WEEKEND EVENTS CENTER: WWE Euro Tour, NXT in Florida, EVOLVE 51 & 52 featuring TNA & NXT stars, super-huge NEW line-up, AAW packed show, Chikara, ECIII in Toronto, Rhyno, Eugene launching promotion, Animal

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– The first leg of WWE’s European Tour picks up steam this weekend with shows in London on Friday and Spain on Saturday and Sunday. Everything leads to Raw and Smackdown tapings in Manchester. (Full European Tour Line-ups) … WWE’s NXT brand wraps a two-show weekend tour Friday night in Jacksonville, Fla. with Samoa Joe and Apollo Crews headlining while top NXT champs Finn Balor and Bayley are on the European Tour.

– EVOLVE 51 & 52 take place Friday and Saturday in Florida. Two EVOLVE Title matches are guaranteed for this weekend’s shows. Plus, the return of TNA star Drew Galloway and NXT star Johnny Gargano, who challenges Timothy Thatcher for the EVOLVE Title Friday night in Ybor City, Fla. (Both Shows on iPPV through WWNLive.com)

– Northeast Wrestling has put together a Friday night line-up that would rival anything presented by a non-WWE company. Advertised for “Prison City Slam” in Auburn, N.Y. are Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Magnus, and Robbie E. Plus, ROH regulars Dalton Castle, Matt Taven, Donovan Dijak, and Hanson. … NEW then tours Bethany, Conn. on Saturday night with the ROH regulars and Mike Bennett in the “King of Bethany” tournament.

AAW returns to action Friday night in Merrionette Park, Ill. with a packed line-up that includes:

  • Silas Young vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Trevor Lee vs. Louis Lyndon in a four-way elimination match to determine the #1 contender to the AAW Hvt. Title held by Ethan Page.
  • Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  • AAW Tag Title match: The Hooligans vs. Team Tremendous
  • Women’s match: Heidi Lovelace vs. Allysin Kay
  • Abyss vs. Christian Faith (w/Gregory Iron)
  • Plus, A.C.H., Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, Kongo Kong, Matt Cross, and Markus Craine.

CHIKARA tours Pennsylvania this weekend leading to their year-end finale in December. “Key Decisions” takes place Saturday in Easton, Pa. and “Babylon Springs” takes place Sunday in Philadelphia. Eddie Kingston and the Gentleman’s Club are advertised for Saturday only, mixing with the Chikara regulars.

– Recent TNA Hvt. champion Ethan Carter III headlines Superkick’d Wrestling Saturday night in Toronto. … Rhyno headlines Mecca Pro Wrestling Saturday night in Kingston, Ont., Canada. … Nick Dinsmore (Eugene in WWE) is scheduled to open his new Midwest All-Pro Wrestling promotion Saturday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. … “Road Warrior” Animal headlines In Your Face Wrestling’s “Proving Grounds” show Saturday night in Duanesburg, N.Y. Included is a pre-show meet & greet and ticket offer.

– Uproar Wrestling has a fundraiser show at the Verizon Event Center in New Port Richey, Florida. The show featuring Florida independent wrestlers benefits the American Cancer Society. (Event Info)

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