belt this way and that even though Rhyno had to back out, they were able to find a replacement. Out comes one half of The Wolves, Eddie Edwards! Big pop. This match was a chop fest if I've ever seen one. Edwards even paraded O'Ryan along the railing at one point and had the fans hold his arms while he chopped away at him. Both men looked great, and if O'Ryan added muscle to his frame he could be one to watch (he's only 22 or 23 years old I believe.) Towards the end of the match there was the dreaded ref bump DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN. Suddenly, music hits and out comes former XWA champ, Atima. I can't remember his first name, but the die hard XWA fans began chanting "A-time suuuuucks" in the same pitch as the "John Cena suuuucks" chants. There is history between Atima and O'Ryan. I guess Atima got hurt or robbed of his belt that O'Ryan got a hold of then he lost it to Rhyno and Atmia just vanished. He came back and O'Ryan was heeling it up and got ready to leave after he failed to hit Atima with the belt. Atima was in the ring hold the title taunting O'Ryan, then turned and blasted Edwards with the belt, laid the belt down, and left. O'Ryan had the "WTF?!?!" face, crawled in and got the pinfall victory and the title. Clearly they'll build off of this that Atima wanted to get back what was rightfully his and wanted to beat his rival for it, not Edwards.

-MAIN EVENT TIME!!!! 'Psycho Killer' hit and the promo video for Ciampa played and not a single set was sat upon at this moment. This was it, we were sending Ciampa off to Raw and he was going to have everyone's attention. As is customary on the indie scene, everyone began clapping along to his theme and sang along. Then we all remembered 'Holy hell, Cody Rhodes is here too!' Out came Cody to a massive pop. The two had instant chemistry and it was evident people were pro-Ciampa but also loved Cody. Rhodes gave great respect to Ciampa and left the ring for a spell to allow the crowd to shower Ciampa with cheers and respect. The match itself was fun and I won't go into detail, as I hope they share some of it online, but Cody eventually went over. He then cut a wonderful promo on behalf of Ciampa, then left. They brought out Ciampa's family and then all of the workers surrounded the ring. Ciampa talked for about five minutes, hugged his family, shook the hands of all the boys then made his way around ringside for the fans. It was a great moment to witness. He is beloved by indie fans and the sendoff was great, it felt special being there in front of a smaller crowd. The Psycho Killer will always be loved!

All in all, it was a very fun night. In comparison to the Beyond show, it was much more family friendly. The best matches last night (Ciampa/Cody, Dijak/Bennett, Starr/Vinny) didn't outshine the best matches from Beyond (Gargano/Starr, Cage/Lee, Dunn/Dickinson/Dijak) but that didn't mean much. I laughed, I boo'd, I cheered, I interacted with guys like Lince Dorado, Mike Bennett, JT Dunn and David Starr. It was great. I plan on attending their next show and seeing what they have on deck (especially if they're teasing David Starr vs. Adam Cole.)
Great write up. Sounds like a pretty solid show. I haven't been to an indie show in a year or two. EC3 was advertised for a show here and I was planning on going but he had to cancel and he was replaced by Magnus(who I had no interest in paying to see).
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In just over three weeks, I will be front row for this match...and yes, I am VERY, VERY excited for it.

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Never seen a match with any of the above.

They straight up jacked the WM logo from the WWE. Haha.
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Ricochet and Sabre Jr are two guys you should check out.
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Yeah, Ricochet & ZSJ are two of the bigger names on the indie scene while JT Dunn is more New England based. All three are worth checking out for sure.

Mike Bennett is on TNA (married to Maria Kanellis) and he's a fun guy. He's sort of run-of-the-mill but has a good mic presence. TK O'Ryan is a local guy as well, and is getting some burn in ROH with The New Kingdom (TK, Vinny Marseglia and Matt Taven.) Travis 'Flip' Gordon is great with the high spots and the #flippybullshit /cornettevoice.

They also jacked the Mania logo because this is their version of Mania. It's been a fed I've been getting really into because they run storylines and everything as opposed to matches with no real meaning behind them, which adds a nice dimension to everything.
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WWE Live tomorrow and XWA Wrestleution 16 on Sunday, should be a fun weekend!
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Going to another XWA show tonight. Since September, I've become a HUGE fan of their product and I now consider some of my favorite workers today to be guys such as JT Dunn, David Starr and TK O'Ryan thanks to seeing them over and over again in XWA. The card is as followed:







Plus a 30-man over the top rope rumble. This should be the culmination of their on-going Mike Bennett/TK O'Ryan feud. While Flip vs. Ricochet will easily get the biggest pop (rightfully so) and Bennett vs. TKO will probably be the most fun (their last match wasn't a wrestling 101 class, but it was a great, entertaining story told by both men) I fully expect Keith Lee vs. David Starr to easily steal the show. As I've stated before, I'm a big David Starr fan but Keith Lee is truly something else. If you have never seen him before, look up his match with Brian Cage for Beyond Wrestling on YouTube and enjoy.

I'll be sure to share my thoughts on this event at some point tomorrow.
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And I'm now realizing that I never shared my thoughts from their Wrestleution show, but Ricochet didn't show due to flight issues (which is why he's working tonight) so we got a rematch from their show the month prior between JT Dunn and ZSJ. The premise of their first match was the winner gets Ricochet, but they went to a draw. So once Ricochet couldn't make it, they had Dunn & ZSJ rematch.

And they freaking KILLED it! I'm a JT Dunn mark, but boy oh boy, when you watch ZSJ work live he makes it seem so damn real. I was convinced he was stretching Dunn and actually looking to hurt him as opposed to everything being a work. That guy makes wrestling feel and look hyper real. After close to 30 minutes Dunn ended up going over. Great match.
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