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Torch Indy Weekend Report: IWA may close; Del Rey, Danielson, Gregory, Ruckus retain titles

Oct 15, 2007 - 4:38:07 PM
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By Chris Vetter

Torch Indy Reporter Chris Vetter travels thousands of miles each year to see dozens of indy shows all over the Midwest. His reports covering the entire U.S. Indy Scene are usually published exclusively here at PWTorch.com every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

WEEKEND RESULTS, NEWS & NOTES

The HUGE news of this weekend is that IWA Mid-South is on the verge of closing, after 10 years, as the promotion reaches its 500th overall show. From the official results on IWA’s board: Ian (Rotten) gave a speech to the crowd thanking Danny Trahan for all the hard work and Jim Fannin for all the loyalty and Mickie Knuckles for being a treasure and Phyllis Hickey for all that she had done for the company. He then addressed the very real possibility that IWA Mid-South will be closing its doors on December 7th. The debts have gotten too great for both Ian and Jim to be able to continue and in all likelihood, barring a complete change of heart and reversal of fortune, December 7th will likely be the end of the road for IWA Mid-South.

I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not. Anyone who has read my column over the last six months has seen that IWA has gotten in a pattern of consistently promising certain workers would attend shows, only to have them cancel at the last minute. Some times it was over money, and some times it was things out of IWA’s control. But no promotion has had a bigger challenge in delivering the wrestlers they have promised. After having so many cancellations at the recent “Ted Petty Invitational (Alex Shelley, Low Ki, Samoa Joe, El Generico, B-Boy, Matt Sydal), I decided not to attend the second day of the tournament.

In Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on Sunday, Bryan Danielson defeated Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans defeated El Generico. Results are below.

In IWC, Dennis Gregory defeated Claudio Castagnoli to retain the heavyweight title.

Shimmer Women’s Athletes taped 17 matches for two more volumes on Saturday. Champion Sara Del Rey defeated Amazing Kong in the first taping, then defeated Sara Stock in the second taping, to retain her Shimmer title. Promoter Dave Prazak announced that Shimmer would take the winter off, as the promotion now has FIVE shows it must produce & release on DVD. Shimmer had a sellout of 250 paid.

In Combat Zone Wrestling, Ruckus defeated Human Tornado to retain the CZW title, while Sabian defeated Danny Havoc to win the junior heavyweight title.

In other news…

High-flyer Teddy Hart has been released by the WWE. JAPW has hinted he may return at its huge “10th anniversary” show. Hart’s release surprises me only because WWE had a ready-made “New Hart Foundation” available, with Davey Boy Smith’s son and Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart’s daughter both under contract.

ECWA has announced the names of the 8 competitors for this year’s “Super 8” tournament. Usually, this tournament is for unknown ‘diamond-in-the-rough, up-and-comers.’ So, I’m surprised that this year’s tournament features Jerry Lynn, Rob Conway, and established indy high-flyers Matt Cross and Human Tornado. The rest of the field includes Billy Bax, Rob Eckos, Brian Fury, and Matt Logan.

And you can always reach me with your indy results at chrisjvetter@hotmail.com. I request that you remember to say date, location (including building, city & state!), and full name of the promotion.

WEEKEND RESULTS

AWA RUSH, Oct. 12, Mankato, Minn.: Arya Daivari defeats Casanova, Cory O’Neill defeats Gage Octane, Arik Cannon defeats Brody Hoofer, Devin Carter defeats Aaron Corbin, Ben Sailer & Jaysin Strife defeat Kleck Michaels & Pete Huge, “Krazy K” Kirby Mack vs. Matty Star went to a double countout, Black Stallion defeats Shimdog.

NWA Main Event Wrestling, Oct. 12, Pulaski, Tenn.: Jesse Emerson defeats Josh Hendricks, Chrisjen Hayme defeats BLU, Eddie Paul defeats Psycho Medic, Jesse Emerson vs. Chrisjen Hayme went to a draw, Teddy Tender defeats Brandon Stone, Matt Boyce defeats Steve O via countout.

IWA Mid-South, Oct. 13, Joliet, Ill.: Chrisjen Hayme defeats Ben McCoy, Devon Moore defeats Jason Hades and Troy Walters and Lucky and Justin Dredd and Dingo in an elimination match, Jack Thriller defeats Jimmy Jacobs, Deranged defeats Brandon Thomaselli, Chuck Taylor defeats Ricochet, Dysfunction & Silas Young defeat Josh Abercrombie & Mickie Knuckles, Chuck Taylor defeats Ricochet, B.J. Whitmer defeats CJ Otis, Jason Dukes defeats Ian Rotten, Eddie Kingston defeats Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong in a three-way, Joey Ryan & Karl Anderson defeat the Iron Saints, Freak Show defeats Insane Lane.

IWA Mid-South/Elite Pro, Oct. 13, Joliet, Ill. (afternoon show): Jason Hades defeats Lucky, Deranged defeats Jay Jensen, Rob Conway defeats Joey Magnum, Mickie Knuckles defeats Kimberly Kash, Dysfunction & Night Breed defeat Ricochet & Eddie Kingston & Devon Moore, Acid defeats Chuck Taylor, the Iron Saints defeat Team Taliban, Brandon Thomaselli defeats Ian Rotten.

International Wrestling Cartel, Oct. 13, Elizabeth, Penn.: Troy Lords defeats Azrieal, Shiima Xion & Jason Gory defeat the Hollywood Balds, Brent Albright defeats Super Hentai, the Gambinos defeat Sexual Harassment, John McChesney defeats Davey Richards, Faith In Nothing defeat Johnny Gargano & Michael Façade, Bubba the Bulldog defeats J-Rocc, Ricky Reyes defeats Raymond Rowe, Dennis Gregory defeats Claudio Castagnoli to retain the IWC heavyweight title.

Shimmer Women’s Athletes, Oct. 13, Berwyn, Ill.: Eden Black defeats Amber O’Neal, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews defeats Lorelei Lee & Ashley Lane, Jetta defeats Serena Deeb, Alison Danger defeats Cindy Rogers, Lacey & Rain defeat Ariel & Josie, Cheerleader Melissa defeats Alexa Thatcher, Lexie Fyfe & Malia Hosaka defeat MsChif & Daffney, Sarah Stock defeats Daizee Haze, Sara Del Rey defeats Amazing Kong. In the second taping: Lorelei Lee defeats Amber O’Neal, Ariel & Josie defeat Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews, Alexa Thatcher defeats Ashley Lane, Lexie Fyfe & Malia Hosaka defeat Allison Danger & Serena Deeb, Cindy Rogers defeats Daffney, Daizee Haze & MsChif & Eden Black defeat Lacey & Rain & Jetta, Amazing Kong defeats Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Rey defeats Sara Stock in a best of three falls match.

Combat Zone Wrestling, Oct. 13, Philadelphia, Penn.: Cheech & Brodie Lee defeat the Olsen twins and Dave Cole & J-Busta in a three-way, Sabian defeats Ricochet and Cloudy in a three-way, Jon Dahmer & Danny Demanto defeat CJ O’Doyle & Ryan McBride, Ruckus defeats Human Tornado, Derek Frazier & Niles Young defeat Andy Sumner & Drew Gulak, Sabian defeats Danny Havoc to win the junior heavyweight title, DJ Hyde & Brain Damage defeat Necro Butcher & Toby Klein, Scotty Vortekz & Dustin Lee defeat JC Bailey & Drake Younger.

EWF, Oct. 13, Marion, Ind.: Andy Santos defeats MIA, Jigsaw won a Halloween battle royal, Nate Phoenix & Wildman Rogers defeat Craig Poling & Hank Calhoun, Just Justin defeats Chip Daley, Ames & Able defeat Hillbilly Jed & Joey Owens, Big Ric Cannon defeats General Lee and Osyris in a three-way.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Oct. 14, Van Nuys, Calif.: Ronin defeats Bino Gambino, Scott Lost defeats Davey Richards, Scorpio Sky & the Young Bucks defeat Los Luchas, Human Tornado defeats Chris Hero, Jack Evans defeats El Generico, Bryan Danielson defeats Roderick Strong.

Mid-States Wrestling, Oct. 14, Harrison, Ark.: Michael Barry defeats Dustin Heritage, Mitch Carter defeats Kenny Campbell, Jim Fallon vs. Kevin Lovejones ended in a double countout, El Matador Dos defeats Shane Morbid, Gary Gram defeats Jake Boulder in a fans bring the weapons match, Michael Barry & Stephen E defeat Big Bubba Hall in a handicap match, Jason Jones defeats Handsome Jack Dalton in an I Quit leather strap match.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Ring of Honor, Oct. 19, Las Vegas, Nev., the Empire ballroom, with the “Survival of the Fittest” tournament featuring Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries vs. Delirious, Roderick Strong vs. Brent Albright, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Davey Richards, Rocky Romero vs. TJ Perkins, Chris Hero vs. Karl Anderson. In non-tournament action, the Briscoes vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Necro Butcher, and matches with Human Tornado, Tony Kozina, and Shane Hagadorn.

Mercury 1 Wrestling, Oct. 19, Middleton, Wis., at the Keva Sports Center.

Southern All-Star Wrestling, Oct. 19, Millersville, Tenn., at the arena, with the Naturals vs. Homicidal Tendencies, Pat Tanaka vs. Sean Casey, the Maddox Brothers vs. Chris Michaels & Nore Havoc.

AAW, Oct. 20, Berwyn, Ill., the Eagles Club, with Jerry Lynn vs. Jayson Reign, Arik Cannon vs. Eric Priest, and matches with Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Josh Abercrombie.

FPWA, Oct. 20, Pinellas Park, Fla., the boys’ & girls’ club, with the Psychedelics vs. Punk & Disorderly, Mr. Marcus vs. Torcher vs. Scotty Commodity, Lou Cypher & Kahagas vs. Mark Zout & Heater, Austin Amadeus vs. Aaron Epic, Eric Cooper vs. Dagon Briggs, Naphtali vs. Ash Kristansen, Nick Fame vs. Chris Jones.

Mercury 1 Wrestling, Oct. 20, Rockwood, Wis., at the Big Apple.

Northern Lights Wrestling, Oct. 20, St. Paul, Minn., with Travis Hilton vs. Cooter, Shimdog vs. Mike Rollins, and matches with Ian Xavier, Zero Kincaid, Red Lightning, Buddha.

The Wrestling Federation, Oct. 20, Phoenixville, Penn., with Rocky Styles vs. Big Lou, and matches Rockin’ Rebel, Blahdeggo, Kid Kaos, Twisted Tate, Uptown Chris Brown, Frank the Tank, Killer Kramer.

AWA/WSW, Oct. 20, Durham, Conn., with Brian Logan, Matt Turner, Justyn Glory, the Lumberjacks, Shaka the crimson assassin, Junior Alou, Dickie Rodz, Johnny Glitter, Super Zeta.

Ring of Honor, Oct. 21, San Francisco, Calif., at the Cow Palace, as part of “WrestleFanfest.” Nigel McGuinness vs. Jay Briscoe, Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries, Roderick Strong vs. Claudio Castagnoli, Delirious vs. Brent Albright, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero vs. TJ Perkins & Tony Kozina, Adam Pearce vs. Karl Anderson, Chris Hero vs. Human Tornado.

Action Zone Wrestling, Oct. 24, Waipahu, Hawaii, with Kris Kavanaugh & Sex Bomb Cholo vs. the Rage & Sabaki, Jimmy Jacobs vs. AkuA, Delirious vs. DDB vs. Kaniala vs. Mark Anarchy, Nebulous vs. Nijuu Ninkaku, Devilshock vs. the Old School Outlaws.

GOUGE, Oct. 25, Raleigh, N.C.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Oct. 26, in France!

IWA Mid-South, Oct. 26, Plainfield, Ind., “the double death tag team death match tournament.”

Chikara Pro, Oct. 26, Reading, Penn., at the Riverside Beneficial Assoc. Building, with Gran Akuma & Icarus vs. Delirious & Hallowicked, Mike Quackenbush vs. Lince Dorado, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chuck Taylor, Eddie Kingston vs. Tim Donst, Equinox vs. Mitch Ryder, Jigsaw vs. Dragon Yuki.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Oct. 27, in England!

Chikara Pro, Oct. 27, Barnesville, Penn., at the Ryan Township Fire Hall.

IWA Mid-South, Oct. 27, Plainfield, Ind., “Queen of the Death Matches.”

Jersey All Pro, Oct. 27, Rahway, N.J., the “10th Anniversary Show,” with Low Ki vs. Homicide, Rhino vs. Necro Butcher, A.J. Styles vs. Frankie Kazarian, Jay Lethal & Azrieal vs. Sabian & Ruckus, Eddie Kingston vs. Drake Younger, B-Boy vs. M-Dogg 20 vs. Joker vs. Bandido Jr. vs. Sal Rinauro vs. ???? in a six-way scramble, Grim Reefer vs. Archadia in a ladder match, plus Crowbar Devon Storm and Cryme Tyme.

Northeast Wrestling, Oct. 27, Milford, Penn., at Delaware Valley High School, with Kurt Angle appearing, Jerry Lawler vs. Joey Matthews, Abyss vs. Romeo Roselli, Jason Blade vs. Xavier, Josh Daniels vs. Ricky Landell, and a midget match.

P.R.O. Wrestling, Oct. 27, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Brandon Keith vs. Adam Evans, Ricochet vs. Trik Davis, Chuck Taylor vs. Silas Young, Danny Daniels vs. Tyler Black.

Blackball’d Wrestling Organization, Oct. 27, Phoenixville, Penn., with Rockin’ Rebel & Killer Kramer & Bill Bain vs. Eric Cooper & Kage & IB Green, Massive Mike & Twisted Tate vs. Alan Cross & Jason Gotti, Din Mak vs. Kid Kaos vs. Mat Bomboy vs. Antonio Blanca, Chris Brown vs. Blahdeggo vs. Boy Boy.

Independent Wrestling Federation, Oct. 27, West Paterson, N.J., with Tito Santana & Tony Torres & Kevin Knight vs. Franciz & Travis Blake & Aaron Stride, Biggie Biggs vs. Bryan Harley in a strap match, Antonio Rivera vs. Chris Steeler, Steve Camacho vs. Justin Corino, Kareem West vs. Frank Scoleri.

Lethal Wrestling Alliance, Oct. 27, House Springs, Mo.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Oct. 28, in Germany!

Independent Wrestling Federation, Oct. 28, West Paterson, N.J., with Tito Santana & Biggie Biggs & Antonio Rivera vs. Justin Corino & Frank Scoleri & Bryan Harley, Tony Torres vs. Franciz, Kevin Knight vs. Travis Blake, Steve Camacho vs. Chris Steeler, Jason Roberts vs. Dan Schwartz.

Ring of Honor, Nov. 2, Philadelphia, Penn., the armory, with Mitsuharu Misawa & KENTA vs. Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji, Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries, Jack Evans & Ruckus & Jigsaw vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black & Necro Butcher, Roderick Strong vs. Mike Quackenbush.

Ring of Honor, Nov. 3, New York, N.Y., the Manhattan Center, with KENTA vs. Mitsuharu Misawa.

Northeast Wrestling, Nov. 3, Scranton, Penn.

Insanity Pro Wrestling, Nov. 3, Indianapolis, Ind., the Salvation Army Community Center, 7 p.m., with a super junior tournament featuring Josh Abercrombie vs. Jake Crist, Dustin Rayz vs. Billy Roc, Scotty Vortekz vs. Hallowicked, JC Bailey vs. Die Hard Dustin Lee, Louis Linaris vs. Dave Crist, Hex Gage vs. Drake Younger. In non-tournament action, Dave Davidson vs. Carlton Kaz, and Joey Owens vs. Ryan Rich.

Minnesota Independent Wrestling, Nov. 3, Chanhassen, Minn., at the American Legion, with Mitch Paradise, Brody Hoofer, Pete Huge, Matt Burns.

NEPW, Nov. 3, Painesville, Ohio, at the Hide Out Roller Rink, with Chris Cronus vs. Kwan Chang, Jesse Burke & Ryan Miller vs. Ray Rowe & J-Rocc, Aaron Draven vs. Zac Vincent, Sassy Stephanie vs. Viki Gambino vs. Angel Dust, Mickey Gambino vs. Jabari.

IWA Mid-South, Nov. 4, Joliet, Ill., the Hartman Rec Center, 1 p.m. show.

Maryland Championship Wrestling, Nov. 4, Dundalk, Md., with the Sandman! Also, Adam Flash vs. Christian York, Joey “Mercury” Matthews vs. the Bruiser, Danny Doring vs. Danny Jaxx, Patrick Brink vs. Tyler Hilton, the Ghetto Mafia vs. Tom Brandi & Jimmy Cicero, and matches with Derek Frazier, Josh Daniels, the Slackers, Ruckus, Sabian, Ryan McBride, Teddy Stigma.

EWF, Nov. 9, Marion, Ind., with WWE’s U-Gene.

Combat Zone Wrestling, Nov. 10, Philadelphia, Penn.

ECWA, Nov. 10, Newark, Del., “The Super 8” tournament, with Jerry Lynn, Rob Conway, Matt Cross, Human Tornado, Billy Bax, Rob Eckos, Brian Fury, and Matt Logan.

International Wrestling Cartel, Nov. 10, Elizabeth, Penn., the Court Time Sports Center.

World Women’s Wrestling, Nov. 11, Somerville, Mass., the Good Time Emporium with 3 p.m. belltime.

Chikara Pro, Nov. 16, Reading, Penn.

Chikara Pro, Nov. 17, Hellertown, Penn.

Heavy On Wrestling, Nov. 17, Duluth, Minn., with Jake Roberts, Junior (Rikishi) Fatu, Christy Hemme,, Joey Envy, Big Daddy Hoofer, Steve Stardom, Ben Sailer, Mitch Paradise, Nate Bash, Ann Brookstone.

Chikara Pro, Nov. 18, Philadelphia, Penn.


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