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By Chris Vetter, Torch Contributor
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
IWA Mid-South ran a double-header over the weekend. However, two of the biggest advertised names, B.J. Whitmer and Demolition Ax, did not make it to the shows. Chuck Taylor defeated Mickie Knuckles to win the women’s title on Saturday! Results are below.
Low Ki retained his JAPW Heavyweight title in front of 275 paid fans in Carteret, N.J., on Saturday, and results are below.
In Chikara Pro on Saturday, Lince Dorado made Chris Hero tap out. This was a BIG show for Pennsylvania-based Chikara Pro, as they ran in Wallingford, Conn. Results are below.
Christy Hemme won a match in Superior, Wis., on Saturday, defeating Ann Brookstone, in front of 500 paid fans for Heavy On Wrestling. Molly Holly was the special referee in the women’s contest.
In other news…
In some big news for the Midwest, Fight Sports Midwest has canceled its show on Aug. 3. This is the second consecutive show it has canceled. (This one was supposed to be in the Midlothian Rec Center, the home of IWA Mid-South). I hope that FSM doesn’t vanish like Pro Wrestling Elite and Pro Wrestling Xplosion both did after just a couple of shows, but this is a bad sign. I’ve reviewed the DVDs of both FSM shows for the Torch, and you can learn more about this promotion as www.fightsportsmidwest.com.
Minnesota wrestler Thoruf Marius is currently on a NOAH tour in Japan. Thoruf is bald and a legit 6’7,” but he’s still fairly green. His size alone should get him a few looks, though.
I mentioned Friday I was going to concerts! I saw Saliva play Friday, and lead singer Josey Scott let everyone know that “Ladies & Gentlemen” was the WrestleMania theme song before launching into the song. Glad to see some people aren’t shying away from their connection to wrestling right now. He also essentially cut a wrestling promo on-screen before the band took the stage, even saying “Lawler,” which I’m sure, few fans at the rock show got.
And you can always reach me with your indy results at firstname.lastname@example.org. I request that you remember to say date, location (including building, city & state!), and full name of the promotion.
New England Championship Wrestling, July 20, Quincy, Mass.: Dan Freitas & Brian Nunes defeat the Wild Boys, Kristian Frost defeats Danny Jaxx, Evan Siks defeats Rick Fuller via DQ, DC Dillinger defeats Brandon Locke, Tanya Lee defeats Lexus, Alex Arion defeated Scott Reed and Max Bauer and TJ Richter in a gauntlet, Brian Fury defeats Eddie Edwards.
Jersey All Pro, July 21, Cartaret, N.J.: Monsta Mack & Havok defeat Wes Draven & Rudy Sanchez, the SAT defeat Style & Finesse, Bandido Jr. & EC Negro defeat Dan Echos & Deranged, Alicia defeats Gail Kim,, Archadia and Azrieal tied in a 20-man battle royal to both earn a title shot, Low Ki defeats Archadia and Azrieal in a three-way to retain the title.
Chikara Pro, July 21, Wallingford, Conn.: Los Ice Creams defeat the Olsen Twins, Ophidan defeats Player Uno, the Colony defeat Gran Akuma & Icarus & Maxime Boyer, Claudio Castagnoli defeats Sicodelico Jr., Shayne Hawke & 2.0 defeat Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw & Shane Storm, Eddie Kingston defeats Tim Donst, Hallowicked & Cheech & Cloudy defeat UltraMantis Black & Hydra & Crossbones, Lince Dorado defeats Chris Hero.
International Wrestling Cartel, July 21, Ellsworth, Penn.: Ricky Reyes defeats Troy Lords, Hentai & Daizee Haze defeat Alex Payne & Ernie Osirus, the Patriot defeats Bubba the Bulldog, John McChesney defeats Larry Sweeney, Sterling James Keenan defeats Brent Albright, Dennis Gregory defeats Abyss via DQ, the Gambinos defeat the Hollywood Balds, Babyface Fire & Sexual Harassment defeat the Family.
IWA Mid-South, July 21, Joliet, Ill.: Mickie Knuckles won a battle royal to earn a title shot, Troy Hades defeats Keith Cream, Billy Roc defeats Chris Hamrick, CJ Otis defeats Jack Thriller, Chrisjen Hayme defeats Jimmy Shalwin, Chuck Taylor defeats Mickie Knuckles in a title vs. title match, to win the women’s title, the Iron Saints defeat OMG & Vortekz, Ian Rotten defeats Freak Show, Drake Younger defeats Insane Lane, Tank defeats Corp. Robinson.
Independent Wrestling Federation, July 21, West Paterson, N.J.: Dan Schwartz defeats Justin Corino, Steve Camacho defeats Mike Durnin, Frank Scoleri defeats Nick Gregory, Kevin Knight & Nick Sabre defeat Travis Blake & Shane O’Brien, Antonio Rivera defeats Chris Steeler and Jana in a three-way, Franciz defeats Tony Torres.
Northern Impact Wrestling, July 21, New Hope, Minn.: Ben Sailer defeats Arik Cannon, Malikite defeats Ryan Stone, Spiderbaby defeats Ryan Sax, Venom & Prophet defeat Rob James & Kleck Michaels.
Heavy On Wrestling, July 21, Superior, Wis.: Arik Cannon defeats Ben Sailer, Mitch Paradise defeats Jay Chaotic, Dark Wolf & Zakk Neo defeat Sammy Savard & Steve Stardom & Wes Matthews in a handicap match, Cameron Steele & Mike Rollins defeats Josh Calisto & Heavy D, Christy Hemme defeats Ann Brookstone with special ref Molly Holly, Wild Bill Irwin defeats Adrian Lynch, Arik Cannon won a 12-man battle royal.
EWF, July 21, Marion, Ind.: Andy Santos defeats Dark Lion, Frankie the Face defeats the Hebrew Hammer, Nate Pheonix defeats Johnny Lawless, Ric Cannon defeats Matt Stryker, Bob & Ryan Paradise defeat Wildman Rogers & General Lee, Just Justin defeats Jon Moxley.
IWA Mid-South, July 22, Sellersburg, Ind.: Captain Rooney defeats L.A. Warren, Drake Younger defeats Vortekz, Mickie Knuckles defeats Chrisjen Hayme, Hyzaya defeats Cash Flo, Chuck Taylor defeats Nate Webb, Chris Hero defeats Chris Hamrick, Ricky Morton defeats Tracy Smothers, Rollin’ Hard defeats Corp. Robinson, Freak Show defeats Ian Rotten in a barbed-wire bat match, Mad Man Pondo & Too Tuff Tony defeat Tank & Insane Lane in a fans bring the weapons match.
Independent Wrestling Federation, July 22, West Paterson, N.J.: Steve Camacho & Mike Durnin defeat Nick Gregory & Dan Marques, Chris Steeler defeats Jason Roberts, Travis Blake vs. Tony Torres ended in a draw, Justin Corino & Frank Scoleri defeat Kevin Knight & Nick Sabre, Travis Blake defeats Steve Camacho, Franciz defeats Antonio Rivera.
East Coast Professional Wrestling, July 25, Middletown, N.Y., at the Orange County Fair, with Crowbar vs. Spike Dudley, Jimmy Snuka vs. the Masked Superstar, Big Dan vs. the Patriot.
Ring of Honor, July 27, Deer Park, N.Y., the community center, with Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness, B.J. Whitmer vs. Pelle Primeau, Jigsaw vs. Davey Richards, Chris Hero vs. Erick Stevens, El Generico vs. Delirious, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Hallowicked, Mike Quackenbush vs. Matt Sydal, Jack Evans vs. Kevin Steen, Brent Albright vs. Matt Cross.
AWA RUSH, July 27, Mankato, Minn., with Gator Magraw vs. Casanova (this will be Magraw’s final match), Joey Envy vs. Horace the Psychopath, Aaron Corbin vs. Arik Cannon.
Ring of Honor, July 28, Edison, N.J., at Inman Sports Club, 7:30 bell time, continuing the 16-man tournament!
IWA Mid-South, July 28, Midlothian, Ill., at the rec center, with Chuck Taylor vs. Low Ki vs. Brandon Thomaselli with both Taylor’s and Brandon’s titles on the line! Also, matches with Joey Ryan and Human Tornado.
AAW, July 28, Highwood, Ill., the Don Skrinar Rec Center, with Eric Priest vs. Silas Young, Bryce Benjamin & Shane Hollister vs. Tyme Paige & Charlie Manson Jr., Jason Reign vs. Tyler Black, Danny Daniels vs. Chandler McClure, Truth Martini & N8 Mattson vs. Steve Stone & Hardcore Craig, and matches with Trik Davis, Marek Brave, Ryan Boz, Dan Lawrence, Bonebreaker Brooks, Tony Rican, Jason Hades and Derek St. Holmes.
Pro Wrestling Unplugged, July 28, Philadelphia, Penn., with the debut of Gangrel, teaming with Billy Blade vs. P.I.T., 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Sid Vicious, Joey Matthews vs. Trent Acid, the SAT vs. All Money is Legal, Messiah vs. Adam Flash, Johnny Kashmere vs. John McChesney.
IAW, July 28, South Bend, Ind., at the Covelski Stadium with Roddy Piper & Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine & Brian Costello, Andy Chene vs. Cousin Bubba, The Ripper vs. Rodney Fultze, Dr. Love vs. Mr. Smiley, Pastor Pain vs. CR Rage.
AWA/WSW, July 28, Durham, Conn., with Christopher Triumph, Justyn Glory, Matt Turner, Brendan Michael Thomas, Mikey Chase, Junior Alou, Pat Backlund, and Super Zeta.
Pro Wrestling Guerilla, July 29, Burbank, Calif., the armory, with Bryan Danielson vs. El Generico, the Briscoes vs. PAC & Roderick Strong, Austin Aries vs. Rocky Romero, Joey Ryan vs. Scorpio Sky, TJ Perkins & the Young Bucks vs. Karl Anderson & Chris Bosh & Scott Lost, Human Tornado vs. Tony Kozina.
Fight Sports Midwest, Aug. 3, Midlothian, Ill., with Bryan Danielson vs. Josh Abercrombie, Chris Hero vs. Gran Akuma, Larry Sweeney vs. Bryan Alvarez.
IWA Mid-South, Aug. 4, Plainfield, Ind.
International Wrestling Cartel, Aug. 4, Elizabeth, Penn., the Court Time Sports Center.
Insanity Pro Wrestling, Aug. 4, Indianapolis, Ind., the Salvation Army Community Center, with Bryan Danielson vs. Dave Davidson, Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Irish Airborne, Hillbilly Jed vs. Osyris, plus Gran Akuma in action.
Chikara Pro, Aug. 5, Philadelphia, Penn., at the New Alhambra Arena/former ECW Arena, with The Briscoe Brothers vs. Icarus & Gran Akuma, Sara Del Rey vs. Daizee Haze, La Parkita Original vs. Payaso del Futuro, Delirious & Cheech & Cloudy vs. Worker Ant & Soldier Ant & Fire Ant, Mike Quackenbush vs. Black Tiger, Chuck Taylor has an open challenge.
Cleveland All Pro, Aug. 5, Cleveland, Ohio, the Plain Dealer Pavilion, with Blue Meanie vs. Jason Bane in a cage match, Chris Hamrick & Tracy Smothers vs. Faith in Nothing, Super Hentai vs. Aftermath vs. Sharkboy in a three-way, Conrad Kennedy III vs. Chris Cronus vs. Carlton Kaz in a three-way, Buff Bagwell vs. Rick Steiner, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Josh Prohibition & Johnny Gargano, Matt Cross vs. 2 Cold Scorpio, Da Munchies & JT Lightning vs. Jimmy Snuka Q & A, Dominic DeNucci vs. Lord Zoltan, Luna Vachon vs. Jessicka Havok, April Hunter & JD Michaels vs. Lexie Lane & Robby Starr.
Ring of Honor, Aug. 10, Boston, Mass., the Reggie Lewis Track center, with Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico, Takeshi Morishima vs. Claudio Castagnoli, Roderick Strong & Rocky Romero vs. Austin Aries & Erick Stevens, Davey Richards vs. Jack Evans, Lacey vs. Daizee Haze.
Northstar Premier Wrestling, Aug. 10, Lonsdale, Minn., at the South 40 Pub, with a “night of hardcore.”
Ring of Honor, Aug. 11, Philadelphia, Penn.
AAW, Aug. 11, Berwyn, Ill., the Eagles Club.
Combat Zone Wrestling, Aug. 11, Philadelphia, Penn.
Hawaii Championship Wrestling, Aug. 11, Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Full Impact Pro, Aug. 17, Crystal River, Fla., with Heartbreak Express & Black Market vs. the YRR in a bunkhouse brawl.
Chikara Pro, Aug. 17, Reading, Penn., at the Riverside Beneficiary.
AWA RUSH, Aug. 17, Faribault, Minn., Spike’s Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. bell time, with Arik Cannon & Joey Envy vs. Aaron Corbin & Brody Hoofer. Also in action will be Ryan Cruz, Darin Corbin, Jaysin Strife, Devin Carter, Casanova, Pete Huge, El Viejo, Kleck Michaels, Shimdog and Hype Gotti.
International Wrestling Cartel, Aug. 18, Newville, Penn., the Big Spring Community Center.
Chikara Pro, Aug. 18, Hellertown, Penn., at the American Legion Hall.
UPWA, Aug. 18, Wilmington, N.C., the armory, with Ivan Koloff appearing.
IWA Mid-South Wrestling, Aug. 19, San Antonio, Texas, the Venue, with Low Ki & Homicide vs. Necro Butcher & Masada.
Buddah show, Aug. 19, Minneapolis, Minn., at the 1029 Bar, with the O’Neill twins, Joey Envy, Shimdog, Jake Taylor, Ian Xavier and Spiderbaby.
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