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[Indy Wrestling News] ‘National Pro Wrestling’ is Tomorrow; Afternoon and Evening Match Lineups

npwdProfessional wrestling is the latest to make up their own “day” and tomorrow a whole host of independent companies join together in Philadelphia, PA for National Pro Wrestling Day. Click “read more” to see the lineups for both the afternoon and evening cards, featuring stars from companies like CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, and Resistance Pro, plus info on how to watch the shows on iPPV if you can’t make it to see the shows live.

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[WWE News] El Generico Signs with Company

El Generico

For the past few months, rumors have floated around that indie star El Generico was on his way to the WWE. Well it appears that these rumors are indeed true. As first reported by PWPonderings, “The Generic Luchador” is making his way to Stamford, CT. According to PWInsider, who confirmed the story with their sources, one of the reasons the WWE is so interested in Generico is because of his ability to speak many different languages; it is believed that this could help the wrestling juggernaut in international markets. Also he’s insanely popular on the indie scene and damn good in the ring, but that’s a moot point apparently. No word on if the Generico gimmick is going with the man, but here’s hoping. Having a crowd of 20,000 singing along to “Ole!” would be amazing on so many levels.

Generico’s last big indy date was at last month’s Final Battle where he came up short in his bid to defeat ROH World Champion Kevin Steen. While initially pulled from PWG’s upcoming “DDT” tag tournament, it appears that he will be there in some form or another and it may be his last indie date for quite some time.

While not surprising news, this is definitely big time stuff. Indie fans already know how great Generico is, and the potential is there to make a big splash in the WWE. But, as always, we’ll have to wait and see.

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[Indy Wrestling News] CHIKARA ‘Under the Hood 2012’ Lineup for Sunday

This Sunday, CHIKARA presents Under the Hood live on iPPV. This big show will “end” the 11th season of the promotion, so expect a whole lot of storyline payoffs and other important events to go down. Here is the scheduled lineup for the show, then check below for ordering information.

  • Main Event: Eddie Kingston (c) Vs. Tim Donst for the CHIKARA Grand Championship
  • The Young Bucks (c) Vs. 123 Kid/Marty Jannetty for the Campeonatos de Parejas
  • “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti (c) Vs. ACH for the Young Lions Cup
  • Crossbones/???/The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black/Hallowicked/Frightmare) Vs. Delirious/Ophidian/The Batiri (Obariyon/Kodama/Kobald)
  • 3.0 (Shane Matthews/Scott Parker) Vs. F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano) in a #1 Contenders Match
  • Mike Quackenbush/The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, AssailANT) Vs. Jigsaw/The Shard/Soldier Ant/DeviANT
  • Dasher Hatfield Vs. Icarus

CHIKARA’s Under the Hood 2012 airs this Sunday at 4pm/3pm Central. You can order the iPPV for 16.99 over at Smart Mark Video on Demand.

[Indy Wrestling News] Tokyo Monster Kahagas Making First NWA World Title Defense This Friday

NWA President R. Bruce Tharpe has announced via Facebook that new NWA World Heavyweight Champion “Tokyo Monster” Kahagas is set to make his first title defense this Friday for NWA Houston. The first man to get a crack at the new champ is Damien Wayne, the man Kahagas eliminated to win the “ten pounds of gold”. Check out Tharpe’s official statement below:

This statement is to acknowledge that “Tokyo Monster” Kahagas was authorized as a late entry to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament that took place in New Jersey last week – however – in view of the circumstances in which Kahagas became the NWA World Champion, the NWA Board of Governors has decreed that an immediate rematch shall be ordered between Kahagas and Damien Wayne with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line.

It is hereby ordered that this rematch shall take place this Friday night, November 9th at NWA Houston’s “Decision 2012” event. For event and ticket information visit www.nwahouston.com.

As a courtesy to our fans, the NWA will post the results of this match as soon as possible thereafter, and release a videotape of the match on official NWA media outlets.

We congratulate “Tokyo Monster” Kahagas on his recent NWA World Heavyweight Championship victory, however we caution Kahagas not to relax and enjoy his victory for long, because the challengers are burning up the NWA telephones as they line up for their shot at the “Ten Pounds of Gold.”

Right away the new NWA is ready and willing to have the World Title defended all over its territory system and for that I commend them. Now it’s time to build momentum and regain the momentum lost due to Tharpe’s takeover a few months ago. I’ll definitely be checking the match out once it’s posted and will probably post it here too.

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[Indy Wrestling News] And The New NWA World Heavyweight Champion is…

On Friday, NWA DAWG played host to the crowning of a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion with an eight man elimination match featuring the top independent stars in the country as well as the NWA itself. But things took a completely different turn towards the end of the match and a man not even scheduled to wrestle, NWA National Champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas, joined in and became the new champion. Here’s the official press release of what occurred, courtesy of NWA Wrestling’s official Facebook page.

On November 2 at NWA DAWG in Clayton New Jersey, Tokyo Monster Kahagas pinned Damien Wayne to become the new NWA™ World Heavyweight Champion.

Kahagas was a last minute entrant in to a scheduled eight man elimination match that advertised Chance Prophet, Justin “The Gift” Kincaid [PW Nerd Note: It’s Jason Kincaid, actually], Lance Erikson,  Anthony Nese,  “Greek God” Papadon,  “Phat Daddy” Biggie Biggs,  Lance Anoa’i and Wayne. 

With only Wayne and Prophet remaining in the ring, Kahagas’ manager Dontay Brown emerged with the reigning NWA™ National Heavyweight Champion. Brown was on the phone with NWA President R. Bruce Tharpe. Brown informed NWA™ Head Official Fred Richards that Tharpe had approved Kahagas’ entry in to the match. Richards confirmed Brown’s claim by speaking directly with Tharpe and allowed Kahagas’ participation. Wayne then surprised Prophet with a quick pile driver and secured a three count. Shortly thereafter, Kahagas finished off Wayne with a “TMD” (Tokyo Monster Driver).

So there you have it. Interesting turn of events to say the least. But like always when reporting NWA news I’m not familiar enough with the product to say anything intelligent or insightful so I’ll just leave it at that.

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[Indy Wrestling News] NWA World Title Update; Eight Man Elimination Match Scheduled for 11/2

More information to report concerning the NWA World Title match scheduled for November 2nd; NWA affiliate NWA DAWG will play host to the crowning of a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion on November 2nd at an event titled “Wrath of the Champions” at Clayton High School in Clayton, New Jersey. The title, vacated by Adam Pearce over the weekend but officially vacated by the NWA yesterday, will be put up for grabs in an eight man elimination match with the final man standing earning the right to hold the 10 pounds of gold. The eight men scheduled to face one another are:

  1. Chance Prophet (Current NWA Ring Warriors Bahamas Champion)
  2. Lance Erikson (Current NWA Mountain State Champion)
  3. Damien Wayne (Current NWA DAWG Champion)
  4. Jason Kincaid (Current NWA Smoky Mountain Champion)
  5. Anthony Nese
  6. Papadon
  7. Biggie Biggs
  8. Lance Anoa’i

Those of you familiar with ROH’s “Survival of the Fittest” will undoubtedly feel right at home with the structure of this match. Having little concrete knowledge of the NWA at large, I can’t give you a concrete prediction on who walks out with the title but one of those eight man will become the new face of the Tharpe-era NWA going forward so I hope they choose wisely.

For more information on the event, including other matches signed, head to NWA DAWG’s Facebook.

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[Indy Wrestling News] NWA Championship Vacated; New Champ to Be Decided in November

Over the weekend, Colt Cabana and Adam Pearce ended their months-long “Seven Levels of Hate” with a cage match taking place in Australia. However much had changed since the series began and when it came time for the final contest, the National Wrestling Alliance decided to not sanction the match, effectively taking away the belt both men had been fighting over for most of 2012. Well the match went on anyway and Cabana emerged victorious, and afterwards Pearce and Cabana both decided they didn’t want the belt and they left it laying in the center of the ring. *(EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out the video below for what went down)*

Although this gesture effectively vacated the NWA World Heavyweight Title, the NWA made it official on their website today via president Bruce Tharpe. Here’s what he had to say.

The NWA™ World Heavyweight Title has been vacated. The Board of Governors wish former champion Adam Pearce the best in his future endeavors. There will be a new NWA™World Heavyweight Champion crowned on Friday, November 2nd in Clayton, New Jersey.

So there you have it. The NWA World Heavyweight Title will once again have a new home come Friday and with Cabana and Pearce gone, I have no idea who they’re going to move to that spot. I won’t even venture a guess because I’m not informed enough to make an opinion of that stature. But it will be interesting to see who ends up with the title and who Tharpe and company decide to have represent the new NWA going forward.

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[Indy Wrestling News] PWG Announces ‘Failure to Communicate’ Lineup for October 27th

The California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has announced the lineup for its Battle of Los Angeles follow-up event Failure to Communicate. The matches are as follows:

  • Kevin Steen (c) Vs. Michael Elgin Vs. Ricochet for the PWG Heavyweight Title
  • Eddie Edwards/Roderick Strong Vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson/Nick Jackson)
  • Grudge Match: Willie Mack Vs. Brian Cage
  • Davey Richards Vs. Sami Callihan
  • El Generico Vs. Rich Swann
  • The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime/Johnny Yuma) Vs. B-Boy/Famous B
  • Ryan Taylor Vs. Joey Ryan

Failure to Communicate will take place at the American Legion Post #308 in Resada, California on October 27, 2012. Tickets for the event go on sale on September 20th for those in the area.

[Indy Wrestling News] Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Leaves the NWA

Big news coming out of last night’s NWA Hollywood taping; owner Dave Marquez has pulled the promotion out of the National Wrestling Alliance effective immediately. From now on the company will be known simply as “Championship Wrestling From Hollywood” or CWF Hollywood. This announcement was reported by PWInsider and Mike Johnson posits that the withdrawal comes from issues between Marquez and new NWA Owner Bruce Tharpe who seized legal control of the NWA copyright earlier this year.

After cutting ties with TNA back in 2007, the NWA has struggled to get on its feet and the work Marquez and his outfit in Los Angeles, California has gone a long way to restore credibility to the brand. With the departure of CWF Hollywood, the NWA is losing its most professional looking member as well as the one that people know the best (both in the L.A. area as well as online). It was the flagship show of the entire NWA and to lose that visibility…that’s a death blow. I’ve watched some of the other NWA affiliates and outside of maybe Ring Warriors, none of them are up to claiming the pedestal that CWF Hollywood has vacated.

It’ll be interesting to see which NWA affiliate will attempt to be “top dog” but with CWF Hollywood gone, my interest in the NWA has waned considerably.

[Indy Wrestling News] CHIKARA Announces ‘King of Trios 2012’ Night 1 Lineup

In just two short weeks, CHIKARA will hold its annual King of Trios tournament, where three-man tag teams (and one “quatro”) will battle over the course of a weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) to decide which team is the best of them all. The promotion has announced its complete lineup for Night 1 and it sounds like a doozy. The matches are as follows:

  • Team WWF (123 Kid/Aldo Montoya/Tatanka) Vs. The Extreme Trio (Tommy Dreamer/Jerry Lynn/Too Cold Scorpio)
  • The Faces of Pain (Meng/The Barbarian/Warlord) Vs. Ring of Honor (Mike Bennett/Matt Jackson/Nick Jackson)
  • The Spectral Envoy (Hallowicked/Frightmare/Ultramantis Black) Vs. The Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico/Gary Jay/Pierre Abernathy/Davey Vega)
  • Team JWP (Commando Bolshoi/Tsubasa Kuragaki/Kaori Yoneyama) Vs. The Throwbacks (“Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti/Dasher Hatfield/Matt Classic)
  • Team Osaka Pro (Kikutaro/Ebessan/Takoyakida) Vs. F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano/Icarus)
  • The Colony (Fire Ant/Green Ant/AssailANT) Vs. Team Sendai Girls (Dash Chisako/Meiko Satomura/Sendai Sachiko)
  • Quack, Jig, & Toyota (Mike Quackenbush/Jigsaw/Manami Toyota) Vs. The Swarm (CombatANT/DeviANT/Soldier Ant)
  • 3.0 & Akuma (Scott Parker/Shane Matthews/Gran Akuma) Vs. The Batiri (Obariyon/Kobald/Kodama)

CHIKARA’s King of Trios 2012 takes place September 14-16 at the Palmer Center in Easton, PA. The weekend will also include the 5th annual “Fan Conclave”. To buy your tickets click HERE or wait for the DVD set to come out which is what I’ll have to do.

For more information on CHIKARA itself, visit their official website.

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